04-26-2018 Police Reports

Police Reports By Annette Christie Internal investigation finds no wrong-doing on part of Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputies in chase The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office conducted an internal review of the facts and circumstances of the April 15, 2018 incident involving a vehicle that was evading police after a breaking and entering and theft of firearms from the Black Arsenal Gun Store. Upon completion of the internal review, which included a review of the in-car video of the incident, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office found no wrong doing on the part of the two deputies involved in this incident. Based on these findings, the two deputies are being returned to work effective Monday, April 23, 2018. The Michigan State Police is still completing their portion of the investigation which will still be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutors Office, which is standard procedure in incidents of this nature. The names of the two Berrien County Sheriff’s Office Deputies involved in this incident will not be released until the Berrien County Prosecutors Office has completed their review of this incident. A neighbor to the Black Arsenal Gun Store in Stevensville alerted authorities at approximately 5:11 a.m. to glass breakage at the store. The neighbor was able to provide a description of a vehicle that had left the scene. It was confirmed that a breaking and entering had occurred at the store and police that arrived on scene were able to identify that several guns were missing from the gun store. At approximately 5:26 a.m., a Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on I-94 eastbound near the 27-mile marker. The deputy activated his emergency lights and a traffic stop was initiated. The suspect vehicle pulled to the side of the roadway. After coming to a stop, the vehicle then sped off heading east bound on I-94. The deputy then pursued the vehicle with his emergency lights and siren activated. The pursuit proceeded eastbound on I-94 where the vehicle exited at M-139 and turned southbound towards Scottdale. The vehicle continued southbound on M-139 where it lost control north of Rocky Weed Road and crashed into a large tree. There were a total of four occupants in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Three of the occupants were pronounced deceased at the scene. One was transported to Lakeland Hospital, the condition and current location of that occupant is unknown. The Lincoln Township Police Department has confirmed that there were eight firearms stolen from the gun store and all eight firearms were recovered at the scene of the crash. Wanted man located in Coloma On the evening of April 19, 2018, the Coloma Township Police Department received information from another law enforcement agency about a wanted subject staying in Coloma. Officers went to the residence in the 5100 block of Paw Paw Lake Road in an attempt to locate the individual. Officers did in fact make contact with the suspect, a 36-year-old South Haven man. He was ultimately arrested on two felony criminal sexual conduct warrants and two bench warrants, all out of Van Buren County. The suspect was turned over to Van Buren County deputies and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail. Hit and run ends in warrant arrest The Coloma Township Police Department responded to a report of a hit and run crash on April 19, 2018 at approximately 8:00 a.m. in the 200 block of South West Street. The victim advised he was struck by a Chevy Venture van and provided a registration plate number. The officer was able to locate the vehicle and the driver in Benton Charter Township. The suspect, a 40-year-old Benton Harbor woman, was cited for failure to stop and identify at the scene of a crash and operating without security. The subject was also arrested and lodged on an outstanding arrest warrant. Safe Delivery of Newborns Law saves the lives of newborns in danger of abandonment or death The Michigan State Police-Niles post wants to inform parents with an unexpected pregnancy, who believe they are unable to raise their newborn child, have options to safely, legally and anonymously leave an infant, no more than 72 hours old in safe places. Parents can surrender their infant to an emergency service provider. An emergency service provider is a uniformed or otherwise identified employee or contractor of a fire department, hospital or police station that is inside the building and on duty, or a paramedic or emergency medical technician who responds to a 911 call. Parents, professionals and the general public can visit www.michigan.gov /safedelivery for more information or call the toll-free 24-hour hotline at 866-733-7733.


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