If there was trouble overnight, Chief of Police Lyle Jones heard about it at his kitchen table. Around 7 a.m., officers dropped in to the house on Griffith Street to smoke cigarettes, drink coffee and talk to the boss. While the lawmen traded stories, a young Butch Jones would pull up a chair. The cops filled a mug with water. Butch pulled out his pack of candy cigarettes, crossed his legs and listened intently. “I always had to be there,” Butch said. Butch modeled himself after Lyle, a longtime Saugatuck police chief who commanded respect in his hometown.
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