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Dec 2010

Incident#:  9705-10
Incident Type:  Attempted larceny of Tires/Wheels/Scrap, possession of burglary tools
Date and Time: December 30, 2010 at approximately  0400 a.m.
Location: Formula K Manufacturing  located  at 58000 Deerhammer Pkwy Antwerp Twp. Van Buren County.
Vehicle seized used by the suspect:  1999  GMC Pickup
Suspect:  A 24 year old Paw Paw township man was arrested on an unrelated charge.  This subject is a person of interest in relation to this on-going investigation.


Incident #: 9703-10
Incident Type:  Flee and Elude, Resist and Obstructing, DWLS, Improper Plate, Warrant arrests.
Date and Time:  December 29, 2010 at 19:30.
Location:  Originated at CR 665 and 40th St Waverly Twp, ended at 18th Ave and 46th St Bloomingdale Twp.
Driver Arrested:  29 year old Mattawan man, Travis Krier
Passenger Arrested:  28 year old female from Gobles, Janelle White lodged on a felony warrant for dangerous drugs.
Vehicle:  1996 White Pontiac Grand Prix. 


Incident No:  9537-10
Incident Type:: Domestic Violence, Fugitive Arrest, Resist and Obstruct Police
Date and Time:
  Tuesday December 21,2010 at approximately 1716 hours
Location:  69,000 block of 70th Street, Hartford Township
Suspect:  Jeffery Lee Sliter 12/21/1963, 53 year old, white male.
Victim Information:  47 year old, white female
Victim Injuries: Contusions and Bruising to the neck area. 
Arrested: Jeffery Lee Sliter for Resisting, Domestic Assault & Contempt of Court Warrant.


Incident #:  9519-10
Incident Type:
Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Resisting and Obstructing Police
Date & Time of Incident:  Monday, December 20, 2010 at 7:35 p.m.
Location of Incident:  59000 block of 60th St., Hartford Township
Suspect Information:  Jose Lopez Gonzalez 3/29/63, 47 year old male from Hartford.  The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.
Victims:  36 year old male from Decatur, 28 year old male from Hartford.  Both victims are employed by Aaron’s Sales and Lease in Benton Harbor.
Injuries:  The 36 year old victim sustained injuries to his face and hands caused by broken glass.  The 28 year old victim sustained a laceration to his hand caused by broken glass.
Hospital Information:  Both victims refused medical treatment.
Weapons used:  6 pound sledgehammer 
Charges: 

    
 Count 1: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault) 4 year Felony
     Count 2: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault) 4 year Felony
     Count 3: Assaulting/Resisting/Obstructing a Police Officer 2 year Felony
     Count 4: Malicious Destruction of Personal Property $200 or more but less than $1,000, 1 year Misdemeanor

Photos:  P1010019  9519-10 12-20-10.jpg    P1010013  9519-10 12-20-10.jpg


Incident No:  9410-10
Incident Type:  Possession of Methamphetamine, Violation of Restricted License, No Insurance, Disobey Stop Sign.
Location: 
CR657 near Birmingham Court, Antwerp Twp., Van Buren County, State of Michigan, 49071.
Date & Time: 
December 15, 2010 at 2009 hrs.
Suspect: 
38 year old white male. Name is being withheld pending arraignment.
Controlled Substance: 
1 gram of Methamphetamine was found on the suspect.
Arrest:
Suspect was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Violation of Restricted License, & No Insurance.
Citation Issued: 
Suspect was issued a citation for Violation of a Restricted License, No Insurance, & Disobey a Stop Sign.

Vehicle: 
Vehicle was a silver 1997 Jeep Cherokee. Vehicle was impounded.


Incident number:  9082-10
Incident type arrests:  Manufacturing-possession of methamphetamine
Location:  44000 block of CR 665 Paw Paw, located in Waverly Township
Arrested: 
     1)  25 year old Paw Paw  woman, lodged for manufacturing methamphetamine (name withheld pending district court arraignment).
     2)  33 year old Paw Paw man, lodged for manufacturing methamphetamine (name withheld pending district court arraignment).
     3)  Daniel Laviolette, a 50 year old Paw Paw man, lodged for Bench warrant for failing to pay child support (additional charges sought in relation to this narcotics investigation.
Seized:  Numerous components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.


Incident No:  9025-10.
Incident type:
  CCW (carrying a concealed, loaded weapon), VCSA (possession  of Marijuana), Warrant Arrest (Bench warrant failing to appear Battle Creek Police Department), traffic violation (failing to yield for emergency responder).
Date and time:  December 1, 2010 at approximately 4:20pm.
Location:   I-94 eastbound near CR 681 located in Lawrence township, Van Buren County.
Vehicle information:   Subjects were operating a 1998 Dodge Durango.
Suspect driver information:   23 year old Paw Paw township woman (name withheld pending follow-up and charges authorized).
Suspect passenger arrested:   Nikki Jeffries, a 35 year old man from Battle Creek Michigan (arrested on his
warrant only at this time).
Property seized:  #1:)  6.7 grams of suspected marijuana, #2:) $631.00 in U. S. currency  #3:) loaded 25 caliber semi automatic handgun, #4:)  20 gauge shotgun.
Children in the vehicle ages:  4 year old boy, 3 year old girl, 1 year old boy. 


Nov 2010

Incident Number:  8899-2010
Incident Type: Search Warrant for Marijuana Grow Operation (390 Plants seized).
Date and Time:  November 27, 2010 at 11:00 A.M.
Location: 43000 block of Baseline Road, Bloomingdale Township, County of Van Buren
Charges Sought:  Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana over 200 plants. Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Suspects:
     24 year old male who resides at this residence.
     26 year old female who resides at this residence. 


Incident Number:  80042-10
Incident Type:   Narcotics Search Warrant for Cocaine. 
Date and Time:
  November 5, 2010, 8:45 a.m.
Location:
 Jerrdean Drive, Hartford Township in Van Buren County
Charges Sought:  Possession of cocaine - 4 counts of delivery of cocaine.
Suspect: 
33 year old male, who resides at this residence part time & listed address, is out of Covert, MI 


Incident Number:  8247-10
Incident Type:  Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Analogs, Drove While license Suspended.
Incident Location: 26778 M43 (Wolf Lake Party Store) Almena Twp.
Incident Date and Time:  November 1, 2010 at 2249.
Suspect:  Ernestine Dawn Olson, DOB 09-18-68, from Kalamazoo.
Child:  11 year old boy. Child of the suspect.


Oct 2010

Update
11-12-2010
Preliminary Examination on Homicide
Incident Number: 8207-10
(click here for original report)

     Preliminary Examination for John Roy Bartley on the below charges was held today at 1:00 PM in 7th District Court, Paw Paw, Honorable Judge Robert Hentchel presiding.
     Bartley was bound over into Circuit Court on all counts by Judge Hentchel.  His arraignment date in Circuit Court will be November 22, 2010.  Bond was continued.

Update
11-1-2010

Incident Number: 8207-10
Incident type:  Vehicular Homicide.
Date & Time:  October 30, 2010 at approximately 10:45 pm.
Location of Incident:   Frosty Acres, Porter Township.
Vehicle information #1:  1999 Ford Mustang.
Driver :  26 year old Lawton Man.
Deceased:  27 year old Paw Paw man.  Name being withheld pending contact with all family members.
Drugs or Alcohol Involved: Possibly alcohol use is being investigated.


Incident Number:  800413-10
Incident Type: Search Warrant, Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab.
Date and Time:
October 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm
L
ocation: 120 S. Wendell Ave., City of Hartford MI
Suspect Information: 
No Arrests made – pending prosecutor review.
     1.  43 years old Male -120 S. Wendell Ave., Hartford, MI
     2.  35 years old Female - 120 S. Wendell Ave., Hartford, MI
Pending Charges:   Operate-Maintain Meth Lab involving Hazardous Waste.
 


Update
October 15, 2010
Original Incident No:  800326-10, 800318-10

     On October 15, 2010, the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office authorized felony warrants for 10 individuals involved in the August 12th incident located at 409 S. Main Street, Village of Lawton.  Click on the links above for photos of the suspects involved in this investigation.  There is no photo available for suspect, Robert Kimble.


Incident No:  7722-10
Incident Type:
 OWI Causing Serious Injury
Incident Location:
  I-94 east bound near Exit 56, Paw Paw Township.
Incident Date and Time:
  October 17, 2010 at approx 0300 hrs
Vehicle #1:  2003 Pontiac Grand Am
    
Driver #1:  21 year old male from Coloma
     I
njuries to Driver #1:  Minor cuts and Abrasions
     Medical Treatment Driver #1:  Refused Medical Treatment
Vehicle #2:  1994 Jeep Cherokee
    
Driver#2:  48 year old male from Covert
     
Injuries to Driver #2:  Full extent is unknown at this time
     Medical Treatment Driver #2: Listed in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hosp.
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.


Incident Number:   7815-10
Incident Type:  Traffic violation and warrant arrests
Date & Time:   October  16, 2010 at approximately 7:45 pm 

Location of Incident:   37th Street north of M-43 located in Waverly Township

Vehicle Information:  1998 Dodge pickup 

Driver arrested-charges:   33 year old Gobles man (name withheld pending arraignment). Charges are OWI-2nd Offense, Driving While License Suspended-2nd, and Child Endangerment. 

Passenger Arrested-Charges:  33 year old Jennifer Branch from Gobles.  Passenger arrested on warrants including NSF checks and contempt of court. 

Children in vehicle:  5 year old girl and 4 year old boy, both children to driver and passenger who were arrested.
 


Incident No:  7579-10
Incident Type:  Illegal entry in an occupied residence.
Date and Time:   October 7, 2010 at approximately 11:00 pm.
Location:  03000 block of Columbia street in Grand Junction.
Suspect Information:  46 year old Breedsville Michigan man (name withheld pending arraignment in district court).


Update 10/8/10
Incident No:  7526-10

The suspect, Jabir Calbillo (AKA Javier Calvillo) was arraigned on 10/6/10. A $2,500 10% bond was set with several no alcohol bond conditions.  His next court appearance date is 10/22/10 at 1000 hrs for a pretrial.  He remains incarcerated in this matter and the related Probation Hold for violating the terms of his felony probation.

Incident No:  7526-10
Incident Type:  Traffic Stop resulting in an Operating While Intoxicated-2nd Offense, Felony Probation Violation Arrest.
Date and Time:: 1620 hrs on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.
Location:  84000 block of CR687, Keeler Township.
Vehicle Involved:  Red, 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup.
Driver-Suspect:  37  year old Male out of the Hartford, MI area (Name withheld pending arraignment).
Alcohol-Drugs:   Alcohol in the form of admitted abuse of over the counter cough syrup Dayquil and Nyquil was a factor in this incident.


Incident Number:  7475-10
Incident Type: Assault with Intent to do great bodily harm.
Incident Time:  September 3, 2010 at 22:53.
Location:  18000 block of 47th St. Columbia Twp.
Suspect: 43 year male from Bloomingdale.
Victim: 36 year old male from Bloomingdale.
Weapon: The suspect used a machete.
Injuries:  None


Incident Number #:  7445-10.
Incident Type:  Resisting and Obstructing Police, Hit and Run Property Damage Crash, Operating While Intoxicated, Drove While License Revoked, Warrant Arrest.
Date and Time of Incident: Friday, October 1, 2010 at 2330 hrs.
Locations of Incident:  Hampton Inn on Cecilia Dr in South Haven Township and Phoenix Inn in Geneva Township, Van Buren County.
Suspect Arrested: Gregory Wayne Biggs 7-23-69, of South Haven.
Suspect Vehicle:  Light Blue 1979 Chevy pickup truck.
Damaged Vehicle:  2010 Black Dodge Charger.
 


