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Woman charged in husband’s death

Martin and Glenna Duram

Martin and Glenna Duram

It took over a year, but Glenna Duram, 48, was arrested and arraigned last week in Newaygo County’s 78th District Court for the murder of her husband, Martin Duram, 45. She has been charged with first degree homicide and felony firearms for the crime, which took place in Ensley Township, in May 2015.

According to the original police report, firefighters responded to a garage fire on 128th Street, near Balsam, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. A neighbor reportedly asked firefighters to check on some neighbors, and when they did, they found a man and a woman inside the home, and apparently deceased.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Hart Post responded to the scene, and after making the scene safe, determined that the woman, Glenna Duram, was seriously injured, but still breathing. She had two gunshot wounds to the head. Martin Duram reportedly had been shot five times. Glenna was transported to the hospital.

On the following day, when Martin’s three children (from a previous marriage) were going through things in the house, they found a manila envelope with suicide letters written to Glenna’s children and ex-husband. They said she was sorry, but didn’t admit to killing Martin.

According to Martin’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, Martin and Glenna were married in 2005. She said that after a few years of them being married, Martin’s health began to decline, due to a car accident he had in 1995. She said that Glenna became his caregiver in 2010, and began managing all of the money and the bills. About two weeks before the murder, a family member called Martin and told him that his house was in the paper in foreclosure, and was to be auctioned off. He reportedly got a copy of the paper and showed it to Glenna, who said it was a misprint and that she would call the paper. However, papers reportedly strewn around at the scene of the crime showed it was indeed going to be put up for auction. According to MLive.com, the family’s estate attorney reported that the auction was to take place May 13, the same day firefighters discovered the Durams. It was estimated that payments had not been made in a year.

Keller told the Post she does not think that Martin knew his house was in foreclosure. “Six or seven months prior he had just built a very nice deck on the back of that house, and a few months before that he had had a nice man cave with all his mounts built as an addition to his garage. Just two days before he was killed, he was painting his bathroom ceiling, so nothing tells us that Marty knew his house was in foreclosure, and everything points to her trying to keep this a secret,” she said.

Keller added that Martin had surgery in February, and another surgery for a hernia on April 31, just two weeks before his murder. “He was pretty weakened, out of shape and in pain, and unable to protect himself,” she explained. She obviously got him at his weakest moment.”

If Glenna Duram is convicted on the homicide and felony firearms charges, the maximum penalty is life in prison without parole.

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Murder suspect arrested 

Alan Dale Nelson

Alan Dale Nelson

Alan Lee Morse

Alan Lee Morse

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post have arrested a suspect in the murder of Alan Dale Nelson, 80, of Sidney Township.

Nelson was was killed March 29, at his home on Nevins Lake, about four miles west of Stanton. Evidence at the scene showed that his home and several other homes nearby had been broken into.

Police arrested Alan Lee Morse, 48, Stanton, for the murder.

Morse was incarcerated at the Montcalm County Jail on unrelated charges of Home Invasion and Possession of Child Sexually Explicit Material.

He was arraigned in the 64B District Court on Friday, July 17, on charges of Homicide–Open Murder, Homicide–Felony Murder, Home Invasion-1st Degree, Weapons-Felony Firearm, Home Invasion 2nd Degree (2 Counts), Weapons-Firearms-Larceny, Weapons-Felony Firearm, authorized by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the Greenville Department of Public Safety assisted with the investigation.

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Renter charged in murder of landlord

Murder victim Janna Kelly

Murder victim Janna Kelly

Robin Root

Robin Root

A 52-year-old Kent County woman was arrested Monday, for the December 2007 murder of Janna Kelly, 60, of Grand Rapids.

Kelly, a Vice President at Burr & Company Insurance Agency, 3351 Claystone SE, just off the East Beltline (near Burton), was last seen leaving her job there on December 4, 2007, about 6:30 p.m. Co-workers became worried on December 5, 2007, when she didn’t report for work, but wondered if she had gone Christmas shopping. Later that afternoon, the company received a call from a nearby car wash on Burton Street that said they found her wallet there. Her purse and jacket were also found there in the dumpster. Her credit cards were still inside the wallet. Her car was discovered in the 2100 block of Plymouth Avenue, but no clues were found inside.

