Scottville woman arrested for assaulting police officer.
SCOTTVILLE — A Scottville woman was recently arrested by Scottville Police Department after she allegedly threw a tool box at a Scottville police officer.
Melinda Rae Kalis, 48, of 109 S. Columbia St., Scottville, was arrested Feb. 3 by SPD on a felony charge of assault/resisting/obstructing police, which is punishable by up to two years imprisonment.
At 9:55 p.m. on Feb. 3, Scottville Police Officer Katrina Skinner was dispatched to Kalis’ home for a peace keeping complaint. According to police records, Kalis had allegedly refused to give back a female pit bull dog, its puppies, and several other items back to two people, a male and female, who had been staying with her.
Skinner said the male had attempted to make contact with Kalis at the residence and Kalis did not answer the door or the telephone. When Skinner arrived on scene, she requested Mason-Oceana 911 contact Kalis, who then answered the phone.
“When Kalis answered the door, she immediately was upset and angry,” Skinner’s report stated. “I explained to Kalis that (the male) was at the residence to pick up the rest of his belonging. While speaking with Kalis, she was yelling at me and telling me that if something happens to the puppies it’s all my fault.”
Kalis refused to turn over the dogs, Skinner stated and stated that the other items had all been picked up. After more discussion about ownership of the dogs, Kalis then allegedly threw a toolbox, striking Skinner in the leg. At that point, Skinner attempted to arrest Kalis for assaulting an officer; Kalis then attempted to pull away but Skinner was able to constrain her.
Mason County Sheriff’s Office deputies also arrived on scene to assist Skinner.
According to police and dispatch records, law enforcement has responded to several complaints at Kalis’ home over the past year. Recently, several neighbors have complained about the number of dogs, all pit bull style, at her residence. In December, Kalis’ next door neighbor addressed the City Commission to talk about how the dogs have been aggressive towards him and his family.
In January, Scottville Police Department issued Kalis citations for having too many dogs on her premise, a violation of city ordinance.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 20 at 11:15 a.m. Bail was set for $3,500 personal recognizance.
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