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B&E results in meth lab bust


Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post were called to a breaking and entering in progress of an unoccupied home on Tuesday, January 26, about 7 p.m. The homeowner was out of state in California. Upon arrival, the Troopers located a vehicle in the driveway and contacted the homeowner, who gave permission for the Troopers to search the home. While checking the home, they observed evidence related to the use of methamphetamine.

A 37-year-old male and 17-year-old female were found inside the residence. While speaking with the male and female, the male admitted to possessing a one-pot meth lab in his vehicle in the driveway.

CMET (Central Michigan Enforcement Team) was called in to assist with the one pot meth lab.  The male suspect was arrested for unlawful entry and an outstanding warrant.  Additional charges are pending in relation to the manufacturing methamphetamine. The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignments.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department and CMET.

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Hart Post detectives receive meritorious service award 

 D/Sgt. Michael Stephens

D/Sgt. Michael Stephens

D/Sgt. Scott Rios

D/Sgt. Scott Rios

D/Sgt. John Forner

D/Sgt. John Forner

At a special ceremony held in Lansing, Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue presented D/Sgt. John Forner, D/Sgt. Scott Rios and D/Sgt. Michael Stephens of the Hart Post with the MSP Meritorious Service Award for their diligence during a very complex, 26-year-old cold case investigation involving the homicide of Ms. Shannon Siders.

After failing to return home one evening in July 1989, Siders was reported missing to the MSP Newaygo Post by her father.

In early September 1989, identification and other items belonging to Siders were found in the national forest and brought to the Newaygo Post. The area was searched where the items were found, but no evidence was located. Unfortunately, in October 1989, Siders’ remains were recovered in the national forest and her cause of death was ruled a homicide.

Investigators established a timeline and learned that Siders was last seen alive in the company of two brothers. As the investigation continued, additional leads were submitted and multiple suspects and theories were explored, but tips became sparse over time and the investigation grew cold.

In 2011, a cold case task force comprised of Forner, Rios and Stephens, along with officers from the Newaygo Police Department and the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department was formed to reexamine the case. Detectives examined all available evidence, collected missing documents and compiled a list of suspect theories.

After the task force indexed the report of over 2,000 pages and conducted over 500 interviews, the original suspects were again identified as prime suspects in the case.

In June 2014, homicide warrants were obtained and the suspects were arrested. The case went to trial in April 2015 and in May 2015 one suspect was convicted of first degree murder and the other suspect was convicted of second degree murder.

In awarding Forner, Rios and Stephens with the department’s Meritorious Service Award, the MSP Board of Awards recognizes that without their dedication and expert investigative skills, justice may have never been obtained for Siders.

Forner joined the department in 1998, graduating as a member of the 117th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to being assigned to the Hart Post, he served at the Grand Haven and Rockford posts, as well as the Sixth District Headquarters.

Rios joined the department in 1988, graduating as a member of the 103rd Trooper Recruit School. Prior to being assigned to the Hart Post, he served at the Ypsilanti, Detroit, Lakeview, Grand Haven and Newaygo posts.

Stephens joined the department in 1999, graduating as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. Prior to being assigned to the Hart Post, he served at the Newaygo, Lakeview and Mt. Pleasant posts.

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Man involved in standoff gets prison time

Adam Lee Dickinson

Adam Lee Dickinson

The Cedar Springs man who choked his girlfriend and was involved in a standoff with police for several hours last summer has been sentenced to serve between two and 10 years in prison.

The event started on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, when police received a frantic 911 call from a woman at 348 S. Sarah Street, in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates, who said that her boyfriend, identified as Adam Lee Dickinson, 24, had choked her and that he was armed with a shotgun. He had forced her out of the home, holding the gun in one hand, and their one-year-old girl in the other.

The Kent County Sheriff Department, assisted by the Michigan State Police, responded to the scene, shortly before 8 p.m., July 22, and secured a perimeter around the residence. They also blocked off intersections leading to the residence. Several hours were spent giving verbal commands through a loudspeaker. Police repeatedly told the man to exit the home, but they got no response. Kent County Sheriff Department Hostage Negotiators were also called to the scene to assist, however, Dickinson refused to communicate with them.

The Kent County Sheriff Department Tactical Team also responded and utilized several methods, including the deployment of cameras, to monitor Dickinson and ensure the child was not injured inside the home.

After a several hour standoff, the Tactical Team entered the residence and took Dickinson into custody. The one year old child was rescued and in good spirits when she was turned over to her mother. The Sheriff Department said two members of the Tactical Team suffered minor injuries while taking Dickinson into custody.

Dickinson was originally charged with unlawful Imprisonment; two counts of Assault by Strangulation; two counts of Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Injury; and child abuse-3rd degree. As part of a plea deal, all but three of the charges were dismissed. Dickinson will serve one to four years on each of the resisting and obstructing a police officer counts, and two to 10 years on the assault by strangulation charge.

