Tuesday, July 29, 1986

Officer Dale Malesh - Sturgis PD

Warren Police Officer Dale Malesh [retired]: April 13, 2013
Charged with two counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct.


Sturgis Police Officer Dale Malesh: July 29, 1986:
Charged with felonies for the killing / shooting of dogs.

Policeman Charged with Shooting Dogs
The Argus- Press
Owosso, MI
Tuesday, July 29, 1986

Sturgis [AP] - A Sturgis police officer will face felony charges in the alleged shooting of four dogs early last month, officials said.

Dale Malesh, 35, is to be charged with malicious destruction of an animal, said Pat Fetherston, an investigator in the Cass County prosecutor's office.

The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $2,000 fine, Fetherston said Monday.

Sturgis Police Chief Eugene Alli demoted Malesh from sergeant to patrolman and suspended him without pay for five days last month after an investigation into the shootings of four dogs, two of which died, and the illnesses of two other dogs believed to have been poisoned.

The Cass County prosecutor's office was assigned to investigate the case by a circuit judge after the St. Joseph county prosecutor cited a potential conflict of interest.

Fetherston said Malesh's arraignment is pending.

Officer Is Placed Under Supervision

The Argus- Press
Owosso, MI
Thursday, August 14, 1986
Centerville [AP] - A suspended Sturgis police officer accused of shooting two dogs has been placed under supervision for a year after pleading no contest of a reduced charged.

Dale Malesh, 35, pleaded no contest Wednesday to careless use of a firearm resulting in injury to personal property, a misdemeanor. He had been charged with a felony, malicious destruction of an animal.

Under the no-contest plea, accepted by 3rd District Court Judge Wilham McManus, Malesh neither admitted nor denied guilt.

Under supervision, the charge will be erased from Malesh's record if he stays out of trouble for the next year.

Malesh allegedly shot the dogs near his home during a two-week period in early June. He was suspended in late June for five days without pay and was demoted from sergeant to patrolman with a deduction in salary after he was tied to the shootings.

Malesh has been suspended without pay since July 28. It was unknown Wednesday if Malesh would return to the police department.