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Watervliet man arrested following high-speed chase
By Paul Garrod
Staff Writer

BANGOR TOWNSHIP – A 43-year-old Watervliet man faces several charges after he led authorities on a high-speed chase, Thursday afternoon, June 6, through two townships in a stolen vehicle, according to a press release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office.
Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott reported Sheriff’s deputies were in the Bangor and Geneva township area at approximately 5:50 p.m.,
looking for a vehicle that had just been stolen out of Covert Township. Deputies on patrol located a vehicle matching the vehicle’s description around County Road 380 and 62nd Street in Geneva Township. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle south of that location and made contact with the driver.
While speaking with the driver, he accelerated away from the stop and deputies initiated a pursuit. The vehicle fled south reaching speeds of 100 mph before the driver lost control and spun out at County Road 376 and 63rd Street. Sheriff Abbott said the driver ran from the vehicle and deputies followed. After a short foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver was transported to the Van Buren County Jail on the charge of fleeing and eluding and will be facing other charges by Covert Township Police Department regarding vehicle theft.

MSP State Fire Marshal to Investigate Structure Fire

By Paul Garrod
Staff Writer

WAVERLY TOWNSHIP – A late night Friday, June 7, house fire in the 3900 block of County Road 665, Waverly Township, resulted in a total loss of the structure. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal has been asked to investigate the fire that engulfed the home, according to Paw Paw Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim DeGroff.
The fire was reported at 10 p.m. No injuries were reported. Paw Paw Volunteer firefighters remained at the scene until 4 a.m.
Assisting was the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Van Buren County Central Dispatch Van Buren Emergency Medical Services, Paw Paw Quick Response, Gobles Pine Grove Fire Department, and Bloomingdale Fire Department.

Road Commission to hold Public Information Meetings

LAWRENCE – The Van Buren County Road Commission will host public information meetings regarding the road millage renewal proposal on the Aug. 6, Primary Ballot.  The meetings will be held at the Van Buren Conference Center, 490 South Paw Paw St., Lawrence, as follows:
Thursday, June 20, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
These meetings are being held to encourage a continued understanding of the county-wide road millage renewal proposal.
Road Commission staff and officials will host discussions on the proposed millage renewal, current road conditions, current available road funding, the intent of the millage renewal, and public input and questions.
For any specific information, or questions regarding this millage renewal request, contact the Van Buren County Road Commission at (269) 674-8011 or via e-mail at: or visit the website at:

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