January 11, 2013: Deputy VanderLaan involved in a domestic with his wife, which resulted in minor injuries" and "bruising" to the officer's wife.
January 11, 2013: Michigan State Police began investigating the domestic violence incident involving Deputy VanderLaan.
January 12, 2013: Ottawa County Sheriff suspended Deputy VanderLaan from patrol duty during the DV investigations and placed him on administrative-only duties until the court case is resolved.
January 21, 2013: Deputy VanderLaan's wife filed for divorce.
January 23, 2013: Deputy VanderLaan was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence.
To date: Deputy VanderLaan remains on administrative duty at the Ottawa County Sheriff Department.
Ottawa County Sheriff's deputy sentenced for domestic violence
Thursday, March 14, 2013 3:11 p.m. EDT
GRAND HAVEN (WKZO) -- Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Vanderlaan will be on probation for a year for a domestic violence conviction. The 41-year-old cop could have the conviction removed from his record after completing probation. He was charged in January after a fight with his wife, and remains on desk duty with the sheriff's department pending a disciplinary hearing this week.
Ottawa County sheriff's deputy sentenced to probation on domestic violence charge
By John Tunison
March 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Updated March 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM
GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A judge has sentenced an Ottawa County sheriff's deputy to a year of probation - with the potential the charge will be erased - after he was charged with domestic violence in January.
Michael Vanderlaan, 41, was sentenced under the Michigan Spousal Abuse Act that allows first-time offenders the opportunity to have their criminal conviction removed from the public record if they satisfactorily complete probation.
Vanderlaan was charged with domestic violence after a Jan. 11 altercation involving his wife.
Vanderlaan was assigned to administrative duties after being charged and is working at the sheriff's Georgetown Township office.
Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga said Wednesday, March 13, Vanderlaan, a 10-year employee with the department, remains on that status pending a disciplinary hearing expected later this week.
Ottawa County deputy's plea to domestic violence is under advisement
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
March 01, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Updated March 01, 2013 at 11:37 AM
GRAND HAVEN, MI -- A 41-year-old Ottawa County sheriff's deputy could be sentenced as early as March 11 on a domestic violence charge, court records show.
A judge took a plea to domestic violence for Michael Vanderlaan under advisement on Feb. 18, with a pending March 11 sentencing date.
Vanderlaan was accused of domestic violence after a Jan. 11 altercation involving his wife.
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"This altercation turned physical resulting in some minor injuries to his wife, including bruising," state police said in an earlier news release.
The plea was taken under advisement so Ottawa County District Court Judge Craig Bunce can determine whether to sentence Vanderlaan under the Michigan Spousal Abuse Act.
It allows for a judge to place a first-time domestic violence offender on probation. If the person completes the probation, no conviction against the offender will be publicly recorded.
Vanderlaan is assigned to the sheriff's Georgetown Township office and has been with the department for 10 years.
Domestic violence charge against Sheriff's deputy
Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, Michigan State Police investigated
Posted Feb 07, 2013 @ 10:22 AM
Last update Feb 07, 2013 @ 12:12 PM
Ottawa County — Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga has confirmed that a Deputy Michael VanderLaan as been charged with domestic violence in Hudsonville's 58th District Court.
VanderLaan, who typically works as a road patrol officer, has been with the Sheriff's Office for 10 years.
The Sheriff's Office contacted Michigan State Police as well as conducted an internal investigation into the accusation, Steigenga said. VanderLaan was suspended during the investigations and is currently on administrative-only duties until the court case is resolved, Steigenga said.
Michigan State Police detectives from the Rockford Post started investigating VanderLaan at the request of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department on January 11 and he was arraigned on Jan. 23 and charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence, according to a court records.
Steigenga said internal investigations happen "infrequently,"
"When it reaches to the point of a criminal investigation, we contact the State Police," he said repeating that, while such investigations are infrequent, "these things happen from time to time and that's why we wanted to be upfront about it."
