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Consumers Energy to test Rogers, Hardy & Croton Dam sirens Dec. 12th

Consumers Energy announced the emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Thursday, December 12 at approximately 9:30 a.m.


The tests 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires hydroelectric facilities to be able to quickly notify residents and visitors of any developing emergency at the plants. Typically, Consumers Energy performs the test once in August and in December each year.


In the event of an emergency, the siren/speaker units’ initial warning will be supplemented by information on radio and television stations along with Newaygo and Mecosta County emergency notification systems.


Consumers Energy offers a safety caution to those who visit dams in the winter.


“Ice on a reservoir near a hydroelectric facility is not reliable and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and others,” said Bill Schoenlein, Consumers Energy’s executive director of renewable generation. “Also, ice-covered water down river from a hydroelectric facility should never be considered a safe place to walk.”


Mecosta teen arrested for sex crimes against a minor



Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies arrested a Mecosta teen Tuesday on a warrant for crimes connected to a sexual assault of a minor. 


17-year old Dylan Snyder was arraigned on two counts of First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct in Mecosta Co. 77th District Court Wednesday. 


Detective Casey Nemeth says the arrest stems from an investigation into incidents that occurred in 2017 and 2018 with a minor child in the Village of Remus.  


Snyder posted $25,000 and is released on bond until his next court date.



Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital earns trauma certification

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital emergency department staff have been recognized for their work with trauma patients after being designated as a Level IV trauma facility by the State of Michigan.

The three-year certification follows a site visit and documentation review by the Michigan
Department of Health and Human Services to the facility in October.

“We’re very pleased with the designation,” said Jeff Hotsinpiller, a trauma coordinator for
Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. The certification validates the
good work our teams have done in making trauma care a top priority of our emergency

Big Rapids Hospital is also a Level IV trauma facility

Trauma accounts for nearly half of deaths for people ages birth to 44.

Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals have worked together creating a trauma program to
find and treat injuries quickly and efficiently. The program includes a partnership for
continuous education provided to EMS and other agencies to improve first responder
practices. Community education was also included to highlight fall prevention and
tourniquet application to control bleeding.

“Through these efforts, our emergency department can provide efficient and evidence-
based trauma care, ensuring the very best care for trauma patients starting at the scene
of injury so they heal quicker and have the best possible outcome,” Hotsinpiller said.


Osceola Co. man arrested on numerous felony charges including felonious assault


A Chase man is charged with a handful of counts following a string of incidents after a staged intervention.


It happened on Sunday, Osceola County Sheriff deputies say they were called to the area of 220th Avenue near 10-Mile Road, in Lincoln Township where it’s was reported the suspect, 25-year old Trevor Joesph Smith became combative after a family attempted to have an intervention for drug use.


According to police Smith was recklessly discharging an AR-15 at a family members pickup, then continued to discharge the firearm and then fled on a stolen ATV just prior to deputies arrival. Sheriff Ed Willaims says deputies tracked Smith from the home to another residence in Lake County and was taken into custody without incident.


Illegal drugs are thought to be a factor in this incident.


Smith was arraigned in the 77 th District Court today on charges of Felony Damage to Property Weapons, Firing Reckless Felony, Motor Vehicle Theft and Felonious Assault. 

Smith's bond was set at $75,000 and is currently lodged in the Osceola County Jail


3-Judge Panel: Nestle's bottling operation in Osceola Twp. "not essential public service"

A three judge panel has sided with Osceola Township against the proposal for a new building for Nestle Waters North America.


The Michigan Court of Appeals agreed with the Township that Nestle's plan violates the zoning ordinance.


The intent of the new building would be to increase their water bottling efforts to by carrying Nestle groundwater to a loading station in Evart.


The appeals court said Nestle's bottling operation was not an “essential public service.”


Rep. Hoitenga: Plan to end deer baiting ban sent to governor's desk

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to restore the practice of baiting and feeding deer in Michigan has been sent to the governor for her consideration.


The plan would end the ban issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).


Hoitenga, of Manton, said the baiting and feeding ban puts unnecessary restrictions on Michigan hunters with little evidence it will prevent the spread of disease. Her plan, House Bill 4687, would allow people to engage in baiting during open seasons on deer and elk in Michigan.


“The NRC banned baiting, but that didn’t eliminate the natural instinct of deer to herd for warmth and food,” Hoitenga said. “The baiting ban is hurting the situation by driving people away from the sport. Hunting prevents overpopulation – and that is key to preventing the spread of disease.”


