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Michigan AG suing AmeriGas for violating consumer protection act

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Big Rapids woman thrown from motorcycle

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Movie Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Rating: PG-13

Length: 2hours 8mins

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

I give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars!

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Movie Review: Hotel Artemis

Hotel Artemis

Length: 90 minutes

Rating: R

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

I give this 3.25/5 stars.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Kellogg recalls certain boxes of Honey Smacks cereal

Kellogg is voluntarily recalling some of its cereal.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Michigan Legislature approve $57-billion dollar budget

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The victim is in critical condition.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Police investigating armed robbery at off campus house near Ferris State

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The accident is still under investigation.

 

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