01-16-2020 Police Reports

Police Reports By Annette Christie Watervliet Township Police activity The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office continued to provide police patrols and services through a contractual agreement with the Township of Watervliet. This contract has existed since April 1, 2001, when the Sheriff’s Office began assigning a deputy to serve the citizens and business community in the Township of Watervliet. Throughout the years, this contract agreement has increased its services and continues to provide two deputies, who have the responsibility and duty to respond to calls for service in Watervliet Township. Deputy Justin Goff and Deputy Guy Puffer III have maintained a successful working relationship with the Township of Watervliet, its residents, and the business community. Over the past year, deputies with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office responded to 864 calls for service which is slightly higher than last year where deputies responded to 822 calls for service. The following is a breakdown of the calls for service in the Township of Watervliet that were handled by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Deputies: Complaints – 864; Citations – 275; CSC (Criminal Sexual Conduct) – 4; Assault & Battery and/or Domestic Violence – 29; B & E (Breaking & Entering) – 11; Larceny – 21; CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) – 3; OWI (Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired) – 7; VCSA (Violation of the Controlled Substance Act) – 7. SWET makes arrests in Watervliet On Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, SWET-West detective along with members of the Michigan State Police Hometown Security Team, Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Watervliet Township Police Patrol, executed a narcotics search warrant in 3900 block of Jaquelyn Lane, in Watervliet. Information of drug activity led detectives to the residence and upon executing the search warrant, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, and a loaded firearm was located. Chadwic Danyal Menkhaus was arrested as a result of the investigation and lodged at the Berrien County jail. Additional charges will be sought by SWET detectives as the investigation is still under review by the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office. Menkhaus was arrested and lodged for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of ammunition by a felon. The Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Allegan Police Department, Allegan County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, South Haven Police Department, St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, and Sturgis Police Department.


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