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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
One man is dead while one woman is fighting for her life in Isabella County.
Sheriff Michael Main says officers received a call from a man who said he shot his wife.
When deputies arrived to the scene, they found a 68-year old man on the floor dead and his 66-year old wife shot multiple times.
Police say a weapon was also on the floor next to him.
It happened south of Blanchard at the intersection of South Brinton Road and Jerseyville roads.
The woman was taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital, and her condition is unknown at this time.
A busy weekend ahead with March Madness, St. Patrick's Day this Saturday as well as spring break for a lot of students.
Local police say they will also be busy with extra patrols on the lookout for drunk drivers as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement period through April 2nd.
The extra patrols being funded through federal grants to area police and sheriffs departments.
Officials say nearly 2,200 in Michigan were arrested for drunk driving during the NCAA tournament in 2015.
A magical season continues for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad as the Bulldogs captured the 2018 NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship on their home floor with an exciting 80-65 victory over the Findlay Oilers on Tuesday (March 13) night before a sellout crowd of 2,434 fans at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight set for March 20-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D. The official seedings and tournament matchups for the national quarterfinals slated for next Tuesday will be announced soon by the NCAA.
The Bulldogs won their 23rd consecutive contest and avenged last year's regional semifinal setback to the Oilers with a strong effort fueled by the home crowd. FSU improved to a nation-leading 35-1 overall and finished unbeaten at 22-0 home this season.
Ferris State jumped out to an early lead and led 38-29 at halftime, but Findlay battled back and took a two-point lead with 7:56 remaining. Down the stretch, though, the Bulldogs made the big days and outscored UF 42-36 over the final 20 minutes to secure the homecourt win.
Senior guard Drew Cushingberry tallied a game-high 21 points and earned Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player honors in leading FSU to the win. The Bulldogs also got a big performance off the bench from guard DeShaun Thrower, who finished with 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting.
Along with their performances, junior center Zach Hankins added 12 points and 12 boards along with three blocked shots. He also earned all-tourney honors along with senior forward Noah King.
Ferris State had to battle past a talented Findlay lineup led by standout forward Taren Sullivan, who finished with 16 points. He claimed all-tourney honors for the Oilers along with senior guard Martyce Kimbrough, but FSU was able to limit him to only six points on two-of-12 shooting in the regional final.
FSU shot at a 42.4% clip and hit seven-of-23 three's (30.4%) along with 17-of-22 (77.3%) free throws. The Bulldogs also outrebounded Findlay 49-35 and came up with 16 offensive rebounds, which led to a 13-6 margin in second chance scoring.
The Bulldogs limited Findlay to 38.9% shooting with the Oilers going four-of-26 (15.4%) and five-of-five (100.0%) at the stripe.
Ferris State hosted the D2 Midwest Regional for the first time in school history and will advance to the D2 Elite Eight for the second time and the first since 1988-89.
The win was FSU's second-straight over Findlay following a buzzer-beating win earlier this season in non-league action, but the first against the Oilers in national tournament play in three tries. UF had beat FSU in the 2005 regional final at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay.
A new walk-in medical clinic will be opening next month to offer services in Big Rapids.
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic will open April 2, offering immediate care without an appointment for those who feel ill or have minor injuries-- but don’t require emergency care.
The walk-in clinic will be located in the Medical Arts Building, 650 Linden Street, adjacent to Big Rapids Hospital.
The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Officials say there are plans for adding Saturday hours at a later date.
For more information about the Big Rapids Hospital Walk-In Clinic, log on to spectrumhealth.org/walkinclinic.
The Newaygo Co. Emergency Manager will be holding a meeting to give area residents an update on the new flood warning system on the Muskegon River and what impacts it will have on current and future emergency notifications for their specific neighborhoods.
The Community Meeting will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood monitoring and communications resources, flood warning, flood response, and mitigation resources.
The meeting will be held this Thursday from 6pm-8pm at Newaygo High School.
A 25-year old Morley man accused of assaulting a police officer on Sunday has been identified and arraigned.
The Mecosta Co. Sheriff's office says Juan Maldonado is being held in jail on $100,000 bond.
During an investigation of a domestic complaint, Maldonado is accused of fighting deputies.
When police took him into custody they found a knife in his pocket.
A Morley man is charged after he allegedly assaulted a police officer early Sunday morning.
Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say they were called to a residence to investigate a domestic complaint.
When officers arrived to the scene, they made contact with the 25-year old suspect.
The Morley man failed to comply with deputies.
While deputies attempted to take the suspect into custody, he began to fight with police. When a deputy deployed a taser, the suspect attempted to disarm the officer.
When the suspect was taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of a knife which was concealed in his pocket.
The Morley man is expected to be arraigned on multiple felony charges.
The nationally second-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the second time in three years and reached the Midwest Regional Championship game as the Bulldogs beat league rival Lake Superior State 94-71 on Sunday (March 11) night inside FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The Bulldogs pushed their win streak to 22 consecutive games before a large crowd and beat the Lakers, who handed FSU its only loss this season, for the third time this year.
With the win, the Bulldogs will now square off against former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Findlay in the regional title game on Tuesday (March 13) night in Big Rapids with a berth in the Division II Elite Eight on the line.
Depth and play on the glass proved to be a huge factor for the Bulldogs as they scored 35 points off the bench, including 16 coming from sophomore forward Jaylin McFadden. Ferris State was led by junior center Zach Hankins, who dominated the paint with 18 points and 18 rebounds in the contest to go with three blocked shots.
In the starting line up, senior guard Drew Cushingberry added 15 points points and seven assists while senior forward Noah King scored 14 points and had six rebounds.
Ferris State shot 48.7% from the floor in the opening half and held Lake Superior State to only 25% shooting from the floor behind a strong defensive effort.
They Lakers remained within striking distance as they shot 33 times from the charity stripe for the night.
However, the Bulldogs built a 14-point halftime lead and cruised to the victory while outrebounding the Lakers 52-36 for the game.
The Lakers were led by the 19 points of Ke'montrece Collins. LSSU's Malek Adams had 18 points with the points for both coming off the bench.
Ferris State led for 39:17 of the contest and the score was only tied once for the opening 43 seconds.
FSU's strength on the glass gave the Bulldogs a 24-14 edge in second chance production as FSU tallied 19 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs also outscored the Lakers 36-26 in the paint in the fourth matchup of the year between the two schools.
Overall, FSU shot 47% for the night and went 10-of-28 (35.7%) from three-point range along with 14-of-22 (63.6%) at the line. LSSU finished 31.3% overall and made only four-of-18 (22.2%) three's along with 27-of-33 (81.8%) free throws.
