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Jan 2011

Dec 2010

Incident number:
Incident type arrests:  Manufacturing-possession of methamphetamine
Incident Date and Time:
  44000 block of CR 665 Paw Paw, located in Waverly Township
     1)  25 year old Paw Paw  woman, lodged for manufacturing methamphetamine (name withheld pending district court arraignment).
     2)  33 year old Paw Paw man, lodged for manufacturing methamphetamine (name withheld pending district court arraignment).
     3)  Daniel Laviolette, a 50 year old Paw Paw man, lodged for Bench warrant for failing to pay child support
 (additional charges sought in relation to this narcotics investigation.
Seized:  Numerous components used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies responded to an address in the 44000 block of CR 665 in reference to a call reporting  possible drug activity taking place at this residence. 
     Sheriff deputies who arrived on scene noted the strong odor of marijuana in the air as officers were met at the door by the 25 year old female who was renting this home.  Upon further investigation, officers discovered numerous components used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine. 
     Deputies did arrest and lodge in the Van Buren county jail, the 25 year old female and her 33 year old boyfriend for manufacturing methamphetamine. 
     The scene was dismantled by Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies certified in Clandestine laboratory investigation and DLD (drug lab disposal) out of Plainwell to dispose of the hazardous waste.

Investigating Officers:  Van Buren County Uniform Response and Narcotics Division.
Assisting:  DEA Grand Rapids and DLD (drug lab disposal out of Plainwell
Contact persons:  On duty sergeant or Lt Bryan Stump 269-657-3101 email

Photo:  lab 9082-10  12-3-10.jpg

Nov 2010

Oct 2010

Incident Number:
Incident Type:  Traffic violation and warrant arrests
Date & Time:   October  16, 2010 at approximately 7:45 pm 

Location of Incident:   37th Street north of M-43 located in Waverly Township

Vehicle Information:  1998 Dodge pickup 

Driver arrested-charges:   33 year old Gobles man (name withheld pending arraignment). Charges are OWI-2nd Offense, Driving While License Suspended-2nd, and Child Endangerment. 

Passenger Arrested-Charges:  33 year old Jennifer Branch from Gobles.  Passenger arrested on warrants including NSF checks and contempt of court. 

Children in vehicle:  5 year old girl and 4 year old boy, both children to driver and passenger who were arrested.


Information:   Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on-duty Van Buren County Sheriff Deputies stopped the subject’s vehicle for having an expired registration plate and defective equipment violations. 
     Contacting the two adults in the vehicle, the driver, a 33 year old Gobles man, was found to be intoxicated and had a suspended operator’s license as well.  The passenger, his 33 year old wife Jennifer Branch, was found to have 3 outstanding warrants for her arrest.  Two young children were noted inside this vehicle as passengers. 
     The children were turned over to friends that came to the scene as both the driver and passenger were transported to and lodged in the Van Buren county jail on their above listed charges.


Investigating Officer:   Sergeant David Walker 

Supervisor/Contact:  Lt. Robert Kirk at (269) 657-3101, email, or the on-duty Sgt. at (269) 657-3101


Sep 2010

Incident #:  6712-10
Incident Type:  Personal Injury Accident-Passenger Riding on Vehicle.
Date and  Time:  Monday September 6, 2010 at approximately 12:11p
Location:  35000 block 38th Avenue, Waverly Township.
Vehicle:: 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Driver:   Ramona Perkins, 44 yrs, Kalamazoo MI.
Injured Passenger:   Tiffany Hanners, 22 yrs, Kalamazoo MI. 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R Gribler reports that on Monday, September 6, 2010 at approximately 12:11 pm, Sheriff Deputies responded to the 35000 block of 38th Avenue for a 911 call reporting a female had fallen off the back of vehicle that was moving.
     Investigation determined that 22 year old Tiffany Hanners personally chose to ride on the rear trunk area of her mother’s vehicle while her mother drove down the street to a relatives residence. While the vehicle was in motion, Hanners fell off the back of the vehicle striking her head on the roadway. Hanners lost consciousness temporarily.
     Hanners was transported to Bronson Hospital for head injuries. The injuries were not life threatening. 

