As we continue into the deer hunting season, law enforcement would like to remind motorists about being more cautious and to look out for deer while traveling in the area.
942 motorists in Mecosta County were involved in deer/vehicle crashes in 2016.
Big Rapids and Green Township tied with the most deer/vehicle accidents last year with 118 a piece. Then Colfax Township and Mecosta Township at 82 and 75 accidents last year respectively.
Statewide, more than 45,000 Michigan motorists collided with deer in 2016. Deer-vehicle crashes injured more than 1,200 people and killed 14 in 2016.
Here is a breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County:
Big Rapids Twp
Deputies in Newaygo County needs the public's help finding a man who is accused of stalking.
Police are looking for 35-year old Joseph Harrell.
He’s described around 5’8”, 195 pounds and has red hair and a beard.
Deputies think he may be around the Allendale area near Grand Valley State University.
Harrell has search warrants out for his arrest that include felony stalking.
If you have any information, call the Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288.
The Michigan State Police are looking for two women they say are accused of credit card fraud in the Big Rapids area.
Troopers say the suspects are accused of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a credit card from the victims purse which was then used to rack up more than $500 in charges.
Troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from the local businesses and have two suspects captured on film.
Anyone with tips can contact the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951.
Police in Osceola County are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say tried to break into a party store in Highland Township.
Deputies say around 2:30am Wednesday morning, a suspect attempted to break into the M-115 Party Store.
The store’s security camera captured video of the suspect in the incident.
Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify this person of interest should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2288.
The Big Rapids Salvation Army will be hosting an event Saturday that allows area residents to get rid of their unusable, unwanted electronics.
Area residents are invited to bring their outdated and/or broken electronics to 218 N. Michigan Ave., in front of Big Rapids City Hall and the Salvation Army Family Store, for recycling.
Most items are free to recycle, but a few have a fee, which will be due at the time of disposal.
Items free to recycle include:
• Computers: desktops, laptops, servers, towers, main frames, blades, telecom racks;
• All circuit boards;
• Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs (iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm Pilot);
• Networking equipment: routers, hubs, switches, modems;
• Hard drive/internal and external disk drives;
• RAM, memory, IC chips, processors;
• Power supply, UPS;
• Power cords, cables, wires;
• Heat sinks, AC adapters, VGA connectors, plastic computer fans;
• Printers, scanners, faxes, copiers;
• Tablets (iPad, Kindle, Fire);
• Keyboards, mice, docking stations;
• Audio/visual equipment: DVD, VCR and/or CD players, stereos, receivers, radio, speakers;
• Consumer electronics: kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, power tools, clocks
• Gaming systems, GPS units, memory sticks;
• Telephones, answering machines; and
• Rechargeable batteries (terminals must be taped).
For a small fee, the following also can be recycled:
• All TVs /screens, for $0.35 per pound;
• All regular batteries, for $0.60 per pound;
• Lithium batteries, for $3.60 per pound; and
• Over sized TVs, for $0.45 per pound
Ferris State University students can breathe a sigh of relief as the university board of trustees approved not to increase housing and dining rates for the 2018/2019 school year.
Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance, spoke about the decision not to increase room and board rates saying it's being done to help students and their families afford a great Ferris State University education while keeping their student loan debt as low as possible.
The board further approved a final general fund operating budget, $211.5 million dollars for the 2018 fiscal year.
Deputies in Mecosta County believe alcohol is a factor in a rollover accident that sent a White Cloud man to the hospital Thursday morning.
It happened on 15 mile rd. West of 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp. Deputies say that's where the driver rolled his vehicle.
The White Cloud man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids and was later transported to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for non life threatening injuries.
Sad news out of Isabella County, as a four year old girl is dead following a three car accident Wednesday.
It happened on M20 and Winn Road.
Sheriff Michael Main says when first responders arrived, they discovered that a 4-year girl had been ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene from apparent head injury.
The mother and another driver were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
It appears that one of the vehicles failed to yield at a Red light and struck the other vehicle.
During the collision, one of the vehicles struck a pickup truck that was driven by an man who was on M20, he was not injured in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation.
Wolverine Worldwide has sold its Big Rapids factory and its department of defense contracts to Tennessee-based footwear manufacturer original footwear.
