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Dec 2010

Incident Number:  9197-10
Incident type:  Warrant Arrest and Operating under the Influence of Meth-Marijuana

Incident Date and Time:  December 8, 2010 at 0234
Incident Location: County Rd 665 near 66th Ave. in Paw Paw Twp

Suspect Vehicle: 1996 Dodge Neon

Suspect: Andrew Phillip Benedict, 22 year old male from Paw Paw

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that deputies went to the 66,000 block of County Road 665 looking for a Andrew Benedict, who was wanted on a outstanding warrant for Possession of Marijuana.
     When deputies made contact with the suspect’s father at their home, the father stated his son was not home but would call when he arrived. While deputies where speaking with the father the suspect Andrew drove by at a slow pace and then kept on going. Deputies made a traffic stop of Andrews’s vehicle with him driving. Deputies asked Andrew to step from the car and noticed that Andrew smelled of Marijuana. After speaking with Andrew deputies discovered that Andrew had just smoked Marijuana before driving and had used Methamphetamine.
     Andrew was lodged at the Van Buren county Jail on charges for Operating under the Influence of Marijuana/Meth and on the outstanding warrant.

Investigating Officers: Deputy Jim Charon, Deputy Casey Davis
Supervisor: 
Sgt. David Walker, 269-657-3101 ext. 3821, email or Lt. Bob Kirk, 269-657-2006 ext. 3851, email


Nov 2010


Oct 2010

Incident No:  7722-10
Incident Type:
 OWI Causing Serious Injury
Incident Location:
  I-94 east bound near Exit 56, Paw Paw Township.
Incident Date and Time:
  October 17, 2010 at approx 0300 hrs
Vehicle #1:  2003 Pontiac Grand Am
    
Driver #1:  21 year old male from Coloma
     I
njuries to Driver #1:  Minor cuts and Abrasions
     Medical Treatment Driver #1:  Refused Medical Treatment
Vehicle #2:  1994 Jeep Cherokee
    
Driver#2:  48 year old male from Covert
     
Injuries to Driver #2:  Full extent is unknown at this time
     Medical Treatment Driver #2: Is listed in critical condition at Bronson Methodist Hospital.
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler, reports that deputies were dispatched to I-94 east bound near exit 56, for a 2 car accident. 
     On arrival Deputies located the Driver of vehicle #1 near the crash.  Deputies located unresponsive Driver #2 in the tall grass several yards away .  It was determined that Driver #2 was ejected from the vehicle when driver of #1 rear ended #2. Driver #2 was transported to Bronson Hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
      Upon further investigation, it was determined that Driver #1, a 21 year old male from Coloma, had been consuming alcohol.  He was subsequently arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for alcohol related offenses.  
     Deputies are still continuing to investigate the crash.
Supervisor Contact:  On Duty Sergeant, 269-657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-2006, email.
 


Incident No:  7423-10
Date & Time:  October 1, 2010 at 3:15 p.m.
Incident Type:  Failing to stop and identify at property damage crash, Operating While Intoxicated - 2nd offense.
Location: 
Arrested on I-94 and M-40 Highway, Paw Paw Township.
Vehicle Involved:  1996 Chevy Caprice, 4-door passenger car.
Driver Arrested:  50 year old, Oak Lawn Illinois man.  Name withheld pending Paw Paw district court arraignment.
Information: Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Central Dispatch Center received information from Berrien County reporting a reckless driver eastbound on I-94 from the 36 mile marker. 
     Information given was that the reckless vehicle that had crashed into a semi tractor trailer unit and failed to stop after doing so.  Witnesses then continued to watch as this vehicle began crashing into traffic barrels in the construction zone as it was now entering Van Buren county.  One witness to these crashes, and the reckless driving of the suspect vehicle was that of an off duty Benton Harbor Police Officer, who estimated speeds of the suspect vehicle to at times be over 100mph.   Sheriff deputies did locate such vehicle when it had reached the Paw Paw exit (60mm) and stopped it.  The vehicle had sustained significant damage from the crash with the semi unit and the several traffic barrels that it had also hit. Investigation discovered the operator was nearly two times over the legal limit of alcohol consumption to be driving. 
     The 50 year old Oak Lawn, Illinois man was arrested for failing to stop and identify at the scene of a crash and operating while intoxicated.

Investigating Officer::
  Sergeant David Walker.
Assisting Agencies: 
Paw Paw Police and Benton Harbor Police.
Supervisor Contact:  The on-duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-2006, email.


Sep 2010

Incident #:  7336-10
Date and Time of Incident: 
Incident Type:  Possession of Meth, Possession of Marijuana, Operating Under the Influence of Drugs, Drove While Suspended.
Incident address: 64th Avenue and County Road 665, Paw Paw Township.
Suspects:
     #1 -
36 year old male from Lawton.
     #2 - 35 year old male from Lawton.
Vehicle:  1996 Ford Escort.

Information: Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle for multiple traffic violations.
     Deputies contacted the driver, who appeared to be nervous and under the influence of some type of narcotic. Deputies interviewed the driver, who stated he was under the influence of Marijuana. Deputies contacted the passenger, who was the driver’s brother, and found that he had a outstanding warrant from Van Buren County.
     A search of the vehicle was conducted and Methamphetamine and Marijuana were located near the passenger seat.
     The driver was arrested for Driving Under The Influence of Drugs and Driving on a Suspended License. The passenger was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Marijuana. Deputies where advised by the driver that he had also used Methamphetamine.
     Both subjects where lodged at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment in 7th District Court.

Investigating Officers:  Deputy Casey Davis, Sgt Scott Schmitt.
Contact Information:  On Duty Supervisor (269) 657-3101 or
Operations Lieutenant Robert Kirk, email.
 


Incident # 6842-10
Date and Time:  September 11, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.
Incident Type: Operating While Intoxicated and Resisting and Obstructing an officer.
Incident Address: 38th St. north of 52nd Ave. in Paw Paw Twp.
Vehicle: 2003 GMC Sierra
Pick up.
Alcohol: Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

Suspect: 55 year old male from Paw Paw
, name being withheld until arraignment.

Information:   Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies where dispatched to a vehicle crash where a car had crashed into a house. After arriving on scene, they found that the information was untrue but the vehicle had crashed into a ditch.
     Deputies found the driver behind the wheel and highly intoxicated. Deputies asked the driver several times if he needed medical attention and the driver stated no
, he was then asked to exit the vehicle and the driver refused. Deputies tried talking with the driver and asked him to step from the vehicle and the driver advised deputies he was just going to drive home. Deputies had to remove the driver from the car and the driver was tasered after refusing to let go of his steering wheel. After investigating
where the driver came from, his tracks were found behind a nearby house. Deputies went behind the house and noticed that the driver ran over a small fishing boat destroying it. It is unknown where the driver was coming from or heading since he was being uncooperative.
     The driver was lodged in the Van Buren County jail on the listed charges.

Investigating officers:  Deputy Casey Davis, Deputy James Charon, Deputy Miriam Sipes.
Contact Information: 
On Duty Sgt.