Incident #: 7287-10
Incident Type: Fraudulent Check Incident resulting in a Felony arrest for Uttering and Publishing.
Date & Time:
 Incident occurred September 24, 2010 at 2140 hrs.  The suspect was arrested on October 1, 2010.
Location:
  Incident occurred in the 84000 block of CR687 at the Keeler Store in Van Buren County.  Arrest was made at Dominion Brother’s Farms in Berrien County. 
Suspect: 45 year old female migrant worker from possibly the Paw Paw, MI or Okeechobee, FL areas. Name withheld pending arraignment.


Incident No:  7423-10
Date & Time:  October 1, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.
Incident Type:  Failing to stop and identify at property damage crash, Operating While Intoxicated - 2nd offense.
Location: 
Arrested on I-94 and M-40 Highway, Paw Paw Township.
Vehicle Involved:  1996 Chevy Caprice, 4-door passenger car.
Driver Arrested:  50 year old, Oak Lawn Illinois man.  Name withheld pending Paw Paw district court arraignment.


Sep 2010

Incident #:  7336-10
Date and Time of Incident: 
Incident Type:  Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs, Drove While Suspended.
Incident address: 64th Avenue and County Road 665, Paw Paw Township.
Suspects:
     #1 - 36 year old male from Lawton.
     #2 - 35 year old male from Lawton.
Vehicle:  1996 Ford Escort.


Incident #:  7256-10 & 7259-10.
Incident Type:  Assault and Maintaining a Meth Lab.
Date & Time of Incident:  September 24, 2010 at 1940 hours.
Location of Incident:  20000 Block 50th St., Columbia Township.
Criminal Charges:  Assault & Battery, Maintaining a Meth Lab.
Suspect:  46 year old male from Grand Junction. Name withheld pending arraignment.
Weapons: None. 


Update On News Release and Amber Alert: 
Original Incident No: 7113-10

On 9-21-10 at approximately 9:30 a.m. information was received on the possible location of Tristina Azure Wilkins 4 year old Missing Endangered Child/ Parental kidnapping from the 51,000 Block M-51, Decatur, Michigan Van Buren County.  
     The child was taken from her home by her father Matthew Tackett and his wife Jennifer Tackett yesterday evening. Detectives and Deputies from the VBC Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the FBI , Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Edwardsburg P.D., followed up on leads received from tips on possible locations of Tristina Wilkins whereabouts.  Authorities went to an address in the 31,000 Block of Worrell Street in Milton Township, Cass County, where Tristina Wilkins was found unharmed along with Matthew and Jennifer Tackett.
     Tristina was turned over to Child Protective Services and Matthew and Jennifer Tackett were taken into custody on other outstanding warrants.
     The complaint of Parental Kidnapping is still under Investigation.

Contact:  D/Sgt. Thomas Macyauski, 269-657-7711, email


Incident #:  7058-10
Incident Type:  1 Car Rollover Personal Injury Crash, Operating While Intoxicated-1st Offense, and Driving While License Suspended-2nd Offense Arrest
Date-Time:  2123 hrs, Saturday, September 18, 2010
Location:  94000blk of M-51, Hamilton Twp
Vehicle Involved:  Blue 1995 Ford Escort Wagon
D
river-Suspect: 40 year old Male out of Dowagiac, MI (Name withheld pending arraignment).
Injuries to Driver:
  Minor lacerations and abrasions to both forearms
Alcohol-Drugs:
 Alcohol was a factor in this incident
Law Enforcement Action Taken:  The driver was arrested and cited for OWI-1st and DWLS-2nd.  Driver was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.


Incident #:  7042-10
Incident Type:  traffic violation arrests, flee and eluding police, driving while licensed suspended-2 offense, no vehicle insurance.
Incident Location:   71000 block of 39
th street located in Decatur township.
Incident Date/Time:
  September 18th, 2010 at 3:15pm
Suspect/arrest information:  49 year old Lawton man (name withheld pending arraignment)
Vehicle information: 
1999 Buick passenger car


Incident No:  6934-10
Incident Type:
1 Car Rollover Personal Injury Crash, Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense Arrest
Date and Time:
1756 hrs on Tuesday, September 14, 2010.
Location:
60th Street at County Road 687 East, Keeler Twp.
Vehicle involved:
White 1996 Dodge Neon
Driver-suspect:
33 year old Male out of Niles, MI (name withheld pending arraignment)
Injuries to Driver:
Minor laceration to the left elbow, and numerous cuts and scrapes.
Alcohol-Drugs:
Alcohol was a factor in this incident.


Incident # 6842-10
Date and Time:  September 11, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
Incident Type: Operating While Intoxicated and Resisting and Obstructing an officer.
Incident Address: 38th St. north of 52nd Ave. in Paw Paw Twp.
Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sierra
Pick up.
Alcohol: Alcohol was a factor in this incident.
Suspect: 55 year old male from Paw Paw
, name being withheld until arraignment.


Incident No:  6705-10
Incident Type:  Operating with the presence of drugs and possession of Methamphetamine
Incident Date and Time:  September 5, 2010 at 2324
Location:   M51 Hwy south of I 94, Paw Paw Township
Vehicle:  1993 Nissan Altima
Suspect Information:  32 year old female from Paw Paw
Passenger Information: 
    
Passenger #1:  29 year old female from Decatur
     Passenger #2:  38 year old male from Decatur


Aug 2010

Incident No: 
Incident Type:
  Possession of Meth and Meth Components
Incident Date and Time:  August 25, 2010 at 1530 hrs
Incident Location:   Brandywine Lake Public Access, Pine Grove Township
Suspect:  26 yr old male Paw Paw Area (name withheld pending district court arraignment)
Evidence seized:  3.1 grams methamphetamines, 6 boxes of Sudaphed tablets, 1 glass smoking pipe.
Charges Requested:  Possession of Methamphetamines and Possession of Meth components.


Incident Number:  6229-10
Incident type:
  Fleeing and Eluding an Officer, Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, Driving Without a License.
Date and Time:  August 20, 2010 at 2350
Incident Location:  Grand Junction MI
Vehicle: 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Arrests:
     Driver:
  21 year old male from Grand Junction (unable to located at this time, warrant issued pending)
     Passenger:
  26 year old male from Grand Junction
Alcohol:  alcohol was involved in this incident


Incident No:  6064-10
Incident Type:
  2 Boat Personal Injury Crash, OWI - Boating Arrest
Date/Time:  August 14, 2010 at 1807hrs
Location:  Keeler Lake in Keeler Township

Boat #1: 1998 Yamaha Jet Boat
     Operator #1-Injuries: 49 year old male from Hebron, IN - uninjured
     
         Passengers-Injuries:

        
1.  48 year old male from Hebron, IN - uninjured
         2.  47 year old female from Hebron, IN - uninjured
         3.  40 year old male from Domette, IN - uninjured
         4.  39 year old female from Domette, IN - uninjured
         5.  10 year old male from Domette, IN - uninjured
Boat #2: 1987 Mastercraft 19ft Inboard        
      Operator #2-Injuries:
  11 year old female from Keeler Twp - minor impact injury to left hand. Refused EMS
        
        Passengers/Injuries #2:

        1.  41 year old male from Keeler Twp - uninjured
        2.  36 year old female from Keeler Twp - minor cut to right shoulder. Refused EMS
        3.  Male minor, unknown age, from Keeler Twp - uninjured
        4.  17 year old female from Watervliet - minor cut to right shoulder. Refused EMS
        5.  19 year old male from Eau Claire - uninjured

Alcohol-Drugs:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.


Incident No:   6054-10
Nature of Incident:  Operating While Intoxicated – Boating
Date and Time:  Friday August, 13, 2010 at approximately 11:45 pm.
Location:  Christie Lake in Lawrence Township
Boat Operator-Suspect:   51 year old male from Lemont, IL (name to be released after arraignment)
Datamaster:  .11
Passengers:  There were 2 additional passenger on the vessel.
Vehicle Information:  1984 Pontoon 16ft. pleasure boat 


Incident Number:  800318-10
Incident Type:
 Narcotics Search Warrant, Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab, Warrant Arrest, Probation Violation
Date and Time:
  August 12, 2010 at 8:00am
Location:  409 S Main St., Village of Lawton, Van Buren County
Suspects Arrested:

Robert Tonchen, 54 yr old male, homeless;
Peggy Quick, 48 year old female, Lawton; Scott Ottney, 45 year old male, Lawton; Josiah Gold, 29 year old male, Lawrence.   


Incident Number:  5860-10
Incident type:  Arrest Sex Offender Registration Violation
Date & Time:  Saturday, August 7, 2010 at approximately 1800 PM
Location of Incident: South Haven Township, Van Buren County, Michigan
Suspect Information:  23 year old male, from South Haven MI 


  Arrest Update of Incident No. 8081-09Ochoa, Marcos Rodrigues 8-2-2010

Date and Time of Incident:  August 1, 2010 shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:
  75th Street, South Haven Township
Subject Arrested:  Marcos Rodriges Ochoa, 33 years old, resides in South Haven Twp
Original Incident No: 
8081-09, October 18, 2009, Village of Lawrence.


Incident Number:  5816-10
Incident type:  Traffic Stop, Operating-Maintaining Meth Lab
Date & Time: Friday August 6, 2010 at approximately 1:14 a.m.
Location of Incident: County Road 388 near 29th St, Pine Grove Twp, Van Buren Co.
Vehicle Involved: 1993 Toyota Celica, 2-door, white in color
Suspect Information: 27 year old Daniel Levi Leiter from the Kalamazoo area
Criminal Charges:

  1. Operating-Maintaining Meth Lab involving Hazardous Waste
  2. Resist-Obstruct Police Officer
  3. Possession of Methamphetamine
  4. Possession of Marijuana
  5. Providing False Information to Police
  6. Driving While License Suspended, 2nd
     

Jul 2010

Incident #:  5643-10 
Nature of Incident:  Operating While Intoxicated – Boating.

Date and Time:  Friday July, 30 at approximately 11:30 pm. 

Location:  Big Crooked Lake in Keeler Township.
Boat Operator-Suspect:   29 year old male from Chicago, IL (name to be released after arraignment). 

Datamaster:  Refused. 

Passengers:  There were 5 additional passenger on the vessel. 

Vehicle Information:   2006 Premier Pontoon 21ft. pleasure boat.


Incident #:  5565-10.
Incident Type:  Possession of marijuana with intent to deliver & operating under the influence of a controlled substance.
Date and Time: 
July 28, 2010 at 1310 hrs.
Location: 
CR653 & 56th Ave., Antwerp Twp., Van Buren Co., MI 49079.
Controlled Substances: 
37.6 grams of marijuana & 1 pipe with marijuana residue.
Suspect: 
25 year old male subject. Name withheld pending arraignment.
Vehicle: 
Blue 1996 Chevrolet Corsica, 4 Door.
Property Seized: 
Seized was 37.6 grams of marijuana, 1 pipe with marijuana residue in it, $474.00 in cash, 1 vehicle-1996 Chevrolet Corsica 4 Door.
Arrest: 
Subject was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver & OUID.
Citations Issued: 
Citation was issued for OUID and Fail to Maintain Equipment.


