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Man dies in rollover crash


 

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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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Woman killed in car vs pedestrian crash


An 18-year-old Caledonia woman was killed Sunday evening, June 11, when she was struck by a pickup truck in Montcalm County.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on June 11, 2017 at 8:54 p.m. on East Holland Lake Road east of Staines Road, in Sheridan.

Police said the woman was struck by a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck on East Holland Lake Rd.  The vehicle was driven by a 45 year old Douglas Weaver of Sheridan. The pedestrian was airlifted to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where she passed away due to her injuries. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld at the request of family members.

Alcohol, speed, and weather conditions are not believed to be a factor.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sheridan Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS.

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Woman arrested for credit card fraud


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A Greenville woman was arrested last week after she picked up someone’s credit card and used it to pay for phone calls from an ex-boyfriend who was in jail.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the credit card had mistakenly left it at a restaurant in Greenville. The suspect, Monique Megchiani, 38, of Greenville, found the card. She had been receiving phone calls from her ex-boyfriend, who was in the Van Buren County jail. She was prompted to enter a credit card to pay for the calls, so she used the card to pay for the incoming calls.

Megchiani was arrested on Wednesday, November 23, and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent. Her bond was set at $2,500.

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Man arrested in stabbing


A Gowen man was arrested Monday, November 21, after he stabbed a male victim several times with a knife.

Michigan State Police from the Lakeview Post responded to the call on Colby Road, Evergreen Township, Montcalm County, at approximately 2:20 a.m. They said that a 19-year old male suspect from Gowen confronted an 18-year-old male victim with a knife at the residence and stabbed him several times.

The suspect was subdued at the scene by the victim’s family members until police arrived on scene and took him into custody.  The victim was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for his injuries.

The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Home Invasion 1st Degree.

The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignment.

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Woman dies in farm accident


 

A 54-year-old Montcalm County woman was killed Sunday, November 20, in a farm-related accident.

According to the Michigan State Police, the accident occurred on South Staines Rd, in Bushnell Township. Family members last saw the woman loading corn onto a corn conveyor. A family member later found her on the property, and immediately called 911. The woman, however, had succumbed to her injuries. Neither her name nor how she died has been released because the investigation is still ongoing. Alcohol is not a suspected to be a factor in the accident.

Sheridan Village Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS assisted Troopers at the scene.

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Two die in traffic crash


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An elderly Grand Rapids couple was killed in this traffic crash in Montcalm County Sunday.

An elderly couple from Grand Rapids was killed Sunday evening, May 1, when another vehicle tried to pass several cars and hit their vehicle head-on in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on M-66, near Schmeid Road, in Belvidere Township, about 7:18 p.m. Police said that a red 1999 Buick LeSabre was traveling south on M-66, as a northbound black 2012 Audi S4 was attempting to pass multiple vehicles. The Audi was not able to complete the pass, and took evasive action to avoid a collision with the Buick. The driver of the Buick tried to avoid a collision as well. Both vehicles swerved to the west shoulder of M-66 and collided head-on.

The driver of the Buick, Raymond J. Wrona, 88, of Grand Rapids, was injured and transported to Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, where he later died. His wife, Mary Wrona, 88, the only passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Audi, Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, and his passenger, Maria Mancha, 28, from Comstock Park, were both transported to Kelsey Hospital and treated for their injuries.

Drivers and passengers all wore seatbelts and there are no other known factors that contributed to the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Update on deputy shot with bow


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A Montcalm County Deputy that was shot with a crossbow during an arrest has been released from the hospital.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mike Kotenko was released late last week and is recovering at home.

Deputy Kotenko was shot on Friday, October 9, when 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. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking Deputy Kotenko. 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.

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.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said that Deputy Kotenko is expected to make a full recovery, and that the family expresses their extreme gratitude to the public for the cards and support he has received.

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Man injured in motorcycle crash


 

A Coral man was injured last Saturday when he tried to avoid hitting a deer with his motorcyle.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a crash involving a motorcycle and a deer, about 9 p.m., Saturday, August 22, southwest of Howard City. The crash occurred on Kendaville Road near Arbogast Road, in Maple Valley Township.

According to police, the investigation showed that David Riley, age 59, from Coral, was headed east on Kendaville Road on his 200 Yamaha motorcycle, when a deer entered the roadway. Riley attempted to avoid the deer and slid into a shallow ditch. A passerby found Riley lying in the ditch and called 911. Riley was complaining of chest pain and received lacerations to his head. Riley was transported to Spectrum in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services.

Riley was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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Three-vehicle crash injures two


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A three-vehicle crash in Montcalm County involving a car, a pick up, and a semi, sent two people to the hospital Friday morning, July 10.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Mark Steven Williams, 58, of Leroy, Mich., was traveling northbound on S. Sheridan Road (M66) about 3:42 p.m., in a 2004 Ford F350, while pulling a farm implement, and ran a red light at the intersection of M57 (Carson City Road). His vehicle struck a 2012 Volkswagon Jetta driven by Nichole Nielsen, 35, of Spring Lake, who was westbound on M57. The two vehicles then slid into a 2007 Kenworth semi, owned by J&H Oil, which was facing south on M66, and waiting to turn right on M57.

A passenger in the pickup, Rocky Allen Lockhart, 55, of Leroy, was taken by AeroMed to Butterworth Hospital for his injuries. Nielsen, the driver of the Jetta, was taken to Sheridan Hospital by Montcalm County EMS, with non-life threatening injuries.

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Car bursts into flames after crash


 

A Howard City man was injured Monday, after his vehicle crashed into a tree and later caught fire.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Montcalm County’s Central Dispatch received several reports of a possible single vehicle crash near the 8400 block of Garbow Road, in Reynolds Township. Upon arrival, the responding Deputy found a Tan Toyota Corolla that had hit a large tree. The vehicle was also on fire.

The driver of the vehicle, 46-year-old Scott Huff of Howard City, was found lying in the grass, near the burning vehicle, and appeared to be unconscious. The Deputy and a bystander were able to drag Huff to a safe location, as the vehicle became more engulfed in flames. The Deputy was later told that two other bystanders had removed Huff from the vehicle prior to it catching on fire.

The initial police investigation found that Huff was traveling northbound on Garbow Road, prior to veering off the roadway and striking two mailboxes. After striking the mailboxes, he veered back onto the roadway, traveled a short distance and collided with the tree, which caused his vehicle to catch fire. The vehicle airbags deployed, as a result of the collision.

Huff was later transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids for treatment of injuries sustained from the crash. He was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and the accident remains under investigation.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Howard City Fire Department and Montcalm County Emergency Services.

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