Incident No:  6705-10
Incident Type:  Operating with the presence of drugs and possession of Methamphetamine
Incident Date and Time:  September 5, 2010 at 2324
Location:   M51 Hwy south of I 94, Paw Paw Township
Vehicle:  1993 Nissan Altima
Suspect Information:  32 year old female from Paw Paw
Passenger Information: 
    
Passenger #1:  29 year old female from Decatur
     Passenger #2:  38 year old male from Decatur

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle for driving erratically on I94 and for failing to yield at a stop sign on M51.
     Deputies contacted the driver who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Deputies interviewed all parties in the vehicle and the passenger stated that driver and her smoked methamphetamines 15 minutes before getting pulled over.
     The driver was arrested for operating while under the influence of drugs. The passengers where released on scene. The driver was interviewed at the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department and through the interview the suspect stated there was more methamphetamine items at her apartment.
     Deputies brought the suspect to her apartment and the methamphetamine was handed over to Deputies. Deputies are not seeking charges against the two passengers in the vehicle.

Assisting Agencies:  Michigan State Police.
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Casey Davis.
Contact information:  Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 ext. 801, email


Aug 2010


Jul 2010

Incident #:  4974-10
Incident Type:  Flee and Elude 3rd degree, OUID, DWLS, Improper Registration, No Insurance, VCSA.
Date and Time:  July 8, 2010 at 17:43
Location of Incident: Paw Paw Township, Paw Paw Village.
Description of Vehicle:  1999 Chevy Venture.
Suspects Name:  Nathan Eric Matthews, date of birth 5-10-85.
Charges:  Felony bench warrant for breaking and entering. Bench Warrant for Contempt of Court. Will be requesting charges from the Paw Paw Prosecutor for Flee-Elude 3rd degree (high speed through 35mph residential area), DWLS, Improper Registration, No Insurance.
Damaged Property:  County property damaged in several areas including signs and construction equipment.  Private property damaged in Paw Paw Village and Paw Paw Township including lawns, fences and landscaping.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on 7-8-10 at approx.1745 hrs, Deputies were assisting the Narcotics Unit with attempting to pick up a wanted subject, Nathan Matthews, on a two felony bench warrants. 
     Deputies spotted Matthews driving east bound on Red Arrow Hwy near 46th St, driving a red Chevy Venture, where they tried to stop him as he turned off Red Arrow Hwy onto 46th St.  At that time, Matthews began to flee from police running through a stop sign at 46th St - Territorial Rd.  He then proceeded down a private drive toward Reynolds Lake and was lost driving through a citizens yard.  A call from a helpful citizen complaining of a reckless driver going east bound down I-94 meeting the description of the suspect vehicle helped lead police in that direction.  The citizen followed the vehicle and gave police dispatch directions right to the vehicle still driving on South LaGrave St. in Paw Paw Village. 
     Upon police responding to the area, Matthews once again led a pursuit through the busy Village of Paw Paw during rush hour.  Matthews blew through stop lights, destroyed construction barrels down S. Kalamazoo St. and drove through lawns reaching speeds near 80 mph.  Matthews was endangering the lives of all the residents, drivers and pedestrians in the area. 
     He then fled WB out of town down Red Arrow Hwy.  At this time, speeds were well over 100 mph.  Matthews then cut through the yard at 56th Ave and Red Arrow Hwy back toward the east.  He crashed through a private gate going into a gravel pit at the corner of 56th Ave-Red Arrow Hwy. 
     After rolling his vehicle numerous times, Matthews fled on foot through the woods.  He was tracked by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office K-9, Vento.  Vento and his handler tracked Matthews for a short distance, where he was lying down in some bushes. 
     Matthews was subsequently arrested on his outstanding warrants.  Sheriff's Deputies will be seeking charges from the Prosecutors Office for Flee and Elude 3rd, DWLS, Improper registration, No insurance, Meth components, and seeking a subpoena for his blood results possibly for Operating Under Influence of Drugs. 

Assisting Agencies:  The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Paw Paw Police, MSP, and VBEMS.   
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Trever Tate 657-3101 x. 3820.
Contact person:  Sgt. Dennis Harvey 657-3101 x- 3811, email.


Jun 2010

Incident#:   800240-10
Incident type
:  Manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, warrant arrest
Date:  June 24, 2010 at approx.3:30 pm 
Location:  55241 Hamilton St, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County
Arrested:  Douglas Wendell, 50 year old from Paw Paw,
      ▪ Misdemeanor warrant out of Lawton Police Department for probation violation
     ▪  Misdemeanor warrant out of
Kalamazoo for a traffic offense
      ▪
(Meth charges to be sought at a later date)


Information:  
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received anonymous information on a location of Doug Wendell, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, along with possible meth activity. 
     Narcotics Detectives, along with Deputies from the Uniform Response Division, went to the residence to attempt to make contact with Wendell.  When detectives and deputies arrived, a vehicle was in the process of pulling out.  Officers made contact with the occupants, looking for Wendell.  The occupants told officers that Wendell was inside the residence.  Detectives went up to the residence and made contact with Wendell.  
     After questioning Wendell, detectives searched the property.  Located in the garage were 2 one-pot meth lab vessels (one being active), 3 gas generators, peeled lithium batteries, used coffee filters, packaging materials, paraphernalia and a scale.  Located on a cutting board in the garage was approximately 1 gram of loose meth.  
     Wendell was taken into custody and transported to the VBC jail and
lodged for the outstanding warrants only.  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 methamphetamine
      The DEA, out of
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.

Assisting Agencies:  Van Buren County Uniform Response Division, DEA, Grand Rapids Drug & Lab Disposal. 
Investigating Detectives:  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, email


6-22-10 Update - see photos added below.

Incident typeSale of pirated movie dvds. 
Date and time:
  June 19, 2010 at 1300 hours. 
Location:
  Reits Flee Market, 45000 block of Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw MI 49079 
Incident number
#4330-10 
Suspect
:  37 year old man from Illinois (name withheld pending warrant authorization). 
Property seized
904 copies of various dvd movies.

InformationSheriff Dale R Gribler reports that deputies were dispatched to Reits Flee Market to investigate a subject selling bootleg dvds.
     Upon arrival reporting officers observed a subject with several cardboard boxes of dvds and a sign that read “
new releases six dollars".  Investigation revealed that the movies were poor quality copies made at home and offered for sale complete with artwork on the dvds and jackets.      
     Officers recovered 904 dvd copies, and over six hundred in cash. The suspect, a 37 year old man from Illinois, was released at the scene pending authorization by Van Buren Co. Prosecutors office.
 

