CK police briefs – Monday, June 7, 2021

Two more charges laid after a pair of large gatherings

Chatham-Kent police have laid two more charges under the Reopening Ontario Act after police were called to two more reports of large gatherings at two Old Colony Mennonite Churches over the weekend.

Police said they responded to a report of a gathering at the Old Colony Mennonite Church on Wheatley Road in Wheatley Sunday morning.

An officer at the scene reported seeing 128 vehicles in the parking lot, adding that no one inside the church was wearing a mask.

A 51-year-old Merlin man was charged under the Reopening Ontario Act and will be required to attend Provincial Offences Court in June.

In a separate call Sunday morning, police responded to a report of a gathering at the Old Colony Mennonite Church on Cundle Line in Charing Cross.

The officer who responded to the church reported seeing approximately 40 vehicles in the parking lot, adding that over 100 people left the church and none of them were wearing masks.

A 37-year-old Merlin man was charged with failing to comply with a continued order under the Ontario Reopening Act and he will be required to attend Provincial Offences Court in July.

Chatham-Kent police said last week, they are working with the Crown to seek a court injunction to close down local Old Colony Mennonite Churches that keep defying COVID-19 laws by holding services.

At that time, CK Police Chief Gary Conn said a court injunction could take weeks to be granted.

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Chatham man charged with assault after disturbance at apartment complex

A 25-year-old Chatham man has been arrested and charged with assault after police were called to investigate a disturbance at an apartment complex on Park Avenue East in Chatham.

Police said they were called there Monday morning, adding that the incident involved a tenant and a building manager.

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