OPP seeking owners of recovered property

(Quinte News file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

Prince Edward OPP are looking for assistance in identifying the owners of numerous recovered items that were possibly stolen.

On Friday August 4, a resident living on Oak Street in Wellington discovered several items stashed away in some bushes on her property.

The items include tools (both power and hand), a leather purse, an iPod, binoculars, a GPS and a sub woofer. An exact time frame of the potential thefts is unknown but believed to be sometime in the week before they were found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cst. Brady Martin at Prince Edward OPP at (1-888-310-1122).

Local beaches safe for swimming

Good news for all the beach bums. It’s safe to go swimming this weekend at all area beaches.

Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health says three local beaches that were posted for high bacteria levels are now safe.

Water samples taken this week at Centennial Park in Deseronto, the Kingsford Conservation Area, north of Deseronto, and Wellington Beach came back in good standing.

Cat heads found in Frankford prompt animal cruelty probe

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking the public’s help after several severed cat heads were found in an open field in Frankford.

According to the SCPA, over the past month, three severed cat heads have been found near the Heritage Trail old railroad tracks in Frankford, Ontario. No bodies or other body parts have been found.

Spokeswoman Alison Cross said the SPCA is treating this as suspicious.

Alison Cross

The Ontario SPCA is asking the public to contact 310-SPCA should they have any information that pertains to this case or by emailing cruelty@ospca.on.ca. All calls can remain confidential.

Cross said the SPCA is currently investigating this case without the assistance of Quinte West OPP at this time.

County woman charged with impaired and stunt driving


A 33-year-old Prince Edward County woman is facing serious driving related charges after being stopped Monday afternoon on County Road 11 commonly known as East Lake Road.

According to police, they pulled over a vehicle travelling 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit.

Testing at the detachment confirmed the driver’s blood alcohol was over the legal limit.

Trista Rabbe of South Marysburgh has been charged with operating a motor vehicle with over 80 mg of alcohol in her blood and stunt driving.

Her vehicle has been impounded for seven days and her licence immediately suspended for 90 days.

She has an August 16 court date.

Suspect sought after indecent act in the County

Prince Edward OPP are looking for a suspect after it was reported to police that he exposed himself to woman on Friday morning.

The victim told police she was walking northbound on the shoulder of Hwy 62 just south of the Norris Whitney Bridge around 8: 50 a.m., when she was approached by an unknown man. According to the complainant he slowed his vehicle and spoke to her through the passenger side window. The man exposed his penis and asked the woman if she wanted to have sex with him. The woman walked away from the car and the man turned his vehicle around and was last seen south bound on Hwy 62.

The man is said to have only been wearing a t-shirt and black underwear.  He is described as follows: early 20’s with light colored skin, short black hair, light colored eyes, round face, with no facial hair or piercings or tattoos. He was soft spoken and was polite to the woman.

The vehicle is described as follows: light colored possibly blue or grey four-door sedan, no tint on the windows, no decals with a dark interior that was very clean. A partial plate (Ontario) was obtained and may contain the numbers 653.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince Edward OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

Alcohol charges in The County

A Belleville man has been charged, after Prince Edward OPP spotted a vehicle being driven erratically.

Around 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, officers stopped a car in Ameliasburgh driving south on Highway 62.

The 21 year old has been charged with driving over 80 milligrams.

His vehicle was towed and will be held for a week.

He has a court date August 30th.

Man wanted by OPP on assault with a weapon and sexual assault charges

John MacDonald. (Police rollout)

Napanee OPP are searching for a 35-year-old South Frontenac man wanted for a slew of charges including assault with a weapon and sexual assault on a person under 16.

On Tuesday at 11:20 a.m., officers stopped to offer assistance to two motorists on Beechwood Road in the town of Greater Napanee. The officer recognized one of the men as a John Macdonald who is currently wanted by Napanee OPP for assault with a weapon and by Frontenac OPP for sexual assault on a person under the age of 16 and failing to comply with his Probation Order.

