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Motorcyclist injured in crash

A Trufant man was injured earlier this week when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a car waiting to turn. Courtesy photo.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a car vs. motorcycle injury crash at approximately 10:52 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017 on Wise Road at Youngman Road, Montcalm Township.

According to Sheriff Michael Williams, the investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford Taurus was stopped facing west on Wise Road waiting for traffic to clear and to make a left turn onto Youngman Road. 

A 1999 Honda motorcycle, driven by Joseph Petersen, 24, of Trufant, was travelling west on Wise Road. He was not able to stop and struck the Ford from behind. Petersen was thrown from the motorcycle, and was transported to Spectrum with serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford Taurus, Lois Kinyon, age 56, from Greenville, was not injured. Anna Williams, age 88, from Greenville, was a passenger in the Ford and complained of pain, however sought her own treatment.

The occupants of the Ford were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the Honda was wearing a helmet. There were no other known contributing factors in the crash.

The Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Michigan State Police assisted with the crash.

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Man crashes motorcycle, breaks legs


The above photos show the scene of crash last week after a motorcycle hit a Jeep Liberty head-on on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

A man suffered two broken legs and severe lacerations to his arms after his motorcycle crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on last week.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michael McDonald, 48, was traveling northbound on Northland Drive, near Porter Hollow, on Wednesday, April 26, about 5:10 p.m., when the crash occurred.

Witnesses reported that he appeared to have a problem with the front tire before losing control and crossing into oncoming southbound traffic, where he struck a c head-on.

The driver of the Jeep, a young female on her way to ChiroHealth, suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized. According to the girl’s family, the motorcycle suddenly veered straight at her, and she only had time to stomp on the brakes just before impact. There also was a pickup truck traveling in the right lane next to her, so there was no room to move over.

McDonald, the driver of the motorcycle, was cited for driving a motorcycle with no endorsement, violation of basic speed law, and no proof of insurance. He was not wearing a helmet.

According Sgt. Joel Roon, if a driver ever experiences another driver coming at them head-on, they should decrease their speed as quickly as possible and move out of the path of the oncoming vehicle (if possible). “Consider two vehicles travelling opposite directions at 60 mph have an impact speed of 120 mph; so reducing your speed while evading an oncoming vehicle is very important,” he said.

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Sand Lake motorcyclist killed in crash


Jonathon David Allan Harden

Jonathon David Allan Harden

A 25-year-old Sand Lake man died last weekend after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in Plainfield Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, witnesses said that Jonathon David Allan Harden, of the Village of Sand Lake, was headed eastbound on Rogue River Rd near Woodwater Dr, in Plainfield Township, on Saturday, April 8, about 6:45 p.m., when he drifted into the westbound lane for some reason and was struck by a westbound pickup truck.

Harden died at the scene from his injuries.

The driver of the pickup truck, Ryan Dargie, 40, of Rockford, was uninjured. His front seat passenger, Crystal Dargie, 35, of Rockford, sustained a minor hand injury.

Plainfield Fire and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Police believe that the motorcyclist was wearing a helmet. The crash is still under investigation. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in this crash.

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SUV hits motorcycle

This SUV rear-ended a motorcycle Monday, in Solon Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

This SUV rear-ended a motorcycle Monday, in Solon Township. Post photo by J. Reed.


A Newaygo man was sent to the hospital on Monday afternoon, August 29, after the motorcycle he was driving was hit from behind.

The crash occurred on 17 Mile, just east of Pine Island. According to Deputy Lecuru, a SUV rear-ended the motorcycle. Both vehicles appeared to be eastbound.

The driver of the motorcycle, a 28-year-old Newaygo man, was not wearing a helmet. Deputy Fire Chief Chris Paige, with Solon Township Fire and Rescue, said that the man was alert and talking, and showed no obvious signs of severe trauma. He was transported to the hospital by Rockford ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries—mainly bumps and bruises.

The driver of the SUV, a 54-year-old woman from Casnovia, was not injured in the crash.

Deputy Lecuru said that alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.

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Dale G. Anderson

C-OBIT-andersonDale G. Anderson, 62 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 doing what he loved, riding his motorcycle. Dale was born July 27, 1953 in Chicago, IL the son of Richard and Marion (Pyne) Anderson. He was a truss assembler for 43 years. Dale was a stubborn, rough neck, loving and caring biker. He so loved his granddaughters that he had their names tattooed on his arm. Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Elaine; daughter, Lacey (Nathan) Wright; grandchildren, Kayda, Avalon, Harlynn; mother, Marion Anderson; brother, Raymond Anderson; sister-in-law, Donna (Robert) Greenland; five nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and parents-in-law. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, July 10 at 1 pm at Morley Park, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Kent County.

