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Man sentenced in cat killing


Michael Stackhouse

Michael Stackhouse

A Cedar Springs man convicted of killing a cat outside his home was sentenced last week to serve 16 months to nine years in prison.

Michael Patrick Stackhouse, 35, killed the cat in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last April by stomping on it. It had reportedly jumped over a partial door barrier and entered his mobile home on Susan Street. His wife called 911 and reported it was fighting with their dogs, then told dispatch her husband may have killed it. Officers found that the man had thrown the cat into the street, and killed it in front of children and neighbors. He admitted to stomping on the cat’s head, because it was twitching from seizures. He told reporters that he did it to put it out of its misery.

He rejected a plea deal in May that would have reduced his sentence if he pled guilty to a charge of animal cruelty causing death. Under the plea deal, he would not have been charged as a multiple felony offender and would have faced no more than a year in jail.

 

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Man convicted in cat killing


Michael Stackhouse

Michael Stackhouse

A Cedar Springs man rolled the dice and lost.

Michael Patrick Stackhouse, 35, killed a cat outside his home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last April. He was reportedly offered a plea deal in May that would reduce his sentence if he pled guilty to a charge of animal cruelty causing death. Under the plea deal, he would not be charged as a multiple felony offender, which could have reduced his sentence. But he rejected the deal, and instead decided he wanted a jury trial.

His decision backfired this week when he was convicted by that jury on the animal cruelty charge. He was remanded to jail immediately to await sentencing.

It started on April 7, when a call came into police dispatch, with the caller telling them that a cat had jumped over a partial door barrier to their mobile home on Susan Street, and then went inside the home and was fighting with their dogs. Later the caller said the cat was dead and that her husband may have killed it.

When officers investigated, they found that the man had thrown the cat into the street, in front of children and neighbors. He admitted to then stomping on the cat’s head, because it was twitching from seizures.

Stackhouse never denied he did it. He told reporters that he did it to put it out of its misery.

Killing and torturing an animal is punishable by up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. As a two-time felony offender, the judge could sentence him prison time up to eight years. Under the plea deal, he would have faced no more than a year in jail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced November 18.

 

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Man facing animal cruelty charge


Michael Stackhouse

Michael Stackhouse

A Cedar Springs man was arrested last week for killing a cat that had wandered into his home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a call came into police dispatch on Monday afternoon, April 7, with the caller telling them that a cat had jumped over a partial door barrier to their mobile home on Susan Street, and then went inside home and was now fighting with their dogs. Later the caller said the cat was dead and that her husband may have killed it.

When officers investigated, they found that the man had thrown the cat into the street, in front of children and neighbors. He admitted to then stomping on the cat’s head, because it was twitching from seizures.

Police arrested Michael Patrick Stackhouse, 35, of Cedar Springs, on Wednesday, April 9 on a charge on a felony charge of animal cruelty causing death. He is also being charged as a habitual offender-3rd offense. Bond was set at $100 cash or surety, and he later bonded out.  A preliminary exam was set for Monday, April 21, at 9:45 a.m.

 

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Man arrested after leading police on chase


Adam Rittersdorf

Adam Rittersdorf

A  man is in jail on multiple charges after driving away in a vehicle that didn’t belong to him and leading police on a chase across northeastern Kent County.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officers Chad Potts and Jerry Wineland were checking the city Tuesday evening, about 6:47 p.m., for a vehicle that had been stolen in Solon Township. They had heard from The Kent County Sheriff Department that it was a Venture van, and had been stolen from the Auto Zone store on 17 Mile within the hour. It had been left running while the driver was in the store.

The Cedar Springs Police spotted the van in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, but when they activated their lights, the driver fled. They pursued the vehicle at moderate speeds over snow-covered roads, until they lost him near 14 Mile and Podunk.

Other police agencies had been converging on the area and within a minute or two, the Michigan State Police were again in pursuit of the stolen vehicle.  Officers from Cedar Springs were able to set up and deploy a spike strip as the vehicle headed south on Podunk Ave just north of 14 Mile Road.  The spike strip deflated two passenger side tires causing the driver to run off the roadway and into a yard on Podunk Avenue south of 14 Mile Road.

Officers from the Michigan State Police arrested the driver a short distance from the vehicle.

