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Trial for Alleged Knife-Wielding Store Robber Begins


GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - A 20-year-old Holland area man’s reported thirst for beer could land him in prison for some time.

Jury selection began this morning in the trial of Michael Calanchi on charges of armed robbery, as well as eluding and obstructing police. He’s been held on 100 thousand dollars bond since his December 13th arrest at a supermarket on Butternut Drive, where he allegedly wielded a butcher knife and drove both customers and workers out of the store in an attempt to take a case of beer. Calanchi then scuffled with responding deputies and had to be subdued through a Taser shot. According to records, he has convictions on his record for past shoplifting and being a minor in possession of alcohol.

This trial shouldn’t go as long before Ottawa County Circuit Court Judge Jon Hulsing as the just-completed Ryan Wyngarden double-murder trial, as a jury needed four hours last Friday to convict the 51-year-old Zeeland man after two days of jury selection and 12 days of testimony and arguments.