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Rep. Hoitenga to host no fault auto reform town hall event in Wexford County

 

Local State House Representative Michele Hoitenga will be hosting a town hall event regarding no fault auto insurance reform.

 

The town hall event will also feature special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton, who chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been helping lead the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance.

 

Hoitenga says reforming no fault auto insurance has been one of her top priorities since being elected and this event will allow constituents to express their idea's and ask questions.

 

The event will be held September 29th at 2pm at the Wexford Public Library. 

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Police investigating stabbing in Isabella County

 

Police in Isabella County are searching for a suspect they say stabbed a Durand man in the stomach early Sunday morning. 

 

It happened at a apartment complex in Union Township, that's where police were called to investigate a stabbing incident. 

 

Deputies were told by witnesses that the victim who had been at a party in front of an apartment building was confronted by another man. An argument began and the suspect grabbed the victim and then stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife.

 

The suspect then fled on foot, as well as did the victim.

 

The victim was later located behind another apartment building bleeding. The man was taken to the hospital and then later transferred to St Mary’s in Saginaw.

 

K9 units and officers attempted to locate the suspect but were not able to find him.

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Ferris State Police warn students of phone scam

 

The Department of Public Safety for Ferris State University says students have become the target of scammers.

 

The scam starts with a call from someone claiming to be with the FBI and caller ID sometimes appears as the actual FBI number.

 

The caller states that there's a warrant for your arrest and if you don't pay, they will arrest you and take away your financial aid.

 

The Ferris DPS wants everyone to know it IS a scam and do not send them money. 

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Meth bust in Osceola County

 

A drug investigation in northern Osceola County take one more meth lab off the streets.

 

Officials from the traverse narcotics team say they were called to a home in Highland Township to investigate a reported meth lab.

 

Once at the residence, investigators discovered components to make methamphetamine in the garage.

 

Officials then received further information about the suspects being located at a home in Dighton.

 

The suspects were arrested on unrelated warrants and additional drug charges are expected. 

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Weidman man arrested in Mecosta County after police chase

 

A 29-year old Weidman man is behind bars on a host of charges after taking police on a two county chase that ended here in Mecosta County.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Deputies say while on patrol, they passed a vehicle going North Bound on Brinton road South of West Coleman Road.

 

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued as the deputy began to pursue the driver.

 

The driver drove into Mecosta County, where short time later he lost control and crashed into some trees.

 

The Weidman man was arrested on outstanding warrants from three different counties as well as drunk driving. 

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BRPS: Motorists and pedestrians need to be more cautious at crosswalks

 

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are asking motorists to be aware and cautious of pedestrians crossing the road at the intersection of Maple St. and Michigan Ave.

 

Officials say pedestrians are being hurried by motorists as they are crossing the street in the crosswalks.  Turning motorists are watching for vehicle traffic and not the pedestrians, while pedestrians are assuming motorists are watching for them.

 

According to BRPS, they have had several close calls, and are urging motorists and pedestrians to be more cautious.

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Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply is looking for donations to fill up semi truck heading to Texas for hurricane relief

 

A semi-truck filled with donated items for Hurricane Harvey first responders and victims will be rolling out of the Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply Saturday afternoon.

 

The public is encouraged to come out and donate supplies needed for victims, responders and others impacted by the hurricane.

 

Donation times are Friday from 8am thru 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm.

 

A full list of items needed can be seen Big Country 100.9 Facebook page 

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Two Big Rapids residents seriously hurt following accident involving two motorcycles

 

Two motorcyclists are hospitalized after a crash with another motorcycle over the weekend in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say the two motorcycles crashed after one tried to pass the other one in Hinton Township.

 

A man and woman from Big Rapids were on one motorcycle and they were taken to a Big Rapids hospital in serious condition.

 

The other motorcyclist was not seriously hurt. 

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Two more women charged with larceny of a Reed City grocery store

 

Three women have now been charged for stealing up to $100,000 dollars from a Reed City grocery store.

 

Cheryl Wolverton, Shelly Stinson, and Corina Johnson have been charged with two counts of larceny of a building. They allegedly stole lotto tickets, cigarettes, and bottle return money from Vic's Supermarket two years ago.

 

A store manager tipped off police when money went missing. 

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Couple arrested on cocaine charges following CMET investigation

 

Two people are behind bars after police in Big Rapids arrested them on drug charges.

 

25-year old Emerson Junior Zelaya of Grand Rapids and 32-year old  Stacey Mae Potes of Gobles were arraigned on several drug charges including delivery of cocaine between 50 and 449 grams.

 

The duo's arrest follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents in Big Rapids this month.

 

Bond for Zelaya is set at $500,000, while bond for Potes is set at $150,000.   