Hoitenga said the decrease in hunting license sales will hurt Michigan’s conservation efforts, as well as the rural and northern Michigan communities that receive an economic boost from hunting activity.


Last year, hunting and fishing license sales made up 20 percent of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ entire annual budget, equal to $83.5 million. These funds were used to aid the recovery of endangered and threatened species, including restoring thousands of acres of habitat and wetlands.


According to one recent study, 171,000 jobs are created and supported annually across Michigan by hunting and fishing activity. Hunting generates around $8.9 billion in economic impact, the study said.


Three people arrested in connection to meth/stolen property case in Mecosta Co.



Two men and a woman were arraigned on charges connected to a case involving methamphetamineand stolen property out of the village of Morley last Friday.  


37-year old Robert Thomas Wright Jr, of Morley was charged with possession of methamphetamine and retail fraud 2nd degree, he remains jailed with a $110,000.00 bond.


46-year old Tammy Lynn Wright, of Morley was charged with retail fraud 1st degree and remains jailed with a $5000.00 bond pending further court action.


56-year old Timothy Allen Dahlke, of Saginaw was charged with possession of methamphetamine and remains jailed with a $100,000.00 pending further court action.


On Friday, deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Village of Morley to arrest a suspect on an arrest warrant for a Retail Fraud charge. Deputies attempted contact with the suspect’s family and located the suspect as he attempted to flee the area. Deputies stopped the suspect driving an unregistered vehicle attempting to leave the area. The suspect was arrested on traffic charges as well as the outstanding theft warrant.


Additional investigation led to the detention of a (2nd) male suspect at the residence who was also wanted by another agency. Information was obtained at the residence was that drugs were hidden prior to the suspect leaving the residence. Deputies were able to obtain consent and conducted a search based upon the information received. Deputies located a quantity of Methamphetamine.


Deputies then obtained a search warrant for the residence to obtain additional evidence. Deputies were able to locate numerous items of (new) stolen property. The total amount of the stolen property recovered is in excess of $1000. Deputies arrested both males on Possession of Methamphetamine charges. The wife of the suspect was also arrested and lodged theft charges as well.


Grand Rapids area man dies in Mecosta Co. car crash

A 57-year old Grand Rapids-area man has died after a crash along U.S. 131.


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Department says 57-year old Fred Bender Junior of Sparta was killed when the pickup truck he was in went into the median of the freeway and rolled over Sunday morning.


The driver of the pickup, identified as 65-year old Steven Spring of Norton Shores was rescued from the truck and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.


An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.


Osceola Co. Sheriff: 17-year old passenger dead; 17-year old driver arrested following car crash

Sad news out of Osceola County this morning as a 17-year old man from Tustin was killed in a car accident and another 17-year old from LeRoy was arrested.


It happened early Saturday morning just after 2am on Mackinaw Trail near 160th Avenue in Sherman Township. The reporting person had stated that nobody was around the vehicle.


Sheriff Ed Williams said in a press release, upon arrival deputies found a tan 2004 Toyota Camry had went off the road and overturned and the driver and his parents were on scene removing items from the vehicle. The driver was a 17-year old from Leroy.


At 3:17am deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to a house on 20 Mile Road near 160th Ave for a 17-year old having medical problems. Lifesaving measures were attempted on scene and the 17-year old male from Tustin died prior to arrival at the Hospital.


Ongoing investigation has revealed that the two incidents were connected and the 17-year old driver from Leroy was arrested and lodged at the Osceola County Jail for Operating Intoxicated causing death.

This investigation is ongoing and alcohol, speed, and seat belts are believed to be factors.


The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their condolences and prayers to the family of the deceased during this tragic event.


BR Police: Rumors of threats not based on facts; BRMS to have extra security Wednesday as a safety precaution

Police in Big Rapids are currently investigating rumors of a threat to Big Rapids Middle School. 


A letter was sent out to students’ parents Tuesday.


The school says the threat was reported by students who ride the Big Rapids School Bus System.


After looking into the complaint, the school says it found no evidence to suggest the threat was real.


But school officials and police will be beefing up safety measures today.


The school says extra security will be at the school throughout the day. In addition, doors will be secured during the school day as well.


A statement from Big Rapids Deaprtment of Public Safety was released on its Facebook page recently about the recent rumors: 


"The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the rumored threats and we will continue to work with the Big Rapids Middle School to ensure that students and our community remains safe. Our current belief that the rumored threats to the Big Rapids Middle School are not based in any facts; however, we will take every precaution as law enforcement to ensure that the Big Rapids community, families and students feel safe to learn and grow while at school."


