Category Archives: Allegan County Courts

Deadbeat Tenant Receiving Child Support from Allegan for 3 Children while only supporting and residing with 1

Blake A Melinn mugshot from 2013 arrest for refusal to pay victim restitution (conviction ensued)

Blake A Melinn mugshot from 2013 arrest for refusal to pay victim restitution (conviction ensued)

Established deadbeat tenant Blake Allen Melinn lives in Kent County, but has his custody case in Allegan County.  Senior Judge Margaret Zuzich-Bakker currently presides over the case, recently vacated by junior Judge Kevin W. Cronin.  Since the start of 2015, Melinn has been in court in Kent County for failure to pay his housing bill in January, March, April, May, June, and July… so far.  Case files appear below.

This deadbeat is receiving from Allegan County 48th Circuit Court child support for three children… but the problem with that is that he only has one in his home.  The other two have aged out and can no longer legally be factored in to child support.  How is this a fit parent?  The other parent pays her housing bill in a timely manner every month, meets every “Best Interest of the Child” standard dictated by law (note that Blake Melinn is a cocaine addicted alcoholic convicted wife-batterer who lost his business due to violating child labor laws), and Allegan 48th Circuit Court is choosing to cash in on the “Fatherhood Initiative” cash by giving custody and child support to this criminal rather than to the one fit parent these children have.

Public outcry can be addressed to the court at 269-673-0300 x3305 (Judge Bakker) and/or 269-673-0300 x3230 (Judge Cronin).  Next court date in Allegan: August 10, 2015.

Blake Melinn January 2015 Deadbeat Tenant Case

Blake Melinn March Deadbeat Tenant CaseBlake Melinn April Deadbeat Tenant CaseBlake Melinn May Deadbeat Tenant CaseBlake Melinn June Deadbeat Tenant CaseBlake Melinn July Deadbeat Tennant Case


Allegan County Judge prejudice against Bible-Believers?


allegan county courthouseIt would seem so.  In the 48th Circuit Court today, Judge Margaret “Marge” Zuzich-Bakker exposed herself as apparently being a rabid opponent to all things Biblical.  

  • She threw out eye-witness testimony regarding child abuse because the witness follows the Bible instead of the humanistic solipsist Sigmund Freud (whose cult psychology is wholly incompatible with Biblical faith). Bakker even refused to accept a copy of the witness’s credentials, which include having authored a book on parenting (highly-acclaimed in the counseling franchise) and having worked as a youth counselor for former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s youth mentoring initiative America’s Promise.
  • She ignored the anti-Semitic atheist abuser’s domestic violence conviction, his recent arrest for refusal to pay victim restitution, his fits of rage on the stand, and his verbal abuse  of the Bible-believing protective mother in the case inside her courtroom.  
  • She sentenced the Bible-believing Hebrew abuse victims in this case to continue living with their anti-Semitic atheist abuser, because allowing them to live with their Bible-believing Hebrew non-abusive mother, she says, “is not in their best interest.”
  • She insisted in her ruling that the Bible-believing Hebrew children in this case are better off living in the home of their anti-Semitic atheist abuser or his cocaine-addicted alcohol-abusing anti-Semitic atheist pedophile child-abusing mother and her perverted anti-Semitic atheist husband than with a parent who shares their Biblical faith and Hebrew heritage.

In so doing, Zuzich-Bakker has apparently violated state, federal, and international law, including:

  • every single point of the Michigan Child Custody Act Best Interest of the Child laws (MCL 722.21 et seq.) by her apparently hate-inspired ruling in this case.
  • MCL 750.136b Child Endangerment.
  • Title 18 USC §§245, 249 hate crime against persons of a particular ethnic heritage and religion.
  • the “responsibility to protect” clause of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS) of 2001.
  • the “protection of cultural heritage as a human right” clause of the UNESCO Recommendations of 1972.

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A Concentration Camp in Allegan County?


Imagine a place where a corrupt government imprisons its own law-abiding citizens for protecting their children from anti-Semitic forces which are already responsible for at least 2 of their children dying… held captive on orders of a misogynistic judge’s personal vendetta against anyone who is involved in protecting women and children from wife-batterers, child abusers, and rapists.

Add to that picture gross abuses of power in the facility where these Hebrews are being unlawfully detained.  Those who have life-or-death medical needs, such as a broken back or a serious heart condition, are inhumanely denied most of their medically necessary prescription medications, doctor-ordered disability accommodations, or doctor-mandated physical therapy.

AuschwitzAre you thinking of Auschwitz?  Bergen-Belsen?  Dachau?  Or maybe the Civil War’s Andersonville POW camp (the commandant of which was the only person in the entire war to be found guilty of war crimes)?

