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Algoma Township weapons complaint
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Algoma Township weapons complaint

From the Kent County Sheriffs Department -  On April 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM, deputies responded to a weapons complaint in the 9700 block of Sunset Ridge Dr NE. This is located in the Saddle Ridge housing development in Algoma Township.  Residents living there found that a rifle bullet had gone through their exterior wall and into an unoccupied bedroom.  On April 12, the neighborhood was canvassed by Kent County Community Policing and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers.  It was discovered that two other houses in the neighborhood had also been hit by bullets.

Through their investigation, it was determined that three Rockford area men had fired the bullets from an AK-47 rifle and a .30 X .30 caliber rifle while target shooting at the Rogue River Extension Area, located one half mile from the homes damaged.  They have been cited for misdemeanor Reckless Discharge of a Firearm. 

On April 23, 2011 the Sheriff’s Department took a report of a light post that had been hit by a bullet in the 9500 block of Algoma Ave which is located south of the Rogue River Extension Area.

On April 27, 2011 at 5:23 PM, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department again responded to shots being fired from the Rogue River Extension Area and residents reporting that bullets could be heard passing through the air near them while outside in the 2800 block of S. Saddle Ridge Court and 2800 block of N Saddle Ridge Court.  Again, the Community Policing Deputy discovered high powered rifle cartridges at the scene of the shooting area. 

The target shooting site is located east of Algoma Ave just north of Fonger Rd.  Currently, target shooting is not prohibited at this site.  However, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division, is in the process of evaluating whether or not to ban target shooting within the Rogue River Extension Area.  The ultimate decision will be made by the Department of Natural Resources Director.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department discourages target shooting at this location. Target shooters in northern Kent County should use the target shooting location on 20 Mile Rd, west of Red Pine Dr in the Rogue River State Game Area located in Tyrone Township. The Sheriff reminds target shooters that they are legally required to use reasonable caution for the safety of property or others whenever they are shooting and must always have a safe backstop.

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