HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - On a day where flags in Michigan are supposed to fly at half staff, in honor of a fallen soldier, there is no flag at the Hudsonville veterans memorial.
It was one of at least two flags burned by William Howerton, 57, who was arrested Tuesday night.
The first call came in shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Someone saw a man burning the American flag at the veteran's memorial located at Hudsonville City Hall.
As police investigated, other calls came in. One from Vitale's restaurant. Jenn Hoezee and her friend were pulling out of the parking lot when they noticed a flag on fire.
"It was dripping and melting and I said, 'uh oh,' and we pulled over," says Hoezee, who who used water from a cooler in her trunk to put out the fire. "I just kind of starting dumping it on the embers and what not."
The two women called 911, but at the time, they didn't know about the other burnings.