2020-07-15

Ionia man jailed for child abuse

An Ionia man will spend one year in the Ionia County Jail for beating a 7-year-old child left in his care.

Brandon Fogarty, 34, was sentenced July 7 by Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger for two counts of felony child abuse in the third degree.

Belding man picks up meth charge while on bond for meth, sentenced to jail

A Belding man who picked up a second methamphetamine charge three days after he was released on bond for one was sentenced June 30 in Ionia County Circuit Court.

Norman Compton, 41, will serve nine months in the Ionia County Jail, with credit for 99 days previously served, and must pay $1,008 in costs and fees. In a second file, he was sentenced to nine months in jail with credit for 96 days previously served. He must pay $608 in costs and fees.

Ionia County Jail damage trial to proceed despite coronavirus concerns

A Lowell man’s jury trial will move forward Aug. 5 after an Ionia County Circuit Court judge denied his attorney’s motion July 7 to adjourn the trial due to continuing concerns around the coronavirus.

Cameron Webb, 24, is charged with malicious destruction of property. The alleged incident happened Dec. 19, 2019, at the Ionia County Jail where Webb was being held.

Lake Odessa man enters plea in fatal auto accident which killed his son

Josiah Patterson has pleaded no contest to two charges stemming from a rollover accident in which his 9-year-old son died.

The 33-year-old from Lake Odessa entered the no contest pleas Tuesday in Ionia County Circuit Court to operating while intoxicated causing death, a felony, and operating while intoxicated with an occupant less than 16, a misdemeanor. Patterson appeared by Polycom from the Ionia County Jail.

Howard City man pleads guilty to inappropriately touching teens

Six counts of criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed against a Howard City man after he entered a plea to two counts of aggravated assault.

Kenneth W. Jones, 40, pleaded guilty July 8 in Montcalm County Circuit Court to the two misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault.

Montcalm County board deadlocks on admin hire

The one with a flair for finances or the one with people skills?

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners interviewed two candidates for the job of controller-administrator on Monday morning, but then deadlocked on which one to hire and where to go from here.

GPS drafting plans to implement in-person learning this fall

Online alternatives will also be available for students

In five weeks time, students will be returning to school to begin the next chapter of their K-12 education, but how that chapter will be read is currently anyone’s guess, as it’s still being written. 

During Monday’s meeting of the Greenville Public Schools (GPS) Board of Education, held virtually via Zoom, nearly 50 people were in attendance, about half of them concerned parents, teachers and members of the community, as the start date for school approaches while the coronavirus pandemic continues to linger.

Lakeview school board welcomes new superintendent, discusses back-to-school prep

The new Lakeview Community Schools superintendent attended her first official school board meeting Monday night, and it was a short one.

Kelly Nielsen and board members wore masks throughout the 20-minute meeting, at which board members quickly approved eight items of business and adjourned.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

JUST IN: Montcalm County sheriff won’t issue citations to people not wearing face masks

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office will not be issuing citations to people who are not wearing face masks.

Sheriff Mike Williams made the announcement Tuesday afternoon in a press release in which he also said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders have led to “great confusion.” He said anyone who wants to report someone for not wearing a mask should contact the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.