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Lawyers for Osceola Twp. and Nestle Waters make arguments in pumping station appeals case

 

The courtroom was jammed in Osceola County Wednesday afternoon as attorneys for the Nestle Water Company and Osceola Township tangled over the future of a proposed booster station for Nestle.

 

The township has denied Nestle’s request to build a booster pump at their well near Evart which would allow Nestle to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from the well there, and increase their bottling operation at their Stanwood Plant.

 

Nestle believes they meet the standards for a permit but county officials believe it violates zoning.

 

The verdict is now in the hands of the judge. 

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Sunday night house fire kills 80-year old Big Rapids woman

 

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire to breakout at a home on South Bronson Avenue in Big Rapids Sunday night that claimed the life of an 80-year old woman.

 

Firefighters got the call about the house fire just before 8pm Sunday night, it took crews around two hours to contain the blaze.

 

Officials say they found the 80-year old woman in the kitchen area and tried resuscitate her but efforts were unsuccessful.

 

The home is a total loss. 

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Ferris State University announces first comprehensive campaign in its 133 years

 

"Imagine More", that's Ferris State University's slogan and that's what they want to do moving into the future with growing the Big Rapids based school as well as offering more to its students.

 

FSU President David Eisler announced Thursday Now and Always: The Campaign for Ferris State University, it's the school’s first comprehensive fundraising effort in its 133-year history.

 

Eisler said this effort has a goal of making an impact on its students currently and those in the future.

 

The financial barriers that our students face are significant,” Eisler said. “We are committed to keeping a Ferris education affordable. We cannot be a university dedicated to quality education for all and not make this accessible for all.”

 

The multi-year campaign, aims at raising $80 million for three major priorities: investing in students, program expansion and innovation, and building partnerships. $36-million dollars of the goal will go to an endowment fund for student scholarships. 

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Black ice a factor in Mecosta County car accident

 

Winter weather is here with black ice being blamed for a crash in Mecosta County late Thursday afternoon.

 

A man from Sears lost control of his vehicle on black ice and hit some trees.

 

A 39-year-old woman, a 15-year-old and a three-year-old passenger were injured and taken to a Mount Pleasant Hospital. 

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Spectrum Health warning area residents about bogus phone calls from scammers

 

Spectrum Health hospitals in Big Rapids, Reed City are warning area residents to be aware that people have received spoofing / scam phone calls from parties who claim to be representatives of Spectrum Health.

 

Hospital officials say these bogus calls are seeking credit card information and other personal details.

 

Officials ask that if you are not 100% sure of the legitimacy of providing personal or financial information over the phone to any Spectrum Health entity, that you ask the person for a call-back number and first contact customer service at 1.844.879.6180.

 

The persons making these recent phone calls are in no way associated with Spectrum Health and are seeking personal financial information for unlawful reasons and their own personal gain. Many of these callers are very sophisticated and are using Spectrum Health or one of its hospitals as the caller ID, making it look like a legitimate phone call.

 

If you receive one of these scam calls, please report it to your local police department.

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No one hurt after car crashes through business in Mecosta County

 

No one was hurt after a  Big Rapids man accidentally drove into a business Monday in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say the accident occurred at the West Michigan Pain Clinic on Gilbert Road when a 76-year-old Big Rapids man was attempting to park.

 

While pulling into the parking space, the driver’s foot slipped off of the brake pedal and hit the gas pedal instead, causing the vehicle to go onto the sidewalk and crash into a large window wall near the lobby of the clinic.

 

No patients or employees were injured from the accident.

 

The driver also was not injured in the crash. 

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Tuesday Election in Big Rapids to decide 2 commission seats and special bond proposal by BRPS

For the first time in over eight years the City of Big Rapids will be lead by someone who's not Mark Warba.

 

That's because Warba is term-limited as Tuesday's election takes place.

 

Current city commissioner Tom Hogenson is running unopposed for the Mayoral seat.

 

City Commissioner Lorraine James and residents Jonathan Eppley and Chris O’Neil are running for two, four-year terms on the city commission.

 

Big Rapids Public Schools will also be asking voters to approve a special bond proposal.

 

If approved, those funds would be used to make improvements for building and site purposes that include classroom renovations, security and technology upgrades and construction of outdoor athletic facilities. 

 

Voting precincts will be open from 7am-8pm Tuesday. 

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Blanchard man sent to hospital following Mecosta County car accident

 

A Blanchard man is recovering following a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County Tuesday.

 

It happened at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Monroe Road in Millbrook Township.

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a 52-year-old Blanchard man was driving eastbound on Monroe Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, striking a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Blanchard woman traveling southbound on 10th Avenue.

 

The Blanchard man was taken to the Spectrum Hospital in Lakeview for treatment of his injuries.  

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Big Rapids man arrested on drug charges

 

A Big Rapids man is facing a host of drug charges in connect multiple cases against him.

 

25-year old Scott Allen Ruffin is charged in connection to delivering cocaine and ecstasy in two cases out of Big Rapids.

 

The alleged incidents occurred on August 30th and October 2nd.

 

Ruffin's bond was set at $75,000 and $50,000 respectively. 

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Health insurance premiums going up 27% in Michigan

 

Premiums are expected to rise an average of 27 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who buy their own health insurance.

