January 10th marked one year since the homicide of Evelyn Louise Ware.
Evelyn was discovered deceased beneath the rubble of a house fire at her home in Lake County's Ellsworth Twp.
The Lake County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Ms. Ware’s death a homicide. Detectives from the Michigan State Police (MSP) continue to investigate this case and encourage anyone with information to come forward.
There is still up to a five thousand dollar reward in place for anyone who contributes information that leads to an arrest in this case.
A second person has now died from a crash in Montcalm County that killed a nine month old baby on Sunday.
An 18-year-old woman has also died from the crash on M-46 at North Amble Road in Winfield Township when a pickup truck hit the back of a car which sent it across the center line where it was hit by another pickup.
18-year-old Samantha Baker and the baby, Annalee Baker, were both in the car.
Four others were injured in the crash.
A nine month old baby girl was killed in a crash in Montcalm County's Winfield Township Sunday.
Michigan State Police say a pickup truck hit the back of an eastbound car at the intersection of M-46/Howard City and North Amble Road.
The car was pushed across the center line and was hit by another pickup truck.
The baby was in the car and died at the scene.
An 18-year-old woman in the car was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital with critical injuries.
Two others in the car are hospitalized with less serious injuries.
The pickup drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The crash is being investigated.
Icy road conditions around Mecosta County caused several car accidents on Wednesday.
Three people were sent to the hospital following a rollover accident on US-131 Wednesday.
It happened on the southbound side, Sheriff Deputies say the driver of the vehicle lost control on the slippery road, went off the road and rolled over.
The three passengers in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital for treatment for their injuries.
Meanwhile, a 55-year old Big Rapids man was sent to the hospital after losing control of his vehicle and rolling over.
It happened on US-131 near 6 Mile Rd. Police say the driver was traveling northbound when he lost control of his vehicle ran off the road and overturned.
The driver was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
And finally a two car accident one driver was Mecosta woman was taken to the hospital following a two car accident in Martiny Township.
It happened at the intersection of 110th Ave and 14 Mile Rd, deputies say 40-year old Grand Rapids woman was traveling northbound on 110th Ave when she was unable to stop at the signed intersection due to her speed on the icy road.
She struck a 47-year old woman from Mecosta who was heading eastbound on 14 Mile Rd.
The 47-year old female was taken by EMS to Spectrum Health BR Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
A 34-year old female inmate who was found unresponsive Sunday in the Montcalm Co. Jail has died.
Sheriff Mike Williams says when Amber Lyane Bills of Big Rapids was found corrections officers immediately administered CPR and called for medical assistance but were unable to revive her.
Williams says Bills was being held on two contempt of court charges and a no operator’s license on person charge.
An autopsy has been performed and revealed an undiagnosed perforated ulcer.
The final report from the Medical Examiner is pending.
The Sheriff has requested that a Michigan Sheriff’s Association MISSION team conduct an external review of the incident.
Justin Halladay is the new Osceola County Sheriff.
This comes after the announcement of current Sheriff Jim Crawford retiring effective December 31st.
Halladay, currently the Undersheriff in Osceola County will fulfill the rest of Crawford's term that lasts until December of 2020 then will have to be elected by voters.
Halladay's first day as Sheriff is January 1st.
Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a male and female suspect they say are accused of retail fraud at the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the two suspects in question.
If you know who the the people are in the photos please contact the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office at 231-592-0150.
Two drivers were taken to a local hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County's Fork Township.
It happened Saturday at the intersection of M-66 and 20 Mile Rd. Sheriff Deputies say a 19-year old man from Portland was traveling westbound on 20 Mile Rd and ran the stop sign, hitting a 22-year old from Hersey man who was traveling northbound.
Both drivers received non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Spectrum Hospital in Big Rapids for treatment.
Adaline and Jaxon take first place for most popular girl and boy names among babies born in 2018 at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.
Jaxon has now been the most popular boy name for two years.
Alternate spellings of names are included in the hospital’s Top 10 Baby Names lists.