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

Aug 2010

Jul 2010

Jun 2010

Incident No:  4355-10
Incident:  Personal Injury Crash Motorcycle & Deer
Date & Time:  June 20, 2010 at 7:14 AM
Location:  M-40 South of 42 Ave. in Waverly Township
Driver:  Pedro Gregorio 46 year old out of Belleville, MI.
Injuries:  Separated Shoulder
Condition: Good Condition
Hospital: Bronson Lakeview in Paw Paw MI
Vehicle:  2005 Triumph Motorcycle 

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Mr. Gregorio was northbound on M-40 when a deer ran in front of his motorcycle.  Mr. Gregorio could not avoid the deer; he was ejected from his motorcycle sliding down the roadway separating his shoulder but appeared to have no other injuries.  Mr. Gregorio was wearing his helmet along with leather gear that protected him from further injuries.  The motorcycle did have extensive damage to the front end.
     He will be treated and released from Bronson Lakeview Hospital. 

Assisting Agencies:  Paw Paw Quick Response, Van Buren Emergency Medical Service Ambulance and Paw Paw Fire Department.
Investigating Officer:  Sgt. Wayne Polomcak
Contact Person:  Sgt. Wayne Polomcak email or Lt. Robert Kirk email Ph# 269-657-3101

May 2010

Apr 2010


Mar 2010

Incident # 1410-10.
Incident Type
OWI Crash.
Date & Time of Incident
March 2, 2010 at 0039 hrs
Location of Incident
County Road 665 south of 24th Avenue, Waverly Township.
 19 year old female from Grand Junction.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Vehicle #1:   2000 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Passengers: 45 year old male from Pullman.  Name withheld pending arraignment.
Is alcohol a factor:  Alcohol was a factor in the crash.
Criminal Charges or Traffic Citations issued:

     19 year old female: Operating While Intoxicated, Possession of a Taser.
     45 year old male:  Parole Violation.  

Narrative:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to the 27000 block of County Road 665 in Waverly Township for a single car accident. 
     A passerby reported that they observed a white Grand Prix in the ditch and saw two subjects standing outside of the vehicle.  Upon arrival, it was determined that the driver, a 19 year old female from Grand Junction, was traveling southbound on County Road 665 when she lost control of her vehicle and slid into the ditch. 
     Further investigation and contact with the passenger revealed that the female was texting while driving and was also intoxicated.  Both are believed to be contributing factors in the crash.
     A search of the female’s belongings revealed that she was also in possession of a Taser, a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison in the State of Michigan.
     The passenger, a 45 year old male from Pullman, was on Parole out of Allegan County and found to be intoxicated.  The passenger was lodged at the Van Buren County Jail for the Parole Violation.

Investigating Officer:
  Deputy Jim Charon, Deputy Travis Bernatche.
Contact Person: 
On-duty Sergeant or Lt. William Lux at 269-657-3101 email.

Feb 2010

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Oct 2009

Incident #:  7860-09
Time and Date:  September 10, 2009 at approximately 2:00 a.m.
Incident type:
  Fatal Traffic Crash.
Location:  48000 block M-43, Waverly Township.
Driver #1:  Charles Eugene Howell a 25 year old out of South Haven.
Vehicle #1: 1997 Chevrolet Pickup.
Alcohol:  Unknown at this time.

Information:  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Deputies were dispatched to a one car crash in the 48000 block of M-43 in Arlington Township.
     While en route, Deputies were advised that this was a fatal crash.  Upon arrival, Deputies found the driver deceased and the driver was the only occupant of the vehicle. Upon investigation, Deputies found that the vehicle had been eastbound on M-43 and, for unknown reasons, drifted off of the right side of the road, struck a guard rail face and continued eastbound off of the road.  The vehicle becoming airborne when reaching a wide, deep creek and then striking the embankment on the east side of the creek and flipping over - going over a guard rail and landing on its roof. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and found next to the truck.
     An autopsy will be scheduled.  It appears speed was a factor in this crash and no signs of alcohol intoxication were found at the scene.
     The crash investigation remains open pending autopsy results and further investigation by Traffic crash Reconstruction specialists.

Assisting Agencies:  Bangor police and the Van Buren County Victims Advocates.
Investigating Officer:  Deputy Tim Wydick (269 657 3101)
Supervisor Contact:  Sgt. Wayne Polomcak (657-3101).

Sep 2009

Aug 2009

Jul 2009

January 27, 2010


 Information:  Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that the trial of for Ronald Glenn Vore III, commenced on January 26th 2010 in the 36th Circuit Court before the Honorable William C. Buhl.
     The two day trial was presented by Assistant Prosecutor Michael Bedford. The jury received the case for deliberation early Tuesday morning, returning a guilty verdict before noon of guilty as charged in both counts. Vore III was in custody at the time of the trial.
     Sentencing is set for February 22nd  at 1:15 p.m. in the 36th Circuit Court, Paw Paw Michigan.

