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UPDATE: Police identify three suspects involved with Walmart theft in Mecosta Co.

Deputies at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office have identified the three people involved in the theft of a flat screen TV and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday evening.

 

Police say the identities of the suspects will be released once they are arrested and arraigned on charges.

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Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

 

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Mecosta Co. deputies looking for retail theft suspect

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they say is suspected of stealing a flat screen television and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday Evening.

 

Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

Deputies are in need of assistance in identifying the three subjects involved in the theft. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is urged to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, and ask for Deputy Tanner. 

 

The suspect in question is described as a white male approximately 6'2" wearing a vest during the theft. The female driver of the vehicle was only described as a white female with Brown hair.

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General Motors to offer new extended warranties on their vehicles

General Motors will begin offering what it calls an "industry first" optional extended bumper-to-bumper warranty.

 

Unlike service contracts now offered by dealers, the GM deal will extend the vehicle's actual manufacturers warranty.

 

Chevrolet and GMC customers can pay to extend their warranties to five years or sixty thousand miles. Buick and Cadillac customers will be offered warranties that extend to six years or seventy thousand miles.

 

GM says the deal will also improve the resale value of the vehicles, because the warranty will stay with the vehicle after it's sold.

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Alcohol suspected in weekend accident in Austin Township

Deputies in Mecosta County say alcohol and careless driving played a factor in a car crash in Austin Township Saturday morning.

 

Police say an Investigation showed that the vehicle was doing donuts in the intersection on 170th Ave south of 8 Mile Rd before striking the stop sign.

 

The 21-year old driver from Big Rapids then continued southbound doing burn outs, lost control and struck a tree.

 

The passengers, a 22-year old woman from White Cloud, a 26-year old Stanwood man and a 22-year old Conklin woman all suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at SHBR. 

 

The driver had very minor injuries.

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Osceola County dairy farm issues recall for some of its milk products

Hilhof Dairy Farm of Hersey is voluntarily recalling some of its milk because of a testing issue.

 

No illnesses have been reported, according to a press release.

 

The recall is due to the products not being tested by a state-approved analyst, which is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation.

 

The recalled products are packaged in glass bottles and include skim, 2 percent, heavy cream and chocolate milk lots with best-by dates of 10/12 through 10/26, and whole milk with a use-by date of 10/12.

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2019/2020 Housing and Dining rates for Ferris Students approved by FSU Board of Trustees

Housing rates for students at Ferris State University will not be going up next school year however dining rates will be increasing a tick.

 

During its meeting last week FSU  Board of Trustees set dining and housing rates for students at $10,042 an increase from last year of 1.5%.

 

Trustees also approved a final general fund operating budget, $209.1 million, and a final housing and dining budget, $32.1 million, for the 2019 fiscal year.

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Third suspect charged with suspected arson cases

A third suspect was arraigned in connection to last week's suspected arsons in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

20-year old Derek Austin Keeler of Sparta was charged with three counts of third-degree arson. If convicted, he faces up to a decade behind bars.

 

Keeler's co defendants 18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris,of Morley, and 32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III, of Howard City, all face the same charges in connection to allegedly setting fires to three different structures around Mecosta County's Deerfield Township as well as an area in Montcalm County.

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Morley woman charged with arson

A Morley woman has now been charged in the suspected arsons and break-ins around Mecosta County and Montcalm County.

 

The crimes took place this past Monday.

 

18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris, was charged with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

If convicted, Harris faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

Her bond was set at $150,000.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III of Howard City was arraigned Tuesday on the same charges however due to previous convictions in Mecosta and Newaygo Counties, he's also been charged as a habitual offender.

 

His bond was set at $500,000.

 

A third suspect, a 20-year old Howard City man is still waiting to be charged.

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Howard City man arraigned on arson charges; warrants sought for other suspects

 

A Howard City man was arraigned in Mecosta County on multiple arson's in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III was charged Tuesday with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

He's also charged with being a habitual offender fourth offense due to previous convictions in Newaygo County and Mecosta County.

 

Warrants have also been issued for an 18-year-old woman from Morley and a 20-year-old man from Howard City in connection to the crimes.

 

They also allegedly tried to break into an occupied home.

 

The incidents occurred in Deerfield Township in Mecosta County and Reynolds and Winfield townships in Montcalm County.

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Arrest made in connection to suspected arson's in Mecosta County's Deerfield Twp.

