Montcalm County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Montcalm County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 659 N. State Street, Stanton, 48888 MI
  • Chief:
Phone: 989-831-7590
Fax: 989-831-7420

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office is located at 659 N. State Street, Stanton, 48888 MI. The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office phone number is 989-831-7590.

Montcalm County Sheriff's Office News

The staff at the Sheriff's Office would like to thank all Veterans for their service, dedication, and sacrifice. As it is often said, freedom isn't free. The cost is truly paid by the brave few. Thank you and Happy Veterans Day!

October 31, 2018 marked the last day Deputy Rob McVey could be known as such. After 27 years of service to the citizens of Montcalm County, Rob made his retirement official. Rob came to the Sheriff's Office after having spent time in the Navy, obtaining a Bachelor's degree from MSU, and working for both the Mackinaw Island Police Department and the Lansing Police Department. While at the Sheriff's Office, Rob served as a DARE officer, marine officer, diver, drug enforcement officer, and detective. Rob will be enjoying his retirement travelling and spending time with his wife Cheryl. The Sheriff's Office wishes Rob the best of luck for the future.

October 21st-27th is National Teen Driver Safety week. Please pay attention and drive safely.

Nice work D/Sgt. Doezema and APA Hekman!

TIME TO VOTE! Aftermath, a professional cleaning service, is doing their annual grant giveaway to support Law Enforcement K9 units. Please give Ronin a hand and vote for him. The voting is on-line and can be done every twelve hours. This is the link to vote The funds will be used to help equip the Sheriff's Office K9 Team. Thank you for voting for Ronin.

The State of Michigan realized a decline in fatalities from car crashes by 4.4% from the year 2016 to 2017. Montcalm County, however, realized an increase of 283% in the number of fatalities during the same time frame. The statistic is too alarming to go unnoticed. Even with the reduction of resources afforded to the Sheriff's Office, attempts are being made to increase patrols and halt this disturbing trend. The Sheriff's Office recently received a grant from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning that will be used to fund patrol overtime shifts. The funds can only be used during time frames designated by the OHSP and for traffic enforcement efforts. The month of October is a targeted time and there is will be concentrated effort to reduce drivers operating under the influence. A second enforcement period is scheduled for the month of December. Although enforcement is a part of the project and violators found to be driving under the influence will be arrested, Sheriff Williams hopes by sharing this information and educating the public, the number of those choosing to drive under the influence will be reduced and the staggering trend can be reversed.

Please come visit!

The Sheriff's Office staff is participating in the annual Montcalm County food drive. This is the third year for the event with the donated items going to local pantries to help those less fortunate in Montcalm County. The various Offices and Departments in Montcalm County also use this as a friendly competition with the reward being bragging rights as to which group brought in the most goods. We will be donating the items we collected by Sheriff's Office staff to the Bread Of Life pantry in Greenville. If you wish to help, feel free to bring non-perishable goods to the Sheriff's Office lobby and place them in the collection box. Also, if you wish to donate time helping at a pantry and would like to help us win the competition, your time can be counted towards deciding the winner. Those wishing to donate time can contact the Sheriff's Office at 989-831-7590. In the end, the competition means far less than the help and resources made available to those in need.

On October 3rd, Carson City Chief Ellis will be hosting a "Coffee with a Cop" event at the Carson City McDonald's from 6-10 AM. Please join the Chief along with Sheriff Williams and MSP Lt. Clute!

Ninety-two years ago today, Sheriff Franklin Henkel died from a gunshot wound he sustained two days prior while quelling a disturbance in the village of Lakeview. A single rose was laid at his grave and the staff at the Sheriff's Office are adorning black mourning bands in remembrance of his service and ultimate sacrifice. His wife Ileea Henkel is remember as well. Ileea took over the duties of the Office of the Sheriff at her husband's passing making her one of the first female Sheriffs in the State of Michigan. The Henkel family's contribution to the people of Montcalm County shall never be forgotten.

As announced a few weeks ago in the Daily News, the Sheriff's Office is seeking donations to construct a memorial honoring the law enforcement officers who have lost their lives while serving the citizens in Montcalm County. If you wish to purchase a personalized brick that will be incorporated into the memorial, you may do so by completing the Memorial Fund flier and returning it to the Sheriff's Office. Money has been raised at Sheriff's Office golf outings for several years. The Memorial Fund committee is asking for those who wish to donate to complete the form found at the link above. No tax dollars are being used for this project. Thank you for your support.

