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Harold James Hall has been
located in Illinois and is safe.
Incident Number: 8760-10
Date and Time:
Reported on 11-20-2010 at 2013 hrs
07120 68th St Lot 15, Meadowbrook Trailer Park, Geneva Township
Harold James Hall, DOB 12-15-40.
Alternate Dates of Birth:
Possible Alias Names:
Harold J. Hall; Jim Hall.
White, male. blue eyes, short brown hair, height 5'6", weight 185 lbs. smaller
build. Very soft spoken. Gestures with his hands when he speaks however is
generally very quiet. Hall has an introvert personality
Last Seen Wearing:
Blue hooded zip-up jacket, blue jeans, high top hunting boots.
Last Known Location:
Boarded a Indian Trails Motor Coach bus in South Haven, paid with cash and rode
to the Benton Harbor bus stop, exited the bus, and left in an unknown direction
around noon on 11-20-2010.
Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren county sheriff’s office is asking for
any assistance with attempting to located that of a Harold Halls, a 60 year old
man who was residing in the South Haven area. Hall was reported last seen on
11/20/10 by his roommate.
Deputies had been able to obtain information that Hall
boarded a bus in South Haven City on the November 20th, getting as far as Benton
Harbor Michigan to where the whereabouts from this point on cannot be traced any
further. The only know known relative is believed to reside in the Cicero
Illinois, Chicago area, however contact with them they advise Hall has not been
seen or heard from. Hall is not believed to use drugs or alcohol.
Any information as to the location of Harold
James Hall please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office and their
local law enforcement agency.
Deputy Kyle Romeo(269) 657-3101 ext. 3810.
Sergeant or Operations Lieutenant Bob Kirk (269) 657-657-2006
Car Personal injury
September 22, 2010 at
Road 384 and
County Road 687,
#1: 2006 Red
Year old Robert
Young from St. Joseph, MI
Driver #1 was cited for "Failure to Yield the Right of Way"
Injuries to driver:
lacerations and abrasions to head and complained of neck pain
and possible internal injuries. Driver #1 was transported to
South Haven ER by South Haven Emergency Services.
from Grand Junction, MI
"Child Restraint Violation"
Injuries to driver:
in the crash.
Year old son of the driver.
Injuries to Passenger:
3 year old passenger sustained head and facial injuries as a
of the crash and was transported to South Haven Hospital via South Haven
Emergency Services and later transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
was not a factor in this incident.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler
reports that Deputies were dispatched to a 2 car Personal Injury Crash at County
Road 384 and County Road 687.
Upon arrival, it
was found that Driver #1, Robert Young, had been traveling through the
intersection South Bound on CR 687, failing to yield the right of way to Driver
#2, Jennifer Welsh, who was West Bound on CR 384. Welsh was unable to avoid a
collision and struck Vehicle #1 on the driver side of the vehicle causing both
vehicles to lose control. During the collision and subsequent rotation of
Vehicle #2, the 3 year old passenger was ejected from his restraint system, in
which he was improperly secured, and was thrown within the vehicle.
Driver #1, Robert Young and the 3 year old Passenger,
from vehicle #2 driven by Welsh, were transported to South Haven ER. Driver #1
(Young) was treated for is injuries, while the 3 year old passenger from vehicle
#2 was later transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Young was cited for his hazardous action and Welsh was
cited for a Child Restraint violation.
Kyle Romeo, Deputy Dan Abbott, Deputy Brian Matthews, Deputy Todd Oliver.
Assisting Agencies:: Michigan
State Police and South Haven Area Emergency Services.
on-duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-2006,
Incident No: 800276-10
Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana
Date and Time:
July 15, 2010 at approx. 12:25 p.m.
63000 Block CR 384,
Geneva Township, Van Buren County
year old Male, South Haven, MI
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler states
the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response Division was dispatched
to the above location reference to workers walking a power line and locating
what was believed to be marijuana.
Deputies responded to the location and verified the
plants to be marijuana. The Van Buren County Narcotics Unit was contacted to
assist in the investigation.
The 42 year old homeowner was contacted and interviewed
by narcotics detectives. A search of the house and barn was conducted and
approximately 2 ounces of processed marijuana was located. Located in the yard,
in plastic pots, were 29 marijuana plants.
Incident remains under investigation and will be
forwarded to the VBC Prosecutors office at a later date for charges of
Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.
Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at
(269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100
or your local Police Department.
Van Buren County
Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit,
Bryan R. Stump
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Unit 205 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw,
MI 49079, Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208.
Incident Type: Single
Motor Vehicle Crash
Date and Time Of Incident:
May 6, 2010, 05:50 a.m.
Location of Incident: 62000
block of Baseline Road South Haven, Geneva Township
Davidson, 33 Year Old female, Otsego City resident
Davidson, 37 Year Old male, Otsego City resident
Multiple broken bones, transported by ambulance to South Haven Community
Hospital. Driver currently listed in serious condition.
