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State House Rep. from Manton wants to reform snow day policy for schools

A State House Republican from Manton says she's working on a policy fix for the current snow day issue affecting schools across Michigan.

 

Current law requires schools to hold 180 school days and 1,098 classroom hours each year to receive state funding.

 

Michele Hoitenga’s proposal would allow schools to choose between the two, rather than mandating they meet both requirements.

 

Hoitenga says “Schools should never be put in a situation where they must sacrifice the safety of their students to ensure funding from the state.”

 

The representative spoke with superintendents throughout the district to weigh every option; this plan being one of them.

 

Hoitenga said she would like to see a change like this be retroactive to ensure schools maintain current funding for the 2018-19 school year.

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Mt. Pleasant man arrested in connection to armed robbery

One man is in custody while police are looking for two other suspects connected to an armed robbery in Mt. Pleasant.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says deputies arrested 20-year old Douglas Gale of Mount Pleasant.

 

The Sheriff says an investigation started when police were called to Timber Creek Apartments early Sunday morning when the victims had posted a purposely edited image on social media as a joke, showing them with a large amount of cash.

 

Later, an acquaintance came to their apartment with two other men, demanding the cash they saw in the picture.

 

Deputies say two of them had handguns.

 

When the trio learned there was no money, they demanded prescription drugs and left.

 

The sheriff’s office says it’s currently working to identify the other two suspects in the robbery. 

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Howard City man arrested on felony charges following domestic incident

A 29-year old Howard City man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after being arrested on felonious assault charges.

 

According to the Montcalm Co. Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred Saturday at a home on Joy Street.

 

Police say the 25-year old female victim called authorities after she was allegedly physically assaulted and threatened with a weapon by her boyfriend.

 

The suspect left before law enforcement officials arrived. The area, as well as other possible locations the suspect may have fled to, was checked.

 

The suspect was eventually taken into custody in Ionia by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The suspect is currently in the Montcalm County Jail charged with Assault With Intent To Do Great Bodily Harm Less Than Murder, Assault With A Dangerous Weapon, and Domestic Assault.

 

The suspect is expected to be arraigned later today.

 

The woman went to Kelsey Spectrum Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was released.

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Three injured in car accident in Mecosta County

Three people were taken to the hospital after a crash in Mecosta County over the weekend.

 

It happened Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. at 20th Avenue, north of 9 Mile Road in Wheatland Township. 

 

Authorities say the 20-year-old driver from Holland lost control of the vehicle while swerving for a deer and hit a large rock, causing the vehicle to roll over into a frozen creek bed.

 

The driver and two passengers, a 20-year-old Grand Rapids man and an 18-year-old Rockford woman, were taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police looking for leads in 2017 firebombing case in Lake County

A larger reward is being offered for information in a firebombing case in Lake County.

 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has doubled their reward to $10,000 and the Detroit Crime Commission is offering a reward of $5,000.

 

The firebombing occurred in April of 2017 when someone threw Molotov cocktails into an Idlewild home with a five year old girl sleeping inside.

 

Everyone escaped from the home without injury, but the home was a total loss.

 

Anyone with information should call 1-888-AFT-TIPS or the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 231-745-2711

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Reed City placed under a Run Water Advisory

According to City Manager Ron Howell, residents need to start running their water.   

 

The extremely cold temperatures have caused the frost to reach a depth of 44 inches in Reed City and may go deeper.

 

Howell says the recent snow fall did provide some insulation but the warming temperatures and rain followed by colder weather have now brought back the potential for freezing water mains and service lines.

 

Reed City water customers are advised that if they believe their water line is in danger of freezing to call City Hall and notify the utility billing clerk so they can be put on the “Run Water” list. Customers are reminded that only a small stream of water the size of a pencil lead is recommended to prevent a freezing service line.

 

Those customers on the Run Water List shall be credited in accordance with City Code 1040.10:

For each month the “run water” notice is active, the Department shall credit said consumer’s bill in the amount of the difference between the amount metered in that month, and the average of the consumer’s meter for the three months preceding the issuance of the “run water” notice. In no case, however, may said consumer’s credit for such a month exceed the fee for the use of 6,000 gallons per month.

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Blood Drives planned in Reed City and Big Rapids due to shortage

The cold weather has been leading to a blood shortage.

 

Spectrum Heath Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals are asking for residents to donate blood.

 

A blood drive will take place tomorrow in the Reed City hospital parking lot at the Michigan Blood Bus from 10am-3pm and March 18th from 11am-5pm at the Big Rapids hospital.

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