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Jan 2011

Incident#118-11
Incident Type: Shooting.
Date And Time:  January 5, 2011 at approximately 3:10 p.m.
Location:  49000 Blk of CR 384 in Columbia Township.
Victim:  Jose Ricardo Celaya, 25 years old, South Haven.
Suspect(s):  Unknown – Description Below:
     #1 – Hispanic male, 6’3”, bald, mustache, early 30’s
     #2 – Hispanic male, 5’11”, bald, goatee, 25-26 years old
Suspect Vehicle:  Black mid-2000 year Suburban, tinted windows, Illinois license plates
Weapon(s):  Handgun and rifle, unknown make or brands. 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were called to the 49000 block of CR 384 shortly after 3 p.m. with a subject stating he had just been shot in the leg.
     Upon arrival, Deputies reported that the above victim had been shot one time in his leg. Victim advised that he was by a mailbox (victim was staying with some family) when the above described vehicle pulled up, the two suspects above got out of the vehicle and one of them shot him in the leg.  The suspects then jumped back in their vehicle and drove off.  An area broadcast was put out for the vehicle and suspects and a search of the area was unable to locate the vehicle.
     The victim was transported to South Haven Hospital and treated.  Suspect is listed in stable condition.  The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau is continuing with the ongoing investigation. 

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

Investigating Officers:  Deputy Todd Oliver
Assisting Agencies:  Michigan State Police, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Bureau, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division.
Contact Persons:  On duty, Sergeant, Lt Robert Kirk at 269-657-3101 email, or D/Lt. William Lux at 269-657-7711 email.


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Sep 2010

Incident Number:  7475-10
Incident Type: Assault with Intent to do great bodily harm.
Incident Time:  September 3, 2010 at 22:53.
Location:  18000 block of 47th St. Columbia Twp.
Suspect: 43 year male from Bloomingdale.
Victim: 36 year old male from Bloomingdale.
Weapon: The suspect used a machete.

Injuries:  None

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that deputies responded to 18000 block of 47th St. in Columbia Township for a Felonious Assault.
     Deputies arrived on scene and where advised by the victim that his brother in-law was chasing him around the yard with a machete trying to hit him with it. Deputies where advised that the suspect was accusing the victim of cheating on his wife
, which is the suspects sister. The suspect swung the machete at the victim when the two where in the front yard, but missed. The suspect was highly intoxicated and had to be ordered out of the mobile home where he was taken into custody.
     The suspect was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.  Immigration and Custom Enforcement agency requested the suspect be held in jail until further notice.

Assisting Agencies:  Michigan State Police, Bangor Police Department.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Casey Davis, Deputy Miriam Sipes, Sgt. Scott Schmitt.
Contact Information: 
Sgt. Wayne Polomcak email.


Incident #:  7256-10 & 7259-10.
Incident Type:  Assault and Maintaining a Meth Lab.
Date & Time of Incident:  September 24, 2010 at 1940 hours.
Location of Incident:  20000 Block 50th St., Columbia Township.
Criminal Charges:  Assault & Battery, Maintaining a Meth Lab.
Suspect:  46 year old male from Grand Junction. Name withheld pending arraignment.
Weapons: None. 

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that VBC Deputies were dispatched to a fight in the 49000 block of CR 380 in Columbia Township on Friday evening the 24th of September. 
     Upon arrival, the investigating deputies made contact with the 16 year old victim of an assault.  With the help of witnesses, a list of suspects was developed.  One of the suspects drove by the assault location and upon seeing Deputies on scene retreated back to his residence on 50th St.  Deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect at his residence, but he had fled the vehicle and was later found hiding under a storage trailer.
     During the ensuing search for the suspect, two active meth labs were discovered in a vehicle parked in the yard of the suspect. These were 2 liter reaction vessels, one-pot meth labs. 
     Deputies contacted the VBC Detective Bureau to assist at the scene with securing evidence and clean-up of the meth labs. 
     The 46 year old suspect was lodged at the VBC Jail on the original assault charge and maintaining a meth lab.  Five children were present in the home at the time of the discovery of the meth labs.  All were found to be in good health and were seemingly unharmed by the possible harmful effects of the meth labs.
     Further investigation to continue at the scene.

