Posted on 09 January 2014.
Personal and professional visits to the Kent County Jail were canceled Wednesday, January 8, after a water line broke about 7 a.m. outside the main entrance.
The Kent County Sheriff Department said they believe the damage is the result of the extreme cold temperatures.
The KCSD originally said the public entrance would only be closed until 1 p.m., but cleanup and repairs took longer than anticipated.
Those posting bond for an inmate were able to use the back entrance.
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Posted on 12 December 2013.
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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Posted on 10 October 2013.
Yes, he ignorantly drove his 4-wheeler down Main Street, not realizing it needed to be tagged by the Red Flannel Festival for insurance purposes. After a conversation with the Chief of Police, Roger Parent, it was decided by the Keystone Cops—Leon Avery and Mark Fankhauser—that I was not above the long arm of the law! A big thanks to Russ Durst for bailing me out. And thanks to RFF President Michele Andres for legalizing my vehicle. Maybe, with everyone’s help, I can play within the rules at next year’s 75th Red Flannel Festival.
It was a great day for everyone, a sea of red up and down Main Street, including an Amish Furniture store on South Main Street that had record sales. And some would say that it (the day) is about the RFF and their so-called financial empire, and that the city merchants don’t benefit that much. Last Saturday’s sales was an eye-opener for this merchant.
A world of thanks to all the worker bees, generous sponsors and donors for a great Red Flannel Festival.
Your mayor, Bob Truesdale
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Posted on 28 April 2011.
A high-speed chase and crash that resulted in a burning car has landed a Grand Rapids man in jail.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officer Mike Stahl noticed a vehicle on Monday, April 25, about 11:40 p.m., that matched an earlier report that he had investigated where a vehicle left without paying for gasoline from a Cedar Springs gas station. When he followed this vehicle north on White Creek Ave to check the license plate, the vehicle ran a stop sign at Solon Street and sped away from the patrol unit.
The pursuit crisscrossed northern Kent County until the vehicle attempted a high-speed turn onto Wildwood Valley NE, a private drive that runs south off 20 Mile Road, west of Albrecht Ave. in Solon Township. The driver lost control, went off the paved roadway and rolled over in the ditch.
The vehicle was resting on its sides, and the two occupants refused to exit the vehicle. Officer Stahl waited for additional units and then officers (CSPD Officer Mandy Stahl and Kent County Sheriff Deputy Warren Hansen) began a slow safe approach to the overturned vehicle. Officers noticed a fire had started on the undercarriage and alerted those inside. The two suspects quickly exited the vehicle and were taken into custody.
Solon Fire and Rescue was called to the scene. Both men declined medical care and were transported and lodged in the Kent County Correctional Facility. The fire completely destroyed the 1998 GMC Jimmy. This vehicle was reported stolen from the City of Grand Rapids on April 21, 2011.
The prosecutor’s office approved charges of “Fleeing and Eluding 3rd Degree for one of the two men involved. Willie Lee-Wilson Williams, 19, of Grand Rapids was arraigned this Tuesday in 63rd District Court for the felony fleeing and eluding charge and as a habitual offender. His bond was set at $5,000.00 cash surety. The second subject involved was released from jail. Investigating police agencies will continue to work this case gathering evidence to support additional charges.
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