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

Amherstburg police lay charges after alleged road rage incident



The Amherstburg Police Service have charged a pair of Windsor men after an alleged road rage incident last Thursday morning.

Amherstburg police say the road rage incident occurred around 10 a.m. that morning and involved two motorcycles and a third vehicle. Police say the motorcycles were subsequently located in the 300 block of Sandwich St. and two males from Windsor were located nearby.  The two males, a 34-year-old man and a 30-year-old man,  were arrested for operating stolen motorcycles, assault with a weapon and breach of probation.  The 30-year-old male also had a warrant for failing to attend court.  Both were held in custody for bail hearings.

(NOTE: After the print edition went to press, the Amherstburg Police Service issued an update with more details. It is as follows:

On Thursday May 11, 2017, at 9:20 a.m., police were called in regards to a road rage incident involving two motorcycles and a third vehicle on Front Road North. During the incident, one of the motorcycles allegedly pulled alongside of the vehicle and sprayed what appeared to be bear spray at the vehicle.

A description of the motorcycles and their operators were provided to police. Police located the motorcycles in a nearby parking lot in the 300 block of Sandwich Street South, where a check of the motorcycles revealed that both were stolen. According to police, a can of bear spray was also visible in one of the motorcycles. The area was then searched and a short time later, the operators were located and arrested in the 400 block of Sandwich Street South.

In addition to the bear spray, a pellet rifle with a sawed-off barrel was also discovered on one of the motorcycles.

As a result of investigation, a 30-year-old Windsor man was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000, Fail to Comply with Probation Order, and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Probation Order.

A 34-year-old Windsor man was charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 and Assault with a Weapon, s.267(a) Criminal Code

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


Dangerous operation of vehicle   Amherstburg police say that an officer located a male wanted by Essex OPP in connection to a robbery in a parking lot near the police station. The man allegedly fled in his vehicle nearly striking the officer. The man was stopped by officers on County Road 20 in Harrow, arrested and charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, and numerous traffic related offences.  He was then turned over to OPP.

The incident occurred last Wednesday around 6:45 a.m.

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Theft   Amherstburg police say the Interior Door Shop was broken into sometime during the overnight hours of Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The safe was taken and located nearby.  The safe had been opened and cash was taken. Police say there are no suspects.  If anyone has information, they are asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-8559 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).


Accidents   A recycling truck was westbound on Gore St and struck a northbound Dodge Caliber on Brock St last Friday around 11 a.m., police say.  The driver of the truck was charged with failing to yield. There were no injuries.

  • Amherstburg police also responded to five collisions in parking lots over the past week. Drivers of vehicles are reminded to pay extra attention in parking lots for other vehicles, pedestrians and other objects.


Stats   There were 22 traffic charges laid over the past week. Amherstburg police note that this week is Ontario Traffic Safety Week so safe driving is encouraged.

In all, there were 191 calls for service between May 8-15.

—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service