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Reported December 10, 2010 at 1220 hrs
300 Blk Cemetery Road, Bangor, MI and 17000 Blk Green Drive, City of Industry,
54 year old female from the Bangor area (did not want name to be released).
Max Group Corporation, City of Industry, CA
Unknown at this time.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were contacted by the caller in
reference to fraudulent activity that she believed was occurring reference an
exercise machine she was selling on Craigslist.
Caller advised that she and her daughter and been in
email contact with an individual, claiming to be a US Marine, who wanted to
purchase the exercise machine. He advised that he was sending her a large check
for more that the posted selling price of the exercise machine, and wanted the
caller to cash the check then send the difference to him in Nevada via Western
Caller advised that she received the check on 12/9/10,
and turned over the envelope to deputies. Deputies found a check for $2,700.00
issued to the caller from a Max Group Corporation in City of Industry, CA drawn
upon Max Group's account at Cathay Bank which is located in the same area. The
caller advised she was selling the machine for less than $100.00.
Deputies contacted Cathay Bank and were advised that
the check, and that all checks from Max Group with check numbers of 90000 and
over, were fraudulent. Deputies also contacted Max Group and were advised that
they have been contacted by numerous other individuals from all over the country
who have been receiving fraudulent checks with their Corporation's bank account
information and appearing to have been issued by Max Group.
Max Group also advised that they have been in contact
with the FBI reference this matter. Deputies made contact with agents from the
Los Angeles, CA FBI field office in regards to this incident, and will be
forwarding all information and evidence in this matter to them for further
Law Enforcement action taken:
This case is being turned over to the Los Angeles, CA field office of the
Federal Bureau of Investigations for further investigation.
Deputy Raymond W. Hochsprung, Van Buren Co. Sheriffs Office.
Federal Bureau of Investigations Los Angeles, CA Field Office.
Please contact the on duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk
at (269) 657-2006
Personal injury crash
Date & Time: October 16, 2010
at approximately 4:05 pm.
Location of Incident: 46000
block of CR 687 located in Bangor Township
Vehicle information #1: 1999
Saturn passenger car
Driver #1: Harold Redaway a 83 year old man
from Bangor, not injured
Seat Belt Usage: was worn by Redaway
Cited violation: Harold Redaway was cited for
Vehicle information #2:
2002 Ford explorer which had been pulling a 15 foot utility trailer.
Victim-pedestrian (from vehicle #2): Lorenzo
Martinez a 54 year old Bangor man. Subject was hit by the utility trailer and
sustained a back injury to which he was transported by ambulance to Watervliet
hospital for treatment.
Injured passenger vehicle #2: Jesus Martinez a
15 year old Bangor boy. Subject was a passenger in the parked vehicle hit.
Subject sustained unknown, a non life threatening injury to which was
transported by ambulance to Watervliet hospital for treatment.
Drugs or Alcohol Involved: Neither Drugs nor alcohol
appear to be a factor.
Information: Sheriff Dale R.
Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies, along with additional
emergency services personnel, were dispatched to a report of a two car personal
injury crash located in the 46000 of CR 687.
Emergency responders on scene noted two persons
injured. Investigation into the crash discovered that a Lorenzo Martinez had
been traveling northbound on CR 687, but pulled his 2002 Ford explorer to the
shoulder of the roadway to attempt and fix lights on his 15 foot utility trailer
he was towing. While Lorenzo Martinez was behind his trailer, a northbound 1999
Saturn passenger car, driven by Harold Redaway, became distracted and ran into
the back of Martinez trailer. The impact pushed Martinez several feet off the
road and into the grass. A passenger in the vehicle 15 year old Jesus Martinez
also was injured from the impact.
Both Lorenzo and Jesus Martinez were transported by
ambulance to Watervliet hospital with non life threatening injuries. Harold
Redaway was uninjured in this crash, but was cited for careless driving.
Deputy Dan Abbott.
Assisting Agencies: Hartford
Police department, Hartford Fire department,
Supervisor/Contact: Lt. Robert
Kirk can be reached at (269) 657-3101
email or the
on-duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101.
Lost hunters located.
911 call made by lost
hunters on October 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm.
Woods in the 59000 block of 44th Avenue located in Bangor Township.
