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Archive | June, 2014

Man arrested on CSC charges

 

Jeremy Geselman

Jeremy Geselman

A Montcalm County man was charged on Tuesday, June 24, with six felony charges related to inappropriate sexual contact with minors.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office conducted a lengthy investigation that led to the arrest of Jeremy Edward Geselman, 33, of Crystal. The charges stem from the allegations of two young women, ages sixteen and thirteen at the time of the offenses.

The charges included two for Criminal Sexual Conduct-First Degree, one for Criminal Sexual Conduct-Second Degree, two for Criminal Sexual Conduct-Third degree, and one for Criminal Sexual Conduct-Fourth degree. The maximum sentences for those charges range from two years to life.

Geselman remains behind bars and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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Fourth of July drunk driving crackdown kicks off

Eight area counties step up enforcement

To truly celebrate our freedom this Fourth of July holiday, motorists need to designate a sober driver or risk ending up behind bars. A statewide night patrol impaired driving enforcement crackdown kicks off July 1, with nearly 150 law enforcement agencies in 26 counties participating.

In 2013, 354 people died in Michigan as a result of alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes, a 3.5 percent increase from 2012. To help prevent these tragedies, law enforcement agencies from local police departments, sheriff offices and Michigan State Police posts across the state will conduct extra drunk driving patrols throughout this popular summer holiday period.

The effort runs through July 13 and is paid for with federal funds administered by the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). Grant-funded counties in West Michigan are Allegan, Berrien, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa and Van Buren.

“Alcohol-involved fatalities have increased during the last few years resulting in more families mourning the preventable loss of a loved one,” said Michael L. Prince, OHSP director. “The officers are taking part to encourage drivers to make smart decisions and plan ahead to ensure a safe way home. Make no mistake, if you drive drunk, you will be arrested.”

During the 2013 Fourth of July holiday period, 19 people died on Michigan roads. Six of the fatal crashes were alcohol-related. The official holiday period began at 6 p.m. on July 3, 2013 and ran until midnight on July 7, 2013.

In Michigan, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher, although motorists can be arrested at any BAC level if an officer feels they are impaired. Under the state’s high BAC law, motorists face enhanced penalties if a first-time arrest is for a .17 BAC or higher.

This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013.

 

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Scammers pose as Deputies and demand money

The Kent County Sheriff Department took a report on June 16, 2014 from a resident who reported they were contacted by the KCSD advising they had a warrant for their arrest and they had to pay hundreds of dollars to take care of the warrant. The scammers spoofed the Sheriff Department’s phone number so on their caller ID it appeared the phone call was from the Kent County Sheriff Department. The scammers also used an actual employee’s name from the Kent County Sheriff Department in the scam. Luckily, the victim thought it was suspicious and called to report it.

This type of scam is similar to many others that are being done where scammers pose as an employee of the IRS or a utility company and even family members in need of cash. Scammers convince people to purchase gift cards (Green Dot prepaid Visa card or something similar) and give them the security numbers off the back of the card. This gives the scammers access to the money on the card.

The Kent County Sheriff Department (KCSD) wants citizens to be aware of these types of scams and warns never to give out personal information or credit card information over the phone unless you initiated the call and you are absolutely sure you know who you are speaking/dealing with.

The Kent County Sheriff Department would never contact a citizen and request credit card information over the telephone.

If there is ever any doubt if you are speaking with a member of the Kent County Sheriff

Department, you are encouraged to ask for credentials and then hang up and call our Dispatch Center at 616-336-3113.

 

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Finding yourself

Did you know that you matter to God? Did you know that God has a will and plan for your life? It’s sad to see so many people in this world today think that they serve no real purpose and think they are randomly placed here on this earth by chance or accident. We all need to realize we have a real strong purpose in this world. God predetermined before He created the world that he had a plan for your life. (Ephesians 1:4: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…”) Before you were placed in your mother’s womb, God knew who He wanted you to be. (Jeremiah 1:5: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”) God wants you to find His will for your life; in other words, find your true self or seek your true identity.

Many times we think everything or every action we do in our life is God’s plan. That’s not true. He gives us the freewill to make our own choices. God does not control us like we are His robots or direct our every move like we are His marionette puppets. He gives us free choice to make our own decisions; however, He aggressively attempts to get our attention and influences us through His Word and the Holy Spirit. Why would God not control us and make us come to Him? Why would he not force us to be obedient and make us love Him? Because when you control someone or dictate every move they make, it does not show real compassion or real love towards another. God wants us committed through love. He wants a real, compassionate relationship with us, not one that is forced. Therefore, He allows ourselves to make decisions in this path called life in hoping we will find the predetermined plan God has for us.

That is the challenge we face. To stay focused on the direction and purpose God has for us without getting distracted from the things of this world. Satan loves to get us off track, which is why the Bible tells us to walk by the spirit not by the flesh (Romans 8:1). The flesh is drawn to the things and temptations of this world. The flesh is what gets us into the ruts we get into. When we walk in the spirit, we are more eager to listen and walk in God’s desire for our lives.