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


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Platinum Powersports


If you are looking for a good used motorcycle, ATV, or other type of recreational vehicle, you might want to check out Platinum Powersports, located at 11745 Cedar Rock Drive.

Owners Tony LeFever and Jennifer LeFever established the business in 2012, and are recently new to the Cedar Rock area. They provide sales, service parts, and accessories, for top Powersports brands such as Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Can-Am. They have recently added the Yamaha brand of motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles, scooters, and power equipment.

“We specialize in pre-owned motorcycles and have the area’s best selection of pre-owned Harley Davidson’s,” said Tony. “And with the addition of Yamaha, exclusively for new machines, we will be the Yamaha experts.”

Tony has spent his entire professional life working in the industry, from motocross racing teams to dealerships. He is a state certified technician and has 10 years of experience at corporate Yamaha.

“We will have the cleanest used bikes around, have the best selection of Yamaha products, and offer the best service—guaranteed,” said Tony.

They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Wednesdays they are gone riding! For more info contact them at 616-379-6060.

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Motorcyclist injured in accident with cow

A Stanton man suffered multiple injuries last Wednesday evening, September 16, when the motorcycle he was riding hit a cow in the road.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred at approximately 8:25 p.m., on Sidney Road, near Hillman Road, in Sidney Township. They reported that Mark Olmstead, 57, of Stanton, was headed east on Sidney Road, on his 2006 Harley Davidson, when he struck a black cow that had entered the roadway. Witnesses reported seeing the cow and chasing it out of the road, but it came back on to the road and was struck before the witnesses had a chance to return to their vehicle.

Olmstead was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth and was reported last week to be in stable condition. His current condition is unknown.

The reportedly belonged to Dennis Baese, of Elsie. He had been made aware the cow was out of its pen, and was headed to the area to get it when the crash occurred.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Aeromed, and the Sheridan Fire Department assisted at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

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Motorcycle accident sends one to hospital


Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ron Kimbrough and Deputy Scott Abbatoy look at the motorcycle involved in the accident Monday. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Gowen man was injured Monday when he dumped his motorcycle while traveling on the curve on 18 Mile, just south of Fieldstone Meadows.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Scott Abbatoy, the 58-year-old man was traveling toward Cedar Springs, on 18 Mile, when his foot got stuck under the brake, and he tipped the bike. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a head injury, as well as lacerations on his hands. He was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A man and woman who were out doing home inspections stopped at the scene when they saw the victim on his hands and knees, with his head bleeding. They let him sit in their vehicle to wait for police and the ambulance. “If you see someone like that, you can’t just drive by,” said the woman. “If it was my dad, I’d want to someone to stop.”

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

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Motorcyclist injured in crash with car

N-Car vs Motorcycle Kent County Sheriff badgeUPDATED October 25 with corrections regarding motorcyclist’s injuries:

A motorcyclist suffered severe injuries after a car collided with him Saturday afternoon, October 19.

According to Sgt. Ben Cammenga, of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Streeter, 55, of Sparta, was traveling southbound on White Creek Avenue, south of 17 Mile, when a northbound vehicle tried to turn left into Big Boy, and turned in front of the motorcycle, causing them to collide.

AeroMed was put on standby, but later cancelled. A call from the family confirmed that Streeter suffered a broken back, broken ribs, and a collapsed lung. He was in intensive care until Friday, October 25, and will move to Mary Free Bed for rehabilitation when he is better.

The driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey VanderKlipp, 48, of Rockford, was not injured.

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Two die in Howard City crash

This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

This van rolled on to its roof after it was struck by a motorcycle in Howard City Sunday, October 13. Two died as a result of the crash. Courtesy photo.

A crash between a motorcycle and a minivan on Sunday evening has resulted in the deaths of both drivers.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, Tony Magoon, 46, of Morley, was traveling southbound on his 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, on Ensley Street in Howard City, at a high rate of speed on Sunday, October 13, at about 7:04 p.m., when witnesses say he ran a red light at W. Shaw Street and struck the side of an eastbound van. The van then rolled over onto its rooftop in the intersection.

The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, William MacTavish. 84, of Howard City, was transported to the hospital by AeroMed, with life-threatening injuries. He died from his injuries Wednesday afternoon.

A passenger in the van, Betty MacTavish, wife of William, also in her 80s, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Assisting at the scene was the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Montcalm County EMS, and the Howard City Fire Department.


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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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