We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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Arrest made in connection to suspected arson's in Mecosta County's Deerfield Twp.

We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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Four structure fires along Mecosta/Montcalm County line

Authorities are investigating if arson was involved in four separate fires this morning along the Mecosta/Montcalm County lines.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30 a.m. the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley.

 

Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

So far, there are no reports of injuries.

 

Law enforcement is currently investigating.

 

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.

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Ferris Faculty Association votes "No Confidence" in FSU leadership; University responds

After two days of voting, the Ferris State Faculty Association concluded it has “No Confidence” in Ferris Leadership, specifically President David Eisler.

 

Following that vote, The university responded with a statement:

This recent action taken by the Ferris Faculty Association has no legal merit. The vote is a common tactic routinely used to pressure the University during negotiations. The University is looking forward to resuming negotiations next week with the FFA. We remain hopeful that a tentative agreement can be reached soon.”

 

450 members of the FFA have been without a contract for the last four weeks.

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Stanton woman dies in Montcalm County crash

A Stanton woman is dead following a car accident Saturday night in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on  Sidney Road near Hillman Road.

 

Michigan State Police say a Stanton woman was heading east on Sidney Road trying to pass a vehicle when she hit a westbound vehicle head-on.

 

The Stanton woman died in the crash.

 

A Greenville woman and her 10-month-old son were in the other vehicle.

 

Neither of them were hurt.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

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Reed City pair suffers injuries following car accident in Mecosta Co.

A Reed City Couple is recovering after a car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. north of 19 Mile Rd. in Green Twp.

 

Deputies say a south bound vehicle (driven by a 38 year old man from Reed City) was slowing down for a vehicle that was in front of it when a another south bound vehicle (driven by a 47 year old male from Big Rapids) struck it from behind. 

 

The Reed City man and his female passenger (also from Reed City) were taken to the hospital by ambulance for minor, non-life threatening injuries.

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Elderly Sanford couple killed in Isabella County car accident

An elderly Sanford couple is dead following a car accident in Isabella County.

 

It happened Monday morning at the intersection of Leaton and Pere Marquette Road.

 

Police say an 81-year-old man and 83-year-woman were pronounced dead at the scene. They say the Sanford couple’s car was hit by a Chevy Trailblazer which did not stop at a stop sign.

 

The driver and passenger in the trailblazer were taken to the hospital for injuries but are expected to survive.

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One year old suffers serious injuries after being ran over by truck in Mecosta Co.

Sad situation in Fork Township where a father accidentally ran over his one year old son with his truck.  

 

It happened in Barryton around 8pm last night, Mecosta Co. Deputies say the 35-year old father was backing out of the garage at their residence when he struck the child.

 

Police say the child was flown to Helen DeVos Children's hospital in Grand Rapids where he's listed in serious condition.

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Noraine Lois Scarpelli passes away at 92

Noraine Scarpelli of Chicago, Illinois, age 92, passed away in Georgetown, Texas on September 6, 2018. Her husband Eugene Scarpelli preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Jeff Scarpelli and Noraine Eberlin, their spouses Diane Scarpelli and Jim Eberlin; grandchildren Gordon Eberlin, David Eberlin and his wife Sarah, Brian Scarpelli and his wife Rebecca, Maureen Scarpelli, JT Scarpelli and Joanna Scarpelli; great-grandchildren Sadie Eberlin (David and Sarah) and Daniel Scarpelli (Brian and Rebecca).
A visitation and viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on September 12 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W 94th St. in Oak Lawn. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Gravesite interment will follow immediately at Bethania Cemetery, 7701 South Archer Ave, Justice, Il. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Paul Lutheran School, 4660 W 94th St. Oak Lawn, Il 60453. 
 

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Over 4,200 residents without power following latest heavy thunderstorm

The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for those affected that have Great Lakes Energy as a provider, 773 are without electricity. No timetable for restoration yet.  

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Over 4,200 residents without power following latest heavy thunderstorm

The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for Great Lakes Energy customers, 773 are without power currently. there is no time for restoration yet. 

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Mecosta man sent to hospital after vehicle/tree accident

A 30-year old man from Mecosta was sent to the hospital last night after crashing his vehicle into a tree.

It happened on 120th ave south of 11 Mile Rd, Aetna Twp, deputies say the Mecosta man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. 

