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Over 4,200 residents without power following latest heavy thunderstorm

The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for those affected that have Great Lakes Energy as a provider, 773 are without electricity. No timetable for restoration yet.  

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Over 4,200 residents without power following latest heavy thunderstorm

The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for Great Lakes Energy customers, 773 are without power currently. there is no time for restoration yet. 

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Mecosta man sent to hospital after vehicle/tree accident

A 30-year old man from Mecosta was sent to the hospital last night after crashing his vehicle into a tree.

It happened on 120th ave south of 11 Mile Rd, Aetna Twp, deputies say the Mecosta man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. 

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Ferris State faculty back to work following court issued injunction

Ferris State University faculty are back to work today after a judge issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the FFA's strike.

 

The faculty's old contract expired June 30th affecting 450 tenured members.

 

Negotiations between the university and the FFA are set to continue on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

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Power knocked out for over 1,000 Mecosta Co. residents

Just over 1,700 people are without power following heavy thunderstorms last night into this morning throughout Mecosta County.

 

Consumer Energy officials say high winds knocked down trees causing some of the outages.

 

 

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Most of the affected areas have been restored, the utility hopes an area in Big Rapids Township restored by 9:15am.  

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Ferris Faculty Association votes to strike

Ferris State University Students returned to campus last week and are expected to start classes today however the Ferris Faculty Association decided to strike after negotiations on a new contract broke down.

 

The faculty's old contract expired June 30th.

 

In a press release by the Michigan Education Association, the FFA voted to strike Saturday night.

 

In a statement on Ferris' website the school says based on the FFA's decision to strike, some faculty may not be present to teach their classes on Monday. Classes will be held and students should attend as scheduled.

 

The University plans to continue negotiations with the FFA and to serve the best interests of students as this process continues.

 

 

We will have more on this story as it develops. 

 

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Fiat Chrysler recalls minivans and SUV's for brake problem

Fiat Chrysler is recalling over 200,000 minivans and SUVs for a brake problem.

 

The recall covers the 2018 Dodge Journey, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and the 2018 and 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Compass.

 

Most are in the United States.

 

The automaker says a brake-system part wasn't built to specifications, allowing gas bubbles to form in the brake fluid.

 

So far, no customer complaints or reports of crashes or injuries.

 

Dealers will replace the brake fluid, which Fiat Chrysler says will solve the problem.

 

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Additional charges levied against inmate who escaped Newaygo Co. hospital

More charges for a west Michigan man who escaped custody at a Fremont hospital and was caught after he crashed a stolen motorcycle.

 

Ian Riley-Jackson Davis now faces charges of auto theft, second degree home invasion, and breaking and entering .

 

That's reportedly on top of charges the 32-year-old already faced including: assaulting and obstructing a police officer.

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Internal investigation sought as inmate escapes from hospital in Newaygo Co.

The search for a missing west Michigan jail inmate concluded after the man crashed a stolen motorcycle.

 

32-year-old Ian Riley-Jackson Davis escaped custody at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital in Fremont Tuesday.

 

He stole a motorcycle and crashed it into the side on an oil tanker truck.

 

Davis was injured and had been originally in jail on multiple felony charges.

 

Newaygo County Sheriff Bob Mendham plans an internal investigation into how he escaped.

 

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Manistee man dead following traffic accident in Osceola County

A Manistee man is dead following a traffic accident up in Osceola County.

 

It happened Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Mackinaw Trail and 20 Mile Rd. in Burdell Twp.

 

Deputies say a 75-year old Reed City man was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Rd in a Ford Fusion when he stopped at the intersection of Mackinaw Trail and then continued westbound into the path of a Harley Davidson motorcycle being ridden by a 68-year old Manistee man.

 

The Manistee man was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The driver of the Ford Fusion was not injured.

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Police looking for retail fraud suspects

 

Police in Mecosta County are looking for two people suspected in a possible retail fraud case.

 

Deputies say a male and female stole $800 worth of speakers.

 

If you have any information on the identity, contact Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department at (231) 592-0150.


