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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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Kent County Sheriff Dept. gives out awards


The Kent County Sheriff Department gave out its annual awards to department personnel last week. Among them were individual awards for deputy of the year—law enforcement, deputy of the year—correctons, and civilian employee of the year.

Deputy Timothy Erhardt

2011 deputy of the year—law enforcement  

 

Deputy Timothy Erhardt

 

It is with great pleasure that the Kent County Sheriff Department names Deputy Timothy Erhardt the 2011 Deputy of the Year.

Tim began his career on May 10, 1999 at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a County Patrol Officer, providing services to the residents of Kent County by enforcing laws and traffic regulations, investigating crime, and utilizing crime prevention techniques.

Deputy Erhardt has been assigned to the Secondary Road Patrol Unit for over 10  years. He has worked traffic enforcement on almost every secondary road in the County and educated the motoring public on the benefits of safe driving. He has investigated hundreds of serious and fatal crashes throughout his tenure as a 416 officer.

Throughout his career, Deputy Erhardt served as a member of the Kent County Honor Guard, participated in dignitary motorcades (including President George W. Bush), was named 2009 Secondary Road Patrol Deputy of the Year, and received the 2010 Community Policing Association of Michigan’s Special Project in the Field of Crime Prevention Award.

Deputy Erhardt spearheaded Kent County’s Distracted Driver Awareness Program in 2007 and has since spoken with thousands of high school students and staff, earning him the 2011 Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission Award for traffic safety. Deputy Erhardt has also been instrumental in launching the same program in Ottawa and Barry Counties.

Deputy Erhardt’s constant commitment to his profession is overwhelming evidence of his dedication, teamwork philosophy, and enthusiasm for his patrols, investigations, and willingness to help others.

Deputy Donna Brown

2011 Deputy of the year—corrections 

 

Deputy Donna Brown

 

It is with great pleasure the Kent County Sheriff Department name Deputy Donna Brown the 2011 Deputy of the Year—Corrections.

Donna began her career on July 20, 1998 at the Kent County Sheriff Department as a Corrections Officer. While assigned to the main jail facility, Donna worked virtually every duty station. Her responsibilities included conducting inmate searches, transfers and investigations regarding alleged incidents, admitting visitors, conducting inmate counts, inspecting living quarters, and assisting in the Inmate Services Program.

Donna brought management experience from a previous job and quickly became someone you could count on to do the job right. She is a leader among her peers, well liked and respected. Donna’s strong work ethic and communication skills assisted her in becoming a classification officer in 2003 and she continues in this job assignment today.

As Classification Officer, Deputy Brown conducted more than 5,500 inmate moves within the facility and conducted 970 face to face interviews during 2011.  It is easy to get complacent and cut corners when interviewing and making this many decisions, but that is not the case with Deputy Brown. Her interviews are detailed and she makes good judgment in her decisions on inmate housing assignments. Her sound decision making is vital to the Sheriff Department interests as well as the County of Kent’s.

Deputy Brown attended several training seminars on gangs.  She interviews and identifies inmates involved in gang activities. She has been able to gather information on activity occurring within the facility as well as on the street. This information assisted local agencies on a variety of crimes including but not limited to murder, armed robberies, and drug related offenses.

Deputy Brown’s commitment to doing her very best and going above and beyond makes our facility and community a safer place.

2011 Civilian employee of the year

 

Brett Hulliberger

 

It is with great pleasure that the Kent County Sheriff Department name Brett Hulliberger as 2011 Civilian Employee of the Year.

Brett began his career at the Kent County Sheriff Department on October 12, 1998 as a part time Emergency Communications Operator in the Dispatch Center. On January 4, 1999, he was hired full time. His duties include receiving and processing emergency calls, dispatching equipment or personnel, maintaining two-way radio communication for police, fire or other departments, and serving as a Communication Training Officer (CTO). As CTO, he has had a part of training the majority of the current Dispatch staff.

On November 29, 2010, Brett was promoted to Emergency Communications Supervisor I, a technical lead position providing work direction for operators engaged in responsible public safety communications and dispatching.

When dealing with a variety of calls including emergency situations, Brett maintains a level head and calm demeanor and goes the extra mile when assisting the needs of the public. He has great social skills and works well with everyone. Brett is knowledgeable in the many different computer systems that Kent County has and he plays an integral part in the implementing and training of the new CAD system.

In 2007 and 2010, Brett was recognized with Letters of Recognition awarded for services characterized by outstanding ability, alertness and devotion to duty.

In 2011, Brett stepped up to assist the Records Bureau clerks learn the warrant entry process. He was always considerate and very patient in his teachings. Brett went so far as to compile a “warrant book” including samples and instructions for the many different kinds of warrants.

Brett provides valuable input and leadership as the Kent County Sheriff Office continues to move forward with new technology. He comes to work each day prepared and with an exceptional attitude that consists of compassion, patience, commitment, and competency.

 

 

 

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Police seek impersonators


female suspect

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department along with the Grand Rapids Police Department, Wyoming Police Department and the Grandville Police Departments are investigating a series of police impersonation complaints that occurred starting last week. Since March 7, area police agencies have taken five separate complaints of a female police impersonator approaching people in both parking lots and at an apartment complex identifying herself as a detective, showing them a gold badge of some sort and requesting to speak to them about their involvement in various crimes.

male suspect

The female has been working in coordination with an unknown male subject who she contacts via cellular telephone, who also identifies himself as a law enforcement official and questions the victim.  Both subjects then request permission to search the victim’s home and at least two victims have allowed the female suspect to do so.

There is limited information on the suspects, but the female is described as a black female, approximately 5-feet 4-inches to 5-feet 6-inches, 120-125 pounds, slim build, long dark shoulder length hair, wearing professional style clothing. An unknown white vehicle was also seen in the area of female on at least two separate occasions.

KCSD and GRPD were able to obtain composites of the female suspect and photos of a male person of interest who was seen contacting the female in the 3400 block of Plainfield Ave.

KCSD is requesting anyone with any additional information reference these complaints contact your local police agency to file a report or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Do you know this man?


mystery manThe Kent County Sheriff Department is searching for the man who robbed a woman the last week in October.
Police said that on October 26, a 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman had her wallet stolen while she was frequenting a business in Plainfield Township. Several hours after the theft, the suspect used the victim’s debit card at a local bank and withdrew money from her account.
The suspect’s picture was captured during the transaction. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who could potentially identify this suspect to please call 616-632 -6434 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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