Fatal Car Crash in Manistee County

[Update]: Laneah Cheylava passed away yesterday evening at Munson Medical Center from injuries sustained in the accident. No further information is available.

A person loses their life in a car accident in Manistee County. In a press release from the Manistee County Sheriff's Office, 90-year-old, George Cheylava, of Thompsonville, passed away yesterday morning, after the van he was a passenger in, collided with another vehicle on the intersection of Springdale and Tomasek Roads.  29-year-old, Jamie Smith, of Kewadin, hit the passenger side of the van, whom was unable to stop for the van passing through the crossroads. The driver of the van, 81-year-old, Laneah Cheylava, was transported to Munson Medical Center and remains in critical condition. Smith was not injured in the accident, which remains under investigation. Alongside the Sheriff's Department, the Manistee Road Commission, in addition to Maple Grove and Thompsonville Fire Departments, were all on scene.

Arraignments in Michigan State Trooper Killing

20-year-old, Sarah Renee Knysz, was arraigned yesterday in relation to the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper, Paul Butterfield. Knysz was charged with two counts of a felony. Count 1 as an accessory after the fact, and the second unlawful driving away of a vehicle. Each count carries a 5 year prison sentence. Sarah is currently being lodged at the Mason County Jail with a $250,000 bond. A preliminary trial is scheduled for September 25th. Her husband, 19-year-old, Eric John Knysz, is expected to be arraigned today, when he returns from the hospital in Traverse City. He is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to the knee. Eric will be charged with homicide of a police officer, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of a vehicle and finally habitual offender, second felony offense.

For those who would like to pay their respects, Trooper Butterfield's funeral will be this Saturday at 1pm at Manistee High School. Visitation will begin at 10am. 

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