Incident #:  5356-10 & 5365-10
Incident Type:  Warrant Arrest, Stolen Vehicle, Larceny from Motor Vehicle
Date & Time of Incident:  July 22, 2010, shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:   South Haven Twp. (stolen vehicle), Bangor Twp. (vehicle larceny)
Suspects:   Matthew Tyler Eide,  21 years old, form Hartford Township, and Mark Lee Eide, 24 years old, form Hartford Township


Incident Number:  5433-10
Incident Type:  Arrest of Suspects for Various Larcenies and Possession of Drugs
Date and Type of Incident:  July 24, 2010 at 1800 hours
Location: 30000 block of M-140, Covert Township
Drugs Seized:  An outdoor marijuana grow operation was located, along with processed marijuana, suspected heroin, and other controlled substances located at the scene.
Suspect Information: 1) a 31 year old male from Covert MI, (2) a 30 year old female South Haven Resident, (3) along with a 33 year old Lacota Resident
Charges:  Suspects were arrested on various charges such as larceny of scrap metal, retail fraud over $500, manufacturing marijuana, possession of heroin, harboring a fugitive, and parole and probation violations.


Incident No:   5413-10 
Incident Type:
  Motor vehicle theft (unlawful use), No license, Failing to report/identify after being involved a traffic crash, Open alcohol in motor vehicle
Date and Time:   Crash on July 23, 2010 at 9:30pm. Located and arrested on July 24, 2010 at approximately 10:00am 
Location:  Crash occurred in the 48000 block of CR 681 in Hartford
 
Suspect:    61 year old Hartford Township man
Suspect Vehicle (stolen-recovered): 1994 Plymouth Voyager van which sustained major front end damage


Incident Number:  5253-10
Incident Type: Possession with Intent to Deliver Ecstasy, Drove While License Suspended
Incident Time: July 18, 2010 at 0134
Location: CR388 and 71st 1/2 St. in South Haven Twp.
Vehicle: 1997 Oldsmobile registered to the suspect
Suspect: 20 year old male from Battle Creek (name being held pending arraignment)


Incident Number: 5223-10
Incident Type: Resist and Oppose Police, ORV OWI, ORV Child Endangerment
Date and Time:  July 16, 2010 at 2045 hrs
Location: Syndicate Park Subdivision and Lake Michigan Shoreline, South Haven Twp MI
Vehicle Involved:  2009 Kawasaki 4 Wheeler ORV
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the situation
Suspect's Name:  a 39 year old resident of West Chicago IL
Criminal Charges:  Resist/Oppose Police, ORV while Intoxicated, Child Endangerment, Recreational Trespassing, No ORV Helmet, No DNR ORV Trail Pass License


Incident No:   5173-10
Incident Type:   Warrant Arrest
Date & Time:  July 15, 2010 at approx. 3:30 p.m.
Location:  31000 block 62nd Avenue, Lawton MI, Antwerp Township, Van Buren Co.
Suspect:   Richard Lee Kirby, white male, DOB 7/24/1977.

Warrant Info:    Misdemeanor warrant for over $200-Less than $1000 out of Decatur PD.


Incident #:  4974-10
Incident Type:  Flee and Elude 3rd degree, OUID, DWLS, Improper Registration, No Insurance, VCSA.
Date and Time:  July 8, 2010 at 17:43
Location of Incident: Paw Paw Township, Paw Paw Village.
Description of Vehicle:  1999 Chevy Venture.
Suspects Name:  Nathan Eric Matthews, date of birth 5-10-85.
Charges:  Felony bench warrant for breaking and entering. Bench Warrant for Contempt of Court. Will be requesting charges from the Paw Paw Prosecutor for Flee-Elude 3rd degree (high speed through 35mph residential area), DWLS, Improper Registration, No Insurance.
Damaged Property:  County property damaged in several areas including signs and construction equipment.  Private property damaged in Paw Paw Village and Paw Paw Township including lawns, fences and landscaping.


Incident Number:  #4809-10.
Incident Type:
 
Operate Maintain Meth Lab, Possession Meth.
Date and Time:  July 3, 2010 at 2120 hours.
Location:  Gobles Shell Station at intersection of State-Van Buren St, City Of Gobles.
Property Seized: 
2.3 grams of Methamphetamines and numerous Meth Components.
Criminal Charges:
Operating-Maintaining Meth Lab, Possession of Methamphetamines.
Suspect Information:
  49 yr old male from Gobles area. Name to be released pending arraignment.


Jun 2010

Incident Number:
  4702-10
Incident Type:  Resisting and Opposing - Assaulting Police, Probation Violation, and numerous warrant arrest.
Date and Time of Incident:  June 30, 2010 at 2315 hours.
Location:  Blue Star Hwy and M43 Hwy, South Haven Township, Van Buren County
Suspect's Name:  Leon Jackson, 29 year old male from South Haven.
Criminal Charges: 
     1) Felony Resisting and Opposing- Assaulting a Police Officer;
     2) Probation Violation;
     3) warrant for Disruption of Communication Devices out of South Haven PD, criminal bench warrant for FTP out of Berrien Co., and criminal bench warrant for FTA out of MSP Paw Paw.


Incident No:  4616-10, 4622-10
Incident Location:  441 W James Street, Lawrence, MI
Date and Time:   June 28, 2010 at approx. 0850 and 1045 hours respectively
Incident Type:    4616-10 - Arson of an Occupied Dwelling
                              4622-10 - R&O, Warrant Arrest

Victims:    41 year old Lawrence woman and her 3 children.
Suspect Information:   Name of suspect is being withheld at this time due to this being an ongoing investigation.


Incident #:  4567-10
Incident Type:
  Operate-Maintain Methamphetamine Lab, warrant arrests.
Date and Time:
  June 26, 2010 at 19:55.
Location:  16000 block of 27th St. in Kendall.
Arrested:  26 year old Kendall resident, Matthew Ray Hess.



Incident No: 
 4578-10

Nature of Incident:  Operating While Intoxicated – Boating.
Date and Time:  Sunday, June 27, 2010 at approximately 2:15 a.m.
Location:   Scott Lake in Arlington Township.

Boat Operator-Suspect:  30 year old male from Lockport, IL. (Name to be released after arraignment.)
Datamaster:    .12 Blood Alcohol Content.

Passengers:   There were 5 additional passenger on the vessel.
Vehicle Information:   1993 Crest Pontoon 25ft. pleasure boat.


Incident No:  4522-10
Incident Type:
  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating 

Date and Time:  Friday, June, 25, 2010 at approximately 7:00 pm 

Location:  Scott Lake in Arlington Township

Boat Operator-Suspect:   65 year old male from Parchment, MI. (Name to be released after arraignment) 

Datamaster:   .13 Blood Alcohol Content 

Passengers:  There was 1 additional passenger on the vessel. 

Vehicle Information:   2004 Tracker pleasure boat.
 


Incident No::  4531-10

Nature of Incident:  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating 

Date and Time:   Friday, June, 25, 2010 at approximately 11:15 pm 

Location:  Gravel Lake in Porter Township

Boat Operator-Suspect:  18 year old male from New Lenox, IL.  (Name to be released after arraignment) 

Datamaster:   .10 Blood Alcohol Content 

Passengers:   There were 6 additional passengers on the vessel. 

Vehicle Information:   2003 Mastercraft pleasure boat
 


Incident#:   800240-10
Incident type
:  Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, warrant arrest
Date:  June 24, 2010 at approx.3:30 pm 
Location:  55241 Hamilton St, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County
Arrested:  Douglas Wendell, 50 year old from Paw Paw,
      ▪ Misdemeanor warrant out of Lawton Police Department for probation violation
      ▪  Misdemeanor warrant out of
Kalamazoo for a traffic offense
      ▪
(Meth charges to be sought at a later date)


Incident Type:  Narcotics Search Warrant for Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab & Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time:
  June 14, 2010 at 1815 hours.
Incident Number:
  800234-10
Location:
 38830 Paw Paw Rd, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
Arrested: 
 43 year old male from Paw Paw. (Name being withheld pending arraignment)
Charges:
  Operate-Maintain Meth Lab & Possession of Marijuana.


Incident No:  4037-10
Incident Type:
  OUID (operating while under the influence of drugs) and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
Date and Time:  June 10, 2010 at approximately 4:00 pm
Narcotics Seized:
  42 grams of suspected marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia items.
Suspect Arrested:  21 year old Paw Paw man (name withheld pending arraignment in 7
th district court east).
Vehicle:: 1995 Honda passenger car.


Incident No:  800233-10
Incident Type:  Narcotics Search Warrant, Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Cocaine
Date and Time:  June 9, 2010 at approx. 5:00 pm
Location:
  26458 76th Street, Covert Township, Van Buren County
Suspect:  
20 year old male, Covert, MI 


Incident Number:  800229-10 & 800230-10.
Incident Type:
 Narcotics Search Warrants, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
Date and Time:
  June 2, 2010 at approx. 5pm & 9pm
Location:
 Storage Units in the 16000 Block of 64th St. in South Haven and Residence-Property in the 13000 Block of 62nd St. in South Haven, Van Buren County.
Suspects: 
31 year old male, Bangor, MI, 29 year old female, Bangor, MI  


May 2010

Nature of Incident:  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating.
Date and Time:  Sunday May, 30, 2010 at approximately 2:45 am.
Location:  Round Lake in Keeler Township.
Incident No:  3728-10 

Boat Operator-Suspect:    25 year old male from Burr Ridge, IL

                                              (Name to be released after arraignment) 

Passengers:   9 additional passengers on the vessel.
Vehicle Information:   2006 Inboard Pleasure boat.


Incident No:   3722-10
Nature of Incident:
  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating.

Date and Time:  Saturday May, 29, 2010 at approximately 11:00 pm

Location:  Magician Lake in Keeler Township

Boat Operator-Suspect:   63 year old male from Granger, IN

                                             (Name to be released after arraignment)

Datamaster:  .09 Blood Alcohol Content.

Passengers:   There were 2 additional passengers on the vessel.

Vehicle Information:   1997 Inboard Pleasure boat.


Incident No:  3725-10
Nature of Incident:  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating 

Date and Time:  Saturday, May 29, 2010 at approximately 11:40 pm 

Location:  Gravel Lake in Porter Township

Boat Operator - Suspect:  23 year old, Joseph Laski from Lawton MI. 

Datamaster:   .10 Blood Alcohol Content.

Passengers:   There were 6 additional passengers on the vessel. 

Vehicle Information:  2006 Inboard Pleasure boat.


UPDATE 
Homicide Sentencing - Juanita Lucille Jackson, black female, 49 years of age

Incident No:   08-84574 
Today's Date:  May 10, 2010.
Victim:  Bruce Allen Woody, black male, 47 years of age.
Date of Original Incident: October 05, 2008


Incident Number:  3107-10
Incident Type:  Felonious Assault.
Date and Time:  May 7, 2010 at 2023 hours.
Location:  112 S State St, City of Gobles, Van Buren County, State of Michigan.
Suspect Arrested:  55 year old Male from Gobles for Felonious Assault.  Name held pending arraignment. 
Victim Information:  Approx. 50 year old male from Gobles. Name withheld at this time.
Alcohol:  Both individuals were intoxicated at the time of the incident.
Weapon:  12 inch Chef's Knife.
Injuries:  The victim received a laceration to his left hand and a stab wound to the right side of his abdomen.


