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Kent County Sheriff issues annual awards


 

The Kent County Sheriff Department held their annual awards ceremony on Thursday, May 6, at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office Equestrian Training Center, 4687 Kroes Avenue, Rockford.

The following were chosen as 2015 Deputies of the Year and Civilian Employee of the Year:

Wendy Baird, Account Clerk I, Accounting Office, selected as 2015 Civilian Employee of the Year;

Deputy Douglas Breu, selected as 2015 Deputy of the Year—Corrections;

Sgt. Bryan Muir, selected as 2015 Deputy of the Year—Law Enforcement;

Matt Garbarino, selected as the 2015 Traffic Squad Special Deputy of the Year.

N-Sheriff-awards-BairdWendy Baird 2015 civilian employee of the year

Wendy began her career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on January 3, 2006 as an Account Clerk I in the Corrections Inmate Accounting Office. She processed new inmate records, inmate bonds, and court papers, balanced monies, ran LEIN checks on inmates and processed inmate release paperwork.

On November 26, 2012, she was transferred to the Sheriff Administration’s Accounting Office as an Account Clerk I. She is responsible for preparing invoices, assists with grant reimbursement requests, completes drug forfeiture reports, assembles the daily cash deposit, and processes payroll every two weeks.

This past year saw several issues with the CAPSIT payroll system. With Wendy’s assistance and focus, she ensured that each Sheriff Department employee’s time slip information was correctly entered into the payroll program. She successfully stabilized this process over the past year and now, with her first-hand knowledge, she will be a key player in implementing the new workforce management software called Kronos, ultimately replacing CAPSIT.

Wendy pleasantly welcomes visitors and employees to the fifth floor administration office. She maintains a positive attitude and tirelessly goes about her work in a very consistent and even manner throughout the entire day. Her dependability is phenomenal and her quality of work is undeniable.

N-Sheriff-awards-BreuDeputy Douglas Breu 2015 Deputy of the year—Corrections

Doug began his career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office on October 7, 1991 as a

Corrections Officer, responsible for the general supervision and custody of inmates, conducting inmate searches, transfers, and investigations regarding alleged incidents within the facility. Doug was assigned to the Sheriff’s Honor Camp from 1998 until it closed in 2011. Doug adjusts well to change and transitioned effortlessly from working at the Honor Camp to the Main Jail. Due to Doug’s computer programming expertise, he created the electronic

version of the Department’s organizational chart in 2011. Doug was nominated for the September 2011 Rule of the Month for his useful and complete daily journal entries.

Throughout 2015, Doug was primarily assigned as the “L” relief deputy but often assisted wherever he was needed without hesitation. As release officer, he has been pivotal in assisting deputies with the day to day issues. Doug regularly forfeited his own break so that other deputies were relieved throughout their shift. Although he excelled in his position, he accepted frequent changes in his assignment without complaint.

Doug is trusted and respected by his peers. He is professional and respectful to the inmate population. He is a team player and makes it a priority to let his fellow colleagues know he is there to back them up, ensuring others feel supported and safe. He’s energetic, motivational, and has a high work ethic.

N-Sheriff-awards-MuirSergeant Bryan Muir 2015 Deputy of the year—law enforcement

Bryan began his career at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as a County Patrol Officer on January 8, 2001. In September 2003, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau—Family Services Unit. As a detective, he led by example and proved his investigative skills through communication, technical knowledge, and his ability to think outside the box. He demonstrated a drive to produce a thorough investigation from the initial report through a successful prosecution.

Bryan has a high level of integrity and is well liked and respected by his peers. Bryan has received numerous commendations from this department and has been recognized many times for his work by the public, police agencies, and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Bryan received a Life Saving Award for his efforts to extract and save an injured victim from a submerged vehicle on July 17, 2002. He received Letters of Recognition for the arrest of suspects in an unarmed robbery case on December 13, 2005, for an arrest in a robbery case on March 12, 2006, for capturing a suspect for an assault that occurred on September 20, 2009, and arrests of suspects that performed several armed robberies during the year 2009.

On September 26, 2011, he was promoted to County Police Sergeant on the Road Patrol. Since that promotion, Bryan served as the Underwater Search and Recover Team Commander and as a Tactical Entry Team Leader. In these roles, he consistently contributes and offers his opinion and knowledge during training and activations to ensure a safe and effective environment.

