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Jul 2010

Reference complaint:
# 800197-10 & 800198-10 Update.

Warrants Authorized:  On July 16, 2010, the Van Buren County Prosecutor authorized felony warrants for Possession of Methamphetamine on 4 suspects following a narcotics search warrant that was executed on May 7th, 2010, by the Van Buren Narcotics Unit.

The warrants were authorized for the following individuals:

William Noble Bunch 7-16-2010

1) William Noble Bunch,
34 year old male



Stacey Shannon Bunch 7-16-2010

2) Stacey Shannon Bunch

year old female


 Jeremiah Daniel Carlson 7-16-2010

         3) Jeremiah Daniel Carlson
year old male

Stephanie Marie Carlson 7-16-2010

4) Stephanie Marie Carlson,
year old female

Possession of Methamphetamine holds a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or $15,000.00 in fines.

  On July 16, 2010, at approx. 1620 hours, Detectives from the Van Buren County Narcotics Unit went to the area of 708 E. Michigan Ave, located within the Village of Paw Paw. All 4 subjects were located and arrested on the outstanding felony warrants.  They were lodged without incident at the Van Buren County Jail, with a $5000.00 bond.
Assisting Agencies: 
Paw Paw Police, Michigan State Police, Van Buren County Uniformed Response Division.
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, email

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.

Jun 2010

P6110005  6-10-10Incident No:  4037-10.
Incident Type:  OUID (operating while under the influence of drugs) and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.
Date and Time:  June 10, 2010 at approximately 4:00 pm
Narcotics Seized:  42 grams of suspected marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia items.
Suspect Arrested:  21 year old Paw Paw man (name withheld pending arraignment in 7
th district court east).
Vehicle: 1995 Honda passenger car.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on June 10, 2010 at approximately 4:00 pm, Van Buren county 911 operators began receiving cellular 911 calls reporting a reckless black Honda passenger car westbound on Red Arrow highway entering the Village of Paw Paw. 
     Van Buren county sheriff deputies were able to locate such vehicle on Michigan avenue (Red Arrow highway) near Niles street as it had pulled into, and parked in a local shopping complex lot.  Sheriff deputies contact with this subject found that he was displaying indicators of someone being under the influence of some type of drug.  Deputies requested this subject submit to field sobriety evaluations similar those used for persons operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. 
     Deputies did arrest this subject for operating a vehicle while under the influence of narcotics.   Deputy Tony Evans and his K-9 unit did find upon checking the suspect’s vehicle, nearly 42 grams of suspected marijuana, packaging material, drug scales, needles and other paraphernalia as well.  The suspect was lodged in the Van Buren county jail on the above listed charges awaiting arraignment in the 7
th east district court.

Investigating Officers:  Sergeant David Walker, Deputy Tony Evans, K-9 Goliath, uniformed response division, and Van Buren county sheriff’s office narcotics detectives.
Contact Person: 
On duty Sergeant or Operations Lt William Lux at 269-657-3101 or email.

May 2010

Reference complaint:
# 800197-10 & 800198-10 Update.

Incident Number:  800197-10 & 800198-10
Incident Type:
   Narcotics Search Warrants, Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine.
Date and Time:
  May 7, 2010, at 2:30 pm
Location of Incident:
 708 E Michigan Avenue Apt A and Apt C, Village of Paw Paw, Van Buren County (2 Separate Apartments)
     1.  35 year old Three Rivers man was arrested for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine and a Parole Violation (name being withheld pending arraignment).
April Bradshaw, out of Dowagiac, was arrested for a Child Neglect Warrant, out of Cass County.

Additional Suspects:

     Suspects in Apt A:  34 year old male, Paw Paw, MI
                                   31 year old female, Paw Paw, MI
     Suspects in Apt C:  31 year old male, Paw Paw, MI
                                   29 year old female, Paw Paw, MI

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit were able to obtain 2 search warrants after conducting a week long investigation into possible meth activity at both  apartments. 
     Narcotics detectives, along with uniform response personnel, Officer from Paw Paw Police Department, and DEA agent out of Grand Rapids executed both search warrants simultaneously.  As personnel pulled up to the apartment complex, the 35 year old male and April Bradshaw were located in a vehicle.  When detectives made contact with the 35 year old male, he was found in possession of individually packaged methamphetamine, lithium batteries and a meth pipe.  He was taken into custody.  Contact was also made with Bradshaw who had a valid child neglect warrant out of Cass County.  
     A VBC K-9 was utilized prior to conducting searches.  Once the K-9 was finished, narcotics detectives conducted their searches. Located inside apartment A, was drug paraphernalia, several empty boxes of pseudoephedrine, scales, packaging materials with meth and a small amount of marijuana.  Located inside apartment C, was drug paraphernalia, small amount of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. 
     Children were present in both apartments and Children Protective Services was requested to come to the scene. 
     The 35 year old Three Rivers man and April Bradshaw were arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.  Once reports are completed, they will be sent to the VBC Prosecutors office requesting criminal charges of Possession of Methamphetamine on the 4 additional suspects.   

