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Man arrested in homicide

A 30-year-old Howard City man has been arrested for the death of a Coral man over the weekend.

Ryan Griffee

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, they responded to a home in the 16000 block of McBride Road, in Maple Valley Township, on Saturday, July 27, at 11:02 p.m., where they found the victim unresponsive. Troopers performed CPR on the victim until relieved by EMS. After all attempts at resuscitation were exhausted, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim, a 57-year-old man from Coral, identified as Ricky West, had been severely beaten and died from his injuries.

On Sunday, July 28, police arrested Ryan Keith Griffee, 30, of Howard City, without incident, at his parents’ residence in Howard City. He was arraigned Monday, July 29m in the 64B District Court on a charge of Open Murder and was given a $500,000 cash bond.  He is being held in the Montcalm County Jail.

The MSP was assisted at the scene by Montcalm EMS and Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

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Man arrested for causing fatal crash

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post have arrested a 29-year-old Coral man for causing a crash that costed another man his life last summer.

The crash occurred on July 4, 2017 on Kendaville Rd, west of Bailey Rd, in Maple Valley Township. Police investigation showed that Guy Petherbridge, 61, also of Coral, had stopped his vehicle on the road after striking a deer. The car he was driving was then struck by an eastbound Ford truck traveling at a high rate of speed, which was driven by the 29-year-old man. The impact caused the car to split in half and catch fire. Petherbridge suffered fatal injuries from the crash. The driver of the Ford truck suffered minor injuries. 

The Montcalm County Prosecutor’s office authorized a warrant for Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death and Reckless Driving Causing Death. The subject was arrested at his home in Coral and lodged at the Montcalm County Jail without incident. His name has not yet been released.

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Man injured in motorcycle crash


A Coral man was injured last Saturday when he tried to avoid hitting a deer with his motorcyle.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and a deer, about 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22, southwest of Howard City. The crash occurred on Kendaville Road near Arbogast Road, in Maple Valley Township.

According to police, the investigation showed that David Riley, age 59, from Coral, was headed east on Kendaville Road on his 200 Yamaha motorcycle, when a deer entered the roadway. Riley attempted to avoid the deer and slid into a shallow ditch. A passerby found Riley lying in the ditch and called 911. Riley was complaining of chest pain and received lacerations to his head. Riley was transported to Spectrum in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services.

Riley was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Scrap metal theft in Coral

On August 28, 2011, Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview responded to the Village of Coral, Montcalm County, in reference to a reported theft in progress. There were reportedly two males stealing duct work, shelving and other scrap metal. The owner of the property confronted the two male subjects before police arrived. The suspects were still there when Troopers got to the scene.
After investigation, both suspects were arrested for the theft. A 25-year-old male and a 22-year-old male, both from Howard City, were lodged at the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment.

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Vehicle rolls into traffic with children inside

The Montcalm County prosecutor’s office is considering whether to file charges against a Coral woman who left her two young children inside a running vehicle while shopping last week Thursday.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, they were called to the Dollar General Store on M-82 in Howard City just after 11 a.m. to check on the well-being of the two children, ages 5 and 1. While being left alone in the vehicle by their 22-year-old mother, the 5-year-old put the Dodge Caravan into reverse. The van traveled through the parking lot, over two curbs and a grassy area, and then entered highway M-82 and came to a rest sideways, blocking both east and westbound traffic.

A passerby stopped and assisted by moving the vehicle back into the parking lot out of moving traffic.

The mother of the children came out after finishing her shopping and left the scene with the children prior to the arrival of the police. Howard City Police Officer McDonald tracked her and the children to a home in nearby Coral.

Chief DeWitt said it is illegal to leave a vehicle running unattended, as is leaving children unattended in any vehicle. Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle can result in charges from misdemeanor to a felony if a child is harmed.

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