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Man injured in motorcycle crash

 

A Coral man was injured last Saturday when he tried to avoid hitting a deer with his motorcyle.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and a deer, about 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22, southwest of Howard City. The crash occurred on Kendaville Road near Arbogast Road, in Maple Valley Township.

According to police, the investigation showed that David Riley, age 59, from Coral, was headed east on Kendaville Road on his 200 Yamaha motorcycle, when a deer entered the roadway. Riley attempted to avoid the deer and slid into a shallow ditch. A passerby found Riley lying in the ditch and called 911. Riley was complaining of chest pain and received lacerations to his head. Riley was transported to Spectrum in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services.

Riley was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Attempted robbers of jewelry store sentenced 

Left to Right: Darnell Brown, Charles Fortune, Zack Cender.

Left to Right: Darnell Brown, Charles Fortune, Zack Cender.

Three men from East Lansing were sentenced this week for their roles in the attempted robbery of a jewelry store in Plainfield Township in January.

According to U. S. Attorney Patrick Miles, Judge Janet T. Neff sentenced both Darnell Kenneth-Maurice Brown, 23, and Charles Milton Fortune, 22, to 30 months in prison, and Zackary Ian Cender, 19, to 12 months and one day in prison.

On the morning of January 23, Brown, Cender, and Fortune, along with four other men, left Lansing for Grand Rapids, in two cars, for the purpose of robbing a jewelry store in Grand Rapids.

They drove by the jewelry store, at 4518 Plainfield NE, north of 5 Mile Rd, before parking at a nearby apartment complex. They then stole a pickup truck, and Brown, Cender, and three others travelled to the jewelry store in the stolen truck. Fortune and another stayed with the cars at the apartment complex. Once at the store, the driver waited in the truck while four robbers, including Brown and Cender, entered. Brown acted as a lookout, while Cender and two others went to jewelry cases containing Rolex watches and began smashing the glass cases with short-handled sledgehammers. Employees and customers fled the showroom. The robbery was disrupted when one of the employees returned to the showroom and fired a weapon in the direction of the robbers.

The suspects fled the scene, then abandoned the stolen vehicle and were seen getting into two different vehicles: a black Chevy Impala, and a new silver Dodge Durango. Kent County Sheriff Sgt. Bryan Muir was responding to the call when he witnessed the black Impala traveling eastbound on I-96. He waited for backup to arrive before conducting a felony stop on I-96 near M-6. Brown, Cender, and Fortune were then taken into custody. The other four conspirators escaped and have yet to be charged.

“This was a carefully planned attempted robbery,” U.S. Attorney Miles said. “The coordination and circumstances of this robbery indicate that these defendants had help. We are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the other perpetrators of this criminal act and in bringing them to justice.”

The U.S. Attorney noted that the public can contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) at (313) 965-2323 with any information about this case.

“The audacity with which this robbery was committed posed a substantial threat to the business place and public-at-large, and will not be tolerated,” stated Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners on both sides of the state, is committed to seeing that all of the co-conspirators involved in this case are arrested and brought to justice, and will not stop pursuing them until this is accomplished.”

The FBI and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department are investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin M. Presant and Daniel Y. Mekaru are prosecuting it.

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The wisdom to wait

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

Two monks lived together in a monastery for decades. In time they both died and the first monk awoke to discover that he was in heaven. But he realized that his friend wasn’t with him, so off to the lower realms of eternity he traveled, and that’s where he found his friend, now a worm, digging in a pile of manure.

He said, “I’m going to rescue my friend and bring him back to heaven.” With that, the monk commenced to digging. Before long the worm wiggled out and barked, “Get lost! I’m happy here!” But the heavenly monk grabbed hold of the worm and started tugging and pulling, but the harder he worked at it, the harder that worm clung to his pile of manure.

This story is an adaptation of a Zen tale meant to communicate an important point: If someone isn’t ready to change, if they are truly committed to the manure pile, there’s little you can do about it. And, the more you dig in to help, the more tenacious their grip on the compost will become. Simply, you can’t make someone change. It’s not within your power to do so.

In the teachings of Jesus, we have a similar story known as “The Prodigal Son.” A young man took his fortune, and ran away to a far country and promptly exhausted his enormous wealth. He ended up working on a hog farm, living in a pigpen. Meanwhile, his loving father remained at home waiting, and never chased the boy down, though he must have known the disaster that had overcome his son.

