11-07-2019 Police Reports

Police Reports

By Annette Christie

Scare at Hartford Schools

The Hartford Public Schools Facebook page issued a notice to its parents, guardians, and community members that read as follows:

Scare at Hartford Schools

The Hartford Public Schools Facebook page issued a notice to its parents, guardians, and community members that read as follows:

“Last night [Monday, Nov. 4] at approximately 9:40 p.m., a vehicle was spotted behind the high school near the football field. In the process of trying to detain the two alleged suspects by the Hartford and Tribal Police, they both decided to flee on foot.

Thanks to the quick response by the K-9 unit, one suspect was taken into custody immediately.

The other suspect is still at large. After conferring with the police, school administration feels it is safe to go about a normal school day. However, we are taking extra precautions by keeping all High School and Middle School PE in classes inside for the remainder of the day.” (posted at 10:10 a.m. Tuesday).

No further updates or information was obtained from the Hartford Police or Hartford Schools.

State Police offers Michiganders winter emergency preparedness tips to be better prepared; Winter Hazards Awareness Week is Nov. 3-9

With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority.

“Winter is on its way and with cold weather comes health and safety concerns with cold temperatures, freezing pipes, potential propane shortages and power outages,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, deputy state director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Michiganders should take extra steps now to be better prepared for the winter months.”

To prepare the home for winter: Weatherproof the home by installing weather stripping and caulking and insulating walls, doors and windows; insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls, so pipes are less likely to freeze; lock in a propane rate now and have a backup heating plan, such as a generator, wood stove or fireplace; have gas or oil furnaces inspected by a qualified professional and change the air filter every two to four months; have any fireplace and chimney cleaned and inspected. Contact the local fire department for a referral or look for a local inspector online; install battery operated carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near sleeping areas. CO poisoning is more common in the winter months when furnaces are turned on and portable generators are often used for electricity during power outages; clean gutters to prevent ice dams from forming. Roof ice dams can cause water to build up, leading to interior damage; clear storm drains along the curb to enable water to drain. If plugged, water has the potential to go into low-lying areas and flood basements; have an emergency preparedness kit stored safely in the house that includes water, nonperishable food, a first aid kit, extra batteries, a battery or hand-crank powered radio, emergency lighting or flashlights, extra blankets and warm clothing.

To prepare a vehicle for winter: Have the radiator system serviced, replace windshield wipers and refill wiper fluid; replace any worn tires and check air pressure regularly; have the brakes, brake fluid, oil, car battery, heater and exhaust checked to make sure everything is running efficiently; keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle stocked with batteries, battery powered or hand-crank radio, flashlight, windshield scraper, jumper cables, mobile phone charger, shovel, blankets, first aid kit, non-perishable food and bottled water in the event you get stranded or stuck.

In support of statewide winter preparedness efforts, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Nov. 3-9 as Winter Hazards Awareness Week.

Drug Takeback results

Recently the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office participated in the DEA National Takeback Day. Between the two locations, 19.7 pounds of unwanted medication was received.

Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott would like to remind folks that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office maintains 12 Red Med Boxes throughout Van Buren County that are available to the public. They offer this service so the citizens have a place every week to dispose of their unwanted medication(s) and do not have to wait for a 4-hour event like what was held this past weekend.

Sheriff Abbott said, “It is our goal at the Sheriff’s Office to give the citizens easy options to dispose of their unwanted medication as well as keeping it out of the hands of people and children that should not have it.”

The sites are listed on the Sheriff’s web site at vbcsheriff.com. There are 11 listed there now and is being updated next week with another one. Last year, the department received 1,874.1 pounds of medication in them. This year, they are already at 1,846.9 pounds of medication dropped off in the Red Med Boxes.

Abbott said, “As you can see, it’s a valuable resource for the citizens.”