According to police, when officers approached, the accused and the second man ran back to their vehicles and fled. MacDonald was driving a red Ford F150. The second vehicle was a white GMC Sierra which had no plates and was later determined to be stolen. When police attempted to stop the white truck the man refused to stop. He was driving head on into oncoming traffic and attempted to cause a collision with the police vehicle. The police stopped following the vehicle for public safety.

The vehicle was located shortly after by officers with the Tyendinaga Police Service and the man was found after he fled on foot. The man was apprehended by the OPP Emergency Response Unit and transported to hospital; he was released and transported to the Napanee Detachment of the OPP.

The second male was identified as Sean Harvey a 37-year-old male from Bath. Harvey has been charged with Flight while being pursued by a Peace Officer, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Property obtained by Crime, Possession of Stolen Property and Driving under Suspension.

The accused was held and will attend the Ontario Court of Justice today for bail court.

The Ford F150 driven by MacDonald was located abandoned a short time later by an officer with the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau.  Members with the OPP Tactical Response Unit, Emergency Response Unit and Canine Unit conducted a major search of the area with negative results.

MacDonald is additionally charged with Possession of Property obtained by Crime over $5000, Driving while Disqualified and Mischief over $5000.
At this time the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may follow.

The OPP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating MacDonald.  He is wanted and considered dangerous. Please do not approach him.  Call 911.

Napanee OPP would like to hear from anyone with information in relation to this incident. Please call Napanee OPP 613-354-3369 or 1-888-310-1122 or report anonymously at Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 or online with tipsubmit.com.

Speedway celebrates successful and memorable 50th

Brighton Speedway Celebrated their 50th Anniversary Saturday July 15 and all four owners were on hand to honour the years dedicated to motorsports entertainment. L-R Angie Rinaldi, Lou Reddom, Mark Rinaldi, Diane Rinaldi, Lou Rinaldi, Bob & Pat Gibson. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

Race fans packed the stands at Brighton Speedway Saturday night in celebration of the track’s 50th Anniversary season.

The night featured Pro Late Models, Canadian Modifieds and Pro Stocks. Also joining in on the historical evening were the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club and the OSCAAR Hot Rods.

During pre-race ceremonies Pat McEvoy, Gary Sheffield and Bob and Pat Gibson were inducted into the Brighton Speedway Wall of Fame.  The early afternoon festivities included live music by Terry Denyes and the Bay City Band and a trip down memory lane.  Many past drivers joined fans and current drivers and enjoyed a walk down memory lane as shared by Wall of Fame member, former racer and track announcer Huck Flindall.   Fifty years of motorsports entertainment were celebrated and honoured by many, a special appearance by the C1, Bob Prud’homme’s original car as well as years of history laid out for enthusiasts to enjoy.

Charlie Sandercock (No. 57) drew the pole for the 50 lap feature while Caley Weese (No. 77) started alongside Saturday July 15th at Brighton Speedway to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. At the drop of the green flag, Sandercock jumped out to the lead and went on to secure the checkered flag in the retro designed late model commemorating his Uncle Lee Sandercock and “The Flying School Teacher” Huck Flindall. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

Sandercock Wins One For #57

A number of racers joined in on the nostalgic celebration and sported throwback paint schemes on their race cars. Pro Late Model point leader Charlie Sandercock (No. 57) carried the colours of his uncle, Lee Sandercock on the driver’s side of his car and the design of “The Flying School Teacher” Huck Flindall on the other.

Sandercock drew the pole for the 50 lap feature while Caley Weese (No. 77) started alongside. At the drop of the green flag, Sandercock jumped out to the lead. Brandon Mowat (No. 46) kept pace with the leader for much of the race.

The only caution of the race came just past the halfway point allowing Mowat an opportunity to challenge for the lead. Sandercock was too strong though and pulled away in the closing laps to capture his fifth win in six weeks. He along with Uncle Lee and Huck Flindall shared a special moment in victory lane as the three generations of No. 57 drivers embraced in celebration.

Mowat crossed the line in second while Humberstone Speedway’s Sam Pennachio (No. 311) finished third. Last week’s winner Phil Potts (No. 29) ended the night in fourth while Andy Mayhew (No. 1) was fifth.