 

Consumers eligible for income-based tax credits will be protected from the premium increases.

 

The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services published the rates on Wednesday.

 

Enrollment for 2018 begins in a week.

 

The state says the premiums are higher than expected because President Donald Trump recently ended cost-sharing payments to insurers for providing lower-income customers discounts on out-of-pocket costs. 

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Big Rapids man arrested on child porn charges

 

A 31-year old Big Rapids man could face up to life in prison after being charged with sex crimes.

 

Charles Dulzo was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

Big Rapids Police say the alleged incidents took place July 13th and 27th.

 

Investigators say they were contacted by Dulzo’s wife after she discovered inappropriate images of a child who she had watched for a friend on her husband's phone.

 

Dulzo's bond was set at $750,000. 

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Listeria concern prompts recall of more than 30 Meijer brand produce items

A recall involving packaged produce sold at Meijer stores. The Grand Rapids-based retailer says the recall of more than 30 vegetables is due to listeria concerns.

 

Mann Packing,which provides produce to Meijer, notified the company of the possible contamination involving items in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.

 

The produce was sold between September 27th and October 20th at stores.

 

No illnesses have been reported.

 

People who bought the produce should throw it out or return it to a Meijer store for a refund.

 

Here is the recall list: 

 

UPC

UPC Description

0-0-4548-3

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB

0-0-4566-7

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS 3 LB BAG

0-71651-90035-3

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS (EDI)

0-71651-90384-2

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

0-72668-20001-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS LB

2-13760-00000-9

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-17879-00000-4

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-19106-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS

2-19489-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS WITH GARLIC PARMESAN

2-19744-00000-3

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY G&G

2-20185-00000-2

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY

2-20186-00000-1

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY W/DIP

2-20582-00000-1

FIESTA TRAY WITH RED PEPPER HUMMUS

2-20782-00000-9

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLICES

2-20785-00000-6

ZUCCHINI AND SQUASH COMBO

2-20786-00000-5

ZUCCHINI SQUASH

2-20787-00000-4

MIXED PEPPER BLEND

2-21233-00000-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS PLU 4566 

2-21234-00000-4

BROCCOLI FLORETS PLU 4548

2-22077-00000-8

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-22091-00000-8

VEGETABLE TRAY WITH HUMMUS

2-22097-00000-2

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

2-22098-00000-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

2-22099-00000-0

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-29523-00000-1

PRE-PACKAGED BROCCOLI FLORETS

2-29524-00000-0

PRE-PACKAGED CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

2-29525-00000-9

PRE-PACKAGED CAUL/BROC FLORETS

7-08820-24604-1

CAULI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-00356-1

CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS LB

7-16519-01015-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-03849-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-16519-03871-6

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-19283-76392-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

7-19283-76409-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

7-19283-76412-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

 

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Traverse City woman suffers life-threatening injuries following deer/vehicle accident in Mecosta County

 

A Traverse City woman suffered life threatening injuries following a two car deer vehicle accident on US-131 in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say a 34 year old woman from Traverse City was traveling on southbound on the highway when she tried to swerve to miss a deer in the road that had been previously hit and lost control of her vehicle after hitting the deer. The vehicle then was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50 year old Grandville man.

 

Both vehicles left the roadway and overturned.

 

The 50 year old man, and two passengers were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The 34 year old driver of the other vehicle was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for possible life threatening injuries. 

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Everyone involved ok after car/school bus accident Friday morning in Remus

 

It was a scary situation for Chippewa Hills students Friday morning heading to school when a bus they were on was involved in an accident with another vehicle.

 

Deputies in Mecosta County say it happened at the intersection of 30th Avenue (M-66) and Arthur Road.

 

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old Remus woman, was heading southbound on 30th Avenue when the school bus turned left in front of her. She tried to stop, but hit the back corner of the bus.

 

The driver of the car had the right of way and was not at fault.

 

The students and bus driver were not injured in the crash.

 

The driver of the car also did not have any injuries, but the minor child she had with her in the vehicle was transported to a hospital in Mount Pleasant for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.

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Deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County

 

As we continue into the deer hunting season, law enforcement would like to remind motorists about being more cautious and to look out for deer while traveling in the area.

 

942 motorists in Mecosta County were involved in deer/vehicle crashes in 2016.

 

Big Rapids and Green Township tied with the most deer/vehicle accidents last year with 118 a piece. Then Colfax Township and Mecosta Township at 82 and 75 accidents last year respectively.

 

Statewide, more than 45,000 Michigan motorists collided with deer in 2016.  Deer-vehicle crashes injured more than 1,200 people and killed 14 in 2016.


 

Here is a breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County:

Big Rapids Twp

118

Green Twp

118

Colfax Twp

82

Mecosta Twp

75

Hinton Twp

55

Morton Twp

55

Wheatland Twp

55

Millbrook Twp

53

Austin Twp

48

Sheridan Twp

48

Chippewa Twp

43

Martiny Twp

42

Aetna Twp

39

Fork Twp

37

Deerfield Twp

32

Grant Twp

23

Big Rapids

15

Barryton

2

Mecosta

1

Morley

1


 

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Newaygo County Deputies looking for suspect accused of stalking

 

Deputies in Newaygo County needs the public's help finding a man who is accused of stalking.

