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Deputy dies in crash


Deputy Russell Alan Stonehouse died Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on US131. Courtesy photo.

Deputy Russell Alan Stonehouse died Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash on US131. Courtesy photo.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of one of their own this week.

Deputy Russell Alan Stonehouse died on Sunday, May 7, in a single motor vehicle crash on US131 near M-82 in Reynolds Township, Montcalm County.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post were dispatched to the scene about 2:05 a.m. Stonehouse, 51 was the only occupant in the car.

Police said he was traveling northbound on US131 when he went off the road for an unknown reason. The vehicle then overturned and Dep. Stonehouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Lifesaving measures were attempted by first responders from Montcalm Rescue but were unsuccessful.

Neither alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Deputy Stonehouse served nearly 25 years at the KCSD in the Correctional Facility. He spent time at the Sheriff’s Honor Camp and he was instrumental in several of the department’s various technological implementations. Russ was responsible for training new employees on in-house software, which meant that he knew practically everyone.

He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Kerri, and a young son, Zack. Russ was a dedicated father and never missed Zack’s hockey or baseball games or practice, often coaching from the sidelines or monitoring the penalty box. He was always present rink-side and field-side supporting his favorite athlete, Zack.

In lieu of flowers, a fund for Zack’s education and athletic needs has been established by Russ’ KCSD family:

https://www.youcaring.com/zackstonehouse-819196.

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Cedar Springs man dies in crash


Tyler Conaty, 23, of Cedar Springs, died on a one-car crash Wednesday evening.

Tyler Conaty, 23, of Cedar Springs, died in a one-car crash Wednesday evening. Photo from his Facebook page.

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A 23-year-old Cedar Springs man died Wednesday evening, April 26, when his vehicle ran off the road and hit a tree in Algoma Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Tyler Jeffrey Conaty, 23, of the City of Cedar Springs, was traveling northbound in a 2003 Jeep Cherokee on Algoma Ave. near Rector, when the crash occurred about 9 p.m. Witnesses told police that the vehicle drifted across the centerline and then off the roadway and hit a large tree northwest of the intersection. He was the only person in the vehicle.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

According to his wife, Shannon, Tyler was on his way home early from work when the crash occurred.

Tyler, the son of Jeff and Kim Conaty, was a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He and   Shannon (Helsel) lost a baby girl early in their relationship, but were later blessed with their son Colton, who will be four in June.

Tyler was featured in a past Post article as one of our Hometown Heroes after he had graduated from basic training in the Army and went on to Advanced Individual Training to become a diesel mechanic.

According to Shannon, joining the military in September 2015 was a dream come true for Tyler. “My husband absolutely LOVED the military and felt it was his calling, his way to help our country and to better the lives of the American people!” she explained in a public Facebook post. She’s asked people to share a photo of Tyler and their son, Colton, then 2, who saluted his father while he stood at attention at his basic training graduation. “The bugle was about to play within about 5 minutes of me taking this picture of my husband looking at the flag waiting to salute! He has always been good at being on time for things and made sure he didn’t finish our tour until he heard that bugle sing. My husband had no idea our son Colton Lane was saluting him while we were waiting!! This picture just tears at my heart strings! My son always practiced saluting with me at home so when he got to see Daddy graduate he could salute him. It was the cutest thing because he’d salute and then say “yes sir” or “yes ma’am.’”
But life in the military was not to be. Tyler broke his knee in January 2016, just a few weeks before he was to graduate AIT. “With that happening he wasn’t able to train because he had a full leg cast from his hip to his ankle therefore he couldn’t wear his combat boots when at school learning to be a diesel mechanic,” explained Shannon. “His teachers wouldn’t let him go to class and he couldn’t train. Sadly he ended up being discharged. He was beyond happy to be coming home to his family but was so upset he was gone from his military family whom he loved dearly.”

Shannon said that in January of this year he began working at Star Trucking, where they were helping him to become certified as a diesel mechanic. That’s where he was coming home from when the crash occurred.

