Blaze in a vacant school, a man subjected to poufs
SCHOOL FIRE: The cause of a fire is under investigation after Battle Creek firefighters were called to the vacant Southwestern High School at 390 S. in the southwestern portion of the 83,990 building. square feet built in 1927 and owned by Battle Creek Public Schools. Hughey said the fire was in an old music room and soundproofing materials and piles of paper were smoldering, creating dense smoke that made it difficult for firefighters to see. No injuries were reported. Fire Marshal Quincy Jones said the cause remains undetermined.
SUBMITTED MAN: A 36-year-old man, Marshall, was taken into police custody on Wednesday after threatening to kill himself and walking towards police carrying a knife. Members of the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police were called at 9:02 p.m. to the Ashgrove Apartments at 201 West Drive North in Marshall Township. MPs said the man called 911 and said he was armed and suicidal and wanted the police to kill him. Summit Point officers and mental health workers attempted to speak to him by phone, but he refused help. He was alone in his apartment but threatened to attack innocent people. A sheriff’s department crisis negotiator spoke to the man for a short time, but he ended the call and left the apartment with a large knife. He was ordered to drop the knife, but started walking towards the officers. A deputy fired non-lethal pouf ammunition and the man dropped the knife and officers took him into custody at 11:22 p.m. He was taken to Oaklawn Treatment for assessment and may face charges aggression.
DEMOLISHED HOUSE: A two story house in Battle Creek at 203 Post Ave. was demolished Thursday morning. A team from Bolle Contracting in Clare said the building was down within 12 minutes. The crews then continued with the removal of the debris. The house was the scene of a double homicide in October and has been set on fire five times since. Calhoun County Treasurer Brian Wensauer said the house was foreclosed on March 31 due to unpaid taxes. He called for an emergency demolition because of the fires and the City of Battle Creek’s designation of dangerous building.
FLIGHT: Battle Creek Police are looking for a woman who robbed a front desk clerk at the Baymont Battle Creek Downtown at 182 W. Van Buren St. Battle Creek Police said the woman asked for money around 5:16 a.m. Thursday while holding something in his hand and suggesting to the clerk that it was a gun. She escaped with $ 650, but police said they believed she had been identified and were looking for her.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT: Battle Creek Police have reported the following cases:
• An arrest warrant is being sought for a 53-year-old man, after his wife, 54, said she was assaulted in the first block of Clark Road at 2:08 am Tuesday.
• An arrest warrant is requested for a 27-year-old woman, after police say a 2-year-old boy was assaulted while the woman looked after children at a house on the first block of Ferndale Court on Sunday at 20 hours. Police said the child had a scratch near the eye and marks on his buttocks.
DRUGS: Battle Creek Police have arrested a 24-year-old man charged with possession of heroin after being arrested at 6:31 p.m. on April 16 in the 600 block of East Roosevelt Avenue in Pennfield Township.
THEFTS: (Values in parentheses) • Clifton Place, block of 100; car cash ($ 350). • Capital Avenue Northeast, block 800: cash ($ 900).
VANDALISM: • VanBuren Street East, block 100: car window.
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