This weeks updates and crime trials.
Fight in bank parking lot leads to arrest
Three officers were dispatched to a fight in progress in the parking lot of Fifth Third Bank in Hastings at 7:10 p.m. May 20. Officers attempted to subdue a 26-year-old Battle Creek man for fighting with a 39-year-old Hastings man, but he resisted. The man spit in an officer's face and refused to move into a patrol vehicle. He was transported to the Barry County Jail and then to the hospital for being highly intoxicated and possibly on other drugs.
Driver ignores road closure, punctures tire
A 59-year-old Hastings man went into the Barry County Sheriff's Office May 15 to report damage to his vehicle. The man said he drove around road closed barricade on M-43 Highway near Cloverdale Road the week prior and punctured his tire on a board with nails in the road. He returned to the area later and found the board lying in the grass near the road. The man said the cost of replacing his tire was $50. The officer went to the property where the 76-year-old resident said he had issues with people driving on his property so Michigan Department of Transportation crews put up new blockades to prevent intrusion. The resident said he had not put a board with nails on the grass to prevent people driving on his lawn. The officer told the driver the issue would not have happened if he had not driven around the sign, and if the officer had seen him do so, he could have stopped the man for failure to obey a traffic control device. The officer pointed out that the driver had “no trespassing” signs on his own property, and asked him if they were suggestions or were actually intended to keep people out. The driver said he understood and would use the detour in the future.
Radio Flyer wagons missing
A 76-year-old woman reported three vintage red Radio Flyer wagons were stolen from a shed in her backyard on Barnum Road in Woodland Township between May 12 and 15. The woman did not know who might have taken them and said they were each worth around $25. The case is inactive.
Bullet hits house, no suspects
A 47-year-old Middleville woman called police May 18 to report that a bullet had hit her house in the 7000 block of Moe Road in Thornapple Township the night before. The woman said she had been sitting on her porch when she heard something hit her house. An officer investigated and found damaged siding with a .22 caliber round below it about two feet from the house. The woman said she did not hear a gunshot, so the officer believed the shot came from far away. It is not believed any of her neighbors shot the round.
Woman reports brother’s meth lab
A 62-year-old Battle Creek woman called police at 10:32 a.m. May 14, to report her 57-year-old brother had an active meth lab on the porch of his house in the 6000 block of East Dowling Road in Maple Grove Township. The woman said she told her brother she was calling the police and he flushed an unknown substance down the toilet and put a box of what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in his truck. The Michigan State Police were called to the scene to dispose of the lab, and it tested posted positive for meth. The man has not been located.
Break-ins reported in Johnstown Township
A 44-year-old Delton woman called police to report a break-in at a home and outbuildings she owns on Vickery Drive in Johnstown Township May 19. It did not appear anything was taken. A door handle was broken off, and muddy shoe prints were in the house. A bottle of liquor also was left behind. The woman said someone recently broke into her neighbor's house. The case was closed with no suspects.