City bus ablaze

Belleville fire members inspect a city bus which caught fire. (Photo: Dickie Buckshot)


A Belleville city bus caught on fire Thursday night.

Around 8:20 p.m., city fire crews were called to Victoria and Farley Avenues in the east end, where smoke and flames were visible.

A witness tells Quinte News that one person ran into their home and grabbed multiple fire extinguishers and put down the blaze before crews arrived.  He says there was one additional flare up that fire crews easily knocked down.

A cause has not been determined at this time.


Belleville fire members inspect a city bus which caught fire.  (Photo: Dickie Buckshot)

Bachman, Cochrane, Mitchell and more to celebrate Empire anniversary

Mark Rashotte. (Photo: Quinte News)


Belleville’s Empire Theatre is celebrating 15 years, and because of that, they are holding a big party.  It is a week long celebration in fact.

On Thursday evening at the Empire Theatre, owner Mark Rashotte announced a week’s worth of music, film, and a look back at the last decade and a half.

Rashotte says it goes September 10 – 15, and the Thursday will be a big night.

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Thursday will be hosted by Ron James, and he says some of the biggest names ever to play in the theatre will be on the stage.  He adds it will be the biggest night the stage has ever seen.

The Tuesday night is already sold out with Steve Earle.

Quinte Film Alternative will also have an evening during the week of celebrations, and Rashotte along with Andy Forgie will start the week with some of the best stories in and outside the theatre.

Tom Cochrane headlines Friday night, with Jake Clemons opening.  Saturday has Randy Bachman in the prime slot, and Kim Mitchell starting the show.  Friday’s and Saturday’s shows will be outdoors in Empire Square

Some of the weekend’s proceeds will go to support Field of Ability, a charity to build a fully accessible, barrier free baseball diamond.

Rashotte says despite the big names coming in, they are making it very affordable.

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The theatre has started to undergo renovations, which Rashotte says will be complete by anniversary week.  He says it will get a touch up, and sound even better than it does now.

Quinte connections for NHL draft

Anthony Popovich #33 formerly of the Wellington Dukes during a pre-game warmup (Photo by Ed McPherson / OJHL Images)

The NHL draft is this coming weekend and there will be several players with local connections, who could be throwing on an NHL jersey.

Goaltender Anthony Popovich, a Belleville native, is ranked 28th among North American goaltenders for his second draft eligible year.

Popovich, a grad of the Quinte Red Devils and Wellington Dukes, spent the year in Guelph of the OHL, where he appeared in 60 games for the storm.

This is Popovich’s second year of eligibility. He had a 3.44 GAA and a .902 SP in 60 games in 2017-18. He says getting more time in the OHL between the pipes really helped him.

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The former Wellington Duke says he does not really know what to expect from the draft. He says if he does not get selected, he has been given a camp invite with the Dallas Stars.

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Jett Alexander of the North York Rangers (Photo by Ryan McCullough / OJHL Images)


Bloomfield native Jett Alexander was ranked 30th (among NA goalies) in mid-term rankings, however does not have a number ranking going into the weekend.

Nathan Dunkley, formerly of the Quinte Red Devils (Photo: Aaron Bell/OHL Images)


Former Quinte Red Devils Captain Nathan Dunkley is the most likely to go in the draft, ranked 109th among North American skaters.  He jumped up from his mid term ranking of 132.  The Campbellford native has spent time with the Kingston Frontenacs and now the London Knights of the OHL.

Brandon Saigeon (r) of the Hamilton Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the OHL playoffs (Photo: Aaron Bell/ OHL Images)


Brandon Saigeon was selected 4th overall in the 2015 OHL draft by the Belleville Bulls, the last draft the team had before moving to Hamilton.  Saigeon had a break out year with 70 points and helped the Bulldogs to an OHL title and Memorial Cup semi-final birth.  He is ranked 147th (North American) heading into the weekend.

Declan Carlile of the Wellington Dukes (Photo by Andy Corneau/DHC via OJHL Images)


There are two Wellington Dukes ranked among North American skaters.  Declan Carlile of Hartland Michigan had 39 points this season for the Dukes and also agreed on an NCAA deal with Merrimack College.  He is sitting 176th among NA skaters.

