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Two charged in drive by shooting


Victoria Groth

Jose Perez

By Judy Reed

Two suspects with prior criminal records were arraigned on several felony charges Monday afternoon related to a drive by shooting near Howard City over the weekend.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, they were called to the scene on Howard City/Edmore Rd in Reynolds Township about 3:50 a.m. Sunday morning, August 6. While police were there, the victim, a 37-year-old Howard City resident, was receiving text messages from the suspect. They determined the suspect was at a gas station in Howard City.

Bolt, the MSP K9 that was injured by a suspect early Sunday, was treated at the MSU Veterinary Hospital. He is shown here with his handler, Trooper Cardenas.

Troopers located the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect fled. The pursuit ended a few miles away behind a residence, where two suspects fled into a wooded area. A Michigan State Police K9 was brought in and tracked down the suspects. One of the suspects injured the K9 when he attempted to stab the dog with a pocketknife. The suspect was then tased by police and taken into custody.

According to Lt. Rob Davis, police believe the shooting was over a financial dispute.

Troopers recovered what they believe is the original firearm used in the shooting. The serial number had been removed.

The two suspects, Jose Antonio Perez, 33, of Grand Rapids, and Victoria Jean Groth, 29, of Grand Rapids, were arraigned Monday afternoon in front of Magistrate Eggleston in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court.

Perez was arraigned on eight counts: Serious injury to a police animal, a five-year felony; weapon, felon in possession; ammunition, felon in possession; carrying a concealed weapon; felonious assault; fleeing and eluding, 4th degree; resisting and obstructing; and felony firearm. Bond was set at $250,000 cash/surety. He previously served time for home invasion, safe breaking, and possessing a weapon while a prisoner. He was paroled in 2015.

Groth was arraigned on felony probation, detainer, Kent County; and two counts of resisting and obstructing. Her bond was set at $40,000 cash/surety. She was on probation for one count of larceny in a building, and one count of uttering and publishing.

Bolt and Trooper Cardenas.

Bolt, the MSP K9 that was injured, was taken to the MSU Veterinary Hospital, where he was treated. Police initially thought he only suffered a minor cut, but once at MSU, it was discovered his injury was more serious. Bolt was released from the MSU Veterinary Hospital Tuesday, and returned home with his handler, Trooper Cardenas, to continue his recovery. It will still be a couple of weeks before he is ready for duty.

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Easter Coloring Contest Winners


Winner of the 8-10 yrs. age group: Grace Fittro, 8 yrs., of Cedar Springs

Winner of the 8-10 yrs. age group: Grace Fittro, 8 yrs., of Cedar Springs

Winner of the 6-7 yrs. age group: Trent Staal, 6 yrs., of Cedar Springs

Winner of the 6-7 yrs. age group: Trent Staal, 6 yrs., of Cedar Springs

Winner of the 4-5 yrs. age group: Hazelle Mosher, 5 yrs., of Comstock Park

Winner of the 4-5 yrs. age group: Hazelle Mosher, 5 yrs., of Comstock Park

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Cedar Springs Post Easter Coloring Contest sponsored by Northwest Kent Mechanical.

Entries came from as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada! Others came from areas including Sand Lake, Howard City, Pierson, Comstock Park, and even Horton, Michigan.

Congrats go to Trent Staal, of Cedar Springs who won in the 6-7 yrs. age group. Hazelle Mosher, of Comstock Park took first place in the 4-5 yrs. division. And first place for 8-10 yrs. competitors goes to artist Grace Fittro, of Cedar Springs for her creative flair. Good job Grace!

Prizes may be picked up at The Post Newspaper Office located at 36 E. Maple Street in Cedar Springs on Friday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or next week during regular business hours.

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Howard City chooses new Village Manager


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N-HowardCity-logoBy Judy Reed

The Village of Howard City chose a new Village Manager at its meeting Monday evening, April 3.

The vote was 7-0 to select Michael Falcon, of Gladstone, Michigan, as their new Village Manager. He has been employed at Northern Michigan University since 1999.

The Village Council interviewed four finalists for the position, and interviewed three of them last week, on March 27: Wally Delamater, Village Manager in Suttons Bay; Charles Watson, a former Cedar Springs Mayor and City Councilor; and Thomas Raymond, former Manager for the Village of Lexington.

Falcon was interviewed Monday evening, April 3 at the beginning of the meeting.

