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City of Newaygo under boil water advisory

There's a boil water advisory in Newaygo in west Michigan.

 

It's because of a loss of water pressure.

 

That can cause bacteria to get into the system so the boil water advisory is a precaution.

 

It could be in place for a few days.

 

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Portion of State Street in Big Rapids to be closed Saturday

Just a heads up for those commuting in Big Rapids this weekend, city officials say beginning at 8am on Saturday, State Street will be closed from Maple Avenue to Pine Street.

 

Detours will be in place to direct traffic around the closed section.

 

Maple Creek Park will also be closed during that time as well.

 

Officials are hoping the road closure on Saturday will only last for 4-5 hours.

 

 

 

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Michigan AG warns of new text messaging scam

Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning residents about a new text messaging scam.

 

It's called smishing - that's when a scammer sends you text messages that appear to be from someone trustworthy. The goal for the scammer is to have you respond with personal information or clicking on a link.

 

The AG's office says smartphone users are three times more likely to fall for them.

 

You are encouraged to delete such texts and don't respond to suspicious numbers.

 

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Farmington Hills man sentenced to prison for sex crimes in Mecosta Co.

A 35-year old Farmington Hills man will be in prison for at least the next five years following his sentence on sex crime charges.

 

Daniel Carlson was found guilty by a jury of sexually assaulting an incapacitated victim following a three-week trial.

 

The incident happened in October 2016 at a Halloween Party at Tullymore Golf Resort.

 

Prior to his trial, Carlson was charged in a second case where he's accused of sexual assault during an alleged incident in Morton Township back in March of 2016.

 

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Clare man pleads guilty to storage unit break-ins

A Clare man is facing at least two years in prison after pleading guilty to almost a dozen breaking and entering charges connected to storage unit break-ins in Big Rapids Township.

 

31-year old Jeff Kevin Morgan took a plea deal from Mecosta County prosecutors.

 

Morgan admitted to ten storage unit thefts at a facility located on 14 Mile Road in Big Rapids Township. As part of the plea agreement, the habitual offender status of Morgan’s charges was dismissed, and the felonies were treated as second offenses.

 

The Clare man is expected to be sentenced in August.

 

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Update: Rodney woman arraigned on embezzlement and other charges

A 26-year old Rodney woman is officially charged with crimes related to her arrest on Friday evening. 

 

Marissa Lyn Thompson is charged with forgery, uttering and publishing, embezzlement from a vulnerable adult and larceny in a building. Thompson was also charged as a habitual offender due to previous crime convictions.

 

Michigan State Police say an elderly woman who Thompson was a caretaker of, accused the Rodney woman of taking over $2,000 from her. The embezzlement started in early June and was discovered early this month.

 

According to troopers, Thompson wrote multiple checks to herself out of the victims checking account.

 

Police made contact with Thompson and conducted an interview, she later confessed to the crimes.

 

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Rodney woman arrested for embezzling money from elderly woman

A 26-year old Rodney woman was arrested Friday evening on charges of embezzlement and elder abuse.

 

Michigan State Police say the victim accused her caretaker of taking over $2,000 from her.

 

The embezzlement started in early June and was discovered early this month.

 

According to troopers, the suspect wrote multiple checks to herself out of the victims checking account.

 

Police made contact with the Rodney woman and conducted an interview, she later confessed to the crimes.

 

Further, the suspect had evidence of the crime in her purse.

 

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Morley man struck and killed by vehicle in Mecosta Co.

Police in Mecosta County are continuing to investigate an accident where a man from Morley was struck and killed while walking on the road Saturday morning.

 

The accident happened around 2:30am Saturday on Mckinley Rd near 150th Ave in Colfax Twp. , deputies say a 20 year old Rodney woman was traveling westbound on McKinley Rd when the car she was driving struck and killed a 25-year old Morley man.

 

Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors in the accident.

 

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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New drug law targets opioid prescriptions

The start of July means a law created to cut down on the amount of drugs doctors prescribe to patients.

 

The new law, which went into effect Sunday, allows doctors to give no more than a seven day supply of medication for patients with short term pain, such as broke bones, surgeries and illnesses.

 

Sponsors of the legislation say if fewer drugs are available, there's less of a chance for abuse and addiction.

 

Doctors and other supporters say most patients with acute pain don't need to be on opioid medications for longer than a week

 

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Over 300 without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

318 Consumers Energy Customers are without power in Mecosta County this morning following outages around 8:45pm Sunday night.

 

Utility officials say power should be restored to customers in Green and Big Rapids Townships by 4pm this afternoon.

 

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Big Rapids City Commission to discuss water and sewer rates tonight

The Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight for their first meeting of the month.

 

On the docket is a discussion on water and sewer rates during study session.

 

Commissioners will also take action on a resolution that establishes park hours at all city parks and also to prohibit camping at city parks as well.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30pm at City Hall in Downtown Big Rapids.

 

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Michigan AG suing AmeriGas for violating consumer protection act

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is going after AmeriGas -- For the second time in four years Schuette has sued the propane supplier for violating the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

 

The suit seeks civil penalties as well as reimbursement for Michigan consumers.

 

It's alleged AmeriGas charged some of its customers excessive per-gallon prices on propane during the winter of 2015-16 ... sometime more than three-dollars per gallon.

 

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Big Rapids woman thrown from motorcycle

A Big Rapids woman is recovering after being thrown from her motorcycle Thursday.

 

It happened in Big Rapids Township on 230th Avenue and 17 Mile Rd.

 

Deputies say the 36-year old woman was traveling southbound on 230th Ave. when she lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle.

 

The woman was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospitals win award for wellness efforts

Two local hospitals will be honored today for their wellness efforts in the area.

