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Snowmobile Violations – Leaving the scene of a property damage accident.


OUT-Snowmobile-Conservation-officer-logoby Sgt. John Jurcich

 

The Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division, continues to seek information related to a hit and run snowmobile crash which killed one dog and seriously injured a second dog along Simonelli Road in Fruitland Township of Muskegon County on the evening of February 16th 2014.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. two Fruitland Township residents were at the end of a driveway while snow was being cleared and mail was being retrieved from a mailbox along this lightly traveled rural road. Two vehicles were visible at the end of the driveway with tractor lights illuminating the road at the time of the incident.  Two Brittany Spaniels, owned by one of the residents, briefly ran into the gravel roadway and were returning to the drive when a lone snowmobile approaching from the north, traveling the center of the roadway at a high rate of speed appeared. The snowmobile continued at high speed striking both dogs within twenty feet of the owner and witness. The suspect vehicle did not slow or brake prior to or after the collision.  One dog died on scene after being thrown 114 feet, and the second dog required emergency care and surgery in Grand Rapids with veterinary bills totaling more than $6,000.

The snowmobile was last observed at the intersection of Simonelli and Lakewood Roads. Conservation Officers and local law enforcement have been working leads related to this incident but continue to seek additional information. Investigators may be seeking a mid to late 1990s, Polaris snowmobile, dark in color, being operated by a lone occupant. This snowmobile may have left the Berry Junction Trail or the City of Whitehall just prior to the incident and may have been returning to Fruitland or the Laketon Township area at the time of the crash.

Snowmobiles in Muskegon County may operate to the extreme right of the “right of way” or plowed portion of the roadway.  Speeds may not exceed those posted or designated to normal vehicular traffic.  Under Michigan Snowmobile and Motor Vehicle Code laws, snowmobiles involved in a crash causing property damage or human injury, must stop at the scene to provide information.

Information may be provided to the DNR Report All Poaching Hotline at 1 800 292-7800 or the Muskegon Silent Observer at 72-Crime.

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Area law enforcement aid in finding suspect


The Cedar Springs Police joined other area police agencies in assisting the Kent County Sheriff Department during a break-in at the Michigan Natural Storage in Alpine Township last week.
According to the KCSD, they responded to a business alarm at the facility, at 12:47 a.m., located at 5899 Comstock Park Drive NW. A suspicious vehicle was found at the facility, and officers set up a perimeter around the business, utilizing officers from numerous agencies, while a Grand Rapids K9 officer conducted a search.
The suspect, identified as Allen Monroe Grays, 40, of Grand Rapids, refused to give  himself up and was seen trying to exit at different points around the facility. A team was assembled to enter the building and locate the suspect. After an extensive interior search, Gray was found hiding on an upper storage shelf behind numerous boxes, and taken into custody.
Grays confessed to this break-in and prior break-ins at the facility. He was stealing boxes full of packaged meat. When police caught him, he had thousands of dollars worth of product loaded and ready to take from the building. He admitted selling product from prior break-ins on the street for cash, and said he also used it to feed his family. Grays said he was having a hard time making ends meet and that he did have the intention of providing for his family with this crime.
He was arraigned on January 12 on one count of Breaking and Entering with attempt to steal, and one count of being a habitual offender, 4th offense. Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
Besides Cedar Springs Police, the Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by Walker PD, Rockford PD, Sparta PD and the Grand Rapids PD.

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