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Ferris State To Host "Red Out Wink & The Rink" This Saturday To Help Promote Heart Health

 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.

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Stanwood woman suffers injuries after car accident in Big Rapids Township

 

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. 

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Isabella Co. landlord arrested after firing shotgun in tenants backyard

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

 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Softball To Open Season In Indy This Weekend After Change In Season-Opening Schedule

 

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.

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Mecosta Co. implements weight restrictions on all county roads

 

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 

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SPORTS: Ferris State Claims NABC Division II National Team Of The Week Distinction After Road Sweep

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.

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SPORTS: Ferris State Ranked First In Initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Basketball Rankings

 

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.

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Police investigating sexual abuse allegations involving Fremont High School Assistant Principal and one other person

 

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. 

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Governor and state lawmakers agree to $4,900 personal income tax exemption

 

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. 

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Osceola County man arrested after threatening hospital staff

 

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.

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BR Cardinal alum comes home to face Ferris State basketball

 

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.

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Lakeview man charged with stealing from Menards in Big Rapids Township

 

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. 

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Two Lakeview women injured following car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

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. 

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State Police offering reward for information that leads to arrest in homicide case in Lake Co.

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. 

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Reed City teen faces charges following snapchat video

 

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. 

 

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Two people sent to the hospital following snowmobile accident on Round Lake

 

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 

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Morley man dies following car accident in Mecosta Township

 

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. 

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SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR FEB. 5th, 2018

School Closings for 2/5/18

Barryton Headstart
Big Jackson 
Big Rapids 
Big Rapids Headstart 1,2,3,4
Chippewa Hills 
Crossroads Academy of B.R
Evart 
Evart Headstart
Lakeview Community
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Mecosta-Osceola Transit 
Mecosta/Osceola ISD
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Morley Stanwood Community
Morley Stanwood Headstart 

Pine RIver Area
Reed City 
Reed City Community Preschool
Reed City Headstart
St. Mary Catholic Big Rapids
St. Peter's Luth. of B.R. 
Trinity Lutheran of Reed City

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals implement temporary visitor restrictions in order to curb flu

 

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.

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Panera Bread issues recall of cream cheese products over listeria concerns

 

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.)


 

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Stanwood woman hits tree with car, taken to hospital

 

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.  

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UPDATE: Mecosta Co. Police locate & identify retail fraud suspect

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.  

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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.

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Death of Lake Co. woman ruled a homicide

 

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. 

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IRS tax scam season ramps up locally; law enforcement offer tips to keep you safe

 

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.

Email Scams:

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.


 

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Big Rapids man suffers injuries following car accident

 

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. 

 

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Police identify victim of Lake Co. house fire

 

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. 

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Two arrested for delivering heroin in Mecosta Co.

 

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.

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital welcomes first baby of 2018

 

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.

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Two Big Rapids men plead guilty to sex crime charge

 

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. 

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Big Rapids Spectrum Health Hospital releases top baby names in 2017

 

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. 

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Weidman driver hit flat bed of semi truck in Isabella Co.

 

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. 

 

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Grand Rapids man injured in snowmobile accident

 

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.

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New case of chronic wasting disease confirmed in Mecosta County

 

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.

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Planet Fitness announces Big Rapids location

 

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.  


 

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Morley woman sent to hospital following head on car accident

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.

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Sleepy driver rolls vehicle during accident Sunday in Mecosta Co.

 

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. 

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Police investigating Friday school bus accident

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.

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Michigan State Police release drunk and drugged driving audit

 

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. 

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Fremont Police looking for car theft suspect

 

 

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. 

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Six Lakes man arrested on drug charges following chase from police

 

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. 

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Mecosta County Deputies looking for retail fraud suspects

 

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.  

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ATV accident leaves Greenville man with facial injuries

 

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. 

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Lawyers for Osceola Twp. and Nestle Waters make arguments in pumping station appeals case

 

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. 

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Sunday night house fire kills 80-year old Big Rapids woman

 

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. 

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Ferris State University announces first comprehensive campaign in its 133 years

 

"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. 

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Black ice a factor in Mecosta County car accident

 

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. 

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Spectrum Health warning area residents about bogus phone calls from scammers

 

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.

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No one hurt after car crashes through business in Mecosta County

 

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. 

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Tuesday Election in Big Rapids to decide 2 commission seats and special bond proposal by BRPS

For the first time in over eight years the City of Big Rapids will be lead by someone who's not Mark Warba.

