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Kent County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit in Louisville

Pictured here are officers from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Louisville Mounted Police Department. Photo from KCSO Facebook page.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit made history last week when they patrolled at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) asked them to assist at the Kentucky Derby with keeping spectactors safe. They were the first ever out-of-state mounted unit to help at the event. 

We love seeing the Mounted Unit. They usually walk in our Red Flannel Parade, and appear at various community events. They most recently had a couple of horses and deputies at the Community Easter Egg hunt.
Congratulations to the Mounted Unit for making history last week! Keep up the good work!

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Man dies in Sparta crash

Photo of the Tatroe family. Brandon Tatroe was killed in a two-car crash last Saturday. Photo from gofundme page.
Scene of the crash at Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek. Photo by 13 on your side.

A 27-year-old Greenville man, who was originally from Sparta, died last Saturday in a crash at Sparta Avenue and Ball Creek in Sparta Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Police said that a Ford Escape, driven by 27-year-old Brandon Tatroe, stopped at Sparta Ave and Ball Creek and then pulled out in front of a northbound Jeep Cherokee, which resulted in the crash.  Mr. Tatroe died as a result of his injuries.  

His wife, Courtney Tatroe, 28, was a passenger in the Escape, and suffered injuries, but is in stable condition.  Their children—a one-month-old and a 2-year-old–were in the rear seat of the Escape. The 2-year-old reportedly has a broken leg, and the one-month-old escaped with no injuries.  All passengers in the Escape were transported to a local hospital.

Gabriel Brown, 20, from Sparta was the driver of the Jeep, and Arieanna Johnson, a 21-year-old female from Muskegon, was his passenger. Both suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.  
The crash remains under investigation by the KCSO Traffic Unit.

A gofundme has been set up for the Tatroe family by Courtney’s mother, Brenda.

“My daughter is a widow at 28 years old, with two young babies to raise in honor of their father. Any financial help for funeral expenses, medical expenses, and other expenses would help her with the heavy burden that she now carries,” it reads in the description.

To visit the gofundme page and to donate, visit https://gofund.me/29da2f36.

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Trufant man killed in motorcycle crash

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the area of West Peck Road near South Lake Road in Montcalm Township for a report of two motorcycles that had been involved in crashes at approximately 10:48 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022.
The investigation revealed that the two motorcycles were travelling in a group and were eastbound on West Peck Road approaching South Lake Road. The group slowed to turn north onto South Lake Road, however, two of the motorcyclists lost control. The bikes then went off the roadway to the right and came to rest in a swampy area. The driver of one of the motorcycles, a 55-year-old Trufant man, was pronounced dead after being transported to United Memorial Hospital. The second driver, a 41-year-old male from Belding, fled the scene but has since been located and interviewed.
Anyone with information on this crash is encouraged to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590. The crash remains under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted on scene by the Michigan State Police, Greenville Department of Public Safety, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, and the Montcalm Township Fire Department.

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The Post travels to Austria

The Post recently traveled across the sea to go on the “Bier & Kulture” Tour of Bavaria and Bohemia with Cedar Springs Brewing, and 32 guests from our community. The group visited many famous beer and tourist destinations in Bavaria, Austria and the Czech Republic. The photo was taken in Salzburg, Austria.

Thank you, David Ringler and Cedar Springs Brewing for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Taking a business trip? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!

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Library birthday party

CS Library is celebrating 5 years at new location!

The Cedar Springs Public Library’s building is turning five years old on Friday, May 13. The Grand Opening of its current location at 107 N. Main St. was on May 13, 2017, thanks to the generous donors and donated products and services from the community and local businesses.  To celebrate this birthday, the Library will be offering public tours on the hour from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and will have a special Birthday Storytime starting at 11:15 a.m. for kids.  There will be birthday gift bags for all ages and refreshments to enjoy! Anybody is welcome to attend and celebrate with the Cedar Springs Public Library! 

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Fugitives captured in Indiana

Escaped convict back in custody; corrections officer dies of gunshot wound

Casey White
Vicky White

A manhunt for two fugitives from Alabama wanted by U.S. Marshals had a bittersweet ending Monday, May 9, in Evansville, Indiana.

Law enforcement had been looking for escaped convict Casey White, 38, and the woman who had aided in his escape, Assistant Director of Corrections Vicky White, 56. They pair were not related, nor married. But, according to inmates, they had a special relationship, and Vicky helped him escape on April 29, which was to be her last day of work before retirement.

The 6-foot-nine 260-pound inmate was awaiting trial on a murder charge, and was already serving time for attempted murder. Vicky White told co-workers she was taking him for a mental health evaluation, but there was not one scheduled, and the pair disappeared.

Casey White was spotted at car wash in Evansville, Indiana Monday. There was a brief chase by law enforcement. Vicky White was driving, and reportedly held a gun to her head.

Officers rammed the vehicle and pushed it into a ditch so it ended up on its side. They found that the female driver was unconscious and still had a weapon in her hand. They removed Casey White from the vehicle, and he reportedly said, “Please help my wife. She just shot herself in the head and I didn’t do it.”

The coroner will determine whether the wound was self-inflicted or not.

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Updated guidelines for Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

Blood clotting syndrome limits use of vaccine

LANSING, Mich. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is updating vaccine providers across the state about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limiting the authorized use on the administration of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine.

