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Power outage credits may be available according to Michigan AG

If your electricity was off for more than 16 hours because of the recent storms, you may be able to claim a $25 bill credit from Consumers Energy or DTE Energy, according to the Michigan Attorney General.

 

Utility customers may claim the credit if power remains off for 16 hours or more under "normal conditions" rather than "catastrophic conditions."

 

According to Nessel, catastrophic conditions are those leading to an official state of emergency, an event that results in the interruption of more than 10 percent of the utility's customers, or if the utility fails to restore power within 120 hours.

 

The credits are also available if a customer experiences more than seven interruptions in a 12-month period.

 

To apply for a credit through DTE Energy, visit bit.ly/dtecredit

To apply for a credit through Consumers Energy, visit bit.ly/consumerscredit

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Police arrest man who is accused of assaulting a woman in Osceola County

One man is in police custody after assaulting a woman in Osceola County.

 

It happened at a residence in Middlebranch Township on Wednesday.

 

Michigan State Police say they found the suspect trying to pull the victim from her car and stab her with her keys.

 

It was later discovered the victim had been attacked by the suspect when she pulled into her driveway and exited her car.

 

The victim told MSP officers the suspect approached her “grunting loudly and beating his chest with his fist.”

 

According to troopers, the woman fought off the suspect and ran into her house while he attempted to steal another vehicle. The suspect then reportedly returned with a gas can and poured it on the victim’s home, attempting to light the house on fire.

 

The suspect then broke into the house through a window and entered the home, where he continued to chase the victim. She said she was able to escape and run back to her car, but the suspect was pulling on her steering wheel while she tried to drive away, causing her to crash into a tree.

 

Police said the suspect was unable to speak anything but loud grunts, was glaring at anyone who would speak to him and was resistant to the officer’s directions.

 

The suspect was taken to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital for medical observations and later lodged at the Osceola County Jail on numerous charges.


 

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Just in: MSP investigating fatal stabbing in Newago County

One man is dead following a stabbing at home last night in Newaygo County.

 

It happened in Bridgeton Township at a residence on Green Avenue just south of 124th Street.

 

When Michigan State Police arrived to the scene, they found 30-year old Steven Woodrum deceased.

 

A 26-year old Grant woman was arrested at the scene.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

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Spectrum Heath offers tips during this excessive heat period

This week brings us 90-plus degree temperatures and, as a result, an increased risk of heat-related illness. On average, 600 people die each year in the U.S. from complications of extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Check out these tips to beat the heat.


1) Don’t exercise outside during periods of extreme heat.
Runners should target mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler. Exercise increases
your core body temperature and decreases your level of dehydration, so hydration
before and during exercise is important. Dehydration can lead to exertional heat
stroke, which is one of the top killers of athletes in training.


2) Avoid sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages because they can dehydrate you.
If you’re dehydrated, your body loses its ability to appropriately regulate temperature.
One sports drink a day is fine, but water should be your go-to drink.


3) Monitor the water intake of children.
Just because you provide water, doesn’t mean they’re drinking it. Plus, children
sweat less than adults, which makes it more difficult for them to cool off. For children
and adults spending time outside, one solid “glug” of water every 10 minutes is a
good idea.


4) Take a dip, or at least sponge off with cool water.
Cool water can quickly lower your body temperature, so jump in a lake or pool. If
that’s not an option, grab a wet towel or washcloth. The evaporation of water off your
skin, especially in conjunction with circulating air, will cool you down.


5) If you’re on medication, be extra cautious.
Some medications, including those for high blood pressure, cardiac conditions and
mental illness, can put children and adults at greater risk of dehydration, particularly
when the heat index is above 90 degrees. If you’re taking medication, put an extra
focus on staying hydrated.


6) Keep an eye on friends and neighbors.

No one is immune from heat-related illnesses, but certain populations are more
susceptible, including senior citizens, children and those who work or exercise
outside in the extreme heat. Check on them twice a day.


7) Water, water, water! Especially if you’re pregnant
During pregnancy, blood volume increases 30-50 percent so added hydration is
important. Dehydration in pregnancy can lead to light headedness, fatigue and lower
blood pressures. Call your health care provider if you do not feel well after being in
the heat and you have tried resting with plenty of water intake.

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Mecosta Co. CVB donates $100,000 to Dragon Trail Project

With a strategic investment of $100,000 the Mecosta County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the first sponsor of Michigan's Dragon Trail that extends through Mecosta and Newaygo Counties.

 

We see the Dragon Trail project as a key investment that will bring even more Pure Michigan magic to Mecosta County,” stated Connie Koepke, Executive Director of the Mecosta County C.V.B. “The Dragon Trail will add world-class mountain biking and hiking along winter activities such as fat bikes and dog sledding, not to mention dozens of related events in our already compelling story for attracting visitors. Plus, Mecosta County offers hundreds of quality hotel rooms, great hospitality and entertainment venues designed to attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the country and around the world.”