 

 

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SUSPECT CAUGHT: Michigan State Police searching for inmate who escaped from hospital in Newaygo Co.

Police have confirmed they have arrested Davis following a chase Tuesday afternoon. 

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Police are searching for an inmate that escaped from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital before 9am, Tuesday. 

 

Michigan State Police say 32-year old Ian Riley-Jackson Davis is described as a white male, 6' 1", 200 lbs, slender build with black hair and green eyes. Tattoos on right arm and left and right calf. Last seen wearing orange jumpsuit pants with no shirt.

 

Police advise residents to lock their cars and homes. 

 

Davis was arrested on a number of vehicle break-ins around Newaygo County.  

 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288 or 911.

 

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SCAM ALERT: Ferris State University Police warning students of financial aid scam

Officials with the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety are warning students about a scam going around campus.

 

Police say students are receiving calls from a person claiming to be from Financial Aid.

 

The caller then threatens the student that if they do not immediately pay over the phone, they will cancel their classes.

 

Officials say this is a scam and to hang up the phone immediately.

 

FSU does not accept payment by phone. Payments must be made in-person or online through the secure eBilling portal.

 

If you believe you have been targeted or if you have provided financial information over the phone, call DPS at (231) 591-5000 to report the incident.

 

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White Cloud woman dead, Fremont man in critical condition following two car accident involving pontoon

One woman is dead and a man in critical condition following a two car accident involving a pontoon boat in Newaygo County.

 

It happened Saturday night, Michigan State Police say a vehicle pulling a pontoon boat was traveling south on North Centerline Road at the intersection of West Foss Street when it came into the corner to fast, causing the pontoon to fall off the trailer.

 

A White Cloud woman and a Fremont man were riding in the pontoon.

 

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The man was taken to Butterworth Hospital via Aero Med.

 

He is listed in critical condition.

 

The driver of the vehicle was arrested for operating under the influence causing death, according to a press release.

 

His name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Big Rapids Social Security Office moves into new location August 13th

The Big Rapids Social Security office will relocate to its new location at 502A N. State Street, Big Rapids, MI, on Monday, August 13, 2018.  

 

Business operations at 730 Watertower Road, Big Rapids, MI, will end after close of business on Friday, August 10.

 

Social Security office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

Most Social Security services do not require a visit to an office. People may create their my Social Security account, a personalized online service, at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

 

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New chronic wasting disease regulations approved for 2018 hunting season

More deer hunting regulations have been approved by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission to help slow the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.

 

CWD is a fatal neurological (brain and nervous system) disease found in cervids – deer, elk and moose. The disease attacks the brains of infected animals and produces small lesions that result in death. There is no cure; once an animal is infected, it will die. 

The disease first was discovered in Michigan in a free-ranging deer in May 2015.

To date, more than 31,000 deer in Michigan have been tested for chronic wasting disease, and CWD has been confirmed in 60 free-ranging deer in six Michigan counties: Clinton, Ingham, Ionia, Jackson, Kent and Montcalm.

 

The new regulations includes: An immediate ban on baiting and feeding in the 16-county area identified as the CWD Management Zone. This area includes Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Ottawa and Shiawassee counties.

 

Other approved regulations include:

 

  • Effective immediately in the CWD Management Zone and four-county bovine tuberculosis area (in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Oscoda counties), hunters with disabilities who meet specific requirements can now use 2 gallons of single-bite bait, such as shelled corn, during the Liberty and Independence hunts.
  • Allowance of all legal firearms to be used in muzzleloader season in the CWD Management Zone.
  • A purchase limit of 10 private-land antlerless licenses per hunter in the CWD Management Zone.
  • Restrictions on deer carcass movement in the five-county CWD Core Area (Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm and Newaygo counties) and the CWD Management Zone.
  • Antlerless options on deer licenses/combo licenses during firearms seasons in the five-county CWD Core Area.
  • Expansion of early and late antlerless seasons in select counties.
  • Changes to regulations regarding wildlife rehabilitators.

 

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2018 local and state primary election results

The election results are in for Mecosta County.

