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State House Rep. from Manton wants to reform snow day policy for schools

A State House Republican from Manton says she's working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan.

 

Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding.

 

Michele Hoitenga’s proposal would allow schools to choose between the two, rather than mandating they meet both requirements.

 

Hoitenga says “Schools should never be put in a situation where they must sacrifice the safety of their students to ensure funding from the state.”

 

The representative spoke with superintendents throughout the district to weigh every option; this plan being one of them.

 

Hoitenga said she would like to see a change like this be retroactive to ensure schools maintain current funding for the 2018-19 school year.

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Mt. Pleasant man arrested in connection to armed robbery

One man is in custody while police are looking for two other suspects connected to an armed robbery in Mt. Pleasant.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says deputies arrested 20-year old Douglas Gale of Mount Pleasant.

 

The Sheriff says an investigation started when police were called to Timber Creek Apartments early Sunday morning when the victims had posted a purposely edited image on social media as a joke, showing them with a large amount of cash.

 

Later, an acquaintance came to their apartment with two other men, demanding the cash they saw in the picture.

 

Deputies say two of them had handguns.

 

When the trio learned there was no money, they demanded prescription drugs and left.

 

The sheriff’s office says it’s currently working to identify the other two suspects in the robbery. 

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Howard City man arrested on felony charges following domestic incident

A 29-year old Howard City man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after being arrested on felonious assault charges.

 

According to the Montcalm Co. Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred Saturday at a home on Joy Street.

 

Police say the 25-year old female victim called authorities after she was allegedly physically assaulted and threatened with a weapon by her boyfriend.

 

The suspect left before law enforcement officials arrived. The area, as well as other possible locations the suspect may have fled to, was checked.

 

The suspect was eventually taken into custody in Ionia by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The suspect is currently in the Montcalm County Jail charged with Assault With Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, Assault With A Dangerous Weapon, and Domestic Assault.

 

The suspect is expected to be arraigned later today.

 

The woman went to Kelsey Spectrum Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.

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Three injured in car accident in Mecosta County

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash in Mecosta County over the weekend.

 

It happened Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. at 20th Avenue, north of 9 Mile Road in Wheatland Township. 

 

Authorities say the 20-year-old driver from Holland lost control of the vehicle while swerving for a deer and hit a large rock, causing the vehicle to roll over into a frozen creek bed.

 

The driver and two passengers, a 20-year-old Grand Rapids man and an 18-year-old Rockford woman, were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police looking for leads in 2017 firebombing case in Lake County

A larger reward is being offered for information in a firebombing case in Lake County.

 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has doubled their reward to $10,000 and the Detroit Crime Commission is offering a reward of $5,000.

 

The firebombing occurred in April of 2017 when someone threw Molotov cocktails into an Idlewild home with a five year old girl sleeping inside.

 

Everyone escaped from the home without injury, but the home was a total loss.

 

Anyone with information should call 1-888-AFT-TIPS or the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 231-745-2711

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Reed City placed under a Run Water Advisory

According to City Manager Ron Howell, residents need to start running their water.   

 

The extremely cold temperatures have caused the frost to reach a depth of 44 inches in Reed City and may go deeper.

 

Howell says the recent snow fall did provide some insulation but the warming temperatures and rain followed by colder weather have now brought back the potential for freezing water mains and service lines.

 

Reed City water customers are advised that if they believe their water line is in danger of freezing to call City Hall and notify the utility billing clerk so they can be put on the “Run Water” list. Customers are reminded that only a small stream of water the size of a pencil lead is recommended to prevent a freezing service line.

 

Those customers on the Run Water List shall be credited in accordance with City Code 1040.10:

For each month the “run water” notice is active, the Department shall credit said consumer’s bill in the amount of the difference between the amount metered in that month, and the average of the consumer’s meter for the three months preceding the issuance of the “run water” notice. In no case, however, may said consumer’s credit for such a month exceed the fee for the use of 6,000 gallons per month.

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Blood Drives planned in Reed City and Big Rapids due to shortage

The cold weather has been leading to a blood shortage.

 

Spectrum Heath Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are asking for residents to donate blood.

 

A blood drive will take place tomorrow in the Reed City hospital parking lot at the Michigan Blood Bus from 10am-3pm and March 18th from 11am-5pm at the Big Rapids hospital.

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City of Big Rapids under a Run Water Advisory

Due to the frigid temperatures, the City of Big Rapids is under a "Run Water Advisory" 


 

The advisory goes until further notice, according to a press release from the city. 

 

Per City policy, when you run water at your home or business, you MUST notify the City’s Treasurer’s Office at 231-592-4005.

 

The procedure for running water is to open one faucet to a pencil-lead size stream and allow that faucet to continue running water throughout the duration of the Advisory.

