Local contractor wants Sears to pay up

A backhoe blocks three trailers at the Sears Warehouse in Belleville (photo: submitted to Quinte News)


A local contractor tells Quinte News he is owed more than $100,000 by Sears Canada and he wants to get paid.

Friday morning at the Sears Warehouse on College Street East in Belleville, a representative for a company, who asked not to be named, blocked an entrance to Sears warehouse with a company truck, while he blocked three tractor trailers with a back hoe.

He says he has done maintenance on the property for years and Sears has not paid a $125,000 bill to his business.

Among the work is landscaping and snow removal.

He says the police were called Friday morning and he was ordered if he did not remove his equipment, he would be charged.

The equipment has been moved.

The contractor says there are many such businesses in the area in the same situation.

He tells us he had a chance to meet with the plant manager and he has received word that partial funds will be given to him next Tuesday.

Both the warehouse and Sears retail store in Belleville are slated for closure, but a timeline for work to shut down is not known.

More than 12,000 workers nationwide will be out of work before the end of winter.

We have reached out to Belleville Police and the Sears Warehouse, but have not had calls returned.

Council rejects Lobbyist Registry


Belleville City Hall. (File photo: Quinte News)

A bid  to establish a registry to track who is lobbying Belleville city councillors didn’t get off the ground this week at city council.

Councillor Paul Carr introduced a motion calling for a staff report on a Lobbyist Registry.

Carr tells Quinte News it’s important there’s accountability, and the public should know who is influencing ideas.


A number of councillors argued against such a registry, some referring to “red tape” and extra staff time.

The city is already investigating an Integrity Commissioner role.

The Lobbyist Registry motion was defeated on a vote of five to four, with Councillors Jackie Denyes, Mike Graham, Jack Miller, Garnet Thomson and Mayor Taso Christopher voting against.

UPDATE: Mechanical failure deemed potential cause of truck fire

UPDATE @ 1:15 p.m.: OPP say a mechanical failure is the potential cause of a fire, in a transport truck carrying flammable cargo, on the 401 in Kingston last night.

Firefighters and OPP responded to the highway, between Perth Road and Sir John A. MacDonald Boulevard around 10:30.

Investigators say the fire spread to the truck’s fuel tanks which exploded and ignited the cargo in the trailer.

The driver was able to get out safely and wasn’t injured.

Both lanes of the higway were closed for four hours, as the ministries of transportation and environment and an environmental clean-up company cleared the scene.

One lane re-opened around 3:00 a.m. and the other at 6:00 a.m.

A tractor trailer exploded and burst into flames on Highway 401 in Kingston last night (Tuesday).

Explosions were heard around 10 o’clock as the truck burned up in the westbound lanes.

According to social media reports, the transport’s driver escaped safely.  And also, according to social media reports not confirmed by police, the truck was carrying a flammable liquid.

The 401 westbound, at Kingston, was closed for around 5 hours to deal with the incident.

OPP opened the highway to traffic shortly after 4 o’clock this morning.

Moore talks Chief Gignac complaint

Belleville Police Chief Ron Gignac (Photo: David Foot / Quinte News)


The man who made a complaint against the Belleville Police Chief says safety and freedom are never at odds.

Wednesday on the Lorne Brooker Show, Darren Moore discussed the complaint made to the Officer of Independent Police Review Director.

It referred to Chief Ron Gignac’s comments to the Intell, stating “he is more concerned about the safety of a life, than a Charter violation”.

The comment was allegedly made in reference to a recent impaired driving case, where a local judge criticized two Quinte West officers for reportedly conducting an illegal strip search.

Darren Moore 1

He says it is about reasonable search, and universal bra removal is an issue.

Darren Moore 2

Last month, Chief Gignac told The Lorne Brooker Show that everything he said during the interview was not printed.

Ron Gignac

He says he deeply cares about the Charter of Rights and Freedom.

The full interview can be heard below.

Darren Moore full talk on Lorne Brooker

Sentencing in Quinte West sex assault

The rear entrance of the Quinte Courthouse, on July.14/16. (Photo: David Foot / QuinteNews)

A 67 year old Quinte West man pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault last month in a Belleville courtroom.

Speros Kanellos was charged in connection with an incident involving a woman in August of last year in Trenton.

Mr. Justice Stephen Hunter sentenced Kanellos to 90 days jail, to be served intermittently, and 2 years probation.

He was banned from owning weapons for 10 years, and will be included on the sex offender registry.

Trio of impaired driving arrests in Prince Edward County

(Quinte News file photo:)

A Quinte West man has been charged with impaired driving following a crash on Friday night.

At 9 p.m. officers responded to the intersection of Dixon Drive and Sidney Street for a report of a two vehicle crash involving a car and a personal mobility scooter.

