06-15-2017 Police Reports

Police reports

By Annette Christie

Meth Lab discovered in City of Hartford

 The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Officer responded on June 7 to a call out of the Hartford Police Department to be on the lookout. Police were trying to locate a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am occupied by a 21-year-old out of Lawrence.

After approximately an hour of searching, deputies received information as to a location at the Maple Hill Village Mobile Home Park. When officers and deputies arrived on the scene, they observed the vehicle and the wanted male fled on foot.

Deputies located an active “one pot” meth lab under the rear of the vehicle and numerous meth lab components and drug paraphernalia in a bedroom of the residence.  After conducting a thorough investigation, it was determined that these items belonged to the wanted male who had fled.

An additional glass “meth pipe” with residue was found in the possession of a 31-year-old male from Hartford.

The investigation includes the two individuals mentioned in addition to a 21-year-old female from Hartford and a 29-year-old male from Bangor.

Boaters cited for Minors in Possession in Keeler Township

The Van Buren County Uniform Response and Marine Patrol Deputies initially responded to Little Crooked Lake in Keeler Township on June 10 in response to possible minors drinking on a watercraft.  The caller had stated that numerous people on the watercraft were consuming alcoholic beverages as well as drinking out of a “beer bong”.

Deputies requested Marine Patrol Deputies to the lake with a patrol boat.  When launching the patrol boat, the suspect boat passed the launch ramp and observed the deputies.  The suspect boat immediately turned towards the opposite side of the lake attempting to reach shore, but deputies caught up to the boat and made contact with the occupants.

After a brief investigation, it was determined that six of the occupants were under 21 years old and had consumed alcohol.  The operator of the boat was not intoxicated. All suspects were issued misdemeanor citations for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption and were released to family members.

The suspects include: a 16-year-old female, a 16-year-old male, an 18-year-old male, and three 19-year-old males.  All of the individuals were from Orland Park, Illinois.

Michigan State Police asking for help to “ID the Missing”

The Michigan State Police, Ingham County Health Department, Sparrow Forensic Pathology, and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System are hosting a DNA Sampling Event to help identify unidentified remains housed at medical examiner’s offices throughout Michigan.

The event will be held Friday, June 16 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Ingham County Health Department located at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing.

Family members of missing persons are invited to attend this free DNA Sampling Event. There are close to 300 unsolved unidentified remains cases statewide.  Potential donors must be biological relatives and will be asked to allow a non-invasive swab of the inside of the cheek.

Watervliet City Police activity

Watervliet Police Chief Tim Sutherland said that the recently held “Brews in the Park” event went very smooth, without any complications or problems.  Sutherland said he had three deputies during the event.

For the month of May, the department answered 73 calls for service.  There was one felony arrest made and four misdemeanor arrests.

The department made 57 traffic stops, offering 47 warnings and writing 18 traffic citations.

Sutherland commented that all went well with the Lane Automotive Annual Cruise and Car Show held on Memorial Day weekend.  All Watervliet Police officers and reserves worked with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and the Coloma Township Police Department on the event.


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