The Bulldogs limited standout Lake Superior State guard Akaemji Williams to only eight points on two-of-13 shooting overall.
Ferris State's win was its nation-leading 34th of the season as the Bulldogs improved to 34-1 overall and stayed perfect (21-0) at home this year. FSU has now won 27-straight games at home dating back to last campaign.
The Bulldogs will square off against the Findlay Oilers in the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship Game on Tuesday with tipoff set for 7 p.m. (ET) inside Wink Arena.
The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will be open Monday from 9 a.m. (ET) to 5 p.m. (ET) and will open again on Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. leading up to game time. Tickets can also be purchased online at StarTickets.com. Visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com or call (231) 591-2888 for additional information.
Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a man was taken to the hospital after he hit a tree with his vehicle Wednesday in Martiny Township.
The accident occurred when a 63-year old Mecosta man left 110th Ave just South of 15 Mile Rd in Martiny Twp.
The man then traveled through a field for approximately a tenth of a mile before striking a tree causing the vehicle to stop.
The driver told police he had passed out from a coughing spell while driving and did not remember the accident.
The man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
According to deputies, alcohol is also believed to be a factor in the accident.
In 43 years of varsity competition, Ferris State Hockey has a long-standing tradition of developing high-end defensemen. Many, including Andy Roach, John Gruden, Chad Billins, Zach Redmond, and Dave Karpa have played in the National Hockey League.
The tradition is set to continue when Cooper Zech steps foot on campus for the 2018-19 season. Zech, who currently plays for the Wenatchee Wild in the British Columbia League (BCHL), is the 2017-18 BCHL Top Defenceman Trophy winner.
"We are very proud to have Cooper Zech join the Ferris State Hockey Program," Ferris State Hockey Head Coach Bob Daniels said. "For Cooper to win the Best Defensemen of the Year award for the British Columbia Junior Hockey League speaks volumes of his potential to have an immediate impact in college hockey."
Recently, Ferris State has had great success with BCHL alums, including the current Bulldog captain.
"Our last major award winner from the BCHL (Canadian Junior Hockey Player of the Year) was Corey Mackin," Daniels said. "We believe Cooper will make the same positive contributions to our team. We look forward to having him in our lineup next season."
Zech amassed a towering 69 points in 58 games for the Wild in the regular season, 13 points more than the next highest scoring defenseman in the BCHL this year. His 58 assists led all BCHL skaters, as did his 22 power play assists.
One would see where Zech fits in with the Ferris State blue print. The Bulldogs consistently finish in the top ten in the country in percentage of points by defensemen and were in the top five in 2017-18.
For the second consecutive year, the BCHL's Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year was awarded to Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. In Zech, Littler has a defenseman that has consistently led his team on the ice in games and in practice.
"He basically is taking his power play unit and there's not much we have to say to those guys, he runs it," Littler said. "He'll have them out before practice, they'll work on certain things, it could be something he saw on TV, he's definitely taken control of his power play unit."
One area in which the Bulldogs have excelled is in developing more undersized defensemen. Prime example, US Olympian Chad Billins led the 2011-12 Bulldogs to the National Championship Game and won a Calder Cup in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins the following season.
"Oh I think Zech will have a chance to be a pro, I think that he's definitely a bit undersized, but what he has is his vision's uncanny," Littler said. "Outstanding puck skills, I think those two things and being able to make the first pass on the breakout and having the ability to make people miss when they're coming at him in the offensive zone, it's rare that he ever gets a shot blocked. He just makes a lot of really good decisions with the puck."
Though Zech shares a similar build to Billins, he brings to the table what many successful Bulldogs in program history, including current American Hockey League forward for the Iowa Wild Gerald Mayhew, displayed fervently.
"We knew he had good skills," Littler said. "But he's a kid that plays with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, he uses that as motivation, he's a very driven kid."
Zech figures to use that chip to his advantage. Though he had strong seasons in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Odessa Jackalopes, it seems his game has only continued to elevate as the level he plays at elevates.
"He's had overall an outstanding year," Littler said. "From the first of the year on, he's just made huge strides. He's playing with so much confidence, he's got such good puck skills and stick skills that, he's just a lot of fun to watch right now."
A South Lyon native, Zech will come to a campus that has had more than it's fair share of success in the current decade on the ice. In six years, Ferris State has reached the NCAA Regional Championship game three times, won the MacNaughton Cup and Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA Regular Season and Tournament Champions, respectively, finished as national runners up in 2011-12 and has had a Hobey Baker Top Ten Finalist. Ferris State competed in the postseason for the 21st consecutive season in 2017-18.
A man accused of breaking into several homes in Mecosta County is now charged.
33-year old Jonathan Preuss of Barryton, who is currently on parole from multiple felony convictions of home invasion and drug charges is now charged with 2nd degree home invasion and 4th offense habitual offender.
He's accused in a number of home break-ins around Fork Township.
Mecosta Co. Detectives say additional charges are expected.
Preuss remains lodged in the Mecosta County Jail on $250,000.00 bond pending further court action.
For the first time in school history, the Ferris State University men's basketball team has been selected to host the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament this coming weekend (March 10-13) at FSU's Jim Wink Arena.
The top-seeded Bulldogs, who beat Lake Superior State in Sunday's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament Championship Game for the program's fourth consecutive league postseason crown, will host eighth-seeded Ohio Dominican on Saturday (March 10) in regional quarterfinal round action starting at 6 p.m. (ET).
The contest will be the third of four regional quarterfinal-round games on Saturday with the entire regional tournament taking place on the campus of Ferris State University.
The complete first round matchups and regional seedings are listed below:
12 p.m. - #3 Findlay vs. #6 Drury (Mo.)
2:30 p.m. - #2 Bellarmine (Ky.) vs. #7 Truman State (Mo.)
6 p.m. - #1 Ferris State vs. #8 Ohio Dominican
8:30 p.m. - #4 Lake Superior State vs. #5 Hillsdale
The winners will take part in the regional semifinal games on Sunday (March 11) with the first semifinal at 5 p.m. (ET) pitting the winners of game one and two in the quarterfinal round and the second semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. (ET) between the winners of quarterfinal games three and four. The Bulldogs would play in the second regional semifinal on Sunday with an opening-round victory.
The regional championship game is on Tuesday (March 13) at 7 p.m. (ET).
The single-elimination national tournament field includes eight regions of eight teams apiece. The Midwest Regional champion will advance to the NCAA Division Elite Eight set for March 21-24 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tickets for the NCAA Regional will be $15 per session for adults and $10 for students.