Investigating Officer: Deputy Todd Oliver, Deputy Kyle Romeo.
Assisting Officers:  Deputy Mark Stickels, Detective Dan Perkins, Sgt Harvey.
Contact Person: On-duty Sgt or Lt Robert Kirk email


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Jun 2010

Incident #:  4463-10
Incident Type:
  Marijuana Grow Operation  
Date & Time of Incident:
  June 24, 2010 at 1035 AM
Location of Incident: 53000 block of Baseline Rd in Columbia Twp
Suspects:  69 year old man, 62 year old man and a 57 year old man - all from the Grand Junction, South Haven area.
Criminal charges pending:  Possession of Marijuana, Manufacture of Marijuana 

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff’s Deputies went to the 53000 block of Baseline Road in Columbia Twp and removed an outside marijuana grow operation. 
     The suspects were actually caught in the act of planting them while Deputies watched.  One of the suspects had a machete and was clearing the area around the plants while another suspect was actually planting the plants in the soil.  A third suspect was keeping watch.  Deputies made contact with all the suspects involved and eventually removed 14 marijuana plants with an estimated street value nearly $14,000 dollars, if they had fully grown.  The plants, tools used to plant them and the containers the plants were grown in were all seized at the scene and are currently being held as evidence.  The suspects initially stated to Deputies that they were digging for worms.  The suspects finally did cooperate with the investigation after being presented with obvious evidence of the grow operation. 
     The complaint is currently being sent to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review for all applicable charges. 

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Todd Oliver – Columbia Twp
Assisting Officers:  Deputy Kyle Romeo, Geneva Twp. Deputy Ben Downy, Sgt David Walker.
Contact Person: On duty Sergeant or Lieutenant Robert  Kirk 269-657-3101, email


May 2010

Updated information
5-29-2010
 

Incident No:  3636-10 Update

     Continued investigation into this incident, in which an Amtrak train had caught fire by hitting some type of debris on the railroad tracks in Columbia township, has shown that a pry bar around 18-20 inches was positioned between the metal track lines.  The Sheriff’s office was contacted this date by investigators from CSX railroad police advising they had collected this pry bar from the damaged passenger rail car.  The conductor reported to deputies and CSX police that he had seen just prior to impact what he believed were three objects placed into a position that the train would strike when traveling down the tracks in this area. 

CSX police, FBI and local law enforcement are working in conjunction on this incident and ask anyone with information to please call the railroad police at 800-331-0008, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office 269-657-3101, Silent observer 866-774-2345 or crime stoppers 800-342-7867. 

     Person must also be aware that it is unlawful to place any object onto a rail line, or trespass in any manner such as a walking or traveling in any type of vehicle along any rail line as well.  Penalties applied to such violations are listed below.

Model State Railroad Trespass Prevention Bill accomplishes the following:

  • Makes entering or remaining upon a railroad right-of-way or other railroad property a misdemeanor subject to not more than a $100 fine, imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both. The trespass bill prohibits trespassing, whether by walking, jogging, snowmobiling, or other activities. Aside from the right-of-way, railroad property also includes structures, appurtenances, and equipment used in the operation of any railroad.

  • Makes stowing away on trains a misdemeanor subject to not more than a $1,000 fine, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Such illegal activity includes riding on the outside of a train, popularly called “train surfing,” and riding in freight cars and containers.

  • Enumerates certain persons authorized by law to be on railroad property and excludes certain railroad property from coverage. The trespass bill does not apply to railroad passengers, railroad employees, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, owners of adjacent land crossing at railroad carrier-approved private crossings, State and Federal transportation department or National Transportation Safety Board personnel in the performance of their official duties, and persons with written permission from the railroad carrier. The bill does not apply to trespass on railroad administrative offices or urban rapid transit property.

Model State Railroad Vandalism Prevention Bill 

Much of the language in the model State railroad vandalism law was borrowed from Texas, Idaho, and Washington statutes. Combined, these laws seem to touch upon most of the issues related to vandalism of railroad property.

The Model State Railroad Vandalism Prevention Bill accomplishes the following:

  • Makes reckless acts of vandalism that do not cause bodily injury or railroad property damage that exceeds $500 a misdemeanor, subject to restitution, and if available, subject to not more than 120 hours of community service. If community service is not available, the person shall be subject to not more than a $500 fine, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. The bill proscribes acts of vandalism including putting coins on a rail, marking areas with graffiti, or throwing eggs at trains.

  • Makes reckless acts of vandalism that cause bodily injury or railroad property damage that exceeds $500 a felony, subject to restitution, and not more than a fine of $10,000, imprisonment for 10 years, or both. If serious bodily harm, or death results from the vandalism, the person shall be subject to not more than a $20,000 fine, imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both. The bill proscribes acts of vandalism including dropping a brick from a bridge, or throwing rocks at locomotives.