 

Police are looking for 35-year old Joseph Harrell.

 

He’s described around 5’8”, 195 pounds and has red hair and a beard.

 

Deputies think he may be around the Allendale area near Grand Valley State University.

 

Harrell has search warrants out for his arrest that include felony stalking.

 

If you have any information, call the Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288. 

 

 

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State Police looking for credit card fraud suspects in Mecosta Co.

 

The Michigan State Police are looking for two women they say are accused of credit card fraud in the Big Rapids area.

 

Troopers say the suspects are accused of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a credit card from the victims purse which was then used to rack up more than $500 in charges.

 

Troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from the local businesses and have two suspects captured on film.

 

Anyone with tips can contact the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951. 

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Police in Osceola County looking for suspect

 

Police in Osceola County are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say tried to break into a party store in Highland Township.

 

Deputies say around 2:30am Wednesday morning, a suspect attempted to break into the M-115 Party Store.

 

The store’s security camera captured video of the suspect in the incident. 

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify this person of interest should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2288. 

 

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Big Rapids Salvation Army to host electronic recycling event Saturday

The Big Rapids Salvation Army will be hosting an event Saturday that allows area residents to get rid of their unusable, unwanted electronics. 

 

Area residents are invited to bring their outdated and/or broken electronics to 218 N. Michigan Ave., in front of Big Rapids City Hall and the Salvation Army Family Store, for recycling.

 

Most items are free to recycle, but a few have a fee, which will be due at the time of disposal.

 

Items free to recycle include:

Computers: desktops, laptops, servers, towers, main frames, blades, telecom racks;

All circuit boards;

Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs (iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm Pilot);

Networking equipment: routers, hubs, switches, modems;

Hard drive/internal and external disk drives;

RAM, memory, IC chips, processors;

Power supply, UPS;

Power cords, cables, wires;

Heat sinks, AC adapters, VGA connectors, plastic computer fans;

Printers, scanners, faxes, copiers;

Tablets (iPad, Kindle, Fire);

Keyboards, mice, docking stations;

Audio/visual equipment: DVD, VCR and/or CD players, stereos, receivers, radio, speakers;

Consumer electronics: kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, power tools, clocks

Gaming systems, GPS units, memory sticks;

Telephones, answering machines; and

Rechargeable batteries (terminals must be taped).

 

For a small fee, the following also can be recycled:

All TVs /screens, for $0.35 per pound;

All regular batteries, for $0.60 per pound;

Lithium batteries, for $3.60 per pound; and

Over sized TVs, for $0.45 per pound

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Ferris State University keeps room and dining rates same for 2018/2019 year

 

Ferris State University students can breathe a sigh of relief as the university board of trustees approved not to increase housing and dining rates for the 2018/2019 school year.

 

Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance, spoke about the decision not to increase room and board rates saying it's being done to help students and their families afford a great Ferris State University education while keeping their student loan debt as low as possible.

 

The board further approved a final general fund operating budget, $211.5 million dollars for the 2018 fiscal year. 

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Big Rapids Township rollover accident sends White Cloud man to hospital

 

Deputies in Mecosta County believe alcohol is a factor in a rollover accident that sent a White Cloud man to the hospital Thursday morning.

 

It happened on 15 mile rd. West of 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp. Deputies say that's where the driver rolled his vehicle.

 

The White Cloud man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids and was later transported to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for non life threatening injuries. 

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Three car accident in Isabella County claims life of 4-year old girl

 

Sad news out of Isabella County, as a four year old girl is dead following a three car accident Wednesday.

 

It happened on M20 and Winn Road.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says when first responders arrived, they discovered that a 4-year girl had been ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene from apparent head injury.

 

The mother and another driver were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

 

It appears that one of the vehicles failed to yield at a Red light and struck the other vehicle.

 

During the collision, one of the vehicles struck a pickup truck that was driven by an man who was on M20, he was not injured in the crash.

 

The accident remains under investigation. 

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Wolverine Worldwide sells Big Rapids factory to Tenn. based Original Footwear

 

Wolverine Worldwide has sold its Big Rapids factory and its department of defense contracts to Tennessee-based footwear manufacturer original footwear.

 

According to a press release by Wolverine Worldwide, Company President Blake Krueger said because Original footwear qualifies as a small business under Small Business Administration regulations, the Big Rapids factory is expected to be able to compete for a significant number of contracts not available to “large” corporations like Wolverine Worldwide.

 

"The sale to Original Footwear will provide the opportunity for the Big Rapids factory to compete for Department of Defense contracts set aside for small businesses," said, Blake Krueger, Wolverine's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We firmly believe that the sale of the Big Rapids factory and the DoD business to Original Footwear is in the best interest of the Big Rapids operations. With new ownership, we feel the factory is better positioned to win additional contracts that will retain important manufacturing jobs for the community." 

 

Wolverine Worldwide’s Big Rapids factory, is one of the largest producers of footwear to the U.S.. Military. 

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Police searching for shooting suspect in Isabella County

 

Police in Isabella County are continuing their search for a man who they say shot a woman.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says it happened Wednesday morning at a home on East Baseline Road near Loomis Road. That's where a man and woman were sleeping when and a man entered the home.

