Friday, March 2, 2012
Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy arrested after domestic dispute
By Lee Higgins: Crime and courts reporter
Ann Arbor News
Posted on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.
Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy Charles Ball is facing criminal charges after police said he was arrested during a domestic dispute Friday morning at his Van Buren Township home.
Ball, 45, is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and domestic violence, said Van Buren Township Director of Public Safety Carl McClanahan.
Ball was arraigned Saturday morning in 34th District Court in Romulus and released on a promise to appear, police said. Investigators said Ball had a gun during the dispute that happened at 11:46 a.m. Friday at his home in the 46000 block of Village Green Lane. Police would not release details about the case, but said no one was injured and no one else was arrested.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said Ball has been placed on unpaid leave. In addition to the criminal investigation by township police, the sheriff's department is conducting its own investigation into the incident, Clayton said.
Reached by phone Monday, Ball declined to comment.
Ball has been in law enforcement for more than 27 years and has worked for the sheriff's department in various positions including as a detective and school liaison officer.
Sheriff's deputy found not guilty on 3 charges stemming from March domestic dispute
By Kyle Feldscher: Crime and courts reporter
Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 : 11:26 a.m.
Ann Arbor News
A jury found Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Ball not guilty Thursday on three criminal charges related to a March 2 arrest in Van Buren Township.
Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, said the jury found Ball not guilty of felonious assault, a felony firearm charge and a domestic violence charge. Ball had been arrested during an alleged domestic dispute at his home in the 46000 block of Village Green Lane.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton told AnnArbor.com Ball was placed on unpaid leave following the March incident. Clayton was not immediately available for comment on Ball’s status Friday morning.
Ball, 46, has been in law enforcement for more than 27 years, holding various positions in the sheriff’s office, such as detective and school liaison officer.
Investigators with the Van Buren Township Department of Public Safety alleged Ball had a gun in his possession during a domestic dispute on March 2 at the home. No one was injured in the incident and Ball was the only person arrested, according to police. More details on the incident were not released.
AnnArbor.com could not reach Ball for comment Friday morning. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson did not immediately return a message seeking an update on Ball’s status and the sheriff’s office investigation into the incident.