 

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) will present its 2018 Ludwig Community Benefit Award to officials from Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals for their initiative in diabetes prevention in Mecosta County.

 

The initiative which started in 2016 partnered Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospitals with the city of Big Rapids, various community agencies, the Lions Club and area produce vendors to launch the Big Rapids Farmers Market Health Outreach.

 

In 2017, nearly 900 community members were provided free transportation to the farmers market and almost 150 purchased fruits and vegetables using the program’s vouchers. This represented a nearly threefold increase in those using the free transportation over 2016, and an increase of nearly 62 percent in use of the vouchers. More than 1,300 people sampled healthy food recipes, 22 received HbA1c testing, and 18 were connected to prediabetes and diabetes education.

 

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Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Rating: PG-13

Length: 2hours 8mins

With the recent news of scientists announcing it could take them as little as five years to create a real dinosaur, I thought it would be a good idea to watch the latest installment of the 25 year old dinosaur franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at Big Rapids' Bulldog Cinema to see if it gives any insight on if this would be a good idea by scientists... spoiler alert, it's not.

 

The movie begins four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen (played by Chris Pratt) and Claire (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet.

 

Coming into this movie, I'd heard some mixed reviews by critics some saying its awesome and others saying its awful. But after watching it, I thought this was a great movie, in my opinion a great sequel to is predecessor Jurassic World.

 

This movie has everything you want comedy, action, drama, romance.

 

What stands out in my mind, especially with what I said earlier about scientists announcing advancement in possibly cloning dinosaurs, certain situations in this movie I could totally see happening in real life.

 

The film also ends with the possibility of a third installment.

 

 

The movie being PG-13, It does have some scary scenes that would probably not be appropriate for young kids.

 

 

With all that said, this is a great summer movie to take the family to or maybe a date.

 

 

I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars!

 

Don't forget to check out Big Rapids' newest movie theater Bulldog Cinema! Located off of Maple Street on the eastside of Big Rapids, Bulldog Cinema offers low ticket prices, memory foam seats with cup holders and A-list movies! visit Bulldogcinema.com for the latest times and showings! and following them on Facebook. 

 

 

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Three men arrested in connected to storage unit break-ins in Big Rapids Township

Michigan State Police made an arrest in connection to the theft of ten storage units in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township.

 

Troopers say three men were arrested while serving a search warrant at a home in Clare County.

 

Almost all the property stolen from the storage units was recovered.

 

Charges have now been sent over to the Mecosta Co. Prosecutors Office.

 

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Barryton man sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to home break-ins

A Barryton man who plead guilty to a string of break-ins around Mecosta County's Fork Township is heading to jail for at least the next five years.

 

32-year old Johnathan Frank Preuss was arrested back in March and charged in four different home invasion cases.

 

The Barryton man plead guilty to three counts of second degree home invasion charges while his other charges were dismissed by prosecutors, according to a plea deal. 

 

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Movie Review: Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis

Length: 90 minutes

Rating: R

 

Set in riot torn Los Angeles in the year 2028. Hotel Artemis follows a nurse played by Jodie Foster, who runs a secret, member-only emergency room for criminals. The rules of Hotel Artemis? No cops and no killing but it turns out, the rules, the other patients and even the nurse are going to have to break following the arrival of the city's biggest kingpin “The Wolf King” played by Jeff Goldblum.

 

 

I thought this was an entertaining/solid movie especially with all the remakes out there. This was a good, refreshing story.

 

 

Hotel Artemis was highlighted by the acting of veteran Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista (WWE and Guardians of the Galaxy) and Jeff Goldblum who does a great job playing a bad guy.

 

Other actors featured in the film include, Sofia Boutella who plays a bad ass female assassin, Charlie Day (it's always sunny in Philadelphia) as an arms dealer and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) who plays the meathead son of Jeff Goldblum

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This 90 minute film was nothing mind blowing but still a good date movie.

 

I give this 3.25/5 stars.

 

Don't forget that Bulldog Cinema on Maple Street in Big Rapids will be premiering Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22nd at 12pm! Stop by to register for great prizes and to preorder tickets! Call 231-598-9370

 

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State House Rep. Hoitenga introduces bill to give felons a second chance

102nd District State House Representative Michele Hoitenga has introduced a plan that gives convicted felons who have served their sentences a chance to obtain a professional license from the state.

 

Hoitenga’s bill is part of a five-bill package that deals with the “good moral character” of past felons applying to the state for a license to work.

 

“If a person has been living a life free of crime after paying their debt to society, they deserve a second chance,”Hoitenga said. 

 

The plan amends current law to specify when a board or agency can consider a criminal conviction as evidence of a lack of good moral character.

 

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Kellogg recalls certain boxes of Honey Smacks cereal

Kellogg is voluntarily recalling some of its cereal.

 

The company says some boxes of Honey Smacks could be contaminated with salmonella.

 

The contaminated boxes have a best if used by date between now and June 14th 2019 on the top of both the 15.3 and 23 ounce boxes.

 

If you have one of these boxes throw it out and contact Kellogg for a full refund.

 

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Michigan Legislature approve $57-billion dollar budget

A $57-billion dollar spending plan that boosts K-12 funding and road construction has been approved by the Michigan Legislature.

 

The budget -- which takes effect in October -- also closes a state prison, earmarks $100 million dollars for Governor Snyder's plan to link students with in-demand jobs, and sets aside money to better secure some schools from shooters.

 

In a press release, State House Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton applauded money directed to school safety, but said she's disappointed that more money was not put toward hiring more mental health workers for schools.

 

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Clare Co. women sentenced to jail time in two separate cases

A woman from Clare has been sentenced to prison after stabbing and killing her boyfriend.

 

Michelle McQuay and her boyfriend were fighting inside their home when allegedly McQuay grabbed a knife and stabbed him to death.