Bryan volunteers for Shop with the Sheriff, participates in the West Michigan Tactical Officers’ Association Tactical Shoot Competition, and serves on the Kent County Law Enforcement Association Union Board. He brings a unique style and positive outlook to his multifaceted roles.

N-Sheriff-awards-GarbarinoMatt Garbarino Kent County Traffic Squad 2015 special Deputy of the year

Matt Garbarino was approved for membership in the Kent County Traffic Squad in April 2010. He completed and graduated from the Traffic Squad Reserve Officer Academy in May 2011 and has been a very active member of the Enforcement Unit since.

Matt has been very involved in other areas of the Squad as well. He redesigned the Squad’s website in 2012, updating it on a regular basis. He has served as the Public Relations Lieutenant since 2013 and has created and coordinated a number PR initiatives for The Squad.

Matt assisted with the implementation of the KCSD Running Team in 2012 and serves as Co-Captain. In 2015, he was instrumental in having at least one member of the team carry a Thin Blue Line Flag for awareness in the 5k, 10K and 25K race categories of the 5th/3rd Riverbank Run.

Matt photographs and prepares a video record of the annual Shop With A Sheriff and National Night Out events, sharing them with the department and community. He also assists with the marketing of these programs as well as many other events with the design and production of flyers, brochures and various marketing materials.

Matt has also prepared and produced the current Kent County Sheriff’s Office recruiting video and just recently completed a video that will be used in the fundraising campaign for the expansion of the department’s K-9 Unit.

Matt is single and has a 13 year old son, Matthew. They enjoy a number of activities together including pistol and rifle target shooting. Matt is an avid marathoner, tri-athlete and Spin Class instructor at the South YMCA. In his spare time, he is employed as the Marketing Manager for Cincinnati, Inc., a company specializing in the manufacture of industrial 3-D printers, laser cutters, and industrial design products.

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Crash takes life of Sparta High teen


Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

Five teens were riding in this Pontiac Grand Prix when it left the road and hit a tree in Alpine Township on Sunday, April 10. Photo from FOX 17.

An Alpine Township family is grieving this week after their 16-year-old daughter died from injuries she suffered in a traffic accident involving five teens.

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Alyssa Eggerding

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the scene of an unknown accident on April 10, at 3:45 a.m. at the intersection of 9 Mile and Vinton, in Alpine Township. Also responding to the scene was Alpine Township Fire Department, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

They determined that the vehicle, a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, was traveling north on Vinton, when the teen driver lost control and went off the roadway, and struck a tree at the northeast corner of Vinton and 9 Mile.

There were five teenagers in the vehicle, and they all suffered serious injuries.

One of the passengers, Alyssa Eggerding, 16, of Alpine Township, died Monday, April 11, of her injuries. She was a junior at Sparta High School, and member of the varsity softball team.

The other teens involved in the accident included the driver, Armando Mendoza, 17, of Alpine Township; Alyssa Naughton, 16, of Walker; Kaitlin Keeler, 15, of Alpine Township; and Olivia Lawrence, 17, of Sparta. Lawrence is also a Sparta High School student, and the others are Comstock Park High School students.

Police do not believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Sheriff department’s investigation will be forwarded to the Kent County Prosecutor’s office for review and formal charges once it is completed.

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Teens face charges after attempted break-in


Kyle Adam Norvell

Kyle Adam Norvell

The names of two older teens have been released in the attempted break-in at the Cedar Springs Public Schools Hilltop Administration building early Wednesday morning, March 23.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the call at 3:22 a.m. of several suspects trying to break in to Hilltop. A witness reportedly scared off four suspects. It was initially reported that they could be armed with weapons, but detectives weren’t able to verify that any weapons were used.

Alexandr Ivan Rohloff

Alexandr Ivan Rohloff

After an intensive search by the deputies on scene, two white males were taken into custody for questioning.

The two suspects admitted to breaking into at least two homes and at least six motor vehicles over the past month. During the interview, the remaining two suspects were identified. One was located in the Cedar Springs area and taken into custody for questioning. This suspect also confirmed the break-ins.

Arrested was Alexandr Ivan Rohloff, 17, of Cedar Springs, and Kyle Adam Norvell, 19, of Grant. A male juvenile was also arrested.

Both Rohloff and the juvenile were charged with two counts of home invasion, and one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer. Norvell was charged with one count of resisting and obstructing a police officer, and a probation violation.

Rohloff’s bail was set at $50,000 cash/surety on each home invasion charge, and $10,000 cash/surety on the resisting and obstructing.

Norvell’s bail was set at $5,000, 10 percent.

Police have not yet apprehended the fourth suspect. The investigation is still open.

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Three arrested in after attempted break-in


Three suspects are in jail and another suspect is being sought after an attempted break-in at the Cedar Springs Public Schools Hilltop administration building early Wednesday morning, March 23.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the call at 3:22 a.m. of several suspects trying to break in to Hilltop. A witness reportedly scared off the four suspects. It was initially reported that they could be armed with weapons, but detectives haven’t been able to verify that any weapons were used.

After an intensive search by the deputies on scene, two white males were taken into custody for questioning.

The two suspects admitted to breaking into at least two homes and at least six motor vehicles over the past month. According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, they took place in the City of Cedar Springs.

During the interview, the remaining two suspects were identified. One was located in the Cedar Springs area and taken into custody for questioning. This suspect also confirmed the break-ins.

Two adult males and one juvenile have been lodged in the Kent County Jail for charges ranging from Home Invasion 1st, Probation violation and Larceny from a Motor Vehicle. The fourth suspect has been identified and is currently being sought for questioning.

Names of the suspects are being withheld until after arraignment.

This investigation remains open.

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Credit card skimmer found at local gas station


_N-Credit-card-Skimmer_file-photoOn Saturday, March 19, 2016, state and federal regulators and various law enforcement agencies conducted a full-scale gas pump blitz across Michigan as part of the ongoing efforts to crackdown on consumer credit card information being hacked by credit card skimmers.

The Kent County Sheriff Department participated in the sweep that was coordinated by the Department of Agriculture and partnered with the FBI. Michigan State Police, and other Sheriff Departments in several counties. During the sweep, a credit card skimmer was found a pump at the Citgo gas station, located on 17 Mile and White Creek, in Cedar Springs. The skimmer was collected by the Kent County Sheriff Department and turned over to the FBI.

Due to the skimmer being proactively located, it is believed that several people were protected from credit card fraud, as the unknown suspect(s) were unable to retrieve the information contained on the skimmer,” said Sgt. Jason Kelley, with Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs unit.

During Saturday’s blitz, which took officials from Grand Rapids to Saginaw to Lansing to the U.P. to Detroit and Traverse City, three credit card skimming devices were removed and confiscated and more than 3,000 pumps were checked. The other two skimmers were found at gas stations in Howell, Michigan.

These blitzes make it clear to these cyber-criminals we’re actively looking for skimming devices – not just during the traditional work week – but on weekends too,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director. “Credit card skimmers will not be tolerated and Michigan’s Weights and Measures inspectors, gas station owners, and law enforcement will continue to be on the hunt for skimmers to protect the state’s consumers from fraud.”

Credit card skimmers can’t be seen from outside the pump. Criminals use keys to quickly open the pumps, insert the skimmers and leave. Skimmers can be installed in seconds. The skimmers then make a copy of the consumer’s card information for criminals to make fraudulent purchases.

Some steps station owners can take to protect their patrons are changing locks, using tamper-proof security tape, and adding security cameras. Additionally, owners should also be increasing their dispenser inspections, and be more aware of these attacks,” said Clover Adams.

Jennifer Holton, with the MDARD, said that checking for skimmers has been an everyday practice since August 2015, but occasionally they do a blitz. “Not only do we check the quality of the gasoline, but we check for skimmers, too,” she explained.

Holton said that if something seems off at the pump, go inside to pay, and alert the cashier if you see something off. You should also regularly monitor your credit and debit card info to make sure you recognize purchases. “Immediately notify your banking institution if you notice something that shouldn’t be there,” she said.

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Falling tree causes car crash


The accident occurred just north of 14 Mile, near Cedar Creek. Post photo by J. Reed

The accident occurred just north of 14 Mile, near Cedar Creek. Post photo by J. Reed

A tree landed on the roof of this car Wednesday, causing the driver to swerve and roll the car. Post photo by J. Reed

A tree landed on the roof of this car Wednesday, causing the driver to swerve and roll the car. Post photo by J. Reed

By Judy Reed

A freak accident sent two people from Solon Township to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

According to both the Kent County Sheriff Department and a witness at the scene, a Chevrolet Cruze was heading south on Algoma about 2:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, just north of 14 Mile, when high winds toppled a tree and it landed on the roof of the car.

