Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Officers fork hay Sunday evening

This story was published by The Ypsilanti Record of Wednesday, February 23, 1921.
Mrs. Adeline Beilek and Harry Merritt were both bound over by Justice Stadtmiller on a statutory charge preferred by Henry Beilek, husband of Adeline.
Sunday night Beilek told officers that his wife was in the habit of going out nights and coming back home about 2 o’clock in the morning. “She smells like a horse,” he told officers, “and I believe she stays in a barn.”
Officers Connors, Elliott and Laidlaw Sunday night on a tip from the husband went to the barn of Merritt, on Water Street, and broke into it. They went up in the hay loft and looked and listened. They neither saw nor heard. Then they began to fork hay. Chief Connors says he forked a ton, while Deputy Sheriff Dick Elliott thinks he forked more than a ton. Laidlaw and Beilek also forked some.
The latter was extremely anxious to find the man and kept jabbing his fork down in the hay continually, thinking he would run it into the man. After the officers were exhausted they finally uncovered Mrs. Beilek and she was taken to the detention room at the city hall and locked up. Tuesday she made a voluntary confession, stating that she had been guilty of the crime charged. Bail was fixed at $500 each. Merritt furnished bail, his two brothers coming to the rescue. Mrs. Beilek was unable to get bail and was committed to the county jail to await trail

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