Posted on 27 March 2014.
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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Posted on 20 June 2013.
When a Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy investigated an assault complaint last week, on Huron Drive in Winfield Township, he caught a whiff of something in the air from next door.
According to police, the deputy was trying to locate a witness to an assault when he smelled the overwhelming odor of marijuana coming from a neighbor’s residence. When the deputy went to the residence and questioned the neighbor, a 42-year-old man, the suspect told the deputy that he was a medical marijuana cardholder. Upon further questioning, the suspect admitted that he had an indoor grow operation and was a little over on his 12 plants. He said he had about 30 plants.
The Central Michigan Enforcement Team was contacted, and their investigation showed that the man had 140 plants—nearly 10 times the number allowed. He was also in possession of loose marijuana over 2.5 ounces, and a large amount of marijuana grow equipment.
The investigation was turned over to CMET, and an arrest had not yet been made.
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Posted on 22 April 2011.
I am amused to see the Legal Notice that Sand Lake Village Clerk, Judy Howard, put in the Cedar Springs Post. She explains the Moratorium on all aspects of Medical Marijuana in the Village.
When people complain regarding visible marijuana use in the downtown City Park Clerk Howard tells them that the marijuana use is hard to discipline and so the City officials and Village Police do not take notice.
In good weather the doors to the Fire Station are open and in front of it a group of Police and Fire & Rescue personnel have chairs and some stand around for most of each day, unless they receive the infrequent call. One only has to visit the ice cream store to see the group of people in the park gazebo and the police and fire & rescue facing them.
My amusement comes from knowing people who have complained, what Clerk Howard has told them, and the fact that the Village has such high hopes when their Police are incapable of doing anything about the really illegal marijuana. Theft of materials while the library was being built was clearly not dealt with either. Also evident in Clerk Howard’s Legal Notice is that she cannot spell the word marijuana.
Sand Lake Resident
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Posted on 09 December 2010.
A routine loud music complaint led to the arrest of a Cedar Springs man on drug charges last weekend. According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Officers Mandy Stahl and Paul Feutz took the call about 10:53 p.m. on Friday, December 3, in the 300 block of E. Oak Street. When officers were allowed inside to talk to the apartment owner, Officer Feutz noticed that one of the people inside the apartment threw something behind a dresser. He investigated and found a baggie of marijuana. A search of the balcony resulted in an even larger amount of drugs being found. Nicholas Allen Reyburn 28, of Cedar Springs, was arrested and lodged in the Kent County jail. He was arraigned on December 6 and charged with possession of a controlled substance-delivery and manufacturing of marijuana, which is a felony. Bond was set at $5,000, 10 percent cash surety. His preliminary court date was scheduled for December 20, at 10 a.m. The owner of the apartment, a 23-year-old female, was charged under a city ordinance with possession of drug paraphernalia. Her court date is December 22. “This case was not related to the recent drug raids that were done with the State Police MET team,” noted Chief Parent. “In this case, the officers were handling a routine call and did a very thorough investigation that led to the arrests.” This is the second time in less than a month that Reyburn was arrested. On November 13 he was booked on charges of domestic violence and assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer. He bonded out on those charges.
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