Wednesday, July 24, 2024

  • What’s open and closed in Belleville on Canada Day – Monday, July 1?
    The Canada Day long weekend is upon us, with a statutory holiday taking place Monday, May 20. Here’s a look at what’s open and closed, and what local services are affected, in Belleville. Do you know of something notable that’s open that should be added to this list? Let us know by emailing Retail
  • SIU clears OPP officer after woman injured in Trenton
    The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has cleared a local OPP officer in an incident where a female suspect became injured earlier this year. A media release from the SIU explains that its director, Joseph Martino, “found no reasonable grounds to believe an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a broken
  • Belleville police investigating armed robbery
    The Belleville Police Service is investigating after a victim had their handbag stolen by suspects said to be carrying weapons. Police explain that on June 27, at about 9:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Pinnacle Street and Bridge Street East after a robbery was reported. Police learned that the victim was approached
  • OPP officer charged with assault after Trenton man seriously injured last November: SIU
    The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has ruled that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence last November in Trenton. SIU directly Joseph Martino found “reasonable grounds” to believe the officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the serious injuries suffered by a 40-year-old man in Trenton last year. An SIU media
  • 17 charges laid in Quinte Region Traffic Coalition’s ‘Safe on 62’ initiative
    On Tuesday, June 25, the Quinte Region Traffic Coalition (QRTC) conducted its annual ‘Safe on 62’ enforcement initiative along the Highway 62 corridor. A media release explains that officers issued a total of 17 charges, including eight for speeding. Additionally, five warnings were given. As part of the initiative, eight commercial motor vehicles were inspected
  • Belleville police arrest one man for breaching probation, another on strength of warrant
    The Belleville Police Service made two arrests on Wednesday, June 26. Just before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, police received a call regarding a male who was believed to be breaching his release order and a court ordered prohibition order. A media release explains that officers attended an address in the city’s west end and confirmed
  • Belleville man charged with assault against eight-year-old
    The Belleville Police Service arrested a local man for assault against an eight year old child; police say this man had been released on previous domestic related charges and was also breaching his release conditions. Police say that on June 25, just after 3:30 p.m., officers, alongside members of the Highland Shores Children’s Aid Society
  • Quinte West Community Health Centre receives funds for expansion
    The Ontario government has announced plans to expand the Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre, with the aim of improving access to care in the Bay of Quinte region. As part of the first phase of this project, the Ontario government invested $14 million in 2020 to support the construction of new 17,000 sq
  • Belleville City Council backs Tweed’s call for provincial regulation of exotic animals
    In support of public safety and animal welfare, the Belleville City Council has unanimously passed a motion supporting the Ontario provincial government’s implementation of stringent regulations on the possession, breeding, and use of non-native (“exotic”) wild animals. The motion, which was presented to Council at a June 24 council meeting, was in support of the
  • Prince Edward County seeks partner for redevelopment of former Queen Elizabeth School property
    The County of Prince Edward is seeking written expressions of interest (EOI) from private sector and not-for-profit entities for a partnership to redevelop the former Queen Elizabeth School property. The municipality acquired the 1.8-hectare property at 35 Barker Street in Picton from the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, which declared the school surplus
  • Cascades Action Centre will help 180 laid-off workers in Belleville and Trenton find new employment
    The Ontario government has announced an investment of $445,252 in a new ‘action centre’ aimed at helping the 180 workers impacted by the closure of Cascades’ manufacturing plants in Trenton and Belleville connect with services and training they need to get back to work quickly.  Run by Unifor, the Cascades Action Centre will operate until
  • Portion of Picton Main Street closed for gas leak
    Picton Main Street between Bridge Street and Ross Street is temporarily closed, the County of Prince Edward reports. “There is a natural gas leak in the area,” reads a post to X from the County. “Fire crews are on scene evacuating the area.” Prince Edward County Fire and Rescue is advising the public to avoid
  • Car vs. motorcycle collision on Belleville’s Millennium Drive results in charges
    A two-vehicle collision in Belleville on Monday resulted in charges for a 24-year-old Brighton man. In a media release, the Belleville Police Service states that on Monday, june 24, at about 5:30 p.m., officers responded to a collision between a car and a motorcycle on Millennium Drive. Police say the collision “resulted in significant damage
  • Belleville mayor requests additional provincial funding for housing and infrastructure in letter to premier
    A motion was passed unanimously by the City of Belleville council on June 24 regarding a resolution to address the financial impact of recent provincial housing legislation and to request additional funding from the Ontario government. The request is being made in response to recent provincial legislation—Bill 108, Bill 109 and Bill 23—which now pose
  • Napanee firefighter awarded Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery
    Greater Napanee firefighter Mackenzie Grosvenor received the province’s highest honour, the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery, last week, but he says he shares that award with someone special. Grosvenor was one of dozens of firefighters and police officers awarded medals of bravery by Ontario Lieutenant-Governor Edith Dumont on Monday, Jun. 17, 2024, at a ceremony
