Police and Fire responded collectively to investigate a group of youths starting a fire in the middle of the railway tracks under the Sidney St bridge at 6:25 pm. An investigation resulted in three young males being arrested for mischief as the CNR trains had to be contacted to halt any railway traffic while the investigation took place. There were no reported injuries, and the CNR was contacted to resume traffic once the tracks were cleared of debris. The three teens were taken into custody and charged with mischief. All were released to their respective parents with court dates slated for April, 2009. None can be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
A neighbour dispute in the west end of the city over some repairs and payment for a broken window turned bloody just after midnight. An argument ensued about whether or not an agreement was going to stand between a 38 year-old Belleville man and his next door neighbours ? who are brothers, both in their mid thirties. Alcohol was a contributing factor in the disagreement. Police arrested the 38 year-old for breaching the peace. He was lodged to a holding cell until later in the morning. Minor injuries to those involved were noted, and an investigation into an allegation of assault will continue.
At 2:30 am police responded to the North Front St and Bell Blvd area for a report of an assault on a snack shop worker. An investigation revealed two men in their early 40?s appeared to have been intoxicated by alcohol. One man was observed to be unwrapping food items and eating them prior to paying for the merchandise. When confronted by the worker, the suspect became belligerent and started throwing the food around the store along with throwing some items at the worker. When police arrived both men had already left. Police have identified a Belleville man as being responsible for the disturbance. Police are not releasing his name at this time, but it is expected that the man will be charged with assault once police are able to locate him.
Police responded to a total of 30 calls in the preceding 12 hours. Most calls were minor in nature and included disturbing the peace, unwanted persons, theft, noise complaints, liquor complaints, alarms, and shoplifting.