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Incident No: 109-11
Car v. House Property Damage Crash, No Insurance,
Expired License, Providing False Information to a Peace Officer & speed Too Fast
Location of Incident:
83000 Block of M-51 Hwy., Decatur Twp., County of
Van Buren, State of Michigan, 49045.
Date and Time: Wednesday,
January 5th, 2011 at 7:54 a.m..
34 year old male. Name is being withheld pending arraignment.
was arrested for providing false information to a peace officer, driving while
license expired, & for no insurance on motor vehicle.
A citation was issued to the driver-suspect for driving too fast for conditions,
driving while license expired, & for no insurance on the motor vehicle being
2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 4-Door. The vehicle was impounded.
The residence that was hit by the vehicle sustained major damage.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on Wednesday, January 5th at 0754 am,
officers responded to the 83000 block of M-51 Highway in Decatur Township
reference a car versus house property damage crash.
Upon arrival, the vehicle was discovered next to the
house that it had struck. Both the vehicle and the residence (which was moved
about 1 foot off its original foundation) had sustained significant damage. When
asked for his license and insurance, the driver-suspect stated that he did not
have valid insurance on the vehicle. He also continued to give officers false
names and dates of birth. It was eventually discovered that the driver had an
The cause of the crash appears to be due to the fact
the driver was traveling too fast for conditions, this as the roadway was snow
covered and slippery.
He was arrested for providing false information
to a peace officer, driving while license expired, and for not having insurance
on his vehicle. He was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.
Deputy Matthew Konkle, Van Buren County Sheriff's
Deputy Chief Thomas Dahlquist, Decatur Police
Contact: Lt. Kirk
email or On Duty
Sergeant at 269-657-3101
traffic violation arrests, flee and eluding police, driving while
licensed suspended-2 offense, no vehicle insurance.
71000 block of 39th
located in Decatur township.
September 18th, 2010 at 3:15pm
49 year old Lawton man (name withheld pending arraignment)
information: 1999 Buick passenger
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies, while on patrol, attempted to stop
a vehicle for having no registration plate visible.
The driver, during this time,
accelerated quickly in attempts to elude the deputy traveling down 72nd
avenue, then into a farm where he then attempted to hide both his car and
himself from officers who were able to locate him and take him into custody
without further incident. The driver admitted to deputies that he had attempted
to lose officers as his license was suspended and he had no plates or insurance on
the car he was operating.
The driver was transported to and lodged in the Van
Buren county jail on the above listed charges.
Sergeant David Walker
on duty sergeant or Lt Robert Kirk at 269-657-3101,
Felonious Assault (Stabbing)
August 22, 2010 at 5:46 am
40000 Block of County Road 352, Decatur, MI
32 year old male from the Dowagiac Area.
17 year old male from the Cassopolis Area
The victim had 2 Stab wounds in his back
Knife had a 7" blade
Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the 40,000 block of
CR 352 in Decatur Twp for a fight and the victim of a stabbing.
Upon arrival reporting officers located 32 year old
Jesus Martinez Cristova. Cristova suffered 2 stab wounds to the lower right
side of his back from a 7" lock blade knife that was recovered at the scene.
Investigation revealed that the fight started when Juan Solis, 20 year
old male from Decatur, became angry when his girlfriend, Kelly Rodriguez and
her younger brother, accepted a ride home from Jesus Martinez Cristova and
another unidentified Hispanic male from the Red Arrow Bar in Lawrence. Solis
was in the driveway waiting at approximately 0530 hours a.m. when Rodriguez
arrived at home. At this point, a fist fight broke out between Solis and
Cristova leaving two stab wounds on Cristovas back. Jesus Martinez Cristova
was able to identify his attacker, who left the scene prior to police arrival.
Jesus Martinez Cristova was treated and released from
Bronson Lakeview hospital.
Van Buren EMS, Decatur Hamilton Quick Response, Decatur Police Department,
Lawton Police Department, and Michigan State Police.
