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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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Man illegally shoots deer during youth hunt


A man who allegedly shot deer while being a mentor during the youth hunt has pled guilty. It is the first case of a violation meeting the new enhanced sentencing guidelines for poaching that became law in Michigan earlier this year.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, conservation officers responded to a complaint phoned in to the Report All Poaching (RAP) Line on September 21, involving an adult suspect who allegedly killed two trophy white-tailed deer in Montcalm County during the 2014 Youth Hunt, while acting as a mentor to an 8-year-old hunter.

After receiving the information from the RAP Line dispatcher, three DNR conservation officers (Sgt. John Jurcich, Officer Cary Foster and Officer Dave Rodgers) began an investigation in Lowell and Grand Rapids attempting to locate Jacob Powers, 25, of Lowell, and the two deer. They located Powers at approximately 3 a.m. at his workplace. Officers obtained a confession to the incident and returned to his residence, where they were assisted by the Lowell City Police in recovering evidence to complete their investigation. Officers seized two large antlered heads, meat and a shotgun used to take the animals.

It was determined Powers had taken both deer himself that morning in Bushnell Township, Montcalm County, while accompanying an 8-year-old youth on his first hunt. Powers illegally tagged one deer with the Mentored Youth Tag issued to the young hunter and procured a second license tag from a 6-year-old female family member prior to transporting the animals. Officers established Powers had captured trail camera images of the deer prior to the hunt and knew trophy deer were present in the hunt area. Officers concluded their investigation by issuing an appearance ticket with a court date and left the home.

Five days later, a conservation officer discovered two hides and evidence of deer processing that had been dumped in a parking lot at the Lowell State Game Area, in Ionia County. Having not recovered these items on the night of the original investigation, the officer returned to meet with Powers and obtain a confession to the littering on state lands, leading to an additional charge.

Powers was arraigned October 3, on the charge of taking two white-tailed deer during the closed season before a magistrate of the 64B District Court at Stanton, in Montcalm County. At arraignment, Powers entered a plea of guilty to the charge and was sentenced. He was assessed $335 in fines and costs, $12,000 in restitution for payment to the state’s Fish and Game Protection Fund, and five days mandatory minimum jail time to be served as community service. In addition, Powers now faces up to five years of hunting license revocations in Michigan and 41 other states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Powers has yet to appear on charges in Ionia County for littering.

“The tougher poaching penalties were developed last year and approved by the Legislature and governor, and represent the first major changes to poaching laws in our state since 1990,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “Concerned hunting organizations and conservation officers have noticed an increased interest and demand for large antlered deer, which are frequently targeted by poachers who trespass, hunt at night and without a license. This is the first case prosecuted under the new law to enhance penalties and represents a great case of our officers and the local justice system working together to bring justice to individuals targeting trophy animals.”
Recent changes to penalties increased fines in this case by $10,000 and added two years of additional license revocations. Under the new law, antlered deer are assessed an additional $1,000 in restitution plus the standard $1,000 for illegally killing any deer. Deer with eight points but not more than 10 are $500 a point, while deer with 11 points or more are assessed a penalty of $750 per point.
“Ethical hunters, wildlife viewers and our officers are hopeful that increased penalties will cause potential violators to rethink the temptation of poaching a trophy deer while providing additional protection for this valuable wildlife resource,” Hagler said.
For more information on the laws and regulations for hunting and fishing in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.


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