According to a press release by Wolverine Worldwide, Company President Blake Krueger said because Original footwear qualifies as a small business under Small Business Administration regulations, the Big Rapids factory is expected to be able to compete for a significant number of contracts not available to “large” corporations like Wolverine Worldwide.
"The sale to Original Footwear will provide the opportunity for the Big Rapids factory to compete for Department of Defense contracts set aside for small businesses," said, Blake Krueger, Wolverine's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We firmly believe that the sale of the Big Rapids factory and the DoD business to Original Footwear is in the best interest of the Big Rapids operations. With new ownership, we feel the factory is better positioned to win additional contracts that will retain important manufacturing jobs for the community."
Wolverine Worldwide’s Big Rapids factory, is one of the largest producers of footwear to the U.S.. Military.
Police in Isabella County are continuing their search for a man who they say shot a woman.
Sheriff Michael Main says it happened Wednesday morning at a home on East Baseline Road near Loomis Road. That's where a man and woman were sleeping when and a man entered the home.
A fight ensued, and a gun was fired, hitting the woman.
The victim's condition is unknown at this time.
Main says they are looking for 38-year old Kenneth Maddux, who was reportedly last seen in the county line of M-20. Maddux could be wearing a Orange or Red T-shirt and blue jeans.
If located, please do not approach and call 911.
An alleged drunk driver caused a power outage Osceola County's LeRoy Township Saturday night.
Deputies say it happened at the intersection of 12 mile road and 190th Avenue, that's where the driver failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, striking a tree then overturned and hit a power poll and some power lines causing the electric outage.
The driver, a LeRoy man, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.
The accident remains under investigation however speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.
An Amish teen is dead after drowning in a pond in Isabella County.
Police say the 17-year old was swimming with family and friends at a pond, when he began to struggle in the water, family members attempted to pull the teen to the surface but could not.
Divers from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Isabella County dive team members were able to dive into the murky water and locate the victim within a couple minutes.
Unfortunately, resuscitation measures by first responders on shore were not successful and the man was pronounced deceased.
Local State House Representative Michele Hoitenga will be hosting a town hall event regarding no fault auto insurance reform.
The town hall event will also feature special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton, who chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been helping lead the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance.
Hoitenga says reforming no fault auto insurance has been one of her top priorities since being elected and this event will allow constituents to express their idea's and ask questions.
The event will be held September 29th at 2pm at the Wexford Public Library.
Police in Isabella County are searching for a suspect they say stabbed a Durand man in the stomach early Sunday morning.
It happened at a apartment complex in Union Township, that's where police were called to investigate a stabbing incident.
Deputies were told by witnesses that the victim who had been at a party in front of an apartment building was confronted by another man. An argument began and the suspect grabbed the victim and then stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife.
The suspect then fled on foot, as well as did the victim.
The victim was later located behind another apartment building bleeding. The man was taken to the hospital and then later transferred to St Mary’s in Saginaw.
K9 units and officers attempted to locate the suspect but were not able to find him.
The Department of Public Safety for Ferris State University says students have become the target of scammers.
The scam starts with a call from someone claiming to be with the FBI and caller ID sometimes appears as the actual FBI number.
The caller states that there's a warrant for your arrest and if you don't pay, they will arrest you and take away your financial aid.
The Ferris DPS wants everyone to know it IS a scam and do not send them money.
A drug investigation in northern Osceola County take one more meth lab off the streets.
Officials from the traverse narcotics team say they were called to a home in Highland Township to investigate a reported meth lab.
Once at the residence, investigators discovered components to make methamphetamine in the garage.
Officials then received further information about the suspects being located at a home in Dighton.
The suspects were arrested on unrelated warrants and additional drug charges are expected.
A 29-year old Weidman man is behind bars on a host of charges after taking police on a two county chase that ended here in Mecosta County.
Isabella County Sheriff Deputies say while on patrol, they passed a vehicle going North Bound on Brinton road South of West Coleman Road.
The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued as the deputy began to pursue the driver.
The driver drove into Mecosta County, where short time later he lost control and crashed into some trees.
The Weidman man was arrested on outstanding warrants from three different counties as well as drunk driving.