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Three sent to the hospital following two car accident in Mecosta County

 

Three people were taken to the hospital following a two car accident Monday afternoon in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. by Rogers Dam, that's where a 52-year old Evart man was stopped to turn left into the Rogers Dam Park, when a south bound vehicle driven by a 70-year old Morley man was unable to stop and rear ended the Evart mans vehicle.

 

The Evart man along with a passenger and a passenger from the Morley mans vehicle were transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non life-threatening injuries. 

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Nestle Waters releases economic impact study

 

As the state decides whether Nestle should double the groundwater drawn from White Pine Springs in Osceola County, a study funded by the company has been released to show their contribution to Michigan's economy. 

 

According to the report, Nestle created over 750 jobs and $160-million dollars in economic output statewide.

 

Nestle says the report has nothing to do with the groundwater debate, but environmental groups see the report as part of Nestle's marketing strategy. 

 

The Department of Enviromental Quality has not disclosed a timeline for reaching a decision.


 


 

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Newaygo woman sentenced to life in prison for the murder of husband

 

A Newaygo woman sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of her husband, apparently witnessed by the victim's pet parrot.

 

Glenna Duram was found guilty by jury of first degree murder last month after Martin Duram was shot to death in 2015.

 

The victim's ex-wife, Christina Keller, took ownership of the bird following his death and said the parrot kept saying "Don't (expletive) shoot" --in Martin Duram's voice. Glenna Duram's attorney plans to appeal. 

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Hersey woman charged with larceny of a Reed City supermarket

 

A Hersey woman has been charged with larceny of her former employer in Reed City.

 

36-year old Cheryl Wolverton of Hersey is charged with two counts of larceny from a building.

 

According to court documents, its alleged that Wolverton took lottery tickets from her previous place of employment, Vic’s Supermarket.

 

Two other former employees are suspected of being involved but have yet to be charged. 

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Vestaburg couple arrested for drug crimes in Mecosta County

 

A Vestaberg pair is behind bars accused of selling drugs in Mecosta County.

 

28-year old Rikki Lei Stauffer and 69-year old Keith Louis Mayers are facing multiple charges involving heroin and methamphetamine.

 

The pair's arrest and arraignment follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents that occurred in July and this month in Wheatland Township.

 

Stauffer’s bond is set at $100,000, while Mayers’ is $200,000.  

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Five sent to hospital after two car accident in Mecosta County

 

Five people were sent to the hospital in Mecosta County following a two car accident Thursday.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. near Arthur Rd. deputies say that's where a eastbound pickup truck driven by a Stanwood woman failed to stop at a stop sign due to a break failure.  The pickup pulled into the path of a northbound car being operated by a Big Rapids woman.

 

The car had a total of four people and the pickup only had 1 occupant. The occupants in both vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were all taken to Spectrum Big Rapids ER. 

 

All of the patients were treated and released for their injuries.

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Police in Isabella County searching for two larceny suspects

 

The Isabella County Sheriff says deputies are on the lookout for two men wanted for a larceny of a party store in Union Township.

 

Michael Main says the suspected larceny took place at K & S Liquor store located on East Blue Grass road.

 

The two men left in a light Silver or White Ford Mustang.

 

If anyone has any information on who either or these two people are, we are asking the public to call 989 772 5911.  

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Indiana man to be extradited back to Osceola County

 

An Indiana man will be brought back to Osceola County following an incident earlier this week involving property damage of a Reed City business.

 

Deputies says they responded to a call Monday night of an unlawful driving away of a vehicle and property damage at Kraftube.

 

When police arrived to the scene they discovered a truck had driven through a fence and struck a fire suppression system. The truck became stuck in the parking lot from fencing.

 

The Sheriff's office says with help from the public they identified the suspect and is currently in the process of bringing him back to Osceola County to face charges. 

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Midland man dies in Isabella County car accident

 

A Midland man is dead following a car accident in Isabella County.

 

It happened Monday night on Brinton South of Isabella County Line Road in Coldwater Township.

 

Deputies say a pickup had been traveling North on Brinton road when 41-year old Ronald Post II lost control and the vehicle rolled over at least one time. He was ejected from the truck.

 

A passerby came across the accident and notified 911 and then started CPR until first responders arrived.

 

The Midland man was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Police believe speed and no seat belt were factors in the accident. 

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Solar Eclipse fun for all

(photo courtesy of Reed Clay of Mississippi State University) 

 

Some says it was a once and a lifetime event, the solar eclipse viewing Monday afternoon.

 

Those in Michigan saw an 80% partial eclipse, while those in Kentucky saw a full eclipse.

 

The next eclipse is estimated to occur in seven years.


 

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Police looking for burglary suspect in Mecosta County

 

Do you know this man? The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person in the picture.

 

The suspect was captured on surveillance video while burglarizing Palmer's Outdoor Equipment in Mecosta Twp. on Aug. 19th where several thousand dollars worth of new power equipment was stolen.