Advance tickets for the tournament will go on sale Tuesday starting at 12 p.m. (ET). Tickets will be available for purchase online at StarTickets.com or at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex. NCAA guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued.
All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type will be accepted per national tournament regulations.
The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) this week and starting on Saturday prior to the quarterfinal games beginning at 10 a.m. (ET) with the doors to Wink Arena opening an hour prior to the first session. The ticket office will also open on Sunday starting two hours prior to the regional semifinals.
For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
The Bulldogs will be making their 13th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and their fourth-straight appearance.
Stay tuned to FerrisStateBulldogs.com for additional information regarding the NCAA Regional as it becomes available.
Central Michigan University leaders are hoping to have more counselors at the school when students return from spring break next week.
Students, faculty and other workers were locked down in dorms and other buildings for several hours last Friday after a student shot his parents to death inside Campbell Hall.
James Davis Jr. faces murder and weapons charges.
He was arrested early Saturday morning and remains in custody at McLaren Hospital.
Formal arraignment could happen today.
James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis were shot inside their son's dorm room.
The gun used was registered to the older Davis who was a police officer in suburban Chicago.
University President George Ross says he is exploring additional counseling services in the days and weeks ahead.
The 20-2 Big Rapids Lady Cardinals advance to the District 61 Finals to face the 13-8 Clare Pioneers tonight at 7:00pm!
The Big Rapids Cardinals are red hot after a stunning upset of the undefeated #5 Central Montcalm Hornets in Round 2 49-34 and a statement 1st Round win over Alma 50-28.
The Clare Pioneers knocked off Chip Hills to open district play Monday (45-31) before sending the 6-14 Shepherd Bluejays home Wednesday night with a 49-32 victory.
Friday's broadcast kicks off with the Big Rapids Public Schools, Curries Towing, and McDonald Chrysler of Big Rapids Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm on Big Country 100.9 WWBR Big Rapids.
The game is also streaming online at http://wwbr.com/ and via the Android/iOS WWBR app.
Be sure to follow Big Country 100.9 on Twitter for in-game updates: https://twitter.com/BIGCOUNTRY1009
UPDATE: CMU Police have confirmed two people involved in the shooting this morning are dead. Police believe the situation started as a domestic situation. Suspect still at large.
The campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant is on lock-down following a shooting of two people.
Michigan State Police say the suspect is armed and dangerous and still at large.
The shooting was at Campbell Hall, a dorm building, according to the school.
According to the Mount Pleasant Dept. of Public Safety, the suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall.
He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie.
He may have taken off the blue hoodie.
We will have more on this story as it becomes available.
The Ferris State University women's basketball team kept its season alive as the Bulldogs upset second-seeded Michigan Tech 67-57 in the quarterfinal-round of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament on Wednesday (Feb. 28) night in Houghton.
The Bulldogs went point for point with the Huskies until the final quarter when they increased their advantage to 10 points and held on to move into the GLIAC Semifinals on Sautrday (March 3), which will be held in Ashland, Ohio.
Ferris State was led by its senior class as veteran guard Leah Humes had 19 points in the victory while senior center Rachel McInerney had 16 points along with 14 rebounds in a double-double showing. FSU also got 13 points from freshman guard Shaniya Huggins in the triumph.
FSU led by two points at the end of the first quarter and held a five-point lead at halftime before also outscoring MTU in each of the final two periods of action.
Overall, the Bulldogs made 27-of-53 (50.9%) field goals and went 1-of-3 (33.3%) from three-point range along with 12-of-25 (48%) at the free throw stripe in the victory over MTU.
In addition to McInerney's 14 boards, the Bulldogs got 11 from Brayene Benner off the bench while owning a 48-33 edge over the Huskies on the glass.
Overall, FSU limited MTU to 32.8% shooting with the Huskies going five-of-24 (20.8%) from three-point range and eight-of-12 (66.7%) at the line.
Elizabeth Kelliher paced Michigan Tech with 17 points while the Huskies also got 11 points from Kelli Guy and 10 by Brenna Heise.
Ferris State finished with seven steals and seven blocks in the win go go with 17 turnovers. Meanwhile, MTU had six assists and three blocks with 10 turnovers overall.
The Bulldogs were making their first GLIAC Postseason appearance since 2013 and the 15 wins to date for FSU are the school's most since 2012.
Ferris State will face archrival Grand Valley State on Saturday (March 3) in the GLIAC Semifinals with tipoff set for 4 p.m. (ET) at AU's Kates Gymnasium. The other semifinal will pit top-seeded Ashland versus Northwood at 2 p.m. with the winners meeting in Sunday's title game.
The Ferris State University men's basketball team has earned the right to host the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Basketball Tournament Semifinals and Finals for the second consecutive year this weekend (March 3-4) at Jim Wink Arena.
The top-seeded Bulldogs, who beat Saginaw Valley State in Wednesday's quarterfinal game at home, will host fourth-seeded Ashland on Saturday at 3 p.m. (ET). The second semifinal between second-seeded Lake Superior State and number six seed Michigan Tech will follow at approximately 5 p.m. (ET).
The championship game will take place on Sunday (March 4) at 3 p.m. (ET).
Advance tickets for the tournament will go on sale Thursday starting at 10 a.m. (ET). Tickets will be available for purchase online at StarTickets.com or at the FSU Athletics Ticket Office located inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex starting two hours prior to the beginning of each session. GLIAC guidelines do not permit any complimentary tickets to be issued.
Ticket prices for each session/day are $8 for adults or $2 for all students, including college students with identification. An all-tournament pass is $12.
All seats are general admission and no regular-season passes of any type such as FSU Rebounders Club or all-sports passes will be accepted per league tournament regulations.
The box office will open two hours prior to game time on Saturday at 1 p.m. (ET) with the doors to Wink Arena opening an hour before tipoff. The ticket office will also open two hours early prior to Sunday's championship game at 1 p.m. (ET) with Wink Arena's doors opening at 2 p.m. (ET) before the title contest.
The first 100 FSU students with a valid ID card will receive free admission compliments of FSU's Administration and Finance Division starting one hour prior to each Bulldog game while supplies last.
For additional information, please contact the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888.
The winner of the GLIAC Tournament receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournament slated to be held March 10-13 at a campus site yet to be determined.
Below are the complete matchups for this weekend:
Semifinals - Saturday, March 3
#1 Ferris State vs. #4 Ashland, 3 p.m.
#2 Lake Superior State vs. #6 Michigan Tech, 5 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, March 4 - 3 p.m.
A fire in Fork Township in Mecosta County has killed several cats and dogs and destroyed the home.
According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office, the fire broke out Wednesday afternoon.