The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are asking motorists to be aware and cautious of pedestrians crossing the road at the intersection of Maple St. and Michigan Ave.
Officials say pedestrians are being hurried by motorists as they are crossing the street in the crosswalks. Turning motorists are watching for vehicle traffic and not the pedestrians, while pedestrians are assuming motorists are watching for them.
According to BRPS, they have had several close calls, and are urging motorists and pedestrians to be more cautious.
A semi-truck filled with donated items for Hurricane Harvey first responders and victims will be rolling out of the Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply Saturday afternoon.
The public is encouraged to come out and donate supplies needed for victims, responders and others impacted by the hurricane.
Donation times are Friday from 8am thru 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm.
A full list of items needed can be seen Big Country 100.9 Facebook page
Two motorcyclists are hospitalized after a crash with another motorcycle over the weekend in Mecosta County.
Deputies say the two motorcycles crashed after one tried to pass the other one in Hinton Township.
A man and woman from Big Rapids were on one motorcycle and they were taken to a Big Rapids hospital in serious condition.
The other motorcyclist was not seriously hurt.
Three women have now been charged for stealing up to $100,000 dollars from a Reed City grocery store.
Cheryl Wolverton, Shelly Stinson, and Corina Johnson have been charged with two counts of larceny of a building. They allegedly stole lotto tickets, cigarettes, and bottle return money from Vic's Supermarket two years ago.
A store manager tipped off police when money went missing.
Two people are behind bars after police in Big Rapids arrested them on drug charges.
25-year old Emerson Junior Zelaya of Grand Rapids and 32-year old Stacey Mae Potes of Gobles were arraigned on several drug charges including delivery of cocaine between 50 and 449 grams.
The duo's arrest follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents in Big Rapids this month.
Bond for Zelaya is set at $500,000, while bond for Potes is set at $150,000.
If you would like to help out those affected in the Houston area by Hurricane Havey here are several links.
Three people were taken to the hospital following a two car accident Monday afternoon in Mecosta County.
It happened on Northland Dr. by Rogers Dam, that's where a 52-year old Evart man was stopped to turn left into the Rogers Dam Park, when a south bound vehicle driven by a 70-year old Morley man was unable to stop and rear ended the Evart mans vehicle.
The Evart man along with a passenger and a passenger from the Morley mans vehicle were transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non life-threatening injuries.
As the state decides whether Nestle should double the groundwater drawn from White Pine Springs in Osceola County, a study funded by the company has been released to show their contribution to Michigan's economy.
According to the report, Nestle created over 750 jobs and $160-million dollars in economic output statewide.
Nestle says the report has nothing to do with the groundwater debate, but environmental groups see the report as part of Nestle's marketing strategy.
The Department of Enviromental Quality has not disclosed a timeline for reaching a decision.
A Newaygo woman sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of her husband, apparently witnessed by the victim's pet parrot.
Glenna Duram was found guilty by jury of first degree murder last month after Martin Duram was shot to death in 2015.
The victim's ex-wife, Christina Keller, took ownership of the bird following his death and said the parrot kept saying "Don't (expletive) shoot" --in Martin Duram's voice. Glenna Duram's attorney plans to appeal.
A Hersey woman has been charged with larceny of her former employer in Reed City.
36-year old Cheryl Wolverton of Hersey is charged with two counts of larceny from a building.
According to court documents, its alleged that Wolverton took lottery tickets from her previous place of employment, Vic’s Supermarket.
Two other former employees are suspected of being involved but have yet to be charged.
A Vestaberg pair is behind bars accused of selling drugs in Mecosta County.
28-year old Rikki Lei Stauffer and 69-year old Keith Louis Mayers are facing multiple charges involving heroin and methamphetamine.
The pair's arrest and arraignment follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents that occurred in July and this month in Wheatland Township.
Stauffer’s bond is set at $100,000, while Mayers’ is $200,000.
Five people were sent to the hospital in Mecosta County following a two car accident Thursday.
It happened on Northland Dr. near Arthur Rd. deputies say that's where a eastbound pickup truck driven by a Stanwood woman failed to stop at a stop sign due to a break failure. The pickup pulled into the path of a northbound car being operated by a Big Rapids woman.
The car had a total of four people and the pickup only had 1 occupant. The occupants in both vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were all taken to Spectrum Big Rapids ER.