During the course of the investigation police say it appeared that the driver of the personal mobility scooter was impaired by alcohol.

As a result, 34-year-old Robert Bonnett is charged with driving a motor vehicle with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in his system.

He was released with an October court date.

There were no injuries reported from the collision.

Meanwhile, charges were laid against a Belleville man after OPP stopped a car with a burnt-out headlight on Morgan Road, around 3:00 a.m. Saturday.

Officers determined the driver was intoxicated and also found a pair of brass knuckles in the vehicle.

23 year-old Andrew Urch was charged with impaired driving and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

And a Waterloo man was charged with impaired driving after an officer stopped a speeding car on Highway 62 on Saturday night.


Frankford resident wins big

Cathy Reid of Frankford with her winnings. (Photo: Submitted)

Cathy Reid of Frankford is $120,000 richer after  going ‘ALL IN’ to win the POKER LOTTO ALL IN jackpot.

Reid won $115,597.90 in the September 11 draw plus $5,000 on the instant portion of her POKER LOTTO play bringing her total winnings to $120,597.90.

The winning ticket was purchased at Oasis Grocery & Gas Bar on Riverside Parkway in Frankford.

Six-year-old boy raises $41 for new County hospital

Haimish Hunter donates $41 to Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation. Pictured Briar Boyce, communications and donations co-ordinator (L) and Penny Rolinski, Executive Director for the PECMHF. (Submitted Photo)

Six-year-old Haimish Hunter is doing his best to help the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation team keep on track with their fundraising plans for the proposed new hospital.

Conductor Haimish, his mom Hilary and their friends Jasper, Kate, Rory, Peter, Emma, Abbie and OPP Constable Marc marched as box cars of a train in the Milford Fair parade on Saturday, September 16 and collected change along the route to donate to the new hospital project. They raised $41.15 that will “go into the bank account and help us get a new hospital,” Haimish declared when he presented the funds to Foundation staff members Briar Boyce and Penny Rolinski on Sept. 20. Haimish also learned that if each person in the County (at a population of 25,000) donated $41, the Hospital Foundation would raise over $1M.

Haimish and friends are the youngest contributors yet to the new hospital campaign.

Haimish and the Foundation board and staff would like to thank the youth volunteers at the PEC ROC Youth Centre who created the banner for the parade which is pictured with Haimish.

Missing Warkworth man located

(Quinte News File Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

UPDATE: Northumberland OPP say John Russell has been located.


The Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is actively searching for a missing Warkworth area resident and is asking for the public’s assistance in locating him.

John Joseph Russell, 28 was last seen in the early morning hours of September 10, 2017 in the area of Concession Road 6 East, Warkworth.

He is described as a Caucasian male, 6 2″, 140 lbs, thin build with short dark brown hair and hazel eyes. He is possibly driving a silver 2007 2-door Saturn Ion with Ontario Licence plate #BTHW613.

OPP Constable Steve Bates informed Quinte News a photo of Russell should be available Tuesday morning.

Police and family members are concerned for his well-being and request that if you have seen John to contact Northumberland OPP toll-free 1-888-310-1122 or your nearest police service.

10K reasons to say Thank YOU!

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On Wednesday, Quinte News hit the 10,000 “Likes” mark on our Facebook page.

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Brown, King, Anderson, Wells, Golden and Reid claim wins on opening night of Labour Day classic weekend

Jake Brown (No. 1-10) led the 20 Southern Ontario Sprints car field to the green flag. (Photo: Brighton Speedway)

BRIGHTON, Ont. – The 15th annual edition of the Labour Day Classic got underway on Saturday night at Brighton Speedway. Ultramar CST along with Rock 107, Lucas Oil Products and Mystical Distributing presented an action packed card featuring the Southern Ontario Sprints along with the OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds, Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks, Bill’s Johns Comp 4 and the Quinte Septic Stingers.

Brown Bags First Brighton Win

Sanderson Tire & Automotive Centre once again presented the Southern Ontario Sprints for their fifth visit of the season to the 1/3 mile clay oval. Cory Turner (No. 97) and Jake Brown (No. 1-10) led the 20 car field to the green flag. Turner powered to the lead on the opening circuit of the 25 lap main event, but was passed by Brown on lap two.

The top two raced closely while Mitch Brown (No. 10), Dylan Westbrook (No. 47x) and Ryan Turner (No. 91) battled for positions third through fifth. The top spot changed hands twice through the middle stage of the race as Cory Turner recaptured the lead on lap 12 only to see Jake Brown power back to the top on lap 18. Defending champion Westbrook charged towards the front and looked poised to take his eighth SOS win of the season until contact with the turn four wall ended his night.