Status:  Officer noted that this subject could face criminal federal charges of selling pirated material. 
Investigating Officer
Deputy Duane A Brigham (269) 657-3101, ext 826.  
Contact
Sergeant Wayne Polomcak (269) 657-3101 ext 805, email
Photos:   IMG_0489 6-19-10  4330-10.JPG    IMG_0490 6-19-10  4330-10.JPG    IMG_0491 6-19-10  4330-10.JPG    IMG_0492 6-19-10  4330-10.JPG     IMG_0493 6-19-10  4330-10.JPG


Incident Type:  Narcotics Search Warrant for Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab & Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time:
  June 14, 2010 at 1815 hours.
Incident Number:
  800234-10
Location:
 38830 Paw Paw Rd, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
Arrested: 
 43 year old male from Paw Paw. (Name being withheld pending arraignment)
Charges:
  Operate-Maintain Meth Lab & Possession of Marijuana. Picture 010  6-15-10

Information: 
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports Narcotics Detectives had received citizen's tips regarding possible Meth activity at 38830 Paw Paw Road.

     Detectives went to the residence and made contact with
a subject who identified himself as the homeowner. Detectives spoke with the subject and were invited in.  The subject admitted he had marijuana inside and took detectives to go get it.  While retrieving the marijuana, detectives observed several components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. 
     After observing these items, Detectives were abl
e to obtain a search warrant.  Located iPicture 008  6-15-2010n the house were several items used in the manufacturing of meth.  Located outside in trash bags, were a large quantity of camp fuel cans, peeled Lithium batteries, coffee filters, lye, empty Sudafed blister packs, gas generators. Located behind the skirting of the trailer were several plastic bottles containing urine.  Located inside the garage was a one gallon glass bottle, which was an active meth lab reaction vessel. A total of eleven reaction vessels were seized.  
     The suspect was arrested and transported to the Van Buren County Jail and lodged.  The report will be forwarded to the Paw Paw Prosecutors office for criminal charges.

     The 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.

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.

Assisting Agencies:  Van Buren County Uniform Response Division, Paw Paw Fire Dept, DEA, Grand Rapids, Drug & Lab Disposal.
Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Narcotics Unit.
Supervisor Contact:  Bryan R. Stump D/Lt.-Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit., Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, email.


May 2010

Incident number: 10-2944
Incident Type:  1 car traffic crash.
Date and time:  May 1, 2010 at approximately 0325 a.m. 
Location:  Red Arrow Hwy near 33rd Street, Paw Paw Twp.
Vehicle description:  2000 S10 Chevy pick up, maroon in color.
Use of seatbelt:  Seatbelts were used.
Alcohol:  Is believed to be a factor in this accident.
Suspect information:  Held until arraignment.  

Information:  At approximately 0330 hrs, a 22 year old Lawrence area resident was traveling west bound on Red Arrow Hwy, near 33rd Street, and lost control of his vehicle running off the roadway, shearing a utility pole off at the base. 
     The vehicle continued traveling down the ditch hitting a street sign, a private business sign, another utility pole, and telephone box. The accident caused an extensive amount of damage to telecommunications equipment and a large area of service interruptions to area residences. The accident is still currently under investigation.
 

Investigating Officers:  Deputy Pentland, Deputy Tarner. 
Assisting Agencies:  Paw Paw Police Department, Paw Paw Fire Department.
Contact information:  On duty sergeant or Lt. William Lux at 269-657-3101, email.
Photos:   DSC01954.JPG  5-1-10   DSC01955.JPG  5-1-10


Apr 2010Daylan Kyle-Allen Williams

Incident Number:  2486-10
Incident Type:  Home invasion arrest
Date and Time:  April 15, 2010 at 10:00 am
Location:  68000 block of Eagle Dr, Paw Paw Twp
Arrested: Daylan Kyle-Allen Williams,
19 year old male from Niles Twp
, Berrien Co. 
Charges:  Home Invasion

Information:   Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies on 4/15/10 at approximately 10:00am responded to a reported home invasion that had just occurred on Eagle Drive located in Paw Paw township.
     The home owner advised officers that he had left his residence for a short time and upon returning he entered his home, heard a noise, and then observed a unknown male subject running from the rear side of his residence. The home owner attempted to follow the subject, later identified as Williams, but lost sight of him after this suspect ran through a heavily wooded, wetland area.  Police checked the surrounding area to which a possible suspect was developed with information obtained by neighbors. 
     The homeowner during this time discovered missing a loaded handgun, jewelry, and small amount of cash from his home.
     With information on the  possible identity and location of the suspect  being that of a Daylan Williams of Niles Michigan. Lt. Stump of  the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau contacted Detectives of the Berrien County Sheriff's Office and, working in conjunction, were able to locate the suspect at the location in Niles Township, Berrien County. After interviewing Williams it was determined that he was in fact the person who had broken into this home and stolen items from it as well..
     The stolen property had to be tracked down as the Handgun had already been given to another person and the jewelry had been buried in the ground to avoid detection by investigators. All property was recovered and given back to the homeowner.
     The Suspect was arrested and Lodged at the Van Buren County Jail. The suspect was arraigned and charged by the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office for Home Invasion and  is currently awaiting  trial in the Van Buren County Jail.

Assisting Agencies: Berrien County Sheriff's Office.
Investigating Officers:  K9 Deputy Tony Evans, Lt Bryan Stump Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office 269-657-3101 ext 802.
Contact persons:  On duty sergeant, Lt William Lux email, Lt Bryan Stump email  269-657-3101


Mar 2010

Incident No:  2049-10
Incident Type:  Personal Injury Car Crash.
Date and Time:  March 29, 2010 at 7:50 a.m.
Location:  Red Arrow Hwy at Paw Paw High School, Paw Paw Township.
Vehicles and Drivers:
     
#1:  2009  Hyundai  Sonata  grey in color.
           Driver #1:  Stephanie Shinaberry white female, 16 years old  from Paw Paw. 
                              Treated an released at LakeView Hospital.
                    Passenger with Driver # 1:Kelsey Dragon, white female, 16 years old from
                               Paw Paw.  Transported and treated at Lakeview Hospital.

     #2:  2007 Dodge Nitro, black in color.
           
Driver #2: Lori Cochrame, white female, 50 years old  from Paw Paw. Not injured.
     #3:  1997 Suzuki Sidekick  red and grey in color
            Driver #3:  Wendy Matthews,
white female, 40 from Paw Paw. Not injured.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were dispatched to Red Arrow Hwy at the Paw Paw High School for a three car personal injury car crash.
    Upon arrival, reporting officer notes that Shinaberry was westbound on Red Arrow Hwy when Shinaberry attempted to turn left into the high school parking lot and turned into the path of Cochrame, who had the right of way. Shinaberrys vehicle was struck in the passenger door and thrown into Matthews vehicle that was pulling out of the parking area.
     Reporting officer notes that all subjects involved were wearing seatbelts, alcohol was not involved.