  • Makes willful acts of vandalism or attempts to damage railroad property or to endanger the safety of another a felony, subject to enhanced penalties. The bill proscribes acts of vandalism such as throwing rocks, dropping bricks, shooting a firearm, destroying signal systems, tampering with switches, or tampering with freight cars. If no bodily injury occurs or railroad property damage does not exceed $500, such acts are punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment for not more than ten years, or both. If the vandalism results in bodily injury or railroad property damage exceeds  $500, the person shall be subject to not more than a $20,000 fine, imprisonment for not more than 20 years, or both. Where serious bodily injury results from the vandalism, the person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $25,000, any term of years or for life, or both. If death results from the vandalism, the person shall be subject to not more than a $100,000 fine, any term of years or for life, or both.

  • Makes stealing railroad freight and receiving such stolen freight a felony. These acts are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

Incident No:  3636-10  (see update above)
Incident Type:  Train Accident
Date & Time: 
May 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm.
Location: 
Train tracks 1/2 mile south of 16th Ave., Columbia Twp., Van Buren County, MI.
Passengers-Injuries: 
None of the passengers or crew were injured.
Train Information: 
Train was owned by Amtrak.
Railway Information:
  Railway was owned by CSX.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies responded to a reported train car on fire, this on the railroad tracks approximately 1/2 mile south of 16th Ave. 
     Emergency responders on scene discovered that the train, nor any of its cars were on fire. As a precautionary measure, the train crew had the passengers onboard exit as the situation was investigated.  Deputies made contact with the Conductor, who informed that the train had hit some type of debris on the track causing an electrical shortage and damage to one of the passenger train cars.  Sheriff deputies did walk nearly one mile back from the direction the train had come from, but could not locate any type of material that could have caused this incident. 
     The Sheriff’s office will continue to work with the Amtrak Railroad Police to investigate this incident.

Assisting:  Bangor township Fire Department
I
nvestigating Officers:  Deputy Matt Konkle and Adam Bielang.
Contact persons:  On duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101 email, or Amtrak Railroad Police at 800-331-0008.


Apr 2010


Mar 2010

Incident No:  1861-10.
Incident Type:
  Methamphetamine Lab and Components Arrest of 4 Suspects.
Date and Time:
March 20, 2010 at 1835 hours.
Location:
48000 Block of County Road 388, Columbia Township, Van Buren Co. MI.
Suspects:

     1.  Norma Redmon, 23 year old female from Grand Junction, Michigan
          Charges:  Possession of Methamphetamine Components and Parole Absconding Warrant from MI Department of Corrections
     2. 
22 year old male from Grand Junction Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Operating/Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab and Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     3.
 26 year old male from Bangor Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     4.
26 year old male from Grand Junction Michigan, Name withheld pending arraignment in the 7th West District Court.
          Charges:
Possession of Methamphetamine Components.
     5, 6.  
Two other Grand Junction residents are facing pending charges for drug related activity.
Seized:
  Various Components and a methamphetamine laboratory from both a residence and vehicle.
Lodged:
4 suspects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.  

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Officers from the South Haven Police Department, while investigating a retail fraud at the Wal-Mart of South Haven, were alerted to various subjects making purchases of components routinely used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. 
     Officers from the South Haven Police Department contacted the South Haven Township contract Deputy to assist in the matter.  During the situation, a traffic stop was conducted of one of the vehicles leaving the Wal-Mart store.  During the traffic stop, various components to make methamphetamine were located from purchases at different businesses around the South Haven area.  The 26 year old Grand Junction man was placed into custody and lodged initially at the South Haven Police Department.

    After clearing the initial traffic stop, two Van Buren County Deputies, along with the South Haven City Police Department K9 Officer, went to the residence in the Grand Junction to conduct a continued investigation in the matter.  Upon arrival, Officers located two more suspects who had purchased methamphetamine components along with additional methamphetamine making materials and a methamphetamine lab in the early stages of development.  As the Officers continued their investigation, 3 more subjects arrived at the residence and were found to be involved in the matter.  All were detained and one was later arrested for manufacturing the methamphetamine lab.

   Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Detectives were contacted and assisted in the processing of the scene and clean up of the methamphetamine components.  The Columbia Township Fire Department was also summoned to assist in the situation, due to the active methamphetamine lab.

  
Subsequent to the investigation, 4 suspects were arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail and are facing methamphetamine related charges.  Two other suspects are facing other drug related charges.  The situation is closed at this time.

