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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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