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Man facing animal cruelty charge


Michael Stackhouse

Michael Stackhouse

A Cedar Springs man was arrested last week for killing a cat that had wandered into his home in Cedar Springs Mobile Estates.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a call came into police dispatch on Monday afternoon, April 7, with the caller telling them that a cat had jumped over a partial door barrier to their mobile home on Susan Street, and then went inside home and was now fighting with their dogs. Later the caller said the cat was dead and that her husband may have killed it.

When officers investigated, they found that the man had thrown the cat into the street, in front of children and neighbors. He admitted to then stomping on the cat’s head, because it was twitching from seizures.

Police arrested Michael Patrick Stackhouse, 35, of Cedar Springs, on Wednesday, April 9 on a charge on a felony charge of animal cruelty causing death. He is also being charged as a habitual offender-3rd offense. Bond was set at $100 cash or surety, and he later bonded out.  A preliminary exam was set for Monday, April 21, at 9:45 a.m.

 

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Vandalism and arrest update


HandcuffsMore suspects have been identified in the recent graffiti vandalism in Cedar Springs, and the case has also expanded to include recovery of a stolen rifle and a spree of stealing from unlocked vehicles at night.

Besides the arrest of Cody Steven Quay, 19, and two juveniles for the most recent vandalism, another three juveniles were referred to juvenile court for their involvement in tagging and vandalizing a vehicle, some buildings, and City of Cedar Springs street signs.

According to Police Chief Roger Parent, during the investigation on tagging, Cedar Springs officers recovered a stolen assault style weapon from a 15-year-old who lived in Cedar Springs. That firearm had been stolen from a vehicle during the night in northeast Kent County. At least four other individuals have been identified as being involved with a crime spree of stealing from unlocked vehicles. The firearm and investigation was turned over to the Kent County Sheriff Department who had taken the original larceny complaints.

 

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Police Chief to retire


 

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent

By Judy Reed

 

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent announced last month that he would retire August 29, after almost 40 years in law enforcement.

He hired on as the Cedar Springs Police Chief April 15, 2008. Prior to that, he served 34 years with the Kent County Sheriff Department.

“What I’ve really enjoyed is being able to work with dedicated patrol officers who understand how important it is to provide service to the community along with police protection. Even through these tough economic times, the police officers have been given the proper equipment, training and technology to maintain a professional police department,” he noted.

He also highly commended the officers working under him.

“We have great officers. When you don’t have a lot of turnovers, and the officers like to work here, they have good relationships with the citizens—that’s really a plus. You don’t see that everywhere,” he explained.

Growing up just outside of Sparta, Parent was familiar with small towns, and said it was pretty much what he expected it would be like.  “Cedar Springs has a lot to be proud of,” he said. “I was never embarrassed to say that I was police chief in Cedar Springs,” he remarked. “My entire experience has been positive. There are a lot of nice people here. I’ve worked for two fine city managers here, and the city has good employees at city hall.”

Parent said he will be spending his free time with more recreational activities, including his twin 2-1/2-year-old grandsons.

“Roger has done a fabulous job,” said City Manager Thad Taylor. “I was and am continually impressed with his professionalism. And his customer service is outstanding. He has a keen sense of what it takes to succeed as a small town police chief and translates that to how our officers should perform. He sets a great example and will be sorely missed.”

The city is already searching for a new chief. They currently have an ad up on their website, and plan to post the ad on several professional websites as well. Taylor said they would consider both internal and external candidates. The deadline to answer the ad will be April 25, and interviews would be the week of May 12. “We hope to have a candidate identified with background check and physicals by the end of June, and extend an offer and have it accepted by the first part of July,” explained Taylor. He added that the candidate would then start in early August to have three to four weeks of working with Parent.

The Post asked Taylor if he had considered doing what the Village of Howard City recently did—merge with the county Sheriff Department to save money. Under their agreement, the officers became Sheriff deputies and administrative duties went to the county. Cedar Springs has checked into this before, but never acted on it.

“If council directed me to do it I would,” said Taylor. “There are pros and cons to going that route. I’ve not been asked by council as a whole to pursue that.”

 

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More buildings vandalized; arrests made


 

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For the third time in six weeks, business and homeowners woke up Tuesday, April 1, to find out their buildings and/or homes had been vandalized with spray paint. By late Tuesday night, early Wednesday morning, Cedar Springs Police had arrested a 19-year-old and two juveniles for the crimes.

