12-20-2018 Police and Fire Reports

Police and  Fire Reports By Annette Christie Human remains found near I-94 The human remains found near I-94 in Lawrence on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, have been identified. The Western Michigan University School of Medicine in conjunction with the Michigan State Police Anthropology Unit, made a positive ID of the skeletal remains on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The human remains were positively identified as 28-year-old Jerome Ezell from Lansing who went missing on November 7, 2017. Family members of Jerome Ezell have been notified. The autopsy has not been completed yet and cause of death is still unknown. This investigation has been turned over to the Michigan State Police First District Headquarters Special Investigation Section and is currently being investigated as a homicide. Anyone with information is asked to contact MSP First District Headquarters, D/F/Lt. Thomas DeClercq at 517-322-1912. Man injured in Bainbridge tree accident Berrien County Sheriff Sgt. Ryan Sullivan reports that on December 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., Berrien County 911 received a call reporting an individual involved in a traumatic accident in a wooded area at the 5800 block of Meadowbrook Road, Bainbridge Township. Responding deputies learned that a 55-year-old male of South Haven had been cutting down a large tree on the property. As the male was harnessed to the tree, a dropped limb inadvertently swung at the male, striking him. The male was freed from his harness, having sustained what appeared to be two broken femur bones, as well as a broken arm. He was air-lifted to Bronson Hospital by Air-Care, with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. Additional assistance at the scene was rendered by Pride Care Ambulance, Berrien County Medical Control Authority, and the Benton Township Fire Department. Watervliet Township Police activity Berrien County Sheriff Deputies Goff and Puffer made a total of 12 misdemeanor arrests and two felony arrests in the month of November. They issued 30 citations for the 30 traffic stops made. The two deputies serving Watervliet Charter Township completed 70 building checks, two motorist assists, 37 original complaints, and seven follow-ups.

Hartford Schools act upon tip with brief lockdown By Jon Bisnett A tip from the Michigan OK2SAY confidential tip line resulted in Hartford Public Schools taking quick action to go under a soft lockdown Friday morning as Hartford Police conducted an investigation into a possible threat. A suspect, later confirmed to be a currently enrolled student of HPS, was detained by police without incident. No specifics of the nature of the threat have been revealed. Information obtained by Tri-City Record sources did however indicate that the event had no connection to a rash of bomb threats for ransom across the nation earlier in the week, including a local health department office and a South Bend TV studio. The investigation is ongoing. The brief “hold in place” status was lifted once police determined there was no imminent danger. Students and staff were no worse for wear, short of a compromised lunch period. The district tells TCR that all concerned were safe. No one was hurt in any way. An official statement released by District Student Information Coordinator Kim deBoom later that afternoon summarizing the event follows: “At approximately 8:30 this morning, a call was received from the State Police Tip Line, OK2SAY, reporting an online threat directed at Hartford Public Schools. The local police were notified immediately and the suspect was detained. No weapons were found in the school and the investigation is ongoing. Notification was sent out to parents once all pertinent information was gathered and found to be accurate. Hartford Public Schools would like to thank the Michigan State Police, the Hartford Police Department and all the students, staff and parents for their help during this time. Again, our number one priority is the safety of all the students and staff of Hartford Public Schools.”