Szymanski 63 year old man from St Clare Michigan
Bob Peterson 60 year old man from Garden City Michigan
Doug Raider Jr. 40 year old man from Allegan City Michigan
Doug Raider Sr. 59 year old man from Mayville Michigan
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Central
Dispatch received a cellular 911 call from a John Szymanski stating that he and
3 other hunters were lost somewhere in the woods, this in the Bangor area.
Szymanski stating to dispatchers that they are not from
this area and were out hunting attempting to located a deer that they had hit
while bow hunting. Van Buren county dispatchers were able to utilize GPS
technology to track the phones location to the area of the 59000 block of 44th
Avenue. The conditions, at the time of report, were very dark, temperature in
the high 40’s, as was the area very sparsely populated with terrain varying from
swamps to heavily wooded ridges.
Patrol officers sent to the scene, utilized siren
systems, PA systems, and spot lights to also assist with the hunters attempts to
find their way out of this unfamiliar area. Dispatchers stayed on the phone
with these 4 hunters until nearly 1 ½ hours later they were located by officers
out in the woods and directed to patrol cars to take them back to their
camping-staging area. All subjects were cold, and tired upon location, but were
not injured or requiring any medical attention.
These hunters credited dispatchers directions on
assisting them with finding their way out of the woods. Attached are photos of
the area to where these subjects were found by officers.
Deputy Mark Stickels, Deputy
Freda Osborne, Sergeant David Walker.
On-duty Sgt., (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk, (269) 657-2006
Incident Type: Warrant
Arrest, Stolen Vehicle, Larceny from Motor Vehicle
Date & Time of Incident:
July 22, 2010, shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:
South Haven Twp. (stolen vehicle), Bangor Twp. (vehicle larceny)
Matthew Tyler Eide, 21 years old
form Hartford Township
Mark Lee Eide, 24 years old
form Hartford Township
Both reside in Hartford Township.
Criminal charges: UDAA
Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren
County Sheriff’s Deputies handled a stolen vehicle complaint from a South
Haven Township resident.
While investigating the complaint, it was discovered
that the vehicle had been stopped in Benton Harbor and one of the two suspects
had been arrested for possession of drugs, but was released pending lab
results on the drugs confiscated. The vehicle was impounded at the time.
The vehicle was then later reported stolen by the
owner, once he had discovered it missing. The owner was taken to the impound
lot, identified numerous items in the vehicle that were not his. Through
further investigation, it was discovered that the items were some of the items
stolen from a vehicle in Bangor Township.
The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office did authorize
warrants against both subjects for the stolen vehicle. Matthew Eide was
arrested yesterday afternoon, found hiding in his residence in Hartford
Township, and Mark Eide was arrested through the assistance of the Kalamazoo
County Sheriff’s Office this morning on the stolen vehicle charge. Additional
charges will be sought against both suspects for larceny from a motor vehicle
in the Bangor Township incident. Matthew Eide was also on State Probation for
Burglary, and a detainer was also placed on him.
Both suspects were arraigned in 7th District Court West
on the below charges. A preliminary examination was set for August 9, 2010 at
8:30 AM in 7th District Court West. Bond on both suspects was set at $50,000
MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 328 of 1931
Motor vehicle; taking possession and driving away.
Taking possession of and driving away a motor
vehicle—Any person who shall, willfully and without authority, take possession
of and drive or take away, and any person who shall assist in or be a party to
such taking possession, driving or taking away of any motor vehicle, belonging
to another, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the
state prison for not more than 5 years.
History: 1931, Act
328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;-- CL 1948, 750.413
Former Law: See section 1 of Act 44 of 1907, being CL 1915, § 15430; CL
1929, § 16969; Act 220 of 1917; Act 313 of 1919; and Act 50 of 1927.
© 2009 Legislative Council,
State of Michigan
Deputy Brian Matthews, South Haven Twp. Deputy Tony Evans.
Sgt. David Walker.
Contact Person: On duty
Sergeant, Lieutenant Robert Kirk, or D/Lt. William Lux 269-657-3101,
Warrant Arrest, Possession of Marijuana.
