Police and Fire Reports By Annette Christie Coloma man charged with Stay Home violation Van Buren County has charged a Coloma man with a violation of the Stay at Home Executive Order, among other charges after a woman called 911 for help. Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that the Bangor Police Department received a call from a female asking for help for an unknown circumstance. Bangor Police notified Van Buren County Central Dispatch, due to the fact that the residence that filed the complaint was outside of their jurisdiction. Dispatch sent deputies to the 56000 block of M43 Hwy. in Arlington Township to investigate. Upon arrival, a male was seen running away from the residence. The male was ordered to stop and complied but appeared to have hid an object before returning to police. When the suspect was being detained and questioned about what he had hid, he broke free from officers and again fled on foot. Deputies gave chase and a perimeter was set up and a K-9 was utilized to track the individual. The suspect was found hiding under construction equipment roughly a mile away. Deputies went back to where he was seen hiding something in some bushes and located a 410 shotgun. The suspect was questioned about the firearm and admitted to having it prior to officer contact and hiding it in the bushes. His reasoning for having the gun was uncertain. The 35-year-old Coloma man was charged with two counts of resisting and obstructing; being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition; and violating the “Stay at Home” executive order.
North Berrien Fire Rescue Dept. appearing at celebrations but keeping six feet away The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department is joining and participating with other departments to help serve the children in the area communities. Times like these are difficult for everyone, but they can be especially difficult for children. It makes matters even worse when a child’s birthday occurs during the Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Parents can message the department through their Facebook page or call Station 2, at 269-849-3409 and ask for Chief Mattix to make arrangements if a child’s birthday falls during the Stay Home Stay Safe order. Members of the department will bring a fire engine out to the home and stop outside with lights and sirens activated for a few moments to the child who can see the truck from a distance. They would love to do more such as truck tours, but unfortunately with the 6-foot social distancing rule, that is unavailable. While they will try their absolute best to make it to everyone’s requests, emergency calls for service and staffing may affect the ability to respond to everyone. With that said, they may need to move the stop by date to the weekend. “We hope this small gesture can help provide a little positivity during these tough times,” said Chief Mattix. They currently have 16 visits through the end of April. Coloma Township Police hoping people abide by Executive Stay Home Order Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski has noted that the COVID-19 scare has resulted in decreased crime; however, it has brought with it our seasonal additions earlier than normal. Smigielski said that a lot of people from Illinois are back in town. “All that we would ask in the Coloma area is that citizen’s do as much as they can to adhere to the orders given out and once we all get on the same page, hopefully this pandemic will go away,” commented Smigielski.