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Dec 2010

Report#:  9296-10
Incident Type:  2 Car Personal Injury Crash-Suspected Operating under the Influence of Prescription Drugs.
Date and Time:  December 11, 2010 at 2109 hrs.
Location:  10000 Blk CR-689 South Haven Twp.
Vehicle #1Red 2000 Ford Focus with severe front end damage.
     Driver #1:  24 year old Male from Bangor
     Injuries To-Medical Treatment Driver #1:  Possible shoulder and knee injuries.  Treated at the scene by SHAES, and transported to South Haven Community Hospital ER.
Vehicle #2:  Gray 1996 Chrysler Town &Country with severe driver side damage.
    
Driver #2:  40 year old Male from South Haven Twp.
     Injuries To-Medical Treatment Driver #2:  Possible leg and knee injuries. Refused medical treatment.
     Passengers In Vehicle #2:  38 year old Female from South Haven Twp, and a 26 year old Female from Sodus.
     Injuries To-Medical Treatment Passengers In Vehicle #2:  The 38 year old female has possible shoulder, abdominal, and head injuries.  She (38 year old) was treated at the scene by SHAES, and transported to South Haven Community Hospital ER.  The 26 year old female has possible back, neck, and head injuries.  She (26 year old) was also treated at the scene by SHAES, and transported to South Haven Community Hospital ER.
Drug-Alcohol Involvement:  It is believed that driver #1 was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of the crash.

Information Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies responded to a 2 car personal injury crash on CR-689 north of M-43.  Through their investigation, deputies determined that vehicle #1 was traveling North on CR-689, and crossed the center line into the South-bound lane.  Vehicle #2 was South-bound and attempted to avoid a head-on collision by going off the west side of the road.  Vehicle #1 then struck the driver side of vehicle #2.  Driver #1 advised that he blacked out, and admitted to taking 3mg of Atavan and 15mg of Percoset within 2 to 3 hours of the crash.

Law Enforcement Action Taken:  This case is being investigated as an Operating Under the Influence of Drugs related crash.  A report will be submitted to the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office for charges in this incident after the investigation is completed.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Raymond W. Hochsprung and Deputy Todd Oliver VBCSO.
Assisting Agencies:  South Haven Area Emergency Services and South Haven Police Department.
Supervisor Contact:  Please contact the on duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101 or Operations Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-2006 email.


Nov 2010


Oct 2010

Incident Number: 7600-10.
Incident type: Fatality Traffic Crash.
Date & Time: October 8, 2010 at 1800 (6 pm).
Location of Incident:  County Road 380 and 72nd St, South Haven Charter Township, Van Buren County, Michigan.
Vehicle Involved: 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx.
Driver-Suspect Information: 16 year old Male from the South Haven area. Name with held at this time.
Victim’s Name:  Jaylin “Kyree” Hatter, 16 year old male from South Haven.
Passenger Information:
     1.  A 16 year old female from South Haven MI.
     2.  A 16 year old female from South Haven MI.
Seat Belt Usage:  NOT used by the occupants.
Drugs or Alcohol:  Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor. 
Status:  Open, pending the completion of the traffic crash reconstruction and VBC Prosecutor review.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were dispatched to County Road 380 and 72nd St reference an unknown possible personal injury accident. 
     Upon arrival deputies located a male subject who had been thrown from the crashed vehicle as it had rolled repeatedly from the initial impact site.  As deputies treated the passenger by giving him CPR, he began loose a pulse and stopped breathing.  The passenger identified as Jaylin “Kyree” Hatter, later lost his life due to the trauma sustained during the crash. 
     Two other passengers, whose names are being with held at this time, were treated at the scene by members of the South Haven Area Community Services Fire/EMS.  They were both later transported and treated at South Haven Hospital for injuries sustained.  Their injuries do not appear to be life threatening at this time.
     Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Deputies then began the investigation in the traffic crash.  Through an investigation, that is still ongoing, it appears that the driver of the vehicle was attempting to pass another vehicle upon CR 380 and drove off the paved portion of the roadway.  The driver then over corrected the vehicle, which began to turn the vehicle sideways, and crash into the ditch embankment along the roadway.  The vehicle then began to roll over numerous times to which it ejected Hatter from his seat.  The vehicle then came to rest alongside the roadway where the other occupants were able to get out of the vehicle.
     The investigation into this incident is still ongoing and updates will be made once they are available.

Assisting Agencies: South Haven Area Community Services Fire/EMS.
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Brian W. Matthews, South Haven Charter Township- Contract Deputy, Accident Reconstructionist; Deputy Kyle Romeo - Geneva Township Contract Deputy, Accident Reconstructionist.
Assisting Officers: Sergeant Dennis Harvey, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office; Trooper Dave Meder, Michigan State Police; Trooper Jeff Olney, Michigan State Police; Officer Al Marler, Covert Township Police.
Supervisor-Contact: The on-duty Sgt. or Lt. Robert Kirk, (269) 657-3101, email.


