An off-duty officer spotted two suspicious people driving a truck early Wednesday in an area under construction on Peach Tree Drive in Chatham.Chatham-Kent police reportedly found the truck leaving the area at a high rate of speed with the tailgate down and several sheets of plywood in the back.The officer who began a traffic stop saw 11 sheets of plywood in the box of the truck valued at approximately $500.A 34-year-old Wallaceburg woman was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was released with a court date.The second woman, a 38-year-old woman of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with theft under $5,000 and being in possession of property obtained by a crime under $5,000. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to attend court. She was held for bail.Assault chargeA vehicle parked without permission in a person’s driveway sparked a Tuesday night argument between the property owner and his unwanted visitors.A female passenger in the vehicle exited during the squabble and allegedly struck the man. The vehicle then fled prior to police arrival.Through investigation, police identified the woman and she was arrested later that night.The 23-year-old woman was charged with assault and released with a court date.Man charged with theftPolice responded to a shoplifting complaint last week at Sobeys in Blenheim.Through investigation, police identified the man wanted for allegedly stealing $190 worth of groceries.On Tuesday afternoon, police found the man in Chatham and he was arrested.The 33-year-old Chatham man was charged with theft under $5,000. He was released with a court date.Warrant arrestOn Tuesday night, police arrested a man wanted for reportedly breaching conditions of his probation order.The 25-year-old Chatham man was arrested and released with a court date.The man, also wanted by the OPP, was then turned over to their officers for court purposes.Crash investigatedEmergency crews responded to a two-vehicle collision on Communication Road near Drury Line Tuesday morning.Two vehicles were travelling south on Communication Road when one vehicle rear-ended the other, causing it to hit a hydro pole, police said.A 24-year-old Chatham woman and her two-year-old daughter were taken to hospital as a precaution.A 29-year-old Chatham man was charged with careless driving.Total damage was estimated at $25,000.Tool theftSome time over the past couple of days, someone entered a shed on Dufferin Avenue and stole a welder, two chainsaws and various tools.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Kyle Bakker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-436-6600 ext. 87320.Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Break and enterPolice responded to a break and enter Wednesday morning at the Subway restaurant on St. Clair Street in Chatham.Damage to the front glass doors was estimated at $1,000.Police believe the suspect is a thin, 5’6″ white man in his early 20s. He was last seen wearing a red bandana, a red ball cap, a black hoodie, baggy dark-coloured pants and white running shoes.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Will Sharrow at email@example.com or 519-436-6600 ext. 84996, or Crime Stoppers.
With a little over two months to go before the solar eclipse, Southwestern Community College is gearing up for the once-in-a-lifetime event by hosting a presentation by photographer Johnny Horne at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, in Myers Auditorium on SCC’s Jackson Campus.This presentation will be a how-to on photographing the solar eclipse, which will occur on Aug. 21.“We are very excited to have Johnny Horne give this presentation,” said Lynda Parlett, SCC’s executive director of institutional development. “This a great opportunity to learn about capturing a photograph of the solar eclipse to share with future generations.”The session will also include information for budding and amateur photographers who wish to take pictures of planets, stars and astronomical events.Horne served as a staff photographer for the Fayetteville Observer for 44 years and is a contributing editor for “Sky and Telescope” magazine.He has also served on the technical support staff for “Sky and Telescope” total solar eclipse expeditions to Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean.In 1986 Horne photographed Halley’s Comet from the Australian Outback, and his astronomical photographs have appeared in magazines and newspapers worldwide.