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Woman is arrested after calling police on husband

Pedestrian hospitalized after collision with truck

An officer responded to an accident on State Road near Pine Trail Drive in Irving Township at 5:18 p.m. Jan. 22. The officer found a woman lying face down in the snow near a mailbox. With the help of bystanders, the officer was able to roll the woman on to a blanket before an ambulance arrived. The 16-year-old driver of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup said he had attempted to stop when he saw a vehicle stopped in the road, but his brakes have been faulty since he bought the truck and they malfunctioned. Since there was an oncoming vehicle he attempted to pass the stopped truck on the right, and did not see the woman getting her mail. The woman was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. She did not want to press charges, and the teen was cited for careless driving and defective equipment.

Multiple thefts reported near Shallow Lake

Officers responded to multiple incidents of theft from motor vehicles and a house the night of Feb. 23 east of Shallow Lake in Hope Township. Two vehicles were broken into in the 8000 block of Dunkley Drive, and bank cards, Social Security cards and change were stolen. Another resident in the 8000 block of Wertman Road said items in the vehicle had been moved, but nothing had been taken. A 59-year-old woman reported the theft of a 12-pack of beer from a mini-fridge on her front porch and tools from her vehicle. The woman said her daughter noticed a vehicle pass by their residence several times around 4 a.m. A neighbor in the 3000 block of West Cloverdale Road reported hearing the crunch of footsteps on snow outside her bedroom window, but the snow had melted too much for the officer to make out the prints. The cases are inactive pending further information.

Walmart employees report threats against store

The manager of Walmart in Hastings reported one of his employees may have made threats against the store Feb. 10. Two employees, age 21 and 28, said a 40-year-old co-worker suggested he may “shoot up” the store. They reported one conversation where the man said he wished he had a 3-D printer so he could make a gun that could get through airport security. In another interaction, the man asked the two when they had days off. When asked why he wanted to know, the man replied, “Well I wouldn't want you to be here when I shoot up the store.” When an officer contacted the man, he said the comment was meant as a joke, and he did not recall making the statement regarding the 3-D printed gun. The officer told the man he was not allowed to return to Walmart until he heard from his manager. Information was forwarded to the prosecutor's office.

Driver arrested for operating under the influence

A 62-year-old Wayland woman was pulled over by a police officer at 9:11 p.m. Feb. 23 for failing to dim her headlights on Valley Drive near Patterson Road in Yankee Springs Township. The officer noticed the smell of intoxicants in the vehicle and reported that the woman had urinated herself. The woman said she had some wine at a church function. Mobile blood-alcohol tests showed results of 0.173, 0.17 and 0.18. The woman was arrested. Her 64-year-old passenger tested 0.00, had a valid license and drove herself home after the arrest.

Man tests 0.27 for operating under the influence

A 25-year-old Wayland man was arrested on Theris Drive near Patterson Road in Yankee Springs Township at 11:26 p.m. Feb. 23. His blood alcohol level registered at 0.224 and 0.27. He told the officer before he was tested he was over the limit and the officer would take him to jail. He was arrested.

Translator required in OWI arrest

An officer was dispatched to a possible drunk driving incident on Grand Rapids Street near Cidermill Drive in Middleville at 1:21 a.m. Feb. 24. The caller said the vehicle was weaving and had stopped in the middle of the street. The officer pulled the vehicle over in the parking lot of a nearby store. The driver, a 22-year-old Grand Rapids man, said he had no drugs or alcohol. The officer found there was a slight language barrier, and the man's friend arrived to translate between English and Kinyarwanda. The man tested a 0.16 and 0.17 blood alcohol content and was arrested.

Woman is arrested after calling police on husband

A 45-year-old woman called 911 at 5 p.m. Feb. 22 from the 7000 block of Huff Road in Assyria Township to say she was having “a bad day” and wanted her husband to leave so she could have time to herself. En route the officer learned that the woman had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for littering in Hastings, and she was arrested.

Warrant issued for theft of beer and cigarettes

An officer was called to the Speedway in Middleville at 5:47 a.m. Feb. 13, after the employee saw a 33-year-old Middleville man steal beer and cigarettes. Around 12:20 a.m. the man walked in, grabbed a pack of beer and left. As he was leaving, the cashier told the man he had to pay for it, and the man said, “That's your opinion.” The cashier saw the man's license plate as he was leaving. The man returned at 4:07 a.m., grabbed a pack of beer, put it on the counter, and asked for cigarettes. When the cashier placed the items on the counter, the man picked them up and left. When the officer arrived at the man's house, the man was not speaking coherently and asking odd questions. The officer asked if the man was on prescription medication, and he said he was not. The officer noticed the beer and cigarettes inside the man's house, and requested two warrants for retail fraud for $38 in stolen goods.
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