Belding police chief retiring after 20 years as chief, 49 years in law enforcement

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Having lived out a career in law enforcement for nearly 50 years — the last 20 as the chief of the Belding Police Department — Dale Nelson, 69, is now stepping away from his role to serve and protect, prepared to finally embrace retirement.

During the May 17 meeting of the Belding City Council, Nelson, whose last day will be Thursday, was honored with a special resolution of appreciation presented by Mayor Bruce Meyers, who commended him “for his dedication, enthusiasm and outstanding public service for the past two decades.”

Pine Township Planning Commission meeting to discuss wind ordinance ends with police presence 

Monday evening at Pine Township’s Hall began with a Planning Commission meeting to discuss proposed amendments to township’s existing wind energy ordinance.

It ended with a township official calling 911 and requesting a police response after an intense argument broke out among audience members.

Judge dismisses AG’s case against Lowell police officer

An Ionia County Circuit Court judge on Thursday dismissed a Michigan Attorney General’s case against a former Lowell police officer relating to shooting at a fleeing vehicle, ruling that the officer should not be treated as an ordinary citizen.

The judge admitted that her ruling may be “blazing new territory.”

Greenville’s homegrown police officer

Kenna Allen sworn in as newest officer with Greenville Department of Public Safety 

For as long as she can remember, Kenna Allen has always kept a spot in her heart for the community she grew up in. 

From learning to read and write at Lincoln Heights Elementary School, blocking shots on goal for the high school soccer team and extinguishing blazes as a professional firefighter, the 2017 Greenville High School graduate has kept her ties to the community close. 

Stanton police chief placed on paid administrative leave

The city of Stanton’s police chief has been placed on paid administrative leave amid an investigation.

On Monday, Stanton officials announced that Police Chief Destinee Bryce was being placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct.

Carson City police chief retires after one year on the job

One year ago, the Carson City Council approved promoting police officer Anthony “Tony” Keller to the position of police chief.

One year later, the City Council approved his retirement.

Stanton Police Department to purchase new pickup truck

Whether it be for transporting bicycles or removing a deer’s carcass off the road, Stanton Police Chief Destinee Bryce believes a pickup truck would be a major help for the department.

“We get phone calls all the time — Could you guys remove this deer off the road? Could you pick up carcasses of raccoons, etc.? Somebody ditched a bike and we don’t know if it’s stolen,” Bryce recounted. “It’s really, really hard to get a bicycle in the back of a (Ford) Explorer, let alone a Crown Victoria.”

Stanton reviews proposed budget, police department may see revenue increase

While this city’s budget looks similar to the previous fiscal year, city officials are looking to increase the Police Department’s budget to accommodate for an additional officer.

Two weeks ago, the Stanton City Commission began discussing the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget.

Ionia County sheriff’s deputy still recovering after being attacked

An Ionia County sheriff’s deputy continues to recover from a concussion more than three months after being attacked by an Ionia man.

Deputy Austin Granger responded to a verbal domestic incident in the 300 block of East Tuttle Road on Nov. 28, 2020, according to Ionia County Sheriff Charlie Noll.

Meet your new deputies

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office hires 5 road patrol deputies with voter-approved millage money

One year ago, Montcalm County voters approved a countywide sheriff’s law enforcement millage with the goal of restoring 14 full-time deputies to the sheriff’s office, and thus restoring 24/7 road patrol, a service Montcalm County has been without since 2012.

Five new millage-funded deputies have been hired so far — Caleb Evans, Brian Fox, Joshua Lyster, Emily Paulsen and Dylan Tanis.