Tuesday, January 1, 1985

Firefighter Gerald Paul Thoma Jr. - Fruitport FD

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Firefighter Gerald Paul Thoma Jr. charged with domestic violence [June 02, 2007]



In 1985, Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/1985/01/firefighter-gerald-paul-thoma-jr.html





2003: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. was charged again for opertaing a motor vehicle while impaired. It was his second DUI offense. During this incident, Thoma rammed his truck into an acquaintance's house and vehicle in Muskegon Township while attending a party there. He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 45 days in the Muskegon County Jail and 24 months of probation.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2003/06/fire-captain-gerald-paul-thoma-jr.html






2007: Firefighter  Thoma pleaded pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times. Thoma was sentenced to probation, fines, court costs and anger-management class for that offense.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2007/06/firefighter-gerald-thoma-jr-fruitport.html







2012: While intoxicated, Firefighter Thoma attempted a stunt on while driving his motorcycle and without his helmet on. Thoma was seriously injured. Thoma was charged with a felony: operating while intoxicated, third offense, which was punishable up to 5 years in prison. In January 2013, Thoma pled nolo contendere to MCL 257.6256D [operating intoxicated / impaired /controlled substance, third offense. Thoma was sentenced to 3 years probation.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2012/07/firefighter-gerald-paul-thoma-jr.html





                 






Video released of Fruitport Township fire captain attempting motorcycle stunt while allegedly drunk
Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 2:53 PM
By Lisha Arino

The Muskegon Chronicle
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/09/video_released_of_fruitport_to.html
















FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office has released a video showing an incident in July that injured a Fruitport Township fire captain, who was allegedly intoxicated when it occurred.


The six-second video shows Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., who has been charged with a felony, moving past another motorcyclist in an empty Office Max parking lot in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon on July 20. The video shows him falling off his bike as sparks fly.

Thoma has been charged for operating while intoxicated third offense, after toxicology test results indicated that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma had not been arraigned in Muskegon County 60th District Court as of Thursday evening.

Police said others had been doing stunts in the parking lot that night when Thoma attempted one himself.

He was seriously injured when he hit a concrete block and has only recently been released from the hospital, according to

family and friends. He was not wearing a helmet at the time, according to a police report.

It is unclear if the incident will affect his job at the fire department.

Court records show that Thoma has previous drunk driving convictions in Muskegon County. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times in 2007.









Fruitport Township Fire Department captain resigns on heels of criminal chargePublished: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012, 8:49 AM
By Heather Lynn Peters
The Muskegon Chronicle
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/09/fruitport_township_fire_depart.html

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., the veteran Fruitport Township firefighter charged with third-offense drunk driving, has resigned from the fire department.

Thoma, 48, a longtime Fruitport Township Fire Department captain, turned in his resignation letter Friday to Fruitport Township Supervisor Brian Werschem.

On Monday the township board of trustees accepted the resignation, Werschem said. The board, not the public safety director, makes the hiring and firing decisions for the township.

Thoma was charged with the five-year felony recently in connection with a July 20 motorcycle accident in which Thoma was seriously injured.

It wasn’t clear Thursday whether Thoma had yet been arraigned on the charge, but a warrant was signed last week.

Toxicology test results indicate Thoma had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent when the accident happened at 11 p.m. in the parking lot of Office Max in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon. The blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma struck a concrete parking block while attempting the stunt, police said. A video of the accident was released to the media by the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office.

Thoma suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for several weeks following the crash. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the Muskegon police report.

Others were doing stunts in the parking lot on July 20 when Thoma tried to do a stunt himself, police said.

Thoma was previously charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003, both in Muskegon County.

                       
















Video released of Fruitport Township fire captain attempting motorcycle stunt while allegedly drunk

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 5:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 2:53 PM
By Lisha Arino
The Muskegon Chronicle
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/09/video_released_of_fruitport_to.html



FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office has released a video showing an incident in July that injured a Fruitport Township fire captain, who was allegedly intoxicated when it occurred.


