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Greenville bank robbed, forcing school lockdown

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - Police are searching for the suspect who robbed a Greenville bank Wednesday morning, forcing schools to go on lockdown for a short time.

Our partner, the Greenville Daily News is reporting the robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Huntington Bank on Lafayette Street in Downtown Greenville.

The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.
He was last seen heading east along Grove Street from Lafayette Street and reportedly cut through the alley near Huckleberry's Restaurant.

Police describe the bank robber as a man, six feet tall and 180 lbs.  He was wearing jeans, a blue jacket with white and blue stripes, a blue glove and gray glove and blue ski mask with a winter hat that covers his ears.

Montcalm Township voters recall treasurer

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- After nearly two years of controversy in Montcalm Township, voters have approved a recall of their treasurer Phyllis Shilling.

By a 59%-41% vote, Shilling was recalled from office in Tuesdays election.

Supporters of the recall accused Shilling of being unable to carry out her job properly, charging that she: did not properly send out correct tax bills, failed to properly apply tax payments to the correct parcels of property, intentionally destroyed township records, did not deposit funds into the proper accounts, and was not able to reconcile cash collected with timely bank deposits.

In her response to the recall measure, Shilling countered that "no wrong doing on my behalf was found by the State Police, Prosecuting Attorney, State Treasury and Township Auditors."  She called the recall effort "dirty politics" aimed at removing the people elected to office and taking the voice away from the voters.

Man charged in hit & run of Greenville officer

STANTON, Mich. (Greenville Daily News) - Mitchell Byrne allegedly crashed into a Greenville Department of Public Safety police cruiser, then fled the scene, leaving an officer unconscious early Sunday morning.

The 24-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday in 64B District Court. He is charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

"Do you feel you were driving in a reckless manner?" Magistrate Kim Miller asked Byrne via a televised arraignment.

"No sir," Byrne replied.

Miller entered a not guilty plea on Byrne's behalf and allowed him out of jail on a $1,500 bond if his parents signed for him. Byrne told Miller he lives with his parents in Greenville and works at MCC Squared Painting in Grand Haven.

Application Deadline for Board of Education Vacancy is Friday

Application Deadline for Board of Education Vacancy is Friday

From: http://www.bas-k12.org

Belding Area Schools is seeking applications for the current vacant position on the Board of Education.  The person chosen to fill this vacancy will serve until June 30, 2012, and may run in the May 2012 election for re-election to a full, four-year term. 

Interested persons must submit a letter expressing interest in the Board position and their qualifications for the position to the District office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2011. 

Following a review of the submitted materials, the Board will schedule interviews with selected candidates.  Not all candidates for the Board vacancy will be interviewed.  If you have any questions concerning the role of the Board of Education and the responsibilities of a Board member, please contact Leslie Mount, Superintendent of Schools, at 616.794.4700.


UPDATE: Driver turns himself in after hit-and-run

UPDATE AT 6:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- The suspect in a hit-and-run crash that injured a Greenville Public Safety officer is expected to appear in court Tuesday.

Mitchell Byrne, 24, turned himself in Monday at the Greenville Department of Public Safety.  Byrne was then transported for booking at the Montcalm County Jail.

Byrne will be arraigned Tuesday on charges of "reckless driving" and "failure to stop at the scene off a personjal injury accident."

Byrne's arrest comes a day and a half after police say he was involved in a crash that injured Public Safety Officer Sean Parsons outside a Greenville home.

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A Greenville Public Safety officer was injured when his patrol car was hit by another vehicle while he was assisting at a possible crime scene.

The crash happened Sunday morning at about 2:00am on South Lafayette Street at Judd Street in Greenville.

Downtown Greenville Parking for the Winter Season

Downtown Greenville Parking for the Winter Season

Press Release:

With winter and snowfall rapidly approaching, the Greenville Department of Public Safety is reminding residents of the parking enforcement ordinances for the winter season.

Downtown parking lots are marked where parking is permitted on a daily basis or where overnight parking is not permitted at any time.  Vehicle owners are asked to check the entrance to each parking area and review the rules regarding parking in each specific lot to ensure vehicles are not ticketed or towed during snowfall.

Furthermore, parking on Greenville city streets between 2AM – 5AM is prohibited year round.  In the event of accumulating snowfall, vehicles parked on the roadway may be towed during the early morning hours to allow plow trucks to clear city streets.

Thieves target Greenville car dealer twice

GREENVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - The owner of a Montcalm County car dealership says he's installing security cameras after thieves targeted his business twice in two weeks.

According to our partner, the Greenville Daily News, early Wednesday morning, someone put a 2012 Chevy Camaro on blocks and stole $5,000 worth of tires and rims.

On October 19, thieves broke into the rear windows of seven new vehicles and stole thousands of dollars worth of radios and navigation systems.

Anyone with information about wither crimes is asked to call the Montcalm County Sheriff's tip line at (989) 831-7593.