Passenger Injuries: Treated
and released after being transported by ambulance to South Haven Community
Seatbelts Used: Yes
Dale R Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a single motor vehicle
personal injury crash on Baseline Road near 62nd Street, located in Geneva
Upon arrival, it was noted that the driver and passenger were
injured, as was the female driver trapped within the vehicle with severe
injuries. South Haven Fire Department extricated the driver. Both Alaina
Davidson and the passenger, her husband, Jeffery Davidson were transported to
South Haven Community Hospital by ambulance.
Deputies investigation into this crash discovered that
the female driver was on her way to the Hospital because she was feeling
ill when she fell asleep, crossed the center line, and traveled off the road
into a deep culvert striking a concrete drain.
The driver was issued a citation for Careless driving.
Alcohol doesn't appear to be a factor.
Investigating Deputy: K9
Deputy Tony Evans 269-657-3101 ( ext 802)
Supervisor Contact: On
duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101,
Search Warrant, Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time:
April 28, 2010 at 8:00pm.
CR 384, Geneva Township, Van Buren County.
old male from South Haven, MI
R. Gribler states the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response
Division was dispatched to the above address reference to a civil-child custody
dispute, along with marijuana plants growing in the house.
Narcotics detectives who were in the area, responded to
the location. Detectives and Deputies arrived and made contact with a male and
female outside the residence. After interviewing the two individuals, Narcotics
Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the residence and execute
it. Located during the search were 4 marijuana plants in a make shift grow room
in the bedroom, approximately 1 oz of marijuana and paraphernalia. Also seized
was a handgun. Incident remains under investigation and will be forwarded to
the VBC Prosecutors office at a later date for charges of, Manufacturing
marijuana and Possession of marijuana.
information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269)
657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer (269) 343-2100 or
your local Police Department.
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt.,
County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, 205 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw, MI 49079,
phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, fax (269) 657-5161, or
updated April 7, 2010
Jerome Eugene Nelson, date of birth October 10, 1945
Felony Charges Authorized:
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
This afternoon Van Buren County Sheriffs Deputies arrested
on the signed Felony Warrant at his residence on 62nd St without
has been arraigned at the 7th District Court West in South Haven on the
above listed charges.
was able to post bond at the court house and has a pending court date.
Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy
Supervisor Contact: On duty sergeant or
Operations Lieutenant William Lux, Ph# 657-2006,
- Click here to view update of April 7, 2010.
Incident Type: Animal
Cruelty-Neglect, Dogs Law Violations.
Date and Time:
Thursday, March 18, 2010.
1. 14000 Block 60th Street, Geneva Township
2. 16000 Block 62nd Street, Geneva Township
Suspect: 64 Yr old
Geneva Twp man.
Dogs Seized: 1 Male,
2-3 year old, Beagle and 1 Female, 2-3 year old, Walker Hound
Deceased Dogs: 3
Beagles, 1 Walker Hound.
Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that on Thursday,
March 18, 2010, Van Buren County Deputies were dispatched to a Health and Safety
complaint in the 14000 Block of 60th Street.
Upon contact, the witness indicated that a subject was
seen throwing what appeared to be garbage bags from a vehicle into the ditch
line that runs along the edge of the lightly traveled portion of 60th St. The
witness was unable to get a license plate number, however, after the suspect
left the scene, the witness opened one of the bags to possibly find something
that would identify the suspect. Upon opening one of the bags the witness found
a deceased Beagle dog and called immediately.
Deputies were able to review surveillance tape of the
roadway from a private home in the area showing the suspect vehicle which was
identified by the Deputies as belonging to a local resident.
Deputies checked the bags and found 3 deceased Beagle
dogs dumped and proceeded to a residence on 62nd St believed to be the
suspects. After making contact with the suspect, a 4th deceased dog was located
still inside its dog house attached to a chain. 2 live dogs were located on the
property and seized. All 6 dogs in this incident were found to be in a state of
malnutrition and emaciation.
The live dogs were examined by Dr. Weideman, of the
Bangor Veterinary Clinic, and are currently being held at the Van Buren County
Animal Control Facility.
Deputies will be seeking charges from the Van Buren
County prosecutors Office.
Bangor Veterinary Clinic, 59783 M-43, Bangor MI.
Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Todd Oliver, Deputy
On duty Sergeant or Operations Lieutenant William
Car -vs- School Bus Traffic Crash.
Incident Date and Time:
Monday February 15, 2010 at approximately 3:24 pm .
68th street - 8th Avenue, Geneva Township.
1997 Chevy Camaro, silver in color.
2001 South Haven School Bus, yellow in color.
Driver of Vehicle #1:
Michael Garr, male from South Haven area.
