UPDATE: 401 crash

One person taken away to an ambulance (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

A crash involving at least 4 vehicles closed the 401 westbound at Brighton late last night.

There were injuries, but detail isn’t available at this time.

The collision occurred around 11 o’clock and the 401 west was shutdown until around 2 o’clock this morning.

It’s believed dropping temperatures caused the wet pavement to freeze, suddenly creating slippery road conditions.

 

Emergency crews on the scene of the 401 (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

1st round opponents set

The Golden Hawks battle inside the Cobourg zone (pink) on Saturday night (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The Trenton Golden Hawks have known who they were playing for more than a week, however the Wellington Dukes just found out Saturday night.

In Cobourg Satuday, The Cougars shut out Trenton 3-0, in the final regular season game of the OJHL season.  With the win Cobourg locked up 3rd in the Northeast Conference, securing a date with the Kingston Voyageurs.  Cobourg had the 2nd best record, however because Markham won the North Division title, they move into the 2nd playoff position.

Coach and General Manager Jerome Dupont says the club played an average game at best.  He says they did not have much to play for, since they locked up 2nd in the league days ago.  Trenton now gets set to play Newmarket in the first round, with the first game in Trenton likely Friday (however nothing has been confirmed by the league).

 

Meantime, with Cobourg winning over Trenton, that locked Whitby into the 4th playoff seat, securing a date with the Wellington Dukes. Dukes Coach Marty Abrams says they struggled against the Fury during the regular season.  He says they are a high offense, high octane style team.  He says they have to respect that fact.  He says they finished the season strong and everything starts against at zero come the playoffs.

The start date is likely to be Thursday or Friday (however nothing has been confirmed by the league)

 

PHOTOS: Tap for sap

A tree is tapped at O’Hara Mills north of Madoc (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Canada is celebrating its 150th anniversary and Friday the nation’s heritage was showcased with one of the country’s oldest traditions, tapping for sap.

Various brands of local maple syrup on display (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

At O’Hara Mills, dignitaries and maple syrup producers gathered to tap the first trees of the year.

Chris Koopmans, of Koopmans Maple Mountain in The County says the weather needs to be stable for a great season.

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MPP Todd Smith and Dave Little from O’Hara Volunteers Association tap the first tree (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The early warmth of the past few weeks has given producers a chance at an early harvest of sap.

Will Howson is the President of the Quinte Maple Syrup Producers Association.

He says Friday’s event was about spreading the word.

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A pair of pups have some syrup fun (Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

Dukes season finale features Fury

Connor Ryckman #1 of the Wellington Dukes (Photo by Ed McPherson / OJHL Images)

The Wellington Dukes could help finalize the standings in the Northeast Conference with a win Friday night.

The Dukes are taking on the Whitby Fury, a team they will meet in round one, if they beat them.

Head Coach Marty Abrams says Whitby has a deep club.

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Abrams says they have played strong hockey down the stretch, winning 9 of 11.

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Wellington could still end up playing Cobourg, but that only happens if Whitby wins tonight and Cobourg loses to Trenton tomorrow.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m tonight.

Final weekend for the GHawks

(Photo by Hark Nijjar/ OJHL Images)

The Trenton Golden Hawks have their first round opponent set, however they want to head to the post season on a winning note.

The team has been off since Family Day, when they dropped a 2-1 decision in Oakville.

Coach Jerome Dupont says they have two tough games to finish off the regular season, including Markham Friday night.

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They will meet Cobourg Saturday evening.

Trenton meets the Newmarket Hurricanes for the second straight year in the first round.

He says there is some relief in knowing who they will be playing.

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CJBQ will be on the air Friday night at 7:20 p.m, 7:50 p.m Saturday.

Trenton Golden Hawks Hawks Coach Jerome Dupont and Assistant Coach Kevin Forrest (Photo by Amy Deroche / OJHL Images)

PHOTOS: National weapons/drug bust with Quinte connection

Numerous police detachments and units across Ontario, Quebec and the United States have made a massive drug and weapons bust, which has a connection to the Quinte region.

All photos courtesy the Ontario Provincial Police

The investigation, called Project Silkstone targeted multiple criminal groups involved in trafficking illegal drugs and guns along Highway 401, including through the Bay of Quinte.

