2020-07-22

Fenwick woman sentenced to time served after jury verdict

Judge criticizes Prosecutor’s Office for handling of case

A Fenwick woman who was found guilty by a jury of the assault of an Ionia County Jail employee was sentenced to time served on July 14.

Jackie Weeks, 30, was sentenced in Ionia County Circuit Court to 154 days, and received credit for the 154 days she has been in jail. She also must pay $198 in costs.

Martinez-Cruz sentenced to 8 months on tether in Portland shooting case

The sentencing saga for one defendant in shooting last year Labor Day in Portland is finally over.

Ricardo Martinez-Cruz, 21, of Ionia was sentenced Tuesday in Ionia County Circuit Court to eight months, with credit for 65 days he previously served in the Ionia County Jail. Rather than serving the time in jail immediately, Judge Suzanne Kreeger gave him a suspended sentence.

Stanton woman sentenced for animal cruelty

A Stanton woman was sentenced to probation, community service and restitution after failing to properly care for 17 dogs at her home, leading to the death of at least one puppy.

Rebecka Moore appeared before Montcalm County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger on July 16 alongside her defense attorney, Kurt Peterson.

Webb set to plead ahead of trial, then doesn’t

Cameron Webb was a late addition to Tuesday’s docket in Ionia County Circuit Court after he sent a note to his attorney, Ionia County Chief Public Defender Walter Downes.

The 24-year-old from Lowell was present last week in Circuit Court for the selection of a jury for his trial, which is set to begin Aug. 5.

Belding schools discuss reopening plan for fall

In the coming weeks, Belding Area Schools officials hope to finalize a plan for what returning to school may look like this fall.

On Monday, the Board of Education met in-person for its regular meeting. Meeting attendees and guests were asked to listen in via Zoom to maintain social distancing guidelines.

Ionia County still looking for Road Department director

Two candidates have been interviewed for the position of managing director of the Ionia County Road Department, and now two more will be interviewed.

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners voted 6-0 on Tuesday, with Commissioner Jack Shattuck absent, for a five-person interview committee to interview two more candidates for the job. The committee will be comprised of commissioners Georgia Sharp and Larry Tiejema, Administrator Stephanie Fox, a local township supervisor and a road department official from another county to be determined.

Stanton approves engineering proposal for SAW grant projects

With some likely assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC), the city of Stanton soon plans to tackle a couple of different capital improvement projects.

During last week’s meeting, the Stanton City Commission approved a proposal from engineering firm Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids for professional design engineering, bidding and construction administration services for two capital improvement projects within the city.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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