Getting Tough on Grandma: Prosecutor drags on case against pepper-sprayed great grandmother
By Anne Stanton
It sounds like a send-up from a David Letterman show: Why did the deputy pepper spray a 79-year-old great grandmother?
Yet it isnt a joke to either to Elaine Vanderberg or to Frankfort Village Police Officer Jason Wolfe, who pepper sprayed Vanderburg twice in the eyes and arrested her on a felony charge for resisting and obstructing a police officer. The charges were dismissed in May, but Benzie County Prosecutor John Daughtery filed a motion with the state Court of Appeals last week to reinstate the felony charges.
Vanderbergs problems began last May when she asked her nephew, Andrew Haas, then 27, to come help her with her badly crippled husband, who had every single disease and disorder that a human being can havethroat cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, Parkinsons, gout, scoliosis, bones replaced with screws, a pacemaker and dementia.