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Two die in traffic crash


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


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


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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Police investigate Montcalm County murder



Alan Nelson

Alan Nelson

An elderly man died in his home over the weekend in Montcalm County, and police are investigating it as a homicide.

The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post said that the victim, Alan Nelson, a white male, age 80, was found dead at his residence at 591 Nelson Dr, Sidney Township, which is on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton.

N-Homicide-mapInvestigators say the man died sometime between Sunday evening, March 29, and Monday morning, March 30. They reported that evidence at the scene indicates his death is a homicide. Other evidence shows Mr. Nelson’s house and three neighboring homes were broken into.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Observer at 1-866-774-2345.

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Two injured in crash

N-MontcalmSheriff-logo-rgbMontcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle personal injury crash Friday, February 20, at 2:06 p.m. in Pine Township, on M91, south of Stanton Road.

Police said their investigation revealed a 60-year-old Trufant man was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram 4 door pickup northbound on North Greenville (M-91, and while entering a curve south of Langston, a southbound 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, operated by a 52-year-old Stanton man, crossed the centerline and into the northbound traffic lane.

A witness reported to police that the Mercury Mountaineer was being operated erratically and at a high rate of speed, and failed to negotiate the curve. The southbound Mercury struck the 2003 Dodge Ram head on. The Mountaineer had a gas leak and caught fire, which was extinguished by passersby. Both drivers were pinned and had to be extricated from their vehicles.

The driver of the Mercury Mountaineer did not appear to have been wearing a seat belt. A German Shepherd in the Dodge Ram was uninjured in the crash and was taken by Animal Control. There were no other occupants in either vehicle.

One of the drivers was transported to United Memorial Hospital and one was transported to Spectrum-Butterworth Campus. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s office continues to investigate this incident.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police, Lakeview Fire Department, Montcalm Fire Department, Montcalm Emergency Medical Services, and Montcalm County Road Commission.

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Bus driver cited in crash


Police cited a Tri County bus driver last week after she lost control of her school bus on an icy road and hit a tree, which injured some students.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, they responded to the accident at about 2:56 p.m., Wednesday, December 10. The bus driver, Penny Grear, 41, of Coral, was travelling south on Dagget Road, approaching the curve, where it turns into Tamarack Road. She reportedly lost control as she entered the curve, left the road, and struck some trees.

Five students were on the bus at the time. Both a 7-year-old and a 17-year-old were transported by ambulance DeVos Children’s Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Two others, a 16-year-old and 12-year-old, were treated for minor injuries at the scene, and then released to their parents. A 15-year-old was turned over to her parents at the scene.

The driver was cited for Failure To Use Due Care/Caution While Operating A Motor Vehicle.

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Man arrested in hit and run

Albert Alan Ferrier

Albert Alan Ferrier


A Stanton man was arraigned Wednesday on charges stemming from a hit and run in Montcalm County Tuesday.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred about 2:21 p.m. December 15, on Sheridan Road, near Pakes Road, in Evergreen Township. Joseph Pruitt, 27, of Greenville, was riding his bicycle southbound on the east shoulder of Sheridan Road, when a vehicle traveling north on Sheridan Road left the roadway and struck the bicyclist. The vehicle did not stop at the crash scene, and continued northbound.

A witness followed the suspect and was able to get a vehicle description and the number on the license plate, and another witness stopped and administered first aid to the bicyclist. Pruitt was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, and later flown by Aeromed to Spectrum in Grand Rapids in serious condition. He was upgraded to good condition on Wednesday.

Central Dispatch operators broadcasted the information on the license plate to area officers. A Michigan State Police Trooper was near the home of the registered owner of the vehicle and made contact with the suspect vehicle near that location. The driver, 72-year-old Albert Alan Ferrier, of Stanton was arrested by Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday and arraigned Wednesday on charges of Operating While Intoxicated causing serious injury and leaving the scene of an accident. Bond was set at $10,000.

Assisting agencies at the scene of the accident included the Montcalm County Emergency Services, the Stanton Police Department, and the Michigan State Police.


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Man killed in crash

A Carson City man died Monday in a roll over accident in Montcalm County.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, Brandon Devers, 31, was traveling northbound on Vickeryville Road, near Holland Lake Road, in Evergreen Township about 3:30 a.m. Monday, November 3, when his vehicle left the roadway. It overturned several times, and the victim was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was not wearing his seatbelt, and police believe speed was a factor in the accident. Troopers from the Lakeview Post are investigating the accident.

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