Incident Number:  800197-10 & 800198-10
Incident Type:
   Narcotics Search Warrants, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine.
Date and Time:
  May 7, 2010, at 2:30 pm
Location of Incident:
 708 E Michigan Avenue Apt A and Apt C, Village of Paw Paw, Van Buren County (2 Separate Apartments)
Arrested:
 
     1.  35 year old Three Rivers man was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and a Parole Violation (name being withheld pending arraignment).
     2. 
April Bradshaw, out of Dowagiac, was arrested for a Child Neglect Warrant, out of Cass County.

Additional Suspects:

     Suspects in Apt A:  34 year old male, Paw Paw, MI
                                   31 year old female, Paw Paw, MI
     Suspects in Apt C:  31 year old male, Paw Paw, MI
                                   29 year old female, Paw Paw, MI


Apr 2010

Incident No:   800191-10.
Incident Type:   Search Warrant, Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time:   April 28, 2010 at 8:00pm.
Location:   64601 CR 384, Geneva Township, Van Buren County.
Suspect:   34yr old male from South Haven, MI
 


Incident #: 2856-10
Incident Type: Fugitive warrant and Resisting arrest.
Date and Time:  April 28, 2010 at approximately 3:00 a.m.
Incident Location:  59252 S. Lagrave in Antwerp Twp.
Suspect: Terry Allen Jones - date of birth, May 5, 1967
Warrant Info: Terry Allen Jones had a Parole Absconder warrant from Lansing Tether Unit.
Narcotics:  Marijuana was located in the residence along with several other drug  paraphernalia items.


Incident No:  2554-10
Incident Type:  Possession of methamphetamine & possession of marijuana.
Date & Time: 
April 17, 2010 at 2:50 am.
Location: 
Wolf Lake Public Access, Almena Twp., Van Buren County, MI.
Vehicle: Teal GMC Sierra 2-door pick up truck.
Controlled Substance: 
Methamphetamine & marijuana was found in the vehicle.
SUSPECT:
  39 year old male, name being withheld pending arraignment.
Charges:  Possession of methamphetamine & possession of marijuana.
Citations: 
Possession of marijuana.


Incident No:  800078-10
Incident Type:
 Search Warrant for Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab, Possession of Meth with intent to deliver and Probation Violation.
Date and Time: April 16, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.  Clear 4:00 p.m.
Location:
  80545 39th Street, Decatur Township, Van Buren County.
Suspects Arrested: 

     1.  A 34 yr old male from Decatur, MI. Name withheld pending arraignment Monday.
    
    Pending Charges:  Operate-Maintain Lab involving Meth & Hazardous waste,
         Possession of Meth with intent to deliver.  
     2.  Angella McConnell, age 30 from Coloma Michigan.
        
Charges: Violation of Probation from 2nd Circuit Court of Berrien Co., $10,000 bond.  


Incident #:  2512-10.
Incident Type:
 Resisting & Warrant Arrest.
Date and Time: 
April 16, 2010 at 2:35 am.
Location: 
Sportsman's Bar parking lot located in the Village of Paw Paw.
Suspect: 
BillyJo Vasquez, 46 year old Paw Paw man.


Incident Number:  2486-10
Incident Type:  Home invasion arrest
Date and Time:  April 15, 2010 at 10:00 am
Location:  68000 block of Eagle Dr, in Paw Paw Twp
Arrested: Daylan Kyle-Allen Williams, 19 year old male from Niles Twp, Berrien Co. 
Charges:  Home Invasion.


Incident Number:  2453-10
Incident Type:  Resisting and Obstructing a Officer, DWLS II, Warrant Arrest
Incident Location:  Timmons Rd near Wolf St. in Keeler Township
Date and Time:  April 13, 2010 at 2000 hours
Suspect Information:  John Edward Vaughn, DOB 04-26-85
Injuries:  John Vaughn was not injured in this incident.


Incident No:  1779-10 updated April 7, 2010
Suspect:
Jerome Eugene Nelson, date of birth October 10, 1945
Felony Charges Authorized:
  Animals Abandoning-Cruelty to 4-10 Animals. MCL 750.50(4)(c)

Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County prosecutors Office has authorized Felony charges of Animal Abandoning-Cruelty against the dogs owner, Jerome Eugene Nelson.  This afternoon Van Buren County Sheriffs Deputies arrested Nelson on the signed Felony Warrant at his residence on 62nd St without incident.  Jerome Nelson has been arraigned at the 7th District Court West in South Haven on the above listed charges. 
    
N
elson was able to post bond at the court house and has a pending court date.

Investigating Deputies:
Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Benjamin Downey.
Supervisor Contact:
  On duty sergeant or Operations Lieutenant William Lux, Ph# 657-2006, email.


Mar 2010

Incident No:   10-800117  Click here for photos & more information.
Incident Type:  Narcotic’s Warrant Arrests & Search Warrant.
Date:
 March 24, 2010.
Location:
  Covert Township & City of Hartford, Van Buren County.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Covert Township Police Department, along with the DEA out of Grand Rapids Michigan have conducted a long term investigation into the sales and distribution of controlled substances in the Covert and Hartford communities.
     The investigations have resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants for the listed suspects. The investigations were for the sale and distribution of cocaine (“Rock”) and what was represented to be Heroin. Another suspect was indicted by the DEA a few weeks prior and is in Federal custody awaiting trial.
     A search warrant was also executed at 520 S Center Street Apt-B13, Hartford Michigan. This warrant was issued after the sale of cocaine from this location. Cocaine residue, small amount of marijuana, scales, and currency was seized from this apartment along with the arrest of BECKHAM.
     All of the arrested suspects were lodged in the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment in the 7th District Court of Michigan. All of the suspects have multiple delivery cases pending court action.  

Pending Drug Charges:  The 23 year old female from the search warrant in Hartford was taken into custody for delivery of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Name withheld pending arraignment. 


Incident No:  1861-10.
Incident Type:
  Methamphetamine Lab and Components Arrest of 4 Suspects.
Date and Time:
March 20, 2010 at 1835 hours.
Location:
48000 Block of County Road 388, Columbia Township, Van Buren Co. MI.
Suspects:

     1.  Norma Redmon, 23 year old female from Grand Junction, Michigan
          Charges:  Possession of Methamphetamine Components and Parole Absconding Warrant from MI Department of Corrections
     2. 
22 year old male from Grand Junction Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Operating/Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     3.
 26 year old male from Bangor Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     4.
26 year old male from Grand Junction Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     5, 6.  
Two other Grand Junction residents are facing pending charges for drug related activity.
Seized:
  Various Components and a methamphetamine laboratory from both a residence and vehicle.
Lodged:
4 suspects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.  


Incident #:  1764-10.
Incident type:
 Suicidal suspect & possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
Date & time:
  March 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm.
Location:
  23000 block of CR375, Almena Twp., Van Buren County.
Alcohol involved:
  Alcohol was believed to be a factor. A PBT was given to the suspect with a result of .36 bac.
Suspect:  41 year old white male. Suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.
Weapon:   A .22 caliber Winchester model 150 rifle. 
Property seized:
  8 firearms were seized from the suspect's residence, including 3 rifles, 3 shotguns, 1 muzzleloader rifle, & 1 air rifle. Weapons were taken for safe keeping. 
Arrest:
  Suspect was arrested for the offense of possession of a firearm while intoxicated.


Incident #: 6975-09, 9529-09, 4945-09
Incident Type: Home Invasion 1st-Felony Firearms-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Firearms-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property, Larceny less than $1000.00.
Date & Time of Incident:  Arrest March 13, 2010.
Location of Incident:  Multiple addresses in Columbia Township.
Victim or Driver #1:  Multiple victims of home invasions-B&E’s.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued: See above with additional charges of Home Invasion-B&E sought.
Weapons used:  Multiple weapons stolen from residences with in Columbia Township, including both long guns and handguns. 


Incident No:  09-7256.
Incident Type:
CSC 1st Degree.
Date and Time:  March 16, 2010 at 10:00 am.
Location:   A residence in Decatur Township.
Suspect:  Roger Dale Eaves, 66 year old Decatur Township man.
Suspect Vehicle Information:  N/A. 
Stolen:  N/A.
Victim Information:  47 year old Decatur Township woman. 


Incident No:  10-1628
Incident Type: 
Larceny from a building.
Date and Time:  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 02:45 a.m.
Location:  Paw Paw Township.
Suspects:   Daniel Lee Fuller, 39 year old Male subject from Antwerp Township.
Suspect Vehicle Description: 1990 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, black and silver.
Stolen:   Scrap Metal.
Victim Information:  Paw Paw Twp resident.


Incident #:  1679-10
Incident Type:  Possession of Methamphetamine.
Date & Time of Incident: 
March 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM.
Location of Incident: 
31000 block 64th Ave, Antwerp Township.
Suspect Information: 

     1.   
James Kevin Harris, 45 year old male from Lawton.
     2.   50 year old female from Lawton
, name to be released after arraignment. 


Incident Number: 800078-10
Incident Type: Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab, Possession of Meth-Marijuana, and Probation-Parole Violations.
Date and Time:
March 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm.
L
ocation: 41877 CR 380, Bloomingdale Township, Van Buren County.
Suspects Arrested: 

     1. Peter Thomson, 44 yr old male from Bloomingdale, MI.
         Warrant Information: 
          1.  Felony Warrant for Operate-Maintain Lab involving Meth out of Van Buren County.
          2.  Felony Warrant for Probation violation out of Kalamazoo County.
         Pending Charges: Operate-Maintain Lab involving Meth, Possession of Meth,
                                       Possession of Marijuana 
     2. Lori Hewitt, 26 yr old female from Grand Junction, MI.  Arrested for Parole Violation.
 


Incident #:   1462-10
Incident Type/Arrest charges:  OUID (operating while under the influence of narcotics), possession of marijuana.
Date and Time: 
 March 4, 2010 at approximately 2:30pm.
Location: 
 28000 block of M-40 Highway in Almena Township.
Arrested:  34 year old Gobles woman (name withheld pending arraignment).
Vehicle:   subject was operating a 1995 Mercury Sable 4-door passenger car.

Seized suspected narcotics:   suspected methadone and marijuana. 


Incident #:  1430-10.
Incident Type: 
Flee & Elude, OWI 2nd, Resisting-Obstruction Police, Assaulting a Police Officer
Date & Time of Incident:  March 2, 2010 at 2319 hrs.
Location of Incident: 
49000 block of Hillcrest Drive, Paw Paw Township.
Suspect Information:  34 year old male from Paw Paw.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Is alcohol a factor:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:  Flee & Elude, Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Resisting and Obstructing Police, Assaulting a Police Officer.


Incident # 1410-10.
Incident Type
OWI Crash.
Date & Time of Incident
March 2, 2010 at 0039 hrs
Location of Incident
County Road 665 south of 24th Avenue, Waverly Township.
Driver
 19 year old female from Grand Junction.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Injuries
None.
Vehicle #1: 
 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Passengers:
45 year old male from Pullman.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Injuries: 
 None.
Is alcohol a factor: 
Alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:

     19 year old female: Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of a Taser.
     45 year old male:  Parole Violation.