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 and K-9 Division, Paw Paw Police Dept., DEA from Grand Rapids, Children Protective Services.
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.

Apr 2010

Incident #:  2512-10.
Incident Type:
 Resisting & Warrant Arrest.
Date and Time: 
April 16, 2010 at 2:35 am.
Sportsman's Bar parking lot located in the Village of Paw Paw.
BillyJo Vasquez, 46 year old Paw Paw man.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on April 16, 2010 at 2:35 am deputies noted a subject acting suspicious in the rear parking lot of the Sportsman’s Bar after this businesses closing hours.
     Contact was made with the subject who was discovered to be drinking an open alcoholic beverage, which is a law violation here in the Village of Paw Paw. Upon contact with the subject, he fled from deputies on foot. The subject was subsequently apprehended during which time it was discovered that he had a valid warrant for his arrest.
     He was placed under arrest and lodged for the valid warrant out of Berrien county and resisting & obstructing arrest. 
     Neither the suspect or officers involved received any type of injury in relation to this arrest.

Investigating Deputies:  Deputy Adam Bielang, Deputy Matthew Konkle.
Assisting Officers and Agencies: 
Deputies Greg Pentland & Loren Tarner, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office; Officers McMeeken & Brower, Paw Paw Police Department.
Contact Information: 
On Duty Supervisor or Lt. Lux, (269) 657-3101, email

Mar 2010

Incident No: 800114-10
Incident Type: 
Meth Lab Dump Sites
Incident Date and Time:  March 22, 2010
Location:  Village of Paw Paw, just inside of Village limits.

Description:    Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Central Dispatch, along with the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, are receiving numerous calls from citizens, regardingMeth Lab Dump Site 3-22-2010 meth lab trash found along side of roads, open fields and wooded areas.   Now that the snow is gone, it is easier to notice these items on the ground.  Some of these items may have been there through the winter or just recently thrown there. 
     The items typically found are plastic 2 liter pop bottles used as gas generators, which can be either capped or have a tube sticking out from the bottle.  Even if they look old, once moved, they will start to react again and give off a hazardous gas.  Another item typically found are plastic Gatorade type bottles, which are used as the actual meth lab vessel.  These are generally capped containing the waste, after a cook is finished.  You will also find peeled batteries, used coffee filters, used bottles of drain opener, Lye and camp fuel cans.

Meth Lab Dump Site 3-22-2010     Sometimes these items are tossed out as a single item, but mostly these items are all in one trash bag.  No matter how long they have been there, these items pose a potential hazard to you. 
If you see an item you believe is meth related, do not touch it
If you see a trash bag along the road or even in a field, do not open the bag.  Once these items are disturbed, the reaction may begin again, giving off a hazardous gas.  These items also pose additional hazards by being caustic and flammable. 
If you believe you have located a meth trash dump site, stay away and contact authorities

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

Feb 2010

Jan 2010

Dec 2009

Incident #:  9408-09
Incident Type: Operating-Maintaining a Methamphetamine Lab-Possession Of Meth.
Incident Date and Time: December 7, 2009 at 0050.
Incident Location: Kalamazoo Street near Harry L Bush in the Village of Paw Paw.
Suspect Driver: 26 year old male from Paw Paw, name to be released pending arraignment.
Suspect Passenger: 27 year old male from Lawton, name released pending arraignment.
Suspect Vehicle: 96 Toyota Camry.

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies stopped a vehicle in the Village of Paw Paw for several traffic violations.
     Deputies contacted the the driver who appeared to be very nervous. Deputies asked the driver if there was anything inside the vehicle such as narcotics. The driver stated that there was not and was asked by deputies if they could search. The driver refused the deputies a search of the vehicle.  
     K-9 Xago from the Van Buren County sheriffs Department was called to the location and indicated that the odor of narcotics where in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle was done and a Methamphetamine Lab was located in the vehicle along with several items for making Meth. Deputies also located a baggie of Meth along with drug paraphernalia. Both the driver and the passenger where on Probation for Methamphetamine and were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for Operating a Methamphetamine Lab and Possession of Meth.  