Earlier this week, numerous agencies raided locations along the corridor and seized the following:

11,500 pills containing fentanyl,

8 kilograms of cocaine,

7.5 kilograms of MDMA (ecstasy),

260 grams of methamphetamine,

7,200 marijuana plants from an indoor grow operation,

180 pounds of processed marijuana bud,

Cases of vapes containing THC – known as ‘JuJu Joints’

Drug paraphernalia and equipment.

Project SILKSTONE investigators seized 23 firearms including 3 pistols and 20 long guns, $69,000 in Canadian currency and $500 in US currency, $50,000 worth of casino chips, equipment and supplies from an illegal identity card-making operation, Radio Frequency (RF) detecting devices, and ‘colours’ from an outlaw motorcycle gang.  In addition, 4 vehicles, an enclosed trailer and a snowmobile were seized as offence-related property.

The names below are the individuals charged.  They will appear in Belleville court over the coming weeks to answer the charges.

32 year old Justin Freeman of Tyendinaga is charged with

• Trafficking Firearms – 6 counts
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – 2 counts
• Traffic in Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – 3 counts

 

35 year old Travis Hesketh of Tyendinaga is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – 2 counts
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

 

33 year old Jesse Hill of Tyendinaga is charged with

• Traffic Firearms

 

48 year old Yvan Leclair of Shannonville is charged with

• Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
• Trafficking in Firearms, Weapon, Device or Ammunition – 2 counts

 

33 year old Derek Shorey of Belleville is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine

 

28 year old Amanda Hewitt of Quinte West is charged with

• Trafficking Firearms

 

38 year old Oscar Dobson of Montreal is charged with

• Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl – 3 counts

 

48 year old Yu Ying Chen of Mississauga is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – MDMA – 3 counts
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – 4 counts

 

40 year old Jason Bryan of Toronto is charged with

• Make Forged Document – 4 counts
• Conspiracy to Make Forged Document
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5,000

 

59 year old Khai Hoang of Mississauga is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – 3 counts
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Oxycodone
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – MDMA – 5 counts
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Heroin
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – 5 counts
• Laundering Proceeds of Crime

 

47 year old Iwona Kirpsza of Toronto is charged with

• Make Forged Document
• Conspiracy to Make Forged Document

 

51 year old Wong Law of Toronto is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – MDMA – 2 counts
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – 2 counts

 

43 year old Lai Lin of Markham is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – MDMA

 

38 year old Patrick Oliver of Ajax is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – 3 counts
• Conspiracy to Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl – 3 counts
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl – 2 counts
• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – MDMA – 3 counts
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000

 

34 year old Heeralall Ramdeo of Toronto is charged with

• Traffic in a Schedule I Substance – Cocaine – 3 counts
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 – 2 counts

 

53 year old Warren Roberts of Toronto is charged with

• Trafficking in Firearms, Weapon, Device or Ammunition – 2 counts

 

25 year old Daneil Roberts of Toronto is charged with

• Trafficking in Firearms, Weapon, Device or Ammunition – 2 counts

 

34 year old Stratis Korinis of Toronto is charged with

• Conspiracy to Import a Schedule I Substance – Fentanyl
• Conspiracy to Import a Schedule I Substance – Heroin

 

Local video goes global

A video showing a confrontation between a pedestrian  and what appears to be a Belleville snow plow driver has gone viral.

The video, posted in November (2016), starts off with a male shouting at a City of Belleville plow driver, “Look at him trying to run me over”.  From there you see the plow inch forward slightly, with the man then shouting, “He hit me, he just hit me with his plow”.

From there, you then see the driver wave over the pedestrian, who asks the plow operator, “What, did you want to say something to the camera?”.

The driver then leans out the window of the truck, swinging in the direction of the male,  The video then goes blurry and the video stops. It is not known whether the driver hits the man, or simply strikes the camera (or phone).

Reports on social media report that the driver was fired by the city, however no official confirmation has come to that effect.

Quinte News reached out to Manager of Human Resources Tim Osborne, who tells us that the driver has filed a grievance and there will be an upcoming arbitration hearing.  Osborne says he cannot comment further on the discussions.

The video has received national and international views, which are now in the hundreds of thousands and growing every minute.  Many of the comments from viewers are split, however there is a large show of support for the driver.

