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Kent County Sheriff Deputies to get lifesaving equipment


 

When seconds count, it is critical for first responders to have the equipment that can save lives. Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) can make a difference. And soon, Kent County Sheriff  Deputies will have them in their patrol vehicles.

Earlier this month, The Kent County Board of Commissioners approved accepting a grant that makes the purchase of the AED’s possible. The grant was an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. More than $63,000 was awarded to the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Special Project Fund for the AED’s.

Cardiac arrest—when a person’s heart stops beating and he or she stops breathing—can happen to anyone at any age. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) can keep blood flowing and oxygen going to the brain, but it is critical to get the heart beating normally again as quickly as possible. AEDs are small, portable devices that deliver an electric shock to a person’s heart, which can stop abnormal impulses in the heart and return it to a normal rhythm.

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG grant will be used by the Sheriff Department to equip patrol vehicles with AEDs. This allows patrol staff to respond to calls related to drug overdoses and other emergency assistance situations and provide defibrillation faster, potentially saving lives. Sheriff Department patrol staff are certified to use AEDs, but do not currently have the equipment available in patrol cruisers.

“There are times when the first responder on a medical emergency call is a Sheriff Deputy, and it could be several minutes before Emergency Medical Services arrive on the scene,” said Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young of the Kent County Sheriff Department. “Our Deputies are trained in several life-saving techniques and this gives them another tool that is far more effective in cardiac arrest cases.”

Without the early use of CPR and AED during cardiac arrest, chances of survival are about 2.5 percent. An AED increases chances of survival to 75 percent; AED combined with CPR increases that to 80 percent. “We’ve heard time and again that AEDs can be used even by an untrained person,” said Jim Saalfeld, Chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners. “This fully automated, lightweight equipment has saved countless lives. We are grateful to receive this grant which will help our first responders react quickly and efficiently to cardiac arrest incidents.”

The Edward Byrne Memorial JAG supports local activities that prevent and control crime, including law enforcement programs, prosecution and court programs, prevention and education programs, corrections and community corrections programs, drug treatment programs, and planning, evaluation, and technology programs.

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KANET investigates dispensaries


 

N-Kent-County-Sheriff-logoThe Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement team conducted several search warrants throughout Kent County Monday, searching three dispensaries and other addresses connected to them in some way.

According to police, the search warrants were executed after a lengthy investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana. Search warrants were conducted at the following locations:

Relief Hub dispensary, 4920 Plainfield, Plainfield Township; Third Day dispensary, 4981 Plainfield, Plainfield Twp.; Red Jasper dispensary, 3926 West River Dr, Plainfield Twp.; the 5000 block of Circle Dr, Cannon Twp.; the 5400 block of Pine Island Dr, Plainfield Twp.; the 2100 block of Wyndham Hill Dr, City of Grand Rapids; and the 1200 block of Taylor Ave, in City of Grand Rapids.

Police said that the investigation involved subjects that have been previously investigated and given written and verbal warnings by law enforcement and the Kent County prosecutor’s office, but continue to operate illegally under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

Police said they have received several complaints and tips from the public in regarding illegal sales of marijuana occurring at the dispensary locations. They also said investigators had made undercover purchases of marijuana at the locations, proving that the dispensaries continue to operate illegally. All seven locations are related to the investigation.

The Kent County Sheriff Department said that they continue to work with medical marijuana caregivers and patients who are complying with the laws and no enforcement is taken against them.

They said that they are also familiar with the Medical Marijuana Facility Licensing act, which was recently passed in Michigan and signed by the Governor. The bills cover the licensing requirements and includes local control by cities, villages, and townships, which can pass their own regulations for marijuana facilities, and legalizes marijuana provisioning centers/growing facilities.  It also covers safety compliance, taxes, fees, funds to municipalities, counties and the state. The bill also legalizes marijuana infused products.

Police said the subjects of the investigation found that the three dispensaries continue to operate illegally, even in violation of the new bills passed (MMFLA).

The names of the suspects have not yet been released, and the investigation is still ongoing.

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Kent City grad dies in crash


 

Isaiah Slater. Photo from his facebook page.