Tyler’s death has left Kim heartbroken. “I’m devastated, heartbroken, and unsure of what the future holds for Colton and I but I know Ty’s looking down on us with our little girl protecting us the best they can! I’m just so proud of all the things he’s accomplished in his life, how he was such a hard worker, an amazing friend to every person he came across whether he knew you or not. He was the biggest social butterfly and everyone just fell in love with his personality, he most certainly was the life of the party!”

Family and friends said goodbye to Tyler during a funeral at Pederson Funeral Home Monday. The family has asked for memorial contributions in lieu of flowers.

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Man crashes motorcycle, breaks legs


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The above photos show the scene of crash last week after a motorcycle hit a Jeep Liberty head-on on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

A man suffered two broken legs and severe lacerations to his arms after his motorcycle crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michael McDonald, 48, was traveling northbound on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow, on Wednesday, April 26, about 5:10 p.m., when the crash occurred.

Witnesses reported that he appeared to have a problem with the front tire before losing control and crossing into oncoming southbound traffic, where he struck a c head-on.

The driver of the Jeep, a young female on her way to ChiroHealth, suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized. According to the girl’s family, the motorcycle suddenly veered straight at her, and she only had time to stomp on the brakes just before impact. There also was a pickup truck traveling in the right lane next to her, so there was no room to move over.

McDonald, the driver of the motorcycle, was cited for driving a motorcycle with no endorsement, violation of basic speed law, and no proof of insurance. He was not wearing a helmet.

According Sgt. Joel Roon, if a driver ever experiences another driver coming at them head-on, they should decrease their speed as quickly as possible and move out of the path of the oncoming vehicle (if possible). “Consider two vehicles travelling opposite directions at 60 mph have an impact speed of 120 mph; so reducing your speed while evading an oncoming vehicle is very important,” he said.

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Courtland man dies after crashing into tree


 

This photo shows the tire tracks where the man’s pickup ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Photo from Woodtv.com.

This photo shows the tire tracks where the man’s pickup ran off the road and crashed into a tree. Photo from Woodtv.com.

Police believe alcohol and speed may have been a factor in a crash that killed a Courtland Township man early Wednesday morning.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, an off-duty Grand Rapids police officer came upon the crash scene on 14 Mile Ct, near Northland Drive, shortly before 2 a.m., April 12, and discovered a 56-year-old Rockford man unresponsive, after striking a tree with his pickup truck.

The Sheriff Department, Courtland Fire/Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance then responded to the scene.

The man was identified as Jeffery Alan Peterson, 56, of Courtland Township. He was driving a 2008 Lincoln Mark LT. He was the only person in the vehicle.

The crash is still under investigation.

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Newaygo woman dies in crash


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A Newaygo woman was killed last week when she failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by another car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 7:33 p.m. in Sparta Township. Deborah Dexter, 65, of the City of Newaygo, was driving a 2005 Jeep Cherokee east on 15 Mile, just west of Fruit Ridge, when she failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection and was struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling south on Fruit Ridge.

Dexter was pronounced dead at the scene. A toddler in the Jeep, Arabella Milligan, age 2, of Kent City, suffered facial lacerations and was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance.

The driver of the Silverado, Andrew Duffy, 22, of Sparta Township, had facial lacerations, but was not transported to the hospital.

Assisting at the scene was the Sparta Fire Department, Kent City Fire Department, Rockford Ambulance, and Michigan State Police.

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Greenville man dies in crash


 

A Greenville man died Tuesday when his car crossed the centerline and crashed into an oncoming vehicle.

The crash occurred on Tuesday, February 14, about 11:10 a.m. on Sidney and Berridge Road in Montcalm Township, east of M91.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview post, a silver Honda passenger car was travelling eastbound on Sidney road when the driver of that vehicle crossed the centerline into the west bound lane and into the path of a Ford F-250 pickup headed westbound.

The male driver of the Honda passenger car was pronounced dead on scene. State Police identified him as Lee Pattison, 40, of Greenville.

The male driver of the F250 sustained injuries and was transported by family members to the hospital.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated; alcohol is not believed to be a factor.

Assisting at the scene was Montcalm County Sheriff’s office, Montcalm Township Fire Departments and Montcalm County EMS.

