Man sentenced for brandishing gun at Holiday Inn

An Indiana man was sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading no contest to charges resulting from brandishing a gun at the Holiday Inn in Spring Lake during Coast Guard Festival week.
Becky Vargo
Nov 7, 2011


Michael Richard Ondrovich, 37, of New Carlisle, Ind., was charged with brandishing a firearm in public, two counts of possession of firearms while under the influence of alcohol, and two counts of attempted assault/resist/obstruct a police officer. A charge of assault/resist/obstruct a police officer was dismissed.

Ondrovich was ordered to serve four days in jail immediately, with the rest at the court’s discretion. He was also put on probation for one year, and ordered to pay $1,340 in fines and costs.

Spring Lake/Ferrysburg police were called to the Holiday Inn at 12:20 a.m. that Saturday on a report of an intoxicated man brandishing a firearm, said Police Chief Roger DeYoung. The man was arrested for brandishing the gun and for resisting police. A preliminary breathalyzer test indicated the man had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent, DeYoung said.

The man was carrying a loaded Glock 9-mm handgun, DeYoung said. He did have an Indiana permit for carrying the gun.


Fly on the Wall

Brandishing- to shake or waive- to flourish.

Can we get a reporter to aisle 9?

Exactly what did this guy do to get the po-po called on him?


Are you sure he was actually "brandishng," or did an observer call the police because he was intoxicated and simply in possession of a visible firearm? Visibly possessing a firearm in a holster is not considered brandishing. It is funny (really not) how often that word is used to stir up angst against legal firearm owners. Why not use this as a "teaching Moment" and not add to the ignorance?


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