Incident #:  82544-08
Incident Type:  Criminal Sexual Assault
Date & Time:  July 28th, 2009  before 5:30 pm
Location of Incident: 43000 Block of M-43 Hwy, Waverly Twp, Paw Paw MI.
Victims Name:  Juvenile victims name withheld. She was 6 years old at the time of incident.
Suspect Name: Ronald Glenn Vore III  Male DOB 1/2/75. Lodged at the Van Buren County Jail
Criminal Charges:  CSC 1st Degree with person under the age of 13 yrs, CSC 2nd Degree with person under the age of 13 yrs.

On July 28th, 2009 Van Buren County Deputies were called to the scene of an alleged criminal sexual assault in the 43000 block of M-43 Hwy., Paw Paw, Michigan.  This investigation showed that Ronald Vore III age 33 was the suspect and it involved a 6 year old female victim. It was found that Vore III was the babysitter for the victim and her two other siblings at the time of the sexual assault. The sexual assault was brought to the attention of the parents by the victim. Vore III was an a friend of the parents at the time of the incident.
     Further investigation was conducted by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office with a forensic interview of the victim being conducted, collection of DNA samples from victim and suspect. The DNA samples were analyzed by the Grand Rapids Michigan State Police Laboratory with a match of Vore’s DNA. The Van Buren County Prosecutor’s Office issued the CSC 1st Degree and CSC 2nd Degree warrants for Ronald Vore III.
     An arrest was made on Vore III on 8-4-09 and he was being held at the Van Buren County Jail pending his trial date of 1-26-10.
Investigating Officers: Sgt. Schmitt, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Det. Van Dam, Van Buren County Detective Bureau, Det. Douglas, Van Buren County Detective Bureau, MSP Grand Rapids Laboratory Staff.
Supervisor Contact:  Bryan R. Stump, D/Lieutenant, Van Buren Co. Sheriff's Office Narcotic's & Investigative Div, (269) 657-7711 ext 208 Office, (269) 657-8296 West Office, email.

Jun 2009

Incident Number:  4592-09
Date & Time of Incident: 3:20 on June 22, 2009
Location of Incident: 42000 Block 28th Avenue, Waverly Township
Vehicle Involved:  2002 Ford Ranger White in color
Suspect:  Daren Lee Drake w/m 39 years old (husband)
Victim:  Jennifer Robin Drake w/f 37 years old (wife)
Victim:  Brody Robin Whitecotton w/m 9 years old (son)
Address:  All live at the above location
Criminal Charges:  Operating While Intoxicated-3rd Offence, Driving While License Revoked-2nd Offence, Child Endangerment, Disabling an Emergency Communication Device

Narrative:    Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that deputies were dispatched to the above location for a domestic assault in progress.  Upon arrival, the male party fled the scene on foot.  While conducting interviews, the male party was spotted near a woodlot behind the residence.  Deputies chased after the subject, and was later taken into custody in the woods.  After gathering the facts of the situation and speaking to all the parties involved, it was found that Mr. Drake had been drinking and was driving with the son in the vehicle with him, Mr. Drake was given sobriety test and failed.  He was placed into custody on the above charges.

Investigating Deputy:  Daniel Abbott
Contact Person:  Sgt. Wayne Polomcak

Incident Type:  Counterfeit Money
Date & Time of Incident:  
June 13, 2009 at approximately 1:20pm
Location of Incident: 
Magoo’s  gas station located at 32140 M-40 Highway, Waverly township
Incident #:  4351-09
Described was that of a Hispanic male subject in his mid 40’s, approximately 6”1, 250  pounds, black hair and brown eyes, possibly also driving a mid 90’s silver Dodge Caravan 
Seized  counterfeit property:  United States counterfeit $20.00 bill

  Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that Van Buren County sheriff deputies were called to the Magoo’s Gas Station, located at 32140 M-40 Highway, in reference to what they believed was a counterfeit $20 passed to them.  Sheriff deputies were able to confirm, upon examination of the bill, that it was in fact fake.  Store clerks described the suspect that passed this bill to be that of a Hispanic male in his mid 40’s, around 6”1, and 250 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.  Information given was that the suspect also maybe driving a mid 90’s silver Dodge Caravan.  Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies are continuing the investigation into this counterfeit bill along with assistance from agents from the United States secret service out of Grand Rapids. 
     Anyone with information in regards to this incident, or having received other counterfeit bills, are asked to contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office at 269-657-3101, Silent Observer at 866-774-2345, Crime Stoppers 800-342-7867 or their local law enforcement agency.

