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JUST IN: Saginaw woman charged with ID theft of Howard City woman

A Saginaw woman has been arrested for charges of identify theft against a Howard City woman.

Melinda Kay Miller, 42, was arraigned in 64B District Court on Thursday and is currently lodged at the Montcalm County Jail on a charge of identity theft.

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Back to school already? 5 local schools starting 1 week early

Summer always seems to fly by, and this year the season seems even shorter with the majority of local students returning to school one week earlier than usual. School starts on Monday for Greenville, Lakeview, Montabella, Tri County and Vestaburg schools. Those five schools obtained waivers from the Michigan Department of Education in order to start school earlier.

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mike Williams

‘Out of control’? Montcalm County undersheriff corrects crime rumors

During public comment at July’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, a citizen sounded off about a rash of thievery incidents and how local crime is out of control.

Bill Hardin of Montcalm Township said he painted the windows blue on his truck after his vehicle was broken into four times.

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Michigan House to consider Outman’s road proposal as framework

In the midst of the Michigan Legislature’s summer vacation, one state representative came up with an idea for road funding that is now set to be considered by the state House as soon as Tuesday.

Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, first shared his idea for a state road funding proposal with The Daily News editorial board in July. Inspired by his constituents in the 70th District who called for a simple proposal focused solely on roads with only as much funding spent as needed, Outman brainstormed a $1.2 billion plan.

Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Bass Lake in Pierson Township. — Daily News/Cory Smith

JUST IN: Firefighters battling house fire in Pierson Township

Firefighters from multiple departments are battling a house fire at 21891 Vos Drive on Bass Lake.

The Howard City Fire Department responded to the scene and the Sand Lake Fire Department assisted. However, the Sand Lake Fire Department had to leave to fight another fire in Sand Lake, so the Maple Valley Township Fire Department was called in for backup.

A view of the Flat River from downtown Greenville. The Flat River originates from the Six Lakes area and flows through Montcalm, Ionia and Kent counties, into the Grand River in Lowell. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Flat River sampling finds high levels of human fecal matter, say officials

Rivers are one of Michigan’s most precious treasures. They are amazingly self-sustaining and beautiful throughout all seasons. However, they are still susceptible to the pollutants of animals and humans.

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Car plows through Pierson cemetery, destroys headstones

A Howard City man allegedly drove his car through this township’s cemetery this afternoon, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the cemetery at the intersection of Amy School and Cannonsville Road around 3:30 p.m. today.

Polly Bolt

Tri County teacher headed to Library of Congress

Polly Bolt is nothing if not curious about the world around her. From teaching in an Alaskan bush village to researching the benefits of biomimicry to creating a STEM program for her elementary students, the Rockford woman is always coming up with questions and searching for answers.

Allen Russell

UPDATE: Missing Howard City man found sleeping at boat launch

A Howard City man who is slightly mentally impaired and diabetic was reported missing Thursday. Allen Russell, 51, was reported missing around 7 p.m. from his residence in the 300 block of Rathburn Street in Howard City, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.

Joseph Burns

UPDATE: Howard City B&E suspects identified

Two suspects in a Howard City-area breaking and entering incident in broad daylight have been identified.