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Man illegally shoots deer during youth hunt


 

A man who allegedly shot deer while being a mentor during the youth hunt has pled guilty. It is the first case of a violation meeting the new enhanced sentencing guidelines for poaching that became law in Michigan earlier this year.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, conservation officers responded to a complaint phoned in to the Report All Poaching (RAP) Line on September 21, involving an adult suspect who allegedly killed two trophy white-tailed deer in Montcalm County during the 2014 Youth Hunt, while acting as a mentor to an 8-year-old hunter.

After receiving the information from the RAP Line dispatcher, three DNR conservation officers (Sgt. John Jurcich, Officer Cary Foster and Officer Dave Rodgers) began an investigation in Lowell and Grand Rapids attempting to locate Jacob Powers, 25, of Lowell, and the two deer. They located Powers at approximately 3 a.m. at his workplace. Officers obtained a confession to the incident and returned to his residence, where they were assisted by the Lowell City Police in recovering evidence to complete their investigation. Officers seized two large antlered heads, meat and a shotgun used to take the animals.

It was determined Powers had taken both deer himself that morning in Bushnell Township, Montcalm County, while accompanying an 8-year-old youth on his first hunt. Powers illegally tagged one deer with the Mentored Youth Tag issued to the young hunter and procured a second license tag from a 6-year-old female family member prior to transporting the animals. Officers established Powers had captured trail camera images of the deer prior to the hunt and knew trophy deer were present in the hunt area. Officers concluded their investigation by issuing an appearance ticket with a court date and left the home.

Five days later, a conservation officer discovered two hides and evidence of deer processing that had been dumped in a parking lot at the Lowell State Game Area, in Ionia County. Having not recovered these items on the night of the original investigation, the officer returned to meet with Powers and obtain a confession to the littering on state lands, leading to an additional charge.

Powers was arraigned October 3, on the charge of taking two white-tailed deer during the closed season before a magistrate of the 64B District Court at Stanton, in Montcalm County. At arraignment, Powers entered a plea of guilty to the charge and was sentenced. He was assessed $335 in fines and costs, $12,000 in restitution for payment to the state’s Fish and Game Protection Fund, and five days mandatory minimum jail time to be served as community service. In addition, Powers now faces up to five years of hunting license revocations in Michigan and 41 other states that participate in the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. Powers has yet to appear on charges in Ionia County for littering.

“The tougher poaching penalties were developed last year and approved by the Legislature and governor, and represent the first major changes to poaching laws in our state since 1990,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “Concerned hunting organizations and conservation officers have noticed an increased interest and demand for large antlered deer, which are frequently targeted by poachers who trespass, hunt at night and without a license. This is the first case prosecuted under the new law to enhance penalties and represents a great case of our officers and the local justice system working together to bring justice to individuals targeting trophy animals.”
Recent changes to penalties increased fines in this case by $10,000 and added two years of additional license revocations. Under the new law, antlered deer are assessed an additional $1,000 in restitution plus the standard $1,000 for illegally killing any deer. Deer with eight points but not more than 10 are $500 a point, while deer with 11 points or more are assessed a penalty of $750 per point.
“Ethical hunters, wildlife viewers and our officers are hopeful that increased penalties will cause potential violators to rethink the temptation of poaching a trophy deer while providing additional protection for this valuable wildlife resource,” Hagler said.
For more information on the laws and regulations for hunting and fishing in Michigan, go to www.michigan.gov/conservationofficers.

 

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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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79th Annual MONTCALM COUNTY 4-H Fair


MONT-CO-FAIR-ASSOCIATION-LOGOJune 22-28, 2014

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MONTCALM COUNTY FAIRGrounds | 8784 W. PECK RD., GREENVILLE

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Couple arrested in larceny


A Wyoming couple has been arrested and charged with larceny of a building on W. Stanton Road, in Sidney Township.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a larceny from a building on September 20, 2013. A neighbor contacted a relative of the homeowner after seeing a suspicious male and female on the property loading scrap metal into a vehicle. The relative then contacted the property owner and the Sheriff’s Office, who responded to the scene. The man and woman were attempting to leave the scene as Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and apprehended them.

The Deputies were able to determine, through witness interviews, that the couple had taken items from both the exterior and interior of the property. Connie Lynn Whitney, 37, and Gavier Madera Sanchez, 32, were arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail. They were arraigned Wednesday in Montcalm County 64B District Court. Both have been charged with larceny under $200 and are currently out on bond.

 

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Police seek robbery suspect


 

N-Police-Seek-robbery-suspeN-Police-Seek-robbery-sus2Montcalm County Sheriffs Deputies are looking for the man who robbed the Chemical Bank in Edmore on Saturday, March 30.

According to police, the robbery occurred about 10:40 a.m. in downtown Edmore (about 40 miles northeast of Cedar Springs). A lone man reportedly entered the bank and presented a note to one of the tellers demanding money. The robber implied he had a weapon, but no weapon was seen. The man left the bank, on foot, with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man is described as a white male in his late 30s or early 40s, about 5’6” to 5’8”, 160-175 pounds, with short dark hair and gray goatee. He was wearing a dark zippered jacket, dark crew neck t-shirt and dark pants, and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information on this robbery is asked to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at 989.831.5253 or Silent Observer at 616.454.9110.