Driving a car designed to honour his late father-in-law, and Brighton Speedway legend, Larry Stacey, Curtis King (No. 07) parked his Canadian Modified back in Victory Lane on Saturday July 15th as Brighton Speedway Celebrated their 50th Anniversary. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

King Of The Modifieds

The Canadian Modifieds were led to the green flag by Nathan Rinaldi (No. 3) and Brandon Gregory (No. 22). Rinaldi led the first circuit of the 50 lap event, but was quickly overtaken by Curtis King (No. 07). Driving a car designed to honour his late father-in-law, and Brighton Speedway legend, Larry Stacey, King pulled to sizable advantage on each of the races five restarts.

Dan Ferguson (No. 11) moved the second position on lap 7, but was overtaken by Doug O’Blenis (No. 32) after a lap 18 caution that involved fourth place runner Kraig Handley (No. 91). O’Blenis and Ferguson raced closely over the final half of the race while point leader Andrew Hennessy (No. 08), whose car was painted to replicate that of former racer Bill Munro, ran a close fourth.

King led the final 49 laps to claim his third win of the season ahead of O’Blenis and Ferguson. Hennessy held on to fourth despite sustaining damage to the left front wheel of his car. Derrick Greig (No. 48) completed the top five.

Pro Stock driver No. 53 Matt Purchase parks in victory lane Saturday July 15, 2017. Mix 97 Sales Executive Kerry Patrick presents Purchase with a trophy and prize. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

Purchase Pays Visit To Victory Lane

The Pro Stocks competed in their second Duel on the Dirt Qualifier of the season. Jason Preece (No. 73) and Wade Purchase (No. 53) made up the front row of the 50 lap feature, with Purchase jumping out to the early advantage.

Doug Anderson (No. 27) joined in on the retro theme and carried the red No. 27 that his father Greg drove to two championships in the early 80s. Anderson’s night didn’t start out well as ac problem in corner four caused the first caution of the race. Just two laps later further issues to the front of the car sent him to the pit area briefly. He managed to rejoin the field to become a factor in the end.

At the front of the field, Purchase drove a smooth and steady line around the bottom of the track and held off challenges from Brandon Murrell (No. 19) until a lap 9 restart when the Gores Landing driver failed to get up to speed and was forced to drop out of the race.

By lap 20, Anderson had worked his way back into the top five and began to catch leader Purchase. The two drivers exchanged positions on lap 30, however Purchase would regain command within the final 15 laps and drove to his first win of the season. Anderson completed the comeback by finishing a solid second. Warren Mowatt (No. 2) was fast all night and finished third ahead of Mike Freeman (No. 51) and Dan Insley (No. 28). Point leader Justin Ramsay (No. 03) raced solidly within the top five for much of the race until mechanical issues forced him to the pits with just 13 laps remaining.

B10 Paul Billings grabs checkers in his Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Saturday July 15, 2017. Mix 97 head of promotions Jenna Dafoe and Quinte Broadcasting’s David Foot present Billings with a trophy and prize. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber)

Wild Win For Billings

The Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club brought 17 cars to Brighton Speedway in their first appearance of the season. Nathan Berry (No. 14b) and Paul Billings (No. b10) led the field to the green flag in the 15 lap feature.

Berry dominated the race leading the first 14 laps. On the final corner though, contact from behind from Matt Barbour (No. 37) sent both drivers into the infield. Billings used the outside line to pass both drivers and claim the win. Berry finished a disappointing second while Denzil Billings Jr. (No. x22) finished third.

Tyler Terrific On Dirt

As part of their inaugural season the OSCAAR Hot Rod Series competed in their first ever dirt track event. Tyler Hawn (No. 2) and Dan Price (No. 09) started at the front of the 15 lap feature. Having never raced on dirt, Hawn took to the track like a veteran and led every lap of the race.

Steven Mayhew (No. 14) followed the leader closely, but was never able to mount a serious challenge for the lead and finished second. Art Rodgers (No. 38) crossed the line third, while Price and Jerry Lockhardt (No. 5) were fourth and fifth.

