11-30-2017 Police Reports

Police Reports

By Annette Christie

Two-car crash kills Coloma teen

 An early morning crash on Friday, November 24, 2017 has claimed the life of a Coloma teen.

Michigan State Police Troopers from the Paw Paw Post were dispatched to a two vehicle crash which occurred on Red Arrow Highway near 70th St. in Hartford Township around 1:20 a.m.

A vehicle driven by 20-year-old Bridget Blogett of Gobles was westbound on Red Arrow Highway when it collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by 32-year-old Steven Tate of Hartford.  A passenger in the Blogett vehicle, 17-year-old Warren Bogseth of Coloma, was killed in the crash.  Bogseth was wearing his seatbelt.

Blogett was treated at Lakeland Hospital in Watervliet while Tate was taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph. Both were transported by Medic 1 EMS Service.

Reports from the Michigan State Police state that it is believed drug use contributed to the crash which remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Pokagon Tribal Police, Hartford Police Department, and the Hartford Fire and Rescue Department.

Hartford man charged in death of bicyclist

Joshua Najacht of Hartford has been charged with a misdemeanor in the death of a bicyclist that occurred on August 7 in Kalamazoo Township.

Jeremy Smith, 20, of Kalamazoo Township was riding a bicycle on Portage Road when he was struck by the Chevy pickup that Najacht was driving.  He died at the scene.

Published reports state that Najacht is charged with a moving violation causing death. Najacht, represented by Attorney Cody Crane, entered a non-guilty plea at his November 16 arraignment.  If convicted, he could face up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines and costs.