 

A fight ensued, and a gun was fired, hitting the woman.

 

The victim's condition is unknown at this time. 

 

Main says they are looking for 38-year old Kenneth Maddux, who was reportedly last seen in the county line of M-20. Maddux could be wearing a Orange or Red T-shirt and blue jeans.

 

If located, please do not approach and call 911.  

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Alleged drunk driving accident Saturday night causes power outage in LeRoy Township

 

An alleged drunk driver caused a power outage Osceola County's LeRoy Township Saturday night.

 

Deputies say it happened at the intersection of 12 mile road and 190th Avenue, that's where the driver failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, striking a tree then overturned and hit a power poll and some power lines causing the electric outage.

 

The driver, a LeRoy man, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.

 

The accident remains under investigation however speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. 

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Amish teen drowns in Isabella Co. pond

 

An Amish teen is dead after drowning in a pond in Isabella County.

 

Police say the 17-year old was swimming with family and friends at a pond, when he began to struggle in the water, family members attempted to pull the teen to the surface but could not.

 

Divers from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Isabella County dive team members were able to dive into the murky water and locate the victim within a couple minutes.

 

Unfortunately, resuscitation measures by first responders on shore were not successful and the man was pronounced deceased. 

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Rep. Hoitenga to host no fault auto reform town hall event in Wexford County

 

Local State House Representative Michele Hoitenga will be hosting a town hall event regarding no fault auto insurance reform.

 

The town hall event will also feature special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton, who chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been helping lead the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance.

 

Hoitenga says reforming no fault auto insurance has been one of her top priorities since being elected and this event will allow constituents to express their idea's and ask questions.

 

The event will be held September 29th at 2pm at the Wexford Public Library. 

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Police investigating stabbing in Isabella County

 

Police in Isabella County are searching for a suspect they say stabbed a Durand man in the stomach early Sunday morning. 

 

It happened at a apartment complex in Union Township, that's where police were called to investigate a stabbing incident. 

 

Deputies were told by witnesses that the victim who had been at a party in front of an apartment building was confronted by another man. An argument began and the suspect grabbed the victim and then stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife.

 

The suspect then fled on foot, as well as did the victim.

 

The victim was later located behind another apartment building bleeding. The man was taken to the hospital and then later transferred to St Mary’s in Saginaw.

 

K9 units and officers attempted to locate the suspect but were not able to find him.

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Ferris State Police warn students of phone scam

 

The Department of Public Safety for Ferris State University says students have become the target of scammers.

 

The scam starts with a call from someone claiming to be with the FBI and caller ID sometimes appears as the actual FBI number.

 

The caller states that there's a warrant for your arrest and if you don't pay, they will arrest you and take away your financial aid.

 

The Ferris DPS wants everyone to know it IS a scam and do not send them money. 

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Meth bust in Osceola County

 

A drug investigation in northern Osceola County take one more meth lab off the streets.

 

Officials from the traverse narcotics team say they were called to a home in Highland Township to investigate a reported meth lab.

 

Once at the residence, investigators discovered components to make methamphetamine in the garage.

 

Officials then received further information about the suspects being located at a home in Dighton.

 

The suspects were arrested on unrelated warrants and additional drug charges are expected. 

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Weidman man arrested in Mecosta County after police chase

 

A 29-year old Weidman man is behind bars on a host of charges after taking police on a two county chase that ended here in Mecosta County.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Deputies say while on patrol, they passed a vehicle going North Bound on Brinton road South of West Coleman Road.

 

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued as the deputy began to pursue the driver.

 

The driver drove into Mecosta County, where short time later he lost control and crashed into some trees.

 

The Weidman man was arrested on outstanding warrants from three different counties as well as drunk driving. 

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BRPS: Motorists and pedestrians need to be more cautious at crosswalks

 

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are asking motorists to be aware and cautious of pedestrians crossing the road at the intersection of Maple St. and Michigan Ave.

 

Officials say pedestrians are being hurried by motorists as they are crossing the street in the crosswalks.  Turning motorists are watching for vehicle traffic and not the pedestrians, while pedestrians are assuming motorists are watching for them.

 

According to BRPS, they have had several close calls, and are urging motorists and pedestrians to be more cautious.

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Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply is looking for donations to fill up semi truck heading to Texas for hurricane relief

 

A semi-truck filled with donated items for Hurricane Harvey first responders and victims will be rolling out of the Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply Saturday afternoon.

 

The public is encouraged to come out and donate supplies needed for victims, responders and others impacted by the hurricane.

 

Donation times are Friday from 8am thru 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm.

 

A full list of items needed can be seen Big Country 100.9 Facebook page 

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Two Big Rapids residents seriously hurt following accident involving two motorcycles

 

Two motorcyclists are hospitalized after a crash with another motorcycle over the weekend in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say the two motorcycles crashed after one tried to pass the other one in Hinton Township.

 

A man and woman from Big Rapids were on one motorcycle and they were taken to a Big Rapids hospital in serious condition.

 

The other motorcyclist was not seriously hurt. 

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Two more women charged with larceny of a Reed City grocery store

 

Three women have now been charged for stealing up to $100,000 dollars from a Reed City grocery store.

