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Pierson Township murder suspect to undergo competency exam

A man accused of murdering a Pierson Township woman in her own home will undergo a competency examination before heading to trial. Robert Munsell of Grand Rapids and Ionia is charged with the Nov. 17 open murder of Julie Danielson, 31.

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Emotions run high at Pierson Township murder arraignment

Julie Lynn Danielson’s family and friends packed a small courtroom Monday afternoon to witness the video arraignment of her alleged murderer. Robert Michael Munsell, 29, of Grand Rapids and Ionia, is charged with the open murder of Danielson, 31, of Pierson Township. Munsell was arraigned before Magistrate Richard Palmer in 64B District Court.

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Howard City’s Birchwood Golf Course sold to Sandyland Farms

Golfers, club members, family and friends gathered Sunday for a thank you buffet from the owners of Birchwood Golf Course. “This post is to make it official that the rumors that have been floating around that Birchwood Golf Course is being sold are indeed true,” stated Birchwood’s Facebook page on Oct. 3. “The agreement with Sandyland Farms was completed today. Members only until the last Sunday of October.” For the last 31 years, Mark and Debbie Heath have owned and operated the course at 6900 Masters Road just outside of Howard City.

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Howard City man charged after 50+ thefts in western Montcalm County

One man has been arraigned on charges related to more than 50 breaking and entering incidents in western Montcalm County and a second man will soon be arraigned and charged. Jacob Nathaniel Graham, 20, of Howard City was arraigned in 64B District Court in Stanton. He is charged with receiving and concealing from $1,000 to $20,000, possession of marijuana and being a habitual offender fourth offense. Another man from Howard City is lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on unrelated charges, but charges related to the western Montcalm County thefts are soon forthcoming, according to Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Commander Lt. Kevin Sweeney.

Donald Beach has moved out of his condemned home into a travel trailer on his family farm in Richland Township, but he has been ordered to move from the property entirely. He says he’s not going anywhere. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Some Montcalm County eyesore properties are making progress

Three properties were among several condemned in Montcalm County last year, including a gas station, a trailer park and a family farm. The three properties have found different fates more than a year later. Two of the stories appear to have happy endings, while one story continues to unfold.

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Police arrest 2 Howard City men for 50+ thefts

Since January, police departments serving the western portion of Montcalm County have taken more than 50 complaints involving the theft of televisions, Ipads, X boxes, Playstations, quads, motorcycles, bicycles and a safe, according to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.

R&R Research, located at 19256 Kendaville Road just north of Howard City, purchases or accepts dogs and cats to sell to laboratories for research and experimentation. — File photo

USDA alleges wrongdoing by Howard City’s R&R Research

R&R Research was the subject of much local criticism and news coverage about three years ago in Montcalm County. Now the Howard City-area facility may be in trouble at the national level.

he Senn family of Howard City includes parents Gavin and Ashley, 4-year-old Breylon, 5-year-old Lauren and 8-month-old Brynlee. Breylon and Brynlee have both been diagnosed with mitochondrial disease, a progressive disease with no treatment or cure. — Courtesy photo

Mitochondrial disease fundraiser Sept. 29 in Howard City

Gavin and Ashley Senn of Howard City didn’t know they were both carriers of a genetic disease until they married each other and had children. Their firstborn, Lauren, 5, is a healthy child. But Breylon, 4, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease when he was 18 months old. He had intestinal failure at age 2 and was placed in early care hospice. He receives all his nutrition through an IV. The Senns recently learned that their youngest child, 8-month-old Brynlee, has the disease as well.

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Howard City enjoys beautiful Harvest Festival weekend (Photo Gallery)

The 10th annual Harvest Festival took place Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Howard City.

M&S Quick Stop on M-46 north of Howard City was destroyed in a fire Sunday evening.

Family-owned party store destroyed in fire on M-46

A family-owned party store on M-46 was destroyed in a fire Sunday night. The Howard City Fire Department responded to M&S Quick Stop at 9469 Reed Road, just off M-46 north of Howard City, at 6:58 p.m.