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Man sentenced in mobile meth lab arrest


Derek John Rider

Derek John Rider

A Sparta man will spend time in prison after a traffic stop last spring turned up components of a mobile meth lab in his vehicle.

Derek John Rider, 31, was traveling along 17 Mile in Cedar Springs, east of US131, on May 9, 2015, when he was pulled over by police. They found methamphetamine and items to make it in his vehicle.

Rider pleaded guilty last month to manufacturing meth, and in exchange, a charge of maintaining a meth lab involving hazardous waste and a habitual offender charge were dropped. He was sentenced to a minimum of four years and three months and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Rider was previously convicted in 2014 on a charge of possession of methamphetamine and sentenced to two years probation. Most recently he has served time in the Kent County jail for operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated with a blood alchol content over .17.

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Man arrested for trying to steal plasma cutter


Jacob Abraham Savickas

Jacob Abraham Savickas

A man believed to be involved in several thefts around the county was arrested this week for attempting to steal merchandise from a local farm store.

On Friday, June 19, the Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit responded to a possible retail fraud attempt at Family Farm and Home on 17 Mile, in Cedar Springs.

They reported that a white male attempted to steal a valuable plasma cutter. Employees recognized the man as someone who previously stole welders. The theft was interrupted and the suspect fled the scene.

Store employees provided a thorough vehicle description, including the license plate number to police. After further investigation, the suspect was identified as Jacob Abraham Savickas, 31.

Savickas was arrested, and is currently being held in the Kent County jail, on six charges, several for retail fraud.

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Waterline busts at jail


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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Man arrested for using stolen credit card


Juan Carlos Morejon

Sparta police put out a bulletin at the end of January that they were looking for an older couple that used a stolen credit card to make several purchases in the Village of Sparta on January 7, including groceries and gas. They were caught on surveillance tape at the Sparta Family Fare, and media outlets, including the Post, published a photo of the couple on their websites asking people to identify them.
According to Sparta Chief of Police Andrew Milanowski, they received numerous calls telling them who the couple was, and Officer Cook made contact with them. On February 9, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Juan Carlos Morejon, 57. He was arrested and lodged in t he Kent County Jail on February 10, and arraigned on February 11 on one charge of fraud—illegal use of a credit card. Bond was set at $4,000 cash or surety bond. At press time, he was still in custody.

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