Incident Number:  800076-10
Incident Type:
Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab & Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time: March 2, 2010 at 1800 hours.
Location:  Red Arrow Motel, 38254 Red Arrow Hwy-Room #6, Paw Paw, MI 49079.
Suspects Arrested:
     1.
 34 year old male from Paw Paw, Operate-Maintain Meth Lab & Possession of Marijuana (Name being withheld pending arraignment).
     2. 
Thomas Lowe Jr., 28 yr old male from Paw Paw. Misdemeanor warrant for assault out of Hartford PD and a Parole Violation.


Incident #:  1408-10.
Incident Type: Operating While Intoxicated, Leaving the scene of an accident, Failing to report an accident.
Date and Time: March 3, 2010 at 20:15 hours.
Suspect Vehicle: 1998 Buick passenger car.
Victims Car:  2001 Mazda passenger car.
Alcohol: Alcohol was a factor in this crash.
Suspect:  40 year old male from Watervliet, MI
Victim: 41 year old female April Lewis
from Hartford, MI
Injuries: No injuries where reported in this incident.
 


Feb 2010

Incident Number: 1301-10
Incident type: Scrap metal larceny theft arrests.
Date and time:  February 25, 2010 at 3:15 a.m.
Arrested: 
          #1:  23 year old Mattawan man (name withheld pending arraignment).

   
       #2:  29 year old Paw Paw man (name withheld pending arraignment).
Vehicle: 1990 Chevy S-10 pickup.
Location:  Pro-fleet Refinishing, 23770 French Road, Mattawan MI
Stolen/recovered:  Various scrap metal items from this business.


Incident Number: 1247-10
Date and Time:  February 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM
Incident Type: Possession on Meth/Possession of Meth Components, Resisting and Obstructing Causing Officer Injury, Retail Fraud.
Location of incident: 855 S. Kalamazoo Paw Paw Village (Speedway Gas Station).
Suspect Vehicle: 1999 GMC Jimmy.
Suspects:
        1)  Jonathan Amos Lynch, DOB 01-10-78, from Decatur MI.
        2)  42 year old male from Paw Paw, MI
 



Incident #:
  800063-10
Incident Type:
  Narcotics Search Warrants / Meth Lab Seizure / Possession of Marijuana

Date and time:
  February 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Location:  1)  29384 County Road 665, Paw Paw, MI – Meth Lab seizure
                   2)  46582 38th Avenue, Paw Paw, MI – Marijuana seizure

Suspects:  
     47 yr old female from Paw Paw – Count 1:  Operate / Maintain Meth Lab

     28 yr old male from Kalamazoo – Count 1:  Operate / Maintain Meth Lab
     40 yr old female from Paw Paw – Count 1: 
Possess Components to Manufacture-
         Meth


Incident #  10-1159.
Incident type:  Home invasion, aggravated domestic assault.
Date and time:  February 18, 2010, 23:10
Location:  59644 60th Ave., Hartford Twp, Van Buren County
Victim:  22 year old female;  Harford resident 
Suspect:
 23 year old Kalamazoo resident. Name withheld until arraignment. 


Complaint #:  755-10 Update

#1.  Josue Emilson Rivera-Perdomo, out of Battle Creek, was charged with Resisting an Officer, Larceny from a Building, and Burglary Enter without Permission.  He is  being held on a $10,000 bond. 
#2.  Raul Vera, out of South Haven, was charged with Larceny from a Building and Burglary enter without Permission.  He is being held on a $10,000 bond. 

Both have Pre-Lim hearings on 2/8/10 at 1:00 p.m.

Complaint #:  755-10
Nature of Complaint:  Breaking and Entering, Larceny in a building, Resist-Obstruct Officers.
Date and Time:  Tuesday February 2, 2010 at approximately 12:51 a.m.

Location:  Jericho Grocery, 67916 M-43, South Haven, Geneva Township.
Suspect #1:  Hispanic Male, 20 years old, Battle Creek Resident ( Name available upon arraignment)

Suspect #2:  Hispanic Male, 25 years old, South Haven Resident (Name available upon arraignment)
Victim Information:  Jericho Grocery, South Haven.


Jan 2010

Incident #:  570-10.
Incident Type/arrest charges: 
Flee or Elude, Resisting & Obstructing, Fail to Report an Accident.
Date & Time of Incident: 
January 24, 2010 at 0001 hrs.
Location of Incident: 
In front of 116 E. St. Joseph St. in the Village of Lawrence.
Arrested/Driver: 
30 year old Hispanic male from the Benton Harbor area.


Incident#:  800022-10
Incident Type
Warrant Arrest, Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
Date:  January 22, 2010 at approx. 11:00 am
Location:
  40548 70th, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
Arrested:  Rex Kimble
    


1.  Rex Kimble, 29 yr old from Paw Paw, MI.   Felony warrant out of Lansing Tether Unit for absconding.

    


Jared Smith




2.  Jared Smith, 36 yr old from Dowagiac, MI.  Felony parole violation out of Cass County.




Additional Suspects:
  50 yr old female, Paw Paw, MI. Charges to be sought at a later date.


January 20, 2010

Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Detectives assisted the AFT Agents in this federal investigation over the past few months. The investigation has resulted in the indictment and arrest of Mr. Gray. Mr. Gray was taken into custody on the indictment yesterday morning at his place of business without incident. Mr. Gray made his appearance in the Grand Rapids Federal Court.

LAWTON MAN FEDERALLY CHARGED WITH UNLICENSED SALE OF FIREARMS
AND WITH SELLING A FIREARM TO A CONVICTED FELON

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Joseph Scott Gray, 40, of Lawton, Michigan, was charged with two federal firearms offenses, U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today. The first charge alleges that he engaged in the business of selling firearms without a license between October 15, 2008 and July 31, 2009. This is a felony offense under federal law, carrying a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and other penalties. The second charge against Gray is that he sold a gun to a convicted felon in violation of federal law. This is also a federal felony, carrying a maximum term of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and other penalties. Gray has been arrested and brought before Magistrate Judge Joseph Scoville for his first appearance and released on a $15,000 bond.
    
     U.S. Attorney Davis commended the Van Buren County Sheriff Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives for its investigation of the case. This case is being prosecuted on behalf of the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy P. VerHey.

     The charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Investigative & Narcotic's Units
205 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, Michigan 49079
Office (269) 657-3101 x 208
Fax (269) 657-5160
Tri-Net Office (269) 657-8296
email


Incident #:  418-10
Incident Type: Attempted Murder-Felony Firearm
Date & Time of Incident: January 17, 2010 at 0032 hrs.
Location of Incident:  Grand Junction, Columbia Twp, MI
Victim:  27 year old female.
Injuries:  None.
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Criminal Charges: Attempted Murder-Felony Firearms, Accessory After the Fact – Attempted Murder.
Weapons used: .38 Cal Smith & Wesson w/ serial number removed. 


Incident#:  800016-10.
Incident Type:
   Warrant Arrest, Possession of Marijuana.
Date:   January 15, 2010 at approx 5:30 pm
Location:  65000 Blk of CR 376, Bangor Township, Van Buren Co.
Arrested:   Robin Koshar, 38 yr. old female, Hartford MI
Date of warrant:  August 2006
Warrant Information:  
     1) Felony Warrant for Probation Violation, original charge possession of methamphetamine out of Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Office.
     2)  Felony Warrant for Dangerous Drugs, 3rd degree controlled substance out of Rice Co.Sheriff's Office, Minnesota.
Date of warrant:  November 2006  (Pending Extradition)


Incident #:  378-10.
Incident Type:
  Fugitive warrant arrests, flee and eluding police, maintain meth lab
Date and Time:  January 15, 2010 at approximately 2:00 pm
Location:
  Incident began at the intersection of Red Arrow highway and M-51 highway located in Paw Paw Township.
Arrested-Charges:  Dale Parish
    

1. Dale Parish, 37 year old Decatur man lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Parole absconder Lansing Tether Unit, Bench warrant out of Van Buren county for failure to appear, Child support warrant out of Cass County, fleeing and eluding police, driving while license suspended, maintain a meth lab

Johnny Williamson

 

2.  Johnny Williamson, 31 year old Marcellus man lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Bench warrant failure to pay child support warrant held by the St Joseph county sheriff’s office, Maintain meth lab.
    

Nora Zerbe

 

3.  Nora Zerbe, 24 year old Niles woman lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Parole absconding Lansing Tether Unit.



Vehicle:
  1987 Jeep 4X4 SUV.
Narcotics seized:
 Several different components’ used in the manufacturing process of Methamphetamine. 


Incident #:  238-10
Incident Type:: Car Vs Snowmobile Property Damage Accident, Operating While Intoxicated.
Location:   M-40 at Kal Haven Trail, City of Gobles.
Date and Time:  Saturday, January 9, 2010 at approximately 2:22 pm.
Vehicle #1:   1996 Jeep Cherokee
     Driver #1: 
 Alvin Dunn, 64 years, Gobles.
     Injuries:  
No Injuries.
Vehicle #2: 
 2002 Skidoo Bombardier Snowmobile.
     Driver #2:  Daniel Parker, 12 years, Paw Paw .
     Injuries:   No Injuries.


Incident #:  248-10
Incident Type:  Reckless Discharge of a Firearm/Possession of a firearm while intoxicated, Resisting and Obstructing an Officer.
Date & Time of Incident: 
January 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm
Location of Incident:  466 N Pine St Breedsville, MI.
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued: 
     Subject #1: Possession of a firearm while intoxicated, Resisting and Obstructing an Officer. 
     Subject #2: Possession of a firearm while intoxicated, Reckless Discharge of a firearm.  Names being held pending arraignment.
Weapons: Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum.
 


Incident #:   223-10
Incident Type-Arrest charges:

     #1:  Breaking and entering residence
     #2:  Fleeing and eluding police
     #3:  Possession of firearms by a convicted felon
     #4:  Carrying a canceled weapon
     #5:  Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of narcotics
     #6:  Larceny of mail
     #7:  Possession of methamphetamine
Date and Time:   January 8, 2010 at approximately 4:45pm
Location:  
 Residence break in was investigated by deputies in the 38000 block of CR 681 located in Bangor Township.
Arrested:  A 24 year old Bloomingdale man (name withheld pending arraignment in South Haven district court).
Vehicle #1:   1996 Isuzu rodeo 4 wheel drive SUV
Recovered stolen property:   3 handguns, clothing, toys , flat screen TV, mail, and other miscellaneous items
Recovered-seized narcotics:  Methamphetamine.


Incident #: 800002-10
Incident Type:
Prostitution
Date & Time of Incident:
January 5, 2010, at approx. 2300 hours.
Location of Incident:
51000 Block CR 665, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan.
Suspect:
35 year old female from the Paw Paw area. Name is being withheld pending her arraignment.
Injuries: 
None
Weapons used:
None


Dec 2009

Incident # 803019-09

Incident Type:

     1. Felony Warrant Arrest for Operating-Maintaining a Meth Lab

     2. Operating/Maintaining a Meth Lab
     3. Possession of Meth
     4. State Probation Violation 
     5. Possession of Marijuana 

Date & Time of IncidentWednesday, December 30, 2009, at approx. 2:20 P.M. 

