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New Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak is adjusting to life in Greenville after his move from Oak Park. One of his favorite Greenville activities is running on the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Greenville’s new public safety director aims to connect with community

The new director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety comes to town with a strong background in law enforcement and many ideas for the future. Michael Pousak began his new position on March 26 and is already taking strides to be in the public eye and make himself accessible. Pousak, 47, retired from the Oak Park Department of Public Safety as a detective lieutenant last September, where he started in 1987 as a public safety officer.


Police Reports for April 6

Read the Police Reports for April 6, 2012


Funeral Notices for April 6

Read the Funeral Notices for April 6, 2012

More than a decade has passed since this facility was occupied as the Montabella Middle School gymnasium. Several Endeavor youths spent their spring break at the gym, tidying up and organizing.  - Daily News/Robin Miller

Youth group gives new life to old Montabella gym

The Montabella Community Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a one-year lease to Endeavor to use the gymnasium located in the Montabella Central Office facility at a special meeting last week. The decision came at the recommendation of facilities committee members Dennis Stratton, Mike Rasmussen and Sheri Miel. Credit references and a security deposit were secured prior to accepting the lease agreement.


Stanton man arrested for stealing vehicle

A man was arrested this morning on suspicion of stealing a vehicle. Deputies from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 30-year-old Stanton man after receiving a call at 5:07 a.m. about a property damage accident on Holland Lake Road near Wicker Road in Evergreen Township.

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Trufant man loses pole barn, pickup truck in fire (Photo Gallery)

A pole barn and partially restored chevy pickup truck were destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon at 552 S. Masters Rd. Stan Wills was resting in his home around 3 p.m. when a firefighter began banging on his front door and ringing his doorbell to alarm him of the fire.


OUR VIEW: State should stay the course on helmet laws

State should stay the course on helmet laws On Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk sits a bill that would repeal Michigan’s law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. We’re hoping that he will do the right thing and veto it.

Reality Check | Mike Taylor

MIKE TAYLOR: If leaving kids alone in a car is a crime, my folks could be looking at hard time

A call came in over the police radio the other day; a car was parked in a grocery store lot. There had been no accident, no theft, no vandalism, but there were two kids — somewhere between seven and nine years old — sitting in the back seat unattended.

10-year-old Woodview Elementary fifth grader Stetson Rice receives an ice cream cone from Belding Area Schools custodial worker Larry Bush during an ice cream social at Central Riverside Park in Belding Wednesday. At top right,  janitorial workers handed out pins seeking support from the community to protest the possible privatization of the janitorial staff. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding janitorial workers host ice cream social to rally for support

As Belding Area Schools janitorial workers handed out ice cream cones to children and parents Wednesday evening at Central Riverside Park. They did so with laughter and smiles. But behind those smiles was the realization that the opportunity to laugh and interact with students they see on a daily basis may be coming to an end.

Junior pitcher Travis Groom will be looked upon to help lead a youthful 2012 Yellow Jackets baseball team. Greenville has only one senior and three returning letter winners on the squad this year. — Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville baseball returns just one senior for 2012 season

Unlike their counterparts on the softball diamond, the Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team will feature one senior on the squad in 2012. Jordan Powell is the lone senior, whereas the Greenville softball team is senior-less this season. Powell will be joined by two returning letter winners on an otherwise youthful ball team.