The United States Post Office on Cherry Street, Alpha Family Center on First Street (kitty-cornered from the Post Office), Car Quest, Len Allington’s building (which houses Perry’s Place) at 90 N. Main, and the vacant building at 95 N. Main, as well as some houses on 8th Street, were all victims of defacement with graffiti. Swear words and numbers were the most common marks.

According to Police Chief Roger Parent, officers did some good police work, and narrowed down their list of suspects to include this 19-year-old Cedar Springs resident, who is homeless. When they saw him and three others walking late Tuesday night, and carrying backpacks, they stopped them and questioned them. The suspects ultimately confessed to several of the crimes.

The 19-year-old, who has not yet been arraigned, is lodged in the Kent County Jail, and could be arraigned Thursday on a charge Malicious Destruction of Property over $1,000, a felony. His name and actual charges will be released once he has been arraigned.

Chief Parent said that while defacing The Post Office is a federal offence, they would probably want it taken care of under a local ordinance.

Parent noted that the case is still under investigation.

 

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Officer Feutz takes job in Greenville


Officer Paul Feutz

Officer Paul Feutz

Officer Chris Richardson

Officer Chris Richardson

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent announced that Officer Paul Feutz, a ten-year veteran on the force, has taken a job as a full-time public safety officer with the City of Greenville.

“Paul has always shown an interest to work for a larger police agency and was excited about going to Greenville where he can use his fire fighting skills,” explained Chief Parent. He said that Feutz would remain on the Cedar Springs Fire Department.

Officer Feutz usually worked the 3rd shift. “Paul took his role seriously and had very good work ethics, helping make the City safer,” remarked Parent. “Paul left in good standing and I wish him the very best.”

To fill the slot left by Officer Feutz, Officer Chris Richardson was promoted from part-time to full-time. Chief Parent said that Officer Richardson was hired in April 2013 and had been working another part-time law enforcement position in Grant.

“Chris will be a great addition to the police department and the transition should be seamless because Chris has been working and covering shifts over the last few months,” explained Parent. He will be working 3rd shift, 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

 

 

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The Post goes to Yellowstone


Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent and his wife, Linda, recently took a trip to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming. To show his Cedar Springs pride, Roger had Linda take a photo of him with a Post in front of the east entrance. He’s even wearing his Cedar Café t-shirt.

This was Roger’s first trip to Yellowstone. He said one of the highlights of the trip was watching a mother grizzly and her three cubs chase the wolves away from their bison kill. The bison that was killed was about 300 yards off and the bears and wolves all came to within 150 yards to a small river near the paved roadway. “Between a good camera and binoculars it was interesting to watch,” he remarked. He also got some photos of a black bear that was about 40 yards away.

Thanks, Roger, for taking us with you!

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Fire Chief sworn in


Fire Chief Marty Fraser. Post photo by J. Reed.

Marty Fraser, recently selected as the new Cedar Springs Fire Chief, was sworn in at the Cedar Springs City Council meeting last week Thursday, April 12.

Police Chief Roger Parent has been serving as interim Fire Chief for the last year, with Fraser serving as Deputy Chief. Fraser is a 35-year veteran of the department and has served in various roles. He has been a first responder since 1990.

Fraser publicly thanked Parent for his help with the department and how he’s helped during this transition.

Parent thanked Fraser, too, saying his 10 months as fire chief would not have been as easy without him.

 

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Old time family hockey and broomball tournament


Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent modeling the Kent County Law Enforcement t-shirt.

Proceeds to benefit Cedar Springs Public Library

There is a new event coming on Saturday, February 25 that puts the FUN back in fundraising!
Come out and enjoy some fun at the Old Time Family Hockey and Broomball tournament, which will benefit the Cedar Springs Public Library’s construction fund. It’s one more event to get the library closer to a $50,000 match grant challenge.
The event will be held at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex, 4758 Cornfield Drive, just off Northland Drive. The fun starts at noon, when the Cedar Springs Police take on Kent County Law Enforcement. At 2 p.m. see the Squirts (Dewey Decimals vs the Book Ends). At 3:30 p.m. it’s time for broomball with the Bureaucrats vs. the Guns and Hoses, and more broomball at 5 p.m. with the Cedar Springs High School Co-ed game. At 6 p.m. is open skate.
There will be door prizes, a shoot-out competition, and chuck-a-puck competition
You can either buy a shirt to support your team for $18 and get in free, or pay $5 at the door.  Some shirts will be available the day of the event at the door. You can see them online at the City of Cedar Springs Facebook page, or call Cedar Springs City Hall (696-1330) for more information.

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