Alleged squatters arraigned, still in jail.

November 4, 2016


Alleged squatters arraigned, still in jail.  

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — The three suspects arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly squatting in a Greenwood Township rental home, have been arraigned in 78th District Court. Nicole Pike, 29, Muskegon, Ronald Dagen, 37, Holton, and Albert Davis, 28, White Cloud were all charged with squatting, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 120 days in jail. Davis also was charged with failure to update sex offender registration, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Bond was set for each at 10% of $5,000 and each remained in the Oceana County Jail as of Friday morning, according to Oceana County Sheriff’s Lt. Craig Mast.

The trio had been allegedly squatting in a rental home for months, according to Mast. Drugs, possibly heroin, and drug paraphernalia were located inside the home in the 9200 block of South 192nd Avenue, and drug charges are pending against the three suspects, Mast said.

The homeowner contacted law enforcement in an effort to have the people removed from the home, Mast said. “They were not welcome and were living there for months,” he said. “They had not been paying rent; had been advised to get out; and they would not leave.

“Deputies went to the scene and found that the home owner had removed the main door and removed a sliding glass door in an effort to get these people out of his home. The people used blankets to cover the doorways. Deputies found three people inside, also drug paraphernalia from several different narcotics – marijuana and possibly heroin.”

Mast said the case has been turned over to the State, Sheriffs’, Chiefs’ Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) for follow-up on possible pending drug charges.

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