Amherstburg police receive several fraud complaints



The Amherstburg Police Service is warning the public not to give out personal information via the telephone or e-mail after receiving reports over the past week of different frauds that are circulating.

Police were called by a resident saying they were contacted regarding supposed issues with the person’s computer. The suspicious caller said they worked for a computer company and offered to repair the person’s hard drive in exchange for the person’s credit card number.

Another scam saw a person contacted, with the caller claiming the person was locked out of their Apple account and then asking for personal information to help them get back in.

A third scam reported recently sees people fraudulently taking out Cash Money loans in another person’s name with attempts made to try and recover the money from the actual person. Police caution people to guard their personal identification and note that people are trying to use other people’s identification in such scams.

A fourth reported fraud sees people being called with those calling claiming there was money deposited mistakenly in the person’s account and that the potential victim has to pay it back.

Amherstburg police urge people to be cautious of giving out any personal information, including credit card and banking information. If a person receives a suspicious phone call or e-mail, they are encouraged to hang up or delete it and contact police.

RIDE programs   The Amherstburg Police Service conducted RIDE programs at different locations last Thursday night. There were approximately 300 vehicles checked with no arrests made.


Accidents   A two-car motor vehicle collision occurred at North Side Road and Concession 8 North with one person charged. Amherstburg police say the accident occurred around noon last Thursday and resulted in a 20-year-old Windsor male charged with turning not in safety. There was minor damage reported, police add.

*A two-car accident at Concession 4 North and Texas Road last Thursday afternoon saw a 27-year-old driver charged. It was not confirmed as of press time what the charge was.

*There were three reports over the past week of vehicles striking deer. Motorists are urged to watch for deer when driving in the rural areas and to be cautious when driving.


Damage   Amherstburg police say a vehicle parked on Bathurst St. was damaged overnight with the damage being discovered last Thursday. The left side of the vehicle sustained damage, police say. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-736-2252 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).


Warrants   A 31-year-old McGregor resident was arrested for outstanding warrants and transported to Windsor by another police service. The arrest occurred last Thursday.


Stats   The Amherstburg Police Service issued 20 traffic-related tickets over the past week. There were three 911 calls and seven alarm calls that police responded to as well.


—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Rumble strips headed to Alma St./Howard Ave. intersection



By Ron Giofu


Both sides of Alma St. will feature rumble strips at the Howard Ave. intersection with the aim of improving safety in the area.

Councillor Leo Meloche brought the issue forward at the last town council meeting after having it addressed the intersection’s safety previously. Statistics were available at the most recent meeting from the Amherstburg Police Service.

“We average about an accident a year, sometimes none,” said Chief Tim Berthiaume. “I am working with Mr. (Mark) Galvin on improving safety in the area.”

Berthiaume suggested one measure could be flashing lights on the stop signs.

Mark Galvin is the town’s manager of planning, development and legislative services.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said statistics show that, between 2008-17, either there were no collisions at the Howard Ave./Alma St. intersection or there were none. The exception was 2015, when there were four collisions. Some of the accidents are rear-end collisions, he added.

“The data says it is not an excessive accident area,” said DiCarlo.

Galvin said they have to “peel the onion” and examine all factors in the accidents as well as determining whether there is commonality among the accidents. The solutions the town come up with should include measures that address the accidents that are actually happening.

The town resolved to ensure rumble strips are carved into the roadways on both sides of Alma St. to ensure drivers know they are approaching the intersection.

An two-vehicle accident in late-September at that rural intersection claimed the life of a 58-year-old Harrow woman.

Amherstburg police investigate woman crawling out of ditch



Amherstburg police have closed the case on a report of a woman crawling out of a ditch on Concession 4 North, saying there are no public safety concerns.

Amherstburg police say they got the call around 5:40 a.m. Aug. 4 about a suspicious person in the ditch. Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy said the area was searched and the woman was not located.

“Through investigation, we believe we have located the person and identified her,” said McCurdy.

The issue is a “personal matter” and the public should not be alarmed, he said, adding there have been no other reports to police about such a matter.

“There are no public safety concerns whatsoever,” he said. “It was a thorough investigation.”

Local resident Judy Dyck reported via Facebook that she was heading for work at 5:45 a.m. Aug. 4, noting it was still dark. She said she was not even one minute from home when she spotted a woman crawling from a ditch into the long grass at the side of the road. There were no vehicles or houses nearby, she added.

