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Two injured in Nelson Twp. crash


 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a crash that sent two people to the hospital earlier this month.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, the crash occurred on Friday, September 16, at 10:16 p.m. at the intersection of 18 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue. Deputy Emily Canda was reporting officer at the scene.

Investigators found that Tami Link, 44, of Cedar Springs, was travelling northbound on Shaner Ave in a GMC Acadia, when she disregarded a stop sign at 18 Mile Road, and collided with a westbound Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Bailey Poling, 18, of Grand Rapids. Poling and her passenger, Troy Poling, 51, of Grand Rapids, were injured in the crash. Both were transported to Butterworth Hospital via Rockford Ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Tami Link also sustained minor injuries in the crash, but was not hospitalized. As a result of the investigation, Link was arrested. Charges have not yet been authorized, pending the lab results. Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The case remains open and under investigation.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Suspect charged in Rowland purse theft


 

A Nelson Township woman has been charged with the theft of another woman’s purse at a local business.

The theft occurred at Rowland Surplus Outlet, 130 W. Muskegon Street, on December 23. A regular customer was shopping there on December 23, and set her purse down. When she realized it was missing, employees in the store and many of their customers searched for it. They finally found it, stashed in the bathroom, with a large amount of cash missing from it.

“It (the money) had been taken out of the bank that morning to give to her kids for Christmas,” explained Rowland’s office manager Jane Wieda.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Cedar Springs Unit, Rowland’s staff checked surveillance footage during the time period and saw a female carrying the customer’s purse into the bathroom. The female was identified by witnesses as Kristina Marie Houck, 39.

She was interviewed by the investigating deputy, and, during the interview, the suspect admitted to taking the money and turned the money over to police. The deputy was able to return all of the missing money to the victim.

Houck was charged by the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office with a felony, larceny in a building. She was arrested by self-turn in on January 9, and is currently out on bond, pending court.

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Police officers honored 


Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

Sgt. Jason Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit, was presented with a shield of faith by Randy Badge (right), with the Men of Honor program. Photo by T. Bauer.

By Tim Bauer

On Thursday, November 12, Sgt. Jason Kelley, who is stationed in Cedar Springs with the Kent County Sheriff Department, attended an after school program to speak to a group of our middle school young men about courage. The program, headed up by Randy Badge, is called Men of Honor. (There is also a Ladies of Honor program). It focuses on reviving chivalry, honor, courageous leadership, and moral excellence in the next generation, by utilizing a three-pronged strategy of camps, conferences and curriculum. The group wanted to honor our local police officers for their selfless service within the greater Cedar Springs area. By putting into action what they have been taught, the group hopes that other communities will hear about this and do the same thing.

A Shield of Faith was presented to Sgt. Kelley, and the rest of the officers stationed in our city, as a token of appreciation for their daily commitment to protect the citizens of our community. Badge, a teacher at Cedar Springs High School, believes in the vital importance of teaching timeless principles of integrity and character in those who will become our next generation of leaders. Thank you Randy Badge and Sergeant Kelley for your invaluable service to our community. The citizens of Cedar Springs salute you!

To find out more go to http://themenofhonor.org/.

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