Location:  33555 56th Ave., Antwerp Township, Van Buren County (VBC), State of Michigan.David Smead
 

Suspect Information: 

    1)  31 year old male, David Craig Smead, from the Paw Paw area.

    2)  44 year old male from the Paw Paw area who's name is being withheld at this time.  

Injuries:  None 

Weapons used:  None

 



Incident #: 
9864-09
Incident Type:  Flee and Elude/Resisting and Obstructing, Poss of Meth, Poss of Meth Components, Drove While License Suspended.
Date and Time:
 December 27, 2009 at 12:40 A.M.
Location: 57th St at CR388 in Columbia Township.
Vehicle:  99 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Suspects:
      1.
James Ernestlee Boylan, DOB 12-18-82 from Grand Junction, MI
      2.
Jewel Lynn Dailey, DOB 10-07-70 from Decatur, MI
 


Incident #:  9775-09
Incident Type: 
Poaching.
Date & Time of Incident:  December 22, 2009 at 12:30 a.m.
Location of Incident: 
46000 block of 48th Ave in Lawrence Township.
Suspect Information: 
Two 18 year old males from Paw PawNames being withheld pending arraignment.
Charges:  
Both subjects were arrested on charges of taking an illegal deer from a motor vehicle, shining while in possession of a weapon.  The driver was charged with possession of an uncased firearm in a motor vehicle. 



Incident #:
  803010-09.
Incident type: 
Search Warrants, Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine.
Date and Time:  December 18, 2009 at approx 7:00 pm.
Locations: 1)  Red Arrow Bar, 106 E. St Joseph St., Lawrence Village, Van Buren County.

                    2)  116 E.  St Joseph Street Apt 5, Lawrence Village, Van Buren County.
                    3)  Port of Call Trailer Park, 68304 CR 380 Lot 31, Geneva Twp, Van Buren County.

Arrested: 
Raul Garcia




Raul Garcia, 60 yr old male, South Haven, MI.   
     Charges:  2 counts of Delivery, Manufacture Cocaine.

     Pending Charge:  Possession of Cocaine.


 

Mario Muniz


Mario Muniz, 34 yr old male, South Haven, MI.
     Charges:  2 counts Delivery, Manufacture Cocaine.





David Jackson





David Jackson, 30 yr old male, Lawrence, MI.
     Charges:    1 count Delivery, Manufacture Cocaine. 



 


Incident #:  9688-09
Incident Type:  Possession with intent to deliver cocaine, driving while license suspended 2nd, operating while intoxicated 3rd.
Date and Time: 
December 18, 2009 at approx 10:00 pm.
Location:  Parking lot behind the Red Arrow Bar, 106 E St Joseph St., Lawrence Village, Van Buren County.

Vehicle:   2001 Cadillac registered to a female out of Paw Paw.
Arrested: 
29 year old Hispanic Male from the Hartford area. 


Incident #:  5101-09 and 5786-09
Date of Arrest:  December 15, 2009
Dates of Home Invasions:
 The last two weeks of July of 2009
Location:  South Haven Township, located in Van Buren County Michigan
Incident Type:
  Arrest of Suspect for 2 South Haven Township Home Invasions.  Suspect is Currently on Parole for Previous Home Invasions.
Suspect/Arrested:   Jeffrey Thomas Capio, 40 year old male from South Haven Michigan
Alcohol/Drugs a Factor:
  Drugs are suspected to be a factor in the situation.
Charges:
2 Counts of Home Invasion in the 2nd Degree.


Incident #:  803004-09
Date and  Time:  December 11, 2009 at approx. 10:00 a.m.

Incident Type:
 Warrant Arrest, Meth Lab, Meth Possession.
Location: 
79400 39th St, Decatur Twp, Van Buren Co.
Arrested: 
Brian Abbott 36 year old from Decatur, MI.
  Charges: 
Operate-Maintain Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
Warrant Information:   (1) Felony warrant out of Michigan Dept of Corrections for Parole Absconder  (2) Misdemeanor warrants for Child Support out of Van Buren County.
Additional Suspects: 
34 year old female, Decatur, MI (homeowner).
   Charges:
Operate-Maintain Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
                  (Charges to be sought at a later date)


Incident#:  9479-09
Incident Type:
Personal Injury Crash Resulting in a OWI 2nd, OWI Occupant under 16 Child Endangerment, and Possession of Marijuana Arrest.
Date/Time: December 9, 2009 at 1603 hrs.
Location:
 60000 Block of CR 687 East in Keeler Township.


Incident #:  9454-09
Incident Type
:  Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Car Jacking.
Date and time:   December 8, 2009 at 1930 hours.
Venue:  Little Caesars Pizza and Village Market, South Haven Township, VanBuren County, MI
Victim:   Dylan Akers, 30 year old white male, South Haven area resident.
Suspect:  55 year old male (name withheld pending arraignment).


Incident #:  9408-09
Incident Type: Operating-Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab-Possession Of Meth.
Incident Date and Time: December 7, 2009 at 0050.
Incident Location: Kalamazoo Street near Harry L Bush in the Village of Paw Paw.
Suspect Driver: 26 year old male from Paw Paw, name to be released pending arraignment.
Suspect Passenger: 27 year old male from Lawton, name released pending arraignment.
Suspect Vehicle: 96 Toyota Camry.


Incident #:  9272-09
Incident Type:  Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.
Date & Time of Incident:  
December 1, 2009 at 1:16 a.m.
Location of Incident:  
95th Ave west of M-152, Keeler Twp (Sister Lakes Area).
Suspect Information:  
48 year old female from Dowagiac.
Vehicle:  2010 Pontiac G-6 four door.
 


Nov 2009

Incident#:  9160-09
Incident Type:  Manufacture Methamphetamine.
Date/Time:   
November 25, 2009 at approxi
mately 1:00 p.m.
Location:  M-40 Highway south of 72nd Avenue, Lawton, Michigan.
Suspects/arrested/charges:  White Female, 44 years of age from Lawton, Michigan – possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana.
Seized:  $117 in cash and a 1999 GMC Tahoe.
Suspect sought: 
White male, 45 years of age from Kalamazoo, Michigan – warrants will be sought for Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab, a 20 year felony. 


Incident #:  8944-09
Date And Time:  Sunday, November 15, 2009 at approximately 9:01 p.m.
Incident Type:  Tri- County Fleeing and Eluding, Suicidal Subject.
Venue: M-43 (West Main) to South Haven, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and Van Buren County.
Driver-suspect Information: 38 year old, Female from East Leroy, Calhoun County (Name to be released upon arraignment)
Alcohol:   Alcohol is believed to be a factor into the investigation.


Incident #:  8875-09  (Uniformed Response), 802982-09 (Narcotics Unit)
Incident Type:

     1. Narcotics Search Warrant
     2. Meth Lab
     3. Felony Warrant Arrests 

Date & Time of Incident: 
Friday, November 13, 2009, at approx. 10:00 A.M.
Location of Incident: 
Oak Tree Apartments, located at 51307 CR 665, Apt. 3A, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan. 
Arrested: 
Carrie Crockett

    


1.  Carrie Crockett, 31 year old female out of Kalamazoo - Felony Absconder Warrant out of Lansing Tether Unit.
   


Richard Privett



2.  Richard Privett, 29 year old male from the State of Pennsylvania - Felony Warrant B&E of a church out of Pennsylvania - (Pending Extradition).




Wayne Thornton



3.  Wayne Thornton, 44 year old male from the Kalamazoo -Felony Warrant Operate-Maintain Meth Lab out of Allegan Co.

 


Additional Suspect: 
44 yr old male from the Paw Paw area. 
Injuries: 
None
Criminal Charges: 
Operate-Maintain lab involving methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine.   Additional criminal charges will be requested from the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office when the investigation is completed and lab results have been received. 


Incident#: 802981-09
Incident Type:  Manufacture Methamphetamine
Date-Time:   
November 12, 2009 at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Location:  24054 M-43 Hwy, Lot #42, Mattawan, MI 49071
Suspects/arrested/charges:
     #1 – White Male, 24 years of age from Mattawan, MI – arrested / parole violation / maintaining meth lab / possession of meth
     #2 - White Male, 20 years of age from Mattawan, MI – arrested / possession of components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine / possession of meth
     #3 - White Male, 20 years of age from Mattawan, MI – arrested / possession of components used in the manufacture of methamphetamine / possession of marijuana
S
eized:  several different components used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine  


Incident#:  8840-09
Incident Type:  Warrant arrest-narcotic violations-carrying concealed weapon-obstructing Date/Time:   
November 12, 2009 at approximately 11:15 a.m.
Location:  52000 block of CR 687 located in Hartford Township.
Vehicle:  1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Suspects/arrested/charges:
    
#1:  Michael Joe Reyna, a 26 year old Hartford man, lodged in the Van Buren County Jail on the following charges: 
           1) possession of meth components
           2) obstructing
           3) carrying a concealed weapon
           4 and 5)  2- Bench warrants for child support
           6) felony warrant for possession of a taser
           7) domestic assault.
     #2:  Lisa Marie Reyna, a 24 year old Hartford woman, lodged in the County Jail on the following charges: 
           1 and 2) bench warrant for contempt of court traffic violations
           3) shoplifting warrant  
           4) failure to appear warrant.
    #3:  Jacqueline Michelle Collis, a 24 year old woman from Coloma.  Subject lodged in the Van Buren county jail on the following charges: 
           1)  possession of meth components 
           2)  bench warrant out of the Berrien county sheriff’s office for failure to appear.
Seized:  Several different components used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine.
 


Incident#:  8828-09
Incident Type:
Traffic Stop resulting in Possession of Marijuana, Minor in Possession of Tobacco, DWLS, and Warrant Arrest.
Date-Time:  November 11, 2009 at 1810hrs.
Location:  83000 Block CR687 Keeler Twp.
Driver:  Jose Carlos Yanez, 18 year old male, Hartford area.
Suspect Vehicle:
 2001 Silver Chevrolet Impala.
Driver's Charges:  Arrested and Cited for DWLS and Speeding 65/55.  Arrested and Lodged at the VBC Jail for a Warrant out of VBC Juvenile Court for Contempt of Court with a $1500 Cash bond.
Passenger: 15 year old male, Hartford area, on Juvenile Court Probation.
Passenger's Charges:  Arrested and Cited for Possession of Marijuana and Minor in Possession of Tobacco.  Subject released into his Mother's custody.
Amount-Type of Drugs Seized:  6.9 grams of Marijuana.


Incident#:   802978-09 (click here for full report)
Incident Type
:    Methamphetamine Lab
Date
:    November 9, 2009 at approx. 5:30 p.m.
Location:   206 S Gremps Street, Village of Paw Paw, Van Buren County
Suspect
:   22 yr old male, Decatur, MI
Charges
Count 1:  Operate-Maintain Lab Involving Meth
                  Count 2:  Possession of Methamphetamine    


Oct 2009

INCIDENT #: 
 09-8319 (click here for full report)
INCIDENT TYPE:  Breaking and Entering.
DATE AND TIME: 
October 27, 2009 (Tuesday), early morning hours.
LOCATION:  Kruizenga Archery, 24780 M-43 Highway, Almena Township, Van Buren County 
SUSPECTS: 
     1.  Johnathan Russell Wood, 19, Paw Paw resident.
Johnathan Russell Wood

     2.  John Edward Taylor, 19, Paw Paw resident.
 John Edward Taylor

CHARGES:
     Wood:  1 count of Breaking and Entering a Building with Intent -10 year felony.
     Taylor:  1 count of breaking and Entering a Building with Intent- 10 year felony 

Both Wood and Taylor have been arraigned on the charges and have been set for a preliminary exam in Paw Paw District Court.