Pentland, Deputy Tarner, Deputy Wydick.
Sergeant Wayne Polomcak, 269-657-3101,
Complaint #: 5327-10
Minor personal injury crash involving two semi tractor units, temporary closure
Date and time of crash:
July 21, 2010 at approximately 2:15 am
I-94 eastbound travel lanes just west of the Decatur exit (M-51 exit 56)
Juan M. Reyes of Grand Rapids
2003 International Semi Trailer
2000 Freightliner semi trailer
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were called to a report of two,
semi tractor trailer units that had crashed on I-94 near the Decatur exit (M-41
Emergency responders on scene noted two severely
damaged semi tractor trailer units, which had blocked both eastbound travel
lanes in this area as a result of this crash. Deputies noted also material from
both trailers from these units involved had scattered all over the roadway and
surrounding area as well.
Through investigation it was determined that one of the
semis, the 2000 Freightliner was broke down on the side of the roadway when a
second semi 2003 International, driven by Juan Reyes out of Grand Rapids,
sideswiped the broken down semi. During this collision, the trailer of vehicle
#1 was torn open, spilling its cargo over both lanes of eastbound 94m causing
the freeway to be shut down for several hours.
Driver #1 was found to be at fault for failing to
maintain lane-improper lane use.
I-94 eastbound travel lanes were diverted from this
area on emergency routes, as crews cleaned up the debris, allowing traffic to
again travel freely. The highway was fully reopened at 7:10 am this morning.
Deputy Charon 657-3101 ext 3809,
Deputy Davis, and
Sgt. Scott Schmitt
Contact Person: On duty Sergeant or Lt. Bob Kirk at
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Search Warrant for Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine
Possession of Meth with intent to
Date and Time:
April 16, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Clear 4:00 p.m.
39th Street, Decatur Township, Van Buren County.
1. A 34 yr
old male from Decatur, MI. Name being withheld pending arraignment
Lab involving Meth & Hazardous waste,
Possession of Meth with intent to deliver.
McConnell, age 30 from Coloma Michigan.
Charges: Violation of Probation out of
2nd Circuit Court of Berrien Co., $10,000 bond.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's
Office Narcotics Unit received a tip as to the location of McConnell, who was
wanted on an outstanding Probation Violation warrant, original charge was
possession of methamphetamine. The tip also indicated that meth manufacturing
was also taking place at the address above.
Narcotics Detectives went to the
above location to conduct an investigation into the meth manufacturing and the
arrest of McConnell. The detectives made contact with the 34 year old male who
gave consent to look for McConnell within the residence. McConnell was not
located in this residence, however meth components were observed. Detectives
secured the residence and obtained a search warrant for this residence and a
mobile home at the same location, after officers observing McConnell in this
Executing the search warrant at the residence and
mobile home, McConnell was taken into custody without incident. A search was
conducted in the residence with an active meth lab being located along with
numerous reaction vessels and finished meth that was packaged for sale. Also
during the search components-chemicals were used or necessary to manufacture
meth was seized, along with firearms.
Both subjects were lodged in the Van Buren County Jail.
DEA out of Grand Rapids was called for clean up. Drug & Lab Disposal out
of Plainwell was dispatched to the scene for the hazardous waste clean-up.
Children’s Protective Services were also called to the scene as two children
were residing in the residence were the manufacturing of meth was taking place.
Buren County Uniform Response Division, DEA,
Grand Rapids Michigan Drug
& Lab Disposal.
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
Van Buren County
Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant, Van Buren County Sheriff's
Office Narcotic's & Investigative
Divisions, (269) 657-7711 ext 208 Office, (269) 657-8296 West Office,
Incident Type: CSC
Date and Time:
16, 2010 at
residence in Decatur Township.
Dale Eaves, 66 year old Decatur Township man.
Suspect Vehicle Information:
year old Decatur Township woman.
