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My Town Belding: Vehicle stickers could make you a target for thieves

My Town Belding: Vehicle stickers could make you a target for thieves

BELDING, Mich.—What you stick on the back of your vehicle could make you a more popular target for thieves.

That’s according to a public service announcement posted on the City of Belding’s Facebook page.  Police say the decals naming schools, pets, families and the sports they participate in can make it easier can for thieves to piece together the daily schedules in a household, helping them figure out when is the best time to attack.

The image was created by Search and Rescue Ohio.

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town Greenville: Stranger approaching student raises red flags

My Town Greenville: Stranger approaching student raises red flags

GREENVILLE, Mich.— The superintendent of Greenville Public Schools is asking students and parents to be vigilant, after a suspicious encounter involving a middle school student.

Superintendent Peter Haines says the girl was on her way home from school Thursday when she was approached by the driver of a green van on Montcalm Street between Barry and Franklin streets.  Haines says the man offered the girl a ride and when she refused, he followed her for some distance, frightening her.

The district notified Greenville Public Safety about the encounter and sent a message to parents about the incident yesterday.  In it, Haines asks parents to remind their children about safety precautions they should be taking when strangers approach and to report any suspicious situations.

Deputies search for hit and run driver

Deputies search for hit and run driver

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian and didn’t stop.

The incident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.  Deputies say Devon Lee Hollenbaugh, 20, was walking south on M-66 near Holland Lake Road when a vehicle’s passenger side mirror hit him from behind. 

Hollenbaugh was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.  He’s since been released. 

Based on witness accounts and mirror remnants left at the scene, deputies believe the vehicle may be a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 831-7590 or the Sherriff’s Tip Line at (989) 831-7593. 

String of crimes sparks warning from deputies to drivers

String of crimes sparks warning from deputies to drivers

MONTCALM COUNTY, Mich.--  Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies are warning drivers to lock their vehicles after a recent string of thefts.

Detectives say someone stole valuables from about 10 unlocked vehicles parked in the Hebert Estates area, south of Greenville.  The crimes took place between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Friday, September 20.

A witness tells deputies they saw a white man wearing camouflage shorts and a dark t-shirt walking in the area at the time of the thefts.  Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office at (989) 831-7590 or the sheriff’s tip line at (989) 831-7593.

New drop-off boxes aimed at curbing drug abuse in Ionia County

New drop-off boxes aimed at curbing drug abuse in Ionia County

BELDING , Mich.— The Belding Police Department is offering help in cleaning out your medicine cabinet.

Residents can now discard old, unused prescription drugs in a drop-off box located at the police department.  A drop-off box is also located at the Ionia County Sheriff Department in Ionia.

The drop-off boxes are provided in partnership with Ionia County’s Substance Abuse Initiative, Environmental Health Division and Commission on Aging, to help limit the availability of medicines that could be abused.  According to statistics provided by the Ionia County Health Department, more Michigan residents die from prescription drug abuse than from using heroin or cocaine combined. Prescription drugs that are improperly disposed of can also damage the environment.

Prescriptions can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 120 South Pleasant St. in Belding.  No needles will be accepted.  No questions will be asked.

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

Recreation department director on fire: We will rebuild

GREENVILLE, Mich.-  Donations are coming in to help replace community sports equipment lost in a fire on July 4.

Interim Public Safety Director Mike Stuck says a passerby spotted the fire at 300 E. Charles St. around 5 a.m. that day. The facility was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Stuck says it took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire. Everything inside the facility—including balls, soccer goals, camp supplies and board games—was destroyed.