“All the finalists would be good choices for Howard City, but Mr. Falcon stood out above the other candidates, with a great vision for Howard City,” remarked Randal Heckman, who has been doing double duty as Village President and Village Manager since 2014.

Heckman said that the background check is complete, and that the next step would be drawing up his contract with the Village attorney.

Falcon is slated to start working a couple days a week starting in May, and then full time around June 1.

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Howard City to interview manager finalists


 

Former CS Mayor Charlie Watson a finalist

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N-HowardCity-logoThe Village of Howard City has selected four finalists to be interviewed for the job as Village Manager. Their current Manager, Randy Heckman, has been doing double duty as Village President and Village Manager. He recently notified the Village he was resigning as Manager and a search got underway.

One of the four finalists is familiar to residents in Cedar Springs. Charlie Watson, who served on the Cedar Springs City Council for eight years, including some of that time as Mayor, will be one of those interviewed.

Interviews will take place on Monday, March 27, and Monday April 3, in the Village of Howard City Council Room, 125 E Shaw St, Howard City.

The schedule for March 27 will be Wally Delamater at 7 p.m.; Charles Watson at 7:30 p.m.; and Thomas Raymond at 8:00 p.m. On April 3, Michael Falcon will interview at 6 p.m.

Wally Delameter grew up and worked most of his life in Montcalm County. He is currently the Village Manager in Suttons Bay, and has worked for them since 2008. He has also served as their Zoning Administrator and DDA Director. Prior to that, he worked from 1994-2008 for the Village of Lakeview as Village Manager, Zoning administrator, DPW Director, and in other areas.

Charles Watson was a full time aircraft rescue firefighter at the Kent County Airport from 1994-2015, when he retired. He also served on the Cedar Springs Fire Department, was a reserve police officer in Cedar Springs, worked for the CS DPW, and worked as an ambulance attendant. Watson served on the Cedar Springs City Council for eight years, both as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. He most recently got his Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration, with a Business Minor from Grand Valley State University. He interned at Spring Lake Township, the City of Ferrysburg, and the Village of Spring Lake.

Thomas Raymond was Manager for the Village of Lexington, Michigan, from March 2013 to March 2015, and Supervisor in Cottrellville Township, Michigan, from 2007 to 2012. He served as Chairman of the St. Clair County Chapter of Township Supervisors from 2010-2012, and as a City Commissioner from 1994-1998 in Marine City, Michigan. He received certification as a public manager through Saginaw University.

Michael Falcon received his Master of Public Administration degree in 2004 from Northern Michigan University. He has worked at Northern Michigan University since January 1999, in various areas of Continuing Education, including Workforce Development. Prior to that he was a security specialist and law enforcement officer in the U.S. Air Force.

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Road construction on M-46 near Howard City


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Travelers should be aware that road construction started on Monday, August 8, on M-46 near Howard City.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $2 million to resurface 2.4 miles of M-46 from west of US-131 to east of Federal Road, and add a center left-turn lane between US-131 and Edgar Road.

Lane closures under flag control will be in effect throughout the project.

The project is expected to be completed by Saturday, October 15.

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60th Anniversary


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CARL & ESTHER FLYNN

Come join in the celebration of Carl and Esther Flynn’s 60th Anniversary.

Saturday August 13th 2016 at Burley Park 19432 Howard City Edmore Road, Howard City Michigan 49329. Welcoming guests at 4:30 pm, food will be ready to eat at 5:00 pm. Rustic camping and train rides available. Bring your lawn chair, sit, visit, relax, and enjoy the band. (BYOB) If you are unable to attend and would like to send a card, send it to: Carl and Esther Flynn, 6180 124th Street, Sand Lake, Michigan 49343.

Key to their Marriage: Church, communication, working together, and a giving relationship from both, not a one-sided relationship.

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Construction impacting White Pine Trail use


 

From Friends of the White Pine Trail

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In the southern area of the tail, in Plainfield Township, there will be trail disruptions during this summer and fall.

In Comstock Park there will be equipment in and adjacent to the trail due to sewer line work for the next few weeks, and possibly into the fall. Please be very careful in this area and do not interfere with the construction activity. If you encounter someone directing you around construction, please follow their directions.