If you have any information about this issue, you’re asked to call Big Rapids Police at 231-527-0005. Questions can be directed to the Big Rapids Middle School at 231.796.9965 or its central office at 231.796.2627.


The letter to BRMS parents from BRPS Administration is attached below.



Big Rapids man arraigned on sex crime charges


Detectives at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say a Big Rapids man was arraigned on felony charges following an investigation into allegations into alleged sex crimes. 


Detective Drew Nielsen says 38-year old Kenneth Lee Bishop was charged with four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with multiple variables on November 15th in Mecosta County 77th District Court.  


Bishop remains in jail on $75,000 pending further court action. 


State Police looking for Newaygo Co. larceny suspect


Michigan State Police say they need your help finding a man suspected of multiple car break-ins around Newaygo County.


Troopers say the male suspect stole multiple items from a car in Ensley Township during the beginning of November.


They say it happened near E. 136th St. and S. Elm Ave.


If you recognize this person or know anything about the thefts, call   MSP Trooper Dawson Hart Post 231-873-2171 or Newaygo Central Dispatch at (231) 689-5288.


View Mecosta County election results here!


Deer baiting bill approved in State House; moves to Senate for consideration

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to end the ban on baiting deer and elk in Michigan was approved today by the State House Tuesday 57-49.


Hoitenga said the ban – issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) – is hurting outdoor enthusiasts and local businesses.


Baiting is a method that hunters have relied on for generations, and there’s absolutely no evidence it contributes to the spread of disease,” Hoitenga said. “It’s silly for the NRC to ban hunters from scattering apples around their deer blinds when every day deer graze on apples that fall off trees in nature.”


The plan, House Bill 4687, would allow people to engage in baiting during open seasons on deer and elk in Michigan.


The ban is doing more harm than good by chasing hunting families away from the sport,” Hoitenga said. “The revenue generated from hunting licenses helps support conservation efforts carried out by the DNR, and hunting enthusiasts play a crucial role in supporting our state’s northern and rural economies.”


Last year, hunting and fishing license sales made up 20 percent of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ entire annual budget, equal to $83.5 million. These funds were used to aid the recovery of endangered and threatened species, including restoring thousands of acres of habitat and wetlands.

According to one recent study, 171,000 jobs are created and supported annually across Michigan by hunting and fishing activity. Hunting generates around $8.9 billion in economic impact, the study said.


The bill now moves to the State Senate for consideration. 


Young Team, Winning Attitude: Mohawk Volleyball looking to go the distance

With clinching the Central State Activities Association, the Morley Stanwood Mohawks moved to 12-0 in conference play and hold a 28-6-1 record going into district play.  

The Mohawks ended their regular season play with a win over Hesperia and in turn led to the Mohawks winning the CSA silver with and undefeated record in conference play. The Mohawks have only lost one match in conference play while winning 34 and holding an 81.4-win percentage.  

Senior Mohawk Ryleigh Newton said, “it’s really big for us because we’ve always had tough competition and it was a goal for us to go undefeated in our conference.” 

Outside the conference the Mohawks have won 70 sets and only lost 16 and are on a for game win streak. They are also ranked 9th in their class, 81st in the state, and even nationally ranked at 2863rd.  

Head Coach Robin Kozuch said, “they don’t take any team lightly because the game is so much highs and lows, you have to stay fired up or it’s the end of your season and I believe the girls realize that if they don’t give it their all then they’re done.” 

The Morley Stanwood volleyball team is full of young talent with three sophomore, five juniors, and their three senior leaders. Kozuch said that her three seniors are huge players for the team, but the younger kids have really grown and developed as well.  

“The biggest thing is from the leadership of the seniors this year, they are three really nice girls, they take the rest of the team under their wing even kids that we brought up that are younger they are all great mentors and very positive and nurturing, but they still push each other and I hope this keeps the young girls to be like them moving forward," Kozuch said. "I feel like this team has really gelled very well, they perform well, they are great athletes and we’ve had that a lot of years in the past as well but I feel like it really takes a family and a cohesiveness to be successful down the stretch.” 

Both Kozuch and Morley senior Breanna Berry said that this past summer the entire team went to a volleyball camp in Caledonia. Berry said that the camp was very challenging and that the girls were not allowed to have their phones for the entire week. 

