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Man arrested for using sickle as weapon

For the second time in less than two weeks, Cedar Springs Police was dispatched to a fight in progress involving a weapon.

David Chambers

According to Chief Roger Parent, Officer Paul Feutz and reserve officer Erick Paulson responded to the 300 block of Susan Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates at 11:25 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. When they arrived, a lady was screaming that a man had swung a large knife at her. A man also reported to officers that a man was swinging a knife at people. Officers discovered that an argument took place involving the suspect and others that lived nearby, before the knife incident occurred. The knife was later determined to be a sickle, a curved-bladed device for cutting grass.

Officer Feutz went to the suspect’s home and asked him to step outside and talk to the officers. He complied and went outside carrying the sickle. He refused orders to drop the sickle, yelled at the officers and returned inside the mobile home. He then appeared outside again a couple of minutes later without the sickle and was taken into custody.

The suspect, David Harry Chambers, 55, of Cedar Springs, was arraigned in 63rd District Court on August 2, on two counts of felonious assault and a parole violation. He received a $10,000 cash surety bond. His preliminary exam was set for August 11 at 11 a.m.

Chambers appears to have a long relationship with the Michigan judicial system. He got out of prison in August 2009 after serving time for two separate incidents of operating while intoxicated. His one-year parole would have been over on August 20, 2010.

He also has served time for at least six other crimes, from the 1970s to the late 1990s. Those crimes included unlawful use of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering a building with intent, uttering and publishing, burning a house, larceny in a building, and operating under the influence.

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