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Woman receives texts from ex after car burns

A 30-year-old woman went to the Barry County Sheriff’s Office at 8 a.m. Oct. 5 saying her ex-boyfriend set her neighbor’s truck on fire. The woman said the fire occurred earlier that morning in the 1000 block of Pinedale Drive in Irving Township. Soon after the fire, the woman received a number of texts from her ex-boyfriend which said, “Crazy enough for ya?” “LOL, LOL, LOL,” and a series of emojis including fire, a car and an eye. An officer called the ex-boyfriend, 34 of Coopersville, who immediately hung up. A fire department investigation found the cause of the fire was inconclusive. The case is inactive unless further information is discovered.


Meth found in jail cell

A small bag of methamphetamine was found underneath a mattress in a cell holding a 57-year-old Hastings man at the Barry County Sheriff’s Office. Another inmate told deputies the man had said the bag was in the coin pocket of his pants when he was arrested, and he hid it in his underwear he when changed into his jail clothes. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Van thief crashes multiple cars on way out

A 50-year-old Hastings man reported a 2003 Ford E350 cargo van had been stolen from the lot of Wright Family Auto LLC in Freeport Nov. 1. The man arrived at the scene at 8:03 a.m. The van was missing, and four other vehicles had been rammed to make a path for the van, even though there was clear way out of the lot. The man said he last saw the vehicle late the previous evening. The responding sheriff’s deputy discovered the vehicle had already been impounded by Hastings City Police. The suspect, 48, of Ithaca, had been taken into custody that morning after causing a scene at a gas station in Woodbury at 5:28 a.m. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Stolen car abandoned, found

A 48-year-old man reported his car stolen from his residence in the 8000 block of Margery Drive in Barry Township at 5:18 p.m. Oct. 19. The 1997 Saturn had already been found abandoned in a roadway at 10:24 a.m. by Michigan State Police in the 4000 block of Peake Road in Rutland Charter Township. The case is inactive.


Mysterious man calling for help leads to meth

Officers responded to Deep Lake Campground in Yankee Springs Township at 9:53 p.m. Oct. 19 on a report of a person yelling for help across the lake. A 48-year-old Lansing man called police after a man yelled from the other side of the lake that he had lost his phone and keys and needed help to call his wife. Arriving officers searched the other side of the lake but could not find the man. They contacted the 63-year-old Hastings woman he had said to call, and she said he had been driving a van for a taxi service. Officers found a van near the lake with passenger door partially open and a cell phone on the ground nearby. They also found trace amounts of methamphetamine on the dash. Despite assistance from a K-9 unit, police were unable to find the man, believed to be a 54-year-old Hastings resident. The owner retrieved the van. Information has been forwarded to the prosecutor.


Driver arrested after police chase

An officer was dispatched at 7:22 p.m. Nov. 7 on a report of a possible intoxicated driver on Yankee Springs Road south of Shaw Lake Road in Yankee Springs Township. The officer located the car, which was stopped in the middle of the road. The driver, a 36-year-old Middleville man, said he had four or five drinks and was on his way to get pizza but pulled over because he realized he’d had too much to drink. The officer asked the man to pull over onto the shoulder, but instead the man took off at a high speed. A chase involving multiple officers went north on M-37, east onto Dearborn Street in Middleville, south on Larkin Street, west to State Street, then south on M-37 before an officer stopped the vehicle back on Yankee Springs Road near where the chase had begun. The man did not have a valid license and register a blood alcohol content of 0.18. He also had a bottle of whiskey in the vehicle he admitted to drinking while driving. Information was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.


Man attempts to hide meth in private place

An officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with a broken headlight at 12:04 a.m. Nov. 9 on North Broadway near East Carlton Center Road in Carlton Township. The officer noticed a large bag of marijuana in the floor of the passenger seat. The bag weighed 4.4 ounces. The driver, a 33-year-old Cedar Springs man, did not have a valid license and had multiple warrants and was arrested. The passenger, 58, of Big Rapids, also was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. He had scales and multiple plastic bags in his possession. The legal limit of marijuana for civilians to carry is 2.5 ounces. The passenger also had non-extraditable warrants from Florida and Mississippi and prior convictions for possession and delivery of drugs in Michigan. A 36-year-old woman in the back seat of the vehicle, also from Cedar Springs, said she saw the passenger secure a bag of methamphetamine to his genitals with a rubber band. When he was taken to jail the deputies found a 1.6-ounce bag of methamphetamine tied in his underwear as he changed his clothes. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Domestic violence involves bleach

A 35-year-old woman called police at 6:02 p.m. Nov. 8 to report her 53-year-old boyfriend held her by the shoulder and poured bleach over her head at his residence in the 1000 block of West Dowling Road. The boyfriend said she was pouring bleach on his clothes, and he grabbed it from her and bleach went everywhere. Information was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.


Middleville woman skip-scans at Walmart

An officer responded to the Hastings Walmart at 6:16 p.m. Nov. 9 after a woman reportedly attempted to skip-scan merchandise at the self-checkout lane. The 24-year-old Middleville woman had two carts and was taking two items from one cart, scanning one and putting them both in the second cart. She told the officer it was an accident, and a 19-year-old Middleville woman with her said she wasn’t aware of any theft. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.

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