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Sparta man dies in traffic accident

A 20-year-old Sparta man died last Friday morning, January 14, when the car he was driving slid into another vehicle.
Michael Ponne, 20, of Sparta, had reportedly been visiting his girlfriend on East Sternberg Road in Fruitport Township, and was driving east to his job at a Sparta bank about 7:50 a.m. when his Mercury sedan went into a slide, crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Chevy Impala driven by David Lane, 34, also of Sparta.
Ponne was reportedly pinned in the wreckage, and pronounced dead at the scene.
Lane suffered a minor leg injury.
Both men were reportedly wearing their seatbelts.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 21, 3:30 p.m. at the Sparta High School Auditorium with Rev. Nate Wagner officiating. Interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Friends may meet the family at the Hessel-Cheslek Funeral Home on Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Friday at the High School one hour prior to the service.

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Reward Offered in hit and run

Silent Observer is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for the hit and run accident that killed Erica Sevigny, of Sparta, on April 4. The accident occurred on 14 Mile Rd west of Pennington. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a medium to full-sized vehicle, such as a truck, SUV or van. Call (616) 774-2345, or toll free at 1 (866) 774-2345. You can also text a tip to CRIMES (274637). The keyword TIP138 must appear on the first line of your text message in order to reach Silent Observer.

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Sparta student arrested in bomb threat

Stephanie Graham Hull

Stephanie Graham Hull

A Sparta High School student was arrested last weekend for allegedly making a bomb threat at her high school September 18.

According to Sparta Police Chief Andrew Milanowski, a warrant was issued for Stephanie Graham Hull, 18, on September 23, and she was arrested by Grand Rapids Police on Sunday, September 27, after police received a tip on her whereabouts.

Hull is charged with one count of False Report or Threat of Bomb/harmful device, which is a four-year felony. She bonded out on $25,000 cash/surety and will be arraigned on October 7 at 8:30 a.m. in 63rd District Court Rockford.

The bomb threat was called into the school on the morning of September 18, before classes started. Students already in the building were evacuated, and those arriving were not let in until the school had been searched by bomb-sniffing canines. School resumed around 10:30 a.m.

Milanowski said he is uncertain why she might have called in the threat. He said that Hull takes both high school and college courses, but noted that there had been numerous complaints involving her recently. On the same day she allegedly made the bomb threat, she was arrested and later released by the Kent County Sheriff Department for false report of a felony. Milanowski said that issue was unrelated to the bomb threat.

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Art in the park in Sparta

Fine art juried show—call for entries

The Regional Arts Guild in Sparta welcomes your participation in our annual Art in the Park during the new Harvest on the Ridge Festival. The show will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Rogers Park, on Saturday, September 26.

Although juried, first year kick-off offers highly reduced booth rates with no jury fee.

A circular drive throughout the park encourages easy set-ups and teardowns. Good food, clean restrooms and trash facilities will be easily accessible.

Please join us in making this long-awaited event a reality in Sparta.

Visit http://spartachamber.com/2009/02/26/harvest-on-the-ridge-art-in-the-park/ for application and more information.
Questions? Please contact Toni Payne at (616) 887-2190 or Tom Scott at (616) 678-4322.

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