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Clothes and money stolen from vehicles

A 52-year-old man called police at 6:06 a.m. Dec. 13 to report $15 and two cocktail dresses had been stolen from a vehicle the night before. The car was parked at a residence in the 9000 block of Cedar Creek Road in Hope Township, and the theft is believed to have occurred the previous night. A 45-year-old man called police at 7:24 a.m. the same day to report two vehicles at his residence in the 14000 block of Hutchinson Road in Johnstown Township had been broken into. He said $20 was missing, along with blankets and clothes. The case is inactive pending further information.


Stranger walks into house looking for Charlotte

A 20-year-old woman reported that a strange man walked into the front door of her home in the 1000 block of East Mill Street, Hastings, at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14. The woman said the man looked very dirty and smelled terrible and may have been under the influence. He asked for directions to Charlotte. The woman told him how to get to Charlotte, and he left. Police were unable to locate the man. The case is inactive pending further information.


Road rage leads to flying can of Coca-Cola

A 52-year-old man called police at 1:58 p.m. Dec. 14 to report a road-rage incident. The man said he was northbound on M-37 approaching Middleville when another vehicle attempted to pass him. The man said he sped up twice as the car attempted to pass, but the other car also sped up and got around him. As it did, the passenger made a hand gesture. Once the car was ahead of him, a can of Coca-Cola flew out of the passenger side window and hit the hood and windshield of his vehicle, where it exploded. The man got the license plate of the vehicle and said he did not want to press charges, but wanted officers to talk to the driver. Officers located the driver, a 42-year-old Wyoming, man, who said his brother had been in the passenger seat. The driver was told of the danger in throwing objects from a vehicle but refused to admit to the errors of such behavior. Eventually the man relented and admitted the danger to the officers. The case is closed.


Minor tries drifting after drinking

An officer stopped a vehicle after watching it intentionally fishtail on M-179 in Yankee Springs Township at 2:42 a.m. Dec. 15. The driver, a 20-year-old Middleville man, said he was trying to have fun on the slippery roads, and admitted to having consumed a beer. He registered a 0.069 blood alcohol content and was arrested. His passenger, an 18-year-old Portage woman, had a BAC 0.088. She was cited for minor in possession.


Minor arrested for driving with signs of alcohol and marijuana

An officer stopped a vehicle with a loud exhaust traveling 63 mph in a 55-mph zone on Wood School Road near Grange Road in Irving Township at 10:14 p.m. Dec. 13. The driver, a 19-year-old Middleville man, said he had not been drinking, though unopened beer cans were in the driver's seat. The officer also found marijuana paraphernalia in the vehicle. The driver had a 0.012 blood alcohol content, and showed signs of marijuana use. He was arrested and a blood sample was taken.


Driver gets angry after arrest for drinking and smoking

Officers received a complaint of a vehicle partially in the roadway with its hazard lights on at 6:43 p.m. Dec. 14. The vehicle was on Whitneyville Road near Crane Road in Middleville. The driver, a 34-year-old Lake Odessa man, said he ran out of gas. He admitted to drinking five or six beers, one inside the vehicle, and smoking marijuana one hour earlier. Officers found empty beer cans and a bag of marijuana in the vehicle. During the arrest, the man shouted at the officers and blamed them for the arrest. “He made several statements regarding he was not a criminal and I was wasting everyone's time by arresting him and not looking for murderers,” the officer wrote. “At one point, he intentionally hit his head against the partition in my patrol vehicle.”

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