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Son accused of stealing cash, cellphone and gasoline

A 64-year-old man called police Sept. 26 to report his son likely stole items from his house in the 2000 block of Performance Lane in Hastings Charter Township. The man said he had been in the hospital from Aug. 26 to Sept. 23, and believed his son, 37, of Battle Creek, had been in his house during that time. The man said 10 gallons of gasoline, his cellphone and $800 in cash were missing. The man did not know how to reach his son, and he has not been located. The case is inactive pending more information.


TV stolen from elderly person's home

A 73-year-old man called police to report a break-in at the 2000 block of South Whitmore Road in Rutland Charter Township Oct. 5. The man is a neighbor who is watching the house while the 86-year-old resident is away. The man said his son was on the property to hunt and saw tire tracks on the grass and a broken bedroom window. When they went inside, they found that the house had been ransacked, but the only thing they could tell was missing was a TV. The case is inactive pending further information.


Cousins suspected in theft of handgun

A 41-year-old Kalamazoo woman reported her Glock 43 handgun was missing from her late uncle's residence in the 7000 block of Wolf Road in Assyria Township. Although the woman said the gun went missing in February, she did not report it stolen until Sept. 30. The woman said she suspected her cousins took the gun, which was stored in a barn, but they cut off contact from her, and she has been unable to locate them. The case is inactive pending further information.


Police called for man drinking with gun under his shirt

Officers responded to Yankee Bill's Woodfired Saloon in Rutland Charter Township for a complaint of a man, 49, of Zionsville, Ind., drinking with a gun under his shirt at 2:35 p.m. Oct. 4. When officers arrived, the man's gun was underneath his shirt, although he did not have a concealed pistol license, and had a 0.262 blood alcohol content. The man also had a serious medical condition, which led the officers to obtain permission from the prosecutor's office to take him and the gun to a family friend. Information was forwarded to the prosecutor's office.


Arrests made for multiple cases of driving while impaired

A 23-year-old Otsego man was arrested at 12:17 a.m. Sept. 8, for operating a vehicle while he was impaired. The officer stopped the man on Saddler Road near Dennison Road in Orangeville Township, after he failed to yield at a stop sign, and was weaving over the centerline. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.17.

An officer stopped a vehicle at 1:20 a.m. on Second Street, near First Street, in Middleville for an improper plate. The driver, a 47-year-old Middleville man, admitted to drinking six beers, but refused a Breathalyzer. He was arrested, and has two prior operating a vehicle while impaired convictions and a suspended license.

A 35-year-old Lake Odessa man was stopped for driving 78 mph in a 55 mph zone on Coats Grove Road near Martin Road in Woodland Township at 10:06 p.m. Oct. 6. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.114.


Loud exhaust leads to warrant arrest

A 40-year-old Wayland man was stopped for having a loud exhaust on Patterson Road near Jackson Road in Thornapple Township at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 5. The officer noticed the man was hiding an open beer between his legs, and he had an outstanding warrant for domestic assault in Barry County. He was arrested.


Two men use counterfeit bills in Middleville

Two $100 counterfeit bills were found at Johnny's Shell Station in Middleville at 6:28 p.m. Oct. 4. An employee said two men came into the store, one used a bill at Subway, and the other used a bill at the gas station register. Both bills passed the store's marker test, although they had the same serial number. The case is inactive without additional information.


Domestic assault includes pet's ashes

A 42-year-old man called police to his residence in the 11000 block of Ford Point Drive in Prairieville Township at 7:53 p.m. Oct. 4. The man told police he had been arguing with his girlfriend, 27, of Plainwell, for the past few days, because he believed she was trying to scam him. The man said she had told him his vehicle was towed for an unpaid parking ticket, but he later discovered it was not towed. Then, that day he had asked her to pick up his dog's ashes from the veterinarian's. But when she got there, she said she threw them out the window of her car. The man said he hit her, then called the police. When she found out the police were on their way, she left the house on foot, taking the keys to his vehicle with her. Information was forwarded to the prosecuting attorney.

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