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Three people injured in two vehicle accident in Big Rapids Township

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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



Wise Township man killed in one vehicle accident in Isabella County

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


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


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


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


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


Two girls taken to hospital following go-cart accident

Two kids from Mecosta County are hospitalized after they were ejected from a go-cart last night.


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred when a go cart was traveling down a private road and failed to negotiate a curve.


Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident when the go-cart leaned on its side.


The driver, a 16 year old girl from Big Rapids and a passenger, a 12 year-old girl from Big Rapids were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


A third occupant was treated at the scene.


Weidman woman passes away from injuries sustained in Isabella County car accident

A 42-year old Weidman woman passed away from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident in Isabella County.


Sheriff Michael Main says the accident took place on June 6th in Nottowa Township at the intersection of Weidman and Meridian Roads.


The sheriff’s office says it’s investigating the crash but say a witness claims the Dodge Charger did not stop at the intersection.


The 18-year old male driver of the charger and a 22-year old male passenger are still hospitalized.


The driver of the second vehicle involved a 62-year old man from Lake was injured but his condition is unknown at this time.


6-year old boy dies after being hit by pickup in Osceola Co.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident from Monday morning where a six-year old Evart boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck hauling logs.


It happened in Sylvan Township, on M66 near 7 Mile Road. The sheriff’s office says the driver of a southbound pickup and trailer hauling logs observed two young children standing at the shoulder of the road, when suddenly one young child darted out.


The driver attempted to avoid the child but was unable.


Witnesses at the scene also reported the child darted into the path of the truck. Alcohol and or speed was not a factor in this incident, according to police.


We will have more on this story as it develops.


Fun activities to be had by all during Free Fishing Weekend

Sunshine and warm temperatures are on tap for today and tomorrow and it's going to be a great weekend to get outdoors.


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free entry to state parks, free off-roading and free fishing.


The offer is for Saturday and Sunday and is available to out of state residents as well.


The DNR waives park entry just once each summer and once in the winter as well.


The Mecosta County Parks will also be holding events this weekend at Brower Park and School Section Lake Campground to celebrate.


For more information call 231-832-3246.



Four people injured in two vehicle accident in Isabella County

A two vehicle accident in Isabella County sent four people to the hospital.


It happened yesterday afternoon  at the corner of Weidman and Meridian roads in Nottawa Township.


Three people in a Dodge Charger suffered life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff's office .


A man in a pickup was also injured.


Crews had to cut the victims out of both vehicles.


Two men from the charger had to be airlifted from the scene.


The sheriff’s office says it’s investigating the crash but say a witness claims the dodge charger did not stop at the intersection.


Stanton man charged with second degree arson

A Stanton man faces up to 25 years behind bars after being charged with crimes connected to an arson in Montcalm County back in May.


Geoffrey Conant is charged with a felony count of second degree arson.


Deputies say they were called to a residence on Colonel Point in Crystal Township around 12:40am on May 11th.


The sheriff’s office says a passerby noticed a fire outside the home and alerted the person inside.


No one was hurt.


The sheriff says the investigation led them to Conant.


Newaygo Co. man wins $2-million dollar lottery prize

A ray of sunshine led to a Newaygo County man winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery's 100X The Cash instant game.


The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 1028 West Main Street in Fremont.


"I was coming back to work after making a delivery and traffic on Main Street was jammed up, so I stopped at the BP to get a couple Cashword tickets," said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. "As the clerk was getting my tickets, the sun hit the front of the 100X The Cash ticket just right and it sparkled and caught my eye, so I asked for one of those too.


"I got to my truck and scratched the ticket off. When I saw I had a winner, I ran back inside and right away the clerk asked if I was all right. I showed her the ticket, and she started crying. Neither of us could believe I had a $2 million winner!"


The 56-year-old player then headed home to share the good news with his wife.


"My wife was outside when I got home so I called her in to the house," said the player. "When she came in, I was doing my happy dance and told her we'd won big. She didn't believe me and made me go back to the gas station to verify the ticket was a winner."


