Barn Fire

Fire has destroyed a barn in Wilton.  The fire was reported around 1:30 yesterday afternoon on Simmons Road.  The barn was engulfed in flames when Loyalist Township Fire crews arrived.  Two chickens died in the fire and about 150 bales of hay were destroyed.  Four ponies that live in the barn were outside when the fire started and weren’t injured.

It is believed an electrical problem started the fire, but the cause is under investigation.


Sentencing – Drugs and Theft

A 38-year-old Kingston man has been sentenced to two years in prison on multiple charges including assault with a weapon, using a stolen credit card and possession of crystal methamphetamine.

Jeffrey Lakins had pleaded guilty to stealing an SUV and trying to get away from police who tried to stop him in the parking lot of the Petro Canada on Centennial Drive on June 25th. The SUV rammed a police cruiser and narrowly missed hitting a police officer.

Police found a Taser and .32 caliber rifle on the back seat.  A woman was able to escape but was later arrested trying to hide in the back of a taxi.  She was sentenced in November to nine months in jail.


Belleville Theft – Kingston Men Charged

Three men from Kingston have been charged following the theft of items from a store in Belleville.

Kingston Police had them under surveillance and followed a pickup truck from Kingston to the store in Belleville on the night of November 20th.  Power tools worth $2,700 were stolen from the store and the trio drove back to Kingston where they were stopped and arrested.

The man under surveillance was wanted on an outstanding warrant and now faces additional charges including possession of fentanyl.

A 41-year-old man is also facing charges including breach of probation and a 49-year-old man has been charged with possession of stolen property.


Bus Collision

Kingston Police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a vehicle involved in a collision with a Kingston Transit bus.  It happened around 11:20 on Friday night at the intersection of Montreal and Markland Streets.

The vehicle was travelling east on Markland and after colliding with the side of the bus it took off.  Police say the newer white four-door sedan has tinted windows and may have damage to the front end.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is being asked to contact Constable Alarie at 613-549-4660 ext. 6397 or via email at

You can also provide tips anonymously by calling 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and asking to remain anonymous.


Teachers – Strike Tomorrow – Work to Rule Today

The Hastings and Prince Edward Board is reminding students there is a one-day strike at its high schools tomorrow.  The strike is taking place at nine school boards in Ontario…but does not include the Limestone Board or Catholic high schools.

Ontario’s public elementary teachers will ramp up their work-to-rule campaign today as they continue contract talks with the government.  The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says educators will not plan any new field trips or distribute letters or memos from schools and boards.


My Neighbourhood

A new online tool at the city of Kingston’s website includes an interactive map that lets you explore city services, facilities and projects in selected areas.

The city’s Chief Information Officer, Jeff Bumstead, says the city is also working on plans to add more information to the My Neighbourhood section of its website.