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Woman sentenced in bomb threat

Julie Ann-Marie Haff

Julie Ann-Marie Haff

A Cedar Springs woman that pled guilty last month to calling in a bomb threat to Woodland Mall will not face jail time.

Julie Ann-Marie Haff, 46, reportedly called in the threat on January 11, at 11:23 p.m. and told mall security there was a bomb in the parking lot. Police traced the call to a man’s phone in Cedar Springs. The man told police his girlfriend used the phone to call in the threat. She admitted the act when police questioned her.

The judge sentenced Haff to 12 months of probation, 50 hours of community service, and $1,200 in costs and fines. Calling in a bomb threat is a felony and she could’ve been sentenced to up to four years in prison.

If Haff doesn’t complete the 50 hours of community service, she could serve 90 days in jail. This is Haff’s first offense.

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Five tips to crown your lawn king of spring


(BPT) – Those winter chills are finally history and it’s time focus on outdoor fun again. Your lawn is the perfect spot for family gatherings, sports competitions, barbecues and relaxing afternoons, so why not make it the best it can be? Before your calendar fills up, apply these five tips and your lawn will be in great shape for the entire season.

* Clean up. Whether it was packed under the snow or blown in by the wind, the winter season leaves more than its fair share of debris behind. Grab a rake and get started raking up all of this garbage. Once the lawn is clean, apply a thin layer—about a quarter-inch thick—of compost to give your lawn a boost and start it in the right direction.

* Reseed the bare patches. Your travels around your lawn to rake up debris will probably reveal some bare patches. If you do happen upon a patch of barren ground, loosen the top 2-4 inches. Level the soil with your garden rake and cover the area with a mixture of grass seed and fertilizer. You could also replace the fertilizer with compost. Pat the surface with the flat end of the rake when finished to ensure the seed remains in place. Water as necessary.

* Aerate your lawn. Aerating allows oxygen, water and other nutrients to reach your grass’s roots, and it’s one of the best things you can do to support your lawn. Travel across your yard with a manual or gas-powered aerator, punching holes in the ground. Make sure to pass over each area only once. After you’ve finished aerating, spread compost, fertilizer or peat moss over your yard. The fertilizer will be absorbed quickly through the holes created by the aeration.

* It’s time to mow. Optimal grass length is 2.5-3.5 inches, so cut your grass as frequently as needed to achieve this length without cutting more than third of each grass blade. Mowing high and often will produce a heartier lawn that is more adept at keeping weeds away, as well as making it less susceptible to heat and drought. The new Z200 series of residential zero-turn riding mowers from Husqvarna, handles your mowing duties in a snap. The Z200 zero-turn platform features SmartSwitch technology that gives you one-touch steering, real-time feedback and keyless security so you can mow the lawn quickly and enjoyably every time.

* Add color and contrast. Landscaping adds immediate scenic interest to your space and allows you to showcase your creativity as well. If you choose to add annuals or perennials to your space, plant them in odd numbers and in tiny pockets around the yard – this produces a more natural appearance. You can also add a centerpiece to your yard, such as a sculpture, fountain, fire pit or horseshoe pit. Any of these focal points provides a gathering place and an excuse to enjoy relaxing afternoons on your beautiful lawn all season long.

To learn more about Husqvarna and the Z200 series of zero-turn mowers, visit Husqvarna on Facebook or Twitter.

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Police discover meth lab

Cutline: Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

Police swarmed the area of First and Cherry Street, after a meth lab was discovered in a home there.

On Wednesday evening, April 15, Kent County Sheriff Department Deputies and Detectives located methamphetamine and a meth clandestine laboratory in the City of Cedar Springs.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Cedar Springs Unit, Deputies and Detectives arrested a Cedar Springs man on outstanding warrants near the intersection of 1st and Cherry in the City of Cedar Springs. A subsequent investigation led to the discovery of methamphetamine and a meth lab in the suspect’s home.

The Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) led the investigation. Michigan State Police Meth Clandestine Lab Response Team responded to secure and remove the lab. Also assisting with the investigation was Child Protective Services, due to the close proximity of children to the lab. Two minor children were removed from the home pursuant to a court order.

Jason Butler

Jason Butler

The male suspect was lodged at Kent County Correctional Facility on his outstanding warrant and charges will be sought relating to the Meth and Clandestine Lab.

The suspect, not yet officially identified by police, looks to be Jason Butler, 36, of Cedar Springs. He was previously arrested earlier this year on January 15, on four warrants out of Ionia County, and wanted for credit card fraud in Kent County. The Post will update the story next week after his arraignment.

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Groundbreaking scheduled for pavilion in Morley Park


Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m.

By Judy Reed

A Cedar Springs teen, who is trying to earn his Eagle Scout badge, is seeing his dream come true as the community rallied around him to help fund his project of a new community pavilion in Morley Park.

Kevin Galloway, a sophomore at Cedar Springs High School, introduced his idea for the project to the Cedar Springs City Council in April of 2014. He originally wanted to repair the gazebo in Morley Park, but when that one was deemed structurally unsafe, he came up with the idea to build a new one.

“My goal is to build a 20 x 36 pavilion,” explained Galloway. “This pavilion will be maintenance free and fit 8-10 picnic tables. The pavilion will be placed behind the Cedar Springs Museum, off of the parking lot for easy handicap access.” His estimated cost was over $17,000.

In December, the Post ran an article about the project, and since then, the community has stepped forward to donate money and materials for the project. In March, the Community Building Development Team gave him the last bit he needed for the project. In fact, according to Kevin’s mother, Brenda Galloway, they raised $18,500. And with the concrete and flat work donated, it means the pavilion can have a metal roof, which will last longer.

A groundbreaking is scheduled for April 24 at 5 p.m. in Morley Park. The public is invited to attend and show support for Kevin and his Eagle Scout project. He hopes to have the pavilion finished by the end of the June. He can then finalize his paperwork and get it approved by the Boy Scouts of America. He hopes to have his Eagle Scout ceremony in the pavilion next fall.

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Three charged in robbery of  elderly woman


Kireonta Devonne Hale

Kireonta Devonne Hale

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Keenan James Gosselin

Three teens were arraigned Wednesday, April 15, in 63rd District Court for robbing an elderly woman in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last month.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Cedar Springs Unit of the Kent County Sheriff Department, deputies and detectives responded to the 300 block of Allan St, located in the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, on a report of an Unarmed Robbery. A 70 year old Greenville woman was assaulted and items stolen from her person. The suspect fled the area and an investigation ensued.

Through the investigation, detectives were able to identify three suspects believed to be involved in the planning and execution of the robbery. On April 14, 2015, Kent County Sheriff Department Deputies and Detectives arrested Kevin Charles Decanter, 18; Keenan James Gosselin, 18; and Kireonta Devonne Hale, 17, all of Cedar Springs.  They were arraigned Wednesday on charges of unarmed robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and using a computer to commit a crime. Bond was set at $25,000 for each of them.

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Post travels to Florida

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Pictured from left to right are Victor Hansen, President; Dave Korhorn, Vice President; Andy Blackmore, Dir. of Business Dev.

Vic Hansen, president of Display Pack, the company that will be moving into the Wolverine World Wide building on West Street, was recently at the 2015 NPE show in Orlando, Florida with his team to inspect their new KMD 90L thermoforming machine, and they took the Post with them. “The final destination of this machine will be at the facility on West St.,” explained Hansen. “Its initial purpose will be to produce the bulk cookie containers for Meijer. The machine was made by Kiefel Technologies in Freilassing, Germany.”

Thanks, Vic, 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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Snowmobile museum moves to Sand Lake


N-Snowmobiles1West Michigan Snowmobile Museum and Library would like to invite everyone to visit their new location at 29 East Lake Street in Sand Lake. They purchased the building located on the main drag and also by the White Pine Trail number 5.

