News Release

Harboring a fugitive/Possession of Methamphetamine 3144-17



Incident Type:    

Harboring A Fugitive, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine, Felony Firearm, Felony for Flee and elude, Parole Absconder      

Date/ Time:   

Sunday June 4th at appro  


67000 block of 8th Ave Geneva Twp. Van Buren County    


Christopher Douglas Severens 08/13/1982

Joshua Lee Gibson 02/14/1987

41 W/M From South Haven Area

26 W/F from Allegan Area 


Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that Van Buren County Deputies responded to an address in the 67000 block of 8th Ave after receiving information that a wanted suspect who had recently lead deputies on a high-speed pursuit may be at the address. Deputies arrived on scene and upon contact with the home owner could smell a strong odor of marijuana. Deputies were able to obtain a search warrant for the address and located two wanted subjects as well as a 40-caliber hand gun, methamphetamine, and Marijuana. The two wanted subjects were lodged at the Van Buren County Jail on outstanding warrants for Flee and Elude and Parole Absconding.  Charges will be sought for all subjects at a later date 

Please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office with any additional information regarding this incident.         

Investigating Deputy:   

Deputy Eric Calhoun, Deputy Greg Gunther, Deputy Chris Orr, Sergeant Tony Evans

 Assisting Agencies:   

Deputies were assisted by South Haven Police Department 

Supervisor Contact: 

Lt. Jim Charon or On Duty Shift Supervisor: 269-657-3101 

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. 

Mobile phone users and online users can provide anonymous crime tips to the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office by sending a text Tip Soft message by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword VBCTIP from a mobile phone.  To submit an online tip, go to and at the top of the homepage follow the directions to submit a tip.


Jim Charon