Sep 2010


Aug 2010

Incident Number:  5978-10
Incident type: Request for Information on stolen trailer used for the South Haven Blueberry Festival Parade.
Date & Time:  August 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location of Incident: 72,000 Block of M43 Hwy, South Haven Twp, Van Buren Co. MI
Vehicle Involved:  Black colored Ready Built Trailer with side rails, 8 X 16 foot trailer with drop down rear gate with wooden side rails. (to be used in Saturday’s Blueberry Parade in South Haven)
Suspect Information: 3 Unknown Subjects Driving a Blue Colored Dodge Ram Style Pickup Truck 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler is requesting assistance from the community in trying to locate a stolen trailer from the South Haven area that was intended to be used on Saturday’s South Haven Area Blueberry Festival to honor the Blueberry Court of South Haven. 
     On 08/11/2010, Deputies took a report of a stolen trailer from a residence in the 72,000 Block of M43 Hwy located in South Haven Township.  Through an investigation it was revealed that a blue colored Dodge Ram Pickup Truck with three occupants was seen pulling the trailer from the front yard of a residence and last seen eastbound on M43 Hwy from the Scene.
     Sheriff Gribler and deputies are asking for assistance in locating this trailer and the possible suspects responsible for the crime.  The trailer was to be intended for use upon Saturday 08/14/2010 during the Parade in South Haven to honor the Blueberry Court of South Haven for the year of 2010. 

Any information into the location of the trailer or the suspect’s information is asked to call the Van Buren Co. Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers 800-342-7867 or Silent Observer 269-343-2100 or 866-774-2345.

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Investigating Officers:  Deputy Brian W. Matthews (South Haven Township Contract Deputy)  269-637-7089 or 269-657-3101
Supervisor Contact:  Lt. Robert Kirk email or the on-duty Sgt. (269) 657-3101


Incident Number:  5860-10
Incident type:  Arrest Sex Offender Registration Violation
Date & Time:  Saturday, August 7, 2010 at approximately 1800 PM
Location of Incident: South Haven Township, Van Buren County, Michigan
Suspect Information:  23 year old male, from South Haven MI 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies conducting sex offender registration checks in the South Haven area have been investigating the repeated failure to comply with the sex offender act by a suspect out of South Haven. 
     Suspect is on probation for sex offender violations of young children and has served time in Illinois and Michigan for sexual crimes and sexual registration violations.  Officers from the South Haven Police Department located the suspect and detained him for the South Haven Township Deputy for an interview into the sex offender violation of failing to register.  Suspect confirmed that he has repeatedly failed to register as a sexual offender with the South Haven Township Deputy and subsequently arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.
     The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office continues to enforce sexual offender laws and monitor sexual offenders in the community and will remain diligent in the efforts to protect the citizens of the county.

Criminal Charges:  Violation of Sex Offender Registration Act
Assisting Agencies:  South Haven City Police Department
Investigating Officers:  Deputy Brian Matthews, Officer Chris Mersman of South Haven Police Department.
Supervisor/Contact:  Lt. Robert Kirk email or the on-duty Sgt.
 


Ochoa, Marcos Rodrigues 8-2-2010


Date and Time of Incident:  August 1, 2010 shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:
  75th Street, South Haven Township
Subject Arrested:  Marcos Rodriges Ochoa, 33 years old, resides in South Haven Twp
Original Incident No: 
8081-09 October 18, 2009, Village of Lawrence.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies received information while taking a complaint that the above suspect was at a residence on 75th Street in South Haven Township, shortly after midnight on August 1, 2010.   
     Ochoa had warrants issued for Assault with a dangerous weapon and Felony Firearm from the original incident in which the news release
8081-09 was put out on in October of 2009.  Ochoa also had additional warrants for Child Support out of Ottawa County, and Failing to Appear at a Friend of the Court Child Support Hearing out of Van Buren County. 
     Deputies utilized the Emergency Services Unit in an attempt to apprehend Ochoa who has been wanted and unable to be located since the incident in October of 2009.  Deputies were unable to locate Ochoa initially after responding to the residence, but did finally locate him in a room padlocked on the outside on the rear of the unattached garage at that residence.  Ochoa was taken into custody without incident and lodged on all the warrants at the Van Buren County Jail. 
     Ochoa was arraigned today in 7th District Court and a Preliminary Examination was set-up on the Felony charges for August 10th at 8:30 AM.  Bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety.  Ochoa was also arraigned on the Friend of Court Charges in Van Buren County Circuit Court and was given 2 days jail with credit for 2 days or purge $350. 
     Ochoa is being held on the Ottawa County charges and will be transferred to Ottawa County by their officials at some time to be arraigned there. 
     Please see the charges and penalties highlighted below.

Original Officer:  Deputy James Charon
Assisting Officers:  Van Buren County Emergency Services Unit, Van Buren County K-9 Team, South Haven Police Department, Van Buren County Narcotics and Criminal Divisions.
Contact:  D/Lt. William Lux email, D/Lt. Bryan Stump email at 269-657-7711, or on Duty Sergeant at 269-657-3101 

THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (Excerpt)
Act 328 of 1931

750.82 Felonious assault; violation of subsection (1) in weapon free school zone; definitions.

Sec. 82.

(1)   Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who assaults another person with a gun, revolver, pistol, knife, iron bar, club, brass knuckles, or other dangerous weapon without intending to commit murder or to inflict great bodily harm less than murder is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $2,000.00, or both.