 

Scott Faulkner, Fundraising Coordinator for the Dragon Trail Project, also commented, “The Mecosta County C.V.B. is making a very important, early investment in this incredible train resource, which will lead to new levels of economic development in the region. Based on our research with Michigan State University, Mecosta County and Big Rapids are very likely to see a sustainable surge in economic activity for many years to come.”

 

Its estimated when the Dragon Trail is completed in 2021, it will generate over 104,000 visitors to the area, more than 70 new jobs and $4.15 million dollars in economic activity to the areas.

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Blood drives to take place due to blood shortages regionally

Local blood agencies and hospitals need blood as supplies across the region are becoming dangerously low.

 

Blood supply is at critical levels across Michigan and 84% below normal supply levels regionally.


Community members are encouraged to give blood at one of the following:


Tuesday, July 16 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church,108 Church St.,
Tustin.


Thursday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chapel of the Lakes Lutheran Church, 9407
90 th Ave., Mecosta.


Monday, July 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
Professional Office Building, 705 Oak St., Suite 5, Door A, Big Rapids.


Tuesday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to noon at Munson Healthcare Cadillac, 400 Hobart Street,
Cadillac.


Monday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. at Spectrum Health Canadian Lakes Family
Medicine, 8354 100 th Avenue, 1 st Floor, Suite 2, Canadian Lakes.


Tuesday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Blood
Bus, 300 N. Patterson Rd., Reed City.


Wednesday, July 31 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hauenstein Reynolds Township
Library, 117 W. Williams St., Howard City.


Appointments are preferred and encouraged, but walk-ins are also accepted. To schedule an appointment call Michigan Blood at 866.MIBLOOD (642.5663) or schedule online at Versiti.org/Michigan. 

 

Spectrum Health continues its partnership with Michigan Blood as their primary source of blood products in treating and saving patients’ lives. The entire donation process takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes and includes registration, a brief health screening, blood collection and time for post-donation refreshments. Each blood donation can save up to
three lives.

 

In addition, there are two opportunities in July to give blood to the American Red Cross:
Wednesday, July 24 from noon to 5:45 p.m. at St. Michael Parish Center, 8944 50 th St.,
Remus.


Friday, July 26 from noon to 5:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1005 Perry St., Big Rapids.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment.

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New rules start in hopes to stop chronic wasting disease

There are some new rules to stop the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer by the state department of natural resources.

 

The new regulations continue a ban on baiting and feeding in the lower peninsula and expands the ban to the UP's Core CWD Surveillance Area.

 

Also in the Lower Peninsula, implement a 4-point antler point restriction across all Deer and Deer Combo licenses for Mecosta, Montcalm and Ionia counties. This is part of an experimental APR to determine the impacts of APRs on deer populations in an area of known CWD occurrence.

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Arrest made in a 2018 fatal car accident in Isabella Co.

Michigan State Police say they've made an arrest in a 2018 case of a fatal car crash in Isabella County.

 

Troopers say the incident occurred on December 19th 2018 at to the intersection of Crossway Ln., and Broadway Rd. which is located within the boundaries of Saginaw Chippewa Indian Reservation, for a multi-vehicle personal injury crash.

 

Troopers found Jordon Wilson critically injured as a passenger in the vehicle being operated by 31-year old Brian Wemigwans.

 

Several other vehicles were involved in the crash because of the actions of the vehicle operated by Wemigwans which led to several other individuals suffering major injuries.

 

Within a short time, Jordon Wilson was pronounced deceased as a direct result of his injuries.

 

MSP Forensic Lab reports show Wemigwans was found to be under the influence of several different drugs at the time of the crash.

 

Brian Wemigwans, was arrested and appeared before a Federal Magistrate on 7/1/19, on an indictment for 2 nd degree murder, Operating Under The Influence With a High BAC Causing Incapacitating Injury, and Operating Under The Influence With a High BAC Causing Incapacitating Injury With a Prior Conviction.

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Walmart & Walgreens recalling Equate eye drop solutions

Eye drops and ointments from Equate, sold at Walgreens and Walmart, have been voluntarily recalled by the company.

 

The FDA says a variety of the products may not be sterile.

 

The products include treatments for allergy relief, solutions, eye drops and gel drops, as well as prescription ointments.

 

They are manufactured and labeled for Walmart and Walgreens.

 

No issues have been reported.

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Mecosta Co. Dive Team looking for 68-year old man in Round Lake

Dive team members from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office will be out this morning to look for a 68-year old man who dove off a pontoon and never resurfaced.

 

Police say it happened early Saturday evening around 5:10pm on Round Lake in Morton Township.

