By Annette Christie
Coloma man Jason Webb facing multiple criminal charges
The Coloma Township man who was arrested last week after police received information regarding possible narcotics activity at his residence in the 5300 block of Little Paw Paw Lake Road will be facing additional charges.
Jason Robert Webb, 39, led police on a foot chase into a large wooded area near his residence. He was eventually apprehended without incident near the intersection of Becht Road and Taube Road. He was arraigned on nine charges last Wednesday and remains in custody at the Berrien County Jail.
He was arraigned on safe breaking; maintaining a lab, 2nd offense; Possession of Methamphetamine, 2nd offense; delivery and manufacturing Marijuana, 2nd offense; delivery and manufacturing methamphetamine, 2nd offense; being a Felon in possession of a firearm; maintaining a drug house, 2nd offense; maintaining a controlled substance lab, 2nd offense; and police officer resisting and obstructing.
Coloma Township Police Chief Jason Roe said that the investigation continues as they have located property associated with more than half a dozen larceny and breaking and entering complaints in Coloma. They have also located property and evidence associated with additional larceny and breaking and entering complaints in Van Buren and Allegan counties. Roe said, “We are working with other law enforcement agencies from around the area to help identify stolen property and evidence.”
Roe said that they have not compiled a total dollar amount yet, but they believe that they have recovered well over $20,000 in stolen property. Additional changes are being requested and they are continuing to investigate these incidents.
Webb is scheduled for a preliminary exam on May 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Judge Donna Howard’s courtroom.
Coloma Township Police activity
For the month of April, the Coloma Township Police Department investigated 211 complaints including 15 obstructing justice, 28 non-criminal assists, 26 suspicious situations, one motor vehicle theft, four controlled substance, one arson, and four non-aggravated assaults.
The department made 38 arrests, two of which were felonies.
Of the 123 traffic stops made by the department, 35 citations were issued and 90 warnings were given.
Watervliet Township Police activity
Berrien County Sheriff’s deputies Puffer and Goff made 16 misdemeanor arrests and two felony arrests in the month of April in Watervliet Charter Township. Between the two they made 57 traffic stops and wrote 25 citations.
The deputies assisted other agencies 17 times and performed 80 building and residential checks. Puffer said that in addition to their checks, the reserve unit performed 78 additional checks.
Puffer said that the Lane Automotive Car Show is back on and will be held May 26 and 27. He said that the car parade will start at 5:00 p.m. at the Great Lakes Antiques Mall and proceed through Coloma and into the show area at Lane Automotive in Watervliet.
He would like to remind the public that alcohol and animals are not allowed on the show grounds. He would like to thank the Watervliet City Police Department and Coloma Township Police Department in advance for their assistance with the event.
Berrien County Sheriff’s Kids Camp, June 15 & 16
All local fourth and fifth graders are invited to attend the 10th annual Berrien County Sheriff’s Kids Camp this summer. It is being held June 15 and 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berrien Springs Fair Grounds, 9122 US 31 Hwy in Berrien Springs.
Proceeds will benefit Berrien County Law Enforcement Explorer Post 602. This camp will be an action packed two day event that will provide children with safety tips and presentations with hands-on demonstrations by Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement agencies, fire and EMT professionals.
Junior deputies/participants will get hands-on experience in: Law Enforcement, Fire Services, Emergency Medical Service and Water Rescue. They will participate in team building and problem solving activities and learn personal and home safety tips. Participants will also get an opportunity to interact with police officers, fire fighters and EMTs.
The cost for the Sheriff’s Kid’s Camp is $30.00 (make checks payable to “Explorer Post 602″) and includes lunch, snacks, goodie bag and Sheriff Kids Camp T-shirt. Berrien Sheriff’s Kids Camp is open to the first forty 4th & 5th grade girls and boys who register.
Spots are limited; registration deadline is on or before June 1, 2017. Mail registration & payment to: Berrien County Sheriff’s Department Attn: Deputy Kelly Laesch, 919 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085.