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UPDATE: Elderly Greenville woman allegedly started fire, leading to son’s death

An elderly Greenville woman allegedly set fire to her son while he was sleeping in January, causing a fire that led to the son’s death a month and a half later. Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died March 1 (not Thursday, as previously reported). Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13.

Robert Rehkopf

JUST IN: Greenville man charged with attempted armed robbery in Belding

A Greenville man was arraigned and charged today after entering an elderly couple’s home Tuesday, threatened them with a knife, assaulting the woman and then fleeing before being apprehended by police. Robert James Rehkopf, 26, was arraigned and charged with attempted armed robbery and resisting and obstructing a police officer. Bond has been set at $100,000.

The new police cruiser will replace one of the more obsolete models in the current fleet at the Belding Police Department.

Belding Police Department to get new police cruiser

In the words of Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, “It’s time to put a new car in the fleet.” At Tuesday night’s Belding City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot, Nelson got his wish as council members voted unanimously, 5-0, on the purchase of a new police cruiser to be used by the Belding Police Department.


Crystal Township Fire Department may buy Montcalm County rescue vehicle

The Crystal Township Fire Department has a “new” rescue vehicle. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to sell the old Rescue 20 vehicle — a 1996 GMC with 33,000 miles — to the Crystal Township Fire Department for $1,000.


Belding City Council appoints Jon Bunce to fill vacant council seat

Jon Bunce has been selected to fill a vacant seat on the Belding City Council. After the resignation of former councilman Roger Wills, members of City Council had 30 days to fill the vacancy. After council members interviewed four candidates, Bunce was officially appointed and sworn in during Tuesday’s City Council meeting at the Pere Marquette Depot.


Funeral Notices for March 21, 2012

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Montcalm Township firefighter Brian Christopherson uses a hose to extinguish a smoldering hay bale. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Township Fire Department fights grass fire at local farm

A grass fire at a local farm coincided with the first day of spring Tuesday. The Montcalm Township Fire Department responded to the fire at 3:50 p.m. at Petersen Farms just east of M-91 between the East Montcalm Cemetery and the Montcalm County 4-H Fairgrounds. Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said Adam Petersen of Petersen Farms called in the fire.


OUR VIEW: Technologies allow for new ways to learn

We’ve heard a lot about the addition of technology in our local school classrooms — laptops, tablets, Android phones and iPads. And we’ve also heard a lot of opinions about whether this is a good thing. We think it is. Today’s world is driven by technology — it runs companies, allows us to stay connected with family and friends who live far away, and puts all kinds of helpful information at our fingertips.

On My Mind | Maureen Burns

MAUREEN BURNS: Reflecting on the quality

I have a sign on my refrigerator that says, “Meditating while multi-tasking.” Unfortunately, that sums me up! And those of you who know me can testify that is true. Many of us are traveling at the speed of life and it is too fast, way too fast. My friend, Martha Henning, recently had a new grandbaby. We were talking about what a special time that is. When a baby is born, the world stops for a bit. Life goes on, but we step out of the busy into our own special place. We savor every bit of the experience.

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Photos released of purse thieves at Big Rapids Meijer

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Feb. 28 theft of a purse at the Meijer Store in Big Rapids. Surveillance camera footage shows the suspects as being a man and woman in their 50s.