Disposition:  Accident report reflects that Shinaberry is the at-fault driver.
Assisting Agencies:  Paw Paw Quick Response, VBEMS.
Investigating Officer:   Deputy Duane A Brigham 269-657-3101 ext. 826, email
Supervisor Contact: On duty Sergeant, (269) 657-3101


Daniel Lee Fuller 3-12-2010

Incident No:  10-1628
Incident Type: 
Larceny from a building.
Date and Time:  Friday, March 12, 2010 at 02:45 a.m.
Location:  Paw Paw Township.
Suspects:   Daniel Lee Fuller, 39 year old Male subject from Antwerp Township.
Suspect Vehicle Description: 1990 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck, black and silver.
Stolen:   Scrap Metal.
Victim Information:  Paw Paw Twp resident.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriffs did conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for driving left of center in Paw Paw Township.
     The vehicle was loaded with scrap metal and driven by Daniel Lee Fuller in the early morning hours of 03/12/2010. Officers noted that the vehicle was wet, as it had been raining through most of the evening, but the scrap metal in the truck was dry.  Deputies questioned the driver who told them that he had the scrap metal in his truck all day. Deputies, feeling the story was suspicious, photographed the scrap metal and the tires of the vehicle. The passenger in the vehicle, a 40 year old Kalamazoo man, had a valid warrant for his arrest out of Kalamazoo and was taken in to custody and transported to Kalamazoo County Jail.
     Mr. Fuller was cited for Driving Left of Center and released. Later that evening with the assistance of Michigan State Police Troopers, deputies did locate a victim who was missing several pieces of scrap metal from his pole barn in Paw Paw Township. The victim was shown the photographs of the scrap metal items, that were seen in Fuller’s vehicle earlier that morning during the traffic stop, and positively identified some of those items as coming from his pole barn.
     Deputies then attempted to make contact with Fuller at his residence. Fuller refused to come to the door, at which time, Van Buren County Detectives did obtain a Search Warrant for the premises. Upon the execution of the search warrant, detectives did locate the suspect, Daniel Lee Fuller, inside the residence and the 1990 S-10 Chevrolet pickup in the garage with scrap metal items still in the bed of the truck. Fuller did give admissions to the theft from the Paw Paw Township pole barn, as well as other thefts in which Fuller was involved in for scrap metal.
     Daniel Lee Fuller was arrested and taken into custody and transported to the Van Buren County Jail for Larceny from a Building. Fuller was arraigned Monday, 03/15/2010, for Larceny in a Building in Paw Paw District Court.
     Larceny in a Building is a Felony carrying a sentence of up to four years in states prison.  The investigation is continuing.      
 

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Greg Pentland, Detective Sergeant Thomas Macyauski.
Supervisor Contact:   D/Lt. Bryan Stump at 269-657-7711 or Lt. William Lux at 269-657-3101, email


Incident #:  1430-10.
Incident Type: 
Flee & Elude, OWI 2nd, Resisting-Obstruction Police, Assaulting a Police Officer
Date & Time of Incident:  March 2, 2010 at 2319 hrs.
Location of Incident: 
49000 block of Hillcrest Drive, Paw Paw Township.
Suspect Information:  34 year old male from Paw Paw.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Is alcohol a factor:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:  Flee & Elude, Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Resisting and Obstructing Police, Assaulting a Police Officer.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that a Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle on 38th St near 52nd Ave in Paw Paw Township. 
     The vehicle failed to stop and fled from the Deputy.  After a 2 mile pursuit, the vehicle pulled into a residence in the 49000 block of Hillcrest Drive in Paw Paw.  The driver exited his vehicle and began approaching the Deputy.  A struggle ensued between the suspect and the Deputy.  The suspect was Tased and eventually taken into custody with the assistance of officers from the Paw Paw Police Department.  The Deputy sustained minor injuries to his shoulder and arm from the struggle. 
     The driver was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense, Flee & Elude, Resisting and Obstruction and Assault on a Police Officer.

Assisting Agency:  Paw Paw Police Department.
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Casey Davis 
Contact Person: 
On-duty Sergeant or Lt. William Lux at 269-657-3101 email.



Incident Number:
  800076-10
Incident Type:
Operating-Maintaining Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab & Possession of Marijuana.
Date and Time: March 2, 2010 at 1800 hours.
Location:  Red Arrow Motel, 38254 Red Arrow Hwy-Room #6, Paw Paw, MI 49079.
Suspects Arrested:
     1.
 34 year old male from Paw Paw, Operate-Maintain Meth Lab & Possession of Marijuana (Name being withheld pending arraignment).
     2. 
Thomas Lowe Jr., 28 yr old male from Paw Paw. Misdemeanor warrant for assault out of Hartford PD and a Parole Violation.

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation into drug activity at the Red Arrow Motel.
     Surveillance found foot traffic in and out of Room #6.  Contact at that room found that the occupant was on parole out of Michigan Department of Corrections, Paw Paw Probation and Parole Office. A search of that room, conducted by narcotics detectives, found the two adult males, two adult females and two children.  Located in the room was a back pack belonging to a 34 year old male from Paw Paw.  Inside the back pack were three active reaction vessels from a meth cook.  Located on the 34yr old male was a user amount of marijuana.
     The two men were arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on the charges as stated above. The female was released. The woman’s two children, and a third child not present, were referred to Children’s Protective Services for a safe disposition.

Assisting Agencies:  Van Buren Co. Uniform Response Division; The 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; and Childrens Protective Services.. 

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.

Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Narcotics Unit

Supervisor Contact:  Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, 205 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw, MI 49079, Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, Fax (269) 657-5161, email


Feb 2010


Incident Number: 1247-10
Date and Time:  February 22, 2010 at 10:18 PM
Incident Type: Possession on Meth/Possession of Meth Components, Resisting and Obstructing Causing Officer Injury, Retail Fraud.
Location of incident: 855 S. Kalamazoo Paw Paw Village (Speedway Gas Station).
Suspect Vehicle: 1999 GMC Jimmy.
Suspects:
        1)  Jonathan Amos Lynch, DOB 01-10-78, from Decatur MI.
        2)  42 year old male from Paw Paw, MI
 

Information:   Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that a Van Buren County Deputy made contact with two males who where sitting inside their vehicle at the Speedway Gas Station in Paw Paw.
     The Deputy obtained identification from the driver and the passenger in the vehicle and returned to his patrol vehicle. When the Deputy returned to his vehicle, the passenger took off running from the car, behind the gas station, across I 94, and into the woods.
     It was later found that the driver was in possession of Meth and the passenger was in possession of Meth Components. The Deputy investigating was approached by the cashier at the gas station and advised that the passenger, Jonathan Lynch, also took several packs of batteries with out paying for them.
     K9 Xago was called to the scene for a track of the suspect. During the track, K9 Xago's Handler did injure his leg and was not able to continue. Deputies and Troopers from the Michigan State police where able to follow the foot tracks in the snow. The passenger Jonathan Lynch was located several miles away and was taken into custody.
     The driver was lodged at the Van Buren County jail, along with Jonathan Lynch. Jonathan Lynch is also a parole absconder and is on parole for Operating and Maintaining a Meth Lab.

Assisting Agencies:  Paw Paw Police and Michigan State Police assisted on this incident.

Investigating Officer: 
 Deputy Casey Davis email.
Contact information: 
On-duty Supervisor.



