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Dec 2010

Incident Number:  #9350-10
Incident Type: Flee and Eluding, Possession of Methamphetamine
Date and Time: December 13, 2010 at 19:47
Incident Location: City of Hartfor
d, Van Buren County
Suspect 1: Name being withheld pending further information
Suspect 2: Name being withheld pending further information
Vehicle: Early 90’s White
Mercury Grand Marquis

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that deputy’s attempted to stop a white Mercury Grand Marquis at the intersection of Prospect Street and Maple Street in the City of Hartford on Monday December 13, 2010 at approximately 7:47 pm.  
     Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle for erratic driving when the vehicle rapidly accelerated onto Hilliard St, fleeing from deputies after deputies attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle traveled to Spaulding and then north to E. Main Street. The vehicle accelerated through a stop sign,
without stopping at the intersection of Spaulding and E. Main, before striking a stop sign and snow bank at Spaulding and Oak. Both suspects in the vehicle exited and took off running. Deputies attempted to chase on foot, but lost the suspects behind a row of houses on Oak St. 
     Van Buren County Sheriff K-9 Xago was called to the scene and tracked a suspect to an Apartment complex in Hartford. Suspect was unable to be located within the apartment buildings.  A search of the vehicle revealed items for Methamphetamine use and Marijuana. 

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call 269-657-3101 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345 (or click here to Submit Silent Observer tips on-line).

Investigating Officer: Deputy Casey Davis (269) 657-3101 ext. 3835
Assisting Agencies:  T
he Van Buren County Sheriff’s Narcotics Office, Hartford Police Department, and the Michigan State Police assisted in this incident.
Contact Information: Sergeant Scott Schmitt or Operations Lieutenant Bob Kirk (269) 657-3101 at email

Nov 2010

Oct 2010

Incident Number:  800413-10
Incident Type: Search Warrant, Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab
Date and Time:
October 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm
ocation: 120 S. Wendell Ave., City of Hartford MI
Suspect Information: 
No Arrests made – pending prosecutor review.
     1.  43 years old Male -120 S. Wendell Ave., Hartford, MI
     2.  35 years old Female - 120 S. Wendell Ave., Hartford, MI
Pending Charges:   Operate-Maintain Meth Lab involving Hazardous Waste.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit received information from Hartford Police Department regarding a suspicious situation at a store in Hartford.  An off duty Hartford Police officer had been contacted by store personnel regarding a suspicious purchase of items believed to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. As the off duty officer observed the subject, store personnel called out “Officer”, prompting the suspect to hastily exit the store with his purchase of camp fuel and batteries. Store personnel noticed that the subject fled the parking lot, leaving his female companion in the store unaware of his flight.
     Hartford Police Department was able to obtain a license plate on the suspicious vehicle and identify the subject driving it by referring to Jail photo’s on file.
     Detectives also received an anonymous citizen tip regarding meth production at the home. A brief investigation was conducted.  This information, along with the Hartford Police Departments observations was presented to the prosecutor and Magistrate and a search warrant was obtained. 
     Narcotics detectives, with the assistance of Hartford Police Department, executed the search warrant.  A search of the home revealed components-chemicals and vessels, used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. 
     The DEA Grand Rapids was contacted for clean up.  Drug & Laboratory Disposal was dispatched for Hazardous waste clean up.   

Anyone with information can contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at (269) 657-3101, Crime Stoppers 1-800-342-7867 or Submit CrimeStoppers tips here. Silent Observer (269) 343-2100, or Submit Silent Observer tips here or your local Police Department.

Assisting Agencies:  Hartford Police Department, DEA of Grand Rapids, Drug & Lab Disposal of Plainwell.
Investigating Officers: 
Van Buren County Narcotics Unit
Supervisor Contact: 
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Ph# (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, Fax (269) 657-5161, email.

Mar 2010

Incident No:  10-800117
Incident Type:
 Narcotic’s Warrant Arrests & Search Warrant.
 March 24, 2010.
  Covert Township & City of Hartford, Van Buren County.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Covert Township Police Department, along with the DEA out of Grand Rapids Michigan have conducted a long term investigation into the sales and distribution of controlled substances in the Covert and Hartford communities.
     The investigations have resulted in the issuance of arrest warrants for the listed suspects. The investigations were for the sale and distribution of cocaine (“Rock”) and what was represented to be Heroin. Another suspect was indicted by the DEA a few weeks prior and is in Federal custody awaiting trial.
     A search warrant was also executed at 520 S Center Street Apt-B13, Hartford Michigan. This warrant was issued after the sale of cocaine from this location. Cocaine residue, small amount of marijuana, scales, and currency was seized from this apartment along with the arrest of BECKHAM.
     All of the arrested suspects were lodged in the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment in the 7th District Court of Michigan. All of the suspects have multiple delivery cases pending court action.  

Pending Drug Charges:  The 23 year old female from the search warrant in Hartford was taken into custody for delivery of cocaine and possession of marijuana. Name withheld pending arraignment. 


1)  Teywon Terrell Beckham, age 27
Teywon Terrell Beckham

(Hartford Search Warrant)
      520 S. Center Street, Hartford Michigan.
    One Count Delivery-Manufacture Cocaine
$10,000 cash


      Shondel Solomon Newell2) Shondel Solomon Newell, age 32


   One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$10,000 cash


3)   Charles Curtis Brown, age 58
Charles Curtis Brown

One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$3,000 cash


4)  David Carlton Hyler, age 54 David Carlton Hyler

   One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
                          $15,000 cash



5)   Simona Robin Smith, age 28Simona  Robin Smith

One Count Imitation Manufacture or Distribution
$10,000 cash


  Raymond Joseph Freeman, age 51,
Raymond Joseph Freeman    


One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
$25,000 cash



7)   Shaun Pierre GILL, age 39,
Shaun Pierre Gill


One Count Delivery/Manufacture Cocaine
$3,000 cash



Assisting Agencies:: Covert Township Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Grand Rapids MI, Van Buren County Uniform Response, Van Buren County Narcotic’s.