“To see how hard the girls pushed and persevered through that tough summer camp that we went to and bond together is such an amazing memory and I’d like to keep that tradition going because it was awesome,” Kozuch said.  

Morley senior Jaidyn Schmitt said that she is pumped for post season action since it's her last year and would love for her team to go the distance. Schmitt feels that her team can get past districts and make it to states because the team has worked very well together this year than ever before. Berry said that she agrees with her teammate and that she really loves the team chemistry and leadership from the younger girls.  

“I think we are doing really really good at communicating when we need it the most and just being there for each other to lift each other up,” Newton said. ““Coach knows what to say and when to say it for all of us girls, she knows all of our tendency's and what to do it fix things when we struggle which has helped a lot.” 

Kozuch said that she has really enjoyed being allowed to coach this group of girls and that she has seen them play well enough that she believes that this team could go all the way. Kozuch loves the communities support and loves the Mohawk family and that it continues to grow.  

The Morley Stanwood Mohawks will play in the first round of districts that start Monday November 4th at 6 p.m. against Lakeview on the Mohawks home court. If they win, they would play again on Wednesday November 6th at 7:30 p.m. with the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. 


Suspected drunk driving accident sends Remus man to hospital

Deputies with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office believe alcohol was a factor in a one car accident early Sunday morning.


It happened at the intersection of 35th Avenue and 8 Mile Road in Remus.


Deputies say the driver, a 29-year old Remus man, was traveling southbound on 35th Avenue when his vehicle went off of the roadway, striking a tree.


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


Police in Mecosta Co. looking for break-in suspect

Police in Mecosta County are looking for a suspect they say broke into a home and was confronted by the homeowner.


It happened on October 30th at a residence on 15 Mile Rd near 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp.


According to deputies, the suspect broke into the occupied residence and was confronted by the home owner. 


The suspect asked the homeowner to call 911 for a accident that didn't occur. 


The suspect left the scene while the home owner was calling 911.


No accident was found in the area. 


The suspect is described as white male, 5'11'-6'00, Thin build, blonde to sandy blonde hair, with a clean cut. 


The suspect is thought to be driving a red Jeep wrangler with a black top.   


Any tips can be reported to Mecosta County Sheriff's Office. 


Mecosta-Osceola Transit Authority hoping voters approve millage proposal to continue operations

A special election on November 5th is right around the corner and one local entity is hoping voters will approve its millage proposal to keep their operation going.

The Mecosta Osceola Transit Authority is asking voters to approve their millage proposal of a .5 mill to continue its transportation operations.


Last May, MOTA ended their partnership with the Hope Network, that in turn, reduced state and federal funding to continue providing its services for those who need it.


Last year, MOTA provided over 49,000 rides to people in both Mecosta and Osceola Counties which translates to 196 rides per day.


Executive Director Mike Tillman says if this isn't passed MOTA will have to shutdown on November 8th. “We will have to close our doors because we won't have enough funding for operations.” Tillman said.


However if it is passed, Tillman says MOTA will have the ability to increase hours of operation and lower fares for passengers. “Our hours of operations will extend to Saturday and Sunday, the millage will also allow us to lower full rate fares from $5.00 to $2.00, lower senior and disabled fares from $2.50 to $1.00 and seniors 80 years and over ride for free.”Tillman added. 


So how much would this cost residents in Mecosta and Osceola Counties?

If your home value is $100,000, a .5 mill would cost you $25.00 a year OR .07 cents a day.

If your home value to $200,000, a .5 mill would cost you $50.00 a year or .14 cents a day.


Central Lake man suffers medical emergency; killed in car accident in Osceola Co.

A Central Lake man is dead following a car accident in Osceola County Sunday morning.


It happened on northbound US-131 HWY near US-10 HWY in Richmond Township.


Sheriff Ed Williams says deputies found a white 2017 Ford F150 had went off the road and came to rest against a sign post. Attempts to revive the man were made by citizens and responding personnel but were unsuccessful with life saving measures.

Upon preliminary investigation it is believed that 62-year old Roger Hibbard from Central Lake Michigan suffered a medical incident while driving.


This investigation is ongoing and a direct cause of death has not been determined, however, neither alcohol nor speed is believed to be a factor.


Saturday morning crash in Montcalm Co. kills driver; passenger suffers injuries

A Sheridan man is dead and his passenger with severe injuries following a car accident Saturday morning in Montcalm County.


It happened on Condensery Rd. in Bushnell Township.


Michigan State Police say the 24-year old driver was traveling eastbound when his car went off the road and rolled over.