 

McQuay pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 22 to 50 years in prison.

 

 

Meanwhile, a woman who two years ago led police on a high speed chase while throwing drugs out the window - has now been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to operating and maintaining a meth lab.

 

Jillian Husted of Harrison was charged with three counts including operating a meth lab and possession.

 

She will serve between 18 months and 10 years in prison.

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UPDATE: Reed City man charged with attempted murder following stabbing incident

A 20-year old Reed City man is facing life in prison following his arraignment in Osceola County on charges of attempted murder and home invasion.

 

According to the Michigan State Police, last week, troopers responded to a 911 call about a man acting erratically on a property in Richmond Township.

 

Upon arrival, troopers arrested 20-year-old Sabastian L. Ranjel,who was identified by witnesses as being involved in an assault on an elderly man.

 

Further investigation led troopers to an 80-year-old man with a stab wound to his neck.

 

Ranjel is being held on $15-million dollars bond.

 

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Elderly Reed City man in critical condition following stabbing incident; suspect in custody

A 20-year old man is in Osceola County jail awaiting arraignment to hear the charges against him in connection to an alleged stabbing of a 80- year old Reed City man.

 

According to the Michigan State Police, troopers from the Mount Pleasant post responded to a 911 call Wednesday evening about a man acting erratically on a property in Richmond Township. Upon arrival, troopers detained a 20-year-old man identified by witnesses as being involved in an assault on an elderly man.

 

Further investigation led troopers to an 80-year-old man with a stab wound to his neck.

 

Additional investigation resulted in the 20-year-old man being identified as the assailant.

 

The victim is in critical condition.

 

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Mecosta Co. Parks to host 3rd annual open house this weekend

Along with the DNR's free fishing weekend, local residents will be able to take part in Mecosta County Parks 3rd annual open house this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel says daily vehicle and boat fees will be waived at each county park allowing free day use of the facilities. He adds that residents visiting the parks this weekend can take advantage of many upgrades including a visit to the new campground store at School Section Lake Park or the new kids activity building at Brower Park.

 

Free Wi-Fi is now available at School Section Lake Park as well.

 

Information on each park is available through the parks website at: www.MecostaCountyParks.com

 

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Police investigating armed robbery at off campus house near Ferris State

Ferris State University Police says there is no imminent threat to the Big Rapids community as two suspects involved in an alleged armed robbery earlier this morning are out of the area.

 

Police say they are continuing an investigation of the alleged crime that occurred at an off campus house near FSU.

 

Police say the two suspects are black males with handguns and one suspect was wearing a red hoodie and grey sweatpants.

 

 

 

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Mecosta Co. man dies while attempting to remove deer from road

An 85-year old Barryton man was struck and killed by another vehicle over the weekend in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on 30th Ave just north of Grant Rd in Wheatland Twp.

 

Sheriff Deputies say an investigation revealed that a 79-year old Vestaburg woman struck a deer at which time she stopped and her passenger, 85-year old Norman Erickson got out to remove the deer from the road.

 

While Erickson was attempting to remove the deer from the road a southbound vehicle driven by a 22-year old woman from Marion struck and killed Erickson.

 

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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Additional security measures being taken at CMU to make campus safer for students

Extra security measures are going in buildings at Central Michigan University this summer.

 

Mechanical and electronic door locks are being added in classrooms and auditoriums campus-wide.

 

The locks will allow rooms to be locked from inside.

 

In addition, access to residential areas will be limited to those living in each residence hall starting in the Fall.

 

Some of the security updates started two years ago. Police say the work will increase layers of protection for students.

 

Details of building security will be part of students' move-in information.

 

The latest security measures come months after James Davis Jr. was arrested for shooting and killing his parents in his dorm room at Campbell Hall.

 

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Vestaburg woman injured following car accident in Mecosta County

A Vestaburg woman was sent to the hospital after a one vehicle accident left her car in a swamp.

 

It happened in Mecosta County's Millbrook Township on  Jackson Rd near 35th Ave.

 

Police say a 47-year old Vestaburg woman was traveling westbound on Jackson Rd when she lost control of her vehicle, left the road and went into a swamp. 

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital in Lakeview for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Evart area man critically injured following car accident in Osceola County

A 32-year old Evart man is in critical condition following a car accident in Osceola County's LeRoy Township.

 

Deputies say they were called to a car accident on 14 Mile Rd near 190th Ave.

 

The driver, a 35-year old man from the Evart area suffered minor injuries and was arrested for drunk driving. The passenger, a 32-year old Evart area man, was flown from the scene by Areomed; he is listed in critical condition.

 

The investigation is still ongoing; however alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.

 

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Former Mayor of Cadillac throws name into the republican primary race for 102nd seat in State House

Former Cadillac Mayor William Barnett will be challenging incumbent Michele Hoitenga in the republican primary for the 102nd State House district seat in August.

 

Barnett announced his candidacy Thursday.

 

In addition, Barnett also announced former State House Representative Phil Potvin (2011-2016) will be running his campaign.

 

Meanwhile, the democratic primary race on August 7th will feature candidates, Dion Adams of Big Rapids and Bruce L. Reges of Stanwood.

 

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Osceola County Sheriff Deputies investigating two car accident in LeRoy Township

Police in Osceola County believe alcohol is a factor in a two vehicle crash last night on Mackinaw Trail and 18 Mile Rd in LeRoy Township.

 

Deputies say a 60-year old woman from the LeRoy area was flown by Aeromed, her condition is unknown at this time while the other driver involved a 59-year old man from the Big Rapids area was treated and released at the scene.

 

The crash investigation is still ongoing.

 

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Law enforcement begins "click it or ticket" campaign

The "Click it or Ticket" campaign has resumed for the Memorial Day holiday period.

