Man withdraws his plea to assault after judge plans to exceed plea agreement

Judge calls Jessup ‘anti-social’ for allegedly claiming he had coronavirus and coughing on police equipment

A Grand Rapids man withdrew his plea related assaulting his ex-girlfriend during an argument about stolen firearms after a Montcalm County judge said he was not inclined to follow a plea agreement.

Anthony Jessup, 25, pleaded no contest May 29 in Montcalm County Circuit Court to felonious assault. Additional charges of unlawful imprisonment and felony firearm were set to be dismissed at the time of his sentencing. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

Lansing man sentenced for 2018 Boston Township burglary

A Lansing man was sentenced to serve 22 months to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison for his role in breaking into a storage garage on W. Peck Road in Boston Township two years ago.

Mark Anthony Aquino, 36, appeared in Ionia County Circuit Court before Judge Suzanne Kreeger from the Ionia County Jail via Polycom on June 24.

Portland man must register as sex offender for ‘surveilling’ unclothed teen

A Portland man will serve 90 days in jail after admitting he took photos of a teen in various stages of undress in a bathroom.

Tyler Coon, 46, was sentenced by Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger on June 24 for two counts of surveilling an unclothed person.

First recreational and medical marijuana business opens in Montcalm County

A Muskegon-based company has set up shop in Edmore to become the first official recreational and medical marijuana business in Montcalm County.

Agri-Med, which celebrated a soft opening on Monday in preparation for a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Thursday, is located at 202 E. Main St. in Edmore.

ArCanna medical marijuana provisioning center opens in Ionia

This city’s first medical marijuana provisioning center opened its doors to the public on Monday with a ribbon-cutting and tour.

While a brief ceremony was conducted outside the front doors of ArCanna at 29 Beardsley Road, holders of medical marijuana cards were lining up to register and begin purchasing.

Tri County school board approves budget as 9 employees take early retirement

A special budget meeting of the Tri County Area Schools Board of Education was bittersweet on Monday evening.

Finance Director Kathi Coffin gave her final budget report, which was heavily focused on cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic, at what was her final meeting. She is taking an early retirement due to those same budget issues.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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