A Barryton woman is under arrest following a traffic stop in Osceola County.
In a press release, Michigan State Police say that a trooper was patrolling in the City of Evart in Osceola County on August 27, 2020 at 10:20pm, when he observed a vehicle whose driver was known to have valid arrest warrants. The trooper contacted the driver, a 23-year-old Barryton woman, and placed her under arrest for the warrants.
An Evart Police canine unit on scene conducted a search around the vehicle and indicated there were drugs present.
A physical search of the vehicle resulted in suspected narcotics and paraphernalia being found.
The driver was lodged in the Osceola County Jail for the warrants and narcotics violations.
The driver has not been arraigned at the time of this press release
A Remus man is dead following a two vehicle personal injury accident last night.
Mecosta Co. Sheriff Deputies say they were responding a “stolen moped complaint” that happened near Remus. While en-route to the stolen vehicle complaint, deputies were then notified of a two-vehicle personal injury crash.
The investigation revealed that a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by a 30-year old Cedar Springs man had rear ended a 46-year old Remus man who was operating a moped, which was believed to be the one taken in the stolen vehicle complaint.
The Cedar Springs man did not receive any injuries.
The Remus man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident and remains under investigation.
When class is open back up at Morley Stanwood schools on Wednesday things will be different, for students, teachers, staff and administrators alike.
Superintendent Roger Cole says the school district will be following the guidelines of Governor Whitmer's road to school road map.
“There are a couple of reminders for parents that include assessing your child’s health and make sure your child's hands are thoroughly cleaned before getting on the school bus and to wear a mask but if your child does not have one they will be provided with one when they get to school.” Cole said.
Cole added one of the great things happening this school year is every student K-12 will be getting a free breakfast and lunch so parents don't have to worry about that.
As for social distancing, per the governor's guidelines, signs and stickers will be placed around the schools to keep everyone apart.
Cole says with every plan that is first put into place, there will be tweaks and changes along the way to make sure they have the best plan for their current situation.
During this unique time, Cole says they have counselors to speak with any student who is feeling stressed or anxious.
“Kids have been away from school and activities for a long time and some of them don't handle that well.” “I know that there's a sense of stress sometimes, loneliness, depression and anxiety that goes with this and we have social workers and counselors here.”
“If you're a student coming on the bus being dropped off by a mom or dad or you're learning from home through us and you need to talk to somebody, please call us.” Cole said.
The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office investigated a series of crimes at a residence in Deerfield Twp early Monday morning.
The resident called 911 to report that he had been beaten & robbed outside of his home while interrupting a break-in of his out building.
He reported that three people had assaulted him and stole property, fleeing the scene.
Sometime later while the complainant was gone seeking medical attention someone broke into his residence, stealing additional property.
The perpetrator(s) set fire to two vehicles in the yard prior to fleeing the area.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact The Sheriff’s Office.
Several people were injured after a mud bug rollover crash in Osceola County's Village of Marion over the weekend.
Michigan State Police say the group was riding on a modified truck made out of a pontoon boat and the vehicle took a sharp left turn, flipped and rolled with everyone inside Saturday night.
Several were injured.
The two most seriously injured were airlifted to a hospital.
State Police are investigating and believe alcohol was a factor.
A weekend boating accident leaves a west Michigan man dead.
The Mecosta County Sheriff's Department says a 34-year old man from Cedar Springs drowned when his boat flipped over in the Muskegon River south of Big Rapids Saturday evening.
The man was wearing a life jacket, but investigators say it came off when the boat flipped.
The boater's body was recovered early Sunday morning in about ten-feet of water not far from where the boat was found.
Utility bills for more than one-million DTE Energy gas customers will be going up.
The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a $110-million dollar rate increase for DTE which means homeowners will see an increase of about three dollars per 100 cubic feet of gas used.
DTE was seeking a larger increase to pay for natural gas system upgrades and to offset lower gas usage.
Under the settlement agreement, DTE will have to make a one-million dollar donation to THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund.
A man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Newaygo County.
The sheriff's office says drugs and speed may have played a role in the crash yesterday afternoon when a car that was turning hit the motorcycle on N Woodbridge Dr (M-37) north of W 15 Mile Rd, in Lilley Township.
The motorcyclist, a 38-year old man from Bitely, was killed, while the other driver a 27-year old man from Grandville was not hurt.
The Reed City Council passed Resolution 2020-10 at their regular meeting creating a 2.5 acre Commercial Rehabilitation District for the new Ebels General Store to be built on the old Vic’s market site.
The 20,000+ square foot store recently completed all the Zoning requirements and is now eligible to apply for a tax abatement certificate under Act 210 of 2005.