Troopers say he was pronounced dead at the scene.


They say his passenger, also a 24-year-old man from Sheridan, was taken to the hospital for severe injuries.


The accident remains under investigation.


UPDATE: Passenger car driver dead, two students suffer minor injuries from crash involving school bus

UPDATE: The Isabella County Sheriff's Office says the female driver of the passenger vehicle was the only occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident. 


A female driver is dead following a car/school bus accident.


Michigan State Police say it happened last night in Isabella County around 9pm, a school bus carrying the  Chippewa Hills junior varsity football team with coaches and staff was traveling north bound on Coldwater approaching River Road in Broomfield Twp when a passenger vehicle entered the oncoming lane and struck the school bus.


Two students suffered minor injuries, while the other students were removed by a second bus to a reunification site away from the accident, so as parents could respond and pick up their children.


The passenger car sustained heavy damage and immediately caught fire after the crash, the only occupant in the car the driver was killed in the accident. 


An autopsy is being conducted to identify the woman. 


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


9-year old boy found in Montcalm Co.

A missing nine year old boy with autism has been found safe in Montcalm County.


Kevin Yarrington walked away from his home in Stanton Wednesday morning and state police, the DNR, the Ionia County Sheriff's Office and volunteers searched for him all day.


A homeowner nearby found him behind a tree just before five yesterday afternoon.



Man airlifted after dirt bike accident in Mecosta Co.

A 38-year old man suffered life threatening injuries following a dirt bike accident in Deerfield Township.


Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say it happened on Northland Drive near four mile road where a 38-year old man lost control of the dirt bike, went off the road and struck a tree.


The man was not wearing a helmet.


He was airlifted by AeroMed to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment of his injuries.


Mecosta County Man Wins $350,000 on Michigan Lottery's The Big Spin Show

Winning $350,000 on the Michigan Lottery's The Big Spin show is going to be "life changing" for a Mecosta County man.


Donald Bassett, 54, won the big prize after spinning the prize wheel on The Big Spin show hosted by Detroit basketball champion John Salley. Bassett was selected to participate in the show after entering non-winning The Big Spin tickets at


"The drawing took place on my birthday and when I didn't get a call that day I thought: 'Man, I didn't win!'" said Bassett. "The next day I answered a call from a number I didn't recognize and it was a woman from the Lottery telling me I had been selected to be on the show!


"I'm so excited to win a life changing amount of money. I'm going to live debt-free and put the rest away for my retirement in two years."


Bassett was one of five players selected for The Big Spin show by a random drawing. Ten more players will be selected to participate on The Big Spin show. Additional The Big Spin second chance drawings are scheduled to take place on Oct. 31 and Jan. 2, 2020.


Each player selected will spin The Big Spin wheel and have a chance to win up to $2 million. All the players who spin The Big Spin wheel are guaranteed to win at least $100,000.


Twenty players will be selected to appear on the Lottery's The Big Spin televised events, which will air shortly after evening Lottery drawings. Players may submit non-winning The Big Spin ticket Spin Codes at By entering codes, players will earn entries for the drawings for the opportunity to appear on television and spin the big wheel.


Each $10 The Big Spin ticket offers players a chance to instantly win prizes ranging from $10 up to $1 million. Players have won more than $14 million playing The Big Spin. More than $61 million in prizes remain, including three $1 million top prizes, four $10,000 prizes, and 115 $1,000 prizes.


In 2018, Lottery players won more than $1 billion playing instant games. Instant games may be purchased at the Lottery's 10,500 retailers across the state.

Click here for video content from The Big Spin show.


Spectrum Health Big Rapids & Reed City Hospital receive 5-star rating for treaments

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are both five-star rated for treatment of sepsis outcomes according to a national report released by Healthgrades , the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. Big Rapids Hospital also received five-star distinction for the treatment of pneumonia. This achievement is part of the Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation, which underscores the importance of hospital quality to both consumers and hospital leaders.


Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions using Medicare data, and additionally analyzes outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital has received the five-star distinction for treatment of pneumonia two years in a row and the five-star distinction for treatment of sepsis seven years in a row. Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital has received the five-star distinction for treatment of sepsis three years in a row.

“To receive this five-star rating in the fight against sepsis and pneumonia is very rewarding,” said Andrea Leslie, President of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “I want to commend our entire clinical team for their continued dedication to providing quality care in earning this distinction.”

The complete Healthgrades 2020 Report to the Nation and detailed study methodology, can be found at


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