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Police in Mecosta Co. looking for fugitive

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive.

 

58-year old Larry Lee Derevage is wanted on three outstanding criminal sexual conduct warrants out of Big Rapids.

 

Deputies have been searching for Derevage but have been unable to locate and arrest him.

 

Derevage is aware of his wanted status and is believed to still be in the Mecosta County area, which may include Newaygo, Lake and Osceola Counties.

 

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Derevage please contact 911 or the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150.

DTE to propose a $388 million dollar rate increase

Get ready to pay more for your electricity.

 

DTE Energy says it's going to propose a rate increase to fund a $388 million investment that will modernize and improve reliability of the state's energy grid.

 

If the increase goes through, it would cost the average customer another $10 a month.

 

DTE plans to file a rate request with the Michigan Public Service Commission on Friday.

DHD#10 residents can now order free at-home tests

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have partnered to deliver free at-home COVID-19 tests. 

 

Every home address is eligible to order 4 free, at-home COVID-19 tests. HHS says that orders should ship between 7-12 days after ordering, beginning in late January. Ordering is easy and convenient online at: https://www.covidtests.gov/

 

“As the need for COVID-19 testing has increased, so has the need for testing supplies,” stated DHD#10 Health Officer, Kevin Hughes. “This offering of free at-home test kits will make a big difference, especially to our rural communities who may not have access to our testing clinics or supplies.” 

 

It is important to note that DHD#10 does not offer COVID-19 testing, nor do they carry testing supplies at their offices. However, most area pharmacies perform COVID-19 testing and sell at-home testing kits. 

 

You can also learn more about additional resources, insurance reimbursement for at-home kits, and the CDC’s quarantine and isolations guidelines from the link above. DHD#10 asks that positive at-home tests be reported here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898

 

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.  

Big Rapids man falls asleep at the wheel gets into car crash

A 81-year old man fell asleep behind the wheel which led to a one vehicle accident in Mecosta County. Sheriff deputies say they were called to 9 Mile near 20th Ave. to investigate a one car personal injury accident. The driver, an 81-year-old man from Big Rapids was traveling west on 9 Mile Rd when he fell asleep and ran off the roadway, then jumped a driveway traveling in the air having a collision with the ditch. The driver's passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken by EMS to the Hospital.

DHD#10 no longer performing contact tracing

Following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) recent announcement that they are discontinuing universal individual-level contact tracing, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that they will also discontinue this process. It is now up to each individual who test’s positive for COVID-19 to notify any and all potential close contacts.  

 

“The effort our staff has put in to perform contact tracing over the past two years has been enormous,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “It is now time to empower the residents of our communities to take on this role and notify anyone they may have had close contact with while contagious.” 

 

DHD#10 will now focus on targeted identification, response, and mitigation of COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks, especially for vulnerable populations and those associated with settings where persons congregate like long term care facilities, group homes, schools, shelters, and dormitories. This redirection of public health resources to a focus on outbreak venues and clusters will maximize public health outcomes in an environment of strained and limited staffing capacity. 

 

DHD#10 will, however, continue sending secure text notifications via TigerConnect to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within their ten-county jurisdiction so that individuals can begin the process of notifying their close contacts. Individuals will receive a secure text message on their cell phone that reads as follows: 

 

“This is District Health Department #10. We are following up regarding your recent COVID-19 test. If you are POSITIVE for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to follow strict mask wearing around others for an additional 5 days.” 

 

The text message will then proceed to provide instructions for completing an online survey to help case investigators learn about where an individual may have contracted COVID-19. The text also has helpful links to DHD#10’s website to learn more about quarantine and isolation guidelines as well as the COVID-19 vaccines/boosters. The text also provides a link where the individual can notify their close contacts anonymously, https://tellyourcontacts.org/.  

 

“We fully understand that phishing scams are a real thing and some people may not feel comfortable responding to a text message,” said Jeannine Taylor, DHD#10 Public Information Officer, “if you feel uneasy, please email us at covid@dhd10.org or give us a call (231-305-8675) to help confirm the authenticity of this message.” 

