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Solon man dies in crash


Aaron Dault, 23, died early Sunday, when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Facebook photo.

 

Aaron Dault takes the ball upfield for Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer in 2010. Post file photo.

A 23-year-old Solon Township man died early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on White Creek Avenue.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on White Creek Avenue, between 18 Mile and Wiersma, when the car that Aaron Lee Dault was driving veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Police reported that he died instantly. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

Aaron Dault, 23. Facebook photo.

Aaron is the son of Dean and Kara (Wiles) Dault, of Solon Township.

Aaron graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2013, where he played varsity soccer and track. He was currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University. Aaron was also involved at his church, St. John Paul II Catholic Church here in Cedar Springs. According to his obituary, “he was adored by the parishioners and everyone he met. He will be remembered for his million dollar smile, holding the door open, and saying ‘hi’ to the people as they came for Mass.”

Click here to see Aaron’s obituary.

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Police seek info in unarmed robbery


 

Police are seeking information on an unarmed robbery at the Circle K gas station, 4811 West River Dr., Comstock Park. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the robbery occurred just after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 30. The suspect is described as a male, 5-feet 5-inches tall, wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants. No weapon was seen. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Anyone with information should contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Slippery roads result in crashes


This truck was one of the two involved in a crash at W. Muskegon and 6th Street Wednesday. Photo by B. Sanderson.

Slippery roads contributed to crashes all over Kent County on Wednesday, January 3. There were a multitude of slide offs, rollovers, and crashes on both the highways and local roads.

One of the crashes occurred in the City of Cedar Springs. The Kent County Sheriff Department responded to a property damage crash at W. Muskegon and 6th shortly before 10 a.m. Sgt. Jason Kelley reported that a westbound pick-up truck lost control, crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound pick-up truck. No injuries were reported. The driver of the westbound vehicle was cited for violation of basic speed law—driving too fast.

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New K9 teams in Kent County


Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

Photo from the Kent County Sheriff Department Facebook page.

The Kent County Sheriff Department has announced the addition of three new K9 teams. They recently activated two additional teams (for 24-hour K9 coverage) on patrol and one in corrections. 

“From left to right, meet Blu, Duke, and Shadow, who were each picked after an extensive selection process by their respective handlers,” it said in an announcement of the KCSD Facebook page. “This is a first go-around for Deputies Whelan, Wierda, and Gonzalez, too, who kicked their K9 handling career off with a tedious 6-week training academy in Indiana, in which they were only able to come home to see their families on the weekends which was a huge commitment.

“These dogs come to us from Germany and Hungry through Von Liche Kennel in Denver Indiana, and they have already proven to be absolute rock stars on duty as they hit the ground running (quite literally) right on their first shifts. We are excited to share their progress with you in the coming months, and again want to thank our donors who have made this program possible. The K9 Unit remains 100 percent donation funded, which is incredible, and it speaks to this community’s commitment to engage in its own safety and well-being by investing in one of the most valuable and effective tools that we have in law enforcement.”

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Suspect stabbed during domestic assault


Kent County Sheriff Deputies responded to a stabbing in the 400 block of Sarah Street Friday morning, November 3. Post photo by J. Reed.

Tyler John Bouwens has been arrested on domestic assault charges.

A Cedar Springs man underwent surgery Friday morning after he was reportedly stabbed with a knife during a domestic assault. On Saturday, he was arrested.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they were dispatched to a call about 7:30 a.m. Friday, November 3, on a stabbing that occurred in the 400 block of Sarah Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. When deputies arrived they found Tyler John Bouwens, 25, of Cedar Springs, with a stab wound in his upper torso. He was transported by ambulance to Butterworth Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Detective Joe Abram told the Post at the scene that they had people in custody but the investigation was not complete. 

According to a news release issued by the KCSD, police spoke to two people near the scene, and detectives later interviewed them at the Kent County Sheriff Department. They were then released.

According to a family friend, Bouwens was assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and threatening to kill her and their children and blow up their mobile home. The friend said that another family member of the woman reportedly stabbed him to get Bouwens off of her. Just prior to the incident, another male at the scene was also reportedly assaulted by Bouwens.

The friend said that the police had also escorted Bouwens out the day before for threatening the woman.

The KCSD Scientific Support Unit and a KCSD K-9 deputy also responded to the scene. Also assisting on scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. 

Bouwens was arraigned on Sunday, November 5, and charged with interfering with a 911 call; then on Monday, November 6, he was charged with one count of domestic violence; one count of assault and battery; and one count of assault/resist/obstructing a police officer. His bond was set at $10,000 cash/surety. As of Wednesday evening, November 8, he was still in custody at the Kent County Correctional Facility. According to police, no other charges will be brought against anyone in the case.

