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Man rearrested in homicide case

Robert McCombs

Robert McCombs

Police still searching for murdered man’s wallet, backpack

One of two men originally arrested in connection with a homicide in December and then released has been re-arrested in the case—this time for obstruction of justice.

A man driving on 16 Mile Road near Myers Lake Avenue saw what he thought was a dead deer in the snow off the side of the road Wednesday morning, December 18. After getting a closer look, he saw it was a body.

The Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death of Steven Carl Day, 54, of Grand Rapids, as a homicide. Shortly after, two men were arrested and charged with felony murder. They were both released after the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office declined to press charges.

One of those men—Robert Stewart McCombs, 63, was rearrested last week for lying to police about whether he knew or had had contact with the victim. He is also being charged as a habitual offender, 3rd offense. He is being held on a $250,000 bond. He had reportedly fled the state and went to Tennessee after he was last released from jail.

McCombs waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, and his case was bound over to Circuit Court.

N-murder-victim-backpackPolice are still looking for some of Day’s personal items that are missing. Police said the Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his belongings are missing, such as his wallet, clothing and coat. Police are especially interested in the wallet.

“We don’t know what he had in his wallet, but we have reason to believe that it was tossed out,” said Lt. Ron Gates.

Police said the items may have been thrown from a car, or may have been thrown in a dumpster.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


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Backpack safety tips for kids

Growing children shouldn’t carry more than 20 percent of their weight.

(StatePoint) School may be a figurative pain in the neck for many children, but what about a literal pain in the neck — and back?

These days, the answer is yes, and backpacks are to blame. Or more specifically, the improper use of backpacks.

“The average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman,” says Dr. Rick McMichael, president of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). “Growing children should only be carrying 10 to 20 percent of their body weight.”

Heavy backpacks can negatively affect your child’s health by pulling on ligaments and muscles that cause neck and back pain and can possibly cause deformity of the spine, according to the ACA.

Parents who want to protect their children from these painful injuries can follow these tips:

• Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back. They should be adjustable so the backpack can be fitted to your child’s body. Straps that are too loose can cause the backpack to dangle uncomfortably and cause spinal misalignment and pain.

• Encourage your child to use both straps. Lugging the backpack around by one strap can cause a disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and back spasms.

• Pack light or at least smart. A backpack with individualized compartments helps in positioning the contents most effectively, keeping pointy objects away from the back.

• Check to see if your children’s textbooks are available on e-readers — it’ll save their backs, as well as paper. Or consider buying a second set of textbooks for your student to keep at home, perhaps used ones.

• Learn some back-strengthening exercises to build up muscles. Sit-ups are great since strong abdominal muscles can share the load and take the strain off back muscles.

• Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about any pain or discomfort he or she may experience. Do not ignore any back pain in children or teenagers simply because they seem too young.

If you or your child experiences any pain or discomfort resulting from backpack use, call your doctor of chiropractic, who is licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. In addition, doctors of chiropractic can also prescribe exercises designed to help children develop strong muscles, along with instruction in good nutrition, posture and sleeping habits.

You can find more backpack safety tips and learn about treatment for back pain at             www.acatoday.org/patients.

And lastly, examine your own backpacks, handbags and diaper bags. Parents are as likely to suffer back pain from excess weight or improper carrying as are their children.

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