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Two State Police Troopers shot while serving search warrant

The scene of the shooting, hours after it occurred. Photo from woodtv.com.

MARSHALL—The Michigan State Police (MSP) confirmed that two MSP members, a detective sergeant and trooper, were shot during the execution of a search warrant related to a cold case investigation Wednesday morning, January 24, at approximately 11:15 a.m. in Union Township, in rural Branch County. 

When troopers announced their presence prior to making entry into the residence on Francisco Road, the suspect leveled a long gun at the officers. They were attempting to take cover when D/Sgt. Aaron Steensma, of the Marshall Post, was shot in the chest (reportedly his clavicle) and Tpr. Daniel Thayer, also of the Marshall Post, was shot in the center of his chest and a bullet grazed his hand.

The detective sergeant was transported to the hospital, and the trooper did not seek medical attention. The round that struck Thayer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest. All MSP personnel were wearing body armor at the time of the incident.

Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is relieved to report that D/Sgt. Steensma is in serious but stable condition at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.

“Thanks to the quick actions of troopers at the scene and the excellent medical attention he received from ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, West Michigan Air Care, and the trauma team at Borgess Medical Center, D/Sergeant Steensma is doing remarkably well for the seriousness of his injury,” Etue stated.

The MSP Emergency Support Team responded, and has confirmed the suspect is deceased. No further details are available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

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134th Trooper Recruit School begins


Last week, 149 prospective state troopers started the first of 26 weeks of training at the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy in Lansing. One of the recruits attending this school is Tyler Baker, of Cedar Springs.
“Public service is a very rewarding career. I commend our new recruits for taking this significant step,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Thank you to Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature for their continued support which has allowed us to hire the next generation of state troopers. I am confident they will protect and serve the residents of Michigan well.”

In order to be selected to attend the 134th Trooper Recruit School, candidates had to pass a stringent selection process that included a physical fitness test, background investigation and hiring interview.

The recruits will reside at the MSP Training Academy from Sunday through Friday each week. Between wake-up at 5 a.m. and lights-out at 10 p.m., they will receive instruction in firearms, water safety, defensive tactics, patrol techniques, report writing, ethics, first aid, criminal law, crime scene processing and precision driving in order to prepare them for careers as MSP troopers.

Recruits who successfully complete recruit school will graduate on July 12, 2018. 

The MSP is actively recruiting for future recruit schools. To learn more about a career with the MSP, visit www.michigan.gov/mspjobs.

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Tools of the trade

Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake/South Ensley United Methodist churches 



“Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you are to be” (2 Thessalonians 1:2, The Message).

“He did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?” (Romans 8:32, Common English Bible)

Although I am (all too quickly) approaching the age of 60, I am, for the first time, reading the book: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Like many, I have seen the movie countless times but the book is immensely different from the movie. What stands out to me almost immediately is the obvious fact that the thing that each character wants, they already have—brains, a heart, and courage. Each demonstrates these attributes repeatedly on their journey. There is a good lesson in this for all of us. 

Sometimes God calls us to a place or a work that we are—to be blunt—afraid of. We doubt if we have the skills needed for the job or if we will be able to make a difference in a place that we are not familiar with. Sometimes, when we turn away from the task without trying, we miss the tremendous blessing that we would receive in return for following God’s direction.

Do not let this happen! God does not ask of us things that we are not able to do. In addition, we will be able to do these things because God is with us. He knows what we need and He provides us with all of this and more. 

Sure, it can be scary going into an unfamiliar place or starting a ministry with unfamiliar people. However, if this is what God has called you to do then the first step is to completely trust in Him. It is not always easy because our emotions, fear and doubt are very powerful. Remember that God is infinitely more powerful than our fears. Most importantly, He will not ask us to do something or go somewhere without honoring His promise to be with us. 

Trust in God no matter where He puts us and the blessing to your life will be far greater than we could have imagined.

