The Rest of the Story

This is where the St. Louis Sentinel reports the final dispositions of notable local crimes. The information is provided by Police Chief Richard J. Ramereiz Jr. and Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion.

Domestic Violence

A domestic assault was reported on Sunday, May 2. The suspect took a powder before officers arrived. The victim was interviewed and information gathered from witnesses. The complaint was turned over to the prosecutor’s office for criminal charges. Disposition: No charges authorized due to lack of cooperation from the victim.

Domestic Assault

A domestic assault was reported and investigated on Sunday, May 9. The complaint was sent to the prosecutor’s office requesting criminal charges for the suspect. Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion had this to say: “This was a case where a step-father and his 17-year-old step-daughter got into an argument, and the step-father slapped the girl one time in the face. The girl’s mother did not want the police involved. Charges were authorized by my assistant prosecutor, and the notes in the file reflect that she had a telephone conference with the victim on May 19, 2021. (The next day) my assistant prosecutor dismissed the charge with the reason being stated as ‘prosecutorial discretion.’  My assistant is out of the office today. However, I can only assume that she made the decision to dismiss based upon her conversation with the victim the previous day.”

Sex Offense

A sex offense originally reported to the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office was turned over to St. Louis police on Tuesday, May 11, after it was discovered that the alleged offense occurred in St. Louis. Disposition: No charges were authorized on account of insufficient evidence.

Possible arson

A vehicle was found to be on fire in the 100 block of South East Street at midnight on Monday, May 17. The matter was investigated as a possible arson. Disposition: The case was closed due to insufficient evidence.

Alleged child abuse

Child Protective Services passed on a child abuse complaint to St. Louis police on Thursday, May 20. Disposition: There was insufficient evidence to support the allegation, and no charges were made.

Domestic assault

A domestic assault was reported on Thursday, May 27, and investigated by the St. Louis PD. Statements were obtained from all parties involved. The complaint was turned over to Gratiot County Prosecutor Keith Kushion for review. Disposition: No charges were authorized due to insufficient evidence.

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