2021-05-26

Ionia woman returned to prison on another meth charge

An Ionia woman with a previous conviction for meth possession was handed another prison sentence for the same offense on May 11 in Ionia County Circuit Court.

Rachel Lynn Carlson, 27, was sentenced by Judge Suzanne Kreeger via Polycom from the Ionia County Jail to 20 months to 10 years with the Michigan Department of Corrections for possession of methamphetamine. Because Carlson was on parole at the time, she will not receive any credit for time served. She also must pay $898 in costs and fees.

Eureka Township kidnapping, sexual assault prelim adjourned

Police unable to contact alleged victim

The preliminary examination of a man charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman was adjourned until June after police were unable to contact the woman.

Nathanael Allan Ray, 24, who is listed as homeless but has ties to Montcalm County, is charged with kidnapping, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, felonious assault, interfering with electronic communications, malicious destruction of personal property and aggravated domestic assault.

Former Lake Odessa pharmacist sentenced to jail

A former Lake Odessa pharmacist was sentenced to jail time after previously pleading guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance.

William Walker, 64, of Lake Odessa also lost his pharmaceutical license. Walker pleaded guilty April 1 to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance involving amphetamine (Adderall) and oxycodone (Norco), both possible seven-year felonies.

Greenville basketball legend Zach Ingles stays close to home, takes over as head coach of Belding boys basketball

Zach Ingles’ basketball career may have started in Greenville and, while he still calls it home, his basketball journey has taken him many places.

Ingles, Greenville’s all-time leading scorer with 2,130 career points, which ranks 25th all-time in MHSAA history, went to Pasco-Hernando Junior College (now Pasco-Hernando State College) following his graduation in 2002 and then went to play at Eastern Kentucky University before playing basketball professionally for over five years.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

150 years ago

“Name changed to Denmark” — Denmark is the name of the first railroad station northwest of Greenville, a distance of five miles by rail. The point has heretofore been known as Gregory Mills, and later as Caywood’s. It takes its name very appropriately from the fact that it is located near a flourishing settlement of Danes, a most industrious people, quiet and orderly as citizens.

Five students graduate from Greenville’s Seiter Education Center 

After many years of hard work and determination, concluded with a year spent overcoming the coronavirus pandemic, five students celebrated their graduation from the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) at the Seiter Education Center special education school Friday. 

Coming together from four high schools — Central Montcalm, Greenville, Montabella and Tri County — the special education students earned their certificates of completion and high school diplomas in front of friends, family and teachers in a socially-distant commencement ceremony. 

With billions in surplus funding, Outmans placing focus on prioritization of spending 

Following a year that saw billions in federal relief make its way to Michigan, including $5.7 billion to help offset revenue losses at the state level via the American Rescue Plan, the forecast for the state’s upcoming and future budgets is looking “pretty rosy” going forward. 

In speaking to constituents during Monday’s monthly Legislative Update meeting held via Zoom, Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, and Rep. Pat Outman, R-Six Lakes, both spoke on the subject of the state’s upcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year budget and the future of the state’s economy going forward. 

Sports roundup for May 26, 2021

Sports roundup for May 26, 2021

Recreational marijuana tax revenue goes to local substance abuse services

Montcalm County’s $28,001.32 share of recreational marijuana revenue will all be going to the Ionia-Montcalm Adult Recovery Court (ARC), with one amendment — $8,000 of that amount will then be allocated to the Montcalm Prevention Collaborative.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 9-0 to allocate $28,001.32 to ARC due to a reduction in grant funding for that court. The $28,001.32 comes from Edmore Provisionary/New Standard, which is owned by Greg Maki and opened last year in the village of Edmore (the village also received its own separate share of $28,000 in marijuana tax revenue).

‘Meth is still everywhere, it’s unbelievable’

Ionia County Probate Court judge shares how meth impacts children

Opioid-related issues come and go, but methamphetamine remains a constant problem in Ionia County and surrounding areas.

“Meth is still everywhere,” Ionia County Juvenile/Probate Court Judge Robert Sykes Jr. reported during an April 20 meeting of the Ionia County Board of Commissioners. “It’s unbelievable.”