 

Anyone that may know the burglars identity is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150. 

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Former Village of Hersey Treasurer charged with embezzlement

 

Following allegations back in June, a former village of Hersey treasurer is now behind bars awaiting arraignment on embezzlement charges.

 

Charges of embezzlement by a public official and embezzlement of taxes/public monies follow an investigation that began in June by the Michigan State Police after allegations arose of misappropriated funds were discovered during a regularly scheduled audit. 

 

After reviewing findings from the Osceola County Prosecutor authorized charges, the suspect was arrested today.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment. 

 

 

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Big Rapids Jaycees receive grant for Muskegon River Safety Project

 

The Big Rapids Jaycees was presented with a check from TransCanada Wednesday to improve water safety on the Muskegon River.

 

The $4,000 check was part of a grant the Jaycees were awarded recently.

 

Ashley Campau with the Jaycees says they can't wait to get started to use the money that will benefit the Big Rapids area.

 

"This grant money means a lot to us, It means we can accomplish so many of the goals we have set for the Muskegon River Project, we really to the time to research and figure out what it is that this community needs and how to best serve it educate them on water safety," Campau said.   

 

The Jaycees have been part of The Muskegon River Safety Project for the last decade. 

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Mecosta & Osceola County Judges recuse themselves regarding Nestle Waters' water station case

 

Court judges in Mecosta and Osceola counties have recused themselves from future hearings involving the Nestle Waters North America appeal of a local zoning denial the company hopes to reverse in order to build a water pumping station in the area of Evart in Osceola County.

 

Both 49th Circuit Court judges, the 77th District Court judge and 18th Probate Court judge in Mecosta and Osceola counties excused themselves on Tuesday from hearing the case. 

 

Its now up to State court administrator, Bruce Kilmer to assign the case to a new judge in Michigan. 

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Police investigating suspicious death in Isabella County

 

The Isabella County Sheriff says they are investigating a suspicious death.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says they received a call from a woman who discovered a man inside his vehicle deceased.

 

During an investigation, deputies found a 45-year-old man from Union Twp., in his driveway. A hand gun was found at the scene but it was located under some clothing in the driveway.

 

The first responding deputies determined that the incident required further investigation.

 

According to a press release, it appeared the man may have taken his own life as the investigation continued but the matter is still open waiting autopsy and other follow up by the Sheriff’s Office.

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Pair arrested on drug charges in Big Rapids Township

 

A Newaygo man and Grand Rapids woman face drug charges after being arrested by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team in Mecosta County.

 

39-year old Jonathan Scott Kuhlman is charged with operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine while 31-year old Vanessa Marie Kinlaw faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by CMET officials of an alleged incident in Big Rapids Township on August 5th

 

Kuhlman's bond is set at $250,000, while Kinlaw's is set at $75,000. 

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Consumers Energy to test warning siren system at Rogers, Hardy and Croton plants

 

Consumers Energy will be testing its emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River Wednesday, August 16 at approximately 9:30 a.m. 

 

The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message.

The public does not need to take any action during the tests.

 

The siren systems are tested each August and December.

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Fremont man arrested in connection to murder in Newaygo Co.

 

In an update we to a story we told you about yesterday, a 29-year-old Fremont man has been charged in connection with the murder of a Muskegon man, who's body was found over the weekend in Newaygo County.

 

Anthony Blamer has been charged with felony mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual.

 

Police say D'Anthony Keenan's head and hands had been removed.

 

Investigators say a fight over money lead to Keenan's death.   

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Body found in wooded area of Newaygo County

 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possible murder of a missing Muskegon man who was found in a wooded area.

 

Deputies say they discovered a deceased black male in the woods of the Crystal Trails area between 20th and 28th streets.

 

On Monday, Police found the victims SUV 25 miles away in a carpool area in Fremont.

 

Police are now seeking help from the public, and asking those who currently have trail cameras in the Crystal Trails area for footage from between Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.

 

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call (231) 689-5288. 

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals offering the da Vinci System to patients

 

A new piece of medical equipment has been brought to Big Rapids to benefit residents and those in the surrounding area who need hernia or gall bladder surgery.

 

The da Vinci System allows the surgeon to operate through a few small incisions and perform operations, though their hands are never inside a patient’s body.

 

Dr. Mark Haan, a general surgeon with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals is excited to be able to use the da Vinci system and says there are many great benefits to patients.

 

"I've seen a huge difference in patient recovery with this peice of equipment," Haan Said.  "There is less pain following surgery and thus are not requiring narcotic pain medications, it's also a win for employers because normally a patient is out 4-6 weeks, now they are out only two weeks."  

 

Haan is scheduled to begin using the da Vinci system this week, initially performing hernia and gall bladder operations. 

