12-3-2020 Police and Fire Reports

Police and Fire Reports

By Annette Christie

North Berrien Fire Rescue

The North Berrien Fire Rescue Department had a total of 23 calls for the month of November. Those calls included five in the City of Coloma, seven in Coloma Charter Township, and 11 in Hagar Township. The calls included a building fire, brush/grass fires, power lines down, three motor vehicle accidents, and several alarm system checks due to malfunctions. Stuff a Blue Goose for the holidays

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Niles post is working with Mosaic’s Wonderland Toy Store, Helping Hands of Cass County, Red Bud Area Ministries, Walmart and Meijer stores with the collection of toys, gift cards, and food for those less fortunate. Their theme for this event will be “Stuff a Blue Goose” for the holidays.

The “Blue Goose” is a MSP patrol vehicle and has been referred to as such for decades. A “Blue Goose” will be stationed outside Meijer at 5019 Red Arrow Hwy. in Stevensville on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Troopers will volunteer their time to collect donations from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Their collective goal is to gather as many items as possible during this 4-hour period. All the items gathered will be given to Mosaic Wonderland Toy Store, Redbud Area Ministries and Helping Hands of Cass County. The donations stay local and help those families in need within our communities. Mosaic Wonderland Toy Store in Benton Harbor needs toys for children of all ages and gift cards (Meijer, Walmart, Best Buy, or Kohl’s) valuing $50 or less for teenagers. Redbud Area Ministries and Helping Hands of Cass County need nonperishable food.

The Mosaic Wonderland Toy Store is a special Christmas shopping experience for families who are unable to afford Christmas gifts for their children. This annual event provides parents the dignity and joy associated with the ability to buy gifts for their children. State Police seek participants for National Missing Children’s Day poster contest

The Michigan State Police Missing Children’s Clearinghouse invites 5th grade students statewide to participate in the 2021 National Missing Children’s Day poster contest. The annual contest creates an opportunity to promote child safety while discussing the issue of missing and/or exploited children. There are almost 700 missing children in Michigan currently. Michigan’s top winning artist will have a shot at the national contest, which includes a free trip to Washington D.C. and their artwork featured as the National Missing Children’s Day poster. Artists from Michigan have won the national contest in 2015 and 2018.

Contest rules are that the applicants must be in the fifth grade; original artwork should reflect the theme “Bringing our Missing Children Home” and the phrase must appear somewhere on the poster; digitally produced images, collages, cut-outs, and stamping will not be eligible for consideration; and the finished poster must measure 81/2 X14 inches. The poster must be submitted with a complete application which includes the description of the artwork and a brief biography of the artist, either written or typed. Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 29, 2021 and must be mailed to the Michigan State Police, Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, Attn: Ms. Jolene Hardesty, 7150 Harris Dr., Dimondale, MI 48821.