OPP seeking missing Belmont man

StevenBrettThe Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police are hoping the public can help them find a missing Elgin County man.

Elgin OPP Constable Adam Crewdson said police are trying to find Steven Brett, 56, after responding to a missing person report from a residence in Belmont

Mr. Brett was last seen in Woodstock at about 7:20 p.m. on Monday, June 19.

“Family are concerned and officers want to locate him to verify his well-being,” Const. Crewdson said.

Mr. Brett is described as six feet, two inches tall (188 centimetres), weighing 240 pounds (108 kilograms) with a heavy build.

He has shoulder length blond/grey hair with a grey goatee.

Mr. Brett was last seen wearing a dark green golf shirt, denim knee-length shorts, a grey baseball hat and running shoes.

He drives a blue Saturn Ion with licence plate BXKJ755.

“The Elgin OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122,” Const. Crewdson said.

Torch Run marks 30th year in Aylmer

TorchRunEast Elgin Secondary School educational assistant Debbie Dempsey, left, high-fived Assumption Catholic Elementary School pupil Taya Lopez during the 30th annual Law Enforcement Torch Run through Aylmer on Wednesday morning, June 21. The Torch Run raises awareness and money for the Special Olympics. As in past years, Special Olympians, Aylmer Police officers, Ontario Police College representatives and developmentally delayed students from EESS’s Community Living Class participated in the Torch Run. While walking by Assumption, the pupils came out to greet and cheer on the Torch Run participants and offered them cold bottled water. The Torch Run route began at EESS, continued east on Talbot Street, turned south onto Queen Street, then headed west on South Street past Assumption and McGregor Public School before ending the event by doing a lap on Davenport PS’s track.

Springfield PS places second in battery challenge

The pupils and staff at SpSprbatteriesringfield Public School celebrated finishing second in the Ontario School Battery Recycling Challenge during an assembly on Tuesday afternoon, June 20. Raw Materials sales coordinator Sarah Lacharity, left, accepted a $1,000 donation for Sick Kids Foundation of Toronto from Springfield PS’s prize money. Making the presentation were pupils Tess McCallum, Shelby Hamm and Taryn Sullivan. Springfield PS won the challenge last year in its first year of competition. By placing second this year, Springfield PS received $3,874.62 (25 percent) from the $15,498.46 total prize pool. A decision on what to do with the rest of this year’s prize money hadn’t been made yet but Springfield PS Secretary Sheri Webb said it could be spent on technology or field trips. Sparta PS participated in the Challenge for the first time this year and placed 10th out of 125 schools, the maximum amount allowed to enter the contest.

Flying kick fires soccer ball toward net

webbelu14boysLuke Schlinderer of host Belmont Minor Soccer’s Ankor Farms Under 14 boys team put everything into a kick at the London Oakridge Source for Sports goal during a West London Soccer game on Thursday night, June 15. London squeaked by Belmont 5-4.

Springfield takes on…Springfield

webspru16girlsSpringfield Brewers girls Under 16 Minors Rep team first baseman Leah Elijah caught the throw from a teammate, but only just after Kristen Laur of the Springfield girls Under 16 Majors Rep team safely crossed first base following a bunt, during a game between the two home teams at Malahide Community Place on Thursday night, June 15. Majors won this game in the end, 6-2.

Trying out lawn bowling for the first time

weblbcgr4sMcGregor Public School Grade 4 pupil Emma Cyr attempted lawn bowling during an afternoon of lessons for her and her classmates put on by Aylmer Lawn Bowling Club on Friday afternoon, June 16.

Belmont U16 girls edge London Oakridge 3-2

webbelu16girlsGrace Gillet of host Belmont Minor Soccer’s Hub Under 16 girls soccer team fought to keep the ball during a game against London Oakridge on Thursday night, June 15. Belmont squeaked in a winner, 3-2.

Canada 150 bonfire at Fairgrounds

webbonfireCanada 150 is being celebrated Saturday, June 17, with a bonfire at the Aylmer Fairgrounds. Aylmer Optimist Club is holding a barbecue, while Aylmer Valu-Mart is offering S’mores kits. The event continues until 10 p.m.

Family Fun Day in Springfield

websprfunYoungsters bounced back and forth on an inflatable amusement that was one of the attractions at Springfield’s annual Family Fun Day, Saturday, June 17. Events at Malahide Community Place continue through the early- and mid-afternoon, followed by a spaghetti dinner for the village fire station from 5 to 7 p.m., and a “Tween Dance” for children in Grades 6, 7 and 8 after that.

Firearms stolen in break-in south of Sparta

Several Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to what was first thought as a break-in in progress at a residence near Quaker Road and Dexter Line on Wednesday afternoon, June 14.

Some officers were seen with their assault-style firearms drawn and body armour on in the area at about 7 p.m.

The break-in was first reported at about 3:30 p.m. and the investigation later determined the suspect or suspects broke into the home sometime between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Three unspecified firearms, ammunition and jewellery was reported stolen.

Police officers set up a containment area at Dexter Line and Quaker Road to assist the Emergency Response Team and the canine unit and the roads in the are were closed briefly.

No suspects were located.

The investigation continues and the OPP have requested anyone with information on the incident to contact them.