 

Police departments, sheriff's offices and the Michigan State Police will all participate through June 3 in an attempt to reduce serious injuries and deaths on the roads by observing that motorists are using their seat belts.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association said more than half of young adults 18 to 34 that were killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

 

During the Memorial Day holiday period in 2017, 10 people died in traffic crashes in the state of Michigan.

 

 

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Stanwood woman injured following car accident

A Stanwood woman was sent to the hospital Monday following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on Northland Drive near Lincoln Road.

 

Deputies say a 62-year old Stanwood woman was traveling southbound on Northland Drive when she was waiting to make a left turn onto Lincoln Road.

 

A passenger car passed on the right side of the road causing a truck driven by a 48 -year old Blanchard man to lock up the brakes on the wet pavement and rear end the car.

 

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

 

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Evart man dies after being hit by two cars in Kent County

A 22-year old Evart man was killed over the weekend after he was struck by to vehicles in Kent County.

 

Nicholas Martin was walking along an unlit area of Lincoln Lake Road when he was struck by a southbound vehicle at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

 

According to Kent County Sheriff's Deputies, a 17-year-old from Greenville traveling southbound in a 2003 Chevy Cavalier struck Martin.

 

A second vehicle was witnessed hitting Martin and failed to stop following the crash.

 

The accident is still under investigation. 

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Police chase in Mecosta County ends with one suspect arrested and another in the hospital

A police chase in Mecosta County over the weekend ended when a passenger in the suspects vehicle jumped out and injured themselves.

 

It happened Saturday night in Morley on 3 Mile Road near 145th Street.

 

Deputies say when they tried to arrest the driver, a 21-year old man, he resisted and fled in his vehicle.

 

During the chase, a passenger of the fleeing vehicle jumped out the window, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed about a half mile away from the initial traffic stop location.

 

The driver fled on foot and was later located and arrested on several charges, the passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

 

 

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Burton man injured in Osceola County rollover accident

A Burton man was flown by areomed to a Grand Rapids area hospital for treatment following a vehicle accident in Osceola County.

 

It happened on M-115 near 100th Ave in Highland Twp, that's where deputies were called to a rollover accident.

 

An Investigation into the accident scene determined that the driver was southeast bound on M-115 in a pick-up when he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle.

 

The 23-year old Burton man's condition is unknown at this time.

 

Speed is believed to be a factor.

 

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Two critically injured following two car accident in Newaygo Co.

Three people were injured, two critically, after a rollover crash in west Michigan Sunday afternoon.

 

It happened in Ensley Township in Newaygo County when state police say the driver of a Jeep didn't stop at a stop sign and hit a pickup truck, causing it to roll over.

 

Both drivers were critically injured. One was thrown from their vehicle.

 

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State Senate Republicans looking to legalize marijuana

Michigan voters may not get a chance to vote on legalizing pot if the top Senate Republican at the state Capitol has his way.

 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is drafting a plan in which lawmakers would approve the legalization of marijuana, thus preventing it from going on the November ballot.

 

Then lawmakers would amend the law to include a rollback of the state income tax rate to 3.9%.

 

Meekhof is expected to brief his Senate colleagues behind closed doors today.

 

Even if the Senate approves, the proposal would still need state House approval.

 

Political experts say having the marijuana proposal on the ballot would bring more democratic voters to the polls.

 

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Rockford woman rolls vehicle while looking for cell phone

A Rockford woman got into a car accident after looking for her phone while driving in Mecosta County.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the 21-year old driver was traveling northbound on US-131 near 13 Mile Rd.

 

While looking at her phone, she swerved off the road into the median, lost control and rolled.

 

The Rockford woman was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Farmington Hills man accused of second sexual assault case in Mecosta Co.

A second victim has come forward accusing a Farmington Hills man of sexual assault while he was the manager of Tullymore Resort in 2016.

 

34-year old Daniel Carlson was arraigned on a number of new charges including, first and third degree criminal sexual conduct and sexual assault of an incapacitated victim.

 

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in March of 2016 at the Tullymore Resort.

 

Carleson posted $125,000 bond and is currently awaiting trial on felony charges from a October 2016 assault that allegedly occurred at the Tullymore Resort as well.


 

 

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BRPS & MSCS millage renewals approved; separate bond proposal approved for BRPS

Voters in the Big Rapids Public and Morley-Stanwood Community School Districts passed its proposed annual operating millage renewals during Tuesday's election.

 

However, it was a new bond proposal by BRPS that had everyone talking in recent weeks.

 

Voters approved the 2.35 mill bond proposal by only 68 votes; 1,313-1,245.

 

With the approval by voters, $2.35 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value will be levied per year in order to pay for renovations/upgrades to current buildings and athletic facilities as well as upgrading technology in the BRPS district.

 

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Marlette woman injured in Mecosta County car accident

A 19-year old Marlette woman was injured after a rollover accident in Mecosta County's Fork Township.

 

Deputies say the 19-year old woman was driving westbound on 20 Mile Rd east of 10th Ave when she swerved to avoid striking a deer which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and roll.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Weidman man dies after Isabella Co. motorcycle accident

A Weidman man is dead following a motorcycle accident Tuesday.

 

It happened in Isabella County's Coldwater Township on North Brinton Rd at North County Line.

 

Michigan State Police say a preliminary investigation determined a motorcycle ran off the road and a 59-year old Weidman man died as a result of this crash.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

 

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Newaygo Co. Firefighters to determine how wildfire started Tuesday

Fire investigators will go back to the scene of a wildfire that took place in Newaygo County Tuesday evening to figure out how it started.   

 

Officials say Cooler temperatures and less wind helped the flames die down on the west side of Bills Lake near M-82 but 105 acres still burned.

