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Gowen man dies in farming accident

A Gowen man died Monday evening, March 11, after he became entangled in an auger attached to a farm tractor.

Jacob Fruchey and his wife. Facebook photo

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Jacob Fruchey, 42, was attempting to auger holes into the frozen ground near a sheep barn to relieve flooding from the melting snow. It is believed the auger caught Fruchey’s thick clothing, entangling him in the auger. His wife found him at approximately 7:02 p.m., and called 911.

Montcalm Township Fire personnel and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office arrived at approximately 7:15 p.m. and found the tractor and auger still running. Fruchey was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol or drugs are not believed to be contributing factors in the incident.

Personnel assisting at the scene included Montcalm Township Fire Department, Montcalm County EMS and Rescue, Montcalm County Central Dispatch and Montcalm County Medical Examiners.

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Man dies in Spencer crash

A man died in this one car crash in Spencer Township. Photo from Woodtv.com.

A man died in this one car crash in Spencer Township. Photo from Woodtv.com.

A 58-year-old Gowen man was killed early Sunday morning when his pickup ran off the road and hit a large tree in Spencer Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Jason VanDyke, the crash happened about 7:56 a.m., October 13, in the 14000 block of Lincoln Lake Avenue, north of 17 Mile Road. Jimmie Dale Scofield, 58, was heading southbound on Lincoln Lake Avenue in his 1995 Ford pickup, when he ran off the road to the left and hit a power pole. The truck continued on and hit a wood fence and then a large tree.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. He was wearing his seatbelt.

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Gowen man killed in crash

A Gowen man was one of two people killed in a three-car crash that also left five people injured.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Dodge Caravan driven by Donovan McLaren, 36, of Gowen, was traveling north on Alden Nash in Lowell, south of Segwun Avenue, about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, August 27, when the accident occurred. A second minivan, driven by a 66-year-old Judith Elaine Christensen, of Alto, was traveling south on Alden Nash at the time of the accident. Police believe one of the minivans crossed the centerline and collided with the other, and then a third vehicle, a Dodge Stratus, that was also traveling south on Alden Nash, struck Christensen’s vehicle as the accident occurred.
Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene, and McLaren died later at the hospital after being airlifted by AeroMed.
There were four other passengers in the McLaren van.  Kristen McLaren, 35, Donovan’s wife, was also airlifted by AeroMed with abdominal and leg injuries. Their three children, ages 10, 7, and 2, were also transported with serious injuries.
They were reportedly on their way back from a family reunion.
The third driver, Leesa Kay Kimble-Sees, 42, of Saranac was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.

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Woman killed in car-deer accident

A Gowen woman died Tuesday evening when a deer smashed through the window of the car she was riding in.

Gary Evans washeading west on Sidney Road near Carlson Road about 9:35 p.m. July 12, with his wife, Linda Evans, 69, in the passenger seat. A car traveling eastbound on Sidney hit the deer, and it flew into the windshield of the Evans’ vehicle, hitting Linda Evans in the head. She was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead of her injuries.

Neither Gary Evans nor the driver of the eastbound vehicle, James Miller, 19, of Six Lakes, was seriously injured. No one was cited for the accident.

Funeral arrangements are pending for Linda Evans.

According to the Michigan State Police, there are more than 60,000 vehicle-deer crashes reported in Michigan each year. About 80 percent of these crashes occur on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn.

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Gowen woman wins World Championship Paint Horse title

American Paint Horse Association (APHA) amateur competitor Cheryl Vasi, of Gowen, Mich., captured a World Championship title recently at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show. The show, which was held November 4–13 in Fort Worth, Texas, is one APHA’s premier events.
Vasi claimed the championship in Amateur Yearling Stallions showing Xtreme Ambition, a 2009 stallion owned by Danielle Vasi and C. Vasi-Koeberle of Staten Island, NY. In the class, horses are shown in-hand and judged on their physical qualities.
Amateurs are competitors aged 19 and over. They are required to show a self- or family-owned horse and cannot show, ride, judge or train horses for payment.
The World Championship Paint Horse Show features the finest gathering of Paint Horses from around the globe. APHA hosts two annual world-class competitions to showcase the talents of American Paint Horses and their owners. The second in the 2010 series, the Fall World Championship Show was held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth’s cultural district. With 956 talented Paint Horses and more than 2,000 entries, exhibitors competed for prizes and cash payouts totaling $450,000.
APHA, a non-profit organization, works to preserve bloodlines, to educate the public about the beauty and talent of the breed and to maintain the outstanding characteristics of Paint Horses.

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