Yesterday, we presented a check for $1000 to the Central Montcalm Community Foundation President, Ginger Gurecki, towards the Lt. William McCarthy Memorial Scholarship fund. These were a portion of the proceeds from our annual charity golf outing which Deputy Greg Syrjala puts countless hours of his own time into organizing.

Greenville Torch Run 2018 is in the books. The weather was pleasant and not too warm for over two dozen runners to partake in this annual event. The proceeds go to Special Olympics. The Greenville Department of Public Safety and Michigan State Police provided traffic control. The runners included staff with the Sheriff's Office, State Police, citizen volunteers, and the Greenville High School Cross Country Team. A good time was had by all and the 5K run ended with a greet by the young people who directly benefit from the event.

NEWS MEDIA INFORMATION REPORT SUBJECT OF RELEASE: UPDATE***Embezzlement from area Townships DATE AND TIME: 2012 to November 2017 LOCATION: Evergreen, Bushnell and Day Townships, Montcalm County AUTHORITY/CONTACT PERSON: Sheriff Michael J. Williams UPDATE On 07/31/2018, Donna Goodsell pleaded no contest to one count of embezzlement of $1,000 to $20,000 which is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Goodsell's next scheduled court appearance is a restitution hearing on October 10, 2018. At that hearing, the court will calculate the amount of money that Goodsell must repay to the townships that she worked for. Sheriff Williams requests that citizens who purchased cemetery plots in the Evergreen Township, Day Township, or Bushnell Township cemeteries during 2012 to 2017 contact their township hall before September 26, 2018 to verify that their transaction was properly documented. Evergreen Twp. PO Box 147 Sheridan, MI 48884-0147 Township Hall, 3044 E. Sidney Rd., Stanton Phone: (989) 831-9043 Day Twp. 1151 N. Deja Rd. Stanton, MI 48888 Township Hall, 2085 Main St., McBride Phone: (989) 287-2247 Bushnell Twp. 175 E. Fenwick Fenwick, MI 48834 Township Hall, 2983 E. Boyer, Fenwick Phone: (989) 248-3349 ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office conducted an ongoing investigation regarding embezzlement from Evergreen and Day Township after a complaint was filed regarding financial record inconsistencies. It was determined that the embezzlement occurred between 2012 and 2017. The investigation led to the arrest of a 60 year old Fenwick woman. The investigation revealed that Donna Mae Goodsell was employed by both townships to be the sexton of their cemeteries. Goodsell’s duties included the sale of plots, maintenance, opening and closing of graves sites, and contracting for the setting of headstone footings. Goodsell allegedly did not properly forwarding all of the funds she received from residents to the respective Townships. On November 30, 2017, Goodsell turned herself in to the Sheriff’s Office and was arrested on two felony warrants. Goodsell is charged with one count of embezzlement from each of the townships and is currently out on bond. The maximum sentence for each charge is 5 years in prison. "Thankfully, there is no evidence that individual citizens were overcharged. While the township governments did not receive the payments, no individuals appear to be victims," said Sheriff Williams. Goodsell’s next court date is December 8th, 2017.

NEWS MEDIA INFORMATION REPORT SUBJECT OF RELEASE: Personal Injury Crash DATE AND TIME: Tuesdsay, September 4, 2018 at approximately 12:40 PM. LOCATION: The intersection of Douglas and Willard Roads, Ferris Township AUTHORITY/CONTACT PERSON: Sheriff Mike Williams The Sheriff’s Office was sent to a single vehicle crash involving an all terrain vehicle. The crash occurred at the intersection of Douglas and Willard Roads in Ferris Township at approximately 12:40 PM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The investigation revealed that a 2015 Polaris Ranger, driven by a 74-year-old Riverdale man, was travelling north on Douglas Road. As the operator made a left turn to head west on Willard Road, a 61-year-old Riverdale man fell from the cargo area of the Ranger. The 61-year-old was sitting on a kitchen chair in the cargo area unrestrained and struck his head on the pavement as he fell. The man was flown to Spectrum in Grand Rapids via Aeromed for treatment. As of September 5th, the man was listed in stable condition and is expected to be released. The driver, as well as a 58-year-old Lansing man riding in the passenger’s seat, were not injured. The two seated in the cabin portion of the Ranger were wearing seat belts. The turn was believe to have been made at a reasonable speed and poor judgement seems to be the cause of the injury. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Aeromed, and the Crystal Fire Department.

