web analytics

Archive | October, 2013

Man arrested in girlfriend’s death

Scott Hammer, 51, the live-in boyfriend of Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, reportedly burned the woman’s farmhouse in Sheridan that they had been renovating, after he allegedly killed her in a struggle in Spencer Township, Wednesday, October 23. Post photo by L. Allen.

Scott Hammer, 51, the live-in boyfriend of Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, reportedly burned the woman’s farmhouse in Sheridan that they had been renovating, after he allegedly killed her in a struggle in Spencer Township, Wednesday, October 23. Post photo by L. Allen.

A Sheridan Township man was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they were called about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 23, to the scene of a possible homicide on Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Spencer Township. When they arrived, they found the body of Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29.

Danielle and her boyfriend, Scott Hammer, 51, had been staying with family at the Lincoln Lake address while their home was being renovated. Sometime early that morning a struggle had taken place between the couple that resulted in Danielle’s death.

Hammer fled the home and went to 3360 Wise Road, in Sheridan Township, Montcalm County, where he and Danielle had been renovating Danielle’s old farmhouse. Hammer reportedly set the farmhouse on fire.

This photo shows two buildings (a barn and mobile home) adjacent to the burned out farmhouse. Hammer is suspected of trying to burn one of these buildings as well. Post photo by L. Allen.

This photo shows two buildings (a barn and mobile home) adjacent to the burned out farmhouse. Hammer is suspected of trying to burn one of these buildings as well. Post photo by L. Allen.

Montcalm County Dispatch received a call on the fire at 6:29 a.m. Sheridan Firefighters arrived to find the home engulfed in flames. While they fought the fire, Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies were alerted to the homicide investigation by the Kent County Sheriff Department. It is believed that Hammer attempted to burn a second structure on the property as well but was not successful. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal’s office is assisting the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the arson.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Hammer in Sheridan without incident. He was arraigned in Kent County’s 63rd District Court, on October 24, on an open murder charge. He was denied bond, and in custody at the Kent County jail.A preliminary hearing is set for November 6.

Kent County Undesheriff Jon Hess said that the cause of Danielle’s death has not yet been released, pending the results of an autopsy.

 

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off

Trick or treat in Cedar Springs

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

It’s only one week until Halloween—are you ready for a night full of fun? Does the thought of greeting scores of trick or treaters make you break out in a cold sweat? Forget staying home! Pack up the kids and come out Halloween night for the Annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular in Cedar Springs! Sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and churches, the fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with spooky storytime at the library, at the corner of Cherry and Second, and scavenger hunt by En Gedi that starts at City Hall. That is followed by trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. at Main Street businesses.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department will hand out hot chocolate and donuts at the firebarn at W. Maple and Second St. again this year, and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will host a haunted school house at the museum in Morley Park for the first time.

A youth center and two area churches will also be part of the festivities. The En Gedi youth center will host a “Ghost in the graveyard” at North Park (NE corner of Pine and Main); Calvary Assembly of God will host a carnival at North Park; and The Springs Church will host Trunk-or-Treat from 6pm-8pm, in their parking lot at the corner of Maple and First Street, along with a giant slide, and the Double K Farms petting zoo. They will also serve donuts, hot chocolate and coffee inside for trick or treaters and their families.

 

Posted in Featured, Halloween fun, NewsComments Off

FFA treats kids to harvest fun

A group of students from Mr. Harmon’s class peeks through the corn. Post photo by J. Reed.

A group of students from Mr. Harmon’s class peeks through the corn. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs High School FFA group gave second-graders at Beach Elementary a harvest time treat Wednesday. Classes were taken on a hayride to the nearby Middle School, and allowed to go through the corn maze the high school students created to the north of the school. They also had the opportunity to pet and feed some farm animals—cows, a goat with a seemingly bottomless stomach, chickens and rabbits. The kids loved getting up close and personal with animals.

When they left, each student was given a goody bag with milk, an apple, and coloring sheets to help them remember the special day.

Feeding the animals was a prized activity. Post photo by J. Reed.

Feeding the animals was a prized activity. Post photo by J. Reed.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off

The Post goes to Yellowstone

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent and his wife, Linda, recently took a trip to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. To show his Cedar Springs pride, Roger had Linda take a photo of him with a Post in front of the east entrance. He’s even wearing his Cedar Café t-shirt.

This was Roger’s first trip to Yellowstone. He said one of the highlights of the trip was watching a mother grizzly and her three cubs chase the wolves away from their bison kill. The bison that was killed was about 300 yards off and the bears and wolves all came to within 150 yards to a small river near the paved roadway. “Between a good camera and binoculars it was interesting to watch,” he remarked. He also got some photos of a black bear that was about 40 yards away.

