05-14-2020 Police & Fire Reports

Police and Fire Reports By Annette Christie Unlocked cars invite valuable thefts On Thursday, May 7, 2020 the Coloma Township Police Department took approximately eight vehicle break-in complaints. Each car had a door that was unlocked. The break-in events occurred on Johnson Road, Lakewood Drive and Marquette. Police Chief Wes Smigielski noted that mostly it was change and money that was taken; however, two sets of golf clubs were also taken out of a car on Lakewood Drive. The Coloma Township Police Department strongly suggests that residents lock their car doors and keep their valuables out of sight or in their house and not in their car. North Berrien Fire Rescue Department The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department has been involved in the spreading of good news as they have been making social distancing visits to those celebrating birthdays, who must do so with only immediate family around. Chief Michael Mattix said they plan on continuing the birthday visits until the Governor’s Stay Home order expires. Visits for the month of April were done to all ages, from the age of one all the way to 95. Their emergency service responses included one building fire each for Coloma City and Coloma Township. They also assisted with a building fire in Watervliet Township. They responded to a couple false alarms, one in the city and one in the township. Of the vehicle accidents they responded to, one was with no injuries and one was with injuries. They had several calls for trash receptacles, vegetation, and rubbish fires. National Police Week What would normally be ceremony after ceremony honoring police officers and memorializing those who have passed, will have to be done a different way this year due to the COVID-19 threat which is widespread across our communities and state. This is National Police Week. A Michigan State Police ceremony was held virtually on YouTube this week, honoring the 53 fallen troopers who died in the line of duty. Every trooper was named and was saluted. Following the naming of the individuals, a 21-gun salute occurred followed by the playing of Taps.


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