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Man arrested in stabbing


A Gowen man was arrested Monday, November 21, after he stabbed a male victim several times with a knife.

Michigan State Police from the Lakeview Post responded to the call on Colby Road, Evergreen Township, Montcalm County, at approximately 2:20 a.m. They said that a 19-year old male suspect from Gowen confronted an 18-year-old male victim with a knife at the residence and stabbed him several times.

The suspect was subdued at the scene by the victim’s family members until police arrived on scene and took him into custody.  The victim was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for his injuries.

The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Home Invasion 1st Degree.

The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignment.

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Student arrested for school violence threats


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By Judy Reed

A threat of school violence on social media got a 17-year-old student arrested last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, last Friday morning, September 30, students at Cedar Springs High School reported to the administration that they saw a threat on a social media website referencing a school shooting. The Kent County Sheriff Department and the administration then began to investigate the threat.

According to Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn, the administration officials immediately notified Kent County Sheriff Department’s School Resource Officer Tom McCutcheon. He and detectives investigated the matter, and determined there was no threat to students.

A 17-year-old Cedar Springs student was arrested in connection to the threat, but the teen’s name has not yet been released. The investigation is still open.

The Post received a phone call from a parent Friday morning, who stated that several students, including her daughter, were upset because they had heard about the threat through social media, but no one at the school was talking about it with the students. According to VanDuyn, an announcement was made to the students about it.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is most important to us,” said VanDuyn, in a letter sent to staff and parents. “We take all concerns about safety and security very seriously. We are working to assure our students, staff, parents and community that there is no cause for concern for safety.

“This is an isolated incident that was spread through social media. Both the CSPS District and the KCSD will act swiftly and properly to handle this matter with regard to Board Policy, State law and student discipline code.

“I want to thank our students for reporting this matter to the high school administration and the SRO. I want to thank our administrators, SRO and KCSD for handling this matter so well.

“I encourage parents to reassure your children that there is no reason for concern. I would also encourage you to talk with your children about internet and social media safety and proper use.

“Please call me at any time on my cell or office phone, should you have questions or concerns.”

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Wrong way driver arrested


 

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A Cadillac man who was spotted driving the wrong way down US131 was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

The incident happened on Thursday, October 22, about 1:45 a.m. A Montcalm County Sheriff deputy was dispatched to US131, after Meceola Central Dispatch reported a dark colored minivan traveling south in the northbound lane of US131. The Montcalm County Deputy was able to locate the vehicle, a 2000 Dodge, and pulled it over near mile marker 114, in Pierson Township. The deputy asked the driver to perform a series of dexterity tests and determined the driver to be intoxicated.

Dean Edward Armstrong, 46, of Cadillac, was arrested and arraigned in 64B District Court on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was later released on $500 bond.

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Vendors arrested at flea market


 

Hundreds of people attend the Burley Park flea market, in Howard City, on summer holidays. Patrons who attended the flea market this past Labor Day got a little extra excitement while shopping for bargains.

Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Sixth District Tobacco Tax Enforcement Team were inspecting the Burley Park Flea Market in Howard City, on Monday, September 7, when they discovered several vendors selling counterfeit purses, perfume and headphones.

Over 400 items were seized, including counterfeit Beats headphones and MK purses. The goods were valued at approximately $10,000. Two of these vendors were arrested and their inventory of goods seized.

One of the suspects fled on foot from the scene, but was captured by troopers.

Detectives determined the two suspects had traveled to the yearly event from Chicago. The two men, ages 17 and 19, were lodged on felony charges at the Montcalm County Jail.

“Intellectual property crimes are not victimless crimes because they threaten legitimate Michigan businesses and commerce,” the MSP said in a news release on the crime.

For more information on intellectual property crimes, visit the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at www.iprcenter.gov.

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Police arrest driver in hit and run


A 27-year-old Howard City man has been arrested for a hit and run accident that occurred on Tuesday, April 29 in Howard City.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 7:02 p.m. on Walnut Street, near Cedar Street. A 2007 Ford Ranger was traveling eastbound on Walnut Street and preparing to turn into a private drive, when it was struck from behind by a 1999 Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer then left the scene. Witnesses and occupants of the Ranger were able to provide deputies with a description of the driver and the vehicle’s registration plate.

