Elisabeth Waldon

Mark Reiss and Christine Reiss

Former Greenville police chief pleads to health care fraud

The former director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has pleaded as charged to health care fraud.

Mark Reiss, 50, of Greenville, and his ex-wife Christine Reiss, 47, of Grand Haven, were both charged with the maximum four-year felony after allegations that Christine illegally remained on Mark’s health insurance plan with the city of Greenville with Mark’s knowledge after the couple divorced in 2014. The amount of the fraud is between $113,000 and $130,000.

A photo shows Carson City’s East Main Street in 1918. The city was founded in 1867 and is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. — Courtesy photo

Carson City preparing to celebrate sesquicentennial

A century and a half ago, settlers made their home on property in the southeast portion Montcalm County. The year was 1867.

Mark Reiss and Christine Reiss

JUST IN: Former Greenville police chief pleads to health care fraud

The former director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety pleaded today as charged to health care fraud.


Montcalm County, former auditor enter tolling agreement

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have approved a tolling agreement with its former auditing firm, which the county is considering suing. The agreement, which was entered into on May 3, was part of the board’s consent agenda which was approved without comment during Monday evening’s meeting.

Ben Behrenwald will graduate from Tri County High School on Thursday. He has been active in the school’s Peer To Peer program, which provides support to autistic students. He’s also had a successful wrestling career despite being plagued with multiple sports injuries. Ben enjoys working on vehicles and he hopes to find a future career as a heavy equipment technician. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Tri County senior says helping his autistic peers “saved” him

When Tri County Area Schools started a program to provide support to students with autism, a middle-schooler volunteered to help.

He had no idea the program would change his own life.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County doubles construction appeal fee

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday evening to double the fee required to appeal a construction ordinance decision.

Ivana Rivera of Belding and Kristen Green of Howard City supervise their children and other children during their homeschool group’s weekly play date at McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township on Thursday afternoon. The park serves as a central location for the inclusive homeschool group which has families in Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville and Howard City, among other locations.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

All Montcalm County parks have been adopted for the year

As children played on slides and swings, ran amongst the tall trees and explored the shores of the Flat River on Thursday afternoon, their mothers rested in the shade of the pavilion at McCarthy Park.

The members of the inclusive homeschool group from Alma, Belding, Blanchard, Greenville, Howard City and points beyond use the park on M-91 just north of Greenville as a central location for a weekly playdate gathering. The group was relieved to learn the Montcalm Township park would not be closing this year despite Montcalm County budget cuts.

Michael Gommesen

Winfield Township treasurer resigns, cites stress

The longtime Winfield Township treasurer has resigned, saying the stress from his township board colleagues is beginning to affect his health.


Police investigate Eureka clerk as recount looms

Greenville Public Schools has filed a petition for a ballot recount in Eureka Township even as the township clerk is being investigated by the Michigan State Police for alleged election fraud.

Mark Reiss and Christine Reiss

Former Greenville police chief’s ex-wife found guilty of health care fraud

The ex-wife of the former Greenville police chief was found guilty by a jury Thursday of three counts of health care fraud in Kent County’s 17th Circuit Court.