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Another Montcalm deer suspected to have CWD


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced on Tuesday, October 24, that a second hunter-harvested deer in Montcalm County is suspected positive for chronic wasting disease. A sample has been sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, for confirmation. If confirmed positive, the 1.5-year-old buck, harvested in Sidney Township, would be the 11th free-ranging deer in Michigan found to have CWD.

“The fact that we already have another positive deer within Montcalm County is of major concern,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “We strongly recommend hunters who harvest deer in Montcalm County have their deer tested. Deer with CWD can look perfectly healthy even though they are infected.”

To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in humans. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals. 

Since May 2015 when the first CWD deer was found, the DNR has tested more than 15,000 deer. Thus far, 10 cases of CWD have been confirmed in free-ranging white-tailed deer from Clinton, Ingham and Montcalm counties.

As additional deer have tested positive for CWD within Michigan, the DNR has put specific regulations in place. This deer was harvested in the Montcalm-Kent Core CWD Area, which includes Maple Valley, Pine, Douglass, Montcalm, Sidney, Eureka, and Fairplain townships in Montcalm County; and Spencer and Oakfield townships in Kent County. Starting Nov. 15, this nine-township area will have mandatory deer check.

As announced previously, the DNR will hold a town hall meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ash Foundation Building, located within the Montcalm County Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville, Michigan.

At the meeting, Dr. Straka and DNR deer specialist Chad Stewart will provide information on chronic wasting disease, its effects on deer and deer populations, and DNR actions to date in responding to the discovery of the disease. Dr. Cheryl Collins, veterinarian from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, will be present to provide information and answer questions related to farmed deer.

Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, from environments contaminated with these fluids, or from the carcass of a diseased animal. 

Some CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss and physical debilitation; however, deer can be infected for many years without showing internal or external symptoms. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die. 

To learn more about CWD, visit mi.gov/cwd

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DNR to hold town hall meeting on chronic wasting disease Wednesday in Montcalm County


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold a town hall meeting on chronic wasting disease Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ash Foundation Building, located within the Montcalm County Fairgrounds at 8784 Peck Road in Greenville, Michigan.

Earlier this month, the DNR announced that a free-ranging deer in Montcalm County’s Montcalm Township tested positive for chronic wasting disease. Michigan first discovered CWD within a free-ranging deer in May 2015. Since that time, the DNR has tested more than 15,000 free-ranging deer, and 10 have tested positive for the disease.

At the meeting, Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR wildlife veterinarian, and Chad Stewart, DNR deer specialist, will provide information on the disease, its effects on deer and deer populations, and how the DNR has responded to the discovery of the disease. There will be plenty of time for questions.

The DNR hopes many hunters and concerned citizens will attend, especially those who hunt or reside in Douglass, Eureka, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine and Sidney townships in Montcalm County, and Oakfield and Spencer townships in Kent County. Local DNR staff members will be available to answer questions related to hunting in the area, including topics like mandatory deer checks, deer processing and new regulations.

“We have been receiving many phone calls from hunters,” said DNR field operations manager John Niewoonder. “We hope this meeting will help to clear up any misinformation and help hunters know the new check station locations and, in general, how they can help.”

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals.

To date, there is no evidence that chronic wasting disease presents any risk to non-cervids, including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals. Within seven days of submitting a deer head for testing, hunters will be able to find out the test results for their deer.

Learn more about chronic wasting disease at michigan.gov/cwd

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Montcalm County deer tests positive for CWD


With archery deer hunting season underway, DNR urges all hunters to take harvested deer to area check stations

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging hunters not to feed and bait deer in Kent and Montcalm Counties after a deer taken by a youth in Montcalm Township tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. A nine-township core area is also being created within the two counties with special regulations.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa, confirmed Wednesday, October 4, that a 3-1/2-year-old female deer taken during Michigan’s youth deer hunting season in September has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The animal, harvested in Montcalm Township in Montcalm County, is the 10th free-ranging deer in Michigan found to have chronic wasting disease. The youth hunter who harvested the deer opted to take the animal to a Department of Natural Resources deer check station and then submitted the animal for testing—steps the DNR strongly encourages hunters across the state to take during the 2017 deer hunting seasons.

