Saturday, June 2, 2007

Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr.- Fruitport Township FD


1985: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. was chared 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








June 02, 2007: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr. , Fruitport Fire Department After Firefighter Gerald Thoma was arrested for punching his teenage son in the face/nose, Fruitport Township Supervisor Ron Cooper (on the right in this photo) defended Thoma. "The kid may have fallen on the floor for all I know. It's a domestic thing. It's a discipline thing," Cooper stated, in making it clear to the public that Thoma's job was not at jepordy.







Fruitport Fire Department Fire Chief Kenneth A. Doctor along with Township Supervisor Cooper refused to reprimand/ suspend / or dismiss Firefighter Thoma from the department, following Thoma's arrest for assaulting his son. Although Thoma had signed a "Last Chance Agreement" with the department a few years prior (due to a previous run in with the law), Fire Chief Kenneth Doctor refused to hold Firefighter Thoma to that agreement after his latest dv arrest.





June 02, 2007: Firefighter Gerald Thoma Jr., Fruitport Township Fire Department

Original Charge: Misdemeanor domestic violence.

Sentence: Plea agreement. Pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence. Sentenced to probation, fines and costs and anger-management class.

Employment status: Violated the "Last Chance Agreement" he signed with the City after his 2003 arrest by violating a criminal law. City officials made it clear after Thoma's 2007 arrest that they were not going to fire him for the domestic violence crime.









Fire captain again faces a criminal charge
Muskegon Chronicle
By Heather L. VanDyke
Friday, August 03, 2007
 http://www.mlive.com/news/chronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-12/1186155959184030.xml&coll=8

A Fruitport Township fire captain with a criminal record has been charged with domestic assault for allegedly punching his 16-year-old son.

Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 43, was charged with the misdemeanor stemming from a June 2 incident in which he is accused of punching his son in the face during an argument.

Fire Chief Ken Doctor said Thursday that Thoma, who has been on the department for more than 20 years, is not suspended from his job and will continue to work as a fire captain on a full-time basis "for now." He declined further comment.

According to the police report, Thoma and his son got into an argument just before 11 p.m. that escalated into an alleged assault at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna. The argument apparently was over whether the son could go to a skate park with friends, said Police Chief Paul Smutz.

Thoma's wife, Geraldine Thoma, told police she was at the home when the incident occurred but did not witness it, Smutz said.

The son called 911.

The veteran fire captain -- who is 6 feet 1 inch tall, and weighs 230 pounds -- is accused of punching the teen in the nose three times, Smutz said. When officers arrived at the scene, "they saw blood coming from (the son's) nose, and it was swollen," Smutz said.

Township Supervisor Ron Cooper said Thoma's job is not in jeopardy at this time because he is "not convicted of anything.""If he is found to be guilty, then that could have an effect on his job," Cooper said. "I don't see why we would take a man's job away from him because he's been accused of something."
Cooper said he had not read the police report."It's an accusation," he said of the punching allegations."The kid may have fallen on the floor, for all I know. It's a domestic thing. It's a discipline thing."

It was not clear whether the teen indicated he wanted to press charges against his father, but in domestic assault cases, if there is physical evidence to support it "an arrest has to happen," Smutz said.

Thoma was arrested and lodged the same night in the Muskegon County Jail.

A jury trial is slated for 9 a.m. Aug. 20 in 14th Circuit Court.

Thoma's June 2 arrest came about four years after his last run-in with the law. In June 2003, Thoma was charged with a five-year felony for malicious destruction of a building causing more than $1,000 in damages.

Connie Smith, who was township supervisor at the time, did not take the incident lightly. Thoma was placed on a 30-day unpaid suspension and had to sign a "last chance agreement" to keep his job The agreement indicated Thoma couldn't use illegal substances or alcohol or become involved in any criminal activities for the "lifetime of his career" at the Fruitport Township Fire Department.
It also required Thoma to continue a substance abuse treatment program he began after the June 14, 2003, incident.

Cooper said he has looked at that agreement, but other township officials agreed no action should be taken at this time.

Thoma was arrested for ramming his Dodge truck into an acquaintance's house at 1479 S. Mill Iron in Muskegon Township. He also rammed the acquaintance's vehicle that night and returned to the same home days later to offer the victim money to "settle the matter" to reduce his criminal charge, police said.
Thoma pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors: operating a vehicle while impaired and malicious destruction of property causing $200 or more in damages stemming from that incident. He was sentenced to 45 days in the county jail and 24 months of probation and was ordered to pay court costs and fines.










Fire captain pleads to domestic violence charge
Posted by mlive.com
From local reports
October 11, 2007 01:27AM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2007/10/fire_captain_pleads_to_domesti.html

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP -- A Fruitport Township fire captain has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence for punching his 16-year-old son in the nose.

Gerald Paul Thoma Jr., 43, entered the plea Tuesday before 60th District Judge Michael J. Nolan. Nolan sentenced Thoma to probation, fines and costs and anger-management class.

According to a police report, Thoma and his 16-year-old son got into an argument June 2 that escalated into an assault at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna. The son called 911.

Police said Thoma punched the teen in the nose three times.

It's not Thoma's first criminal conviction. In June 2003, Thoma was arrested for ramming 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 county jail and 24 months of probation.









Fireman's job depends on anger management
Posted by Heather L. VanDyke
October 24, 2007 22:32PM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2007/10/firemans_job_depends_on_anger.html

A Fruitport Township fire captain convicted of assaulting his son will keep his job as long as he completes anger management classes, according to the fire chief. "He continues to work with the department," Fire Chief Ken Doctor said Wednesday.

Jerry Thoma Jr., 43, pleaded guilty last week to the misdemeanor domestic assault charge and was sentenced to anger management classes, probation and fines and costs.

The assault stemmed from a June incident involving his 16-year-old son. Police arrested Thoma June 2 after they said he punched his son in the nose three times at their home at 3148 E. Pontaluna following a heated argument.

Township officials decided they wouldn't review his job status until after his sentencing.

On Monday, the township board of trustees held a closed session -- requested by Thoma -- to review the issue. Thoma was not present, but Doctor was. Doctor said Thoma will remain on the job as long as he "successfully completes the court's requirements."











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 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.











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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

thats unbelivable

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Doctor needs to be held more accountable for his employees. And Fruitport needs to get rid of the “good ole boy” system. As a resident of Fruitport I cannot wait for the day that Doctor is gone.