The museum’s opening date is Friday, April 17, 2015. The museum’s summer hours will be Fridays 12 to 6, Saturdays 11 to 5, and Sundays 12 to 4.  They’re also open by appointment by calling Ron Knapp at 616-636-7232.

Entrance fee by a requested donation of $5.00 each, children 12 and under are free, $20.00 per family, senior citizens $3.00, and veterans are free.

Please join them as they celebrate their new location in the great friendly town of Sand Lake.

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MSP Lakeview Post open house


The Michigan State Police (MSP) is celebrating its 98th birthday this year. In conjunction with this, the MSP Lakeview Post will be hosting an open house on Saturday April 25, from 2-5 p.m.  Members of the community are welcome to attend.

Specialty services such as the Bomb Squad, Dive Team, K9 Team, Aviation, and Motor Unit will be present. This will be a time to tour the worksite and to meet members of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.

Some light refreshments will be available as well as some activities for children.  The address of the Lakeview Post is 10300 Howard City–Edmore Rd, Lakeview, MI  48850.  No RSVP’s are needed and there is no cost to attend this event.

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City looking for volunteers for spring clean up


By Judy Reed

The annual Cedar Creek cleanup is returning this year but in a different format.

The cleanup, which normally takes place on a Saturday near Earth Day, was put on the back burner earlier this year, due to the vacancy of the administrative assistant position, according to City Manager Thad Taylor. Rich Pajak, the former admin assistant, used to handle the clean up, but he is now retired.

The Post, not wanting to see the project fall by the wayside, contacted the Community Building Development Team, to see if it was something they would consider. Carolee Cole, of the CBDT, spoke with Julie Wheeler, of Independent Bank, and the two of them met with City Manager Thad Taylor on Monday to work out some details.

“We are going to do this and very willing to partner with these organizations,” said Taylor. “The City just couldn’t do it on its own.”

Taylor said that they are looking for community organizations or groups, and individuals that would be responsible for cleaning up certain areas of town. “We have identified approximately nine areas we can put people in,” explained Taylor. “And if we need to, we can find more.”

And since Saturdays didn’t seem to work out well, this year’s cleanup will cover a period of five days—May 11-15.  “This gives more flexibility to the group to get it done,” explained Taylor.

He said the city would have some equipment, including garbage bags, a limited number of brightly colored shoulder bags, grippers, and safety vests for volunteers.

Taylor is also checking to see if they can get an e-waste trailer, as they have done in the past.

Any groups or individuals who would like to volunteer should contact Taylor at 696-1330, extension 104.

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Motorists will enjoy cheapest summer gas prices in a decade 

N-gas-chartGasBuddy is projecting that this summer’s gasoline prices will bring the most affordable summer months since at least 2005.

While it may sound wild, GasBuddy projects that the summer driving season of 2015 (Memorial Day through Labor Day) will see the U.S. average price of gasoline come in around $2.35 per gal, a revision from its 2015 forecast it released last December. A recent Energy Information Administration projection pinned summer gasoline prices at $2.45/gal. Both numbers would represent the lowest summer prices in a decade.

“That means more Americans can afford to pack up and go enjoy a summer getaway because the cost of getting there will likely be the lowest since 2005,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “The latest data from the EIA showed the largest week-to-week buildup of crude oil (10.9 million barrels) since March 2001 and that underscores the downward pressure on fuel prices. So we’re confident in our projection; that the summer of 2015 will see the national average come in at a seasonal level we haven’t approached since 2005.”

“For consumers intent on saving the most no matter what part of the country they may be visiting, we suggest downloading GasBuddy’s free app because the average spread (the gap between the highest 5 percent and lowest 5 percent of gas prices) by state still averages out to 45 cents daily,” said Gregg Laskoski, another senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.

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