Police Reports By Annette Christie Coloma Twp. Police nab cocaine dealer On February 26, 2020, officers of the Coloma Township Police Department conducted a search warrant of 6971 Wil-O-Paw Rd. in Coloma Township. The search warrant was conducted after officers located drugs in plain view in a bedroom of one of the occupants. The occupant was later identified as Fermin Pangiua of St. Joseph, Michigan. A search warrant of the house was conducted and more drugs and over $3,800.00 in cash were recovered. Panigua turned himself in to the police and was lodged in the Berrien County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine.
North Berrien Fire Rescue Department The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department responded to 33 calls for the month of January and February. The calls were in Coloma City, Coloma Township, Hagar Township, on I-94 or I96/196, and Covert Township. In Coloma City, the department handled a medical assist, oil or combustible liquid spill, police assist, unauthorized burning, and electrical arcing. In Coloma Township, the department handled a medical assist, a couple motor vehicle accidents, two carbon monoxide incidents, and a false alarm. In Hagar Township, the department had a chimney fire, medical assists, electrical arcing, system malfunctions, smoke detector no fire, alarm no fire, carbon monoxide incidents, and a building fire. The department assisted Covert Fire Department with a building fire and there were three accidents on the highways that the department responded to. Suicidal death averted Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that the Van Buren County Central Dispatch received a 911 call Tuesday, Feb. 25 stating they had “two minutes to get to the overpass in Paw Paw”. Deputies responded, along with the Paw Paw Police Department and the Michigan State Police to I-94 in Paw Paw. A responding deputy witnessed a vehicle stopped in the middle of M-40 then proceeded to crash into the guard rail and saw the driver exit his vehicle. The 48-year-old male driver climbed up on the rail, about to jump. He was quickly pulled down by a deputy and assisted by Michigan State Police in detaining him and placing him in custody before he could jump. During the investigation, it was determined that the suspect was intoxicated. He was treated medically at the hospital prior to being lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. No serious injuries were sustained to any party involved. Fugitive arrested Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that on February 25, 2020, the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit observed a wanted subject pumping fuel at a gas station in South Haven. He was wanted for violating his parole. The undercover unit pulled into the gas station and called for a uniformed South Haven officer. The man was identified as a 42-year-old male who had absconded from parole and was wanted by the Michigan Department of Corrections. The vehicle left and a South Haven officer was able to pull over the vehicle within the South Haven limits. The Narcotics Unit assisted with apprehending the male driver and observed another male in the back seat. The male in the back seat was asked to step out and while stepping out a narcotics detective observed a narcotics baggie by his feet. The narcotics detective searched further and found that the backseat passenger attempted to put several controlled substance pills into a chip bag to hide them, but was unsuccessful. South Haven officers discovered that the backseat passenger also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest for failing to pay fines and costs for a different court case. Both the driver and the backseat passenger were transported to the Van Buren County Jail. Once the investigation is complete a report will be submitted to the Van Buren County Prosecutor. A female was identified and released from the scene. She was in the front seat of the vehicle. No charges are being sought on her at this time.