STANDISH, MI — An East Tawas man has pleaded guilty-as-charged to crashing into a bicycle-riding teenager, fatally injuring him in the process.
Mark Elliott, 63, on Wednesday, July 14, appeared before Arenac County District Judge Richard E. Vollbach Jr. and pleaded guilty to moving violation causing death. The charge is a one-year misdemeanor.
Elliott’s charge stems from a crash that occurred the afternoon of Aug. 31 at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Beach Road in East Tawas. Michigan State Police troopers arrived at the crash scene to find a northbound 2019 Dodge Ram driven by Elliott had crashed into a bicycle ridden by 16-year-old Dohnovan X. Newcome.
Newcome had been riding his bike through a crosswalk when the Ram struck him, police previously said.
Newcome was taken from the scene to a hospital, where he died of his wounds.
Elliott was prosecuted by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, as local prosecutors had recused themselves due to a familiarity with Elliott and requested a special prosecutor handle the case.
“While no court outcome will ever offset the pain inflicted on Dohnovan’s family and friends, Mr. Elliott’s admission of guilt in this tragic case avoids a drawn-out trial,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. “It is my hope this plea provides a sense of justice and relief for Dohnovan’s loved ones.”
Newcome was a junior at Oscoda High School at the time of his death, according to his obituary. Earlier on the day of his death, he had begun the automotive program at the IRESA Tech Center in Tawas City.
“Dohnovan was enthralled with everything about cars and was so excited about learning even more through the Tech Center program,” his obituary reads. “He used his 16 years to the fullest and had wisdom and compassion beyond his years!”
Newcome enjoyed playing soccer, working on computers, playing car games on his Xbox and spending time outdoors, including cross-country skiing. As a youngster, he hunted and collected bugs. In his teen years, he taught himself how to play guitar.
“He developed a love for the band Metallica and discovered that he and his mom had the same taste in heavy metal music, both secular and Christian,” his obituary continues. Newcome was a member of the Oscoda Baptist Church and volunteered at the Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport’s Air Museum.
Judge Vollbach is to sentence Elliott at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 12.
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -Bicycling helped him on the road to recovery after a car crash in 2014. Today he’s using that passion to help others.
“40…45..50…55…60…65…66. 466.” Michael Van Dusseldorp counts the tick marks on the wall of his garage turned bicycle shop called New Life Recyclery.
The marks represent the number of bicycles he has fixed since starting in March.
“Once I get something in my head I just go for it, and that’s kind of what this turned into, and I was like I love this, and honestly now nothing else matters because this is where my heart’s at,” Van Dusseldorp said.
Van Dusseldorp takes bicycles in just about any state. If he can’t fix it up, he can try to use its parts to repair a different bike.
After fixing one up, the next step is to give it to someone in need.
“You can give someone a bus pass, but a bus pass too, it expires or buses only go to certain spots,” Van Dusseldorp said. “With this, they have a bike that is their own. They actually own something which gives them that kind of sense of pride, and it allows them to go anywhere.”
This mobility is a chance at a fresh start.
That’s something bikes helped Van Dusseldorp with after experiencing head trauma from a car crash.
“I was constantly in pain, and just laying in bed feeling sorry for myself, and it got worse and worse which made my depression worse and worse because I felt useless,” Van Dusseldorp said. “It wasn’t until I started doing bikes, and I obviously have to ride and test them and make sure they are okay after I fix them, and I started doing that, and I was like oh, I actually feel kind of better.”
One bicycle at a time, Van Dusseldorp said his greater goal is to let those who may be homeless know that someone cares.
New Life Recyclery is expanding its services.
It also offers food, tents, work boots and more for those experiencing homelessness.
To find out more or for details on how you can help, click HERE.