Up Next – Summer Smash Monster Truck Extravaganza

Next Saturday night is the Summer Smash Monster Truck Extravaganza featuring Higher Education and Overkill Evolution. The Pro Late Models, Comp 4’s, and  Stingers will also be in action along with the Canadian Modifieds as they compete in their final leg of the ABC Taxi Triple Crown. Racing starts at 7:00 PM. Adult admission is $15. For more information visit www.brightonspeedway.com

Brown back in Belleville

The leader of the Ontario PC party is in Belleville today.

Patrick Brown will make a stop at Rhino Sports and Play, where he will play in a sports camp.

He will be on the ice around 3:00 p.m.

Westbrook, Potts, Hennessy, Murrell and Humphry grab checkers

Dylan Westbrook (No. 47x) won his eleventh checkered flag with the Southern Ontario Sprints in the tours last twelve events. His fourth win of the season extended his point lead with six races remaining at Brighton Speedway July 8, 2017. Sprints return to Brighton on August 5. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

BRIGHTON, Ont. – After a week off due to weather, the Brighton Speedway’s 50th Anniversary season continued on Saturday night.

The event was headlined by the Southern Ontario Sprints. The tour made its third visit to the speedway in 2017.

The Pro Late Models also competed in their second Triple Crown race of the year along with the Canadian Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Comp 4’s.

Westbrook Marches On With SOS

Shawn (No. 22) and Josh Sliter (No. 71s) led the 16 car field to the green flag in race six of the 2017 Southern Ontario Sprints season. Shawn jumped out to the early lead with Josh close behind. The top five drivers broke away from the pack as both Sliter’s along with Rick Wilson (No. 42w) , Josh Shantz (No. 18) and Dylan Westbrook (No. 47x) ran wheel to wheel for first ten laps. The group had an exciting battle for the lead with different lanes being used by each driver.

On lap 10 Wilson used the outside line to get by Sliter, however his lead was short lived as the car slid up the track in corner one. Westbrook moved by Sliter and then Wilson to take control of the race and lead the final 15 circuits. Hometown driver Charlie Sandercock (No. 57) was the hard charger on the night driving from his 12th starting position to finish third behind Westbrook and Wilson. Shawn Sliter and Chris Jones (No. 11J) completed the top five.

For Westbrook the win marked his eleventh win with the Southern Ontario Sprints in the tours last twelve events. His fourth win of the season extended his point lead with six races remaining.

Defending division champion Phil Potts (No. 29) beat Sandercock (No. 57) to the finish line in a side by side finish for his first win of the season on Saturday July 8, 2017 at Brighton Speedway. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

Return Of The Champ

The Pro Late Model division competed in its second Triple Crown race of the season on Saturday night. Kyle Tasker (No. 17) and Mark Raynor (No. 55) started on the front row of the 35 lap event with Raynor grabbing the early lead. The Codrington driver led the opening 8 laps before Robbie Wilson (No. 09) took over command of the race.

Point leader Charlie Sandercock (No. 57) started from the 12th position and looked to be well on his way to winning his fifth straight feature when he worked by leader Wilson on lap 14. He led the next 20 laps before contact with lapped car Adam Turner (No. 92) forced Sandercock off the track in corner two. He received his position back, but with damage to the left front wheel of the car he was unable to hold on to claim the victory.

Defending division champion Phil Potts (No. 29) beat Sandercock to the finish line in a side by side finish for his first win of the season. The race was a strong one for Potts as he rallied from being outside of the top five in the first half of the feature to claim the victory. Kyle Sopaz (No. 12) passed Brandon Mowatt (No. 46) on the final lap to claim third. Andy Mayhew (No. 1) finished fifth.

Hennessy Pads Point Lead

The Canadian Modifieds were a late addition to the racing card, but provided one of the most action packed races of the night. Brandon Gregory (No. 22) and Shelby Mills (No. 78) started on the front row for the 25 lap event. Gregory used the top line around the track to dominate the opening 23 laps. He held off multiple challenges from Curtis King (No. 07), but went too high in corner two and opened the door for King and point leader Andrew Hennessy (No. 87). Hennessy made a daring pass in the following corner and went from third to the lead in one lap.