Remember, God loves you and He created you for a purpose and meaning. He has a real plan for your life. Every decision we make may not be part of God’s plan, however, then again many times it can be. When things go the way we want them it doesn’t mean that’s the way God intended it to be. And when things don’t go our way it doesn’t mean that it wasn’t God’s plan to happen the way it did. God sees the big picture for each one of our lives and He knows what’s best for us. The greatest thing we can do is stay close to God through His Word and prayer and stay focused on what our spirit desires and not the flesh. God has a plan and purpose for your life. He doesn’t reveal it all at once to us because we are to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). If you stay on this path you will find your true identity—you will find your true self .

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church
340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

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50th Anniversary

 

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GARY & BARBARA WOODHULL

Gary and Barbara Woodhull of Cedar Springs were married June 27, 1964 at the Michigantown Chirstian Church in Michigantown, Indiana. They have been blessed with two children, Patrick and Kristin Woodhull of Findlay Ohio and Darryl and Ann Stock of Carmel Indiana, and four grandchildren; Aubrey and Madeline Woodhull and Bryant and Brenden Stock. The family will be celebrating with an Open House on June 28th from 3 to 6 pm at their home. In lieu of gifts, please honor the couple with cards for their special day.

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Who you really are

 By Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer

I received a mystery package recently and discovered a popular appetite suppressant inside. Sprinkle this magic powder on your food, and allegedly it would cooperate with your sense of smell to curb your cravings. And here it was in my hands—a whole box of the stuff. But I didn’t order it.

Shortly thereafter I received a second package. This time it was a set of CDs: “Quick and Simple Japanese; Learn to Speak the Language in 10 Days.” With the box still in my hands, and as I wondered about it all, a third package arrived at my door. It was a box of those super-absorbent hand towels sold on late night infomercials.

Then I knew what was going on. Someone had stolen my credit card information and was having his way with my account. We have a unique 21st century name for this type of crime: Identity theft. What a strange phrase that is; surely there is much more to personal identity than the digits on a piece of magnetic plastic. Of course, but most times we are content with the shallowness of it all, because most of us have no real sense of who we genuinely are.

See, we are made to be as Christ—as Paul put it so succinctly: “I have been crucified with Christ so I no longer exist. It is Christ who lives in and through me.” Yet, so few of us know that Christ-shaped self, the real person that Jesus would create in each of us. Instead, we have this edifice, this outer image we portray to others and protect at almost any cost. But it’s just that—a shell. We lack substance. We are just names and numbers without any real identity. We haven’t let the Christ-life be fashioned within us.

The short of it is this: We are un-crucified (if such a word exists). For when the weight of the cross, the cross that would crush and remake us, falls heavy on our shoulders, we crawl from beneath the load before it finishes its work. Yet, the forging of faith and the making of lasting Christ-centered identity is only accomplished by means of execution. By loss. By the death of the false self.

So as long as you protect what you think is yours, so long as you struggle to avoid all necessary suffering, so long as you refuse to relinquish the identity you have constructed, you will never become who Christ would make you—the real you—the you that can never be stolen.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is “The Gospel According to Waffle House.” You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

 

 

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Joke of the week

God will provide

A young woman brought home her fiance to meet her parents. After dinner, her mother tells her father to find out about the young man.  So the father invites the fiance to his study for a drink.

“So what are your plans?” the father asks the young man.

“I’m going to be a Bible scholar.” he replies.

“A Bible scholar. Hmmm,” the father says. “Admirable, but what will you do to provide a nice house for my daughter to live in, as she’s accustomed to?”

“I will study,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.”

“And how will you buy her a beautiful engagement ring, such as she deserves?” asks the father.

“I will concentrate on my studies,” the young man replies, “and God will provide for us.”

“And children?” asks the father. “How will you support children?”

“Don’t worry, sir, God will provide,” replies the fiance.

The conversation proceeds like this, and each time the father questions, the young idealist insists that God will provide.

Later, the mother asks, “How did it go, Honey?”

The father answers, “He has no job and no plans, but the good news is he thinks I’m God.”

 

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Fire Day at Solon Market

*ENT-Fire Day Solon MarketThe Solon Market will feature their annual Firefighters Event this Saturday, June 28, from 10:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. Cool off in the spray! Bring the kids—browse the Market. They will be giving away a stuffed firedog and taking pictures, which they will post on their facebook page.

Solon Market is located at 15185 Algoma Avenue. For more information call 616-696-1718.

 

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Oakfield Pioneer Day

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society. To celebrate the milestone, the Oakfield Township Historical Commission is planning a “Pioneer Day” Saturday, June 28th to be held at the Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 14 Mile Rd, NE. The public is invited.

The event will feature a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., served up by Chris Cakes of Michigan, noted for their flying pancakes flipped right to your plate!  Cost is $5 per person for all you can eat pancakes, sausage, orange drink or coffee.

