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Case ID: 15496
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

County: Jackson

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

» Robert Alexander Matthews
» Gerald Anthony Harvel

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Deputies from Jackson County Sheriff's Department arrested three Michigan Center men earlier this week and they are facing dog-fighting and animal cruelty charges.

Tuesday afternoon, deputies responded to Chaz' Landing in Michigan Center following up on reports of disorderly conduct. According to the police reports, two women tried to place two dachshund dogs with a couple of their casual male friends. The two men allegedly took the small dogs and threw them into a fenced in area with two pit bulls, which began to attack the small dogs. One of the women went in and rescued the two small dogs and then dialed 911.

When the deputies arrived at the scene, the two men jumped out a window and ran away, but were caught by police approximately a half hour later. Police say the two 20-year-old men from Michigan Center and an 18-year-old man also from Michigan Center were all involved in this animal cruelty case. One of the suspects who ran from police has four outstanding warrants, while another is a parole absconder. All three are in jail facing multiple felony charges.

Undersheriff Tom Finco released the names of the three subjects from Michigan Center involved in the Animal Cruelty on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. The first subject in custody is Robert Alexander Matthews, 20 years old, from Michigan Center. He was arraigned on May 6, 2009 on outstanding charges of Sex Offender Failed to Register, Home Invasion and two Failure to Appear in Court warrants.

The second subject is Gerald Anthony Harvel, 20 years old also from Michigan Center. Harvel was wanted as a Parole Absconder from the Lansing area. The third subject is identified as Terry Lee Nickles 18 years old from Michigan Center.

On May 7, warrants were issued for Matthews and Nickles for Animal Fighting a four year felony. Harvel was charged with Resisting and Obstructing a two year felony. All three subjects are awaiting arraignment later today.

Case Updates

A 20-year-old Michigan Center man accused of throwing dachshunds into a pen with pit bulls pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating his probation.

Robert Matthews, on probation for second-degree home invasion and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, admitted he did not meet the requirements of his probation. He failed to report to authorities, he said.

Circuit Judge John McBain is to sentence him for the violation June 4.

Matthews also has a pending animal fighting charge.

Sheriff's deputies arrested him last week after he and another man were accused of taking some female friends' small dogs and tossing them into a fenced area in Leoni Township with pit bulls, which attacked them.

The dogs were not seriously hurt.

When deputies responded, Matthews and another man fled police, leading them on a long foot chase before their eventual arrest.

Gerald Anthony Harvel, 20, of Michigan Center also faces the animal fighting charge.

Terry Lee Nickles, 18, of Michigan Center faces a resisting and obstructing police charge stemming from the same incident.
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot - May 13, 2009
Update posted on May 13, 2009 - 2:53PM 
Two Michigan Center men were arraigned Thursday on charges of animal fighting, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

A third man, also from Michigan Center, was arraigned Thursday on charges of resisting and obstructing, a felony punishable by up to two years in prison, according to a press release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The men are accused of throwing two dachshunds into a fenced area containing two pit bulls Tuesday in Leoni Township.

On Thursday, warrants were issued for Robert Alexander Matthews, 20, and Gerald Anthony Harvel, 20, for animal fighting. Terry Lee Nickles, 18, was charged with resisting and obstructing.

Matthews was arraigned Wednesday on outstanding felony warrants for criminal sexual conduct, home invasion and failing to appear in court.

Harvel was a parole absconder with outstanding warrants for charges including receiving and concealing stolen property, according to the release.
Source: Jackson Citizen Patriot - May 8, 2009
Update posted on May 13, 2009 - 2:52PM 


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