Icy Conditions

Freezing rain resulted in slippery roads and sidewalks this morning.

By 7:30 a.m. Kingston Police reported four crashes caused by slippery conditions.  There was also a crash on the 401 westbound near Odessa.

School buses were cancelled this morning due to the poor driving conditions.

Tri-Board Student Transportation started the morning hoping buses would operate but had to re-assess the situation.

Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario also cancelled buses for the Upper Canada District Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Missing Sex Offender

Police confirm a man who took off from the Henry Trail Community Correctional Centre at Collins Bay Institution is still on the loose this morning.

51 year old David Maracle took off from the halfway house around 8p.m. Sunday.

Maracle has an extensive criminal history with convictions for sexual assaults, kidnapping, assault and possession of a weapon.

He was living under a long term supervision order that expires in 2025.  Maracle had completed his sentence in October of 2015.

City Council – Countryside Councillor

Kingston City Council will make the decision tonight on how to fill the seat left vacant when Countryside councillor Richard Allen resigned.

Council has three options.  Council can appoint the candidate who finished second in the 2014 municipal election…take nominations and appoint a person…or hold a by-election.

If council approves a by-election it would be a first for Kingston.

A staff report says it would require council approving $150,000 to support the cost of a by-election.

Road Work – Feihe

Kingston is fast-tracking two road projects to prepare for a new baby formula factory and a booming housing market in the west end.

The city has decided to spend 3.6 million dollars to complete the Centennial Drive extension in anticipation of more traffic in the area of the Feihe International plant.

The city also plans to spend 2.6 million to extend Cataraqui Woods Drive to connect to Sydenham Road.

Break In – Deseronto

A 20 year old man and two teenagers face charges after a robbery at an apartment on Thomas Street in Deseronto Friday night.

The victim reported three men wearing disguises forced their way into his apartment while he and his girlfriend were home and stole personal items. Police identified the suspects and arrested a 20 year old, a 17 year old and a 16 year old a short time later.

Tent – Library

Two students at Queen’s University are living in a tent in the atrium of the Stauffer Library to raise money and awareness for literacy and gender equality in education.

Emily Robertson and Kathleen Waterston are living, eating and sleeping in the Library this week.

The funds they raise will support a program called…Room to Read.

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