No one was in the home at the time of the fire.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
The 19-2 Big Rapids Cardinals host the 20-0 Central Montcalm Hornets in Round 2 of District 61 Playoffs tonight @ 7:30pm.
The Hornets are the only team to beat Big Rapids this season winning game 1 January 12 at Central Montcalm 48-39 & game 2 at Big Rapids February 16 45-38.
Central Montcalm is ranked 5th in Class B Girls Basketball in the State of Michigan according to Maxpreps.
The Cardinals on the other hand are feeling pretty good about their chances tonight coming off a statement win over the 15-5 Alma Panthers Monday night in round 1 of District 61 play. Led by the senior leadership of Kaitlyn Ray and Leah Morningstar plus yet another Jayla Strickland double-double, the Cardinals ended the Panther season with a 50-28 win.
Tonight's broadcast kicks off with the Big Rapids Public Schools and McDonald Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram Pre-Game Show at 7:15pm on Big Country 100.9. The game is also streaming online at http://wwbr.com/ and via the Android/iOS WWBR app.
Be sure to follow Big Country 100.9 on Twitter for in-game updates: https://twitter.com/BIGCOUNTRY1009
A man and woman are behind bars on $100,000 bond a piece after being arrested on drug charges last week in Mecosta County's Aetna Township.
39-year old Christopher Dean Frederick of Battle Creek, is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine, while his partner, 31-year old Kimberly Lee Lackey of River Junction, is charged with one count of delivery/manufacturing methamphetamine.
The charges stem from an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team during an alleged incident on February 23rd.
Lackey and Frederick face up to 20 years in jail, if convicted.
Two people are in critical condition following a car accident in Mecosta Co.
It happened Sunday afternoon on 30th Avenue (M-66) and 5 Mile Rd.
Police say an investigation revealed that a pickup was traveling southbound on 30th Ave. and pulled right onto 5 Mile Rd. The pickup then attempted to make a u-turn directly in the path of the south bound tractor trailer. The driver of the tractor trailer attempted to avoid the pickup but was unable to and struck the pickup broadside.
Neither speed not alcohol appear to be factors in this crash.
The driver of the tractor trailer received minor injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.
Both occupants of the pickup were flown from the scene by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital.
They are listed in critical condition.
The Ferris State University men's ice hockey squad will open postseason play on the road this weekend as the Bulldogs visit Bowling Green for the second-straight year for a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) First-Round Playoff series March 2-4 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The sixth-seeded Bulldogs and the third-seeded Falcons will battle at the Slater Family Ice Arena on Friday and Saturday nights with the deciding game three set for Sunday, if necessary. Friday's opening game of the weekend will begin at 8:07 p.m. (ET) with the final two games at 7:07 p.m. (ET).
This year will represent the Bulldogs' 21st consecutive postseason playoff appearance, including the fifth-straight in five seasons in the WCHA. It will also mark Ferris State's 36th trip to the postseason in program history. FSU has advanced past the quarterfinal round in three of its previous four WCHA postseason appearances, including winning the program's first-ever conference postseason crown in 2016.
"Hockey is the best sport there is, playoff hockey is the best of the best, and winning a championship in your home arena – or coming together as a team to win on the road – is one of the greatest feelings a player or coach can have," said Ferris State head coach Bob Daniels.
For ticket information, please call the BGSU Ticket Office at 877.BGSU.Ticket or visit www.bgsufalcons.com/tickets to purchase online.
The top four teams in the WCHA will host a best-of-three, quarterfinal round series this weekend in the WCHA Playoffs. From there, the two highest remaining seeds will host a best-of-three WCHA Playoffs semifinal series the weekend of March 9-11. The tournament concludes with the single-game, 2018 WCHA Championship, held at the venue of the top remaining seed on Saturday, March 17, as part of the WCHA's on-campus playoff hockey format.
The winner of the 2018 WCHA tournament receives the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship.
Pairings and start times for the best-of-three, quarterfinal round of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs (team's seed is in parentheses):
Games of Friday, March 2: (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 8:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.
Games of Saturday, March 3: (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 7:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.
Games of Sunday, March 4 (if necessary): (7) Alabama Huntsville at (2) Northern Michigan, 7:07 p.m. ET; (6) Ferris State at (3) Bowling Green, 7:07 p.m. ET; (5) Michigan Tech at (4) Bemidji State, 5:07 p.m. CT; (8) Alaska at (1) Minnesota State, 7:07 p.m. CT.
Of note, the 2018 WCHA tournament will not follow a straight bracket. In the semifinal round of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs, the highest remaining seed will host the lowest remaining seed in one series; in the other, the second-highest remaining seed will host the second-lowest.
Every game of the 2018 WCHA Playoffs will be available live (and archived) on WCHA.tv.
All Ferris State Hockey postseason contests can be heard live on local flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Harrison Watt calling the action. An online broadcast is available at FerrisStateBulldogs.com with pregame coverage starting a half-hour prior to puck drop.
Since 2012, the Bulldogs have made three NCAA Tournament appearances and advanced to the NCAA Final Eight all three times. FSU has also won two conference regular-season championships along with capturing the WCHA's Broadmoor Trophy once as the league's Final Five Champion. Along with a Frozen Four berth and national title game showing in 2012, FSU also has reached the regional final and the final eight of the NCAA Tournament in both 2014 and 2016
Ferris State University Athletics will be pairing up with the FSU Sports Careers Registered Student Organization (RSO) for the fourth annual "Red Out" event on Saturday, Feb. 24, inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex.
The month of February is Women's Heart Health month and the "Red Out Wink & The Rink" event is a way that FSU Athletics and Sports Careers RSO gives back to the community and those who have been affected by heart health in their life or someone in their families.
Nearly everyone you come in contact with has had someone in their family or a friend affected with a heart condition at some given point in time; therefore this event provides awareness to the spectators at the sporting events that this is an important issue that needs to be taken serious.
The event raises awareness and money for Women's Heart Health and Spectrum Health's Cardiac Unit in Big Rapids.
"I like to be part of an RSO that makes sure to give back to the local community for our philanthropy events and we are able to meet the people we are impacting with the funds raised," said senior Vice President of Sports Careers RSO Scott Vandersloot.
The event on Feb. 24 spans over the course of the entire day of Ferris State Athletic events. Ferris State men's basketball begins at 1 p.m., followed by women's basketball at 3 p.m., and concluding with men's ice hockey at 7:07 p.m. It will also be Senior Day for all three teams.
The first event will feature the nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, which is currently 27-1 on the season and has already clinched the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular Season Championship, as they take on their archrivals in the Grand Valley State Lakers.
