Category Archives: Crime

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Bangor Township Man Arrested on Gun Charge

Category : Crime

2/2/20 – Bangor, Michigan

Chief Simpson reports that the Bangor Police Department received information that a 32 yr old Bangor Township man who was on felony probation, was continuously abusing his gf over several weeks.

Officers arrived at the residence in the 59000 Block of County Road 378 in Bangor Township to investigate and observed signs of physical abuse on the female victim.

Upon further investigation Bangor Officers discovered a stolen loaded handgun in the suspects possession. 

The suspect was subsequently arrested on multiple felony charges and is currently lodged at the Van Buren County jail on these charges and for probation violation. 

His name is currently being withheld pending arraignment.

-Chief Simpson

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Suspect arrested on multiple CSC charges

Category : Crime

***For Immediate Release***

12/23/19 – Bangor, MI

A 32 year old Kalamazoo man was arrested in connection with a 10 month criminal sexual conduct investigation.

The suspect is alleged to have committed various criminal sexual conduct acts between 2012 and 2018 while residing in the Bangor/Hartford areas. 

During the course of the investigation 2 victims were discovered one 3 year old and one under 13 years of age.

Based on the allegations and investigation a 5 count felony warrant was issued out of 7th District Court with a 1 million dollar bond being set. 

Bangor Police and Mattawan Police arrested the suspect without incident.

The suspect is currently lodged at the Van Buren County Jail where his name is being withheld pending arraignment.

Chief Simpson

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Suspect Arrested

Category : Crime

For Immediate Release:

The Bangor Police Department received information that a minor runaway was staying at an apartment in the 200 block of West Monroe.

Chief Tommy Simpson advised that when officers arrived on scene they located the minor hiding in a bedroom with an adult. A 27-year-old adult was located inside the bedroom with the victim.

The adult had several outstanding warrants including a nationwide warrant out of Kentucky for sexual allegations against the minor.

During the investigation it was revealed that the suspect drove the minor across multiple states and attempted to evade authorities by staying at various locations.

The suspect was arrested for charges in Michigan including the outstanding warrants.

The juvenile was turned over the Van Buren County Juvenile Court and the suspect was lodged at the county jail pending arraignment.

-Bangor PD

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Disturbance leads to Arrest and Recovery of Stolen handgun.

Category : Crime

**For Immediate Release**

The Bangor Police Department was dispatched to the Hastings Court park at approximately 1:50am on June 4, 2018 for a disturbance.

Upon investigation officers located a 45 year old male subject who allegedly entered a residence and pulled out a handgun.
The alleged victim in this case was able to grab the handgun and sit on it until police arrived on scene.
It was determined that the handgun was stolen.
The suspect was apprehended as he left the residence and subsequently arrested for several charges.

The loaded handgun was recovered with additional ammunition rounds being located on the suspect.

The suspect is currently being held on $50,000 Cash/Surety Bond at  Van Buren County Jail for several charges.

-Chief Simpson

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**Update 3/22** School Threat

Category : Crime

**Update** 3/22/18

My Officers are working hand in hand with school staff and other agencies to do everything possible to protect your children.

We are actively investigating leads and we should have more of an update tomorrow.

We are also increasing our presence throughout the school district.

-Chief Simpson


Bangor Public Schools will be closed on 3/22/18 as we investigate an anonymous threat. We had an unknown person write a school threat and racial statements in one of the high school bathrooms. The school district and police are looking into this. Schools in Bangor are closed tomorrow. If anyone has any information please contact Cheif Simpson or the Bangor Police Department. We need your help.

– Chief Simpson

269-427-5801 (Office)

269-657-3101 (Central Dispatch)

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Mayor Presents Officer with Certificate of Commendation.

Category : Community , Crime , Enforcement

During the City Council Meeting on 11/20/17 Mayor Nick Householder presented Officer Taylor Freelove with a Certificate of Commendation for his hard work and dedication to the City of Bangor. Officer Freelove has made numerous drug arrests in the past month and is a huge asset to the Department and to our Community.

Congratulations Officer Freelove!

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2 Arrested in Bangor

Category : Crime


Bangor, MI

Earlier today Bangor Police officers apprehended a Male 47 years of age after a short foot pursuit. The suspect had in his possession Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Knives, & a Machete.
The suspect also had an outstanding warrant in Van Buren County.
He is being charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and Carrying a Concealed weapon.

