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Two charged in drive by shooting


Victoria Groth

Jose Perez

By Judy Reed

Two suspects with prior criminal records were arraigned on several felony charges Monday afternoon related to a drive by shooting near Howard City over the weekend.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, they were called to the scene on Howard City/Edmore Rd in Reynolds Township about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning, August 6. While police were there, the victim, a 37-year-old Howard City resident, was receiving text messages from the suspect. They determined the suspect was at a gas station in Howard City.

Bolt, the MSP K9 that was injured by a suspect early Sunday, was treated at the MSU Veterinary Hospital. He is shown here with his handler, Trooper Cardenas.

Troopers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect fled. The pursuit ended a few miles away behind a residence, where two suspects fled into a wooded area. A Michigan State Police K9 was brought in and tracked down the suspects. One of the suspects injured the K9 when he attempted to stab the dog with a pocketknife. The suspect was then tased by police and taken into custody.

According to Lt. Rob Davis, police believe the shooting was over a financial dispute.

Troopers recovered what they believe is the original firearm used in the shooting. The serial number had been removed.

The two suspects, Jose Antonio Perez, 33, of Grand Rapids, and Victoria Jean Groth, 29, of Grand Rapids, were arraigned Monday afternoon in front of Magistrate Eggleston in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court.

Perez was arraigned on eight counts: Serious injury to a police animal, a five-year felony; weapon, felon in possession; ammunition, felon in possession; carrying a concealed weapon; felonious assault; fleeing and eluding, 4th degree; resisting and obstructing; and felony firearm. Bond was set at $250,000 cash/surety. He previously served time for home invasion, safe breaking, and possessing a weapon while a prisoner. He was paroled in 2015.

Groth was arraigned on felony probation, detainer, Kent County; and two counts of resisting and obstructing. Her bond was set at $40,000 cash/surety. She was on probation for one count of larceny in a building, and one count of uttering and publishing.

Bolt and Trooper Cardenas.

Bolt, the MSP K9 that was injured, was taken to the MSU Veterinary Hospital, where he was treated. Police initially thought he only suffered a minor cut, but once at MSU, it was discovered his injury was more serious. Bolt was released from the MSU Veterinary Hospital Tuesday, and returned home with his handler, Trooper Cardenas, to continue his recovery. It will still be a couple of weeks before he is ready for duty.

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Check out these classic cars


 

This painting of an Old Packard was created by Tim Hindenach and is currently hanging in the Cedar Springs Community Library. Photo courtesy of Claudia Mabie.

Do you love classic and vintage cars? Then you don’t want to miss out on two great opportunities to indulge that passion!

The Cedar Springs Historical Society is holding their annual car show this weekend, Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot between Morley Park and Skinner Field. Special guests this year include the Michigan State Police and their special black and gold cruiser, designed to celebrate their 100th anniversary of service. The car resembles the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The Kent County Sheriff Department will also be on hand with their mobile command bus. The bus will be open for display and the operator will be available to answer your questions.

The car show helps the museum provide free family programs throughout the year. For details, click here, to download ad.

The second opportunity is to visit the Cedar Springs Community Library, and see the painting of an old Packard (shown in the photo above). It’s one of two new installations hanging at the library as part of the program “Artists, Authors, and You!” The painting is by Tim Hindenach.

The library is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon.

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Man dies in rollover crash


 

John Andrew Londo

A man died in a single car-crash on US-131 in Montcalm County last weekend.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Saturday, July 8, about 7:30 p.m. on US-131, in Reynolds Township. The driver, John Andrew Londo, 32, of Evart, Mich., was southbound on US-131 when he lost control of his vehicle near Cutler Rd. The vehicle left the freeway and rolled over, causing Londo, who was not wearing his seatbelt, to be ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries. The passenger was not identified.

Assisting at the scene was the Howard City Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS.

According to his obituary, John Londo worked as a truck driver and would give a hand to help anyone who needed it. He enjoyed country and campfires and being on the water. Among those surviving him is a daughter who lives here in Cedar Springs.

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Motorcyclist injured in crash


A Trufant man was injured earlier this week when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a car waiting to turn. Courtesy photo.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a car vs. motorcycle injury crash at approximately 10:52 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 on Wise Road at Youngman Road, Montcalm Township.

According to Sheriff Michael Williams, the investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford Taurus was stopped facing west on Wise Road waiting for traffic to clear and to make a left turn onto Youngman Road. 