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White Cloud man suffers medical issue; vehicle catches fire near Big Rapids

 

A 19-year old White Cloud man was sent to the hospital this morning after suffering a medical issue while traveling in Mecosta County.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the driver was traveling on Northland Drive near West Ave. when he suffered a medical issue, ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and went into a ditch that is when the vehicle caught fire.

 

The White Cloud man was able to get out of the vehicle.

 

He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

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Ithaca man recovering following motorcycle accident in Isabella County

 

A dog running out into the road left one motorcyclist in a ditch unconscious over the weekend.

 

It happened Saturday afternoon in Isabella County's Sherman Township.

 

Deputies say a 56-year old man from Ithaca was riding his motorcycle with a group when a dog ran out in to the road and the driver tried to avoid it then lost control and crashed into a ditch.

 

When first responders arrived, they found the man unconscious but breathing.

 

The man was flown from the scene by helicopter. His condition is unknown at this time.

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MSP K-9 stabbed by suspect during suspect altercation

 

A suspect in a drive-by shooting in Montcalm County tried to stab a Michigan State Police K-9 before being arrested.

 

The shooting happened early Sunday morning in Reynolds Township and police tried to pull over the suspect, but the suspect took off.

 

Two suspects ran into a wooded area and one tried to stab a K-9 with a pocket knife, but was tased and arrested. Police say the dog suffered a small cut.

 

The suspects are in the Montcalm County Jail facing several felony charges.

 

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Fmr. Greenville Public Safety Director sentenced to jail on health care fraud charges

 

A former public safety director in west Michigan is going to jail for health care fraud. Former Greenville public safety director Mark Reiss has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, with 30 days suspended.

 

He and his ex wife Christine were accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan out of $113,000 dollars. They divorced in 2014, but she remained on his city provided insurance.

 

Reiss will serve his sentence on weekends at the Montcalm County Jail.

 

His ex wife was sentenced to 50 days in jail, which she has already served.

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State of Michigan delaying proposed health insurance rate increases till next month

 

Due to uncertainty over threats made by the president to stop payments to health insurers, the state of Michigan is delaying posting rate increases proposed by health insurers within the government marketplace.

 

Rates were supposed to be published Tuesday, but the state was granted a 30-day extension over an uncertain status.

 

Open enrollment for 2018 begins November 1 and continues through December 15. 

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Consumers Energy natural gas rates going up for residential customers

 

If you pay Consumers Energy for natural gas service, your bill is about to go up.

 

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a gas rate increase for Consumers Energy totaling over $29 million.

 

The increase will allow the utility to further upgrade and modernize its natural gas distribution system by replacing older pipe and equipment.

 

The approval means the average residential customer will pay an additional $1.66 a month, starting August 7th. 

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Parole absconder caught in Mecosta County

 

A parole absconder caught by police here in Mecosta County has led to additional arrests.

 

Detective Casey Nemeth of the Sheriff's office says they caught 20-year old Steven Alan Baker at the Remus Apartments where he had been hiding out. Baker was taken to the Mecosta County Jail and was lodged for the Felony Parole Absconding warrant and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Charges for the Felony Resisting/Obstructing charge are being sent to the prosecutor.

 

The three other people in the apartment with Baker, a 30 year old Grayling man, a 20 year old Grayling woman, and a 31 year old Shepherd woman, were all arrested on a combined eight different fugitive warrants out of Alcona, Midland, Otsego, and Crawford County.

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Remus man sentenced to jail for crimes connected to break-ins

 

A Mecosta County man is heading to jail for at least the next five years after taking a plea deal from prosecutors.

 

28-year old Dwayne King of Remus arrested and charged in February with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and one count of first-degree home invasion.

 

King pleaded guilty to the criminal enterprise charge and the home invasion charge was dropped.

 

The Remus man was part of a trio with 50-year old Anthony Edward Hustin and 19-year old Fredrick Turner accused of a number of break-ins around Sheridan Township last August.  

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National Night Out set for Aug. 1st in Big Rapids

Local non profit organizations along with Big Rapids Police officers and firefighters are gearing up for it's 14th annual National Night Out event, August 1st from 6-9pm.

 

Along free food and games for kids, there will be new additions like magician performances and Cran-Hill Ranch is bring its bounce house and rock climbing wall.

 

The event is a way for the community to interact with local law enforcement officers to be more comfortable with them. 

 

Event Coordinator/ DPS officer Ryan Myers says he looks forward to the event every year.

 

"This event is special for me cause I have my own kids who go to it and enjoy all the activities that are available," Myers said.  

 

Dial-A-Ride is  offering free rides to and from the event, running on a continuous loop. A shuttle will pick up and drop people off at College Park apartments by the mailboxes, the Evergreen Community Building, the Ryan Creek Apartments office, the Parkview Village Housing Office and the Appleridge Apartments Office.

