T h u r s d a y , No v e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 1 2 w w w. n a p a n e e b e a v e r. c o m Raiders Stormed Diamond Celebration Page 25 Page 27 Deseronto ends 15-game skid with win over Napanee Pair found guilty in dog’s death v 14 people win Queen’s Jubilee Medals Very Enlightening Beaver in Brief Napanee Opp are investigating the early-morning sexual assault of a woman near enterprise last week. See Page 2 The adolphustown UeL Centre has finished the digitization of its artifacts and documents, thanks to a recent grant. See Page 8 Judge orders psych exam before sentencing on Jan. 29 By Seth DuChene EDITOR Evidence provided by a third eyewitness to the drowning death of a dog last April proved to be damning for Travis Haaksman and Carl Wood. Haaksman and Wood were found guilty on animal cruelty charges by Provincial Judge Geoff Griffin in Napanee provincial court on Thursday. Haaksman’s dog, Jake, was found submerged in the bottom of a quarry north of Highway 401 on April 28. The dog was found attached to a cinder block by its leash and choke collar. Judge Griffin said the act of drowing the dog was “a criminal act of lunacy.” Sentencing for the two men — who were both 18 at the time of the dog’s death — is scheduled for Jan. 29, after Haaksman and Wood undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Sentencing is set to take place at 2 p.m. Neither Haaksman or Wood showed any emotion as Griffin handed down his guilty plea. Earlier in the oneday trial, however, Haaksman became visibly agitated and physically ill; at one point, Haaksman was given a wastebucket in which to vomit. It was during the testimony of an 16-year-old eyewitness to the dog’s death that Haaksman became upset. The youth testified that he walked with Wood and Haaksman to the quarry on the night the dog was drowned. In fact, the teen said he carried the cinder block that would be used to kill the dog — which he said the threesome found along the way to the site — to near the edge of the quarry. The witness told the court that he then began walking away, but turned around in time to see the dog and cinder block being thrown into the quarry water. He said that seconds later, at the behest of Haaksman, he dove into the water in an ultimately-unsuccessful attempt to save the dog. The youth denied having any knowledge that there was a plan to kill the dog. He testified that he believed the dog would be tied to the cinder block and left on dry land. The judge said he refused to believe the teen had no idea the dog would be killed. “To use an old-fashioned expression, it’s poppycock,” he said. See TRIAL, page 24 YOUR LOCAL POOL EXPERT The Professionals with the Personal Touch Authorized Dealer of DAWGS Footwear 130 Richmond Blvd., Napanee 613.354.4391 Talents of the Town organizers are trying an inaugural Christmas Market this weekend at the SpC. See Pages 10 preparations are well underway for the annual Downtown Christmas Shopping party in Napanee, set for Dec. 21. See Page 28 INDEX Seth DuChene-Staff Brian Lake of RW electric was busy fastening LeD lights on the façades of Dundas Street buildings in preparation for the upcoming Big Bright Lights Show. The display, which features nearly all downtown shops illuminated by strings of LeDs, starts tonight when the switch is thrown at 7 p.m. The Napanee Beaver Christmas Shopping Spree See Page 38 or Big all Sm SOCIAL Page 4 OP/ED Page 6/7 HISTORY Page 8 BUSINESS DIRECTORY Page 14 SPORTS Page 25 CLASSIFIEDS Page 29 GAMES & HOROSCOPE Page 34 D L We It A Do ll! CARPENTRY & KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN 118 EAST ST., NAPANEE (613) 354-6202 Your Kitchen & Bath Renovation Specialist!