One occupant of the Ford Ranger, a 20-year-old Jenison woman, was treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services at the scene for injuries to her head and neck. She declined to be transported to a hospital. A 37-year-old Kentwood woman, a 23-year-old Jenison man, and a 1-year-old child, also from Jenison, were uninjured in the crash.

A witness to the crash had followed the Explorer to a residence a short distance from the scene and provided the location to deputies. A 27-year-old Howard City man was then lodged at the Montcalm County Jail for Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident and Driving while License Suspended.

Alcohol use was not involved in the crash and all occupants of the vehicles involved were wearing their seatbelts. The accident remains under investigation.

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Three arrested for operating meth lab


 

Police descended on a meth lab in Greenville Sunday morning, January 19. Photo courtesy of Woodtv.com.

Police descended on a meth lab in Greenville Sunday morning, January 19. Photo courtesy of Woodtv.com.

The Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) and the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in the City of Greenville on Sunday, January 19.

MSP Lakeview troopers responded to the scene in an attempt to arrest the homeowner on an outstanding warrant and investigate the reports of illegal activity taking place at the residence. When troopers from the Lakeview Post attempted to make contact with the residents, they refused to answer the door. The residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained.

The Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team responded to the scene. After a brief standoff, the occupants of the residence exited and were arrested. CMET then responded and a clandestine methamphetamine laboratory was removed from the residence.

Arrested was John Vogl, 43; Cassaundra Kidder, 22; and a 17 year old male. All were arrested and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on methamphetamine related charges.

CMET was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Greenville Department of Public Safety, and the Michigan State Police Emergency Response Team.  CMET is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operating in Montcalm, Newaygo, Mecosta and Ionia County. CMET consists of detectives from the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Ionia County Sheriff’s Department, Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department, Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department, Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and Ferris State University Department of Public Safety.

This investigation continues and anyone with information can contact Silent Observer or CMET at 1-800-342-0406.

 

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Bicycle burglars arrested


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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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Man arrested after stealing snowmobile


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A Cedar Springs man who was on parole is back in jail and facing a multitude of charges in two counties after he cut his tether and stole a snowmobile.
Nicholas William Spoors, 21, is now lodged in the Kent County jail and is also facing charges in Montcalm County.
According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the Howard City Police Department responded to the Village Trails residential park on January 16 about 10:45 a.m. on a report of an attempted larceny of a snowmobile. The victim went outside in the morning to find someone had removed his Ski Doo snowmobile off of a trailer and attempted to hot wire the ignition to steal it, but they were unsuccessful. The victim’s vehicle was also broken into and a snowmobile helmet and gloves were stolen.
Officers tracked the suspect in the snow and it appears he tried to enter a shed and prowled around in the area and backyards of other residences.
Officers then located another abandoned and heavily damaged snowmobile on the nearby White Pine State Park trail. This snowmobile was registered to a victim in Cedar Springs, who was not aware of its theft until the Kent County Sheriffs Department made contact with them, on behalf of the Howard City Police Department.
Howard City PD developed information on two suspects after canvassing the area, gathering evidence, and witnesses contacting police with information on two suspicious subjects observed that same morning. A security video from a nearby business showed the suspects. This information and a description was provided to the Cedar Springs Police Department, who supplied the name of a possible suspect from the description. Howard City Police then reviewed this subject’s prior arrest photo and made a positive identification of the same subject on the security video. This person was located by the Cedar Springs Police Department later that evening.
The Howard City Police Department and Kent County Sheriff’s Department then located a second suspect, Spoors, hiding under a bed in a home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. He was an escapee from Prison Parole since he had cut off his tether days earlier. Stolen property from Howard City and Cedar Springs were recovered from this residence.
Chief DeWitt said the two suspects had ridden the stolen snowmobile from Cedar Springs to Howard City, where it had broken down on the trail, and then one of the suspects attempted to steal the Ski Doo belonging to the victim at Village Trails, in an attempt to flee the area.
Spoors was arrested and charged in Kent County with the larceny of the snowmobile, being a habitual offender, and the breaking and entering of a building in Cedar Springs. Arrest warrants were obtained in Montcalm County as well, charging the suspect with the attempted larceny of a motor vehicle, larceny from a motor vehicle, being a habitual offender, and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He had not yet been arraigned in Montcalm County at press time.
Chief DeWitt said the first suspect is not being charged at this time.
Spoors was paroled in May after serving time for stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. He also served time for breaking and entering a building, attempting to assault/resist/obstruct a police officer, fleeing from a police officer, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
“The successful investigation and arrest of the suspect was a direct result of the multi-departmental investigation,” said DeWitt. “The call from a concerned citizen to the police of their observations of suspicious persons and/or activity was also instrumental to the investigation.”
He said that the Howard City Police would like to remind all persons to keep your vehicles, home, and storage buildings locked at all times, and to report any suspicious persons or activity immediately. “Many times it’s the smallest bit of information that leads to the arrest of criminals and recovery of stolen property,” noted DeWitt. “Law Enforcement is a community activity that relies heavily on the participation of the average person.”

