COLOMA, Mich. -

Coloma Township has ordered Berrien County to stop using a shooting range on Angling Road immediately.

The Berrien County Sheriff's Department has been using the range to train and test deputies since it reopened last month.

The county built the range in 2005, but neighbors and township officials challenged the county on the range's legality. In 2008, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled to close the range, siding with Coloma Township.

Now, the controversy is rekindling. The order states that the township is prepared to take county officials or individual police officers to court if they don't comply with the order.
Ed Czuba, who lives less than a quarter mile from the gun range, hopes the county will listen. The noise is constant, he said.

"When the Sheriff's department moved in, it was many days, 8 hours a day," Czuba said. "And then when they get done, then the Rod and Gun Club gets started, so it's not uncommon for us to hear gunfire for up to 14 hours a day."

But Sheriff Paul Bailey said his deputies only practice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, out of consideration for neighbors.

The county spent about $5,200 to build a shelter on the gun range to help control the noise, but neighbors say it doesn't make a difference.

The cease and desist order is addressed to Berrien County Commissioner Jon Hinkelman and Sheriff Bailey. Both told WSBT on Friday they hadn't yet read the letter.

Bailey said his deputies will continue to train at their range and are prepared to defend their right to do so.

County officials say proper police training is one of their primary concerns, and reopening the range was the best option.

But Czuba disagrees.

"Respect us," Czuba said. "Coloma Township said, 'We didn't want it,' and they just kept putting it in. They have other options, they still have other options."