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Teenagers attempt to steal speaker from Walmart

A Hastings Walmart employee called police at 8 a.m. July 4 to report two suspects who had attempted to steal a Sony speaker and auxiliary cord. The suspects, both 17, from Bellevue and Battle Creek admitted to taking the speaker and cord. Security footage showed the teens removing the speaker and auxiliary cord from packages and hide the items in their pockets before paying for socks and soda. They were detained by a Walmart employee as they attempted to leave the store. Both individuals were arrested taken to jail.


Cell phone missing from mailbox

A 29-year-old woman called police at 3:51 p.m. July 12, saying a cell phone had been stolen from her mailbox in the 500 block of Gaskill Road in Carlton Township. The woman said she ordered a $150 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 valued at $150, and received notice it had been delivered July 10. When she checked the mailbox the night of July 10, the phone was not there, and she believed it was stolen. The case was closed without any suspects.


Alcohol involved in M-43 crash

An officer responded to a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of M-179 and M-43 in Rutland Township at 2:29 a.m. July 14. The vehicle had been traveling east on M-179, failed to stop at the intersection and struck a large wooden sign post. The driver attempted to back the vehicle out of the yard where it had stopped, but became stuck in a culvert. The 66-year-old Hastings man said he had been drinking at a casino and was not sure what had happened. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.148, was taken to Spectrum Health Pennock for medical evaluation and then to jail.


Mini-bike driver arrested for OWI

An officer stopped a mini-bike on Charlton Park Road near Jordan Road in Carlton Township at 12:20 a.m. July 14. The 22-year-old Wyoming driver was not wearing a helmet, and the mini-bike did not have a tail light or brake light. The driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.174 and was arrested.


Intoxicated boater and driver is repeat offender

A marine deputy was informed of an intoxicated person driving a boat on Fine Lake at 9:42 p.m. July 13. The officer saw a truck backing up to pick up a boat from the lake, and noticed the driver was behaving erratically. The officer stopped the driver, a 24-year-old man from East Leroy. He said he was sober enough to drive, but he registered a blood alcohol content of 0.12. The man also had an active warrant from the Battle Creek Police Department for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested.


Man crashes while under the influence, makes up fake driver

Officers responded to a rollover crash on 9 Mile Road and Marsh Road near the Sunoco gas station in Orangeville Township at 9:37 p.m. July 12.  The 24-year-old Delton man said he was the passenger, and his friend was the driver but the friend had run off. One officer stayed with the man while another officer attempted to locate the driver, after the Delton man gave the officer a description. But several witnesses at the gas station said the man had been there moments before and was alone and that he was the driver. When confronted, the man claimed he could not remember what had happened and asked if he could wait and tell the officer when he was feeling better. The man had a 0.13 blood alcohol content. Security footage from the station showed the man driving the vehicle when it crashed. He was taken to the hospital to be checked and was then taken to jail.


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