A short time later Bangor Police apprehended a Female Suspect age 41 in relation to the previous incident. She is also being charged with possession of Methamphetamine, Marijuana, & bank transaction device of a deceased person. The Female suspect also has outstanding warrants in Kalamazoo & Van Buren Counties for Possession of Methamphetamine and Failure to Appear.

Both Suspects are being held without Bond.

Arraignment is scheduled for 1:30pm on 11/14/17 at Van Buren 7th District Court West.

These arrests are in addition to 5 other Methamphetamine related arrests within the last month.

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**Update**911 caller helps stop possible drunk driver in Bangor

Category : Crime

(News Channel 3 – WWMT)

Police are crediting a Bangor man for helping them track down a drunk driver. 26-year-old Shakara Nichols-Johnson was arrested on Friday March 31st for allegedly driving drunk. Newschannel 3 spoke to the man who called 911 dispatchers.

Lucas Koenig was driving westbound on M43 near Bangor last Friday when he saw a car driving erratically. He says it was swerving back and forth and nearly hit his car and other vehicles.


“She crossed the center line. They swerved around her. She came back across behind us almost clipping us,” Koenig said.


Koenig said someone needed to act to get that driver off the road, so he called 911. Police later identified the driver as Nichols-Johnson, and inside the car with her was a four-year-old girl.

“Told [dispatchers] that there was something seriously wrong. She almost hit two vehicles at that point already, and I didn’t think she was going to make it into Bangor without hitting somebody head on,” said Koenig.

Koenig knows the Bangor area well, so as he followed Nichols-Johnson he clearly communicated to dispatch where they were, what car she was driving, and what she looked like.

He said, “So we were able to maintain visual on her until the Bangor Police intercepted her at Speedway.”

At the Speedway gas station Bangor Police administered a breathalyzer test and say Nichols-Johnson was above the legal limit. Chief Tommy Simpson says the public can learn from Koenig’s actions.

“I feel like anybody in that situation, if you see something like that, you need to report it,” Koenig said.

Nichols-Johnson was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated with a child under 16 in the car. She was also driving on a suspended license.

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Drunk Driving Arrest – 4yr old in car

Category : Crime

(Click Here for News Channel 3 post and video)

Bangor, MI (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A Kalamazoo County woman is in jail accused of driving drunk with a 4-year-old in the car.

Newschannel 3’s Christine VanTimmeren reports from Van Buren County, where the suspect is still in custody.

Not only do police say 26-year-old Shakara Nichols-Johnson was intoxicated… But the 4-year-old girl in the car was not in a car seat. Nichols-Johnson is sitting in the Van Buren County jail after being arrested on March 31.

Bangor Police said 911 calls started coming in just before 2 p.m. about a woman driving erratically on M-43 toward Bangor.

Bangor Police Chief Tommy Simpson said, “The calls were the person was driving at excessive speeds, nearly running off the road. Running people off the road.”

According to the police report, witnesses said Nichols-Johnson crossed the center line and almost hit an oncoming vehicle.

Witnesses followed her to the Speedway Gas Station where police caught up and found a 4-year-old girl asleep in the back seat of the car.

Simpson said, “She wakes up to an officer, that’s got to be scary.”

Police said that Nichols-Johnson agreed to field sobriety tests and a breath test and she blew just over the legal limit.

Initially, police said she gave them a fake name and said she was the girl’s mom, but it was later determined she was not the girl’s mom and police took the 4-year-old from the scene. Police later determined the Nichols-Johnson was the girl’s step-mother.

Simpson said, “She was taken to our city hall where our city manager and city clerk took care of her while we handled this.”

Simpson said all of that is a very dangerous combination for her and the 4-year-old girl.

He said, “Busy highway, heavy traffic, mixed with alcohol and who knows what else and an unrestrained 4-year-old.”

Police said Nichols-Johnson initially gave a false name, doesn’t have a valid driver’s license and has three outstanding warrants out of Kalamazoo County. She is being held in the Van Buren County jail on bond.

Simpson credits the witnesses who called 911 and followed Nichols-Johnson for possibly saving lives.

He said, “And then once we were there got in contact with us and giving us the full information that really helped out.”

-News Channel 3

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*Suspects Identified* Vandalization at Lions Park

Category : Crime


We have identified all suspects involved in vandalizing Lions Park. 
The Bangor Police Department has sent this case over the Van Buren County Prosecutors office for review.
We will keep you updated.

-Chief Simpson

Between the hours of 12am and 7am on March 24th unknown individuals vandalized Lions Park.
If you have any information contact the Bangor Police Department at:
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