1996-11-25; Central Michigan Life
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Central Michigan LIFE Volume 79, Number 40 Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 ©1996 CM LIFE 77 years of serving the community MONDAY November 25, 1996 16 pages Second accident occurs at intersection ■ Jenison man critically injured in two-vehicle accident on the corner of Main and Maple streets By Dave Borough LIFE Staff Wrtter A Jenison man is in critical condition after his 1995 Olds Achieva was struck by an alleged drunk driver near the intersection of Main and Maple streets early Saturday morning. Jason Alan Snell, 20, of Jenison was transported to Central Michigan Community Hospital and later transferred to St. Mary's Medical Center of Saginaw for injuries stemming from the accident. According to a St. Mary's spokeswomen, Snell has remained in the intensive care unit where he has been "unresponsive" and his condition is listed as "very critical." Central Michigan University Police Detective JefTPickler said CMIT police attempted to make a traffic stop on a 1983 Ford at Washington and Bellows streets for an individual who was suspected of operating under the influence of liquor. While in pursuit, the driver of the Ford did not stop for officers and continued traveling northbound on Main Street at a high rate of speed in the left lane. Snell appears to have been driving northbound in the right lane when the two cars collided at approximately 1:45 a.m. pushing Snell's car into a tree in front lawn of the Phi Sigma Sigma house. Police later discovered the Ford, driven by the 21-year-old male, was a stolen vehicle. He is facing five felony counts. Count one, unauthorized driving of another automobile-stolen motor vehicle; count two, control substance-possession of marijuana; count three, fleeing, causing serious bodily injury-police officer; count four, operating under the influence of liquor-causing serious bodily injury and count five, license suspended-second offense. His bond was set at $180,000, which has not been posted, and he will be arraigned in 76th District Court today. Other information on the driver could not be released until his arraignment. Robert McGee, Whitehall sophomore, lives at 515 S. Main St. and was watching a movie when the accident occurred. Damaged cord causes fire in Merrill By Michelle Eickmeyer LIFE Staff Wrtter LIFE Photo/Brandon Sullivan Mount Pleasant officials look over two vehicles involved in an accident at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning at the comer of Main and Maple streets. "We could hear the sirens then a big crash," he said. Police immediately handcuffed the driver of the Ford, he said. McGee said other police and the fire department were on the scene quickly. He said they pulled Snell out of his car through the back window. The driver of the Ford received minor injuries and was treated at CMCH. Neither of the drivers are CMU students. This is the second major accident to occur at Main and Maple streets in the past month. A Sunday morning fire in Merrill Hall caused extensive damage to the dorm room of four students. Jerome Kirkland, Flint sophomore, was the only resident of room 210 present when the fire started. The three other residents had gone home for the weekend. According to CMU Police Detective Jeff Pickler, the fire was caused by an extension cord that was run across the carpet. The cord was run from behind a dresser across the floor near Kirkland's bed. Pickler said the cord was weakened by being repeatedly stepped on. This caused a slow, smoldering fire to ignite on the carpet. Kirkland was awakened after he felt something warm on his leg and found that the exten- Sova's parents claim police violated son's constitutional rights By Emily Gerkin LIFE Staff Writer LIFE Photo/Sabrina Burton The fire in Merrill Hall Sunday morning caused approximately $10,000 in damage. sion cord had started his carpet on fire, Pickler said. Pickler said Kirkland tried to extinguish the fire himself with baking soda. After that did not work, he called 911. Officers Therman Looman and John Vinson were the first to respond to the call. Upon entering the room, Looman made repeated attempts to extinguish the fire, Pickler said. Vinson evacuated the residents and helped direct the fire department. The police officers were responsible for pulling the fire alarm in the building. Rob Trepanier, Shelby Township junior and Merrill resident assistant, said he left his room after the fire alarm was pulled and could not see down the hall. "There was too much smoke," he said. "It was the thick, black kind." Trepanier said he attempted to go down the hall toward the See FIRE Page 2 The first detailed explanation presented by Gary and Victoria Sova concerning their son's fatal shooting by Mount Pleasant City Police Officers has been presented in a massive brief filed Oct. 7 in federal court in Bay City. The brief was filed in response to the defendant's motion filed Sept. 4 for summary judgment for dismissal. Thomas Sova was shot and killed by city police officers April 21, 1994 at his parents home after a 911 call was made by neighbors because Thomas was threatening suicide. Thomas' parents are suing the City of Mount Pleasant; the Mount Pleasant Police Department; Mount Pleasant Director of Public Safety Martin Trombley; Sergeant Douglas LaLone; Officer Jeffrey Shell; and Officer Daniel Gaffka for wrongful death and also are alleging a violation of their son's state and federal civil rights. The plaintiffs' brief claims the defendant officers, LaLone, Shell and Gaffka, violated Thomas' constitutional rights and that the policies, training and supervision of the Mount Pleasant City Police and Trombley were inadequate. The suit claims the individual officers violated Thomas' Fourth Amendment right, specifically by the officer's use of deadly force to effect the arrest or seizure of Thomas. The brief claims the defendant's are relying solely on the testimony of the police officers involved and choose to ignore most of the non-police eyewitness accounts of the events on April 21. Attorneys for the family said the police story is "patently onesided and. . .glaringly misleading." The brief goes on to accuse the city police of "white-washing" the event to avoid taking the respon- See SOVA Page 2 Park Library working to correct equipment errors By Angela Cook LIFE Staff Writer Park Library has began to take measures to ensure the technology within the building is kept up- According to Jerry Edgar, manager of Libraries Business Services, the library has taken measures to cut down the problems with the copy machines, computer printers and microfiche readers. The problems started occurring approximately three months ago when the vendor, Copy Duplicate Processing, who is in charge of repairs of various machines in the building, experienced personnel problems, Edgar said. As a result unqualified people were hired to fix the technology within the library, Edgar said. Also because the vendor was sometimes not available, preventative maintenance was not performed. Now this seems to have changed and the vendor has taken care of the problem, he said. A full time technician has been hired and is on hand at the library to perform repairs and preventative maintenance. "I think we've turned a corner on this," he said. "But it's going to take* some time." Also in an effort to alleviate the problem, more student personnel will also be hired to perform tasks to ensure the machines do not break down. They will be doing tasks such as filling copy machines with toner, fixing paper jams, and filling copiers with paper. This measure will help the copiers to not break down as much, Edgar said. According to Edgar, the microfiche* machines frequently are in need of repair. "They have to have maintenance under the best conditions," he said. "They suffered from the lack of attention all the other machines have." According to Mary Hendrixon, Shelby junior and microfiche assistant in the library, as of Friday See MAINTENANCE Page 2 LIFE Photo/Sabrina Burton Kristen Ricks, Charlevoix sophomore, tries to repair one of the out of order copiers in the library. Ziemba charged Ronald Ziemba, Troy sophomore, was arraigned Friday in Isabella County District Court on charges related to the two-vehicle collision Oct. 31. The accident resulted in the death of Michael Kirk pa trick, Rochester senior. Ziemba has been charged with operating under the influence of liquor causing a death. A preliminary examination has been set for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5. According to court officials, the examination will determine if there is enough evidence to bound the case over to Circuit Court.
|Title||1996-11-25; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, November 25, 1993 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Copyright Permission||Copyright 1996 by Central Michigan University. This material is copyrighted and any further reproduction or distribution is prohibited.|