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Business break-ins


The Kent County Sheriff Department is seeking information on several break-ins that occurred Saturday evening, March 22, in the Cedar Rock area.

Cash was stolen and damage done to Domino’s Pizza, 4324 14 Mile Road; Pinnacle Popcorn, 4320 14 Mile Road; and Hair Taylor’s, 4633 14 Mile Road.

At Hair Taylor’s, Owner Tara Witt said that the thieves stole some products from the retail shelf, took their Keurig coffee pot, her laptop, and some cash from a snack box.

Anyone with information should call the Detective Division at (616) 632-6125, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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Corrections officers arrested on drug charges


Brian Tennant

Brian Tennant

Todd VanDoorne

Todd VanDoorne

Mike Frederick

Mike Frederick

Tim Bernhardt

Tim Bernhardt

A call last week from a local U.S. Post Office about a suspicious package ended in the arrest of one sergeant and three corrections officers—all 20-year-plus veterans of the Kent County Sheriff Department.

According to Undersheriff Jon Hess and Sheriff Larry Stelma, the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team (KANET) was called on March 17, 2014, to inspect a suspicious package. The investigation led to a suspect responsible for the package, which contained marijuana. Investigators discovered the suspects were making and/or in possession of a large quantity of marijuana extract called “marijuana butter.”

The four suspects arrested are Kent County Sheriff Department Corrections Officers: Corrections Sergeant Tim Bernhardt, a 22-year veteran, charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Conspiracy to Deliver/Manufacture a Controlled Substance; Corrections Officer Mike Frederick, 24-year veteran charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance; Corrections Officer Todd VanDoorne, 22-year veteran charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Maintaining a Drug House; Corrections Officer Brian Tennant, a 20-year veteran charged with Delivery/Manufacture Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

The suspects were arraigned on March 21, 2014, at the 63rd District Court in front of Judge Servaas. Bond was set at $2,000.00, and the employees were placed on administrative leave.

According to Sheriff Stelma, the Sheriff Department did a comprehensive internal investigation as a result of the arrests. Four additional Correctional Officers were placed on paid administrative leave and were administered drug testing to exclude their involvement in criminal activity. Their test results were negative and those four Corrections Officers were cleared of criminal wrong-doing and have been returned to full duty.

They believe the original four officers arrested were acting alone and that no other offices were involved in the criminal activity.

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Three hurt in rollover accident


 

An early morning rollover accident last Sunday sent three men to the hospital, one by AeroMed.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 2004 Acura, driven by Connor Steven Thomsen, 21, of Greenville, was traveling westbound on 14 Mile, west of Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Oakfield Township about 12:53 a.m., Sunday February 23, when it left the roadway, causing it to roll over numerous times.

Thomsen was transported to Spectrum United Hospital, in Greenville, by ambulance, with minor injuries. His front seat passenger, Trevor James Vandenberg, 21, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed with serious injuries. The rear seat passenger, Chase Lee Wright, 24, also of Greenville, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Oakfield Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash. It is still under investigation with the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

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Second man rearrested in murder case


Roger Jay Musick

Roger Jay Musick

A man originally arrested in the homicide of Steven Carl Day, of Grand Rapids, has been arrested again in connection with the case—this time for tampering with evidence.

Roger Jay Musick, 38, was arrested, along Robert Stewart McCombs, soon after the body of Day was found on 16 Mile near Myers Lake Avenue, on December 18. Both were released for insufficient evidence. McCombs was rearrested January 5 for lying to police about whether he knew or had contact with Day, and Musick was rearrested last Friday, January 17, on the tampering with evidence charge.

He was arraigned in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, and issued a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

Police are still looking for some of Day’s personal items that are missing. Police said that Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his belonging are missing, such as his wallet, clothing and coat. Police are especially interested in the wallet.

“We don’t know what he had in his wallet, but we have reason to believe that it was tossed out,” said Lt. Ron Gates.

Police said the items may have been thrown from a car, or may have been thrown in a dumpster.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

 

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Man rearrested in homicide case


Robert McCombs

Robert McCombs

Police still searching for murdered man’s wallet, backpack

One of two men originally arrested in connection with a homicide in December and then released has been re-arrested in the case—this time for obstruction of justice.

A man driving on 16 Mile Road near Myers Lake Avenue saw what he thought was a dead deer in the snow off the side of the road Wednesday morning, December 18. After getting a closer look, he saw it was a body.

The Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death of Steven Carl Day, 54, of Grand Rapids, as a homicide. Shortly after, two men were arrested and charged with felony murder. They were both released after the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office declined to press charges.

One of those men—Robert Stewart McCombs, 63, was rearrested last week for lying to police about whether he knew or had had contact with the victim. He is also being charged as a habitual offender, 3rd offense. He is being held on a $250,000 bond. He had reportedly fled the state and went to Tennessee after he was last released from jail.

McCombs waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids, and his case was bound over to Circuit Court.

N-murder-victim-backpackPolice are still looking for some of Day’s personal items that are missing. Police said the Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his belongings are missing, such as his wallet, clothing and coat. Police are especially interested in the wallet.

“We don’t know what he had in his wallet, but we have reason to believe that it was tossed out,” said Lt. Ron Gates.

Police said the items may have been thrown from a car, or may have been thrown in a dumpster.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

 

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Avoid a car-deer crash


From the Kent County Sheriff Department

It’s deer season, which means they will be on the move more than ever.

There were over 49,000 car deer accidents in Michigan last year.

Here are some tips to help you avoid a crash.

The two most important ways to avoid a deer-vehicle collision are: slow down and SLOW DOWN.

If you are driving through an area known for high deer populations, slow down and observe the speed limit. The more conservative you are with your speed, the more time you will have to brake if an animal darts into your path.

Always wear a seatbelt. The most severe injuries in deer-vehicle collisions usually result from failure to use a seatbelt.

Watch for the shine of eyes along the roadside and immediately begin to slow.

Use your high beams whenever the road is free of oncoming traffic. This will increase your visibility and give you more time to react.

Deer can become mesmerized by steady, bright lights so if you see one frozen on the road, slow down and flash your lights. Some experts recommend one long blast of the horn to scare them out of the road, as well.

Pay close attention to caution signs indicating deer. These signs are specifically placed in high traffic areas, where road crossings are frequent.

If you’re on a multi-lane road, drive in the center lane to give as much space to grazing deer as possible.

Never swerve to avoid a deer in the road. Swerving can confuse the deer on where to run. Swerving can also cause a head-on collision with oncoming vehicles, take you off the roadway into a tree or a ditch, and greatly increase the chances of serious injuries.

Deer are unpredictable creatures, and one that is calmly standing by the side of the road may suddenly leap into the roadway without warning. Slowing down when you spot a deer is the best way to avoid a collision. However, if one does move into your path, maintain control and do your best to brake and give the deer time to get out of your way.

Don’t rely on hood whistles or other devices designed to scare off deer. These have not been proven to work.

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Kent County Sheriff Department open house


 

The Kent County Sheriff Department will be hosting a Volunteer Open House on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. It will be at the Sheriff Office located at 701 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

The open house will last approximately one hour, and will highlight the many volunteer opportunities available through the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

These opportunities include:

Senior Volunteer Program – 55 years and older

a. Handicap and Fire Lane Parking Enforcement

b. Homebound Visits

c. Vacation House Checks

Victim Advocate Program – Victim Advocates are a group of civilian volunteers who provide support and assistance to families who have just experienced the sudden traumatic injury or death of a family member.

Front Desk Greeter – Volunteers greet and provide directions to the public as they enter the Sheriff Department Building. Light office work is also a part of this position.

Courtesy Trail Patrol – 18 years and older (Seasonal)

Volunteers patrol the White Pine Trail, East Trails and Kent Trails. Duties include, providing assistance to citizens on the bike path who have questions or need the services of the police.

Kent County Citizens Police Academy – The Kent County Sheriff Department Citizen Police Academy has been established to continue the positive movement in the relationships between the citizens of Kent County and their Sheriff Department. The goal is to develop and enhance citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in the community.

Kent County Traffic Squad – Offer an opportunity for residents of Kent County and West Michigan who have an interest in serving the community in a variety of ways that are oriented around law enforcement and public safety.

Chaplain Program – Clergy are being recruited to serve in a Chaplain’s Program for the Kent County Sheriff Department. This will be an honorary position and the chaplain will serve at the appointment of the Sheriff. Qualifications that will be considered include education, experience, endorsements, and the willingness to develop a rapport with departmental members. Clergy must be ordained and serving a local church or ministry in Kent County.

C.E.R.T. – Community Emergency Response Team

Training prepares you to help yourself, your family, and your neighbors during these emergencies. Training topics include personal preparedness, fire safety, search and rescue, and basic medical operations.

If you would like to attend the open house or have any questions, please RSVP Sandi Jones at 616-632-6221.

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Man killed in motorcycle accident


David Jay Plumb

David Jay Plumb

A motorcyclist died late Sunday afternoon after he struck an oncoming car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they were called to the scene of the accident on old Alpine, just south of 12 Mile Road, in Sparta Township about 5:50 p.m. Police determined that the driver of the motorcycle, David Jay Plumb, 52, of Grant, and formerly of Sparta, was traveling south on old Alpine, when he lost control and crossed the centerline, and struck the car of a Cedar Springs couple. Plumb died at the scene of his injuries. He was wearing a helmet.

William Yuncker, 70, suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs. Mary Yuncker, 64, suffered bruising and scrapes. Both were transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

Funeral services for David Plumb will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home in Sparta.

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Driver pulled from burning car


The Oakfield Township Fire Department was called to a car on fire on Friday, August 2, shortly after noon, near Beardslee Rd NE and Tully Avenue. They found a yellow car in the ditch along Beardslee, and the engine compartment was on fire. The compartment was full of smoke. As they began putting out the fire, a male in the vehicle sat up. He had been sitting in the driver’s seat, but was lying across the passenger seat. He was the only person in the car, and firefighters immediately pulled him out.

AeroMed was called to the scene, but told to disregard before they arrived. The man was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance with third degree burns to his legs and one arm.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said they think the man fell asleep and crashed into the ditch. They said it’s unknown why the car started on fire.

 

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Driver falls asleep; hits oncoming car


The driver of this car fell asleep and hit an oncoming vehicle the evening of July 4.

The driver of this car fell asleep and hit an oncoming vehicle the evening of July 4.

Police and fire and rescue responded to the scene of a two-car head-on collision in Nelson Township shortly before midnight on Thursday, July 4.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a young male driver traveling westbound on 17 Mile, between Shaner and Ritchie, dozed off and hit an oncoming vehicle. According to police at the scene, the occupants of the cars suffered minor injuries and would not be transported to the hospital. Cedar Springs Police and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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