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Warrants issued in Admiral robbery

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent said that warrants have now been issued for two suspects in the armed robbery that occurred at the Admiral Gas Station in Cedar Springs on May 13.

About 9:59 p.m. a man reportedly walked in and pulled a knife on the female clerk and demanded all her money. The suspect then fled on foot to a waiting vehicle.

The Kent County Sheriff Department sent out a broadcast alerting law enforcement that an armed robbery with similar suspect information had taken place earlier in Newaygo County. Then, at 10:10 p.m., the KCSD saw a vehicle matching the description at North County Store on Old 14 Mile at Lincoln Lake. The four people in the vehicle were arrested and charged with the Newaygo County robbery.

Cedar Springs continued to investigate the Admiral robbery, and Chief Parent said investigation resulted in warrants for two of the four suspects—Christopher Ridgeway, 26, of Sand Lake, and Zachariah Raymor, 20, of Lowell. He said that the suspects would undergo proceedings in Newaygo first before being arraigned on the charges in Cedar Springs.

Men sentenced in sex assault scheme

Lee Benjamin Craddock, 53, and Shawn Godfrey, 38, have both been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme that Craddock created to allow him to have sex with a younger relative.

Lee Menjamin Craddock

Shawn Godfrey

The initial report was that in April 2009, a gunman forced Craddock and his 21-year-old relative off their motorcycle in the Rogue River State game area in Tyrone Township, near 20 Mile and Red Pine Drive, and ordered them to go into the woods, take off their clothes and have sex. When they did as he instructed, the gunman left. Police later learned that the gunman was Shawn Godfrey, 38, who knew Craddock and told police that Craddock invented the scheme because he wanted to have sex with the girl, but said he didn’t want her to get into trouble with her boyfriend.

The woman did not know Godfrey, and thought the gun was real.

Craddock was convicted of first degree criminal sexual conduct and several other charges, and was sentenced May 17 to 45 to 80 years in prison, with credit for 238 days. He also has to pay $136 in state fees, $160 in crime victim fees, and $700 in court costs.

Godfrey pled guilty to conspiracy, and as a result a sexual assault charge and habitual offender charge was dropped. He was sentenced May 25 to nine to 20 years in prison.

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