Amherstburg Police Service

Annual bike rodeo still busy, despite wet conditions



By Ron Giofu


Even though there was rain and damp conditions last Sunday, the annual bike rodeo still proved to be popular.

The annual event was presented at Families First Funeral Home and saw cyclists dodge the rain drops as well as the objects in the obstacle course. The event was presented with many partners, including the Amherstburg Police Service, the Amherstburg Community Based Policing Committee, Families First, Bike Windsor-Essex, Canadian Tire, Sobeys, the Optimist Club, the Rotary Club, Little Buddies Daycare, Bright Child Montessori, Meloche’s No Frills and Lakeside Produce.

Brett Severin assists Ryan Sprague through the obstacle course at Sunday’s bike rodeo

Const. Steve Owen, the community services officer with Amherstburg police, said they had 76 pre-register and were hoping to match the 130 children that came out last year. Just shy of 100 were reported to have come out for the 2018 event.

Bike helmets were given to people who didn’t have one, lights and bells were handed out, bicycles were checked then ridden through an obstacle course and BMX rider Eric Favot also was on hand for safety talks and demonstrations of what he can do.

“It’s to promote bike safety,” said Owen. “The last thing we want to do is see kids get hurt on their bikes when they are trying to have fun.”

Not only was the bike rodeo a way to learn, but they tried to ensure children and parents had a good time too, Owen added.

Heather Lenson from the Amherstburg Community Based Policing Committee (dark shirt) stands with Emma, Morgan and Joshua Hadfield during the June 10 bike rodeo at Families First Funeral Home.

The Amherstburg Fire Department brought their ladder truck to the event and there was face painting and inflatable rides on hand as well. There were also handouts given to people with bicycle safety tips.

“The last few years, it has grown quite a bit,” Owen said of the bike rodeo.

“I think it’s great,” added Heather Digou, who was with her son Ryan Sprague at the event. “It shows them bicycle safety. They are giving kids all kinds of entertainment. I think it’s awesome.”

BMX rider Eric Favot performs a trick during the bicycle rodeo June 10.

“Families First is proud to work with our partners in community to bring the annual bike rodeo to Amherstburg. It is a great way to have fun and a hands-on approach that teaches children the rules of the road to stay safe on their bikes,” says Brian Parent, president of Families First. “Cycling is a great way for kids to get to school, around town and stay active. Cyclists of all ages will have the opportunity to learn how to be safer by being visible to drivers.”

Money goes missing from the Amherstburg Food & Fellowship Mission



The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating thefts that occurred last week, including one from the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

Police say it was reported around 5:55 p.m. Sunday that money was reported to have been taken from the mission sometime the previous night. It is reportedly over $500 that has gone missing.

Amherstburg police added that it was taken from a locked area of the building and the matter is still under investigation.

*A break-in and theft was reported at Wigle Meats and it was also reported Sunday. Around 7:12 a.m., it was reported someone gained entry via the front door as police say the lock was spun. Police add that between $200-$300 was stolen. The matter is under investigation.

Assault   Amherstburg police say a youth was assaulted when he tried to confront a male that was attempting to break into a shed in the 200 block of Golfview Dr. It was reported Friday around 8:52 a.m. The youth was pushed and the suspect fled, police say, and it did not appear the suspect gained entry into the shed. The man fled in a black truck, police add.


Mischief   A 31-year-old Amherstburg man was arrested and charged with mischief under $5,000 after he allegedly damaged a door frame of a residence in the 100 block of Park St. The matter was reported to police last Saturday.


Noise complaints   Amherstburg police note there has been an increase in noise complaints over the past week, mainly from residences. People are encouraged to be aware of how loud music and activities are as there have been numerous complaints from residential areas.


Accident   A two-vehicle accident in the 200 block of Linwood Dr. resulted in a 60-year-old Amherstburg man charged with reversing not in safety. It was reported Sunday around 10:35 a.m. There were no injuries.


Stats   There were 31 traffic-related charges laid over the past week, along with three 911 hang-up calls and five alarm calls.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Man scared off after entering home on Stone Ridge Cr.



The Amherstburg Police Service are investigating an incident were an unknown male entered a home on Stone Ridge Cr.

Amherstburg police say the man entered the home in the 200 block of Stone Ridge Cr. Two teenage girls were home at the time and screamed, causing the male to run from the residence. Police say the man was wearing a black tank top. He reportedly came through an unlocked door, police add.

Police searched the area but could not locate the man. Nothing was taken from the home, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Amherstburg police or Crime Stoppers.

It was reported Saturday around 9:40 p.m.

Mischief   Amherstburg police are investigating a mischief complaint at a business in the 200 block of Dalhousie St. It was reported last Wednesday that the front window of the Society St. Vincent de Paul store had been smashed out. There are no suspects at the present time and the matter is still under investigation.

*Amherstburg police arrested a 43-year-old man Friday after he allegedly damaged a lower window at a local church. Amherstburg police were called to the 120 block of Simcoe St. and arrested the man. He was charged with mischief, police say. It occurred around 6:05 p.m.


Thefts   Amherstburg police were called to the 100 block of Fryer St. for a report that a 24-foot extension ladder had been stolen sometime over the previous night. It was reported Saturday around 6:35 p.m. There are no suspects at the present time.

