03-29-2018 Armed robbery at Watervliet gas station; Police seek masked trio that held up Citgo

Armed robbery at Watervliet gas station; Police seek masked trio that held up Citgo

By Annette Christie Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Citgo Gas Station in Watervliet Township. On Tuesday, March 27 at 11:55 p.m., three masked suspects entered the business at 3831 M-140. One of the suspects, who was armed with a handgun, demanded money from the two clerks who complied. The other two suspects obtained lottery tickets and stole a cell phone from a patron who was also inside the business. The suspects then fled the business on foot into a waiting vehicle and left the scene. An undetermined amount of cash was also taken from the business by the suspects. The suspects were described as males wearing dark clothing, hoodies and masks. The suspect vehicle was described as a dark colored sedan, possibly a Pontiac. If anyone has information about the robbery they are urged to call the Michigan State Police. The Watervliet City Police Department and the Berrien County Sheriff’s department assisted at the scene.

Two Hartford men injured in accident The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious injury accident on Territorial Rd. just west of Arent Rd. in Bainbridge Township on Saturday, March 24 at 6:48 p.m. It was determined that Todd Kietzer, 58, of Hartford was traveling east bound in the west bound lane of Territorial Road. His vehicle struck a west bound vehicle head on. The second vehicle was driven by Paul Perez, 57, also of Hartford. Perez was taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, Michigan in fair condition by Pride Care Ambulance. Kietzer was flown to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo in serious condition by Med Flight. The accident is still under investigation by the Berrien County Accident Investigation Team. No additional information on the subjects involved was available. Death at Watervliet Subway under investigation The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that their office is investigating the death of a 40-year-old male, which took place on March 24, 2018 at the Subway Restaurant located on Arnt Blvd. in Watervliet Township. There were not a lot of details available regarding the death due to the continuing investigation. An autopsy is being performed on the individual and should provide further information.

Search continues for missing kayaker The search continues for a kayaker missing in the Paw Paw River for a month, Watervliet Fire chief Dan Jones reported Wednesday. Cory Wright, 35, of Niles was kayaking February 27 with two other men when he hit a log and flipped over. Wright did not resurface. Jones said personnel from the Michigan State Police and the Watervliet Fire Department are continuing the search on alternating days. He said a group of kayakers from Kalamazoo continued the search over the weekend.

Hartford student killed in car accident; school community rallies to support family

By Jon Bisnett Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post is currently investigating a fatal accident on 66th Street near 26th Avenue in Bangor Township. The crash occurred on Friday, March 23, shortly before 9:00 p.m. when the southbound passenger vehicle swerved off of the roadway. The vehicle traveled down an embankment and struck a tree. The vehicle had four occupants; one adult female driver and three minor children, all of Bangor.

Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Andrew Hubbard posted the following message via the HPS social media page Saturday: “It is with sadness and regret that I inform you of the death of one of our first grade students, Jenessa MacEachron, who passed away last night. Our hearts go out to her family and friends at this time of loss. At this time, I do not have details about a memorial or burial service. We will be providing counseling support for the Redwood Elementary students and staff during this difficult time. If you feel that you or your child needs to talk with someone further or needs additional support or resources, please do not hesitate to call me at 621-7000 for assistance.” “We are respecting the privacy of the family during this difficult time and hope that others do as well,” says Hubbard. “My administrative team along with the support of our county crisis team has been working all weekend to prepare for our students and staff to return to Redwood Elementary tomorrow following this tragic loss.” Redwood Principal Ed Dickeson echoed Hubbard’s words saying, “By now I’m sure many of you have heard of the tragedy Friday evening. Jenessa MacEachron, a first grader in Mrs. Doroh’s class, was involved in a car accident. Her injuries were severe and she passed away. We want Jenessa’s family and friends to know that we loved Jenessa and our hearts are breaking. “On Monday, the county crisis team will be assisting our adults and children as we begin the process of healing. Please know that my concern is always for the well-being of our children and families. We have moments of laughter and moments of sadness. Part of what I can do in honoring Jenessa is keeping school a warm, welcoming and loving place – a place where children know they are cared for and safe. “Please keep Jenessa’s family in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. Our small community’s big heart can mean a lot in times such as these. As your principal, I stay committed to helping our families during this time of sadness. Please let me know if I can be of any help. Love, Mr. D”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to aid the MacEachron family with funeral and medical expenses. The incident is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Celebrations of the Life of Jenessa Marie MacEachron are as follows: Visitation was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Hartford on Wednesday, March 28. A Memorial Service will be Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. at Truth Church, 32560 6th Ave. in Paw Paw; graveside service to follow.