Dale R. Gribler reports
that on September 18, 2009, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives
investigated a complaint of Criminal Sexual Conduct in which Eaves was the
Upon completion of the investigation the Van Buren
County Prosecutors office did charge two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct on
Roger Dale Eaves. Roger dale Eaves was taken in to custody by Van Buren County
Sheriff’s Deputies on March 16, 2010 and transported to the Van Buren County
Jail where he was lodged. Eaves was arraigned on March 16, 2010 in the 7th
District Court Paw Paw on the charges with a $50,000 bond set. Roger Dale Eaves
did know his victim.
Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree carries a penalty
of Life or any certain Years in States Prison.
Lauren Tarner, Detective Sergeant Thomas Macyauski.
Bryan Stump and or Lt. William Lux,
Incident Date and Time:
February 10, 2010, 12:00 a.m. midnight.
Snowmobile crash resulting in injury.
driver sustained a broken wrist.
Roxanne Hanson, a 32 year old female from Kalamazoo.
2002 Yamaha snowmobile.
Old Swamp Rd in Decatur Twp.
Speed did appear to be a factor in this crash.
was wearing her helmet at the time of the crash.
Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to Lakeview Hospital
to meet with a female that was involved in a snowmobile accident.
Deputies were advised by Roxanne that she was driving
from Keeler area on the Van Buren Snowmobile trail to Lawton when she lost
control. Roxanne stated that she has only ridden a snowmobile three times in the
past and was trying to keep up with friends who where experienced. Roxanne
stated that the person she was following turned to the left and she was unable
to make the turn.
Roxanne advised that she was towed by friends to Old
Swamp Rd where she was picked up and transported to the hospital.
Deputy Casey Davis, Deputy Travis Bernatche.
duty sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101
Date and Time:
December 11, 2009
at approx. 10:00 a.m.
Arrest, Meth Lab,
79400 39th St, Decatur Twp.
Brian Abbott 36 year old from Decatur.
Operate-Maintain Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
(1) Felony warrant out of Michigan Dept of Corrections for Parole
Absconder (2) Misdemeanor warrants for
Child Support out of Van Buren Co.
34 year old female,
Decatur, MI (homeowner).
Operate-Maintain Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
(Charges to be
sought at a later date)
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit
received information from Children’s Protective Services in regards to the
location of a subject who absconded.
Narcotics detectives along with deputies
from the Uniform Response Division went to the address on 39th
Street. Deputies made contact with the homeowner and asked her if Abbott was at
the residence. While officers were talking with the homeowner, narcotics
detectives went to a camper trailer on the property. When detectives approached
the camper, detectives had noticed a chemical smell of what was believed to be a
meth lab. Detectives knocked on the camper door and heard movement inside.
After a couple of minutes, the subject came to the door. When the door opened,
detectives again smelled a chemical odor coming from within the trailer. The
subject identified himself as being Brian Abbott. Abbott was taken into custody
A search of the trailer was conducted and several glass jars with suspected
methamphetamine were found inside. These jars where in the process of being
gassed, just prior to Abbott answering the door. Also located inside the camper
were four reaction vessels, which were inside the refrigerator/freezer next to
the pop and ice cream, two gas generators, camp fuel, peeled lithium batteries,
coffee filters and processing equipment, along with chemicals, which are all
used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
The homeowner was found to be in possession of approximately 2 grams of finished
CPS was on scene as part of the joint investigation into meth production with
children present. Several small children were inside the residence. CPS placed
the children with other family members.
This incident remains under investigation, once completed and crime lab analysis
received, the report will be forwarded to the VBC Prosecutors office for review,
requesting criminal charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of
meth on the homeowner.
Abbott was transported to the VBC Jail and lodged.
The DEA, Grand
Rapids was contacted for hazardous waste cleanup. Drug & Laboratory Disposal
out of Plainwell responded to the
scene for the collection of hazardous waste.
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
Uniform Response Division, CPS, DEA,
Grand Rapids, Drug &
Van Buren County Narcotics Unit.