All of the patients were treated and released for their injuries.
The Isabella County Sheriff says deputies are on the lookout for two men wanted for a larceny of a party store in Union Township.
Michael Main says the suspected larceny took place at K & S Liquor store located on East Blue Grass road.
The two men left in a light Silver or White Ford Mustang.
If anyone has any information on who either or these two people are, we are asking the public to call 989 772 5911.
An Indiana man will be brought back to Osceola County following an incident earlier this week involving property damage of a Reed City business.
Deputies says they responded to a call Monday night of an unlawful driving away of a vehicle and property damage at Kraftube.
When police arrived to the scene they discovered a truck had driven through a fence and struck a fire suppression system. The truck became stuck in the parking lot from fencing.
The Sheriff's office says with help from the public they identified the suspect and is currently in the process of bringing him back to Osceola County to face charges.
A Midland man is dead following a car accident in Isabella County.
It happened Monday night on Brinton South of Isabella County Line Road in Coldwater Township.
Deputies say a pickup had been traveling North on Brinton road when 41-year old Ronald Post II lost control and the vehicle rolled over at least one time. He was ejected from the truck.
A passerby came across the accident and notified 911 and then started CPR until first responders arrived.
The Midland man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police believe speed and no seat belt were factors in the accident.
(photo courtesy of Reed Clay of Mississippi State University)
Some says it was a once and a lifetime event, the solar eclipse viewing Monday afternoon.
Those in Michigan saw an 80% partial eclipse, while those in Kentucky saw a full eclipse.
The next eclipse is estimated to occur in seven years.
Do you know this man? The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person in the picture.
The suspect was captured on surveillance video while burglarizing Palmer's Outdoor Equipment in Mecosta Twp. on Aug. 19th where several thousand dollars worth of new power equipment was stolen.
Anyone that may know the burglars identity is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150.
Following allegations back in June, a former village of Hersey treasurer is now behind bars awaiting arraignment on embezzlement charges.
Charges of embezzlement by a public official and embezzlement of taxes/public monies follow an investigation that began in June by the Michigan State Police after allegations arose of misappropriated funds were discovered during a regularly scheduled audit.
After reviewing findings from the Osceola County Prosecutor authorized charges, the suspect was arrested today.
The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.
The Big Rapids Jaycees was presented with a check from TransCanada Wednesday to improve water safety on the Muskegon River.
The $4,000 check was part of a grant the Jaycees were awarded recently.
Ashley Campau with the Jaycees says they can't wait to get started to use the money that will benefit the Big Rapids area.
"This grant money means a lot to us, It means we can accomplish so many of the goals we have set for the Muskegon River Project, we really to the time to research and figure out what it is that this community needs and how to best serve it educate them on water safety," Campau said.
The Jaycees have been part of The Muskegon River Safety Project for the last decade.
Court judges in Mecosta and Osceola counties have recused themselves from future hearings involving the Nestle Waters North America appeal of a local zoning denial the company hopes to reverse in order to build a water pumping station in the area of Evart in Osceola County.
Both 49th Circuit Court judges, the 77th District Court judge and 18th Probate Court judge in Mecosta and Osceola counties excused themselves on Tuesday from hearing the case.
Its now up to State court administrator, Bruce Kilmer to assign the case to a new judge in Michigan.
The Isabella County Sheriff says they are investigating a suspicious death.
Sheriff Michael Main says they received a call from a woman who discovered a man inside his vehicle deceased.
During an investigation, deputies found a 45-year-old man from Union Twp., in his driveway. A hand gun was found at the scene but it was located under some clothing in the driveway.
The first responding deputies determined that the incident required further investigation.
According to a press release, it appeared the man may have taken his own life as the investigation continued but the matter is still open waiting autopsy and other follow up by the Sheriff’s Office.
A Newaygo man and Grand Rapids woman face drug charges after being arrested by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team in Mecosta County.
39-year old Jonathan Scott Kuhlman is charged with operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine while 31-year old Vanessa Marie Kinlaw faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.
The charges stem from an investigation by CMET officials of an alleged incident in Big Rapids Township on August 5th.
Kuhlman's bond is set at $250,000, while Kinlaw's is set at $75,000.