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Kent and Montcalm counties collaborate


Taxpayers in both counties will benefit

According to Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio, saving money while delivering top notch services continues to be a top priority in West Michigan. With this in mind, Kent County and Montcalm County plan to enter an agreement where Kent County will provide Equalization services for Montcalm County.

Montcalm County is required by state law to have an Equalization Director certified as a Michigan Master Assessing Officer (4). Kent County’s Equalization Director has the required MMAO (4) designation. Rather than hire a new director, Montcalm contacted Kent County, to see if there was a more cost-effective solution. The counties reached an agreement to contract with Kent County for this need for the next year. Montcalm County will pay Kent County for the services rendered.

Delabbio said Kent County has a long history of collaborating with other government units, and after looking at the additional effort required, found that collaborating with Montcalm would be beneficial to both counties. He believes that efficiencies can be gained while saving taxpayers in both counties money.

“The economic realities of the past decade mean we have to look for ways to be lean,” said Delabbio. “We see this as one more way to use tax dollars efficiently and effectively through collaboration.”

Kent County Equalization Director Matt Woolford will work one day a week from Montcalm County offices in Stanton while maintaining connections to both county offices. “The equalization staff at Montcalm has been doing a good job during this period of vacancy,” Woolford said. “I look forward to working with the Assessors and staff in Montcalm County.”

Equalization is responsible for property appraisal and mapping functions on behalf of taxpayers and municipalities. The staff updates property descriptions for area municipalities, creates map products and maintains property information records for reference by local municipalities, title companies, realtors, developers, surveyors, environmental companies, architectural and engineering firms and the general public.

 

 

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Man threatens driver with bow in road rage incident


A 23-year-old Shepherd man was arrested Saturday on a felonious assault charge after he pointed a bow and arrow at another man during a road rage incident.
According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the incident occurred about 5:16 p.m. Saturday, October 1, when a 24-year-old Vestaburg man attempted to pass a pickup truck driven by the 23-year-old Shepherd man, near Vickeryville and Tamarack Roads in Home Township, Montcalm County. The vehicle being passed swerved toward the other, causing the passing vehicle to run off the road. As the parties reached the intersection of Vickeryville Road and Tamarack Road, both drivers exited their vehicles and confronted each other.
During the argument, the Shepherd man retrieved a bow and arrow from the back of his pickup. He loaded the bow with an arrow and mechanical broadhead (hunting tip), pulled the bow back at full draw and approached the other man, holding the arrow to his head. The Vestaburg man retreated to his vehicle, left the scene and contacted Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident. The Sheriff’s Deputies responded and later located the suspect at his residence near Vestaburg, where he was arrested for the felonious assault.
No one was injured in the assault. The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail and his name is being withheld pending arraignment on charges.

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Teen injured in wrong-way crash


Two 16-year-old boys were injured in a car crash Maple Valley Township in Montcalm County Sunday while driving on the wrong side of the road.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Lakeview investigated the serious personal injury crash on Sunday, September 11,  at about 3:01 p.m. Police said the 16-year-old male driver was driving a Toyota pickup westbound in the eastbound lane of Coral Road, near Black Road, and collided with a Chrysler 300M traveling eastbound. The driver of the Toyota and his 16-year-old passenger were both injured in the crash. One of them was taken by Aero Med to Grand Rapids for treatment. The 52-year-old female driver of the Chrysler was transported to Butterworth for treatment.
At least two of the injured were wearing seatbelts, and alcohol is not believed to be involved.
Assisting at the scene was Maple Valley Township Rescue/Fire and Montcalm County EMS.

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Missing three-year-old found


A three-year-old Montcalm County girl was missing for three hours Monday before being found by police.

According to Howard City Police Chief Steven DeWitt, the Howard City Police Department was dispatched to an area in the 11,000 block of North Federal Hwy, in Reynolds Township on Monday, March 21, on a report of a 3-year-old missing girl, in a heavily wooded area. The child had wandered away from a guardian while going for a walk in the woods near the residence, and had been missing for about an hour.

A telephone alert system was used to automatically notify persons in the surrounding area of the missing child, and an Amber alert was issued to alert the general public.

The Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Sheriff Department and the Mecosta Co. Sheriff Department assisted Howard City Police. Over a dozen police officers were at the scene assisting in the search.

At one point, helicopters from the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were requested for assistance, as well as K-9 “Rock” tracking unit from the Michigan State Police Ionia Post, and tracking dogs from the Mid Michigan Working dogs volunteer organization.

The child was located by utilizing a K9 unit and searchers calling out her name. The child responded and was found behind a distant tree.

She was found about one mile from the residence, after wandering through a heavily wooded, swampy area. The child appeared to have crossed a stream at one point and was found soaking wet.

The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for exposure by  Montcalm County Ambulance. The victim appeared otherwise ok and told searchers that she “was lost” and “looking for home.”

The case remains open pending investigation.

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