(2)
   A person who violates subsection (1) in a weapon free school zone is guilty of a felony punishable by 1 or more of the following:

(a)    Imprisonment for not more than 4 years.

(b)    Community service for not more than 150 hours.

(c)    A fine of not more than $6,000.00.

(3)     As used in this section:

(a)   “School” means a public, private, denominational, or parochial school offering developmental kindergarten, kindergarten, or any grade from 1 - 12.

(b)   “School property” means a building, playing field, or property used for school purposes to impart instruction to children or used for functions and events sponsored by a school, except a building used primarily for adult education or college extension courses.

(c)   “Weapon free school zone” means school property and a vehicle used by a school to transport students to or from school property.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;-- CL 1948, 750.82 ;-- Am. 1994, Act 158, Eff. Aug. 15, 1994
Former Law: See section 1 of Act 232 of 1913, being CL 1915, § 15228; CL 1929, § 16747; and Act 241 of 1915.

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THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (Excerpt)

Act 328 of 1931

750.227b Carrying or possessing firearm when committing or attempting to commit felony; “law enforcement officer” defined.

Sec. 227b.

(1)  A person who carries or has in his or her possession a firearm when he or she commits or attempts to commit a felony, except a violation of section 223, section 227, 227a or 230, is guilty of a felony, and shall be imprisoned for 2 years. Upon a second conviction under this section, the person shall be imprisoned for 5 years. Upon a third or subsequent conviction under this subsection, the person shall be imprisoned for 10 years.

(2)  A term of imprisonment prescribed by this section is in addition to the sentence imposed for the conviction of the felony or the attempt to commit the felony, and shall be served consecutively with and preceding any term of imprisonment imposed for the conviction of the felony or attempt to commit the felony.

(3)  A term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall not be suspended. The person subject to the sentence mandated by this section is not eligible for parole or probation during the mandatory term imposed pursuant to subsection (1).

(4)  This section does not apply to a law enforcement officer who is authorized to carry a firearm while in the official performance of his or her duties, and who is in the performance of those duties. As used in this subsection, “law enforcement officer” means a person who is regularly employed as a member of a duly authorized police agency or other organization of the United States, this state, or a city, county, township, or village of this state, and who is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the general criminal laws of this state.

History: Add. 1976, Act 6, Eff. Jan. 1, 1977 ;-- Am. 1990, Act 321, Eff. Mar. 28, 1991
Constitutionality: The double jeopardy protection against multiple punishment for the same offense is a restriction on a court's ability to impose punishment in excess of that intended by the Legislature, not a limit on the Legislature's power to define crime and fix punishment. People v Sturgis, 427 Mich 392; 397 NW2d 783 (1986).

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Jul 2010

Incident #:  5356-10 & 5365-10
Incident Type:  Warrant Arrest, Stolen Vehicle, Larceny from Motor Vehicle
Date & Time of Incident:  July 22, 2010, shortly after midnight
Location of Incident:   South Haven Twp. (stolen vehicle), Bangor Twp. (vehicle larceny)
Suspects:  Matthew Tyler Eide,  21 years old, and Mark Lee Eide, 24 years old.  Both reside in Hartford Township.
Criminal charges:  UDAA  (Stolen Vehicle)      

Narrative:   Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff’s Deputies handled a stolen vehicle complaint from a South Haven Township resident. 
     While investigating the complaint, it was discovered that the vehicle had been stopped in Benton Harbor and one of the two suspects had been arrested for possession of drugs, but was released pending lab results on the drugs confiscated.  The vehicle was impounded at the time. 
     The vehicle was then later reported stolen by the owner, once he had discovered it missing.  The owner was taken to the impound lot, identified numerous items in the vehicle that were not his.  Through further investigation, it was discovered that the items were some of the items stolen from a vehicle in Bangor Township. 
     The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office did authorize warrants against both subjects for the stolen vehicle.  Matthew Eide was arrested yesterday afternoon, found hiding in his residence in Hartford Township, and Mark Eide was arrested through the assistance of the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office this morning on the stolen vehicle charge.  Additional charges will be sought against both suspects for larceny from a motor vehicle in the Bangor Township incident.  Matthew Eide was also on State Probation for Burglary, and a detainer was also placed on him.
     Both suspects were arraigned in 7th District Court West on the below charges.  A preliminary examination was set for August 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM in 7th District Court West.  Bond on both suspects was set at $50,000 Cash/Surety.

THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 328 of 1931

750.413 Motor vehicle; taking possession and driving away.

Sec. 413.

Taking possession of and driving away a motor vehicle—Any person who shall, willfully and without authority, take possession of and drive or take away, and any person who shall assist in or be a party to such taking possession, driving or taking away of any motor vehicle, belonging to another, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years.

History: 1931, Act 328, Eff. Sept. 18, 1931 ;-- CL 1948, 750.413
Former Law: See section 1 of Act 44 of 1907, being CL 1915, § 15430; CL 1929, § 16969; Act 220 of 1917; Act 313 of 1919; and Act 50 of 1927.