The FSU women's basketball team will be up next during the Red Out at 3 p.m. as they host Grand Valley State in a huge game for GLIAC Tournament seeding. The team is currently 13-13 overall on the season.
The event places an emphasis on if you are healthy enough to participate in sport. All over the world there are people that are unable to join a team or simply play a game they love, due to their heart condition.
"To me, Red Out represents an opportunity to try and make a difference in other people's lives," said senior President of Sports Careers RSO Sean Williams. "I enjoy it because it about something more than any one person and is an opportunity to come together as a community."
The final event of the night will be the Ferris State University hockey team facing off against the Lake Superior State Lakers at 7:07 p.m. This contest is a fight for the final spot in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Tournament.
All the teams for Ferris State will be wearing their home crimson red jerseys and all fans are asked to wear red for the games.
This year, the students of the Ferris State nursing program will be in attendance during the men's and women's basketball games. This gesture will be part of their good works and service hours to the community to take the blood pressure of spectators and fans in attendance for the game to see if their heart is healthy enough for sport.
Dr. Sandy Alspach, who is the adviser of the event, uses her Communication 389 & 489 classes to also pair up to help promote and work the operations of the events to ensure a day filled with excitement in the Big Rapids and Ferris State Athletics community.
Local businesses in the Mecosta County area help support Sports Careers RSO for this event by donating goods and services to be included in the silent auction at the event.
This year, some of the silent auction items include a signed basketball by the 27-1, nationally-third ranked Ferris State men's basketball team, a signed volleyball by the four-time Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Champion Ferris State women's volleyball team, a signed football from the 2017 National Quarterfinalist Ferris State football team, and many more.
Ferris State will also be raffling off a television donated by Northland Flats Apartments.
The event is one of the RSO's three philanthropy events this semester. The other two events include the Area 5 Special Olympics Basketball game and the Area 5 Special Olympians Poly Hockey game coming up later this year.
The "Red Out" event will get underway Saturday as the men's basketball team takes on archrival Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. inside Jim Wink Arena.
Come out and be apart of an event that will change lives. Fans are asked to wear red.
For ticket information, please call (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
A Stanwood woman is recovering after receiving minor injuries following a car accident in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township.
It happened Wednesday afternoon on Northland Drive just north of 12 Mile Rd.
Deputies say a southbound vehicle, driven by a 28-year-old Stanwood woman, stopped for a car turning and was rear-ended by another southbound car, driven by a 22-year-old Big Rapids man.
The Stanwood woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor, non-life-threatening injuries.
An argument about overdue rent between a man and woman escalated from text messages to a gunshot fired in a backyard east of Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday.
Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says when deputies arrived they determined that a neighbor had fired off a shot gun in the back yard of a woman's residence and no one was struck. As the investigation continued deputies learned that the 36-year old man who fired the shot gun was the landlord to the caller.
After several text messages, the man allegedly came into the back yard of the rental property and fired off a round from a shotgun.
The man then returned home.
When police arrived to his residence he refused to have any contact with law enforcement. Eventually deputies and a Michigan State Trooper were able to make contact and take him into custody.
Two shot guns were seized from his residence.
The man was arrested on weapons charges and felon in possession of a firearm
Weather has forced a change to the season-opening slate this weekend for the Ferris State University softball squad.
The Bulldogs were slated to take part in the Midwest Regional Crossover hosted by the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville over the weekend, but the event has been called off due to field and weather conditions.
With the cancelation, FSU will now instead travel to Westfield, Ind., to compete in regional action hosted by the University of Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday (Feb. 25-26) at Grand Park.
The Bulldogs will open the slate, weather permitting, on Sunday (Feb. 25) versus Bellarmine (Ky.) at 2:15 p.m. (ET). FSU will then face host Indianapolis in afternoon action at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
Ferris State will wrap up the slate on Monday (Feb. 26) by facing Indianapolis for the second time at 1 p.m. (ET)before closing the event against Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. (ET).
Ferris State will embark on a new era under first-year head coach Kristin Janes this spring. Janes begins her first campaign at the FSU helm and takes over a Bulldog program that has made eight trips to the NCAA Tournament in school history and won 24 games or more 11 times in the past 14 years.
The Bulldogs return 17 squad members from last season's team that reached the GLIAC Tournament for the second consecutive year and have added 12 newcomers, giving the program one of its largest rosters in recent memory.
Ferris State welcomes back a trio of All-GLIAC honorees from a year ago in first baseman Sarah Meredith(Rogers City) along with standout pitcher Sam Bates (Springport) and infielder Lexi Hongisto (Gladstone). In addition, senior outfielder Emily Smith (Rochester Hills/Rochester) and senior catcher Emily Reed (Bay City/John Glenn) have both also previously claimed all-conference recognition in their FSU careers.
The Bulldogs, who have finished in the top half of the GLIAC standings each of the previous two seasons, will venture to Florida for their annual spring trip at The Spring Games in early March following this weekend's action.
FSU is slated to open league play on March 21 at rival Grand Valley State with the first home action at the FSU Softball Field scheduled for Friday, March 30, against the Northwood Timberwolves in Big Rapids.
The Mecosta Co. Road Commission has implemented weight restrictions on all county roads until further notice.
The restrictions affect all semi-trucks and some farming equipment.
If you have any questions, please contact Road Commission Superintendent Tim Nestle 231-796-2611
The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad, which has a nation-leading 25 wins to date and is riding a 13-game win streak, has been chosen as this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National "Team Of The Week".
The Bulldogs improved to 25-1 overall and 15-1 in the GLIAC with a road sweep in Ohio last week to earn the distinction for the firs time.
In last week's action, the Bulldogs picked up a convincing 80-55 win at Tiffin on Thursday, then on Saturday rallied from a late 10-point deficit to beat Ashland 97-91 in overtime. Ferris State sent Saturday's contest into the extra period on a buzzer-beater from midcourt by senior guard Peter Firlik.
Currently, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NABC Division II National Coaches Poll and have also been the #2 team in the Division II Sports Information Directors (D2SIDA) National Rankings the last two weeks. FSU is also first in the MLive Grand Rapids Press Statewide Power Poll.
The Bulldogs can secure a second consecutive GLIAC Regular-Season Championship with a win on the road this week. FSU currently holds a three-game lead over second place Lake Superior State with four games remaining in the regular-season.
This week, the Bulldogs visit Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before facing Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.
The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad is tabbed as the #1 team in the region this week in the initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, which were announced today (Feb. 15).
The Bulldogs, who own a three-game lead atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings and can clinch at least a share of the overall league crown with one more victory this year, are the highest-ranked school in the first regional listing.
