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Three on run after stabbings, carjacking


GREENVILLE, Mich. (Greenville Daily News) -- A trio with local ties are on the run after their alleged involvement in a stabbing in Wyoming, a carjacking in Greenville and an assault and robbery in Mount Clemens.

A nationwide manhunt is underway for Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, and Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding, according to Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss.

According to Reiss, an elderly woman from Rockford was shopping on Sunday morning at the Meijer in Greenville for party supplies for her grandson's graduation party. The woman was getting into her car in the Meijer parking lot around 9:30 a.m. when she was approached by Wonsey, who asked if she could hitch a ride with the Rockford woman to the Danish Kingdom park area.

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

My Town: Trio wanted for carjacking in Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.— Authorities are looking for a West Michigan trio wanted for a series of crimes, including stealing a Rockford woman’s vehicle.

The incident happened July 20 outside the Meijer in Greenville. Daniel Edward Leussenkamp Jr., 25, Kimberly Ann Wonsey, 20, both of Wyoming, and Kevin Michael Seely, 25, of Belding are all wanted on carjacking charges.

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My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing

My Town: Grants introduce more children to fishing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of children will get the chance to experience the fun of fishing, thanks to mini-grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

MDNR’s fisheries division raised $3,482 through a silent auction for Mentor Michigan.  The funding will go to five organizations statewide to allow children and their mentors enjoy a fishing outing. 

“Every youth should have the opportunity to experience fishing,” said Mentor Michigan Director Amber Troupe. “Unfortunately, there are many obstacles to this fun activity, such as a lack of equipment, transportation or knowledge of the sport.  We are thankful to [the MDNR's] Fisheries Division for providing this generous donation so mentoring programs around the state will be able to introduce fishing and fishing skills to their matches.”

My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

My Town Greenville: Deadline looms for adult softball league sign-ups

GREENVILLE, Mich.-- Time is running out to sign up for Greenville's fall softball leagues.

The registration deadline is Friday, July 25.  Teams that played last year are guaranteed placement in the same division if they register before the deadline.  New teams will be placed on a first come, first serve basis.

The sponsor fee is $290 and player fees are $17 per resident or $25 per non resident.  For additional information, visit the Greenville Recreation Department's website here.

My Town: Whites Bridge Historical Society granted oversight of bridge area

My Town: Whites Bridge Historical Society granted oversight of bridge area

LOWELL, Mich.—  The Whites Bridge Historical Society is taking on a larger role in the community.

The group, which is leading the effort to rebuild the historic Whites Bridge, was recently granted a land use permit to oversee and maintain the north side canoe/kayak launch area, as well as the bridge abutment, boardwalk and parking areas. 

The Whites Bridge Historical Society is working on securing grant funding and fundraising to build a replica of the bridge, which was destroyed by arson on July 7, 2013.   The project is expected to cost approximately $400,000.

My Town Greenville: District moves weapon against summer brain drain

My Town Greenville: District moves weapon against summer brain drain

GREENVILLE, Mich.--  A little tool to help prevent summer brain drain has moved.

The Little Free Library at Baldwin Heights is now located in front of the building, just west of the main entrance.  The Little Free Library is open around the clock for people to borrow and donate family friendly books for reading.

Little Free Libraries is a grassroots initiative to push people to read more.  The program, which began at Baldwin Heights and Cedar Crest elementary schools, is being expanded to Walnut Hills and Lincoln Heights elementary schools. The effort is being led by several staff members from Greenville Public Schools.

My Town Belding: New members of dive team recover stolen gun

My Town Belding: New members of dive team recover stolen gun

BELDING, Mich.—The newest members of the Ionia County Dive Team recently got a chance to put their new skills to the test.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says on July 12, divers were deployed into a lake off Bridge Street in Belding to try to locate a stolen gun.  It took the team about an hour to recover the 1911 Colt Pistol, which had been taken from an Ionia County resident.

The dive team recently added 11 new members, including three from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, three from the Lyons-Muir Fire Department, three from the Belding Fire Department, one from the Ionia County Posse and one from Ionia Public Safety.  The dive team normally responds to water rescues, evidence and body recoveries.