 

That's because Warba is term-limited as Tuesday's election takes place.

 

Current city commissioner Tom Hogenson is running unopposed for the Mayoral seat.

 

City Commissioner Lorraine James and residents Jonathan Eppley and Chris O’Neil are running for two, four-year terms on the city commission.

 

Big Rapids Public Schools will also be asking voters to approve a special bond proposal.

 

If approved, those funds would be used to make improvements for building and site purposes that include classroom renovations, security and technology upgrades and construction of outdoor athletic facilities. 

 

Voting precincts will be open from 7am-8pm Tuesday. 

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Blanchard man sent to hospital following Mecosta County car accident

 

A Blanchard man is recovering following a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County Tuesday.

 

It happened at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Monroe Road in Millbrook Township.

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a 52-year-old Blanchard man was driving eastbound on Monroe Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, striking a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Blanchard woman traveling southbound on 10th Avenue.

 

The Blanchard man was taken to the Spectrum Hospital in Lakeview for treatment of his injuries.  

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Big Rapids man arrested on drug charges

 

A Big Rapids man is facing a host of drug charges in connect multiple cases against him.

 

25-year old Scott Allen Ruffin is charged in connection to delivering cocaine and ecstasy in two cases out of Big Rapids.

 

The alleged incidents occurred on August 30th and October 2nd.

 

Ruffin's bond was set at $75,000 and $50,000 respectively. 

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Health insurance premiums going up 27% in Michigan

 

Premiums are expected to rise an average of 27 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who buy their own health insurance.

 

Consumers eligible for income-based tax credits will be protected from the premium increases.

 

The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services published the rates on Wednesday.

 

Enrollment for 2018 begins in a week.

 

The state says the premiums are higher than expected because President Donald Trump recently ended cost-sharing payments to insurers for providing lower-income customers discounts on out-of-pocket costs. 

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Big Rapids man arrested on child porn charges

 

A 31-year old Big Rapids man could face up to life in prison after being charged with sex crimes.

 

Charles Dulzo was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

Big Rapids Police say the alleged incidents took place July 13th and 27th.

 

Investigators say they were contacted by Dulzo’s wife after she discovered inappropriate images of a child who she had watched for a friend on her husband's phone.

 

Dulzo's bond was set at $750,000. 

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Listeria concern prompts recall of more than 30 Meijer brand produce items

A recall involving packaged produce sold at Meijer stores. The Grand Rapids-based retailer says the recall of more than 30 vegetables is due to listeria concerns.

 

Mann Packing,which provides produce to Meijer, notified the company of the possible contamination involving items in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.

 

The produce was sold between September 27th and October 20th at stores.

 

No illnesses have been reported.

 

People who bought the produce should throw it out or return it to a Meijer store for a refund.

 

Here is the recall list: 

 

UPC

UPC Description

0-0-4548-3

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB

0-0-4566-7

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS 3 LB BAG

0-71651-90035-3

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS (EDI)

0-71651-90384-2

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

0-72668-20001-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS LB

2-13760-00000-9

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-17879-00000-4

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-19106-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS

2-19489-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS WITH GARLIC PARMESAN

2-19744-00000-3

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY G&G

2-20185-00000-2

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY

2-20186-00000-1

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY W/DIP

2-20582-00000-1

FIESTA TRAY WITH RED PEPPER HUMMUS

2-20782-00000-9

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLICES

2-20785-00000-6

ZUCCHINI AND SQUASH COMBO

2-20786-00000-5

ZUCCHINI SQUASH

2-20787-00000-4

MIXED PEPPER BLEND

2-21233-00000-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS PLU 4566 

2-21234-00000-4

BROCCOLI FLORETS PLU 4548

2-22077-00000-8

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-22091-00000-8

VEGETABLE TRAY WITH HUMMUS

2-22097-00000-2

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

2-22098-00000-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

2-22099-00000-0

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-29523-00000-1

PRE-PACKAGED BROCCOLI FLORETS

2-29524-00000-0

PRE-PACKAGED CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

2-29525-00000-9

PRE-PACKAGED CAUL/BROC FLORETS

7-08820-24604-1

CAULI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-00356-1

CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS LB

7-16519-01015-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-03849-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-16519-03871-6

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-19283-76392-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

7-19283-76409-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

7-19283-76412-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

 

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Traverse City woman suffers life-threatening injuries following deer/vehicle accident in Mecosta County

 

A Traverse City woman suffered life threatening injuries following a two car deer vehicle accident on US-131 in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say a 34 year old woman from Traverse City was traveling on southbound on the highway when she tried to swerve to miss a deer in the road that had been previously hit and lost control of her vehicle after hitting the deer. The vehicle then was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50 year old Grandville man.

