By Annette Christie
Hartford man dies in pedestrian vs. train incident
Hartford City Police Chief Tressa Beltran responded to the railroad tracks near the Shepard Street crossing last week in the morning hours.
Beltran located a 55-year-old Hartford man, later identified as David Ray Crest, who had been struck by the train. The Hartford Fire Department, Medic One, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office and the Tribal Police assisted.
Beltran said that the initial investigations indicate that Crest had been walking north bound, directly next to the railroad tracks. Crest was wearing his earbuds, listening to his IPOD. The CSX train was traveling in the same direction. As they came around the curve, just south of the Pleasant Street crossing, they saw Crest walking and sounded their whistle and started breaking. The train engineer and conductor told Beltran that it appeared that Crest never saw or heard the train coming.
Free Community Overdose Prevention (Naloxone) Training
On Thursday, June 15,, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Southwest Michigan Families Against Narcotics chapter and the Voice Change Hope Alliance are sponsoring a free prescription opioid and heroin overdose prevention education. Those that complete the training will receive a free naloxone kit. Nalaxone is the antidote for an opiate overdose that can help reverse the effects of an overdose that can result in death.
The training will be provided at Tyron School Community Center, 910 East John Beers Road, St. Joseph, Michigan.
Overdose prevention and detection training is provided to ANY teenager or adult. Naloxone will only be distributed to a person 18 years and older who complete the 90-minute training. Teenagers 14 years and older are encouraged to attend the training to help identify the signs of overdose in order to call for help.
Couple charged in firearm incident at the Courthouse
At about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, Arnelda Dywayne Jackson, age 40 years and Molly Michiell Jackson, age 37, husband and wife, both of Wyoming, Michigan were entering the courthouse in St. Joseph for a hearing on a pending criminal case for Arnelda Jackson. As they were going through the routine security checkpoint, the court security deputies scanned Mrs. Jackson’s purse in the x-ray machine discovering a firearm in their viewing device.
When it likely appeared to the Jacksons that the firearm was detected, Mr. Jackson is alleged to have grabbed the purse out of the device and run out of the building with Mrs. Jackson following. The court security deputies stationed at the entrance called additional courthouse deputies and bailiffs to the scene at which time a Berrien County deputy apprehended Mr. Jackson in the parking lot finding the firearm several feet away along his course of travel. A courthouse bailiff secured Mrs. Jackson. The purse had been discarded near a car.
As a result of the investigation Arnelda Jackson was charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (on person), Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, both five-year maximums; Tampering with Evidence, a four-year maximum; Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, a two-year maximum; and Felony Firearm, a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence. Molly Jackson has been charged with Carrying a Concealed Weapon (on person), Carrying a Concealed Weapon (in vehicle), both five-year maximums; Tampering with Evidence, a four-year maximum; Resisting and Obstructing an Officer, a two-year maximum; and Felony Firearm, a mandatory two-year consecutive sentence.
The criminal case set for preliminary exam on Tuesday morning for Arnelda Jackson was on a charge of Possession of Counterfeit Money, a five-year maximum. That charge was delayed until June 1, 2017 and was bound over for trial after testimony. A trial date for that charge is set for August 1, 2017.
At their arraignment, bonds were set at $100,000 cash or surety for Arnelda Jackson and $400,000 cash or surety for Molly Jackson. A preliminary exam conference and preliminary exam hearing date for both are June 9 at 8:30 a.m. and June 15 at 8:30 a.m., respectively.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department investigated this incident with assistance from St. Joseph Department of Public Safety. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven