Saturday, May 13, 2006

Deputy Michael Harvey - Antrim SD





Deputy Michael Harvey threatened to kill his wife;  threatened her with his gun while he was on duty; and pointed a taser gun at their two-year-old son . He was charged with two counts of felonious assault.

















Former deputy sent to prison for assaulting wife
Grand Haven Tribune, MI
http://www.grandhaventribune.com/paid/287490498780529.bsp

BELLAIRE (AP) — A judge imposed extra prison time on a former Antrim County sheriff's deputy who assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her.

Michael Harvey, 34, pleaded guilty last month to felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence. Under state sentencing guidelines, he would have gone to jail for a year. But Circuit Judge Thomas G. Power said that wasn't enough, ordering Harvey to prison for two to four years.

Power also ruled Harvey ineligible for "boot camp" rehabilitation — a military-style program that can lead to early release.

"This is not a boot camp case," Power said during a hearing Monday. "Mr. Harvey needs to sit for two years."

Harvey's wife testified her husband "has held a gun to my head a total of five times."

The final time was May 13, when Harvey drove to his Central Lake home while on duty and pulled his service weapon during an argument about pending divorce proceedings. It happened in front of the couple's youngest son.

"The most heartbreaking thing was hearing my 2-year-old son saying, 'Daddy, don't shoot mommy,"' Trish Harvey said. "I'd like Mike to know he'll never hurt me again."

Harvey offered a brief, tearful apology to his wife and family.












Deputy headed to prison
Harvey pulled a gun on his wife while on duty
Traverse City Record Eagle, MI
By CRAIG McCOOL
09/12/2006
http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/sep/12harvey.htm

BELLAIRE — A former Antrim County sheriff's deputy will spend at least two years in prison for assaulting his wife and threatening to kill her.

Sentence guidelines called for Michael Harvey to go to jail for 12 months, but Antrim Circuit Judge Thomas G. Power said that wasn't adequate and ordered Harvey to prison for two to four years.

Harvey's wife told Power during Monday's hearing that her husband "has held a gun to my head a total of five times."

The final time was May 13, when Harvey drove to his Central Lake home while on duty and pulled his service weapon during an argument about pending divorce proceedings. It happened in front of the couple's youngest son.

"The most heartbreaking thing was hearing my two-year-old son saying 'Daddy, don't shoot mommy,'" Trish Harvey said. "I'd like Mike to know he'll never hurt me again."

Harvey, 34, pleaded guilty last month to felonious assault and misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

Power sentenced Harvey to three months behind bars on the latter conviction, though that time will be served concurrently with the longer sentence. The domestic violence charge stems from an incident involving another woman with whom Harvey was romantically involved.

Some prison inmates, generally first-time offenders, are eligible for state "boot camp" programs — state-run, military-style rehabilitation programs that can lead to early release. Power made a point to exclude Harvey, though.

"This is not a boot camp case," Power said. "Mr. Harvey needs to sit for two years."

Harvey offered a brief apology to his wife and family Monday, and wiped tears from his face with the front of his shirt.

The judge described how Harvey pointed his handgun at his wife's head so close that "the barrel touched her hair" and then threatened to kill her, their children and her mother.

"The pre-sentence report says (Harvey has) 'uncontrollable anger issues,'" Power said. "I guess that's the understatement of the day. It's hard to understand what he was thinking on any level."












Former Deputy Sent To Prison For Assault
tv7-4.com
Antrim County
Sep 11, 2006
http://www.tv7-4.com/Global/story.asp?S=5392202&nav=1vrj

A former Sheriff's Deputy will spend up to four years behind bars for threatening his wife and child.

Investigators say in May, while Antrim County Deputy Michael Harvey was on duty, he went home and threatened his wife with a gun and pointed a taser gun at his two year old son. In August Harvey pled guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence. He was sentenced to two to four years Monday on the felonious assault charge and three months for domestic violence.











Former deputy pleads guilty
He was accused of threatening his wife
By CRAIG McCOOL
Record-Eagle staff writer
08/19/2006
http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/aug/19harvey.htm

BELLAIRE — A former Antrim County deputy pleaded guilty to assault charges for threatening his wife with his service weapon while on duty.

Michael Harvey, 34, likely will face less than a year in jail when sentenced next month on felonious assault and domestic violence charges.

Defense attorney Douglas Gutscher said he believed the sentencing guidelines would fall between zero and nine months.

