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Sparta man injured in snowmobile crash


A man driving a snowmobile on the White Pine Trail was injured last week when he attempted to cross an intersection in front of a pick up truck.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 6:17 p.m., Wednesday, January 3, at the intersection of West Howard City-Edmore Road, just west of Federal Road, at the White Pine Trail crossing.

Police said the investigation revealed that a 2015 Arctic Cat snowmobile driven by a 49-year-old Sparta man was traveling south on the White Pine Trail. The Sparta man failed to stop at Howard City-Edmore Road and attempted to cross the roadway in front of an eastbound Chevrolet 2500 pickup driven by a 29-year-old St. Johns man. The pickup truck struck the snowmobile, causing the driver of the snowmobile to be ejected from the machine. Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services transported the man to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.

There were no other contributing factors to the crash and the snowmobile driver was wearing a helmet. The crash is still under investigation.

Assisting on scene were the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County EMS, Rescue 29 and the Howard City Fire Department. 

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Woman charged in crash that killed child


Tiffany Christiansen

A woman has been arrested connection with the car vs. horse-drawn buggy crash in March that led to the death of a 10-year-old Carson City boy.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on Fenwick Road west of Miner Road in Bloomer Township at approximately 7:54 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

Police said that a 2011 GMC Terrain being driven by Tiffany Christiansen, aged 24, from Hubbardston, was travelling eastbound on Fenwick Road when she collided with an eastbound horse-drawn buggy. The buggy was occupied by a 13-year-old and 10-year-old; both from Carson City. The youths sustained multiple injuries and were transported to Carson City Hospital and later flown via Aeromed to Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids with critical injuries. The 10-year-old later died.

Neither Christiansen nor her five-year old passenger were injured.

Police said that Christiansen has been charged with committing a moving violation causing death. The charge is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail. She is currently out on bond.

Police said in the initial report that speed did not appear to be a factor in the crash, however the angle of the bright, morning sun may have played a role. The horse sustained significant injuries and was euthanized at the scene by the owners.

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Three-car crash sends four to hospital


A Morley woman who hit another vehicle from behind Friday morning in Reynolds Township may have been distracted by one of her children trying to loosen their seat belt.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 9:39 a.m. on Friday, June 16, in the 22000 block of West Howard City Road (M-82).

Police said that Vanessa Dyer, aged 25 from Morley, was travelling eastbound on Howard City Road (M-82) in her 2003 Chevrolet minivan with her three children, ages 2, 3, and 4. Joseph White, aged 61 from Muskegon, was travelling eastbound in front of Dyer, in his 1989 Chevrolet van. White was slowing to wait for traffic to clear so he could make a left turn into a private drive. A westbound 2000 Chevrolet Tracker, driven by Carl McNees, age 65, from Sand Lake, was slowing to make a right turn into the same private drive. Dyer told police she was distracted by her children and did not realize White was slowing on the roadway. Dyer struck White’s vehicle from behind causing White’s vehicle to strike McNees’ vehicle.
Dyer was pinned in her vehicle and the Jaws of Life had to be used to remove her. She suffered serious injuries and was flown to Spectrum Butterworth in Grand Rapids by Aeromed. Dyer’s three children were transported via ambulance to Spectrum for observation.
White was not injured in the crash. His wife, Gloria aged 56, was a passenger and was complaining of injuries. She sought her own medical treatment.
McNee sustained minor injuries during the crash and refused treatment. His wife, Donna, aged 63, was passenger and was not injured.
In addition to Aeromed, ambulances from the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Life EMS assisted at the scene, as did the Howard City Fire Department.
Police believe that one of the Dyer children was attempting to undo his seat belt in the vehicle. However, the remaining occupants, and the occupants of the other vehicles, were properly restrained and there were no other known contributing factors that led to the collision.

The crash remains 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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Montcalm Sheriff appoints new Undersheriff


Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for Montcalm County.

Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for Montcalm County.

As of Tuesday, January 8, residents in Montcalm County have a new Undersheriff.

Lieutenant Brian Waber has been promoted to Undersheriff for the Montcalm County Sheriff Department. He replaces Michael J. Williams, who was voted in as Sheriff.

Waber graduated from Ferris State College in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He was hired at the Sheriff’s Office in 1986. He was promoted to rank of road patrol sergeant in 1996 and to Road Patrol Lieutenant in June 2013.