Kelly was missing for three months. Her body was found on March 13, 2008, in Grand Haven Township, Ottawa County.

According to Capt. Mark Bennett, of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff’s office detectives and investigators from the Grand Rapids Police Department talked to many individuals and ran down numerous tips and leads over the years. But in June 2014, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Team began a more intense review of this case.  Sheriff’s investigators were assisted by an investigator from the Grand Rapids Police Department.

“Many hours were spent looking over documentation and data from the initial time period and also re-interviewing people surrounding the case,” explained Bennett. “In addition, members of the Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office have been involved in reviewing case information.”

On Monday, April 27, the Sheriff’s office arrested a former tenant of Kelly’s and charged her with open murder. Robin Root, 52, had rented a home near Kelly, and fell behind in rent. Kelly reportedly took her to court and was awarded $3,000 in March 2007.

Root told police she went to Kelly’s home the evening of December 4. She admitted she pushed Kelly, and she was knocked unconscious. Root said she put Kelly in Kelly’s car trunk and left her overnight. When she returned the next day and checked on her, Kelly was dead. So Root drove her car to the land in Grand Haven Township to dispose of her body.

It’s unknown whether Root had any accomplices. Capt. Bennett said that the investigation is still ongoing.


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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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Arrests made in Spencer Township homicide

Christopher Paul Duncan

Christopher Paul Duncan

Zachary Wayne Bennett

Zachary Wayne Bennett

Jaman Amr Parish

Jaman Amr Parish








Tyler Coty Rohn

Tyler Coty Rohn

Isaac Michael-Paul Fezzey

Isaac Michael-Paul Fezzey

Kevin Carson Berry

Kevin Carson Berry

The Kent County Sheriff Department released the names last Friday of the six people arrested for the murder last month of Brent Luttrell, of Gowen. One of them, Christopher Paul Duncan, 29, of Lakeview, is the ex-boyfriend of Luttrell’s girlfriend, and the father of her child, who was there at the time of the home invasion.

Police believe that greed and jealousy were behind the attack, and that Duncan helped plan the home invasion, though he wasn’t present when it happened. Luttrell had been dating the woman for about six weeks, and had reportedly posted photos of himself on social media with large amounts of cash. Duncan and Luttrell had reportedly been friends at one time.

Police said that Luttrell, 34, was sleeping at his home, at 12849 Pinewood N.E., in Spencer Township, on September 8, when three armed masked males entered the residence about 1 a.m. Luttrell immediately ran outside and was confronted by at least one of the suspects. He was then forced into a red passenger vehicle with a loud muffler (driven by another person) and transported to the area of Lincoln Lake and Pinewood, where he was later found in the roadway with multiple wounds. Luttrell was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth, where he died as a result of his injuries.

An autopsy was conducted and it was determined Luttrell died from multiple gunshot and stab wounds.

Police reported there were three other adults in the residence (Luttrell’s male cousin, his cousin’s girlfriend, and Luttrell’s girlfriend) and a juvenile male (Luttrell’s girlfriend’s son). The cousin received facial injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

Arrested was:

Christopher Paul Duncan, 29, of Lakeview. He is facing charges of Conspiracy to commit home invasion and habitual offender, 2nd notice.

Zachary Wayne Bennett, 21, of Lyons. He is charged with conspiracy to commit home invasion; conspiracy to commit armed robbery; armed robbery; home invasion; and habitual offender, 3rd notice. He was sentenced in May to probation for committing larceny from a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a building with intent in February of this year.

Jaman Amr Parish, 34, of Ionia. He is charged with felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, home invasion, felony firearm, and habitual offender, 4th notice. Parish was on parole, as of May of last year, for assaulting a prison employee, and breaking and entering with intent.

Tyler Coty Rohn, 25, of Ionia. He is charged with felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, home invasion, and felony firearm.

Isaac Michael-Paul Fezzey, 21, of Ionia. He is charged with felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, home invasion, felony firearm, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

Kevin Carson Berry, 21, of Saranac. He is charged with felony murder, armed robbery, unlawful imprisonment, home invasion, and felony firearm.

