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Murder suspect arrested 

Alan Dale Nelson

Alan Dale Nelson

Alan Lee Morse

Alan Lee Morse

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post have arrested a suspect in the murder of Alan Dale Nelson, 80, of Sidney Township.

Nelson was was killed March 29, at his home on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton. Evidence at the scene showed that his home and several other homes nearby had been broken into.

Police arrested Alan Lee Morse, 48, Stanton, for the murder.

Morse was incarcerated at the Montcalm County Jail on unrelated charges of Home Invasion and Possession of Child Sexually Explicit Material.

He was arraigned in the 64B District Court on Friday, July 17, on charges of Homicide–Open Murder, Homicide–Felony Murder, Home Invasion-1st Degree, Weapons-Felony Firearm, Home Invasion 2nd Degree (2 Counts), Weapons-Firearms-Larceny, Weapons-Felony Firearm, authorized by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Greenville Department of Public Safety assisted with the investigation.

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The Post travels to China


Kaleigh Vanderlip, of Coral, Michigan, traveled with a Post to Yantai, China, in May, as part of Montcalm Community College’s study abroad program. Three teachers and nine students, including Vanderlip, went to China for a week. They also spent one night in South Korea.

“While in China, we learned about their culture and we even got to do group presentations with some of the Chinese students,” she explained. “We did some traveling as well, and saw some amazingly beautiful sights.” She said the picture was taken from her dorm room at the Shandong Institute of Business and Technology.

Vanderlip, who graduated from New Beginnings High School in 2008, graduated from MCC this year with an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies.

Thanks, Kaleigh, for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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Traveling Zoo comes shows animal super powers


N-Zoo2Last week Wednesday, July 15, Rhiannon, an animal handler from the John Ball Zoo, put on a presentation for the library’s Summer Reading Program at Cedar Springs Middle School. She shared about some amazing animals and their super powers. And she brought along some live animals, including a screech owl, a tortoise, a king snake, and a chinchilla.

With the phrase, “Eyes on the side, born to hide. Eyes in the front, born to hunt,” she taught us an easy way to identify whether an animal is a hunter or a prey animal,” said Kelly Roach, of the Cedar Springs Public Library. “It was a really great opportunity for the community of

Cedar Springs to learn more about some of the animals that live in our backyard, as well as animals that come from different areas!”

For more info on summer reading programs, visit www.cedarspringslibrary.org or call 696-1910.

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Red Flannel Festival and City reach agreement


By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs City Council approved an agreement with the Red Flannel Festival Board to donate in kind services during the Festival, as well as an agreement to use any of the Festival’s 14 trademarks in return for the in kind services.

The Council voted in favor of both agreements 5-1, at their regular meeting on Thursday, July 9. Only Councilor Perry Hopkins voted against it. Councilor Bob Truesdale was absent.

“We are grateful this City Council negotiated fairly and in good faith,” said Festival President Michele Tracy. “This reinstates and memorializes the original 69 year handshake agreement, and provides a solid foundation for the long term sustainability of the Festival. We couldn’t be happier for Red Flannel Town, U.S.A.!”

The City voted in August 2012 to stop using the Red Flannel logos and initiate development of their own logo, after an ongoing disagreement over who had the right to use the logos, which the RF Festival had trademarked. The Festival disputed that the city had common law rights to the trademarks, and in August 2012 sent a letter with a notice that they would file for trademark infringement. The Red Flannel Festival had asked for a $4,000 licensing fee for the city to use two of the trademarks, and the city declined, stating that they had used them for 70-plus years. The Council then voted 6-1 to drop the RF logo.

The City removed all Red Flannels from City letterhead, trucks, benches, etc., and eventually created their own logo. However, the members of that City Council are no longer on the Council. The only person left on City Council that was part of that vote was current Mayor Pro Tem Pam Conley, and she was the lone nay vote three years ago.

Conley said, “I have always believed the community wants there to be a supportive working relationship between the City and all of our community groups, especially Red Flannel. I am glad to have had the opportunity to affirm that.”

The Council has not yet voted on if or where they will use any of the Red Flannel logos.

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Man killed in crash in northern Michigan


The Michigan State Police Gaylord Post confirmed Wednesday that a Cedar Springs man was killed Sunday, in an accident in northern Michigan.

According to police, David Joseph Maurice, 52, of Cedar Springs, was a front seat passenger in a vehicle driven by David Jensen, 31, of Grand Rapids, when the accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m., Sunday, July 19. Jensen was reportedly traveling eastbound, on Sparr Rd, near Wolf Rd, in Charlton Township, in Otsego County, when he crossed the centerline and struck a westbound vehicle head on.

Maurice was transported to Otsego Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Jensen and a juvenile passenger in the back seat were also transported to the hospital, with serious injuries.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, a 56-year-old Johannesburg man, was also transported to Otsego Memorial Hospital, with minor injuries.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. The investigation has been submitted to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, Otsego County EMS and Heavy Rescue, the Charlton Township Fire Department, and the Otsego County Road Commission.