Incident #:
  800063-10
Incident Type:
  Narcotics Search Warrants / Meth Lab Seizure / Possession of Marijuana

Date and time:
  February 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Location:  1)  29384 County Road 665, Paw Paw, MI – Meth Lab seizure
                   2)  46582 38th Avenue, Paw Paw, MI – Marijuana seizure

Suspects:  
     47 yr old female from Paw Paw – Count 1:  Operate / Maintain Meth Lab

     28 yr old male from Kalamazoo – Count 1:  Operate / Maintain Meth Lab
     40 yr old female from Paw Paw – Count 1: 
Possess Components to Manufacture-
         Meth


Information:
  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler states the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received information from Fruitport Township Police Department in Muskegon regarding two females involved in the suspicious purchase of Sudafed from two area stores. 
     With this information, Detectives were able to obtained search warrants for two Paw Paw addresses.  Detectives executed the first search warrant shortly upon their return.  Located at 29384 CR 665, were several components and chemicals used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, along with an active meth lab vessel.  Also located was the pseudoephedrine that was purchased in the Muskegon area.  The two women indicated they were going Muskegon to visit the 47 year old woman’s husband in jail. 
    The two females and the 28 year old male were arrested at the CR 665 address and transported to the VBC Jail and lodged. 
     A vehicle was seized at this residence under the civil forfeiture laws.
     A second search warrant a was executed at 46582 38th Avenue, where detectives located a small amount of marijuana.
Charges will be sought against a 33 year old male from 38th Avenue address.

Assisting Agencies:  The 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, Van Buren County Uniform Response Division.
Investigating Officers: 
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit
Supervisor Contact: 
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, Fax (269) 657-5161, email

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.


Incident #: 1079-10
Date and Time:   Monday, February 15, 2010 at approximately 10:00 pm
Location:  I-94 at Paw Paw Exit.
Vehicle #1:   2006 Nissan Altima
     Driver of Vehicle #1:  Byoung Kim, 48 years, Mount Prospect, Illinois Resident
          Injuries to Driver #:  Transported to Bronson Lakeview, minor injuries
     Passenger in Vehicle #1:: Suh Yung Kun, 46 years, Korea resident
          Injuries to Passenger #1:  Transported to Bronson Lakeview for minor injuries
Vehicle #2:  2009 Chevrolet Impala, Police Vehicle
     Driver of Vehicle #2:
Eric Rottman, Paw Paw Police Department
          Injuries to Driver of vehicle #2: : Transported to Bronson Lakeview for Minor Injuries  
     Rear-seat Passenger in Patrol Vehicle:  Balvir Singh Bohugan, 33 years old, Brampton
     Ontario Canada resident.
           Injuries to rear-seat passenger in Patrol Vehicle:  Not injured.

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on Monday February 15, 2010 at approximately 10:00pm
     Deputies, along with officers from the Paw Paw Police Department and Michigan State Police (Paw Paw Post), were investigating numerous slide-offs and accidents along I-94 from the Lawrence exit to Mattawan, due to recent snow fall which made I-94 extremely icy and snow covered.
     Officer Rottman, with the Paw Paw Police Department, was investigating a semi-tractor trailer that had jack-knifed into the median barrier cables, westbound I-94 at the Paw Paw exit ramp.  A vehicle being operated by Byoung Kim, Illinois, was traveling westbound and lost control on the icy-snow covered road causing the vehicle to cross the centerline, going sideways rear ending the Paw Paw Patrol car.  Officer Rottman was seated in the driver’s seat of the Patrol vehicle. The driver, Balvir Bohugan, of the jack-knifed semi was seated in the rear of the patrol vehicle upon impact from Vehicle #1.
     All drivers and occupants were transported to Bronson/Lakeview for minor injuries.
     Byoung Kim was cited for driving Too Fast for Conditions and No Operators License on Person.

Assisting Agencies:  Deputies at the scene were assisted by Van Buren Emergency Medical Services and Paw Paw Quick Response personnel.
Investigating Officer:   Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 ext. 801, email.
Supervisor Contact:  On-Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lieutenant William Lux email.


Incident case number: 1003-10
Incident date and time:  February 12, 2010 at 6:36 p.m.
Incident type:  2-car personal injury accident. 
Injuries: Both Drivers were transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Both drivers sustained non life threaten injuries.
Drivers:
     Driver 1: David Lee Speadt a 40 year old male from Grand Junction driver of 2003 Dodge Durango gold in color.
     Driver 2:  Mark Keith Hall a 21 year old male from Paw Paw driver of 1990 Chevy pickup truck blue in color.
Location: 41st street near CR 374, Paw Paw Twp.
Alcohol:  Did not appear to be a factor in this accident.
Seatbelts:  Were used by both drivers.
Road conditions:  The roads were snow covered and icy. The poor road conditions and speed did appear to be factors in this accident.

Information:  Vehicle 1 was traveling south bound on 41st street in his 2003 Dodge Durango crossing over the center line and traveling in the north bound lane.
     Vehicle 2 was traveling north bound on 41st street as vehicle 1 came over a small hill the two vehicles collided head on. 
     Both vehicles were totaled both drivers were transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo with serious but not life threaten injuries. 

Assisting Agencies:  Michigan State Police, Paw Paw Fire Department, Paw Paw Q.R, and Van Buren Emergency Medical Service.
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Loren Tarner 819 email.


Jan 2010

Incident #:   682-10
Incident Type:
  personal injury crash.
Date and Time:   January 29th, 2010 at 3:20 pm
Location:   43000 block of 64th avenue located in Paw Paw Township.
Driver/Injuries vehicle #1: Jodi Forker, a 40 year old Lawrence Township man, sustained serious injuries to which he was transported by ambulance to Bronson hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment.  Injuries not life threatening, at this time, as was the driver seat belted in.
Vehicle #1:   1994 Geo tracker sustained major damage.
Factors in the crash:  Speed appears to be a factor.  Alcohol was not. 

Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff deputies, along with additional emergency services personnel, were called to the 43000 block of 64th Avenue for a one vehicle personal injury crash with entrapment. 
     Deputies on scene found the single occupant and driver, identified as 40 year old Jodi Forker from Lawrence, trapped within his heavily damaged motor vehicle.  Paw Paw Fire Department utilized the “jaws of life” to extract Forker from his vehicle.  Forker, severely injured, was transported by ambulance to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for treatment of injuries sustained in this traffic crash. 
     Deputies investigation into the crash and, from statements made by Forker, was that while he was eastbound on 64
th avenue he lost control on the slippery road surface.  His vehicle left the roadway having slid sideways into a tree. 
     Forker is still listed in serious condition at Bronson hospital with non-life threatening injuries reported to officers at this time.
 

Investigating officer:  Sergeant David Walker, Deputy Dan Abbott-Uniform Response Division.
Assisting personnel:
  Paw Paw Fire, Paw Paw Quick Response Team and Van Buren EMS
Supervisor contact: On Duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101, email
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Incident#:  800022-10
Incident Type:  Warrant Arrest, Meth Lab, Possession of Meth.
Date:  January 22, 2010 at approx. 11:00 am
Location:
  40548 70th, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
Arrested:  Rex Kimble
    


1.  Rex Kimble, 29 yr old from Paw Paw, MI.   Felony warrant out of Lansing Tether Unit for absconding.

    


Jared Smith




2.  Jared Smith, 36 yr old from Dowagiac, MI.  Felony parole violation out of Cass County.




Additional Suspects:
  50 yr old female, Paw Paw, MI. Charges to be sought at a later date.
   