The six-second video shows Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., who has been charged with a felony, moving past another motorcyclist in an empty Office Max parking lot in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon on July 20. The video shows him falling off his bike as sparks fly.

Thoma has been charged for operating while intoxicated third offense, after toxicology test results indicated that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma had not been arraigned in Muskegon County 60th District Court as of Thursday evening.

Police said others had been doing stunts in the parking lot that night when Thoma attempted one himself.

He was seriously injured when he hit a concrete block and has only recently been released from the hospital, according to

family and friends. He was not wearing a helmet at the time, according to a police report.

It is unclear if the incident will affect his job at the fire department.

Court records show that Thoma has previous drunk driving convictions in Muskegon County. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003.

He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times in 2007.

                             








Fruitport Twp fire capt. faces 3rd OWI
Police: Gerald Thoma's BAC during crash was .10
Updated: Thursday, 20 Sep 2012, 6:57 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012, 9:29 PM EDT
http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/muskegon_county/fruitport-twp-fire-capt-faces-3rd-owi



  MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - A Fruitport Township fire captain could spend five years behind bars if convicted of his third drunk driving charge.

A warrant for Gerald Thoma Jr. was issued, according to Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brett Gardner, but he has not yet been arraigned on a count of operating while intoxicated (third offense).

The charge stems from a July 20 incident that happened in the parking lot of the Office Max on E. Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon.

Thoma, 48, was allegedly trying to perform a stunt on his motorcycle when he was seriously injured.

He was not wearing a helmet and recovered in a hospital for more than a month.

His blood-alcohol content ( BAC) level was 0.10 at the time, according to a toxicology report -- .02 higher than the legal limit in Michigan.

Thoma's previous drunk driving charges were from 1985 and 2003 -- both in Muskegon County.

                       













Fruitport Township fire captain charged with felony for drunken motorcycle crash
Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 4:52 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:33 AM
By Heather Lynn Peters
The Muskegon Chronicle
http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/09/fruitport_township_fire_captai.html

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI – A Fruitport Township fire captain has been charged with a felony for an alleged drunken driving incident that police say happened while he was trying to do a stunt on his motorcycle in July.

Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brett Gardner confirmed Wednesday that a warrant has been signed for Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 48, of the Fruitport Township Fire Department for operating while intoxicated, third offense. That’s a felony punishable up to five years in prison if convicted, Gardner said.

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Thoma hadn't yet been arraigned in Muskegon County 60th District Court.

Toxicology test results indicate Thoma had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10 percent when the accident happened at 11 p.m. on July 20 in the parking lot of Office Max in the 1700 block of East Sherman Boulevard in the city of Muskegon. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving a motor vehicle in Michigan is 0.08.

Thoma was seriously injured in the crash and only recently released from the hospital, according to friends and family. It wasn't clear what condition Thoma was in as of late Wednesday.

He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, according to the Muskegon police report.

Others were doing stunts in the parking lot on July 20 when Thoma tried to do a stunt himself, police said. A woman had been on the back of Thoma’s motorcycle just prior to the crash, but wasn’t on the bike when he crashed, police said.

Thoma struck a concrete parking block in the parking lot while attempting the stunt, police said.

Fruitport Township Public Safety Director Ken Doctor said Wednesday that he was unaware of the charges filed against Thoma.

Doctor could not say whether the charge will affect Thoma's job at the fire department. It will be up to the township board to decide whether Thoma will keep his job, Doctor said, adding that he doesn’t do the “hiring or the firing” at the fire department.

“That decision will rest with the township board,” Doctor said.

Thoma has had previous drunken driving convictions in Muskegon County, court records show.

Thoma was previously charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired in 1985 and 2003, both in Muskegon County.

The 2003 incident occurred when Thoma rammed his truck into an acquaintance's house and vehicle in Muskegon Township while attending a party there, according to police. He eventually pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors and was sentenced to 45 days in the Muskegon County Jail and 24 months of probation.

