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Woman files sister's name off father's headstone

A 71-year-old Wyoming, MI woman called police Oct. 29, to report her sister filed her name off their father's headstone in Gun Lake Cemetery. The woman said she has not had a good relationship with her 66-year-old sister of Middleville, since she started dating her sister's ex-husband. Both women claimed ownership of the headstone, but neither could provide proof of purchase. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Husband and wife stopped by same officer the same night

An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone at 9:03 p.m. Nov. 1 on M-37 Highway near Sager Road. The female driver, 21, of Battle Creek and two male passengers, an 18-year-old from Hastings and a 20-year-old from Nashville, initially denied drinking. The officer found empty cans and an open bottle of liquor in the vehicle. The passengers had poured out their beers on the backseat floor of the car in an attempt to hide them. The driver had a BAC of .014, and was cited for speeding and no proof of insurance. The passengers were cited for minor in possession, and all three were cited for open intoxicants.

The woman said she was dropping off her passengers and going to pick up her husband from a party. She texted her husband, who decided to check on her, and jumped on a mini-bike to drive to her. The officer saw the man driving the mini-bike on the wrong side of Sager Road, and violating several offload vehicle regulations. The officer stopped the man, who had a .112 BAC and arrested him at 9:41 p.m.


Man causes accident while under the influence

A man called the police at 9:16 p.m. at Charlton Park Road near Bivens Road to report a minor accident with another vehicle. The man said the driver of the other vehicle was under the influence and could barely stand. An officer stopped the vehicle in front of a Phillips 66 gas station on M-37. The driver was unable to stand, and said he had three large stout style beers. But when the officer asked the man how drunk he was on a scale of one to 10, the man said four. He refused to submit to a breathalyzer, and was arrested.


Woman crashes into swamp under the influence

A woman called police regarding a single vehicle crash she witnessed on M-43 near Cloverdale Road at 1:47 a.m. Nov. 3. An officer arrived on scene, and the 22-year-old female driver of South Bend, Ind. was wet up to her chest. The front of her vehicle was submerged in a swamp and she attempted to push it out. She said she swerved to miss a deer, and denied drinking any alcohol. She had a BAC of .236 and was arrested.


Cocaine found in OWI investigation

Officers were notified of a possible intoxicated driver and located the car at the Phillips 66 gas station on West M-43 at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 3. The driver, a 23-year-old Kalamazoo woman, had a .17 BAC, and three warrants from neighboring counties. She gave officers permission to search the vehicle, and they found a folded dollar bill in her purse with white powder she admitted was cocaine. She was arrested.


Man tells couple he needs gas - also he's a drug dealer

A 34-year-old Hastings woman called police after she helped a suspicious man who had stopped in front of her residence in the 2000 block of South M-43 at 12:29 a.m. Nov. 3. The woman said she and her husband approached the man, who was stopped with his hazard lights. The man said he was out of gas, and asked to use her phone to ask for help. The man used her phone to make calls and log onto his social media accounts to send messages. The woman said he listened to several voicemails which sounded like they were about drugs, and exchanged social media messages explicitly about drugs. He also told them he was a drug dealer. The woman said she and her husband gave him some gasoline from their lawn mower to get the man away from their house because he seemed like he was on drugs himself. Officers made contact with the man, 25, of Parchment, at the Dowling Marathon gas station. The man said the vehicle was not his, but he did not believe anything illegal was inside and allowed officers to search it. Inside the officers found methamphetamine, and the man admitted to using some the previous day. He was arrested.


Woman scammed on carpet installation

A 44-year-old Hickory Corners woman called police to report she had been scammed by a man who took a deposit for carpet work and disappeared. The man, 55, of Kalamazoo, said he was the owner of “Always on the Floor,” a carpet service. He went to the woman's residence for an estimate and took a $180 deposit to install carpet. But then he started cancelling his appointments, and then stopped returning her calls. The man could not be located by police. “Always on the Floor,” is not registered as a business with the State of Michigan. The case remains under investigation.


Four guns stolen from MG Kelley's Gun Shop

Police were called to MG Kelley's Gun Shop in Middleville at 4:02 a.m. Oct. 22. A rock had been thrown through the front door, breaking the glass, and the wire mesh of the door had been bent in. The suspect stole four rifles. The case remains under investigation.



Lawn mower and trailer stolen in Nashville

A 67-year-old Nashville man reported his lawn mower, trailer, two gas cans and a generator were stolen Oct. 27. The man said they had been sitting by his garage in the 100 block of Fuller Street. He said his neighbor had been awakened by a noise at 4 a.m. that morning and saw a truck outside the residence.

The case is inactive without any suspects.

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