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Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital


Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Gowen man was injured Monday when he dumped his motorcycle while traveling on the curve on 18 Mile, just south of Fieldstone Meadows.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Scott Abbatoy, the 58-year-old man was traveling toward Cedar Springs, on 18 Mile, when his foot got stuck under the brake, and he tipped the bike. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a head injury, as well as lacerations on his hands. He was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A man and woman who were out doing home inspections stopped at the scene when they saw the victim on his hands and knees, with his head bleeding. They let him sit in their vehicle to wait for police and the ambulance. “If you see someone like that, you can’t just drive by,” said the woman. “If it was my dad, I’d want to someone to stop.”

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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“Respectful robber” tied to armed robberies in three states

Steven Timothy Snyder, the “respectful robber,” shot and killed a Wisconsin man and a Wisconsin State Trooper, after a bank robbery March 24.

Steven Timothy Snyder, the “respectful robber,” shot and killed a Wisconsin man and a Wisconsin State Trooper, after a bank robbery March 24.

The “respectful robber” turned cold-blooded killer, aka Steven Timothy Snyder, of Kingston, Michigan, is now believed to be responsible for nine armed robberies of banks located in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio, according to the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office, who is part of a law enforcement task force investigating his crimes.

The Newaygo County Sheriff Office put out a news release, in January 2015, announcing a $35,000 reward and asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspected serial bank robber that the FBI dubbed the “respectful robber.” At that time, the Caucasian male bank robber was suspected of robbing banks at gunpoint in Luther, Michigan (Lake County in June of 2011), Wellston, Michigan (Manistee County in June of 2011), Pellston, Michigan (Emmet County November of 2011), and Croton, Michigan (Newaygo County in September of 2013).

In March, someone called the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office and said they believed they knew who this bank robber was. The person was interviewed and identified the suspect as Steven Timothy Snyder, 38, from Kingston, Michigan (which is in the thumb area). Newaygo County Sheriff’s Detectives and FBI Agents immediately began a thorough background and criminal history check and attempted to gain supporting evidence of the citizen’s information, including getting Snyder’s DNA to compare to the Michigan bank robberies where suspect DNA had been left behind.

Meanwhile, on March 24, an armed bank robbery occurred in Marinette County, Northern Wisconsin at the State Bank of Florence, in the small town of Wasaukee. The lone Caucasian male bank robber, armed with a semi-auto pistol, shot one round in to the ceiling of the bank, before stealing an employee’s vehicle to drive to where his getaway car was parked.

Police believe that citizen Thomas Christ came upon the robbery suspect and may have confronted him about parking his car on or near Christ’s property. Not long after the 911 call for the bank robbery in Wasaukee, there was a report of a male victim lying near his truck, who had been shot to death. The victim was identified as 59-year-old Thomas Christ and evidence later showed that Steven Timothy Snyder was responsible for both the bank robbery and the murder of Thomas Christ on March 24.

Within a couple of hours of this bank robbery, FBI agents from Michigan and Wisconsin networked and were attempting to locate Steven Timothy Snyder to see if he could be responsible for the bank robbery in Wasaukee. Investigators were able to determine what vehicle Snyder was driving and that he was in central Wisconsin, apparently driving southbound.  Detectives and FBI Agents determined that Snyder could be responsible for the robbery and murder in Wasaukee and decided to call the Wisconsin State Patrol to attempt a high-risk traffic stop on Snyder and his vehicle.

Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper, who was 21 years old at the time and on his first solo shift as a trooper, spotted the suspect vehicle going southbound on highway 41 north of Fond Du Lac. Trooper Casper began following the vehicle without his lights or siren on, while waiting for other patrol units to attempt the traffic stop. Before other units could join, Snyder did a quick U-turn, exited his car and began shooting at Trooper Casper in his patrol car, mortally wounding him. Trooper Casper exited his car and returned fire, hitting Snyder, who ran a short distance and died on scene.

DNA was obtained from Snyder and extensive follow-up was conducted to determine what other crimes he may have committed. On June 24, 2015 a meeting was held in Emmet County, Michigan, at the Pellston Regional Airport, where 19 Sheriffs, Detectives, and FBI agents from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio met and discussed all of their open bank robberies suspected to have been committed by Snyder.  So far, Steven Snyder has been linked through DNA, rental car records, hotel records, video surveillance, and/or method of operation to the following nine bank robberies in MI, WI, and Ohio:

1. June 3, 2011- Lake Osceola State Bank, Luther, MI (Lake County)

2. June 22, 2011- Lake Osceola State Bank, Wellston, MI (Manistee County)

3. November 16, 2011- Citizens National Bank, Pellston, MI (Emmet County)

4. September 3, 2013- Independent Bank, Croton, MI (Newaygo County)

5. November 26, 2013-National Bank of Commerce, Poplar, WI (Douglas County)

6. April 11, 2014- Dairy State Bank, Haugen, WI (Barron County)

7. August 6, 2014- Banner Bank, Hatley, WI (Marathon County)

8. March 4, 2015- Lebanon Citizens National Bank, Rochester, OH (Warren County)

9. March 24, 2015- State Bank of Florence, Wasaukee, WI (Marinette County)

The task force of law enforcement agencies that investigated the above listed Michigan bank robberies includes the FBI, Michigan State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.