FIRES. ALRIGHT KATIE. THANK YOU BREAKING NEWS FROM OVERNIGHT IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI POLICE SHOT AT A PERSON DURING A TRAFFIC STOP IN THE NORTHEAST SIDE OF TOWN. THIS HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT NEAR INDEPENDENCE AVENUE AND EWING POLICE TRIED TO LLPU OVER A CAR THERE, BUT THAT VEHICLE APPROACHED OFFICERS DROVE TOWARD THEM AND THEY SHOT AT IT THE CAR THEN DROVE OFFPSTO WINCHESTER THE MAN INSIDE GOT OUT AND RAN AFTER A SHORT CHASE POLICE DID TAKE HIM INTO CUSTODY EMS ALSO RESPONDED FATHER THAT THAT MAN WASOT N HIT BY GUNFIRE OR OTHERWISE INJURED. AND RELEASED HIM BACK INTO POLICE CUSTODY DETECTIVES ARE NOW INVESTIGATING THE M
Kansas City police say officers shot at man when vehicle continued to approach them during traffic stop
Updated: 7:39 AM CDT Jul 18, 2021
The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. —
The Kansas City Police Department said officers shot at a man when a vehicle continued to approach them during a traffic stop early Sunday morning on the city’s northeast side.
KCPD said the incident happened just after midnight Sunday morning near Independence and Ewing avenues. Police said they tried to pull over a car, but the vehicle approached officers, and then they shot at it.
Police said the car drove off, stopping near 12th Street and Winchester Avenue, when the man inside got out and ran.
After a short chase, police said they took the man into custody. EMS responded to the scene, found the man was not hit by gunfire or injured, and then released him back into police custody.
Detectives are investigating the moments that led up to officers firing their weapons.
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A dramatic scene unfolded directly across from the WAFB studio in downtown Baton Rouge after a driver reportedly jumped from a moving vehicle during a police chase, causing a major crash.
According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dedrick Weatherspoon, 28, was arrested and later charged.
Weatherspoon is facing a list of charges including aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated criminal damage to property, equipment violation, display of license plate, driving with suspended drivers license and failure to register vehicle.
BREAKING: A police chase just ended in a crash directly in front of our news station.
A few of us inside heard the sirens, the power went out and we came outside to this scene. The truck has plowed in front of this business. More information coming shortly. @WAFBpic.twitter.com/rAEGyXgRz4
An officer at the scene says the chase began as a routine traffic stop. Weatherspoon allegedly refused to stop and eventually bailed from the vehicle.
The vehicle then continued moving and crashed into the Rabenhorst Funeral Home located directly across from WAFB.
Along with damage to the building, the vehicle also hit a power pole, causing a temporary disruption to power service.
A footage from a security camera in the Channel 9 parking lot, watch now as a 28-year-old jumps from a moving vehicle as police chased him next to the television station late Thursday night. “I just seen him coming up the street. You know, it was about eight cop cars just following him. Next thing you knew, he ended up hitting the pole and run into the building,” says Darian Thomas who was incident last night.
“It was about 8 cop cars following him. Next thing you know he hit a pole, and ran into that building.”
Multiple power crews spent hours trying to get things repaired—even having to cut off power to many businesses in the area for a while. Those power interruptions might even last until tomorrow as more repairs are made. “You have a number of commercial businesses and other businesses out there and the impact of these facilities that’s why the repairs are going to take a lot longer into tomorrow because of the way the impact and the damage occurred as well as the type of equipment that was impact,” says David Freese who is a Spokesperson with Entergy Louisiana.
For crews to safely complete the repairs to electric equipment near the intersection of St. Joseph and Government, an outage has been scheduled for Saturday, July 10 around 8 a.m. It will last 4-5 hours and affect approximately 100 customers in the immediate area of the damaged equipment.
Again, we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to make the repairs quickly and, above all, safely.
Dramatic video footage shows a Michigan cop running toward the flaming wreckage of a car – then pulling the dazed driver to safety.
Harper Woods Officer Luke Pauly’s bodycam footage shows him speeding to the near a massive crash on Interstate 94 outside Detroit last Sunday.
Flames blaze and smoke pours from a car in the distance while traffic is at a standstill.
Pauly, 30, then sprints towards the engulfed car as skid marks, twisted metal and debris from the crash are seen scattered across the highway and its shoulder. People along the highway tell Pauly someone’s in a car that apparently flipped in the crash.
“He’s in the car?” Pauly is heard asking bystanders as scorching fire is seen in the distance.