Investigating Officer:   Deputy Brian Matthews of  Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.
Assisting Officers:  Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Mark Stickles, Sergeant Dennis Harvey all of the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office; K9 Officer Chris Mersman and Sergeant Natalie Thompson of the South Haven City Police Department; and Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotic's Unit Detective.
Assisting Agency:    Columbia Township Fire Department
Contact:  On-duty Supervisor or Lt William Lux, email.
 


Incident #: 6975-09, 9529-09, 4945-09
Incident Type: Home Invasion 1st-Felony Firearms-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Firearms-Receiving & Concealing Stolen Property, Larceny less than $1000.00.
Date & Time of Incident:  Arrest March 13, 2010.
Location of Incident:  Multiple addresses in Columbia Township.
Victim or Driver #1:  Multiple victims of home invasions-B&E’s.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued: See above with additional charges of Home Invasion-B&E sought.
Weapons used:  Multiple weapons stolen from residences with in Columbia Township, including both long guns and handguns. 

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Deputies received complaints of several home invasions and B&E’s in Columbia Township over the summer and winter months of 2009. 
     The victims of these crimes reported many items stolen including firearms, jewelry, coins and tools.  Deputies established a suspect that was uncooperative at the time, however through continued investigation, Deputies were able to locate information that the suspect, Garret David Munro (29 year old male from Grand Junction), turned in stolen property at a pawn shop in the Holland City area.  Once Deputies were able to establish the property as stolen from a Home Invasion next door to the suspect’s current residence, charges were sought. 
     Prior to arrest warrants being issued, another subject came forward and stated that he had purchased a firearm from Munro.  This firearm was confirmed as stolen from the same home invasion. 
     While Deputies interviewed Munro at his home, a Meyer snowplow was confiscated as stolen and eventually returned to the original owner from yet another larceny.  On March 13, 2010, Munro was arrested on the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office charges listed above by the Michigan State Police while investigating another crime. 
     Later that same date, VBC Deputies obtained a search warrant for the Munro residence.  Upon execution of that warrant, Deputies were able to recover multiple items that were stolen in different B&E’s, home invasions and larcenies. 
     Additional charges are currently being sought on Munro for more home invasions-B&E’s-larcenies from the evidence found during that search. 
     Munro is currently out of jail and on bond awaiting his preliminary hearing.
 
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Todd Oliver – Columbia Twp.
Assisting Officers:  Deputy Kyle Romeo, Deputy Brian Matthews, Deputy Matthew Konkle, Deputy Adam Bielang, Trooper David Meder-MSP
Contact Person: On-duty Supervisor or Lt William Lux, email.


Feb 2010


Jan 2010

Incident #: 418-10
Incident Type: Attempted Murder-Felony Firearm
Date & Time of Incident: January 17, 2010 at 0032 hrs.
Location of Incident:  Grand Junction, Columbia Twp, MI
Victim:  27 year old female.
Injuries:  None.
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Criminal Charges: Attempted Murder-Felony Firearms, Accessory After the Fact – Attempted Murder.
Weapons used: .38 Cal Smith & Wesson w/ serial number removed. 

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Deputies were dispatched to an assault complaint in which the suspect fired several rounds at victims. 
     The investigating deputy arrived at the scene to find that all three rounds fired at the scene missed their intended targets and no one was injured.  The 23 year old suspect fled the scene with the assistance of his girlfriend.  Witnesses at the scene believed, at the time, that he forced his girlfriend and her children into the vehicle. It was, however, later determined that she was assisting him by her own freewill. 
     Van Buren County Deputies tracked the suspect and his girlfriend to a residence on Allegan Dam Road in Allegan County via cell phone triangulation with the assistance of Van Buren County Dispatchers and several family members of the suspect’s girlfriend. Once on scene there, a perimeter was established with the assistance of Allegan County Sheriff’s Department and Allegan City Police Department.  The girlfriend came out of the residence willingly but a search warrant had to be obtained for the residence. Once the search warrant was obtained, with the assistance of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response Team, entry was made into the residence.  The suspect was found hiding in the attic under insulation.  The weapon, believed to have been used in the attempted murder, was located within reach of the suspect and was still loaded.  The weapon was seized and sent to the MSP Crime Lab for ballistic analysis.
     The suspect was arrested without further incident and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on the charge of Attempted Murder and Felony Firearm Violations. 
     The girlfriend was also arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on charges of Accessory after the fact to Attempted Murder for her role in assisting the suspect.
     Names of the Suspects cannot be released until they have been arraigned.

