Mason county's justice system and law enforcement is out of control.  An article written by Patti Klevorn of the City of Ludington Daily News (COLDNews) tells a story that illustrates this.  This article is reprinted in it's entirety below for analysis. 

A series of errors by legal professionals may have a 56 year old Amber Township man sitting behind bars for the rest of his life, because the system failed to protect his rights.  It starts off with a process server coming by 'his home' to serve him eviction papers.  The guy doesn't come to the door to accept the process, so the server calls for police assistance.

As a former apartment manager, I've had to go through the routine of serving eviction papers to deadbeat tenants, so I can commiserate with the frustration of the server.  However, the man had a legal right not to come to the door to receive the eviction.  The server should have let it go, and tried again.  When the MCSO arrived they should have explained to the process server (who could be a professional or just a normal person) that they cannot force the man to open the door and be served. 

According to the article, the deputies were talking with the man at his door when he made a reference to shooting.  From the circumstances, it would probably have been something like "Get off my property, or I will start shooting."  The article is unclear and taken from the deputies involved, which makes me think that it wasn't a hard threat. 

What was threatening was that the deputies then invaded the man's home, escalating the situation and likely violating the man's Fourth Amendment rights to be secure in his home.  I say likely, because mentioning 'shooting' in a non-specific way would usually not rise to an exigent circumstance to have law enforcement operatives invade a person's house absent of a warrant.  They received a felony arrest warrant shortly thereafter on the basis of the man's defense of his homestead.

As we sort through the verifiable facts, let's not forget how the Mason County Sheriff's Office escalated simple traffic stops, attacking innocent vehicle passengers, Kimberly Septrion, and Joseph McAdam and charging them with serious crimes when they were actually the victim of serious crimes conducted by the MCSO.  Thankfully, we have tapes of those encounters; it is yet unknown whether we will have records of this interaction that went bad, that would indicate whether there were any threats and whether it was legitimate for the deputies to do what they did.

Perhaps if we do, we can once again observe how poorly our county trains its deputies.  We will try to update this story as new information comes in.  There is a fair possibility that the process server worked for the MCSO, here is what they provide to landlords concerning this service.  If that was the case, they surely should know their bounds and not have to call for backup to serve process papers.

Ambulances from Grant Township Fire & Rescue and Life EMS block Amber Road at Countyline Road in Mason County's Grant Township Friday afternoon as they wait to hear if they are needed at the scene in which Mason County Sheriff's Office deputies say a man threatened to shoot them. 

GRANT TOWNSHIP — What started as service of an eviction notice ended in a 56-year-old man threatening to shoot Mason County sheriff’s deputies Friday afternoon. 

It could have ended much worse, Sheriff Kim Cole said. 

No shots were fired and no one was hurt or killed. 

“There is nothing to indicate the community is at risk,” Cole said. 

He does not have a violent criminal history, deputies determined, and they are learning more about him personally now through communication with people who are familiar with him. 

There is an arrest warrant for the man and the department is taking this time to re-evaluate the situation and let the man’s emotions settle. How and when he’ll be arrested is to be determined. 

“The arrest warrant is not going to go away,” Cole said. 

Two deputies were at the scene of the North Amber Road residence after they were called to assist a process server when the man refused to come to the door for the server to give an eviction court order.

The home is in foreclosure. 

Deputies went to the door of the home in the rural area off Countyline Road Friday. The man made a comment about shooting and went back into the house. The deputies went in after him. 

“He made it into a bedroom and again said something about shooting at them, and he could be heard racking a weapon,” Cole said. 

The deputies called in for assistance and together the Mason County Sheriff's Office, Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Michigan State Police troopers set up a perimeter around the house. 

The man was suicidal, according to information being shared with officers through Mason-Oceana 911.

Life EMS and Grant Township Fire & Rescue personnel responded and were available, staging at the Countyline and Amber roads intersection in case they were needed. 

In the meantime, an arrest warrant for felonious assault was secured, due to the man’s threat of shooting at the deputies, Cole said.

“The deputies perceived it as a very legitimate threat,” Cole said. 

Evaluating the situation, Cole said he decided against a SWAT team, believing it was the safest for everyone to leave the scene, let the man calm down and find out more information before proceeding any further. 

“The things you have to consider include the officers’ and this person’s mindset,” Cole said. “There was a high probability of this ending badly today. We’re going to sit back and re-evaluate.”

The man has an unrelated civil warrant for his arrest, as well, but there was no indication of a previous violent history Friday afternoon, Cole said.

The officers all left the scene about 4:30 p.m.

The man was in the home alone and there was no hostage situation, Cole said.

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Bad boys 

Whatcha want, watcha want 
Whatcha gonna do 
When Sheriff King Cole come for you 
Tell me 
Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do 

BAD BOYS (Theme from COPS) (More or Less)



It has now officially exceeded  "The 12 Days of Christmas" in duration.

The sheriff has denied any information from this incident, citing it is an active investigation and everything is an investigation record.  This sort of blanket denial has been found insufficient throughout FOIA history.  He can't do that legally in denying "police reports and any amendments/follow-up reports/investigations/recordings concerning the incident that happened in Grant Township July 17 involving an eviction process server, MCSO deputies called for backup, and a 56 year old man who allegedly threatened shooting." 

"Stonewall" Cole hides behind the active investigation ruse.

Maybe Cole could borrow the old Sergeant Schultz from" Hogans Heroes" line for his next election campaign, "I Know Nothing...Nothing! I See Nothing! I Hear Nothing!"


He has now held out longer than the defenders of the Alamo.


Good thing stuff like this only happens once in a blue moon.


Maybe the local religious leaders could organize a blessing of the evictee next Sunday?


It has gone on longer than the time it takes to play The Summer Olympics

I wouldn't hold my breath shinblind. The truth may never be revealed.


* Unidentified Suspect of Amber Road

Thanks for the update, an update that still makes me scratch my head and wonder why the sheriff's office is still getting a pass by anyone for this aggressive act of process serving which will only lead to ruining this evictee's life further for the simple act of 'verbally' defending himself against home invaders.

"Deputies went to the door of the home in the rural area off Countyline Road Friday. The man made a comment about shooting and went back into the house. The deputies went in after him." COLDS

"He wouldn't open the door. ... They went into the house. He went into a back bedroom and grabbed a firearm and cocked it and said he was going to start shooting. Deputies left the house and tried to negotiate with him," Cole said.     M-LIVE MUSKEGON

"Nichols refused to leave the residence and, upon arrival of deputies, retreated back into the house and threatening to harm himself. At that time, medical emergency personnel from Life EMS and Grant Fire Department were also called to the vicinity.

According to Sheriff Kim Cole, the deputies followed Nichols into the house and then he made comments that he would “start shooting.” Deputies backed out of the house. A felonious assault warrant (a 5-year felony) was requested and obtained for Nichols’ arrest."  MCP

Which version of Sheriff Kim Coles statements to the press do you like best?

3 different versions of the same event.

Cole better get his shit together if he wants to appear as a professional law enforcement officer.


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