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My Town Greenville: Michigan National Guard celebrates armory upgrades

My Town Greenville: Michigan National Guard celebrates armory upgrades

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Michigan National Guard members in Greenville have a new place to cook up their meals.

A new kitchen is just one of the $1.7 million in upgrades at the Greenville Armory.  The renovations also include a physical training center, shower rooms, bathrooms and a supply room.  The Michigan National Guard held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the armory Monday morning.

The 22,000 square-foot facility at 319 S. Hillcrest houses five full-time staff members from the 1073rd Maintenance Company, which has been deployed as part of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

The renovations are part of the Michigan National Guard's Strategic Plan to improve unit readiness, curb energy consumption and extend the life expectancy of its armories.  State and federal governments funded a significant portion of the project.

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

Crime spree suspect charged in Wyoming stabbing

WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) – A man accused of leading a cross-state crime spree, ranging from carjacking to assault, appeared in a courtroom Friday morning to face charges.

 

 

Daniel Leussenkamp is considered a habitual offender which means the charges could land him behind bars for the rest of his life.

 

Police say over a span of a few days, Leussenkamp robbed and stabbed a Wyoming man at a motel, carjacked an elderly woman in Greenville, and drove to Macomb County near Detroit where he committed an armed robbery.

 

Alcohol, speed factors in deadly M-57 crash


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- One person was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle accident that forced deputies to close part of 14 Mile Road (M-57) west of Greenville.

It happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at 14 Mile and Wellman Avenue NE in Oakfield Township.

Michigan State Police say that a red Toyota Camry was heading east on 14 Mile Road when it used the right shoulder to pass another eastbound vehicle. The driver of the Camry lost control coming back onto the roadway and crossed into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by a westbound Chevy Traverse.

The driver of the Camry, a 21-year-old from Greenville, was pinned in vehicle and is currently in serious condition. Two passengers in the Camry were ejected and one of them, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger is in stable condition.

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: 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 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.

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

My Town: Gus Macker Tournament takes over Greenville

GREENVILLE, Mich.—More than 160 teams are expected to fill downtown Greenville this weekend for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

The tournament runs through July 13.  Montcalm County dispatchers are encouraging drivers not attending the event to use Franklin and Clay streets to get around the hoops action.

This is the 13th year for the Greenville Gus Macker Tournament.  M-91 is transformed into a series of basketball courts for event.  Greenville is a popular site for Gus Macker partially because of its close proximity to Lowell and Belding, where the tournament gets its roots.