“Because this family decided to bring their deer to a DNR deer check station, state wildlife managers were able to gain important information about chronic wasting disease in mid-Michigan,” said Dr. Kelly Straka, DNR state wildlife veterinarian. “As we move through the archery and firearm seasons, voluntary deer testing will be critical not only within the currently affected areas but also throughout the south-central Lower Peninsula and the entire state.”

With Wednesday’s confirmation of chronic wasting disease in the Montcalm County deer, DNR Director Keith Creagh has signed an interim order (effective Oct. 4, 2017, through March 29, 2018) outlining next steps as governed by Michigan’s CWD Response and Surveillance Plan. The order:

  • Creates a nine-township Core Area that includes Douglass, Eureka, Fairplain, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pine and Sidney townships in Montcalm County, and Oakfield and Spencer townships in Kent County. Within the Core Area specifically:
    • Institutes mandatory registration of deer at a check station within 5 miles of the new Core CWD Area, within 72 hours of harvest, starting Nov. 15. (Available stations currently are at Flat River State Game Area and Howard City.)
    • Removes antler point restrictions for the restricted tag of the combo deer license within the nine-township Core Area.
    • Allows antlerless deer to be tagged using the deer or deer combo license(s) during the firearm, muzzleloader and late antlerless seasons.
    • Institutes mandatory submission of the head for testing of a road-killed deer within 72 hours of pick-up.
    • Allows disease control permits, effective immediately, for landowners with five or more acres within the nine-township Core Area.
  • Bans the feeding and baiting of deer in Kent and Montcalm counties, effective Jan. 2, 2018, and encourages hunters not to bait and feed in these areas immediately.

The DNR will work with the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to make the order permanent, adjusting as needed in response to the evolving situation.

CWD is a fatal neurological disease that affects white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose. It is caused by the transmission of infectious, self-multiplying proteins (prions) contained in saliva and other body fluids of infected animals. Susceptible animals can acquire CWD by direct exposure to these fluids, from environments contaminated with these fluids or the carcass of a diseased animal.

Some CWD-infected animals will display abnormal behaviors, progressive weight loss, and physical debilitation; however, deer can be infected for many years without showing internal or external symptoms. There is no cure; once a deer is infected with CWD, it will die.

To date, there is no evidence that CWD presents any known risk to non-cervids, including humans, either through contact with an infected animal or from handling venison. However, as a precaution, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend that infected animals not be consumed as food by either humans or domestic animals.

Since May 2015, the DNR has actively conducted surveillance for CWD. To date, more than 14,000 deer have been tested since the first positive case was found, with 10 cases of CWD confirmed in free-ranging white-tailed deer identified in Clinton, Ingham and (now) Montcalm counties.

As additional deer have tested positive for CWD within Michigan, the DNR has put specific regulations in place. Currently, there are two CWD Core Areas, which are deer management units (DMUs) 333 and 359. To review regulations related to those areas, visit michigan.gov/cwd.

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Man dies in rollover crash


 

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A man died in a single car-crash on US-131 in Montcalm County last weekend.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on Saturday, July 8, about 7:30 p.m. on US-131, in Reynolds Township. The driver, John Andrew Londo, 32, of Evart, Mich., was southbound on US-131 when he lost control of his vehicle near Cutler Rd. The vehicle left the freeway and rolled over, causing Londo, who was not wearing his seatbelt, to be ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A passenger in the vehicle was transported to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries. The passenger was not identified.

Assisting at the scene was the Howard City Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS.

According to his obituary, John Londo worked as a truck driver and would give a hand to help anyone who needed it. He enjoyed country and campfires and being on the water. Among those surviving him is a daughter who lives here in Cedar Springs.

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Woman killed in car vs pedestrian crash


An 18-year-old Caledonia woman was killed Sunday evening, June 11, when she was struck by a pickup truck in Montcalm County.

According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred on June 11, 2017 at 8:54 p.m. on East Holland Lake Road east of Staines Road, in Sheridan.

Police said the woman was struck by a 2005 Ford F-250 pickup truck on East Holland Lake Rd.  The vehicle was driven by a 45 year old Douglas Weaver of Sheridan. The pedestrian was airlifted to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where she passed away due to her injuries. The name of the pedestrian is being withheld at the request of family members.

