03-21-2019 Police and Fire Reports

Police and Fire Reports By Annette Christie Watervliet Township Police on lookout for mail thieves Berrien County Sheriff Deputy Guy Puffer, who is contracted through Watervliet Charter Township, relayed to the Watervliet Township Board that there has been a rash of mail thefts in the area. An unidentified individual(s) has taken mail out of people’s mailboxes. Puffer reminded those in attendance that if they see something suspicious, they should contact the authorities. The sporadic incidents are not specific to Watervliet Township, it is happening in other municipalities as well. He urged people that if they see something, they should say something. Police patrol in the month of February had the following results: one felony arrest; 14 misdemeanor arrests; five motorist assists; 10 assists to other agencies; 70 traffic stops; 43 traffic citations; 43 original complaints; 18 follow-ups; and 42 building checks. In addition the reserve officers who are part of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office had 47 building and/or residential checks for the month of February. State Police encourage Michiganders to prepare Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed March 24-30 as Severe Weather Awareness Week and the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging residents to prepare before severe weather strikes this spring and summer. “Spring and summer can bring fast-changing weather conditions that increase the potential for severe weather,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking steps to prepare before severe weather strikes, you can lessen the impacts a disaster could have on yourself, your family and your property.” Steps you can take to be better prepared before severe weather strikes include understanding severe weather warnings and terms, preparing an emergency preparedness kit, making an emergency plan, and creating an emergency contact list. Statewide tornado drill on March 27 A voluntary statewide tornado drill is scheduled to occur at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to engage in the statewide preparedness activity but are not required to do so. Nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate. For more information about being safe before, during and after a tornado, follow the MSP/EMHSD on Twitter at @MichEMHS or go to www.michigan.gov/miready. Be a part of the severe weather awareness conversation by using the hashtags #MIREADY and #MITORNADOREADY. North Berrien Fire Rescue The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department had 19 calls in the month of February. The calls included two in the city, three in Coloma Charter Township, 11 in Hagar Township, and three on the highways. The department is hosting a trivia night fundraiser on March 23, 2019 at the Coloma FOP. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and trivia starts at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $10 a person or $100 for a 10-person team.

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