Randy Lee suspended by Sens

Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee with owner Eugene Melnyk in the background (Photo: Quinte News)

The Belleville Senators are without a Head Coach, and now a General Manager as well.

Earlier this year, the team announced it would not renew the contract for Head Coach Kurt Kleinendorst.

Now, the Ottawa Senators have announced that GM Randy Lee has been suspended by the team.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion says he will remain suspended until the courts have fulled addressed the allegations against him.

Lee was accused of making lewd comments and of rubbing the shoulders of a 19-year-old hotel shuttle driver while in Buffalo for the NHL combine.

Lee has pleaded not guilty in court and nothing has been proven in court.

His next court date is July 6.

UPDATED: High risk take down in Brighton

UPDATE @ 3:00 p.m.:

OPP in Brighton have released an update on this morning’s incident, where a man reportedly barged into a home, carrying what appeared to be a hand gun.

Northumberland OPP responded to the call in the town’s south end and the Emergency Response Team was able to locate and arrest the suspect nearby.

Area schools were placed in hold and secure and a stop train order was put in effect during the investigation, but both measures were lifted earlier today.

A K-9 unit swept the area for evidence as well and the investigation is ongoing.

Police say nobody was injured and no suspect description or details on charges were released.

Investigators say more information will come out at the appropriate time.

One person is in custody after a high risk take down in Brighton Wednesday morning.

Social media reports indicate a man broke into a home on Butler Street, and threatened a woman with a gun

He is alleged to have wanted her vehicle.

Northumberland OPP set up a perimeter and arrested the suspect.

No other details are known at this time.

Mayor’s office has parking concerns over Signal

(Photo: City of Belleville Council Agenda)


Parking changes on River Road in Corbyville will be up for discussion at Monday’s Belleville Council meeting.

Richard Courneyea, owner of the River Inn and Signal Brewery, will make a deputation regarding elimination of parking spots in front of his businesses.

A report from the Mayor’s Office to Corporate Finance mentioned safety concerns over parking in front of the businesses, along both sides of the road.

At the May Traffic Safety Committee, Chair Mitch Panciuk asked Brad Stitt of the Belleville Police about any complaints they have received in the area, and Stitt said none so far.

Staff is recommending parking be eliminated on one side in front of Signal, and both sides in front of the River Inn.

Belleville Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. in council chambers.

Local mother gets Voter ID card of daughter’s murderer

The Voter ID card of John Breen (blurred out portions to protect family, and voter info) (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)


A Quinte West woman, whose daughter was killed almost 25 years ago, says a Voter ID card sent to her home has brought her right back to that tragic day.

Seventy-year-old Bernice Kirkham says the ID card of  John Breen arrived at her Trenton home recently, a house the murderer never set foot in.

Tanya Twist (John Breen’s cousin), Debbie Breen (John Breen’s mother), and Kirkham’s daughter Laurie Ann (Breen’s common law partner), were killed in Bancroft on December 31, 1993.

Bernice Kirkham contacted Quinte News Thursday morning, saying John Breen’s Voter ID card also came to her Trenton home for the 2015 federal election.

Bernice Kirkham

She says she notified election officials in 2o15 and they apologized for the situation.

The provincial ID card came last week, and her granddaughter (Breen’s daughter) made the discovery.

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John Breen was Lori Ann’s common-law partner, and father to their two children, who both were raised by Bernice after the murder.

Crown Attorney Lee Burgess says Breen was found guilty of murder in a Belleville court in 1995, and has been in prison since.

Bernice says this makes her hurt all over again.

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The main question is why or how could this happen?

We have reached out to Elections Ontario for comment, however due to the fact it is election day in the Province of Ontario, we will likely not hear back for a few days.

BSens GM in court Monday

Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Randy Lee with owner Eugene Melnyk in the background (Photo: Quinte News)


The General Manager of the Belleville Senators (Ottawa Senators Assistant GM) will appear in court Monday.

Randy Lee will be in Buffalo City Court for a pre-trial conference.

He’s facing a second degree harassment charge.

Erie County district attorney John Flynn says Lee allegedly put his hands on a Westin Hotel driver’s shoulder, and is also alleged to have made lewd remarks.

Lee has made a plea of not guilty.

He spent Thursday evening in jail.

If he is found guilty, he could serve 15 days in jail, and be fined $250.

He was at a NHL scouting combine in Buffalo

Meet the Candidates: Joanne Belanger

NDP candidate Joanne Belanger


As the Lorne Brooker Show continues to meet the candidates, for the upcoming provincial election, the Bay of Quinte NDP candidate stopped by the show.