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Investigating Officer:  Deputy Brian Matthews, South Haven Twp. Deputy Tony Evans.
Assisting Officers:  Sgt. David Walker. 
Contact Person: On duty Sergeant, Lieutenant  Robert  Kirk, or D/Lt. William Lux 269-657-3101, email


Incident Number:  5253-10
Incident Type: Possession with Intent to Deliver Ecstasy, Drove While License Suspended
Incident Time: July 18, 2010 at 0134
Location: CR388 and 71st 1/2 St. in South Haven Twp.
Vehicle: 1997 Oldsmobile registered to the suspect
Suspect: 20 year old male from Battle Creek (name being held pending arraignment)

Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies made a traffic stop on a white  Oldsmobile for driving left of center and defective equipment.
     Deputies contacted the driver who was seen earlier in South Haven City and was suspected of dealing narcotics. Deputies ran the driver through Central Dispatch and found him to have a Suspended Drivers License. Deputies placed the driver under arrest and when doing so located 17 pills of ecstasy in his pocket. The driver denied any involvement with the pills and stated he found them in a local park.
     The driver was taken to the Van Buren County Jail, where he was lodged for PWID-Ecstasy and Driving on a Suspended License.

Investigating Officer:  Deputy Casey Davis, Deputy Travis Bernatche
Supervisor Contact:  On Duty Sgt.


Incident Number:  5223-10
Incident Type: Resist and Oppose Police, ORV OWI, ORV Child Endangerment
Date and Time:  July 16, 2010 at 2045 hrs
Location: Syndicate Park Subdivision and Lake Michigan Shoreline, South Haven Twp MI
Vehicle Involved:  2009 Kawasaki 4 Wheeler ORV
Alcohol:  Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the situation
Suspect's Name:  a 39 year old resident of West Chicago IL
Criminal Charges:  Resist/Oppose Police, ORV while Intoxicated, Child Endangerment, Recreational Trespassing, No ORV Helmet, No DNR ORV Trail Pass License

Narrative:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies assigned to patrol the South Haven Township coastline and DNRE Critical Dune Areas observed a male subject driving recklessly with his ORV and having a small child on the back. 
     Deputies asked the subject to stop, to which he fled from the scene on his ORV.  The South Haven Township Contract Deputy located the suspect's ORV as it was concealed behind a residence.  When the deputy attempted to located the suspect, he observed the suspect running back towards his ORV from the woods.  The deputy then gave chase on foot as the suspect attempted to get away.  The suspect attempted to get back to his ORV but was caught by the deputy prior to being able to drive off.  The subject then fought with the Deputy and had to be tasered to be subdued and restrained. 
     The suspect then refused all officers’ requests and was arrested on numerous charges including (Resist/Oppose Police, OWI on an ORV, Child Endangerment, Recreational Trespassing, No Helmet upon an ORV, No DNRE trail pass permit.) 
     The suspect was then lodged at the VBCSO Jail on the offenses.


Investigating Officer:
 Deputy Brian Matthews (South Haven Twp Contract Deputy)
Assisting Officers:  Deputy Todd Oliver, Deputy Kyle Romeo, Trooper Meder--MSP 51 Post, Officer Gardner--Covert Twp Police
Supervising Officer:  Sergeant Dennis Harvey email or Sergeant Wayne Polomcak email
 


Jun 2010


Incident Number:  4702-10
Incident Type:  Resisting and Opposing - Assaulting Police, Probation Violation, and numerous warrant arrest.
Date and Time of Incident:  June 30, 2010 at 2315 hours.
Location:  Blue Star Hwy and M43 Hwy, South Haven Township, Van Buren County
Suspect's Name:  Leon Jackson, 29 year old male from South Haven.
Criminal Charges: 
     1) Felony Resisting and Opposing- Assaulting a Police Officer;
     2) Probation Violation;
     3) warrant for Disruption of Communication Devices out of South Haven PD, criminal bench warrant for FTP out of Berrien Co., and criminal bench warrant for FTA out of MSP Paw Paw.

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler advises on 06/30/2010 at approximately 2315 hours, a Van Buren County Sheriff's Office Deputy contracted to South Haven Township, while on patrol observed two males near a closed business upon Blue Star Hwy and M43 located in South Haven Twp.  Due to the time of day and the deputy's knowledge the business was closed, he began to investigate why the subjects were near the business. 
     The Deputy immediately recognized one subject through previous contacts and knew that he was on probation. The other subject (Jackson) involved initially provided a false name to the officer to conceal his identity, knowing he had outstanding criminal arrest warrants.  As the deputy investigated the matter, the suspect with the outstanding warrants began to fight with the deputy in which the suspect attempted to kick at the officer. A brief altercation took place and the deputy used the tazer to help control the subject until back up arrived and the subject could be arrested. The subject resisted to avoid being arrested on the outstanding warrants.
     He was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on the above charges.

Assisting Agencies:  South Haven PD, Covert PD and MSP.
Investigating Officer: Deputy Brian Matthews
Supervising Officer: Sergeant Dennis Harvey at 269-657-3101 email or Lt. Bob Kirk at 629-657-2006 email.     


June 25, 2010
Update on original Incident #2997-10
Court Information on Charges and Arraignment stemming
from the original news release issued on May 4th.

Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Doris Renee Clay, 28 years old, South Haven, Michigan was arraigned in South Haven District Court yesterday.  Clay was represented by Attorney Don Sappanos and plead not guilty.  Clay was charged with the offense highlighted below.  Bond was set and posted at $1,000, with next court appearance to be a Pre-Trial on July 27th, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Investigating Officers: 
Deputy John Stolsonburg (269) 657-3101 Ext. 3823, Detective Sharon VanDam (269) 657-7711, ext 3843
Contact Information:  Detective Sharon VanDam or D/Lt. William Lux (269) 657-7711 Ext.
3993 email

 THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 328 of 1931


750.135a Leaving child unattended in vehicle; prohibition; violation; definitions.

Sec. 135a.

(1) A person who is responsible for the care or welfare of a child shall not leave that child unattended in a vehicle for a period of time that poses an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to the child or under circumstances that pose an unreasonable risk of harm or injury to the child.

(2) A person who violates this section is guilty of a crime as follows:

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivisions (b) to (d), the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 93 days or a fine of not more than $500.00, or both.
(b) If the violation results in physical harm other than serious physical harm to the child, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $1,000.00, or both.

(c) If the violation results in serious physical harm to the child, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
(d) If the violation results in the death of the child, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.

(3) As used in this section:

(a) "Child" means an individual less than 6 years of age.
(b) "Physical harm" and "serious physical harm" mean those terms as defined in section 136b.
(c) "Unattended" means alone or without the supervision of an individual 13 years of age or older who is not legally incapacitated.
(d) "Vehicle" means that term as defined in section 79 of the Michigan vehicle code, 1949 PA 300, MCL 257.79.

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Incident Number:  800229-10 & 800230-10.
Incident Type:
 Narcotics Search Warrants, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
Date and Time:
  June 2, 2010 at approx. 5pm & 9pm
Location:
 Storage Units in the 16000 Block of 64th St. in South Haven and Residence-Property in the 13000 Block of 62nd St. in South Haven, Van Buren County.
Suspects: 
31 year old male, Bangor, MI, 29 year old female, Bangor, 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 3 month long investigation into possible marijuana distribution. 
      Narcotics detectives were able to obtain and execute a search warrant on one of the storage units.  Inside the unit, detectives located approximately 7 lbs of marijuana in a plastic tote, packaging materials, and shipping labels with the suspects name and address.
      Narcotics detectives set up surveillance on the residence while other detectives obtained a second search warrant for the suspects residence.  While surveillance personnel were waiting for the search warrant, a vehicle was observed leaving the residence and traveled to the storage units.  Narcotics detectives and Van Buren County Sheriffs Office marked units conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle while at the storage units.  Detectives made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was the 31 year old suspect, along with an additional passenger.  A search of the vehicle was conducted and approximately 4 more pounds of marijuana was located inside.
     After obtaining the second search warrant, detectives searched the 31 year old suspects residence-property.  Detectives located an additional 2 lbs of marijuana in a chicken coop.  The marijuana was buried and hidden in a large blue barrel of chicken feed.  Also seized was a digital scale and a rifle.  Seized under the civil forfeiture laws was the 2000 Chevy Suburban.
     This incident remains under investigation.  Once completed, a copy of the report will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutors office requesting charges of Possession with intent to deliver marijuana. 

     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:  Assisting at the scenes were Deputies from the Van Buren County Uniform Response Division and K9-Division, as well as the South Haven Police K-9 Unit.
Investigating Officers: 
Van Buren County Sheriffs Office Narcotics Unit.
Supervisor Contact: 
 Bryan R. Stump D/Lt., Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Unit, Ph# (269) 657-3101 Ext 208, email.


May 2010


Apr 2010

6/25/2010 update

Incident #: 2997-10
Incident Type:
Child Abuse-Neglect.
Incident Location:
  72300 Erika Way in South Haven Township.
Date and Time:
Deputies were dispatched at approximately 2:51 pm.
Suspect: Name withheld due to this being an open investigation.
Victim:
Name withheld due to this being an open investigation.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the parking lot of the Coastal Crossings apartments in South Haven Township in reference to a child being left inside of a vehicle unattended.
     Upon arrival on scene, the child had already been placed into the ambulance and was being treated medically and was then taken to the South Haven Community Hospital. Further investigation revealed that the child was actually less than 4 months old and was left unattended inside of a car in the parking lot, according to witnesses, from 7 or 8 in the morning until approximately 2:40 pm.
     A witness heard a woman screaming when she realized that she had left the baby inside of the car. The witness was able to give CPR to the baby, who was reported to be not breathing upon taking her out of the vehicle. Witnesses report that the baby was revived by the CPR that was administered. Police and EMS arrived on scene shortly after.
     Due to the high temperatures today, the child was diagnosed with dehydration, heat exhaustion, and lethargy. The child was transported to South Haven Community Hospital and then transferred to Bronson Hospital. The Child is listed in stable condition at this time.
     This is an open investigation and the report will be submitted to the Van Buren County Prosecutors Office for charges.

Assisting agencies:
  Michigan State Police and SHAES
Investigating Deputy:
 Deputy John Stolsonburg, and Detective Sharon VanDam.
Contact Information:
On duty Sergeant or Lieutenant Lux at 269-657-3101, email
 


Mar 2010

Feb 2010

Jan 2010

Incident #: 
124-10.
Incident Type: Personal Injury Snowmobile Collision.
Date & Time of Incident:
January 5, 2010 at 1:24 a.m.
Location of Incident:
14th Ave. between M-140 and Blue Star Hwy.