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Ferris State faculty back to work following court issued injunction

Ferris State University faculty are back to work today after a judge issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the FFA's strike.

 

The faculty's old contract expired June 30th affecting 450 tenured members.

 

Negotiations between the university and the FFA are set to continue on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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Power knocked out for over 1,000 Mecosta Co. residents

Just over 1,700 people are without power following heavy thunderstorms last night into this morning throughout Mecosta County.

 

Consumer Energy officials say high winds knocked down trees causing some of the outages.

 

 

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Most of the affected areas have been restored, the utility hopes an area in Big Rapids Township restored by 9:15am.  

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Ferris Faculty Association votes to strike

Ferris State University Students returned to campus last week and are expected to start classes today however the Ferris Faculty Association decided to strike after negotiations on a new contract broke down.

 

The faculty's old contract expired June 30th.

 

In a press release by the Michigan Education Association, the FFA voted to strike Saturday night.

 

In a statement on Ferris' website the school says based on the FFA's decision to strike, some faculty may not be present to teach their classes on Monday. Classes will be held and students should attend as scheduled.

 

The University plans to continue negotiations with the FFA and to serve the best interests of students as this process continues.

 

 

We will have more on this story as it develops. 

 

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Fiat Chrysler recalls minivans and SUV's for brake problem

Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 200,000 minivans and SUVs for a brake problem.

 

The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass.

 

Most are in the United States.

 

The automaker says a brake-system part wasn't built to specifications, allowing gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid.

 

So far, no customer complaints or reports of crashes or injuries.

 

Dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler says will solve the problem.

 

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Additional charges levied against inmate who escaped Newaygo Co. hospital

More charges for a west Michigan man who escaped custody at a Fremont hospital and was caught after he crashed a stolen motorcycle.

 

Ian Riley-Jackson Davis now faces charges of auto theft, second degree home invasion, and breaking and entering .

 

That's reportedly on top of charges the 32-year-old already faced including: assaulting and obstructing a police officer.

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Internal investigation sought as inmate escapes from hospital in Newaygo Co.

The search for a missing west Michigan jail inmate concluded after the man crashed a stolen motorcycle.

 

32-year-old Ian Riley-Jackson Davis escaped custody at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont Tuesday.

 

He stole a motorcycle and crashed it into the side on an oil tanker truck.

 

Davis was injured and had been originally in jail on multiple felony charges.

 

Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham plans an internal investigation into how he escaped.

 

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Manistee man dead following traffic accident in Osceola County

A Manistee man is dead following a traffic accident up in Osceola County.

 

It happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Mackinaw Trail and 20 Mile Rd. in Burdell Twp.

 

Deputies say a 75-year old Reed City man was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Rd in a Ford Fusion when he stopped at the intersection of Mackinaw Trail and then continued westbound into the path of a Harley Davidson motorcycle being ridden by a 68-year old Manistee man.

 

The Manistee man was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the Ford Fusion was not injured.

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Police looking for retail fraud suspects

 

Police in Mecosta County are looking for two people suspected in a possible retail fraud case.

 

Deputies say a male and female stole $800 worth of speakers.

 

If you have any information on the identity, contact Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department at (231) 592-0150.


 

 

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SUSPECT CAUGHT: Michigan State Police searching for inmate who escaped from hospital in Newaygo Co.

Police have confirmed they have arrested Davis following a chase Tuesday afternoon. 

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Police are searching for an inmate that escaped from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital before 9am, Tuesday. 

 

Michigan State Police say 32-year old Ian Riley-Jackson Davis is described as a white male, 6' 1", 200 lbs, slender build with black hair and green eyes. Tattoos on right arm and left and right calf. Last seen wearing orange jumpsuit pants with no shirt.

 

Police advise residents to lock their cars and homes. 

 

Davis was arrested on a number of vehicle break-ins around Newaygo County.  

 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288 or 911.

 

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SCAM ALERT: Ferris State University Police warning students of financial aid scam

Officials with the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety are warning students about a scam going around campus.

 

Police say students are receiving calls from a person claiming to be from Financial Aid.

 

The caller then threatens the student that if they do not immediately pay over the phone, they will cancel their classes.

 

Officials say this is a scam and to hang up the phone immediately.

 

FSU does not accept payment by phone. Payments must be made in-person or online through the secure eBilling portal.

 

If you believe you have been targeted or if you have provided financial information over the phone, call DPS at (231) 591-5000 to report the incident.

 

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White Cloud woman dead, Fremont man in critical condition following two car accident involving pontoon

One woman is dead and a man in critical condition following a two car accident involving a pontoon boat in Newaygo County.

 

It happened Saturday night, Michigan State Police say a vehicle pulling a pontoon boat was traveling south on North Centerline Road at the intersection of West Foss Street when it came into the corner to fast, causing the pontoon to fall off the trailer.

 

A White Cloud woman and a Fremont man were riding in the pontoon.

 

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The man was taken to Butterworth Hospital via Aero Med.

 

He is listed in critical condition.

 

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for operating under the influence causing death, according to a press release.

 

His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Big Rapids Social Security Office moves into new location August 13th

The Big Rapids Social Security office will relocate to its new location at 502A N. State Street, Big Rapids, MI, on Monday, August 13, 2018.  

 

Business operations at 730 Watertower Road, Big Rapids, MI, will end after close of business on Friday, August 10.

 

Social Security office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. People may create their my Social Security account, a personalized online service, at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

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New chronic wasting disease regulations approved for 2018 hunting season

More deer hunting regulations have been approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected animals and produces small lesions that result in death. There is no cure; once an animal is infected, it will die. 

The disease first was discovered in Michigan in a free-ranging deer in May 2015.

To date, more than 31,000 deer in Michigan have been tested for chronic wasting disease, and CWD has been confirmed in 60 free-ranging deer in six Michigan counties: Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm.

 

The new regulations includes: An immediate ban on baiting and feeding in the 16-county area identified as the CWD Management Zone. This area includes Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Shiawassee counties.

 

Other approved regulations include:

 

  • Effective immediately in the CWD Management Zone and four-county bovine tuberculosis area (in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties), hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements can now use 2 gallons of single-bite bait, such as shelled corn, during the Liberty and Independence hunts.
  • Allowance of all legal firearms to be used in muzzleloader season in the CWD Management Zone.
  • A purchase limit of 10 private-land antlerless licenses per hunter in the CWD Management Zone.
  • Restrictions on deer carcass movement in the five-county CWD Core Area (Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo counties) and the CWD Management Zone.
  • Antlerless options on deer licenses/combo licenses during firearms seasons in the five-county CWD Core Area.
  • Expansion of early and late antlerless seasons in select counties.
  • Changes to regulations regarding wildlife rehabilitators.

 

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2018 local and state primary election results

The election results are in for Mecosta County.

 

In the Chippewa Township race for the board of trustees seat, Debbie Carmichael-Zielinski won by two votes over Annette Walters, 58-56.

 

James Chapman is the Green Township Supervisor, he beat Ross Meads 328-240 votes.

 

In state election news, incumbent State Rep. Michele Hoitenga beat out former Cadillac Mayor Bill Barnett for the Republican nomination. Hoitenga will take on democratic nominee Dion Adams in November.

 

It will be Republican Bill Schuette taking on Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in November in the race to be Michigan's next Governor. Both won in the primary election on Tuesday. Whitmer beat out Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and and Shri Thanadar.

 

Schuette was victorious over Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.

 

Schuette says Whitmer will be "worse" than former Governor Jennifer Granholm.

 

Whitmer says Michigan needs new leadership after years of Republican control.

 

Combat Veteran John James, a Republican, will take on Democratic U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow. She's represented Michigan in Washington for 14 years, and says there is more work to day. James -- who beat out businessman Sandy Pensler in the primary -- says the state is ready for a different voice. He gained the support of President Donald Trump, who tweeted about him a few times during the campaign.

 

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Isabella Co. man suspected of killing brother during dispute

A 44-year old Isabella County man is in police custody following the murder of his older brother.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says officers were called to a home on the 6000 Block West Walton Road (Rolland Twp) for a domestic dispute between two brothers.

 

While deputies were en route, they were updated that one of the men had shot the other man. When deputies arrived to the scene, they found a 46-year old man in a mobile home.

 

The victim's  brother was taken into custody at the scene for murder.

 

The Michigan State Police Crime lab was called to the scene to assist with processing the scene.

 

A firearm was recovered from the scene.

 

Detectives are still working on details of the case and it is under investigation.

 

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Two car accident in Mecosta County's Millbrook Township

One passenger was taken to the hospital late Sunday morning following a two car accident in Mecosta County's Millbrook Township.