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Guns stolen in business break-in


Family Farm and Home was the site of break-in early Saturday morning, with 89 guns stolen. This photo of the store was taken last summer during a power outage.

Derrek Banks, was arrested on several firearms charges, but there is no evidence to show he was involved in the original break-in.

The Kent County Sheriff Department is investigating one of the biggest gun robberies in Kent County, and it happened last weekend in Cedar Springs.

According to Sgt. Joel Roon, with the Kent County Sheriff Department, 89 guns were stolen from Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs early Saturday morning, November 4.

According to police, they responded to a break-in at the store at 4175 17 Mile Rd at about 7:30 a.m. after management discovered the guns were missing. It’s unknown when the suspects entered or how long they were in the store.

Grand Rapids police recovered some of the guns while investigating a separate case, and two suspects were arrested on receiving and concealing stolen property charges. 

“GRPD was of great assistance during the investigation and the arrest is a result of a collaborative effort between KCSD and GRPD. The investigation remains open and active,” said Roon. Currently 13 guns have been recovered.

Derrek Banks, 42, of Grand Rapids, was arraigned on Tuesday, November 7, in 61st District Court, on four firearms charges—possession by a felon, receiving and concealing a stolen firearm, altering ID marks, and felony firearm. He was also charged as a habitual offender, 4th notice. His bond was set at $200,000 cash/surety.

Charges against the second suspect were dismissed. According to Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker, there was not sufficient evidence to file charges against that suspect. He also says he doesn’t have evidence that either one was involved in the break-in. 

“We charged Mr. Banks with receiving and concealing a stolen firearm along with other charges. At this time, we have no evidence that he was involved at all in the actual break-in at the Family Farm and Home. The Kent County Sheriff Department continues to work on that case and we will see how it develops, but at this point in time, nothing has been presented to us that either of these two were involved in any way with the break-in,” explained Becker.

Anyone with information involving this incident is advised to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

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Police investigate stabbing


Kent County Sheriff Deputies responded to a stabbing Friday morning, November 3, in the 400 block of Sarah Street in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Cedar Springs man underwent surgery this morning after he was reportedly stabbed with a knife in a domestic assault.According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they were dispatched to a call about 7:30 a.m. Friday, November 3, on a stabbing that occurred in the 400 block of Sarah Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates. When deputies arrived they found an adult male with a stab wound to his upper torso. The male was transported by ambulance to Butterworth Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Detective Joe Abram told the Post at the scene that they had people in custody but the investigation was not complete.

According to a news release issued by the KCSD, police spoke to two people near the scene, and detectives later interviewed them at the Kent County Sheriff Department.

The KCSD Scientific Support Unit and a KCSD K-9 deputy also responded to the scene. Also assisting on scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance.

The event is still being investigated by detectives and deputies. Additional details will be released after further investigation.

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Winter parking in effect


The Kent County Sheriff Department Cedar Springs Unit would like to remind the residents of the City of Cedar Springs that winter parking is now in effect.

Under Ordinance No. 180 Section 36-86, no parking is allowed from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. from November 1 to April 1 on streets and areas that have a curb, such as Main Street and connecting side streets, and no parking within a distance of 20 feet of the center of a street for all other areas. The ordinance was created to help with snow removal.

There are public lots available to park in overnight, but cars must be moved daily. Lots can be found at the NE corner of Ash and Second; the SE corner of Elm and Second; the SW corner of Ash and First; and the NW corner of Cherry and First.

“Compliance with the ordinance is key in keeping the city roads clear during the winter months,” said Sgt. Jason Kelley, supervisor of the Cedar Springs Unit. “Your attention to and assistance with this matter is greatly appreciated.”

A violation of the ordinance is a civil infraction.

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Woman killed in crash with semi


A woman died when she turned into the path of an oncoming semi in Courtland Township Tuesday. Photo from WOOD-TV 8.

A 77-year-old Grand Rapids woman died Tuesday, October 24, when her vehicle collided with a semi tractor in Courtland Township.

According to the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, the woman was traveling westbound on M-57 about 12:25 p.m. in a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, when she attempted to turn south on to Northland Drive and into the path of a Freightliner semi tractor traveling eastbound on M-57. The woman died at the scene as a result of injuries she sustained in the crash. Her name has not yet been released.

The driver of the semi, a 59-year-old Greenville man, was not injured.

Police said that neither speed nor alcohol appeared to be factors in the crash.

The Courtland Township Fire Department, Kent County Sheriff Department, and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene. 

Photo by Keith Coalter.

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Car crashes into house in Sand Lake


 

On Sunday, October 15, the Kent County Sheriff Department was dispatched to the 200 block of W. Lake Street, in Sand Lake, after a caller reported that a car had left the road and crashed into a house.

The occupants of the home had evacuated after the crash, and were not injured. The police have not released the name of the driver of the car, a 40-year-old female from Howard City. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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