Oct 2009

Incident #: 
Incident Type:
  Stolen Handgun Complaint and Later Recovery of the Stolen Weapon.
Date of Incident:
  October 30, 2009 (Report of Incident to the Police).
Location:
  South Haven Township, Van Buren County Michigan.
Suspects:
Two 18 year old males.  One from the Pullman MI area and the other from Grand Junction MI.
Stolen:
 Vintage Harrington and Richardson Revolver Style Handgun.
Alcohol or Drug Use:
  No drug use or alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.


Incident #: 8349-09
Incident type arrests:
  OWI (operating while intoxicated), failing to stop at a property damage crash, child endangerment.
Date and Time:
  October 28, 2009 at approximately 8:15 a.m.
Location:
Hartford and Lawrence Townships.
Driver arrested:   66 year old female Paw Paw Township woman (name withheld pending arraignment in South Haven District Court).
Vehicle information:  Buick LeSabre passenger car


Incident Number:   8081-09
Incident Type:    Attempted Murder.
Date and Time:  October 18, 2009 at 01:00 a.m.
Location Of Incident:
 106 E Saint Joseph St., Village of Lawrence at the Red Arrow Bar.
Suspect:   32 year old Hispanic Male from the Covert area.
Weapon:  Small revolver hand gun.

Victim:
  71 year old white female from Lawrence.
Injuries:
   None.


Incident #:  8047-09.
Date and Time of Incident: October 16, 2009 at 8:50 p.m.
Nature of Incident:
  OWI 3rd or Subsequent Arrest, Drove while License Revoked, Possession of Open Intoxicants, and Personal Injury Crash in South Haven Township.
Location:  Baseline Road and 71 1/2 Street, Van Buren County, South Haven Township.
Suspect Information:
  45 year old male South Haven area resident. Name withheld pending arraignment in 7th district court west South Haven.


Incident #:  7886-09
Incident Type:
  Warrant Arrest-D
riving While License Suspended II-Resisting & Obstructing-Foot Pursuit.
Date & Time of Incident:  October 10, 2009 at 2320 hrs.
Location of Incident:  57000 blk CR380, Columbia Township.
Suspect-Arrested:  Joel Anthony Caldwell 36 year old out of Mattawan.


INCIDENT#:    7682-09
INCIDENT TYPE:
    OWI 2nd (operating while intoxicated second offense), providing false information to police, traffic crash investigation, fugitive arrest.
DATE AND TIME:   October 3, 2009 at 4:45pm 
LOCATION:
    48000 block of Red Arrow highway located in Lawrence Township.
SUSPECT-ARRESTED:
  Efrain Gonzalez-Mora, 21 year old Paw Paw man.


Sep 2009


Incident #
7578-09
Incident Type:
  OWI crash, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Driving Without a License, Outstanding Warrant Arrest.
Date and Time:  September 29, 2009 at 22:45 hours.
Location:  66th Ave. and 60th St. in Hartford Twp.



INCIDENT #:
  7511-09
INCIDENT TYPE:
  Fleeing and Eluding Police and Operating While Intoxicated.
DATE AND TIME:   September 27, 2009, 2:24 a.m.
LOCATION:  Started at CR 215 and 40th Ave.  Finished at 28th Ave near CR 215 and several roads between.  Arlington Township.


Incident #:  7520-09
Incident Type:  Traffic violations  (#1) Reckless driving, (#2)  hit and run, (#3)  no insurance on a motor vehicle.
Date and Time:    
September 27, 2009 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Location:   Incident began at the intersection of M-51 Highway at Red Arrow Highway located in Paw Paw township.
Suspect Arrested:  37 year old Lawrence man (name withheld pending arraignment in Paw Paw district court).


Incident#:  click here for original report
Incident Type/Arrests:  Counterfeit check arrests.
Date and Time:  
September 19, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
Location:  National City Bank, located at 2 South Center Street in the City of Hartford.
Suspects Arrested:  9 male subjects providing Mexico identification cards were lodged for uttering and publishing.  Names withheld pending arraignment in South Haven district court.


Incident Number:   7228-09. Click on Incident # for Sheriff's report.
Incident Type/Arrests:  Felonious Assault on a Police Officer, Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Transporting Open Intoxicants In A Motor Vehicle, Contributing to Delinquency of Minors, Resisting Arrest.
Date and Time:    
September 18, 2009 at 12:30 a.m.
Location:   51000 block of Baseline road located in Columbia township, Van Buren County.
Suspects:   
     #1 - Arraigned in South Haven district court is that of Sandra Aaron, a 39 year old Grand Junction woman, arrested on the above listed charges.  Subject’s bond was that of $5000/10% ($500 cash)
     #
2 - 18 year old Grand Junction woman charged with MIP alcohol (awaiting arraignment)
     #3 - 18 year old Grand Junction woman charged with MIP alcohol (awaiting arraignment) 


INCIDENT#:  7217-09. Click on Incident # for Sheriff's report.
Incident Type:
  Warrant Arrest /Possession of Meth Lab Components/Possession of Meth/PWID Marijuana-R&O.
DATE:  September 17, 2009
LOCATION:  Paw Paw Road and 40th Street, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
ARRESTED:   Chad Krier 20 yr old male, Gobles, MI


Incident #:  7173-09 Click on Incident # for Sheriff's report.
Incident Type:
 

     1. Warrant Arrest
     2. Possession of Meth
     3. Maintaining a Meth Lab

Date & Time of Incident: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at approx. 8:20 P.M.
Location of Incident: 
33555 56th Ave., Antwerp Township, Van Buren County, State of MI.
Suspects:

     Suspect #1:  21 year old female from the Paw Paw area identified as Tristan Lynne Bittner.
     Suspect #2:  31 y/o male from the Paw Paw area whose name is being withheld pending criminal charges.


Incident Number: 7014-09
Incident Type:
  Resisting and Obstructing Police, Friend of the Court Warrant Arrest, Malicious Destruction of Police Property, Obstruction of Justice.
Date and Time:
 September 11, 2009 at 0907 hrs
Location:  39000 block of Burgess Rd, Decatur Twp, Van Buren County
Suspects:
    Suspect #1:  Tony Kirby, 46 year old Decatur man (lodged in the county jail for resisting arresting/FOC warrant)
     Suspect #2. 70 year old male of Decatur (name withheld pending arraignment) lodged in the county jail for Obstructing Police and Damage to Police Property.


Aug 2009

Incident #:  6635-09 Click on Incident # for Sheriff's Report.
Incident Type:
  Possession of Marijuana and Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle.
Date and Time:
 August 30, 2009 at 1:30 AM.
Location:
  Main Street and Austin in the City of Hartford.
Suspects:  2 Hispanic Males 34 and 38 years old from Hartford.


Incident#:  802881-09 Click on Incident # for Sheriff's Report.
Incident Type:
  Narcotic Search Warrant - Warrant Arrest
Date:  August 21, 2009 at Approx. 2:00 pm
Location:  310 N Franklin St., Lawton Village, 
Van Buren Co.
Arrested:  David Angel, 57 year old male, Lawton, MI


INCIDENT # 6305-09 Update on August 17, 2009

Arraigned was a Nathain Olin Petersen, white male, 5/23/1976 out of Dowagiac. He was charged with Home Invasion first degree and Resisting and Obstructing.  He was arraigned in Paw Paw 7th District Court by Judge Robert T. Hentchel and given a $10,000 bond.

INCIDENT #:  6305-09
Date and Time:  August 17, 2009 at 11:01 a.m..
LOCATION: 
60000 block of W Oak Dr, Keeler Lake Area of Keeler Twp


Update On Incident #:  84309-08 stolen signs on August 2, 2009
Warrents Authorized: 
3 Count Larceny (less than $200)
Suspects Arrested: 
       #1. Brandon Dale Nower, white male, 2-19-90 of Bangor
.
       #2. Randall Paul Nower, white male, 1-20-88 of Gobles formerly of Bangor


Jul 2009

Incident #:  82544-08    See update of January 27, 2010
Incident Type:  Criminal Sexual Assault
Date & Time:  July 28, 2009  before 5:30 pm
Location of Incident: 43000 Block of M-43 Hwy, Waverly Twp, Paw Paw MI.
Victims Name:  Juvenile victims name withheld. She was 6 years old at the time of incident.
Suspect Name: Ronald Glenn Vore III  Male DOB 1/2/75. Lodged at the Van Buren County Jail
Criminal Charges:  CSC 1st Degree with person under the age of 13 yrs, CSC 2nd Degree with person under the age of 13 yrs.


Arrest Warrants Obtained - July 24, 2009
Incident Type:  Multi-Jurisdictional Investigation involving:  Multiple Larcenies from Motor Vehicles, Motor Vehicle Thefts, and Home Invasions in Van Buren County, Village of Paw Paw and Kalamazoo County.
Date and Time:  Crime Spree occurring within the first two weeks of July 2009.
Complaint Number: 
     Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Complaints:  09-5194, 09-5169, 09-5171, 09-5253, 09-5254, and 09-5173.
     Paw Paw Police Department Complaints:  09-1610, 09-1611, 09-1613, and 09-1676.

    
Michigan State Police (Paw Paw Post) Complaint: 051-3490-09, 051-3491-09.
Location: 
     Four incidents, all within the 31,000 Block of Pawton Lane, Antwerp Township, Van Buren Co.
     One incident in the 61,000 Block CR 653 in Antwerp Township, Van Buren Co.
     One incident in the 58,000 Block of 48th Street- Lawrence Township, Van Buren Co.

    
Several locations in the Village of Paw Paw- 800 Block St. Joseph Street, 600 Block N. 
         Kalamazoo Street, 300 Block S. Van Buren St., and 300 Block of Birch Lane.

Information:    Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Detective Bureau received a tip that two individuals were staying at a residence in Van Buren County along with stolen property.  The follow-up investigation linked the two suspects (Howard & Tabor) to ten open investigations in Van Buren County regarding stolen property, stolen vehicles, and a home invasion.
     The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Paw Paw Police Department, and the Michigan State Police (Paw Paw Post) had experienced a dramatic increase in larcenies from motor vehicles, (3) motor vehicle thefts, and a home invasion over a two day period of time from July 9, through July 10, 2009.  On Friday, July 10, 2009, a Detective from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department had informed the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office that he had received a tip that Howard & Tabor were staying at a home in the 32,000 Block of 56th Avenue (Antwerp Township in Van Buren County).  The tip information also stated that there was stolen property at the home as well. Kalamazoo Township Police Department also had Howard & Tabor as suspects in there investigation, along with several related cases being investigated by Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office. The MO used by Howard & Tabor in the Van Buren County cases was also the same MO being used in the Kalamazoo cases.
     On July 10, 2009, Detectives and Deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, along with a Kalamazoo Township Detective, made contact at the residence and attempted contact with the two suspects.  The suspects (Howard & Tabor) fled on foot and a K9 track was utilized, however, they were located. While officers were at the residence, property was observed linking back to a Motor Vehicle theft earlier reported in Paw Paw on July 9, 2009. 
     A search warrant for the residence was drafted and executed on July 10, 2009.  Over 70 pieces of property was seized from the residence which was matched back to the above mentioned complaints being investigated by the three police agencies in Van Buren County.  Additionally, property was recovered from within the home linking back to cases being investigated in Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo County.  The cases in Kalamazoo County are still being investigated.
     On
July 24, 2009 the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a Five Count Felony Warrant for each Howard & Tabor.  Howard & Tabor are currently incarcerated in the Kalamazoo County Jail after a short foot chase in Oshtemo Township on July 14, 2009.  The suspects will be brought to Van Buren County for arraignment on the Van Buren County charges.