Mayor Trevor Guiles and other Council members expressed their appreciation to Ebels at the meeting for choosing to build in Reed City knowing that the store will draw shoppers from a large area. Tom Ebels thanked the Council for their support and assisting the family in the approval process.
Some preliminary site work has been started but everyone agreed it would be nice to have a ceremonial ground breaking Thursday August 20th at 5pm to officially celebrate the start of the project.
A Reed City local business, Gerber Construction, was selected to be the General contractor for the project.
The public is invited to attend and the Ebels family, City Council representatives and Reed City area Chamber of Commerce officials will be participating in the ground breaking.
In the interest of safety, everyone attending the ceremony is asked to observe “social distancing”.
The efforts of Ferris State University’s COVID-19 Community Response Team were recently quantified, specific to the diverse array of personal protective equipment items produced since the first days of the global pandemic.
Team Coordinator Emily Zoet said through the tireless efforts of staff and faculty since April, there are more than 28,000 pieces of PPE they have produced for distribution.
“So far, this team has produced and delivered 883 ear protectors, more than 25,000 face shields, and 1,380 cloth face masks to 45 different organizations,” Zoet said. “When the market could not keep up, this group supplied organizations with crucial personal protective equipment in order to ensure the health and safety of our communities.”
Zoet said efforts to meet this demand was at its peak in the spring, as PPE items were acquired, with no back stock available in the industry to meet continuing orders.
“As the market caught up, the urgency started to dwindle,” Zoet said. “However, the Community Response Team remains active for now, fulfilling requests as they are presented to us.”
The College of Engineering Technology’s Laboratory Facilities Coordinator Brian Pacholka said they prioritize orders for local governments and agencies. Some of those recipients include the City of Big Rapids, the District Health Department #10, Project Starburst, Central Michigan Community Mental Health’s Big Rapids office, Manna Pantry, Metron of Big Rapids and the Kent County Health Department.
“We have headbands and shields that have gone to New York State, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, and Puerto Rico,” Pacholka said. “2,500 products have been distributed across the Ferris campus. Through our affiliation with Operation Face Shield, we have also filled international orders from The Bahamas, Nicaragua, Honduras and Haiti.”
Pacholka said the PPE items distributed by the university present no cost for the recipients.
“There are a number of staff members on campus who have joined me in production of these materials,” Pacholka said. “We are thankful to the makers of Coca-Cola, who have provided us with 2,000 pounds of shield material. Another key contribution is the ton and a half of ABS material received from Celanese-Ticona Polymers, Incorporated, which we use to make frames. We will go over 30,000 frames produced during the week of Aug. 17.”
Those entities in need of PPE can contact Zoet by email.
District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reports that an individual that tested positive for COVID-19 on August 11 was present and potentially contagious at the following Tullymore Golf Resort locations in Stanwood, Mecosta County: St. Ives Golf Club on 8/10; Tullymore Golf Club on 7/30, 7/31, 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/13, and 8/14. The individual wore a mask and social distanced, so the potential exposure is considered low risk.
If you were at the above locations on the dates listed, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date. Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible. COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.
“Our team immediately reacted when notified of this exposure. In addition to our already stringent cleaning protocols, all areas were thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to ensure the safety of all our staff, members, and visitors,” said Matt Golden, CEO/General Manager of Tullymore Golf Resort. “We have worked in conjunction with District Health Department #10, and we are now confident that we responded properly and can continue to operate safely.”
While DHD#10 will release information about public exposure sites when it is determined through investigation that it’s not possible to identify all close contacts, everyone needs to remember that approximately 40% of COVID-19 cases appear to be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic cases are especially difficult because they are not sick and therefore not staying home. Additionally, contagious individuals can spread virus prior to experiencing symptoms.
“As we continue to experience community spread of COVID-19, it should be understood that anyone choosing to go out in public, whether to a bar, restaurant, golf course, retail store, family gathering, funeral, or any other public place, could potentially be exposed to COVID-19 at any time, thus you should always be monitoring for symptoms,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10.
For more information about COVID-19, go to: www.dhd10.org/coronavirus, www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, or www.cdc.com/coronavirus
State Rep. Michele Hoitenga this week introduced a plan to ensure that rural parts of the state are no longer lumped in with heavily populated areas when responding to states of emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hoitenga, of Manton, said Gov. Whitmer’s response to the COVID-19 emergency wrongly lumps large cities and metro areas like Grand Rapids in with rural counties like Osceola and Mecosta – even though the areas have very different population densities, fewer COVID case numbers and therefore a lower risk of transmission.