Harvey pleaded guilty Aug. 10 to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon — a four-year felony — for the May 13 incident at his home in Central Lake.

Police said the six-year Antrim County Sheriff's Department veteran threatened to kill his wife because she initiated divorce proceedings.

"I will kill you, your mother and then myself," Harvey allegedly told his wife, according to police reports.

"You need to stop the attorney, stop the divorce, stop everything."

Harvey also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence.

He initially was charged with two counts of felonious assault. The Grand Traverse County Prosecutor's Office, which was appointed special prosecutor in Harvey's case, later added a felony firearm charge — for allegedly using a gun during the commission of a felony — and two additional counts of domestic violence against Harvey.

The domestic violence charges didn't involve Harvey's wife, but a second woman, Gutscher said.

To be dismissed as part of the plea agreement are: one count of felonious assault; one felony firearm charge; and a second domestic violence charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 11 in Antrim Circuit Court.

Harvey was suspended from the sheriff's department without pay immediately after he was charged and was subsequently fired.












Accused deputy's personnel file shows recent problems
Traverse City Record Eagle, MI
By CRAIG McCOOL
06/23/2006
http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/jun/23harvey.htm

BELLAIRE — An Antrim County sheriff's deputy who faces assault and weapons charges seemed a model employee for most of his six years with the department.

Until this year, Michael Harvey, who allegedly threatened to kill his wife with his service gun while on duty in May, received raises and promotions. From the time he was hired in 2000 through the end of 2005, Harvey did not receive a disciplinary letter or citation.

But this February, the deputy with the squeaky-clean record was disciplined twice, including once for drinking heavily the night before he was to work an early shift.

The Record-Eagle obtained a copy of Harvey's personnel file through a state Freedom of Information Act request.

Harvey, 34, was hired in 2000. Between then and the start of this year, he was promoted from the jail to various road patrol assignments.

Shortly after his promotion to the road, a citizen sent a letter to Sheriff Terry Johnson noting Harvey's kindness and "dedication to the community."

Accolades came from superiors, too, but disciplinary warnings began early this year. The first occurred Feb. 21, when Harvey argued with a woman in the county's 911 dispatch area.

Other county employees witnessed the incident and called Michigan State Police, who investigated but did not seek charges. Johnson issued Harvey a warning.

Another incident occurred two days later. On Feb. 23, Harvey was observed drinking in Central Lake, prior to his scheduled 4 a.m. shift.

Johnson wrote that Harvey drove that night to Bellaire, where he was confronted by another Antrim deputy and made to take a preliminary breath test.

Harvey blew a 0.169, more than double the legal driving limit, though the letter addressed no specific concern about drinking and driving.

"In the report it states that you felt you would have been OK to go to work" at 4 a.m., Johnson wrote. "I find this to be a ridiculous statement."

Harvey received a single-day suspension without pay for the drinking incident.

Harvey has been suspended without pay following his arrest May 14.

He faces two felonious assault charges, punishable by up to four years in prison. Prosecutors also recently added a third charge, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison, said Harvey's attorney Douglas Gutscher.












GT to prosecute deputy
Case reassigned because of potential witness
Traverse City Record Eagle, MI
By craig mccool
05/31/2006
http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/may/31harvey.htm

BELLAIRE — Prosecution of an assault case against an Antrim County sheriff's deputy has been reassigned to a different county because the witness list could include another Antrim County employee with whom the defendant may have been personally involved, officials said.

Michael Harvey, 34, is accused of threatening his wife with his service handgun while on duty May 13 at the couple's home in Central Lake.

Antrim Prosecutor Charles Koop said he asked the felony assault case against Harvey be reassigned to Grand Traverse County because the witness list includes an employee in his office.

"I made the decision not because he (Harvey) was a county officer, but ... one of my employees might be a witness, Koop said.

The employee is Melissa Rogers, a clerical worker in the prosecutors office. Antrim Sheriff Terry Johnson said he thinks she and Harvey had a personal relationship.

Harvey was reprimanded after a Feb. 21 incident during which he and Rogers argued in the sheriff's department parking lot. Things got so heated that other sheriff's personnel called state police, who investigated, Johnson said.

State police in Kalkaska confirmed they responded to "a domestic argument" involving Harvey that evening at the Antrim dispatch center. Koop said the incident did not lead to charges.

Following the incident, Rogers was warned to stay away from Harvey during work hours unless there was something work-related to discuss, Koop said.