 

It happened on 30th Ave (M-66) at Cypress Rd.

 

Deputies say the accident occurred when a southbound passenger car on 30th Ave (driven by a 47 year old man from Barryton) made a u-turn in the intersection of 30th Ave and Cypress Rd. The car was struck another south bound passenger car (driven by a 46 year old man from Sanford, MI).

 

A passenger in the second car received minor non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

 

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Holland woman suffers serious injuries following motorcycle accident in Newaygo Co.

A motorcycle accident in Newaygo County left a Holland woman with serious injuries.

 

Michigan State Police say a motorcycle traveling eastbound on W 112th Street just west of South Brucker Avenue when the driver, a 26-year old Montague man lost control and both he and his passenger, a 27-year old Holland woman, were thrown from the motorcycle.

 

Both were wearing helmets.

 

The driver sustained minor injuries while his passenger suffered serious injuries.

 

The Holland woman was taken by Aeromed to a Grand Rapids area hospital for treatment.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Isabella Bank robbery suspect arraigned

A Newaygo man accused of robbing Isabella Bank in Big Rapids Township last month is officially charged.

 

23-year old Nicholas Max Nelson was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one count of bank robbery.

 

Nelson faces up to life in prison.

 

On July 12th, Nelson is accused of robbing Isabella Bank and then fleeing to Chicago, Illinois where he was arrested by FBI Agents 24 hours later.

 

Nelson pleaded not guilty to the bank robbery charge.

 

His bond was set at $750,000.

 

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Police in Newaygo County looking for Kent City area woman

 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's office is looking for a wanted woman and needs the public's help in finding her.

 

Police are looking for 26-year old Nicole Lynn Feirick, from the Kent City area. She also has connections to Newaygo and Grant.

 

Deputies say she has several warrants for her arrest and is believed to be hiding from the police.

 

If you know where she is at, please call NC Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288 or Silent Observer at 231-652-1121.

 

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Mt. Pleasant man arrested in connection to a string of business break-ins around Isabella Co.

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office says they have made an arrest connected to the string of commercial/business break-ins around the county.

 

Sheriff Micheal Main say a 33-year old Mt. Pleasant man was taken into custody last night.

 

The Sheriff says through tips given to the BAYANET drug task force, they were able to identify a possible suspect after a vehicle was reported stolen in the area of the break-ins.

 

During an investigation last night the suspect was seen leaving his residence in the 600 Block of South Bradley Street in the stolen vehicle. He was followed to the Isabella County Coldwater Park campgrounds. Detectives were able to locate the man who appeared to be casing local businesses and/or the camp grounds office. The man was taking into custody without incident.

 

A search warrant was obtained for his residence and law enforcement raided the residence earlier this morning.

 

Multiple items have been discovered relating to the break in’s.

 

The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Utility rate cuts coming for DTE and Consumer Energy customers

The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved nearly $270 million in electricity rate cuts for customers of DTE and Consumers Energy because of utility savings from the federal corporate income tax overhaul.

 

The cut will save consumers nearly $2.50 a month.

 

The commission said the rate adjustments will be reflected in customer bills starting in August.

 

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800 cyclists making a stop in Big Rapids as part of the Make-A-Wish "Wish-A- Mile" Bike Tour

Nearly 800 cyclists will be stopping in Big Rapids Friday as part of the 31st annual Make-A-Wish “Wish-A-Mile” Bicycle Tour.

 

The three day tour starts in Traverse City and riders will travel 100 miles each day  with a finish-line celebration at EATON Proving Grounds Sunday.

 

Cyclists will be making an overnight stop in Big Rapids before getting back on the road Saturday morning.

 

The fundraiser is expected to raise $2.55 million to help grant wishes for Michigan kids.

 

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Pepperidge Farms issues recall for Goldenfish crackers

Pepperidge Farms has issued a recall for four varieties of its Goldfish crackers due to possible salmonella contamination.

 

Those varieties include, Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar and Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar + Pretzel.

 

Last weekend, Ritz Crackers issued the same recall.

 

It is believed the whey powder used to make the crackers is causing the salmonella.

 

No illnesses have been reported.

 

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Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania

Dracula and all of his monster friends from Hotel Transylvania are back and this time they need a vacation.

