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Home invasions across the county


 

 

The Kent County Sheriff Department is asking residents to be on the lookout for people breaking into neighbor’s homes. According to Deputy VanSingel, of the Community Services Unit, in the past few weeks there has been several home invasions occurring from northern Kent County down to Caledonia, Gaines and Byron Townships.

“Most of the B&E’s have occurred during the day time hours,” said VanSingel. “Suspects are entering through unlocked garage doors or using force to enter through a window or door.”

These incidents are under investigation by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau. If you have any information pertaining to any of the B&E’s, please call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6100 or Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.

“We encourage everyone to take the time to be diligent and make sure your residence is secure, all doors and windows are locked. If you see a suspicious subject or vehicle in your neighborhood, please contact the police immediately and report the situation,” said Deputy VanSingel.

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Accident sends one to hospital


The driver of this car was extricated from the vehicle after a crash Tuesday in Solon Township. Post photo by L. Allen.

The driver of this car was extricated from the vehicle after a crash Tuesday in Solon Township. Post photo by L. Allen.

The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to the scene of an accident about noon, Tuesday, May 6, at the corner of Algoma and Solon Rd.

According to information the Post collected at the scene, a Chevy Silverado heading east on Solon Road stopped at the stop sign at Algoma, and then pulled out in front of a Pontiac Sunfire heading northbound on Algoma and the two collided.

The driver of the Sunfire had to be extricated from the vehicle, and was transported to the hospital. Her injuries were unknown at press time.

This Chevy Silverado pulled out in front of the Pontiac Sunfire. Post photo by L. Allen.

This Chevy Silverado pulled out in front of the Pontiac Sunfire. Post photo by L. Allen.

The driver of the truck declined to be transported to the hospital.

Both Solon and Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

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Reward offered for info in armed robberies


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*N-Jewelry robbery 2166The Kent County Sheriff Department reported last week that The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation of two recent jewelry store robberies and has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in the armed robbery at Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry in Grand Rapids and Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry has offered a $5,000 reward; the Kent County Silent Observer has offered a $1,000 reward and Crime Stoppers of Southeast Michigan has offered a $1,000 reward for a total of a $17,000.

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at approximately 12:29 p.m., four males wearing hooded sweatshirts covering their faces entered Paul Medawar Fine Jewelry to rob the store. At least one of the suspects was seen with a handgun. Shots were fired by employees at the robbers, and one was hit in the torso. The suspects then fled the store.

A few hours later, the same suspects robbed the Tapper’s Diamond and Fine Jewelry Store in West Bloomfield. Police compared the still photos and determined the clothing, bags, and the red and blue gloves are identical in both robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-336-3113 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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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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