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.
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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.
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.
The 10th annual Harvest Festival took place Friday through Sunday throughout downtown Howard City.
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.
For Sonny and Donna McNees, the annual Trufant Jubilee is more than a festival, it is a family reunion. Though the couple now resides in Sand Lake, Sonny grew up in Trufant and the entire family — five generations this year — all returned to the three-day festival over the weekend.
The competition was fierce, but even when the race came down to a tie, Nicole Newell pulled ahead for the win. Newell, 18, was crowed the 2012 Howard City Harvest Festival queen Tuesday night at Tri County High School. She is the daughter of Dawn and the late John Edward Newell.
The Montcalm County Administrative Building was packed Monday as standing-room-only hopefuls vied to get their hands on one of 100+ foreclosed properties, but only three dozen people walked out of the old courthouse with a deed. Marty Spaulding, general manager of Title Check in Kalamazoo, acted as the day’s auctioneer. More than half the people in the audience were first-time participants in a foreclosure auction, so Spaulding spent more than half an hour reviewing how a foreclosure auction works.
Martin Helton held his head in his hands and his wife, Marcia, sobbed silently Tuesday afternoon as a police officer detailed how the Heltons’ son was struck and killed by a full-size pickup truck last April. The Heltons were in 64B District Court for a preliminary examination of Ronald Williams, 57, of Howard City. Williams is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident, resulting in serious impairment or death — a felony with a maximum sentence of five years and/or $5,000. He was allegedly driving a pick-up truck the night of April 21 when he struck and killed Tyler Helton, 20, of Sand Lake, on Stanton Road between Jones Road and Maple Hill Road in Pierson Township. Williams then allegedly fled the scene.
Many families and friends teamed up Saturday at Birchwood Golf Course during the Play “Fore” the Cure for Multiple Sclerosis (PMS) golf fundraiser that raised more than $11,000. For Grand Rapids resident Steve Broekema the good weather was a chance to be around friends and support PMS fundraiser.