In 2007 Thoma pleaded pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his then-16-year-old son in the nose three times. According to a police report, Thoma and his son got into an argument that escalated into an assault at their home. The son called 911.

A judge sentenced Thoma to probation, fines, court costs and anger-management class for that offense.

Commissioner Al Holiday - Saginaw










In Janaury 1985, Commissioner Al Holiday got into a confrontation with the police and a teenager....because the teenager threw a snowball at him.









ALSO SEE:

September 01, 1990: Saginaw Housing Commissioner Al Holiday arrested for domestic violence.

http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/1990/09/al-holiday-saginaw-housing-commissioner.html



December 21, 1990: Commissioner Al Holiday arrested after shots were fired by his ex-wife's house.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/1990/12/al-holiday-saginaw-housing-commissioner.html



1990: Commissioner Al Holiday charged with malicious destruction of property.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/1990/12/al-holiday-saginaw-housing-commissioner_21.html



1996: Commissioner Al Holiday charged with disturbing the peace.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/1996/01/al-holiday-saginaw-housing-commissioner.html



August 23, 2004: Commissioner Al Holiday arrested on suspicion of assault with intent to commit murder.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2004/08/al-holiday-saginaw-housing-commission.html



October 24, 2011: Commissioner Al Holiday ousted after his role in misspending $2.8 million in federal HUD funds, does not face criminal charges.
http://michiganoidv.blogspot.com/2011/10/al-holiday-saginaw-county-commissioner.html










Ex-county leader Al Holiday jailed

Wednesday, August 25, 2004
DARRYL Q. TUCKER
THE SAGINAW NEWS
http://www.mlive.com/news/sanews/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1093443715283640.xml

A former Saginaw County Board of Commissioners chairman who wants aseat on the proposed Saginaw City Charter Commission may have to put his bid on hold.

Police arrested Al Holiday, 50, at his home Monday and booked him inthe County Jail on suspicion of assault with intent to commit murder against his 40-year-old wife.

Police said she told them she was sitting in the bedroom of their homeon Carter when Holiday walked in and started arguing about money andthreatened to kill her.

Holiday left the room and returned a short time later and poured onher what she thought was water, she told police.When she realized it was gasoline, she fled the room as Holiday chased her with a lighter in his hand, police reported she said.

The woman ran to a neighbor's home and called police, they said.

Detectives today still were trying to gather additional information to take to the prosecutor's office to possibly bring charges, policesaid. Holiday remained in jail this morning.

Holiday, a former United Auto Workers employee assistance coordinatorat Delphi Saginaw Steering Systems, served on the Board of Commissioners from 1980 to 1994, including a two-year stint aschairman in 1989 and 1990.

Holiday, who is now vice president of the Saginaw Housing Commission, has taken out nominating petitions to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot forthe proposed Saginaw City Charter Commission.

Holiday has had previous brushes with the law. In January 1985, Holiday tangled with police over a confrontation witha 17-year-old man in a pool hall on East Holland. Holiday said he followed the teen there after the youth struck him in the face with asnowball earlier in the evening. Police made no arrests and prosecutors filed no charges.

Police also arrested Holiday on Sept. 1, 1990, after his wife filed a domestic violence complaint, but prosecutors did not charge him.

Dec. 21, 1990, Saginaw police arrested Holiday after receiving reportsof a shooting in the vicinity of his now-former wife's home onSheridan. A District Court jury found Holiday not guilty of maliciousdestruction of property but guilty of leaving the scene of an autocrash in which his 1988 Chevrolet van collided with another car in the driveway of his wife's home.

In 1996, he paid a $300 fine for disturbing the peace at the KFCrestaurant at Hess and Dixie in Buena Vista Township. Witnesses said adispute over parking between Holiday and another man led to theconfrontation.

Holiday unsuccessfully challenged then-state Rep. Michael J. Hanleyfor the 95th House District in the 1996 Democratic primary.

In 1998, Holiday suffered a stroke in Washington, D.C., while attending the National Association of Counties' legislativeconference. He was representing the Region VII Area Agency on Aging when he became ill.