CK police briefs – Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Local man taken to hospital after a tree-cutting accident

The Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate after a 21-year-old Chatham man was injured by a falling tree limb during an industrial accident on King Street in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent police said emergency crews were called to the scene Tuesday morning, adding that the man who was injured is an employee at a local tree cutting service.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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No communication means absolutely none

A 25-year-old Chatham man is in trouble with the law after he allegedly contacted a Ridgetown woman via a gaming system.

Police said the man was released from court earlier this month with several conditions, one of which required him to stop communicating with a specific Ridgetown woman.

Despite that order, officers said the man allegedly reached out to the woman on Monday — contacting her via a gaming system and calling her cell phone.

The accused was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Blenheim man arrested after threatening local woman

Chatham-Kent police have arrested a 42-year-old Blenheim man who allegedly threatened a woman he wasn’t supposed to contact in the first place.

Police said the man was released from custody on June 15 with several conditions — one of which required him not to communicate with a specific Charing Cross woman or to attend her home.

Officers said the man allegedly violated both of those conditions Tuesday night when he showed up at her residence and started yelling at her from the driveway.

Investigators said the man also allegedly threatened to damage the woman’s vehicle while he was holding a pipe.

Police were called in and found the man hiding behind a neighbour’s residence.

When they searched him, they also allegedly found a switchblade on him.

The accused was charged with uttering threats, possession of a banned weapon, and two counts of failing to comply with his release conditions. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Lack of turn signal tips off police to suspended driver

A missed turning signal ended up signalling the end of a Tuesday morning cruise for a suspended driver in Chatham.

Chatham-Kent police said the officer on general patrol saw a man driving on Gray Street in Chatham fail to signal when he turned right onto Queen Street.

The officer pulled the man over and then learned that he had been suspended from driving for unpaid fines.

As a result, a 33-year-old Blenheim man was arrested and charged accordingly. He was later released with a future court date.

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Shoplifting from Walmart

A 44-year-old Chatham man is charged with theft after allegedly stealing from Walmart in Chatham.

Police said they were called to the store Tuesday afternoon. The report from police didn’t specify what was taken or how much it was worth.

The accused was arrested and charged with theft and possession of property obtained by crime. He was later released with a future court date.

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Video surveillance helps police track down theft suspect

A 22-year-old man of no fixed address is accused of stealing several items that were left outside of a residence on Park Street in Chatham earlier this month.

Police said through their investigation, they reviewed some video surveillance and were able to identify a suspect.

He was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with theft and possession of property obtained by crime and later released with a future court date.