Brown led the final seven laps on route to his first career SOS win and second of his young 360 Sprint Car career. Cory Turner finished a close second while Mitch Brown finished third. Ryan Turner and Chris Jones (11J) completed the top five.

King of the Castle

Adam Whaley (No. 12) and Nathan Rinaldi (No. 3) started at the front of the 25 lap OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds feature. Whaley quickly jumped to the lead and paced the field for the first five laps, while Curtis King (No. 07) ran closely behind.

By lap six King moved to the top of the leader board and set his sights on his fourth win of the season. Doug O’Blenis (No. 32) and point leader Andrew Hennessy (No. 87) chased down King. Both spent time in the runner-up position before a tangle in corner three on lap 17 change the complexion of the race. O’Blenis was sent to the tail for incidental contact while King and Hennessy were left at the front to duke it out for the win.

Over the final eight laps King held his ground and drove to victory lane over Hennessy. Charlie Sandercock (No. 7) finished third while Mike Lucas (No. 74) had a solid fourth place result. O’Blenis rallied from the tail of the field to cross the line in fifth when the checkered flag flew.

Anderson Smooth in Win

The Brighton Automotive Pro Stocks competed in their second from last points race of the season on Saturday night. Angie Kirby (No. 23) and Carissa Burrows (No. 02) started on the front row, however point leader Doug Anderson (No. 72) was quick in finding his way to the lead. The driver known as “Big Smooth” moved to the top position on the opening lap.

His closest challenge in the points, Justin Ramsay (No. 03) was also his closest challenger on this night as the two ran nose to tail through much of the race. Austin Reid (No. 85) made his presence known and ran as high as second on two occasions.

When the 20 lap feature concluded Anderson found himself in victory lane over Ramsay and Reid. Wade Purchase (No. 53) made a late race charge towards the front but finished fourth while Mike Freeman (No. 51) was fifth.

Wells Wins One

For much of the 2017 season Adam Wells (No. 48) has been in contention to win in the Bill’s Johns Comp 4 division. Wells started at the front for the 15 lap feature alongside Keith Dunk (No. 22) and easily jumped to the top spot and cruised to his first win of the year. Luke Toms (No. 19) ran closely behind Wells for a majority of the race and crossed the line in second when the race ended.

The best battle of the event was for third where Josh French (No. 08), along with brother Tyler French (No. 0), raced closely with Jeff Humphry (No. 17). The three crossed the finish line in that order after multiple positions changes over the final ten laps.

Golden and Reid Snag Stinger Wins

With just two nights of racing left for the Quinte Septic Stingers the battle for points became even more important. Tony Reid (No. 4) drove to his first win of the season in the Junior Stinger division.

In the 12 lap Super Stinger feature Brittany Golden (No. 85) passed early race leader Chris Lammle (No. 95) for the top spot on lap 4 and cruised to her third win of the season. The victory helped pad her lead in the standings with just one race remaining.

Up Next – Ultramar CST Labour Day Classic Weekend Night Two

The Labour Day Classic Weekend returns to action on Sunday, September 3rd where the Southern Ontario Sprints presented by Sanderson Tire & Automotive Centre will compete again while the Vanderlaan Building Supply Pro Late Models and OilGARD Anti-Rust Canadian Modifieds run topless. The night will also include the final points night for Pro Stocks and the Simon Petit Memorial Wingless Sprint Dash. For admission pricing and more information visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

Belleville companies get cash infusion

Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi announces funding for new jobs at Vantage Foods Inc. Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

The province has announced some major funding for two Belleville food producers, which will create 80 new jobs.

On Thursday afternoon MPP Lou Rinaldi announced $1.5 million from the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, for a new production line at Vantage Foods Inc. in the Industrial Park.

Vantage Foods is a leading food processor and distributor of fresh meat products, packaged and supplied efficiently to supermarkets and retailers.

Rinaldi says the company is investing more than $16.5 million, creating around 70 new jobs.

Lou Rinaldi Vantage Foods

General Manager of Seafood at Vantage Foods, Alan Cook, says he is extremely happy for the provincial support

General Manager of Seafood at Vantage Foods Alan Cook says he is impressed with the provincial support for the company and is happy that employment will still be strong in Belleville’s industrial sector. (Photo: Brock Ormond/Quinte News)

He adds the jobs that will be retained and added will be a huge boost for the future.

Rinaldi also announced $624,000 for Redpath Sugar, to build two new packaging lines.

Redpath Sugar is a leading refiner of cane sugar and provides a wide range of sugar products to consumers, food service outlets and food manufacturers throughout Canada.

Rinaldi says this will help grow the local work force.

Lou Rinaldi Red Path

Redpath is expected to retain more than 100 jobs because of the announcement as well.