Assisting Agencies: Allegan Co. Sheriff’s Office, Allegan City Police and Allegan Co. Prosecutor’s Office.
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Todd Oliver.
Contact Person: On-Duty Sergeant - VBC Sheriff’s Office or Lt William Lux email



Incident #: 
9864-09
Incident Type:  Flee and Elude/Resisting and Obstructing, Poss of Meth, Poss of Meth Components, Drove While License Suspended.
Date and Time:
December 27, 2009 at 12:40 A.M.
Location: 57th St at CR388 in Columbia Township.
Vehicle:  99 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Suspects:
      1.
James Ernestlee Boylan, DOB 12-18-82 from Grand Junction, MI
      2.
Jewel Lynn Dailey, DOB 10-07-70 from Decatur, MI

Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies, along with officers from the Covert Township Police Department, while working the Michigan Drunk Driving Grant: Over The Limit, Under Arrest, attempted to stop a vehicle for driving erratically.
     The vehicle failed to pull over and led officers on a pursuit into Columbia Township. The pursuit went on for several miles until the vehicle came to an abrupt stop at 57th street and CR 388. The driver, who was identified as James Boylan, led officers on a brief foot chase for about 200 yards. Boylan stated that he ran because he was on parole.
     Deputies also discover, at the same time, that Boylan had a warrant for absconding from parole. K9 Vento was called to the scene and did an article search in the area of the foot chase for drugs. Meth was located along with products and components to make meth. 
     The female passenger in the vehicle denied any involvement with the meth..  The deputies did discover that the female, Jewel Dailey, had a warrant out of Cass County for possession of Meth.
     The vehicle was impounded and the driver, James Boylan, was lodged at Van Buren County Jail on his warrant and the above charges. The Female, Jewel Dailey, was also taken to the Van Buren County jail on her warrant.
     A report will be submitted to the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office on all new charges.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Casey Davis, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.
Assisting Officers:  Officer Jason Gardner of Covert Township Police Department, Deputy Jason Stasienko and K-9 Partner, Vento, of Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.
Supervisor:  Sgt Wayne Polomcak, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office (269) 657-3101; Email
 

Dec 2009

Nov 2009

Oct 2009

Incident #:  7886-09
Incident Type:
  Warrant Arrest-D
riving While License Suspended II-Resisting & Obstructing-Foot Pursuit.
Date & Time of Incident:  October 10, 2009 at 2320 hrs.
Location of Incident: 57000 blk CR380, Columbia Township.
Suspect-Arrested:  Joel Anthony Caldwell 36 year old out of Mattawan.
Injuries:  None.
Vehicle #1:  1997 Chevy Pickup, white.

Passengers:  Brother to driver.

Is alcohol a factor:  No

Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:  R&O, DWLS II, FOC Warrants (3)
 

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that VBC Deputies attempted to stop a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle seen in the area of several recent poachings. 
    The vehicle fled into a private drive with the driver fleeing the vehicle.  VBC Deputies pursued the driver behind a residence and into a wooded area, giving the suspect verbal commands to stop.  The suspect then tripped and fell head-long into a drainage ditch after running into the dark woods.  Deputies then apprehended the suspect.   When asked why he ran from Deputies, the suspect stated that he did not have a license. 
     Running the suspect through LEIN and SOS, Deputies discovered that the suspect was currently suspended 5 times over with multiple previous convictions for Driving on a Suspended License.  Deputies also discovered that the suspect had 3 outstanding warrants for child support
out of Ottawa, Allegan and Van Buren Counties
     The suspect was lodged at the VBC Jail on the charges of DWLS II, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and the FOC warrants. 
     The investigation into the alleged poachings continues. 

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Todd Oliver, Deputy Kyle Romeo.
Contact Person:  On-Duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux.


Sep 2009

Incident Type/Arrests:  Felonious Assault on a Police Officer, Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Transporting Open Intoxicants In A Motor Vehicle, Contributing to Delinquency of Minors, Resisting Arrest.
Date and Time:   
September 18, 2009 at 12:30 a.m.
Location:   51000 block of Baseline road located in Columbia township, Van Buren County.

Incident Number:    7228-09.
Vehicle information:  2001 Pontiac Grand Am passenger car.
 