Thanks, Roger, for taking us with you!

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off

Bootacular!

N-Bootacular1Ghouls and ghosts were in abundance last Saturday at Solon Market, as they kicked off their first annual Bootacular Event!  There were prizes and treat bags and a craft with lots of room to run! Favorite quote?  “I love this mask because I don’t have to smile for pictures!”

N-Bootacular2Solon Market is closed for the season.  Look for them in the Spring  and watch their facebook page for future up-dates.

 

Posted in Halloween fun, NewsComments Off

Whoooo is that?

N-Dear-Halloween-costumeJeremiah Dear, the son of James and Tracey Dear, of Solon Township, is looking forward to his first Halloween in Cedar Springs. He’s wearing a great looking owl costume. What a hoot!

 

Posted in Halloween fun, NewsComments Off

Rachel’s Challenge coming to Cedar Springs Middle School

Rachels-ChallengeOctober 29 at 7:00pm

Each day 160,000 students do not go to school because they are bullied, teased and harassed. By turning the story of a tragic death at Columbine High School into a mission for change, Rachel’s Challenge is helping create safer learning environments and making a world-wide impact.

And it’s coming to Cedar Springs Middle School on October 29, at 7 p.m. The Cedar Springs community is invited and encouraged to come to this free presentation.

More than 19 million people have been touched by Rachel’s message, and they continue the legacy of making a difference in their communities. Each year at least 2 million more people are added to that number. These are just a couple of the results of Rachel’s Challenge. In one survey, 78% of students indicated they would definitely intervene in a bullying incident in their school after seeing Rachel’s Challenge. In the last 3 years, Rachel’s Challenge has received nearly 500 unsolicited emails from students stating that after hearing Rachel’s story they reached out for help as they were contemplating suicide. Some even state that “Rachel saved their life.”

rachels handRachel’s Challenge is a series of student empowering programs and strategies that equip students and adults to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating a culture of kindness and compassion. The programs are based on the writings and life of 17 year-old Rachel Scott who was the first student killed at Columbine High School in 1999. Rachel left a legacy of reaching out to those who were different, who were picked on by others, or who were new at her school. Shortly before her death she wrote,

Rachel’s Challenge is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious organization based in Littleton, Colorado.

“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go.” 

Rachel’s Challenge was started by Rachel’s dad and stepmom, Darrell and Sandy Scott when they realized that the writings and drawings Rachel left not only had an impact on her friends and classmates, but also resonated with students around the world. Although Rachel was a typical teenager who even wrote about her “ups and downs,” she had a passion and conviction that she would someday change the world. The Scott family knew her story and passion had to be told to inspire others to make their world a better place.

Please attend this free presentation with your family on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss it!

Posted in NewsComments Off

Driver rolls car on 18 Mile curve

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Springs Police and Fire and the Kent County Sheriff Department responded to an accident on 18 Mile Rd, in the curve just east off Main, Saturday evening.

Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, said that a Jeep driven by Nanise Hadley, 17, of Howard City, was driving too fast and not able to maneuver the curve. Her car left the roadway and rolled onto its top. The driver, who was seatbelted, was transported to the hospital for observation, and suffered only minor injuries.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off

Can you identify these people?

Stolen-Credit-Cards1 Stolen-Credit-Cards3 Stolen-Credit-Cards2A woman had her wallet stolen at a Big Rapids gas station on September 24, and within a few hours, the victim’s credit card had been used at locations in Big Rapids, Howard City, and Cedar Springs.

Police are looking for help to identify the couple who stole the card and used it. See the surveillance photos with this story.

The suspects have been identified as a white male and female driving a silver passenger car—possibly a late 2000s Chevrolet Aveo, although this has not been confirmed.

If you can identify these people, or have any information, please call Troopers at the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951.

 

 

Posted in NewsComments Off

Accident sends two to hospital

Police said alcohol could be a factor in a head on collision that sent two Cedar Springs men to the hospital Thursday evening.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred in Solon Township on Thursday, October 17,  at Algoma and 18 Mile Rd, about 8:07 p.m. Jurgen Hoffman, 27, of Cedar Springs, was reportedly heading south on Algoma Avenue in a 2010 Kia Soul, when he crossed the centerline and struck a northbound 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix head-on. Both vehicles rolled over and injured the drivers.

Both Hoffman, and the driver of the Pontiac, Kenneth Daniels, 31, of Cedar Springs, were taken to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance, for back pain.

The accident has been forwarded to the Kent County prosecutor’s offices for review of possible charges.

 

Posted in NewsComments Off

advert

LOCAL Advertisers

Bryne Electrical
Kent Theatre
The POST

Get the Cedar Springs Post in your mailbox for only $35.00 a year!