12-28-2017 Police Reports

Police Report

By Annette Christie

Coloma Township Police Activity

 The Coloma Township Police Department investigated 195 complaints for the month of November.  Those investigations include 12 non-aggravated assaults, 14 driving violations, 32 assists to other agencies, 32 non-criminal assists and nine suspicious situations.

The department made 24 misdemeanors arrests and two felony arrests. Of the 99 traffic stops made there were 26 citations issued.

On December 18, 2017 at approximately 2:21 a.m., Coloma Township officers responded to a disturbance in the 6300 block of E. Becht Road in Coloma Township.  On arrival, officers learned that the ex-husband of the current resident had broken into his ex-wife’s home and allegedly threatened her with kitchen knives.

The male subject was not taken immediately. He belligerently refused multiple commands from officers. The subject, a 41-year-old Coloma man was eventually taken into custody and was lodged at the Berrien County Jail. The charges include home invasion, 1st degree; domestic violence; assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting and obstruction of a peace officer.

Watervliet Township Police Activity

 The two Berrien County Sheriff’s Office deputies patrolling in Watervliet Charter Township had the following activity totals:

For October there were 15 misdemeanor arrests and five felony arrests; 55 traffic stops with 21 citations written; 19 assists to other agencies; 87 building and resident checks; 41 complaints; and seven follow-ups.

For November there were 14 misdemeanor arrests; 47 traffic stops with 23 citations written; 10 assists to other agencies; 72 building and resident checks; 26 complaints; and four follow-ups.

Deputy Guy Puffer would like to remind residents if you see something unusual, say something to the police agencies in the area so that it can be checked out.

Michigan State Police offer cold temperature tips

 With arctic temperatures impacting the entire state until later this week, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold.

“These arctic blasts can create hazardous situations,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “Residents are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting wind chills to cause temperatures to fall below zero at times through the remainder of the week. Exposure to these temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

Stay indoors if possible. If you must go outside, wear protective gear, such as hats, mittens, gloves, scarf and a warm coat.

Avoid overexertion when shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. Take breaks frequently.

Watch for signs of frostbite, which include loss of feeling or pale appearance of fingers, toes or face.

Watch for signs of hypothermia, which include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, drowsiness and exhaustion.

Understand the hazards of wind chill. As wind speed increases, heat is carried away from a person’s body more rapidly and could lead to severe hypothermia.

Remove clothing if it gets damp or wet. Wet clothing can make you more prone to hypothermia.

Weatherproof doors and windows to trap heat inside your home.

Check heating units. Poorly operating or damaged heating units can release carbon monoxide gas. Test carbon monoxide detectors for proper operation and battery life.

Check on family, friends and neighbors who are at risk and may need additional assistance.

Watch pets closely and keep them indoors when possible. Animals can suffer from hypothermia, frostbite and other cold weather injuries.

Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a full tank of gas and an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. Put warm clothing, such as gloves, blankets and hats, in your kit in case you become stranded.

Michigan weather is unpredictable any time of year, but especially during the winter months. If you are stranded, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.

Motorists are encouraged to check travel conditions and weather reports before driving at www.michigan.gov/roadconditions.

Major road closures can be found at www.michigan.gov/drive. The MSP/EMHSD asks that you tune into local news and/or view these websites rather than calling your local MSP post or 911 for travel conditions.

Residents who need assistance or guidance during the extreme cold are encouraged to call 211.

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