Pop superstar Prince, who was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist.
One Arrested – Break in and Robbery
Kingston Police have arrested a 30 year old man following that break in and robbery at a home on Connaught Street Tuesday afternoon.
The man was arrested in Gananoque around 10:30 last night.
He spent the night in a Kingston Police cell and will formally be charged with robbery and breach of probation today.
Police are still looking for two other men and a woman. Witnesses say guns and knives were used in the robbery of a 29 year old man on Tuesday afternoon.
The suspects took off from the house on Connaught Street in an orange coloured Jeep.
Riding Mower Hit
A driver is facing charges after a Loyalist township employee suffered minor injuries when his riding mower was hit on Highway 2 in Odessa.
A vehicle clipped the side of the mower and it flipped over at around three yesterday afternoon.
Emergency crews didn’t have far to go to get to the scene – it was across the road from the fire hall.
Highway 2 was closed while police investigated.
Kingston Police is still looking for suspects following a break in and robbery at a home on Connaught Street.
Police were called to the home at 87 Connaught Street around 4:30 yesterday afternoon.
A man says he was robbed at knife point by a woman and two men.
Police say nobody was injured during the robbery and the suspects made their getaway in a car.
A Kingston company is expanding.
Cancoil Thermal has announced plans to expand into a new building on Innovation Drive. It will continue to operate at its current location on John F. Scott Road.
Cancoil makes equipment for heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration systems.
It currently employs 130 people and the expansion may add another 100 jobs.
Food Bank Blitz
A food blitz for the Partners in Mission Food Bank on the weekend was a big disappointment.
The food bank collected items at grocery stores on Saturday instead of the traditional door to door food drive.
Volunteers at 10 grocery stores collected 22,200 pounds. The goal was 100,000 pounds.
The food bank hasn’t announced any plans to make up the shortfall.
Library – No Sunshine List
You won’t see staff with the Kingston Frontenac Public Library on the Sunshine list.
The Library Board has voted against identifying employees who make over $100,000 a year.
Libraries are covered by separate privacy legislation and don’t have to reveal the wages of employees.
The library board will release a list of wage ranges and job tiles…but it won’t include specific names or exact dollar amounts.
RMC Cadet – Death
The sudden death of a 22 yr old RMCC cadet has shaken the Military University.
On Thursday morning Harrison Kelertas, of Montreal was found dead on campus. He was reportedly found in his room after he wasn’t seen for roll call.
The honours politics student, and member of Frontenac (4) Squadron, was scheduled to graduate on May 19.
Meanwhile the Royal Military College of Canada cadets marched across the causeway bridge meeting with the mayor as part of Copper Sunday traditions yesterday.
The 400 plus cadets were welcomed by Mayor Bryan Paterson at city hall where he addressed the recent loss by saying: “When you celebrate, we celebrate with you, when you fell loss, we feel loss with you,”
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is still investigating the death but reports there were no signs of foul play.
Via Rail – Kingston
The head of Via Rail is hoping to improve rail service into Kingston.
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano says by 2019 trains will start out of Kingston first thing in the morning for the work day and the last train at the end of the evening will allow people to go into the larger cities to enjoy evening events, and get back into town at the end of those events.
Desjardins-Siciliano says with the current schedule, Kingston residents can’t go to a Raptors or Maple Leafs games for example.
Napanee – Fatal Sentence
A man convicted in connection with a multiple-vehicle accident that claimed two lives has been handed a 15-hundred dollar fine and a one-year driving prohibition.
Twenty-one-year-old Tyler Isaacs of Napanee was found guilty on February 26th of careless driving and was sentenced yesterday in Napanee Provincial Offences Court.
Isaacs and two tractor trailer drivers were charged with careless driving after two people in a pickup truck — 62-year-old Marc Gouzopoulos and his 69-year-old wife Gloria of Southgate Township — were killed in a crash on Highway 4-0-1 in Napanee on July 14th, 2014.
