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Archive | October, 2012

Gorgeous autumn colors

A reader sent in this photo she took of Alice Powell’s trees. Like many in the area, they are ablaze with color! We would love to see your fall color photos. Please send them to news@cedarspringspost.com.

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State Police to conduct statewide sex offender sweep

From Oct. 16 to 30, 2012, law enforcement agencies across Michigan will join together to focus investigative efforts on finding individuals in violation of the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act (PA 295 of 1994). The effort, dubbed Operation Verify, is the state’s ninth annual sex offender sweep.

“This sweep occurs following the October quarterly verification period because that allows for a more accurate list of noncompliant offenders,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police (MSP). “This means any registered offender who wants to spare themselves a visit from a trooper should verify their address with law enforcement as soon as possible.”

The Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act requires registered sex offenders to regularly report to their local law enforcement agency, sheriff’s office, or nearest state police post to verify their address. Tier 1 offenders must to verify their address annually, during the first 15 days of January. Tier 2 offenders must verify their address semi-annually, during the first 15 days of January and July. Tier 3 offenders must verify their address quarterly, during the first 15 days of January, April, July and October.  Failure to do so carries a penalty of up to two years of incarceration.

All registered sex offenders must also report a change of name, address, employment, campus enrollment, internet identifiers and vehicle within three business days of any change.  Failure to do so is four-year felony.

In addition to Operation Verify, the MSP participates in several local and regional sweeps each year. The department also maintains a list of the Most Wanted Sex Offenders at www.michigan.gov/absconders. As of October 1, 2012, there were 40,155 offenders on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry; 37,261 offenders were in compliance with the registry’s requirements.

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Police still searching for Admiral robber

Cedar Springs Police are still searching for the person who robbed the Admiral Gas Station, at the corner of Main and Muskegon Street, Tuesday, August 9.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the initial description was of a middle-aged male, but after viewing video footage, he doesn’t believe the robber was middle-aged. “This is a small frame 5-foot-6-inch person, wearing a scarf around his neck to cover his identity. He wore his blue jeans low and baggy like a younger person,” noted Parent. He was also described as having a raspy, or smoker’s voice.

The robber walked into the store about 8:20 p.m. and demanded cash. No weapon was seen, but he kept his hand inside his front pocket, implying he had a weapon. The female clerk on duty gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect then walked out of the store and headed north. Police believe a getaway car may have been waiting, since a Chevy Tahoe or Suburban was seen speeding west on Cherry into the dead-end, and then turned around and sped back east, in the minutes after the robbery.

If you have any information, please call 696-1311.

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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry

Edward Jones is collecting food through November 15

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?

Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.

The Cedar Springs United Methodist Food pantry, who works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services, feeds hundreds of local families each year. In the past the food pantry depended on the fall food drive with the local U.S. Post office to help stock their needs. Now that the carriers are based in Rockford, they no longer have the big drive to benefit this pantry, so a local business is stepping in to help restock the shelves.

Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, hopes to collect 1,500 pounds of food for the pantry before November 15—that’s 250 pounds more than last year. Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at their office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some of the supplies needed include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce; baking and pancake mix; and canned meats. Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed.

Call 696-9370 for more information.

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Suspects arrested in string of thefts

According to the Michigan State Police, police departments serving the western portion of Montcalm County have taken over 50 complaints involving the theft of televisions, iPads, Xboxes, Playstations, quads, motorcycles, bicycles and a safe, since January 2012. These complaints varied from larcenies to home invasions. They occurred at all times of the day or night, and several times while the occupants of the home were present. In several of these incidents, the homeowners confronted the suspects, at the time of the theft.

Area departments, including the Howard City Police, Montcalm County Sheriff, and Michigan State Police began working to solve these complaints through a cooperative effort among departments. Suspects were developed and surveillance was conducted on the suspects.
Two Howard City suspects were arrested as a result of the surveillance. They are believed to be responsible for the majority of the break-ins in the western Montcalm and eastern Newaygo County areas. Names are being withheld until arraignment.
As a result of this investigation, several quads, a motorcycle, a go-cart, a safe, several televisions, gaming stations, other electronics, and a bicycle, have been recovered to date. The owners have been identified in the majority of the recovered items.


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Girls golf heads to state tournament

Row 1: Alyssa Keaton, Breanna White, Sierra Clark, Erica Benham, Conner White, Kellsie Rypma. Row 2: Maddy Crandall, Chelsea Hull, Jessica Ingerson, Jessica Blackmer, Abby Kennamer. Row 3: Marisa Morales, Katie Esakson, Alysha Chaney, Julie Schut, Emma Schut, Alexis Wilks, Shelby Towers, Coach London. Missing: Monica West, Coach Carr.

The Cedar Springs Girl’s Varsity Golf Team qualified 3rd at the Regional at Egypt Valley with a team score of 421. The regular season had not gone very well as the Red Hawks placed 5th in the OK Bronze. However, the girls rose the occasion and shot their best 18 hole match of the season. Conner White led the way with a 94 (6th overall), Marisa Morales a career best 97 (10th), Bre White a 105, and Jessica Ingerson a 125. Chelsea Hull added a 133.

“I thought the girls learned and improved all season,” said Coach Glen London. “They have played tough courses all year so Egypt Valley did not intimidate them.”

The girls head to Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek to participate in the 2 day State tournament this Friday and Saturday.

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Red Hawk soccer takes second in OK-Bronze

The Cedar Springs Boys Varsity Soccer team closed out their regular season last week with two big wins bringing their overall record to 14-3-1 and securing second place in the OK-Bronze Conference.

Red Hawk Julion Quiroga battles for the ball.