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Greenville man dies in crash


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A Greenville area man died Tuesday when his vehicle hit a tree in Ada Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of the crash on Honey Creek Avenue, north of Knapp St., on Tuesday, January 17, at 4:53 p.m. They found that a 59-year-old man driving a black Volvo northbound on Honey Creek lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

The driver was identified as Patrick Wayne Cardenas, 59, of Eureka Township.

Cannon Township fire and rescue assisted at the scene.

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MSP seeks information in hit-and-run crash 


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The Michigan State Police Rockford Post is seeking information regarding a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash that occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2017.

According to police, two pedestrians were struck and injured by a vehicle on Giles Road near the intersection of Peterson Road in Laketon Township, Muskegon County. The vehicle, which fled east on Giles Road from the scene, was described as a red pickup truck, possibly a Chevrolet, with the tailgate either down or missing. The crash caused the vehicle’s passenger side mirror to break off and it was left at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this vehicle or the identity of its occupants is asked to call the Rockford Post at 616-866-4411.

Tips may also be submitted to Silent Observer at www.silentobservermuskegon.com by texting MKGTIP to 274637 or by calling 231-72-CRIME.

 

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Crash sends three to hospital


Alcohol may have been a factor in this two-vehicle crash in Cannon Twp. last week.

Alcohol may have been a factor in this two-vehicle crash in Cannon Twp. last week.

Alcohol may be responsible for a crash in Cannon Township that sent three people to the hospital the night before New Year’s Eve.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on Cannonsburg Road, east of Blakely, just after 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 30. Police said that a Dodge Ram truck was headed westbound on Cannonsburg Rd, and witnesses reported that it crossed the center line several times. It finally swerved all the way over the centerline into oncoming (eastbound) traffic and struck a 1996 GMC Sierra head on.

The driver of the Dodge Ram, Damion James Nelmark, 39, of Spencer Township, was taken to Spectrum Butterworth with by Rockford Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the GMC Sierra, Corbin Thomas Verdier, 19, of Grand Rapids, was also taken to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger in the Sierra, Noah Nathaniel Bosse, 19, of Grand Rapids, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Spectrum Butterworth by Aeromed.

All those involved were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

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Grant woman dies in crash


Christina Perales, 35, died in two-vehicle crash last weekend. Photo from the gofundme page set up to provide food, clothing and Christmas for her boys.

Christina Perales, 35, died in two-vehicle crash last weekend. Photo from the gofundme page set up to provide food, clothing and Christmas for her boys.

A 35-year-old Grant woman died last weekend when the car she was driving collided with a pickup truck.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, December 17 in Alpine Township.

The investigation showed that a 2015 Ford F150 pickup truck was headed westbound on 6 Mile Rd NW, and a 2002 Chevy Malibu was headed south on Baumhoff when they crashed. Police said it was undetermined if the Grant woman, the driver of the Chevy Malibu, had rolled through the stop sign, or made a complete stop and then pulled out into the intersection. The pickup truck had the right of way.

The driver of the Malibu, Christina Lenora Perales, 35, of Grant, died at the scene. The front seat passenger, Brent Thomas Aishe, 39, of Grant was taken to Spectrum Butterworth with serious injuries, including a broken left hip, cranial bleed, and abrasions on his elbow. One of the back seat passengers, Melinda Marie Lynch, 20, of Fremont was taken to Butterworth laceration to her forehead. The other back seat passenger, Dylan Rogers, 17, of Grant, was taken to Butterworth with a cranial bleed.

There were three occupants in the pickup truck, all from Essexville, Mich. The driver, Brent Joseph Raap, 45, was not injured. Passenger Benjamin Matthew Raap, 15, sustained a minor injury and was taken to the hospital by private transport, where he was treated and released. The third passenger, Judith Louis Mcelhinny-Raap, 45, was not injured.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Assisting at the scene was the Walker Police Department, Alpine Fire Department, Walker Fire Department, Aeromed, LIFE, Rockford, and AMR ambulance services.

The crash is still under investigation.

Christina was a single mom, and there is a gofundme page set up to help with food, clothes, and Christmas for her three boys. Go to https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-these-boys.

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