 

As additional information becomes available, it will be updated to the City’s website at www.cityofbr.org.

 

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Mecosta Co. Detectives investigating a homicide in Barryton

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in Sheridan Township.

 

The investigation has revealed that a 35-year old Barryton man was a homicide victim at his residence.

 

A 33-year old Barryton man has been arrested and charged with open murder.

 

He is lodged in the Mecosta County Jail pending arraignment at which time names of the victim and offender will be released.

 

The Sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by The MSP Crime Lab investigators.

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Bill introduced in State Senate would bring back income tax credit for food donations

A bill introduced in the Michigan Senate would offer financial relief to Michigan residents by providing a tax credit for some food donations.

 

The bill would restore the income tax credit for donations made to food banks and community foundations that was eliminated in 2011.

 

It would also enable residents to claim an income tax credit of up to 50 percent of the total cash value of charitable contributions to shelters for homeless people, food kitchens, food banks or other similar organizations.

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Weekend rollover accident sends two to the hospital in Mecosta Co.

Two men from Mecosta County were sent to the hospital over the weekend following a rollover accident on US-131.

 

It happened in Big Rapids Township, on US-131 near Woodward Avenue.

 

Sheriff Deputies say a 21-year old Morley man was traveling northbound on the Highway when he lost control and went off the road and rolled. 

 

A 36-year old passenger from Rodney was injured during the accident. 

 

A third man from Morley was not injured in the accident. 

 

Both the driver and 1 passenger were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non life threatening injuries.

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Missing Isabella Co. man died from exposure according to MSP

Michigan State Police are releasing more information of the missing 84-year old Isabella County man Charles Peterson who was recently found deceased in Clare County.

 

According to troopers, they received a call Tuesday morning about a vehicle that fit the description of Patterson's vehicle in Clare County's Lincoln Township.

 

When police arrived to the scene, to discovered the body of Mr. Peterson outside of the vehicle.

 

A preliminary autopsy showed Mr. Peterson died from exposure.

 

Troopers also don't believe foul play is suspected.

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Two sent to the hospital following two car accident on Northland Drive

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday.

 

Sheriff Deputies say it happened on Northland Drive near 14 mile road.

 

An investigation found that a 56-year old woman from Morley, and her passenger were heading northbound on Northland Dr when the 20-year old woman, from New Era, turned in front of them. 

 

Both the 56-year old Morley woman and her passenger were taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The 20-year old woman was treated at the scene and released.

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Police still looking for leads in Lake Co. homicide case one year later

January 10th marked one year since the homicide of Evelyn Louise Ware.

 

Evelyn was discovered deceased beneath the rubble of a house fire at her home in Lake County's Ellsworth Twp.

 

The Lake County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ms. Ware’s death a homicide. Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) continue to investigate this case and encourage anyone with information to come forward.

 

There is still up to a five thousand dollar reward in place for anyone who contributes information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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UPDATE: Second person dies in three vehicle crash in Montcalm County Sunday

A second person has now died from a crash in Montcalm County that killed a nine month old baby on Sunday.

 

An 18-year-old woman has also died from the crash on M-46 at North Amble Road in Winfield Township when a pickup truck hit the back of a car which sent it across the center line where it was hit by another pickup.

 

18-year-old Samantha Baker and the baby, Annalee Baker, were both in the car.

 

Four others were injured in the crash.

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9-month old dies in three vehicle accident in Montcalm Co.

A nine month old baby girl was killed in a crash in Montcalm County's Winfield Township Sunday.

 

Michigan State Police say a pickup truck hit the back of an eastbound car at the intersection of M-46/Howard City and North Amble Road.

 

The car was pushed across the center line and was hit by another pickup truck.

 

The baby was in the car and died at the scene.

 

An 18-year-old woman in the car was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital with critical injuries.

 

Two others in the car are hospitalized with less serious injuries.

 

The pickup drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash is being investigated.

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Icy road conditions cause several car accidents in Mecosta Co.

Icy road conditions around Mecosta County caused several car accidents on Wednesday.

 

Three people were sent to the hospital following a rollover accident on US-131 Wednesday.

 

It happened on the southbound side, Sheriff Deputies say the driver of the vehicle lost control on the slippery road, went off the road and rolled over.

 

The three passengers in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries.

 

Meanwhile, a 55-year old Big Rapids man was sent to the hospital after losing control of his vehicle and rolling over.

 

It happened on US-131 near 6 Mile Rd. Police say the driver was traveling northbound when he lost control of his vehicle ran off the road and overturned.

 

The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

 

And finally a two car accident one driver was Mecosta woman was taken to the hospital following a two car accident in Martiny Township.

 

It happened at the intersection of 110th Ave and 14 Mile Rd, deputies say 40-year old Grand Rapids woman was traveling northbound on 110th Ave when she was unable to stop at the signed intersection due to her speed on the icy road. 

