By Annette Christie
Handgun sighting leads to school lockdown
At approximately 9:50 a.m. on Monday, October 9, the Coloma Township Police Department was notified that the Coloma Junior High School was going into lockdown after reports that a student in the building had a weapon. Coloma High School was also placed into lockdown as a precaution because the schools are connected.
The student believed to be involved in the incident was isolated and detained. While speaking with other students and staff, officers learned that several students observed the suspect in possession of a weapon, possibly a small pistol, shortly before the incident was reported to staff.
Officers from Coloma Township and the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department conducted a thorough search of the school and surrounding grounds. A Sheriff’s Department Canine Unit also assisted with the search. No weapon was ever found. The high school was opened shortly after 11:00 a.m. while the junior high continued in a soft lock down for the remainder of the day. The student was released to his mother. It is unknown whether the student has returned to school.
On Tuesday, the investigation continued. According to WSJM, Chief Roe said there were enough credible reports from other students that the student had dropped a handgun; that police are still looking for it. Roe told WSJM that the student was in a gym area between the high school and the junior high when other students reported the handgun falling out of his pocket. The student suspected of having a gun then managed to run off for a brief period before being detained. Police searched the junior high for five hours Monday while the building was on lockdown and they did not find a weapon. Once the police complete their investigation, the case will be turned over to the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office.
Coloma woman wanted
A Coloma woman has made the most wanted list this week in Berrien County. Police are seeking Shyanna Myers for several charges.
On July 23, 2017, a 35-year-old Hartford resident had his vehicle parked at the boat launch located in the 5700 block of North Watervliet Road in Watervliet Charter Township. An unknown individual entered his unlocked 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The unknown suspect then stole a cell phone and a wallet containing personal information and credit and debit cards belonging to the 35-year-old victim.
During a subsequent investigation by the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, information was obtained that the stolen credit/debit cards were used at a gas station in the City of Coloma on the same date.
A surveillance video from the gas station was reviewed by the investigating officers, showing the individual using the stolen credit cards to make a purchase.
With the assistance of members of the Coloma Township Police Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office investigators were able to identify the suspect as Shyanna Myers of Coloma.
The Berrien County Trial Court has issued a five-count warrant for Shyanna Myers on the following charges: Identity Theft, Larceny from a Motor Vehicle; Financial Transaction Device retaining without consent (2 counts), and breaking & entering a vehicle to make the property valued over $200.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 983-7141.
Watervliet Police Chief Timothy Sutherland reports that on September 30 in the city, a narcotics arrest was made on Red Arrow Hwy.
Patrolman Horton while on patrol at approximately 5:55 p.m. did stop the suspect vehicle for an expired registration. Through the investigation it was found that the driver, a 34-year-old man from Bangor, was in possession of marijuana. Coloma Township Police Officers assisted with the traffic stop.
The driver was lodged at the Berrien County Jail for possession of marijuana, 2nd offense. The case will be reviewed by the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office.
On September 27, 2017, Officer Kusmierski, while on patrol at approximately 12:06 a.m., made a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation on S. Main Street. Through the investigation it was found that the driver was in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. The driver, a 35-year-old male from Kalamazoo, was currently out on bond for similar charges in Kalamazoo County. The driver also had no driver’s license and no insurance.
The suspect was lodged at the Berrien County Jail pending a review by the Berrien County Prosecutor’s Office.
Van Buren County wanting to question woman with Watervliet/ Hartford ties
Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel E. Abbott reports that Brittany Baham is a person of interest in a home invasion/ felonious assault in Lawrence Township early Friday morning along with two other male subjects. A Cobra .380 semi auto handgun was stolen.
Brittany Baham, 18-years-old, is a white female, 5’6” tall, 160 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.
As of this time no warrants have been issued and Baham is only wanted for questioning. She is known to have contacts in the areas of Hartford, Watervliet, Niles, and South Bend/ Mishawaka, Indiana.
If Baham is located, please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau or Van Buren County Central Dispatch at (269) 657-3101. If the public has any information that can assist the Sheriff’s Office in this case they are encouraged to call the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867 or Silent Observer (269) 343-2100.