 

The Mecosta County Dive team was activated and responded to the scene. 

 

Rescue/recovery efforts were unsuccessful at that time.

 

Dive team members will resume recovery efforts this morning.

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Just in: Six Amish children injured in vehicle/buggy accident

Six Amish kids were injured in a vehicle/buggy accident last night. 

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say it happened just after 10pm on 5 Mile Rd and 165th Ave. 

 

An investigation revealed a horse drawn buggy with eight occupants was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on 5 Mile Rd. 

 

Five of the children ranging in age from 1-6 years old are currently being treated at DeVos Children’s Hospital and are currently listed on fair condition.  

 

A 10-year old girl is being treated at DeVos Children’s Hospital and is currently listed in critical condition.

 

The driver of the vehicle, a 63-year old Cedar Springs man, was not injured. 

 

Police say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. 

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Vegetable recall by Green Giant and Trader Joe's

Time to check your fridge -- Green Giant and Trader Joe's are recalling packages of fresh vegetables because they could contain listeria.

 

The Food and Drug Administration says the products under recall include butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini, and a butternut squash-based veggie bowl.

 

The recall doesn't impact Green Giant canned or frozen food. Most products are labeled with a "Best If Used By" date of June 26th through June 29th.

 

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, high fever, severe headaches, nausea, and abdominal pain.

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Travel expected to be busy this 4th of July

The Fourth of July is tomorrow, but roads and freeways will be busy today.

 

Triple-A Michigan says this (WED) afternoon is expected to be the busiest day for travel as Michiganders head to campgrounds, hotels and other places across the state. 1.7 million people are expected to take a vacation over the holiday.

 

1.5 million are planning road trips.

 

Michigan State Police will be looking for drunk drivers and others who are being reckless.

 

To help ease congestion, the Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending work and lifting traffic restrictions wherever possible.

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Driver responsibility fees increase today for Michigan motorists

Drivers in Michigan will pay more in vehicle fees starting today.

 

The per vehicle fee to cover the cost of medical care for people injured in accidents jumps by $28 per car, truck or SUV.

 

The increase brings the vehicle fee to $220 a year.

 

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association oversees the fund, which pays auto insurance companies for the cost of medical care when it goes above $580,000.

 

Since lawmakers approved a new no-fault auto insurance plan, the fee could drop next year, but its unclear by how much.

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Three vehicle accident in Isabella County kills three; including 3-year old child

UPDATE: The 34-year old female driver from Sanford died overnight from injuries sustained in the accident.  

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A 3-year old child and two adults were killed in a three vehicle accident in Isabella County Sunday afternoon.

 

It happened on East Pickard (M-20) near Vroman Road in Chippewa Township.

 

Sheriff Micheal Main says a Jeep traveling east on M20 began to swerve and hit a pickup truck head on.

 

When the pickup spun sideways, the car behind it hit it. It's believed the driver of the Jeep, a 48-year old Hemlock man, had a medical episode and died instantly. His passenger went to the hospital with unknown injuries.

 

The driver of the pickup, a 34-year old Sanford woman, was flown to a hospital in critical condition. The sheriff says she and her passenger were not wearing their seat belts. The passenger was thrown from the truck and died on his way to the hospital. There was also a 3-year old in the back of the truck who was not buckled in properly. He was thrown from the pickup and later died.

 

Both people in the car received non-life threatening injuries.

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Car/tractor accident in Newaygo County kills one and injures two

Sad news to report out of Newaygo County, as a car that rear ended a tractor Thursday evening injured two people and killed one woman.


 

Michigan State Police out of the Hart Post say it happened in Dayton Township on S. Stone Road near W 24th St. 


 

An investigation determined the driver, a 44-year old Fremont man was injured in the crash and was taken to Mercy Heath Hackley Hospital. The passenger, 43-year old Kelley Storms of Fremont sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at Gerber Memorial Hospital.

 

The driver of the tractor, a 35-year old Fremont man sustained minor injuries. 


 

MSP says the crash is still under investigation.  

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String of vehicle thefts in Mecosta Co. leads to the arrest of three suspects;4th suspect sought

Three suspects are in custody as police in Mecosta County are looking for a fourth suspect in connection to a string of vehicle thefts in Grant and Green Townships.

 

Deputies say they were called to a home for a report of two vehicles being stolen.

 

The victim also told police another vehicle was taken a week prior.

 

Deputies were able to locate one of the stolen vehicles and were able to secure the vehicle and turn it over to the victim.

 

Deputies then located the suspect at a nearby residence and also recovered two additional pickups that had been stolen. One of the vehicles had not yet been discovered or reported as stolen by the victim.

 

Further investigations led to a fourth stolen vehicle being identified and recovered at a different residence in Green Township. The stolen vehicle was also stripped of parts. Deputies located stolen vehicle parts on the residents vehicle as well as additional stolen vehicle parts on the residents property.