A 1999 Honda motorcycle, driven by Joseph Petersen, 24, of Trufant, was travelling west on Wise Road. He was not able to stop and struck the Ford from behind. Petersen was thrown from the motorcycle, and was transported to Spectrum with serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford Taurus, Lois Kinyon, age 56, from Greenville, was not injured. Anna Williams, age 88, from Greenville, was a passenger in the Ford and complained of pain, however sought her own treatment.

The occupants of the Ford were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the Honda was wearing a helmet. There were no other known contributing factors in the crash.

The Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Michigan State Police assisted with the crash.

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Cedar Springs Museum summer car show


The Michigan State Police black and gold car designed for their 100th anniversary will be on hand at the museum’s summer car show.

The Cedar Springs Museum will hold its annual summer car show fundraiser on Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot between Morley Park and Skinner Field.

The car show helps the museum provide free family programs throughout the year.

Special guests this year include the Michigan State Police and their special black and gold cruiser, designed to celebrate their 100th anniversary of service. The car resembles the department’s iconic 1937 Ford Model 74 patrol car.

The Kent County Sheriff Department’s mobile command center will also be at the car show. The command center bus will be open and an operator available to answer questions. Here it is shown at a library part in 2015.

The Kent County Sheriff Department will also be on hand with their mobile command bus. The bus will be open for display and the operator will be available to answer your questions.

The FFA will sell donuts and serve as helpers; free coffee and a free hot dog lunch will also be served to those visiting the car show, thanks to two local businesses.

Trophies and prizes will be awarded at the car show, and dash plaques given to the first 100 cars. Pre Entry is $8.00 per car or $10.00 the day of the show.

Mail early entry and fee to:

P.O. Box 296

Cedar Springs Mi. 49319

Include your name, address, city, state, zip and phone number. A parent signature is required if the entrant is under 18.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, call The Cedar Springs Museum at 616 696-3335 or email: cedarspringsmuseum@gmail.com.

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Michigan State Police Adds 12 New Canine Teams 


Largest Class of New Teams in MSP History 

The Michigan State Police (MSP) is pleased to announce that Michigan citizens will soon benefit from the services of 12 new canine teams, as well one replacement team, that graduated from the MSP 2017 Basic Canine School last week, the largest class of new teams in the department’s history.

With this graduating class, the MSP has 43 canine teams strategically placed throughout the state whose handlers answer calls for service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The unit handles more than 6,000 requests for service annually, making it one of the largest and busiest in the country.

“Our canine teams cover every area of this great state, providing an invaluable service to our law enforcement partners and the people who call Michigan home,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Today is another proud day for the department. This class has the distinction of being the largest held and also during our 100th Anniversary year.”

The Basic Canine School is a 14-week intense training program conducted in-house by veteran MSP Canine Unit members. The handlers received more than 500 hours of instruction and the canine teams covered more than 100 miles on foot as they received training in various disciplines including tracking, narcotics detection, building search, area search, property search, obedience and aggression.

The last Basic Canine School graduation was in December 2015, when six new teams graduated.

The MSP Canine Unit was established in 1960. Nearly all of its canines are German shepherds due to the breed’s ability to handle the various functions and stress with intelligent problem-solving abilities and a high work drive. The unit provides services in explosive, accelerant and cadaver detection, as well as the tactical entry dog program, which provides services to the MSP Emergency Support Team.

Within the last year, the unit added two black labs to focus specifically on evolving crimes. One is trained to detect explosives in motion and one is trained to identify high-tech evidence like computer equipment.

The MSP 2017 Basic Canine School graduates include:

 Handler  Canine  Post Assignment 
Tpr. David Bellestri Rex Metro South Post
Tpr. Ian Fields Boomer Wayland Post
Tpr. James Hutchinson Starsky Lakeview Post
Tpr. Adam Whited Loki Houghton Lake Post
Tpr. David Deuman Chief Gaylord Post
Tpr. Jordan Romel Zed Alpena Post
Tpr. Larry Rossler Nikko Iron Mountain Post
Tpr. Deter Kochan Blask Calumet Post
Tpr. Jeff Schrieber Hildago First District Headquarters*
Tpr. Parker Surbrook Wilson First District Headquarters
Tpr. Ty Purdy Rocko Third District Headquarters
Tpr. James Tompkins Drake Sixth District Headquarters
Tpr. Tyler Dougherty Odin Seventh District Headquarters

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Use caution when driving in flooded areas 


As Isabella and Midland counties continue to manage flood conditions due to heavy rainfall last Thursday and Friday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) would like to remind citizens to drive safely and adhere to all road closures due to flooded roads.

Flooding is one of Michigan’s most common hazards. According to the National Weather Service, more than half of flood-related fatalities involved driving. Flooding can weaken roads or cause them to wash out entirely, making driving through flooded areas dangerous.