 

For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout their jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at www.dhd10.org/covid19-testing-clinics. You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office. 

 

DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898   

 

Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at: covidreporting@dhd10.org

 

For questions on COVID-19, call us at 231-305-8675, or email us at covid@dhd10.org.  

Newaygo Co. couple dies in house fire

A man and woman were killed in a house fire in Newaygo County Tuesday morning.

 

It happened at a residence on 6400 block of N Cottonwood Ave, Norwich Township.

 

When emergency crews got to the scene the home was fully engulfed in flames. After speaking with neighbors, deputies learned that an 80-year old man and a 68-year old woman lived at the residence. After the fire was put out the remains of the homeowners were found inside.

 

The cause of the fire and deaths are still under investigation.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: Weekend

1/14 

40-2200089 @ 8:35am 600 block of Maple St Fail to Pay, owner of vehicle contacted and had employee contact the store to pay. 

40-2200090 @ 2:56pm Traffic stop Third/Colburn led to driver being cited for no insurance and expired plate.  

40-2200091 @ 3:35pm 100 block Parkview Suspicious, caller wanted to report a possible CSC she was told about by another person back in May of 2021. Unknown on when, where, or who may have been involved in the incident. 

40-2200092 @ 9:24pm 500 block S. Michigan.  Female called and stated her sister was refusing to leave the house.  Sister was found to have a valid warrant and was lodged. 

40-2200093 @ 10:12pm  E. Bridge/ N State St.  Traffic stop resulted in the arrest of the driver for a valid warrant for contempt of court for operating with no license. 

40-2200094 @ 10:12pm  Same as above.  Passenger was arrested for two outstanding warrants out of the 77th District Court. 

40-2200095 @ 10:17pm 300 block N. State.  Male and female came and visited caller.  Caller stated one of them put hands on him.  UTL subjects.  Will be forwarded for review. 

40-2200096 @ 12:44am 500 block Chestnut.  Suspicious Situation.  Caller stated people were ringing his doorbell.  Caller wanted contact.  Subjects were UTL. 

40-2200097 @ 1:40am State and Ferris St. T/S led to citation of the passenger, the registered owner, for allowing a subject to drive the vehicle without insurance. 

40-2200098 @ 2:06am Perry/Ferris Dr.  Traffic stop led to the arrest of driver for his outstanding warrant for Home Invasion, resting arrest, and fleeing out of Kent County.  Driver was turned over to Kent County.  During the vehicle inventory narcotics and paraphernalia were found.  Will be forwarded for review. 

 

1/15 

40-2200099 @ 9:37am 400 block S State St T/S for expired tag led to driver being cited for no insurance and expired registration. Big Rapids Tow impounded. 

40-2200100 @ 6:41pm 1200 block Perry Ave.  Hit and run. Pending further investigation. 

40-2200101 @ 11:13pm 100 block S. Michigan Contributing to a Minor was issued to male.  MIP was issued to female. 

40-2200102 @ 11:56pm 100 block S. Michigan MIP citation issued to female.  Case number pulled in error. 

40-2200103 @ 12:46am 100 block S. Michigan Disorderly.  Dispatch advised a fight was in progress.  Officers located two males and a female.  A fight broke out between one of the males and unknown subjects.  Security staff claimed they were assaulted by all three subjects after they were trying to get back in.  Neither side wanted to pursue charges but all three subjects were permanently trespassed.   

40-2200104 @ 3:47am 20000 block Northland Dr.  Warrant pickup of male for fines and costs from a reckless ticket. 

40-2200105 @ 3:38am 700 block Perry Ave.  unfounded alarm. 

40-2200106 @ 4:58am 1200 block Perry Ave. unfounded Alarm. 

 

1/16 

40-2200108 @ 2:02pm, Willow Ave/Cypress St - Warrant Arrest. Officer responded for an area check of a vehicle that had two young girls going door to door asking for returnable cans for the homeless. Officers found female and she was arrested for her 49th Circuit FTA warrant. 