Consumers Energy will be testing its emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River Wednesday, August 16 at approximately 9:30 a.m.
The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message.
The public does not need to take any action during the tests.
The siren systems are tested each August and December.
In an update we to a story we told you about yesterday, a 29-year-old Fremont man has been charged in connection with the murder of a Muskegon man, who's body was found over the weekend in Newaygo County.
Anthony Blamer has been charged with felony mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual.
Police say D'Anthony Keenan's head and hands had been removed.
Investigators say a fight over money lead to Keenan's death.
The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possible murder of a missing Muskegon man who was found in a wooded area.
Deputies say they discovered a deceased black male in the woods of the Crystal Trails area between 20th and 28th streets.
On Monday, Police found the victims SUV 25 miles away in a carpool area in Fremont.
Police are now seeking help from the public, and asking those who currently have trail cameras in the Crystal Trails area for footage from between Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call (231) 689-5288.
A new piece of medical equipment has been brought to Big Rapids to benefit residents and those in the surrounding area who need hernia or gall bladder surgery.
The da Vinci System allows the surgeon to operate through a few small incisions and perform operations, though their hands are never inside a patient’s body.
Dr. Mark Haan, a general surgeon with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals is excited to be able to use the da Vinci system and says there are many great benefits to patients.
"I've seen a huge difference in patient recovery with this peice of equipment," Haan Said. "There is less pain following surgery and thus are not requiring narcotic pain medications, it's also a win for employers because normally a patient is out 4-6 weeks, now they are out only two weeks."
Haan is scheduled to begin using the da Vinci system this week, initially performing hernia and gall bladder operations.
A 19-year old White Cloud man was sent to the hospital this morning after suffering a medical issue while traveling in Mecosta County.
Sheriff Deputies say the driver was traveling on Northland Drive near West Ave. when he suffered a medical issue, ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and went into a ditch that is when the vehicle caught fire.
The White Cloud man was able to get out of the vehicle.
He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A dog running out into the road left one motorcyclist in a ditch unconscious over the weekend.
It happened Saturday afternoon in Isabella County's Sherman Township.
Deputies say a 56-year old man from Ithaca was riding his motorcycle with a group when a dog ran out in to the road and the driver tried to avoid it then lost control and crashed into a ditch.
When first responders arrived, they found the man unconscious but breathing.
The man was flown from the scene by helicopter. His condition is unknown at this time.
A suspect in a drive-by shooting in Montcalm County tried to stab a Michigan State Police K-9 before being arrested.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning in Reynolds Township and police tried to pull over the suspect, but the suspect took off.
Two suspects ran into a wooded area and one tried to stab a K-9 with a pocket knife, but was tased and arrested. Police say the dog suffered a small cut.
The suspects are in the Montcalm County Jail facing several felony charges.
A former public safety director in west Michigan is going to jail for health care fraud. Former Greenville public safety director Mark Reiss has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, with 30 days suspended.
He and his ex wife Christine were accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan out of $113,000 dollars. They divorced in 2014, but she remained on his city provided insurance.
Reiss will serve his sentence on weekends at the Montcalm County Jail.
His ex wife was sentenced to 50 days in jail, which she has already served.
Due to uncertainty over threats made by the president to stop payments to health insurers, the state of Michigan is delaying posting rate increases proposed by health insurers within the government marketplace.
Rates were supposed to be published Tuesday, but the state was granted a 30-day extension over an uncertain status.
Open enrollment for 2018 begins November 1 and continues through December 15.
If you pay Consumers Energy for natural gas service, your bill is about to go up.
The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a gas rate increase for Consumers Energy totaling over $29 million.
The increase will allow the utility to further upgrade and modernize its natural gas distribution system by replacing older pipe and equipment.
The approval means the average residential customer will pay an additional $1.66 a month, starting August 7th.
A parole absconder caught by police here in Mecosta County has led to additional arrests.
Detective Casey Nemeth of the Sheriff's office says they caught 20-year old Steven Alan Baker at the Remus Apartments where he had been hiding out. Baker was taken to the Mecosta County Jail and was lodged for the Felony Parole Absconding warrant and Possession of Methamphetamine. Charges for the Felony Resisting/Obstructing charge are being sent to the prosecutor.
