Amherstburg Police Service

Two arrested after Saturday morning crash

The Amherstburg Police Service responded to a single vehicle collision on Essex County Road 20, east of Essex County Road 9, Saturday around 8 a.m. that involved a silver Chrysler Aspen.

The vehicle was located by a passing motorist and there were no individuals with the vehicle.

Police began checking the surrounding area for anyone who may have been involved in the collision. Police say they subsequently located two individuals walking in the 9600 block of Concession 9 Road South and it was determined that the two individuals were involved with the collision.

Amherstburg police add that while speaking with the individuals, police received information that the vehicle had recently been reported stolen from Leamington. The two individuals were arrested and transported to the Ontario Provincial Police in Leamington.

As the theft occurred in their jurisdiction, the Ontario Provincial Police Leamington detachment is handling the investigation.

If anyone may have information relevant to the investigation, you are encouraged to contact Leamington OPP, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

(NOTE: This is an updated version to what was published in the Sept. 20 print issue.)

Three Windsor residents charged after thefts from Amherstburg stores


Amherstburg police were called to the area of Canadian Tire on Sandwich St. South for a report of a male allegedly stealing items from the store.

The male had left the store in a vehicle and headed toward the Walmart store nearby, police say.

Police responded and located the vehicle at Walmart along with three individuals. According to the Amherstburg Police Service, several stolen items were located with the individuals and all three were arrested. Amherstburg police laid charges against all three individuals.

A 44-year-old Windsor female was charged with possession of property obtained by crime while a 28-year-old Windsor male faces charges of theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation.

A 32-year-old Windsor male has also been charged with breach of probation and possession of property obtained by crime.

The matter was reported to Amherstburg police around 5:20 p.m. last Saturday.

If anyone may have information relevant to the investigation, you are encouraged to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

(NOTE: This is a more detailed and updated story than the one that appears in the Sept. 20 print issue.)

Amherstburg police launch blitz focusing on accessible parking spots

By Jolene Perron


The Amherstburg Police Service launched a blitz Monday morning focusing on accessible parking spaces within the town and the blitz will last all week.

“We were contacted by the accessibility committee through the town hall in regards to an ongoing issue with people parking in handicap spaces without having the permits,” explained Const. Steve Owen.   “The police service did a one-week blitz last year, we focused on making sure we monitored those people using the spaces and issued bylaw tickets to them if they didn’t have the correct pass. This year we are doing the second annual blitz.”

Owen said officers will be out all week, paying close attention and writing tickets. The current fine for parking in an accessible parking space without a permit is $300.

“To me, they’re there for a reason – for the people who need them. For someone who doesn’t need it to be using that spot, (it) just creates an inconvenience for everybody and everyone gets frustrated when they see that,” explained Owen.

Accessibility committee chair Bill Whittall said they are always out and about in the community looking for ways to make things easier for those with disabilities. As he also has a disability, when he sees someone go into a spot without a permit or a sticker, he knows maybe someone else is cruising around needing that space.


Amherstburg Police Services Constable Steve Owen (left) stands with accessibility committee member Marie Allen, chair Bill Whittall, and member Angela Kelly inside of an accessible parking space outside of town hall to kick off their weeklong blitz, which began Monday.

Accessibility committee Angela Kelly has a daughter who is in a power wheelchair. She said when she purchased an accessible van, she specifically requested one that would allow her to come out of the back of the vehicle because she has always had issues with people parking too close to the side of her car and she had a difficult time getting her daughter in and out of the van.

Kelly said education is key.

“The other issue is, I think there are people who maybe have accessible parking permits but are maybe unaware of how they should be using them,” explained Kelly. “A lot of times I will notice people have the parking permits in the front of their vehicles but the person who it’s likely assigned to remains within the car. I often have to, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, move to another location because all of the areas are taken. There are also people who use a relative’s permit and run into the store just because it’s close and quick and they’re only going to be a few minutes so now they are taking up that space that someone who physically needs it is unable to use it.”

The goal of this blitz, Owen said, is to make the public aware that this is an issue, not just to issue tickets to those parked illegally in accessible spots. He added that he wants to make sure the public understands those spots are there for a reason.

Suspicious package not a risk to public safety: police



The Amherstburg Police Service responded to a residence on Seymour St. Monday night in regards to a suspicious package.

The package was discovered under the complainant’s front porch and after reading some information on the internet, Amherstburg police state the complainant believed that the package was radioactive.

Police got the call around 8:45 p.m.

As a precaution, police secured the area and contacted the Windsor Fire Services Hazardous Materials Unit to attend the scene. The Amherstburg Fire Department stated they also attended the scene, along with Essex-Windsor EMS.

Roads were closed in the area for just over two hours. All roads were open by 11:30 p.m.

After verifying several different readings related to the package, Windsor Fire Services determined the package was inert and there was no risk for public safety. Police say the package is to be disposed of.

The Amherstburg Police Service is thanking the Windsor Fire Services “for their prompt response and assistance.”

Amherstburg police investigating early morning shooting

UPDATED STORY (as of Friday night):

The investigation into a shooting in Amherstburg has led to Windsor and the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has become involved.

The Amherstburg Police Service were dispatched around 2:25 a.m. Friday to a home in the 100 block of Sandwich St. S. for a report of a male with a gunshot wound. The victim, a 31-year-old Amherstburg man, was transported to hospital with what was originally described by Amherstburg police as a life-threatening injury, though police updated his condition, stating later Friday morning that he was in stable condition in a Detroit hospital.

Sandwich St. N. was closed for several hours but re-opened around 1:30 p.m., though access to Stella Maris School was maintained.

Windsor Police were contacted and the investigation determined that a male wanted in relation to the shooting was believed to be at a residence located in the1500 block of Betts Avenue in Windsor.

Members of both police services attended the area and secured the residence. Local school boards and the public were informed that the target residence was contained, and there was no threat to public safety, Windsor police add.

At approximately 2 p.m. Friday, officers located a deceased male in a garage at the involved residence in Windsor.

Due to these circumstances, Windsor police state that officers continued to secure the scene and notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).

SIU has invoked its mandate and as such, Windsor Police Service state they are not in a position to release any further information at this time.

The Amherstburg Police Service asks that if anyone witnessed the incident or has information relevant to the investigation, to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

Amherstburg Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Sandwich Street North for a report of a male with a gunshot wound Friday morning around 2:25 a.m.
Police say the victim, a 31-year-old Amherstburg man has been transported to hospital with a life-threatening injury. Police remain
on scene and the shooting is under investigation. Sandwich Street between Texas Road and St Arnaud  St. is closed and remained blocked off as of 8 a.m.
Amherstburg police ask that the public avoid area and use an alternate route until further notice.
Amherstburg police added, via Twitter at 6:52 a.m., that there are no safety concerns in relation to the investigation and that schools, including Stella Maris, are open. Access to Stella Maris is via William St.
Updates to follow
The Amherstburg Police Service asks that if anyone witnessed the incident or has information relevant to the investigation, to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at