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Sparta man dies in accident


Timothy Hiemstra

Timothy Hiemstra

A Sparta man was killed last week when his car left the roadway and hit a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, 40-year-old Timothy Hiemstra was driving a 2000 Ford Focus eastbound on 7 Mile Road shortly before 11:20 p.m. April 3, and failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Island Drive. The vehicle went through the intersection and hit a tree. Hiemstra was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

Both the Plainfield Fire Department and Life EMS assisted at the scene.

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Lightning strikes


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A bolt of lightning struck a pine tree in the backyard of a home on W. Muskegon Street, near Grant Street, early Tuesday afternoon, sending shards of wood catapulting through the air and into the road in front of the home.

The sound of the strike was heard all over town.

It looked like the tree had exploded. There was debris all over the yard, on the garage, at the neighbor’s home and in the street. Police and DPW arrived within minutes to remove the tree from the roadway.

N-Tree-hit-by-lightning2It’s a good reminder to never take shelter under a tree during a thunderstorm. Instead, get inside a sturdy shelter and wait for the storm to pass.

 

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Storm brings down tree, powerline


A storm that blew through the city of Cedar Springs Monday evening weakened just before it got here but was still strong enough to topple a tree and snap a telephone pole.

The storm came through between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday, June18. It was originally issued as a severe weather warning, with high wind gusts and marble size hail that could dent cars. Just before it hit the National Weather Service downgraded it and cancelled the warning, but that was little comfort to Wayne and June Price and others on Ronald Street in Cedar Springs who lost power.

Wayne sent us these pictures, and explained that “It poured, the wind blew, and toppled the neighbor’s tree into the road in front of our house, snapping our power pole at the end of our driveway. The top of the pole leaned over the road breaking our power lines to the house.” Consumers Power spent the night repairing the damage, and power was restored about 5 a.m.

 

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BOOOOOOOO!


There is a rumor that the trees come alive on All Hallow’s eve (Halloween) and cause a great deal of mischief in their neighborhoods, including snatching candy away from unsuspecting trick-or-treaters.  Aaron Piskin, of Pierson, sent us this photo he took of a tree, located on Pine Lake Avenue near 17 Mile, practicing its scary face for Halloween.  If you see a tree like this one on Halloween, don’t try to climb it and don’t play dead. Instead, run as fast as you can in the other direction and don’t look back!

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Man injured when car hits tree


This van slammed into a tree in the Springs Church parking lot Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Sparta man suffered several injuries Monday his van ran into a tree off a church parking lot.
Thomas Brant, 67, of Sparta, was picking up a box of food in the Springs Church parking lot at 135 N. Grant in Cedar Springs Monday afternoon.
A budget rental truck was set up in the parking lot, and seniors were driving up to get their food. “He stopped to get his food, and then the van shot forward,” said witness Robert Wright, who was in line behind Brant. “He side swiped the trunk and ran into the tree.”
Cedar Springs Police Officer Chad Potts said that while leaning over to open the door, the victim’s foot may have slipped and hit the accelerator.
Brant was treated by Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with a possible broken arm, dislocated shoulder, and burns on his face from the air bags being deployed.

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