02-08-2018 Police Reports

FREEWAY PILE UP… I-94 was shut down for several hours last Friday due to a multi-vehicle pile up near Hartford. (MSP photo)

Police Reports

By Annette Christie Multi vehicle crash closes I-94 The Michigan State Police investigated a multi-vehicle crash on westbound I-94 last Friday morning, a crash that closed down I-94 for a number of hours. The crash occurred at approximately 9:20 a.m. during periods of heavy lake effect snow. It involved 17 semis and 12 passenger cars. The exact number of injuries was unknown but at least one individual was pinned in his vehicle for a short period of time. I-94 Westbound was closed until approximately 1:00 p.m. Michigan State Police Troopers were assisted by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The Michigan State Police reminds drivers to exercise extra care when driving during snowy conditions. Reducing speed and increasing the following distance between vehicles allows drivers time to react to hazards which can prevent these multi-vehicle crashes.

Fatal snowmobile crash in Hagar Township 

In the early morning hours of February 3, 2018, first responders were dispatched to a wooded area in the 4700 block of Carmody Road in Hagar Township for a reported single unit snowmobile crash. At approximately 1:37 a.m., responders were guided to the deceased body of a 43-year-old female from Owosso, Michigan. Initial investigations appear as though the female passenger was ejected from the snowmobile and sustained a fatal head injury. A 41-year-old male, also from Owosso, Michigan, was the driver of the snowmobile. The male was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He sustained serious injuries to his back and pelvis. He was listed in serious but stable condition. The driver and the passenger were not wearing helmets. The preliminary investigation at the scene suggests alcohol may have been a contributing factor. The investigation was on going and the names of the individuals involved have not been released. Michigan State Police was assisted by the Coloma Township Police Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, the Benton Township Police Department, the Benton Township Fire Department, Medic 1 and Pride Care.

Crime of the Week is pharmacy theft

The crime of the week comes from the files of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office. On January 11, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m., the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Roger’s Foodland located at 4039 Hollywood Rd., St. Joseph, in reference to a breaking and entering. Four unknown male subjects entered the business by prying their way through a front door. The suspects proceeded directly to the pharmacy where they proceeded to steal a large amount of prescription medication. Crime Stoppers wants the persons responsible for this breaking and entering and will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to their arrest. Michigan Crime Stoppers is a donor-funded program that serves 12 counties in Michiana. People with information can contact them about this or any felony crime or fugitive. Anonymous tips can be submitted online at www.michianacrimestoppers.com or through a link on their Facebook page. Tips could also be submitted by calling 1-800-342-STOP. Coloma Township Police activity Shortly after 3:00 p.m. on January 28, 2018, a 40-year-old Hartford resident came to the Coloma Township Police Department to report that she had just been attacked by several other women outside of an apartment in the 5500 block of Paw Paw Lake Road. The victim was able to identify the suspects and led officers to the location of the assault. During the course of the investigation, officers found sufficient probable cause to arrest a 41-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman, both of Coloma, for assault and battery. The two females were lodged at the Berrien County Jail. Charges were also being sought for a 51-year-old Coloma woman for assault and battery. Also on January 28, 2018, a Coloma Township Police Officer stopped a vehicle on N. Paw Paw St. near Morrison St. for a window tint violation. The passenger in that vehicle, a 27-year-old Coloma man, was found to have a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and was lodged in the Berrien County Jail. Coloma Township Police Officers stopped a vehicle near Ryno Road on January 30, 2018 for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop at approximately 8:08 a.m., the officer identified the presence of marijuana in the vehicle. The driver, a 24-year-old Benton Harbor man, turned over a small bag of marijuana. An additional amount of marijuana was also found in the center console of the vehicle. The man was given ten days to appear and was released. The passenger in the vehicle, a 19-year-old Coloma man, was found to have a valid warrant for his arrest. He was lodged at the Berrien County Jail. On February 1, 2018 at approximately 5:20 a.m., a Coloma Township Police Officer stopped a vehicle on Red Arrow Hwy. near E. Center St. for an unlighted registration plate. The driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old Watervliet woman did not have a driver’s license. She was issued a misdemeanor appearance citation for driving with a suspended license. She was given ten days to appear and was released. While responding to a traffic crash involving one vehicle on I-94 eastbound on February 3, 2018, the Coloma Township Police Department learned that the driver was driving with a suspended license. The 40-year-old Jonesville man was cited and released for driving with a suspended license.