The Sheriff Department said that the investigation is ongoing, and other people may be arrested in the future.

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Murder victim found in Nelson Township


Steven Carl Day

Steven Carl Day

The Kent County Sheriff Department is looking for a backpack and some missing clothing that belongs to a murder victim found in Nelson Township.

A man driving on 16 Mile Road near Myers Lake Avenue saw what he thought was a dead deer in the snow off the side of the road Wednesday morning, December 18. After a closer look, he discovered it was a body.

An autopsy done on the body by the Kent County Medical Examiner’s office on Thursday, December 19, determined the cause of death as a homicide.

The Kent County Sheriff Department identified the victim as Steven Carl Day, 54, of Grand Rapids.

Police said the Day was last seen on video surveillance wearing a backpack. Both the backpack and some of his clothes are missing, and police said the items may have been dumped or thrown from a car.

FileFour_1744FileThree_1744Two suspects were initially arrested in the murder and lodged at the Kent County Jail, but they were later released when the Kent County Prosecutor declined to press charges.

Detectives are asking for anyone with information on a found backpack, clothing or Steven Day’s activities just prior to the homicide call Det. Justin DeBoode, Kent County Sheriff Department, at 616-632-6130 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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Police investigate death of inmate

Scott Hammer, 51, the live-in boyfriend of Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, reportedly burned the woman’s farmhouse in Sheridan that they had been renovating, after he allegedly killed her in a struggle in Spencer Township, Wednesday, October 23. Post photo by L. Allen.

Scott Hammer, 51, the live-in boyfriend of Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, reportedly burned the woman’s farmhouse in Sheridan that they had been renovating, after he allegedly killed her in a struggle in Spencer Township, Wednesday, October 23. Post photo by L. Allen.

Scott Allen Hammer

Scott Allen Hammer

A man charged with murder for allegedly killing his live-in girlfriend, in Spencer Township, in October was found dead in his cell at the Kent County Correctional Facility Tuesday, December 10.

The Kent County Sheriff Department reported that Scott Allen Hammer, 51, did not come out of his cell for breakfast at 4:48 a.m. When deputies checked on him, they found him dead, in what they said appears to be a suicide. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Hammer was arrested October 23, after allegedly killed Danielle Scholten-Linderman, 29, at a home on Lincoln Lake Avenue, in Spencer Township, where they had been staying with family. The couple was staying there while renovating their home in Sheridan. Police said that sometime early that morning a struggle had taken place between the couple that resulted in Danielle’s death. Hammer then fled the home and went to their farmhouse at 3360 Wise Road, in Sheridan, Montcalm County, and set the house on fire. Montcalm County Sheriff deputies then apprehended Hammer without incident.

Hammer was charged with open murder and his case was pending trial at the time of his death.


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Man sentenced in Pierson murder

Left: Julie Danielson. Right: Robert Munsell

Left: Julie Danielson. Right: Robert Munsell

A 30-year-old Ionia man has been sentenced in the death of his former girlfriend, Julie Danielson, 31, of Pierson.

Robert Michael Munsell pled guilty to second degree murder in her death.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s  deputies found the body of Danielson, when they responded to a domestic disturbance on Whitefish Woods Drive in Pierson Township about 3:58 a.m. Saturday morning, November 17, 2012. Munsell had reportedly called it in, saying that he had had an altercation with another man at the home, then left.

Police said his story was inconsistent, and that he was covered with blood. He finally confessed that he went to Danielson’s home and they argued. When she pushed him toward the door to leave, he slapped her and she fell to the floor and went unconscious.

Munsell then said he panicked, went upstairs and got a knife, and then went back downstairs and cut her throat. He said gave her a hug before he left, which explained the blood on him.

Danielson has twin sons, who were not home at the time of the murder.

Munsell was sentenced to a minimum of 37 years and 6 months, and a maximum of 75 years.

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Two charged in death of State Trooper

Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield II

Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield II

A Luther, Michigan couple is being charged in the death of Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield II, who was shot earlier this week, while making a routine traffic stop in Mason County.

