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New signs posted at Rogue River game area

Residents of the Saddle Ridge community in Algoma Township should no longer have to worry about stray bullets hitting their homes.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources decided on May 4 to ban shooting in the Rogue River extension game area, located east of Algoma Ave just north of Fonger Rd. New signs have been posted stating that people may not target, trap or skeet shoot there. If they do, they will be charged with reckless use of a firearm, a 90-day misdemeanor.

The decision was made to ban shooting there after three separate incidents were reported in April. On April 10, three houses were hit by bullets, with one lodging in a child’s bedroom wall. Three men fired the bullets from an AK-47 and .30x.30 caliber rifle, one-half mile away. They were charged with reckless discharge of a firearm. On April 23, a bullet hit a lightpost a half mile from the game area, and on April 27 there were more reports of bullets whizzing nearby and high-powered rifle cartridges found at the scene.

The Kent County Sheriff office says that target shooters in northern Kent County should use the target shooting location on 20 Mile Rd, west of Red Pine Dr in the Rogue River State Game Area located in Tyrone Township. The Sheriff reminds target shooters that they are legally required to use reasonable caution for the safety of property or others whenever they are shooting and must always have a safe backstop.

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