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Posted on: October 27, 2023

Sheriff Notes October 27 2023


  • Uniform Response went to a residence in the Decatur Area to pick up a male subject on multiple warrants. The subject attempted to run and resist during the initial contact. He was ultimately tased, restrained, and put into custody to answer for multiple charges.
  • Bloomingdale Public Schools had a transport van stolen from their Pullman site. The van was located by our office in Columbia Township abandoned on a fire lane. Deputies impounded the van so it could be processed for evidence. In working with other law enforcement agencies, a suspect was developed.
  • Narcotic Detectives were working an area between Lawton and Decatur when they drove up on a vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway. Upon contacting subject, he advised that he stopped to smoke marijuana as well as he thought he was being followed. Upon investigating it further, Detectives were able to locate 35 grams of meth and other drug paraphernalia. Warrants are being sought for the 32-year-old subject.
  • Uniform Response took a UDAA in which a juvenile in the family took their vehicle to go to Florida. This is still an ongoing investigation.
  • Uniform Response was in route to a car vs. deer on I94hwy when a Penske truck hit the car on the side of the highway. The Penske truck fled the scene after the crash. The Penske truck was located away from the scene by another Deputy and Local PD. The driver gave false information to the Deputy that was assisting in the investigation.  Facial recognition was utilized, and the driver was identified.  He had felony warrants out of Lansing PD for Arson 1stDegree, Felony Fraud False Pretenses out of Frankenmuth PD, and a Probation Violation out of Genesee County.  He was lodged with holds for those charges as well as DWLS (Driving While License Suspended and Leaving the Scene of a PDA (Personal Damage Accident) by our office. More charges may be coming after the prosecutor’s review on the False ID, etc.
  • Uniform Response handled a fatal crash in Bangor Township. A single occupied truck passing multiple vehicles lost control and rolled multiple times. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and lost his life at the scene.
  • The office collects all the turned in medication throughout the county in the Red Med Boxes. This past week, Detectives took 2,100 pounds of unused medications to the incinerator to be destroyed. Just a reminder that any unused medication that needs to be destroyed, there are numerous Red Med Boxes throughout the county. You can drop off the medication at no cost to the boxes.
  • The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Domestic Preparedness/Emergency Management has been providing Active Assailant Training to multiple Van Buren County Governmental Divisions and other Service Offices with plans to do more over the next few months. In addition, VBCSO ODP/EM has assisted the Van Buren Intermediate School District with Active Assailant Trainings for local Schools and will be providing these trainings to several local businesses. As well as being certified to instruct ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) and Strategos Active Shooter Intruder Response Training (ASIRT), there will be an Assistant EM Coordinator certified to instruct Stop the Bleed Training starting soon here at the office.
  • Uniform Response took an attempted stabbing in Grand Junction. The suspect fled the scene prior to the Deputies arrival. It is believed that there is no danger to the public and the two individuals knew each other. The incident remains under investigation.
  • Uniform Response took a Break-in in Bloomingdale Township. Our new canine Jett was called to the scene on his first day of work and successfully tracked the suspect from the scene to his location. Deputies did arrest the 40-year-old Gobles resident for Home Invasion, Possession of Burglary Tools, Obstruction by Disguise, and 3 Counts of Resisting and Obstructing. Great job by all and what a way for our new canine to start his career here in our county/office.
  • Three Deputies attended training at SWAT School last week. It is a rigorous week teaching the students numerous things about SWAT Teams, liabilities, shooting, physical fitness, tactical movement, and decision making. All 3 finished with excellent marks and ended up first in the school with physical fitness.
  • Corrections Division done their yearly training on handling of mental health individuals. Our Corrections Division is like other divisions here going through several trainings a year so they are prepared to deal with different situations thrown at them.


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