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This is a story I've been following for the last few weeks back in Michigan, near my hometown. May be of interest...
Yes, I'm a :noob:
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Source: http://www.thedailynews.cc

6/30/2008 2:26:00 PM
Developing Story
1 dead, 1 hospitalized after overnight shooting near Lakeview

CATO TOWNSHIP - One person is dead and another is hospitalized after a shooting near Lakeview early today.

According to Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, shots were fired shortly after midnight at a home at 7861 Edgar Road, near Vining Road just south of M-46. He said the sheriff's office originally received a call at 12:33 a.m. from Kelly Ann Keating, 42, who resides in the home, saying she was receiving threats from an estranged boyfriend, Robert Stevens, 44, hometown unknown.

Barnwell said Keating had called a male friend to come to her home to be with her. Barnwell said Stevens and his son, Zach Stevens, 24, hometown unknown, "began to try and break into the home."

"Eventually they did make it into the home and a confrontation took place inside the home," Barnwell said. "Zach and Robert were both shot by the male friend of Kelly's. Both fled the home where Zach collapsed in a neighbor's home and died. Robert was shot in the leg."

Barnwell said Robert Stevens was transported to Spectrum Health United Memorial Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview and then transferred by AeroMed to Spectrum Health System's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where he was listed in fair condition.

Barnwell said Keating was "home along with several others when the incident occurred."

Barnwell said officials from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory in Grand Rapids were still at the site "processing the scene" at midday today.

7/1/2008 9:02:00 AM
Investigators talk with individuals assembled outside the shooting scene at 7861 Edgar Road on Monday.

Story Update
Sheriff: Shots were probably self-defense

CATO TOWNSHIP - Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell says strong evidence supports self-defense in the early Monday shootings that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old Lakeview man and serious injuries to his father.

Zachary Stevens died from a gunshot wound to the chest shortly before 1 a.m. while Robert Stevens, 44, of Lakeview was shot in the leg and currently is listed in fair condition at Spectrum Health System's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

"At this point he (the shooter) hasn't been charged," Barnwell said, while declining to release his name. "All that (the evidence) has to go to the prosecutor and she'll have to make the decision."

County Prosecutor Andrea Krause was unavailable for comment today. County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Doug McFadden said charges can't be filed until the prosecutor's office receives the official police report from the sheriff's office.

"We're awaiting autopsy results," McFadden said.

According to Barnwell, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call at 12:33 a.m. at 7861 Edgar Road, near Vining Road just south of M-46. Kelly Ann Keating, 42, who resides in the modular home, said she was being threatened by her estranged boyfriend, Robert Stevens.

Barnwell said Keating and Stevens had had an "on-again, off-again relationship" until recently.

"It's been a volatile relationship," Barnwell said. "We've been out there before on domestic calls."

Keating said Robert and Zachary Stevens were threatening to break into her home and called a male friend from the Lakeview area to come to her home to be with her.

Barnwell said Keating was on the telephone with Montcalm County Central Dispatch in Stanton as the pair attempted to break into the home, trying to get into doors and windows and removing a window air-conditioning unit. The two then gained entry through an unlocked door.

Barnwell said about six people were inside the home at the time of the break-in, including two children and Zachary Stevens' estranged wife. The others hid in a back bedroom while Keating's male friend stood guard outside the room with a semiautomatic handgun.

According to Barnwell, Robert Stevens was armed with a club and was warned by the shooter not to proceed any farther into the house.

"He told him (Stevens) that he had a gun and fired one warning shot into the ceiling," Barnwell said.

He said Stevens didn't back off, however, and was shot in the leg. Zachary Stevens then attacked the shooter and was shot in the chest.

Keating was still on the phone with Central Dispatch at the time.

Barnwell said both intruders fled the scene. Zachary Stevens collapsed on a neighbor's porch and died there.

Barnwell said an 18-year-old inside that home, whose name is not being released, performed first aid on Robert Stevens until Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived on the scene and transported him to Spectrum Health United Memorial Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview before he was transferred by AeroMed to Butterworth.

The sheriff's office is continuing to investigate with assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory in Grand Rapids.

"It appears alcohol may have played a factor," said Barnwell, adding that the department handles domestic situations all the time, "but they don't often turn out like this one."

7/1/2008 9:08:00 AM
Story Update
Lakeview pair sport long criminal history

STANTON - The Lakeview father and son involved in Monday's fatal shooting are no strangers to the area's justice system.

According to 64B District Court, Robert Stevens, 44, and Zachary Stevens, 24, have been charged and-or convicted of 48 counts over the years, including criminal felonies, misdemeanors and civil infractions.

Robert Stevens is due in court this morning to face two counts of breaking and entering and one count of assault and battery related to a March 14 incident. He also was charged with assault and battery as recently as April 17.

His record of 22 charges and-or convictions dates to July 30, 1988, when he pleaded guilty to driving without a license and served 30 days in jail. He pleaded guilty to the same charge again Dec. 14, 1988, and spent three days in jail.

Robert Stevens pleaded guilty to operating without a license June 22, 1989, and to malicious destruction of personal property Aug. 4, 1989, and served 90 days in jail along with one year probation.

He pleaded guilty to assault and battery June 11, 1990, and served five days in jail.

