Crockery gunman sentenced

A Crockery Township man arrested after threatening his neighbor with a gun in May was ordered to spend 90 days in jail when sentenced Tuesday in Ottawa County Circuit Court. Joshua Curtis Andrews, 25 Forsythia, Nunica, had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault and aggravated indecent exposure. A charge of possession of firearms while under the influence of alcohol was dismissed.
Becky Vargo
Jul 7, 2011


Andrews, 22, had already spent 51 days in jail since the incident in the Crockery Estates Mobile Home Park, 13251 State Road. He was given credit for time served and was allowed to participate in work release during the rest of his jail sentence.

Andrews was also put on probation for two years, and ordered to pay fines and costs of $493. His sentence also required him to go to adult education or complete his GED.

He was not to have contact with the victim or the victim’s family, and he is not allowed to go within 500 feet of her home.

Police were called to the park around 8 p.m. on May 15 after Andrew’s 38-year-old neighbor called 911 and told them that Andrews was pointing a shotgun at her. Police surrounded the man and arrested him without incident.

The neighbor, Ginger Baynes, said she had complained to the park manager earlier that evening about Andrews’ loud stereo. Baynes said she was told to keep notes about the problems, but she decided to take video instead.

Baynes said she videotaped Andrews while he was drinking on his porch. He must have seen her through the curtains, and got up and threw his lawn chair at her, she said.

“And he threw the bottle of whiskey he was drinking from,” Baynes said.

Then Andrews came out of the house with a gun, she said.

“He walked across the yard and he had the shotgun pointed right at me,” she said. “I was on the phone with 911.”

Police surrounded the home and evacuated the area before grabbing Andrews and taking him into custody.

Police at the time said no shots were fired and nobody was injured. They confiscated a 16-gauge shotgun, along with ammunition, according to Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.


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