Pedestrian Fatal – Update

The driver of the Kingston Transit bus that hit and killed a pedestrian has been charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to yield to a pedestrian. The driver hasn’t been identified but the city confirms he remains off work.

The man who died has been identified as 32 year old Andrew Serres of Kingston.

Serres died in hospital after being hit by the bus in the intersection of John Counter Boulevard and Leroy Grant Drive last Friday morning.

A funeral and memorial service will be held for Andrew Serres starting at 11 tomorrow morning at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Glenburnie.

Bath Fire

The home destroyed by fire in Bath on Tuesday is officially a crime scene.

The home on Somerset Drive will have to be demolished.

The Ontario Fire Marshal’s investigator says there was an incendiary explosion that caused the fire and it is a case of arson.

The OPP is investigating the fire as one of a growing number of deliberately set fires in the region.

Crime Stoppers – Cigarette Campaign

Police in Eastern Ontario are teaming up with Crime Stoppers to try and stop the increase in the sale of illegal cigarettes.  Kingston, Brockville and Gananoque Police along with the OPP and Crime Stoppers announced the campaign yesterday. Officials estimate illegal cigarettes make up about 40% of cigarette sales in Kingston.

The campaign is aimed at convincing people they are supporting bikers, street gangs and terrorists when they buy illegal smokes.  It urges anyone with information regarding individuals or groups involved in illegal tobacco sales to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Urban Hippie – Success Story

A Kingston based company that produces granola is expanding into major supermarkets.

Urban Hippie Granola is officially launching its line of granola in Metro and Food Basics stores across Ontario today.  It will be featured in the store flyers at a discount price for the launch.

Urban Hippie granola is already available at all Farm Boy stores and at a number of local food outlets in Kingston and Toronto.  The company will be celebrating its third anniversary on November 18th.

March at Queen’s

A march will be taking place at Queen’s University today to celebrate diversity on campus.

Members of several minority groups will march along University Avenue to Union Street and gather there for a rally.  Organizers say the event called Diversity Unites: A Celebration of Culture…is aimed at bringing attention to the fact Queen’s has a history of racial and cultural discrimination.

The International Peacekeepers Alliance says students face discrimination…including racial slurs…on almost a daily basis.

911 – Wolfe Island Ferry Schedule

A visitor to Wolfe Island who called 911 to get a ferry schedule around 10:45 Tuesday night got a lesson in how to use the emergency number.  The OPP officers who responded to the call ended up educating the caller on the fact 911 should only be used when the safety of people or property is at risk and the matter requires immediate assistance.

Double Trouble

Some people just don’t learn….

Kingston Police say they stopped a vehicle for an inspection at a Ride Check on Johnson Street at Palace Road on the night of November 2nd because it had a loud exhaust and an unsecured load.

A 19 year old Kingston man was charged with driving while under suspension.

Four days later…a police officer stopped a vehicle on Bayridge Drive because of a loud muffler.  It turned out to be the same vehicle and driver and he is now facing another charge of driving with a suspended license as well as a charge for driving with no muffler.

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