Ottawa County paramedic charged with domestic violence

An employee of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence.
Feb 6, 2013


Michael VanderLaan was arraigned Wednesday in 58th District Court in Hudsonville,.

Michigan State Police started investigating VanderLaan on Jan. 11 at the request of the Sheriff's Department. Investigators said a verbal altercation between VanderLaan and his wife became physical, resulting in minor injuries and bruising to his wife.

According to the Sheriff's Department website, Deputy VanderLaan serves as a paramedic in Georgetown Township.



That’s weird up here in Michigan. In a southern state things like this happen all the time and those deputies never get any reprimands. If a southern Sheriff or his deputy run over someone with a patrol car that’s just tough luck – get your butt outa da way!. A officer Flahive incident like in Grand Haven would have never happened in a southern state. In a southern state during a jail break southern state deputy could have filled that car full of lead and pumped a thousand rounds of ammo into the passenger compartment and the Sheriff would have awarded a medal of honor to the deputies. Cousin Virgil owns the town paper, Cousin Enos is the prosecuter and Uncle Jenkins is the Judge. Talk back to a southern Sheriff – get a baton between the teeth! end of story – ya all won’t be doin dat again!. Cops have it real tough in Michigan – someone always wanting to stab them in back. Think I’m full of crap? Why did they make the movie series “walking tall” ?? That’s da way day do tings down nare..


zwesterhouse, How dare you! Officer Flahive is a HERO to our community. You don't know how things would have turned out. What if this? What if that? What's done is done. Go back down south where you can get beaten and shot at just because someone has a badge or is a public figure.


Can't wait to see your Michigan plates as you drive through Dixie Pattocakes!


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