Police: Bay County man buries Harley-Davidson motorcycle, reports it stolen to …
News from MLive.com:

— Nearly three years after police say he committed his crime, a Beaver Township man has been charged with a pair of felonies for allegedly burying his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, then falsely reporting it stolen to snag some insurance money.

Chad E. Dejongh, 39, on Oct. 18, 2009, reported his Rocker C bike stolen to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office. The previous morning, Dejongh told deputies, he left his bike in the front yard of his home in the 1100 block of South Carter Road, accompanied with a “For Sale” sign. When he came home that night, the bike was gone, he said.

Come September 2011, Dejongh was in the midst of a divorce and his wife, Laurie Dejongh, contacted authorities to report she witnessed her husband bury the bike on a relative’s property in Coleman in Midland County. Laurie Dejongh told deputies on Sept. 22 that she saw her husband using a Kubota tractor with front and rear buckets to inter the bike in a hole that was approximately five feet deep.

“If you say anything, I’ll bury you alongside the bike,” Chad Dejongh told his wife as she watched, she told police.

Investigators executed a search warrant on the Coleman property on Dec. 20, 2011. They found a large, freshly dug hole near where Laurie Dejongh described the bike as lying. Though the bike wasn’t there, deputies recovered several items of motorcycle components, court…………… continues on MLive.com

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Carole Nash reveals robust 2011 profits despite “economic squeeze”
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Carole Nash has posted rising pre-tax profits and turnover for the year ended 31 December.

The Altrincham-based broker said that pre-tax profits edged up to £5.93m (FY 2010: £5.86m) while turnover also crept up to £25m (FY 2010: £23.83m).

The motorcycle insurance specialist welcomed the results in what it defined as the current “sluggish economy” and highlighted that much of the UK was having to cut back on leisure pursuits amid falling disposable incomes.

“The economy has presented, and continues to present, particular challenges to the business,” said chief executive David Newman.

“Motorcycling is often a lifestyle choice, a leisure rather than necessarily practical pursuit, and therefore is more adversely affected by the kind of reductions in disposable income we are seeing during the current economic squeeze.”

Mr Newman said the results demonstrated the strength of the Carole Nash brand, the success of its marketing campaigns and the efforts of the company’s 300-strong workforce.

He also pointed to various innovations undertaken by the broker in the market place to provide added value, such as targeted promotions. This included introducing free excess protection and helmet insurance at certain points during the year.

Mr Newman continued: “By being nimble and bold we wer…………… continues on Insurance Age

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