NOTE: The video above is the exact video taken, however due to swearing in the original video, two quick portions of audio were deleted.  The video was posted by user Belleville Drivers, but that individual says they were not the person involved.

Smith gives hydro change thumbs up


Legislation was quickly passed Wednesday morning that prevents local electricity distribution companies from disconnecting customers in the winter.

The Liberal government said Tuesday that it would introduce the legislation if distribution companies had not voluntarily agreed by night time to stop the practice of cutting off customers in winter.

Tuesday in Queen’s Park, MPP Todd Smith said, he pushed three times for a bill, which would stop Hydro One and other providers from shutting off power, during the cold season.

Smith, the opposition hydro critic, says although the government rejected the proposal yesterday, they brought forward their own bill Wednesday .

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The full interview between Tim Durkin and Todd Smith can be heard below.

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MNR fines Marmora man

A Marmora man has been fined $1,500 for an offence under the Public Lands Act.

The man plead guilty to filling shore lands without a permit.

In addition, he received a court order to remove the fill in a manner approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Court heard that a conservation officer found that between June 1, 2016, and September 9, 2016, work was carried out on an area of Crowe Lake, located in Belmont Township, Peterborough County.

An area approximately 29 feet long by 12 feet wide in front of the man’s property had been filled with large rocks, gravel and sand.

Upon investigation, it was determined that he was responsible for this work.

The work was completed without the authorization of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Justice of the Peace Jane Moffatt heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on February 9, 2017.

The public is reminded that dredging or filling shore land is prohibited without a work permit. For further information on work permit requirements when working around shorelines and waterways, contact your local ministry office or conservation authority.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Kelly guilty of sex assault

Quinte Consolidated Courthouse in Belleville. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

A Belleville man has been found guilty of sexual assault and other charges after an incident last summer (2016).

In early July, residents reported a suspicious person in a west end Belleville park.

When police responded, a suspect ran away but was caught by officers.

20 year old Christopher Kelly was charged with obstruct police, two counts of sexual assault, sexual interference, and three counts of breach of probation.

Kelly will be sentenced February 27.

Blades brilliant in Brockville

(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)

It was a big weekend for Quinte Blades Speed Skating club as 12 skaters travelled to Brockville Saturday to compete against 85 others in the third Eastern Regional meet of the season.

Novice skaters, 8 year old Eve McMaster and 6 year old Kevin Hoffman both showed a great deal of improvement over their December finishes. In the end, despite her inexperience, Eve dominated her group finishing with a gold medal, while Kevin was edged out of the medals in the 500m final.

Picton’s Max Tootle skated 5 solid races over the day. His strategy of staying away from trouble paid off as he was able to secure two first place finishes on his way to a gold medal.

12 year old Carson Karja, another Prince Edward County resident, skated brilliantly in every race. A big improvement in his starts gave him an insurmountable lead early in each of his first 4 races. In the 1500 m final, Carson confused his competition by deciding to stay in the pack for 10 laps before sprinting to the win and the gold medal.

(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)

Veteran skater Paul Pickard was leading his group going in to his final race of the day, however, his failure to complete a pass earlier in the day meant that all the medals in the group were up for grabs. In the 1500m event, a Gloucester skater moved into the lead and set a difficult pace. Pickard made two attempts to re-gain the lead without success. With just 1 ½ laps to go, the Gloucester skater took a wide track out of the corner and Pickard was able to squeeze into the lead and hold on for a first place finish.

Brian Hoffman and Matthew Tootle skated some personal best times over the day. Both found themselves dealing with heavy traffic which interfered with their overall success. Adam James and Kai Freeland went head-to-head in the 1500m final which saw several lead changes. Despite Adam’s win, Kai emerged as the fan favourite. Personal best times were also recorded by Jacob Fulford, Trent Sproule and Ethan Taylor.

The next competition for the Blades will be the Provincial B and C championships which will be held in London at the end of March Break.

(Photo: submitted to Quinte News)

Bayside tops in the pool

(Photo: City of Belleville)

The Bay of Quinte swim competition took place last week and Bayside Secondary was the cream of the crop.

In the the women’s, men’s and overall, the Red Devils took top spot, raking in 910 points.

Nicholson and Moira round out the top three.

Over 120 swimmers from seven high schools took part.