*A vehicle was broken into in the 400 block of Amlin St. with it being reported to police Sunday around 8:20 a.m. Police say the back window was smashed and change and headphones were taken from the vehicle.


Stats   There were 23 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related regulations last week. There were eight 911 hang-up calls and 11 alarm calls that the Amherstburg Police Service also responded to.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Amherstburg police investigating two attempted break-ins



A pair of separate attempted break-ins are being investigated by the Amherstburg Police Service.

The first came last Thursday and was reported in the 8000 block of County Road 8. Police say someone tried to enter a detached garage and damaged the door in the process. No entry was gained and nothing was taken, police say.

Another attempted break-and-enter was reported last Monday in the 300 block of Bathurst St. Police say someone tried to enter an apartment but was scared off. It was reported around 12:40 p.m. and police add suspect(s) tried to force open a door. Three men were spotted in a black Dodge Magnum that had Michigan license plates, but a plate number could not be obtained. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.

Fishing complaints   Amherstburg police state that people who want to fish in King’s Navy Yard Park are reminded to do so in designated fishing areas. There were several complaints, Amherstburg police state, and seven charges were laid over the past week under the Trespass to Property Act to fisherman not fishing in designated areas.


Theft   Amherstburg police attended a Howard Ave. home where a person reported their debit card was being used at various locations and several hundred dollars were taken. Police say one of the stores where the card was used has surveillance and the matter is under investigation. It was reported last Thursday.

*Playground equipment was taken from a school in the 3100 block of County Road 10. There are no suspects at the present time. It was reported Monday around 11 a.m.


Accidents   A 27-year-old Windsor woman was transported to hospital with minor injuries after a two-car accident at the intersection of Richmond St. and Bathurst St. Saturday around 12:50 p.m. The woman was subsequently charged with failure to yield from a private drive.

*A 44-year-old Amherstburg man was charged after a two-vehicle crash in the 100 block of Front Road North. It was reported Sunday around 12:50 p.m.


Stats  There were 25 traffic-related charges last week, 11 911 hang-up calls and 13 alarm calls that the Amherstburg Police Service responded to.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Essex County Heroes seeking volunteers, planning June 23 event



By Ron Giofu


The Essex County Heroes is in need of some new volunteers.

The athletic club – which is run in cooperation with the Amherstburg Police Service, Essex OPP and Community Living Essex County for those with intellectual disabilities – needs volunteers to not only help out with its upcoming “Heroes Carnival” but also with the program itself. The basketball season has wrapped up, and the baseball season looks to be cancelled due to a lack of volunteers.

“We’ve had a lot of support, but we’ve also had a lot of people come and go,” explained Michelle Jones-Rousseau, who founded the Heroes with Sgt. Mike Cox of the Amherstburg Police Service.

Jones-Rousseau said they have had volunteers such as T.J. Laframboise and Jarrod Manherz, who started when they were in Grade 9 and still do it now that they have gone through their post-secondary education.

“We only have one volunteer that is still with us from Day 1,” said Jones-Rousseau, with that being Tina LeBlanc. “We need fresh blood and we need more volunteers.”

The Essex County Heroes gather for a group photo at one of their final basketball nights of the 2017-18 season. The Heroes is seeking new volunteers to help support the club.

Cox acknowledged that “we’ve got fantastic people coming out” but they need more.

“The athletes keep coming out and the needs keep getting greater and greater,” he said. “We need more bodies.”

The Essex County Heroes, which runs Tuesday night basketball at Essex District High School and Wednesday night basketball at General Amherst High School, has now expanded further. They have hip hop dance classes in Kingsville thanks to a partnership with Group Hug Apparel and plan to start swimming classes in Leamington.

“We’re always expanding,” said Jones-Rousseau. “We want to keep it growing. I’m excited about how far this has come in 14 years.”

John Cooper takes a shot during a recent basketball night at General Amherst High School. Basketball has wrapped up for the season but returns in October.

Jones-Rousseau said the “Heroes Carnival” will be June 23 at The Fort Fun Centre, specifically in the “Bunker” outdoor pavilion. She said they have taken the Robert Pillon Memorial Dinner and turned it into a carnival format.

The presentation of the annual Robert Pillon Memorial Award will be that evening. There will also be multiple food stations, the band Bigg Wiggle and other activities. Food stations will be open 5-8 p.m.

“We expect to sell over 300 tickets,” she said. “The Fort is very generous to us.”

“It’s going to be a party atmosphere,” added Cox. “It will be a fun night where people can come and enjoy.”

Jones-Rousseau said their members have been saying “loud and clear they want a party.”

Essex County Heroes athlete Jaclyn Hertel (centre) stands with volunteers Sylvain Default, Francois Default, TJ Laframboise and Jarrod Manherz during a recent Wednesday night basketball session at General Amherst High School. The Heroes needs more volunteers as they have a June 23 “Heroes Carnival” coming up as well as more volunteers for next season.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available at Channel Resource Centre (260 Bathurst St.), the Towne Shoppe, the Amherstburg police station, The Fort Fun Centre and Community Living Essex County’s office at 372 Talbot St. North in Essex.

For more information on the “Heroes Carnival” or to volunteer, contact Jones-Rousseau at 519-791-3302 or People can also contact Cox through the police station at 519-736-8559 or