 

She struck a 47-year old woman from Mecosta who was heading eastbound on 14 Mile Rd. 

 

The 47-year old female was taken by EMS to Spectrum Health BR Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Big Rapids woman dies in Montcalm Co. Jail

A 34-year old female inmate who was found unresponsive Sunday in the Montcalm Co. Jail has died. 

 

Sheriff Mike Williams says when Amber Lyane Bills of Big Rapids was found corrections officers immediately administered CPR and called for medical assistance but were unable to revive her.

 

Williams says Bills was being held on two contempt of court charges and a no operator’s license on person charge.

 

An autopsy has been performed and revealed an undiagnosed perforated ulcer.

 

The final report from the Medical Examiner is pending. 

The Sheriff has requested that a Michigan Sheriff’s Association MISSION team conduct an external review of the incident. 

 

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Osceola Co. Sheriff Crawford to retire end of December; Justin Halladay named Sheriff thru 2020

Justin Halladay is the new Osceola County Sheriff.

 

This comes after the announcement of current Sheriff Jim Crawford retiring effective December 31st.

 

Halladay, currently the Undersheriff in Osceola County will fulfill the rest of Crawford's term that lasts until December of 2020 then will have to be elected by voters.

 

Halladay's first day as Sheriff is January 1st.

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Police in Mecosta Co. need help in identifying suspects in retail fraud case

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a male and female suspect they say are accused of retail fraud at the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township.

 

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the two suspects in question. 

 

If you know who the the people are in the photos please contact the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office at 231-592-0150.

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Two drivers sent to hospital following Saturday car accident in Mecosta Co.

Two drivers were taken to a local hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County's Fork Township.

 

It happened Saturday at the intersection of M-66 and 20 Mile Rd. Sheriff Deputies say a 19-year old man from Portland was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Rd and ran the stop sign, hitting a 22-year old from Hersey man who was traveling northbound.

 

Both drivers received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Spectrum Hospital in Big Rapids for treatment.

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Spectrum Health releases top baby names of 2018

Adaline and Jaxon take first place for most popular girl and boy names among babies born in 2018 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

 

Jaxon has now been the most popular boy name for two years.

 

Alternate spellings of names are included in the hospital’s Top 10 Baby Names lists.


The Big Rapids Hospital Birthing Center has delivered 545 babies to date in 2018

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Top 10 Girl Names 2018
1. Adaline, Adalyn, Addilynn, Addison, Addisyn, Adeline, Adilynne
2. Paisleigh, Paisley, Paislyn
3. Aria, Arielle, Arya
4. Ava, Avery
5. Josephine, Josophine, Josie, Josselyne
6. Lilian, Liliana, Lilly, Lily
7. Madalynn, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madison
8. Nevaeh
9. Olivia, Alivia
10. Raelynn, Raylee, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie

 

Top 10 Boy Names 2018
1. Jaxon, Jaxson, Jaxton, Jackson, Jack
2. Parker
3. Liam
4. Maverick
5. Ryker
6. Axel, Axle, Axton
7. Carter
8. Greyson, Grayson
9. Jordan, Jordyn, Jordynn
10. Levi

 


There was significant change in parents’ name preferences for their newborns from 2017 to 2018
with only one exception. Jaxon and all an alternate spelling of that name, has made the top 10
list since 2014.

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Meijer recall kids hoodie due to choking hazard

Check your closets. Meijer is recalling about 25-thousand Fall Creek's Kids hoodies over choking concerns.

 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zipper slider can detach from the hoodie.

 

No injuries have been reported.

 

The recall involves Falls Creek Kids branded children’s zip up hoodies in sizes 12M,18M, 24M, 2T,3T 4T and 5T. The affected hoodies were five different styles and colors including navy, teal, gray, olive green and gray girl's with ruffled trim. “Falls Creek Kids” and “Made in China” are printed on the inner collar.

 

Anyone who may have one of the hoodies should stop using it and return it to the store for a full refund.

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Cadillac woman dies in car accident in Mecosta Co.

A 23-year-old woman from Cadillac has been killed in a crash in Mecosta County's Green Township.

 

The crash reportedly happened Sunday afternoon on US-131 when the woman crashed into the back of a tow truck that was turning left into the median turnaround.

 

The woman's 14-month-old baby was in a car seat in the back seat and was not injured. 

 

The accident remains under investigation. 

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Mecosta Co. Deputies looking for man & woman suspected of gas station theft

Deputies in Mecosta County are looking for a man and woman accused of a gas station left in Morley.

 

It happened around 3:30pm Monday afternoon at the Morley Depot.

 

Police say the couple drove away in a white Buick car.

 

if you know who these people are contact the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office. 

 

 

 

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