 

 

The movie follows Dracula (Adam Sandler) as his boring hotel business and lack of love continue to bring him down. Wanting to bring back his joy, daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) surprises Dracula and the rest of his best friend-monster pack with an adventurous monster cruise. Initially angered by this, Dracula slowly begins enjoying himself and even finds a new crush in the mysterious yet charming cruise captain Ericka (Kathryn Hahn). However, things take a left turn when former nemesis Abraham Van Helsing (Jim Gaffigan) hunts the cruise, threatening the lives of all monsters aboard.

 

All the voice actors are back plus some- check out the list, you might be surprised! This is a great family movie (especially awesome for ten and under)- it'll keep the kids and adults smiling and entertained.

 

I thought this movie was better than the second one!

 

There is a star studded cast in this movie I was surprised to see on its cast IMDB page.

I give it a 4.0 out of 5 stars!

 

 

Don't forget at Bulldog Cinemas they have great concession deals like $2 pop and popcorn on Wednesday's and $5 all day movies on Thursday! For the latest movies and show times visit Bulldogcinema.com

 

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Ferris State hockey player charged with sexual assault of a fellow student

A Ferris State University hockey player has been charged with three felonies for an alleged sexual assault of a female student.

 

23-year old Darren Smith of Barrie, Ontario was arraigned last week in Mecosta County on three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

In a statement made by administrators at Ferris State, the alleged incident occurred at an off campus house between the late night hours of July 7th and early morning hours of July 8th.

 

Bond for Smith was set at 10 percent of $75,000, which he posted.

 

He was released from jail but has to wear a GPS tether.

 

Full statement from Ferris State Administrators: 

 

Ferris State University has been made aware of an allegation of a sexual assault of a female student. The incident reportedly occurred at an off-campus location during the late-evening, early-morning hours of July 7-8. A male student was arrested as part of the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety investigation. The University takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously and thoroughly investigates each case. A commitment to maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our highest priority.

 

 

 

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Osceola Co. Sheriff's Office looking for public's help in identifying bike

Detectives in Osceola County are asking for the public's help in finding the origins of a bicycle.

 

 

Police believe this isn't just an ordinary bike but the one used by the person suspected in the June 29th Lake-Osceola State Bank robbery.

 

 

According to detectives, a repainted gold bike was recovered just north of Hemlock Street in the village of Tustin following the June 29th robbery.

 

The bike has 26-inch wheels, a cloth covered seat and the original color is believed to be black. There was no name brand found on the bike and it is equipped with Shimano running gear and brakes. Detectives note many bike manufacturers use the Shimano brand.

 

Anyone with information regarding the bike is asked to contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2228, the Silent Observer Program at (231) 590-0533 or visit casotips.com.

 

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Stanwood man arrested on numerous charges including home invasion

A Stanwood man was arrested in connection to a home invasion.

 

Deputies say they received a call Sunday night about a home invasion in progress at a residence in Morton Township.

 

An Investigation by police resulted in the arrest of Joseph Caruso for first degree Home Invasion, resisting and obstructing, Habitual offender 4th offense and a neglect child support warrant. 

 

Additional arrest is expected. 

 

Caruso is being held on a $150,000 Cash or surety bond at the Mecosta County Jail.

 

 

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City of Newaygo under boil water advisory

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

 

It's because of a loss of water pressure.

 

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

 

It could be in place for a few days.

 

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Portion of State Street in Big Rapids to be closed Saturday

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Michigan AG warns of new text messaging scam

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Clare man pleads guilty to storage unit break-ins

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Clare man is expected to be sentenced in August.

 

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Update: Rodney woman arraigned on embezzlement and other charges

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Rodney woman arrested for embezzling money from elderly woman

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Morley man struck and killed by vehicle in Mecosta Co.

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

 

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

 

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

 

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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New drug law targets opioid prescriptions

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Over 300 without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

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

 

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

 

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Big Rapids City Commission to discuss water and sewer rates tonight

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Michigan AG suing AmeriGas for violating consumer protection act

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Big Rapids woman thrown from motorcycle

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Rating: PG-13

Length: 2hours 8mins

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars!

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Movie Review: Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis

Length: 90 minutes

Rating: R

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

I give this 3.25/5 stars.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Kellogg recalls certain boxes of Honey Smacks cereal

Kellogg is voluntarily recalling some of its cereal.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Michigan Legislature approve $57-billion dollar budget

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The victim is in critical condition.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Police investigating armed robbery at off campus house near Ferris State

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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