 

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Rosebush man suffers serious injuries following motorcycle accident

 

A Rosebush man suffered serious injuries to his head and lower body following a motorcycle/car accident in Isabella County. 

 

The driver of the motorcycle, 57-year old Frances Joseph Bailey was traveling eastbound on Weidman road when a deer entered the roadway and struck the motorcycle. The Rosebush man was ejected from the motorcycle and then was struck by a vehicle traveling the opposite direction.

 

Bailey sustained serious injuries, including possible head injury and lower extremities.

 

He was taken to a local emergency room and then airlifted by Areomed to Spectrum.

 

His condition is not known as of today. 

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ORV accident in Mecosta County sends woman to hospital

 

A 25-year old Durand woman is recovering after being involved in an ORV accident in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say they were called to a private property in Sheridan Township, that's where an investigation took place and revealed that a 26-year old Mecosta man was operating the ORV when it flipped onto it's side.

 

A 25-year old female passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

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East Tailwater access site at Croton Dam temporarily closing

 

Just a heads up to those near Croton Dam’s east tailwater access site in Newaygo County, it will be closed for the next two weeks starting July 24th to allow Consumers Energy to complete work at the hydro facility.

 

During the tile repair project, utility officials say anglers and other recreationalists will still be able to access the river by Croton Dam on the west side of the river.

 

Barricades and signs will clearly mark that the site is closed during construction.

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Mecosta Co. Sheriff urges residents to use caution when dealing with door to door sales

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff is urging you to to use caution following recent concerns voiced by residents of door to door sales men and alleged home break-ins.

 

According to the Mecosta County Sheriff's office, there has been residents calling them about people going door to door in the County and surrounding area. Officials say they have had contact with some of the people called on, that do work for a cable provider. There are some that are legitimate businesses.

 

The Sheriff wants residents to remember to always use caution when dealing with door to door sales.

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Evart child found after going missing for a few hours

 

An Evart child was found safe and unharmed after going missing for a couple of hours.

 

On Tuesday, Osceola County Sheriff Deputies were called to a home on 6 Mile Road near 60th Avenue in Evart Township for  a missing 4-year-old boy.

 

With help from emergency agencies and a drone, police were able to locate the child a half mile from the residence.

 

Police believe the four year old had walked outside following his dog without his parents noticing he had left the home.

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Lake City man crashes into garage and parked cars at Evart home

 

A Lake City man is recovering after a Saturday morning car accident sent him to the hospital.

 

It happened in Evart on Oak Street, that's where the 61-year old man went through a stop sign, then into a private driveway hitting two parked cars and damaging a garage door.

 

The sheriff says the homeowners were asleep at the time and were not hurt.

 

The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Police believe alcohol is a factor in the accident. 

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Evart man in serious condition following police chase on motorcycle

 

An Osceola County man is recovering in the hospital after taking police on a chase through Evart.

 

It all happened last night when an Evart police officer was involved in a pursuit of a motorcycle for careless driving.

 

They say the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.

 

During the chase, the driver of the motorcycle crashed trying to negotiate the curves on 85th Ave near River Rd.

 

The 38-year old Evart man is in serious but stable condition.

 

Police say he was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

 

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12-year old boy saves toddler from drowning in hotel pool

 

A 12-year old boy is being called a hero after saving the life of a 3-year old toddler from drowning at a hotel pool in Isabella County.

 

Sheriff Micheal Main says security footage at the Days Inn Hotel in Mt. Pleasant showed the three year old wandering unattended in the pool area and slipping then falling into the water.

 

Main says the child was in the water for two minutes before the 12-year old boy walked in and immediately pulled the toddler out of the pool with the help from a brother carried him into the hallway and called for adult help.

 

CPR was performed by the mother of the toddler for about one minute and the child regained consciousness.

 

The toddler was familiar with the pool and hotel as the parents both work there.

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Medical and needle take back events taking place later this month in Mecosta and Osceola Counties

 

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals continue their partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide opportunities for residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.

 

Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the listed sites during the specified drop-off times. Proper disposal is important for several reasons.

 

Prescription drugs are Mecosta County’s second leading type of abused drug. By properly disposing of medications and needles we can help prevent them from getting into the hands of those who may want to abuse them,” said Kim Livingston of Ten16 Recovery Network. “Most heroin addicts tell us they started with abusing stolen prescription drugs they get from family and friends without them knowing.” Proper disposal is better for the environment,” Livingston adds. “By disposing of drugs and needles safely, they are destroyed in a self-contained incinerator. Throwing them in the trash or toilet could allow the drugs to dissolve into our drinking water through landfills and sewer systems. Most waste filtration plants are not designed to separate pharmaceuticals and drugs may pass on through into our water.”

 

Within the past year, the program has served 338 people, collecting 556.2 pounds of medication and 402 pounds of needles.