 

Two homes in the area were evacuated on the south side of M-82, and 15 structures were threatened, but none were lost to the fire.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

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Sparta man injured in Mecosta County car accident

A 49-year old Sparta man was sent to the hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 just north of 11 Mile Rd in Mecosta Township.

 

Deputies believe fatigue was a factor in this accident.

 

They say the Sparta man was traveling northbound when he left the road and overturned his vehicle.

 

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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Doctor accused of sex crimes found dead in Montcalm Co.

A northern Michigan doctor, who was facing charges, of criminal sexual conduct, was found dead in Montcalm County.

 

Deputies reportedly found his vehicle and the body of Steven Scranton was not far away.

 

They do not suspect foul play in his death.

 

He had been charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving female patients.

 

He had been free on bond and was awaiting trial.

 

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Conservation group to challenge Michigan DEQ over Nestle water withdraw approval in Osceola Co.

A group is trying to stop Nestle Waters North America from pumping more Osceola County groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. 

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation said Wednesday that it's preparing a petition for a contested case against Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, which approved Nestle's application to remove 400 gallons of water per minute from an Osceola Township aquifer.

 

The group says the DEQ will get the administrative challenge within 60 days.

 

The conservation group says the DEQ has "clearly bent the law to favor Nestle" by granting the permit before the company could provide "real data" on the consequences of withdrawing the additional water.

 

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No charges will be filed in connection to toddler drowning death in Montcalm Co.

No charges will be filed in the death of a 1-year-old girl who died in February after she wandered into standing water in her family's backyard in Montcalm County.

 

Prosecutor Andrea Krause determined that none of the elements of a crime could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She called the child's death a "very tragic accident."

 

The toddler was found dead February 21st in standing water from rains and snow that melted in her backyard near Sheridan.

 

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40 Protesters try to speak with Ice Mountain officials about water issues

40 protesters left peacefully from the Ice Mountain Bottling Plant in Stanwood Monday afternoon following a call to police.

 

According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office,  deputies arrived on scene and were met by multiple protesters exiting the lobby entrance.

 

Protesters were there to speak with Ice Mountain regarding the permit to pump more water in Osceola County as well as the Flint water crisis. 

 

Deputies also spoke with plant personnel and were advised that no protesters made it past the lobby. 

 

There was no property damage and no assaultive behavior was reported. 

 

After speaking with both side of the issue, the protesters agreed to leave the property and they left without incident.


 

 

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Big Rapids Public Schools to informational meeting about May ballot proposals

Officials at the Big Rapids Public School District is welcoming any local voter who has questions and  wants to learn more about the operating millage renewal and bond proposal on the May election ballot.

 

The event, to be held on Tuesday, at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids at 6:30pm is aimed to provide voters with information and answer questions.

 

Officials will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about the operating millage renewal that will allow BRPS to collect funds for teachers, staff, textbooks and classroom supplies.

 

BRPS will also be asking residents to approve a 2.35 mill bond proposal  ($2.35 for every $1,000 of taxable value). 

 

If approved, this bond will be used only for building renovations/upgrades/ technology upgrades around the Big Rapids Public Schools District. 

 

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Big Rapids man arraigned on meth charges

Bond was set at $150,000 for a Big Rapids man arraigned on drug charges.

 

34-year old Kenneth Leroy Rowley III is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of meth.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety following an alleged incident in Big Rapids between April 10th and 13th.

 

Rowley III could face up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.

 

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Big Rapids Police looking for missing woman

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is looking for a missing woman and needs your help.

 

According to police, 27-year old Crystal Lousie Hawn was reported missing last Tuesday by her family.

 

Hawn is described as a white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

If you have seen Crystal, please call the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety at 231-527-0005.

 

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Big Rapids man arrested for domestic violence involving a gun

A 34-year old Big Rapids man was arrested Friday on a number of charges following an alleged domestic incident.

 

Police in Big Rapids say they were sent to a home on the 1100 block of Catherine Street for a domestic complaint involving a handgun.

 

Officers were able to locate the suspect leaving the scene.

 

After conducting a traffic stop, officers were able to locate the gun inside the car.

 

It was also learned by officers the Big Rapids man was under the influence of alcohol.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

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Baldwin woman hit and killed by car in Lake Co.

A Baldwin woman is dead after she was hit by a car in Lake County.

 

Deputies were called to the accident on U.S. 10 near Hawkins Road in Chase Township around 3:15 Saturday morning.

 

When police arrived, they found 32-year-old Christina Lynn Kunna dead at the scene.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed, Kunna was walking in the lane of traffic on US-10 when she was truck by a car being operated by a Evart man.  

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Weight restrictions on Mecosta County roads to be lifted on Wednesday

The Mecosta County Road Commission will be lifting its seasonal weight restrictions on all county roads starting on Wednesday at 6am.

 

Weight restrictions only affect semi-trucks and some farming equipment.

 

For more information, contact the Mecosta County Road Commission at (231) 796-2611. 

 

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Anticipated Rain, cold spring weather forces cancellation of The BIG Event

The Ferris State University Student Government Association, organizers of The BIG Event, have been closely monitoring anticipated poor weather conditions forecasted for Saturday, April 14. Student organizers, in close communication with the Ferris administration, have made the difficult decision to cancel The BIG Event due to anticipated rainy, icy and cold weather.

 

As a result of the 2018 cancellation, organizers of The BIG Event plan to reach out to all community members who signed up to have their properties served by Ferris students.

