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Two arrested for OWI warrants after crossing while singing

An officer stopped a vehicle with a broken taillight after it crossed the center line in the 1000 block of South Hanover Street in Hastings at 4:47 a.m. Dec. 25. The 38-year-old male driver and 38-year-old male passenger appeared nervous, according to the officer. The driver said he did not know about the taillight but he may have crossed the center line because he had been singing. Both occupants had warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of operating while intoxicated and both were arrested.


Meth and heroin found in traffic stop

An officer observed a vehicle failing to yield to a stop sign on Hanover Street in Hastings at 2:52 p.m. Dec. 28, and initiated a traffic stop. The 37-year-old driver did not have a valid license but did have a warrant for his arrest. The man consented to a search of his vehicle, during which officers found a bag of methamphetamines and heroin residue on drug paraphernalia. They also found items connected to a recent larceny.


Stolen cellphone leads to heroin and warrant arrest

Officers went to Parkview Motel in Hastings at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 27 after receiving a complaint about a guest there. A 69-year-old man said a 37-year-old woman at the motel had stolen his phone. The woman told officers the man had helped her buy Suboxone, a medication used to alleviate narcotics withdrawal, while they were in Lansing. But the woman said they got into a fight and the man kicked her out of his vehicle while she had his phone. The woman said she needed to use the bathroom, and officers asked if they could look at the bathroom first. They found two syringes in the toilet, which the woman said had been used for heroin. She had two warrants for assault and failure to appear in court on an OWI charge, and was arrested.


Man assaulted by ex-girlfriend

A 41-year-old man called police at 8:47 p.m. Jan. 2 to report his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend had assaulted him. The man said the woman went to his house in the 500 block of East South Street in Hastings and when he told her he did not want to be in a relationship with her anymore, she hit him in the face five times. An officer reported that the man's left eye was swollen and bruised. The woman refused to cooperate with police, and was arrested.


Driver under the influence strikes mailbox

Police received a complaint of a reckless driver on M-37 Highway near Pifer Road at 7:50 p.m. Jan. 2. The caller said a truck was veering across the roadway, going into the ditch, nearly hitting a sign and had struck a mailbox. Officers stopped the vehicle. The driver, a 60-year-old Hickory Corners man, had trouble standing and did not know where he was. An empty beer bottle and pipe with burnt marijuana were found inside. When asked if there was marijuana in the man's system he replied, “There might be.” He had a blood alcohol content of 0.184 and was arrested.


Hydrocodone stolen from parked car

A 33-year-old man called police at 6 a.m. Jan. 2 to report a bottle of hydrocodone had been taken from his car in the 2000 block of Heath Road in Rutland Charter Township. The glove compartment was open and appeared to have ransacked. The case is inactive pending further information.


Vehicle vandalized during bonfire

A 19-year-old Middleville man called police to report his 2011 GMC Sierra had been vandalized while he was at a bonfire in the 5000 block of Duncan Lake Road in Thornapple Township around midnight the morning of Jan. 4. The man said his taillight, side mirror and windshield had been damaged. He said the perpetrator also took a bottle of his tobacco spit, which had been in the center console, and poured it over his windshield. The case does not have suspects.


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