 

Drop-off sites are scheduled at the following times:

 

Tuesday, July 25 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic

300 N. Patterson, Reed City, MI

 

Thursday, July 27 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Big Rapids Hospital Main Lobby

605 Oak St. Big Rapids, MI

 

Tuesday, August 29 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Evart Family Practice

5991 95th Ave, Evart, MI

 

Wednesday, August 30 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Tustin Family Practice

111 E Church St, Tustin, MI

 

Thursday, August 31 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Canadian Lakes Family Practice

8354 100th Ave, Canadian Lakes, MI 49346

 

Medications should be in their original container and all identifying personal information on prescription labels should be blocked out. Individuals can stop by at any time during the three-hour window and dispose of unwanted items. For more information, call 231.592.4493.

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Evart man dies in rollover accident in Montcalm County

 

Michigan State Police are investigating a rollover accident in Montcalm County that claimed the life of an Evart man and injured his passenger.

 

It happened Saturday night on US-131 near Cutler Road in Reynolds Township.

 

Troopers say 32-year old John Londo, lost control then rolled his car and was thrown from his vehicle.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

A passenger in Londo's car was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids.

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5 people behind bars on felony drug charges in Wexford County

 

Five people up in Wexford County are behind bars on felony drug charges after officials from the Traverse Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a home in Harrietta.

 

It all started when officials received a tip about people buy ingredients to make methamphetamine.

 

When detectives located the suspects, they did a surveillance of the area and then executed a search warrant of the home in question. During it's investigation TNT officials found components to make meth.

 

51-year old Jackie Todd, 32-year old Corry Sisson, 25-year old Kiah Kelley, 56-year old Basil Cooper and 25-year old Nicole Neibauer were all arrested.

 

They’re now charged with felony drug crimes including smurfing to making meth and selling heroin.

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Montcalm County man accused of charity fraud

 

A 29-year old man was arrested and charged in Montcalm County for trying to defraud a local 4-H organization.

 

State Police say Cody Mitchell Foster has been charged with Felony Fraud (Soliciting for Unlicensed Organization).

 

It's alleged that Foster accepted money claiming to be selling “Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits” on behalf of 4H Michigan State University extension.

 

In total, Foster is alleged to have received $1002 from 34 victims.

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Man hurt after explosion in Newaygo County

 

Areo Med was called out to a property in Newaygo County's Bridgeton Township Tuesday after a man was injured during an explosion.

 

The man who was injured was described as being in his 50s.

 

His condition was not immediately known.

 

Newaygo County dispatch says the cause of the explosion is unknown at this time and officials are still investigating. 

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Body of Grand Rapids man found in Muskegon River over the weekend

 

Newaygo County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents and visitors that water levels on the Muskegon River are still high and currents continue to be stronger than normal following the discovery of a body of a missing tuber over the weekend.

 

Police say the 25-year old Grand Rapids man went missing Saturday afternoon in the area of Devil’s Hole, in Brooks Township.

 

Emergency crews searched the river until the victim’s body was located approximately 1 ½ miles down river. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The incident remains under investigation by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office. 

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Motorcyclist thrown from bike after car accident

 

A motorcyclist is recovering after being involved in a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened at the intersection of 11 mile rd and 90th ave in Morton Twp.

 

Deputies say a vehicle traveling north bound on 90th ave was T-Boned by a motorcycle going westbound on 11 mile rd. The west bound driver was ejected from the motorcycle and was airlifted from the scene for his injuries and transported to Butterworth hospital.

 

The driver of the northbound vehicle was uninjured.

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Police in Mecosta County need help identifying two people

 

Police in Mecosta County are asking for the public's help in identifying these two people in the photos.

 

According to the Sheriff's Office, the two subjects are part of an ongoing investigation in relation to a possible money larceny at Walmart.  

 

If you know who these people are, call the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department at 231-592-0150.  

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Hubbardston woman charged with fatal car/buggy accident in Montcalm Co.

 

A 24-year old Hubbardston woman is now charged with the death of a 10-year old amish boy following a car/buggy accident back in March. 

 

Tiffany Christiansen was charged with a misdemeanor count of committing a moving violation causing death. 

 

On March 15th, a 2011 GMC Terrain Christiansen was operating struck a horse and buggy while traveling Fenwick Road. The buggy was occupied by a 13-year old and 10-year old boy, who are from ther Carson City area. The 10-year old boy died a few days after being taken to DeVos Childeren's Hospital. 

 

According to the original press release by police, speed didn't appear to be a factor; however the angle of the bright morning sun may have played a role. 

 

Christiansen faces up to a year in jail, if convicted. 

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Bicyclist dead after being hit by car in Isabella County

 

A bicyclist is dead after being hit by a car in Isabella County last night.

 

It happened in Union Township, that's where both the vehicle and bicycle were traveling west on River Road near Deer Run Drive.

