03-26-2020 Police Reports

Police Reports

By Annette Christie

Prelim hearing delayed for Glisson; COVID-19 to blame

The preliminary hearing for a Coloma man has been delayed until further notice due to court delays related to COVID-19. The State has issued directives to all trial courts statewide in light of the widespread COVID-19 virus.

Chris Glisson, 51, is facing charges of assault by strangulation in connection with an incident at St. Joseph High School. The incident on February 20 involved an 18-year-old St. Joseph High School student. Berrien County Prosecuting Attorney Mike Sepic said witness interviews and video evidence indicates that Glisson attacked Steven Meridy Jr., during a confrontation, including putting his hands around the student’s throat. In Sepic’s press release he said that Meridy Jr. had dated one of Glisson’s daughters and the pair had recently split up.

Glisson was the St. Joseph High School Boys and Girls Club site leader. Upon the incident occurring, Glisson was terminated from the Boys and Girls Club.

Court records state that Glisson has been arraigned and is out on bond.

Following a Freedom of Information request, this week, the Herald-Palladium received and put the video they obtained from the St. Joe High School on their website. The video shows Glisson and Meridy having a conversation before Glisson closes in on Meridy and a tussle begins between the two, including what appears to be Glisson’s hands around or on Meridy’s neck. As the tussle ensues, Glisson ends up on top of Meridy on a table. The two separate with Meridy holding Glisson’s hands and/or arms before being approached by a police officer.

Pair arrested for car chase

Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that a deputy witnessed a vehicle traveling westbound on Red Arrow Highway at 90 miles per hour in a marked 55 mph zone. The deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle, activating his overhead lights and siren, and a pursuit ensued.

The pursuit went through the Village of Lawrence, eventually leading to a short foot pursuit where the passenger of the vehicle was apprehended. The female driver, a 27-year-old from Lawrence, was later located through an anonymous caller inside of an apartment at the South Street Apartments, located at 325 South St., where the vehicle pursuit ended.

The driver was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for fleeing and eluding and an outstanding warrant. Charges will be sought on the male passenger, a 23-year-old from Hartford, for resisting and obstructing lawful orders from the deputy.

The Michigan State Police and Hartford Police Department assisted with the incident.

Van Buren Sheriff’s Office arrests fugitive

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office while on routine patrol on Friday, March 20, 2020, observed a vehicle matching the description of one recently reported stolen out of Allegan County.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., near County Road 390, officers clocked the vehicle, a 2008 Ford Expedition, traveling at a high rate of speed. While attempting to catch up to the vehicle, the driver and the occupant began to flee.

Emergency lights and sirens were utilized but the suspect, a 22-year-old male from Pullman, Michigan, failed to stop. A pursuit was initiated and went into Allegan County where additional assistance was provided by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan State Police. The suspect stopped his vehicle near 110th Avenue and 49th Street and ran into the woods. Responding officers quickly established a perimeter to contain the suspect and an Allegan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 responded where a track was conducted. The suspect was tracked by the police K-9 and taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail and is pending arraignment and charges from the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office.

Besides a fugitive arrest, the charges included fleeing and eluding, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a stolen vehicle, resist and obstructing a police officer, and driving while license suspended.