The man, Adam Lee Rittersdorf, 30, was arraigned in 63rd District Court Wednesday on charges of fleeing a police officer, third degree; resisting/obstructing a police officer; unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle; driving on a suspended or revoked license—second or subsequent offense; and he has holds on him from another jurisdiction for several other charges. He is also being charged as a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bond was set at $10,000.

 

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Registered sex offender arrested


George Winters

George Winters

On July 6, a Cedar Springs Police Officer was sent to a disorderly call on Sarah Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. The complaint of a family friend throwing things at the home was investigated and the officer closed the case. The suspect was a registered sex offender that had recently registered as homeless in Ludington, an option that is acceptable for the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act.

Chief Parent said that they later learned that this registered sex offender was being overly friendly towards the children, rubbing their backs and tickling their legs. They were also given a paper doll cut-out that when pulled a certain way resulted in an obscene gesture. This paper doll was shown to at least one of the young teens.

After reviewing the case, police sought and received a felony warrant for “Failure to comply with the Michigan Registration Act” (Failure to register motor vehicle). “The suspect failed to register all vehicles owned by him or available to be used by him, a requirement of the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act,” explained Parent. A misdemeanor charge for Disorderly Person – Obscene Conduct was added along with this person being a Habitual Offender- Fourth Offense Notice.

George William Winters, 58, of Ludington, was picked up from the Mason County Jail on July 31st and transported back to Kent County. Bond was set at $10,000.00. Winters will be arraigned in 63rd District Court.

In this case, a family moving to Cedar Springs knew George Winters and asked him to help them move using his pickup truck.

 

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Teens face charges in armed robbery


Landon Eadie

Joshua Gohn

Two more teens have been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates last December.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Joshua Philip Gohn, 18, and Landon James Eadie, 18, both of Cedar Springs, were charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, which is a five-year felony.

Gohn reportedly drove the car, and Eadie was a passenger in the car the night that Joshua Steven Monroe, 19, and Ryan Lee Nagle, 20, went into the mobile home of a 42-year-old man and 41-year-old woman with a shotgun and demanded money and prescription medication. A struggle occurred, with the male victim suffering injuries to his face and nose. The suspects then fled without obtaining anything. The victims knew one of the suspects, which helped police track them down. Both Monroe and Nagle were arraigned on charges of assault with intent to commit armed robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Parent said that Gohn and Eadie were charged because they had prior knowledge of what was going to take place. Both turned themselves into Officer Paul Feutz on Friday, February 3, and were lodged at the Kent County Jail. Both received a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

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Right number, wrong street


Man enters wrong home while intoxicated

Joshua Clark Vann

Joshua Clark Vann

A Solon Township man is facing charges of third degree home invasion after he entered the wrong home while intoxicated and became aggressive toward the homeowner.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Jason Schaefer responded to a home invasion on Sarah Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates on Wednesday, October 7, at 5:30 p.m. Upon arrival, he heard voices inside the mobile home, with one person sounding very upset.  Officer Schaefer entered and confronted the intruder, Joshua Clark Vann, 30, of Solon Township, who was intoxicated and arguing with the homeowner through a closed bedroom door.

After the suspect was arrested and placed into the patrol car, Officer Schaefer interviewed the homeowner. He learned that the suspect entered and confronted the homeowner but would not leave when he clearly knew he was not inside his friend’s house. It appears the address he was looking for may have had the same house numbers, but he was on the wrong street.

The 19-year-old homeowner said he was able to get the man outside but was then chased by the intruder, and the man then followed him back inside the mobile home. At one point, he said Vann was grabbing at him and threatening to assault him.

The homeowner’s wife was able to grab her purse and retreated to the rear bedroom calling for help. The two of them were holding the bedroom door closed to keep the subject from getting into their bedroom when the police arrived.

Due to the unusual circumstances, Officer Schaefer removed the subject from the scene and sough a warrant for Home Invasion 3rd Degree, a 5-year felony. This charge requires the suspect to have entered a home being occupied and committing a misdemeanor violation once inside. In this case he did not enter to steal but committed a simple assault by grabbing the homeowner and threatening him.

Van was arrested on Tuesday, October 13. He was arraigned in 63rd District Court, Rockford on Wednesday, October 14. His bond was set at $3,000 cash/surety, and his preliminary exam was scheduled for October 28 at 10 a.m.

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