Orleans woman fails drug court, gets prison sentence

After an unsuccessful run with adult recovery court in Montcalm County, an Orleans woman is headed to prison.

Christine Main, 49, of Orleans pleaded guilty Tuesday in Ionia County Circuit Court to a probation violation — that she failed to successfully complete recovery court and was unsuccessfully discharged by the team on July 27.

Lyons man’s sentences stand after fleeing from police officers

The prison sentence for a Lyons man who admitted to speeding away from police officers on two occasions will stand after an Ionia County judge declined to amend the sentence Tuesday.

Terry Franks, 59, did not appear in Ionia County Circuit Court as he is currently incarcerated at the Cooper Street Facility in Jackson, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Psychiatric exams ordered for man accused of Lake Odessa murder

A defense attorney has requested psychiatric exams for a man accused of murdering a Lake Odessa woman.

Jesse James Thompson, 29, of Lake Odessa (and the Livingston County area) is charged with the murder of Tina Salas, 47, at a residence at Lakewood Mobile Home Estates.

Psychiatric exams ordered for woman accused of drunk driving, killing MSP trooper

A defense attorney has requested psychiatric exams for a woman accused of drunk driving which resulted in the death of a Michigan State Police trooper.

Thomasina Shani Jones, 28, from North Dakota and Utah, is charged with second-degree homicide, operating with a high blood alcohol content with a prior conviction causing death, operating while license suspended, revoked or denied causing death and operating while intoxicated.

Ionia man bound over for trial on charges of shooting Portland man

An Ionia County judge bound a man over for trial for an alleged shooting, even as the victim failed to show up to testify at Monday’s preliminary examination.

Robert Conley, 32, of Ionia is charged with assault with intent to commit murder, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, felony firearm and being a habitual offender with a fourth offense notice. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Montcalm County officials finalize tentative budget, still awaiting state revenue sharing announcement

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Brenda Taeter attended a virtual county meeting hosted by the Michigan Municipal League last week.

However, no updates were provided regarding the most pressing question on the mind of every county official these days — will the state of Michigan cut county revenue sharing, and by how much?

United Way supplying PPE to local schools in light of coronavirus

As teachers, principals and school administrators scramble to secure personal protection equipment (PPE) to better protect themselves and students from the coronavirus, one local organization is stepping up to help provide additional aid.

In any non-pandemic year, United Way Montcalm-Ionia would be utilizing its Sponsor a Classroom program to supply teachers with standard items for their classroom — pencils, books, markers, rulers, tape, storage bins and more.

Belding schools experiencing Chromebook shortage

District purchases 300 new devices that will arrive in October

As Belding Area Schools gets ready to run with a hybrid learning plan this fall, one need recently made itself known to the district.

During Monday’s meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved the purchase of 300 new Chromebooks in an amount not to exceed $60,000.

Upcoming and pending services for Aug. 19

Upcoming and pending services for Aug. 19

Wednesday, August 19, 2020