“They panicked and swerved and flipped the car into the ditch,” explained Brian Bos, of Moline, who was traveling behind the car and saw it happen. He immediately called 911, then went to check on the occupants. “They were pretty shaken up,” he said.

This tree snapped and landed on the roof of a passing car Wednesday, causing it to leave the road. Photo by J. Reed

This tree snapped and landed on the roof of a passing car Wednesday, causing it to leave the road. Photo by J. Reed

Shortly after the accident, winds took down another tree just north of the scene.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Michael Allen, the two occupants in the vehicle, driver Sheldon Lennox, 56, and Bobbi Scholten, 52, suffered minor injuries and were transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance. They were reportedly on their way to Florida.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Police arrest six in credit card fraud, seek another suspect


 

One suspect may have made over $100,000 in purchases

The Kent County Sheriff Department arrested six suspects in three separate credit card fraud incidents on March 4 and 5, and police are seeking a woman in another case.

According to police, the subjects are using stolen credit card information on line to make purchases or reprogramming the magnetic strip on credit cards or gift cards with stolen credit card information and using the cards to make in store purchases. In addition, suspects are using stolen personal information to obtain services/items of value such as cell phones.

The first suspect was arrested on March 4, for an incident that happened in Byron Township on January 21. The suspect had reportedly purchased merchandise with a stolen credit card. The investigation over the following month revealed a 27-year-old male from Detroit, Deandre Calhoun, made purchases from at least four businesses in Kent County using stolen credit cards. After his arrest Kent County detectives, with the assistance of the Detroit Police Departments, searched a couple of houses in the City of Detroit. Detectives located property such as a sofa, TV, and collectible coins from victims in Kent County. They also located hundreds of credit cards, credit card numbers, social security numbers, and people’s personal information, along with equipment to encode the magnetic strip on credit cards in the houses.

The suspect is believed to have purchased or attempted to purchase over $40,000.00 worth of property from Kent County businesses and is believed to have made purchases with stolen credit card information in excess of $100,000. He has been charged by larceny over $20,000.00, unlawful use of a computer, and illegal use of a financial transaction device.

In another case, Kent County deputies made contact on March 5 with a couple of subjects from the Detroit area at a gas station in Plainfield Township, after they made some suspicious purchases of cigarettes with gift cards. The suspects had several gift cards on them which had the magnetic strip reprogrammed with stolen credit card information. In addition, they had 18 cartons of cigarettes in their vehicle, which are believed to have been purchased with the stolen credit card information. Deputies were able to track fraudulent purchases to at least two businesses located in Kent County.

One of the suspects, Willie Coger, a 21-year-old male from Detroit, was lodged at the Kent County Jail and charged with possession of a fraudulent transaction device.

In the third case, Kent County Sheriff Department responded to the Meijer store in Cascade Township on March 5, after receiving a call of several people smoking marijuana in the parking lot. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle and made contact with three subjects who were from the Detroit area.

During their investigation deputies located a small amount of marijuana. Deputies also became suspicious of possible credit card fraud after locating numerous gift cards, Visa Green Dot cards, 10 IPAD Airs, 4 boxes of shoes, a PS4, a hoverboard, and clothing.

Do you know this woman? Police are seeking to identify her in relation to identity theft and credit card fraud in Byron Township. If  you recognize her, please call the Kent County Sheriff Department Detective Bureau at 632-6100 Ext. 6 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

Do you know this woman? Police are seeking to identify her in relation to identity theft and credit card fraud in Byron Township. If you recognize her, please call the Kent County Sheriff Department Detective Bureau at 632-6100 Ext. 6 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

It was determined the subjects had numerous stolen credit card numbers programmed on the back of gift cards and were using the stolen numbers to make their purchases. The value of the merchandise recovered in the vehicle was close to $7,000.00 and the total credit card fraud the suspects are responsible for is thought to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The suspects are Desean Porter, 26, and Arthur Jackson, 26, along with 25-year-old Jennifer Harris, all from the Detroit area. They were lodged at the Kent County Jail and charged with possession of a fraudulent financial transaction device.

In another incident of identity theft unrelated to the above credit card frauds, the Kent County Sheriff Department took a report on Feb. 6, where a female went to a Sprint store located in Byron Township and used someone else’s identification to open up an account and obtained four Iphone 6’s valued at $2,600. On the same date, two other Sprint stores in the area had a similar female do the same thing at their locations.