Finally, Mason Snell, who will head to Penn State in 2019-20, helped Wellington to an OJHL title, Dudley Hewitt Cup championship, and the RBC Cup nation finals.  He is 185th.

Mason Snell with the Dudley Hewitt Cup  (Photo by Andy Corneau/DHC via OJHL Images)

Industrial accident in The County

Witnesses are asked to come forward, following a serious industrial accident in The County.

Prince Edward OPP were notified by Prince Edward County fire, there had been an industrial accident, where a man fell from scaffolding on a construction project, on County Road 8 in Picton near Macaulay Mountain Conservation Authority.

It happened Wednesday morning around 7 a.m.

The 56-year-old victim from Tyendinaga Township suffered life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince Edward OPP or Crime Stoppers.

Fraud investigation in Presqu’ile


A Brighton man is facing several charges, following a fraud investigation in Presqu’ile.

Northumberland OPP fielded complaints from the Presqu’ile Lighthouse Preservation Society and the Brighton Auxiliary Rescue Unit.

Following an extensive investigation, the Crime Unit arrested 40-year-old Michael Nicholson.

He is charged with theft and fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust.

It had previously been reported in January that the Presquile Lighthouse Society was missing at least $55,000.

Nicholson has a July 25 court date.

Summer not a time for a hot dog

Photo of a dog left in a car in the Quinte region (Photo submitted to Quinte News)


On June 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police, Quinte Humane Society and Ontario SPCA will be teamed up to promote the “NO HOT DOGS IN CARS” campaign at Walmart in the City of Quinte West.

Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle during the warmer months could lead to charges, a fine and the surrendering of the pet to the Humane Society or even worse – the death of your pet.

The Ontario SPCA’s act states that “no person shall cause an animal to be in distress” and you could be charged if that is the case.

Quinte West OPP responded to over two dozen calls for pets left in unattended vehicles in 2017. Officers have attended several calls for the same already in 2018.

It only takes an animal minutes to overheat and animals have limited ability to sweat to relieve their bodies from heat.  Even when parked in the shade your pet is still at risk.

The temperature inside your vehicle can raise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can raise almost 30º F and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

The public is welcome to stop by the display and check out all the information and become more educated on the dangers of leaving a pet in a vehicle.

Any person concerned regarding a pet being left in a vehicle is asked to contact the SPCA at 310-SPCA (7722), the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.

Boxing battles coming to Belleville

It is just over four weeks away until Belleville’s Yardmen Arena will be turned into the centre of boxing in Canada for an evening.

Hometown Heroes goes Saturday, July 14.

Dillon “Big Country” Carman will be fighting for a North American title belt.

He is also the promoter of the event.

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He says there are going to be several fights throughout the evening, and he is excited to be in front of the home crowd.

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Big Country adds it will be a platform to showcase local talent.

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Carman hinted that boxing world champions might be stopping by as well.



Medals, personal bests for Victory and Apollo


Victory and Apollo Barbell Clubs represented Belleville well as 12 of their members competed this past weekend at the 2018 Pan Am and Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships in Gaspe, Quebec.

They came home with a total of 17 medals, 11 Gold, five silver and one bronze, some Canadian records broken and numerous personal best lifts made.

Lifters included from Victory Barbell:

Gary Lewis (Snatch 65kg Clean & Jerk 100kg Pan Am Gold, Canadian Gold 105kg class),

Sarah Condon (Snatch 45kg Clean & Jerk 52kg Pan Am Gold, Canadian Gold 58kg class)

Pamela Davidson (Snatch 38kg Clean & Jerk 50kg Pan Am Silver, Canadian Silver 53 kg class)

Aaron Crossen (Snatch 64kg Clean and Jerk 84kg Canadian Silver 94kg class)

William Condon (Snatch 85kg Clean & Jerk 118kg Canadian Gold 94kg class)

Amy Caine (Snatch 32kg Clean & Jerk 45kg Canadian Gold and new Canadian record holder in Snatch & Clean and Jerk 90kg class).