Between Belmont and Rockford there will be some equipment on the trail for the next month or longer.  There will be persons directing traffic whenever there is equipment on the trail – please cooperate with these folks that are doing their best to keep the trail open, you safe, and get the project done. The Trail Will Not Be Closed For Extended Periods in this area unless there are unforseen circumstances.

If you have questions regarding trail conditions please contact us. We will do our best to keep everyone informed.

Check our FaceBook page for up-to-date information.

If you see any problems that you feel needs attention please contact us as soon as possible—we need your help!

In Howard City Area, Montcalm County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced that construction of the Rice and Tamarack Creek bridges on the White Pine Trail in Howard City will begin Monday Aug. 8.

The White Pine Trail is actively utilized by non-motorized users throughout the year and snowmobile users in the winter months. Bridge construction will include abutment replacement and pier removal, as well as the placement of a 60-foot-prefabricated bridge over Rice Creek and a 84-foot-prefabricated bridge over Tamarack Creek.

The White Pine Trail has been temporarily re-routed to Federal Road bypassing both bridges. The detour is posted. Construction is anticipated to be completed in November.

Questions about the trail closure may be directed to Scott Slavin, DNR unit supervisor of White Pine Trail State Park, at 231-775-7911 or slavins@michigan.gov

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Police seek suspects in break-in


N-Rustic-sports-suspectsThe Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on two suspects who broke into Rustic Sports, in Howard City, in the wee hours of the morning on January 30.

At approximately 2:52 a.m. deputies with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm at Rustic Enterprises, 519 South Ensley, Howard City. Upon arrival, it was determined that the business had been broken into.

The investigation revealed that the business, also known as Rustic Sports, was broken into by two individuals. The individuals were captured on surveillance cameras and appeared to be clothed to help conceal their identities. They appeared to be wearing hoods and had their faces covered. At one point, one of the individuals appeared to be wearing a backpack and carrying a bolt cutter. The other individual was also carrying a crow bar. An inventory is still being conducted regarding the stolen property.

A portion of the surveillance camera footage has been posted to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and you can see it at https://www.facebook.com/MontcalmCountySheriffsOffice/.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590 or the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 989-831-7593.

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CROP Walk in Howard City


 

Plans are under way for this year’s CROP Walk against hunger in Howard City.  The walk has become an annual event each fall in the Panhandle section of Montcalm County. The purpose of the walk is to raise money to help feed the hungry CROP, which stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and is sponsored by Church World Services. This is a cooperative ministry of over 35 denominations across the country working together to erase poverty.

This year’s Crop Walk is slated for Sunday, October 12 at 1:30. The walk will start at Ensley Park in Howard City and will go for approximately 4.5 miles before ending back at the park. And if the prospect of walking over 4 miles is not all that enticing, walkers are not required to go the whole distance, but can do whatever portion they are comfortable with. Refreshments will be served to all participants at the end of the walk.

The CROP Walk itself is an over 65-year-old tradition that has raised millions of dollars. Each year walks are held in communities all over the country. Not only is money raised, but volunteers endeavor to raise public awareness of the problems of world hunger. The motto “We walk because they walk “ sums up the spirit of volunteers as they strive to make a difference.

One very important aspect of the CROP Walk is that 25 percent of all money raised stays in the local community. In our area this is the Helping Hands food pantry in Howard City. The rest of the money goes to Church World Services  to help fund their many programs both in the US and throughout the world. These programs cover a wide spectrum, ranging from emergency food in Africa, to supplying agricultural tools to farmers in S. America, to to building schools in Asia.

This is a wonderful opportunity for a person or group looking to make a difference. For more information, interested parties are urged to contact Heritage United Methodist Church at 231-937-4310.

 

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Teen driver injured in crash


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A Howard City teenager was reported to be in critical condition after an accident Friday, September 19.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the accident occurred about 5:37 p.m. They reported that a 16 year-old female from Howard City was driving west on Washburn Street just East of Sycamore Street in her 1999 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, when she entered the dirt section of Washburn and attempted to fish tail her truck and lost control.

The vehicle ran off the north edge of the roadway and, upon re-entering the roadway, rolled over 1-1/4 times. The driver was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Campus by Aero Med and was reported to be in critical condition.

The two passengers in her vehicle—a 16-year-old girl from Pierson and a 16-year-old girl from Howard City—were transported to the hospital by private vehicle. Both were treated and released.

They were all wearing seatbelts. Police said neither alcohol or drugs are believed to be a factor in the crash.

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