Man arrested, charged in fatal shooting on E. State Street

The St. Johns Police Department has arrested a 24-vear-old St. Johns man for a fatal shooting that took place on February 27at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of East State St. in the City of St. Johns.

The initial investigation indicates that several subjects had gathered at the residence where the shooting occurred. During the course of the evening, the resident had taken out several firearms to display them to his guests. At some point, a firearm which was assumed to be unloaded was discharged striking a person in the residence.

St. Johns Police Officers and Clinton Area Ambulance Service rendered emergency aid, but the victim succumbed to his wounds.

The victim has been identified as 21-year-cld Brandon William Chunko of DeWitt Township.

The suspect in the fatal shooting has been formally charged by the Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Jesse Xavier Osga-Groves of St. Johns has been charged with one count of Homocide-Manslaughter-Death by Weapon Aimed With Intent But Without Malice. Suspect Osga-Groves remains lodged at the Clinton County Jail under a $200,000.00 cash/surety bond.

The incident remains under investigation. The St. Johns Police Department were assisted by the Clinton County Sheriffs Office, the Michigan State Police and the Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

MMDHD expands vaccine eligibility

TMichigan Department of Health and Human Services announced it is expanding vaccine eligibility starting Monday, March 8 to those 50 years old and above with pre-existing conditions and to caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special needs.

Please be patient as we work out details for vaccinating this group.

If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please visit

Benefit Fish Fry is March 19

The Clinton Area Care Center is sponsoring a Take Out Fish Fry on Friday, March 19 to benefit for Kim Huguelet. Kim was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer on February 2, 2021. She has been a devoted employee at Hazel I Findlay County Manor for 11 years. She is now on medical leave and is beginning treatment.

Only Pre-orders will be accepted on day of event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick-up will nr from 4 to 7 p.m. Order at 989-224-6808. Payment of $10 per meal must be by cash only.

The Menu includes 3 Piece of Fried Cod, French Fries, Coleslaw, Dinner Roll and Dessert.

Please join them for this event to support Kim, her family and her support group. Proceeds will go towards her medical bills.

Sorting is important at Clinton County Drop Off Recycling Sites

Clinton County Department of Waste Management would like to remind residents to take the time to properly sort their recyclables into the proper containers at the Rural Recycling Sites. The Rural Recycling Sites are located in Fowler and Maple Rapids. Acceptable materials include all colored glass bottles & jars, metal cans, household plastic containers numbered #1 to #7 (NO Styrofoam or plastic bags please), newspapers, magazines, office paper, junk mail, cardboard and boxboard (NO waxy coated freezer boxes please). Please remember to empty all recyclables before placing them into the proper bin.

Contamination has been a problem specifically at the Fowler drop off site in all of the recycling containers.

Please help keep the cost of recycling down and make sure what is put into the bin can be recycled. When in doubt, please contact our office at (989) 224-5186 or email or check out our website

Clinton County undertakes Business Climate Survey

The newly rebranded Clinton County Catalyst, formerly known as the Clinton County Economic Alliance, is pleased to announce the distribution of the inaugural Mid-Michigan Business Climate Survey to area business leaders. Clinton County Catalyst, Greater Gratiot Development, Inc., and the University Center for Community and Economic Development of the UM-Flint are working together to gather information regarding the area’s business climate.

The survey is being overseen by Paula Nas, M.A., J.D., director of the Office of Research and Economic Development at UM-Flint. The two economic development organizations are working with UM-Flint to reach out to business leaders who have first-hand knowledge of the issues affecting them.

President and CEO of Clinton County Catalyst Dru L. Mitchell said “we are seeking the participation of all Clinton County business people for the 2021 Survey”. She noted “this survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, all responses will be confidential, and only aggregated data will be reported”.

The Business Climate Survey is expected to be an annual event with the data used to inform the business retention, expansion, and attraction initiatives in Clinton County and the region.

If you have not received a Survey request and would like to participate, please contact Dru at or 517-669-1345. Join the catalyst movement today.

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children announces upcoming events

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is ready to share with you their planned events for 2021. Proceeds from the events remain in Clinton County supporting their mission to advocate and to serve in the best interests of children in our community. All safety precautions and pandemic guidelines will be followed by all event participants.

Roof Sit for Kids

April 30, St. Johns Big Boy, All Day

Join them for fellowship and a fundraiser to support their roof which houses essential advocacy work for Clinton County children and youth.

Stop in anytime for this outside event. Check out who is hanging out on Big Boy’s roof (weather permitting).
Special activities throughout the day, visit with Clinton County Advocates for children and youth and learn more about their essential services for Clinton County children and youth.

2021 8th Annual Superhero 5K Run, Walk, or Fly!

September 25, St. Johns City Park and Virtual

Will Your cape be ready? Organizers remain optimistic they will be able to host this event in person and virtually. However, the in-person component is subject to change based on any pandemic safety guidelines. They appreciate your understanding the decision to cancel the in-person component of the planned event may need to be made with little notice for the safety of our community.

Please visit the website for more information about our events and learn about sponsorship opportunities. They appreciate Your support supporting the services for Clinton County children and youth.