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.

Contact:  On duty supervisor, Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant, Office (269) 657-3101 x 208, Fax (269) 657-5160, Tri-Net Office (269) 657-8296, or via email.

Feb 2010

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Sep 2009

Incident Type/Arrests:  Counterfeit check arrests.
Date and Time:  
September 19, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
Location:  National City Bank, located at 2 South Center Street in the City of Hartford.
Suspects Arrested:  9 male subjects providing Mexico identification cards were lodged for uttering and publishing.  Names withheld pending arraignment in South Haven district court.

Information:  On 9/19/09 at 11:15am officers of the Hartford City Police Department received from the National City Bank, located at 2 South Center street in the city, this in reference to subjects in the banks drive thru window area attempting to pass what they believed to be counterfeit checks.  Officers responded and made contact with individuals in a van which had no registration plate affixed to it.  Subsequently officers learned that this vehicle, and several other vehicles had cashed counterfeit checked in excess of $8,000.
    During the investigation officers seized approximately $3,000 from the detained suspects involved in this incident.  Also a check of their persons, and vehicle, yet more counterfeit checks were discovered that had apparently not yet been cashed.
     It is believed that the suspects passed/or attempted to  counterfeit checks in both that of Van Buren and Berrien counties. 
     9 suspects are currently lodged in the Van Buren county jail, all of which identified themselves with Mexico ID.

Assisting Agencies:  Hartford City Police, along with deputies and detective from Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, are working in conjunction in relation to this crime.
Investigating Officer:   Officer Phil Lucas, Hartford City Police.
Supervisor Contact:  Chief Ramon Beltran, Hartford City Police Department 269-621-3225 or by email

Incident Type:  VCSA Drug Crime Violations and Felonious Driving.
Incident #:  7159-09
Date and Time:  September 15th 2009 at 1:35 pm.
Incident Location:  300 block of Bernard street located in the City of Hartford.
Suspects arrested:  (names withheld pending arraignment in South Haven district court.)
     #1:  32 year old South Haven township man, subject lodged in the Van Buren County Jail for felonious driving, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver and possession of marijuana.
     #2:  20 year old South Haven township man, subject lodged in the Van Buren County Jail for possession of crack cocaine with the intent to deliver along with possession of marijuana.
     #3:  49 year old Hartford city woman,  subject lodged in the Van Buren County Jail for possession of crack cocaine.

Evidence seized:  13.9 grams of Crack cocaine which was individually packaged for sales along with 1.8 grams of marijuana.
Vehicle information:  2004 Pontiac Grand Prix passenger car.  

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that two Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies in plain clothes, while in the process of looking for a wanted individual, had their attention brought to what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug transaction in the 300 block of Bernard street.  As the plain clothes deputies pulled in behind the vehicle occupied by the two male subjects, the female outside this car immediately put something into her waistband.  The occupants, seeing the two deputies had exited and with visible identifiers presented as them being Law enforcement officers, the suspects floored their vehicle and began traveling throughout varies side streets in the City of Hartford disobeying stop signs, and traveling at speeds well in excess of 25 mph in this highly populated residential area.  It was during this time, the suspects in the 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix threw from their car two baggies of what was later discovered to be individually packaged crack cocaine and marijuana which was collected by officers. 
     Due to the reckless driving of the suspect vehicle, the plain clothes deputies lost sight of the suspects.  Shortly after deputies lost sight of this vehicle, Hartford City police and Troopers from the Michigan State Police discovered it southbound on Center street near I-94, where they were stopped and taken into custody without further incident.  The female suspect was also found to have 1.7 grams of crack cocaine on her person, to which she had purchased from the two South Haven township men.  The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit also came to the scene and are assisting deputies with following up on this narcotics violation.

Assisting agencies:  Hartford City Police Department, Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post, Van Buren County Narcotics Unit.
Investigating Officer:  Sergeant David Walker, Deputy John Stolsonburg Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office,  Dt James Deitz Narcotics Unit.
Contact persons:  On duty Sergeant or Lt. William Lux (269) 657-2006 Ext. 203, email

Aug 2009

Incident Type:  Possession of Marijuana and Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle.
Date and Time:
 August 30, 2009 at 1:30 AM.
  Main Street and Austin in the City of Hartford.
Incident #:
  2 Hispanic Males 34 and 38 years old from Hartford.
Driver:  Francisca Manzano Castro Female 27 out of Hartford cited and release for Driving on an Expired License.

  1995 Ford Crown Victoria.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Main Street near Austin Street in the City of Hartford on August 30th, 2009 at approximately 1:30 a.m.
     Upon making contact with the driver, it was discovered that she did not have a valid license. Further investigation ensued and Deputies observed open containers of beer in the rear seat that were in the possession of two Hispanic males. Deputies arrested the two male subjects for possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Subsequent to the arrest, deputies searched the subjects and located a plastic baggie in the pocket of one of the subjects that was field tested and discovered to be marijuana.
     Both subjects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for the above offenses.

Investigating Deputies:  Deputy Stolsonburg and Deputy Coles (269-657-3101 Ext. 823).
Supervisor Contact:
On duty Sergeant (269-657-3101).

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