Amherstburg Police Service

Non-threatening injuries after truck hits resident



A 24-year-old Amherstburg woman suffered non-life threatening injuries after she was accidently run over by a pickup truck.

The Amherstburg Police Service states the woman was unloading items from the rear of a Dodge Ram pickup truck when the truck slipped into reverse and ran her over. The incident occurred last Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Golfview Dr.

The woman was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Public intoxication   A 58-year-old Amherstburg man was arrested for public intoxication last Thursday around 9:20 p.m. Police say the officer received a call from a person reporting the male staggering on the roadway.

The arrest was made in the 3600 block of Creek Road.


Mischief   Amherstburg police state that six golf carts were reported damaged at Pointe West Golf Club. It occurred overnight Thursday night/Friday morning.

There are no suspects and no value of damage reported, police say.


Stats   There were 173 calls for service the week of July 17-14. There were 21 traffic-related charges laid.

—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Amherstburg police investigating break-in at former elementary school



The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a break-in at a former elementary school that was reported early last Friday morning.

Amherstburg police state that around 3:10 a.m., a male was seen leaving the former St. Bernard School building on Richmond St. He is described as a white male in his 20’s.

A security guard came across the suspect and was able to provide a description, but there is no identified suspect as of press time. The male was last seen heading southbound, police say.

An alarm was set and police say it was determined the male broke a window to gain entry. There was nothing taken.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

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Cyclist struck   Amherstburg police investigated an accident on Pickering Dr. near Sandwich St. S. July 10 around 11 a.m. where a cyclist collided with a vehicle. Police say it was determined that the cyclist was at fault as the cyclist allegedly cut in front of the vehicle.

Amherstburg police say cyclists are reminded to ride on the right hand side of the roadway in single file and obey all traffic laws (lights, stop signs, etc.). Police add that cyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks and in crosswalks.


Accident   Amherstburg police have charged both drivers as a result of a two-vehicle collision in the 500 block of Sandwich St. S. last Monday (July 10). According to police, both vehicles were southbound when a pickup truck allegedly tried to pass on the paved shoulder when the Ford Escape in front made a right turn, striking the pickup truck that was passing.

Police say the female driver from Amherstburg in the Ford Escape was charged with turn not in safety while the male driver of the pickup truck, a male driver from Essex, was charged with passing not in safety.

The accident occurred around 11:58 a.m.

The Amherstburg Police Service reminds drivers to use caution when passing other vehicles, especially when you are leaving the roadway onto a paved shoulder.


Stats   The Amherstburg Police Service responded to 237 calls for service the week of July 10-17. There were 48 traffic charges during that time period.


—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service



Amherstburg police investigate thefts at Ribfest



The Amherstburg Police Service is looking for help after thefts were reported from the Amherstburg Rotary Ribfest.

Amherstburg police state that three youths were involved early Saturday morning around 4:30 a.m. One youth allegedly distracted a security guard at the front gate while two more entered the grounds and allegedly stole from two vendors.

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One vendor had roughly $300 of merchandise including T-shirts, fidget spinners and other goods taken while about $1,000 in goods was stolen from another tent. The latter saw cell phone items such as cases and cables taken.

The youths, described as white males roughly 14 to 15-years-old, fled on foot and were last seen heading southbound on Fryer St.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-2252 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).

Police services teaming up to educate public on dangers of fentanyl



By Ron Giofu


Area police services have joined forces with the local school boards to help warn against the dangers of fentanyl.

The Amherstburg Police Service is one of the area police departments involved, though Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure credited the Windsor Police Service for spearheading the initiative.

“We support what they are doing,” said Capel-Cure.

Capel-Cure said it is an information program with a pamphlet being developed that people can access online or by request at the police station or through local schools.

“It’s mainly an information pamphlet,” said Capel-Cure.

Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure of the Amherstburg Police Service is third from the right in this recent photo. Local police services and school boards have banded together to warn against the dangers of fentanyl. (Special to the RTT)

Sgt. Matt Capel-Cure of the Amherstburg Police Service is third from the right in this recent photo. Local police services and school boards have banded together to warn against the dangers of fentanyl. (Special to the RTT)

“All four school boards agreed to it and are on board with it,” added Const. Kim Rathbone. Rathbone is Amherstburg police’s mental health officer and also assists with addiction issues.

Capel-Cure said the pamphlet gives out warning signs and symptoms in case some is taking fentanyl, with those including severe sleepiness, slow heartbeat, trouble breathing, slow, shallow breathing or snoring, cold and clammy skin and trouble walking or talking.

Fentanyl may be in pill, powder or liquid form and can be cut into other drugs like cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and oxycodone. Capel-Cure said miniscule amounts of fentanyl can prove fatal.

“It is such a small amount that can kill you,” he said.

“With this, it’s truly a race against time to get help,” added Rathbone.

Rathbone said it has been stressed there is no fentanyl or opioid problems within the local school boards.

“They want to get ahead of the game,” she said.

“There have not been any issues at all in any of the school boards yet but it has been deemed to be a crisis in Canada in general,” added Capel-Cure.

Fentanyl has been linked to two deaths in Amherstburg in recent years, Capel-Cure stating, with the deaths taking place roughly one year apart.

“We’ve seen it,” said Rathbone.

In 2015, there were 529 opioid related deaths in Ontario with 162 related to fentanyl.

Essex man arrested after theft from Walmart



A 38-year-old Essex man has been arrested and charged after a theft that police say occurred at Walmart.

The Amherstburg Police Service states that roughly $900 of products, a lot of it being meat, was reported stolen from Walmart last Friday evening. Police circulated photos of the alleged suspect via their social media accounts and the male was subsequently identified.

The arrest was made Sunday around 11 p.m. in Essex.


Other thefts   A resident in the 100 block of Golfwood Dr. reported costume jewellery had gone missing. It was reported to police Saturday around 3:30 p.m. but the theft is believed to have occurred some time before then.

*Medication was taken from a residence in the 600 block of Front Road South. There are currently no suspects. It was reported to police Thursday around 4:30 p.m.

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Fraud   A 34-year-old LaSalle man faces charges after an alleged fraud last Friday around 2:40 p.m. The complaint came from the 200 block of Texas Road and the accused faces a pair of charges, one of which is fraud. The other charge stems from the alleged use of the credit card.


Mischief   A back window of a garage was smashed out with the damage being reported to police Sunday around 4:30 p.m. It occurred in the 300 block of Military St. There are no suspects.

*Buoys were reported damaged in the 80 block of Sari Lane. It was reported to police last Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. Estimated damage is $300.

*A vehicle in the 400 block of Richmond St. was damaged with the complaint being received by police last Thursday around 4:40 p.m. Police say the vehicle was keyed. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


Accidents   A pair of separate accidents occurred last Thursday but both resulted in charges of failure to yield from a private driveway. A 36-year-old LaSalle man was charged after a crash on Concession 3 North around 8:15 a.m. while a 50-year-old Amherstburg man was charged after a separate crash in the 300 block of Simcoe St. around 9:15 a.m.

*As a result of the school bus and SUV crash that was reported last week at the intersection of Sandwich St. S. and Alma St., a 18-year-old male was charged with making a left turn not in safety. The June 20 crash saw non-life threatening injuries to those in the SUV. No students were on the bus.


Threats   Amherstburg police responded to a call last Wednesday around 7:50 p.m. in the 500 block of McLeod Ave. As a result, a 33-year-old Amherstburg male was arrested and charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.


Stats   There were 38 traffic related charges laid last week. There were also 17 911 hangup calls and four alarm calls that police responded to.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service