By Annette Christie
Michigan State Police warn of Harvey Scam
The Michigan State Police has forwarded a warning from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT) regarding Hurricane Harvey victims.
US CERT warns users to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey. Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source.
Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infested websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations commonly appeal after major natural disasters.
US CERT encourages users and administrators to use caution when encountering these types of email messages and take the following preventative measures to protect themselves from phishing scams or malware campaigns: Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages. Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the US CERT Tip “Using Caution with Email Attachment” for more information on safely handling email attachments. Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date. Review the Federal Trade Commission information on Charity Scams. Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contracting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.
Watervliet City Police coverage
Watervliet City Patrolman Kusmierski, while on patrol, made a traffic stop for a moving violation. Through the investigation it was found that the driver from Benton Harbor had an outstanding warrant for drug possession from the Pokagon Tribal Police.
The 47-year-old female was later released after posting bond.
On August 25, Chief Tim Sutherland conducted a traffic stop on a Silver Chevy S-10 pickup truck. It was found that the vehicle did not have any insurance.
Sutherland conducted a consent search on the male driver and the vehicle. In the process of the search, he found methamphetamine on the driver and marijuana in the truck.
The driver, a Paw Paw man, had an outstanding warrant out of Van Buren County.
The passenger, a Bangor woman, also had an outstanding warrant out of Van Buren County.
The Coloma Township Police Department assisted with the call.
Watervliet City Police Department looking for Reserve Officers
Watervliet Police Chief Tim Sutherland is hoping to add more reserve officers to the roster hopefully before January 1.
Interested individuals should be at least 21 years old and must be a U.S. citizen. They may not have any felony convictions, nor certain misdemeanor convictions.
A background investigation will be completed and the individual must be able to pass it. They must have or be able to obtain a Michigan CPL.
It is preferred to have a Watervliet or Berrien County resident for the positions.
Interested parties should send their resume to Chief Sutherland at Sutherland@watervliet.org or it can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s office.
Hartford Police Department
On Wednesday, August 23, Hartford Police Chief Tress Beltran and Officer Lucas arrested Brant Anthony Koshar, a 23-year-old Hartford man. He had three warrants out of the Hartford Police Department. The Pokagon Tribal Police assisted with the arrest.
Koshar was charged for a misdemeanor count of retail fraud (shoplifting) for the Hartford Harding’s on August 7, 2017. He was charged with misdemeanor retail fraud, 2nd degree from the Family Dollar Store on August 8, 2017. He also had a felony warrant stealing/retaining a financial transaction device. Koshar was lodged pending a court hearing.