Isaiah Slater. Photo from his facebook page.

An 18-year-old Tyrone Township teen was killed last weekend when he crashed his vehicle while trying to pass another car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on Saturday, November 12, about 3:10 p.m., on Red Pine Drive, north of 18 Mile Rd. Police said that witnesses reported a southbound 2003 Mercury Sable tried to pass another southbound vehicle, and lost control. The car then left the roadway, rolled over, and crashed into several trees on the west side of the road.

The driver of the vehicle, Isaiah Slater, 18, of Tyrone Township, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. There was no one else in the car, and no other vehicles involved in the crash.

Police believe that speed was a factor in the crash, but alcohol and drugs are not thought to be factor. He was wearing his seatbelt.

Isaiah is the son of Gerald and Deborah Slater. According to his obituary, he had attended Algoma Christian School, and graduated from Kent City High School in 2016. He was attending Grand Rapids Community College.

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Man charged in crash that killed teen


Ted VandenBrink

Ted VandenBrink

Megan Cook

Megan Cook

A 39-year-old Grand Rapids man has been charged with causing the death of a Morley teen after he ran a stop sign while intoxicated and caused a three-car collision that resulted in her death.

The crash occurred on Sunday, November 13, about 3:40 p.m. in Alpine Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Ted Allen VandenBrink, 39, of Grand Rapids, was traveling west on 6 Mile Road in a 2008 Ford Taurus and failed to stop at the stop sign at Fruit Ridge Avenue. He then struck a 2004 Pontiac Montana minivan traveling northbound on Fruit Ridge Avenue. The force of the collision pushed the Montana into the path of a southbound 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, which also hit the minivan.

Megan Cook, 17, of Morley, was a passenger in the Montana minivan. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Megan’s mother, Beth Cook, 49, was the driver of the minivan, and Megan’s father, Randall Cook, 53, was a passenger. They were both sent by Life Ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the Silverado, David Castle, 60, of Grandville, nor his occupants were injured. VandenBrink, the driver of the Taurus, was also not injured.

Alpine Fire and Rescue and Life Ambulance assisted at the scene.

VandenBrink was arraigned in 63rd District Court on Monday, November 14, on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) causing death. His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety.

A gofundme page has been set up to help the Cook family with funeral and burial expenses at www.gofundme.com/angelmegan.

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Elderly man jailed on larceny, assault charges


Kent County Sheriff Deputies arresting Andrew DiPiazza. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kent County Sheriff Deputies arresting Andrew DiPiazza. Post photo by J. Reed.

Andrew Angelo DiPiazza

Andrew Angelo DiPiazza

A 78-year-old Cedar Springs man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly attempted to rob Link Wireless, 25 S. Main Street.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was dispatched to a possible attempted armed robbery at the store at 2:45 p.m., November 15. The suspect was described as a man in his 70s that presented a small knife and was wearing a baseball cap. According to Deputy Joel Roon, the man was reportedly asked to leave and he did.

Deputies searched the area and located a man that fit the description a couple of blocks north of the store. Andrew Angelo DiPiazza, 78, was initially arrested on an armed robbery charge and lodged in the Kent County Jail.

The armed robbery charge was later dropped, and DiPiazza was instead arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, attempted larceny from a building, and habitual offender—4th offense.

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Crash sends four to the hospital


This crash occurred at 18 Mile and Myers Lake Friday morning, and took out a telephone pole. Post photo by J. Reed.

This crash occurred at 18 Mile and Myers Lake Friday morning, and took out a telephone pole. Post photo by J. Reed.

A two-vehicle crash in Nelson Township Friday morning sent four people to the hospital, including one with life-threatening injuries.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. at the corner of 18 Mile Road and Myers Lake Avenue.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the investigation determined that a Red 2008 Dodge Caravan, driven by Kellie Austin, age 41, from Rockford, was traveling southbound on Myers Lake Avenue. The red Caravan pulled out in front of a 2012 Black Chevy Suburban driven by Tia Powell, age 30, from Gowen, that had the right of way while traveling eastbound on 18 Mile Road. The black Suburban struck the front passenger side of the red Caravan. This sent both vehicles into the southeast corner of the intersection. The Suburban then struck a utility pole.