From Apollo Barbell Club, Christine Walt (Snatch 31kg Clean & Jerk 45kg Pan Am Gold, Canadian Gold and new Canadian record holder Snatch & Clean and Jerk 90kg class)

Joanne Moring (Snatch 44kg Clean & Jerk 54kg Pan Am Silver, Canadian Silver 90kg class), Meredith Stranges (Snatch 45kg Clean & Jerk 53kg Pan Am Gold, Canadian Gold 75kg class)

Nick Stranges (Snatch 68kg Clean & Jerk 88kg Canadian Bronze 85kg class)

Mike Carroll (Snatch 73kg Clean & Jerk 95kg Canadian Gold 105+ class)

Isabell O’Brien (Snatch 40kg Clean & Jerk 63kg personal best in Clean and jerk and total of 103kg)

Picton Terminals Owner says business as usual

A barge carrying tandem trucks bound for Amherst Island near Picton Terminals (Photo: Dave Tugwood/Facebook- Save Picton Bay)


One of the owners of Picton Terminals says it will be business as usual, despite a recent court decision.

On Monday, Justice Wolf Tausendfreund (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) announced that Picton Terminals has been ordered to remove portable industrial equipment and aggregate from a portion of their property on the northeast portion of the Picton Bay location they operate.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE

The group Save Picton Bay began a court fight, alleging that large salt piles were left uncovered at the site, allowing it to flow into the water when it rained.

Picton Terminals co-owner Ben Doornekamp says they anticipated the court’s decision in the case.

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The remainder of the property will not see any change, as it is under “legal non-conforming status”.

Doornekamp says they have worked diligently with the municipality, the MOE, and others.

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UPDATED: Quaiff “satisfied” with Picton Terminals decision

A barge carrying tandem trucks bound for Amherst Island partially sank near Picton Terminals in Picton Bay Friday in 2017. (Photo: Dave Tugwood/Facebook- Save Picton Bay)


A member of the board for Save Picton Bay says there is good news and bad news on a decision by Ontario Superior Court this week.

On Monday, Justice Wolf Tausendfreund (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) announced that Picton Terminals has been ordered to remove portable industrial equipment and aggregate stockpiles stored on the northeast portion of its Picton Bay site.

Victor Lind with the Save Picton Bay Board says other portions of the property will be exempt under legal non-conforming status.

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Lind says although it is not 100 per cent what Picton Terminals wanted, it’s also not 100 percent of what Save Picton Bay wants.

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Lind explains legal non conforming status.

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Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff gave Quinte News a brief reaction to the decision on Tuesday afternoon.

Quaiff says he and county staff will be reviewing the lengthy decision and see what else can be done moving forward.

He says the County may ask Picton Terminals to submit a site plan, so the municipality can be more involved, but for now, he’s satisfied with the decision and says it shows that the municipality has done nothing wrong.

We have also reached out to Doornekamp Construction for comment.

Background to the story is available by CLICKING HERE

Tyendinaga Township could go lame duck

Reeve of Tyendinaga Township Rick Phillips, May 24, 2018 (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News)


Tyendinaga Township could be in for a lame duck council.

At Monday night’s council meeting, CAO Steve Mercer updated council on the situation with the upcoming municipal election.

He says Reeve Rick Phillips and Deputy Reeve Adam Hannafin have both filed papers for the October election, along with Councillor Heather Lang.

CAO Mercer explains their situation.

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That means they need at least one more current councillor to file paper work. Wayne Chadwick, and Don McFarlane are the other current councillors.

Mercer says in a lame duck position, the rules change.

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Some land transactions also apply.

Belleville Senator among Hoffman trade

Cody Donaghey in practice at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre during the 2017-18 AHL season (Photo: Matt Tidcombe / Belleville Senators)


He only suited up for one game in a Belleville Senators uniform, however he was part of a massive trade in the NHL.

Cody Donaghey is part of a deal, along with Mike Hoffman who is leaving Ottawa, for San Jose.  A fifth round pick (2020) also heads to the Sharks in the deal.

In return, The Senators pick up Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman, and a sixth round pick in 2020.

Bergman played his season with the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL.

It is not known whether or not he will call Belleville home in the 2018-19 season

Julius Bergman of the London Knights. (Photo: Aaron Bell/OHL Images)


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