Alcohol, speed, and weather conditions are not believed to be a factor.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sheridan Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS.

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Woman arrested for credit card fraud


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Monique Megchiani

A Greenville woman was arrested last week after she picked up someone’s credit card and used it to pay for phone calls from an ex-boyfriend who was in jail.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, the owner of the credit card had mistakenly left it at a restaurant in Greenville. The suspect, Monique Megchiani, 38, of Greenville, found the card. She had been receiving phone calls from her ex-boyfriend, who was in the Van Buren County jail. She was prompted to enter a credit card to pay for the calls, so she used the card to pay for the incoming calls.

Megchiani was arrested on Wednesday, November 23, and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail on felony possession of a financial transaction device and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent. Her bond was set at $2,500.

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Man arrested in stabbing


A Gowen man was arrested Monday, November 21, after he stabbed a male victim several times with a knife.

Michigan State Police from the Lakeview Post responded to the call on Colby Road, Evergreen Township, Montcalm County, at approximately 2:20 a.m. They said that a 19-year old male suspect from Gowen confronted an 18-year-old male victim with a knife at the residence and stabbed him several times.

The suspect was subdued at the scene by the victim’s family members until police arrived on scene and took him into custody.  The victim was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for his injuries.

The suspect was lodged in the Montcalm County Jail pending arraignment on charges of Assault with Intent to Murder, Assault with Intent to do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, and Home Invasion 1st Degree.

The names are being withheld pending formal charges and arraignment.

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Woman dies in farm accident


 

A 54-year-old Montcalm County woman was killed Sunday, November 20, in a farm-related accident.

According to the Michigan State Police, the accident occurred on South Staines Rd, in Bushnell Township. Family members last saw the woman loading corn onto a corn conveyor. A family member later found her on the property, and immediately called 911. The woman, however, had succumbed to her injuries. Neither her name nor how she died has been released because the investigation is still ongoing. Alcohol is not a suspected to be a factor in the accident.

Sheridan Village Fire Department and Montcalm County EMS assisted Troopers at the scene.

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Two die in traffic crash


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An elderly Grand Rapids couple was killed in this traffic crash in Montcalm County Sunday.

An elderly couple from Grand Rapids was killed Sunday evening, May 1, when another vehicle tried to pass several cars and hit their vehicle head-on in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred on M-66, near Schmeid Road, in Belvidere Township, about 7:18 p.m. Police said that a red 1999 Buick LeSabre was traveling south on M-66, as a northbound black 2012 Audi S4 was attempting to pass multiple vehicles. The Audi was not able to complete the pass, and took evasive action to avoid a collision with the Buick. The driver of the Buick tried to avoid a collision as well. Both vehicles swerved to the west shoulder of M-66 and collided head-on.

The driver of the Buick, Raymond J. Wrona, 88, of Grand Rapids, was injured and transported to Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview, where he later died. His wife, Mary Wrona, 88, the only passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Audi, Joel Ibarra, 26, of Wyoming, and his passenger, Maria Mancha, 28, from Comstock Park, were both transported to Kelsey Hospital and treated for their injuries.

Drivers and passengers all wore seatbelts and there are no other known factors that contributed to the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Update on deputy shot with bow


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A Montcalm County Deputy that was shot with a crossbow during an arrest has been released from the hospital.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mike Kotenko was released late last week and is recovering at home.

Deputy Kotenko was shot on Friday, October 9, when officers from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, and City of Lakeview Police Department were in the process of serving an arrest warrant for felonious assault on a 40-year-old male, at a home in Cato Township, Montcalm County. While in the process of making the arrest, the suspect shot at the officers with a crossbow, striking Deputy Kotenko. An MSP trooper returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.

The deputy was flown by Aero med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus, where he underwent surgery.

The suspect, Travis Lee Quay, 40, was pronounced deceased at the scene. He reportedly was being arrested by for an assault on a neighbor the day before.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said that Deputy Kotenko is expected to make a full recovery, and that the family expresses their extreme gratitude to the public for the cards and support he has received.

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