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TUESDAY, January 23/18





COPENHAGEN – (From Elgin OPP) – This morning around 10 am Elgin OPP responded to a report of a tree falling on a male in a wooded area off Pede Road, south of Nova Scotia Line in Malahide, just east of here. Malahide Fire Services and EMS also responded. A 55-year old Norfolk County man was pronounced dead at the scene. Release of the deceased’s name is pending notification of next of kin. Police have learned that the deceased along with two other workers were working for a Tree Cutting Service that had been hired by a land owner to conduct work on the property. The deceased was in the process of cutting down a tree when it prematurely fell and landed on him. The Ministry of Labourer is currently on scene conducting their investigation.





-Seniors Day Out; EEC Complex; 9:30 am (see Mon. report)


-Wed -Aylmer Spitfires host: N Middlesex; 8:15 pm

-Fri-Sun -Periscope Theatre: “The Housekeeper” (see ad)

-Fri -EESS Exams begin

-Fri -Eastlink Ch 10 – London Knights host: Owen Sound; 7:30 pm





The Catfish Creek Conservation Authority has upgraded yesterday’s Watershed Statement to a Flood Warning today – “Flooding is imminent and dangerous water level conditions are occurring in low-lying areas of the Catfish Creek Watershed. Due to heavy rain, density of the snowpack and a general warming trend there is a high potential for flooding to occur in low-lying areas of the watershed. This Warning will remain in effect until noon Wednesday.”





(Contributed) – Zvonko Horvat will be Aylmer’s new Chief of Police beginning next Tuesday. He has 32 years experience in Municipal and Provincial policing. He started his policing career in 1985 as a Constable with the Haldimand Norfolk Regional Police and also served in the Drug and Crime Unit. He then became a Training Instructor and took the position of Sergeant-Team Leader with the Norfolk OPP. In 2003 Mr. Horvat became Staff Sergeant–Detachment Operations Manager there. He then became the Acting Inspector–Detachment Commander with Perth County. He later joined Brant County as the Inspector Detachment Commander and in 2008 he became the Inspector Detachment Commander for the Norfolk OPP.


Departing Chief Andre Reymer has spent his whole 30 year career with the Aylmer Police Force, becoming Chief in 2011. He provided the following information:

1.Where raised/always interested in policing? – I was raised on a farm near Kirkton and I didn’t consider policing until Grade 11.

2.A few major changes in policing since you began? – The size of the service increased allowing 2 person shifts for back-up. The nature of the investigations have become more detailed and required more training. The upcoming legalization of pot will be a shake-up.

3.What is an area in Aylmer policing that still needs attention? – Property crimes aren’t well reported (late) and a result not solved. Also, encourage better use of personal security (locks & cameras). Our use of social media has helped communicate and get feedback.

4.Can you comment on Aylmer’s OPP costing inquiries? –  The costing process had a morale impact on staff. With recent retirements we believe advertising for new officers will increase now that the service is on stable ground. Compared to the OPP, municipal policing is very locally focussed.

5.Retirement plans? – Take it easy over the winter; look at other opportunities in the spring.





(Information from Chief Randy White)

-Jan 21, station 2 Straffordville, burn complaint on Talbot Ln.

-Jan 21, station 1 Port Burwell, medical assist on Elizabeth St.





-Mitchell, Douglas Bryan of Pt. Burwell passed away Sunday in his 62nd year. Survivors: children Jerremy and Tori of Port Burwell etc.. Doug was a transport driver and worked at the Tobacco Warehouse in Delhi and for Sonnyside Flowers. A service will be held at the Arn-Lockie Funeral Home Norwich on Friday at 11 am with visitation one hour prior.





(Contributed – Periscope Theatre in Pt. Burwell’s next presentation begins this weekend:) – “The Housekeeper is a comedy written by Jeremy Prideaux and directed by Pete Matthews. It will star Katy Wells and Rob Faust. Floundering a bit after the death of his aged and domineering mother, Manley Carstairs, a self styled literary artist, engages a housekeeper, Annie Dankworth, to look after his large Victorian home (and himself). Conveyed in a series of fast paced juxtaposed scenes, this play uncovers some unlikely events” (see ad).





-BOYS BBALL – JR – Parkside 42 EESS (3-3) 32





(RE-EASTLINK PETITION) – “Part of the issue that continues to limit competition in the ex-Amtelecom area of service is that Eastlink is refusing to allow access to Local Number Portability. That is the process that allows a subscriber to move their existing phone number from one provider to another. Eastlink (and Amtelecom before the purchase) has continually refused to implement this process, even though they are required to do so by CRTC ruling. So the comments by the CRTC are somewhat disingenuous. There are many technical requirements before a secondary service provider can add services to a geographic area. But it is also true that the competitors will need to be convinced to provide service to that area, which they will only do if they can make money (get a bunch of people to switch). This is not truly a matter for council other than they can be used to hold Eastlink’s feet to the fire.” (Doug Lee)





(Information from Chief Andre Reymer)

-A 53 year old Malahide man was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment after being found guilty for the seventh time of driving while under supervision. He also paid $19,000 in past fines. His most recent charge was in April by Aylmer Police. The suspensions occurred in various communities.


-Sgt. Bill Gibson retired on December 31st after 19 years with Aylmer Police. The PSB will be advertising to hire an experienced officer and a recruit. The experienced officer is intended to fill Gibson’s vacancy and the recruit to address a pending retirement.




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