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Woman arrested for driving with 0.224 BAC

Police were alerted to a possible drunken driver in the 800 block of South Hanover Street in Hastings at 10:51 p.m. Oct. 24. An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle matching the description driven by a 32-year-old woman. The officer noted the woman did not appear to notice him outside her window until he knocked, even though she was looking around. He also noted she had “a large chunk of chew tobacco in the right side of her mouth.” She said she had consumed two beers, but had a 0.224 BAC and was arrested.


Marijuana found in one-vehicle crash

An officer responded to a single-vehicle crash at 12:13 a.m. Oct. 8, in which a vehicle hit a power pole on South Benton Road near West Green Street in Hastings. The 19-year-old female driver was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Although she did not appear to be under the influence, the officer saw marijuana inside her vehicle and the woman said she had some in her purse. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Meth found inside Bible safe

Police received an anonymous tip through the Silent Observer that two people were using meth in the 1000 block of South Broadway in Hastings at 5:45 p.m. Sept. 29. When officers arrived, a 47-year-old man told them he had not been using meth and gave the officers permission to search his residence. The officers found a safe in the shape of a Bible under the bed, and asked the man to open it. Inside they found multiple bags, tubes and a scale covered in a substance which appeared to be meth. The man also had multiple previous warrants for failure to appear in court, and one for possession of meth. He was arrested.


Driver runs and ditches marijuana after crashing into pole

Police were called to the scene of a crash where a vehicle struck a power pole at 12:35 a.m. Oct. 13, on East State Street near South Hanover in Hastings. When officers arrived, the vehicle was empty and marijuana was found inside. The K-9 unit was called to the scene. Officers who attempted to track the driver found a bag nearby that contained marijuana, a grinder and scale inside, but the driver was not located. Officers contacted the 20-year-old driver the next day, after tracking the vehicle registration to his parents. The driver said he fell asleep at the wheel, then panicked and ran after he crashed. He eventually admitted to smoking marijuana before driving. He has one prior conviction for driving while impaired. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Drain commission identifies beaver trap thief

A employee of the Barry County Drain Commissioner contacted police to report the theft of beaver traps on Woodschool Road near Mountain Ridge Drive in Irving Township at 3 p.m. Sept. 30. The traps were in place because beavers were causing water in the area to rise, which threatened to cut off access to a nearby residence. The drain commission had traps in that area stolen before, and had posted a camera near the new traps. A man caught on video taking the traps looked like a neighbor, police said. The neighbor, a 58-year-old man, admitted taking the traps this time, but denied taking the traps in the past. He said he was worried about his neighbor's children and dogs getting caught in the traps, so he threw them in a swamp. He volunteered to pay for all the traps that were missing -- a total of $179. No further action will be taken.


Woman drives grandmother's truck to Texas

A 62-year-old woman reported that her granddaughter, 22, had driven her car to Texas without her permission on Oct. 22. The woman, a resident of the 12000 block of South Jones Road in Johnstown Township, said she had given her daughter permission to drive the truck to look for a job – not to go to Texas. Her son located the truck, and she plans to drive to Texas with her husband to bring it back to Michigan. The case remains open.


Man arrested for OWI after backing into swamp

A 58-year-old Bellevue man was arrested at 9:25 p.m. Oct. 24, after backing his car into a swamp on East Day Road near Jenkins Road in Irving Township. The man had been attempting to back his car out of a driveway, but went all the way across the road and drove into the swamp. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.238 and was arrested. He also was under a conditional bond release that prohibited alcohol consumption.


Father drinks half a fifth of vodka before driving

Police responded to a crash on M-179 near Norris Road in Yankee Springs Township at 5:03 p.m. Oct. 25. A 45-year-old Hastings man was driving with a 45-year-old woman and his 14-year-old son when the truck rolled over into a tree. The man admitted to drinking a half of a fifth of vodka before driving; police said he had a 0.161 blood alcohol content.  The driver did not appear to have any injuries, although his passengers had possible injuries. All were taken to the hospital for evaluation, and the driver was arrested.


Man caught after getaway driver no-shows

A 37-year-old Battle Creek man was spotted by a Hastings Walmart employee running out of the store with a bag full of merchandise at 8:35 a.m. Oct. 28. Officers spotted the man in a nearby parking lot with $745 worth of electronics and tools in his bag. He said his ride was supposed to be waiting for him in the parking lot, but they were not there. H

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