  • CUPE marches for paramedic wellness at opening of new Stirling-based facility
    The new Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Services building in Stirling spent its opening ceremonies with a ribbon of CUPE paramedic workers marching for better wages out in front. Rob Cunningham, president of CUPE group, said their consultations on receiving better working conditions have stalled. He said this led CUPE members and their supporters to come out to
  • ‘In shock’: Belleville man wins big on scratch ticket
    Andrew Gilchrist, a pipefitter from, Belleville, has played the lottery for over 40 years, and he finally won big. “I was sipping on a coffee in my car, while playing my ticket,” Gilchrist recalled while visiting the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his winnings. “I did more than a double take. It
  • Quinte West officer assaulted, injured while responding to collision: OPP
    A 27-year-old man from Campbellford is facing an assault charge after reportedly becoming agressive with first responders who came to his aid during a collision over the weekend. Police say in a media release that officers with the Quinte West Detachment of the OPP, as well as Hastings-Quinte Paramedics and Quinte West Firefighters, responded to
  • Drug, impaired driving charges laid during traffic stop in Prince Edward County
      A report of a suspected impaired driver on Highway 62 in Prince Edward County over the weekend resulted charges for a Montreal resident. Police were called to Highway 62 just after 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 23 after a report of a suspected impaired driver. A media release from the OPP explains that the
  • Belleville man charged after allegedly damaging vehicle with grocery cart
    A grocery cart combined with a family dispute and alcohol lead to charges in Belleville over the weekend. In a media release, the Belleville Police Service says officers were called to a disturbance in the city’s north end at around 3 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, June 23, by a man who claimed he
  • Belleville police identify victim and fourth suspect in September 2023 homicide
    On the afternoon of Friday, June 21, the Belleville Police Service released additional information regarding the city’s September 2023 homicide, including the name name of the victim and the identity of a fourth accused person in the ongoing investigation. “After an investigation which culminated in arrests this week, investigators can now confirm the identity of
  • Fight between man in wheelchair, shirtless man, leads to charges in Belleville
    Belleville police laid multiple charges after two men engaged in a fist fight in the parking lot of a west end plaza on the afternoon of Thursday, June 20. A June 21 media release states that calls started coming in to police dispatchers shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday reporting that two men, who had been
  • Belleville police arrest two more suspects in connection with September 2023 homicide
    Belleville police have made two additional arrests in relation to an ongoing investigation into a homicide that occurred last fall. In a Friday, June 21 media release, police say that on Monday of the same week, members of the Criminal Investigations Division arrested a 47-year-old Belleville man for his alleged role in the incident, which
  • NCC secures protection of 73-hectare Moira River Karst Nature Reserve
    The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has secured the protection of a 73-hectare property along the Moira River north of Belleville, featuring old growth forest, karst, and wetland habitats. This acquisition fulfills a vision more than 15 years in the making, initiated by the late Clifford and Heather Maclean of Hastings County, who first approached
  • ‘Erratic’ driving leads to license suspension for Belleville woman
    The Belleville Police Service report that a local woman had her license suspended and vehicle towed after an incident of ‘erratic’ driving. In a media release, police say that on June 20, at about 2 a.m., officers observed a vehicle on North Front Street that was driving in a manner they found suspicious. Police stopped
  • Two traffic disruptions in Prince Edward County to be aware of today (June 19)
    Prince Edward County will experience two significant traffic disruptions today due to road work and culvert replacement on Wednesday, June 19. Black Road Closure –  A section of Black Road will be closed from civic addresses 868 to 899. The closure will occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to facilitate the replacement of culverts.
  • Belleville resident smashes car window, mirror in parking spot dispute: police
    A dispute between neighbours over a parking spot led to police involvement early Tuesday morning. At about 6 a.m. on June 18, Belleville police responded to an address on Sidney Street after receiving reports that a man had just “smashed out a car window and broke one of the side mirrors,” according to a media
  • SIU investigating death of man in Tyendinaga Township
    Content warning: This article contains reference to self-harm and suicidality. Following a situation that saw an increased police presence in Tyendinaga, the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has invoked its mandate to investigate the circumstances around the death of a local man. On Saturday, Jun. 15, 2024, several officers with the Lennox and Addington (L&A)
  • ‘Special Air Quality Statement’ issued for Quinte area
    Environment Canada has issued a “Special Air Quality Statement” for much of the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (KFL&A) and Quinte regions. Published at 10:52 a.m. on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2024, the Special Air Quality Statement was issued jointly by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Environment, and Climate Change Canada,
  • Report of shoplifting at Belleville store leads to arrest of woman on multiple warrants
    On the evening of Monday, June 17, just before 7:30 p.m., Belleville police responded to a business on Bell Boulevard regarding a report of shoplifting. Police say in a media release that the store’s loss prevention officer had arrested a female suspect for theft. Upon arrival, officers discovered that the woman was wanted on two

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