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Sheridan woman pleads guilty to drunken driving third offense

A Sheridan woman pleaded guilty to driving under the influence third offense while saying she doesn’t remember the incident.

Pamela Seeley, 62, reluctantly entered her plea on April 14 in Montcalm County Circuit Court. Her plea is part of an agreement with the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office and will result in a six-month jail cap for the felony (which carries a maximum five-year prison sentence).

Mulliken man pleads not guilty in Sunfield woman’s death

A Mulliken man facing multiple charges in the motor vehicle death of a Sunfield woman in August 2021 entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment last week in Ionia County Circuit Court.

Gray William Smith IV, 44, appeared in court from the Ionia County Jail via Polycom.

Freeport man sentenced to jail after ‘two bites at the apple,’ judge says

A man who refused to speak to an Ionia County judge at his original sentencing date was cooperative and polite when he returned to the courtroom on March 8.

Jeremy James Marble, 47, of Freeport also changed his mind about participating in the specialty court aimed at assisting him with his issues with alcohol.

‘Sovereign citizen’ convicted of multiple drunken driving-related charges

An Eaton County man who claimed to be a sovereign citizen was convicted of multiple drunken driving-related charges after an incident near Sheridan.

James Charles North, 74, of Bellevue pleaded guilty on Dec. 13, 2021, to operating under the influence of liquor third offense. He also pleaded no contest to assaulting or resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating while license suspended or revoked second offense, receiving and concealing less than $200, unlawful use of a license plate and transporting alcohol that was open or uncapped in a vehicle.

Ionia County judge declines to restore Muir man’s driver’s license

A request for driver’s license restoration raised the ire of an Ionia County judge when it turned out the man making the request apparently hadn’t been honest during the process, leading the man to storm out of the courtroom.

Randy Richard Hatch, 57, of Muir was given back his license only in part by a Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) hearings officer. Hatch appeared in front of Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger on Feb. 1 to appeal his decision and ask for his full driving privileges to be restored.

Lyons man with ‘deplorable history’ on supervision sentenced to prison

A Lyons man being sentenced for drunken driving asked the court to give him a year in the county jail followed by treatment.

When the judge instead gave him two years in prison, Algert Matthew Firovich III got up and walked out of the room before sentencing was complete.

Ionia man who has been on tether for two years will remain while awaiting trial

An Ionia County judge declined to remove an alcohol-monitoring tether for a local man while he awaits a trial for allegedly driving drunk and other charges.

Steven Anthony White, 52, appeared in person before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer for a status conference with his attorney, David Carter Jr. on Dec. 28, 2021.

Freeport man pleads guilty to third OWI

A Freeport man has entered a plea of guilty to a drunk driving charge in Ionia County.

Jeremy James Marble, 47, appeared before Ionia County Circuit Court Judge Ronald Schafer in the courtroom in person on Dec. 28, 2021, with his attorney, Craig Haehnel.

Ionia woman charged with OWI causing death in court for status conference

An Ionia woman charged in the June crash that killed a motorcyclist was in court Dec. 14 for a status conference.

Terasa Lyn Trebian, 49, appeared in Ionia County 8th Circuit Court before Judge Ronald Schafer with her attorney, Frederick Blackmond.

Saranac woman allegedly under the influence when she rolled car, injured child

A Saranac woman was allegedly under the influence when she rolled her car, injuring a young child in the back seat.

Marijaine Victoriya Ganther, 26, is charged with operating while intoxicated causing injury, possession of methamphetamine/ecstasy and reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function.