CK police briefs – Thursday, November 19, 2020

Man arrested after turning butcher knife on police

A 37-year-old Chatham man is spending some time in police custody after allegedly pulling a butcher knife on a local police officer.

He also allegedly spat several times on the police cruiser while he was being arrested and searched.

Police said they caught up with the man after receiving a report Wednesday afternoon of a suspicious man in the parking lot of a church on Sandys Street in Chatham.

The officer who responded to the call reported seeing the man walking through traffic on Grand Avenue, yelling at cars and acting erratically, causing multiple vehicles to slam on their brakes to avoid a collision.

Police said the officer stopped to talk to the man once he was safely on the sidewalk, at which point, the man allegedly turned aggressively towards the officer while holding a large butcher knife in a threatening manner.

The officer then allegedly pulled his taser on the man, but was able to talk the man into dropping the knife without needing to deploy the taser.

Police said the accused was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was taken into custody pending a bail hearing.

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Puppy sellers charged with fraud

Two 32-year-old Chatham Township residents are charged with nine counts of fraud after they allegedly took deposits for some Yorkie puppies earlier this year and then claimed the puppies had been stolen.

Police said a man and woman offered six Yorkie puppies for sale on Kijiji for $800 in May, adding that nine people responded to the ad and e-transferred money to the pair as a deposit for a puppy.

Officers said in June, the woman then contacted the people who had submitted the deposits to tell them that the puppies had been stolen.

Investigators said none of the $3,850 worth of deposits were returned to the nine victims, though.

A 32-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, both from Chatham Township, were arrested on Wednesday and charged with nine counts of fraud in connection with the case.

They were both later released pending a future court date.

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Dumpster fire leads to arrest

A 46-year-old man of no fixed address is charged with arson after emergency crews responded to a dumpster fire near Riverview Gardens on King Street West in Chatham Tuesday night.

Officers were able to identify a suspect in connection with the case and arrested him Wednesday afternoon.

The accused was charged with arson and later released pending a future court date.

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Disturbance leads to assault charges

Two men are facing charges in connection with a disturbance Wednesday night that resulted in one person requiring medical attention.

Police said an 18-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, both from Chatham, were arrested Thursday morning and charged with assault causing bodily harm.

They were later released pending a future court date.

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Man accused of damaging ex-girlfriend’s vehicle

A 19-year-old Chatham man has been charged with mischief after he allegedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s residence and damaged her vehicle.

Police said they were called to the scene in Chatham early Thursday morning.

The accused was later arrested, charged, and released with a future court date.

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Man charged with assault

A 19-year-old Chatham man is charged with assault after police were called to a disturbance between family members in Chatham Wednesday night.

Police said the accused was later released with a future court date.

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CK police kick off Festive RIDE campaign

You can expect to start seeing more police checks out on the roads in the coming weeks as officers step up their annual Festive RIDE season.

CK police said they kicked things off with spot checks across the municipality on Wednesday, which is also the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims.

Officers stopped a total of 480 vehicles and found no infractions.

Police are reminding driver that their RIDE spot checks will increase throughout the holiday season in an effort to keep local roadways safe.

They’re also reminding all members of the public that if you believe someone is driving while impaired, you’re asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.