2017-09-14 / News Briefs

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Township hires officer

GAINES TOWNSHIP – Diana Mills is the newest member of the Gaines Township Police Department. Mills, a 9-year resident of Gaines Township, is a patrol sergeant at the Mt. Morris Township Police Department. She has 12 years of prior experience in the detective bureau with that agency. Mills began her career with the New Lothrop Police Department. Mills is a licensed EMT and certified domestic violence instructor for the state of Michigan. She will work third shift as a patrol officer, 16 to 24 hours per week, while continuing to work for Mt. Morris Township. – L.R.

Tot lot build day set

SWARTZ CREEK – Months of fundraising will finally pay off Saturday, Sept. 30, when volunteers gather to install the new tot lot at Elms Park. The tot lot will provide preschoolers a place to play away from more boisterous older children on the playscape. It will be situated near the old playground in the northwest corner of the park. One old swing set and a monkey bar set will be removed so that the new equipment can be placed on high ground. The monkey bars may be relocated to Winshall Park, but the park board is considering donating the equipment to the Corunna Historical Society, which would place the apparatus alongside an old school in their historical village. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board raised money through two giant slip-and-slide days and pumpkin sales, as well as direct appeals to businesses and individuals. An anonymous donor, who pitched in to the tune of around $8,000, will have the opportunity to name the tot lot. – L.R.

Gaines seeks firefighters

GAINES TOWNSHIP – The Gaines Township Fire Department is accepting applications for paid on-call firefighters. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or GED, and live within the township or no more than a half-mile outside the township. Applicants must have a physical, drug screen and background check. To apply, visit the township website at www.gainestownship.net/ or go to the township hall and pick up an application. – L.R.

August emergency stats

GAINES TOWNSHIP – There were 129 calls for police services in Gaines Township in August. Ten were in the Village of Gaines. Township police responded to 90 of the calls. In addition, township officers issued seven citations, gave 12 verbal warnings, performed 25 property checks, obtained one misdemeanor warrant, served one search warrant and made one misdemeanor arrest. There have been 1,107 incidents to date this year, as compared to 1,170 for the same time last year. The fire department handled six fire calls and 14 medical runs. In addition, the department allocated $725 to send Firefighter George Stuckey to fire officer training, and $600 to send Firefighters Ryan Wilburn and Jason Meyer to medical first responder training. (Source: Gaines Township records) – L.R.

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