Robert Stevens was charged with breaking and entering May 3, 1991, but that case was dismissed.

He pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license March 13, 1994, and served 10 days in jail. Two other charges of improper use of registration and no proof of registration were dismissed that same date.

Robert Stevens was convicted of failure to use a child restraint April 10, 1995.

He was convicted of not wearing a seat belt April 4, 1998, and pleaded guilty to domestic violence April 16, 1998, receiving one year probation. He also pleaded guilty to use of an improper plate Sept. 26, 1998.

Robert Stevens was convicted of having an expired plate Aug. 28, 2006, and speeding last Sept. 1.

He was charged with assault with a weapon and two counts of assault and battery on June 15, 2007, but those charges were dismissed.

Robert Stevens has paid $2,918 in court fines since 1988.

Despite being 20 years younger, his son had an even worse record with 26 charges and-or convictions.

Zachary Stevens was convicted of obstruction of vision Aug. 23, 2000. Another charge of no proof of insurance was dismissed.

He was convicted of defective equipment and no proof of insurance and pleaded guilty to failure to transfer a plate Sept., 22, 2000.

Zachary Stevens was convicted of careless driving Feb. 1, 2001. He pleaded guilty to vehicle tampering March 3, 2001, and assault and battery March 27, 2001, and served six days in jail.

Zachary Stevens pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of personal property April 5, 2001, and served 30 days in jail and six months probation. He pleaded guilty to minor in possession May 26, 2001.

Zachary Stevens pleaded guilty again to minor in possession Jan. 22, 2002, and was convicted of violation of basic speed law March 10, 2002.

He pleaded guilty to having expired plates May 25, 2003.

Zachary Stevens was convicted of a Michigan Department of Natural Resources violation Jan. 19, 2004. Another charge of driving with suspended license was dismissed. He was convicted of careless driving and pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident April 8, 2004.

Three charges of domestic violence were dismissed on July 22, 2005.

Zachary Stevens pleaded guilty to failure to display a license Dec. 4, 2005, and to operating with intoxicants Feb. 12, 2006, and served 30 days in jail along with one year probation. Two charges of having an open container of alcohol were dismissed.

He was convicted of having defective equipment Feb. 24, 2006.

Zachary Stevens had paid $4,998 in court fines since 2000.

7/9/2008 10:41:00 AM
Story Update
Lakeview shooting death still being investigated

STANTON - The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a Lakeview shooting that left one man dead and another injured nine days ago.

Zachary Stevens, 24, of Lakeview died from a gunshot wound to the chest and his father, Robert Stevens, 44, of Lakeview was shot in the leg shortly before 1 a.m. June 30. Robert Stevens was released from Spectrum Health System's Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids a week ago today.

According to Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause, interviews still are being conducted as part of the investigation. The sheriff's office is in charge of the probe with assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory in Grand Rapids.

"The investigation is ongoing and we hope to have it completed by the end of next week," Krause said.

"The case is pending," Sheriff Bill Barnwell added.

According to Barnwell, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call at 12:33 a.m. June 30 at 7861 Edgar Road, near Vining Road just south of M-46. Kelly Ann Keating, 42, who resides in the modular home, said she was being threatened by her estranged boyfriend, Robert Stevens.

Barnwell said Keating and Stevens had had an "on-again, off-again relationship."

Keating said Robert and Zachary Stevens were threatening to break into her home and she called a male friend from the Lakeview area to come to her house to be with her.

Barnwell said Keating was on the telephone with Montcalm County Central Dispatch in Stanton as the pair attempted to break into the home, trying to get into doors and windows and removing a window air-conditioning unit. The two then gained entry through an unlocked door.

Barnwell said about six people were inside the home at the time of the break-in, including two children and Zachary Stevens' estranged wife. The others hid in a back bedroom while Keating's male friend stood guard outside the room with a semiautomatic handgun.

According to Barnwell, Robert Stevens was armed with a club and was warned by the shooter not to proceed any farther into the house. He said Stevens didn't back off, however, and was shot in the leg. Zachary Stevens then attacked the shooter and was shot in the chest.

Keating was still on the phone with Central Dispatch at the time.

Barnwell said both intruders fled the scene. Zachary Stevens collapsed on a neighbor's porch and died there.

The shooter's name has not been released.

According to 64B District Court in Stanton, Robert Stevens and Zachary Stevens have been charged and-or convicted of 48 counts over the past 20 years, including criminal felonies, misdemeanors and civil infractions.
 

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7/1/2008 9:08:00 AM
Story Update
Lakeview pair sport long criminal history

STANTON - The Lakeview father and son involved in Monday's fatal shooting are no strangers to the area's justice system.

According to 64B District Court, Robert Stevens, 44, and Zachary Stevens, 24, have been charged and-or convicted of 48 counts over the years, including criminal felonies, misdemeanors and civil infractions.

Robert Stevens is due in court this morning to face two counts of breaking and entering and one count of assault and battery related to a March 14 incident. He also was charged with assault and battery as recently as April 17.

It does not say in the article (unless I missed it) but if his court hearing the morning of 7/1 related to an incident on March14 was with this woman....
This was not a simple breaking and entering but rather a clear case of Witness intimidation or WORSE.
 

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