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Grand Rapids copter patrols halt - May 22nd, 2013 - Local

— State police say they're halting helicopter patrols over Grand Rapids after getting multiple noise complaints.

Lt. Chris McIntire tells MLive.com that the main reason is the greater need in other parts of Michigan, rather than objections to the flights over Grand Rapids.

He says the patrols began to assist Grand Rapids police with anti-crime efforts after a jump in crime several months ago.

But he says "lately, the crime hasn't been that much."

Grand Rapids resident Brian Kelly says the flyovers Saturday annoyed residents and made them wonder whether some type of crime was happening in the neighborhood. He says the noise kept his 8-year-old daughter from going to sleep on time.