Allegan County Sheriff's Department

A southern Michigan county will stop paying for a sheriff's health insurance in the latest effort to get him to quit over insulting remarks about women and minorities.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot says Jackson County commissioners had pledged to take away benefits if Sheriff Steven Rand didn't resign by Tuesday. He didn't, so the commissioners took action.

Board chairman Steve Shotwell Jr. says Rand can be forgiven for his remarks but he can no longer effectively lead the sheriff's office. Rand didn't attend the meeting.

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Allegan County Sheriff's Department

A sheriff's office in southwestern Michigan plans to dedicate available patrol time in and around county schools to help relieve concerns parents might have about school safety.

The Allegan County sheriff's office says Thursday that some schools have offered space to allow deputies to work on police reports and other administrative paperwork during daytime hours.

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Allegan County Sheriff's Department

Authorities say one person has been injured in a plane crash in western Michigan.

The Allegan County Sheriff's Department says the plane crashed on a runway at Plainwell Municipal Airport about 1 p.m. Friday.

It said the extent of the injury was not immediately known and it had no additional information.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the agency had no immediate information on the crash.

Telephone calls to the airport went unanswered Friday afternoon.

The airport is located next to U.S. 131 about 35 miles south of Grand Rapids.

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Allegan County Sheriff's Department

A 93-year-old woman who authorities say regularly swam in Lake Michigan near her home in western Michigan was pulled from the water and has died.

The Allegan County sheriff's department says rescuers attempted CPR on Thursday afternoon, but Elizabeth Ann Bennett was pronounced dead at the scene in Ganges Township.

The sheriff's department says Bennett lived nearby and was known to swim in Lake Michigan on almost a daily basis.

Investigators say a person saw her swimming on Thursday, but didn't see her get out of the water.

Deal reached in lawsuit over excessive force in a jail

Jan 29, 2016

A man who said he was severely beaten while in jail has reached a settlement in a lawsuit against a western Michigan county.

Federal court records show a deal was reached this week with the help of a mediator.

No details were disclosed, although attorneys have 30 days to file documents.

Aaron Henderson said in the lawsuit that an Allegan County deputy kneed him in the head, causing him to slam into a wall and break several facial bones. He said he didn't get medical care for hours.

A high school quarterback has died after the vehicle he was driving went off a road in southwestern Michigan and struck a tree.

The Allegan County sheriff's department says 17-year-old Devon Smiley was found dead early Sunday at the scene of the crash in Ganges Township.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports Smiley played quarterback for South Haven High School, helping lead the Rams to their second straight 3-6 season after five seasons of two wins or fewer.

Football coach Troy Ayotte says he was "probably the most unselfish player I've had on that team."

Scout improves police shooting range in western Michigan

Sep 15, 2015
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Allegan County Sheriff's Department

A teenager has greatly improved a shooting range used by police officers and sheriff's deputies in western Michigan.

Alex Carrier built a shooting shelter and benches for his Eagle Scout project in Allegan County.

The 16-year-old is a member of Troop 354 in Jenison, southwest of Grand Rapids.

Alex was assisted by his parents and other members of the troop.

Area businesses donated tools, lumber and other supplies.

Sheriff Blaine Koops recently presented Alex with a certificate of appreciation.