On May 5, FDA released a statement that it has revised its Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and limited the authorized use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The updated EUA limits use to:

  • Individuals 18 years of age and older for whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate; or
  • Individuals 18 years of age and older who elect to receive the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Based on its investigation, the FDA has determined that the risk of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS), warrants limiting the authorized use of the vaccine. TTS is a syndrome of rare and potentially life-threatening blood clots in combination with low levels of blood platelets. TTS linked with the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine has most frequently presented within 10 days to two weeks following vaccine administration.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified 60 confirmed TTS cases following the administration of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, including nine fatal cases. The FDA has determined that the reporting rate of TTS is 3.23 per million doses of vaccine administered and the reporting rate of TTS deaths is 0.48 per million doses of vaccine administered.

“Throughout the pandemic, our federal partners have been committed to ensuring that science and data guided their decisions,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS chief medical executive. “These new guidelines further underscore the robust safety review process in place for these vaccines. We continue to urge all Michiganders ages 5 and older to get their safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and to get boosted if eligible.”

For individuals who have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as their primary dose, it is recommended they receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. mRNA vaccines are preferred for the first booster dose. Additionally, if Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was used for both the primary and booster doses, individuals are eligible for an additional dose of an mRNA vaccine. In both instances, vaccine protection has been shown to increase following administration of an mRNA vaccine.

Background & Safety Monitoring for Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) EUA

  • On Feb. 27, 2021, Janssen COVID-19 vaccine was authorized for emergency use. 
  • On April 13, 2021, FDA and CDC recommended a pause in administration of the vaccine to investigate six reported cases of TTS, and to help ensure that health care providers were made aware of the potential for TTS and could plan for proper recognition and management due to the unique treatment required for TTS. 
  • On April 23, 2021, following a thorough safety evaluation, FDA and CDC lifted the recommended pause regarding the use of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. The agencies confirmed a total of 15 cases of TTS had been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, including the original six reported cases, out of approximately 8 million doses administered.
  • In December 2021, after reviewing updated vaccine effectiveness and safety data, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made a recommendation for the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines over the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

To date, nearly 6.7 million Michiganders (67%) have received their first does of COVID-19 vaccine. More than 393,000 residents have received the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.

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Mark A. Totten sworn in as United States Attorney

U.S. District Attorney Mark A. Totten

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On Thursday, May 5, Mark A. Totten was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. 

President Biden nominated Totten on November 12, 2021, and the U.S. Senate confirmed him on April 27, 2022. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker administered the oath of office at the federal courthouse in Grand Rapids. 

“I am honored to serve as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan,” Totten said. “This office has a long history of securing justice and protecting the people of Michigan with diligence and integrity. I look forward to leading this outstanding team of dedicated attorneys and support staff and working with other partners at this important moment.” 

Totten was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he lives today. Most recently, he served as Chief Legal Counsel in the Executive Office of the Governor for the State of Michigan. Prior to entering government service, Totten was a law professor at Michigan State University from 2008-2018, where he taught criminal law and criminal procedure. From 2011-2013 he served part-time as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney handling criminal appeals in the office he now leads. He was a judicial law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and began his career as an attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Appellate Staff, in Washington, D.C. 

Totten received his B.A. from Cedarville College and his law degree and a Ph.D. in ethics from Yale University. The U.S. Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Michigan. The District covers 49 counties, including the western half of Michigan’s lower peninsula and the whole of the upper peninsula. The main office is in Grand Rapids, but the District also has staffed offices in Lansing and Marquette, and an unstaffed office in Kalamazoo. As U.S. Attorney, Totten will oversee a staff of 42 attorneys and 44 support staff. A formal investiture ceremony will follow at a future date.

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Big Serve event shows big love

City Impact and Frost Creek Church left church walls behind last Sunday morning served together on the streets of Cedar Springs instead in an event they called the Big Serve.

According to the City Impact Facebook page, people from the two organizations formed teams and went out and repaired decks, trailer skirting, windows, painted trailers, and more. 

Crews also picked up trash all over the city, and the Grocery Garage did a pop-up shop that served 40 families with food. 

Teams also did projects at Mission Point and Creative Technologies Academy.

City Impact Disciple Builders has many more projects around the city to be done, so if you would like to be involved call 616-843-2438.

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Democrat wins 74th District house seat

Democrat Carol Glanville is the new representative in Michigan’s 74th district.

By Judy Reed

For the first time in 30 years, a Democratic candidate will represent the 74th District in Kent County.

In Tuesday’s special election, Democratic contender Carol Glanville beat out Republican candidate Robert Regan by a vote of 7288 to 5697. There were also 1,117 write-in votes. Republican Mike Milanowski ran as a certified write-in.

The special election was held due to the seat going vacant when former Rep. Mark Huizenga won the senate seat vacated by Peter MacGregor, who is now Kent County treasurer.

Glanville will serve a partial term, good until the end of year. 

“West Michigan values of integrity, decency, and care for the common good won tonight,” said Glanville, in a Facebook post. “Our campaign has truly been inspired by the outpouring of support received from all walks of life and political beliefs. The people of the 74th District have spoken, and I hear you. We are united in fundamental ways, and I will take our values and concerns to the Capitol to affect positive change for the people of Michigan. Thank you, and let’s get to work!”

The last time a Democrat held the seat was in 1991-92, when Tracey Yokich was the 74th District representative. It currently covers Algoma Township, Alpine Township, Cedar Springs, Grandville, Rockford, Solon Township, Sparta Township, Tyrone Township, and Walker in Kent County. That will change, however, with the next election cycle, when the new redistricting map takes effect.

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