WHITE CLOUD -- A Newaygo County man could spend another weekend behind bars if he doesn't take care of his yard.
David Burch says he tried to seed the yard last fall but it wouldn't take root. This all stems from a contractor who failed to sod the yard in the first place. Now a judge is saying, do the yard or do the time.
"The people who work at the court, at the jail, thought it was funny," Burch said. "They said there had to be more. I said, 'No, it's just because I don't have grass growing.' They said, 'You're in here for that?'"
He claims he is not skirting the law. Burch said the contractor for his new house is responsible for the lawn. But a White Cloud city ordinance states otherwise.
"This has been in the courts for over a year," said White Cloud Police Chief Roger Ungrey. "I believe Mr. Burch has made an attempt. He did bring me in some receipts for grass seed."
But when it didn't grow, a county judge ordered the yard planted. It never happened. Again this April - no sprouts. Then, in jail, an inspiration. Burch is sodding his yard with donated turf.
"He has been working on it," Ungrey said. "However, he remains to this day noncompliant."
That is because the backyard must also be green.
But will the patchwork sod qualify as a lawn? "It's not your normal sod that you would have, that you would go to a sod farm and purchase," Ungrey told 24 Hour News 8. "So that remains to be seen. I can't answer that question."
Burch was back in court Thursday. The judge told him he has two weeks to complete the job. If not, it's another weekend back in jail.
Better watch out if you're a man. It doesn't take much to put you behind bars and give you a criminal record nowadays. All this while women who murder and rape children get probation and get to blame everything on the closest man.
Not much at all.