 40-2200107 @ 1:31pm, 1800 block Milton Ave – Check wellbeing. Officers responded to check the wellbeing of female. Her vehicle was consistently honking its horn without her around. No contact was made at the residence. Her vehicle’s horn was disconnected and she was found to be in Pine Rest. 

40-2200109 @ 7:31pm hrs. Traffic stop 300 block S Third Ave resulted in driver being arrested for multiple FTA warrants. 

40-2200110 @ 8:25pm hrs. Traffic stop at Mitchell Creek Park resulted in driver being arrested for warrants. Driver was also cited for MIP Marijuana. 

40-2200111 @ 9:46pm hrs. Mental 500 block Marion Ave. Female advised there used to be 2x8 boards on the ceiling of the basement to support the floor but they were now missing. No evidence of any boards missing and many cobwebs in the areas where she advised people were getting into the basement. 

 

1/17 

40-2200112 @ 9:03am hours, 400 block S Third Ave, Parking Complaint – Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint. The owner was tracked down and advised to move the vehicle by Friday. 

 40-2200113 @ 10:13am hours, Linden St / S Michigan Ave, Minor PIA – Officers were dispatched to a PIA, minor injuries, one driver complained of ear issues after being hit by airbag. 

 40-2200114 @ 4:16pm hours, Darwin Ave/ Catherine St, DWLS/No Insurance/Improper Plate – Officer completed a traffic stop on a vehicle. Driver had purchased the vehicle a month prior and had not switched the plate or gained insurance. He was also driving on a suspended license. Cited and released. 

40-2200115/116 @ 7:06pm hours. Domestic at 500 block S Michigan Ave: Male spanked four children after they were messing around and refusing to stop when their mother/aunt told them to. One child became upset and began throwing things around the house. The male pushed the child out of the house and told him he needed to go home. The child demanded the BB gun the male had gotten him for Christmas and then alleged the male shot the BB gun which ricocheted off the door and struck the child. The BB gun was given to the child’s mother by the male. All other witnesses denied the male ever shot the BB gun. The child threw icicles and snowballs at the house while leaving. The child continued to cause issues at his mother’s house and eventually broke the television while there. Case forwarded for both the male and the child. 

40-2200117 @ 5:46pm. Assault 500 block S Third Ave: Male stated he was jumped by another male outside of the gas station. Caller was treated at the ER. 

40-2200118 @ 1:38am. OWI at S Stewart/Elm. BOL called out by a friend who stated female driver was highly intoxicated and refused a ride home and he was concerned she was going to drive. The vehicle was observed leaving the bar after honking the horn several times in the parking lot.  Driver arrested. 

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Monday…1/3


Officers were dispatched with EMS to an unknown medical situation. Upon arrival it was determined only EMS was needed.


The liaison officer issued a citation to a teen for being a Minor in Possession of Marijuana. 


Tuesday …1/4


Officers received a tip regarding possible illegal drug use and activity. Contact was made with the suspected individual who was cooperative. The investigation revealed no evidence of illegal drug activity.


Wednesday …1/5


The liaison officer took a report of two juveniles heard talking about Oxford High School. An investigation determined they had been talking about it in general and there was no threat connected with the conversation.


Thursday …1/6
Officers took a report of a parent possibly striking their child out of anger. The matter will be turned over to the Prosecutor’s office for review.


Officers took a report of inappropriate contact between two young juveniles. The behavior is believed to have stemmed from an incident involving another juvenile in a different jurisdiction. The investigation has been turned over to the agency with jurisdiction.


Officers issued a 30-year-old man an appearance citation for driving on a revoked driver’s license. He was also cited for having an expired registration plate.


Officers received a report of a vacant building being illegally occupied after the caller stated they believed they saw a light. Officers checked the building and found no evidence of entry into the building.


Friday …1/7


Officers took a report of an estranged boyfriend trying to force entry into his estranged girlfriend’s residence.