Passenger of Vehicle #1:
Jenna Goodwin, female from South Haven area.
Driver of Vehicle #2:
Anthony Riffer-Reinert, male from South Haven area.
Citation was issued to Riffer-Reinert for Failing to Yield.
Information: Sheriff Dale
R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a report of a car -vs-
school bus crash at the intersection of 68th street and 8th avenue in Geneva
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the
bus driver was heading west on 8th Avenue and came to a stop at the stop
sign. The driver failed to yield to Garr's vehicle which was traveling
northbound on 68th Street. The two vehicles collided, pinning a good portion
of the Chevy Camaro underneath the school bus. The driver and passenger of
the Camaro were removed from the vehicle and aid was rendered by SHAES
Both Garr and Goodwin were transported to South Haven Community
Hospital for minor injuries.
Members of the South Haven Fire Department, SHAES, and
the Michigan State Police.
K9 Deputy Kevin VanBrussel,
Supervisor Contact: Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 ext. 801,
#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
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.
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)
Jericho Grocery, South Haven.
Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that in the early
morning hours of Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies
were dispatched to the Jericho Grocery, 67916 M-43, for an alarm activation
being received at approximately 12:51 a.m.
Upon arrival, Deputies located a vehicle on the back
side of the business. Upon further checking, two Hispanic males were located
next to the vehicle. One of the Hispanic males took off running on foot. The
other Hispanic male suspect was detained.
Upon Deputies checking the business, it was found that
the business had been broken into. The suspects had forced entry into a storage
door with an aluminum baseball bat where multiple cases of alcohol-beer were
Sheriff’s K9, Xago, was called into track the second
suspect that had fled on foot. K9 Xago tracked the second suspect across
numerous residences and yards leading into a heavily wooded area north of CR380.
K9 Xago continued tracking back across CR 380 into another heavily wooded swamp
area. K9 Xago tracked across a river into a field leading Deputies up to a
residence in the 67,000 block of County Road 380.
Deputies searched the residence where the second
suspect was found hiding. Deputies also located additional alcohol-beer within
this residence that was taken during the Breaking and Entering. A search of the
vehicle behind the business located additional alcohol-beer that was taken
during the breaking and entering.
The suspects were arrested for Breaking and Entering,
Larceny within a building, Resisting and Obstructing officers. The suspects were
lodged at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment. The investigation has
been turned over to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.
Deputy Casey Davis (269) 657-3101 ext. 835, Deputy
Jim Charon (269) 657-3101 ext. 809, Deputy Travis Bernatche (269) 657-3101
ext. 831, Sergeant Scott Schmitt with K9 Xago (269) 657-3101 ext. 801.
Operation’s Lieutenant William Lux (269) 657-2006
ext. 203, email,
or or On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101.
Traffic Violation. Possession of a firearm outside of hunting season.
Date and Time:
November 7, 2009
at approx. 1435 hrs.
County Road 380 near 62nd St, Geneva Township, Van Buren County.
old Covert man. Name to be released after
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies received information and
complaints in regards to subjects shinning and possibly poaching deer in the
area of 16th Ave near 62nd St.
Deputies located a vehicle matching the description
given by the complainants coming off of 16th Ave
onto 62nd St, with 2 male’s
subjects occupying the vehicle. Deputies stopped the vehicle for a
Registration violation and made contact with the occupants. Upon contact with
the driver and passenger, it was found that they had in the vehicle a cased
firearm and ammunition (00 BUCK) for that weapon scattered on the front seat
of the vehicle along with a machete and a hunting-style knife readily
accessible. The subjects denied being involved with any hunting activities
and stated that they were using the shotgun for rodents at a friend’s home in
The Subject was
cited by Deputies for the traffic violations and cited by the DNR Officer for
the hunting violation.
Deputies were assisted at the scene by
Michigan Dept. of
Natural Resources Conservation Officer Doss.
Deputy Kyle Romeo
On duty supervisor at 657-3101.
Car-tractor personal injury crash.
Date and Time:
September 10, 2009
at approximately 9:30 pm
Location: 64000 block
of Cr 388 located in Geneva Township
Driver of vehicle:
Marian Slentz, 77 year old female from South Haven. Driver was seat belted
in, but did received injuries requiring her to be transported by ambulance to
South Haven Community Hospital where she was treated and released.
Slentz: 2001 Chevy Malibu passenger car
Tractor #1: 1954 John Deere model A farm
Driver of tractor #1:
Gary Barber, 21 year old man from Grand Junction. Tractor operator received
minor injuries to which he was treated at the scene.
Farm tractor (make and model not
Driver of tractor #2:
Terry Andrews, 21 year old Grand Junction man. Not injured
Dale R. Gribler reports that during the evening hours of 9/10/09 at
approximately 9:30 pm, deputies were dispatched to the 64000 block of CR 388 for
a reported personal injury crash involving a car and two farm tractors.
