Drivers Charged – Wrong Way 401

A warning from the OPP: If you drive the wrong way on a highway to avoid a traffic jam you will be charged.

12 drivers have been charged with going eastbound in the westbound lanes of the 401 on Sunday morning in the Shannonville Road area.

Lennox and Addington County OPP say a transport truck jackknifed around 8:30 on Sunday morning and the trailer was blocking both lanes.  They say the accident was cleared in about half an hour – but at least a dozen drivers will pay the price for their impatience and have been charged with going the wrong way on the highway.


Arson – Garage Fire

A man from Amherstview has been charged with setting a fire in the garage of a home in Amherstview.  Loyalist Township Fire and Rescue put out the small fire in the garage early Sunday afternoon.

A resident of the home fled when police arrived but was arrested after a short foot chase.

51-year-old John Andrew Woodman is facing multiple charges including arson, mischief endangering life and possession of both methamphetamine and cocaine.


Military – Women

A study by the Department of National Defence says the Canadian Armed Forces will have to nearly double the number of women it has been recruiting to reach its goal of having women make up one-quarter of all military personnel.  The internal study was obtained by the Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act.

It says the military would need to recruit about 3,500 women every year in order to meet its own 2026 deadline. But over the past decade, the military has never recruited more than 1,850 women in a single year.


New Virus

Health authorities are closely watching the outbreak of a new virus from China that has already claimed at least nine lives.  Canada is stepping up surveillance of airline passengers arriving from Central China.

Scientists have confirmed the virus can be passed from person to person.

At least 440 cases of the virus have been confirmed in China and an American who recently returned to Seattle from a trip to China has a confirmed case of the virus.


Trump – Impeachment

The debate lasted about 13 hours and the U-S Senate has now approved the rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.  The Senate will hear arguments from lawyers on both sides starting today.


Musical Instrument Lending – L&A

People who have a County of Lennox and Addington library card will now be able to borrow musical instruments from the Bath Branch of the Library.

Patrons at other library branches in the county can also request an instrument and have it delivered to their local branch.

The instruments have been donated by the Joe Chithalen Memorial Musical Instrument Lending Library in Kingston.