Ottawa Co. Deputy Taken Off Patrol During Investigation
Thursday, February 07, 2013 7:02 a.m. EST
WEST OLIVE, MI (WHTC) - The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department has placed 10-year veteran deputy Michael VanderLaan on administrative duty pending the final disposition of a misdemeanor domestic violence count against him. The 41-year-old lawman was charged two weeks ago following an alleged scuffle with his estranged wife, who has since filed for divorce. VanderLaan had been assigned to patrol Georgetown Township before the incident.
Ottawa County Sheriff employee charged with domestic violence
7:28 PM, Feb 6, 2013
WZZM NEWS, Channel 13
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - An employee of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is facing misdemeanor domestic violence charges.
Michael VanderLaan was arraigned Wednesday in 58th District Court in Hudsonville,.
Michigan State Police started investigating VanderLaan at the request of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department on January 11. Investigators say a verbal altercation between VanderLaan and his wife became physical resulting in minor injuries, including bruising to his wife.
According to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office website, Deputy VanderLaan serves as a paramedic in Georgetown Township.
Deputy facing domestic violence charges
February 06, 2013
OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – An Ottawa County deputy is facing a domestic violence charge.
The Michigan State Police conducted the investigation against Michael VanderLaan, who is a patrol deputy. VanderLaan was suspended during the investigation, but has now been assigned to administrative duties.
According to a statement from the Michigan State Police released on Wednesday, investigators said there was a verbal altercation between VanderLaan and his wife which turned physical.
His wife reportedly sustained some minor injuries, including bruising.
Investigators say that VanderLaan faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He was arraigned last month.
The sheriff says that VanderLaan has been with the force for 10 years.
Ottawa County sheriff's deputy on 'administrative' duty after domestic violence charge
By John Tunison
The Grand Rapids Press
February 06, 2013 at 3:06 PM
Updated February 06, 2013 at 3:50 PM
OTTAWA COUNTY, MI -- An Ottawa County sheriff's deputy assigned to Georgetown Township is on "administrative assignment" after he was charged last month with domestic violence.
Michael VanderLaan, a 10-year deputy with the department, was charged with domestic violence on Jan. 23 following a state police investigation earlier that month.
Police were called Jan. 11 to a domestic violence complaint and discovered that a verbal altercation happened between VanderLaan, 41, and his wife.
"This altercation turned physical resulting in some minor injuries to his wife, including bruising," state police said in a news release.
Ottawa County prosecutors issued a warrant against VanderLaan for misdemeanor domestic violence after the police investigation.
He was suspended as a patrol deputy after the Jan. 11 call and has been assigned to administrative duties "pending a disposition through the court process," Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga said in a prepared statement.
"The Sheriff's Office has been committed to a thorough and objective investigative process in this matter," Steigenga said in the statement.
Court records show that VanderLaan's wife filed for divorce on Jan. 21.
Ottawa County deputy arrested, charged
Michael VanderLaan allegedy bruised wife
Updated: Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013, 3:02 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 06 Feb 2013, 1:58 PM EST
WOOD TV 8
By Leon Hendrix
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - An Ottawa County sheriff's deputy has been charged with domestic violence in the county where he served as an officer.
Michael VanderLaan was arraigned two weeks ago following a Jan. 11 incident that resulted in "minor injuries" and "bruising" to the officer's wife, Michigan State Police said.
VanderLaan has been with the sheriff's department for 10 years, said Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga.
"The Sheriff’s Office has been committed to a thorough and objective investigative process in this matter and it will be dealt with accordingly in an effort to maintain the level of professionalism that the public has come to expect from this agency," Steigenga said in a release Wednesday.
As a condition of his bond, VanderLaan is not allowed to carry a firearm.
After he was suspended for a time during the investigation, VanderLaan is now back to work in an "administrative assignment role pending a disposition through the court process," Steigenga said.
VanderLaan was charged with a misdemeanor in Ottawa County court.. State police said he was arrested but was not taken to jail -- as is standard procedure in cases involving minor charges and a cooperative suspect.