09-28-2017 Police and Fire Reports

Police and Fire Reports

By Annette Christie

Thief arrested in Watervliet

The Watervliet Police Department, Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police have been investigating multiple car breaking and entering incidents over the course of about two months in and around the Watervliet area.

On September 13, while investigating several break-ins that had occurred overnight on several vehicles in the City of Watervliet, officers obtained evidence from the crime scenes that led to the suspect, Joseph Leonnard Feid, 28.

Through the investigation officers recovered a large amount of stolen property.  During an interview with Feid, he admitted to breaking into approximately 40 vehicles in the City of Watervliet and approximately 30 in Watervliet Charter Township.

Feid was lodged at the Berrien County Jail on multiple felony charges regarding the cases that occurred in the City of Watervliet.  The case will be forwarded to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Watervliet Police Department would like to thank the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and the Pokagon Tribal Police for their assistance with this investigation.

Warrant arrest made of bicyclist

Watervliet Police Patrolman Kusmierski while on routine patrols on September 15 near the intersection of Myrtle and Crescent streets, observed a male subject riding a bicycle around 3:00 a.m.

Upon making contact with the subject it was determined he had an outstanding arrest warrant for delivery of marijuana out of Berrien County. The subject, a 20-year-old male from Bangor was lodged at the Berrien County Jail.

Driver arrested

On September 24, 2017, Watervliet Police Patrolman Horton was on patrol near Paw Paw Avenue.  He observed a motor vehicle swerving toward the curb.

Upon making a traffic stop and further investigation, it was determined that the driver was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .17.

The driver, a 40-year-old woman from Hartford was the only occupant in the vehicle.  She was lodged for operating while intoxicated and the vehicle was towed away.

Also on September 24, Patrolman Horton stopped a vehicle on S. Main Street for an improper license plate.  Through the investigation it was found that the driver had a suspended driver’s license out of Michigan.

The driver, a 21-year-old male from Eau Claire, was cited and released pending a court date in the Berrien County Trial Court.  The vehicle was impounded.

Watervliet Fire Department

Chief Dan Jones

The Watervliet Fire Department would like to remind citizens that while conducting fall cleanup, a number of fire safety regulations must be kept in mind:

The open burning of grass clippings and leaves is restricted within the city. Open burning produces thick smoke which can be a nuisance and is a health threat.

Although open burning of trees, logs, brush, and stumps is allowed in certain areas of the township, the Fire Department must be contacted prior to burning. It is recommended that you consider other disposal options such as chipping the material for landscaping, composting, or using the wood for fuel.

The open burning of any construction or demolition waste is prohibited, even if the burning is to be conducted on the person’s own property. This would include but not limited to, any and all dimension lumber, treated or not, fence posts, agricultural debris and standing structures.

Most all household waste, to include furniture, mattresses, plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals or printed cardboards and some paper products are also prohibited from burning.

For more information on Michigan Burning Restrictions visit www.michigan.gov/openburning.

Remember to contact your local fire department before burning.

Copper thief arrested

The Baroda-Lake Township Police Department had contacted the Berrien County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau for assistance in helping with an on-going theft of copper wire at an AEP facility located in Lake Township. During the last several months, AEP had made several reports to the Baroda-Lake Township Police regarding the theft of copper wire.

On September 25, 2017 at 2:52 p.m., the Berrien County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau and the Road Patrol set up a surveillance detail on the AEP property in Lake Township.

John Edward Dohm, 46, of Dowagiac was arrested for stealing copper wire.   He was lodged at the Berrien County Jail on the following charges: Resisting arrest, larceny, possession of burglary tools, breaking and entering, possession of stolen property, and larceny from yards.

Meth lab busted

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Southwest Enforcement Team (East Team) made contact with a couple at their residence near Ravine Road and D Avenue in Alamo Township, Kalamazoo County.  A subsequent interview led to the discovery of two clandestine Methamphetamine labs within the residence.

The Methamphetamine labs were in an “active” state, meaning that the dangerous chemical reaction that produces methamphetamine was ongoing when the detectives made the discovery. Specially trained detectives from the Southwest Enforcement Team were able to render the clandestine meth labs safe and conduct further investigation and suspect interviews.

All hazardous items were then removed from the residence and transported to a safe and secure hazardous materials storage facility. During their investigation, detectives also located finished Methamphetamine, presumably from a previous clandestine lab; additional components and precursors to make more methamphetamine; and evidence of ongoing clandestine lab activity.

Charges will be sought for both suspects:  a 44-year-old male and a 46-year-old female. Names are being withheld until arraignment. The Southwest Enforcement Team (SWET) is comprised of sworn law enforcement personnel from the Michigan State Police, Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office, Covert Police Department, Kalamazoo Township Police Department and South Haven Police Department.

SWET is funded in part by the Michigan HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as well as the U.S. Department of Justice, Byrne JAG grant.


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