 

We’re obviously very disappointed to have to cancel The BIG Event. We want to ensure everyone this difficult decision was made after careful consideration and considerable conversation,” said Bryanna Harlan, the 2018 director of The BIG Event. “We truly understand the importance of The BIG Event, in the Big Rapids community, and what it means to our students, faculty, staff and other volunteers who have made this the major community-service project it has become. The health and safety of our students is important. That safety factor played a major role in making the decision to cancel as we looked at the unfavorable weather conditions headed our way.”

 

Due to scheduling conflicts and other prior commitments, no makeup date will be scheduled for 2018. However, The BIG Event, the largest, student-run community service project in the state of Michigan, is expected to return in Spring 2019.

 

We’re committed to returning The BIG Event, next year's date is already scheduled for April 13, 2019 and we know students will be excited to participate in this great tradition of giving back, to the Big Rapids community, through volunteer service,” said Bobby Gill, the 2018-19 Student Government Association president. Previously, The BIG Event was postponed, in 2013, due to poor weather conditions.  Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Student Government office at (231) 591-2611 or visit The Big Event – Ferris State University Facebook page.

 

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Isabella Co. man arrested for looking at child porn at Walmart store

A man, who was allegedly looking at child porn on computers in a Walmart in Mount Pleasant, is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says employees at the Walmart noticed Timothy Powers on their demo computers for long periods of time over several days.

 

When they checked the browser history , they found several child pornography websites.

 

Powers is a registered sex offender.

 

Walmart is reportedly looking into how this happened, saying they have controls in place to prevent this from happening.

 

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Rep. Hoitenga against potential fee on kayak, canoe and paddle board owners

102nd District State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she's disappointed with one committee's recommendation that would levy a fee on canoe, kayak and paddle board owners in the state.

 

Under a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission it require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.

 

Hoitenga, said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying the state’s natural resources.

 

Under the proposal, each watercraft would be charged a $10 fee for registration.

 

Many paddle enthusiasts believe the fee is especially unfair to those who own several kayaks, canoes or paddle boards.

 

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CMU Shooter deemed incompetent to stand trial

 

 

A hearing for a Central Michigan University student accused of murdering his parents in a dorm room has been postponed.

 

James Davis Jr. is undergoing treatment after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

 

Investigators say the 19-year old took his father's gun from the car and shot James and Diva Davis in early March inside of Campbell Hall.

 

Davis' attorney says the 19-year old man is undergoing treatment in an attempt to have him regain competency.

 

No date for a competency review has been scheduled.

 

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Icy roads the cause for two separate car accidents in Mecosta Co.

Icy road conditions Tuesday caused two car accidents in Mecosta County.

 

The first happened on southbound US-131 near 14 Mile Rd, deputies say a 20-year old female driver lost control on the road and struck several small trees. 

 

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

 

The second accident occurred on 15 Mile Rd near 165th Avenue.

 

Police say a 35-year old woman from Illinois was traveling westbound on 15 Mile Rd.

 

When she lost control of her car went off the road and struck a tree.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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No laws broken when Sheriff left gun inside school locker room

A mid-Michigan Sheriff will not face criminal charges after leaving his gun in a school locker room.

 

The Mecosta County prosecutor's office determined Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main broke no laws when he left his backup gun at Shepard Middle School in March.

 

A student found the weapon and told a teacher.

 

Main apologized saying he was devastated with his lack of accountability.

 

Main used the locker room to change from street clothes into uniform and thought he put the gun back in his bag.

 

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MDEQ approves Nestle Waters ground water withdraw permit in Osceola Co.

Nestle Waters North American Incorporated has gotten the okay to pump more groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand.

 

Before, the company was permitted to withdraw 250 gallons a minute from an underground aquifer in Osceola County. Under the new plan, Nestle can increase that amount to 400 gallons per minute.

 

According to a press release, MDEQ President Heidi Grether said the review was a huge undertaking.

 

“The scope and detail of the department’s review of the Nestlé permit application represents the most extensive analysis of any water withdrawal in Michigan history,” said C. Heidi Grether, director of MDEQ.  “We are hopeful that whether residents agree with the Nestlé permitting decision or not, they will acknowledge and respect the work that MDEQ staff did to thoroughly and conscientiously apply the law in reviewing the permit.”

 

Nestle now has to prepare a monitoring plan. There is public outrage generated by the fact Nestle gets the groundwater for nothing more than a 200-dollar per year permit.

 

“In full transparency, the majority of the public comments received were in opposition of the permit, but most of them related to issues of public policy which are not, and should not be, part of an administrative permit decision. We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” Grether added.

 

The plan is tied up in the courts.

 

Osceola Township has appealed an earlier decision that would allow Nestle to build a new pumping station despite it being zoned agricultural.

 

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Mandatory auto insurance fee going up 13% for Michigan drivers

Michigan's mandatory fee to cover unlimited medical benefits for injured drivers is going up to $192 a year, an increase of $22 over the current annual fee per insured vehicle.

 

The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association announcing the 13% increase, which follows a 6.3% increase in 2017.

 

The fee revenue largely covers care for people with brain, spinal cord, back and neck injuries.

 

Officials say the fee hike is due to higher-than-expected claims, partially offset by better-than-expected investment returns.

 

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Newaygo man arraigned on charges following standoff in Osceola Co.

A Newaygo man accused of breaking into his ex-wife's Osceola County home and making threats to her and himself then being involved in a standoff with police has been arraigned.

 

54-year old Jeffery Christensen was charged with one count of first degree home invasion.

 

The incident happened on Sunday when police got a call from a woman who said her ex-husband had broken in with a handgun and was making threats.

 

According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office additional charges against Christensen are possible pending current investigation.

 

His bond was set at $200,000.

 

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Osceola County Deputies respond to standoff on Sunday

A standoff in Osceola County on Sunday ended peacefully.

 

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office received a call about a home invasion in progress at a residence on 12 Mile Rd. Between 230th Ave and Lakeola Rd.