The three other people in the apartment with Baker, a 30 year old Grayling man, a 20 year old Grayling woman, and a 31 year old Shepherd woman, were all arrested on a combined eight different fugitive warrants out of Alcona, Midland, Otsego, and Crawford County.
A Mecosta County man is heading to jail for at least the next five years after taking a plea deal from prosecutors.
28-year old Dwayne King of Remus arrested and charged in February with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and one count of first-degree home invasion.
King pleaded guilty to the criminal enterprise charge and the home invasion charge was dropped.
The Remus man was part of a trio with 50-year old Anthony Edward Hustin and 19-year old Fredrick Turner accused of a number of break-ins around Sheridan Township last August.
Local non profit organizations along with Big Rapids Police officers and firefighters are gearing up for it's 14th annual National Night Out event, August 1st from 6-9pm.
Along free food and games for kids, there will be new additions like magician performances and Cran-Hill Ranch is bring its bounce house and rock climbing wall.
The event is a way for the community to interact with local law enforcement officers to be more comfortable with them.
Event Coordinator/ DPS officer Ryan Myers says he looks forward to the event every year.
"This event is special for me cause I have my own kids who go to it and enjoy all the activities that are available," Myers said.
Dial-A-Ride is offering free rides to and from the event, running on a continuous loop. A shuttle will pick up and drop people off at College Park apartments by the mailboxes, the Evergreen Community Building, the Ryan Creek Apartments office, the Parkview Village Housing Office and the Appleridge Apartments Office.
A Rosebush man suffered serious injuries to his head and lower body following a motorcycle/car accident in Isabella County.
The driver of the motorcycle, 57-year old Frances Joseph Bailey was traveling eastbound on Weidman road when a deer entered the roadway and struck the motorcycle. The Rosebush man was ejected from the motorcycle and then was struck by a vehicle traveling the opposite direction.
Bailey sustained serious injuries, including possible head injury and lower extremities.
He was taken to a local emergency room and then airlifted by Areomed to Spectrum.
His condition is not known as of today.
A 25-year old Durand woman is recovering after being involved in an ORV accident in Mecosta County.
Deputies say they were called to a private property in Sheridan Township, that's where an investigation took place and revealed that a 26-year old Mecosta man was operating the ORV when it flipped onto it's side.
A 25-year old female passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Just a heads up to those near Croton Dam’s east tailwater access site in Newaygo County, it will be closed for the next two weeks starting July 24th to allow Consumers Energy to complete work at the hydro facility.
During the tile repair project, utility officials say anglers and other recreationalists will still be able to access the river by Croton Dam on the west side of the river.
Barricades and signs will clearly mark that the site is closed during construction.
The Mecosta County Sheriff is urging you to to use caution following recent concerns voiced by residents of door to door sales men and alleged home break-ins.
According to the Mecosta County Sheriff's office, there has been residents calling them about people going door to door in the County and surrounding area. Officials say they have had contact with some of the people called on, that do work for a cable provider. There are some that are legitimate businesses.
The Sheriff wants residents to remember to always use caution when dealing with door to door sales.
An Evart child was found safe and unharmed after going missing for a couple of hours.
On Tuesday, Osceola County Sheriff Deputies were called to a home on 6 Mile Road near 60th Avenue in Evart Township for a missing 4-year-old boy.
With help from emergency agencies and a drone, police were able to locate the child a half mile from the residence.
Police believe the four year old had walked outside following his dog without his parents noticing he had left the home.
A Lake City man is recovering after a Saturday morning car accident sent him to the hospital.
It happened in Evart on Oak Street, that's where the 61-year old man went through a stop sign, then into a private driveway hitting two parked cars and damaging a garage door.
The sheriff says the homeowners were asleep at the time and were not hurt.
The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police believe alcohol is a factor in the accident.
An Osceola County man is recovering in the hospital after taking police on a chase through Evart.
It all happened last night when an Evart police officer was involved in a pursuit of a motorcycle for careless driving.
They say the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.
During the chase, the driver of the motorcycle crashed trying to negotiate the curves on 85th Ave near River Rd.
The 38-year old Evart man is in serious but stable condition.
Police say he was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.
