2021-01-06

Michigan Supreme Court refuses Ionia County prosecutor’s appeal

Saranac man’s convictions remain overturned by appeals court

The Michigan Supreme Court has denied an application by the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office for leave to appeal a Michigan Court of Appeals judgment that overturned a Saranac man’s convictions.

Anthony Michael Owen was convicted of operating while visibly impaired and being a concealed pistol licensee in possession of a firearm while intoxicated. His convictions were overturned by the appeals court on July 23, 2019.

Montcalm County board replaces vice chairman, changes meeting structure

Board also changes 20201 meeting times

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners organized for the new year Monday, including making changes to meeting times and structures, plus a shake-up in the vice chairman position.

The 45-minute organizational meeting got underway with Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview appointed chairman in a 7-0 vote with Carr abstaining (Commissioner Phil Kohn of Edmore was present via phone but hasn’t been sworn in yet and thus couldn’t vote on Monday). Carr has been a county commissioner since 1993 and has been appointed chairman of the board by his colleagues every year since 2000.

Vestaburg woman named Montcalm County District Court magistrate

Montcalm County District Court has not only a new judge but also a new magistrate in this new year.

Donald Hemingsen recently retired as the longtime District Court judge and was succeeded by Adam Eggleston who was elected to the bench in November 2020.

Local COVID deaths slowing after tough December

Vaccines gradually being distributed in Montcalm, Ionia counties

Montcalm County suffered a stunning total of 43 COVID-related deaths in December, an average of more than one death per day, a trend which thankfully is now declining.

From March 2020 to the present, Montcalm County has had 70 COVID-related deaths — 58 of them occurring in November (15 deaths) and December (43 deaths). Those include three deaths on Nov. 7, three on Dec. 5, three on Dec. 12, four on Dec. 13, four on Dec. 15 and three on Dec. 17, according to the state of Michigan.

Crystal Township talks tax time building occupancy

Board also questions in-person meeting procedures

Around this time in an average year, township treasurer offices typically find people stopping by to pay their winter taxes.

For many municipalities, such as Crystal Township, this year will look somewhat different.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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