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Archive | January, 2012

Snowman alert!

The heavy snowfall received last weekend caused snowmen to start popping up everywhere! Tracy Skelonc, of Solon Township, sent us this photo of the snowman that her 23-month-old son, Dalton, and her husband Martin built on our beautiful, sunny, Monday afternoon.
Do you have a photo of a snowman or other winter sculpture? Send your sculpture and winter fun photos to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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Couple saved from burning house

A Greenville couple was rescued from their home last week after it caught fire.
According to the Greenville Department of Safety, Officers Casey Huber and Eric Hoig responded to a fire last Thursday, about 5:55 a.m., at 313 E. Cass St. in Greenville. An 83-year-old woman at the residence told Huber there was also a 65-year-old man in a second floor bedroom. Officer Huber attempted to go upstairs, but was prevented by heavy smoke and fire. He called out to the man, who said he needed help and could not get out.
Huber took the woman out of the home, and when the fire engine arrived, grabbed a ladder and placed it on the roof near the bedroom window where the man was trapped. He then climbed the ladder and tried to make contact with the man, and clearly saw flames in the bedroom.
Officer Hoig entered the house and yelled to the man to go toward Officer Huber, who was at the bedroom window. Huber then reached through the window and pulled the man to safety. He and Fireman Tom Miller brought the man down the ladder. The man was treated by Montcalm County EMS and transported first to Spectrum Health United and later to a Grand Rapids area hospital.
Greenville Public Safety Officers were able to extinguish the fire, which appears to have started on the second floor. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Greenville was assisted by the Belding Fire Department.

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Hometown Hero

Senior Airman Shane Cole

Senior Airman Shane R. Cole completed K-9 training in May, 2011, at Lackland AFB, Texas.
In July, Airman Cole was awarded an achievement medal and a good conduct medal, while serving under the 90th missile wing.
Shane has since been transferred to Andrews AFB, Washington D.C., where he completed his K-9 certification with his partner, Dixie.
Shane is a 2007 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. Rosa, Sean, Mom (Janet) and Dale are very proud of him.

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Kent City streetscape nears completion

This shade structure is part of the new Kent City Streetscape.

As the snow flurries begin to fly and the 2011 construction season nears an end, the final touches on Phase 2 of the Kent City Streetscape are nearing completion.
The Village of Kent City Downtown Development Authority has been actively planning, and constructing its downtown streetscape project since 2008. According to Andrew Bostwick, of the Kent City DDA, the project was made possible by two major funding sources, as well as the DDA monies saved over the last 15 years. The DDA is structured to capture and retain a percentage of property taxes to stay within the district. Funds collected by the DDA are being used to pay for the matching portion of the project.
American Recovery & Reinvestment Act stimulus funding, provided through the Grand Valley Metro Council, provided funding to repave the road surface. MDOT funded the remainder of the project with matching funds through a Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) grant. These funds provided many improvements such as new LED lighting, a community shade structure, enhanced stormwater runoff collection, new curbs, benches, street trees, trash barrels, and many other improvements.
According to Bostwick, the intent of the streetscape design is to incorporate a green design into the project. “The library plaza is a good example of this design. Permeable pavers provide a courtyard plaza for library patrons to enjoy, while lessening the impact of stormwater runoff. Rain barrels are installed to capture rainwater, and to aid the DPW workers in watering the trees and planters.”
New LED lighting will help lower the operating costs and provide a more efficient light source. A photometrics study was completed to help ensure an even flow of lighting across the entire downtown.
The Shade structure is meant to replicate a gazebo that once existed near the same location. The public is welcome to use the structure to meet friends, read, eat lunch, etc.
The final touches include the much-awaited removal of the electric poles from the street. Bostwick said that longtime village residents have expressed great joy that the street poles would one day be removed.
Bostwick noted that all of the DDA members have worked diligently to ensure that the project has continued to move ahead. Whenever possible, the DDA worked with the MDOT contractor to hire local businesses to help complete the project. “The community of Kent City is the benefactor of this project thanks to all parties involved with the construction. Residents are encouraged to take some time to walk through the downtown and enjoy the improvements,” he said.

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Area law enforcement aid in finding suspect

The Cedar Springs Police joined other area police agencies in assisting the Kent County Sheriff Department during a break-in at the Michigan Natural Storage in Alpine Township last week.
According to the KCSD, they responded to a business alarm at the facility, at 12:47 a.m., located at 5899 Comstock Park Drive NW. A suspicious vehicle was found at the facility, and officers set up a perimeter around the business, utilizing officers from numerous agencies, while a Grand Rapids K9 officer conducted a search.
The suspect, identified as Allen Monroe Grays, 40, of Grand Rapids, refused to give  himself up and was seen trying to exit at different points around the facility. A team was assembled to enter the building and locate the suspect. After an extensive interior search, Gray was found hiding on an upper storage shelf behind numerous boxes, and taken into custody.
Grays confessed to this break-in and prior break-ins at the facility. He was stealing boxes full of packaged meat. When police caught him, he had thousands of dollars worth of product loaded and ready to take from the building. He admitted selling product from prior break-ins on the street for cash, and said he also used it to feed his family. Grays said he was having a hard time making ends meet and that he did have the intention of providing for his family with this crime.
He was arraigned on January 12 on one count of Breaking and Entering with attempt to steal, and one count of being a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
Besides Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by Walker PD, Rockford PD, Sparta PD and the Grand Rapids PD.