 

Both vehicles left the roadway and overturned.

 

The 50 year old man, and two passengers were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The 34 year old driver of the other vehicle was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for possible life threatening injuries. 

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Everyone involved ok after car/school bus accident Friday morning in Remus

 

It was a scary situation for Chippewa Hills students Friday morning heading to school when a bus they were on was involved in an accident with another vehicle.

 

Deputies in Mecosta County say it happened at the intersection of 30th Avenue (M-66) and Arthur Road.

 

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old Remus woman, was heading southbound on 30th Avenue when the school bus turned left in front of her. She tried to stop, but hit the back corner of the bus.

 

The driver of the car had the right of way and was not at fault.

 

The students and bus driver were not injured in the crash.

 

The driver of the car also did not have any injuries, but the minor child she had with her in the vehicle was transported to a hospital in Mount Pleasant for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

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Deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County

 

As we continue into the deer hunting season, law enforcement would like to remind motorists about being more cautious and to look out for deer while traveling in the area.

 

942 motorists in Mecosta County were involved in deer/vehicle crashes in 2016.

 

Big Rapids and Green Township tied with the most deer/vehicle accidents last year with 118 a piece. Then Colfax Township and Mecosta Township at 82 and 75 accidents last year respectively.

 

Statewide, more than 45,000 Michigan motorists collided with deer in 2016.  Deer-vehicle crashes injured more than 1,200 people and killed 14 in 2016.


 

Here is a breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County:

Big Rapids Twp

118

Green Twp

118

Colfax Twp

82

Mecosta Twp

75

Hinton Twp

55

Morton Twp

55

Wheatland Twp

55

Millbrook Twp

53

Austin Twp

48

Sheridan Twp

48

Chippewa Twp

43

Martiny Twp

42

Aetna Twp

39

Fork Twp

37

Deerfield Twp

32

Grant Twp

23

Big Rapids

15

Barryton

2

Mecosta

1

Morley

1


 

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Newaygo County Deputies looking for suspect accused of stalking

 

Deputies in Newaygo County needs the public's help finding a man who is accused of stalking.

 

Police are looking for 35-year old Joseph Harrell.

 

He’s described around 5’8”, 195 pounds and has red hair and a beard.

 

Deputies think he may be around the Allendale area near Grand Valley State University.

 

Harrell has search warrants out for his arrest that include felony stalking.

 

If you have any information, call the Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288. 

 

 

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State Police looking for credit card fraud suspects in Mecosta Co.

 

The Michigan State Police are looking for two women they say are accused of credit card fraud in the Big Rapids area.

 

Troopers say the suspects are accused of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a credit card from the victims purse which was then used to rack up more than $500 in charges.

 

Troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from the local businesses and have two suspects captured on film.

 

Anyone with tips can contact the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951. 

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Police in Osceola County looking for suspect

 

Police in Osceola County are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say tried to break into a party store in Highland Township.

 

Deputies say around 2:30am Wednesday morning, a suspect attempted to break into the M-115 Party Store.

 

The store’s security camera captured video of the suspect in the incident. 

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify this person of interest should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2288. 

 

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Big Rapids Salvation Army to host electronic recycling event Saturday

The Big Rapids Salvation Army will be hosting an event Saturday that allows area residents to get rid of their unusable, unwanted electronics. 

 

Area residents are invited to bring their outdated and/or broken electronics to 218 N. Michigan Ave., in front of Big Rapids City Hall and the Salvation Army Family Store, for recycling.

 

Most items are free to recycle, but a few have a fee, which will be due at the time of disposal.

 

Items free to recycle include:

Computers: desktops, laptops, servers, towers, main frames, blades, telecom racks;

All circuit boards;

Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs (iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm Pilot);

Networking equipment: routers, hubs, switches, modems;

Hard drive/internal and external disk drives;

RAM, memory, IC chips, processors;

Power supply, UPS;

Power cords, cables, wires;

Heat sinks, AC adapters, VGA connectors, plastic computer fans;

Printers, scanners, faxes, copiers;

Tablets (iPad, Kindle, Fire);

Keyboards, mice, docking stations;

Audio/visual equipment: DVD, VCR and/or CD players, stereos, receivers, radio, speakers;

Consumer electronics: kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, power tools, clocks

Gaming systems, GPS units, memory sticks;

Telephones, answering machines; and

Rechargeable batteries (terminals must be taped).

