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.
Easter 2018 events
Salem Lutheran Easter services include Maundy Thursday
Salem Lutheran Church is holding a Maundy Thursday communion service on March 29 at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a service Good Friday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Easter morning worship service is at 9:00 a.m., April 1, 2018. The public is invited to all services. The church is located at 275 Marvin Street in Coloma.
Good Friday service at Plymouth Congregational Church
Good Friday service will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 123 First Street in Watervliet on March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Open communion will be served followed by a short message on Calvary. Plymouth is a community friendly church and everyone is welcome and cordially invited.
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church Good Friday joint service
Pastor Mitchell commented “while he has only been the pastor at Chapel Hill the last four years, it’s his understanding the Good Friday service with the cross on the hill was started over 25 years ago.”
Chapel Hill United Methodist Church (UMC) located at 4071 Naomi Road, Sodus will host Arden UMC, Berrien Springs UMC, Bridgman Faith, Hinchman UMC, Pokagon UMC and the Scottdale UMC on Friday, March 30. The service starts at 7:00 p.m. inside the church and finishes outside on the hill near the cross. Pastor Mitchell stressed “you do not need be a UMC member to attend the service, all are welcome.”
Final fish fry of Lent this Friday
Coloma American Legion Post 362 is having their final fish fry of Lent this Friday, March 30 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Adult dinners are $9; all-you-can-eat fish dinners are $11; children ages 4-12 are $5; children 3 and under are free.
The post is located at 351 E. St. Joseph Street in Coloma. Stop in for dinner or call 468-5501 for takeout orders.
Coloma Lions sponsoring Easter Egg Hunt at 11:00 Saturday
The annual Easter Egg Hunt will be at 11 a.m. Saturday the 31st of March at the Coloma FOP baseball fields. There will be four baseball fields filled with over 4,000 eggs. The Coloma Blossom Queen and King and their Court will be on hand to distribute many prizes. North Berrien Fire Rescue will help start the rush for the eggs at 11:00.
The FOP will also be holding a pancake breakfast with a “Special Guest.” Everyone is invited to enjoy breakfast and the quest for candy and prizes.
Watervliet Lions’ Easter Egg Hunt at Hays Park Saturday
The annual Watervliet Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, March 31 at 11:00 a.m. in Hays Park. All children through 10 years of age are invited. No baskets will be allowed on the field for children over 3 years of age. Children will be divided into age groups for the hunt.
Questions can be directed to Linda Kabel at 269-463-4746.
River of Life Church Easter drama
The community is invited Easter Sunday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. to River of Life Church in Watervliet for this year’s Easter production. Do not miss this exciting drama! Attendees will experience the impact Christ had, and still has today, in the lives of everyday people.
The service will include a drama, dance, live worship and a powerful message. A special children’s program for ages 4-12 will be available. Nursery is also provided.
The church is located at 8712 Red Arrow Hwy in Watervliet. For further information or to request a ride, please call 269-463-3224.
Freshwater Community Church Easter Egg Hunt on Easter morning
Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 a.m. the Freshwater Community Church is having an Easter Egg Hunt at Coloma Middle School following an 8:00 a.m. sunrise service. Everyone is invited. There will be lots of great prizes!
New Day Church Easter Service and Youth Egg Hunt
Pastor Scott T. Saylor of New Day Church at 416 W. Pleasant St. in Watervliet invites the community to an Easter morning service at 11 a.m.; immediately following is an Egg Hunt for youth.
Watervliet Free Methodist Church Easter services and breakfast
Watervliet Free Methodist Church, 7734 Paw Paw Ave. has two opportunities for morning worship on April 1. There will be a “Son”rise Service at 8:45 a.m. that includes communion followed by breakfast at 9:30 then a 10:30 a.m. worship service. The children’s ministry will present “My verdict is NOT GUILTY” during the service.
Free pancake breakfast on Easter morning
Crystal Springs Church of God invites the public to a free pancake breakfast on Easter morning, April 1, 2018 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 1465 Pipestone Road, Benton Harbor next door to Crystal Springs Florist.
For more information call 269-925-1843 or visit the church’s website at www.crystalspringsfamily.com.