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Middle School Geographic bee winner

Madison Scheuneman is the winner of this year’s Geographic Bee at Cedar Springs Middle School.
Each of the 16 Social Studies classes at the school sent their two best geography students to represent their class in the school bee this year.  The contestants were tested on their knowledge of the geographic features of the United States.
The students were given a series of question and were knocked out of the competition when they answered their third question incorrectly– a simple 3-strikes and you’re out method.  It took over 40 questions to get the group of 32 down to the top four.  8th grader Brian Jones did well finishing fourth.  7th grader Brayden Harper (who was also the runner up in the spelling bee) and last year’s winner Evan Kobayashi were knocked out on the same question, finishing in 2nd place.
Madison Scheuneman was down to her last strike but managed to prevail.  The final question that eliminated the boys was:
“Pamlico Sound is located west of Hatteras Island in which state?” The answer is North Carolina.
Madison is an 8th grader in Mr. Glyshaw’s class and is described by her peers as very competitive.  She is the daughter of proud parents Allison and Dennis Scheuneman and the granddaughter of Sara and Bill VanHorn. She will find out in the coming weeks if she is selected to move on to the second round of competition at Western Michigan University.

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Man arrested after stealing snowmobile

Nicholas Spoors

A Cedar Springs man who was on parole is back in jail and facing a multitude of charges in two counties after he cut his tether and stole a snowmobile.
Nicholas William Spoors, 21, is now lodged in the Kent County jail and is also facing charges in Montcalm County.
According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the Howard City Police Department responded to the Village Trails residential park on January 16 about 10:45 a.m. on a report of an attempted larceny of a snowmobile. The victim went outside in the morning to find someone had removed his Ski Doo snowmobile off of a trailer and attempted to hot wire the ignition to steal it, but they were unsuccessful. The victim’s vehicle was also broken into and a snowmobile helmet and gloves were stolen.
Officers tracked the suspect in the snow and it appears he tried to enter a shed and prowled around in the area and backyards of other residences.
Officers then located another abandoned and heavily damaged snowmobile on the nearby White Pine State Park trail. This snowmobile was registered to a victim in Cedar Springs, who was not aware of its theft until the Kent County Sheriffs Department made contact with them, on behalf of the Howard City Police Department.
Howard City PD developed information on two suspects after canvassing the area, gathering evidence, and witnesses contacting police with information on two suspicious subjects observed that same morning. A security video from a nearby business showed the suspects. This information and a description was provided to the Cedar Springs Police Department, who supplied the name of a possible suspect from the description. Howard City Police then reviewed this subject’s prior arrest photo and made a positive identification of the same subject on the security video. This person was located by the Cedar Springs Police Department later that evening.
The Howard City Police Department and Kent County Sheriff’s Department then located a second suspect, Spoors, hiding under a bed in a home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. He was an escapee from Prison Parole since he had cut off his tether days earlier. Stolen property from Howard City and Cedar Springs were recovered from this residence.
Chief DeWitt said the two suspects had ridden the stolen snowmobile from Cedar Springs to Howard City, where it had broken down on the trail, and then one of the suspects attempted to steal the Ski Doo belonging to the victim at Village Trails, in an attempt to flee the area.
Spoors was arrested and charged in Kent County with the larceny of the snowmobile, being a habitual offender, and the breaking and entering of a building in Cedar Springs. Arrest warrants were obtained in Montcalm County as well, charging the suspect with the attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny from a motor vehicle, being a habitual offender, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He had not yet been arraigned in Montcalm County at press time.
Chief DeWitt said the first suspect is not being charged at this time.
Spoors was paroled in May after serving time for stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. He also served time for breaking and entering a building, attempting to assault/resist/obstruct a police officer, fleeing from a police officer, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
“The successful investigation and arrest of the suspect was a direct result of the multi-departmental investigation,” said DeWitt. “The call from a concerned citizen to the police of their observations of suspicious persons and/or activity was also instrumental to the investigation.”
He said that the Howard City Police would like to remind all persons to keep your vehicles, home, and storage buildings locked at all times, and to report any suspicious persons or activity immediately. “Many times it’s the smallest bit of information that leads to the arrest of criminals and recovery of stolen property,” noted DeWitt. “Law Enforcement is a community activity that relies heavily on the participation of the average person.”