January 15, 2010 at
Location: 65000 Blk of CR 376,
Township, Van Buren County
Arrested: Robin Koshar, 38 yr. old female, Hartford
Date of warrant:
1) Felony Warrant for Probation Violation, original
charge possession of methamphetamine out of Van Buren County Sheriff's
2) Felony Warrant for Dangerous Drugs, 3rd degree controlled substance
out of Rice County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota.
Date of warrant: November 2006 (Pending
Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit have been
attempting to locate Koshar, who has been living out of state for the last
couple of years. Narcotics detectives have received information from a
local law enforcement agency, that they have investigated a meth lab, where
Koshar may have been present. A possible description of Koshar and her vehicle
were passed on to the Van Buren County Narcotics Unit.
Detectives were able to locate the suspect vehicle in the 65000 Blk of CR
376, in Bangor Township, and set up surveillance. At approximately
5:30pm, detectives observed the suspect vehicle
leave a residence. Narcotics detectives surveilled the vehicle, calling out the
vehicle location to marked patrol units. The vehicle was finally stopped in
Watervliet, by Bridgman MSP and Berrien County Sheriff's Dept. and Koshar was
taken into custody without incident. A small amount of marijuana was
located during the search of the vehicle.
Koshar was transported to the VBC
jail and lodged.
Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s
Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime
Stoppers 1-800-342-7867, Silent Observer
(269) 343-2100 or your local Police Department.
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Uniform Response Division
County Sheriff's Department, MSP - Bridgman Post, Watervliet Police Dept.
Van Buren County Narcotics Unit.
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt,
Ext 208, email.
Incident Type-Arrest charges:
#1: Breaking and entering residence
#2: Fleeing and eluding police
#3: Possession of firearms by a convicted felon
#4: Carrying a canceled weapon
#5: Operating a motor vehicle while under the
influence of narcotics
#6: Larceny of mail
#7: Possession of methamphetamine
January 8, 2010 at
break in was investigated by deputies in the 38000 block of CR 681 located in
A 24 year old Bloomingdale man (name withheld pending arraignment in South
Haven district court).
1996 Isuzu rodeo 4 wheel drive SUV
Recovered stolen property:
3 handguns, clothing, toys
, flat screen TV, mail, and other miscellaneous items
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff deputies, while
on patrol, were flagged down by a subject while in the 38000 block of CR 681.
The subject stated to deputies his home had just been broken into.
Deputies, during the course of the investigation, were
able to obtain information from this subject, and other witnesses, a partial
description of the suspect and the vehicle this subject was operating at the
time of theft. Van Buren County Sheriff detectives in the area did note a
vehicle matching the description given traveling back roads southwest of
Bangor cities limits. Detectives called out this vehicles direction of travel
to uniformed officers who proceeded to the location in attempts to stop this
Bangor city officers did come upon the suspect vehicle
and attempted to stop it, to which the suspect failed to yield leading
officers on a pursuit distance of 2-3 miles. The suspect vehicle then
proceeded into a apple orchard into deep snow nearly 100 yards off the road
until it got stuck. Its driver, who was the single occupant, fled on foot
from the motor vehicle into the heavily wooded wetland area.
A Michigan State police K-9 unit and Van Buren County
Sheriff deputies gave chase. The suspect was tracked and apprehended by
officers nearly a
mile from his vehicle in the heavily wooded area without further incident.
The suspect was found to have on his person suspected
methamphetamine. Further investigation discovered stolen guns, mail and other
miscellaneous within this suspect’s vehicle.
Investigators further investigation discovered that the
suspect had broken into homes both in Allegan and Van Buren county this date.
Van Buren County Uniform
Response Division and Van Buren County Detective Bureau.
Michigan State Police and Bangor City Police.
On Duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at
Date and time:
1-2-10 approximately 2230 hrs.
59010 26th Avenue, Bangor Township.
Approximately 3 degrees, several inches of snow
59 year old Bangor man.
Head Trauma. Treatment for extended exposure to the extreme temperatures
and frigid water.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a call where
a man was reportedly laying down in a ditch unresponsive.
Upon arrival it was found that the subject was on
private property and was laying near his truck with his upper torso on the
embankment of a ravine while his lower half was laying in the frigid water of
Deputies along with Bangor Quick response lifted the
motionless subject up out of the water and onto the near bank of the creek.
