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This weeks updates and crime trials.

This weeks updates and crime trials.

Woman arrested for driving under the influence

An officer stopped a vehicle at 1:37 a.m. May 4 on Bass Road near Patterson Road in Thornapple Township after the driver failed to obey a stop sign. The driver, a 29-year-old Newaygo woman, said she did does not drink while driving, but she had a 0.12 blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test. She was arrested.


Man arrested for driving while smoking marijuana

An officer was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle near the water tower on Sherman Street in Middleville at 7:32 p.m. May 3. The officer found a car pulled over with the lights off, though the vehicle was running. The 19-year-old male Hastings driver was smoking marijuana when the officer arrived, and said they had smoked before driving to the tower. The man was arrested and the marijuana seized.


Hit-and-run leads to arrest

An officer responded to a hit-and-run incident on Grand Rapids Street and Cider Mill Drive in Thornapple Township at 12:47 a.m. Jan. 3. The driver slid through a stop sign and struck two vehicles at the intersection, before parking in front of a store on Grand Rapids Street, and leaving on foot. The officer tracked the license plate to a residence in the 800 block of Pinecreek Drive. The driver of the vehicle, a 50-year-old Middleville man, was at the residence, and said he left the scene because he did not have a valid license. He was arrested.


Walmart customer flees after attempting to steal carpet cleaner

A woman was stopped by an asset protection associate while attempting to steal items from Hastings Walmart at 8:50 p.m. April 30. The employee said the woman took price tags off towels and put them on a carpet cleaner, cleaning supplies and yarn, then paid a dollar per item at the self-checkout. The associate stopped the woman and grabbed the cart, but the suspect fled. The store provided security footage to the police, and the investigation continues.


Mechanic claims hit-and-run vehicle was stolen

An officer responded to a hit-and run-incident in the 1000 block of Star School Road in Hastings Township April 26. The officer traced the vehicle to a 60 year-old-woman, who said the vehicle had been at a man's house for repairs for the previous three weeks. Witnesses to the incident said a man was driving. The officer went to the 50-year-old man's house in the 2000 block of M-37 and asked him about the incident. The man said when he went to work on the vehicle that morning, it was gone. He said the keys were in the vehicle, but hidden under some papers. He said he knew who took the vehicle and would get it back, but he wanted to take the blame. He said he would not give the name of the driver because he was taught “not to rat people out.” The next day the officer went back to the man's residence and the man said the vehicle had been returned. The man showed the officer the vehicle, which had been covered up behind his barn. The man gave a first name of the driver of the vehicle, and said he would have the driver meet with the officer. When the officer made contact with the man again May 6, he admitted to driving the vehicle, getting in the accident, and fleeing the scene due to his suspended license. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Mother finds meth in son's clothes

Two officers were dispatched to the 12000 block of Roughys Drive in Yankee Springs Township at 10:31 p.m. May 3, for violation of a controlled substance. A 68-year-old woman said she was cleaning her 30-year-old son's room and found a small bag she believed to contain methamphetamine in the pocket of a shirt in his closet. The son was lodged at the Barry County Jail at the time, and refused to talk to officers about the bag. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.


Man arrested for OWI at laundromat

A 35-year-old woman called police to report an intoxicated man at the Middleville Laundromat. The woman said the man had fallen multiple times, and when the officer arrived the man was lying on the ground in front of the main entrance. The 70-year-old Middleville man said he was fine, but admitted to drinking throughout the day. He said he had fallen because the doors were not big enough for a person and a laundry basket to fit through. The man tested with a 0.152 BAC. He was arrested and taken to the hospital before being transported to the Barry County Jail.


Arrest for OWI and warrant after crash

A 42-year-old Delton woman called police to say she had swerved to miss a deer on Delton Road near Sunshine Road, and gone off the road and hit a tree at 3:28 a.m. April 30. The officer noticed the smell of alcohol, and the woman admitted to drinking during dinner. The woman had a 0.101 breath test, and was arrested for operating under the influence and a Barry County warrant for failure to appear in court.

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