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Two arrested after lying about crash


On Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at approximately 2:58 p.m., deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to what was initially reported as a possible rollover crash where a person was reported to be under the vehicle. The incident took place on Northland Dr., south of the city of Big Rapids, located in Big Rapids Township. Police said the call was then updated to say that the person that was under the truck was armed and had shot out the windows of the vehicle.  There were reportedly two males on the scene and one of the males was bleeding from the head. 

Additional available patrol units responded to the scene which was reported to be an active shooter situation. A perimeter was set up and officers converged on the area to contain the reported gunman. 

Deputies were able to clear the pickup that was involved in the crash. There was no sign of any bullet strikes to the vehicle and the windows of the vehicle were intact, contrary to the initial reports from the two occupants of the vehicle.  

Further investigation revealed that the suspect vehicle had left the roadway and crossed the field. The vehicle had sideswiped an outbuilding at a farm and had driven through two cattle fences. The two men then switched places and the vehicle then continued across the section and struck a large drainage ditch. Police said there was no evidence to support another vehicle chasing the suspect vehicle or anyone else on scene other than the two occupants of the truck that crashed and was initially reported to have rolled over.

Police said that the two occupants of the vehicle appeared to be under the under the influence of narcotics. It was also found that both occupants provided false information during the initial investigation regarding the initial report of the discharge of a firearm.  Both suspects were taken into custody and arrested for OUID as well as Obstruction. 

 The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by officers from the Big Rapids City Department of Public Safety – Police Division, Ferris State University Police, Michigan State Police, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Law Division.  Deputies were also assisted by Mecosta County EMS and Big Rapids Township Fire / Rescue.

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Three hurt in Ensley crash


This crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital. Photo from woodtv.com.

A rollover crash in Ensley Township sent three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon. 

The crash occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the corner of 104 Street and Cypress Avenue.

A jeep headed west on 104th reportedly ran the stop sign and hit a southbound pickup truck, causing it to roll. 

One of the drivers was ejected and suffered a head injury. Both that driver and the other driver were transported to the hospital in critical condition. A passenger in one of the vehicles was also sent to the hospital. 

The crash is still under investigation.

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Man dies in rollover crash


Jason Groenke, of Kent City, died in a rollover crash Sunday. Photo from his gofundme page.

Jason Groenke, of Kent City, died in a rollover crash Sunday. Photo from his gofundme page.

A 31-year-old Kent City man died Sunday when he crashed his vehicle on 18 Mile Road in Tyrone Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a passing motorist reported at 1:31 a.m. that a vehicle had rolled over and ejected the driver. The investigation found that Jason Groenke, 31, was  headed east in the 3600 block of 18 Mile Road, in Tyrone Township, when he lost control of the vehicle and ran off the roadway. The vehicle then overturned and he was ejected. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt. Rescue attempts were unsuccessful at the scene.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

His family has set up a gofundme page to help pay for his cremation and a headstone. You can visit the page at https://www.gofundme.com/e7-funeral-cost-for-jason-groenke.

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Teen hurt in rollover crash


This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

This Trailblazer (right) rolled after colliding with a pickup (left) Wednesday evening in Courtland Township. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Plainfield Township teen was sent to the hospital Wednesday evening with life-threatening injuries after a collision in Courtland Township.

The accident happened about 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, at 13 Mile and Myers Lake Roads.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by Matthew Gorkowski, 17, of Sparta, was traveling westbound on 13 Mile Road and did not stop at the the stop sign at Myers Lake Road. His vehicle was struck on the passenger side by 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that was southbound on Myers Lake. The collision sent both vehicles off the road into the southwest corner of the intersection, with the Trailblazer rolling over.

Neither Gorkowski, nor the driver of the pickup truck, Andrew Rotunno, 18, of Cedar Springs, were injured. However, a 15-year-old female passenger in the Trailblazer suffered life-threatening injuries. She was transported by Rockford Ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth and then to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.

Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

Courtland Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

 

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