As festival begins, police calls escalate

Suspicious situations, fights, drunks and failures to pay are all part of a normal weekend of calls handled by the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.
Becky Vargo
Jul 31, 2012


Add the big increase in people visiting Grand Haven for the Coast Guard Festival, and the number and types of police calls start to escalate.

On Friday morning, victims reported a larceny from a vehicle, and the larceny of a pontoon raft and dock. Just before 3 p.m., police received a complaint of a man with a sign going up to cars in the area of Beacon Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. A motorcycle and car crashed at the same location at about the same time.

On Friday evening, police went to DeSpelder Street at Robbins Road to check on a couple of children in a vehicle. There were also complaints of fireworks being shot off in the area of Elliott and Fifth streets. At 11 p.m., someone reported a pink shoe found on top of a planter at Washington Avenue and Fifth Street.

At about 2:40 a.m. Saturday, a caller reported two males trying to get into the caller’s boat near the Municipal Marina. As the morning continued, there was a report of an assault in the downtown, as well as a liquor law violation. Police also handled several abandoned vehicle reports and impounded vehicles.

A life ring was found off its hook on the south pier about 9 a.m. Saturday. At the same time, a missing child was found in the North Ottawa Community Hospital tent near the finish line of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Run.

In the afternoon, a burglary alarm went off at a hair salon and three males who looked like juveniles were reported drinking near the Grand Haven State Park.

At 6:48 p.m., police responded to a civil dispute over a playpen in the area of Elliott and Fifth streets. A person climbing to the top of the lighthouse was reported at 7:55 p.m.

Later Saturday night, an intoxicated man was reported stumbling along in the area of Jackson Street and Beacon Boulevard, while there was an intoxicated woman reported to be sitting at a picnic table near a downtown ice cream stand.

Just before midnight, police checked out a call that a skunk might have gone inside a house in the area of Fourth and Elliott streets. There were also complaints of loud parties and a loud party on a boat.

On Sunday, police received calls on a child locked inside a bathroom and another on juveniles jumping off the pier. An injured possum was reported at Slayton and Beacon. At 12:43 p.m., a 12-year-old was stuck in an elevator near the corner of Washington Avenue and Harbor Drive. At 3:56 p.m., someone was unhappy about a person standing in front of a parking spot.

Once evening hit, police received complaints about skateboarders going through traffic, an injured deer, an ex-spouse not showing up for a custody exchange and several boats in the swim area at the state park.

All of these incidents can be found on the public portion of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department "incident mapping" page at


Say No To Tourist's

Yep the tourists are here, welp just a little over a week of there stupidity and the town is ours again.

Skeptic Trucker

To Say No, why do you persist with your ignorance. Just one look at the article shows that the nature of most of the calls were from locals. Please leave during the summertime and take all of your anti-tourist friends with you.


......Oh the irony.......there stupidity? Really? How about their stupidity? If you can't handle the competition from the out-of-towners maybe you should leave for the week and take your stupidity elsewhere. As Mrs Gump always said....."stupid is as stupid does..."


Don't blame it all on the tourists.. a lot of the calls look more like locals gone wild!


Wow! When do they have time for donuts?


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