Bryan R. Stump
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
205 S. Kalamazoo St.,
Paw Paw, MI 49079,
Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208,
Fax (269) 657-5161,
Injury Traffic Crash
Date and Time:
November 7, 2009
at approx. 12:20 a.m.
Avenue east of CR 669, Decatur Township, Van Buren County
Lorraine Monica Stanek, 50 year old out of Marcellus.
Vehicle: 2004 Chevy Venture.
Bronson Hospital Kalamazoo.
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that shortly after midnight, 11/7/2009,
Deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported
roll-over accident located in the 34000 Block of 88th Avenue in Decatur
Upon arriving on scene, Deputies found a Gray 2004
Chevrolet Venture passenger vehicle lying on its roof, just off the north
edge of the roadway. The fifty year old female driver was trapped in the
vehicle and suffering from numerous head injuries. The driver was extricated
from the vehicle by personnel from Van Buren Emergency Medical Services and
Decatur-Hamilton Fire Department.
The driver was then transported to Bronson Methodist
Hospital in Kalamazoo MI by Van Buren EMS for treatment of her injuries.
The driver reported to officers that she had been
eastbound on 88th Avenue when a deer jumped onto the roadway. The driver
advised that she swerved to the left, lost control, ran off the roadway onto
the steep embankment, where the vehicle struck a tree, spun to the right, and
rolled onto its roof.
The victim was wearing a seatbelt and shoulder strap.
Speed was a factor in the accident, it is unknown if alcohol is a factor.
The accident remains under investigation.
Stickels and Sgt. Dennis Harvey.
Dept., Decatur Fire Dept., Van Buren EMS.
On duty supervisor at 657-3101.
Incident Number: 8024-09
Incident Type: Motor
Home Fire, Methamphetamine Lab
Date and Time: October
16, 2009 at 10:16
Location Of Incident: 83000
block of Rogers Street, Decatur MI, Decatur Township Van Buren County.
Newcomb, 22 year old Lawton, Porter Township resident.
Burns on chest, back, face, arms.
Hospital, Kalamazoo Michigan.
Sheriff Dale R
Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the 83000 Block of Rogers
Street for a male subject who had been severely burned.
Deputies and Detectives from the Van Buren County
Sheriff's Office found the male subject, identified as Levi Newcomb, to have
multiple burns to the upper torso and face. Newcomb was flown by Air Care
helicopter to Bronson Hospital from the scene.
Deputies noted that the burn victim had been in a motor
home which had caught fire. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshall, Scott
Leroy, was called to the scene and further investigation revealed a Meth Lab was
present in this motor home at the time of the fire.
During the cleanup process, one of the reaction vessels
recovered from the scene burst into flames which was put out by deputies on
scene. A Methamphetamine clean up team was called to clean up the hazardous
Van Buren County Sheriff Narcotics Detectives continue
to investigate. The origin and cause of the fire will be determined by the State
Department, Decatur Quick Response, Van Buren Emergency Medical Ambulance
Service, Decatur Police Department, West Michigan Air Care, and the Michigan
State Police Fire Marshall Division.
Detective Daniel Perkins email.
Supervisor Contact: Please
contact the on duty supervisor at 269-657-3101.
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Incident Type: Resisting and
Obstructing Police, Friend of the Court Warrant Arrest, Malicious Destruction of
Police Property, Obstruction of Justice.
Date and Time: September
11, 2009 at 0907 hrs
39000 block of Burgess Rd, Decatur Twp, Van Buren County
1. Tony Kirby, 46 year old Decatur man (lodged in the
county jail for resisting arresting/FOC warrant)
2. 70 year old male of Decatur (name withheld pending
arraignment) lodged in the county jail for Obstructing Police and Damage to
Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that deputies
proceed to a residence in the 39000 block of Burgess road in attempts to arrest
a Tony Kirby on an outstanding FOC warrant.