The father was wise enough to know that his son had to come to the end of himself, and attempting to intervene before the young man was finished with the pigpen, would have only resulted in frustrating failure for all parties.

I suspect we all have people in our lives that we want to help—addicts, codependents, emotional junkies. Friends or family who go running over Fool’s Hill every chance they get. We can’t change them, rescue them, or make them see the error of their ways.

We can only wait, hope, and pray that they, like the prodigal, will reach the end of their rope and turn their will and life over to a Power greater than themselves. And, when this happens, then, we can be there to help dig them out.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, blogger, pastor, and author of multiple books. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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GLEN REED

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Glen Reed, aged 94, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones. Glen was born October 22, 1920 to Oscar and Ruth Reed. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Robert and sister Mary Ridgeway and is survived by his brother Charles (Madelin) Reed, sister Alice Sluijer, both of Sand Lake, Michigan; sister-in-laws Selma Reed of Sand Lake, and Grace Reed of Largo, Florida; brother-in-law Lester Ridgeway, of Trufant, Michigan; lifelong friend Clay Palmer of Grand Rapids, Michigan; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 2 pm at Huggard Bible, 4 miles east of Sand Lake on the corner of Tisdel and 21 Mile. Pastor Rick Malone officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given to Huggard Bible or Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, Grand Rapids

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EDWARD J. SMITH

 

Edward J. Smith, age 89, of Sand Lake passed away at his residence on August 22, 2015.  He was born April 12, 1926 in Lakeview, the son of John and Margaret Smith.  As a teenager, Ed worked for his brother, Francis, at Smitty’s Garage in Lakeview.  He also worked delivering coal in the Lakeview area.  He served his country in the US Army during WWII and was a member of the Sand Lake VFW Post.  After the war he worked for Dohler Jarvis in Grand Rapids and Toledo as a die cast repair man, retiring after 35 years. Ed never lost his love for auto mechanics and was noted in Sand Lake for being able to fix most anything.  He was always willing to help neighbors and the Village of Sand Lake with repairs.  Many children learned how to repair their bicycles from Ed.  Ed loved to fish, hunt and camp. He enjoyed riding motorcycle and fast cars. He also loved to restore old cars and tractors.  Ed and his wife Laura could often be found sitting on the swing in their front yard.  In his senior years Ed rarely missed Friday music at the Howard City Senior Center. Surviving are his wife Laura; children, Dan (Jane) Smith of Pierson, Margaret Merritt of Sand Lake, Sandra (Harold) McConnell of Sparta, Edward (Karin) Jr. Smith of Ohio, Randy (Roxie) Smith of Texas, John (Cheryl) Smith of Sand Lake, Lori (Scott) Wesche of Howard City; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; one sister Dorothy Briggs of Muskegon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Francis and Ray Smith and one sister Charlotte Rogalewski. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, August 29th at 11 am at the Heckman Funeral Home in Howard City with burial in the Pierson Cemetery, where Military Honors will be conducted by the Howard City VFW Post.  The family will greet friends on Friday, August 28th  from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and prior to services on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Howard City Senior Center, 132 E. Edgerton, PO Box 399, Howard City, MI 49329  Attention Delores Becker.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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JOSEPH SCOTT CASTINE

 

Joseph Scott Castine, 61, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon. Joseph was born January 16, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Ramon and Jacqueline (Skokna) Castine. He was a very hardworking, dedicated, loyal and kind person. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Surviving are his son, Joseph and fiancee, Prudence Parker; brothers, Ramon, Gregory; sisters, Debra Hilton, Johnee Doering; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Penny Marie. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 25 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There was no formal service. Private family burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Flannel Queen Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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ROBERTA ANN SPRAGUE

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Roberta Ann “Bobbie” Sprague, age 64, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids and Morley, went to sleep in Jesus on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. She was born on April 19, 1951 in Lansing, the daughter of Christian and Dorothy (Carter) Bentley. Bobbie enjoyed doing crafts, loved her church family, and was always ready to help anyone. She is survived by her husband, Philip Sprague of Sheridan; two children, Daniel (Dorothea) Yarrington of Rockford and Sapphire Yarrington of Rockford; three grandchildren; four sisters, Juanita (Mike) Crooks of Morley, Lorenda Lytle of Sears, Laura Stahle of Cedar Springs, and Cheri (John) Gerst of Reed City; two brothers, Richard (Ruth) Bentley of Hersey and Alan (Bunny) Bean of Hopewell, Virginia; many nieces and nephews; and her great aunt Alice Marrs. Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Bentley; and three sisters, Marjorie Winstone, Leah Finney, and Beverly Earnest. Also preceding her were her aunt and uncle, whose home she grew up in, Abner and Beatrice Lehman. Funeral services for Bobbie was held at 11:00 am, Monday August 24, 2015 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. Her family greeted friends on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 am until the time of service. Interment will be at the Pine Plains Cemetery in Big Rapids.

Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home

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JARROD LEE WELCH

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February 21, 1972 – August 17, 2015

Jarrod Welch, 43, of Sparta, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. He was born on February 21, 1972 in Greenville, Michigan. Jarrod was a great outdoorsman. He went fishing, camping, scuba diving, riding his motorcycle, hunting and gardening any chance he got. He also enjoyed music and thunderstorms. He valued his time spent with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Bricault) Welch; his parents, Gary and Connie Welch of Sand Lake; his grandparents Don and Joan (Tramper) Welch of Sand Lake; his son, Shane Welch; his step-son, Robbie Bricault-Peckham; his brothers Cory (Angela) Welch, Chris Mortenson; his sister, Anisa Mortenson; many nieces and nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his “brother-in-spirit” Billy Lincoln. A celebration of life will be held on September 12, 2015. Details will follow on Facebook in the near future. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jarrod’s name will be accepted at www.gofundme.com/JarrodWelch. All funds will be used to pay for medical expenses and to support the family during this time. Jarrod will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Outwit the squirrels 

To keep squirrels out of your bird feeder, remove debris and spilled seed from the ground around the feeder that could be attracting them.

To keep squirrels out of your bird feeder, remove debris and spilled seed from the ground around the feeder that could be attracting them.

(NAPS)—Bird feeding can be a fulfilling hobby, if you know how to outsmart a clever squirrel who’s eating your birdseed. These tips can help:

Baffles: Install baffles, at least 15 inches wide and sloped, between the top of the feeder and its hanger on a hanging feeder or between the ground and the feeder for feeders on posts.

Spinners: String spinners on a horizontal line.

Location: Mount bird feeders on a smooth metal pole at least six feet high and prune any branches within a 12-foot radius.

Feeders: 

  • Metal Feeders help minimize the damage from hungry squirrels.
  • Wire Cages placed around a bird feeder will keep squirrels out and allow smaller birds to continue feeding but prevent larger birds from accessing the feeder.
  • Slammer Feeders designed with doors triggered by a large bird’s or squirrel’s weight close and hamper access to seed.
  • Interactive Bird Feeders such as the Squirrel Boss Bird Feeder. This humane and effective squirrel-proof bird feeder has a remote control operated by you from inside your home that gives the squirrel a harmless static shock correction that tingles but doesn’t hurt the squirrel in any way. For more information, visit www.squirrelboss.com or call (888) 476-9499.

Seed: Squirrels are less enticed by nyger, millet, safflower, canary and canola seeds. Adding capsaicin to birdseed can also deter squirrels.

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Join the Arbor Day Foundation in September 

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Receive 10 free trees for planting in Michigan

Everyone from Michigan who joins the Arbor Day Foundation in September will receive 10 free trees as part of the Foundation’s Trees for America program.

Through Trees for America, everyone is encouraged to plant trees, which benefits the environment and improves quality of life. With nearly 1 million members and supporters, the Arbor Day Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.

Everyone joining in September will receive an eastern redbud, white pine, sugar maple, white flowering dogwood, pin oak, red maple, river birch, silver maple, northern red oak, and Colorado blue spruce.

“This group of trees was carefully selected to yield year-round benefits in Michigan, including beautiful spring flowers, cool summer shade, spectacular autumn colors, winter berries, and nesting sites for songbirds,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

“These trees will also add to the proud heritage of Michigan’s 119 Tree City USA communities,” Harris continued. “For the past 39 years, Tree City USA has supported effective urban forestry management across Michigan, and planting these trees will enhance the state’s tree-planting tradition.”

The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting between October 15 and December 10. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Easy-to-follow planting instructions are enclosed with each shipment of trees.

New members of the Arbor Day Foundation will also receive The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care.

To receive the 10 free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to Ten Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by September 30, 2015, or join online atarborday.org/september.

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