According to the Michigan State Police, Trooper Butterfield stopped a vehicle on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County about 6:20 p.m. Monday evening, September 9. At 6:23 p.m., a passing motorist called 9-1-1 to report finding Butterfield on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Butterfield was airlifted to Munson Hospital, where he passed away during emergency surgery.

Based on information Butterfield relayed to dispatch about the vehicle he stopped, a suspect was developed. Through a series of incidents in the area, troopers located the suspects at a gas station/convenience store in Wellston, in Manistee County, at approximately 8:30 p.m.  When troopers approached, the suspect displayed a handgun, pointing it at one of the troopers. One trooper fired, striking the suspect.

The two suspects were taken into custody.  The male was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

This Facebook photo shows the couple charged with killing a State Trooper.

This Facebook photo shows the couple charged with killing a State Trooper.

The two suspects were identified as Eric John Knysz, 19, and his pregnant wife, Sarah Renee Knysz, 20, both of Luther. Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola announced that charges were filed Wednesday against the couple. Sarah Knysz was arraigned Wednesday in 79th District Court on a two-count felony complaint: Accessory after the fact to the murder of Trooper Paul Butterfield, which is a felony punishable by up to five years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine; and unlawful driving away of an automobile, which is a felony punishable by up to five years behind bars. A preliminary exam was scheduled for her for September 25 at 1 p.m. and bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety. She was remanded to Mason County jail.

Eric Knysz will be arraigned on his charges once  he is returned to Mason County. He is facing four charges: Count one is homicide-murder of peace officer for the murder of Trooper Butterfield, which is punishable by life without parole; count 2 weapons felony firearm for the possession of a firearm during the commission of murder of a police officer, punishable by two years served consecutively after sentence for count 1. Count 3 is carrying a concealed weapon, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail or a $2,500 fine; and count 4, unlawful driving away of an automobile, punishable by up to five  years in jail. He also has been given a notice of habitual offender-second felony offense, which would elevate the penalties to one and a half times the maximum set by the statute. Manistee and Lake Counties are also reviewing possible charges.

Trooper Butterfield joined the MSP in 1999, graduating as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School.  He has served at the Manistee and Hart posts.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP issued the following statement Monday evening: “Tonight we lost a hero. The entire MSP family, as well as our greater law enforcement family, mourns alongside the Butterfields. Trooper Butterfield’s sacrifice will never be forgotten; may he rest in peace.”



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House fire results in murder charge

Firefighters on scene of house fire in Sparta Township. Photo from WOODTV.com

A 24-year-old woman died in a fire in Sparta Township Monday, and a man living in the house has been charged with her murder.

Sparta Township firefighters responded to the call at 9045 Vinton, in Sparta Township, about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, March 12. They found the body of 24-year-old Kori VanHulle, formerly of Kingsley, under rubble in the basement. She reportedly died of smoke inhalation.

VanHulle lived in the basement of the home with her boyfriend, Steven Rish. Three other people also lived in the home: the owner, Paul Preston; Vanessa McCarty, a woman who cared for Preston; and Michael Piranian, 62.

Police believe it was Piranian that set the fire, and he has been arrested and charged with Homicide—felony murder; Arson of a dwelling; and Assault with intent to murder victim.

Michael Piranian

According to a probably cause affidavit submitted by Kent County Sheriff Department, Piranian allegedly told them that he set the fire under the basement stairs, went into his bedroom (also in the basement) and got a 2-1/2 foot long pipe, then headed up the stairs to McCarty’s bedroom. There he proceeded to beat her with the pipe. The woman told police he threatened that he was going to kill her while beating her. The homeowner heard the woman screaming and found the suspect beating her, and wrestled him to get him to stop. Meanwhile he noticed smoke and the smoke alarms going off. All three managed to get out of the house. Firefighters found the suspect hiding behind an outbuilding.

Meanwhile, Rish woke up and saw flames, and tried to help VanHulle out, but didn’t succeed. Rish made it out but was burned in the fire.

Police noted that Piranian admitted his intention to kill McCarty and Preston and then die himself from the smoke of the fire, and that he did nothing to warn the other two about the fire.

Piranian was arraigned in the 63rd District Court and his bond was set at $500,000 cash surety.





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