The Big Rapids Hospital Birthing Center has delivered 545 babies to date in 2018
Top 10 Girl Names 2018
1. Adaline, Adalyn, Addilynn, Addison, Addisyn, Adeline, Adilynne
2. Paisleigh, Paisley, Paislyn
3. Aria, Arielle, Arya
4. Ava, Avery
5. Josephine, Josophine, Josie, Josselyne
6. Lilian, Liliana, Lilly, Lily
7. Madalynn, Madelyn, Madelynn, Madison
9. Olivia, Alivia
10. Raelynn, Raylee, Rylee, Ryleigh, Rylie
Top 10 Boy Names 2018
1. Jaxon, Jaxson, Jaxton, Jackson, Jack
6. Axel, Axle, Axton
8. Greyson, Grayson
9. Jordan, Jordyn, Jordynn
There was significant change in parents’ name preferences for their newborns from 2017 to 2018
with only one exception. Jaxon and all an alternate spelling of that name, has made the top 10
list since 2014.
Check your closets. Meijer is recalling about 25-thousand Fall Creek's Kids hoodies over choking concerns.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the zipper slider can detach from the hoodie.
No injuries have been reported.
The recall involves Falls Creek Kids branded children’s zip up hoodies in sizes 12M,18M, 24M, 2T,3T 4T and 5T. The affected hoodies were five different styles and colors including navy, teal, gray, olive green and gray girl's with ruffled trim. “Falls Creek Kids” and “Made in China” are printed on the inner collar.
Anyone who may have one of the hoodies should stop using it and return it to the store for a full refund.
A 23-year-old woman from Cadillac has been killed in a crash in Mecosta County's Green Township.
The crash reportedly happened Sunday afternoon on US-131 when the woman crashed into the back of a tow truck that was turning left into the median turnaround.
The woman's 14-month-old baby was in a car seat in the back seat and was not injured.
The accident remains under investigation.
Deputies in Mecosta County are looking for a man and woman accused of a gas station left in Morley.
It happened around 3:30pm Monday afternoon at the Morley Depot.
Police say the couple drove away in a white Buick car.
if you know who these people are contact the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office.
The City of Big Rapids has issued a 'Boil Water Advisory' for a minimum of 48 hours due to a loss of water pressure in the city.
The affected area includes those north of Woodward Avenue, north of Chestnut Street and north of Cypress Street.
Officials say a loss of water pressure creates a likelihood of bacteria contamination, so they are advising residents to boil their water as city workers flush the water system and bacteria samples.
Officials are advising residents in Big Rapids NOT TO DRINK WATER BEFORE BOILING.
To see map of affected area click HERE
To see the press release from city officials click HERE
A recall involving dog food.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says Sunshine Mills is recalling their Evolve, Sportsman's Pride and Triumph brand food because of high levels of vitamin D that could cause serious health issues, including kidney failure.
The packages have "Best Buy Dates" of November 1st through November 8th.
The company says any dogs who may have eaten the food and show symptoms of vomiting, excessive drooling, and increased urination and thirst, should be taken to a veterinarian.
Those who bought the dog food can return it to the store for a refund.
Three Clare County Sheriff Deputies have been put on paid administration leave following the shooting death of a Harrison man.
Michigan State Police say deputies were called to a home in Lincoln Township last week for a felonious assault in progress.
Once deputies arrived on scene they were involved in a shooting.
42-year old Robert William Reid, was pronounced deceased on scene.
Preliminary autopsy results show Reid’s cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds.
An investigation is being conducted by the MSP.
The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is investigating what it calls a “suspicious fire” at a residence in Barryton.
It happened early Thursday morning just after 3am.
According to investigators, when firefighters arrived to the scene the trailer and a vehicle were fully engulfed in flames.
No one was at the home at the time and no injuries were reported.
The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area during the time of the fire to contact them at (231) 592-0150.
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family but it's also the number one day for kitchen fires in the state of Michigan.
Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and consider an oil-less fryer which is a safer alternative to cook their turkey.
State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer says that if you are going to use an oil fryer, do NOT use it in a garage, on or under a deck, breezeway, porch or inside any structure.
Sehlmeyer also warns folks to pay attention to their stove.
Unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential fires in the U.S., especially on Thanksgiving.
State Police are investigating the death of a Newaygo Co. woman.
According to authorities, police were sent to a home of a 77-year old Big Prairie Township woman Tuesday around 7pm.
When officers arrived they found the woman unresponsive and had been bitten by a family dog.
EMS performed life saving measures on Sharon Lee Daniels but were unsuccessful, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
An initial investigation determined Daniels was home alone with three family dogs when one of the dogs bit her.
Daniels is disabled and wheelchair bound. Troopers continue to investigate.
A.O. Smith is recalling water heaters due to potential fire hazard.
