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Sparta man injured in Mecosta County car accident

A 49-year old Sparta man was sent to the hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 just north of 11 Mile Rd in Mecosta Township.

 

Deputies believe fatigue was a factor in this accident.

 

They say the Sparta man was traveling northbound when he left the road and overturned his vehicle.

 

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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Doctor accused of sex crimes found dead in Montcalm Co.

A northern Michigan doctor, who was facing charges, of criminal sexual conduct, was found dead in Montcalm County.

 

Deputies reportedly found his vehicle and the body of Steven Scranton was not far away.

 

They do not suspect foul play in his death.

 

He had been charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving female patients.

 

He had been free on bond and was awaiting trial.

 

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Conservation group to challenge Michigan DEQ over Nestle water withdraw approval in Osceola Co.

A group is trying to stop Nestle Waters North America from pumping more Osceola County groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. 

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation said Wednesday that it's preparing a petition for a contested case against Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, which approved Nestle's application to remove 400 gallons of water per minute from an Osceola Township aquifer.

 

The group says the DEQ will get the administrative challenge within 60 days.

 

The conservation group says the DEQ has "clearly bent the law to favor Nestle" by granting the permit before the company could provide "real data" on the consequences of withdrawing the additional water.

 

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No charges will be filed in connection to toddler drowning death in Montcalm Co.

No charges will be filed in the death of a 1-year-old girl who died in February after she wandered into standing water in her family's backyard in Montcalm County.

 

Prosecutor Andrea Krause determined that none of the elements of a crime could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She called the child's death a "very tragic accident."

 

The toddler was found dead February 21st in standing water from rains and snow that melted in her backyard near Sheridan.

 

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40 Protesters try to speak with Ice Mountain officials about water issues

40 protesters left peacefully from the Ice Mountain Bottling Plant in Stanwood Monday afternoon following a call to police.

 

According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office,  deputies arrived on scene and were met by multiple protesters exiting the lobby entrance.

 

Protesters were there to speak with Ice Mountain regarding the permit to pump more water in Osceola County as well as the Flint water crisis. 

 

Deputies also spoke with plant personnel and were advised that no protesters made it past the lobby. 

 

There was no property damage and no assaultive behavior was reported. 

 

After speaking with both side of the issue, the protesters agreed to leave the property and they left without incident.


 

 

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Big Rapids Public Schools to informational meeting about May ballot proposals

Officials at the Big Rapids Public School District is welcoming any local voter who has questions and  wants to learn more about the operating millage renewal and bond proposal on the May election ballot.

 

The event, to be held on Tuesday, at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids at 6:30pm is aimed to provide voters with information and answer questions.

 

Officials will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about the operating millage renewal that will allow BRPS to collect funds for teachers, staff, textbooks and classroom supplies.

 

BRPS will also be asking residents to approve a 2.35 mill bond proposal  ($2.35 for every $1,000 of taxable value). 

 

If approved, this bond will be used only for building renovations/upgrades/ technology upgrades around the Big Rapids Public Schools District. 

 

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Big Rapids man arraigned on meth charges

Bond was set at $150,000 for a Big Rapids man arraigned on drug charges.

 

34-year old Kenneth Leroy Rowley III is charged with one count of delivery of methamphetamine and one count of possession of meth.

 

The charges stem from an investigation by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety following an alleged incident in Big Rapids between April 10th and 13th.

 

Rowley III could face up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.

 

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Big Rapids Police looking for missing woman

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is looking for a missing woman and needs your help.

 

According to police, 27-year old Crystal Lousie Hawn was reported missing last Tuesday by her family.

 

Hawn is described as a white female, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

 

If you have seen Crystal, please call the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety at 231-527-0005.

 

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Big Rapids man arrested for domestic violence involving a gun

A 34-year old Big Rapids man was arrested Friday on a number of charges following an alleged domestic incident.

 

Police in Big Rapids say they were sent to a home on the 1100 block of Catherine Street for a domestic complaint involving a handgun.

 

Officers were able to locate the suspect leaving the scene.

 

After conducting a traffic stop, officers were able to locate the gun inside the car.

 

It was also learned by officers the Big Rapids man was under the influence of alcohol.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

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Baldwin woman hit and killed by car in Lake Co.

A Baldwin woman is dead after she was hit by a car in Lake County.

 

Deputies were called to the accident on U.S. 10 near Hawkins Road in Chase Township around 3:15 Saturday morning.

 

When police arrived, they found 32-year-old Christina Lynn Kunna dead at the scene.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed, Kunna was walking in the lane of traffic on US-10 when she was truck by a car being operated by a Evart man.  

 

The accident remains under investigation.

 

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Weight restrictions on Mecosta County roads to be lifted on Wednesday

The Mecosta County Road Commission will be lifting its seasonal weight restrictions on all county roads starting on Wednesday at 6am.

 

Weight restrictions only affect semi-trucks and some farming equipment.

 

For more information, contact the Mecosta County Road Commission at (231) 796-2611. 

 

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Anticipated Rain, cold spring weather forces cancellation of The BIG Event

The Ferris State University Student Government Association, organizers of The BIG Event, have been closely monitoring anticipated poor weather conditions forecasted for Saturday, April 14. Student organizers, in close communication with the Ferris administration, have made the difficult decision to cancel The BIG Event due to anticipated rainy, icy and cold weather.

