Six SJPD Officers Recognized for Distinguished Service, Valor

Pictured (left to right): Chief David Kirk, City Manager Dave Kudwa, Officer Mahar, Auxiliary Officer Helms, Lieutenant Verlinde, Sergeant Helms, Sergeant Klaver, Mayor Roberta Cocco, missing Officer Worrall.

The St. Johns Police Department honored six of its finest with Certificates of Recognition at the St. Johns City Commission meeting on January 23. Chief of Police David Kirk formally presented Distinguished Service Awards to Lieutenant Eric Verlinde, Sergeant Benjamin Helms, Sergeant Nicholas Klaver, Officer James Mahar and Officer Eric Worrall, and the Citizen Award of Valor to Auxiliary Officer Jonathan Helms, for their roles in effectively managing “an incredibly chaotic and potentially dangerous event.”

On October 21, 2022 at approximately 9:36 p.m. Sgt. Klaver, Officers Mahar and Worrall and Auxiliary Officer Helms responded to a report of a person who had fallen and needed assistance. Ambulance personnel arriving on the scene requested immediate officer assistance.

The officers arrived and quickly ascertained that there had been an assault, as well as what has since been determined to be a self-inflicted stabbing. Receiving the call for additional assistance, Lt. Verlinde and Sgt. Helms arrived and became actively involved in coordinating the investigation and conducting interviews with the involved parties.

“The officers effectively prioritized the event assuring that life-saving measures were provided to the victims, that there were no offenders or potential threats to responders still present inside the home, and that investigative needs were being captured and preserved,” says Chief Kirk. “As a result of these officers’ effective and coordinated response, the situation was well mitigated.”

The City of St. Johns and SJPD continue to make community safety a priority, and the city’s violent crime rate is less than half the national average. “We are so grateful to the men and women who work to keep the City of St. Johns among the safest,” shares City Manager Dave Kudwa. “The officers being recognized tonight demonstrated bravery, decisive action and professionalism – thank you for your service.”

St. Johns City Commission meetings are held once per month in the Clinton County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, Suite 2200. Visit for the Commission’s meeting schedule, agendas, minutes and more.

Septage Receiving Facility proposed

G. A . Hunt Excavating and Septic hopes to open a Septage Receiving Facility to be located on the South West Corner of Business 127 and Parks Road in St Johns. The purpose of this facility is to receive septage waste for treatment.

The plan is available for review and comment at 1220 E Taft Rd during normal business hours. The office can be contacted at 989-227-1220. Please submit any written comments regarding the proposed operation of this receiving facility by February 17 , 2023 to the address listed above.

For more information about G. A . Hunt Excavating and Septic visit

Clinton County Sheriff’s Officers make arrests

On January 24, 2023 deputies from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office located a truck that was wanted for further investigation in connection with a weapons offense that had occurred in early December 2022 in Olive Twp.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in DeWitt Twp. and made contact with three occupants. During the investigation, a K9 sniff was conducted where Clinton County K9 Smokey positively alerted to the odor of narcotics within the vehicle. Further vehicle search turned up various amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl. Also within the vehicle were license plates that came back stolen when checked.

Three subjects were all taken into custody and lodged at the Clinton County Jail. Upon arrival to the Jail, our corrections officers were able to locate additional methamphetamine and fentanyl that one of the suspects had attempted to smuggle in.

-A male subject from East Lansing was lodged where charges requested were: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, felon in possession of ammunition, receiving and concealing stolen property, and possession of fake ID’s.
-A female subject from East Lansing was lodged where charges requested were: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, and receiving and concealing stolen property. She also had numerous outstanding warrants.
-Another female subject from St. Johns was lodged where charges requested were: Possession of methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl, providing false info to police, and smuggling contraband into a correctional facility. She also had an armed car jacking warrant that she was lodged on.

Deputies were assisted by Dewitt Twp. PD, and special thanks to them for their facial recognition software to assist with identifying one of the suspects in this matter.

Alzheimer’s Support Group to meet February 6

The Clinton County area Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group invite all those who are caregivers or concerned about someone with Alzheimers/dementia to join them in a group meeting.

The meetings are held on the first Monday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m.

The next meeting is February 6 and will be held at the Clinton County Senior Center located at 201 E. Walker St. in St. Johns.

The meetings are open discussion with helpful hints offered to people’s questions. Come join them, and know that you are not alone in this situation.

Competition Theatre Fundraising Showcase is Saturday, January 28

Congratulations to the Competition Theatre (2022 State Champions) cast and crew on their performance at Saturday’s MIFA District Theatre Festival at Olivet High School. The studio show, Pride and Prejudice, received an overall “I” rating and The mainstage show, Ernest and the Pale Moon, received an overall “II” rating.

Madison Hofzinger, Bree Fleischer, Charley Russell, and all actors –
Superior in Hair and Makeup

Emma Parsons, Elise LeBaron, Echo Parker – Superior in stage Management

Artwork by: Garrett Smith, Class of 2023

All actors- Excellence in Ensemble Acting

Emma parsons, Elise LeBaron, Garrett Smith, Georgia Fromson, Isabelle Gibson, Morgan Klaver, Calvin Hyzer, Abigail Stauffer, Ella Koenigsknecht – Excellence in Set Design

Jesse Garcia, Toby Bourne, Paige Newman, Ray Grow – Excellence in Lighting Design

Pierce Hansen – superior in Acting as Ernest Hemel

They will be performing 45 minutes from both shows at the Fundraising Showcase this Saturday, January 28 at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 and are available at

Scratchboard Class with Debbie Fehrenbach coming up February 2

In this beginners class at the Art & Soul Gallery taught by Debbie Fehrenbach, you will learn to create striking silhouettes and intricate illustrations. You will start by practicing various scratch marks and learning how to create shadows and highlights. You can create your own illustrations or use one of the examples provided. New to drawing? No worries. You will learn a simple technique using white carbon paper to transfer designs onto the boards.

Thursday, February 2 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. All supplies included. Design up to 3 illustrations. This class is $20.

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It is fish fry time again beginning February 24

With Lent just around the corner the St. Johns K of C 3281 is sharing this year’s Fish Fry Schedule

A limited menu will be available from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays February 24 March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Meals will be $15.00 each (cash/check only)

Limited Menu includes:
Baked Fish with baked potato or Fried Fish with French Fries
Sides Include:
Green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, and dinner roll.

Public welcome, no advance orders, Drive thru only. Columban Hall is located at 1108 North US-27 in St. Johns.