Free Soil man in possession of suspected meth allegedly swings shovel at female victim.

July 18, 2022

Free Soil man in possession of suspected meth allegedly swings shovel at female victim.

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FREE SOIL — A 63-year-old Free Soil man was arrested by Mason County sheriff’s deputies on charges of felony assault and methamphetamine possession Sunday, July 17, shortly before 11:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of East Michigan Avenue after he allegedly swung a shovel at a female victim, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

Deputies arrived at the scene following a 911 call reporting a disturbance, said Sheriff Cole. “During the investigation, it was learned the suspect reportedly swung a shovel at the female victim and also had suspected meth on him.”

Other police activity in Mason County over the weekend includes:

Friday, July 15, 2022:

  • ​1:50 p.m., (Ludington Police Department), ​a 52-year-old Ludington man was cited for driving while license suspended (DWLS), Ludington and Washington​ avenues, City of Ludington.
  • 2:22 p.m., (Mason County Sheriff’s Office), three-vehicle crash, no injury, US 10 west of Jebavy Drive, Pere Marquette Township.
  • ​4:17 p.m., (LPD), ​a 44-year-old Ludington man was arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs and possession of heroin, 500 block of East Dowland Street​, City of Ludington. He was lodged in the Mason County Jail.
  • 6:33 p.m., (MCSO), alarm activation, Amber Township.
  • 8:47 p.m., (MCSO), a 31-year-old Ludington man was cited for DWLS following a traffic stop​, US 10 and Nelson Road, Pere Marquette Township.
  • 9:03 p.m., (MCSO), ​breaking and entering and damaged property, Indian Trail, Custer Township. The complainant reported a cabin was broken into and damaged. The case remains under investigation.

Saturday, July 16, 2022:

  • 12:02 a.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, US 10 and Stiles Road, Amber Township.
  • 12:12 a.m., (MCSO), one-vehicle crash and warrant arrest, no injury, US 31 south of Free Soil Road, Free Soil Township. A 21-year-old Homewood, Illinois man was arrested on an outstanding Cook County, Illinois warrant.
  • 2:53 a.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, Quarterline Road south of Hoague Road, Grant Township.
  • 5:43 p.m., (MCSO), larceny, Mason County Fairgrounds, Pere Marquette Township. The complainant reported the theft of a horse bosal from a horse trailer.
  • 5:48 p.m., (MCSO), ​a 34-year-old Scottville man was arrested on a criminal bench warrant for probation violation following a traffic stop, US 10 and Benson Road, Branch Township.
  • 9:22 p.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, Sherman Road north of Decker Road, Hamlin Township.

Sunday, July 17, 2022:

  • 8:30 a.m., (MCSO), car/deer crash, no injury, Millerton Road east of Stephens Road, Sherman Township.
  • 2:24 p.m., (MCSO), a 26-year-old Manistee man was arrested on two outstanding failure to appear warrants issued in Manistee County, 1500 block of West Countyline Road, Grant Township.
  • ​4:18 p.m., (LPD), ​a 62-year-old Ludington man was cited for operating without a license, Foster and James streets, City of Ludington.
  • 10:59 p.m., (MCSO), one-vehicle rollover crash, with injury, southbound US 31 at the Pere Marquette Highway exit, Pere Marquette Township. A 70-year-old Norton Shores man received non-life-threatening injuries after the vehicle he was operating left the freeway and overturned. “Alcohol is likely a contributing factor, and the case remains under investigation,” said Sheriff Cole.

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