Teen gets last chance before time

By By MARCIA STEFFENS / Niles Daily Star
CASSOPOLIS -- Chad Michael Bigelow, 19253 Hamilton St., South Bend, Ind., has "no respect for people's property," new Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz told the Cass County Circuit Court Friday.
On Oct. 16, 2002, he, with two other individuals, stole rifles and a shot gun at a property on Brush Road in Cass County.
Bigelow "seems to be on a mission to get to prison," said Judge Michael E. Dodge.
For attempted home invasion in the second degree, Bigelow at age 19 was given his "last opportunity to stay out of prison."
He will be able to serve his 270 days in the Cass County Jail sentence at the Twin County Probation Center. He has credit for 51 days.
He is also to pay $60 DNA fee, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, $450 court costs, and $250 attorney fees.
In other sentencings:
On Oct. 25, 2002, Cass County's drug team went to a pole barn on her property which she had rented out, to investigate a possible drug lab. She saw the police and left, Dodge said.
Nelson has been attending parenting classes and has undergone counseling, added her attorney, Dale Blunier of Edwardsburg.
She was sentenced to 90 days in the Cass County Jail, with one day credit, which is suspended to the end of her two year probation.
She is to pay $60 DNA fee, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, $450 court costs, $350 attorney fees and a $150 lab fee.
Between the meth and a large amount of marijuana, Fitz added her home was a "drug clearing house," on Jan. 28, when searched by the county's drug team.
She acknowledged she was wrong, but said, "I couldn't get a job and had to pay my bills."
It was the fifth time she had appeared before the system and was out of probation for OUIL third, Dodge added.
For possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, Fricke was sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections for three years to 20 years, with 37 days credit. She is also to pay $60 DNA fee, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, and a $150 lab fee.
Stopped by Cass County Sheriff's Deputies on a traffic stop on April 4, 2003, he was found to have a .20 blood alcohol level and booked for OUIL third.
Luker is a "disaster waiting to happen," said Fitz, adding Luker has been stopped 16 times used false names and his license had been suspended.
Luker was sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections for 23 months to five years. He is to pay $60 DNA fee and $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund.
She is to pay probation fees, $60 DNA fee, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, $450 court costs, $250 attorney fees and restitution of $125.75.
He was sentenced to 240 days in the Cass County jail with credit for 84 days. he will be able to serve the balance of his sentence at the Twin County Probation Center. He is to pay $60 DNA fee, $60 to the Crime Victims' Fund, $450 court costs, $350 attorney fees, a $150 lab fee, and $500 fine. His license was also suspended for 365 days.

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