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Crystal man arrested in break in


Branden Miller

Branden Miller

A Montcalm County man was arrested on Thursday, December 31, and remains behind bars, for breaking into a family member’s home and damaging property.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the call came in to Montcalm Central Distpatch at 9:34 p.m., December 31 (New Year’s eve). The caller, a 67-year-old Crystal woman, said that a family member, later identified as Branden Miller, 26, of Crystal, had broken into her home, in the 8000 block of East Sidney Road, in Crystal Township.

Police said the investigation showed that Miller was intoxicated and tried to find the woman’s car keys. When she tried to stop him, Miller shoved her to the floor, causing her to suffer some minor injuries. Police said that Miller took a bottle of alcohol from the home when he left, and went to a nearby home where he was apprehended without further incident.

Miller has been charged with First Degree Home Invasion and Malicious Destruction of Property Less than $200.00. He remains behind bars on a $5500.00 cash/surety bond.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted in the arrest by Carson City Police and the Michigan State Police.

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Be on lookout for suspicious activity


The Michigan State Police reminds you that homeland security starts with hometown security.

The public can assist law enforcement by being our eyes and ears—by being vigilant, observant, and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

If you see something suspicious, you should immediately notify law enforcement. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

In Michigan, non-emergency suspicious activity can be reported to the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center by phone at 1-855-MICHTIP (855-642-4847) or online at www.michigan.gov/michtip.

In large gatherings and populated places, be responsible for your personal safety. Make a mental note of emergency exits and locations of the nearest security personnel.

Indicators of Suspicious Activity

Michiganders should be on the lookout for indicators of suspicious activity that may include:

An unattended object or one that appears out of place, especially in crowded or public areas.

Individuals exhibiting strange or abnormal behavior.

A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle.

Someone entering or exiting blocked or unauthorized areas.

Individuals who quickly leave when seen or approached.

Someone tampering or interfering with surveillance cameras.

An overloaded vehicle or one that seems out of place.

Someone taking photos, videos or drawings of high-profile or highly populated buildings or structures.

Exposed wiring or other abnormalities.

Michiganders are reminded to be on the lookout for the seven signs of terrorism, which include surveillance, elicitation, tests of security, acquiring supplies, suspicious persons out of place, dry run/trial run, and deploying assets.

Active Shooter Guidance – Run, Hide, Fight

If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, you have three options: run, hide or fight.

Run if a safe path is available. Always try to escape or evacuate even if others insist on staying. Encourage others to leave with you, but do not let the indecision of others slow down your own effort to escape. Once you are out of the line of fire, try to prevent others from walking into the danger zone and call 9-1-1.

If you cannot get out safely, find a place to hide. When hiding, turn out lights, remember to lock doors, and silence your ringer and vibration mode on your cell phone.

As a last resort, working together or alone, act with aggression, use improvised weapons, and fight.

Michigan Intelligence Operations Center (MIOC)

Located within the Michigan State Police, the MIOC operates 24/7 providing a critical link to all levels of government and the private sector in the sharing of critical information as it pertains to crimes, threats, and hazards.

Established in 2007, the MIOC is one of 78 fusion centers nationwide that exchange information and intelligence to fight crime and terrorism.

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Prosecutor rules Trooper justified in using deadly force

Travis Quay was killed by police in October after he shot an officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

Travis Quay was killed by police in October after he shot an officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause ruled on Tuesday that the Michigan State Police Trooper who fatally shot a suspect, after the suspect shot another police officer with a crossbow, was justified in using deadly force.

On Friday October 9, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was shot and killed by Trooper Timothy Moreno, of the Michigan State Police, after Quay shot at officers with a cross bow, striking Montcalm County Deputy Michael Kotenko, while they were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for felonious assault on Quay at 8072 Townline Lake Rd., in Lakeview.

Krause said that in order to reach a legal opinion, she reviewed multiple reports from the Michigan State Police, Lakeview Police Department, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, an interview with Deputy Kotenko, the Montcalm County Medical examiner, crime scene photos, 911 dispatch recordings, a search warrant and two MSP Lab reports.

Krause explained the sequence of events:

The incident began when Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post investigated a felonious assault incident during the day on October 9, which occurred at the above address. The complainant in that incident, Timothy Schultz, reported that his neighbor, Travis Quay, accused him and his son, Kevin Schultz, of stealing his marihuana. Quay reportedly held Timothy at knife point. Timothy’s adult son, Levi Schultz, reported to troopers that he went to Quay’s residence to talk about the incident when Quay stabbed him in the arm with a pitchfork. Troopers attempted to contact Quay at his residence and were unsuccessful.  Troopers obtained a felony arrest warrant for Quay and entered Quay’s home but were unable to locate him.  They cleared the scene and requested Timothy to contact them if he saw Quay return home. That investigation is documented in MSP Lakeview Incident 64-7574-15.