 

Cheryl Wolverton, Shelly Stinson, and Corina Johnson have been charged with two counts of larceny of a building. They allegedly stole lotto tickets, cigarettes, and bottle return money from Vic's Supermarket two years ago.

 

A store manager tipped off police when money went missing. 

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Couple arrested on cocaine charges following CMET investigation

 

Two people are behind bars after police in Big Rapids arrested them on drug charges.

 

25-year old Emerson Junior Zelaya of Grand Rapids and 32-year old  Stacey Mae Potes of Gobles were arraigned on several drug charges including delivery of cocaine between 50 and 449 grams.

 

The duo's arrest follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents in Big Rapids this month.

 

Bond for Zelaya is set at $500,000, while bond for Potes is set at $150,000.   

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Three sent to the hospital following two car accident in Mecosta County

 

Three people were taken to the hospital following a two car accident Monday afternoon in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. by Rogers Dam, that's where a 52-year old Evart man was stopped to turn left into the Rogers Dam Park, when a south bound vehicle driven by a 70-year old Morley man was unable to stop and rear ended the Evart mans vehicle.

 

The Evart man along with a passenger and a passenger from the Morley mans vehicle were transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non life-threatening injuries. 

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Nestle Waters releases economic impact study

 

As the state decides whether Nestle should double the groundwater drawn from White Pine Springs in Osceola County, a study funded by the company has been released to show their contribution to Michigan's economy. 

 

According to the report, Nestle created over 750 jobs and $160-million dollars in economic output statewide.

 

Nestle says the report has nothing to do with the groundwater debate, but environmental groups see the report as part of Nestle's marketing strategy. 

 

The Department of Enviromental Quality has not disclosed a timeline for reaching a decision.


 


 

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Newaygo woman sentenced to life in prison for the murder of husband

 

A Newaygo woman sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of her husband, apparently witnessed by the victim's pet parrot.

 

Glenna Duram was found guilty by jury of first degree murder last month after Martin Duram was shot to death in 2015.

 

The victim's ex-wife, Christina Keller, took ownership of the bird following his death and said the parrot kept saying "Don't (expletive) shoot" --in Martin Duram's voice. Glenna Duram's attorney plans to appeal. 

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Hersey woman charged with larceny of a Reed City supermarket

 

A Hersey woman has been charged with larceny of her former employer in Reed City.

 

36-year old Cheryl Wolverton of Hersey is charged with two counts of larceny from a building.

 

According to court documents, its alleged that Wolverton took lottery tickets from her previous place of employment, Vic’s Supermarket.

 

Two other former employees are suspected of being involved but have yet to be charged. 

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Vestaburg couple arrested for drug crimes in Mecosta County

 

A Vestaberg pair is behind bars accused of selling drugs in Mecosta County.

 

28-year old Rikki Lei Stauffer and 69-year old Keith Louis Mayers are facing multiple charges involving heroin and methamphetamine.

 

The pair's arrest and arraignment follows an investigation by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team into alleged incidents that occurred in July and this month in Wheatland Township.

 

Stauffer’s bond is set at $100,000, while Mayers’ is $200,000.  

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Five sent to hospital after two car accident in Mecosta County

 

Five people were sent to the hospital in Mecosta County following a two car accident Thursday.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. near Arthur Rd. deputies say that's where a eastbound pickup truck driven by a Stanwood woman failed to stop at a stop sign due to a break failure.  The pickup pulled into the path of a northbound car being operated by a Big Rapids woman.

 

The car had a total of four people and the pickup only had 1 occupant. The occupants in both vehicles sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were all taken to Spectrum Big Rapids ER. 

 

All of the patients were treated and released for their injuries.

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Police in Isabella County searching for two larceny suspects

 

The Isabella County Sheriff says deputies are on the lookout for two men wanted for a larceny of a party store in Union Township.

 

Michael Main says the suspected larceny took place at K & S Liquor store located on East Blue Grass road.

 

The two men left in a light Silver or White Ford Mustang.

 

If anyone has any information on who either or these two people are, we are asking the public to call 989 772 5911.  

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Indiana man to be extradited back to Osceola County

 

An Indiana man will be brought back to Osceola County following an incident earlier this week involving property damage of a Reed City business.

 

Deputies says they responded to a call Monday night of an unlawful driving away of a vehicle and property damage at Kraftube.

 

When police arrived to the scene they discovered a truck had driven through a fence and struck a fire suppression system. The truck became stuck in the parking lot from fencing.

 

The Sheriff's office says with help from the public they identified the suspect and is currently in the process of bringing him back to Osceola County to face charges. 

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Midland man dies in Isabella County car accident

 

A Midland man is dead following a car accident in Isabella County.

 

It happened Monday night on Brinton South of Isabella County Line Road in Coldwater Township.

 

Deputies say a pickup had been traveling North on Brinton road when 41-year old Ronald Post II lost control and the vehicle rolled over at least one time. He was ejected from the truck.

 

A passerby came across the accident and notified 911 and then started CPR until first responders arrived.

 

The Midland man was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Police believe speed and no seat belt were factors in the accident. 

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Solar Eclipse fun for all

(photo courtesy of Reed Clay of Mississippi State University) 

 

Some says it was a once and a lifetime event, the solar eclipse viewing Monday afternoon.