Behind FSU in the top five overall is former league foe and current Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) leader Findlay at number two with Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) power and defending regional champion Bellarmine (Ky.) listed third. Another GLIAC school, Lake Superior State, is fourth with Southern Indiana from the GLVC fifth.
The bottom half of the regional listing includes Hillsdale (#6), Drury (#7), Malone (#8), Walsh (#9) and Indianapolis (#10).
The top eight teams at the end of the season will earn berths into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional set for March 10-13 at a campus site to be determined. The winner of all three conference tournaments (GLIAC, GLVC, G-MAC) will earn an automatic bid with the number one team in the region likely to host the Midwest Regional Tournament in March.
Ferris State has made 12 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including each of the past three seasons to date. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Sweet Sixteen of the national tournament two years ago before making another regional semifinal appearance last campaign.
Along with the regional listing, Ferris State is also #3 this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) D2 Rankings. It marks the fourth-straight season in which FSU has been ranked in the top 25 at least once. FSU is also second in the D2SIDA National Rankings and leads the MLive Statewide Power Poll featuring the top small college programs in the state.
Presently, the Bulldogs own a 25-1 overall record to date this year and are 15-1 in the GLIAC. FSU holds a three-game lead over Lake Superior State in the standings with four games remaining in the regular season.
This week, Ferris State visits Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before taking on Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.
An investigation is underway into two west Michigan educators over sexual abuse allegations that are decades old.
Fremont High School assistant principal Jeff Moon has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that he had inappropriate contact with students in the early 90's at Fremont High School.
Investigators say the investigation is connected to another teacher John Veldt, who works in Jenison.
He's also been placed on administrative leave.
The allegations came from women who are now in their 40's.
Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders have agreed to raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900.
The legislation will assure Michigan income taxpayers can claim a personal exemption for themselves and dependents.
The $4,900 exemption is higher than the governor originally proposed and in the middle of the House and Senate proposals.
Also, an agreement has been reached to forgive outstanding driver responsibility fees affecting some 300,000 drivers.
A Reed City area man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after threatening hospital workers.
State Police say they were called to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, where the 41-year old suspect reportedly exposed himself to staff before taking off his IV and medical equipment.
When the emergency room doctor contacted him, troopers say the man then pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it in a threatening manner at the doctor and two other staff members. The suspect then ran from the hospital, and tried running away from troopers before he was cornered on the west shoulder of 220th Avenue.
Troopers believe the suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine when the incident happened.
The Reed City area man is currently in Osceola County Jail on felonious assault charges.
Last season Demetri Martin ended his Big Rapids Cardinal career with his head held high.
Leading the team in scoring since his sophomore year, the now Northwood Timberwolf left nothing on the court. He lead his team to the district final his sophomore season, the Breslin his junior year, and the districts his senior year. There wasn't much Demetri couldn't do for Coach Kent Ingles and the Cardinals.
Now Demetri gets to continue his playing career and education at Northwood University. There's no question he's earned a roster spot, but that's clearly not good enough for the college freshman. Demetri's making a serious case to start in his rookie season with Northwood. And he showcased it last Thursday with an 8pt, 6rd effort. However the Timberwolves couldn't keep pace with lightening fast 3rd ranked Bulldogs who piled on a 12pt win 88-60 including a 51-25 margin in the 2nd half alone.
Demetri Martin and the young Timberwolves are currently 3rd in the GLIAC South with 5 games to go in the regular season.
A Lakeview man has been charged with crimes connected to a theft last month at Menards in Big Rapids Township.
42-year old Daniel Michael Cross has been charged with one count of first-degree retail fraud.
The charge stems from a theft on January 21st, when its alleged that Cross took items valued at $1,000 or more from Menards.
Cross faces up to five years in jail, if convicted.
Two Lakeview residents are recovering following a car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday.
It happened on 5mile rd near 125th ave in Deerfield twp.
Deputies say the driver, a 43-year old Lakeview woman was traveling westbound on 5 mile when she lost control, left the road, striking a tree.
She sustained minor injuries.
Her passenger, A 66-year old Lakeview woman sustained minor injuries.
Both occupants were taken to Kelsey Hospital.
State police in Mt. Pleasant are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the death of Evelyn Ware, whose body was discovered after her Ellsworth Township home burned last month.
The Lake County medical examiner has now ruled the death a homicide.
If you have a tip to help solve the case, you are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police Post.
An Osceola County Teen is in trouble with the law after he pulled a gun during an argument and it was recorded on snapchat.
17-year old Devin Lodholtz of Reed City is charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of brandishing a firearm in public.
The charges stem from an alleged post on Snapchat by Lodholtz, which allegedly shows him brandishing a firearm while addressing a high school classmate.
Two people were injured in a snowmobile crash on the shoreline of a lake in Mecosta County.
Police were called to Round Lake Saturday night after a snowmobile crashed into the lake’s shoreline while driving on the ice.
The 61-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. A 32-year-old female rider was also injured, her injuries are were non life-threatening.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation
A 19-year old Morley man is dead after a car accident in Mecosta County over the weekend.
It happened on Northland Dr. and Obert in Mecosta Twp.
Police say after an investigation, it was concluded that the 19-year old Morley man was traveling south on Northland Dr, and was unable to make the curve near Obert.
The vehicle left the road and struck a tree.
The Morley man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids were he died from his injuries.
School Closings for 2/5/18
Big Rapids Headstart 1,2,3,4
Crossroads Academy of B.R
Mecosta - Remus Headstart
Mecosta - Remus Headstart
Morley Stanwood Community
Morley Stanwood Headstart
Pine RIver Area
Reed City Community Preschool
Reed City Headstart
St. Mary Catholic Big Rapids
St. Peter's Luth. of B.R.
Trinity Lutheran of Reed City
State Health officials say 1 in 15 patients who visited the doctor did for flu symptoms.
That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
Officials at Big Rapids and Reed City Spectrum Health Hospitals says they are trying to limit exposure at their facilities. One step, is implementing temporary visitor restrictions.
Officials ask If you are a visitor and are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please refrain from visiting the hospital.
Also the Hospitals strongly recommend only two visitors or family members visit a patient at a time in order to limit exposure to patients, visitors and family members.
These conditions apply to visitors at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, and at all other Spectrum Health hospitals, and are effective until further notice. These measures are designed to protect vulnerable patients.
Panera Bread is issuing a recall of all of its cream cheese products over Listeria concerns.
The company says the voluntary recall affects all varieties of 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its cafes across America.
The products have an expiration date on or before 4/2/18.
Panera has not received any report of illnesses regarding these products, the company states in a press release.
