Domestic Violence – Standoff

A man is facing nine charges after a disturbing case of domestic violence and a lengthy standoff with Kingston Police.

Police were called to a home just north of Kingston on Tuesday night after a man under numerous court orders to stay away from his ex-wife broke into her home.

The man went on a rampage assaulting his ex-wife and another woman.  There were children in the home.  The women locked themselves in the children’s bedroom – but he broke down the door after arming himself with a kitchen knife.  The women and children managed to escape.  Police say the man surrendered following a lengthy period of negotiations.


Bus Accident

One student was sent to hospital after a small school bus skidded off County Road 20 north of Odessa and wound up in a ditch.  The accident happened around 7:45 yesterday morning.

The bus was carrying five student and was on its way to pick up two more for Rémi-Gaulin Catholic Elementary School and Marie-Rivier Catholic Secondary School.

The student that was injured hit their head on a window and was taken to hospital as a precaution.  Nobody else was injured and the driver has not been charged by the OPP.


Lockdown – Joyceville Assessment

A lockdown has been put in place at the Assessment Unit of Joyceville Institution.

The Correctional Service says the lockdown started at noon yesterday to allow staff to conduct an exceptional search.  Visits have been suspended until the search for contraband has been completed.


Parking Rates – Increase

Parking rates are going up in downtown Kingston and Williamsville District starting next week.

The hourly rate for high-demand on street parking is going up to $2 an hour.  The rates for regular on street parking and for surface lots will increase to $1.50 an hour.

The city says work to update over 100 Pay & Display machines and more than 400 single-space meters will begin on Monday and will take about two weeks to complete.


Library Opening

The Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library will be re-opening on Saturday, March 23rd.

The library on Johnson Street in downtown Kingston closed for renovations in November of 2016.  It was originally scheduled to re-open in April of 2018…but that was delayed until the summer and then delayed again.

CEO and Chief Librarian Patricia Enright says it has been a very challenging and complex project.  Enright says they regret the delays…but the project is on budget at $13.8 million.


Ice Cold Comedy Festival

Kingston has become the comedy capital of Canada this week.

The Ice Cold Comedy Festival kicked off last night with a show at Don Cherry’s Sports Grill on Princess Street.

The Festival features top comedians with a variety of shows at various locations in Kingston.

Things continue tonight with an all Kingston lineup of comics at Don Cherry’s.  The headliners is Adrian Cronk.

Details on the shows and tickets: