4 injured after school bus and car collide in Kent Co.

Four people were injured when a school bus and car collided in northern Kent County Tuesday. Deputies say it happened near the intersection of 17 Mile Road NE and Shaner Avenue. The four injuries are non life-threatening.

Icy roads blamed

A Montcalm County woman is dead following a car accident Sunday morning. Police say the accident happened around 7:30 a-m on Lincoln Lake Road just south of M-57 in Kent County. 56-year-old Debbie Rauch of Gown lost control of her vehicle while attempting to pass another car. Rauch was pronounced dead at the scene and icy road conditions are being blamed.

Police in Sparta search for robbers

Police in Sparta a searching for two people involved in an armed robbery. Video surveillance shows the two suspects, believed to be in their late teens to mid-20's, holding up the American Gas and Oil gas station on East Division. An unknown amount of cash was taken from the story, but no one was injured. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sparta Police or the Silent Observer.

Woman headed to jail for embezzlement

A Grand Rapids woman says she stole more than $210-thousand dollars from her employer. 49-year old Amy Roselle pleaded guilty Wednesday in Kent County Circuit Court to embezzlement and faces up to 20 years in prison and will have to pay the money back. Roselle allegedly deposited vendor checks from the Caledonia Township printing supply company where she worked into a business account since and used some of the funds to pay her credit card bills as well as other personal expenses

Man pleads guilty to sex with 15-year-old

A 23-year old Grand Rapids man is pleading guilty to having sex with a 15 year old girl he met online. Joshua Burrows told the Kent County Circuit Court judge he met the teenager on a website called Meetme Dot Com and claimed he had no idea the girl was so young until state police showed up on his doorstep. Burrows could get as much as 15 years in prison. He will be sentenced on February 10th.

Father and son accused of child sex abuse

Two Kent County men are facing charges of sexual child abuse. Police say 65-year-old Timothy Robert Guilfoyl and his son, 21-year-old Sean Michael Guilfoyle are being ordered to stand trial after officials had been investigating the pair for more than three years. An online account linked to the Guilfoyles was discovered to have shared nearly 300 images of child pornography. The charges carry a sentence of 20 years in prison.

Suspect on trial for year old killing

The Kent County Circuit Court trial is underway for the man accused of beating and shooting to death a West Michigan Businessman more than a year ago. 37-year-old Danyell Thomas is charged with felony murder in the death of John Dahlinger. The 54-year-old Dahlinger was found beaten and shot to death in 2013. Prosecutors say Thomas plotted with a prostitute to drug and rob Dahlinger. Thomas faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.

Former Kent County Commissioner sentenced

A former Kent County Commissioner will be spending the next year in jail for taking kickbacks. Officials say 44-year-old Michael Wawee Jr. was sentenced to serve one year in jail and pay $214,000 in restitution after pleading no contest to embezzlement from a charitable organization and attempted false pretenses. Prosecutors say Wawee took kickbacks from cemetery headstone engravers while he was an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Kent County prosecutor appeals pot law

The Kent County prosecutor is defying the will of the voters and is taking an appeal of the decision to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to the Michigan Appeals Court this week. Prosecutor Bill Forsyth says Grand Rapids voters may not decide to ignore state law. By a margin of 60% city voters decided to back off on marijuana enforcement in 2012.

False alam Ebola case in Kent County as patient is believed to have Dengue Fever

Officials with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids and Kent County were quick to deny the presence of an Ebola case after a patient showed up at the hospital last week with suspected Ebola symptoms following a recent trip to West Africa. The hospital isolated the patient and contacted hospital administrators and the Kent County Health Department. It was later learned that the patient had traveled to an island off the coast of West Africa, an area not impacted by the outbreak of the Ebola virus, and did not meet the criteria for the Ebola.


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