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Missing woman found

N-Missing-woman-Teresa-Curry-webA woman missing from her Alpine Township home near Comstock Park, since Friday, February 27, has returned home.

The Kent County Sheriff Department made contact with Teresa Lynn Curry, 44, on Monday, July 7. They said she left the State of Michigan and travelled to the state of New York and stayed in New York City. She just recently returned home and was with family. She reportedly left voluntarily and no foul play is involved.

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A recipe for a healthy marriage

Pastor Jim Alblas

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3592 17 Mile RD NE, Cedar Springs

It’s common knowledge that summer is a very popular time for weddings. In my church, July ranks as the top anniversary month, with August not far behind. This summer, it’s likely that you will either get married, attend someone else’s wedding or at least send an anniversary card. Since the topic of marriage is popular right now, I thought it fitting to see what the Bible teaches us about what makes for a healthy marriage. While there are various places to turn to answer that question, I share with you what we find in the Old Testament book of Song of Songs.

Song of Songs chronicles the romantic journey of a man and woman from their courtship to their wedding day and into their married lives. What I found most profound is the continuous passion between the couple in all three stages. While they are dating, as seen in chapter one, listen to the words of the woman. “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth for your love is more delightful than wine.” And hear the man, “Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.” Then on their wedding day, the passion continues as seen in chapter three. She says, “Come out, you daughters of Zion, and look at King Solomon wearing the crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.”  And he replies by saying: “All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”  But as we follow the story, we see how they keep up their passion, even as they get married. She says to her husband in chapter seven:  “Come, my lover, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded.” She wants to go out on a date with her husband and knowing him, he will certainly oblige. Their continued passion and even dating is a powerful lesson married couples can learn from.

Often, when people are dating, they speak passionately to one another, gaze lovingly at each other and enjoy frequent outings together. However, when a couple becomes married, sometimes those things lessen. Why is that? Perhaps during courtship we work hard to win each other over, and now, having been won over, we put in less effort. Maybe the excitement that comes, with something being new, naturally fades as it is no longer new. Whatever the reason may be, I say we learn from the continuous passion of this husband and wife. As married folks, we need to keep writing love letters and keep going out on dates; it’s an ingredient for a healthy marriage. It’s not the only ingredient; you also need love, respect, commitment and to keep God at the center of your relationship. But, when we combine a continued passion for God, with a continued passion for each other, we find a recipe for a healthy marriage.

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For a Ride

By Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

I’ve tried to stay out of this, but like the proverbial moth drawn to the flame, I can’t leave Creflo alone. The Creflo of whom I speak is Creflo A. Dollar, televangelist and pastor of the 30,000-member World Changers Church near Atlanta, Georgia.

I have to say that Creflo has the best name for a televangelist in the history of the genre. Dollar! And dollars, it appears, are what Brother Creflo is most concerned with. That’s what draws me to the scorching flame: His most recent fundraising effort. He needed a new airplane so he asked his followers to help him purchase of a Gulfstream G650, a $65 million aviation marvel.

If the man thinks he needs a $65 million jet, I don’t care. But for me, this is a problem: Coercion has more to do with Creflo’s financial success than faith.  Here is what Creflo said back in 2011 (when he was slumming around on a Gulfstream III). Preaching about what he would do – if he could – to those who did not put their tithes in the offering plate, he said:

“Red and blue lights would start going, the siren would go off, and a voice would go throughout the entire building, ‘Crook, crook, crook, crook!’ We’d line them up in the front and pass out Uzis and point them at all those non-tithing members…and at the count of three ‘Jesus-es’ we’d shoot them all dead… If we were not under the Blood of Jesus, I would certainly try it.”

At the end of all this recent tomfoolery Creflo said, “The devil is [trying to] discredit me because I’m showing people, Jesus.” This one really stuck me in the heart (as if the Uzi-wielding firing squad did not). Because Jesus “had no place to lay his head.” Jesus said, “Do not store up treasures here on earth;” and, “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and then you will have treasure in heaven;” and, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Regardless, Creflo ended up with his new jet. Well, eventually he will, as its assembly is backlogged until around 2018. Maybe, if Jesus comes back by then, Creflo will take the Lord for a ride in it, because he’s already taken everyone else for one.

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


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