09-06-2018 Police and Fire Reports

Police and Fire Reports

By Annette Christie

Coloma Library victim of wire fraud

A special meeting of the Coloma Public Library Board was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2018 in reference to a property purchase that the library was involved in.

The library board had previously approved the purchase of property located at 147 North West Street. In the process of closing on the property, the library became a victim of wire fraud during the act of electronically transferring funds.

The matter was turned over to the authorities and is currently under investigation. The Library Board could not release any further information about the investigation.

The board is comprised of Harold Bragg, Judy Clark, Sue Moser, Alice Mow, Karen Nickels and David Scheuer.  At the meeting to discuss the incident the Librarian Charles Dickinson, Asst. Librarian Faith Wolbers, Coloma Township Supervisor Ken Parrigin, Coloma City Mayor Jim Polashak, and Attorney Ron Postelli were also present.

Following the discussion, the library board agreed to move forward with the acquisition of the property at 147 North West Street.

Several agencies assist with river rescue; Users of the river reminded to be safe

Several emergency services agencies assisted with multiple rescues on the Paw Paw River over the Labor Day weekend. The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 2, 2018 at 2:37 p.m., several agencies were dispatched to the Paw Paw River in Watervliet Charter Township, north of the City of Watervliet for two missing tubers.

Members of the Watervliet Fire Department, North Berrien Fire Department, and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Marine Division all launched water rescue vessels into the Paw Paw River.

During the search for the two initial missing tubers, the rescue personnel came into contact with three unrelated kayakers and tubers that needed to be rescued, after falling out of their kayaks or inner tubes.

Rescue personnel also discovered the two initial missing individuals.

During this water rescue mission, the first responders safely assisted in rescuing the following individuals from the Paw Paw River: 69-year-old male from Eau Claire; 67-year-old female from Eau Claire; 46-year-old male from Chicago, Illinois; a 14-year-old male from Kalamazoo; and a 15-year-old male from Kalamazoo.

All five rescued individuals were checked out at the scene by Pride Care Ambulance. The two juveniles, who were tubing with their parents, were safely reunited with them.

A kayak being operated by North Berrien Fire Department personnel overturned, however, thankfully the individual was safely able to exit the water on his own. Lost during this ordeal was a kayak owned by North Berrien and one being operated by one of the rescued subjects.

This was a joint rescue mission by all the responding agencies and due to the cooperation and work amongst all the first responders everyone was safely removed from the river.

Some of the rescued individuals were wearing life jackets; however, a couple were not.  The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone that you should always wear a personal flotation device while enjoying the wonderful waterways of our County, especially now, due to the high waters and fast moving currents of the waterways as a result of the recent heavy rainfall.

Paddlers should always check the weather prior to heading out on any waterways. Current conditions are available through the National Weather Services.

Paddlers should always buddy up and someone staying onshore should always know the day’s plan, how many people are included, their names, time and location of departure, and the anticipated route and time for expected ending of the trip.  Be sure to let those individuals know when you safely return from the waterway.