A 12-year old boy is being called a hero after saving the life of a 3-year old toddler from drowning at a hotel pool in Isabella County.
Sheriff Micheal Main says security footage at the Days Inn Hotel in Mt. Pleasant showed the three year old wandering unattended in the pool area and slipping then falling into the water.
Main says the child was in the water for two minutes before the 12-year old boy walked in and immediately pulled the toddler out of the pool with the help from a brother carried him into the hallway and called for adult help.
CPR was performed by the mother of the toddler for about one minute and the child regained consciousness.
The toddler was familiar with the pool and hotel as the parents both work there.
Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals continue their partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide opportunities for residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.
Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the listed sites during the specified drop-off times. Proper disposal is important for several reasons.
“Prescription drugs are Mecosta County’s second leading type of abused drug. By properly disposing of medications and needles we can help prevent them from getting into the hands of those who may want to abuse them,” said Kim Livingston of Ten16 Recovery Network. “Most heroin addicts tell us they started with abusing stolen prescription drugs they get from family and friends without them knowing.” “Proper disposal is better for the environment,” Livingston adds. “By disposing of drugs and needles safely, they are destroyed in a self-contained incinerator. Throwing them in the trash or toilet could allow the drugs to dissolve into our drinking water through landfills and sewer systems. Most waste filtration plants are not designed to separate pharmaceuticals and drugs may pass on through into our water.”
Within the past year, the program has served 338 people, collecting 556.2 pounds of medication and 402 pounds of needles.
Drop-off sites are scheduled at the following times:
Tuesday, July 25 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic
300 N. Patterson, Reed City, MI
Thursday, July 27 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Big Rapids Hospital Main Lobby
605 Oak St. Big Rapids, MI
Tuesday, August 29 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Evart Family Practice
5991 95th Ave, Evart, MI
Wednesday, August 30 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tustin Family Practice
111 E Church St, Tustin, MI
Thursday, August 31 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Canadian Lakes Family Practice
8354 100th Ave, Canadian Lakes, MI 49346
Medications should be in their original container and all identifying personal information on prescription labels should be blocked out. Individuals can stop by at any time during the three-hour window and dispose of unwanted items. For more information, call 231.592.4493.
Michigan State Police are investigating a rollover accident in Montcalm County that claimed the life of an Evart man and injured his passenger.
It happened Saturday night on US-131 near Cutler Road in Reynolds Township.
Troopers say 32-year old John Londo, lost control then rolled his car and was thrown from his vehicle.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A passenger in Londo's car was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids.
Five people up in Wexford County are behind bars on felony drug charges after officials from the Traverse Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a home in Harrietta.
It all started when officials received a tip about people buy ingredients to make methamphetamine.
When detectives located the suspects, they did a surveillance of the area and then executed a search warrant of the home in question. During it's investigation TNT officials found components to make meth.
51-year old Jackie Todd, 32-year old Corry Sisson, 25-year old Kiah Kelley, 56-year old Basil Cooper and 25-year old Nicole Neibauer were all arrested.
They’re now charged with felony drug crimes including smurfing to making meth and selling heroin.
A 29-year old man was arrested and charged in Montcalm County for trying to defraud a local 4-H organization.
State Police say Cody Mitchell Foster has been charged with Felony Fraud (Soliciting for Unlicensed Organization).
It's alleged that Foster accepted money claiming to be selling “Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits” on behalf of 4H Michigan State University extension.
In total, Foster is alleged to have received $1002 from 34 victims.
Areo Med was called out to a property in Newaygo County's Bridgeton Township Tuesday after a man was injured during an explosion.
The man who was injured was described as being in his 50s.
His condition was not immediately known.
Newaygo County dispatch says the cause of the explosion is unknown at this time and officials are still investigating.
Newaygo County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents and visitors that water levels on the Muskegon River are still high and currents continue to be stronger than normal following the discovery of a body of a missing tuber over the weekend.
Police say the 25-year old Grand Rapids man went missing Saturday afternoon in the area of Devil’s Hole, in Brooks Township.
Emergency crews searched the river until the victim’s body was located approximately 1 ½ miles down river. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office.
A motorcyclist is recovering after being involved in a car accident in Mecosta County.
It happened at the intersection of 11 mile rd and 90th ave in Morton Twp.