Today marks the twenty-first anniversary of the passing of Officer Eric Johnson of the Howard City Police Department. Eric died as a result of a car crash while on duty. Highlighting this day is a way to honor the service Eric provided to the people of Howard City. The Sheriff's Office staff are wearing black mourning bands and ribbons in remembrance of the day and of Eric. Thank you Howard City Floral and Gifts for providing the rose for Eric's monument at the Howard City municipal office.

An investigation of a suspicious vehicle led to the arrest of three Sheridan area teens. The arrests occurred at the Greenville Municipal Airport in Eureka Township at approximately 11:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. A Montcalm County deputy was parked in the drive leading to the airport buildings doing paperwork at approximately 11:00 PM. While doing so, a vehicle pulled down the drive, which the deputy thought to be unusual. The deputy followed the vehicle and watched it turn around to leave. Contact was made with the vehicle occupants and during a conversation with the driver, the deputy noted the driver seemed extremely nervous. The deputy exited his patrol car and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The ensuing investigation led to the discovery of approximately 30 freshly pulled marijuana plants and an AR-15 rifle in the trunk of the car. The three men admitted to pulling the plants from a cornfield in Ionia County just prior to the stop and the driver admitted the rifle was his. Arrested were Christian T. Stoneham, age eighteen, Trinity-James J. Carter, age nineteen, and Robert J. Schodowski, age eighteen. All three are from the Sheridan area. Stoneham and Carter were each arraigned on a charge of Delivery of Marijuana. Schodowski was arraigned on the same charge as well as a charge of Possessing a Firearm during the commission of a felony. The three currently are held at the Montcalm County Jail with bonds ranging from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00. Officers with the Greenville Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police assisted in the investigation.

We still have space in our upcoming Citizens Academy. It runs every Tuesday from 6-8 pm beginning September 18th through November 6th. There's a link on our webpage at for the application.

DALMAC 2018 began today. This is the annual Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw Bicycle Tour. Please use extra caution on the roads as the Vestaburg High School is a stopping point today and tomorrow. There will be many bicycles on the roads. Wishing safe travels to all bicyclists participating in this event.

The days are getting shorter. The nights are getting cooler. The ring of school bells can be heard. These are all signs that a new school year is upon us. Another obvious sign is the large yellow buses taking to the roads. In an effort to increase the safety of the students on these buses, Sheriff’s Office deputies will periodically follow a school bus while it is on its route to ensure other motorists are stopping when the lights on the bus are activated. Issuing citations is a component in this exercise, however, the Sheriff’s Office is hoping to increase safety and awareness with this school bus safety campaign. Sheriff Mike Williams would like to remind all drivers to use extra caution when approaching or following a bus and if one is unsure what the lights mean, check out this Facebook page for the Sheriff’s helpful video. The Sheriff’s Office wishes all the students a great and successful year.

NEWS MEDIA INFORMATION REPORT SUBJECT OF RELEASE: Attempted theft of a trailer DATE AND TIME: Approximately 2:25 AM on Sunday, August 12, 2018 LOCATION: Montcalm Community College, 2800 College Drive, Sidney Township AUTHORITY/CONTACT PERSON: Sheriff Mike Williams The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attempted theft of a trailer from Montcalm Community College. The attempted theft occurred at approximately 2:25 AM on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The College staff first learned of the attempted theft when the trailer was found along the road in front of the Career Center on Sidney Road early Sunday morning. The trailer was returned to the College. Staff at the College reviewed the surveillance camera recordings and found the theft was partially captured by the cameras. The video showed a side-by-side ATV travelling backwards pulling the trailer away from the College. The College uses the trailer during parades for promotional purposes. The ATV is believed to be a Polaris RZR Turbo. Anyone with information regarding this attempted theft is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 989-831-7590 or contact the tip line at 989-831-7593. Thank you Nelsons Speed Shop for assisting with identifying the manufacturer of the ATV.