Jamboree starts Thursday

The Havelock Country Jamboree gets underway Thursday.

Big names include Mark Chesnutt, Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Aaron Prichett.

George Canyon tells Quinte News that the Havelock Jamboree holds a place in his heart.

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Canyon adds he is looking forward to seeing the thousands of fans on hand.

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Aaron Prichett is the headliner Thursday night and tells Quinte News says Havelock will be for playing friends.

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Black Jack Billy, Meghan Patrick, Patricia Conroy and Confederate Railroad are also on the docket.

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Assault at Millhaven

There was an assault at Millhaven Institution on Friday.

Around 2:00 p.m., an investigation began at the prison, southeast of Napanee, and the inmate was transported to hospital with unspecified injuries.

The suspects have been identified and punished.

No other inmates or staff were injured in the assault.

Assault, liquor charges at Sandbanks

A pair of brothers are facing charges, after an incident at Sandbanks Park .

Around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, the OPP received a call from park wardens, who said two different intoxicated men were causing a disturbance.

One was under an order not to drink.

Thirty-five year old Rejean Marleau of Kingston was charged with breach of an undertaking and given a warden’s notice for being intoxicated in a public place.

The second man’s alleged to have been combative with officers.

Thirty-four year old Sylvain Marleau of South Stormont Township has been charged with assaulting an officer.

They both have September court dates.

Mohawk fair weekend

It is back to back busy weekends on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

It is the fair, which gets underway starting Friday, going through to Sunday.

Events include the demo derby, exhibits, games, food, crafts, a pony pull, classic car shore, talent show and more.

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City talks hydro talks at AMO

(Photo: Tim Durkin/ Quinte News)

The City of Belleville addressed hydro during meetings at the AMO Conference in Ottawa this week.

Municipal officials talked with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Energy, regarding two different companies being in charge of city hydro, Veridian in the city, and Hydro One in Thurlow ward.

Councillor Mitch Panciuk.

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Panciuk says Veridian wants to buy the remainder of the municipal territory Hydro One operates.

He hopes with government intervention, things can once again get rolling.

Belleville Police open house

Belleville Police have an open house on Friday.

It is taking place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

There are lots of demonstrations including the Emergency Response Unit, Traffic Safety Unit, Forensic Identification, along with photo opportunities, a barbecue and safety village and station tours.

A shredding truck will also be on scene, for anyone who wishes to drop off personal documents.

Donations for the Quinte Humane Society will be accepted as well.

B&Es focused on hair salons

Local OPP detachments are notifying shop owners to be on the lookout for a recent rash of B and Es.

Officers say hair salons and spas have been broken into at a higher rate than normal.

They all see front glass doors being smashed and having inadequate or no alarm systems.  Some are not visible from the parking lot or road and many were ransacked.

The OPP say suspects appear to be targeting cash and hair products.

July busiest month for Shorelines

Hundreds flock to the new Shorelines Casino Belleville on opening night January 11, 2017. (Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News)

The numbers are up and are setting benchmarks for Great Canadian Gaming.

Shorelines Casino Belleville has already been forced to do upgrades to meet demand.

Casino Spokesperson Andy Lacroix.

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Lacroix says things are better than expected.

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Lacroix says the Belleville site in July was their busiest Great Canadian Gaming restaurant in Ontario, with 30,000 visitors.

Lawrie resigning from BDIA

Executive Director the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area, Marilyn Lawrie.(Photo/Quinte News).

Another person is leaving the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area.

Multiple sources to Quinte News say that Executive Director Marilyn Lawrie has handed in her resignation and will complete work for the BDIA until August 31, 2017.

We reached out to Lawrie, and Board Chair Dwane Barratt, but both said they could not comment.

Lawrie began the position in March.

Less than a month ago, Office and Events Coordinator Debby Nolan resigned, after being hired last October.

Last August, then Acting Executive Director Erica Holgate and events and office coordinator Andrea McKibben resigned to pursue other ventures.

Several members of the board have also resigned over the past 12 months.

At a February meeting of Belleville Council, Councillor Jack Miller expressed concern with the fact the Executive Director position was only part time.

A source to Quinte News suggests that who ever takes over for Lawrie, will be doing so in a full time position in the BDIA.  That also has not been confirmed by Barratt or Lawrie.

Executive Director of the Belleville Downtown Improvement Area, Marilyn Lawrie, was introduced at city council, March 20, 2017 (Photo: Mary Thomas / Quinte News)

Nanoknife surgery study approved

Mayor of Trent Hills Hector Macmillan (File photo: submitted)


The mayor of Trent Hills says his fight with a new cancer treatment has taken a major step forward.

Hector Macmillan tells Quinte News that trials will begin for a pancreatic cancer treatment called IRE nanoknife.

He had the surgery earlier this year in Germany.

Macmillan says Health Minister Doctor Eric Hoskins notified him this week at the AMO conference in Ottawa.

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Macmillan says there is still much to do.

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He says getting this in Ontario is a major step forward.

The government announced six months ago that $2.1 million will be invested into the clinical studies.


Former Nortel site sold

(Photo: John Spitters/ Quinte News)

A well known Belleville property has been sold.

Quinte News has learned that a Toronto area company has purchased the former Nortel building on Sidney Street in Belleville.

250 Sidney was owned by a numbered company and housed both Avaya and Strathcona Energy.

The numbered company and Strathcona went into receivership and had assets seized and sold by various creditors.

The property was sold by BDO Canada.

It is not known at this time what will be done with the building, however we are told Avaya, the international telecom giant, will remain on site.

We have reached out to the new owner for comment.

UPDATE: 401 re-opens between Brighton and Colborne after morning crash

UPDATE @ 12:20 P.M.: OPP say all westbound lanes of the 401 have been reopened, between Brighton and Colborne, after this morning’s crash.
The section of highway was closed for about six hours while emergency crews and investigators work at the scene.

Two people have been taken to hospital, one of them with serious injuries.

No other details have been released as of yet.

Two people were injured following a serious crash Monday morning northwest of Brighton.

Around 6:30 a.m., emergency crews were called to the westbound 401, west of County Road 30.

The crash involved a Pontiac Sunfire, and one person sustained life threatening injuries.

The 401 has been closed since.

The roadway is expected to re-open around 1:00 p.m.