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Three Holland Area Persons Arraigned in Two Separate Deaths


UNDATED (WHTC) - It was an arraignment Wednesday as three persons were formally charged in the separate deaths of two men six months apart.

In Holland District Court, open murder counts were filed against 40-year-old Maryann Castorena and 19-year-old Anthony Delagarza, both of the Holland area, for allegedly conspiring to kill Castorena's ex-boyfriend Jose Hernandez. The snow-covered body of the 38-year-old man was found outside of a running car parked in a lot at a Park Township apartment complex on January 6th; investigators say that he had been lying there for more than a day, and that he died of blunt force trauma to the head. Prosecutors claim that Castorena was the sole beneficiary of a 1.25 million-dollar insurance policy on Hernandez' life; both of the accused had already faced charges stemming from allegedly lying to detectives, and are currently held in the Ottawa County Jail.

In Grand Rapids Township District Court, 40-year-old Joe Novak of Holland was arraigned for violating a state worker safety law stemming from the jobsite death of a 38-year-old subcontractor. Brian Tarachanowicz of Howard City was working for Novak's Black River Builders when he fell through a weakened roof on a building in Sparta last July 2nd and landed on a concrete floor 26 feet down. State investigators say that the victim wasn't wearing fall restraining equipment at the time, and that the company has had a history of not providing such apparatus. If convicted, Novak could face up to a year in jail; he is currently free on bond.