Criminal Charges: 
     Count #1-Receiving & Concealing Weapon.  10 year Felony.
     Count #2-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property $1,000.00 or more, but less than $20,000.  5 year Felony.
     Count #3-Unlawful Driving Away of Motor Vehicle.  5 year Felony.
     Count #4- Unlawful Driving Away of Motor Vehicle.  5 year Felony.
     Count #5-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property/Motor Vehicle.
Property Recovered:  The personal property reported stolen ranged from small electronics from vehicles (radios/stereos, GPS units, cell phones), money, jewelry, game systems, firearms either taken from vehicles and/or garages.  Most of all the reported stolen personal property has been recovered regarding these investigations.  Additionally, three vehicles were reported stolen and have since been recovered.
Suspect Information:
     Douglas Edward Howard, white male, 01-28-1992, from the Kalamazoo area.
     Marvin Lee Tabor, white male, 5-11-1990, from the Kalamazoo area.
** Suspects have not been arraigned on Van Buren charges and are currently in the Kalamazoo County jail on other charges.**
Investigating Officers:
     Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office - Detective Gabrielle Rought, (269) 657-7711
     Paw Paw Police Department - Chief Patrick W. Alspaugh, (269) 657-5501
     Detective Larry Haynor - Kalamazoo Township Police Department
     Michigan State Police (Paw Paw Post) - Trooper David Ybarra, Trooper Paul Plangger
     Van Buren County K9 - Deputy Tony Evans
Supervisor Contact:  D/Lt. Bryan Stump, (269) 657-7711, D/Sergeant Tom Macyauski, (269) 657-7711

Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Investigative & Narcotic's Units
205 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, Michigan 49079
Office (269) 657-3101 x 208   Fax (269) 657-5160
Tri-Net Office (269) 657-8296
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Jun 2009

Incident Update:  June 5, 2009
INCIDENT TYPE
:  Suspicious Fatal Fire-Murder    
Suspect Arrested:  Linda Kay Stermer

 

DATE & TIME:    January 7, 2007
LOCATION:   66000 block of County Road 215, Lawrence Township.
VICTIM:   Todd Joseph STERMER, 42 (2007) of Lawrence Michigan.
ARRESTED:   LINDA KAY STERMER, 44 of Lawrence Michigan.
CHARGES:   

Count 1: HOMICIDE- Murder First Degree- Premeditated, did deliberately, with the intent to kill, and with premeditation, kill and murder one Todd Joseph Stermer, contrary to MCL750.316. Felony Life.

Count 2: HOMICIDE- Felony Murder- did while in the perpetration or attempted perpetration of an arson, murder one Todd Joseph Stermer, contrary to MCL 750.316(1)(b). Felony: Life without parole.

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren County Prosecutor Juris Kaps has authorized the two count warrant for Linda Kay STERMER, the wife of Todd. Linda STERMER was taken into custody by Detectives of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office without incident. STERMER is lodged in the county jail without bond, pending her arraignment in the 7th District Court on Monday June 8th.
     On January 7th, 2007 the Sheriff’s Office with the Assistance of the Michigan State Police Fire Marshall's office investigated the suspicious nature of the fire and death of Todd Stermer. The accounts of the fire and death of Todd being given by Linda STERMER were in question at that time and had changed on a number of occasions.
     On October 29th, 2007, Sheriff Dale R Gribler and Prosecutor Juris Kaps reported on the findings of the fire that claimed the life of Todd Joseph Stermer, Sunday afternoon, January 7th of 2007. Prosecutor Kaps released that the suspicious fire has now been “determined to be arson”. Evidence collect in the investigation showed the presence of a liquid petroleum product being used.   
     Detectives continued the investigation into the fire and death of Todd over the months with the report being submitted to Prosecutor Kaps for review and his issuance of the charges on this date of 06/05/09.  

INVESTIGATORS:  Det/Sgt. Thomas Macyauski, (269) 427-8711 Click here to send an email, Det. Gabrielle Rought, (269) 657-7711 Click here to send an email
SUPERVISOR CONTACT:  On duty Sergeant. (269) 657-3101

Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Narcotic's & Investigative Divisions
205 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw,Michigan 49079
(269) 657-7711 ext 208 Office
(269) 657-8296 West Office
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May 2009

INCIDENT #:  3723-09
NATURE OF INCIDENT:  Operating While Intoxicated-Boating.
DATE AND TIME: Sunday,
May 24, 2009 at approximately 12:45 a.m.
LOCATION:  Magician Lake, Keeler Township.
BOAT OPERATOR/SUSPECT:  53 year old, white male from Crete Illinois.



Incident #:
  3567-09
Incident Type:  CSC 2nd degree.   
Date/Time Reported: May 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Date of Occurrence:  Late summer of 2006 & early fall of 2008
Location:  Waverly Township, Van Buren County
Victim:  The incidents occurred when the female child was between the ages of 6 and 9 years old.
Suspect:   55 yr old male, originally from the Van Buren County Area now residing in Boon County Arkansas. He is being held on a charge of failing to verify-register as a Sex Offender in Arkansas. The Suspect’s name being withheld until he is extradited back to Michigan and arraignment in 7th District Court, Van Buren County. 


Incident Type:  Multiple Breaking & Entering-Home Invasion 1st Degree
Date and Time:  Occurred during late March 2009- through mid April 2009
Complaint Number:  #09-2711, #09-2178, #09-2087, #09-2247, #09-2307, #09-2096-(Van Buren County complaints), and two investigations handled by the Michigan State Police: 051-1405-09, and 051-1413-09.
Location:  Multiple locations in Waverly Township, Paw Paw Township, Almena Township (All in Van Buren County) 

Information:  
     Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office have, over the last few months, been investigating a home invasion and multiple pole barn breaking and entering, which resulted in criminal charges being authorized by the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office on 06-05-2009.
     On 4-19-2009 the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office investigated a Home Invasion, which occurred in Waverly Township (09-2711), where jewelry, coins, a large safe, and multiple firearms were stolen.  Suspects Wood and Jones were identified as being the suspects in this home invasion and charged in this incident. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office was also investigating the other pole barn incidents that identified a third suspect, who is believed to have been involved with Wood in these remaining breaking and enterings. Wood has been charged with one of these pole barn incidents and the third suspect has not been charged yet by the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s office, as the investigation continues into the third suspect.
     Much of the stolen property was recovered, including many of the stolen firearms, and property from the other break-ins.  The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office requests anyone with information to please contact the Van Buren County Detective Bureau at (269) 657-7711. 

Victim(s):  Multiple
SUSPECT #1:  Johnathan Russell Wood, 19 year old Paw Paw resident.
Charges:  
     Count #1
- Home Invasion 1st Degree, which is a felony punishable by 20 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections (VBC Complaint # 09-2711)
    Count #2
- Safe Breaking, which is a felony punishable by life, or any term of years. (VBC Complaint # 09-2711)
    
Count #3
- Breaking & Entering a Building with Intent, which is a felony punishable by 10 years.  (VBC Complaint # 09-2178)

SUSPECT #2:  Gregory Scott Jones, 18 year old Paw Paw resident.
Charges:
     Count #1
- Home Invasion 1st Degree (VBC Complaint # 09-2711)
    
Count #2
- Safe Breaking (VBC Complaint # 09-2711)

SUSPECT #3:   20 Year old, male from the Paw Paw area. (not charged yet- under review)
Arraignment:
 Both Wood and Jones have been arraigned and are pending their preliminary examinations in District Court which are scheduled for June 17, 2009
Investigators:  Van Buren County Uniform Response, Van Buren County Detective Bureau, D/Sgt. Thomas Macyauski (269) 657-7711, D/Gabrielle Rought (269) 657-7711
Supervisor Contact:  D/Lieutenant Bryan R. Stump.   Click here to send an email

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Narcotic's & Investigative Divisions
205 S. Kalamazoo Street, Paw Paw, MI 49079. 
(269) 657-7711 ext 208 Office
(269) 657-8296 West Office
 


Incident #:  3479-09 Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
                     651-1053-09 Paw Paw Village Police Department
                     4686-09  Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office

Incident Type/arrest charges:
 Counterfeit money suspect arrested
Date & Time of Incident:
 
Reports of counterfeit monies began coming in at around 12:00 NOON on
May 16, 2009

Location of Incident: 
Numerous locations in Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties
Arrested: 
 42 year old Bangor man (name withheld pending arraignment)
Additional suspect: 35 year old Bangor township man (name withheld pending prosecutors office review)
Motorized vehicle information: 
1998 Dodge Ram pickup truck white in color
Seized  counterfeit property:  Several United States counterfeit currency of $50 and $100 dollar bills.
Seized property:  Dozens of items purchased at garage sales throughout Van Buren and Kalamazoo counties, 1998 Dodge Ram pickup, $299 in real United States currency

Narrative: 
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren county sheriff deputies and Paw Paw village police department began receiving this date calls from persons having garage sales, this of a person having passed or attempting to pass what they believed to be counterfeit money.  A customer at one of these sales, having heard talk of persons questioning the suspect attempting to pass such bills, was able to obtain the suspects license plate number.  With this license plate number, vehicle and suspect description provided to Law enforcement, officers began, attempting to located the vehicle or suspect. 
     Shortly after receiving this information, Van Buren county dispatch received a call from the Kalamazoo county sheriff’s office advising that that they had just had a counterfeit $50 bill passed at a garage sale on P avenue.  Van Buren County K9 Deputy Tony Evans patrolling subdivisions having garage sales near that location in Kalamazoo noted the suspect vehicle pulling out of one of these.   Deputy Evans did stop this vehicle noting the rear cargo area of the pickup containing a vast amount of items with stickers priced to sell resembling those at garage sales.  Deputies on scene along with officers from Paw Paw village police found the suspect uncooperative and with a vast amount of mixed United States currency in his pockets.  Deputies continuing the investigation discovered by contacting several persons living in the subdivision the suspect had just exited, counterfeit $50 dollar bills had either been passed or attempted to have been passed to persons having garage sales.  The suspect was arrested and lodged in the Van Buren County jail for passing the counterfeit money. 
     As Deputies continued this investigation, it was further discovered this same suspect arrested was under investigation by Bangor City Police department for a recent counterfeit bills passed as well. Deputies and Detectives from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office did execute a search warrant on the suspects home located in the 53000 block of M-43 to which more counterfeit monies were located and seized.  
     The United States secret service out of Grand Rapids was contacted, and is assisting these agencies with this investigation.  The investigative reports from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Paw Paw and Bangor police departments are being forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review. 
     Anyone with information on this incident is asked to please call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101.


Investigating officers:  Deputy Tony Evans, Sergeant David Walker-Uniform response division, Detective Sergeant Thomas Macyauski-Van Buren county detective bureau.
Contact Person:  Call the on duty sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101.

 

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