Posted on 10 October 2013.
A Big Rapids man lost his life last week while trying to rescue a dog in Reynolds Township.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the incident occurred on Thursday, October 3, about 9:29 p.m. They said that Morris Zerlaut, 63 was attempting to cross M-46, near Edgar Road, to retrieve a dog that had escaped from a nearby home, when he was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 27-year-old male. The victim was eventually transported via Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Upon arrival at the hospital the victim was pronounced dead.
Police said that seatbelts were worn and alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.
The Howard City Police Department and members from the Reynolds Township Fire Department, the Montcalm County EMS, and Rescue all assisted at the scene.
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Posted on 18 July 2013.
On Tuesday, August 6, the Panhandle National Night Out will join the rest of our country in recognizing and celebrating the relationship enjoyed between communities and law enforcement agencies. This event is an annual occurrence, the 30th since its inception, in which over 37 million people participate and promote awareness of the role law enforcement has in our communities and encourage cooperation from our residents to help prevent crime in our area.
This special event will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm during the regularly scheduled “Music in the Park” in Howard City. The Howard City Police Department and Fire Department, the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch will be present to offer information pertaining to crime prevention, drug awareness, and assistance in creating a safer neighborhood. Free food, door prizes, and great music performed by the Blue Water Ramblers will be provided. Further information will become available as the date of the event gets nearer.
Anyone interested in assisting us with this valuable and worthwhile event or in helping during the evening on Tuesday, August 6th, is encouraged to contact Robert Richards at 231-937-7837 or you can email the Montcalm County Neighborhood Watch at email@example.com and ask to be included.
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Posted on 09 December 2010.
A rescue unit ran the stop sign at County Line and Kendaville Rd., resulting in the death of two people.
Two drivers have been charged with negligent homicide after the accidents they were involved in resulted in four deaths.
According to the Police Chief Steven DeWitt, of the Howard City Police Department, a two-count warrant for negligent homicide was issued December 1 for Stephanie Bass, 35, of Grandville. She was arrested on December 3.
The arrest stems from an accident on October 4. According to police, Bass was heading southbound, in a Chrysler 300, on W. County Line Road, about 10:55 a.m. Monday, October 4, when she failed to stop at the sign at M-82 and struck an eastbound Ford Ranger. The driver of the Ford Ranger, Mark Spillman, 49, of Comstock Park, and his passenger, Kenneth Sullivan, 55, of Newaygo, both died at the scene. Kenneth`s wife, Shelly Sullivan, 46, of Newaygo was transported to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries.
Bass had non-life-threatening injuries.
A two-count warrant for negligent homicide has also been issued for a driver that was involved in an accident that was related to the first one.
According to police, a Montcalm County Rescue Unit, enroute to the Howard City accident, was traveling north on West County Line Road about 11:13 a.m. October 4, with lights and siren activated, when it broadsided a Chevy Impala traveling east on Kendaville Road. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office found that the driver of the rescue unit, Richard Wayne Pierce, 70, ran the stop sign at the intersection, which resulted in the deaths of Max Leroy Young, 71, of Lakeview, and his passenger, Shirley Narloch, 61, also of Lakeview. Young was airlifted by AeroMed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.
Pierce turned himself into authorities on Tuesday afternoon, December 7, and is free on bond.
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