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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:03 p.m.

Troopers: Woman arrested for assault, threatening relative with small axe

By Kyle Feldscher

A 67-year-old woman is accused of choking and punching family members, as well as threatening one with a small axe, during an assault in Putnam Township Monday afternoon.

Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Thompson released a statement regarding the incident that took place just outside of Washtenaw County. Troopers responded at 4:30 p.m. Monday to a home in the 1100 block of Dexter-Pinckney Road for a report of an assault in progress.

The 67-year-old woman, from Gaines, Mich., reportedly punched a 19-year-old Gaines woman and threatened her with the axe, according to the statement. The older woman also choked a 22-year-old Gaines man, troopers reported.

The 67-year-old was arrested and lodged at the Livingston County Jail to await arraignment on felonious assault charges, according to the statement.

The 22-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for failing to appear in court on an alcohol-related charge. He was turned over to the White Lake Township Police Department.

No one required medical attention, according to troopers

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Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 1:34 a.m.

Does she have a record? It's unusual for a person to be accused of a violent crime so late in life with no prior history of these acts. Of course, there's as yet no adjudication of any kind on these current charges, I'm just asking about possible past convictions.

Ann English

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:57 a.m.

You say, "just outside Washtenaw County." Gaines is outside Livingston County, northwest of Fenton, which is in Genesee County. I figure the alcohol-related charge was regarding a crime committed in Oakland County, for White Lake Township is there, just west of the central township. I guess the seriousness of the crime committed is the biggest factor in determining what jail a criminal goes to awaiting arraignment, not which county one lives in or commits the crime in. There's no mention of any criminal going to a prison in Flint, or any other Genesee County jail, so higher security was deemed necessary.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 2:19 a.m.

Ann- I'm not sure what the White Lake Township police did with this particular man after he was put into their care, but I can speak on background about this. Usually, when a suspect is turned over to one police agency from another agency, that person is lodged at their county jail depending on the seriousness of the crime. For a failing to appear warrant, I would imagine he's being held in the Oakland County Jail until he can be seen by a judge but that's pure speculation on my part.


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:14 a.m.

"incident that took place just outside of Washtenaw County" As in LIVINGSTON COUNTY? Isn't that what you're saying?


Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

Except that "just outside Washtenaw County" doesn't tell you nearly as much as "Livingston County". That sort of says it all.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 2:23 a.m.

I'm not trying to scare anyone. I put the name of the township where the incident occurred and the block number of the home. That block is very close to the county border, which is why I thought it would be relevant to say "just outside of Washtenaw County." Usually, we do not cover crimes in Livingston County unless they are of serious nature. The proximity to our county line here in Washtenaw is why I decided that this would be relevant to our readers. The choice of words, using just outside of Washtenaw County instead of Livingston County, is just to show that this is relevant to our readers.

Ann English

Wed, Apr 3, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

Putnam Township is directly north of Webster Township, which is directly north of Scio Township. There's been a long relationship between Washtenaw and Livingston County journalists. Maybe Kyle thought writing, "just outside of Washtenaw County" would be scarier than, "in Livingston County." But probably most readers wouldn't realize just how nearby this felony was, if Brad had written, "in Livingston County." Most readers don't know the township layout of Livingston County. If this crime had taken place in Conway or Tyrone Township, then writing, "in Livingston County" would be less scary; Conway and Tyrone are in that county's northwest and northeast corners, as far away as a Livingston County township can be.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 11:11 p.m.

If you're asked for Easter dinner there is a time when you should go home. Perhaps some people overstayed.


Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 10:55 p.m.

There's just so much going on here........

Homeland Conspiracy

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.

Isn't a small axe called a hatchet?