drunken driving

Ionia man sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for drunkenly causing fatal crash

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An Orleans woman is being remembered as an “amazing” mother of seven children, a sister who gave good advice, a carefree person who loved her “wind therapy” while riding a motorcycle.

An Ionia man was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Tuesday for drunkenly driving and crashing into a group of motorcyclists one year ago, killing Tammy McMeeken, 53, and severely injuring a man.

Car with 5 teens crashes into Lakeview church, alcohol suspected

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A car with five teenagers inside crashed into Lakeview Community Church early Sunday morning and alcohol is suspected to be a factor according to police.

The Lakeview Police Department was dispatched at 12:48 a.m. to the church at 8980 Howard City-Edmore Road (where M-46 and M-91 intersect at the stoplight).

Saranac students get lessons on effects of alcohol and marijuana

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Students at Saranac Junior/Senior High School were presented with some important information and experiences during a series of three special “#thunkndunk” assemblies on Friday morning.

The assemblies included informative remarks and data about the deleterious effects of underage drinking and vaping from Ionia County Substance Abuse Initiative Director Debbie Thalison and Ionia County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jacob Sommer, as well as the screening of a couple short videos with testimony from other teenagers about their experiences with substance abuse.

FULL STORY: Amber Martens gets 6 years, 7 months prison minimum

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Judge calls claim that Gowen woman was unknowingly drugged ‘nonsense’

A Gowen woman, who was nearly three times over the legal limit for alcohol when she struck and killed two pedestrians in Greenville last summer was sentenced to a minimum of six years and seven months to a maximum of 15 years in prison on Monday.

Montcalm County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer called Amber Martens’ claim that someone put something in her drink the night in question “nonsense,” noting that no drugs were found in her system, but that her blood-alcohol content was 0.23 — nearly three times over the legal limit.


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Amber Martens says someone put something in her drink the night of double-fatal collision; Greenville police report tells another story

A woman who drunkenly drove and killed two pedestrians in Greenville last summer has posted multiple TikTok videos in an apparent attempt to express remorse and to raise awareness about the dangers of driving after drinking alcohol.

In her videos, Amber Martens of Gowen also claims that someone put something in one of her drinks on the night in question.

The TikTok videos don’t mention how Martens drank numerous alcoholic beverages over a period of 10 hours at six bars leading up to the double fatal collision.

White Cloud man gets jail for drunkenly crashing ORV, injuring wife

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A White Cloud man was sentenced to 15 days in jail after drunkenly turning an off-road vehicle in front of a truck, resulting in serious injuries to his wife.

Mark McCracken, 66, pleaded no contest on Jan. 3 to operating under the influence of liquor causing an incapacitating injury.

Howard City man gets jail time for third drunken driving conviction

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A Howard City man was sentenced to jail time after being convicted of his third drunken driving offense at more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Patrick Lynne Reeder, 51, was sentenced on Tuesday by Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer to 10 months jail (with credit for 111 days already served) plus three years probation

Gowen woman charged with killing 2 pedestrians arrested again

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Amber Martens was caught allegedly driving with a suspended license

A Gowen woman who was allegedly nearly three times over the legal limit for alcohol when she struck and killed two pedestrians in Greenville last summer was arrested again for allegedly driving to the Greenville Walmart on a suspended license.

Stanton woman was nearly 4 times over the legal limit for alcohol when she allegedly crashed Ford Mustang into police vehicle 

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When asked to rate her state of sobriety on a scale of zero to 10, Autumn Lees allegedly responded “Five.”

The 27-year-old Stanton woman was almost four times over the legal alcohol limit for driving, according to her blood results, which came in at 0.294 (the legal limit is 0.8 and four times over the legal limit would be 0.32).

Ionia woman enters no contest plea to fatal drunken driving collision 

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Terasa Trebian struck and killed motorcyclist Christopher Wright in June 2021

An Ionia woman was scheduled to go to trial Thursday morning on charges of driving drunk and killing a motorcyclist more than a year ago.

However, Terasa Lyn Trebian, 49, decided to enter a plea before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer just moments before the trial was set to start.