Vehicle #1: 
1997 Arctic Cat snowmobile.
     Driver #1: 
Kristen Marie Williamson, 21 year old female from South Haven.  
     
Injuries: The victim sustained minor injuries.  She was treated at South Haven Community Hospital and was released.
Vehicle #2:  1997 Yamaha snowmobile.
      Driver #2: 
Brian Gerald Nix, 23 year old male from Grand Rapids.
Helmets worn:
Driver #1 was wearing a helmet and driver #2 was not.
Alcohol: 
Alcohol was not a factor in the collision.
Traffic Citations issued:
Driver #2 was issued citations for unregistered snowmobile, no crash helmet and no trail pass.

Narrative:
   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to 14th Avenue between Blue Star Highway and M-140 for a personal injury snowmobile crash. 
     Upon arrival Deputies found a female lying in the roadway near the Van Buren Trail.  It was determined that the female was riding with two other subjects.  All three were heading westbound on 14th Avenue.  The lead snowmobile turned northbound on to the Van Buren Trail.  The female, who was riding second in the group, stopped prior to turning on to the trail and was struck from behind by the third snowmobile in the group.  The collision threw the female from the snowmobile after being struck.  The other drivers were not injured in the crash.
     Emergency personnel were hindered in their attempts to get to the accident due to the depth of  snow on 14th Avenue.  Deputies located an MDOT plow truck nearby and the truck was able to clear a path for emergency vehicles to get to the patient.
     Weather conditions and speed appear to be factors in the crash.


Assisting Agencies:  South Haven Police Department, South Haven Area Emergency Services, Michigan Department of Transportation.
Investigating Officer:
Deputy Travis Bernatche, Deputy Casey Davis.
Contact Person: 
Sergeant Scott Schmitt email or Lt. William Lux email can be contacted at 269-657-2006.


Dec 2009

Incident #:  5101-09 and 5786-09
Date of Arrest:  December 15, 2009
Dates of Home Invasions:
 The last two weeks of July of 2009
Location:  South Haven Township, Located in Van Buren County Michigan
Incident Type:
  Arrest of Suspect for 2 South Haven Township Home Invasions.  Suspect is Currently on Parole for Previous Home Invasions.
Suspect/Arrested: Jeffrey Thomas Capio, 40 year old male from South Haven Michigan
Alcohol/Drugs a Factor:
  Drugs are suspected to be a factor in the situation.
Charges:
2 Counts of Home Invasion in the 2nd Degree.

Information:
:
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies received two separate reports of home invasions in the Township of South Haven during the last two weeks of July of 2009. 
     Deputies learned that a suspect had forced his way into two secured residences and had stolen various items from inside the homes.  Deputies began their investigation to develop a suspect and during a check of the surrounding area, one was located. 
     While interviewing suspect Jeffrey Capio of South Haven, he was found to be in possession of evidence linking him to the crimes and was found to be released from prison from numerous previous home invasion arrests and convictions. 
     Capio was later arrested for the crimes and is awaiting trial for the offenses and was also violated on his parole status from prison.  Drugs appear to be a factor in both crimes. 
     The Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office is now taking over the case and will prosecute.

Investigating Officers:
Deputy Brian Matthews email, Deputy Duane Brigham
Supervising Officer:
  Sergeant Wayne Polomcak
 


Incident #:  9454-09
Incident Type
:  Armed Robbery, Kidnapping, Car Jacking.
Date and time:    December 8, 2009 at 1930 hours.
Venue:  Little Caesars Pizza and Village Market, South Haven Township, VanBuren County, MI
Victim:   Dylan Akers, 30 year old white male, South Haven area resident.
Suspect:  55 year old male (name withheld pending arraignment).

Information:  Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that Deputies were called to assist South Haven Police Department with a armed robbery at Little Caesars Pizza.
     Reporting officer notes that, while assisting in this investigation, a car jacking took place not far from the crime scene while officers were reviewing security camera footage.
     Deputies then met with victim, Dylan Ackers, who stated to police that he was held at gun point while he was robbed of all the money on his person and driven away from the scene in his own car. Akers then realized that the suspect did not have a gun. Akers then attempted to subdue the suspect by choking him out. Akers was able to regain possession of his vehicle and his freedom but not before being punched in the face by the suspect.
     Akers then led police to the scene. South Haven police K-9 then tracked the suspect to a apartment in the 400 block of Alyworth in the City of South Haven. Officers were then able to identify and arrest the suspect with help from the employees of Little Caesars and Dylan Akers. Officers were able to recover a large sum of money taken in the incident and also recovered a stolen Mini 14 semi auto rife stolen from a breaking and entering of a residence that occurred earlier in the week in Covert Township.
    The suspect is being held at the VanBuren County Jail waiting arraignment on kidnapping, and armed robbery charges.