Customers are urged to discard the products and contact Panera for a full refund (1-855-6-PANERA.)
A 93-year old woman is recovering after getting into a car accident in Mecosta Co.
Deputies say it happened Friday, that's when a 93-year old driver from Stanwood was traveling on Carriage Lane near Red Fox in Canadian Lakes when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree.
Police say the driver could not say what may have caused her to lose control and crash.
UPDATE: Mecosta County law enforcement have located and identified a suspect they say is accused of retail fraud at a Big Rapids Menards store on Sunday.
Detective Drew Nielsen of the Mecosta County Sheriff's office says along with identifying the suspect they have also recovered the stolen property.
Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are on the lookout for a suspect they say committed retail fraud at the Menards store in Big Rapids.
Police say the incident happened Sunday.
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact the Sheriff's office.
The death of a Lake County woman has now been ruled a homicide.
Michigan State Police say a medical examiner has concluded 79-year old Evelyn Louise Ware's death was a homicide. On January 10th, emergency crews responded to a house fire in Ellsworth Township. Investigators discovered Ware's remains inside the home following the blaze.
Michigan State Police is asking for the public’s help in solving this homicide.
Anyone with surveillance systems and/or trail cameras in the area surrounding 1487 Lakola Rd. (Lakola/14 Mile Rd) is asked to contact the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post 989-773- 5951, so they can be reviewed for possible evidence.
Anyone wishing to provide information can remain anonymous by contacting the Cadillac Area Silent Observer at 231-779- 9215 or 1-800- 528-8234.
Tips can also be submitted through www.P3tips.com.
As tax season begins, several local law enforcement agencies are receiving numerous reports of telephone calls from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS.
Although these scams take many different forms, the most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. They may try to steal your identity too.
Be wary if you get an out-of-the-blue phone call or automated message from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Sometimes they say you owe money and must pay right away. Other times they say you are owed a refund and ask for your bank account information over the phone. Don’t fall for it.
Here are several tips that will help you avoid becoming a scam victim.
The real IRS will NOT:
• Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
• Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
• Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.
• Threaten you with a lawsuit.
If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:
• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
• You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.
If you think you may owe taxes:
• Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.
In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. These scams often use fake refunds, phony tax bills, or threats of an audit. Many scammers even use what appears to be an official IRS logo at the top of their email. Some emails link to sham websites that look real. Don’t be fooled! The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and their identity.
If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:
• Don’t reply to the message.
• Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
• Forward the email to phishing@irs .gov. Then delete it.
Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.
A Big Rapids man is recovering following a car accident in Green Township this morning.
Deputies say it happened on 195th Avenue just south of 20 Mile Rd.
A 37-year old Big Rapids man was heading northbound on 195th when he drifted off the road, went through a fence and hit a tree.
He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Michigan State Police have confirmed human remains discovered by investigators following a house fire last week in Lake County are that of the homeowner.
The fire occurred at a residence on Lakeola Rd in Ellsworth Township Wednesday.
Troopers say an autopsy confirmed the remains were that of 79-year old Evelyn Louise Ware.
The cause of the fire is still be investigated.
More drugs have been taken off the streets in Mecosta County as two people are behind bars for their alleged involvement in heroin delivery.
38-year old Corey James Smith of Lansing and 43-year old Tammy Eileen Friend of Alma, were arraigned on one count each of delivery of heroin.
The charge stems from an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team over alleged incidents in Wheatland Township.
Bond for Smith is set at $125,000, while bond for Friend is set at $150,000.
Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital welcome its first baby of 2018 last night.
Genesis Faith Stowers, the daughter of Roxanne and Jonathan Stowers, was born weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces.
The Stowers family, of Howard City, received a special basket from the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Auxiliary for having the first baby of the New Year.
The basket contains a baby sleeper, diapers and a plethora of other pink items for
their new baby girl.
The couple posed for a photo with Alexandrea Melonokas-Mahar, MD, who will be the baby’s pediatrician at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Family Medicine.
Two Big Rapids men accused of sexual assault will be sentenced following plea deals with Mecosta Co. prosecutors.
20-year old Christopher Charles Collins and 19-year old Gavin Christian Mason pleaded guilty to a charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct, in exchange prosecutors dismissed one count of first degree CSC.
Collins and Mason were arrested back in August following an incident at the Parkview Apartments.
They face up to 15 years behind bars, if they are handed the maximum sentence.
What were the top baby names for 2017? Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital released its list based on the 586 babies delivered at the hospital.
Topping this list this year for girls is Zoey, with Jackson taking the No. 1 spot for the boys for the second year in a row.
Number two and three on the girl's list were Abigail and Anna or Annabelle.
The two and three spots for boy's names were Emmett and Aiden.
A 46-year old Weidman man is recovering after hitting a flat bed of a semi truck with his car in Isabella County.
Police say Kristopher Antcliff was traveling north on Littlefield Road and failed to stop at a stop sign at Weidman road and into a flatbed trailer that was parked in the driveway of a business.
Antciff's vehicle went under the flatbed trailer.
The driver of the semi was not injured in the accident.
Deputies say alcohol was a factor in the accident.
The condition of Antcliff's is not known at this time.
A 28-year-old Grand Rapids man is recovering injuries following a weekend snowmobile crash.
Mecosta County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to White Pine Trail near Stanwood on Saturday.
Darius Johnson was found injured after he drove off the trail, struck a tree and was ejected from the snowmobile.
Johnson was transported to the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment.
Police said he received non life threatening injuries.
Johnson was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Another case of chronic wasting disease has been reported in a Michigan deer, this time in Mecosta County.
The confirmation comes from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding a one-and-a-half-year-old female deer on a farm in the county.
In the last two-and-half years, around 23,000 deer have been tested for CWD, resulting in 30 cases confirmed or suspected.
New jobs are coming to Big Rapids.
The remaining portion of the former Kmart building located at 1250 Perry Ave. in Big Rapids will be occupied by Planet Fitness, Colliers International | West Michigan announced today.
Planet Fitness plans to open May 2018 and will occupy 16,000 square feet next to Family Farm and Home.
“Planet Fitness offers a welcoming environment where people of all fitness levels can get a great workout, and we’re looking forward to serving community members and students in the coming months,” said Chris Klebba, owner of Planet Fitness in Big Rapids. “We’re excited to open a location in Big Rapids because we believe there’s a need for more fitness options in the area. With the proximity to Ferris State University, we couldn’t think of a better community for a new Planet Fitness location.”
Planet Fitness is a family-friendly, non-intimidating and affordable fitness center that offers cardio machines, strength equipment, a 30-minute express circuit and more. With memberships starting at $10 per month, Planet Fitness offers a variety of perks including fitness trainers, massage chairs and tanning. Construction is underway.