 

As a result of the 2018 cancellation, organizers of The BIG Event plan to reach out to all community members who signed up to have their properties served by Ferris students.

 

We’re obviously very disappointed to have to cancel The BIG Event. We want to ensure everyone this difficult decision was made after careful consideration and considerable conversation,” said Bryanna Harlan, the 2018 director of The BIG Event. “We truly understand the importance of The BIG Event, in the Big Rapids community, and what it means to our students, faculty, staff and other volunteers who have made this the major community-service project it has become. The health and safety of our students is important. That safety factor played a major role in making the decision to cancel as we looked at the unfavorable weather conditions headed our way.”

 

Due to scheduling conflicts and other prior commitments, no makeup date will be scheduled for 2018. However, The BIG Event, the largest, student-run community service project in the state of Michigan, is expected to return in Spring 2019.

 

We’re committed to returning The BIG Event, next year's date is already scheduled for April 13, 2019 and we know students will be excited to participate in this great tradition of giving back, to the Big Rapids community, through volunteer service,” said Bobby Gill, the 2018-19 Student Government Association president. Previously, The BIG Event was postponed, in 2013, due to poor weather conditions.  Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Student Government office at (231) 591-2611 or visit The Big Event – Ferris State University Facebook page.

 

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Isabella Co. man arrested for looking at child porn at Walmart store

A man, who was allegedly looking at child porn on computers in a Walmart in Mount Pleasant, is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says employees at the Walmart noticed Timothy Powers on their demo computers for long periods of time over several days.

 

When they checked the browser history , they found several child pornography websites.

 

Powers is a registered sex offender.

 

Walmart is reportedly looking into how this happened, saying they have controls in place to prevent this from happening.

 

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Rep. Hoitenga against potential fee on kayak, canoe and paddle board owners

102nd District State House Representative Michele Hoitenga says she's disappointed with one committee's recommendation that would levy a fee on canoe, kayak and paddle board owners in the state.

 

Under a recent proposal by the Michigan State Waterways Commission it require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.

 

Hoitenga, said people should not be penalized for supporting Michigan’s tourism industry and enjoying the state’s natural resources.

 

Under the proposal, each watercraft would be charged a $10 fee for registration.

 

Many paddle enthusiasts believe the fee is especially unfair to those who own several kayaks, canoes or paddle boards.

 

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CMU Shooter deemed incompetent to stand trial

 

 

A hearing for a Central Michigan University student accused of murdering his parents in a dorm room has been postponed.

 

James Davis Jr. is undergoing treatment after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

 

Investigators say the 19-year old took his father's gun from the car and shot James and Diva Davis in early March inside of Campbell Hall.

 

Davis' attorney says the 19-year old man is undergoing treatment in an attempt to have him regain competency.

 

No date for a competency review has been scheduled.

 

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Icy roads the cause for two separate car accidents in Mecosta Co.

Icy road conditions Tuesday caused two car accidents in Mecosta County.

 

The first happened on southbound US-131 near 14 Mile Rd, deputies say a 20-year old female driver lost control on the road and struck several small trees. 

 

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

 

The second accident occurred on 15 Mile Rd near 165th Avenue.

 

Police say a 35-year old woman from Illinois was traveling westbound on 15 Mile Rd.

 

When she lost control of her car went off the road and struck a tree.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

 

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No laws broken when Sheriff left gun inside school locker room

A mid-Michigan Sheriff will not face criminal charges after leaving his gun in a school locker room.

 

The Mecosta County prosecutor's office determined Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main broke no laws when he left his backup gun at Shepard Middle School in March.

 

A student found the weapon and told a teacher.

 

Main apologized saying he was devastated with his lack of accountability.

 

Main used the locker room to change from street clothes into uniform and thought he put the gun back in his bag.

 

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MDEQ approves Nestle Waters ground water withdraw permit in Osceola Co.

Nestle Waters North American Incorporated has gotten the okay to pump more groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand.

 

Before, the company was permitted to withdraw 250 gallons a minute from an underground aquifer in Osceola County. Under the new plan, Nestle can increase that amount to 400 gallons per minute.

 

According to a press release, MDEQ President Heidi Grether said the review was a huge undertaking.

 

“The scope and detail of the department’s review of the Nestlé permit application represents the most extensive analysis of any water withdrawal in Michigan history,” said C. Heidi Grether, director of MDEQ.  “We are hopeful that whether residents agree with the Nestlé permitting decision or not, they will acknowledge and respect the work that MDEQ staff did to thoroughly and conscientiously apply the law in reviewing the permit.”

 

Nestle now has to prepare a monitoring plan. There is public outrage generated by the fact Nestle gets the groundwater for nothing more than a 200-dollar per year permit.

 

“In full transparency, the majority of the public comments received were in opposition of the permit, but most of them related to issues of public policy which are not, and should not be, part of an administrative permit decision. We cannot base our decisions on public opinion because our department is required to follow the rule of law when making determinations,” Grether added.

 

The plan is tied up in the courts.

 

Osceola Township has appealed an earlier decision that would allow Nestle to build a new pumping station despite it being zoned agricultural.

 

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