“The governor is failing families who live in rural communities by lumping urban and rural areas together into one region, and then issuing sweeping, one-size-fits all orders,” Hoitenga said. “The coronavirus data for many rural communities simply doesn’t support the response we have seen. If we’re truly going to make decisions based on science and data, it would be much more appropriate to make those decisions on a county-by-county basis.”
Hoitenga’s legislation, House Bill 6106, would require the governor, if treating parts of the state differently during a state of emergency, to make designations by county rather than by region. It would also require that any future stay-at-home orders would allow counties to work with local hospitals and health systems to determine when and how businesses, school districts and other parts of the economy can reopen and serve the public safely.
“This would allow for a more localized COVID-19 response, empowering county leaders to work with local health experts, school districts and job providers to create a plan for responding to the emergency and reopening the economy safely,” Hoitenga said.
House Bill 6106 was referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.
A Big Rapids man was airlifted to a hospital in Grand Rapids following a crash this morning in Mecosta County's Green Township.
The crash occurred just after 7:30 this morning on 180th Ave north of 21 Mile Rd.
Deputies say a 2008 Toyota Tundra driven by a 36-year old man from Big Rapids had left the roadway and struck a tree.
The driver was transported by Mecosta Co EMS to the airport where he was then taken by Aeromed to a hospital in Grand Rapids.
Two people were sent to the hospital after a car crash in Mecosta County over the weekend.
It happened Saturday around 7:30 p.m. on Northland Drive and 8 Mile Road.
Deputies say a woman from Portage who was driving west did not stop at the intersection.
She hit another car driven by a woman from Howard City that was going south.
Two passengers in the southbound vehicle, a 37-year old man and a 9-year-old boy, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Chris White is leaving the Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids to pursue other opportunities.
White who has been leading the charter school for the last seven years, resigned last week with a letter to the education board.
He will be taking a new position with Mount Morris Consolidated Schools.
The CCA school board hopes to name a new interim superintendent in the near future.
The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association today announced it will move the 2020 Fall football season to Spring 2021, due to football’s higher risk for spreading COVID-19, with the rest of Fall sports proceeding as scheduled.
The football season switch was made based on consultation with state health department officials and after surveying MHSAA member high schools on their progress and preferences after the first four days of practice. Football is considered a high-risk sport for potential spread of the COVID-19 virus because of its level of player-to-player contact.
A total of 34,219 student-athletes played football at MHSAA member schools during the 2019 season. A total of 520 11-player teams and 83 8-player teams were anticipated during late summer to play football this fall season.
“At the end of the day, we did everything we could to find a path forward for football this fall,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “But while continuing to connect with the Governor’s office, state health department officials, our member schools’ personnel and the Council, there is just too much uncertainty and too many unknowns to play football this fall.
“No one is willing to take the risk of COVID being passed on because of a high-risk sport. Decisions have to be made on our other sports as well, but none of those carry the same close, consistent, and face-to-face contact as football.”
The MHSAA announced July 17 it would proceed this school year with its traditional calendar beginning with Fall sports but with enhanced precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. At that time, the MHSAA also stated it would move football, and other Fall sports seasons, to the spring of 2021 if they were deemed unsafe to proceed when originally scheduled. Football was allowed to begin practice, with helmets but no other padding, on Aug. 10.
Volleyball and soccer are considered moderate-risk for virus spread, while cross country, golf, tennis and swimming & diving are considered low-risk. Cross Country, Lower Peninsula girls golf and boys tennis and Upper Peninsula girls tennis began practice Aug. 12; golf and tennis teams may begin competing Aug. 19, and cross country teams may begin competing Aug. 21.
Volleyball, boys soccer and Lower Peninsula girls swimming & diving also began practice Aug. 12, and competition guidelines for those sports will be announced Aug. 19. Schools in regions under Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan remain unable to play volleyball or swim/dive indoors due to governmental restrictions. Further guidance from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office is expected in the near future regarding these indoor facilities.
Details for the spring football season including a specific schedule and format will be announced over the next few months. The MHSAA will be working to limit overlap of spring football and the traditional Spring sport seasons.
“While this is tremendously disappointing, we will do everything possible to provide the best possible experience in the spring while adding football into the calendar,” Uyl said.
Police arrested a pair on charges connected to a break-in of a building in Downtown Big Rapids.
In a press release, Detective Brian Miller says $8,000 worth in jewelry was stolen during an incident July 6th.
The suspects were identified during an investigation however the stolen jewelry has yet to be recovered.
