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Sheriff sues boat maker

September 18, 2018
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A sheriff says a Lake Michigan patrol boat is missing key equipment, two years after it was delivered at a cost of $600,000.

Muskegon County Sheriff Michael Poulin is suing the California company that made the boat.

The lawsuit says equipment worth roughly $108,000 wasn't provided or was improperly installed, including a handheld device that can quickly identify explosives and hazardous materials.

The Firehawk 32 was built by Harbor Guard Boats in southern California after Muskegon County received a federal grant.

An email seeking comment was sent to the company on Monday.

The boat was delivered in 2016 when Dean Roesler was sheriff.

He took reporters for a ride on Muskegon Lake, demonstrating how the water cannons work in a fire.

Roesler lost his run for re-election.

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