Woodland Township Police Department

  • Agency: Woodland Township Police Department
  • Address: 156 South Main St, Woodland, 48897 MI
  • Chief: Randy Yates (Chief of Police)
Phone: (269) 367-4915

Woodland Township Police Department is located at 156 South Main St, Woodland, 48897 MI. The Chief of Police of the department is Randy Yates. The Woodland Township Police Department phone number is (269) 367-4915.

Woodland Township Police Department News

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Woodland Township Police Department Monthly Summary Report 06/07/2018 Traffic stop on Martin near King for speed. Vehicle was clocked at 98 MPH. Driver was issued a citation. 06/07/2018 Dispatched call to the 100 block of East Franklin for a reported disorderly subject. Neighbors were arguing about driving behavior on the street and one of the neighbors was reported to have a baseball bat. Upon arrival officers spoke with those involved and determined that nothing criminal had taken place. The officer was able to calm both parties down and both returned to their respective residences without any further incident. 06/08/2018 Officers responded and took a report of a property damage car accident on Barnum near Saddlebag Rd. 06/08/2018 Officers stopped and assisted a stranded motorist on Martin near Jordan Rd. 06/08/2018 Officers responded to a report of a felonious assault that took place on Davenport near Clark. This incident was reported approximately 3 hours after it occurred but the victim reports that a subject on a motorcycle became upset with his driving and while stopped at the intersection got off his motorcycle and approached the driver side of the victim’s vehicle. This is when the suspect punched the victim in the face, pulled out a knife and cut the victims seatbelt off. The suspect then dragged the victim out of the vehicle, kicked him and then told him that if he drove that way again that he was going to kill him. Based on subsequent investigation of facts and description given to officers a suspect was identified a short time later. However, the case is not proceeding because the victim currently does not wish to pursue a criminal complaint. 06/08/2018 Officers were called to the area of Cunningham Rd and Brown for an occupied vehicle parked in the middle of the roadway. Barry County Deputies were the first to arrive and after investigation the operator of the vehicle was arrested for OWI (drunk driving) and possession of open intoxicants in a motor vehicle. Township officers were tied up on a complaint at the time this call was dispatched but did arrive and assist as needed as short time later. 06/17/2018 Officers were called to the 100 block of Amasa St for a reported domestic dispute in which the male subject was reported to have smashed the windows of a vehicle out. Officers arrived and investigated to determine that nothing criminal had taken place since no assault had occurred and the male was the actual owner of the vehicle that was damaged. Officers cleared a short time later without further incident. 06/23/2018 Traffic stop on Coatsgrove near Coville Rd for speed. Vehicle was clocked at 72 MPH. Driver was issued a citation. 06/23/2018 Traffic stop on Brown near Lakewood for speed. Vehicle was clocked at 76 MPH. Driver was issued a citation. 06/29/2018 Traffic stop for an inoperable headlight on Jordan near Brown Rd. Driver was arrested for DWLS (Driving while License Suspended) and an outstanding arrest warrant. 06/30/2018 Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of N Main for a report of a suicidal subject. When officers contacted the subject they were deemed to be intoxicated, had ingested narcotics and was in possession of a large buoy knife threating to cut themselves. Officers were able to secure the knife and the subject was transported to the hospital via ambulance for further treatment and evaluation. 06/30/2018 Officers were called to the 9000 block of Eaton Hwy for a reported 911 hang-up call. Officers made contact at the residence and determined that the residents were having problems with an internet router in the home that kept dialing 911 by error. Once it was determined that everyone was safe, officers cleared the call without incident.

Its that time of year again. Use of fireworks by the public is allowed only on the day before, day of and day after a national holiday. In this case, fireworks are allowed on July 3, 4, and 5. However, fireworks may be used only between the hours of 7 a.m. and midnight on these days. Please be considerate of your neighbors when using fireworks. The loud bangs can cause issues for some community members. Fireworks may not be used on public property or in any park or playground Police officers will enforce fireworks regulations, with fines up to $500 for a first offense, and officers may confiscate and/or destroy fireworks used to commit violations. If you have a fireworks complaint related to use outside of allowable hours, or a potential safety hazard, please call 911. If you don’t know exactly from where the noise is coming, give the dispatcher/officer an idea – for example, if it’s north of your house – and if the fireworks are still going off at the time of your call. Lets all be safe and celebrate our countries independence in a responsible manner.

Driver asleep in vehicle in middle of road arrested A 24-year-old Clarksville man was arrested and booked into the Barry County Jail after Barry County Dispatchers received a call of a driver asleep inside his running vehicle in the middle of Cunningham Road, Woodland. Sheriff’s deputies found the man still sleeping with the vehicle still running. After officers woke up the driver, they conducted field sobriety tests and arrested the driver. He now faces a charge of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The incident occurred about 1:20 a.m. June 9 near Brown Road.