Deputies say a vehicle traveling north bound on 90th ave was T-Boned by a motorcycle going westbound on 11 mile rd. The west bound driver was ejected from the motorcycle and was airlifted from the scene for his injuries and transported to Butterworth hospital.
The driver of the northbound vehicle was uninjured.
Police in Mecosta County are asking for the public's help in identifying these two people in the photos.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the two subjects are part of an ongoing investigation in relation to a possible money larceny at Walmart.
If you know who these people are, call the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department at 231-592-0150.
A 24-year old Hubbardston woman is now charged with the death of a 10-year old amish boy following a car/buggy accident back in March.
Tiffany Christiansen was charged with a misdemeanor count of committing a moving violation causing death.
On March 15th, a 2011 GMC Terrain Christiansen was operating struck a horse and buggy while traveling Fenwick Road. The buggy was occupied by a 13-year old and 10-year old boy, who are from ther Carson City area. The 10-year old boy died a few days after being taken to DeVos Childeren's Hospital.
According to the original press release by police, speed didn't appear to be a factor; however the angle of the bright morning sun may have played a role.
Christiansen faces up to a year in jail, if convicted.
A bicyclist is dead after being hit by a car in Isabella County last night.
It happened in Union Township, that's where both the vehicle and bicycle were traveling west on River Road near Deer Run Drive.
State Police say male bicyclist was taken to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle was uninjured.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.
In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, the Wellness Center at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer Center is hosting a celebration open house.
The celebration will be held Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m.
All survivors, including those recently diagnosed and in treatment, friends and family are welcome.
Hor d’oeuvres, cake and refreshments will be served. Attendees can learn about the American Cancer Society and enjoy a photo booth and integrative services such as chair massages, acupressure and reflexology.
For more information, call the wellness center at 231.832.8486.
Big Rapids residents have just under four weeks to put in their petition into the City Clerks office if they want to run for Mayor or one of two city commissioner seats.
Due to term limits, current Big Rapids Mayor Mark Warba will not be running for his position. Two city commissioner seats will also be open. Those seats are currently filled by Dan Rothstein and Lorraine James, both of whom are not term-limited and may run again.
If your interested, you must be resident of the city for at least one year, a registered voter, a citizen of the U.S.. Petitions must contain at least 25 and no more than 40 signatures of registered voters of the City of Big Rapids. .
Petitions must be picked up and submitted to the clerk’s office in City Hall and are due by 4 p.m.. on Tuesday, July 25.
Three days after heavy rains caused major flooding in mid-Michigan, state and local leaders are conducting damage assessments.
Congressman John Moolenaar, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and others are calling on Governor Snyder to request an emergency declaration for Midland, Isabella, and other counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
If approved, federal money would become available to help in making repairs. Hundreds of roads were impassable over the weekend. In some cases, the roadway has washed away and sinkholes have formed under the standing water.
Officials say this is the worst flooding in mid-Michigan in 31 years.
Meanwhile, an evaluation is underway to determine how the heavy rainfall over the past week will hurt farmers in mid-Michigan.
The Farm Bureau says the heavy rains may ruin crops in Central Michigan. Earlier, farmers were worried about drought.
Some farmers will have to decide if they want to re-plant fields, some of which were under water for two days.
The Michigan State Extension is tallying the damage.
A flood watch is being extended until Tuesday afternoon for the West Central Michigan area that includes Isabella, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Osceola Counties.
Officials from National Weather Service say several rounds of thunderstorms are forecasted tonight. Rainfall rates will top an inch per hour in the strongest storms.
Local storm total rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches which would be enough to trigger flooding.
Mecosta County Emergency Management officials advise residents or commuters to turn around when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Keep children away from storm drains, culverts, creeks and streams. Water levels can rise rapidly and sweep children away.
The Osceola Township Planning Commission denied an appeal from Nestle to get a new booster pump station so it can draw more water from an aquifer.
On Tuesday night, a special land use permit was denied by the township planning commission when it decided the station would not perform an essential service to the community.
Nestle requested a change in zoning classification, but it was denied.
The planning commission had denied granting Nestle the permit for the pipeline booster station at Spring Hill Camp back in April.
Nestle could appeal to the county circuit court, but says it hasn't decided if it will.