“Brian was pivotal to the development of our current Field Training (FTO) program and was department Field Training Officer for over 20 years,” said Williams. “He has served as the department LEIN TAC and also a MISSION investigator through Michigan Sheriff’s Association. He currently sits on the Central Dispatch Technical Advisory Committee as well as the Montcalm County Drug Disposal Coalition.”

Waber previously worked part time with the Howard City Police Department for over 21 years.
His official duties began on January 8.

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Child dies in ORV accident


 

A 12-year-old boy died last week and two 7-year-olds were injured when the ORV they were riding on rolled over.

The accident occurred on Friday, July 8, about 12:41 p.m., in Bushnell Township, in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, both they and Montcalm County Emergency Services were dispatched to a young male not breathing due to an ORV rollover in the 4000 block of East Boyer Rd. CPR was performed on the 12-year-old boy, who was from Fenwick. Despite efforts from the Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that a Massimo 4×4 off road vehicle was driven by the 12-year-old, with two 7-year-old passengers. The initial investigation revealed the 12-year-old was ejected when the vehicle struck a bump in the yard and overturned. One 7-year-old female passenger had jumped out prior to the vehicle overturning. The second 7-year old-male passenger rolled over with the vehicle. Both of the 7-year-old passengers sustained minor injuries.

Police said helmets were not in use, and seatbelts were available but not in use. Alcohol was not a factor.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Motorcyclist injured in accident with cow


A Stanton man suffered multiple injuries last Wednesday evening, September 16, when the motorcycle he was riding hit a cow in the road.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m., on Sidney Road, near Hillman Road, in Sidney Township. They reported that Mark Olmstead, 57, of Stanton, was headed east on Sidney Road, on his 2006 Harley Davidson, when he struck a black cow that had entered the roadway. Witnesses reported seeing the cow and chasing it out of the road, but it came back on to the road and was struck before the witnesses had a chance to return to their vehicle.

Olmstead was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth and was reported last week to be in stable condition. His current condition is unknown.

The reportedly belonged to Dennis Baese, of Elsie. He had been made aware the cow was out of its pen, and was headed to the area to get it when the crash occurred.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Aeromed, and the Sheridan Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Woman killed in Howard City crash


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Carol Sloma

A Jenison woman was killed last Wednesday, November 26, in a crash at N. Federal Road and West Almy Road in Reynolds Township.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Carol Sloma, 68, of Jenison, was traveling westbound in a 2009 Pontiac on W. Almy Road about 5:49 p.m., when she failed to stop at the stop sign at N. Federal Road. When she entered the intersection, Sloma’s vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a 2001 Ford F150 pickup traveling northbound on Federal.

Sloma was unconscious and not responding when police arrived. She was later extricated from her vehicle by Police, fire, and EMS personnel and then transported to Kelsey Hospital where she was later pronounced dead prior to being air lifted to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Her 17-year-old granddaughter, from Hudsonville, was also in the vehicle at the time of accident. She was conscious and alert on arrival and was transported to Kelsey Hospital with unknown injuries.

The driver of the Ford pickup, Brandon Beemer, 17, of Howard City, was also transported to Kelsey Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and later released.

Airbags deployed in both vehicles and all victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of incident. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Montcalm Deputies were assisted by Montcalm County EMS Units, Life Ambulance of Newaygo, Howard City Fire Dept., Michigan State Police, and Air Care.

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Truck hits school bus


A truck ran into the back of a school bus last week in Pierson Township.

A truck ran into the back of a school bus last week in Pierson Township.

A teen driver ran into a Tri County school bus last week Tuesday, when he couldn’t stop on the icy road.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. November 25, on Lake Montcalm Road near Maple Hill Road, in Pierson Township.

Police said that a Tri County School bus was stopped and letting a student off in front of their home on Lake Montcalm Road when a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup struck the rear of the bus. The Ford, driven by a 16-year-old Sand Lake youth, was travelling eastbound and could not stop due to icy roads.

None of the 25 students on board the bus were injured. They were transferred to a different bus.

Both the 16-year-old driver of the Ranger and his 17-year-old passenger were seat-belted and the airbags in the truck deployed. Neither teen was injured.

Police said that all of the lights on the bus were working at the time of the crash and there appeared to be no other contributing factors in the crash. The driver of the truck was cited for failing to use due care and caution while operating a motor vehicle.

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