Upon officers arrival at this home, two male subjects
outside this residence were contacted by deputies and asked if Kirby was at the
home. They stated he was inside. As these subjects turned to go, as to
what they said to officers to go and get Kirby, they both fled on foot into an
open field where he was pursued by deputies. Kirby, after running approximately
150 yards, was discovered hiding in the tall grass. While deputies came close to
his hiding spot, he stood up and began running again towards Burgess Rd. Kirby
was pursued down the middle of Burgess Road and was physically taken to the
ground where he continued to resist arrest.
Kirby was handcuffed, but still continued to resist
custody. While deputies were in the process of securing Kirby, a 70 year old
male at the Kirby home got into a pickup truck. This subject proceeded to then
ram and push the Van Buren County Patrol unit backwards, bumper-to-bumper,
approximately 50 feet. Minor damage was done to the Van Buren County vehicle.
Once more officers arrived on scene, the man was
questioned and denied having contact with the Van Buren County vehicle. He
did admit to driving his vehicle from the driveway out onto the roadway then
back into the yard.
Evidence was collected at the scene confirming the
collision of these two vehicles. The 70 year old man then continued to provide
false information as to his identity. He did drop a card out of his wallet
onto the ground identifying him as someone else. This subject was also arrested.
Both are lodged at the Van Buren County jail on the
listed charges above.
Arresting Officers: Deputy Kyle Romeo
and Marcus Hamre
Sgt David Walker, Van Buren County Sheriffs
Office and Officer Tom Daulquist of Decatur Police Dept.
Lux or the on duty Sergeant 269 657-3101
Possession of Marijuana with
to Deliver, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer.
Date and Time:
August 30, 2009
at 0042 a.m.
near Burgess Rd. Decatur Twp.
old male from Decatur
1992 Cadillac Deville registered to driver.
Gribler reports that Deputies stopped a vehicle in Decatur Twp. for several
traffic violations and made contact with the driver.
The driver appeared to be
nervous along with his female passenger. The female
passenger was asked to
step out of the vehicle where she was interviewed. She could not tell Deputies
the drivers name and could not tell where she was heading. The driver was
interview by Deputies and could not tell Deputies the passengers name.
Deputies where talking to the driver, Deputies noticed a small amount of
Marijuana in the front seat. Both occupants where interview on the Marijuana.
The female stated she was picked up by the male and was asked if she would
have sex with men in a Migrant camp for money. She also advised that there was
a large quantity of Marijuana inside the car that the male suspect was taking
to Paw Paw to sell. Deputies located an ounce of Marijuana next to the vehicle
where the male suspect tried to hide it. When Deputies attempted to place the
male suspect into custody, he attempted to pull away from officers several
times and had to be taken to the ground to prevent officer injury.
was taken into custody and lodged at Van Buren County Jail. The male suspect
had three prior charges of Delivery of a controlled substance. The female
passenger was released on scene.
Davis EX835, Deputy Greg
Disorderly conduct arrest.
Date and Time:
Numerous complaints made between July 23, 2009 and July 31, 2009.
Numerous locations throughout Decatur Township.
49 year old
Decatur woman (name withheld pending arraignment).
Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies investigated
complaints from Decatur Township residents of a female subject, believed to be
around 50 years of age, going door to door begging for money to buy cigarettes.
The female subject was told by several persons that, “no they did not have money
to give.” The female suspect did this type of activity on several occasions,
most times at the same homes she was told no before. Law enforcement officers
discovered that the female subject resided in the general area to where she was
warned by police about possible criminal action if she continues to do beg for
money. Officers proceeded to her home to again make contact with this subject
on continued complaints from area residents. Deputies gave yet another warning
for her to stop begging for money, and that the report of these such incidents
are being forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office for review. As the
Sheriff Deputy was leaving, the female suspect stopped the officer and asked to
talk. The suspect then asked the deputy to lend her money for cigarettes to
which she was told this is what she was just warned for. The suspect began
attempts of bargaining for different amounts to which she was taken into custody
for being a disorderly person.
Contact persons: On
duty Sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux 269-657-3101.