Information:
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit received information from Children’s Protective Services in regards to possible meth activity at a Paw Paw Twp residence. 
     Narcotics detectives, a VBC K9 Unit from the Uniform Response Division and agents from CPS went to the address on 70th Avenue.  Narcotics Detectives along with CPS went to the door to make contact with the homeowner.  While officers were attempting to make contact, narcotics detectives observed a subject run out the back side of the residence into a field.  The VBC K9 unit was able to track the subject and locate him in the field where he was attempting to hide. The subject who fled was ID as Rex Kimble. 
     Detectives made contact with the homeowner.  Once inside, detectives noticed a chemical odor.  One of the occupants inside the residence at the time was ID as Jared Smith.  Also inside the residence were two additional adults and three children, all under the age of six.  Narcotics detectives removed all the occupants from the residence.  A search of the residence was conducted.  Located inside the residence was a meth lab along with components, chemicals and paraphernalia which are all used in the manufacturing and/or use of methamphetamine.
     CPS was on scene as part of the joint investigation into meth production with children present. The children were removed from the residence.
     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 all three suspects.
     Kimble and Smith were transported to the VBC Jail and lodged for the outstanding warrants.

    
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.

Assisting Agencies:  Van Buren County Uniform Response Division, K9 Unit, CPS, DEA, Grand Rapids, Drug & Lab Disposal.
Investigating Detectives: Van Buren County Narcotics Unit. 
Supervisor Contact:  Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, email



Incident #:
 378-10.
Incident Type:
  Fugitive warrant arrests, flee and eluding police, maintain meth lab
Date and Time:  January 15, 2010 at approximately 2:00 pm
Location:
  Incident began at the intersection of Red Arrow highway and M-51 highway located in Paw Paw Township.
Arrested-Charges:  Dale Parish
    

1. Dale Parish, 37 year old Decatur man lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Parole absconder Lansing Tether Unit, Bench warrant out of Van Buren county for failure to appear, Child support warrant out of Cass County, fleeing and eluding police, driving while license suspended, maintain a meth lab

Johnny Williamson

 

2.  Johnny Williamson, 31 year old Marcellus man lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Bench warrant failure to pay child support warrant held by the St Joseph county sheriff’s office, Maintain meth lab.
    

Nora Zerbe

 

3.  Nora Zerbe, 24 year old Niles woman lodged in the Van Buren county jail for Parole absconding Lansing Tether Unit.



Vehicle:
  1987 Jeep 4X4 SUV.
Narcotics seized:
 Several different components’ used in the manufacturing process of Methamphetamine. 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Sheriff K-9 Deputy Tony Evans, while on patrol observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Red Arrow highway from M-51 matching  a description given to law enforcement officers possibly occupied by that of a wanted fugitive named Dale Parish. 
     As Deputy Evans attempted to stop this vehicle, it fled off road, into a grape vineyard, several hundred yards where sight of the vehicle was lost.  Deputy Evans, unable to pursue due to the depth of the snow, gave the last direction of travel to officers in the area.  Shortly after losing sight of the suspect vehicle, it appeared out of the woods southbound on M-51, this near I-94.  Decatur police department in this area now gave chase to which again the suspect traveled off road, nearly one mile through a open field until it got stuck.  All three occupants that where in this vehicle fled on foot.   
     Passenger, Johnny Williamson was arrested shortly after this fleeing the vehicle by Michigan State troopers.  Officer continued to chase on foot the remaining 2 occupants to 3 mile lake where the suspects began to cross.  The female identified as  Nora Zerbe, who was also a passenger in this vehicle was arrested nearly in the middle of this frozen lake.  The remaining suspect that had continued to flee on foot was apprehended by officers as he neared I-94, this subject was confirmed to be that of wanted fugitive Dale Parish. Detectives from the sheriff’s office did backtrack the off road travels of the suspect vehicle and discovered meth components discarded by these individuals.  All three subjects were transported to and lodged in the Van Buren County jail and lodged on the above listed charges. 

Investigating officer:  Van Buren Co. Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response Division & Narcotics Bureau.
Assisting Agencies: Michigan State Police, Decatur Police, Lawton Police and Paw Paw Village Police.

Supervisor contact:
On Duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101 email.


Incident #: 800002-10
Incident Type:
Prostitution
Date & Time of Incident:
January 5, 2010, at approx. 2300 hours.
Location of Incident:
51000 Block CR 665, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan.
Suspect:
35 year old female from the Paw Paw area. Name is being withheld pending her arraignment.
Injuries: 
None
Weapons used:
None

Narrative:
 Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reported that a Sheriffs Office Narcotics Detective in an unmarked car was traveling in the 51000 Block of CR 665, on January 5th, 2010. 
     The detective was flagged down by a 35 year old female standing in the roadway.  The detective made contact with the female and she stated that she needed a ride.  Once inside the detectives vehicle the female solicited sex from the detective for $40.00.
     The detective then transported the female to the Van Buren County Jail where she was placed under arrest for Prostitution.  The female suspect was then lodged at the Van Buren County Jail without incident where she is being held on a $500.00 bond pending her arraignment. 


Assisting Agency:
Paw Paw Police Department
Investigating Officer: 
Detective Ron Douglas, can be contacted at 269-657-3101.
Contact Person: 
D/Lt. Bryan Stump, 269-657-7711, email
 


Dec 2009

Incident #:   9517-09
Incident Type:
  Two-car personal injury crash.
Date and Time: 
 December 11, 2009 at approximately 4:05 p.m.
Location:  
 64000 block of M-51 highway located in Paw Paw Township.
Vehicle #1:  2006 Pontiac 4-door passenger car.
    
Driver:  Susan Oostewal, 44 year old woman from Dowagiac Michigan. 
    
Injuries:  Subject sustained trauma to various parts of her body as a result of  this traffic crash to which she was transported by ambulance to Lakeview hospital in Paw Paw where she was listed in good condition. 
Vehicle #2: 
1992 Dodge Dakota pickup truck
    
Driver: 
Oliver Herron 78 year old male from Decatur Michigan. 
     Injuries:  Subject sustained trauma to various parts of his body resulting from this traffic crash to which he was transported by ambulance to Lakeview hospital in Paw Paw where he was listed in good condition. 
Factors in the crash:  Speed appears to be a factor.  Alcohol was not.
Seatbelts:
  Both drivers were wearing seatbelt.

Information:
   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies along with additional emergency service personnel were called the 64000 block of M-51 for a two car personal injury crash. 
     Emergency responders on scene found both vehicles involved in the ditch, off the west side of the road.  Both vehicle showed significant damaged, as were both drivers trapped within their motor vehicles.   Paw Paw Fire Department personnel were able to free both subjects from these vehicles to where they were transported by ambulances to Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw for treatment of injuries they sustained in this traffic crash. 
     Deputies investigation into the crash found that Oliver Herron, while northbound on M-51 highway, operating his 1992 Dodge pickup truck lost control on the slippery road surface, crossed the center line striking the 2006 Pontiac driven south bound by Susan  Oostewal. 
     Both subjects were reported in good condition at Lakeview Hospital in Paw Paw.