The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, buy a new car, and then save the remainder for retirement. 


Big Rapids Hospital Block Party & Health Fair to take place June 27th

The Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Summer Block Party and Health Fair on June 27 promises to be bigger and better than ever, spotlighting the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Rotary Fitness Park in Big Rapids.

The outdoor gym is located across from the youth soccer fields on River Street, on the corner of
Oak and Willow Streets next to the hospital, formerly Centennial Park. The park is now home to a
new, 30-station outdoor gym funded by the Big Rapids Rotary Club, Spectrum Health and the
City of Big Rapids.

“It’s going to be a great evening of family fun, food and music,” said event coordinator Danielle
Wells of Spectrum Health. “We’re very excited to introduce the outdoor gym opening this year.
This event has grown to become an annual celebration of all things healthy, except for maybe the
dessert,” she joked.

The health fair, with more than 20 interactive booths, provides free health education and
information from Spectrum Health and from a variety of community organizations. The Spectrum
Health/YMCA Veggie Van will be on-site giving away produce.


Free diabetes screenings and blood pressure checks will also be available.

The health fair is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the gym opening celebration. 


A $5 meal will be offered that includes a walking taco and dessert. Children under 12 can eat
free. Proceeds from the meal will go toward community health diabetes screenings.


One man injured following two car accident in Morton Township

A 54-year old Barryton man is recovering following a two vehicle crash in Mecosta County.


It happened Saturday in Morton Township on 90th Ave when a 75-year old Mecosta man tried to make a U-turn at 10 Mile Rd.


He pulled right into the path of a Barryton man.


The Barryton man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Deputies say the Mecosta man was not hurt.


Sears man dies in tractor accident in Mecosta Co.

A 64-year old Sears man is dead following a tractor accident over the weekend in Mecosta County.


It happened at a home on 22 Mile Road in Fork Township Saturday, deputies say Kerry Burggren of Sears was using a small tractor to pull out tree stumps.


They say the tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath.


The sheriff’s office says he died from his injuries.


Marion man dies in Osceola Co. motorcycle accident

A Marion man was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday in Osceola County.


It happened on 30th Ave near 21 Mile Road in Marion Township.


Under Sheriff John Keathley says the 64-year old Marion man struck a deer while operating his motorcycle.


The collision with the deer caused the Marion man to be ejected off of his motorcycle. 


The operator was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.


Barryton woman sent to hospital after deer/car accident in Sheridan Township

Scary moment on the road for a Mecosta County woman when a deer smashed through her car window while traveling Wednesday.


It happened on Arthur Road near 30th Avenue in Sheridan Township.


Deputies say the 59-year old Barryton woman told them, the deer ran into her car, coming through her window.


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


Governor and lawmakers agree to auto insurance reform deal

The state house and senate could vote on auto insurance reform today.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer has put out a statement saying that she's pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in concept on bipartisan auto no-fault reform legislation that will lower costs and protect coverage for Michigan drivers.


She says the deal guarantees rate relief for every Michigan driver; provides a choice in coverage levels; establishes more uniform and structured compensation levels for medical providers; and removes the ability of insurance companies to discriminate based on non-driving factors.


Brothers plead guilty to Big Rapids shooting

Two brothers accused of a February first shooting in Big Rapids have plead guilty.


25-year old Antonio Jones and 23-year old Paris Jones pleaded guilty to charges on Tuesday in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court, according to court records.


Antonio Jones pleaded guilty to shooting at a dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Meanwhile, his brother Paris pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. 


The two were charged following an investigation of a Feb. 1 shooting at an unoccupied home on Fuller Avenue in Big Rapids.


No one was injured in shooting.


Recall alert: Bob Evans Frozen Beef Stroganoff Pasta meal

Check your fridge, there's a recall of a frozen beef and pasta dish that affects Michigan.


The USDA says roughly 527-pounds of “Bob Evans Beef Stroganoff Pasta” in an 18- ounce sealed plastic tray are being recalled.


