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Ottawa County Sheriff's Department recruiting Citizen Police Academy

Ottawa County Sheriff's Department recruiting Citizen Police Academy

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is recruiting for its 2013 Citizen Police Academy.

The program is meant to raise awareness about the sheriff’s office role in the community.  Classes will address undercover drug investigations, firearms, the criminal justice legal system, accident investigations, community policing, and the duties of each agency within the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The Citizen Police Academy will run September 10 to December 11.  Classes will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Fillmore complex, located at 12220 Fillmore St.  For more information or to apply, call Sgt. Valerie Weiss at (616) 738-4622 or click here.

Police: Conklin man kills two horses over alleged affair

Police: Conklin man kills two horses over alleged affair

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Ottawa County detectives say a man, upset with his wife, took out his anger by fatally stabbing two horses.

Dennis Finkler, 47,  is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property.

It all started Friday night, when Finkler and his wife had an argument at Bramer Equestrians Stables, where they boarded a horse.

Finkler was accusing his wife of having an affair with the owner of the stables.  They eventually left, but investigators believe he showed back up, later that night.  Finkler allegedly stabbed his wife's Quarter Horse and the owner's 8-year old Palomino named "Gambler".

Finkler was released Monday afternoon on a $3,000 bond.  He is due back in court later this month.