The pancake breakfast will be held in the recently renovated space formerly used by the township’s fire department for their vehicles. This brightly decorated space can now be used for elections, instruction and other meetings and activities.

The Oakfield Township Fire Department will also host an open house at the Pioneer Day event to show off its new addition, which houses its vehicles and equipment. The fire department’s various trucks will be on display and their “Safety House” will be open to give children instruction and materials in fire prevention and safety procedures in case of fire.

Several exhibits of historical nature will also be on display during the event to create interest in the past and encourage folks to visit the Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Museum in the future.

Enter off M-57 (just east of Harvard Avenue), park in the large lot at the back of the property and enjoy a great breakfast, learn about the fire department and fire safety, and see history first hand. The event is handicap accessible as well. Bring the whole family to enjoy this special event!

 

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Stop the childish actions

To the Editor:

First, let me thank all you good friends for the wonderful support you gave Bob during the past few months. It is truly appreciated.

Bob is a man with honesty and integrity that is beyond question. He loves his city and only wants to see us progress to be a more friendly, transparent City Government, moving forward with plans for the new library, community building, gym, a beautiful green space with the flowing well, and perhaps, even a new fire barn! Not five years from now, but in the very near future.

With one more verbal attack on Bob, at the June council meeting, I felt it was time for me to write my first letter to the editor.

The attack came after Bob stated that he would like to see the City quit spending money on attorney fees regarding the closed session and the recall effort, as he had forgiven the actions of the council in 2013.  A council member then said she wanted the lies to stop, because his wife (meaning me) had collected signatures on the recall issue. I did collect signatures—but as a private citizen of Cedar Springs and without Bob’s support.

The attacks began with the closed session that was held on July 11, 2013. The members of City Council decided among themselves to call for the closed session. The contents of the meeting are secret, but let me quote from an article in the Cedar Springs Post dated July 18, 2013. “While council members, including the mayor, cannot talk about what is discussed in closed session, the news on the street is that council members have not been happy with recent editorials that Mayor Bob Truesdale has put in the Post, especially one where he talked about the problem of brush in the city right of ways, and the fact that there was no money in the budget to pick it up until the next pick up in the fall.” Not one of the council  members came to Bob and asked him to refrain from writing editorials. They chose to use, what I call, the mafia approach, and collectively beat on him.

And then in November, he wrote a very private e-mail to one of the council members.  Rather than come to Bob and discuss it privately, it was taken to the new mayor, who orchestrated a meeting at City Hall, which was to be just him and Bob. It turned out to be many more than that, and so Bob refused to walk into another hostile situation. The mayor then called for a special meeting, where this private e-mail was made public to the standing room only crowd who attended. Bob’s response to the harassment was, I should not have written the e-mail, but contacted the council member personally. He had also written an apology, which was not read at the special meeting.

Bob’s desire is that the citizens of Cedar Springs be informed of the happenings at City Hall. I have personally heard the new mayor say on several occasions, “What happens in the council chambers, should stay in the council chambers.” What ever happened to the First amendment to the constitution? One of the reasons our founding fathers wrote the First amendment was to make sure, that in our present day, tax paying citizens of our municipalities were made aware of what is going on in local government.

I would personally like to see some of our council members be more professional. When name-calling and harassment are practiced, rolling of eyes and smirking are evident, it is very unprofessional.  Let’s put personal likes and dislikes aside and work for the good of the community.

As one lady wrote in a letter to the editor. “Cedar Springs needs a leader with plain old common sense. I’m not a common sense type of person, but have enough wisdom to realize that to run a successful city, business, or anything, common sense is a requisite of great value. Mr. Truesdale would have made a very, very good Mayor. He is honest and blessed with common sense.” That is why our City Charter needs to be changed, so we the people decide who we want for Mayor.

The letter writer added: “There was a comment as a reason for not voting for Mr. Truesdale. The reason came from a piece of gossip:  ‘Mr. Truesdale didn’t believe women should be on the council.’ It does give one pause. That’s a good reason?”

And again, the person accusing Bob of not wanting women on the council, did not contact him, but chose to believe a bit of gossip, which is not true. Let me remind that person, it was Bob who nominated a woman to be the mayor of our fair city. He does not, nor has he ever, put women in a lesser position of authority then men.

So why am I writing my very first letter to the editor? Because I have had enough of the childish actions of some of our City Council members. Let’s put our minds to making our city a better place to live.

Respectfully submitted,

Betty L. Truesdale, Cedar Springs

The Cedar Springs Post welcomes letters of up to 350 words. The subject should be relevant to local readers, and the editor reserves the right to reject letters or edit for clarity, length, good taste, accuracy, and liability concerns. All submissions MUST be accompanied by full name, mailing address and daytime phone number. We use this information to verify the letter’s authenticity. We do not print anonymous letters, or acknowledge letters we do not use. Email to news@cedarspringspost.com, or send to PostScripts, Cedar Springs Post, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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