 

Those in Michigan saw an 80% partial eclipse, while those in Kentucky saw a full eclipse.

 

The next eclipse is estimated to occur in seven years.


 

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Police looking for burglary suspect in Mecosta County

 

Do you know this man? The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying the person in the picture.

 

The suspect was captured on surveillance video while burglarizing Palmer's Outdoor Equipment in Mecosta Twp. on Aug. 19th where several thousand dollars worth of new power equipment was stolen.

 

Anyone that may know the burglars identity is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150. 

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Former Village of Hersey Treasurer charged with embezzlement

 

Following allegations back in June, a former village of Hersey treasurer is now behind bars awaiting arraignment on embezzlement charges.

 

Charges of embezzlement by a public official and embezzlement of taxes/public monies follow an investigation that began in June by the Michigan State Police after allegations arose of misappropriated funds were discovered during a regularly scheduled audit. 

 

After reviewing findings from the Osceola County Prosecutor authorized charges, the suspect was arrested today.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment. 

 

 

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Big Rapids Jaycees receive grant for Muskegon River Safety Project

 

The Big Rapids Jaycees was presented with a check from TransCanada Wednesday to improve water safety on the Muskegon River.

 

The $4,000 check was part of a grant the Jaycees were awarded recently.

 

Ashley Campau with the Jaycees says they can't wait to get started to use the money that will benefit the Big Rapids area.

 

"This grant money means a lot to us, It means we can accomplish so many of the goals we have set for the Muskegon River Project, we really to the time to research and figure out what it is that this community needs and how to best serve it educate them on water safety," Campau said.   

 

The Jaycees have been part of The Muskegon River Safety Project for the last decade. 

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Mecosta & Osceola County Judges recuse themselves regarding Nestle Waters' water station case

 

Court judges in Mecosta and Osceola counties have recused themselves from future hearings involving the Nestle Waters North America appeal of a local zoning denial the company hopes to reverse in order to build a water pumping station in the area of Evart in Osceola County.

 

Both 49th Circuit Court judges, the 77th District Court judge and 18th Probate Court judge in Mecosta and Osceola counties excused themselves on Tuesday from hearing the case. 

 

Its now up to State court administrator, Bruce Kilmer to assign the case to a new judge in Michigan. 

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Police investigating suspicious death in Isabella County

 

The Isabella County Sheriff says they are investigating a suspicious death.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says they received a call from a woman who discovered a man inside his vehicle deceased.

 

During an investigation, deputies found a 45-year-old man from Union Twp., in his driveway. A hand gun was found at the scene but it was located under some clothing in the driveway.

 

The first responding deputies determined that the incident required further investigation.

 

According to a press release, it appeared the man may have taken his own life as the investigation continued but the matter is still open waiting autopsy and other follow up by the Sheriff’s Office.

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Pair arrested on drug charges in Big Rapids Township

 

A Newaygo man and Grand Rapids woman face drug charges after being arrested by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team in Mecosta County.

 

39-year old Jonathan Scott Kuhlman is charged with operating/maintaining a laboratory involving methamphetamine while 31-year old Vanessa Marie Kinlaw faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by CMET officials of an alleged incident in Big Rapids Township on August 5th

 

Kuhlman's bond is set at $250,000, while Kinlaw's is set at $75,000. 

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Consumers Energy to test warning siren system at Rogers, Hardy and Croton plants

 

Consumers Energy will be testing its emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River Wednesday, August 16 at approximately 9:30 a.m. 

 

The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message.

The public does not need to take any action during the tests.

 

The siren systems are tested each August and December.

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Fremont man arrested in connection to murder in Newaygo Co.

 

In an update we to a story we told you about yesterday, a 29-year-old Fremont man has been charged in connection with the murder of a Muskegon man, who's body was found over the weekend in Newaygo County.

 

Anthony Blamer has been charged with felony mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual.

 

Police say D'Anthony Keenan's head and hands had been removed.

 

Investigators say a fight over money lead to Keenan's death.   

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Body found in wooded area of Newaygo County

 

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possible murder of a missing Muskegon man who was found in a wooded area.

 

Deputies say they discovered a deceased black male in the woods of the Crystal Trails area between 20th and 28th streets.

 

On Monday, Police found the victims SUV 25 miles away in a carpool area in Fremont.

 

Police are now seeking help from the public, and asking those who currently have trail cameras in the Crystal Trails area for footage from between Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5.

 

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call (231) 689-5288. 

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Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals offering the da Vinci System to patients

 

A new piece of medical equipment has been brought to Big Rapids to benefit residents and those in the surrounding area who need hernia or gall bladder surgery.

 

The da Vinci System allows the surgeon to operate through a few small incisions and perform operations, though their hands are never inside a patient’s body.

 

Dr. Mark Haan, a general surgeon with Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals is excited to be able to use the da Vinci system and says there are many great benefits to patients.

 

"I've seen a huge difference in patient recovery with this peice of equipment," Haan Said.  "There is less pain following surgery and thus are not requiring narcotic pain medications, it's also a win for employers because normally a patient is out 4-6 weeks, now they are out only two weeks."  

 

Haan is scheduled to begin using the da Vinci system this week, initially performing hernia and gall bladder operations. 

