Circuit court news, posted May 25, 2022

May 25, 2022

Circuit court news, posted May 25, 2022

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

LUDINGTON — The following criminal procedures took place in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Please note that some stories have been posted separately and that this does not encompass all the activity that took place in the court. 

Tanis, left.

– Tammy Louise Tanis, 58, of 110 E. Melendy St., Ludington: two counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer – seven months in jail with credit for 153 days served and three years probation (arrested Dec. 22, 2022 by Ludington Police Department); malicious destruction of a building, less than $200 – 153 days in jail with credit for 153 days served; home invasion, third degree – charges dismissed (arrested Dec. 15, 2021 by Ludington Police Department); unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle – seven months in jail with credit for 153 days served (arrested Dec. 21, 2021 by Ludington Police Department). Sentences to run concurrent. She was also ordered to pay fines and fees and $225 in restitution to the victim of the home invasion. 

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– Amber Hambley, 34, of 3455 W. Holly Lane, Pere Marquette Township; controlled substances – possession of cocaine less than 25 grams – one day in jail with credit for one day served, two years probation; operating a vehicle while intoxicated – one day in jail with credit for one day served, fines and fees. Sentences to run concurrent. Hambley was arrested on Jan. 1, 2022, on both charges, by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. 

Dewey, left.

– Robert Leslie Dewey, 46, of 3925 N. Stiles Rd., Victory Township; operating a motor vehicle while impaired – 90 days in jail with credit for five days served (may serve in 30 day increments), two years probation, electronic monitoring, fines and fees. Dewey’s blood alcohol level was .233, three times the legal limit. This was his fifth drunk driving conviction. 

Lauterwasser, left.

– Nicholas Brian Lauterwasser, 29, of 186 S. Walhalla Rd., Branch Township; Malicious destruction of police property – dismissed; assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer (seven charges, four dismissed) – five days in jail with credit for five days served, three years probation; domestic violence – five days in jail with credit for five days served, three years probation; habitual fourth conviction – dismissed, fines/fees. Sentences to run concurrent. 

According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole Lauterwasser’s mother was the victim in the assault. During the sentencing, she stated he did not harm her. Cole said Lauterwasser charged at the deputies, attempting to punch them with a closed fist.

During sentencing, Judge Susan Sniegowski said she was “hesitantly agreeing” to the plea agreement. 

Lauterwasser was sentenced in 2018 in 51st Circuit Court to 27 months to 25 years in prison for domestic assault. He was on parole when he committed those offenses.

He has served prison time for previous convictions of interfering with electronic communications, two counts of third-offense domestic violence and three counts of assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.

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– Lea Louise Williams, 49, of 710 E. Loomis St., Ludington; controlled substances – possession of cocaine, heroin or another narcotic – two days in jail with credit for two days served, three years probation, electronic monitoring, fines/fees. Arrested Jan. 6, 2022 by Ludington Police Department. Williams has four prior felony convictions and eight prior misdemeanor convictions. 

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– Stephen John Silvers, 32, homeless; controlled substance possession of methamphetamine – three days in jail with credit for three days served, 18 months probation. Silvers, along with Robert Andrew Thompson, 20, of Sherman Township, was arrested on Aug. 17, 2020 by the Scottville Police Department during a traffic stop on East Broadway Avenue and was charged with possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy. He pleaded guilty on March 2, 2022 to the charges. According to his attorney, Becky Lederer, he was currently living in a camper in the Manistee National Forest. 

Mitchell, left.

– Erica Lenee Mitchell; uttering and publishing – dismissed; uttering and publishing, attempted – 69 days in jail with credit for 69 days served, six months probation, fines/fees and restitution of $475 to the victim, Choice One Bank. Mitchell was arrested on Sept. 17, 2020 by Mason County Sheriff’s Office. She had originally received a delayed sentencing in 2021 with the agreement she would pay the amount back to the bank and then receive a misdemeanor. She failed to do so. 

Brault, left.

– Michael Michael Gregory Brault, 34, of 621 E. Dowland St., Ludington; controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine (arrested March 15, 2022 by Mason County Sheriff’s Office), pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to serve 90 days in jail, 11 months of discretionary jail time, two years probation; retail fraud, third degree – pleaded guilty; controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine (arrested Aug. 5, 2021 by MCSO), pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to serve 90 days in jail, 11 months discretionary jail, two years probation. Sentences will run concurrent. Sentencing will take place on July 12 at 1 p.m. 

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