October 8 2009
by RANDY R. COTTON A preliminary hearing in the case of People vs. Andrew Chezlek took place Wednesday, Sept. 30 in the 63rd District Court of Rockford before Judge Steven Servaas. The 22-year-old Rockford resident was initially charged and arraigned on charges of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree and felony arms charges after he allegedly tied up and assaulted his “on again, off again” girlfriend at the home of his parents in Rockford. Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Monica Jeneske informed the court during the hearing that she was planning to drop the charges of kidnapping and transfer the case to the circuit court in Grand Rapids on several charges including possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony and criminal sexual conduct. She also argued that she would add to the list possession of methadone and cocaine and unlawful imprisonment. During the initial phase of the hearing, there was debate over the issue of sequestration when Jeneske argued that she would like to ask some of the potential witnesses who were seated in the courtroom. Both sides finally approached the bench and agreed to have witnesses leave. The 23-year-old Grand Rapids woman who was the victim in this crime was called to the witness stand and was subject to four hours of testimony by both the prosecution and defense. She initially stated, “I am a 23-year-old student and I met him at Grand Rapids Community College when Andrew and I had a class together.” She also testified that Chezlek and she “were in a sexual and romantic relationship since 2007.” Continuing her testimony, she said they both “used drugs together, including methadone and heroin” and that they “broke up in May of 2008.” Following their separation, she said that they continued to have occasional contact by phone and text message while Chezlek was out of the country. The victim testified, “[On Thursday, Sept. 3] I was planning to get together with the defendant and was going to hang out and watch a movie at his house.” She said she had been out drinking that night and showed up at the defendant’s home after midnight. According to her testimony, when she arrived at the Chezlek home, the defendant’s mother […]
Gregory J. Halmi recently graduated from the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as “Operation Warrior Forge,” at Fort Lewis, Tacoma, Wash. The 32 days of training provide the best possible professional training and evaluation for all cadets in the aspects of military life, administration and logistical support. Although continued military training and leadership development is included in the curriculum, the primary focus of the course is to develop and evaluate each cadet’s officer potential as a leader by exercising the cadet’s intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and physical stamina. The cadet command assesses each cadet’s performance and progress in officer traits, qualities and professionalism while attending the course. Cadets in their junior and senior year of college must complete the leadership development course. Upon successful completion of the course, the ROTC program, and graduation from college, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, National Guard, or Reserve. Halmi is a student at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. He is the son of Thomas and Linda Halmi of Belmont, and is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School.
Saturday, October 10 Rockford Farm Market—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October 31, in the South Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring Michigan-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants. Flu Shots—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at D&W Fresh Market, Rockford, in the second-floor café. $10 Oil Change—8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at John Decker Chevrolet in Rockford, limited to first 250 cars. All proceeds go to the North Kent Service Center. Market Place Sale—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center. The Center opens its doors twice a year for the public to purchase items at bargain prices. All proceeds assist with food purchases for winter months. Countywide Food Drive—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Kent Service Center. Drop off your canned goods for area families in need. Also drop off canned goods at D&W in Rockford and Family Fare in Cedar Springs and Sparta. FREE Cedar-Rock Community Resource Fair—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DollarVille, 4330 Fourteen Mile Rd., Rockford. This family-friendly event promotes health, wellness and education to encourage residents to utilize local resources. Representatives will provide “green” solutions, free health screenings, and discounts to local merchants. For more information, call Andy at (616) 554-0918. Vendor Blender—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ballard Church of Christ, 1633 Ten Mile Rd., Sparta. Browse and shop nine different vendors. Enjoy door prizes from vendors and a baked goods sale. 27th Annual Colorburst Bicycle Ride—8 a.m. at Fallasburg Park, Lowell, hosted by Grand Rapids Rapid Wheelmen Bicycle Club to raise funds for MADD of Kent County, West Michigan Trails and Greenways, Lowell High School SADD program, League of Michigan Bicyclists and The Motion Initiative. Enjoy pancakes before the ride and a soup bar afterwards. For more information and to pre-register or volunteer, visit www.rapidwheelmen.com/colorburst. Sunday, October 11 Flu Shots—10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at D&W Fresh Market, Rockford, in the second-floor café. Tuesday, October 13 Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. Thur.–Sat., Oct. 15–17 Used Book Sale—10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. […]