The subject was then hoisted up out of the ravine where medical treatment
started upon the arrival of the ambulance.
During the course of the investigation it was found
that the subject had driven his full size pick-up truck down his driveway,
however, was unable to make the sharp bend and continued on straight into the
ravine. The subject had already driven another vehicle off the driveway
getting it lodged in the snow, prior to driving the pick up into the ravine.
The subject was transported to South Haven Community
Hospital where he was then Air Lifted to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor. Charges will be
filed with the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office upon the receipt of blood
Bangor Quick Response.
Investigating Officer: :
Deputy Kyle Romeo.
Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101
Date and Time:
December 18, 2009 at 9:16 PM.
Location: 61064 CR378
in Bangor Township.
at this time.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to 61064 CR378 in
Bangor Township for a house that was reported to be on fire.
Upon arrival on scene, Deputies attempted to
determine if the residence was occupied or not, but, due to the fire and the
smoke, were unable to initially determine this. The Bangor fire department also
responded to the scene and did extinguish the fire.
After the fire was extinguished it was determined by
the Bangor fire department that nobody was inside of the residence at the time
of the fire. According to the Bangor fire department it appeared that four
separate fires had been started inside of the house.
The State Fire Marshall was also contacted to do a
further investigation into this fire.
Assisting Personnel and Agencies:
Deputy Oliver, K9 Sergeant Schmitt Michigan State Police, Bangor Fire
Department, South Haven Fire Department and Hartford Fire Department.
Contact the on duty Sergeant at 269-657-3101
Incident Date and Time:
Personal Injury Crash.
CR 681 near CR 376 in Bangor Township.
1990 Pontiac Grand Prix
Driver #1: Shannon
Jaco, 24 year old out of South Haven.
Taken to South Haven Hospital with minor cuts, treated and released.
Cross, female 4 year old daughter of Shannon Jaco, no injuries.
Seat Belts and Child Seat: Yes
2006 Kenworth Semi with a load of asphalt.
Driver #2: Thomas Edward
Sobiewski, 51 years old out of Decatur, no injuries.
Information: Sheriff Dale R.
Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a car-semi personal injury
crash with the car rolling over.
When Deputies arrived on scene, the Ambulance personal
had Jaco and her daughter out of the car and giving first aid. While
investigating the scene it appeared that Jaco was southbound and the semi was
northbound. Deputies noted in the investigation that the semi had attempted to
avoid the crash by leaving the roadway and nearly rolling over.
Deputies asked Jaco what had happened and she advised
that she fallen asleep, crossed the center line, striking the semi and then lost
control, rolling her car into a corn field.
Talking to Sobiewski, he advised that he was
northbound. The car started coming into his lane, so he attempt to avoid the car
by leaving the roadway, going partially into a ditch almost rolling the semi
Assisting at the scene was Coloma Ambulance, Bangor Fire Department and the
Michigan State Police.
Investigator: Sgt. Wayne
Personnel: On Duty Supervisor (269)
657-3101 or Lt. William Lux (269) 657-2006,
Date and Time:
17, 2009 at
and 39th Avenue, Bangor Township.
Frankie Bailey 49
years old, Gobles.
multiple injuries from the collision and was transported by Air Care to
Bronson Methodist Hospital.
2002 Ford Taurus.
Bailey was wearing a safety belt at the time of the collision.
It is unknown, at this
time, if alcohol is a factor.
R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to 38941 62nd Street in
Bangor Township for a one vehicle rollover crash. It was reported that
the driver was trapped inside the vehicle.
It appeared that Bailey was traveling southbound, and
had traveled too fast into the curve at 62nd Street and 39th Avenue, when he
lost control and went off of the roadway. Upon arrival on scene, deputies
noted that the vehicle was on its top and had one occupant inside that did not appear to be moving. The driver, Bailey, was breathing but was
unconscious. Deputies, along with Bangor Fire personnel, removed Bailey from
the vehicle through the back window that was broken out. Bailey was
transported from the scene by Air Care to Bronson Methodist Hospital for
The investigation remains open at this time.
Oliver, Matthews, and Coles. Trooper Meder and Cell. Officer Scuiletti.
Bangor Fire Department, Coloma Ambulance and Air Care.
Contact Person: On Duty
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