Assisting with the Investigation::    South Haven City Police, Michigan State Police, the managers of Village Express, Village Market Food Center who provided video evidence, and the employees of Little Caesars who came forth to identify this suspect.
Investigating Deputies: 
Deputy Duane A Brigham (269) 657-3101 ext 826, Deputy Casey Davis (269) 657-3101 ext. 835
Supervisor  Contact:  
Sergeant Scott Schmitt, (269) 657-3101 ext 801, email.
 


Nov 2009

Incident #:  8992-09
Incident Type:  Personal Injury Crash.
Date & Time of Incident:  
November 17, 2009 at 10:19 p.m. 
Location of Incident: 
CR 689 at 8th Ave, South Haven Twp.
Driver: 
57 year old Vandalia, MI man.
Injuries:
 The driver suffered facial and head injuries from the impact with the windshield.  He is currently in stable condition.
Hospital Information:
 The driver was transported to South Haven Community Hospital by South Haven Area Emergency Services personnel.
Vehicle #1:  
1990 Geo Tracker, blue in color.
Seat Belts used: 
 It is believed that the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
Is alcohol a factor: 
 Alcohol is believed to be a factor.
Criminal Charges:  
Deputies are awaiting blood results to determine the driver’s blood alcohol content at the time of the crash.  The report will then be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for charges. 

Narrative:
 
Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 689 and 8th Ave. in South Haven Township for a personal injury crash.
     Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver, a 57 year old Vandalia man, was traveling northbound on County Road 689 and failed to stop at a stop sign.  The vehicle then travelled through the “T” intersection and into a large ditch. 
     Deputies on scene noted that the windshield was cracked on the driver’s side, indicating that the driver of the vehicle was not wearing a safety belt.
     A half empty, half gallon bottle of Seagram’s Gin was located on the front passenger seat of the vehicle.  It is believed that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.  Once the lab results are received the report will be forwarded to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office for review.


Investigating Officer:  
Deputy Travis Bernatche, Deputy Greg Pentland. 
Assisting Agencies: 
South Haven Police Department, South Haven Area Emergency Services.
Contact Person: 
Please contact the on-duty Sergeant at 269-657-3101.


Oct 2009

Incident #: 
Incident Type:
  Stolen Handgun Complaint and Later Recovery of the Stolen Weapon.
Date of Incident:
  October 30, 2009 (Report of Incident to the Police).
Location:
South Haven Township, Van Buren County Michigan.
Suspects:
Two 18 year old males.  One from the Pullman MI area and the other from Grand Junction MI.
Stolen:
 Vintage Harrington and Richardson Revolver Style Handgun.
Alcohol or Drug Use:
  No drug use or alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on 10/30/2009 Deputies from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a stolen handgun from a residence in South Haven Township Michigan.  The handgun stolen was described as a vintage H&R style revolver with an early date of manufacturer. 
    
Deputies, at this time, began their investigation and were able to develop suspects that might be affiliated with the incident.  During interviews with the suspects and through a lengthy investigation, the handgun was recovered in the Pullman Michigan area.  Further interviews were conducted that placed two suspects directly involved in the incident.  One suspect was found to be the subject who stole the handgun and attempted to sell it.  The other suspect involved was found to have concealed it in the attempt to sell the gun in the South Haven area. 
     The subject, who was in possession of the handgun when it was recovered and believed to have stolen it, was arrested and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on two separate felony charges of Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of a firearm.  This subject is also on probation in Allegan County for an unrelated charge. 
     Additional charges are being sought on both suspects through the Prosecutors Office.  Further investigation is still pending.

Status:
  Open pending further charges from the Van Buren County Prosecutor's Office.
Investigating Officer:
  Deputy Brian Matthews.
Supervisor Contact Information:
  Sergeant Wayne Polomcak at 269-657-3101 or by email
 


Incident #:  8047-09.
Date and Time of Incident:  October 16, 2009 at 8:50 p.m.
Nature of Incident:
  OWI 3rd or Subsequent Arrest, Drove while License Revoked, Possession of Open Intoxicants, and Personal Injury Crash in South Haven Township.
Location:  Baseline Road and 71 1/2 Street, Van Buren County, South Haven Township.
Suspect Information:
  45 year old male South Haven area resident. Currently lodged at the Van Buren County Jail. (name withheld pending arraignment in 7th district court west South Haven)
Alcohol:
  Alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Vehicle Information:
  90 Dodge Caravan, Damaged in the rollover crash.
Charges:
  Felony Operating while intoxicated 3rd or subsequent offense, Possession of Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle, Drove While License Revoked (From prior operating while intoxicated arrests.)
Injuries:
  The 45 year old male sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Narrative:  Officers were dispatched to the area of Baseline Road and 71 1/2th St located in South Haven Township in reference to a single vehicle personal injury crash. 
     Upon arrival, Officers located a single van rolled upon its side and the driver trapped inside the vehicle.  After providing medical attention to the suspect, and extricating him from the vehicle, he was taken to South Haven Community Hospital for an evaluation.  It appears that the suspect while driving West on Baseline Road traversed across the center line and then down into an embankment on the South side of the roadway where the vehicle rolled and struck a tree. 
     While attending to the patient open alcohol was found inside the vehicle.  A subsequent investigation found that the suspect was highly intoxicated and was driving a vehicle while his license is denied and revoked from numerous operating while intoxicated arrests.  The suspect is also out on bond in Allegan County from another operating while intoxicated arrest which occurred less than one month ago. 
     The suspect does have an extensive criminal history and after being medically cleared was taken to and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for various offenses.  A bond will be set in the Van Buren Case at a later date due to the situation and felony charges.  At this time, the situation is still open pending possible charges against the vehicle's owner for allowing the suspect to continually drive intoxicated and upon a revoked license.