A pair of late race cautions set the stage for a one lap shootout between the top two drivers in the division. Hennessy held off the charge of King at the finish line and claimed his third win of the season. King finished second while Gregory, Doug O’Blenis (No. 32) and Mike Lucas (No. 74) rounded out the top five.

The Kiwanis Club of Trenton Kart Klub at Brighton Speedway hosted a demonstration for the fans on Saturday July 8 at Brighton Speedway. Kart Racing is Thursday’s from May to the end of August on the mini oval. (Photo Credit: Rod Henderson)

Murrell Makes Return To Victory Lane

Mike Freeman (No. 51) and Warren Mowatt (No. 2) led the Pro Stocks to the start of the 20-lap feature. Freeman, with one win on the season already, led the first 16 laps of the race. Brandon Murrell (No. 19) found the bottom lane to his liking and put continued pressure on the leader before finally working by him on lap 17.

Wade Purchase (No. 53) also got past Freeman in the closing laps and challenge Murrell for the win. In the end Murrell crossed the line as the winner and captured his first win of the season over Purchase. Freeman held on for a third place finish while Austin Reid (No. 85) and Doug Anderson (No. 72) were fourth and fifth.

Humphry Wins Third Of The Season

For Jeff Humphry his third win of the season came much more unexpected than his previous two. Adam Wells (No. 48) and Bella Costick (No. 24) led the 15 lap Comp 4 to the green flag. Wells looked like the driver to beat for the first 10 laps as he held a sizeable lead over the rest of the field. On lap 11 though Adam Flieler (No. 11) slipped by him and set his sights on victory lane.

Flieler looked to have the race well in control in the closing laps until contact with the lapped car of Matthew French (No. 51) put the leader into the front stretch wall. Humphry took advantage of the collision and sneaked past the leader to claim the win. Flieler managed to hold on for a second-place finish ahead of Wells, point leader Tyler French (No. 0) and Josh French (No. 08).

Up Next – 50th Anniversary Celebration Night

Next Saturday night it is Brighton Speedway’s 50th Anniversary Celebration brought to you by Deerhaven Farm & Garden and Mix 97. The action-packed card will feature the OSCAAR Hot Rods, Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club, 50 Laps for the Pro Late Models ($750 to Win), 50 Laps for the Canadian Modifieds ($550 to Win), 50 Laps for the Pro Stocks ($350 to Win) including the second Pro Stock Duel on the Dirt Qualifier. There will be a Live Music from Terry Denyes and the Bay City Band, Classic Race Car display and memorabilia in the court yard from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM. The 2017 Wall of Fame Presentations start at 6:00 PM. Racing starts at 7:00 PM. Adult admission is $15. It is also 50th Anniversary Nostalgia Night! Anyone that wears a Brighton Speedway Vintage T Shirt receives $5.00 off admission at the front gate or pits. For more information visit www.brightonspeedway.com.

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Belleville Public Library now open on Sundays

Starting this weekend, the Belleville Public Library will be open on Sundays.

Beginning June 18 the library will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Library Board, with support from the Mayor and Council of the City of Belleville, pursued the addition of these new service hours after receiving feedback from the public.  The board said it looks forward to offering services on Sundays including free wireless internet and public computers.  It will be a cooling centre for the City during the summer with air conditioning and access to a water fountain and bottle re-filling station.

“As chair of the Library Board I would like to say how pleased we are to open on Sunday for the convenience of our customers,” said board chair Councillor Garnet Thompson.  “We look forward to these expanded service hours and to serving our customers seven days a week.”

Warkworth Music Fest launches

There is a brand new music festival that has arrived in the area.

The first annual Warkworth Music Fest takes place July 28th to 30th and is the brain child of Jake Whalen.

He says for the first year they are doing wall to wall cover bands that will bring some of the world’s largest songs to the stage.

Jake Whalen 1

Whalen says everything is taking place at the Warkworth Fairgrounds.

Jake Whalen 2

If it rains the concert will move inside.

The weekend headliners are Little Bones, a Tragically Hip cover band and Ear Candy, who plays the rock songbook from the 70s and 80s.