Misty Gerlacher was arrested and arraigned this week on a charge of Possession of stolen property, while the second suspect Adam Campbell was arrested and arraigned for burglary and larceny from a building.
Another sports conference suspends its fall season because of the coronavirus -- and it's affecting several Michigan schools.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, also knows as GLIAC, is officially suspending all sports competition until January of next year.
The council of presidents voted unanimously on the decision yesterday.
This means that Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Wayne State, and other state universities will have to wait until 2021 to resume their athletic programs.
Ferris State University Athletics released its official statement following the decision:
The winter and spring sports competition calendar will be announced at a later date.
A Newaygo man has been charged with lying to police about an active shooter situation last week in Big Rapids Township.
53-year old Randy Brian Thompson was arraigned on charges of falsely reporting a felony and lying to a peace officer.
The charges stem from events on August 5th, when police were dispatched to what was initially reported as a rollover accident involving a person trapped under a vehicle in Big Rapids Township.
According to a press release, police got a second call stating the person under the vehicle was armed and shot out the windows of the vehicle.
When deputies arrived to the scene, they found Thompson and another man.
Deputies conducted an investigation and found there were no signs of any shots fired and there was no active shooter.
Thompson and the other man were found to be under the influence of narcotics and to have provided false information to police.
Thompson remains lodged at the Mecosta County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
The coronavirus pandemic forced a lot of changes across the state -- and it's called into question a 40-year-old law.
Several companies and associations are planning to hold a zoom meeting today to discuss how to recycle the state's bottle deposit law -- and how to reinvest in it.
They say infrastructures are not equipped properly to handle the large returns made by Michigan homes as cans and bottles have piled up for nearly FIVE months due to the statewide lockdown.
They estimate it would take six months for retailers and distributors to clear through the massive backlog of bottles and cans.
We’re all told to face challenges one step at a time. But what if that simple action proved impossible? That was the case for 72-year-old Rosiebelle Hallowell. 20 years ago, the Howard City resident was seriously injured in a car accident. She says she’s been plagued by chronic pain ever since.
“It’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t have pain,” said Hallowell. “I’ve had so many problems with my spine and gone to multiple doctors. Nothing worked.”
Around a year ago, the pain intensified to the point where Rosiebelle felt it every time she took a step. She describes the sensation as an electric shock pulsing through her tailbone and into her legs.
“It’s overwhelming when you are dealing with so much pain,” said Hallowell. “I couldn’t do anything for more than 15 minutes without having to sit down. The pain was so constant and intense that it was very hard to focus on simple tasks.”
Rosiebelle sought the advice of Big Rapids’ own West Michigan Pain Specialist Girish Juneja, MD. Dr. Juneja diagnosed Rosiebelle with spinal stenosis - a common condition that occurs when the spinal canal becomes compressed. That pinching of the spinal cord and nerve roots can cause severe pain, cramping, weakness, or numbness. The pain, which is minimal while a person is bending or at rest, can become unbearable in the back and legs when they begin walking, even short distances.
Surgeons typically treat the condition by removing part of the bone to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves. But the surgery can leave the spine unstable. So physicians may have to fuse the remaining bone back together.
Rosiebelle was unsure that kind of surgery was the answer. She had already undergone numerous surgical procedures to relieve pain in other parts of her body.
“I had one disk in my back operated on years ago,” said Hallowell. “And I also had work done on my neck. I just didn’t want to have to go through a difficult recovery again.”
Dr. Juneja decided Rosiebelle was a good candidate for a revolutionary new treatment offered at West Michigan Surgery Center. Using a special tube the size of a dime, Dr. Juneja placed a Superion® by Vertiflex® Interspinous Spacer between Rosiebelle’s vertebrae - or bones in her spine. The spacer acts as a blocker, holding the vertebrae open, which works to relieve pressure on the patient’s nerves. The FDA approved procedure takes just minutes, and requires only a small incision in the lower back. Dr. Juneja says he’s excited to offer this minimally invasive alternative to traditional spinal fusion surgery.
“This intervention is a game-changer,” said Dr. Juneja. “Almost every patient can be offered this treatment if they have symptomatic spinal stenosis. This new intervention is so simple, and preserves the bone. As a result, patients recover quicker and can feel the difference almost immediately.”
“It’s unbelievable.” said Hallowell. “One day later and the pain in my legs was just gone. Now I’m able to get back to my artwork and all the other things I love. I am so happy and thankful for Dr. Juneja and his staff. He is a brilliant doctor who truly cares.”
Dr. Juneja is one of only a few doctors in the country and the only doctor in west Michigan trained to perform the procedure using the Vertiflex® Interspinous Spacer. He hopes to help more people like Rosiebelle overcome their pain.
