06-11-2020 Police Reports

MORLOCK RETIRES… Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski (left) provided a commemorative plaque to Sgt. Raymond Morlock (right) who will retire this Friday, June 12, 2020. He has served the residents of Coloma City and Coloma Charter Township since 1998.


Police Reports By Annette Christie

Watervliet Police taking over ordinance work

The Watervliet Police Department would like to inform all residents and business owners that effective June 8, 2020, the Watervliet Police Department will be enforcing all ordinance violations within the city limits. The city ordinances are to include but not limited to trash, junk, and blight on private properties. It is the goal of the Watervliet Police Department to better enforce the local ordinances in an effort to improve the quality of life for all city residents and make Watervliet a safer place to live and work. A link to Watervliet City ordinances can be found on the city’s website at www.watervliet.org. Coloma Township Police Officer Morlock honored Last week the Coloma Township Police Department honored Sgt. Raymond Morlock in preparation of his retirement this Friday, June 12, 2020. Morlock served the communities of Coloma City and Coloma Township since 1998. He was recently promoted to sergeant in May of this year and is in charge of firearms trainings, evidence tech, and processing fingerprinting. Not only is he known in the Coloma area but the neighboring agencies of Watervliet City, Coloma City and the area of Covert. “He will be missed, and he will always be a hero,” Smigielski said. Chief Smigielski would like to once again give a reminder to all residents to lock their doors, take their keys out of the ignition, hide valuables or take the valuables out of the car. “It is that time of year we have break-ins,” Smigielski said. He would also like to remind residents that they are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to please call the police when they see something that seems off, see someone doing something that seems strange or to call when they feel they should. He reminds residents that it is never a bother and they are there for them, the quicker they know about something the better they can handle it. Waiting to call when something needs to be reported does not help them. Please call anytime of the day or night and the department would be there to assist. With things opening back up the Coloma Township Police Department would like to thank everyone that supported them, that brought them treats, helped them get sanitary items – donated stuff. Chief Smigielski said, “It just shows how awesome of a community that we have that supports the local police officers. To all the food establishments that supported us and kept open for takeout and struggled this pandemic, we all thank you and support you as well.”

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