The man also has a bond condition of no contact with the woman. The man had departed prior to officers’ arrival. The matter will be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office for possible charges.


Officers took a report of damage to a vehicle. The owner reported their vehicle had been struck while it was parked. The matter is under investigation.


Monday…1/10


The school liaison officer took a report of a fight between two teenage males. There were no serious injuries and the matter will be turned over to probate court for review of possible charges.


Officers were dispatched to a two-car accident. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the
vehicles.

 

Officers received a report of a man living in his RV in violation of city ordinance and zoning. Contact was made with the man and a warning was issued.


Tuesday …1/11


The liaison officer issued a citation for a juvenile for being a minor in possession of a vape device.


Wednesday …1/12


While on a traffic stop officers discovered the 32-year-old male driver to have an outstanding warrant out of Mecosta County. The man was taken into custody and turned over to the neighboring jurisdiction.


Officers observed a vacant building in a state of disrepair with possible unsafe conditions. The matter is under investigation and contact with the owner is being attempted to resolve the matter.


Friday …1/14


The liaison officer issued a citation to a juvenile for being a minor in possession of a vape device.
Officers were dispatched to a threats complaint. It was determined a special needs juvenile had vented frustration by making an empty threat. After investigating it was determined there was no existing threat.


Officers arrested a 48-year-old man for Operating While Impaired after he drove his vehicle, while
intoxicated, to have an alcohol monitoring tether put on, as part of his probation from a prior OWI arrest.


Officers were dispatched to a report of a man with dogs near a church. The caller stated the dogs had been somewhat aggressive. The man departed prior to officer’s arrival.


Saturday …1/15
While performing a property inspection officers located an unlocked door. The owner was notified and the building secured.


Sunday …1/16


Officers were requested to assist the Osceola County Sheriff Department in locating a driver who had left the scene of a vehicle accident. It was determined the occupant of the vehicle had sought medical treatment but the facility would not release the name of the individual. The findings were turned over to the OCSD for further investigation.


Officers were requested to pick up an abandoned bicycle at a local business. If you are missing a bicycle, contact the RCPD to identify and claim it.


Officers received a complaint of an apartment complex not clearing their sidewalks. Contact was made with management who advised they would remedy the matter.


Officers were dispatched to a report of an angry juvenile who was threatening to run away. The officer was able to talk to the young man who calmed down and agreed not to leave.

Two killed in head on crash in Montcalm Co.

Two people were killed in a two vehicle crash Monday Afternoon in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on Sidney Road just east of Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township.

 

Michigan State Police say a 2002 Dodge pickup was traveling westbound on Sidney Road when the driver lost control on the icy roadway, crossed the center line, and struck an east bound 2009 Ford head-on.

 

The driver of the pickup, a 67-year-old woman from Edmore and the driver of the Ford, a 64-year-old man also from Edmore were both declared deceased on scene. The passenger in the Ford, a 66-year-old woman from Edmore was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

 

Two drivers injured in Mecosta Co. crash

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a two vehicle crash.

 

It happened on 30th Avenue near Pine Lake Rd. near Remus.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says It was determined that a northbound vehicle had struck the back end of a second vehicle coming out of a private driveway.

 

A 52-year old woman from Sears and a 42-year old woman from Remus were injured.

Big Rapids City Commission to hold meeting Jan. 18th.

The Big Rapids City Commission will be meeting Tuesday night.

 

Items to be discussed and voted on include a resolution awarding bids for the asbestos removal and demolition of a structure located on W. Bellevue, next the commission will take action on a resolution that will accept state and federal funding for Big Rapids Dial-a Ride operating expenses.

 

The Commission will also take up a resolution amending annual interest rate of city income taxes. The interest rate for those who owe taxes or over payment will be 4.25%.

 

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at City hall or virtually on Zoom.

Moolenaar meets with local energy provider

 

On Friday, Congressman John Moolenaar met with local energy provider Coyne Oil & Propane to discuss the rising cost of energy, labor shortages, and supply chain delays. Moolenaar toured the Coyne Oil & Propane facility and met with the team there.