Investigating officer:
 Sergeant David Walker, Deputy Tony Evans - Uniform Response Division.
Assisting Agencies:
  Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post, Paw Paw Fire and Quick Response Team, Van Buren EMS.
Supervisor contact:
 On Duty Sergeant or Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101, email.

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Nov 2009

Incident #:  8875-09  (Uniformed Response), 802982-09 (Narcotics Unit)

Incident Type:

     1. Narcotics Search Warrant

     2. Meth Lab

     3. Felony Warrant Arrests 

Date & Time of Incident:  Friday, November 13, 2009, at approx. 10:00 A.M.

Location of Incident:  Oak Tree Apartments, located at 51307 CR 665, Apt. 3A, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County, State of Michigan. 
Arrested:  Carrie Crockett

    


1.  Carrie Crockett, 31 year old female out of Kalamazoo -  Felony Absconder Warrant out of Lansing Tether Unit.
   



Richard Privett

 

2.  Richard Privett, 29 year old male from the State of Pennsylvania -  Felony Warrant B&E of a church out of Pennsylvania - (Pending Extradition).

 


Wayne Thornton
    


3.  Wayne Thornton, 44 year old male from the Kalamazoo  -  Felony Warrant Operate-Maintain Meth Lab out of Allegan County.

 



Additional Suspect:  
44 yr old male from the Paw Paw area. 
Injuries: 
None
Criminal Charges: 
Operate-Maintain lab involving methamphetamine, Possession of methamphetamine.   Additional criminal charges will be requested from the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office when the investigation is completed and lab results have been received.  

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reported that on Friday, November 13, 2009, detectives assigned to the Van Buren County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit and Uniform Response Division went to the Oak Tree Apartment Complex.  Detectives had received information that a subject who was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant was staying in Apt. 3A. 
     Detectives made contact with the 3 occupants inside the apartment who were all wanted on felony warrants.  During the arrests of these 3 subjects detectives noticed numerous items that were located in the apartment that were drug related.  A couple of the subjects were in the process of using a syringe-
hypodermic needle to shoot up methamphetamine when police arrived.
     A narcotics search warrant was obtained and executed.  Located inside the apartment were several components used for the manufacturing of meth along with a large quantity of used syringes and some finished methamphetamine.  Items were located throughout the apartment including items hidden in a speaker box and Igloo cooler. 
     The investigation also led detectives out to the dumpster, where additional meth components and vessels were located.  

 

Assisting Agencies:  Uniform Response  Division, Drug & Lab Disposal, Inc., out of Plainwell, Michigan, was dispatched to the scene for clean up of the hazardous materials, and the DEA, Grand Rapids was called for clean up. 
Investigating Officer(s):  Narcotics Unit

Contact Person:  D/Lt Bryan Stump  email, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office, Narcotics/Investigative Units, (269) 657-7711

 


Oct 2009

Incident#:  7691-09.
Date and time: October 3, 2009 at approx 2100 hrs.

Incident type:  2-car personal injury accident.

Location:  I-94, near M-51, in Paw Paw Township.

Vehicles: 
    
Vehicle #1: 1995 2-door Chevrolet Cavalier
     Vehicle #2:  2005 4 door Honda Civic

Drivers:

     Driver of Vehicle #1:  Rebecca Valentine Smith, 18 yr old Decatur resident.  Minor injuries.
     Driver of Vehicle #2:  Ansheel Stephan 60 yr old Des Plaines IL resident.  Minor injuries.
Injured Passengers:
     Vehicle #1:  Christopher M. Weglarz, 19 yr old from Titusville FL.  Minor injuries.
     Vehicle #2:  Agnes H. Jallow, 70 yr old from Stokie IL, minor injuries, Steve Jallow, 53 yr old from Niles IL, and Alice Estiphan from Stokie IL.
Hospital:  Bronson Kalamazoo, transported by Van Buren Emergency Medical Services.  All were treated and released with minor injuries.
Alcohol:   Does not appear to be a factor in this accident.

Seatbelts: Seatbelts were used.
 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to west bound I-94 near M-51, which is in Paw Paw Township in regards to a 2 car personal injury crash.
      Deputies, while investigating the crash, found that the 1995 Chevy, while entering the expressway, hydroplaned losing control, crossing the roadway which was struck by a 2005 Honda traveling west bound on I-94. 
     Five patients were transported to Bronson hospital all with non life threatening injuries. 

Assisting Agency: Van Buren Emergency Medical Services.|
Investigating officer:  Deputy Loren Tarner.

Contact:  On-duty supervisor at 269-657-3101


Sep 2009

INCIDENT#:  802922-09
INCIDENT TYPE:
  Search Warrant / Manufacture Marijuana / Possession of Marijuana
DATE AND TIME:
  September 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm.
LOCATION:
 37029 Octavia Ave., Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County
SUSPECTS:  
     #1:  44yr old male, Paw Paw, MI

     #2:  23yr old male, Paw Paw, MI
  

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler states the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit received a citizen tip reference to marijuana growing in a garden. 
     After a two day investigation, a search warrant was obtained for the residence and executed.  Located during the search were 29 marijuana plants in the garden area.  Located inside the residence were 3 additional marijuana plants, approximately 10 grams of loose marijuana, scales, packaging materials and paraphernalia.  A full grown marijuana plant could yield approximately $1,000 worth of marijuana. 
     Incident remains under investigation and, once the report is completed and crime lab reports are received, it will be forwarded to the VBC Prosecutors office for charges. Charges requested on the 44yr old male (homeowner) will be Manufacturing Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana.  Charges requested on the 23 yr old male will be Possession of Marijuana.  

INVESTIGATING OFFICERS:  Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  Assisting the narcotics unit was the Van Buren County Uniform Response Division. 


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
.

SUPERVISOR CONTACT:  
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt.

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
Narcotics Unit
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208
Fax (269) 657-5161
email


Incident #:  7520-09
Incident Type:  Traffic violations (#1) Reckless driving, (#2) hit and run, (#3) no insurance on a motor vehicle.

Date and Time:   
September 27, 2009 at approximately 11:00 a.m.
Location:   Incident began at the intersection of M-51 Highway at Red Arrow Highway located in Paw Paw Township.
Suspect Arrested:  37 year old Lawrence man (name withheld pending arraignment in Paw Paw district court).

Suspect vehicle information:
  1998 Saturn passenger car.

