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People may vote on Montcalm County sheriff’s coverage

The amount of road patrol coverage by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department could come up for a vote by the people who depend on it. Montcalm County residents may vote on a special millage, possibly as early as February, that would raise funds not only to maintain road patrol coverage, but also to increase the current number of deputies.

Adam Eller of No Limits Outdoors demonstrates one of the cameras used during video shoots for the group’s TV show.

Carson City hunters film kills for national television show

With the arrival of crisp fall days and the occasional snowfall, many local residents are eager to get out hunting. While many hunters would be satisfied to see something worth shooting, four Carson City men enjoy the thrill of the shoot — on film. Mark Brown, Adam Eller, Gabe Stanley and Mike Swagart are hunters and videographers for “No Limits Outdoors” — a television show that features videos of average hunters pursuing deer, bear, turkeys and other wild game.

This rusted “Danger No Smoking” sign hangs on a fence outside the Carson City Cemetery, where oil cleanup is continuing.

State to test new contamination cleanup measures in cemetery

The 65-year environmental cleanup at the former Crystal Refinery in Carson City will enter a new phase next month. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) plans to test some new technology by drilling new monitoring wells in the Carson City Cemetery, located next to the former refinery. The agency has hired a consultant to solicit bids for installing four to six wells in the cemetery and pumping out oil, contaminated groundwater and vapors to see what works best.

Fourth through ninth graders at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools listened to a presentation on Thursday about adopting a soldier. Christina Webster answered questions the students had about the adoptions.

Carson City-Crystal classrooms learn how to adopt a soldier

Students in fourth through ninth grades at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools received a presentation on how each classroom could adopt a soldier for the holidays. On Thursday, the school invited Christina Webster to the school to discuss the Adopt A Soldier program.

Local veterans were honored at an assembly at Greenville Middle School on Friday. Each veteran stood as their name was read.

Greenville Middle School assembly recognizes veterans

An assembly at Greenville Middle School honored area military veterans on Veteran’s Day. Veterans were greeted with students clapping, cheering and a standing ovation as they walked through the doors of the gymnasium to their reserved seats on Friday.

Police from multiple agencies investigate a double shooting at the Flat River Inn on Hillcrest Street in Greenville.

VIDEO: Man shot at Greenville motel

One man has been shot multiple times at the Flat River Inn in Greenville and the suspect remains on the loose.
Several people called Montcalm County Central Dispatch around 12:25 a.m. today after hearing shots fired in a room at the motel, located on Hillcrest Street just north of Washington Street (M-57).

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Fryc, Sheriff’s Det. Robert McVey, Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Officer Wayne Dillon, Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, GDPS Director Mike Stuk and an unidentified officer convene at Huntington Bank in Greenville.

VIDEO: Greenville bank robbed at gunpoint

Police are still looking for the suspect in an armed robbery at Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville on Wednesday.
The male suspect reportedly was armed with a semi-automatic handgun when he robbed the bank around 10:35 a.m. today, according to reports from police and Montcalm County Central Dispatch. Greenville Department Public Safety Director Mike Stuck said the suspect walked into the bank and showed a gun to tellers before making off with an undisclosed amount of money. Police are investigating whether the suspect said anything to the tellers or passed a note demanding money.

From left to right, Montcalm County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Williams, Greenville Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Sgt. Randy Elzinga, Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Fryc, Undersheriff Mark Bellinger, GDPS Officer Wayne Dillon, GDPS Director Mike Stuck (in back) and two unidentified officers convene Wednesday morning after an armed robbery at the Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville.

Few developments 2 days after robbery

Police released little new information Thursday about the investigation into an armed robbery at Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville. Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Stuck said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office in Grand Rapids now is in charge of the case. Local authorities are assisting FBI agents.

Marcia Sawdy

Montcalm County treasurer retiring

The longtime treasurer of Montcalm County is retiring. Marcia Sawdy was elected treasurer 15 years ago. She has worked for Montcalm County for 24 years and worked in government for 30 years. Her resignation will take effect Dec. 31.


Montcalm Township treasurer officially out

Wednesday evening’s Montcalm Township Board meeting had an empty chair. The Montcalm County Board of Canvassers officially certified the results of Tuesday’s township election, in which voters recalled Treasurer Phyllis Shilling by a vote of 394 to 275.