08-13-2020 Police Reports

Police Reports By Annette Christie Citizen video of arrest being reviewed Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey says that there was a Facebook live video from Aug. 4, 2020, which captured a Berrien County Sheriff’s Deputy physically arresting a female subject in the City of Niles. The video starts approximately 26 minutes after the original traffic stop. The Sheriff had an internal investigation conducted in regards to this incident. The internal investigation included a review of all dash camera videos, body camera videos, police reports and any other evidence related to the incident. The preliminary information he has reviewed of this incident is that the deputy effected a traffic stop for a violation of the State of Michigan Motor Vehicle Code in the 1600 block of Michigan Ave. This vehicle was being operated by a 39-year-old female who resides in Niles. The female provided false information to the deputy in regards to her identity. During the initial portion of the investigation, the deputy had the female take a seat in the rear of the patrol car without being handcuffed. When the deputy determined that the female subject was not going to provide her true identity, he went to place her in handcuffs, at which time she refused to follow verbal commands from the deputy and physically resisted being handcuffed. The deputy attempted to use the force necessary to effect the arrest and take the female subject into custody, while continuing to provide verbal commands to her, which she failed to comply with. The deputy was able to secure the female in handcuffs with the assistance of a bystander. The female subject was taken to Lakeland Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries which she sustained while struggling with the deputy, when she was being placed into custody. After being treated and released from the hospital, she was lodged at the Berrien County Jail on the following charges: Resisting and obstructing a law enforcement officer; possession of methamphetamine; driving on a suspended license; open intoxicant in a motor vehicle; and providing false verbal information to law enforcement. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office reviews and investigates all “use of force” incidents. As this incident is still under investigation, the Sheriff did not provide any additional information. Celebrate the end of summer safely Before and during the Labor Day weekend, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office is participating in the “Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” campaign. To help protect the lives of local residents there will be increased patrols on area roads from August 14 to September 7 with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. During the 2019 Labor Day holiday in Michigan 10 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes. Throughout 2019, there were 9,787 alcohol-related crashes in Michigan with 295 alcohol-involved fatalities statewide. “Drunk driving is deadly and illegal,” said Sheriff Paul Bailey adding, “It is never acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you have been drinking.”

Community Calendar


Thu, Aug 13, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Wyatt & Shari Knapp (folk music); Free popcorn Tue, Aug 18, 7pm “GLAD-PEACH VIRTUAL PROGRAM” on history of festival via Facebook Live on Coloma Public Library and North Berrien Historical Museum Facebook pages. Contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with questions. Aug 18-Sept 25 “RIGHTFULLY HERS” visiting exhibit commemorating 100th anniversary of 19th Amendment for women’s voting rights at NB Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave., Coloma. Visiting hours: Tue-Fri, 10-4; Call 269-468-3330 to book a tour. Admission is free. Wed, Aug 19, 4-7pm “WELLNESS COUNTS” Census promotional event at Watervliet District Library (rain date Aug 26); complete Census online, Red Cross CPR demonstrations, sign-up for drawings, & giveaways Thu, Aug 20, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Exit 41 Acoustic Group (4-pc variety band); Free popcorn Fri, Aug 21 “PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE” N.B. Historical Museum Photography Contest open to Michigan residents of northern Berrien County; for more information, rules & entry form visit northberrienhistory.org/photographycontest or call 269-468-3330 Sat, Aug 22, 9-4 “YARD SALE” hosted by Coloma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 362 at corner of St. Joseph Ave. & Sassafras in Coloma. Space rental & tables available – call Christine at 269-325-2865. Hot dogs, chips and pop for $3 will be served all day. Thu, Aug 27, 7pm “CONCERT IN ELY PARK” hosted by Hartford Lions Club featuring Blue Shoes Jazz (not your typical jazz band); Free popcorn Aug 28-30 “FAIR FOOD DRIVE THRU” at Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds; Fri 3-7pm, Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm; CASH ONLY; stay in cars at all times; enter Gate 3 (Shawnee Rd.) Visit www.bcyf.org Tue, Sept 1, 5-7pm “OPEN HOUSE” at Fusion Center for Dance, 6777 Paw Paw Ave., Coloma to introduce 20-21 dance season. Open to public Sat, Sept 19, 9am-3pm “COMMUNITY YARD SALE” at Van Buren County Museum, 58471 Red Arrow Hwy., Hartford; 10’x10’ outdoor spot for $20, due the day of the event. Sellers need to bring their own table, chair, and canopy. This is a family-friendly event. There will be food on site to buy. To register for a space, call 269-621-2188 and leave a message with name and phone number. Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 26. The museum will be open for viewing.