Montcalm County Central Dispatch contacted Trooper Moreno on October 9 at approximately 11:15 p.m. and informed him that Travis Quay was home. Dispatch told Tpr. Moreno that the neighbor contacted them and provided the information. Dispatch briefed Tpr. Moreno of the earlier incident and the fact that Quay had a two-count felony warrant for his arrest.  Tpr. Moreno met with Deputies Kotenko and Wierda from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, and Officer Mack from the Lakeview Police Department at the Wesco in Lakeview. At that time they discussed the situation and then the four of them responded to Quay’s residence.

Tpr. Moreno and Deputy Kotenko went to the front door (west side) of the trailer home. Tpr. Moreno knocked on the door and Quay’s wife, Michelle Quay, answered. Tpr. Moreno advised Michelle that there was a felony arrest warrant for Quay. She told him that Quay was not home.  Tpr. Moreno made entry into the home with Deputy Kotenko entering behind him.  Under current law the police are legally justified to make entry into a residence when they have an arrest warrant.  Tpr. Moreno was to clear the left side of the residence as they entered while Deputy Kotenko was going to clear the right side of the residence.  As Tpr. Moreno entered the residence, he yelled out for Quay. Travis Quay was in the southwest corner of the kitchen (south or right side of the entry door) armed with a crossbow.  Tpr. Moreno was the first to spot Quay, as Kotenko was not fully inside yet.

As Tpr. Moreno saw Quay, and saw a large bow aimed at him, he ordered Quay to drop it as he started to reach for his firearm.  Deputy Kotenko was just inside now and starting his sweep of the right side when a loud thud was heard by Tpr. Moreno.  He knew Quay had fired but was not sure if he was hit, or another officer, or if it hit a wall.  Tpr. Moreno then heard a loud yell of pain come from Deputy Kotenko.  Quay had shot a crossbow bolt with a triple fixed blade broadhead, which struck Deputy Kotenko in his right side below his right arm and the arrow lodged in him.  In fear for his life and the life of the other officers on scene Tpr. Moreno returned fire at Quay.  Tpr. Moreno fired three shots in Quay’s direction, with one round hitting Quay in the upper left chest. Quay went to the floor face first, where Tpr. Moreno placed his hands in handcuffs behind his back. Three fired cartridge casings were found at the scene. Two fired bullets were found on the floor near Quay and one fired bullet was removed from Quay during the autopsy.

Quay was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel at 12:54 a.m.  Deputy Kotenko was transported to Spectrum Butterworth by Aero med, where he underwent surgery to remove the crossbow bolt.

Other information gathered by the police includes that Quay, earlier that night, had made statements to others that he would not go back to jail.  He also specifically brought the crossbow back to his house that night from a friend’s house.  Another cross bow bolt with a broadhead tip and empty quiver were observed in close proximity to Quay on the southeast side of the kitchen.  A compound bow which had an arrow with broadhead nocked was located north of the entry door.  An open bow case was observed on the bed in the north bedroom.  An aluminum softball bat was found near the countertop/bar between the kitchen and living room east of the entry door.  Additionally, three paper bags of marihuana were also found in the living room.

The autopsy report listed the cause of death of Travis Quay as a gunshot wound of the chest. Toxicology reports listed his ethanol level as high as 0.19. He also tested positive for marihuana.

“As is the case in any fatal shooting, it is important to emphasize the purpose of this review.  It is not to determine whether the police officers could have or might have done something differently.  It is not whether, with the full benefit of hindsight, this tragic death could have been avoided.  Rather, the sole question to be answered is whether the death of Travis Quay was the result of a criminal act,” explained Krause.

“Based upon a review of the facts and the law, it is clear that Travis Quay presented an immediate danger of death or great bodily harm to Trooper Moreno, Deputy Kotenko and the other officers at the scene. As such, Trooper Moreno acted properly in self-defense.

“Trooper Moreno told Quay to drop the weapon. Instead of being arrested on the warrant, Quay fired at officers, striking Deputy Kotenko in his side with a crossbow bolt. Trooper Moreno, fearing for his own life and that of the other officers, fired three rounds in the direction of Quay.  One round struck him in the upper left chest, killing him. Under these circumstances, Trooper Moreno was justified in using deadly force against what would be perceived by any reasonable person as an imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.”

Trooper Timothy Moreno is a three year veteran with the Michigan State Police, and he is a lieutenant in the National Guard.

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Woman injured in rollover crash


A Solon Township woman suffered serious injuries when she rolled her car early Sunday morning, November 29,  in Cannon Township.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Chad Potts, the woman, identified as Tommi Danorder, 37, of Solon Township, was driving her 2000 Ford Taurus northbound on Wolverine Boulevard, south of 10 Mile, about 6:11 a.m., when she lost control and struck the median. Her vehicle rolled several times, before coming to rest on its roof in the southbound lanes of Wolverine.

