03-01-2018 Police News

Paw Paw River searched for missing kayaker

Berrien County Public Safety Communication Center received a 911 call at 7:44 p.m. on February 27, 2018 regarding a missing kayaker in the Paw Paw River. Emergency responders were directed to the Paw Paw River in Watervliet Township. Three individuals were kayaking on the Paw Paw River near 4265 R. Smith Street in Watervliet when two of the kayaks struck a log in the river. One individual swam to shore and the second individual is currently missing. The missing individual is a 35-year-old male from Niles. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team is currently on scene conducting a search. An incident command center has been opened near the scene. No other information was available at press time.

Suspect arrested in possession of handgun by Coloma Twp. PD

Coloma Township Police officers were dispatched to a residence in the 5000 block of Riverview Dr. on February 26 at 9:09 p.m. for a domestic violence issue that had just occurred. While en route, the officers were advised that the suspect may be armed. Upon arrival officers made contact with the suspect who was found to be in possession of a .40 caliber handgun. Officers secured the weapon without incident. After investigating the incident, the suspect, a 39-year-old Coloma man, was arrested for Domestic Violence and Possession of a Firearm while Intoxicated. He was subsequently lodged at the Berrien County Jail. While patrolling at approximately 2:10 p.m. on February 26, an officer with the Coloma Township Police Department observed a vehicle with a possibly expired registration plate. After the officer turned around to follow the vehicle it accelerated to approximately 50 mile-per-hour in the posted 25 mile-per-hour zone. The officer activated his emergency lights and siren and the suspect vehicle continued to flee. The suspect vehicle turned into a parking lot at the corner of N. West St. and Logan St. The driver, a 50-year-old Bangor man, was arrested without incident. He was lodged in the Berrien County Jail on charges of fleeing and eluding, 3rd degree and driving with a suspended license.