 

For a small fee, the following also can be recycled:

All TVs /screens, for $0.35 per pound;

All regular batteries, for $0.60 per pound;

Lithium batteries, for $3.60 per pound; and

Over sized TVs, for $0.45 per pound

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Ferris State University keeps room and dining rates same for 2018/2019 year

 

Ferris State University students can breathe a sigh of relief as the university board of trustees approved not to increase housing and dining rates for the 2018/2019 school year.

 

Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance, spoke about the decision not to increase room and board rates saying it's being done to help students and their families afford a great Ferris State University education while keeping their student loan debt as low as possible.

 

The board further approved a final general fund operating budget, $211.5 million dollars for the 2018 fiscal year. 

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Big Rapids Township rollover accident sends White Cloud man to hospital

 

Deputies in Mecosta County believe alcohol is a factor in a rollover accident that sent a White Cloud man to the hospital Thursday morning.

 

It happened on 15 mile rd. West of 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp. Deputies say that's where the driver rolled his vehicle.

 

The White Cloud man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids and was later transported to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for non life threatening injuries. 

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Three car accident in Isabella County claims life of 4-year old girl

 

Sad news out of Isabella County, as a four year old girl is dead following a three car accident Wednesday.

 

It happened on M20 and Winn Road.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says when first responders arrived, they discovered that a 4-year girl had been ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene from apparent head injury.

 

The mother and another driver were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

 

It appears that one of the vehicles failed to yield at a Red light and struck the other vehicle.

 

During the collision, one of the vehicles struck a pickup truck that was driven by an man who was on M20, he was not injured in the crash.

 

The accident remains under investigation. 

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Wolverine Worldwide sells Big Rapids factory to Tenn. based Original Footwear

 

Wolverine Worldwide has sold its Big Rapids factory and its department of defense contracts to Tennessee-based footwear manufacturer original footwear.

 

According to a press release by Wolverine Worldwide, Company President Blake Krueger said because Original footwear qualifies as a small business under Small Business Administration regulations, the Big Rapids factory is expected to be able to compete for a significant number of contracts not available to “large” corporations like Wolverine Worldwide.

 

"The sale to Original Footwear will provide the opportunity for the Big Rapids factory to compete for Department of Defense contracts set aside for small businesses," said, Blake Krueger, Wolverine's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We firmly believe that the sale of the Big Rapids factory and the DoD business to Original Footwear is in the best interest of the Big Rapids operations. With new ownership, we feel the factory is better positioned to win additional contracts that will retain important manufacturing jobs for the community." 

 

Wolverine Worldwide’s Big Rapids factory, is one of the largest producers of footwear to the U.S.. Military. 

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Police searching for shooting suspect in Isabella County

 

Police in Isabella County are continuing their search for a man who they say shot a woman.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says it happened Wednesday morning at a home on East Baseline Road near Loomis Road. That's where a man and woman were sleeping when and a man entered the home.

 

A fight ensued, and a gun was fired, hitting the woman.

 

The victim's condition is unknown at this time. 

 

Main says they are looking for 38-year old Kenneth Maddux, who was reportedly last seen in the county line of M-20. Maddux could be wearing a Orange or Red T-shirt and blue jeans.

 

If located, please do not approach and call 911.  

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Alleged drunk driving accident Saturday night causes power outage in LeRoy Township

 

An alleged drunk driver caused a power outage Osceola County's LeRoy Township Saturday night.

 

Deputies say it happened at the intersection of 12 mile road and 190th Avenue, that's where the driver failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, striking a tree then overturned and hit a power poll and some power lines causing the electric outage.

 

The driver, a LeRoy man, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.

 

The accident remains under investigation however speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. 

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Amish teen drowns in Isabella Co. pond

 

An Amish teen is dead after drowning in a pond in Isabella County.

 

Police say the 17-year old was swimming with family and friends at a pond, when he began to struggle in the water, family members attempted to pull the teen to the surface but could not.

 

Divers from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Isabella County dive team members were able to dive into the murky water and locate the victim within a couple minutes.

 

Unfortunately, resuscitation measures by first responders on shore were not successful and the man was pronounced deceased. 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Police investigating stabbing in Isabella County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Ferris State Police warn students of phone scam

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Meth bust in Osceola County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Weidman man arrested in Mecosta County after police chase

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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