 

State Police say male bicyclist was taken to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.
 

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Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivor's Day with open house

 

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, the Wellness Center at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center is hosting a celebration open house.

 

The celebration will be held Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.

 

All survivors, including those recently diagnosed and in treatment, friends and family are welcome.

 

Hor d’oeuvres, cake and refreshments will be served. Attendees can learn about the American Cancer Society and enjoy a photo booth and integrative services such as chair massages, acupressure and reflexology.

 

For more information, call the wellness center at 231.832.8486.

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Residents who want to run for Mayor or City Commissioner in Big Rapids have until July 24th to get petitions in

 

Big Rapids residents have just under four weeks to put in their petition into the City Clerks office if they want to run for Mayor or one of two city commissioner seats.

 

Due to term limits, current Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba will not be running for his position. Two city commissioner seats will also be open. Those seats are currently filled by Dan Rothstein and Lorraine James, both of whom are not term-limited and may run again.

 

If your interested, you must be resident of the city for at least one year, a registered voter, a citizen of the U.S.. Petitions must contain at least 25 and no more than 40 signatures of registered voters of the City of Big Rapids. .

 

Petitions must be picked up and submitted to the clerk’s office in City Hall and are due by 4 p.m.. on Tuesday, July 25.

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Flood damage and crop loss still being assessed by officials in Central Michigan area

Three days after heavy rains caused major flooding in mid-Michigan, state and local leaders are conducting damage assessments.

 

Congressman John Moolenaar, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and others are calling on Governor Snyder to request an emergency declaration for Midland, Isabella, and other counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

If approved, federal money would become available to help in making repairs. Hundreds of roads were impassable over the weekend. In some cases, the roadway has washed away and sinkholes have formed under the standing water. 

 

Officials say this is the worst flooding in mid-Michigan in 31 years.

 

Meanwhile, an evaluation is underway to determine how the heavy rainfall over the past week will hurt farmers in mid-Michigan.

 

The Farm Bureau says the heavy rains may ruin crops in Central Michigan. Earlier, farmers were worried about drought.

 

Some farmers will have to decide if they want to re-plant fields, some of which were under water for two days.

 

The Michigan State Extension is tallying the damage. 

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Flood watch in Mecosta County extended until Tuesday

 

A flood watch is being extended until Tuesday afternoon for the West Central Michigan area that includes Isabella, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola Counties.

 

Officials from National Weather Service say several rounds of thunderstorms are forecasted tonight. Rainfall rates will top an inch per hour in the strongest storms.

 

Local storm total rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches which would be enough to trigger flooding. 

 

Mecosta County Emergency Management officials advise residents or commuters to turn around when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Keep children away from storm drains, culverts, creeks and streams. Water levels can rise rapidly and sweep children away.

 

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Osceola Township Planning Commission denies Nestle Waters permit for a second time

The Osceola Township Planning Commission denied an appeal from Nestle to get a new booster pump station so it can draw more water from an aquifer.

 

On Tuesday night, a special land use permit was denied by the township planning commission when it decided the station would not perform an essential service to the community.

 

Nestle requested a change in zoning classification, but it was denied.

 

The planning commission had denied granting Nestle the permit for the pipeline booster station at Spring Hill Camp back in April.  

 

Nestle could appeal to the county circuit court, but says it hasn't decided if it will. 

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Evart man drowns in Muskegon River

 

An 47-year old Evart man is dead from drowning after he jumped off a bridge into the Muskegon River.

 

Deputies in Osceola County say the man jumped off the 50th Avenue Bridge in Sylvan Township then got hurt after hitting the water.

 

According to police, the man told bystanders of his injuries, who then tried pulling him to shore, but the rivers current was too strong.

 

An hour and a half later crews found the man near the bridge and pronounced him dead at the scene.

 

Police continue to investigate the case. 

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Big Rapids woman pulled from vehicle on fire

 

A Big Rapids woman is alive after four good Samaritans pulled her from a burning vehicle Sunday night in Green Township.

 

It happened on 230th Avenue, deputies say the driver lost control of her vehicle then went sideways into a ditch, hitting multiple trees.

 

The four Samaritans managed to pull the woman who was unconscious out of the car while it was on fire.

 

The driver was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

 

Alcohol is being suspected as a factor in the accident. 

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Big Rapids man sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to sex crimes

 

A Big Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting a relative is heading to jail.

 

33-year old Edward Brandon Morton was sentenced up to ten years in prison in Mecosta County court.

 

Morton took a plea deal from prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

 

In exchange for his plea, the original charges of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes were dismissed.  

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Congressman John Moolenaar speaks about baseball field shooting

 

Reactions continue to pour-in following Wednesday's shooting at a congressional baseball practice in D.C.

