Gerretsen – Federal Budget

Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen says the new federal budget contains changes to allow earlier access to maternity benefits…something he’s been working on since being elected.

Gerretsen says more work needs to be done to move the issue forward…but he’s pleased with changes to maternity assistance that will extend benefits for up to 12 weeks before a woman’s due date.


Convicted killer Mohammad Shafia says he never had an agreement to pay a Kingston lawyer to defend his wife in the Kingston Mills honour killing murder case.

Shafia was brought to Kingston yesterday to testify in the lawsuit launched by Kingston lawyer David Crowe who says he is owed more than $100,000.

Crowe’s lawyer claims Shafia had already paid Crowe $120,000 to defend Tooba Mohammad Yahya – but Shafia said he never had any written agreement with the Kingston lawyer.

Busted – Sleeping

A man wanted by Kingston Police has been arrested after he was caught sleeping in a vehicle on an ATV trail near Mountain Road in Stone Mills Township.

Napanee OPP found a man and woman sleeping in the vehicle early Tuesday morning.

A search turned up crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, and injectable hydromorphone, $800 in cash, drug paraphernalia and stolen property.

28 year old Preston Hilliard was charged with Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle while Impaired by Drug.  The woman was released.

It turns out Hilliard was also wanted by Kingston City Police for Break and Enter and breaching conditions of bail from a previous arrest.

Whig Reporter – Drouin

A Kingston Police detective says a reporter helped police track down the Blue Jays bandit.

Detective Blair Watt says he’s going to recommend Whig reporter Steph Crosier for a civilian police award.  Crosier saw a man in a vehicle she thought was suspicious when she was in Trenton on November 15th…the same day a bank was robbed there.  She called police to report the gold coloured Cadillac.  That tip gave police the idea of setting up surveillance on the 401 eastbound that snared 30 year old Tristan Drouin of Gatineau after robberies in Bowmanville and Cobourg on December 16th.  He has been sentenced to four years in prison for eight bank robberies.

Kingston Police – New Social Media Accounts

Kingston Police are taking social media by storm.

They’ve launched four new social media accounts and say three more are coming soon.

The Twitter and Instagram accounts have been created for School Resource Officer – Constable Carolyn Gauthier…Downtown Foot and Bicycle Patrol Officer – Constable Filip Wisniak, General Patrol Constable Steve Koopman and Youth Engagement Officer – Constable Josh Conner.

The three others that are coming soon are for officers in charge of Community Engagement, Traffic Safety and Sex Assault and Child Abuse.

A news release from Kingston Police says the expansion of its presence on social media has been made possible by a grant from the provinces Proceeds of Crime.


Twitter and Instagram

”              @kp_schoolcop – School Resource Officers – Constable Carolyn Gauthier

”              @kp _beatcop – Downtown Foot and Bicycle Patrol – Constable Filip Wisniak

”              @kp _patrol – General Patrol – Constable Steve Koopman


Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat

”              @kp_youthcop – Youth Engagement – Constable Josh Conner


Coming soon:

”              @kp_community – Community Engagement – Constable Frank Howard

”              @kp_trafficcop – Traffic Safety – Constable Rick Hough

”              @kp_sacaunit – Sex Assault Child Abuse Unit – Detective Sergeant Barbara Hough

Filed under: Drouin, Federal Budget, Kingston Police, Mark Gerretsen, Mohammad Shafia, Napanee OPP, New Social Media Accounts, Preston Hilliard, Whig Reporter