 

The resident at this location was also arrested on charges related to stolen vehicle parts as well as obstruction.

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Police locate missing autistic boy safe in Muskegon

Michigan State Police say they have located a missing autistic teen in Muskegon.

 

Troopers say 16-year old Nicholas Kirk of Hersey went missing Wednesday and was last seen at the Big Rapids Walmart in Mecosta County.

 

MSP says Kirk is now with his family in Osceola County.

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Local Police looking for missing Hersey autistic teen last seen in Big Rapids

An autistic teenage boy from Hersey is missing and police need your help in finding him.

 

16-year old Nicholas Kirk is a white male with blonde hair with brown eyes. He stands about 5-foot-8 and weighs about 140 pounds. Kirk was last seen wearing a long-sleeved back shirt, black pants, Reebok tennis shoes and prescription glasses with black rims.

 

He was carrying a tan backpack and headphones and was last seen at Walmart in Big Rapids.

 

State police also say he has autism and is non-verbal.

 

Anyone who may have information on his whereabouts is asked to call Meceola Central Dispatch.

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Police investigating possible armed robbery in Big Rapids

Police in Big Rapids are looking for an alleged armed robbery suspect and need your help.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says they were called around 12:45 this morning to the University Park Suites for a possible armed robbery.

 

According to police,  incident occurred during a possible drug exchange where the suspect had produced a pistol and demanded money. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and remains at large. 

 

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5'10" with a medium build.

 

The two victims were uninjured.

 

It is believed to be an isolated incident and the community is not in danger.

 

If anyone has any information about the incident they can contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office at (231) 592-0150.

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CMU offering online nursing program to combat shortage of nurses nationwide

Due to an increasing shortage of nurses, Central Michigan University is now accepting applications for their new online nursing program.

 

The aim of the program is to help working registered nurses achieve a bachelor degrees in 12 months or less.

 

Statistics show that nursing is one of the fastest growing industries and that by 2026 there will be a 15% increased demand for nurses.

 

Most hospitals are trying to increase the number of staff nurses with Bachelor's degrees to 80%.

 

Reports indicate that the nurse shortage affects rural areas the most.

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Michigan Dems propose bills to increase corporate tax for road funding

It's another attempt to raise money to fix the roads in Michigan.

 

Democratic legislators are proposing $1.2 billion to raise the state's corporate tax.

 

The proposal also includes a new 6 cents a mile tax for heavy trucks, and a bridge toll charge for tractor-trailers. The Democrat's plan will incorporate some of the Governor's budget plan including restoring tax breaks for pensioners, and raising taxes for certain businesses so they are taxed the same as traditional corporations.

 

This after Republicans have opposed Governor Whitmer's 45 cent a gallon fuel tax increase.

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Three people injured in two vehicle accident in Big Rapids Township

Three people were injured following a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township, Monday.

 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Northland Dr and 14 Mile Rd.

 

A 17-year old Paris girl was attempting to turn east onto 14 Mile Rd. The driver did not see a northbound truck that was being driven by a 21-year old Big Rapids woman.

 

The driver of the truck then T-boned the car turning onto 14 Mile Rd.

 

A passenger in the car an 18-year old girl from Big Rapids was transported by Areomed to Spectrum Health Butterworth campus for serious potentially life threatening injuries.

 

The driver of the car was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The driver of the Truck received minor injuries and was treated on scene.

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FSU Board of Trustees approve tuition increase for 2019-20 school year

Another year, another year tuition hike for Ferris State University students.

 

On Monday, the FSU Board of Trustees approved a tuition rate increase of 3.15%.

 

The lower-division tuition rate was approved at $431 per credit hour, while upper-division classes will be set at $452 per credit hour.

 

The board also approved a preliminary 2019-20 general fund operating budget of more than $208 million, a reduction of $306,000 from last year's budget.

 

The 2019-20 preliminary budget includes $26.3 million in student scholarships, an increase of $1 million from the 2018-19 budget.

 

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Wise Township man killed in one vehicle accident in Isabella County

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year old Wise Township man is dead following a one vehicle accident.

 

According to a press release from Sheriff Michael Main, deputies were called this morning around 5:45am to Coleman Road between Chippewa and Wise (Wise Twp.)

 

Police say a passerby discovered an older model Jeep in the ditch. Upon arrival of first responders it was discovered that the man in the Jeep (only occupant) was deceased.

 

During the investigation it appeared that the driver drove off the roadway and struck a driveway culvert.

 

It is unclear how long the victim had been in the ditch prior to be discovered by the passerby.

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FINANCIAL FOCUS w/ Lisa Bondarenko

 

 

2019 Big Rapids High School basketball game recap

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