High speed chase ends in arrest / 6-21-18 Thu, Jun 21, 2018 After terminating a high-speed chase as it entered Ionia County, Barry County sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Michigan State Police to arrest a suspect at a home in Lake Odessa. Barry County Sheriff’s deputies were initially called to a domestic dispute in Woodland around 8 p.m. June 13. When deputies arrived, one suspect had already fled the scene. A deputy located a vehicle in the area and tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to stop. The driver fled on Woodland Road heading toward Brown Road at speeds reaching about 100 miles per hour. The deputy reported the driver failed to stop at the intersection of Woodland Road and Brown Road as well as passing a vehicle on a double yellow line. The officer terminated the pursuit as the vehicle turned west on M-50 toward Lake Odessa. Ionia County sheriff’s deputies assisted, and the man was located at a home in Lake Odessa. The 43-year-old Lake Odessa man was then turned over to Barry County. He was booked into the Barry County Jail, facing charges of fleeing and eluding a police officer and operating a motor vehicle while his driving license privileges were suspended. Officers noted the man has three prior violations of driving while his license privileges were suspended, as well as two prior fleeing-and-eluding offenses.

Murder conviction sends Bowling to prison for life / 6-28-18 Thu, Jun 28, 2018 Julie Makarewicz Staff Writer Acknowledging the state of Michigan does not have the death penalty, Barry County Circuit Court Judge Amy McDowell sentenced Ralph Bowling III to the maximum possible penalty: life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bowling, 41, of Woodland, was found guilty of open murder of his estranged wife, Cheyenne Bowling. Jurors took less than two hours to reach their unanimous verdict after listening to nearly two weeks of testimony. Melissa Wymer, Cheyenne’s mother, spoke at the sentencing Tuesday morning. “You are just pure evil,” she told Bowling. “I choose not to forgive you. I hope you never see the outside of a prison again.” She called Bowling a “selfish, coward, cold-blooded monster.” Cheyenne Bowling, 26, had just moved in with her mother and stepfather at a home on Bird Road in Baltimore Township a few days before the murder took place early June 11, 2017. She and a co-worker friend, Nathan Farrell, were alone in the home the night Ralph Bowling went to the house, entered without invitation, shot Farrell in the face and neck and then shot and killed Cheyenne Bowling. Farrell managed to run from the home about a quarter mile in the dark to a neighboring home to get help. “Give this man a tough man award,” Dan Fighter, Cheyenne’s father, said of Farrell when addressing the court. “He ran cross country a quarter of a mile, bleeding from his face and neck. He got help, and he had the presence of mind to tell officers what he knew, not knowing if he would survive.” Bowling offered no comment to the court or the surviving family members as he stood before the judge before his sentence was imposed. His attorney, James Goulooze, said there is really nothing his client could say to give them back Cheyenne. Goulooze said Bowling was remorseful and that he understands he created this loss for the family. “He is suffering. Ralph is punishing himself,” Goulooze said. McDowell said she had seen no signs of remorse from Bowling during the trial or at any time during the sentencing. “While I wish I could sentence you under the provisions of the death penalty, I can’t,” she said. She said the ripple effect of Bowling’s actions won’t be fully known for years to come. “Your own son is going to have to learn you murdered his mother. Now he has not mother and no father,” she said. Ralph and Cheyenne Bowling had a son who was 3 years old at the time of the murder. He was not at the home when the murder took place. Bowling also has a daughter from a previous marriage. The mother now has sole custody of the young girl. McDowell said there was no apparent caring or remorse from Bowling. “While I believe it should be a life for a life, that’s not what I can do,” McDowell said. “Justice can never reverse the tragedy.” Cheyenne Bowling’s sister, Shennondoah, also spoke at the sentencing. “She [Cheyenne] was the greatest big sister anyone could ask for. We wanted to share so many more memories, but that’s been taking away,” she told Bowling. “I will have to explain this all to your own son someday. I don’t hate you. I feel nothing because you are nothing.” Melissa Wymer couldn’t make it all the way through her prepared statement without help from a friend who took over reading when it became too much for Wymer. “You make me feel like I failed my daughter because I wasn’t there to protect her from you,” Wymer said. “No mother should ever have to bury their child. You are a cold-blooded killer.” Wymer said her daughter loved life and was the sort of person who would also offer help when needed. “I was so proud to be her mom,” she said. “Now there is a hole in my heart that can never be filled.” Fighter thanked the judge, prosecuting attorney, police officers, Sheriff Dar Leaf and Nathan Farrell for all they did during the difficult trial and case. “To Julie Nakfoor [prosecuting attorney], I want to publicly thank you for your strength. You are a true asset to the county,” he said. “You gave me a shoulder to cry on, and you stood strong when I couldn’t even stand.” Addressing Ralph Bowling, Fighter said he does forgive him. “You made a horrible mistake.” He also said he didn’t think Bowling was 100 percent at fault. “My daughter didn’t do right by you,” he said. He also reminded Bowling of the life he cut short. “I will never to get to hold her or dance with her again,” Fighter said. “She was my baby.” Nakfoor-Pratt said she gladly could ask the court for the maximum penalty under law. “It’s one thing to shoot your wife and someone she is with,” she said. “It’s something else to lie about it and show no remorse.” She also said Ralph Bowling blamed Cheyenne Bowling for her own death when she supposedly struggled to get the gun away from him. “How dare you blame her for it,” she said. “It’s absolutely disgusting.” Bowling was found guilty of nine felony charges, including the most serious open murder charge. Other charges included attempted murder of Nathan Farrell, home invasion in the first degree, arson in the second degree, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, and four charges of felony firearms. He received the maximum penalties for each of those convictions, as well. “The only way justice can be served is life without parole,” said Nakfoor-Pratt.