"Michigan families are being hurt by rising energy costs and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with a local energy provider today to discuss how policies from the Biden Administration are affecting costs,” said Moolenaar. “Propane is a vital energy source for many homeowners in Michigan, and if the Biden Administration’s anti-pipeline policies cause Line 5 to be shutdown, that could seriously raise costs on Michigan families. I hope Line 5 tunnel construction will be expedited and allowed to move forward, because that is the safest solution to meeting our state’s energy needs.”

 

“We appreciate Congressman Moolenaar’s willingness to hear from our propane marketers and the challenges they are facing. As the largest residential propane state in America, Michigan needs sound energy policy to keep costs down for our businesses and more importantly our customers,” said Michigan Propane Gas Association Government Relations Director Jason Wadaga.

Spectrum Health to build new primary care facility in Big Rapids

 

Spectrum Health is planning on building a new urgent care facility in Big Rapids as part of a $151-million dollar investment in patient care.

 

Providing our communities with care that is high-quality and convenient, particularly for outpatient services, is essential to helping people live healthier lives,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health. “We are committed to making investments that increase access to affordable health care.”

 

We have listened to our community in prioritizing these building projects to improve access to exceptional care. We thank the physicians and community members who have helped develop these plans,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan.


The 33,000 square foot facility which is expected to open in spring of 2023 will house the Big Rapids Family Medicine clinic, the first Spectrum Health Urgent Care in the area, outpatient rehabilitation, occupational health and other ancillary services, which are currently located in the hospital.

 

Other projects include the Lakeview Rural Health Clinic which will bring together much-needed outpatient care for the Lakeview community and surrounding area in a convenient location. The 15,800 square foot building will relocate the Lakeview Family Medicine practice, outpatient rehabilitation and walk-in clinic from their current locations and provide space for specialty care services. (Opening Spring 2023)

Ferris State Professor put on leave after profane video to students surfaces

A Ferris State University professor has been placed on leave after he told students in a profanity laced video that he randomly assigns grades before the first day of class.

 

Barry Mehler is a 74-year-old instructor at FSU, he told students in the video: "I don't even want to know your name. I just look at the number and assign a grade. That is how predestination works, take your complaints to God."

 

In the 14- minute video, Mehler calls students "vectors of disease" and says they don't need to attend class in person.

 

Ferris President David Eisler said in a statement. “I was shocked and appalled by this video. It is profane, offensive and disturbing and in no way reflects our University or its values,”

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/13

40-2200083 @ 1140 PDC Maple and Second

 

40-2200084 @ 1713 PDC Rose and W. Pine

 

40-2200085 @ 5:11pm 800 block Water Tower Civil, reference tenant and landlord dispute.

 

40-2200086 @ 6:04pm Minor PI State Perry, Male was arrested for OWI during the investigation.

 

40-2200087 @ 1:39am Barking dog.  Dog was located in the 200 block of W. Waterloo.  Owner was given a warning for noise as this is the second call we have received.

 

40-2200088 @ 5:35am Alarm.  400 block Perry Ave. Building was secure and was searched after the keyholder responded.

 

 

 

Rep. Hoitenga leading efforts to reform beleaguered state's Unemployment Insurance Agency

After Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has failed to correct substantial internal issues over nearly a two-year period, legislative action was sorely needed. Multiple proposals, including one from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga that will deliver a more efficient and effective state jobless agency, today were approved by the House Oversight Committee.

 

The plans, which now move to the full House for consideration, establish a consistent and accelerated review process for claims and provide new provisions to protect both workers and small-business owners. Extra layers of assistance for those seeking it will cultivate a system that is streamlined, more user-friendly and robust in delivering sufficient service.

 

“I have heard from hundreds of people over the past year and a half who were beyond frustrated having to deal with UIA and get benefits they needed fulfilled,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “We need a system that works for people. Getting benefits in a timely fashion was the difference for some between putting food on the table or not, or choosing which bills they could afford to pay for a month. These plans prioritize transparency, trust, practicality and precision within how the agency operates.”