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Two suspects arrested for breaking into vehicle


The Cedar Springs Police aided the Kent County Sheriff in arresting the second suspect in a felony breaking and entering of a vehicle from earlier this summer.

The Cedar Springs Police Department recently received two Silent Observer Tips informing them that a wanted person was back in the city. Their investigation showed that there was a felony warrant for the individual. Cedar Springs Units were assisted by the Kent County Sheriff Department at 9:15 a.m. Friday, September 2nd, with officers covering the front and back of the mobile home while Officer Chad Potts made contact with the home owner. The home was located on Allan Street in the Cedar Springs Mobile Estates.

The female who answered the door was reluctant at first to cooperate with the police but eventually understood the ramifications of harboring a felon and allowed an officer inside to check for the wanted individual. The 29-year-old Cedar Springs resident was located inside and cooperated with police allowing them to take him into custody. The subject was lodged in the Kent County Jail and will be arraigned in 63rd District Court on a felony warrant. The warrant was from the Kent County Sheriff Department for “Felony Burglary with damage.” His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

According to Lt. Ron Gates, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, this is the second suspect in a crime that occurred on June 9, at the Meijer on 17 Mile Road in Solon Township. Two Cedar Springs men went shopping, and when they came out, they broke into a car in the parking lot. They smashed the passenger side window, and stole a book bag with text books, a calculator, thumb drive, and two pairs of prescription glasses. The two men were caught on surveillance footage and the road patrol identified them. One of the men, a 32-year-old Cedar Springs man, was arrested August 12, and the second was arrested Sept. 2, with the help of Cedar Springs Police. Names will be released once they are arraigned.

According to Lt. Gates, this was most likely a crime of opportunity. “It is a good reminder to always try to hide your belongings, put them in the trunk. Cell phones, GPS, book bags, etc. should be hidden,” he said. “People see it and then try to break in to take it.”

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Man arrested for assault


An Algoma Township man is facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting/obstructing a police officer after he wandered into a Cedar Springs couple’s yard and assaulted a man he didn’t know.

Cedar Springs Police responded to a disorderly subject call about 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23, on Beckett Blvd in Northland Estates Mobile Home Park. While enroute, they received additional calls that this person had assaulted a citizen who was outside in their driveway.

Officers arrived to find an incoherent subject sitting in a vehicle that was not his. Police said the suspect did not comply with verbal commands, and one officer was ready with a TASER, while others ordered the 19-year-old man to the ground. The suspect again became aggressive, fighting and kicking at officers. An ambulance was called to transport the suspect to an area hospital due to his unknown condition and combative behavior.

Investigating officers learned that the suspect had injured a 26-year-old Grand Rapids man, after he head-butted him in the nose. According to witnesses, the suspect wandered into the yard, and threatened to kill the man living at the home if he didn’t stand still and talk to him, and then head-butted and punched the Grand Rapids man, who was a dinner guest of the family and just leaving the home. The family had never met the suspect before. The victim was treated at an area hospital for a fractured nose.

On Monday, July 25, police obtained an arrest warrant and arrested the suspect on charges of aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting and obstructing a police officer. He posted a $2,500 bond and was released. His name will be released after his arraignment in 63rd District Court on August 3. Police said that drug evidence taken from the him could result in additional charges. The suspected drug evidence will be sent to the Michigan State Police lab for analysis.

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