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Law enforcement offers safety tips for trick or treaters

It's Halloween and tonight streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.

 

To ensure this Halloween is safe for our children, authorities offer these safety tips:

 

Stay in groups

 

Costumes should be well-fitting and flame resistant 

 

Always test makeup

 

Remember to look both ways before crossing the street

 

Examine all treats before eating 

 

Stay on the sidewalk 

 

Avoid dark houses 

 

Flashlights and glow sticks for visibility

 

Enjoy with caution

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Village of Mecosta receives $10,000 donation from Nestle Waters for Bromley Park well

Officials from the Village of Mecosta received a donation of $10,000 from Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) to support the construction of a new community well in Bromley Park.

 

The donation will fund the cost of drilling the well, and Nestle Waters will also have contract with an environmental engineering firm to support the Village in obtaining the necessary permits and help oversee the project.

 

“We are very grateful to Nestlé Waters North America for their generosity. Their financial contributions will provide a much-needed source of water for residents and visitors who utilize Bromley Park,” said Steven Bishop, President of the Village of Mecosta. “The company has been a long-time supporter of the Village, through water donations and event sponsorships and we greatly appreciate their continued commitment.”

 

Mecosta Revitalization, a local volunteer group, was instrumental in securing Nestle Waters participation in the project.

 

The project is scheduled to begin this month with a planned completion date of spring 2019.

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Morley man charged with sex crime

A 20-year old Mecosta County man was arrested on sex crime charges.

 

Elmer J. Miller of Morley was charged this week with one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

The charge stems from an alleged incident that took place August 21st.

 

Miller's bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered not have contact with the victim.

 

He's expected to be back in court next month.

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Kent County woman falls asleep behind wheel; crashes into trees in Mecosta County

A Comstock Park woman is recovering after falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing her car into some trees in Mecosta County this morning.

 

Deputies say it happened a little after 5am.

 

They say the 51-year old driver was traveling northbound on US-131 near 21 Mile Rd in Green Township, when she fell asleep, left the road and crashed into a ravine and into several trees.

 

The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, she was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment.

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Ferris State receives $1.2 million dollar grant to help low income students

Ferris State University has received a $1.2 million grant to establish a program that will help low-income students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.

 

The grant from the National Science Foundation with help the school's Sustainable, Scalable Scholarships, Opportunities, Achievements and Results program.

 

The program's goal is to not only increase STEM enrollment, but to increase retention and graduation rates.

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Murder suspect to be arraigned today in Mecosta Co.

48-year old Randall Robert Jensen will be officially charged this afternoon in Mecosta County 77th District Court for his involvement in the shooting death of 47-year old John Mast of Stanwood. 

 

According to detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, police received a call about a man (Mast) who was shot multiple times outside of a bar in the village of Morley around 11pm Saturday night.  

 

An investigation centered around Randall Jensen as the shooter.

 

Police arrested Jensen without incident Sunday afternoon. 

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UPDATE: Police identify three suspects involved with Walmart theft in Mecosta Co.

Deputies at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office have identified the three people involved in the theft of a flat screen TV and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday evening.

 

Police say the identities of the suspects will be released once they are arrested and arraigned on charges.

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Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

 

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Mecosta Co. deputies looking for retail theft suspect

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they say is suspected of stealing a flat screen television and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday Evening.

 

Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

Deputies are in need of assistance in identifying the three subjects involved in the theft. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is urged to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, and ask for Deputy Tanner. 

 

The suspect in question is described as a white male approximately 6'2" wearing a vest during the theft. The female driver of the vehicle was only described as a white female with Brown hair.

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General Motors to offer new extended warranties on their vehicles

General Motors will begin offering what it calls an "industry first" optional extended bumper-to-bumper warranty.

 

Unlike service contracts now offered by dealers, the GM deal will extend the vehicle's actual manufacturers warranty.

 

Chevrolet and GMC customers can pay to extend their warranties to five years or sixty thousand miles. Buick and Cadillac customers will be offered warranties that extend to six years or seventy thousand miles.

 

GM says the deal will also improve the resale value of the vehicles, because the warranty will stay with the vehicle after it's sold.

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Alcohol suspected in weekend accident in Austin Township

Deputies in Mecosta County say alcohol and careless driving played a factor in a car crash in Austin Township Saturday morning.

 

Police say an Investigation showed that the vehicle was doing donuts in the intersection on 170th Ave south of 8 Mile Rd before striking the stop sign.

 

The 21-year old driver from Big Rapids then continued southbound doing burn outs, lost control and struck a tree.

 

The passengers, a 22-year old woman from White Cloud, a 26-year old Stanwood man and a 22-year old Conklin woman all suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at SHBR. 

 

The driver had very minor injuries.

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Osceola County dairy farm issues recall for some of its milk products

Hilhof Dairy Farm of Hersey is voluntarily recalling some of its milk because of a testing issue.

 

No illnesses have been reported, according to a press release.

 

The recall is due to the products not being tested by a state-approved analyst, which is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation.

 

The recalled products are packaged in glass bottles and include skim, 2 percent, heavy cream and chocolate milk lots with best-by dates of 10/12 through 10/26, and whole milk with a use-by date of 10/12.

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2019/2020 Housing and Dining rates for Ferris Students approved by FSU Board of Trustees

Housing rates for students at Ferris State University will not be going up next school year however dining rates will be increasing a tick.

 

During its meeting last week FSU  Board of Trustees set dining and housing rates for students at $10,042 an increase from last year of 1.5%.

 

Trustees also approved a final general fund operating budget, $209.1 million, and a final housing and dining budget, $32.1 million, for the 2019 fiscal year.

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Third suspect charged with suspected arson cases

A third suspect was arraigned in connection to last week's suspected arsons in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

20-year old Derek Austin Keeler of Sparta was charged with three counts of third-degree arson. If convicted, he faces up to a decade behind bars.

 

Keeler's co defendants 18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris,of Morley, and 32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III, of Howard City, all face the same charges in connection to allegedly setting fires to three different structures around Mecosta County's Deerfield Township as well as an area in Montcalm County.

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Morley woman charged with arson

A Morley woman has now been charged in the suspected arsons and break-ins around Mecosta County and Montcalm County.

 

The crimes took place this past Monday.

 

18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris, was charged with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

If convicted, Harris faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

Her bond was set at $150,000.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III of Howard City was arraigned Tuesday on the same charges however due to previous convictions in Mecosta and Newaygo Counties, he's also been charged as a habitual offender.

 

His bond was set at $500,000.

 

A third suspect, a 20-year old Howard City man is still waiting to be charged.

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Howard City man arraigned on arson charges; warrants sought for other suspects

 

A Howard City man was arraigned in Mecosta County on multiple arson's in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III was charged Tuesday with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

He's also charged with being a habitual offender fourth offense due to previous convictions in Newaygo County and Mecosta County.

 

Warrants have also been issued for an 18-year-old woman from Morley and a 20-year-old man from Howard City in connection to the crimes.

 

They also allegedly tried to break into an occupied home.

 

The incidents occurred in Deerfield Township in Mecosta County and Reynolds and Winfield townships in Montcalm County.

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Arrest made in connection to suspected arson's in Mecosta County's Deerfield Twp.

We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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Arrest made in connection to suspected arson's in Mecosta County's Deerfield Twp.

We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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Four structure fires along Mecosta/Montcalm County line

Authorities are investigating if arson was involved in four separate fires this morning along the Mecosta/Montcalm County lines.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30 a.m. the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley.

 

Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

So far, there are no reports of injuries.

 

Law enforcement is currently investigating.

 

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

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