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Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail opens in Belding

As the Bruursema family left their home Sunday evening, they had the perfect pathway laid ahead of them for a trip to Central Riverside Park.

Josh Bruursema, along with his wife Becca and daughters, Hannah, 5, and Morgan, 1, hopped on their bikes and cycled their way along the newly opened Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail in downtown Belding.

Vietnam veteran Denny Craycraft unveils his vision for a large Vietnam War memorial Tuesday evening at the Belding City Council meeting. At top right, the center of a monument honoring all Michigan Vietnam veterans who died in the Vietnam war would be a possible engraving of the “Three Servicemen Statue” that stands in Washington D.C. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding Vietnam War memorial ‘unlike anything you’ve ever seen’

Denny Craycraft can still hear the mortar blasts, the rapid fire of gunshots, and the screams of his fellow soldiers — all the horrors of war that encompassed him on a daily basis while fighting in Vietnam nearly half a century ago.

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Belding police investigate rash of vehicle break-ins

The Belding Police Department is investigating a rash of vehicle break-ins over the past 24 hours.

From left, Belding City Council members Joe Feuerstein, Mike Scheid, Jerry Lallo, Mayor Ron Gunderson, City Manager Meg Mullendore and Mayor Pro Tem Tom Jones discuss the possibility of consolidating city inspection services Tuesday evening at the Pere Marquette Depot in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding council tables decision to consolidate inspection services

Belding Council members have long been asking to consolidate the city’s inspection services, and after Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, they’ll be waiting a little longer.

The gymnasium at Threshold Academy in Orleans Township is full of items from throughout the school that are available for purchase via auction today.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Auction to empty remaining contents of Threshold Academy

The halls of Threshold Academy will once again be filled today, but not for the original purpose of educating young students. Rather, visitors will be attending an auction with the option to purchase the last remaining items contained within the school from classroom to classroom.

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Scammers using Sheriff’s Office phone number as front

On Thursday, deputies with the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a phone scam in which the caller imitates and claims to be a representative of the Sheriff’s Office calling to collect money to avoid being arrested for a warrant.

This two-story house and property at 918 Richardston St. in Lakeview will be up for auction Monday at a minimum bid of $5,000. — Courtesy photo

Ionia and Montcalm county land auction set for Monday

Properties will be sold for just a fraction of their value at the annual Ionia and Montcalm county minimum bid land auction Monday.

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.

Belding Superintendent Sara Shriver, left, discusses with Board Vice President Timothy Flynn during Monday evening's Belding School Board meeting at the Belding Administration Building. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Board compensation reinstated for Belding School Board members

For the first time since 2011, members of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education will be compensated for their services for the upcoming school year.