Information:    Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that two plain clothes deputies in an unmarked police unit noted at the intersection of M-51 and Red Arrow highway two stopped vehicles at this location. 
     As the deputies came up these two vehicles noted was a verbal altercation taking place between the drivers of both these cars.  Stopping to check the situation, the green Saturn sped off from the scene westbound on Red Arrow.  Deputies, speaking with the other operator, he was asked what was taking place between he and the other driver to which he stated, the driver of the green Saturn pulled a gun on him. 
     With this information, Deputies proceeded to attempted contact with this individual, as marked patrol units were called to assist with the same.  The plain clothes deputies noted the suspect passing cars on double yellow lines, proceeding through stop signs and travelling in excess of speeds well over 55 mph. 
     At the intersection of CR374 and 45th Street, the suspect vehicle lost control, went off the road and hit some large landscaping rocks in a front yard at this location which stopped the vehicle.  Deputies pulled in behind the vehicle and exited, identifying ourselves with badges and verbal commands to stop, exit and that we were police officers.  The suspect then put his car into reverse and rammed the front of the unmarked unit, and fled again at a high rate of speed on various roads in Lawrence and Arlington township.  The suspect vehicle was stopped by a marked Sheriff's office patrol unit on 40th avenue and 49th street, to which he was taken into custody on the above listed violations. 
     No gun was located, but was believed to be present in the motor vehicle by the other driver and his passenger.  This incident appears to be a result of a relationship gone bad between all parties. 
     The report on this arrest has been forwarded to the county prosecutors office for review. 

Assisting Agencies:  Michigan State Police Paw Paw and South Haven posts, Paw Paw Village Police.
Arresting Officers:
  Sergeant David Walker, Deputy Tony Evans, Uniform Response Division.
Supervisor Contact: On duty Sergeant or Operations Lieutenant William Lux at 269-657-3101.


INCIDENT#:  7217-09
INCIDENT TYPE:
  Warrant Arrest /Possession of Meth Lab Components/Possession of Meth-PWID Marijuana-R&O.
DATE:  September 17, 2009
LOCATION:  Paw Paw Road and 40th Street, Paw Paw Township, Van Buren County.
ARRESTED:   Chad Krier 20 yr old male, Gobles, MI
WARRANT INFORMATION:  Felony Warrant, out of Lansing, Tether unit for absconding.   

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports a Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office narcotics detective was conducting surveillance in an unrelated incident in an unmarked police vehicle.  A vehicle known to the detective was observed behind him, near Red Arrow Hwy and 41st Street.  As the detective was heading south on 41st Street, the vehicle passed the detective at a high rate of speed on a double yellow line.  The detective radioed for a marked police unit and requested they stop the vehicle for the traffic violation.  Chad Krier
     K-9 Deputy Tony Evans, from the VBC Uniform Response Division, observed the vehicle. 
When the driver of the suspect vehicle saw the deputy, he left the roadway and drove into an open field and fled on foot.  The driver was identified as Chad Krier.  K-9 Deputy Evans deployed his K-9 partner, Goliath, and started tracking Krier through wooded areas and corn fields.  While tracking Krier, K-9 Goliath found several items that were thrown by Krier during the foot pursuit.  These items included, approx 2 grams of meth, approx 3 1/2 ounces of packaged marijuana, misc drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, lithium batteries, plastic tubing and coffee filters with residue. 
    
Additional units from the VBC Uniform Response Division, MSP Paw Paw Post, the Paw Paw Police Dept., along with unmarked cars from the narcotics unit and detective bureau assisted in setting up a perimeter.  As the foot pursuit continued, an additional K-9 Unit from the Michigan State Police joined in.  Approximately 2 hours into the track, a citizen called the police after spotting a suspicious person in a wooded area.  As police units were going to the area, several suspicious vehicles in the area were stopped.  The occupants of the vehicles were questioned and were found to be in contact with Krier on cell phones to coordinate his escape.  Police were able to coordinate with these subjects to get Krier to come out of the woods.
     During this time, a Michigan State Police trooper got into the passenger side of one of the vehicles who was on the phone with Krier and called him out to the road.  As Krier opened the passenger door of the vehicle, the trooper went to grab Krier, who was able to pull away from the trooper and took back off into the woods.  As Krier fled on foot into the woods again, he ran behind the house of an off duty Kalamazoo County Deputy who witnessed the event.  The off duty deputy then ran out and assisted the trooper in apprehending Krier.  The entire incident lasted approximately 3 1/2 hours.
 
    
Krier was transported to the VBC Jail and lodged.  A report will be forwarded to the VBC S/O, Prosecutors office, requesting criminal charges of Possession of Meth Lab Components, Possession of Meth, PWID Marijuana, and Resisting and Obstructing. 

ASSISTING AGENCIES:  Van Buren County Uniform Response Division, Van Buren County K9 Division, Van Buren County Narcotics Unit-Detective Burea, MSP K9 Unit, MSP Paw Paw Post, Paw Paw Police Dept.
INVESTIGATING DEPUTIES:  K9 Deputy Tony Evans
SUPERVISOR CONTACT:  
Bryan R. Stump D/Lt.
Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office
Narcotics Unit
205 S. Kalamazoo St.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone (269) 657-3101 Ext 208
Fax (269) 657-5161
email


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Incident #:  4751-09
Incident Type:
  Optical disc piracy.
Incident Date and Time:   June 27, 2009 at approximately 11:00am.
Incident Location:   Reits Flea Market located at 45146 Red Arrow highway in Paw Paw township.
Suspect:  40 year old Macomb Michigan resident (name withheld pending further investigation)
Evidence seized: 
     #1:  $130 in United States currency.
     #2:  164 suspected illegally copied DVD movies.


Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous call reporting a vendor at Reits Flea Market, located at 45146 Red Arrow highway was believed to be selling pirated DVD movies.  A Deputy in plain clothes did investigate this complaint and did find the vendor in question.  The undercover Deputy did purchase from the vendor what was believed to be a pirated/copied DVD movie.  Uniformed Deputies did then make contact with the vendor where it was confirmed dozens of illegally manufactured movies were discovered out on display for sale.  Sheriff Deputies did seize 164 suspected illegally copy written DVDs, along with $130 in cash from this vendor.  The Motion Picture Association of America was contacted by Deputies and have been requested to verify such movies confiscated were, in fact, illegally copy written. Upon confirmation, this departments investigation will be turned over to the county prosecutor’s office for review.
     Optical disc piracy is that of illegal manufacturing, sale, distribution or trading of copies of motion pictures in digital formats including DVD, DVD-R, CD, CD-R and VCD.  These illegal hard goods are sold on websites, online auctions, via e-mail solicitation and by street vendors and flea markets around the world.  Much like downloadable media, the pirated motion pictures in hard goods such as these confiscated DVD are usually found in general to be poor quality recordings. 
     MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America), along with local law enforcement agencies in 2005, seized over 81 million illegal copy written optical disc worldwide. Neither the owner or employees of the Flea Market had any knowledge or responsibility of such suspected illegal activity involving these DVD’s. 
     Anyone having purchased what they believe to be a pirated DVD, or having knowledge of persons selling these are asked to call their local law enforcement agency.


Investigating officer:   Sergeant David Walker, Deputy Tony Evans, Deputy Charles Loughrin - Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response Division; Agents from the MMPA (Motion Picture Association of America)
Contact persons:  On Duty Sergeant, Lt William Lux or Dt/Lt Bryan Stump 269-657-3101
Photos:    piracy 010     piracy 009     piracy 008     piracy 007     piracy 006

 

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