NORTON SHORES — Police say two Egelston Township men ice
fishing in Norton Shores Saturday were accosted by an angry fish-flinging woman
The incident happened around 1 p.m. Saturday on Black Lake,
which is located near Wood Street and Judson Road in Norton Shores, when a
29-year-old woman allegedly struck both men with a fish, said Norton Shores
Police Lt. Jon Gale.
Gale said officers were called to the lake by one of the men
who claimed they were assaulted by “a female wielding a fish.”
The men, both in their early 20s, said they were ice fishing
in a shanty when they were approached by a woman who “wanted to urinate on the
ice,” Gale said.
“The woman said to turn their heads while she urinated.
While their backs were turned the woman struck the first complainant in the
head with a fish,” Gale said. “The female then approached them and struck the
other man across the face with a fish.”
Gale said “some words were then exchanged” and the woman
then “returned to her shanty.”
When officers interviewed the woman, she claimed that she
was upset “because the other men put their shanty too close to her shanty,”
“She said she threw the fish at the men, but missed. She
denied hitting them,” Gale said.
Gale declined to give the names of those involved because
the men do not wish to press criminal charges against the woman.
Pecos man: Neighbor's dog tore off Volvo's bumper
A Pecos man is suing his neighbors, claiming their dog
attacked a Volvo parked in his yard and tore off a piece of the car's rear
bumper, causing $2,000 in damage.
Richard Lienau said the dog — which he described as weighing
about 75 pounds, although he wasn't certain of the breed — has caused $5,000
damage to one other vehicle in the area, menaced at least six other neighbors
and killed one neighbor's dog.
Santa Fe lawyer John Aragon filed the complaint in state
District Court last week on behalf of Lienau and the owner of the Volvo,
seeking damages and an injunction against Steve and Jerica Griego.
Christina Griego, who is married to Steve Griego and is the
mother of teenager Jerica, said she thinks Lienau is mistaken. Their dogs are
smaller than 75 pounds and not aggressive, she said.
In an interview late last year, Lienau said he encountered
the dog as he walked outside his front door on the morning of Nov. 13. He said
it snarled at him, so he got a carbon-dioxide-powered BB pistol and fired three
or four times at the dog, causing it to jump back over the fence around the
Lienau said he drove into Santa Fe for an appointment. Later
that day, a friend who was staying at his house called to say that someone had
keyed her car while it was parked outside. When she met him in Santa Fe, he
said, he found marks from a dog's teeth and claws on the 1999 Volvo S80.
"It's obvious to me that this dog that I fired at was
after a small animal that must have crawled up underneath the car," he
said. "The dog proceeded to tear the rear driver's-side quarter off, which
is all plastic in these modern cars, and actually bit down on the steel of the
apron and tore away part of the rear bumper and left some of its blood in one
Lienau said he later found in his yard bits of plastic the
dog apparently had ripped from the Volvo's undercarriage and chewed up.
Christina Griego said the family has two small dogs:
"The Shih Tzu, she thinks she's vicious, of course. You know how the
little dogs make the most noise? The other one is a little bit off, I think.
She goes up to you and she twists her head so you can pet her. She's a friendly
dog. She doesn't do stuff like this, and she stays basically in the yard."
Lienau said he is certain that the dog that attacked the
Volvo is one that he saw in the Griegos' yard. When he approached that dog, he
said, "it menaced me." He said he spoke twice to Steve Griego about
it. "The first time, he was real friendly," he said. "The second
time, he was Mr. Nasty."
But Christina Griego said Lienau originally told her husband
that the dog had "keyed" the Volvo.
"How could a dog have any keys?" she asked.
"As a matter of fact, he told my husband, 'I've been searching all over
Pecos for this dog.' ... I think he's under the impression because my husband
works at the little grocery store (Griego's Market and Liquor and Conoco
station on N.M. 51) — he has the same last name — he thinks it's our store. ...
He's thinking 'these people have money.' That's not us."
San Miguel County Animal Control Division Director Harold
Garcia said Monday that Lienau first contacted him about the incident a week
and a half ago, but that he hasn't heard of the other incidents alleged by
Lienau. He said Lienau told him it took him three weeks to find out who owns
the dog even though the Griegos live only three houses away.
"We get those kinds of calls often," Garcia said.
"It's one neighbor against another neighbor. The only thing I could do in
this case, and I offered that to him, is take the trap and set it in the
property. If the dog comes in again, then the dog's going to get caught. ...
Unless there's actual pictures of the animal doing it, then it's all
Two LaPorte County sheriff's deputies responding to a report
of a house fire wound up in a fierce struggle with a man who refused to leave
the smoke-filled dwelling over a sword.
The man didn't let go of the sword until he was struck with
Taser darts, police said.
Police revealed Monday that warrants seeking charges of
criminal recklessness and resisting law enforcement, both Class D felonies, are
being pursued against 50-year-old Peter Thompson, who was taken to LaPorte
Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained when two probes carrying 50,000
volts fired from the Taser stuck into his back.
According to LaPorte County police, emergency responders
were called about 6 p.m. Friday to the house on North 125 West near
Springville. Smoke was filtering out the front door when Deputies Al Ott and
Donald Hicks went inside and urged Thompson to leave.
Police said Thompson was sitting on a couch with a blanket
draped over his right hand. He refused commands to show his hands, so one of
the deputies removed the blanket, and in his right hand was the handle of a
sword. It was being held in such a way that the blade was behind the man's
back, said police.
Hicks grabbed the handle of the sword while the other
officers grabbed both the man's hand and the blade, which was covered by a
Hicks in his report said Thompson refused to obey commands
to let go of the sword as he and the other deputy tried desperately to maintain
control of the weapon.
At one point, Hicks let go of Thompson's hand and reached
for his Taser.
Thompson pulled the sword out of its sheath and pointed the
2-foot-long silver blade at Ott.
Hicks immediately fired his Taser, allowing Ott to remove
the sword from Thompson's clutches, police said.
Springfield Township Fire Chief Steve Marvel said Monday
there was just minimal fire damage to the residence.
He said Thompson lit some articles in the home on fire and
the blaze burned itself out as firefighters were arriving.
“It was more of a police matter than a fire matter,”