According to emergency personnel on scene, Kellie Austin was sent to Spectrum Health with life-threatening injuries. She had no passengers.

Tia Powell suffered back and stomach pain. The front seat passenger of the black Suburban, Tamera Townes, age 55, from Cedar Springs, suffered back pain. The rear center passenger of the black Suburban, Isaiah Powell age 2 from Gowen, suffered a bump to his lip. All three were transported by Rockford Ambulance to Butterworth Hospital.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts. Isaiah Powell was in his car seat.

Assisting at the scene was Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance.

The intersection was closed for several hours while the police investigated the scene.

The case is still under investigation.

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Woman injured in deer crash


 

N-Kent-County-Sheriff-logoA Kent City woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition Tuesday after a deer that was hit by another car went flying through her windshield.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 8:54 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, on Algoma Avenue, just south of 15 Mile Road, in Algoma Township.

Doris Schoonmaker, of Sparta, was headed northbound on Algoma when she struck a deer with her 2007 Chevy HHR. The deer flew into the path and through the windshield of a southbound 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Linda Ball, of Kent City, and struck the driver.

A third vehicle then stopped at the scene and assisted the injured driver. Ball was given on-scene emergency care by Algoma Fire and Rescue and Rockford EMS and transported to Spectrum Butterworth with life-threatening injuries.

The driver that originally hit the deer was not injured. Neither vehicle had passengers. Both drivers wore seatbelts and police said neither alcohol nor excessive speed were factors. The crash remains under investigation.

According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, fall is the most dangerous time of year for deer-vehicle crashes. Almost 50 percent of deer crashes occur October through December. There were 47,001 deer crashes in Michigan last year, and Kent County had the second most in the state with 1,528. Eleven people were killed in deer crashes last year, and another 1,132 were injured.

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Car drives into Pine Lake


This car missed the stop sign at 17 Mile and Pine Lake Avenue Wednesday evening and drove into Pine Lake. Post photo by L. Allen.

This car missed the stop sign at 17 Mile and Pine Lake Avenue Wednesday evening and drove into Pine Lake. Post photo by L. Allen.

Another driver took the “Pine Lake plunge” Wednesday evening, September 28.

A call came across Kent County Dispatch at about 9:20 p.m. saying that a car had driven into Pine Lake at 17 Mile, in Nelson Township. They then reported the driver was crawling out of the car.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Clinton Felkner, 57, of Oakfield Township, was traveling eastbound on 17 Mile Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Lave Avenue and drove his 2009 Buick LaCrosse into Pine Lake.

The driver was not injured and was able to exit the car.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rockford Ambulance also responded to the scene.

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

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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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Three car crash sends teen to hospital


A woman that ran a red light caused a three-car crash at 17 Mile and White Creek on Wednesday, September 14. Post Photo by J. Reed.

A woman that ran a red light caused a three-car crash at 17 Mile and White Creek on Wednesday, September 14. Post Photo by J. Reed.

A three-car crash at the corner of 17 Mile and White Creek sent a young teen to the hospital last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 4:34 p.m., Wednesday, September 14, at the intersection of 17 Mile Road and White Creek Avenue.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, of KCSD Cedar Springs unit, a 2002 Dodge Stratus, driven by Jamie Wachter, a 46-year-old White Cloud woman, was travelling eastbound on 17 Mile Road and disregarded the red light at White Creek. That vehicle struck a southbound 2013 Ford Explorer driven by Tracy Bucholtz, a 53 year old Pierson woman, causing her vehicle to strike a third vehicle. The third vehicle, a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, was northbound and driven by Karen Pursley-Wood, a 48-year-old Cedar Springs woman. After colliding with vehicle 3, the Ford Explorer flipped onto its side, coming to rest on the driver side.

A passenger in the Dodge Stratus, a 14-year-old White Cloud female, was transported to DeVos Children’s Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Wachter, who ran the red light in the Stratus, was cited for Careless Driving.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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