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White Cloud man suffers medical issue; vehicle catches fire near Big Rapids

 

A 19-year old White Cloud man was sent to the hospital this morning after suffering a medical issue while traveling in Mecosta County.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the driver was traveling on Northland Drive near West Ave. when he suffered a medical issue, ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and went into a ditch that is when the vehicle caught fire.

 

The White Cloud man was able to get out of the vehicle.

 

He was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

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Ithaca man recovering following motorcycle accident in Isabella County

 

A dog running out into the road left one motorcyclist in a ditch unconscious over the weekend.

 

It happened Saturday afternoon in Isabella County's Sherman Township.

 

Deputies say a 56-year old man from Ithaca was riding his motorcycle with a group when a dog ran out in to the road and the driver tried to avoid it then lost control and crashed into a ditch.

 

When first responders arrived, they found the man unconscious but breathing.

 

The man was flown from the scene by helicopter. His condition is unknown at this time.

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MSP K-9 stabbed by suspect during suspect altercation

 

A suspect in a drive-by shooting in Montcalm County tried to stab a Michigan State Police K-9 before being arrested.

 

The shooting happened early Sunday morning in Reynolds Township and police tried to pull over the suspect, but the suspect took off.

 

Two suspects ran into a wooded area and one tried to stab a K-9 with a pocket knife, but was tased and arrested. Police say the dog suffered a small cut.

 

The suspects are in the Montcalm County Jail facing several felony charges.

 

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Fmr. Greenville Public Safety Director sentenced to jail on health care fraud charges

 

A former public safety director in west Michigan is going to jail for health care fraud. Former Greenville public safety director Mark Reiss has been sentenced to 60 days in jail, with 30 days suspended.

 

He and his ex wife Christine were accused of defrauding Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan out of $113,000 dollars. They divorced in 2014, but she remained on his city provided insurance.

 

Reiss will serve his sentence on weekends at the Montcalm County Jail.

 

His ex wife was sentenced to 50 days in jail, which she has already served.

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State of Michigan delaying proposed health insurance rate increases till next month

 

Due to uncertainty over threats made by the president to stop payments to health insurers, the state of Michigan is delaying posting rate increases proposed by health insurers within the government marketplace.

 

Rates were supposed to be published Tuesday, but the state was granted a 30-day extension over an uncertain status.

 

Open enrollment for 2018 begins November 1 and continues through December 15. 

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Consumers Energy natural gas rates going up for residential customers

 

If you pay Consumers Energy for natural gas service, your bill is about to go up.

 

The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a gas rate increase for Consumers Energy totaling over $29 million.

 

The increase will allow the utility to further upgrade and modernize its natural gas distribution system by replacing older pipe and equipment.

 

The approval means the average residential customer will pay an additional $1.66 a month, starting August 7th. 

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Parole absconder caught in Mecosta County

 

A parole absconder caught by police here in Mecosta County has led to additional arrests.

 

Detective Casey Nemeth of the Sheriff's office says they caught 20-year old Steven Alan Baker at the Remus Apartments where he had been hiding out. Baker was taken to the Mecosta County Jail and was lodged for the Felony Parole Absconding warrant and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Charges for the Felony Resisting/Obstructing charge are being sent to the prosecutor.

 

The three other people in the apartment with Baker, a 30 year old Grayling man, a 20 year old Grayling woman, and a 31 year old Shepherd woman, were all arrested on a combined eight different fugitive warrants out of Alcona, Midland, Otsego, and Crawford County.

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Remus man sentenced to jail for crimes connected to break-ins

 

A Mecosta County man is heading to jail for at least the next five years after taking a plea deal from prosecutors.

 

28-year old Dwayne King of Remus arrested and charged in February with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and one count of first-degree home invasion.

 

King pleaded guilty to the criminal enterprise charge and the home invasion charge was dropped.

 

The Remus man was part of a trio with 50-year old Anthony Edward Hustin and 19-year old Fredrick Turner accused of a number of break-ins around Sheridan Township last August.  

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National Night Out set for Aug. 1st in Big Rapids

Local non profit organizations along with Big Rapids Police officers and firefighters are gearing up for it's 14th annual National Night Out event, August 1st from 6-9pm.

 

Along free food and games for kids, there will be new additions like magician performances and Cran-Hill Ranch is bring its bounce house and rock climbing wall.

 

The event is a way for the community to interact with local law enforcement officers to be more comfortable with them. 

 

Event Coordinator/ DPS officer Ryan Myers says he looks forward to the event every year.

 

"This event is special for me cause I have my own kids who go to it and enjoy all the activities that are available," Myers said.  

 

Dial-A-Ride is  offering free rides to and from the event, running on a continuous loop. A shuttle will pick up and drop people off at College Park apartments by the mailboxes, the Evergreen Community Building, the Ryan Creek Apartments office, the Parkview Village Housing Office and the Appleridge Apartments Office.

 

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Rosebush man suffers serious injuries following motorcycle accident

 

A Rosebush man suffered serious injuries to his head and lower body following a motorcycle/car accident in Isabella County. 

 

The driver of the motorcycle, 57-year old Frances Joseph Bailey was traveling eastbound on Weidman road when a deer entered the roadway and struck the motorcycle. The Rosebush man was ejected from the motorcycle and then was struck by a vehicle traveling the opposite direction.

