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Rockford man dies in pedestrian accident

A Rockford man died early Friday morning, April 19, after he was struck and killed by a vehicle on West River Drive near US131.

Brett David Riebschleger

According to the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, they were dispatched to a “suspicious subject” call in the area of West River Drive and US131 about 3 a.m. April 19. The caller said a man was standing in the roadway.

Just before deputies arrived, they received another call that said a pedestrian in the roadway had been struck by vehicle. 

The pedestrian, identified as Brett David Riebschleger, 20, of Rockford, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The driver of the vehicle, Justin Montgomery, 33, of Belmont, suffered a minor injury and was treated at the scene.

Assisting at the scene was Plainfield Fire, Life Ambulance, and the Michigan State Police. They don’t believe alcohol or drugs to be a factor in the crash.

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Man charged in attempted robbery

Jerome David Richards

A Comstock Park man is in jail on a charge of unarmed robbery after he attempted to rob the Subway on West River Drive last week. 

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the man walked into the Subway at 4615 West River Drive on Thursday, February 1, at 2:39 p.m., and attempted to rob the store. He implied that he had a weapon, though none was seen. He then fled the scene on foot, without any money.

The Kent County Sheriff Department then posted surveillance photos on their Facebook page, asking for the public’s help to identify the man. (The Post also shared their post on our Facebook page.) Due to people sharing their post, the police received a credible tip and acted on it immediately. 

On February 5, they arrested Jerome David Richards, 37, of Comstock Park. He was arraigned on Tuesday, February 6, on one charge of unarmed robbery, and one charge of being a habitual offender, 3rd offense. Bond was set at $50,000.

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