“I swerved out of the way because I was scared she would continue to drag her limp body so far that I could’ve hit her. I had .02 seconds to decide to either stop or speed up and call the cops,” Dyck stated on her Facebook post, which had over 2,470 shares as of press time. “She could’ve been dangerous so I decided that realistically there’s nothing I could’ve done anyway and figured the cops would know best how to approach and handle the situation.”
According to Dyck, the woman had one hand on her side as if in pain and the other in the air “simply so I could see her. No blood or anything though. She looked a mess, and scared. Maybe mid-twenties, average build, light brown or dirty blonde hair. She could’ve been running from something or someone.”
Dyck updated her status and said others have made similar sightings. She encouraged others not to stop and to contact police if they spots something similar.

“Don’t stop, the cops can do more than we can,” she said.

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Thefts   Amherstburg police report the theft of gas from a Sandwich St. North gas station. A red Dodge Ram allegedly drove off after pumping $33 worth of gas. Police say they vehicle has not been located. It was reported to police Sunday around 12:30 p.m.

  • A vehicle on Main St. was entered and a small amount of change taken. There was no forced entry into the vehicle and police say there are no suspects. Amherstburg police remind the public to lock their vehicles and not leave any valuables. It was reported to police Sunday at 6 p.m.
  • A shed on Victoria St. was entered and hand tools and an outdoor boat motor was reported stolen. There was no forced entry, police state and the matter is under investigation. The theft, reported last Thursday around 2 p.m., has no suspects.


Accidents   A two-vehicle accident last Wednesday around 7 a.m. between a Jeep Cherokee and a Ford Focus saw a 47-year-old Amherstburg woman charged with failing to stop at a red light. Police say there were no injuries.

  • A single vehicle crash on Smith Industrial Dr. last Wednesday resulted in a 59-year-old Harrow man charged with making an improper left turn. Police say a pole was struck and there were no injuries.


Stats   There were 13 911 hang-up calls, six alarm calls and 46 traffic-related charges.

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



School bus/SUV collision results in non-life threatening injuries


An accident between a school bus and SUV at the corner of Sandwich St. S. and Alma St. saw three people treated for injuries by Essex-Windsor EMS.   The Amherstburg Police Service and Amherstburg Fire Department also responded to the call Tuesday at approximately 8:17 a.m..
Amherstburg police say the three people in the SUV – the driver and two passengers – were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
There were no students on the school bus. Police state that the bus driver was not injured.
Amherstburg police said Tuesday morning the matter is still under investigation and that charges are pending.


Motorcycle crashes The Amherstburg Police Service investigated a pair of single vehicle crashes over the past week involving motorcycles.

An Amherstburg man remains in hospital after a crash around 12:44 a.m. Saturday after an accident in the 3400 block of Concession 3 North. Amherstburg fire and Essex-Windsor EMS were also dispatched to the scene. Amherstburg police state that crash is still under investigation.

The second crash occurred on Thursday in the 100 block of Sandwich St. S. around 5:10 p.m. Police say a male was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Accidents   A 17-year-old youth was charged with following too closely after a two-car motor vehicle collision on Alma St. last Thursday around 11:40 a.m. There were no injuries.

*An accident on McLellan Ave., also reported around 11:40 a.m. Thursday, saw a 70-year-old man charged after he allegedly backed out of his driveway and struck another vehicle.

*A crash on County Road 20 last Tuesday around 7:31 a.m. saw a 50-year-old Windsor man charged with disobeying a stop sign. It was a two-vehicle accident, police say.


Thefts   A home on Scott Dr. was entered on the weekend with electronics stolen. Amherstburg police add that there was no forced entry to the home and it appears to have been unlocked. It was reported Sunday morning around 8:35 a.m.

*A vehicle on Hunter Dr. was entered with items such as phone cords and other small items taken. There are no suspects and police ask that people lock their cars to ensure people can’t go through them.

*A license plate was reported stolen by a resident on Golfview Dr. Police say the resident was advised it was being used on a vehicle in the Niagara area and the resident contacted police.

*A garden hose was reported stolen from a home in the 100 block of Pickering Dr. It was reported June 12 around 9:40 a.m.

*Amherstburg police say a resident in the 1300 block of Front Road South spotted someone trying to steal a dinghy. Police say the attempted theft was by someone driving a newer model, blue Chrysler mini-van. It was reported Sunday around 4:20 a.m.


Mischief   A 22-year-old man was charged after an incident on Hawthorne Cr. last Wednesday around 7:55 p.m. where car windows were allegedly smashed out. In addition to a mischief charge, he was also charged with uttering threats and theft.

*A rear window of a vehicle in the 2100 block of Concession 2 was reported to have been smashed. It was reported to police last Thursday morning and is believed to have occurred overnight.


Stats   There were 234 calls for service last week including 30 traffic-related offenses. There were 13 alarm calls and 21 911 hang-up calls, the latter prompting police to remind people to be careful when dialing their phones as police have to respond to every 911 call.


-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service