Assisting Agencies: Paw Paw Police Department did assist with this investigation.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Casey Davis Ex 835, Deputy Travis Bernatche Ex 831, Deputy Greg Pentland Ex 822.
Supervisor Contact:  Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101 Ext.801 email, or Lt. William Lux email.

Nov 2009

Incident#:   802978-09
Incident Type
:    Methamphetamine Lab
:    November 9, 2009 at approx. 5:30 p.m.
Location:   206 S Gremps Street, Village of Paw Paw, Van Buren County
:   22 yr old male, Decatur, MI
Count 1:  Operate-Maintain Lab Involving Meth
                  Count 2:  Possession of Methamphetamine                                     

Information:   Sheriff Dale Gribler reports detectives from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit received a citizen's tip regarding a male subject purchasing what they believed to be items for manufacturing meth and gave a vehicle description. 
     Detectives conducted surveillance and located the possible suspect vehicle at 206 S. Gremps Street.  After locating the vehicle, narcotics detectives made contact with the home owner.  While outside talking with the home owner, detectives heard noises coming from the loft area of the barn.  As detectives went to investigate, they located the 22 year old male subject moving around in the loft area attempting to hide the components.  When detectives made contact with the male subject, they found all the items needed to manufacture meth, including a pop bottle which contained the active lab. 
     The 22 year old male was taken into custody.  Located in his pants pocket was a folded up coffee filter containing methamphetamine. 
     The 22 year old subject was transported to the Van Buren County Jail and lodged.  A report will be forwarded to the Paw Paw prosecutors office for review. 
     The DEA, out of Grand Rapids, was contacted for clean up.  Drug and Laboratory Inc., out of Plainwell, was requested to the residence for clean up of the 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:   Paw Paw Police Dept., DEA, Grand Rapids Drug & Lab Inc. 
Investigating Detectives:  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

Oct 2009

Sep 2009

INCIDENT TYPE:  Fleeing & Eluding Police, Resist & Obstruct, Operate While Intoxicated Causing Injury (Second Offense)
DATE AND TIME: Monday,September 1, 2009, at approximately 11:26 pm
INCIDENT #: 6722-09
LOCATION: S Kalamazoo Street near Fadel Street, Village of Paw Paw.
SUSPECT INFORMATION: White male, 44 years, Paw Paw resident (name to be released upon arraignment)
     #1:White male, 47 years old, Drummond Island resident- received facial injuries, treated and released from Bronson Lakeview
     #2:White female, 37 years old, Drummon Island resident- not Injured
     #3: White female, 46 years old, Paw Paw resident- not injured
VEHICLE INFORMATION: 2006 Pontiac GTO, black, 2-door

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on Monday, September 1, 2009 at approximately 11:26 p.m. while on patrol, deputies observed a vehicle to be driving at an extremely high rate of speed southbound on S. Kalamazoo Street near Fadel Street.
     The Deputy pulled in behind the speeding vehicle where the suspect vehicle pulled into the drive-thru lane of Taco Bell. The Deputy exited the patrol vehicle and approached the white male driver as he was stopped at the "order speaker" for Taco Bell. As the Deputy was asking for his drivers license, the male suspect placed the vehicle in gear and took off at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle was pursued northbound on Kalamazoo Street where the vehicle attempted to turn eastbound on Pine Street. Due to the driver operating at such high speeds, the vehicle went off the roadway striking a street sign and impaling into a residence.
     The white male driver then fled on foot. The two white female passengers were not injured, the rear seat male passenger received severe facial injuries and was transported to Bronson Lakeview Hospital for treatment of the injuries and then released. The male driver was located behind a residence a few blocks from the scene of the crash.
     The Driver was taken into custody and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on Operating While Intoxicated Causing Injury (Second Offense), Fleeing and Eluding Police, Resisting and Obstructing Officers. 
     The investigation has been turned over to the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office.

ASSISTING AGENCIES:   Deputies were assisted by the Paw Paw Police Department and the Lawton Police Department. 
INVESTIGATING DEPUTY:  Sergeant Scott Schmitt (269) 657-3101
SUPERVISOR CONTACT: On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lieutenant Lux

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