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Crash takes life of Sparta High teen


Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

An Alpine Township family is grieving this week after their 16-year-old daughter died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident involving five teens.

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Alyssa Eggerding

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of an unknown accident on April 10, at 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of 9 Mile and Vinton, in Alpine Township. Also responding to the scene was Alpine Township Fire Department, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

They determined that the vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling north on Vinton, when the teen driver lost control and went off the roadway, and struck a tree at the northeast corner of Vinton and 9 Mile.

There were five teenagers in the vehicle, and they all suffered serious injuries.

One of the passengers, Alyssa Eggerding, 16, of Alpine Township, died Monday, April 11, of her injuries. She was a junior at Sparta High School, and member of the varsity softball team.

The other teens involved in the accident included the driver, Armando Mendoza, 17, of Alpine Township; Alyssa Naughton, 16, of Walker; Kaitlin Keeler, 15, of Alpine Township; and Olivia Lawrence, 17, of Sparta. Lawrence is also a Sparta High School student, and the others are Comstock Park High School students.

Police do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff department’s investigation will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review and formal charges once it is completed.

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Bicycle burglars arrested


Brandon Cook

Brandon Cook

Damone Hammock

Damone Hammock

Two Sparta men who made their getaways on bicycles have been arrested in home invasions in Alpine Township.

Kent County Sheriff Deputies responded early Sunday morning, June 16, to the 8000 block of North Division Avenue, in Alpine Township, on a home invasion in progress. During their investigation, police learned that multiple homes had been burglarized in the neighborhood. A cache of stolen property was found in a nearby wooded area and returned to the victim. Three homes were identified as having been broken into, but investigations believe there are additional victims based on the property recovered.

Police said that the suspects committed the crimes while on bicycles.

Brandon Cook, 29, and Damone Hammock, 35, both from Sparta were arrested for the incident. They have been arraigned and charged with Home Invasion 1st Degree and have $100,000 bond.

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