When he gets to the car, a man is seen on the passenger side, reaching over the window to clutch the door handle on the outside. The man was the driver, who Pauly told WDIV may have ended up in the passenger seat by force of the impact.
He was apparently fighting off passing out to try to get away from the blaze as it grew in intensity.
In footage from the camera of another officer, Pauly is seen pulling the man from the wreck by his arms, dragging him across the pavement until he’s a safe distance from the flames. The man was coming in and out of consciousness, reports said.
“I was worried it was gonna blow up,” he told FOX 2. “I never knew that cars don’t explode so it was popping … I think it was from the tires.”
The man is recovering and no one was injured despite the severity of the accident, the station reported.
The officer told WDIV things may have turned out more grim if police arrived even a few minutes later.
“All I could think was perfect timing,” Pauly said. “Glad we got here.”
BRODHEAD, Wis. — A Beloit man is facing multiple criminal charges after he allegedly crashed into a Broadhead Police Department squad car while driving drunk on the Fourth of July.
Authorities with the BPD said officers were dispatched to the McDonald’s in the 2100 block of 1st Center Avenue for a report of a possible intoxicated driver in the drive through. When they arrived, police found the suspect vehicle leaving the parking lot.
When police tried stopping the suspect vehicle, the driver, 22-year-old Anthony J. Hoffman Hernandez, drove away from police, driving through stop signs as he fled.
Hoffman Hernandez eventually reached the end of a street where he turned his vehicle around and collided with a BPD squad car shortly after. The officer driving the squad car suffered minor injuries.
Hoffman Hernandez fled the scene after the crash.
Police continued their pursuit at high speeds before eventually stopping near Beloit Newark and Knutson roads in Rock County.
Rock County authorities were able to find the vehicle and continued the chase, which ultimately came to an end when Hoffman Hernandez crashed his vehicle in the 4200 block of South Afton Road.
Hoffman Hernandez was booked into the Rock County Jail on charges of violating conditions of his probation in both Green and Rock counties. Brodhead police are requesting charges for knowingly fleeing an officer, hit-and-run causing injury, first-offense OWI and recklessly endangering safety.
The Brodhead Police Department was assisted by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Town of Beloit Police Department.
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BURLINGTON, N.C. (WGHP) — A 25-year-old man on a bicycle was hit and killed on Saturday, according to a Burlington Police Department news release.
At 5:27 a.m., the BPD, along with the Burlington Fire Department and Alamance County EMS, responded to the 2500 block of South Church Street when they were told a person on a bicycle had been hit by a vehicle.
A 64-year-old woman was going west on South Church Street when Stormy Lundy, 25, was hit on a bicycle in the westbound lane of SouthChurch Street, the release says.
Lundy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Westbound Hwy 70 was shut down for around four hours.
At this time no charges have been filed, and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on this accident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3500. For anonymous methods, call Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at (336) 229-7100 or using the mobile App P3 Tips or www.p3tips.com. Tips provided through Crimestoppers may be eligible for cash rewards.
ELBA TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities said a man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house in Lapeer County early Monday, took the couple’s shared vehicle and later crashed it.
The 37-year-old man is accused of breaking into the home on Georgia Drive in Elba Township at 3:34 a.m. He used to live there but moved out last fall when the pair broke up.
He attempted to take his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend’s purse, which had the keys to a 2015 White Dodge Journey inside. Officials said there was a physical altercation that started in the house and continued into the driveway.
The man is accused of hitting the garage then dragging the woman alongside the vehicle for a distance before leaving. She suffered minor injuries and did not want medical treatment.
Authorities said the vehicle was registered to both the man and woman so it was not listed as stolen, but the man had a warrant for his arrest.
The woman told authorities that the man broke into the house alone but when he left the scene, there was a 36-year-old woman from Mount Morris with him.
When deputies learned the man may be in Flint, they informed Flint police. Authorities said there was a pursuit that ended with a crash.
Officials said the man ran a red light at W. Stewart Avenue and Cilo Road during the chase and crashed into a Jeep. The driver of the Jeep is in critical condition.
The man and his passenger, who officials say is a parole absconder, both were treated for minor injuries. They are now in custody.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lt. Jason Cate at 810-237-6808.
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