Status of Situation:
  Open - pending Prosecutor review.
Investigating Deputy:
  Deputy Brian W. Matthews, Van Buren County Sheriff's Office.
Assisting Agencies:
  South Haven Community Emergency Services, South Haven Police Department


Sep 2009


Aug 2009


Jul 2009

NATURE OF INCIDENT:  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating 

DATE AND TIME:  Sunday July 5, 2009 at approximately 10:00 pm. 

LOCATION:  Black River, South Haven Township 

INCIDENT #:  5038-09 

BOAT OPERATOR / SUSPECT:  68 year old, Larry Chambers from South Haven 

DATAMASTER:  .22 Blood Alcohol Content 

PASSENGERS:  There were 11 additional passengers on the vessel. 

VEHICLE INFORMATION:  1967  Steel Inboard Pleasure boat

 

INFORMATION:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Marine Division was on patrol on the Black River South Haven Township, on Sunday July 5, 2009 at approximately 10:00 pm.  Marine Deputies made contact with Mr. Chambers while he was operating a pleasure boat with eleven additional passengers in the evening hours on the Black River.  Marine Deputies found Mr. Chambers to be under the influence of alcohol.  Mr. Chambers was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment.  Marine Deputies turned the vessel over to a sober passenger and it was taken back to the dock safely. 
     The investigation has been turned over to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.
 

INVESTIGATING  DEPUTIES:  Marine Deputies Nathan Penning, Mikal Pechota, Ben Downey, Jason Fisk, Mike Hostetler, Uniform Response Sergeant Scott Schmitt, Sergeant Dave Walker 

SUPERVISOR CONTACT:  On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101

 

Sergeant Chad Jahr

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

Marine Division

205 S. Kalamazoo Street

Paw Paw, MI  49079

Telephone: (269) 657-3101 Ext. 272

Click here to send an email.
 



NATURE OF INCIDENT:
  Operating while Intoxicated – Boating 

DATE AND TIME:  Sunday, July 5, 2009 at approximately 1:00 a.m.

LOCATION:  Black River, South Haven Township 

INCIDENT #:  5043-09 

BOAT OPERATOR / SUSPECT:   38 year old, Tera Barnes from Battle Creek 

DATAMASTER:  .24 Blood Alcohol Content 

PASSENGERS:  There were 3 additional passengers on the vessel 

VEHICLE INFORMATION:   1983 Inboard Pleasure boat

 

INFORMATION:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Marine Division was on patrol on the Black River, South Haven Township, on Sunday July 5, 2009 at approximately 1:00 a.m.  Marine Deputies made contact with Ms. Barnes while she was operating a pleasure boat with three additional passengers in the early morning hours on the Black River.  Marine Deputies found Ms. Barnes to be under the influence of alcohol.  Ms. Barnes was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail pending arraignment.  The boat and passengers were safely taken to their dock.  
     The investigation has been turned over to the Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

INVESTIGATING  DEPUTIES:  Marine Deputies Nathan Penning, Mikal Pechota, Ben Downey, Jason Fisk, Mike Hostetler, Deputy Brian Matthews 

SUPERVISOR CONTACT:  On Duty Sergeant (269) 657-3101

 

Sergeant Chad Jahr

Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office

Marine Division

205 S. Kalamazoo Street

Paw Paw, MI  49079

Telephone: (269) 657-3101 Ext. 272

Click here to send an email.
 


Incident Type:  Personal injury crash.
Incident Date and Time:  July 5, 2009 at 23:00 hours p.m.
Incident #:  5040-09
Location:  CR388  in the 71000 block, South Haven Twp, Van Buren Co.
Vehicle #1:  2007 Yamaha motorcycle
    Driver #1:  Richard James Underwood, white male, 53, Kalamazoo
    Passenger #1:   Ariel Anderson, white female, 55, Kalamazoo
Vehicle #2:    2003 Kia four door
    Driver #2: 
Jessica Wall, white female, 24, Portage
    Passenger #2:  David Anthony, white male, 25, Portage           
Alcohol:  Alcohol is not a factor

Information:   Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that on Sunday, July 5, 2009 at approximately 11:00pm, Deputies were dispatched to the 71000 block of  CR 388, South Haven Township for a motorcycle versus car personal injury accident. Deputies found that the driver of the motorcycle attempted to pass a line of cars after the South Haven fireworks and collided with a vehicle making a left turn into a private drive. A passenger on the motorcycle, Ariel Anderson, was thrown from the motorcycle and received numerous internal injuries. Anderson was transported to South Haven Hospital and then transferred to Bronson Hospital.
     This accident is open pending further investigation.

Investigating Officer:   Deputy Duane A Brigham (269-657-3101  Ext 826 )
Supervisor Contact:  Sergeant Scot Schmitt (269-657-3101  Ext 801)
 

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