“Flooding can cause serious hazards when driving,” said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “The safest option is to drive only on main roads and to stay off roads that are closed or barricaded. Driving through water-covered roads is never worth the risk.”

It is difficult to judge the depth of flood waters and only takes six inches of water to reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. Remember: Turn around, don’t drown when encountering a flooded road.

Other tips to stay safe while driving include:

  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Do not take shortcuts, stick to main roads and designated evacuation routes.
  • Remember that it takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs.
  • Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle that includes food, water, a flashlight, a first-aid kit, emergency contact numbers and a help sign.
  • Avoid areas that are likely to flood, including dips, low spots and floodplains; always heed flood warnings and instructions from emergency officials.

For additional flood safety tips, visit www.michigan.gov/miready.

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Missing principal and son found dead 


George Heckman

A missing elementary principal and his adult son were found dead in a vehicle in rural Montcalm County on Tuesday, June 20.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, their deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

George Heckman, 52, the principal at Pewamo Elementary, part of the Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools District, was reported missing Monday after missing a 7 p.m. board meeting. The district lies in both Clinton and Ionia Counties, and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office led the missing person’s investigation.

Heckman and his son, Grant Heckman, 28, were found in a van on a dirt two-track off of Tow Road, near Boyer Road, in Bushnell Township. Michigan State Police East Lansing Crime Lab assisted members of the MSP Lakeview Post with processing the scene.

Police said that preliminary autopsy results revealed that both George and Grant Heckman died of gunshot wounds and evidence indicates that George Heckman’s wound was self-inflicted.

Grant Heckman reportedly had cerebral palsy and was wheelchair-bound.

Besides serving as principal at Pewamo Elementary, George Heckman had also been special education director there, and was vice-president of the board of Austin’s House, located in Westphalia, whose mission it was to “develop and provide secure long-term residential services responsive to the needs of persons with disabilities,” according to the group’s website.

Heckman was also due to become Superintendent of Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools in 10 days, when the current Superintendent leaves for Allendale Public Schools.

The case is still under investigation.

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Second three-car crash injures motorists


 

The Montcalm County Sheriff Department responded to their second three-car crash of the day in Reynolds Township last Friday, June 16, at 5:05 p.m.

According to police, the crash occurred at the intersection of Howard City-Edmore Road (M-46) and Edgar Road, in Reynolds Township. They reported that a 2008 Subaru Outback driven by Joseph Hondalus, 56, of Howard City, stopped at the stop sign on Edgar Road, at M-46, and then proceeded west into the intersection and was struck by an eastbound Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Johnathan Little, 43, of Crystal. The near head-on collision pushed the Subaru into the path of a westbound Chevrolet Trailblazer on M-46 that was driven by Christopher Conger, 37, of Big Rapids.

Both Hondalus and a female passenger were transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital by the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

Little, who driving the Avalanche, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. His female passenger was not injured.

Conger, who was driving the Trailblazer, complained of pain but refused treatment.

The crash remains under investigation. All of the occupants were properly belted and airbags deployed in each of the vehicles.

In addition to the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services units, the Howard City Fire Department and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

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Newaygo woman charged with OWI, domestic abuse


 

Christa Ann Knox

A Newaygo woman that got into a fight with a passenger in her vehicle has been arrested on several charges.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, deputies were alerted to a possible drunk driver within Reynolds Township, on June 8, about 10:52 p.m. The report indicated a burgundy minivan was being driven in an erratic manner. Before the vehicle could be located by officers, an additional report was received advising the vehicle was stopped near the intersection of Gates and Dagget Roads and there was a woman lying on the road near the vehicle. Upon arrival, the deputy determined that there had not been a vehicle crash at that location, but several other law violations were discovered.

Through the investigation, it was determined that the driver, Christa Ann Knox, 36, of Newaygo, had been travelling westbound on Gates Road when she suddenly stopped her vehicle. Knox then engaged in some type of altercation with a 51-year old Newaygo woman who was a passenger in the vehicle. The 51-year-old woman was found lying in the roadway. She was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for treatment and it was determined she sustained no serious injuries.

The deputy determined that Knox was intoxicated, was not a valid driver, had her young child in the vehicle, had previous driving related convictions, and had several warrants out for her arrest. Knox was arrested and transported to the Montcalm County Jail where she was lodged.

After review, the prosecutor’s office authorized a warrant charging Knox with Operating While Impaired, third offense; driving on a suspended license, second offense; and domestic violence, second offense. Knox is currently being held at the jail with a $7,000.00 bond for those charges.

The Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

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