The product has a use by date of July Second 2019 and a time stamp on the tray seal between 15-hundred and 18-37.


The recall is because the food was produced outside of federal inspection and standard inspection hours.


Accused child molester's plan to escape jail thwarted by police

An accused child molester in mid Michigan is even more trouble for allegedly planning to break out of the Isabella County Jail.


Keith McKern reportedly planned an escape and allegedly recruited a jail trustee to help him do it.


Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says McKern's plan involved climbing through a skylight and escaping on a rope ladder.


He says the corrections staff noticed some transfer of papers between McKern and the trustee.


White Cloud man dies in motorcycle accident

A White Cloud man is dead following a motorcycle accident in Newaygo County Monday afternoon.


It happened at Echo Drive near Sycamore Avenue in Wilcox Township.


Deputies say a motorcycle veered off the road on the outside of a curve. The rider was thrown from the bike.


Deputies say the 26-year-old White Cloud man died at the scene. Speed is a factor in the crash, according to police.


Five suspects arraigned on drug charges in connection to Grant Twp. arrests

Five of the six suspects arrested at a Grant Township home this week on drug charges have plead not guilty during their arraignment.


59-year old Chris Duane Hansen of Barryton, 39-year old Julie Ann Somers of Stanwood, 36-year old Lewis Robert Sanford, 40-year old Linda Marie Sanford, both of Mecosta and 33-year old Darrell Joseph Draher, of Barryton were charged with a host of counts including possession of methamphetamine, while Hansen, Sanford, and both Julie and Lewis Somers were also charged as habitual offenders due to prior felony convictions.


All suspects in this case face ten years to life in prison, if convicted.


The sixth suspect has yet to be arraigned.


43-year old man & 18-year old step daughter suffer injuries following rollover accident in Wheatland Twp.

Two people suffered  injuries after being thrown from their car following a rollover accident in Mecosta County.


It happened in Wheatland Township on 10 Mile Rd East of 60th Ave.


An investigation revealed that at 43-year old man from Mecosta was test driving a vehicle to assess it for repairs.


The driver's 18-year old step daughter was also in the vehicle.


The driver lost control on the dirt road causing the vehicle to overturn.


The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, causing both occupants to be ejected from the vehicle.


The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth by Aeromed for possible life threatening injuries, while the passenger was taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.  




Police arrest six people on meth charges in Mecosta County's Grant Township

Six people were arrested last night at a home in Mecosta County's Grant Township.


Deputies say they went to the residence seeking several people who had outstanding warrants.


When police got to the scene, three subjects, two men and a woman were arrested for possession of meth.


A short time later, police say another man drove up to the home. An investigation found that suspect had an outstanding warrant and in possession of meth.


A second car drove up a short time later and deputies say the two male occupants were found to be in possession of methamphetamine.


All six suspect were arrested on charges of possession of meth with intent to deliver.


Their names are being withheld pending arraignment.


Female suspect tries to use counterfeit money at Big Rapids Twp. Jimmy Johns

More fake money is going around the Big Rapids area, this time at a Jimmy Johns restaurant in Big Rapids Township.


Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say employees described the suspect as a black female skinny build, black hair that was below her shoulders possibly with dreadlocks.


The female attempted to purchase a sandwich and drink with a counterfeit $100 bill.


Jimmy John's employees discovered the bill was counterfeit before proceeding any further with the transaction.


The female fled the scene in a Gray Hyundai Tucson SUV with Arizona plate BPC8806. At this time it is believed that this was an isolated occurrence.


Anyone with knowledge on the suspects identity is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's office. 


Reward being offered for information leading to an arrest connected to an attempted arson in Martiny Twp.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an attempted arson and is requesting the public's assistance with information. 


Detective Drew Nielsen says sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday May 5th, 2019 someone attempted to set fire to a residence in Martiny Township while the family slept inside.


A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. 


The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information about this heinous act to call 231-592-0150 or email


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