Planet Fitness is one of the fastest growing health club franchises in the U.S. For more information about Planet Fitness, visit planetfitness.com.
A head on crash in Mecosta County Sunday afternoon.
The Sheriff's Department says a pickup truck driver lost control of his vehicle while crossing a bridge and crossed the center line and hit another pickup driven by a 50-year-old woman from Morley headon.
Both drivers complained of injuries and the woman driver was taken to Spectrum Butterworth.
A drowsy driver is the cause of a vehicle to roll several times over the weekend in Mecosta County.
It happened on Newcosta Avenue north of Baseline Road in Mecosta Township.
The driver, 24-year old Christoper Timmer of Newaygo, told police he fell asleep and went off the road, causing his vehicle to overturn.
Timmer received non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment.
The Mecosta County Sheriff's office is investigating a bus accident that occurred Friday.
The accident involving a Chippewa Hills School District bus happened on 10th ave north of Hoover Rd in Fork Twp.
The bus driver was just north of a bus stop when students were being disorderly on the bus. The driver stopped the bus to address the disorderly kids. The driver didn't properly engage the braking mechanism before going to the back of the bus to address the disorderly students. The bus rolled forward running off the road and hitting a barbwire fence then coming to a stop in a field.
Two students received treated for non life threatening injuries.
The accident is still under investigation.
The Michigan State Police have released its annual drunk driving audit.
Each year the state compiles the number of arrests, crashes and more that were alcohol or drug related.
Here in Mecosta County, there were 112 total arrests connected to drunk or drugged driving, 74 males and 38 females. The more eyeopening stat in the report is just three vehicle injury accidents last year related to operating while intoxicated.
In Osceola County, numbers are even lower with 70 total arrests related to drunk or drugged driving. That included four alcohol related vehicle injury accidents and one fatal accident involving alcohol and one involving both alcohol and drugs.
For comparison, neighboring Isabella County had 492 arrests in connection to driving under the influence.
Fremont Police in Newaygo County are looking for a person they say is on camera stealing a car and could be linked to other car thefts.
Officials say two cars have been stolen in the city in the last week.
Both had the keys left in them however one vehicle has since been recovered.
If you have any information about the suspect or incident, contact Fremont police at 231-924-8544.
A Six Lakes man was arrested on a number of charges including fleeing and eluding and possession of meth following a short chase Saturday night in Mecosta County.
It started on 30th Ave near 7 Mile Rd in Wheatland Twp, that's where police conducted a traffic stop of the 25-year old suspect.
The suspect then fled from his vehicle in to a wooded area.
Deputies located the suspect after a short search.
The suspects name is being withheld pending arraignment.
Deputies at the Mecosta County Sheriff's office are still on the lookout for a couple accused of attempting to steal more than $4,200 worth of merchandise from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township.
Police say the incident happened on Thanksgiving night when they got the call about a retail fraud in progress.
The suspects had fled in a silver passenger vehicle.
The female suspect has blond hair and was wearing a red shirt. The male has a thin build and was wearing a white MSU ball cap.
If you can identify the suspects, please contact the Mecosta county Sheriff’s office at 231-592-0150.
A Greenville man suffered significant facial injuries following an ATV accident in Montcalm County.
Police say family members discovered the crash on Kickland Road near Monroe Road after the the 51-year old man was late to his destination.
An investigation revealed the driver was heading west on Kickland Road when the ATV overturned. Deputies say the driver was not wearing a helmet and alcohol may have played a role in the accident.
He was taken to Spectrum Grand Rapids Hospital.
The courtroom was jammed in Osceola County Wednesday afternoon as attorneys for the Nestle Water Company and Osceola Township tangled over the future of a proposed booster station for Nestle.
The township has denied Nestle’s request to build a booster pump at their well near Evart which would allow Nestle to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from the well there, and increase their bottling operation at their Stanwood Plant.
Nestle believes they meet the standards for a permit but county officials believe it violates zoning.
The verdict is now in the hands of the judge.
Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire to breakout at a home on South Bronson Avenue in Big Rapids Sunday night that claimed the life of an 80-year old woman.
Firefighters got the call about the house fire just before 8pm Sunday night, it took crews around two hours to contain the blaze.
Officials say they found the 80-year old woman in the kitchen area and tried resuscitate her but efforts were unsuccessful.
The home is a total loss.
"Imagine More", that's Ferris State University's slogan and that's what they want to do moving into the future with growing the Big Rapids based school as well as offering more to its students.
FSU President David Eisler announced Thursday Now and Always: The Campaign for Ferris State University, it's the school’s first comprehensive fundraising effort in its 133-year history.
Eisler said this effort has a goal of making an impact on its students currently and those in the future.
The financial barriers that our students face are significant,” Eisler said. “We are committed to keeping a Ferris education affordable. We cannot be a university dedicated to quality education for all and not make this accessible for all.”
The multi-year campaign, aims at raising $80 million for three major priorities: investing in students, program expansion and innovation, and building partnerships. $36-million dollars of the goal will go to an endowment fund for student scholarships.
Winter weather is here with black ice being blamed for a crash in Mecosta County late Thursday afternoon.
A man from Sears lost control of his vehicle on black ice and hit some trees.
A 39-year-old woman, a 15-year-old and a three-year-old passenger were injured and taken to a Mount Pleasant Hospital.
Spectrum Health hospitals in Big Rapids, Reed City are warning area residents to be aware that people have received spoofing / scam phone calls from parties who claim to be representatives of Spectrum Health.
Hospital officials say these bogus calls are seeking credit card information and other personal details.
Officials ask that if you are not 100% sure of the legitimacy of providing personal or financial information over the phone to any Spectrum Health entity, that you ask the person for a call-back number and first contact customer service at 1.844.879.6180.
The persons making these recent phone calls are in no way associated with Spectrum Health and are seeking personal financial information for unlawful reasons and their own personal gain. Many of these callers are very sophisticated and are using Spectrum Health or one of its hospitals as the caller ID, making it look like a legitimate phone call.
If you receive one of these scam calls, please report it to your local police department.
No one was hurt after a Big Rapids man accidentally drove into a business Monday in Mecosta County.
Deputies say the accident occurred at the West Michigan Pain Clinic on Gilbert Road when a 76-year-old Big Rapids man was attempting to park.
While pulling into the parking space, the driver’s foot slipped off of the brake pedal and hit the gas pedal instead, causing the vehicle to go onto the sidewalk and crash into a large window wall near the lobby of the clinic.
No patients or employees were injured from the accident.
The driver also was not injured in the crash.