 

Hoitenga’s legislation within the package, House Bill 5551, puts a more restrictive timeframe on restitution determinations from UIA for improperly paid benefits.

 

“No one should get a letter out of the blue after a mistake by the state telling them they may owe thousands of dollars,” Hoitenga said. “That causes hard-working people and families a great deal of anxiety and fear – and causes people to lose trust in how state agencies operate.”

 

Hoitenga also highlighted legislation which works to protect people from mistakes made by the state. HB 5265 prohibits UIA from collecting improperly paid jobless benefits from recipients if the payments resulted from a recipient choosing one of four ineligible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) criteria.

 

An Auditor General report recently disclosed UIA paid roughly $3.9 billion in improper benefits after including the incorrect criteria and continued to include it on its pandemic assistance application for nine months after it was first warned by the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Hoitenga and the House Oversight Committee explored the incorrect payments and issues of fraud and intentional misrepresentation in a joint hearing with the Senate Oversight Committee today. An independent investigation determined $8.5 billion in taxpayer money was lost to fraud – a staggering sum that comes on the heels of previous reports which showed the agency deactivated fraud detection tools and reassigned fraud personnel.

 

“This was a blatant disrespect of taxpayer dollars,” Hoitenga said. “I will continue working to get answers so that the tax dollars of northern Michigan residents are not squandered. We need accountability for them.”

Local blood drives taking place next month amid national blood shortage crisis

The Red Cross is declaring its first-ever national blood crisis.

 

The organization says it has less than a one day supply of critical blood types in many areas of the country and has had to limit distribution to hospitals.

 

Meghan Lehman of Red Cross Michigan says this is considered worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

 

“Between blood drives being canceled,  the pandemic attacking staff, it's just essentially a relentless situation.” Lehman said. “Anyone that can give blood or has considered giving blood now would be the time to step up and do it.” 

 

Here in Mecosta County, there will be two Red Cross blood drives. The first is in Big Rapids on Feburary 21st from 12pm-5:45pm at the First United Methodist Church. The second bloos drive will be on Feburary 22nd at the Stanwood Eagles Club from 12pm-5:45pm.  

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/12

40-2200075 @ 8:00am 20000 Block Northland Dr- Male arrested for outstanding fail to appear warrant by Reed City PD.  Met at dispatch and transported to jail.

 

40-2200076 @ 8:27am Elm/Stewart PDA

 

40-2200077 @ 2:21pm 700 block Perry Ave- Male attempting to cash checks on a closed account.

 

40-2200079 @ 3:53pm 1800 block Milton Ave Mental- Female transported to SHBRH for mental health evaluation.

 

40-2200078 @ 4:08pm 1100 block Fuller Civil- Standby for a male while he retrieved items from a residence after a breakup. 

 

40-2200080 @ 6:07pm Maple/ State St PDA

 

40-2100081 @ 10:02pm 200 block Mill St.  Barking Dogs.  Quiet upon arrival.  Contact was made with homeowner.

 

40-2100082 @ 11:28pm 500 block Marion Ave.  Female called about voices in her basement. 

DHD#10 will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that all 10 offices and one COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed to the public on Monday, January 17, 2022. 

 

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DHD#10 and the Mecosta County COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed Monday, January 17. All offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 18. The Mecosta County COVID-19 testing clinic will resume testing on Wednesday, January 19. 

 

Additionally, the Mason County COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed from January 21 until January 23 and will reopen on January 25. To account for these closures, they will be open on January 20.

From all of us here at DHD#10, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and enjoyable Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! For questions, email us at info@dhd10.org or call 888-217-3904. 

 

Nursing home deaths undercounted by 30% according to state audit

A soon to be released State Auditor General report on the number of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities, acknowledges the number of deaths is much higher than once reported.

