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Det. Sgt. Trever Slater with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigations Unit takes verbal notes on his voice recorder Thursday afternoon while investigating a pickup truck that was destroyed in a fire Aug. 8 at 1308 Oakwood St. in Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Police investigating possible arson in Belding

After three fires in the span of one week at her residence, Belding resident Deb Souza is now wondering if she can leave her home without having to worry about a fourth fire occurring on her property. At approximately 4 a.m. Aug. 2, firefighters were called to 1308 Oakwood St. in Belding to the scene of a small fire of a mobile car port in Souza’s driveway after a neighbor spotted the fire.

The suspect is a white male in his late 20s with brownish shaggy hair to his shoulders, a goatee and a skinny build. The suspect possibly drives a white Ford Taurus. A photo of the suspect's vehicle was taken at Leppink's parking lot in Howard City. — Courtesy photo

Howard City police searching for indecent exposure suspect

Police are searching for an indecent exposure suspect and are asking for the public’s help. According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the suspect is a white male in his late 20s with brownish shaggy hair to his shoulders, a goatee and a skinny build.

hree Howard City-area youths have been apprehended after allegedly causing mischief and vandalism throughout the village this summer. Incidents included spraypainted vehicles, homes and other property. — Courtesy photo

Howard City vandals apprehended

Three juveniles have been identified after a rash of summer crime throughout Howard City. According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, the three Howard City-area youths, two age 15 and one age 14, are responsible for spray painting cars, trailers and other property, egging homes and cars and pounding on the doors of homes and running away throughout this summer.

Carson City-Crystal’s Maxxton Jolls (24) goes up for a rebound against Belding in a game in January

CC-Crystal graduates to play hoops at Alma

Two Carson City-Crystal basketball players will be playing at the college level. Maxxton Jolls and Sara Schneider will be playing for the Fighting Scots this winter.

Gerald Williamson

Belding bomb threat suspect charged with false report

A man has been charged after allegedly making a false report of a bomb threat in Belding last week. Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson said after officers investigated the situation, they developed a suspect about two hours after the incident.


SPORTS GALORE: Going off on Lolo Jones

So finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles isn’t good enough? I pretty sure the actual runner I’m speaking of, Lolo Jones, would possibly say that. After all, she was the one working her tail off the past four years with the hope of winning Olympic gold.

Keyboardist Glenn Henriksen brings his unique blend of styles, including several sing-along Danish songs, to the first Danish Music Festival, set for Saturday evening at St. Paul Lutheran Church. — Courtesy photo

Keyboardist bringing Danish music to Greenville on Saturday

Danish pianist Glenn Henriksen first made inroads into Greenville in digital format — his recorded music on CD. On sale at a Danish Fest booth several years ago, Henriksen’s collection of original music was purchased by local event organizer Nels Hansen. “I bought it and loved it,” Hansen said. “When Pastor Betsy (Kamphuis) at St. Paul Lutheran Church came up with the idea of a Danish music festival, I immediately thought of Glenn.”


Men OK after motorcycle vs. pickup truck crash

A man has been released from the hospital after crashing his motorcycle into the back of a pickup truck on Saturday. According to Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper Ed Brinkman, traffic was stopped on Stanton Road while cars were pulling into a mud bog around 2:55 p.m.


Funeral Notices for August 10, 2012

Read the funeral notices for Friday, August 10, 2012.

Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to expand by adding a microbrewery to its location in Montcalm Township. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Turk Lake Bar to become a microbrewery in Montcalm Township

Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar plans to break ground on a microbrewery within the month. During Wednesday night’s Montcalm Township Board meeting, Turk Lake Restaurant and Bar owner and board trustee Tom Smith asked the rest of the board to approve a land-use change to expand his business.