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Suspicious package at courthouse


The Kent County 63rd District Court was on lockdown for about three hours on Monday, May 14, after a suspicious package was found.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to the courthouse shortly after 9 a.m. Deputies were directed to an envelope that was received through the US Postal Service that contained an unknown powdery substance.

The FBI and the Grand Rapids Fire Department Hazmat Team also responded to the courthouse and assisted in assessing the extent of the threat, as well as containment of the unknown substance. As a precautionary measure, the courthouse was locked down for a period of approximately three hours until it was determined that the substance had been contained and was not a threat to anyone inside or outside of the building. There were no symptoms of exposure reported by anyone.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional testing will be conducted to determine exactly what the substance is. Anyone with information about this situation is encouraged to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. 

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JOHN A. SICARD


John A. Sicard, age 76, of Chesaning, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Brady Center Wesleyan Church in Oakley. Burial followed at Ridge Road Cemetery. The family received friends from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes Martin Chapel, and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. John was born on March 31, 1941 to Roy O. and Mamie L. (Fredenburg) Sicard in Hope Township, Michigan. He grew up on the family farm, and he graduated from Cedar Springs High School. He also attended Spring Arbor College. In his early years, John worked as a factory worker. He then worked as a mailman for the US Postal Service for 30 years. During his life, John loved being with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a member of Racy Free Methodist Church, where he served on the Church Board and as a Youth Director. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports. John is survived by his children, Michael Sicard, Kimberly (Dan) Crane, and Jamie (Michael) Sleeseman; his grandchildren, Malachi, Elisha, Joshua, and Saralyn; his sisters, Sarah (Harry) Joslin, Goldie (Elwyn) Joslin, and Sandra (Richard) Thrasher; his brother, Michael Sicard; and his brother-in-law, Roger Klinge. He is predeceased by his daughter, Tonia; and his siblings, Rachel Klinge, Betty Stults, Tom Sicard, and David Sicard. Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelson-house.com.

Arrangements by Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Cheasaning, Michigan

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