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Greenville Police seek info on robberies

The Greenville Department of Public Safety is asking for assistance from the public regarding information that would lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those involved in recent criminal activity in the city of Greenville. The department is looking for the individual(s) responsible for the Huntington Bank Robbery, Huch’s Jewelry larceny, and the Family Dollar robbery.
The Huntington Bank in Greenville was robbed about 10:34 a.m. Wednesday, November 9. The male suspect is described as 6-foot to 6-foot 3 inches, medium build wearing light colored blue jeans, black shoes, blue coat with black and white stripes in a plaid pattern, blue knit mask with no holes visible, and a dark winter type cap with flaps. The suspect produced a dark colored handgun and left the bank in an easterly direction on foot. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
The larceny at Huchs Jewelry happened November 29, at about 1:30 p.m. A white male, 5’11, 200 pounds, with dark hair, and a 2-day growth of beard, entered Huch’s Jewelers in downtown Greenville and was looking at items. The subject then distracted the employee, grabbed the items off the counter and fled on foot out the back door through the alley.  He was last seen northbound in the alley.
He was wearing a black under armour hat with a white logo, and a dark colored light winter jacket with a red, hooded sweatshirt underneath.
The Family Dollar Store in Greenville was robbed on Thursday, January 5, about 8:30 p.m. A robber walked in with a handgun and demanded cash. Employees emptied the cash register for the robber and then fled to a back room, where they called police. The robber was described as a man about six feet tall, 170 pounds with a mustache, green gloves, black boots, jeans and a plaid grey hoodie, with a white hood. The suspect was also wearing a ski mask.
If you have any information please contact Detective Aniszko at the Greenville Department of Public Safety at 754-9161.

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Retirement Party for Emma Gebhardt & Lynn Green

The staff at Cedar Springs Mill & Supply Inc will be hosting a retirement party for Emma Gebhardt and Lynn Green. The party will be Saturday, January 28th, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the American Legion in Cedar Springs. Coffee, punch, cake and snacks will be served. Please come and help us celebrate twenty plus years of service for these great ladies. No gifts please, just memories.

Sam and the staff at the mill.

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Edward L. Lepley

Dr. Edward L. Lepley, age 73 of Stanwood passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born October 10, 1938 in Bellevue, Ohio the son of James Edward and Leona Catherine (Buchman) Lepley.
Ed graduated with honors from Bellevue High School in 1956 where he not only excelled academically, but also on the football field and basketball court.  He still holds several school athletic records. Ed enlisted in the United States Army, where he served for two years, furthering his engineering and mechanical skills.  Following his honorable discharge from the service, Ed enrolled at The Ohio State University where he completed his undergraduate and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree.  He then proceeded to practice in Denmark, England and he set up a poultry research facility for the Spanish Government located outside Barcelona.  While in England he contracted with the province of Alberta to eradicate the Brucellosis Abortus bacteria.  Along the way he stopped in Michigan and in December of 1966 he met his wife to be, Sharron Binkley.   The young couple married on December 9, 1967 and resided in Union Lake where their son Erik was born. Ed established the Waterford Veterinarian Hospital in 1968.
Ed, Sharron and Erik moved to their Ore Box ranch, located above Canyon City, Colorado in 1973. They returned to Michigan in 1978 where Ed opened Riversbend Animal Hospital.  Over the next 33 years Ed would open Cedar Springs Animal Hospital and his current practice in Howard City, which will continue to be managed by his family, to his high standards.
Ed was a devout member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Pine Island, Florida and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a strong supporter of The Ohio State University “College of Veterinary Medicine” Alumni Association.  He held a specialty degree in the practice of Veterinary Dentistry and his professional memberships included: the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Dental Society, the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and the West Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.
Ed enjoyed a number of construction projects in both Michigan and Colorado which included, an A frame Cabin and several barns.  Ed was a mentor to numerous students interested in Veterinary Medicine.  His other hobbies included sailing with his wife, Sharron and helping Erik and Tami with chores around the farm and in the field, especially operating his combine this past season.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years Sharron; his devoted son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Tamara and their children, Mallory and Grant all of Stanwood; a brother, S.J. Lepley of Bellevue, OH; three sisters, Suzette Marie Green of Bellevue, OH, Sandra Dillon of Columbus, OH, Gail (James) Miller of Bellevue, OH; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Sanders and Al Flicker both of Sandusky, OH; sister-in-law, Carol Lepley of Columbus, OH and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Ed was preceded in death by two brothers, James D. and wife Nancy Lepley, John K. Lepley; three sisters, Jacqueline Sanders, Marilyn and husband Ted Fox, Catherine “Kitty” Flicker.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Howard City with the family greeting friends at the church from 9:30 a.m. until mass at 11:00 a.m.  Pastor James Wyse, Father Ray Bruck, Father Phong Pham, Father Lou Anderson and Father Phil Wikowski concelebrate the Mass.  The family will greet friends at the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids on Thursday, Jan 19th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Friday Jan 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary being prayed that evening at 7:30 p.m.  followed by public personal reflections of Ed’s life.
Immediately following the Mass of Christian Burial, at Christ the King Catholic Church, a luncheon will be served at the fellowship hall.
There will be additional visitations and services in Bellevue, Ohio with interment at the Bellevue Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be given to his family and directed to the establishment of the “Ed Lepley Scholarship Fund” or to continue Ed’s legacy of aiding underprivileged animals.
Share a memory or leave a condolence at www.daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com

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