 

House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson issued a statement saying he is eager to review the report and says the number reported by Whitmers administration is 30% lower than what the Auditor General has found.

 

Johnson went on to say he believes it is his duty to uncover the truth for the people in the state.

 

The report will be posted to auditor general's website on the 17th of this month.

Ferris State to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. during 36th Annual event Jan. 17th

Traditional campus activities and a special guest’s talk comprise Ferris State University’s collaborative Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration schedule beginning Monday, Jan. 17.

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Office hosts the 28th annual Faculty/Staff Zoom presentation of inspirational readings in Room 202B of the University Center, beginning at 10 a.m. The program theme is “Let Freedom Ring.” Interested participants should complete registration by Monday, Jan. 10.

 

The Office of Multicultural Student Services welcomes 1960s Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland to the celebration. Mulholland’s talk, “Living Legends: Advocacy in Action,” begins at 5 p.m. in University Center, Room 202A. Preceding the Mulholland presentation is a “March for Freedom, Justice and Equity!” starting at 4 p.m. Marchers will depart from the Rankin Atrium on the lower level of the University Center.

 

OMSS Assistant Director Darnell Lewis expressed pride in having an icon of the Civil Rights Movement as the featured speaker. In-person seating will be limited to 40 people. RSVPs are required to attend this presentation, aired live via Zoom.

 

“We feel really great about the opportunity to hear from a living legend who made a difficult, even dangerous choice to advocate,” Lewis said. “We hope Joan’s message inspires our audience to a similar level of awareness and action in the name of justice and equality as we honor Dr. King.”

 

Celebration activities conclude with the Student Tribute. Students and registered student organizations perform skits, speeches, poems and musical presentations on Wednesday, Jan. 19th at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Lewis is the OMSS contact available for joining the program or receiving more information. His campus phone number is (231) 591-5029.

 

Those with a disability who may require assistance to attend any element of the celebration schedule can contact the OMSS office by email or call (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours before the event.

American Red Cross facing critical blood shortage crisis amid pandemic

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Amid this crisis, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

 

“While some types of medical care can wait, others can’t,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer of the Red Cross. “Hospitals are still seeing accident victims, cancer patients, those with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, and individuals who are seriously ill who all need blood transfusions to live even as Omicron cases surge across the country. We’re doing everything we can to increase blood donations to ensure every patient can receive medical treatments without delay, but we cannot do it without more donors. We need the help of the American people.”

 

The Red Cross asks the country to roll up a sleeve to help ensure people receive the care they need. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

 

The Red Cross has experienced a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to confront relentless issues due to the pandemic, including ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations. Adding to the concern is the surge of COVID-19 cases. The Red Cross has experienced low donor turnout ever since the delta variant began spreading in August, and that trend continues as the Omicron variant takes over.

 

All types are needed now, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis. If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and maintain a sufficient blood supply

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40-2200060 @ 9:54am Warren Ave/Oak St – PDA

 

40-2200061 @ 11:00am 700 block N State St – PDA

 

40-2200062 @ 1:36pm 700 block Clark St Domestic- Complainant/Victim reported being assaulted by her boyfriend. Male left the area, and the victim is staying with family. Pending contact with male.

 

40-2200063 @ 2:04pm 400 block Woodward Ave Domestic- Complainant/Victim reported being assaulted by his roommate. Female was lodged for assault.

 

At-home COVID tests will be covered by insurance starting Saturday

Beginning Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans.

 

The Biden administration announced the change Monday.

 

Under the new policy, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit.

 

For example, a family of four could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month.

 

PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.

Police arrest Mecosta Co. man on criminal sexual conduct charges

 

A Mecosta County man was arrested and arraigned on charges connected to sex crimes.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says it performed an investigation and conducted multiple interviews.

 

An arrest warrant was requested and obtained for Daniel Lloyd Geister, who was arrested on January 10th on a (3) count charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree.

 

Geister was arraigned in the 77th District Court in Big Rapids where bond was set at $75,000 cash surety.

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