The suspect is described as a heavier set black female in her twenties. Detectives have not been able to identify the female suspect in this case and are asking anyone that may recognize the person of interest in the attached photo to contact the Kent County Sheriff Department Detective Bureau at 632-6100 Ext. 6 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Man killed in crash after leaving work 


William Rowan and his wife, Coreen.

William Rowan and his wife, Coreen.

A man who was a longtime employee of Vitale’s Pizza in Cedar Springs was killed after leaving work Sunday evening, January 17, when another car hit him head on.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, William Rowan, 48, of Grand Rapids was headed southbound on White Creek Avenue, just south of 17 Mile Road, in an Oldsmobile Cutlass, about 10:24 p.m., when a Cadillac headed north on White Creek crossed the centerline and struck Rowan’s vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 37-year-old Cedar Springs man driving the Cadillac sustained minor injuries and was treated on scene.

Police said that weather may have been a factor in the crash. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor. The crash is still under investigation, and the name of the other driver has not been released.

A gofundme page has been set up for Bill’s wife, Coreen, who is also a Vitale’s employee, and their six-year-old son Levi. You can visit it at https://www.gofundme.com/a8jvycdg.

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Man involved in standoff gets prison time


Adam Lee Dickinson

Adam Lee Dickinson

The Cedar Springs man who choked his girlfriend and was involved in a standoff with police for several hours last summer has been sentenced to serve between two and 10 years in prison.

The event started on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, when police received a frantic 911 call from a woman at 348 S. Sarah Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, who said that her boyfriend, identified as Adam Lee Dickinson, 24, had choked her and that he was armed with a shotgun. He had forced her out of the home, holding the gun in one hand, and their one-year-old girl in the other.

The Kent County Sheriff Department, assisted by the Michigan State Police, responded to the scene, shortly before 8 p.m., July 22, and secured a perimeter around the residence. They also blocked off intersections leading to the residence. Several hours were spent giving verbal commands through a loudspeaker. Police repeatedly told the man to exit the home, but they got no response. Kent County Sheriff Department Hostage Negotiators were also called to the scene to assist, however, Dickinson refused to communicate with them.

The Kent County Sheriff Department Tactical Team also responded and utilized several methods, including the deployment of cameras, to monitor Dickinson and ensure the child was not injured inside the home.

After a several hour standoff, the Tactical Team entered the residence and took Dickinson into custody. The one year old child was rescued and in good spirits when she was turned over to her mother. The Sheriff Department said two members of the Tactical Team suffered minor injuries while taking Dickinson into custody.

Dickinson was originally charged with unlawful Imprisonment; two counts of Assault by Strangulation; two counts of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Injury; and child abuse-3rd degree. As part of a plea deal, all but three of the charges were dismissed. Dickinson will serve one to four years on each of the resisting and obstructing a police officer counts, and two to 10 years on the assault by strangulation charge.

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Sparta man dies after ORV accident


Derek Bellows died following an ORV accident Christmas eve morning. Photo from gofundme page.

Derek Bellows died following an ORV accident Christmas eve morning. Photo from gofundme page.

A Sparta man who died following a tragic ORV accident early Christmas eve morning has given the gift of life to others.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Derek Bellows, 23, of Sparta, was driving a 2000 Yamaha quad westbound on 14 Mile Road NW, west of Phelps Avenue NW, in Sparta Township, when he hit a tree that had fallen across the road. He was thrown from the quad and found lying in the roadway. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a severe head injury.

Police believe the accident occurred between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. He was discovered about 6:25 a.m. It was unknown whether alcohol or excessive speed was involved.

Derek was transported to the hospital, where he was put on a ventilator. He died on December 26.

According to a gofundme page set up in his memory, Derek’s organs were donated to save the lives of several people. It was reportedly close to Derek’s  heart, because his grandfather received a new heart eight  years ago.

According to the gofundme page, “Derek was an amazing young man and full of life. He loved the outdoors, riding horses, snowmobiles, four-wheelers or whatever he could drive fast.  He also had a huge heart for people and animals. Derek loved horses and especially his dog.”

His funeral will be January 2, at 1 p.m. at Ballard Church of Christ. To make a memorial contribution, visit the gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/9ygj28qk. Contributions will benefit the Wounded Warrior project.

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