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Greenville man dies in crash


sw-iconThe Michigan State Police at Lakeview are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on March 16, 2014 at 10:25 am at the intersection of M-46 and Youngman Rd, Cato Township.

A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling north on Youngman Rd. and failed to stop at the stop sign at M-46, and collided with an eastbound 2009 Chevrolet HHR. The HHR was driven by 54-year-old Daniel Devore, of Lakeview, who received minor injuries.

The driver of the Malibu, Calby Hunter, 72, of Greenville, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. His passenger, Peter Nielsen, 58, of Coral, was taken to Kelsey Memorial Hospital in Lakeview for non-life threatening injuries. Both Nielsen and Devore were wearing seatbelts.

State troopers were assisted by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, Lakeview District Fire Department, Montcalm County Ambulance and Montcalm county EMS Alpha 5.

State troopers are continuing to investigate the incident. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor at this time. Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the MSP at 989-352-8444.

 

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Howard City Police merges with Montcalm Sheriff’s Office


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Howard City Police Officers are now Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies. Pictured left to right: Former Chief Steve Dewitt; Officers Trent Moeggenberg and Brandon Allen

 

The Village of Howard City and the County of Montcalm recently approved an agreement that would merge the Howard City Police Department with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This means that the three full time police officers serving Howard City—Former Chief Steve Dewitt, and Officers Trent Moeggenberg and Brandon Allen—became Sheriff Employees March 1, 2014. The agreement also provides for the transfer of two patrol vehicles to the Sheriff’s Office along with some additional police and office equipment.

“This agreement is an excellent example of Government agencies working together to provide the best and most economical way to provide services to the citizens in their community,” Sheriff William Barnwell stated. “All three of the officers are very qualified and have done an excellent job with the Howard City Police Department. I am confident they will continue to do so as they assume their new role as Sheriff Deputies.”

“This agreement will enhance our existing Police activities,” said S. Michael Scott, Howard City Village President. “We have had an excellent Police Department for decades. However, with changes in requirements and administration, it has become increasingly difficult to have our officers on the road as many hours as we would like. This agreement, with the administrative resources that the Sheriff’s Office provides, will allow more proactive Policing. It is always difficult to change but we feel that it is the right time and the change will not only benefit both the citizens of the Village and Township but also the Sheriff’s Department,” said Scott.

The existing police agreement between the Village of Howard City and Reynolds Township for 20 hours of police protection per week will now be handled by the Sheriff’s Office. This means that Howard City will pay the Sheriff’s Office for 5,000 hours of police hours per year and the Township will pay for 1,000 hours for a total of 6,000 patrol hours or three full time Deputies per year.

The Village will pay the county $511,170 over the course of nearly three years. The contract will expire on December 31, 2016, at which time the village may either continue to contract for services or reestablish their own department.  Reynolds Township will pay the county $29,820 through the end of 2014. However, the Township may choose to extend the contract for additional years at the end of their contract.

Citizens in Howard City and Reynolds Township should call 911 for all emergencies. For non-emergency calls or to contact a Sheriff Deputy please call Montcalm County Central Dispatch at 989-831-3500 or the Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590.

 

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Drugs a factor in fatal crash


A Howard City woman, driving the above vehicle, slammed into the rear-end of a Chevy Tahoe driven by a Gladstone man Sunday morning, causing his death.

Montcalm County Sheriff Deputies said they believe drug use by a Howard City woman was a factor in a three-car-crash that killed a Gladstone man Sunday.

According to police, Nicole Stapleton, 30, of Howard City, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup northbound on Ensley Street, in Howard City, at a high rate of speed, at about 9:23 a.m. Sunday, February 26, when she rear-ended another vehicle. The impact sent the vehicle, a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by John Reniff, 31, of Gladstone, across the road, where it struck a southbound 2006 Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which was stopped and waiting to turn left on to Walnut Street. After hitting Reniff’s vehicle, Stapleton’s Silverado continued north and struck a tree.

Stapleton, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and Reniff, who was wearing a seatbelt, were both airlifted to Butterworth Hospital. Reniff later died due to injuries he sustained in the crash.

A Gladstone man, driving this Chevy Tahoe, was rear-ended by a Howard City woman, causing his death.

Melissa Ballard, 30, of Gladstone, a passenger in the Reniff vehicle, and Julie Osbourne, 43, of Howard City, the driver of the minivan, were both transported to Spectrum Hospital by Montcalm Emergency Medical Services.

Deputies said that further investigation showed that Stapleton, in the moments leading up to the crash, had rear-ended a Volkswagen near Federal Road and Kendaville Road, about 1-1/2 miles south of the crash scene, and then continued north at a high rate of speed. Deputies believe drug use is a factor and the accident remains under investigation. The Michigan State Police and Howard City Fire also assisted at the scene.

 

 

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