Johnson said Harvey had a "written warning" placed in his personnel file after the incident.

Harvey has been suspended without pay since his arrest.

He recently waived his right to a preliminary examination and was bound over on two counts of felonious assault, Antrim District Court officials said.











Officials: Deputy threatened to kill wife
He allegedly pulled gun on her while on duty
Traverse City Record Eagle, MI
by ian c. storey and craig mccool
05/16/2006
http://www.record-eagle.com/2006/may/16harvey.htm

TRAVERSE CITY — An on-duty Antrim County sheriff's deputy allegedly pulled his service handgun on his estranged wife and threatened to kill her and the couple's children unless she stopped divorce proceedings.

Michael Harvey, a six-year department veteran, was arraigned Monday on two counts of felonious assault before 86th District Court Judge James R. McCormick. The alleged assault occurred at the couple's Central Lake home Saturday, authorities said.

Antrim County Prosecutor Charles Koop said Harvey was on duty when he went to the house at 10 p.m. and allegedly argued with his wife over divorce proceedings she'd initiated.

Koop said Harvey, 34, allegedly pushed his wife to the ground and struck her in the face. As the argument escalated, Harvey allegedly pointed his handgun at his wife and threatened to kill her.

"I will kill you, your mother and then myself," Harvey allegedly told his wife, according to police reports. "You need to stop the attorney, stop the divorce, and stop everything."

Koop said the argument spilled into the home, where in front of the couple's children Harvey allegedly pointed his gun again and made additional threats.

"If I get the (expletive) papers in the mail, I am going to (expletive) kill you and your mother, and I'm going to kill these two boys and then I am going to kill myself," Harvey said, according to police reports.

During the altercation, county dispatch officials contacted Harvey about a criminal complaint and he left the house, Koop said.

Koop said Harvey's wife drove to the Michigan State Police post in Cadillac to report the incident. She feared her husband would have been able to monitor a local call to emergency officials, he said.

"He got off at midnight and it was reported to the Cadillac post," said Koop. "The post contacted the (Kalkaska) post and he was arrested."

Harvey was arrested around 6 a.m. Sunday at his residence without incident, Koop said.

Douglas Gutscher, an attorney with the Police Officers Association of Michigan, asked McCormick to reduce the $500,000 bond set for Harvey, who will remain in the Grand Traverse County Jail.

"These are simply allegations of a person in the middle of a divorce," he said. "The allegations are serious, but that is all they are now."

Koop told McCormick the alleged threat was not an isolated incident, referencing other allegations of threats in recent months that Harvey made to his wife.

"In an interview with the defendant yesterday he indicated that not only did he threaten his wife (in the past), but also took his duty Taser and pointed it during this time period at his two-year-old son," said Koop.

Koop said 57 firearms, both loaded and unloaded, were confiscated from Harvey's home.

McCormick did not lower the bond.

He also ordered Harvey to have no contact with his wife, children, her family or any witnesses if he is freed.

"If true, this is a major threat of injury or perhaps even fatal injury to the alleged victim," said McCormick. "I don't think the court wants to risk being responsible for the defendant being out on the street."

Harvey, who faces up to four years in prison, is scheduled for a preliminary examination in Antrim County on May 25.

Koop said he will ask that a special prosecutor be appointed because a member of his staff may be a witness in the case.

The task will likely fall to Grand Traverse County prosecutor's office, which had representatives present during Harvey's arraignment.

Antrim County Sheriff Terry L. Johnson, who accompanied Koop to the hearing in Traverse City, said Harvey was suspended without pay beginning Sunday.

Johnson said Harvey started with the department in 2000 as a corrections officer before becoming a deputy in 2003.

"It is certainly not a proud moment for our department," he said.












Antrim County Deputy Faces Assault Charges
WPBN-TV, MI
8 hours ago
May 16, 2006
http://www.tv7-4.com/Global/story.asp?S=4909574&nav=1vrj

An Antrim county deputy is behind bars after prosecutors say he threatened his wife, with a gun.

Michael Harvey was in court Monday in Grand Traverse county on two counts of felonious assault.

The Antrim county sheriff says while deputy Harvey was on duty Saturday night he went to his home and threatened his wife with a gun and pointed a taser gun at his two year old son. The sheriff says the deputy told his wife he would kill her, their children and his mother in law.

The Antrim county prosecutor says the deputy has had three prior insistences that the department knows of.

Deputy Harvey is currently suspended without pay, and in the Grand Traverse county jail.