Upon arrival deputies noted a 2001 Chevy Malibu that
was operated by a Marian Slentz had been westbound and did not see the tractor
traveling in front of her which, in turn, caused her to crash into the rear of a
1954 John Deere model A farm tractor. The collision of these two vehicles
forced the rear left wheel on this tractor to break off and separate from the
tractor itself. This tractor then spun onto its side into a driveway off the
north side of the road. It was during this impact this tractor operator,
identified as Gary Barber, fell off his tractor and onto the ground causing
abrasions, scratches, and bruising.
After striking this tractor, the 2001 Chevy Malibu
continued out of control and struck yet another tractor being operated by Terry
Andrews. This tractor, getting struck in the rear tires, also sustained damage
but its operator was able to keep control without falling off or being ejected.
The deputies investigation discovered that Slentz
stated she did not see the tractors until the last moment and was unable to slow
in time to keep from hitting them.
Slentz was transported by ambulance to South Haven
community hospital where she was treated and released for minor injuries
sustained in this traffic crash.
Deputies did note that the tractors, at this time, did
have activated running lights required for nighttime operation and that Slentz,
being unable to stop in assured distance, was most likely the cause for this
Deputy Mark Stickels
Contact persons: On
duty sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101.
2-car OWI Crash. Both Drivers Arrested for OWI.
DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT:
August 21, 2009
at approximately 9:00 pm.
59000 block of County Road 384, Geneva Township.
47year old Allegan Woman. Name withheld pending arraignment.
INJURIES #1: No injuries reported.
VEHICLE #1: Blue 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood, 2 doors.
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #1: Moderate damage to passenger
side door and front quarter panel.
ARRESTED: Driver #1 arrested for Operating While
Intoxicated and cited for expired Registration.
59 year old Grand Junction Man. Name withheld pending arraignment.
INJURIES #2: No injuries reported.
VEHICLE #2: Black 2001 GMC Jimmy, 2 door.
DAMAGE TO VEHICLE #2: Moderate damage to the front
passenger side of the vehicle.
ARRESTED: Driver #2 arrested for Operating While
Intoxicated and Violation of Restricted Operators License.
Alcohol was a factor in the crash for Driver #1 and Driver #2.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on Friday night, at approximately 9:00 pm,
Deputies were dispatched to the area of County Road 384 and 60th Street in
Geneva Township for a report of a 2 car crash.
Upon arrival Deputies made contact with both drivers
who were still on scene. The Drivers stories differed and both claim that the
other driver was at fault. After speaking with both drivers, it was found that
both had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. Deputies conducted an OWI
Investigation and found that both drivers were over the legal limit and were
subsequently arrested. The drivers were transported to the Van Buren County
Jail where they were lodged on their charges.
The crash is still under investigation.
Deputy Kyle Romeo and Deputy Todd Oliver.
Deputy Brian Matthews
Please contact the on duty Sergeant at (269) 657-3101, or Operations Lt. William
Lux at (269) 657-2006.
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Armed robbery arrest.
Incident Date and Time:
June 28, 2009
60000 block of 16th Avenue located in Geneva township
Rayford Carter, 27 year old man from Bangor
believed it to be that of a handgun. This suspected handgun was later located,
and discovered to be that of a BB gun, which did resemble that of Colt 45
Victims belongings, including that of a check book, cell phone and a savage
bolt action 17 caliber long gun.
41 year old
Bangor township man (name not released).
contusion and laceration to the left side of his head from getting hit with the
R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a reported home
invasion/assault in the 60000 block of 16th Avenue in Geneva Township during the
early morning hours of 6/28/2009. Upon arrival, the owner of this home stated
that he had answered a knock at the front door of his home during which time a
male subject, who was outside, forced his way into the residence brandishing a
handgun. The resident was ordered to lie down on the floor which he refused to
do. The suspect then struck the resident in the side of the head with the
handgun. A struggle then ensued to which the homeowner was able to escape by
running to a neighbor’s home where a 911 call was made to Police.
Responding officers from the Van Buren County Sheriff's
Department, Michigan State Police, and South Haven City Police Department
responded to the location given and secured the victims residence, determining
that the suspect was no longer on scene.
K-9 Gask, being handled by Officer Chris Mersman of
the South Haven Police Department, was able to develop a track from the scene to
a nearby residence. Officers now at this home were permitted inside to check
this residence by its owner. Several stolen items from the victims home were
found inside, as was the suspect described by the victim located within this
home as well. The weapon described, and identified by the victim, was found to
be that of a BB gun which resembled that of a Colt 45 handgun.
The subject was taken into custody and lodged in the
Van Buren County Jail where the county prosecutor’s office charged Rayford
Carter with armed robbery, bond set at $200,000.
Deputy Mark Stickels.
On duty Sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101.