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Brush Pick Up

From: http://spartami.org

We will again be picking up brush starting the week of April 2, 2012. Brush will be picked up the FIRST FULL WORK WEEK of each month.

BRUSH MUST BE CURBSIDE BY 7:00 AM MONDAY of the week brush is to be picked up. Please place brush between sidewalk and curb, not in the street, with cut ends going the same direction.

Monthly brush pick will end the week of October 1st.

Just a reminder – The Village does NOT pick up leaves, Garden waste or grass clippings. Village residents can drop these items and their brush off at the Village of Sparta DPW at 276 W. Division Street. ID’s may be checked before you unload.

If you have any questions please call The Village Office at 887-8251 or the DPW at 887-9303

Man charged with deadly Sparta fire

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) The man accused of starting a deadly fire Monday in Sparta appeared in court to face charges Tuesday afternoon.

Michael Piranian, 62, is charged with 3 counts including felony murder, arson and aggravated assault.  He told Judge Sara Smolenski that he has been in the area 3 months; that he was from Portland, Maine and is a retired social worker.

Piranian was renting a room at the Sparta home on Vinton Avenue. Witnesses and investigators say Piranian had an altercation with the owner, Paul Preston and his live-in caregiver, Vanessa McCarty.

Men charged with massive Ponzi scheme

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM) Two West Michigan men are now formerly charged with what the State Attorney General's office calls the the largest Ponzi Scheme in state history.

Investigators allege Jeffrey Ripley, 59, of Sparta and Danny Lee VanLiere, 60, of Grand Rapids defrauded at least 140 victims of approximately $9 million by selling fake securities.  The Attorney General's office says the two men allegedly promised high returns on money invested, but never delivered.  

In court today investigators say the victims include doctors, dentists, preachers and even a state lawmaker.

Investigation revealed that victims were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each. Authorities say most of the victims are elderly and include two women and a man from Ottawa County.

Boarder accused of setting deadly rooming house fire

Boarder accused of setting deadly rooming house fire

 SPARTA, Mich. - (WZZM) - A tenant in a Sparta rooming house is accused of deliberately starting a fire that killed another resident in a basement bedroom.

Witnesses and investigators say 62 year old boarder Michael Piranian had an altercation with the owner of the home on Vinton Avenue and his live-in caregiver.

"He was beating on my dad's caregiver," explains homeowner Paul Preston's daughter,  Emily Preston. "My dad jumped on his back to get him off. The guy turned around and started attacking him."

Investigators believe Piranian then set the house and stairs to the basement on fire.

"It was an arson," confirms Undersheriff Jon Hess of the Kent County Sheriff's Dept.

Victim identified in fatal Sparta fire

UPDATE 5:18pm - The Kent County Sheriff's office has released the name of the woman killed Monday morning in a fire in Sparta.

Kori VanHulle, 24, lived in the home on Vinton for the last couple of months. Deputies say she was originally from Kingsley, which is near Traverse City.

Michael Malcom Piranian is charged with felony murder in this case and will likely be arraigned on that charge Tuesday.

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- The medical examiner is trying to determine what killed a woman Monday morning after fire at a northern Kent County house. Flames were first reported around 2:30 a.m. in the 9000 block of Vinton Ave. NW.

Authorities tell WZZM 13 five residents were inside the house, but only four were able to escape. Hours later, police found a woman in her 20s dead in the basement, covered by debris.

Sparta Family Fun Festival, It’s All In the Name!

Sparta Family Fun Festival, It’s All In the Name!

The 3rd Annual Sparta Family Fun Festival is set for April 28, 2012 at Appleview Elementary from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. It is a family fun day full of carnival games and prizes, silent auction, delicious treats and much more.

Games will be played throughout the gym and hallways, including a cake walk, dunk tank, interactive games and more carnival style entertainment. The silent auction offers a variety of items for bid as well there will be a raffle for a Kindle Fire tablet. Food will be available for purchase and there will also be live music.

Beth Hardwick of the Family Fun Festival Committee said “We are looking forward to another great event this year. This is our 3rd year and we keep adding more value each time. We really have something for the entire family. It will be a day you will not want to miss!”

Fish Dinner

Fish Dinner

The Holy Family Church Knights of Columbus  are having a Fish Dinner on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 5pm-7pm in the church Hall at 425 S. State Street in Sparta. This dinner features Butter Crumb Scrod, Baked Potato, Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Applesauce, Dinner Roll, along with Juice, Coffee & Dessert. Take out is available!

Cost is: $7.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children under 13 years of age and $22 - Immediate Family Maximum.