No – these atrocities are not as far removed from our generation as that, and not as far removed from our location as that!  These injustices are not attached to any military action or perpetrated against any foreign enemy These things happened this very month… they happened to a law-abiding US citizen, and they happened in Allegan, Michigan!

The judge who sentences Hebrews to jail time for obeying CPS orders is Judge Kevin W Cronin of the 48th Circuit Court, and it is Allegan County Jail, operated by Capt. Deborah Marculis and the medical staff hired, presumably, under her authority, which is the site of these human rights violations against people of Hebrew ethnicity.  Lower-level members of the jail medical staff are also complicit in these systemic, life-endangering crimes and/or the cover-up thereof.

Sgt John Sexton JrIt is also a matter of some concern that a non-medical officer, Sgt. John Sexton Jr (pictured at left), has on at least one occasion subjected a female Hebrew inmate to the humiliation of having her HIPAA-protected medical exam observed by him without her consent, in violation of federal code 45 CFR parts 160 & 164.

Domestic violence victim Maria Melinn, an ethnic Hebrew-American (genealogically verified), was subjected to these abuses, in violation of her ADA orders, right here in Allegan County, Michigan this month.  She has been denied most of her heart and cholesterol medications by the Jail’s medical staff during the first 6 days of her 60-day unlawful detainment, as well as her physician-mandated mattress, wheelchair, heart monitor (via denial of the charging cord for the unit’s receiver), and physical therapy sessions for her back (broken by her convicted abuser, who has been rewarded for his criminal activity with custody of his victim’s children and 65% of her monthly disability disbursement).

paperwork turned in to Sgt. Sexton for wheelchair which he refused to honor

paperwork turned in to the Jail on 12 July 2013 for her wheelchair, which the medical staff has thus far refused to honor; note that similar documentation for Ms. Melinn’s heart and cholesterol medications and for the necessity of a mattress and pillow for her broken back and damaged neck were also ignored by Sgt. Sexton and his staff, in order to further exacerbate the physical torture of the disabled domestic violence victim under his medical care.

Maria intensive care unitAs a direct result, Ms. Melinn has had 2 cardiac incidents after only 6 days under these conditions.  She had a severe episode of chest pain, angina, and tachycardia on the 3rd day of her unlawful detainment, and another cardiac event on day 6.  She was admitted into the progressive intensive care unit of the hospital that evening with severe chest pain and other cardiac symptoms.  Her condition was able to be stabilized after nearly 24 hours of in-patient care.

The medical staff, directly responsible for these incidents of denial of medical care to the jail’s Hebrew captives, has no excuse, as all of the doctors’ orders were properly filed with both with the Jail and with Judge Cronin before she even reported to the jail… 4 pages of medical orders, almost all of which the Jail Medical Staff defiantly refused to honor!

It should be noted that this month’s criminal activities by the medical staff are not an isolated incident.  The same Hebrew individual was killed by jail staff (and revived after 8 minutes of death) in 2010 when the Jail medical staff denied her doctor-prescribed mandatory aspirin regimen.

Not only is the medical staff subjecting Ms. Melinn to constant torture, but the Sheriff’s Department is also charging her $1275.00 for the life-threatening treatment she is receiving from them in their attempt to deprive her last 3 remaining children of their mother via their premeditated abuse of her.

Allegan County JailThis is nothing short of hate crime, and even more seriously… it is attempted murder… and it is happening right here in Allegan County!  Yes – the Allegan County Jail medical staff seems to be engaging in a systematic abuse protocol  inside the Allegan County Jail which reflects a neo-Nazi agenda!   This may not quite rise to the level of a concentration camp, but it absolutely qualifies as inhumane conditions violating the Constitution’s prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment,” especially given that Sgt. Sexton and Judge Cronin’s chosen victim has never committed any crime.  Ms. Melinn’s persecutor’s are the chief operatives of Allegan County’s “war on women” – and you can be certain that it will not stop with Hebrew victims!

Consider the words of Rev. Martin Niemoeller. written in the aftermath of WWII, but equally applicable to the injustice perpetrated in Allegan County:

“They first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me…

… but there was no one left to speak up.”

Allegan County Jail Medical Staff: Please end your agenda-driven hate crimes against disabled domestic violence victims and Hebrews and stop treating them as sub-humans!

Readers: Please express your outrage to the 48th Circuit Court:

  • Kevin W Cronin, junior judge ( – perpetrator of injustice
  • Margaret Bakker, chief judge (

Allegan County Prosecutor Frederick Anderson ( is ultimately responsible for bringing charges against these attempted-murderers and can accept cases from citizens if they are submitted in writing (no phone calls).  As an elected official, Sheriff Blaine Koops ( should be contacted (or cc’d) as well, along with Capt. Deborah Marculis, jail administrator (; phone 269-673-0530).  Sgt. John Sexton can be emailed directly at, and the Jail & Sheriff Complex phone number is 269-673-0500.

