Posted on 16 June 2016.
Newaygo County Sheriff Pat Hedlund announced that deputies, state troopers, conservation officers and Newaygo City police officers are again patrolling the Muskegon River this summer to curb rowdy behavior. Police Officers are on the water in boats and along the river corridors in marked cruisers. “This is a proactive enforcement approach to keep the river safe and keep rowdy behavior under control,” Sheriff Hedlund said.
Past problems on the river have included underage drinking, intoxication, lewd behavior, trespassing, littering, disorderly conduct, drug use and damage to private property. Hedlund said the program is now in the third year of operation and illegal issues have been dramatically reduced when compared to past years.
The sheriff’s department also created a program called River Watch, a partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan State Police, and the Newaygo Police Department. River Watch relies on homeowners and volunteers along the river who report violations of the law.
Bridgeton Township Supervisor Michael Reagan wanted river users to “please consider our citizens, property owners and families when floating the river.” Reagan added that he encourages people to come and use the river, but cautioned that they should be respectful of other people and private property to avoid problems with law enforcement.
Hedlund said his deputies and other police officers are actively looking for people who act outside of the law. “We want people to have fun and enjoy Newaygo County. We only ask that they do it responsibly and respectfully.”
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Posted on 02 December 2011.
An Algoma Township man arrested for head-butting a stranger and fracturing his nose last summer pled no contest to aggravated assault as part of a plea agreement Monday.
Austin Lee Mosher, 19, was originally charged with aggravated assault, resisting/obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct/public drunkenness for his behavior on July 23. The suspect had been visiting a friend in Northland Estates, off Northland Drive, when he wandered across the street into a neighbor’s yard, visibly intoxicated, and threatened to kill the man living at the home if he didn’t stand still and talk to him. He then head-butted and punched a Grand Rapids man, who was a dinner guest of the family and just leaving the home. The family had never met the suspect before.
The man wandered away, and the family called police. Officers arrived to find the incoherent subject sitting in a vehicle that was not his. Police said the suspect did not comply with verbal commands, and one officer was ready with a TASER, while others ordered the 19-year-old man to the ground. The suspect again became aggressive, fighting and kicking at officers. An ambulance was called to transport the suspect to an area hospital due to his unknown condition and combative behavior.
Under the plea agreement, Mosher pled no contest to the aggravated assault charge, and the other two counts—resisting/obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct/public drunkness—were dismissed. He was sentenced to 335 days in jail, which was suspended, as long as he serves 30 days on a tether and abides by the terms of his probation. He also must pay $100 in restitution, $855 in state and court costs, and $250 in attorney fees.
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