Nicholson Chaplin Joanne Belanger discussed her platform, and the current political climate.

Belanger says she is an NDPer because of their focus on social justice.

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Belanger says she is pleasantly surprised how well the NDP is doing.

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You can hear the full interview below.

Joanne Belanger on Lorne Brooker Show

CJBQ, and Quinte News will have wall to wall coverage of the election, as the polls close on Ontario Votes 2018.  It begins Thursday, June 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Panciuk running for mayor

(l-r) Cara, Lisa and Mitch Panciuk on the Lorne Brooker Show (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

A Belleville City Councillor is the first name in for the top job in Belleville.

Mitch Panciuk announced Thursday morning on The Lorne Brooker Show the following.

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Panciuk says he has been receiving lots of encouragement over the past several years.

He adds his experience on council, and other boards has helped prepare him for the next step.

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He thinks there might be another way to invest going forward.

Mitch Panciuk

The Mayoral candidate says it might be time to invest more in the arts and culture sector, and more affordable and
rental housing.  Panciuk says he wants to push for more skills training so young people move to and move back to
Belleville to settle down and raise families, saying there are thousands of jobs available in the region that go unfilled.


Belleville Councillor Mitch Panciuk. (File photo: John Spitters / Quinte News).


Meet the Candidates: Todd Smith

Doug Ford and Todd Smith at the Dugout in Belleville (Photo: Quinte News)


Doctors, farming, efficiencies, and Doug Ford were all topics on Meet the Candidates on the Lorne Brooker Show Wednesday .

Todd Smith, the Progressive Conservative candidate for Bay of Quinte, talked to Brooker about numerous topics, and took calls.

Smith was questioned about backing Christine Elliott in the leadership race, and now working with Doug Ford.

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Paying down the debt was one of the major topics during the show.

Smith says in education and health care, there’s a lot of waste that needs to be eliminated.

Todd Smith on waste

CJBQ and Quinte News will have wall-to-wall coverage once the polls close on Thursday, June 7, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Smith’s full interview on the Lorne Brooker Show can be heard below.

Todd Smith

Meet the Candidates: Daryl Kramp

Daryl Kramp.


As the Lorne Brooker Show continues with the Meet the Candidates program, Daryl Kramp visited the studio Thursday morning.

They discussed his background in politics, the reason he has decided to run again, and the issues he is focused on.

Kramp says there was a long discussion with his wife Carol Ann about getting back into politics.

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The former MP is running to be the MPP for the riding of Hastings Lennox and Addington.

Brooker asked Kramp point blank about the man leading the party, Doug Ford.

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You can listen to his full interview below.

Daryl Kramp on Lorne Brooker

Quinte News will have full coverage June 7 on its website, along with CJBQ bringing you wall-top-wall discussion and results starting at 8:30 p.m.

Meet the Candidates: Robert Quaiff

The Liberal candidate for the Bay of Quinte riding says he is running for provincial politics because he loves the region.

Robert Quaiff joined the Lorne Brooker Show, to discuss his background, his priorities, and what he wants to see for Quinte.

Quaiff, a long-time mayor of Prince Edward County, says he is running for the Liberals, because of his experience working with all three parties.

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Quaiff was critical of the PCs saying they want cuts, while the NDP is not trustworthy.

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You can listen to his full interview below.

Robert Quaiff on Lorne Brooker Show

Quinte News will have full coverage June 7 on its website, along with CJBQ bringing you wall-to-wall discussion and results starting at 8:30 p.m.

Campbellford hosting all candidates debate

A work barge goes under a bridge on the Trent-Severn Waterway in Campbellford. (Photo: Quinte News / File)


The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting an all candidates debate Tuesday night.

It is taking place at Campbellford District High School, starting at 6:30 p.m.

The candidate meet and greet begins at 6 p.m.

You can submit questions up until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

There is also a debate portion of the evening, for candidates for the Northumberland Peterborough South seat for the Ontario legislature.

Campaign office openings

Ontario Liberal candidate Robert Quaiff (Photo: Submitted / Prince Edward County)

There will be a pair of campaign office openings over the next 72 hours.

Ontario Liberal candidate Robert Quaiff will celebrate his Belleville office opening Thursday.

It is at 444 Dundas Street East, near Herchimer Avenue, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mean time, Progressive Conservative candidate Todd Smith opens his Prince Edward County office Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

It is near the LCBO in Picton at 6 Talbot Street, near Main Street.

(l-r) QW Mayor Jim Harrison, Bay of Quinte PC Association President Janet Harnden, PC Leader Doug Ford, MPP Todd Smith and John Williams cut the ribbon at Smith’s QW office (Photo: Quinte News)


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