A trial for one of the other drivers continues next month while the trial for third is scheduled to start in June.
Ministry of Natural Resources – Sued
The Ministry of Natural Resources is being sued by a township resident for $25,000 over its part in approving a floating dock at the Ivy Lea Club.
Douglas Mackintosh, who owns a marina next to the club, claims the ministry sent out a misleading notice to neighbours informing them of the club’s plans and that he was subsequently deprived of his right to appear at a public hearing about the dock and make his objections known.
He also feels he suffered tangible damages from the 547-foot dock which was built in June of 2014! His claims says the dock obstructs the channel that he and his marina clients use to get out on the river.
None of Mackintosh’s allegations have been proven in court. The regional Ministry of Natural Resources office in Kemptville has until mid-May to respond to the lawsuit.
KINGSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY – Discrimination
Proposed new rules to bar foul-smelling patrons or those “lingering aimlessly” from Kingston’s public library have been put off.
A group that opposes the new code of conduct appeared at a library board meeting yesterday — arguing the new rules target the homeless and the poor.
A spokeswoman for Libraries are for Everyone says more than 100 people turned out for the meeting and many in the audience made “heartfelt” statements.
She says Councillor Jim Neill moved to defer the Code’s implementation and invite public consultation as soon as possible and the motion passed.
The library board has said the guidelines aren’t aimed at a specific group but are needed to ensure the library remains a safe space. (The Canadian Press)
STOLEN TRACTOR – KINGSTON
Kingston Police are searching for a tractor that was recently stolen from the Kingston Mills area.
Contractors have been on site at a city park near Holy Name Catholic School where equipment is regularly left overnight, on the morning of April 21st when workers returned they found a Kubota B21 tractor, valued at approximately $18,000, was stolen.
Attempts were made by staff to prevent the theft of equipment but the suspects were able to still move it. It is unknown if it was loaded onto another trailer to haul it away or simply driven from the scene.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kingston Police.
Grow Op Bust – Sydenham
A large marijuana grow op was discovered in Sydenham last Friday by the OPP after a subsequent search.
Police found and seized marijuana plants, hash as well as magic mushrooms from the indoor growing operation, with the total haul having an approximate street value of $70,000 .
52 year old Todd Veley faces multiple charges including production and possession of marijuana. The investigation is ongoing with Todd to appear in court on June 23rd.
The OPP would like to remind the public to report any suspicious activity in their area to their local police service. Anonymous information can also be provided to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
OSPCA – Cat Removal
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped remove eleven cats from a Kingston residence Tuesday morning. Officers were at the house on Elm street for more than two hours executing a warrant after they were notified by a call to the OSPCA tip line. The investigation continues so it is too soon to know if there will be any charges laid. A veterinarian was onsite during the removal and the animals will receive a full assessment while being provided care.
Coin Theft – Car Washes
Kingston Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects in recent coin thefts from a string of car washes.
In March a significant amount of money was stolen from the coin machine at The Dolphin Car Wash at 2339 Princess St. Then on April 13, the Collins Bay Car Wash on Bath Rd. reported a similar occurrence.
Video surveillance shows two male suspects gaining entry to the machines without causing any damage. One suspect concealed his identity by wearing a hoodie while the second suspect made no attempt to hide himself from the cameras.
The suspects can be seen on our Facebook fan page and drove away in a newer compact SUV, dark in colour, with no visible license plates.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Kingston Police!
Smashed Windows – Arrest
Witness helped Kingston police in an arrest after they reported a man smashing out the window of a vehicle parked in downtown Kingston.
A witness reported spotting a lone male breaking into a Nissan Sentra at Princess and Clergy Streets early Monday morning.
When officers arrived on the scene they found a 29 yr. old man, matching the description and still standing by the vehicle with one door window smashed in and the centre console opened. Police also found a broken golf club on the ground leading them to believe the man was breaking into the vehicle to look for valuables.
The accused is a Kingston resident with no fixed address and was arrested for mischief under $5,000 and faces two charges of breach of probation.