 

Bailey sustained serious injuries, including possible head injury and lower extremities.

 

He was taken to a local emergency room and then airlifted by Areomed to Spectrum.

 

His condition is not known as of today. 

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ORV accident in Mecosta County sends woman to hospital

 

A 25-year old Durand woman is recovering after being involved in an ORV accident in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say they were called to a private property in Sheridan Township, that's where an investigation took place and revealed that a 26-year old Mecosta man was operating the ORV when it flipped onto it's side.

 

A 25-year old female passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

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East Tailwater access site at Croton Dam temporarily closing

 

Just a heads up to those near Croton Dam’s east tailwater access site in Newaygo County, it will be closed for the next two weeks starting July 24th to allow Consumers Energy to complete work at the hydro facility.

 

During the tile repair project, utility officials say anglers and other recreationalists will still be able to access the river by Croton Dam on the west side of the river.

 

Barricades and signs will clearly mark that the site is closed during construction.

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Mecosta Co. Sheriff urges residents to use caution when dealing with door to door sales

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff is urging you to to use caution following recent concerns voiced by residents of door to door sales men and alleged home break-ins.

 

According to the Mecosta County Sheriff's office, there has been residents calling them about people going door to door in the County and surrounding area. Officials say they have had contact with some of the people called on, that do work for a cable provider. There are some that are legitimate businesses.

 

The Sheriff wants residents to remember to always use caution when dealing with door to door sales.

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Evart child found after going missing for a few hours

 

An Evart child was found safe and unharmed after going missing for a couple of hours.

 

On Tuesday, Osceola County Sheriff Deputies were called to a home on 6 Mile Road near 60th Avenue in Evart Township for  a missing 4-year-old boy.

 

With help from emergency agencies and a drone, police were able to locate the child a half mile from the residence.

 

Police believe the four year old had walked outside following his dog without his parents noticing he had left the home.

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Lake City man crashes into garage and parked cars at Evart home

 

A Lake City man is recovering after a Saturday morning car accident sent him to the hospital.

 

It happened in Evart on Oak Street, that's where the 61-year old man went through a stop sign, then into a private driveway hitting two parked cars and damaging a garage door.

 

The sheriff says the homeowners were asleep at the time and were not hurt.

 

The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

Police believe alcohol is a factor in the accident. 

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Evart man in serious condition following police chase on motorcycle

 

An Osceola County man is recovering in the hospital after taking police on a chase through Evart.

 

It all happened last night when an Evart police officer was involved in a pursuit of a motorcycle for careless driving.

 

They say the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.

 

During the chase, the driver of the motorcycle crashed trying to negotiate the curves on 85th Ave near River Rd.

 

The 38-year old Evart man is in serious but stable condition.

 

Police say he was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

 

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12-year old boy saves toddler from drowning in hotel pool

 

A 12-year old boy is being called a hero after saving the life of a 3-year old toddler from drowning at a hotel pool in Isabella County.

 

Sheriff Micheal Main says security footage at the Days Inn Hotel in Mt. Pleasant showed the three year old wandering unattended in the pool area and slipping then falling into the water.

 

Main says the child was in the water for two minutes before the 12-year old boy walked in and immediately pulled the toddler out of the pool with the help from a brother carried him into the hallway and called for adult help.

 

CPR was performed by the mother of the toddler for about one minute and the child regained consciousness.

 

The toddler was familiar with the pool and hotel as the parents both work there.

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Medical and needle take back events taking place later this month in Mecosta and Osceola Counties

 

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals continue their partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide opportunities for residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.

 

Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the listed sites during the specified drop-off times. Proper disposal is important for several reasons.

 

Prescription drugs are Mecosta County’s second leading type of abused drug. By properly disposing of medications and needles we can help prevent them from getting into the hands of those who may want to abuse them,” said Kim Livingston of Ten16 Recovery Network. “Most heroin addicts tell us they started with abusing stolen prescription drugs they get from family and friends without them knowing.” Proper disposal is better for the environment,” Livingston adds. “By disposing of drugs and needles safely, they are destroyed in a self-contained incinerator. Throwing them in the trash or toilet could allow the drugs to dissolve into our drinking water through landfills and sewer systems. Most waste filtration plants are not designed to separate pharmaceuticals and drugs may pass on through into our water.”

 

Within the past year, the program has served 338 people, collecting 556.2 pounds of medication and 402 pounds of needles.

 

Drop-off sites are scheduled at the following times:

 

Tuesday, July 25 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

 

Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic

300 N. Patterson, Reed City, MI

 

Thursday, July 27 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Big Rapids Hospital Main Lobby

605 Oak St. Big Rapids, MI

 

Tuesday, August 29 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Evart Family Practice

5991 95th Ave, Evart, MI

 

Wednesday, August 30 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Tustin Family Practice

111 E Church St, Tustin, MI

 

Thursday, August 31 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Canadian Lakes Family Practice

8354 100th Ave, Canadian Lakes, MI 49346

 

Medications should be in their original container and all identifying personal information on prescription labels should be blocked out. Individuals can stop by at any time during the three-hour window and dispose of unwanted items. For more information, call 231.592.4493.

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