Elisabeth Waldon

Police officers aren’t the only ones who love doughnuts. Edmore Youth Academy participants included, front row from left, Matthew Gehoski of Sheridan, Lane Lingeman of Sheridan, Ben Rogers of Edmore, Dawson Wheeler of Edmore; back row from left, Edmore Police Officer Sarah Chamberlain, Christopher Rogers of Edmore, Aiden Adkins of Carson City, Rylee Warchuck of Six Lakes, Jazmyn Warchuck of Ruth, Bryce Withey of Edmore, Rachel Peterson of Edmore, Laura Boerma of Edmore, Christina Rogers of Edmore and Edmore Police Chief Luke Sawyer. — Courtesy photo

Edmore Police Department’s first Youth Academy a success

This village’s police department is taking community policing to a whole new level. The first ever Edmore Youth Academy wrapped up Wednesday. Thirteen youths from ages 8 to 14 participated in the first session in mid-July while 10 youths participated in the second session, which ended Wednesday. The youths hailed from Blanchard, Carson City, Cedar Lake, Edmore, Howard City, Sheridan, Six Lakes and Stanton.

Edmore Village Manager Neil Rankin, left, looks on while Edmore Village President Chet Guild runs a recent meeting. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Edmore village manager stepping down amid dispute

This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners is extending The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease through December 2030. The center in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners extend lease for Behavioral Health Center

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 Monday to extend The Montcalm Center for Behavioral Health’s lease, despite objections from the commissioners’ own chairman. The Center for Behavioral Health in Stanton is a community mental health authority providing services and support for people with serious and persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities and children with severe emotional disturbances. It also provides emergency services to anyone in the community 24/7.

Randy Riley

Carson City Public Library to welcome State Librarian Randy Riley

Libraries weren’t always a natural place for Randy Riley.
As a child, Riley had a bit of attention deficit disorder, so reading was a lot of work.

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16 running for 5 seats in Edmore; Sheridan and Pierson candidates disqualified

Sixteen candidates have filed to run for five open seats on the Edmore Village Council, while multiple potential candidates have been disqualified for running for election in the villages of Sheridan and Pierson.

Daniel Leussenkamp's prison mugshot.

UPDATE: Crime spree trio arrested in Grand Rapids and New York

Two members of a crime spree trio were arrested today in Grand Rapids after allegedly committing a stabbing, a carjacking, an assault and a robbery.
Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr. 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of the Grand Rapids area, were arrested today by U.S. Marshalls in Alpine Township, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

Daniel Leussenkamp's prison mugshot.

UPDATE: Trio on the run after stabbing, carjacking, assault and robbery

A trio with local ties are on the run after their alleged involvement in a stabbing in Wyoming, a carjacking in Greenville and another stabbing in Mount Clemens. A nationwide manhunt is underway for Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

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Hubbardston DPW supervisor fired

This village’s DPW supervisor has been fired after a year and a half on the job.

The Hubbardston Village Council had a special closed meeting on Saturday, July 12, and unanimously voted to terminate Steve Schafer from his position, according to Village President Jim Barker.

Mark Crawfis was recently named the new fire chief of the Carson City Fire Department. He has been assistant fire chief for the past 10 years and a firefighter for 15 years. — Courtesy photo

Carson City chooses new fire chief

Mark Crawfis has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for almost 30 years, a Carson City firefighter for 15 years and the assistant fire chief for 10 years.

It was only natural that he would be appointed the new fire chief.

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WALDON’S PONDERINGS: A dramatic jailhouse escape … and recapture

Three inmates of the Montcalm County Jail engineered a dramatic escape from their cell by fashioning a skeleton key out of a tin tobacco box, only to be captured in a huckleberry swamp several miles away.

That was the big news locally 100 years ago this week in the Greenville Independent.