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Jerry L. Kinsey, age 48 of Sand Lake died Friday, January 19, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Jerry was born June 18, 1969 the son of Daniel Clore and Beverly Kinsey. He was a senior tool & die designer at Commercial Tool Group, Comstock Park. Jerry loved hunting, fishing, music, Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat beer, and training and working with his dogs. Surviving are his children, Naomi (Corey) Wesche, Jordan Kinsey, Nickolas Kinsey and Ezra Kinsey; grandchildren, Gunnar, Jedidiah and Liam; mother, Beverly Hubbard; brothers, Kirk Moore, John (Jessica) Hubbard, Matt (Brandy) Hubbard and Tadd (Jennifer) Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his son, Joel Kinsey. The family will greet friends Friday, January 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where a memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Interment with his son at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sand Lake.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Jeffrey T. Rogers age 53 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, January 18, 2018. Jeff was born July 12, 1964 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Thomas and Nancy (Teusink) Rogers. He loved hunting and fishing. Surviving are his daughter, Shelly Rogers; mother and stepfather, Nancy and Richard Jackson; brother, Dennis (Jennifer) Rogers; half-sister, Robin (Phil) Pipkin; aunts, uncles and nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Rogers and his grandparents. The family received friends Sunday at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Monday. Pastor Tommy Turner officiating. Private interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Pine Rest Community Clinic.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Ira John Waters of Big Rapids formerly of Sand Lake passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018. He was 90. Mr. Waters  was born January 22, 1927 in Grand Rapids to Omon and Ida (Burgess) Waters. Mr. Waters served in the United States Army during World War II and lived in Tustin and worked on the family farm before living in Sand Lake for the last 25 years.  He worked in Grand Rapids for many years and on his farm in Sand Lake. Mr. Waters was a former member of the VFW in Traverse City and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He is survived by two daughters, Sandra L. Waters of Grand Rapids and Florence Ann Waters of California; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Mr. Waters was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; a daughter, Charlotte Waters; a son, Cary S. Waters; three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastor Mike Harrison-Haefner  officiating and full military rites under the auspices of the Cadillac Area Honor Guard. Friends met the family from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place Burdell Township Cemetery in Tustin. Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. An online guestbook is available at www.petersonfh.com.

Arrangements by Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services, Cadillac

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Dennis J. Hayden, Sr. age 60 of Grand Rapids, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Dennis was born January 18, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Earle and Ruby (Beach) Hayden. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1975 and served in the U.S. Air Force. Surviving are his children, Dennis Jr., Brandi and Billie Jo; father, Earle Hayden; sisters, Earla (Phillip) Alber, Donna Johnson; brothers, Owen (Nancy Czyzewski) Hayden, Aaron (Kelly) Hayden; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother. The family will greet friends Thursday, January 25th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Fernlund officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Degage Ministries or Mel Trotter Ministries.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Varsity Wrestlers ram Rockford and sting Greenville

Senior Chris Shaffer (189lbs, 21-7 record) sealed the win for the Red Hawks against Rockford.

The Varsity Wrestling team accomplished a mission last weekend that had not been completed since the 1995 State Championship season. On Friday, January 19, the boys defeated arch nemesis Greenville 55-9 in front of the home crowd for Parents Night. Topping off the weekend, the Red Hawks were able to pull away from Rockford in the upper weights to knock off our Division 1 neighbors 37-24 at the Lakeshore Super Duals.

Trevor Marsman opened the Rockford dual with a last second take down, handing the tough Brock Fisher a rare loss. It was a complete team effort as the Red Hawks fought off bonus points through the heart of Rockford lineup, which includes All-Staters Noah Anderson and Jack Richardson. After wins from Nate Male, Aaron Smith and Jacob Galinis, the Red Hawks found themselves down 18-21. Lucus Pienton battled for a last second escape to tie the dual, and Xavier Anderson displayed his talents to keep the match within reach.

Trailing 21-24, Rockford voided All State Ryan Ringler and it would all came down to senior Chris Shaffer. A cool-eyed Shaffer stated, “I got this Coach,” then he went on to claim a major decision and ice it for the Hawks. Caleb Baty placed the cherry on top with a 30-second pin at Heavyweight to cement the victory for the Red Hawks.

“The boys are turning in a fine season, compiling an 18-6 record (5-1 OK White) and will be in action this weekend looking to threepeat as Champions at the Shelby Superduals,” said Coach Nick Emery.

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CS Youth wrestlers place in Myway tournaments

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers with medals. Photo by Terry Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers traveled to Ionia HS and to Henry Ford HS for Myway tournaments this past weekend.

According to Coach Pike, it was exciting to see how many new wrestlers are winning out on the mat. “We brought 43 wrestlers to Ionia. It’s been exciting to see the improvement in all the kids every week. From the newest wrestler to our most experienced, they are proving to themselves that working hard in practice gives them the edge they need to win out on the mat,” he said.

CSYWC finished the day 1st in number of Pins and total Match Points, 2nd in most Techs and their winning percentage was up 13 percent over last week, 102-59. 