 

Under sheriff Justin Halladay said the caller stated her ex-husband came into her home unannounced and unwelcome. The caller stated the man had a gun and was making threats to her and himself.

 

The woman was able to escape and go to a neighbor's home to call 911.

 

Halladay said contact was then made by police with the suspect.

 

The suspect was threatening to kill himself and any officer's responding.

 

Using a combination of loud speaker commands and a flash bang outside of the home, officers were able to coax the suspect out.

 

He was taken into custody without incident.

 

The suspect has been charged with home invasion and felonious assault.

 

 

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Former K-Mart space in Big Rapids to be filled with additional new retailers

Photo credit: Colliers International | West Michigan

 

Two new tenants will fill the former K-Mart building located in Ferris Commons, the retail strip at 1250 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids. Colliers International | West Michigan announced that JoAnn Fabric will occupy 15,000 square feet and Grand Rapids-based CareLinc Medical will occupy the balance of the former big box anchor after signing a lease for 10,000 square feet in March.

 

Big Rapids continues to attract major retailers that see the value and potential of the Ferris Commons location. As the interest in the Ferris Commons location increases, so does the attraction to Big Rapids for regional and national retailers, such as CareLinc Medical and JoAnn Fabric,” said Mark Ansara, Colliers International | West Michigan Associate Vice President. “Ferris State University is a major draw, as well as the convenience of US-131 just east of the location, so the right tenant mix for the former K-Mart building noticed the benefits of this location.”

 

The 80,000-square-foot anchor space was previously occupied by K-Mart, but now holds Family Farm and Home, Planet Fitness and its newest tenants, JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc Medical. Splitting these former big box stores into multiple suites follows a national retail trend and creatively reuses these large buildings. The adjacent strip center also includes Peebles, Dollar Tree, Goodwill, Buffalo Wild Wings and AT&T.

 

We are thrilled to see that the former K-Mart building is now filled with strong businesses, including JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc,” said Jennifer Heinzman, Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “We have received a number of requests from the community for JoAnn Fabric over recent yeas, so we are confident the store will thrive in Big Rapids. We are grateful for the JoAnn Fabric investment in Mecosta County.”

 

JoAnn Fabric and CareLinc are both great complements the other existing tenants and accomplishes the growth in retail offerings within the space. 

 

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Reed City apartment tenants displaced following complex fire Sunday

As many as 40 apartment tenants are looking for a new home following a apartment complex fire Sunday morning in Reed City. 

 

Reed City Fire Chief Jeff Stein said they got the call about the blaze at Crossroads Apartments just before 6am, Sunday morning. 

 

No injuries were reported and everyone made it out safely. 

 

Stein says residents were taken to the R.C. Fire Department where further arraignments were made with officials from the American Red Cross. 

 

The cause of the fire is still being investigated by Michigan State Police and the Reed City Police Department.  

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Rep. Hoitenga excited for counties in her district to get extra road funding

 

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to boost spending on roads and bridges.

 

The $175 million increase is 7 percent above existing spending.

 

The move comes as motorists throughout the state continue to deal with horrendous road conditions and vehicle-damaging potholes.

 

Republican State Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton said today, an investment coming without higher taxes or fees.

 

Improving the condition of our roads is one of my top priorities, because it is one of the top priorities of just about everyone I talk to from all of our communities,” Hoitenga said after a plan she supported was signed into law. “Too many of our roads are in bad shape and in desperate need of an upgrade. This money doesn’t solve all of our problems, but it most definitely helps – especially after this rough winter and all the potholes it caused.”

 

Much of the money is headed directly to counties, cities and villages for road preservation and construction. The money is left over from a previous budget cycle by various state departments, meaning no budget cuts or additional fees or taxes are required for the investment.

 

The road agency for Mecosta County will receive just over $455,000 in funding beyond what was previously planned. In addition, cities and villages within the county will get extra funding estimated as follows: Big Rapids ($70,522.49), Barryton ($3,096.25), Mecosta ($4,937.16), Morley ($4,983.62) and Stanwood ($1,995.56).

 

Wexford County’s road agency will receive just under $420,000. Cities and villages within the county will get more money on top of that allocation including Buckley ($7,280.65), Cadillac ($82,292.32), Harrietta ($2,882.69), Manton ($11,432.26) and Mesick ($5,076.31). Amounts are estimates.

 

Osceola County will receive just under $345,000, with Reed City getting an estimated $20,092.52, LeRoy getting an estimated $4,980.13 and Tustin receiving an estimated $2,880.68.

 

The extra money comes in addition to record-level road funding provided by previous long-term reforms. The state also has strengthened its warranty system designed to make sure new and refurbished roads will last longer.

 

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Ferris State heading to the Division II Final Four for the first time following win over Barry

The Ferris State University men's basketball squad advanced to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the first time in school history as the Bulldogs pulled out a 87-84 triumph over Barry (Fla.) in the D2 Elite Eight quarterfinals on Tuesday (March 20) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

 

FSU led from start to finish, but had to hold off a hard-charging Barry team down the stretch while improving to a nation-leading 36-1 overall. The victory was FSU's 24th-straight to date this year, which also leads the country.

 

With the win, top-seeded Ferris State will now face fourth-seeded West Texas A&M in the national semifinals on Thursday (March 22) with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (ET) in Sioux Falls. The national title game is on Saturday (March 24) at 3 p.m. (ET).

 

Ferris State took an early lead in the win over the Buccaneers and built a 15-point advantage with 8:12 to go in the first half. However, Barry rallied and trimmed the margin to 39-37 at the break.

 

However, despite staying close in the game, Barry never could get over the hump and never led in the contest. FSU seized control early in the second frame and held on down the stretch to pull out the triumph.