She was taken to Butterworth Hospital with serious injuries.

There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Assisting at the scene was Rockford Fire, Rockford Ambulance, Rockford Police, and the Michigan State Police.

Police said she was a wearing seatbelt, but alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

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Greenville man charged in road rage incident

Neil Eugene Endsley

Neil Eugene Endsley

A 58-year-old Greenville man was arraigned on several charges Tuesday, after pointing a gun at another motorist Monday, November 30, in a road rage incident in Isabella County.

According to the Michigan State Police in Mount Pleasant, the incident occurred on US127, north of E. Rosebush Rd, in Isabella Township, Isabella County.

They said that a 33-year-old man from Farwell, Michigan, was traveling northbound on US127, when the suspect vehicle blocked him from passing, so he flashed his lights at the suspect vehicle. The two vehicles continued northbound, and as the victim proceeded to pass, he saw the suspect point a handgun at him. The victim backed off, and reported the incident to the Isabella County Central Dispatch. The information was then forwarded to the Clare County Dispatch to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle.

Troopers located the suspect in Clare County and made a traffic stop, with the assistance of the Clare County Sheriff’s Department. The investigation showed the suspect was legally carrying a .40 caliber handgun. He was then arrested and lodged in the Isabella County jail on a charge of felonious assault.

The suspect, identified as Neil Eugene Endsley, 58, of Greenville, was arraigned on Tuesday, December 2 in Isabella County Trial Court on charges of felonious assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearm, and reckless driving.

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Deputy shot while arresting suspect


suspect Travis Lee Quay

suspect Travis Lee Quay

A Montcalm County man was shot and killed by police Friday, after he shot another police officer with a crossbow during an arrest.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, officers from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, and City of Lakeview Police Department were in the process of serving an arrest warrant for felonious assault on a 40-year-old male, at a home in Cato Township, Montcalm County, on Friday, October 9. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking a Montcalm County deputy.  An MSP trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.

The deputy was flown by Aero med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, where he underwent surgery, and remains in stable condition.

The suspect, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He reportedly was being arrested by for an assault on a neighbor the day before.

According to an official statement by the MSP, State Police personnel are required to follow strict guidelines in the discharge of weapons. MSP policy permits officers to point or discharge a firearm in self-defense or defense of another when he or she reasonably believes there is imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.

An investigation of this incident is currently underway by the Michigan State Police 6th District Special Investigations Section.

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Domestic Violence: Equal Opportunity Destroyer


By Mary Kuhlman, Michigan News Connection

It’s often a hidden problem, but domestic violence occurs in Michigan homes more often than some may realize.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is being used to highlight misconceptions about domestic violence. As a social worker with the National Association of Social Workers in Michigan, Erica Schmittdiel has seen the face of domestic violence and she says it never looks the same twice.

According to Schmittdiel, domsetic violence happens regardless of gender, age, race or economic and educational background.

“Domestic violence is an equal opportunity destroyer, and there are no boundaries,” she says. “Whether you have a PhD or a GED, you can be the victim or you can be a perpetrator.”
Schmittdiel says a common misconception is that a victim can simply walk away from an abuser, but a victim often feels a need to stay for children, out of a fear of retaliation or does not have adequate resources to get away. An estimated one-in-four women, and one-in-seven men, will be a victim of partner violence in their lifetime.
Domestic violence isn’t always physical. Schmittdiel says there are other tactics a person can use to control another person, including emotional abuse, sexual violence and economic abuse.
“Maybe they’re telling the other partner they can’t work or they’re taking the partner’s paycheck if that person does work,” she says. “We see a lot of using children. ‘If you leave me I’ll file for custody, I’ll get the kids or I’ll call Children’s Protective Services on you.’”

Another myth, says Schmittdiel, is that alcohol or drugs can cause abusive behaviors. But she contends abuse is a choice and it is not out of the control of the perpetrator.

“They need the support that our shelter and other shelters in Michigan provide,” she says. “Unfortunately, our shelter has been very full, as well as other shelters across the state. That is really unfortunate for people that are ready to leave.”
Schmittdiel works at MSU Safe Place in East Lansing, which provides emergency shelter, counseling and safety planning for survivors of violence. She says having a place to stay is one of the biggest needs of victims, but there is not enough space in the county’s two domestic violence shelters.

Here in Kent County, if you need immediate assistance, call 911.

If you need an emergency shelter and supportive services, contact the YWCA at 616-451-2744 or Safe Haven Ministries at 616-452-6664. You can also visit www.stopkentviolence.org, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Data from the Michigan State Police shows over 93,000 domestic violence offenses were reported in 2013.

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