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COURT DOCKET: Charge added in stabbing, police hearing underway



A Belleville man charged in connection with a stabbing incident in the downtown area faces an additional charge of failing to appear in court.

An arrest warrant was issued for Benjamin Bellerive, 20, after he missed his Feb. 2 court date in Belleville; he recently turned himself in to police.

Bellerive was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose following an incident on Oct. 19.

A group of men armed with knives and a machete were reportedly fighting on Front Street, and one man was treated for minor stab wounds at Belleville General Hospital.

Bellerive will appear in Belleville Provincial Court on his two charges next Thursday.

Another man charged in connection with the incident,  Richard Hogan, 34,  of Belleville, was sentenced to 12 months probation when he pled guilty on Feb. 6 to one count of assault. 

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A Police Service Act hearing is underway in Kingston for a Bancroft OPP officer charged with discreditable conduct.

The hearing for  Constable Chris Sheppard, 52, a Bancroft resident, began this week, and is expected to continue until next Wednesday.

He was charged by the OPP Professional Standards Bureau in relation to a charge of sexual assault, which was laid by the OPP in November 2014.

Sheppard entered into a peace bond in January 2016, and the assault charge was withdrawn.

He had been a 29-year-veteran of the OPP when he was charged with the criminal offence, and remains suspended from duty with pay, pending the outcome of the Police Service Act hearing..  

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