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Diving accident, reported fight among holiday weekend incidents

Becky Vargo • May 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A diving accident and a reported fight were among the calls handled by Grand Haven public safety officers during an unusually warm Memorial Day weekend.

A mechanical problem on Grand Haven’s drawbridge that lasted almost three hours also caused the city to call in all of its officers to assist with traffic control on Friday.

Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said that a 19-year-old Cedar Springs man suffered a head and spinal injury after diving off the pier Monday afternoon. No further information was available on the incident that occurred at about 4:37 p.m.

Officers also responded to the south pier at 7:19 p.m. Monday on a report of 40 juveniles on the structure, with some of them fighting. Nobody was fighting when the officers arrived.

Hawke said his officers handled the following incidents over the three-day weekend:

Seven traffic crashes, nine medical emergencies, 17 traffic complaint/problems, seven suspicious persons/vehicles, two suicidal persons, eight lost/found property, two domestic violence, two operating while intoxicated arrests, four intoxicated persons, five animal complaints, three abandoned vehicles, nine general assistance, two assists to other agencies, two check well-being, five false burglary alarm, four civil matters, five disturbances, two fire alarms, two larcenies, two loud music, one malicious destruction of property, one shoplifting and two peace officer requests for assistance. 

Temperatures set record highs for the past three days. The official highs in Muskegon reached 78 Saturday, 87 Sunday, 95 Monday and 96 Tuesday.

Michigan State Police

The state police reported an increase in holiday weekend traffic fatalities, as compared to the same time period in 2017.

Preliminary reports indicate 15 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during the 2018 Memorial Day holiday weekend. In comparison, 10 people were killed in 10 traffic crashes during the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Of the 15 deadly crashes: restraints were not used in one and unknown in four; alcohol use was a known factor in two; five involved motorcycles (a helmet was worn in two and it is unknown if a helmet was used in three); and one victim was a pedestrian.

“These numbers are preliminary and only reflect those fatalities reported to the Michigan State Police as of 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 29,” stated Lt. Jim Flegel, traffic safety specialist for the state police. “We continue to urge motorists to always use proper restraints and to make responsible driving decisions. Never operate a vehicle while impaired on alcohol or drugs, and avoid all distractions.”

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