Amherstburg Police Service

Parts stolen off of Texas Road vehicle

 

 

Amherstburg police are investigating a theft of vehicle parts that was reported Saturday afternoon.

Police say a resident in the 500 block of Texas Road reported that parts were stolen off of their Jeep sometime overnight. The matter is still under investigation and police add the homeowner had video surveillance. It was reported around 4:50 p.m.

Accident   A two-car crash on Simcoe St. resulted in a charge for one driver. Amherstburg police say a 20-year-old LaSalle man was charged with reverse not in safety after allegedly backing out onto the roadway and striking another vehicle. The matter occurred in the 100 block of Simcoe St. May 15 around 11:50 a.m. There were no injuries.

 

Stats   Amherstburg police there were 24 charges under the Highway Traffic Act and related regulations. There were also 14 911 hang-up calls and nine alarm calls.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

Public meeting to be held by OCPC on policing issue

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Another public meeting will be held with regards to the switching of policing services from the Amherstburg Police Service to the Windsor Police Service.

This time, it will be held by the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC).

While a meeting is planned, details have not yet been finalized, according to Silvia Cheng, communications co-ordinator with  Safety, Licensing Appeals and Standards Tribunals Ontario (SLATSO).

“I can confirm that the OCPC is currently reviewing Amherstburg’s application requesting to have the Town’s police services provided by the Windsor Police Service,” said Cheng. “Due to the public interest in the matter, the OCPC has advised the Municipality of Windsor and the Town of Amherstburg that a public meeting will be held. The formal notice regarding details of the public meeting will be released shortly and posted to our website.”

The website is www.slasto.gov.on.ca.

“The OCPC’s role is to decide whether the proposal will provide adequate and effective policing services to the Town of Amherstburg. The OCPC will also ensure that appropriate severance arrangements, if applicable, have been made,” said Cheng. “Following the public meeting, the OCPC will review the information in a timely manner to ensure that it meets the criteria in section 40 of the Police Services Act (PSA). The OCPC has the responsibility to ensure that the abolition of an existing police force does not otherwise contravene the PSA.”

There were four public meetings on the subject in January and February with the majority in attendance not agreeing with the plan to switch. However, at a special meeting of town council Feb. 26, the vote was 3-2 to switch policing services to Windsor with Mayor Aldo DiCarlo and councillors Leo Meloche and Rick Fryer in favour. Opposed were councillors Jason Lavigne and Joan Courtney while Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale and Councillor Diane Pouget declared conflict as both have family members that are part of the Windsor Police Service.

The original discussion was based on a five-year contract, but the final vote ended up being for a 20-year contract with Windsor. It is estimated to come with at least $567,000 annually in savings and Windsor will absorb long-term post-retirement benefits. However, many residents who opposed don’t believe in fixing “what isn’t broken,” worried about the loss of local control and questioned the savings that Amherstburg will actually receive.

Amherstburg police warning people about various frauds

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is asking people to be careful after recent frauds were reported.

One fraud saw a victim scammed out of $1,900 through the Internet. Police say the person was contacted about assistance with debt with the person on the Internet allegedly offering to deposit money into the victim’s account with the victim asked to send back a large fee in return.

After the person sent back the fee, it was determined that the person who reached out via the Internet was not legitimate and the victim was scammed out of the fee they were asked to pay.

It was reported last Thursday but the fraud actually occurred in April.

  • The Amherstburg Police Service also reports they received several calls over the past two weeks regarding people claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Police say the CRA typically would not reach out via phone call or e-mail and if anyone is suspicious about being contacted, they should check with the police.

Mischief   Amherstburg police say a residence in the 40 block of Concession 3 North sustained damage. Police say a rear door sustained damage, but no entry was reportedly gained. It was reported last Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. The matter is still under investigation.

 

Thefts   A stereo was reportedly taken from a vehicle parked in the 6000 block of Concession 6 North. Amherstburg police say the Panasonic stereo is valued at roughly $200. It was reported to police May 1 around 4:30 p.m.

  • The theft of building materials was reported from a building site in the 400 block of Brown Cr. last Thursday. No value was available and there are no suspects. It was reported around 9:05 a.m.
  • A theft of jewellery, money and other items was reported at a home in the 100 block of Victoria St. S. Police say the thefts have been occurring over the past two months and there are no suspects at the present time. It was reported Sunday around 7:15 p.m.

 

Accidents.  A single-vehicle motor vehicle accident was reported in the 300 block of McLellan Ave. last Friday around 6:15 a.m. Police say a vehicle allegedly struck a parked vehicle, causing a 20-year-old Amherstburg man to be charged with careless driving.

