07-23-2020 Police Reports; Community Calendar

Police Reports By Annette Christie No charges in homeowner shooting The Berrien County Prosecutor will not be authorizing charges associated with the shooting by a homeowner in Coloma Township. On June 25, 2020, at approximately 2:25 a.m., a homeowner was awakened by an intruder in his home located on Paw Paw Lake Road in Coloma Township. The homeowner and his wife were present in the home and were asleep when they heard a window being broken out. The victim proceeded out into the living room to investigate the matter. The evidence indicates that the intruder came towards the victim after the victim gave at least two commands to get on the ground. The intruder, Kevin Cox, age 47 of Coloma, had his hands up towards the victim when he “lunged” at him. The victim fired a single gunshot at Cox as Cox continued to come toward the victim. Following the incident, the Berrien County Prosecutor’s office was given all the evidence and following the review of police reports, photographs, and the 911 call, Berrien County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Steve Pierangeli has indicated that there will be no charges filed against the homeowner. Under the law, there is a presumption that a person that uses deadly force against a home invader is acting with an honest and reasonable belief that the person or any other person in the home is in danger of imminent death or great bodily harm. Based on the facts of this case and the actions that took place, there is nothing to indicate that the victim was not acting in reasonable and lawful self-defense of himself and his wife. Police searching for a body buried in Hagar Twp. 30 years ago Deputies with the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana are working with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office to hopefully recover the body of an individual off Kerlikowske Road in Hagar Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s office obtained information that an individual whose life was taken approximately 30 years ago, is possibly buried on property in the 3900 block of Kerlikowske Road. It is believed that the murder of the person occurred in Indiana but the disposal of the body may be here. On Tuesday, July 21, 2020 workers with an excavation company and additional specialists assisted the police to try and locate the body and any other evidence that might possibly be with the body. That search was to continue Wednesday morning. Additional information will be provided as made available.

Community Calendar

July 1-31 “VIRTUAL FISH BOIL FUNDRAISER” hosted by Michigan Maritime Museum, South Haven. $10 suggested donation (all donations welcome); visit www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/fishboil Thu, July 23, 11am “SCIENCETELLERS: DRAGONS” Watervliet District Library program via Zoom. Library will post link to participate. Thu, July 23, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Jimmy & the Mortals (classic rock); Free popcorn

Fri, July 24, 6:30pm “WHS GRADUATION” drive-in style for graduates and their families only in the parking lot at the high school. Everyone is invited to line the Car Parade following graduation at apx. 7:15; route is Red Arrow to M-140 thru downtown to Baldwin Ave., ending at North School. Thu, July 30, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Elvis Tribute – Tim Dudley; Free popcorn Thu, Aug 6, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Joe Jason (acoustic 70s); Free popcorn Fri, Aug 7, 11am-3pm, “COVID-19 MOBILE TESTING” in the Watervliet public parking lot on Main St. next to Jot Liquor. Open to public. For more info, call 1-855-869-6900.

Thu, Aug 13, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Wyatt & Shari Knapp (folk music); Free popcorn Thu, Aug 20, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Exit 41 Acoustic Group (4-pc variety band)