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Driver pleads not guilty in bus accident

James Zeits

The man that drove into a Cedar Springs Public School bus last week pled not guilty to charges of operating while intoxicated and driving on a suspended license.

According to Cedar Springs Police Roger Parent, James Robert Zeits, 48, of Cedar Springs, was making a right turn off N. Main Street on to 18 Mile Road in his pickup truck last Wednesday, May 2, and ran into a Cedar Springs School bus that was waiting at the stop sign on 18 Mile to turn left on to N. Main. The pickup truck struck the bus near the rear tire on the driver’s side. No one was injured in the accident.

Zeits was arrested for drinking and driving, and was arraigned on Thursday, May 8. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety bond on the OWI offense, and at $5,000 on the driving while license was suspended charge. He was still in custody Wednesday.

A pretrial date was set for May 15 at 11 a.m., and a jury selection for July 19, at 8:15 a.m.

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Man pleads not guilty in assault

Austin Mosher

An Algoma Township man arrested for head-butting another man and fracturing his nose last month has pled not guilty to that charge and two others.

Austin Lee Mosher, 19, entered the plea in Kent County’s 63rd District Wednesday during his arraignment on charges of aggravated assault, resisting/obstructing a police officer and disorderly conduct/public drunkenness.

Cedar Springs Police responded to a disorderly subject call about 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23, on Beckett Blvd in Northland Estates Mobile Home Park. While enroute, they received additional calls that this person had assaulted a citizen who was outside in their driveway.

Officers arrived to find an incoherent subject sitting in a vehicle that was not his. Police said the suspect did not comply with verbal commands, and one officer was ready with a TASER, while others ordered the 19-year-old man to the ground. The suspect again became aggressive, fighting and kicking at officers. An ambulance was called to transport the suspect to an area hospital due to his unknown condition and combative behavior.

Investigating officers learned that the suspect had injured a 26-year-old Grand Rapids man, after he head-butted him in the nose. According to witnesses, the suspect wandered into the yard, and threatened to kill the man living at the home if he didn’t stand still and talk to him, and then head-butted and punched the Grand Rapids man, who was a dinner guest of the family and just leaving the home. The family had never met the suspect before.

The court set a date of August 30 at 10 a.m. for a pretrial hearing. A cash/surety bond of $2,500 was continued, and the suspect was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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