Tuesday police briefs

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Suspicious package update

The OPP’s bomb squad had to be called into Chatham yesterday after a suspicious package was discovered near a federal government building.

On Monday morning, shortly after 10 a.m. Chatham-Kent police responded to the report of a suspicious package outside the Judy Lamarsh Building in Chatham.

For public safety reasons, Wellington Street between William Street and Adelaide Street was closed to traffic and those in the immediate area were evacuated.

The OPP Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene, assessed the situation and removed the suspicious package.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Ryan Kloostra at ryank@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87144. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward

Two men charged with assault

Last month, police responded to a neighbour dispute in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that a verbal argument escalated into a physical altercation resulting in the victim being struck with a piece of wood.

Police identified the men involved and late yesterday afternoon, they were taken into custody.

A 37-year-old Chatham man was charged with assault with a weapon.

A 19-year-old Chatham man was charged with assault.

Mischief, then a swim

Last night, just before 7 p.m. a citizen called police after witnessing a man damage the front door of a church on James Street in Wallaceburg.

Through investigation, police confirmed that the glass in the front door at St. James Anglican Church was shattered.

Total damage was estimated at $2,000.

Officers located the man responsible swimming in the Sydenham River.
The 43-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with mischief. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. He remains in police custody this morning.

B&E

Around 5:30 a.m. this morning, police responded to a break and enter at NAPA Auto Parts on Lacroix Street in Chatham.

Through investigation, police learned that someone forced their way into the building, causing about $500 damage.

Once inside, the suspect(s) stole black sunglasses, a BOSE blue tooth speaker and a Fitbit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Aric Roy at aricr@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87361. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Collisions

Yesterday morning, police responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Queen Street near Richmond Street in Chatham.

The woman lost control of her vehicle, while turning, and struck a pole.

The driver, a 72-year-old Blenheim woman, was transported to hospital as a precaution.

She was charged with careless driving.

Yesterday afternoon, police responded to a two-vehicle collision on Queens Line near Merlin Road. Three people were transported to hospital as a precaution. Total damage was estimated at $25,000.

A 24-year-old Windsor man was charged with failing to yield the right of way.

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