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Algoma Township weapons complaint

Algoma Township weapons complaint

From the Kent County Sheriffs Department -  On April 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM, deputies responded to a weapons complaint in the 9700 block of Sunset Ridge Dr NE. This is located in the Saddle Ridge housing development in Algoma Township.  Residents living there found that a rifle bullet had gone through their exterior wall and into an unoccupied bedroom.  On April 12, the neighborhood was canvassed by Kent County Community Policing and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers.  It was discovered that two other houses in the neighborhood had also been hit by bullets.

Through their investigation, it was determined that three Rockford area men had fired the bullets from an AK-47 rifle and a .30 X .30 caliber rifle while target shooting at the Rogue River Extension Area, located one half mile from the homes damaged.  They have been cited for misdemeanor Reckless Discharge of a Firearm. 

Family hoping higher reward will lead to killer's arrest

Family hoping higher reward will lead to killer's arrest

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM)-- No one has come forward, so now the family of a woman killed by a hit and run driver last year is hoping a bigger reward will lead to an arrest.

With few clues and no witnesses, police have not been able to identify the  driver who hit and killed Erica Sevigny last April on 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township.

"Money talks and we are hoping by increasing the reward, somebody will come forward with the right information so there will be an arrest," says Sevigny's uncle,  Dan Horter.

26-year-old Sevigny was standing on 14 Mile Road,  on the phone asking 911 for help after  she'd crashed into a tree to avoid a deer. Investigators have a recording of that final call she made. 

"The last thing she says is, 'I see a car coming,'" recalls Horter. "Then it was 'thump, thump.'"

Fundraiser planned for Erica Sevigny reward fund

Fundraiser planned for Erica Sevigny reward fund

The Sparta Moose Lodge #50 is planning a fundraiser to raise money for the Erica Sevigny reward fund, and the flyers can be found around Sparta and Rockford.

Sevigny was killed Easter morning last year after getting into an accident at 14 Mile Road and Pennington in Sparta.  Sevigny survived the accident, but was hit and killed by another driver while she was on the phone with state police.

Investigators have not found the driver responsible.

Sevigny's death left two small girls motherless.

The Moose Lodge fundraiser on Saturday, March 26th will feature music by Billy Dalton.

Funds raised by the event will go both to the reward fund and the children's education.

You can find more information about Sevigny on Facebook.