Investigating officers:  Sergeant David Walker, Uniform Response Division; Agent Frank Coffman, United States Secret Service
Contact Person: 
Duty Sergeant, Operations Lt William Lux or Dt/Lt Bryan Stump at 269-657-3101


Incident Date and Time: 
June 7, 2009 at 1955 hours
Incident Type:  Personal Injury Crash
Incident Number:  4160-09
Location:  45165 24th Ave, Waverly Twp
Driver:  53 year old female from Bangor Area
Vehicle:  2002 XRZ Motor Cross Dirt Bike
Injuries:  The driver of the dirt bike was unresponsive and had a head injury
Alcohol:  Alcohol was a factor in this incident


Sheriff Dale Gribler reports that Deputies where dispatched to 45165 24th Ave. for a dirt bike crash with a injured driver. Deputies arrived on scene and found the driver of the dirt bike in the woods being treated by medical personnel. Witnesses on scene stated that the female driver asked to drive the dirt bike around the property and was granted access by the owner. The witness on scene stated that they heard the dirt bike rev extremely high and went to check on the driver. The witness, along with the vehicle owner, stated that they where unable to find the driver for over ten minutes. One of the witnesses stated that she looked in the woods and noticed the driver laying unresponsive from striking her head on a boulder.  Deputies where advised by Van Buren EMS that the drivers condition was very poor and that she would need to be airlifted to Kalamazoo. Van Buren EMS transported the female driver to Paw Paw hospital where she was airlifted for further medical care. This incident is still under investigation pending blood alcohol results. Deputies on scene where assisted by Paw Paw Quick Response and Van Buren EMS.

Investigating Officers:  Deputy Davis EX835, Sgt. Scott Scmitt EX801
Supervisor Information:  Sgt Wayne Polomcak EX85


May 2009

Incident Type: 
CSC 2nd degree.   
Date/Time Reported: May 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Date of Occurrence:  Late summer of 2006 & early fall of 2008
Location:  Waverly Township, Van Buren County
Incident #:  3567-09
Victim:  The incidents occurred when the female child was between the ages of 6 and 9 years old.
Suspect:   55 yr old male, originally from the Van Buren County Area now residing in Boon County Arkansas. He is being held on a charge of failing to verify-register as a Sex Offender in Arkansas. The Suspect’s name being withheld until he is extradited back to Michigan and arraignment in 7th District Court, Van Buren County. 
Charges Authorized:
     Ct# 1&2 - Criminal Sexual Conduct-Second Degree (Person Under Thirteen), did engage in sexual contact with another person, said person being under 13 years of age; contrary to MCL 750.520c(1)(a). 15 year Felony. 

     Sheriff Dale R. Gribler reports that on May 19, 2009 at 6:30 p.m., the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a relative reporting that a 9 year old female had been inappropriately touch by a family friend over the last 3 years. The 9 year old had disclosed at school during a sexual abuse awareness class at her Elementary School that she had been inappropriately touched by a family friend, with last time being approximately 1 year ago. The victim’s family was contacted by Children Protective Services and the Sheriff’s Office after being notified by the school counselors. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response, Detective Bureau and CPS conducted the investigation.
     Through the investigation, it was found that the suspect was a convicted Sex Offender in Michigan and had moved to Harrison, Arkansas. The suspect failed to change his address and notify the Michigan State Police-SOR Unit in Lansing of his move.  He was picked up in November 2008 for failing to verify-register as a Sex Offender in Arkansas. He is currently being held in Boone County Jail in Harrison, Arkansas on those charges. An Investigator with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office did a courtesy interview with the suspect who confessed to the sexual contact with the young female victim.  The VBC Detective Bureau obtained a 2 count felony warrant for the suspect.

Investigators:  VBC Sheriff’s Office Uniform Response, VBC Detective Bureau, Childers Protective Services (CPS), Boon County Sheriff’s Office, Ark.
Contact:  Detective Sharon Van Dam, (269) 657-7711 click here to send an email
Supervisors:  D/Sgt. Tom Macyauski, D/Lieutenant Bryan R. Stump click here to send an email.

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
Narcotic's & Investigative Divisions
205 S. Kalamazoo Street
Paw Paw, Michigan 49079
(269) 657-7711 ext 208 Office
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