  • An accident Friday around 8:45 a.m. saw a 21-year-old London man charged with changing lane not in safety. Amherstburg police say the vehicle left the roadway and struck a hydro box. The accident occurred in the 70 block of Sandwich St. North.
  • A two-car motor vehicle accident was reported in the 200 block of Sandwich St. South May 2 around 3:20 p.m. A 29-year-old Lakeshore woman was charged with changing lanes not in safety. Police add that there were no injuries.

 

Stats   There were 55 charges laid under the Highway Traffic Act and related regulations over the last two weeks. There were also 17 911 hang-up calls that the Amherstburg Police Service responded to and 12 alarm calls.

 

—All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service

DiPasquale announces he will not seek re-election

 

By Ron Giofu

The town will be electing a new deputy mayor Oct. 22, as the current deputy mayor has decided to step out of the political arena.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale made it official Monday night that he will not seek re-election. His political career lasted eight years, as he was elected as a councillor in 2010 and won the deputy mayor’s job in the 2014 municipal election.

In a statement read during the “new business” portion of Monday’s town council meeting, DiPasquale said that “after careful consideration and discussion with my loving wife and family, I would like to announce that I will not be seeking re-election this fall and (will) be spending more time with my friends and grandchildren. I will also be looking forward to casting my ballot in this year’s election.”

DiPasquale said he enjoyed serving the town as deputy mayor and as a member of Essex County council.

“I have also been truly blessed in serving this community as a municipal employee and also a police officer,” he said.

DiPasquale had a 35-year career with the Amherstburg Police Service, retiring as deputy chief in 2009. His community involvement has also seen him serve with local service clubs and non-profit organizations and has resulted in numerous awards and honours over the years. He recalled starting to work for the town at age 16, grooming baseball diamonds under the direction of former administrator Tom Kilgallin.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale announced May 14 that he will not seek re-election.

“During my years of employment with the Town of Amherstburg and as an elected official, I have learned that this community is truly special and resilient. We have persevered through much of our debt load adversity and began updating our aging infrastructure,” he said. “We also began rebuilding our management structure and I am grateful for being part of this and serving together with all the other council members.”

DiPasquale also thanked CAO John Miceli, the management team and employees “that kept this great municipality solvent, the neighbourhoods and roads safe, the water flowing and clean and our parks active. It has been a truly superb performance and thank you.”

Wishing the next deputy mayor and council members well, DiPasquale said he wishes they will have “the same wonderful experiences and lifetime of memories I have acquired” by serving the community.

Following his statement, DiPasquale was met with a standing ovation from all in attendance at Monday night’s meeting, including his fellow council members. Several members of DiPasquale’s family, including his wife Carmen, daughters Luisa and Sandra, their grandchildren as well as other loved ones were in attendance.

Amherstburg police continuing to investigate cruiser crash

 

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is continuing to investigate a crash involving a police cruiser that took place last Wednesday morning on Howard Ave.

The two-vehicle crash took place near South Side Road and the officer involved sustained two fractures in his neck and one fracture in his back. Police say the officer was treated and released the day of the collision.

The other driver was not injured.

Amherstburg police state the officer’s cruiser was struck by a separate 2006 Pontiac vehicle being driven by a 19-year-old man. According to Amherstburg police, both were northbound and as the officer began to turn to go after a southbound vehicle that was reportedly speeding, the Pontiac G6 and the cruiser collided. The driver of the G6 attempted evasive action by trying to turn away from the cruiser, which minimized the impact between the two vehicles, police add.

The matter is still under investigation.

(UPDATE: Amherstburg police stated Wednesday afternoon that the officer involved has been charged with turn not in safety under Section 142(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. Police say the officer was attempting a U-turn to stop a speeding vehicle when he pulled in front of another northbound vehicle. The emergency lights were activated, police add.)

Impaired driver   Amherstburg police say that a 33-year-old Windsor male was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle after a report of an erratic driver coming through Harrow hitting mailboxes last Wednesday afternoon. The arrested was made on Howard Ave., near County Road 20, at around 3:30 p.m., and the accused was turned over to the OPP.

 

Threats   A 26-year-old Leamington man was arrested for allegedly uttering threats during a neighbour dispute. It occurred around 4 p.m. last Tuesday in the 200 block of King St.

 

Outstanding warrants   Amherstburg police arrested a local man after he was allegedly found sleeping on a bench near General Amherst High School. Police add the 21-year-old Amherstburg man was arrested on outstanding warrants. It occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. April 21.

 

Breach   A local man was arrested in the early morning hours of Friday for allegedly breaching his release conditions. Police say the 34-year-old Amherstburg man was arrested on Dalhousie St. around 12:30 a.m.

 

Mischief   Amherstburg police say a 44-year-old Amherstburg male was arrested for mischief after he allegedly kicked in a neighbour’s door. Amherstburg police say the arrest was made Monday around 5 a.m.

 

Stats   Amherstburg police stated there were 162 total calls for service last week with the 26 traffic-related charges laid.

 

-All information courtesy of the Amherstburg Police Service