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Fight breaks out near US Post office


 

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the area of the U.S. Post Office on Cherry Street, in Cedar Springs, on Monday evening, November 13, at about 8:55 p.m., to a large fight involving 10-15 people.

According to Sgt. Joel Roon, there were conflicting statements as to who started the fight. Minor injuries were reported, and a 57-year-old female was transported with injuries for additional evaluation. The case is still open and active. Prosecutor review on charges is pending.

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Man arrested in Cannon Twp home invasions


 

By Judy Reed

A few weeks ago we reported that the Kent County Sheriff’s Department was investigating numerous nighttime home invasions in Cannon Township, specifically the Bostwick Lake area, where purses and wallets were stolen. Police believed the suspect was the same person they saw on video exiting a vehicle at the Marathon gas station on 14 Mile Rd (near Lincoln Lake Ave) that had been stolen in a Grandville home invasion.

Police arrested the suspect, Corey James VanSuilichem, 32, and charged him with receiving and concealing a stolen vehicle. Then, on August 3, they charged him with three counts of first degree home invasion—two for the Bostwick Lake area, and one for Grandville. According to Sgt. Joel Roon, additional victims will be included in the plea agreement.

VanSuilichem is believed to have broken into or attempted to break into over a dozen homes.

On August 9, he was also charged with being a habitual offender, 4th offense.

He previously served nine years on prison, from 2003 to 2012, for four counts of home invasion and one count of larceny from a motor vehicle for crimes committed in Ottawa County.

In February 2017, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years probation for maintaining a drug house in Belding, because he was growing more marijuana than allowed on his card. And, as of June 30, he was listed as a probation absconder.

“We are proud of the tireless work our investigators put into this case and we are always grateful for the many community members who banded together and helped us, and also helped each other through a tense couple of weeks,” the Kent County Sheriff Department said in a statement on their Facebook page.

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Detective exposed to dangerous drug


 

The detective bureau at the Kent County Sheriff Department was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after a detective showed medical signs of being exposed to an opiate.

According to Sgt. Joel Roon, a Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team detective with the Wyoming Police Department was conducting routine testing of suspected narcotics that were in the form of a white powdery substance. The substance in question was collected on Monday, May 29, as part of an ongoing investigation. While testing, one of the detectives began to experience symptoms that could possibly be related to a drug exposure, and so NARCAN was administered. That detective was transported to a local hospital to be checked, and was conscious and alert.

The detective bureau was temporarily evacuated and remained closed while the Grand Rapids Fire Department hazmat team completed air quality tests. It reopened shortly after noon.

K.A.N.E.T. is made up of detectives from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Police Department, Walker Police Department, Grandville Police Department, and East Grand Rapids DPS. K.A.N.E.T. is operated out of the KCSO located at 701 Ball Ave NE.

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Man crashes motorcycle, breaks legs


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The above photos show the scene of crash last week after a motorcycle hit a Jeep Liberty head-on on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

A man suffered two broken legs and severe lacerations to his arms after his motorcycle crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michael McDonald, 48, was traveling northbound on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow, on Wednesday, April 26, about 5:10 p.m., when the crash occurred.

Witnesses reported that he appeared to have a problem with the front tire before losing control and crossing into oncoming southbound traffic, where he struck a c head-on.

The driver of the Jeep, a young female on her way to ChiroHealth, suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized. According to the girl’s family, the motorcycle suddenly veered straight at her, and she only had time to stomp on the brakes just before impact. There also was a pickup truck traveling in the right lane next to her, so there was no room to move over.

McDonald, the driver of the motorcycle, was cited for driving a motorcycle with no endorsement, violation of basic speed law, and no proof of insurance. He was not wearing a helmet.

According Sgt. Joel Roon, if a driver ever experiences another driver coming at them head-on, they should decrease their speed as quickly as possible and move out of the path of the oncoming vehicle (if possible). “Consider two vehicles travelling opposite directions at 60 mph have an impact speed of 120 mph; so reducing your speed while evading an oncoming vehicle is very important,” he said.

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