Prosecutor, defense attorney reference seemingly conflicting lab reports

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Prelim for Ionia County fatal bicycle tour defendant set for Aug. 15

An Ionia County prosecutor and a defense attorney referenced seemingly conflicting lab reports and disagreed over the seriousness of charges in a fatal collision which left two cyclists dead and three others injured during a Make-A-Wish bicycle tour.

Mandy Marie Benn, 43, is charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated causing death (both possible 15-year felonies), as well as operating while intoxicated second offense notice, meaning she is subject to an enhanced sentence.

Last 2 members of alleged illegal marijuana grow group sentenced

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The last two members of an alleged illegal marijuana grow group have been sentenced to greatly reduced charges.

All six co-defendants were arrested as part of a multi-jurisdictional police investigation this past March.

2 men from Mexico sentenced to time served for alleged attempted break-in

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Two men from Mexico were sentenced to jail time served after allegedly attempting to break into a Greenville home.

Giovany Medina, 38, and Gerardo Sierra-Gonzalez, 41, both have listed addresses in Chicago, Illinois; however, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) requested a hold be placed on each man after they were booked into the Montcalm County Jail this past March.

Six Lakes man gets jail for sex crimes

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A Six Lakes man was sentenced to jail time for sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl.

Gary Glen Bailey Jr., 40, pleaded no contest on July 8 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC). Two additional charges of CSC were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Greenville school board approves SEL curriculum for elementary students

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A new social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum at Greenville Public Schools has been approved for elementary school students for this upcoming school year, while a more piecemeal approach awaits potential approval for middle and high school students.

During Monday’s meeting of the Board of Education, the board voted unanimously to approve purchasing and utilizing the Second Step SEL curriculum — a program that teaches various social and emotional skills such as emotion recognition and management, empathy, problem-solving, bullying prevention and goal-setting.

Montcalm County commissioners consider strengthening blight ordinance

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The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are looking at strengthening the county’s junk and rubbish ordinance to ramp up the fight against blight.

Vice Chairman Adam Petersen of Montcalm Township proposed updating the ordinance during Monday’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.

Edmore Village Council members unhappy with Daily News marijuana report

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Some members of the Edmore Village Council are unhappy that the Daily News is reporting on marijuana-related news in the small village.

The facts in the article were verified with Village Manager Justin Lakamper before publication. While the headline stated “Seventh marijuana facility headed to Edmore,” the story explains in detail the still-pending license process and Village Council approval the business owner will need to obtain before proceeding.

Greenville’s Jacob VanTassell signs with Aquinas College after lone track season to continue career as hurdler

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Jacob VanTassell spent a lot of his high school career as a soccer player.

While he enjoyed his time on the pitch, as he entered the summer of his senior year, VanTassell had the urge to change things up.

Montabella’s Shaun Balhorn to be inducted into Michigan High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame

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The Michigan High School Coaches’ Association (MHSCA) has selected Shaun Balhorn from Montebella High School for induction into the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place in the Terrace Room of the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University at 1:00pm on September 25, 2022. Tickets to attend the event will be available on July 1—September 17, 2022 on the MHSCA.org website.

Ionia school board approves pay increase for coaches, extracurricular staff

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The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education had a five-minute special meeting on Monday with one agenda item: “Consideration of Action on recently negotiated Schedule B Contracts.”