“Our goal is to help patients get back to living their lives without having to depend on medications,” said Dr. Juneja. “We’re proud to bring this state-of-the-art care to the people of our surrounding rural community and beyond.”
State Police are investigating a fatal crash in which the driver of a moped was killed Tuesday in Montcalm Township, northeast of Grand Rapids.
38-year-old Edward Herroon was driving his moped and waiting to make a turn when he was hit by a minivan and killed.
The 81-year-old driver of the minivan was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Lume Cannabis Company announced its planning to expands its facility in Osceola County.
Lume says its cultivation facility in Evart will expand from 50-thousand square feet to 450-thousand square feet.
Lume says the first expansion, which is scheduled to start this month, will add 85-thousand square feet to the facility.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a $1 million grant to Ferris State University for the prevention of opioid use disorders.
"This funding will support efforts to stop the opioid crisis in mid and northern Michigan,” said Congressman John Moolenaar. “This grant gives Ferris State the flexibility to use the funds in the in the best way possible to meet the needs of the community and prevent opioid abuse."
Congressman Moolenaar is Michigan’s only member of the House Appropriations subcommittee with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services and its funding. In his four years on the panel, he has regularly met with community leaders in health care and law enforcement about the opioid crisis. He has also voted for legislation that funds the fight against the opioid crisis including the grants announced.
The grant was made by HHS’s Human Resources and Services Administration as part of more than $100 million in grants announced by the department for organizations nationwide to fight substance and opioid use disorders. HHS Secretary Alex Azar says “These HRSA awards will help strengthen prevention, treatment, and recovery services, especially in rural America, at this difficult time."
Ferris State recently recieved over $385,000 for cancer research.
District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is offering free drive-through community testing for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 13, in Newaygo and Friday, August 14, in Baldwin. In collaboration with the National Guard, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Local Law Enforcement and Emergency Management, Newaygo Public Schools and Baldwin Community Schools, testing information is as follows:
COVID-19 Drive-Through Community Testing Site
Newaygo High School Parking Lot
200 East Street, Newaygo, MI
Thursday, August 13, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM
Baldwin High School Parking Lot
524 4th Street, Baldwin, MI
Friday, August 14, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to be tested for COVID-19
Please bring picture ID
Not accepting appointments; first come, first served
Open to all surrounding counties
Not limited to symptomatic individuals
Testing is to determine current COVID-19 status; Not offering antibody testing
Testing is nasopharyngeal swab (long cotton-tipped swab inserted in nose)
Test results typically take 7-9 days to come in, sometimes faster. You will receive instructions for logging in to BioReference Laboratories Patient Portal to obtain results. You will only be contacted by DHD#10 if your results are positive for COVID-19.
Police arrested two men in Mecosta County, accused of reporting a fake active shooter situation and crashing a pick-up truck while on drugs.
The sheriff’s office saysin a press release the first call came in around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies started to respond to a crash on Northland Drive south of Big Rapids when a second call said someone was under the truck that crashed and shooting the windows out.
Police found two men at the scene. One was bleeding from his head, but the truck on scene did not have any bullet holes.
Deputies say an investigation found the two men drove through a field, damaging two fences and one building before crashing into the ditch.
The pair was arrested for driving while on drugs and obstruction.
The identities of the suspects are being withheld pending arraignment.
Brian Miller will be the next Mecosta Co. Sheriff. Miller, a Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Detective, won the August Primary election against current Under-sheriff James Taylor, Deputy Jared Christensen and Mark Solis.
The election results are as follows:
James Taylor- 2,589
Mark Solis- 703
Miller will be sworn in on January, 2021
In other election results, voters approved operating millage and bond proposals for the Morley-Stanwood School District. The 911 surcharge for the Meceola Central Dispatch was also approved in Mecosta County and Mike Wernette wins the Road Commission seat.
For more in depth election results CLICK HERE
Ferris State University received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Cancer Institute.
The grant of $385,406 will support cancer research at Ferris State.
Congressman John Moolenaar is Michigan’s only member of the House Appropriations subcommittee with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services said the grant Ferris recieved is much deserved and colleges around the state should be commended for all the great work they are doing.
"Colleges and universities in mid and northern Michigan are doing critical research and that’s why I have successfully worked to pass record funding for federal research in the fight against cancer. I hope this grant will help Ferris State make a positive contribution to the worldwide efforts against this disease,” said Congressman Moolenaar.
The technical name of the grant project is “Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Metabolism Studies of Novel Tetracenomycins” and it was awarded to Professor Eric Nybo.