 

Senior guard Drew Cushingberry had a big day for the Bulldogs with a game-high 20 points on six-of-11 shooting, including knocking down three treys in the win. Fellow senior wing Peter Firlik added 18 points and went eight-of-12 from the floor.

 

The Bulldogs also got 15 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks from junior All-America center Zach Hankins. Finally, FSU's DeShaun Thrower also reached double-digits with 11 points in the win.

 

Ferris State shot 49.2% overall for the game and went seven-of-21 (33.3%) from downtown along with 16-of-26 (61.5%) at the line. Barry finished shooting 40.9% from the floor and hit eight-of-25 (32%) from long range in addition to 75.9% (22-29) at the stripe.

Barry was paced by Daniel Mortensen, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Standout guard Elvar Fridriksson added 16 points with Evan Walshe contributing 13 points.

 

The Bulldogs outrebounded BU 40-39 for the game and both teams totaled nine turnovers. FSU also had six blocked shots and three steals with 18 assists, including four each from both Markese Mayfield and Cushingberry.

 

Meanwhile, Barry totaled four steals and 14 assists with no blocks in the game. Bu held a 16-9 margin in second chance scoring against FSU and both teams totaled 36 points inside the paint.

 

In addition to the four players in double-digits, the Bulldogs also got eight points from Mayfield and seven from senior wing Noah King.

Barry closed its season with a 23-9 overall record.

 

Ferris State is making its first NCAA Division II Elite Eight appearance in 30 years with the only other trip to school history to the national quarterfinals coming in 1988. FSU had never advanced to the semifinals prior to Tuesday's win.

 

Thursday night's game will be carried live by local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. It will also be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network.

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State House Rep. Hoitenga to run for reelection in the 102nd District

Current State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she will run for reelection for the 102nd seat. 

 

In a statement Republican State Rep. Michele Hoitenga says:

 

Over my first year serving in the House of Representatives, I voted to reduce Michigan’s income tax, remove barriers on veteran benefits, expand skilled trades opportunities, appropriate money to fix roads without raising taxes, ensure car insurance is more affordable, make state government more efficient and transparent, protect Second Amendment rights, and expand broadband to rural areas,”

Hoitenga said. “I have a proven record of getting things done in Lansing and want to continue fighting for the good people in the 102 nd  district.”

 

Hoitenga will be on the August 7 th , 2018 primary ballot.


 

 

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Ferris State's Andy Bronkema Tabbed Basketball Times National Coach Of Year, Hankins An All-American

Ferris State University men's basketball head coach Andy Bronkema has been chosen as the 2018 Basketball Times National Coach of the Year for his efforts in leading the Bulldogs to the most historic season in school history.

 

Along with Bronkema's national recognition, junior center Zach Hankins (Charlevoix) was also named to the Basketball Times All-America Second Team after previously earning first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America kudos.

 

This season, Bronkema guided the Bulldogs to a second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season Championship, a fourth-straight league tournament title and the school's second-ever regional crown.

 

Basketball Times is the leading, year-round college basketball magazine since launching in 1980. The all-star roster of national writers touches on every aspect of the game from the preps to the pros, featuring all levels of college basketball, including small colleges, women's basketball, junior colleges and the international game.

 

Ferris State has never had a bigger season than the 35-1 record this season under Bronkema, including a 23-game winning streak.

 

Bronkema's route to the Elite Eight started 11 years ago when he began his coaching career as a volunteer coach at Ferris State, followed by assistant coach, interim head coach and then, five years ago, head coach of the Bulldogs.

 

Hankins earned All-America accolades for the second consecutive season this year after being a consensus All-America choice a year ago. He was the only player from a GLIAC member school chosen to the 2018 NABC All-America squad or any of the three Basketball Times All-America listings.

 

This year, Hankins has paced the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding while also leading the conference in rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He has compiled 31 double-figure scoring efforts to date this season for the Bulldogs and ranked among the national leaders in several statistical categories.

 

Previously, Hankins was tabbed to the NABC All-Midwest District First Team squad and also chosen as the NABC's Midwest Region Player of the Year. He's currently a finalist for the NABC Player of the Year distinction, which goes to the top D2 player in the country.

 

Ferris State will open play in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight as the nation's #1 seed on Tuesday, March 20, versus Barry (Fla.) in the national quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. (ET) in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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DNR investigating bald eagle death in Mecosta Co.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public's help in its investigation of a bald eagle death in Mecosta County. 

 

 

DNR officials say the eagle was discovered in a tree in Grant Township on March 1.

 

The bird was the victim of a traumatic injury.

 

Lab tests at Michigan State University could help determine the eagle's cause of death.

 

The penalty for killing a bald eagle is up to 90 days in jail, a fine ranging from $100 to $1,000, or both; and reimbursement to the state of $1,500 per eagle.

 

Anyone with information can call the DNR at (800) 292-7800.

 

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Police locate missing Newaygo Co. woman in Texas

A missing Newaygo Co. woman who was last seen in Mecosta Township has been located by police.

 

Michigan State Police say 31-year old Becky Miller was located by authorities in Texas.

 

She was found in the area with a Texas resident, not the individual identified in a press release issued on Wednesday.

 

Police have determined Miller voluntarily left Michigan and no safety concerns were identified.

 

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Police identify husband and wife in attempted murder-suicide case in Isabella Co.

We now know the names of those involved in the attempted murder/ suicide out of Isabella County. 

 

Sheriff Michael Main says 68-year old Brad Hatt shot his wife Janice multiple times before calling 911 and turning the gun on himself.

 

Main says they are still investigating what the motive could be.

 

Following surgery for her injuries, Janice Hatt is currently in critical condition at a Grand Rapids area hospital.

 

 

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