2021-09-15

Belding woman with ‘obstinate attitude’ sentenced to jail, probation for felonious assault

A Belding woman will serve a shorter term of jail than recommended, plus two years on probation, after the judge told her that a county year without supervision wouldn’t help her make needed changes in her life.

Stephanie Ruth Johnston, 20, was sentenced Sept. 7 by Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer to 120 days in the Ionia County Jail, with credit for 66 days previously served. She also must pay $2,408 in costs and fees, which includes $900 in restitution and a $500 fine. She will be on probation for 24 months.

Ionia man who rammed car is sentenced to time served, probation

A military veteran from Ionia convicted of assault with a dangerous weapon — that weapon being a vehicle — apologized at his sentencing for “wasting everyone’s time.”    

Brent David Parmer, 36, was sentenced by Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer on Sept. 7 to five days in the Ionia County Jail, with credit for five days previously served. Parmer also was ordered to pay $1,708, including a $500 fine, and to serve 36 months on probation. He also must complete substance abuse and mental health assessments and the COG program, and must have no contact with the victim.

Greenville man waives prelim, charged with shooting his adult son

A Greenville man who allegedly shot his adult son amid a dispute this past spring has waived his preliminary examination in court.

Andrew Charles Green, 54, is charged with attempted murder, assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearm (rifle) and possession of a weapon under the influence of alcohol.

SANDY MAIN: Once Upon a Daily

150 years ago

“A hunting match” — Reprinted from the Stanton Herald: On Tuesday last, a hunting match came off between the principal sportsmen of Stanton, ten upon each side, chosen by Dr. Wilkinson and H.L. Parker. They made altogether about 3,200 counts, the side of Dr. Wilkinson leading 480. Great havoc was made among the squirrels, chipmunks, birds, etc. One deer was killed, but was not brought in in time to be counted. The day’s sporting terminated in the evening at Vinecore’s Hotel, where they partook of a bountiful supper upon tables spread with a great variety of edibles, prepared in the best style. The day’s ramble through the woods made for them an appetite which enabled them to enjoy the refreshments with the keenest relish.

More than 40 cats rescued from Greenville home

Greenville Department of Public Safety and Montcalm County Animal Control are investigating incident

More than 40 cats were rescued from a dilapidated home Monday, removed from a residence deemed “not livable for animals, let alone people.”

On Friday, after having spent months attempting to evict tenants who had been failing to pay rent, Amy Tippitt was shocked at the scene she discovered inside her residence at 508 S. Lafayette Street (M-91) in Greenville.

Ionia Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame to honor 2020 class at Friday’s football game versus Charlotte

The 2020 Ionia Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame class had to wait over a full year for their in-person recognition but the wait is almost over as the class will be honored and recognized this weekend.

The IPS Athletic Hall of Fame committee decided to not elect a class of 2021 and will instead use this year to honor the 2020 class.

Belvidere Township community comes together to move tank from VFW into Veterans Memorial Park

When the Belvidere Veterans Memorial Park Committee broke ground on a project back in 2017, they did so with the hope they could someday bring in a piece of military equipment.

Little did they know that the piece of equipment they were looking for was waiting for them just about a mile east.

When pressed, Pine Township supervisor says current law firm recommended another law firm to handle wind ordinance

A recommendation for a new law firm to assist with Pine Township’s wind energy ordinance came from the township’s current law firm —which is currently representing a wind energy developer looking to construct turbines within the township.

Belding hears zoning request from marijuana grow facility

A marijuana grow company in this city is requesting part of the business’ zoning be permanently changed rather than temporarily.

The Belding City Council last week held the first reading for a zoning amendment at Botanical Biologics, located at 1331 W. State St.

CC-C struggling to fill vacant school positions

Board of Education approves Presence Learning program

With the school year now in full swing, the Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education is hoping to soon fill a number of vacant positions within the district.

Trustee Scott Fleisher brought up the topic toward the end of Monday’s board meeting.