Nota bene: Ms. Melinn has nothing to do with this website or with this article.  Independent research has uncovered the facts contained herein, so retribution against Ms. Melinn would be ill-placed and wholly inappropriate.  

Several messages have been left for Sgt. Sexton, Capt. Marculis, and the Medical Staff since Tuesday (23 July 2013), and they have been given numerous opportunities to correct this injustice, but have failed to return any calls or respond to any emails which have been sent to them about this matter.  The Commander of the Wayland Post of the State Police, Lieut. Thomas Draves, has also been contacted, but has failed to even open an investigation, as attempted murder of Hebrew persons does not apparently warrant an investigation in his estimation.

This human rights case is being closely monitored by persons in the state and national capitols, organizations all over this nation, and individuals all around the world.

Allegan County Poor Farm


Allegan County Infirmary ca. 1910The Allegan County Poor Farm occupied what is now the site of Brownell Cemetery which is bounded by 33rd Street on the west side and 122nd Ave on the south, in Allegan Township, Michigan.  The photograph to the right is circa 1910, when the site was known as the Allegan County Infirmary.


On 6 April 1833, the newly organized Township of Allegan elected Giles Scott and H C White as its first “overseers of the poor,” though this office is described in A Twentieth Century History of Allegan County, Michigan (1907) as being “a sinecure, being both without duty and without pay” (p. 14).  Allegan Township, at that time, comprised the entire territory of present-day Allegan County.  A fund endowed with the sum of $100 per year was established in 1837 as a provision for the poor of the Township/County (ibid., 15).  This fund was endowed by means of a “poor tax” charged to the citizenry, and provided fr disbursement of $5/week for up to one month to be paid to persons taking a pauper into their home, per the History of Allegan & Barry Counties, Michigan (1880, p. 58).  In 1849, the County authorized itself to purchase a farm for a maximum of $1200 for the purpose of housing the County’s poor, but no such action was undertaken in that year nor in the next several.


On 14 January 1866, the Allegan County superintendents of the poor recommended the purchase of the J. P. Pope farm for this purpose, at a cost of $7000.  This recommendation was accepted and the purchase was made the following day.  A second poorhouse was erected on the farm in January 1869 at a cost of $2090.07 (1907, p. 15).  In 1870, the original house was found to be in need of razing, and it was replaced with what came to be called “the main building” completed in October of that year.  The insane asylum was the next addition to the complex.  The 20-room hospital-style building received its first inmates on 1 January 1876.  On 20 Oct 1898, a juvenile home was added to the Poor Farm to house “insane children” separate from the adult asylum.  Next, a hospital “for the isolation of contagious persons” was appended to the main building, completed on 10 January 1899 and a telephone was installed in the main building as part of that same project.


Allegan Poor Farm marker

The facility served as the county’s “debtor’s prison” and asylum, i.e. an encampment for “undesirables,” from 1866 to 1914. At that time, the poor housing was demolished.   Debtor’s prisons are no longer legal under the present Michigan Constitution.  The site is presently home to the Cheever juvenile treatment facility (est. 1965), the Medical Care Community (est. 1970), Animal Control/Shelter (est. 1975) and the Allegan County Service Complex (including 911 dispatch and the County wastewater treatment facility).
Per Betty Snow, the niece of former inmate Ben Meijer, most of the records were destroyed when the building was demolished, salvaging of records being discouraged.  The site is now marked with an anonymous memorial marker (shown at left, courtesy of Teresa O’Riley), the inscription reading:

In Memory of our Departed Friends

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Interments of inmates as of July 1939 were recorded by Ruth Robbins Montieth and preserved online at  At that time, the place was known as Fairfield Cemetery.  It is supposed that more had been buried there prior to this, but had been re-interred at Oakland Cemetery at some point.

Allegan Judge Connected with Witch Trials


Allegan County’s first Probate Court judge Oka Town had three aunts who were accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials.  It seems ironic that our subject would become a judge after his aunts had been so harshly judged (and hanged).

Judge Oka Town’s Aunts

Rebecca Towne Nurse (Salem)

Rebecca Town Nurse

Mary Towne Easty (Salem)

Mary Towne Easty

Though Judge Town’s aunt Sarah Towne Bridges Cloyes was also accused, her life was spared.

Learn about all of Allegan County’s judges on Allegan County Justice

Allegan County Document Repository
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