 

In the Chippewa Township race for the board of trustees seat, Debbie Carmichael-Zielinski won by two votes over Annette Walters, 58-56.

 

James Chapman is the Green Township Supervisor, he beat Ross Meads 328-240 votes.

 

In state election news, incumbent State Rep. Michele Hoitenga beat out former Cadillac Mayor Bill Barnett for the Republican nomination. Hoitenga will take on democratic nominee Dion Adams in November.

 

It will be Republican Bill Schuette taking on Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in November in the race to be Michigan's next Governor. Both won in the primary election on Tuesday. Whitmer beat out Dr. Abdul El-Sayed and and Shri Thanadar.

 

Schuette was victorious over Lt. Governor Brian Calley, State Senator Patrick Colbeck and Dr. Jim Hines.

 

Schuette says Whitmer will be "worse" than former Governor Jennifer Granholm.

 

Whitmer says Michigan needs new leadership after years of Republican control.

 

Combat Veteran John James, a Republican, will take on Democratic U-S Senator Debbie Stabenow. She's represented Michigan in Washington for 14 years, and says there is more work to day. James -- who beat out businessman Sandy Pensler in the primary -- says the state is ready for a different voice. He gained the support of President Donald Trump, who tweeted about him a few times during the campaign.

 

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Isabella Co. man suspected of killing brother during dispute

A 44-year old Isabella County man is in police custody following the murder of his older brother.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says officers were called to a home on the 6000 Block West Walton Road (Rolland Twp) for a domestic dispute between two brothers.

 

While deputies were en route, they were updated that one of the men had shot the other man. When deputies arrived to the scene, they found a 46-year old man in a mobile home.

 

The victim's  brother was taken into custody at the scene for murder.

 

The Michigan State Police Crime lab was called to the scene to assist with processing the scene.

 

A firearm was recovered from the scene.

 

Detectives are still working on details of the case and it is under investigation.

 

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Two car accident in Mecosta County's Millbrook Township

One passenger was taken to the hospital late Sunday morning following a two car accident in Mecosta County's Millbrook Township.

 

It happened on 30th Ave (M-66) at Cypress Rd.

 

Deputies say the accident occurred when a southbound passenger car on 30th Ave (driven by a 47 year old man from Barryton) made a u-turn in the intersection of 30th Ave and Cypress Rd. The car was struck another south bound passenger car (driven by a 46 year old man from Sanford, MI).

 

A passenger in the second car received minor non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the hospital in Mt. Pleasant.

 

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Holland woman suffers serious injuries following motorcycle accident in Newaygo Co.

A motorcycle accident in Newaygo County left a Holland woman with serious injuries.

 

Michigan State Police say a motorcycle traveling eastbound on W 112th Street just west of South Brucker Avenue when the driver, a 26-year old Montague man lost control and both he and his passenger, a 27-year old Holland woman, were thrown from the motorcycle.

 

Both were wearing helmets.

 

The driver sustained minor injuries while his passenger suffered serious injuries.

 

The Holland woman was taken by Aeromed to a Grand Rapids area hospital for treatment.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Isabella Bank robbery suspect arraigned

A Newaygo man accused of robbing Isabella Bank in Big Rapids Township last month is officially charged.

 

23-year old Nicholas Max Nelson was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on one count of bank robbery.

 

Nelson faces up to life in prison.

 

On July 12th, Nelson is accused of robbing Isabella Bank and then fleeing to Chicago, Illinois where he was arrested by FBI Agents 24 hours later.

 

Nelson pleaded not guilty to the bank robbery charge.

 

His bond was set at $750,000.

 

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Police in Newaygo County looking for Kent City area woman

 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's office is looking for a wanted woman and needs the public's help in finding her.

 

Police are looking for 26-year old Nicole Lynn Feirick, from the Kent City area. She also has connections to Newaygo and Grant.

 

Deputies say she has several warrants for her arrest and is believed to be hiding from the police.

 

If you know where she is at, please call NC Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288 or Silent Observer at 231-652-1121.

 

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