Suspects:   
     #1 - Arraigned in South Haven district court is that of Sandra Aaron, a 39 year old Grand Junction woman, arrested on the above listed charges.  Subject’s bond was that of $5000/10% ($500 cash)
     #
2 - 18 year old Grand Junction woman charged with MIP alcohol (awaiting arraignment)
     #3 - 18 year old Grand Junction woman charged with MIP alcohol (awaiting arraignment) 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren county deputies were called to the 51000 of Baseline road in Columbia township in reference to a 911 call made to a possible domestic assault in progress. 
     Deputies on scene, discovered a large group of subjects, some of which were intoxicated and under the legal age to consume alcohol.  Deputies arrested two of these underage girls on alcohol violation and placed them into the patrol unit.
     A Pontiac Grand Am pull up to the scene and the driver stopped her car in the middle of the road and exited.  The driver of this vehicle, identified as 39 year old Sandra Aaron, confronted the deputies about arresting her daughter and demanded her be released. 
     This driver (Sandra Aaron) showed numerous indicators to officers that she had been consuming alcohol as well.  As deputies began to investigate her for driving while intoxicated, she ran to which deputies gave chase.  The suspect (Aaron) was able to get into her vehicle and floor the accelerator in attempts to flee, striking the deputy in the progress and running over his foot.  The deputy, falling to the ground, advised via radio that he needed assistance and information on the fleeing vehicle.  South Haven police department located the vehicle minutes later and arrested Aaron to which she was lodged in the Van Buren county jail on the above listed violations. 
    The sheriff deputy struck by Aaron was treated and released from a local hospital for injuries to his leg and foot.

Investigating Officers:   Deputy Todd Oliver, Uniform Response Division
Supervisor Contact:   On duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101


Aug 2009


Jul 2009

Incident Type:  Home Invasion-B&E, MDOP.
Date & Time of Incident: 
July 17, 2009 at 1900 hrs.
Location of Incident:  200 block E Main St, Breedsville, Columbia Twp.

Incident #:  5439-09.

Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:  Home Invasion, MDOP.

NARRATIVE:   Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren County Deputies were dispatched to a Home Invasion-B&E that had just occurred in the 200 block of E. Main St. in Breedsville. 
     The victims reported that multiple knives and two pellet handguns had been stolen from within the residence after discovering a back door had been forced open.  The investigation led Deputies to a neighboring residence where Deputies made contact with several juveniles from Skokie, Illinois.  After interviewing the juveniles, a suspect was developed.  Upon contact and interview with the juvenile suspect, all the stolen items were recovered from several hiding spots, both on an off the suspect's property. 
     During the course of the investigation, Deputies also discovered a very large amount of Malicious Destruction of Property that was yet unreported.  The juvenile suspect also admitted to doing the damage to a private residence, Breedsville Village Hall, and Breedsville Park-Dam.  The damage consisted of spray painting or "tagging" the front of the residence and the back of Village Hall.  Extensive damage was done to both buildings. 
     The suspect gave no motive.  He was transported to and lodged at the Allegan Juvenile Detention Facility in Allegan County on a hold out of Van Buren County Juvenile Court for Home Invasion and MDOP.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Todd Oliver.
Contact Person:  On Duty Supervisor or Lt William Lux.


Jun 2009

Incident Type:  Fatal Motorcycle Crash
Date & Time of Incident
Saturday, June 6, 2009, at approx. 3:00 A.M.
Location of Incident
46th Street near CR 384, Columbia Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan.
Incident #:  4119-09
Victim/Driver Information:
The 64 y/o driver of the motorcycle was identified as Charles Winford Hinton, from the South Haven Area.
Injuries:
The 64 y/o driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. 
Vehicle Information:  2003 Yamaha Road Star motorcycle.
Alcohol and speed
factor: 
Alcohol and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reported that deputies responded to 46th Street near CR 384 for a fatal motorcycle crash on Saturday morning.  Deputies reported that 64 y/o Charles Winford Hinton was driving his 2003 Yamaha motorcycle south on 46th Street when he lost control and ran off the roadway in a sharp curve.  Deputies reported that the 64 y/o man was pronounced dead at the scene.  
     Deputies reported that the crash remains under investigation and that excessive speed and alcohol are believed to have been contributing factors. 

Assisting Agencies:  Columbia Township Fire Department, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Investigators, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit, Coloma Emergency Medical Services, Van Buren County Road Commission
Investigating Officer:
Deputy Ron Douglas, can be contacted at 269-657-3101.
Contact Person:
 Sgt. Wayne Polomcak or the on duty sergeant at 269-657-3101.
 

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