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Dec 2010

Update
12/26/10
Harold James Hall has been located in Illinois and is safe.


Incident Number
:  8760-10
Incident Type: Missing Person
Date and Time:  Reported on 11-20-2010 at 2013 hrs
Incident Location:  07120 68th St Lot 15, Meadowbrook Trailer Park, Geneva Township
Harold Hall - missing since 11-20-2010
Missing Subject:  Harold James Hall, DOB 12-15-40.
Alternate Dates of Birth: 12-15-1941; 12-15-1951
Possible Alias Names:
  Harold J. Hall; Jim Hall.
Description:
  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.


Information:
 
 Sheriff 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.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Kyle Romeo(269) 657-3101 ext. 3810.
Contact Information: 
On Duty Sergeant or Operations Lieutenant Bob Kirk (269) 657-657-2006 ext. 3810 email.


Nov 2010


Oct 2010


Sep 2010

Incident No:  7167-10
Incident Type:  2 Car Personal injury crash.
Date-Time:  September 22, 2010 at
3:20pm.
Location: 
 County Road 384 and County Road 687, Geneva Township.
Vehicles:  
      #1:  2006 Red
Mitsubishi Lancer
           
Driver:  53 Year old Robert Young from St. Joseph, MI
           
Citation Issued: Driver #1 was cited for "Failure to Yield the Right of Way"
           
Injuries to driver:  Minor 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.
      #2:  1996
black Olds Aurora
             Driver:
 28 Year old Jennifer Welsh from Grand Junction, MI
             Citation Issued: 
Cited for "Child Restraint Violation"
             Injuries to driver: 
Not injured in the crash.
             Passenger: 
 3 Year old son of the driver.
             Injuries to Passenger:
 The 3 year old passenger sustained head and facial injuries as a
             result of the crash and was transported to South Haven Hospital via South Haven
             Emergency Services and later transferred to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo
.
Alcohol-Drugs: 
Alcohol was not a factor in this incident. 

Information:   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.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Dan Abbott, Deputy Brian Matthews, Deputy Todd Oliver.
Assisting Agencies::
 Michigan State Police and South Haven Area Emergency Services.
Supervisor Contact:
 The on-duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-2006, email.


Aug 2010


Jul 2010

Incident No:   800276-10
Incident Type:  Manufacture Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana
Date and Time:    July 15, 2010 at approx. 12:25 p.m.
Location:   63000 Block CR 384, Geneva Township, Van Buren County
SUSPECT:
  42 year old Male, South Haven, MI
    

Information:  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.

Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Uniform Response Division
Supervisor Contact: 
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Unit 205 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw, MI 49079, Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208.  email


Jun 2010


May 2010

Incident#:   3057-10
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 
Driver:   Alaina Davidson, 33 Year Old female, Otsego City resident
Passenger:   Jeffery Davidson, 37 Year Old male, Otsego City resident 
Driver Injuries:   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 Hospital
Seatbelts Used:  Yes by both
Alcohol:   Not a Factor. 

Information:  Sheriff 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 Township.
    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, email

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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
 

Information:  Sheriff Dale 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.

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.

Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Uniform Response Division.
Supervisor Contact: 
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., Van Buren 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 email.


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:  1779-10 - Click here to view update of April 7, 2010.
Incident Type:   Animal Cruelty-Neglect, Dogs Law Violations.
Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 18, 2010.
Locations:   
     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.

Information:  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.

Assisting Agency:   Bangor Veterinary Clinic, 59783 M-43, Bangor MI.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Todd Oliver, Deputy Benjamin Downey.
Supervisor Contact:  On duty Sergeant or Operations Lieutenant William Lux, 657-2006, email.

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Feb 2010

Complaint #: 1071-10
Incident Type:  Car -vs- School Bus Traffic Crash.
Incident Date and Time:  Monday February 15, 2010 at approximately 3:24 pm .
Incident Location:  68th street - 8th Avenue, Geneva Township.
Vehicles:
     Vehicle #1:  1997 Chevy Camaro, silver in color.
   
 Vehicle #2:  2001 South Haven School Bus, yellow in color.
Drivers-Passengers: 
     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 Issued:  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 Township. 
     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 personnel. 
     Both Garr and Goodwin were transported to South Haven Community Hospital for minor injuries.

Assisting Agencies:  Members of the South Haven Fire Department, SHAES, and the Michigan State Police.
Investigating Deputies:  K9 Deputy Kevin VanBrussel, Deputy John Stolsonburg
Supervisor Contact:   Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 ext. 801, email.

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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.

Information: 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 taken. 
     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.  

Investigating Officers:  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.
Supervisor Contact:  Operation’s Lieutenant William Lux (269) 657-2006 ext. 203, email, or or On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101. 


Jan 2010


Dec 2009

Nov 2009

Complaint Number:   8691-09.
Incident Type:
  Traffic Violation.  Possession of a firearm outside of hunting season.
Date and Time:  November 7, 2009 at approx. 1435 hrs.
Location:  County Road 380 near 62nd St, Geneva Township, Van Buren County.
Suspect/Driver:  69 year old Covert man. Name to be released after arraignment.

INFORMATION:   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 area.
    
The Subject was cited by Deputies for the traffic violations and cited by the DNR Officer for the hunting violation. 

Assisting Agencies:  Deputies were assisted at the scene by Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Doss.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Kyle Romeo
Contact Person:  On duty supervisor at 657-3101.

Oct 2009

Sep 2009

Incident type:  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
Incident Number:  7000-09
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.
Vehicle information
     Slentz:  2001 Chevy Malibu passenger car
     Tractor #1:  1954 John Deere model A farm tractor
          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.
     Tractor #2: 
Farm tractor (make and model not available)
          Driver of tractor #2:  Terry Andrews, 21 year old Grand Junction man.  Not injured
   
Information:   Sheriff 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 crash.

Investigating officer:  Deputy Mark Stickels
Contact persons:  On duty sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101.


Aug 2009

INCIDENT TYPE:  2-car OWI Crash. Both Drivers Arrested for OWI.
INCIDENT #:  6421-09
DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT
:  Friday, August 21, 2009 at approximately 9:00 pm.
LOCATION
: 59000 block of County Road 384, Geneva Township.
DRIVER #1:  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.

DRIVER #2
: 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 FACTOR:
   Alcohol was a factor in the crash for Driver #1 and Driver #2.

NARRATIVE:  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.

INVESTIGATING DEPUTIES:  Deputy Kyle Romeo and Deputy Todd Oliver.
ASSISTING DEPUTIES:
  Deputy Brian Matthews
SUPERVISOR CONTACT
Please contact the on duty Sergeant at (269) 657-3101, or Operations Lt. William Lux at (269) 657-2006. Click here to send an email.


Jul 2009

Incident Type:  Armed robbery arrest.
Incident Date and Time:   June 28, 2009 at 01:25am
Incident Location:  60000 block of 16th Avenue located in Geneva township
Suspect/arrested:  Rayford Carter, 27 year old man from Bangor
Incident #:   4789-09
Weapon used:   Victim 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 caliber handgun.
Stolen /recovered:   Victims belongings, including that of a check book, cell phone and a savage bolt action 17 caliber long gun.
Victim information:   41 year old Bangor township man (name not released).
Victim injuries:  contusion and laceration to the left side of his head from getting hit with the handgun.

Information:   Sheriff Dale 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.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Mark Stickels.
Contact persons:  On duty Sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101.
 

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