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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

[MI] Cop-on-cop: Officer DeVries pled not-guilty to domestic violence charge

...From officer of the year in 2005 to criminal suspect, Dana Bryce DeVries, of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, has pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting her husband, a fellow police officer...

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GRAND HAVEN POLICE OFFICER, FACING DOMESTIC CHARGE, TO BE ARRAIGNED TODAY
The Grand Rapids Press
By Barton Deiters
November 04, 2009, 12:42PM
[Excerpts] A 13-year Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officer is facing domestic charges, as well as the possible loss of her job.Dana Bryce DeVries, was arrested early this morning on domestic charges... The alleged incident took place in Ottawa County, outside the Grand Haven city limits. DeVries was lodged overnight in the Kent County Jail and was expected to return to Ottawa County, where she was to be arraigned in Grand Haven District Court later today... The Grand Haven Department of Public Safety is conducting an internal investigation... [Full article here]

UPDATE: GRAND HAVEN OFFICER ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE
WZZM13
Bob Brenzing Chris Zoladz
11/4/2009
[Excerpts] ...Because of her position as a law enforcement officer in Ottawa County, DeVries was transported and lodged in the Kent County Jail early Wednesday morning. In a written statement, GHDPS Chief Dennis Edwards said, "an illegal act by a public safety officer reflects only the integrity of that individual and not that of the organization as a whole." Edwards added, "any illegal act by an officer will always be investigated promptly and thoroughly." The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation and disciplinary action could be taken in accordance with GHDPS police, which could result in suspension or dismissal from employment, Edwards said... [Full article here]http://www.wzzm13.com/news/news_story.aspx?storyid=115380

GRAND HAVEN OFFICER ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT
NEWSCHANNEL 3
November 04, 2009 5:17 PM
[Excerpts] Another Grand Haven Public Safety Officer is in trouble with the law. ...The arraignment was shifted to the Holland District Court after it became clear that too many people in Grand Haven knew the thirteen-year veteran of Grand Haven's Public Safety Department. Grand Haven's chief says both Dana and James DeVries worked at the department, though James had only worked there for four or five years. Grand Haven's Police Chief made a statement to Newschannel 3 about the incident saying "clearly this is not indicative of the vast majority of officers who come to work, like any profession we have members of staff getting into trouble like anyone else, when we do we try to get info out as soon as possible." Court documents say that Dana had been married to her husband for two years, but had been separated from him for two months before the alleged domestic assault took place at her current home... [Full article here]

GHDPS OFFICER ARRAIGNED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
Grand Haven Tribune
By Brian Keilen bkeilen@.com
& Becky Vargo
Wed, Nov 4, 2009
[Excerpts] ...The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. The next court date has been set for Nov. 10 and DeVries told the judge she planned to hire her own attorney. DeVries, a 13-year veteran of the department, was arrested late Tuesday night following an alleged assault on her husband, fellow police officer James Todd DeVries, at their home... [Full article here]

UPDATE: GRAND HAVEN OFFICER DANA DEVRIES PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGE
Muskegon Chronicle
By Chad D. Lerch
November 04, 2009, 3:12PM
[Excerpts] From officer of the year in 2005 to criminal suspect, Dana Bryce DeVries, of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety, has pleaded not guilty to a domestic violence charge for allegedly assaulting her husband, a fellow police officer... Bond was set at $1,000 during the video arraignment. The charge is for a misdemeanor assault that allegedly happened Tuesday night at the couple’s home. No serious injuries were reported. The next court hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday. According to court records, “some alcohol was involved” in the alleged altercation between DeVries and her husband, officer James “Todd” DeVries. The court file said Dana DeVries does not have a substance abuse history or mental health problems. The file did not describe what prompted deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department to get involved, or how, exactly, DeVries allegedly assaulted her husband. The court file said James DeVries had not lived in the couple’s home full-time for at least two weeks... Dana DeVries, formerly Dana Beekman, was recognized in 2005 as “Officer of the Year” at the public safety department’s Christmas party. Managers and peers in the department voted for her because of her training and work interviewing children who were victims of abuse. She had completed classes in “Forensic Interviewing of Children and the Reid Interview and Interrogation School,” according to the city’s Web site. She also was invited to serve as an adjunct instructor on the Governor’s Task Force for Instructing Forensic Interviewing of Children... [Public Safety Director Denny Edwards] said DeVries allegedly kicked her husband and that the impact left a “red spot” on his body. No serious injuries were reported. “This was a case of domestic violence, and we have a zero tolerance policy on that,” Edwards said. “It’s upsetting to all the good employees here who work hard and do good things on the public relations side” The official charge against DeVries is one count of domestic violence, a misdomeanor punishable by 93 days in jail and or a $500 fine... [Full article here]
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