Jon Libera headed to the Detroit/Metro Region to chase the Greights. His fastest pin for the day was 1:00 and he brought home the Silver medal in the 2009-10 77lb class.  

At Ionia HS, Conner Dines had the most pins for the team and was 5th overall with 4 in 4:17. Thomas Prins was 23rd with 3 in 3:16. Hudson Crystal was 52nd with 2 in :59. Ben Streeter was 67th with 2 in 1:33. Nolan Averill was 82nd with 2 in 2:02. Karsen Roelofs was 88th with 2 in 2:17. 

Mason Taylor had the fastest Tech for the team and was 3rd overall with 1:13. Karsen Roelofs was 13th with 2:09. Dillon VanDyke tied for 26th with 3:00. Deegan Pike was 40th with 3:47. Gavyn Byxbe was 41st with 3:50. The team was 2nd overall with 5 in 13:59.

Zach Vu celebrated his birthday and had the Fastest Pin for the team, tying for 1st overall, with :09! Dawson Pike and Thomas Prins tied for 18th with :15. Hudson Crystal tied for 23rd with :16. Taylor Crystal tied for 30th :18. Conner Dines tied for 48th with :22. Karsen Roelofs tied for 61st with :25. We were 1st place overall with 39 pins in 53:09.

Conner Dines scored the most Team Points overall tying for 1st with 25.0, Austin Averill and Spencer Schoenborn tied for 30th with 22.0, Deegan Pike was 25th with 21.5, Kaiden Dreyer tied for 47th with 21.0, Tucker Crystal and Thomas Prins tied for 59th with 20.0, Karsen Roelofs and Dillon VanDyke tied for 77th with 19.5, Nolan Averill tied for 83rd with 19.0, Hudson Crystal and Gabe Gair tied for 92nd with 18.0.

Tucker Dines tied for 14th in overall single Match Points with 18, Dillon VanDyke tied for 19th with 17. Sierra Streeter, Karsen Roelofs, Gavyn Byxbe, Deegan Pike & Mason Taylor tied for 43rd with 16. John Elam and Nolan Averill tied for 67th with 15. Taylor Crystal tied for 96th with 14. The team scored 690 match points for the day. 

In the 2011-13 age group our 4th place finishers were Mason Taylor & Dawson Pike.  Placing 3rd were Sierra Streeter and Jaxon Fitzgerald. Finishing 2nd were Taylor Crystal, Karsen Roelofs, Nolan Averill, Dillon VanDyke. Congratulations goes to Ben Streeter on his 1st place Championship!

In the 2009-10 age group Tucker Dines placed 3rd. Placing 2nd were Cameron Ellison and Chasyn Winchel. Congratulations to our 1st place Champions Zach Vu and Tucker Crystal!

In the 2007-08 divisions placing 3rd was Rory Schoenborn. Our 2nd place finishers were Deegan Pike, Kaiden Dreyer and Gavyn Byxbe. Congratulations to our 1st place Champions Austin Averill, Spencer Schoenborn, Conner Dines, Thomas Prins and Hudson Crystal!

In the 2005-06 age groups Jack Sherburn placed 3rd and Gabe Gair took the 1st place Championship in the 112/119lb class!

In the 2003-04 divisions Joey Meade and Logan Troupe brought home 4th place medals. Bringing home 3rd place was Carter Falan. Maston Wood brought home the 2nd place medal in the 170lb class.

Next week the team travels to Zeeland East for a team duals tournament; Big Rapids to chase the Greights medal; and West Ottawa for the West Region competition.

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West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers all place in tournaments


Kaleb Pautke was the 55 lb Champion in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and everyone one of them placed. 

Drew Moro, 64 lbs, traveled to Oklahoma for Tulsa Nationals. He went 4-2 for the day, and finished in 5th Place. 

Five traveled to Sterling Heights for the Metro Greights tournament and 12 went to Ionia. Metro Greights results: 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group finished 2nd Place. Greights Champions are 67 lb Luke Egan and 85 lb Blake Peasley, both in the 9/10 age groups. 

Ionia results: 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 novice age group and 63/37 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished 4th Place. 65/70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 72 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8 age group and 95/100 lb Isa Starr, 9/10 age group finished 3rd Place. 63/67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 65/70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Ionia Champions are 43/46 lb Brody Compau and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, both 7/8 age groups. 

“Our kids have excellent team and sportsmanship qualities. I could not be more proud of this team,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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