 

Mid-Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar, speaking for the first time about it, was warming-up along the first-baseline when the first shot was fired. 

 

"All of us weren't thinking at 7:15 in the morning in this pastoral setting where you know people in the community were there to watch practice and ask questions,  we just weren't thinking at all about gunfire but after that first shot, a short time later and multiple shots someone yelled shooter and we knew we were under assault," Moolenaar said.  

 

Going forward, the Midland Republican expects a strong debate on open-carry laws.

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Michigan Congressman John Moolenaar not hurt during baseball practice shooting this morning

 

As many as 50 shots rang out during a shooting at an early morning baseball practice in Virginia.

 

According to reports, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and multiple Congressional aides were shot during baseball practice Wednesday morning.

 

US Congressman John Moolenaar of the fourth congressional district which encompasses Mecosta County and other West Michigan communities, was at practice this morning.

 

Moolenaar's Communications Director David Russell issued a statement:

"This morning, Congressman John Moolenaar attended baseball practice. He was uninjured in the shooting that took place. He asks that you keep those injured in this act of cowardice in your thoughts and prayers. "

 

According to reports, all Michigan Congressmen and women have been accounted for. 

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Officials from AMVETS Post 1941 in Big Rapids to hold Flag Day ceremony

 

In honor of flag day, the AMVETS Post 1941 in Big Rapids will be hosting a flag retirement ceremony on Wednesday.

 

Jean Bennett of the AMVETS says they are taking old flags to be properly disposed of.

 

"You can bring your old flags to our post or to the DAV Chapter 18 on Michigan Avenue and we will properly dispose of your old flags with respect," Bennett said.  

 

The ceremony starts at 1pm at the AMVETS Post off of 16 mile road in Big Rapids. 

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Tire collection event to take place June 28th in Osceola County

 

 

As part of a Department of Environmental Quality grant one township in Osceola County is giving residents a way to get rid of their old tires.

 

Middle Branch Township will be hosting a tire collection event starting June 28th and going until July 1st. Officials say hours for the collection are 8am-8pm on June 28th and 29th then 8am-6pm on June 30th and 8am-12pm on July 1st.

 

Officials are asking that tires be fairly clean. Forestry tires, loaded tires, airplane tires and tires bigger than four feet and wider than 12 inches will not be accepted.

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Mecosta County Parks to host 2nd Annual Community Open House Saturday and Sunday

 

The Mecosta County Parks are offering a great way for residents and visitors from out of town to experience their facilities as part 2nd annual Community Open House event.

 

The event will take place on June 10th and June 11th.

 

Park officials say daily vehicle and boat fees will be waived at each county park allowing free day use of the facilities.

 

The event is in conjunction with the DNR free fishing weekend.

 

If you want more information about any of the parks or this weekend, visit mecostacountyparks.com. 

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New leadership taking over next month at Big Rapids Salvation Army

 

There will be a change in leadership at the Big Rapids Salvation Army beginning in July.

 

According to a press release, Lieutenants Chris and Brianne Karlin will be heading to Muskegon for their new assignment with the Salvation Army.

 

The Karlins are preparing for the move and a smooth transition of leadership. While they are excited about this new opportunity, the move is bittersweet. 


“The day we drove into Big Rapids for the first time, I reached over, put my hand on Brianne’s shoulder and said…it’s ok…this is home,” Lt. Chris recounted. “In our short time here, we’ve made many friends. Our son, Nate, was born here. We will always call Big Rapids home.” 

 

During their time with the Big Rapids post, the Karlins establish several new programs to assist families and children, as well as opening the area's first ever Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center in October of last year.

 

Ed and Theresa Hoskins will lead the efforts of The Salvation Army of Big Rapids starting in July. 

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4-year old boy struck by a car in Newaygo County

 

A four year old boy is fighting for his life after he was hit by a car Monday night near Hesperia in Newaygo County.

 

It happened on M-20 near Dickinson Avenue.

 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Department says the boy entered the road where he was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 62-year-old Fremont man.

 

The child was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.  

 

Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

 

The accident remains under investigation.  

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Wastewater rates increasing in Big Rapids starting in July

 

Waste water rates are going up next month for Big Rapids homeowners and businesses.

 

The rate increases were approved during the Big Rapids City Commission meeting last night.

 

Starting July first, sewer users will be charged $7 per 1,000 gallons of use, which is around a $4 increase for homes or businesses with a 5/8-inch meter.

 

Users previously were charged $6.27 per 1,000 gallons of use. 

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DNR Free Fishing Weekend slated for Saturday and Sunday

 

Get your rod and reel ready.

 

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering a free fishing weekend this coming Saturday and Sunday.

 

People can fish without a license and the state is waiving the regular entry fee for all cars and trucks going into state parks and recreation areas.

 

The DNR started the free weekends in 1986 as a way to promote the state's resources. 

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