On Tuesday, October 9, the Red Hawks traveled to Grand Rapids to take on the Northview Wildcats. It was evident that the Wildcats walked on the field determined to not repeat their mistakes of their last meeting with Cedar Springs. Northview’s offense jumped into action and pounded the Red Hawk goal with many shots throughout the entire first half, but senior goal tender Josh Champion robbed them of every scoring opportunity.

The Red Hawks were able to secure the first goal of the match when Kyle Szirovecz was able to put the ball into the net, slicing it past the charging Northview keeper (2:12). Northview scored a goal of their own, during the second half, evening the score 1 to 1 (39:28). Despite many attempts by both teams, neither team could capitalize on scoring opportunities, sending the game into overtime. Senior Robert Klein knocked in the first goal of overtime, to give Cedar Springs a 2-1 advantage. Northview answered quickly with a goal to tie it up again. After that, Cedar’s offense broke open and quickly put two more goals in the net (Kyle Szirovecz 6:02) and (Robert Klein 3:36) to ensure a 4-2 Red Hawk victory over the Northview Wildcats.

On Friday, October 12, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks hosted the Forest Hills Northern Huskies in their final conference game of the season. Before the game began, the eleven seniors of the team walked onto the turf of Red Hawk Stadium, escorted by their parents, and presented with a shadow box from Coach Avink. The seniors recognized were: Robert Klein, Aaron Dault, Kyle Szirovecz, Trevor Rose, Josh Champion, Dontae Ensley, Tyler Aungst, Kyle Longcore, and exchange students Vitor Camillo, Memo Garcia, and Carlos Pastor. All seniors started the game and played together for their final Conference game of their high school career. The Red Hawks celebrated another victory by defeating the Forest Hills Northern Huskies 3 to 0, with scoring credited to: Kyle Szirovecz (6:08-assist Klein), Robert Klein (6:59-assist A. Dault) and Josh Valentine (39:02-assist Ensley). Congratulations on a great season Red Hawks!

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Freshmen Red Hawks score big win over Falcons

No game of the season was bigger than the one the freshmen football teamed faced last Thursday against West Catholic. With the team enduring a 4-game losing streak, this freshmen squad was resilient and determined to come back together as a team after their recent losses and salvage this season.

Cedar came out strong in all phases of the game, with their run and passing game firing on all cylinders. They took a 20-6 lead into halftime. West Catholic came out in the second half and made some adjustments, but Cedar had enough left in the tank, to hold off West Catholic for a final score of 26-20. This much needed victory improved the Red Hawk record to 4-4.

Not only was Cedar Springs led by their strong defensive effort, but also Michael Norton, who in the week prior leading up to the game, made the switch to fullback. As the kids would say, he was a beast—scoring 2 touchdowns for Cedar and adding a couple of two point conversions. It was his spirit, and determination, along with the new-found team bond, that propelled these fine football players to the victory! Join them this Thursday Oct. 18 at 4:30 p,m. as they take on Forrest Hills Northern in their final game of the season.

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JV football loses to West Catholic

The JV team lost a tough fought game with West Catholic last Thursday, October 11, by a score of 12-6. The

Falcons of West Catholic took a 6-0 lead early in the first half. The Red Hawks didn’t allow another touchdown in the half, but struggled to get the offense going and went in to the locker room trailing 6-0 at the half.

JV Red Hawks didn’t allow a lot of points, but still lost 12-6 against West Catholic. Photo by Rebecca Klompstra.

The second half started with Cedar kicking off to West Catholic. The Red Hawk defense flexed its muscles and forced the ball back from the Falcons. Cedar was then able to get the offense moving a little and Zach Wamser scored in the 3rd to make it a 6-6 tie. The remainder of the 2nd half was once again a back and forth defensive battle. However, the Falcons were able to break through the Red Hawk defense and score the go ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Cedar got the ball back but again struggled to put much offense together. Forced to go for it on 4th and long the Red Hawks came up just inches short of continuing their game tying drive. The Falcons took over on downs and ran out the clock, securing the win.

“We struggled to pick up crucial 3rd and 4th down plays tonight and that was the difference in the game. It seemed like we were always one block away from making a big play,” said Coach Bowers.

Cedar wraps up their season Thursday night (tonight) as they host the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern.

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Pure Michigan hunt winner harvests elk of a lifetime

Dan Beaudoin of Waterford, Mich., recently had a Sunday morning he will never forget. “My heart was pounding! I’m a big guy and my guide had me running, so I was breathing hard,” said the 2012 Pure Michigan Hunt winner.

Recently, Beaudoin harvested an enormous 6×6 bull elk during the second elk hunt period with the help of his guide, Kevin Johnson of Big Boys Adventures in Gaylord, Mich.

“My guide said the elk had a whale tail; I didn’t even know what that was!” said Beaudoin.

Although the bull has yet to be officially scored, everyone has a guess for the record book, according to Beaudoin.

Beaudoin is one of three winners of the Department of Natural Resources’ Pure Michigan Hunt program. Each winner received all 2012 limited licenses and the ultimate hunter’s prize package from Michigan companies and organizations. Beaudoin purchased a $4 Pure Michigan Hunt application last year, and found out in January of 2012 he was one of the winners.

Pure Michigan Hunt applications for the 2013 season are available for $4 at any license agent or online at www.mdnr-elicense.com. There is no limit to the number of applications hunters may buy now through Dec. 31. Three winners will be announced in February 2013.

As a Pure Michigan Hunt winner, Beaudoin also got the first pick at a managed waterfowl area hunt, bringing along a hunting companion to share the experience.

“I hunted waterfowl at Fish Point Managed Waterfowl Area,” said Beaudoin, “I took along one of my oldest friends and the guy who actually got me into duck hunting years ago.”

To learn more about the Pure Michigan Hunt, visit www.michigan.gov/puremichiganhunt.

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