According to the recall notice, the gas burner screen on the Ultra-Low NOx models develop tears, which can cause too much heat and possibly a fire.
It includes 30, 40, 50 gallons natural or propane gas-fired water heaters.
A.O Smith says the affected models have the first four digit serial number between 1115 and 1631.
They were also sold under several brand names, including ones like Kenmore and Whirlpool.
If this affects your machine, turn it off and contact A.O. Smith to see if a free repair is necessary.
So far the company has received six reports of fires.
After months of negotations, the Ferris State University Administration and the Ferris Faculty Association came to an agreement on a new five year contract affecting 450 tenured employees.
The highlights of the contract agreement include an overall 2 percent annual salary increase in years one through three, and a 2.25 percent annual salary increase in years four and five. Also included is $300,000 annually for supplemental market adjustments.
The FFA voted on the new deal last week, while the Ferris Board of Trustees approved it Tuesday.
The new contract runs through June of 2023.
Last night's election winners included Democrat Gretchen Whitmer -- who will be the state's next Governor after beating Republican Bill Schuette.
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow winning her re-election race against Republican challenger John James.
The Congressional winners include Bill Huizenga in the 2nd District, Justin Amash in the 3rd District, John Moolenaar in the 4th District, Dan Kildee relected in the 5th District, Tim Walberg in the 7th District, Paul Mitchell in the 10th District, and Rashida Talib in the 13th district.
Governor Rick Snyder is weighing in, following the election of Gretchen Whitmer as governor. Snyder says -quote- “Michigan’s future has never been brighter. We have the momentum to continue on this path forward to make our state an even better place to live, work, and play for generations to come. He then touted some of his achievements while in office.
In local election news, voters in Mecosta County's fifth district re-elected Tom O'Neil. He beat out challenger Michael Roberts.
The sixth district represenative race was a little bit more contested but challenger Wendy Nystrom beat incumbent Mark Solis 625-482 votes.
Steven Mortenson and Stacy Dennis were elected to the Barryton trustees board.
Michele Rassmusen and David H. Murray were elected to the Big Rapids School Board.
Morton Township voters said “NO” to a millage proposal that would levy .50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value for the operation of a youth center.
All three of the statewide proposals in Michigan were approved.
Once the state board of canvassers certifies the election, people will be able to smoke and grow marijuana in their homes.
Proposal 1 was approved by a wide margin.
Proposals two and three were also approved.
A commission will be set up to re-draw state legislative and congressional district lines and voting may be easier in future elections.
Three major proposals on the Michigan ballot this election day.
Proposal one would allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana for personal consumption.
Proposal two would make a constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representations and U.S. Congress, every 10 years, rather than being drawn by the party in power.
Proposal three authorizes automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting.
In local elections, to represent the fifth district as a Mecosta County commissioner, incumbent Tom O'Neil will take on challenger Michael Roberts, for the sixth district representative incumbent Mark Solis takes on Wendy Nystrom.
Voters in Morton Township to be asked to approve a new millage that would levy .50 per $1,000 of taxable value for a youth center.
Luke Brown , David Murray and Michele Rasmussen are battling it out for two seats on the Big Rapids Schools Board of Education.
It's only November 5th, but state officials want you to be prepared for winter.
This is Winter Hazards Awareness Week.
The Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security says taking a few extra steps now will ensure that you and your family are ready before winter weather strikes.
Some tips for preparing your home for winter include insulating water lines that run along exterior walls so they don't freeze, cleaning your fireplace and chimney and cleaning gutters to prevent ice dams from forming.
For your car, you are encouraged to have your brakes and car battery checked and have an emergency preparedness kit with blankets, a shovel, flashlight and first aid kit.
A 21-year old man from Lakeview is OK after falling asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle and submerging it in a pond here in Mecosta County.
It happened on 85th Ave. near Eisenhower Rd, in Hinton Twp.
Deputies say the Lakeview man fell asleep, ran off the road to the left striking two mailboxes, power pole guide wire and a fence continuing into a pond submerging the vehicle completely.
The driver had reported no injuries and refused medical treatment.
He's been found competent to stand trial -- now a college student will face charges for shooting and killing his parents in a dorm room.
No trial date has been set for 19-year old James Davis, Jr., who allegedly murdered his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University on March 2.
Davis is charged with two counts of open murder and was captured following a 16 hour manhunt.