Children digging in flower bed find handgun stolen 50 years ago

May 6, 2024

FERRY TOWNSHIP — Some children who were digging in a flower bed while doing yard work last week dug up a 1851 Colt black powder revolver that had been reported stolen June 1, 1974, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

The relic gun was rusted and inoperable, said Sheriff Mast. It was reported to police Monday, April 29, in the 4200 block of South 154th Avenue.

Other recent Oceana County Sheriff’s Office activity includes:

Monday, April 29, 2024:

  • 8:20 p.m., a 44-year-old Hesperia man was arrested for felonious assault, 5400 block of South 168th Avenue, Greenwood Township.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024:

  • 12:48 a.m., a 33-year-old Hesperia man was cited for second-offense driving while license suspended (DWLS), East Skeels Road, Greenwood Township.
  • 2:30 p.m., a 39-year-old Hart man was arrested for domestic assault, 5300 block of South 168th Avenue, Newfield Township.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024:

  • 3:42 p.m., breaking and entering to campers and an outbuilding, 5600 block of South Sagola Trail, Lake Tahoe subdivision, Grant Township.
  • 8:24 p.m., a 54-year-old Hart man was cited for DWLS, 4200 block of North 72nd Avenue, Hart Township. A 38-year-old Hart woman is a suspect for drug possession. The drug charge is pending lab analysis of the substance.

Thursday, May 2, 2024:

  • 6:43 p.m., felonious assault reported, no arrest, 1100 East Sand Creek Trail, Otto Township.
  • 6 p.m., vehicle crash, minor injury, Silver Lake Sand Dunes, Golden Township.


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