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Grand Rapids area man dies in Mecosta Co. car crash

A 57-year old Grand Rapids-area man has died after a crash along U.S. 131.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Department says 57-year old Fred Bender Junior of Sparta was killed when the pickup truck he was in went into the median of the freeway and rolled over Sunday morning.

 

The driver of the pickup, identified as 65-year old Steven Spring of Norton Shores was rescued from the truck and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

 

An investigation is underway to determine what caused the crash.

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Osceola Co. Sheriff: 17-year old passenger dead; 17-year old driver arrested following car crash

Sad news out of Osceola County this morning as a 17-year old man from Tustin was killed in a car accident and another 17-year old from LeRoy was arrested.

 

It happened early Saturday morning just after 2am on Mackinaw Trail near 160th Avenue in Sherman Township. The reporting person had stated that nobody was around the vehicle.

 

Sheriff Ed Williams said in a press release, upon arrival deputies found a tan 2004 Toyota Camry had went off the road and overturned and the driver and his parents were on scene removing items from the vehicle. The driver was a 17-year old from Leroy.

 

At 3:17am deputies and an ambulance were dispatched to a house on 20 Mile Road near 160th Ave for a 17-year old having medical problems. Lifesaving measures were attempted on scene and the 17-year old male from Tustin died prior to arrival at the Hospital.

 

Ongoing investigation has revealed that the two incidents were connected and the 17-year old driver from Leroy was arrested and lodged at the Osceola County Jail for Operating Intoxicated causing death.

This investigation is ongoing and alcohol, speed, and seat belts are believed to be factors.

 

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would like to express their condolences and prayers to the family of the deceased during this tragic event.

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BR Police: Rumors of threats not based on facts; BRMS to have extra security Wednesday as a safety precaution

Police in Big Rapids are currently investigating rumors of a threat to Big Rapids Middle School. 

 

A letter was sent out to students’ parents Tuesday.

 

The school says the threat was reported by students who ride the Big Rapids School Bus System.

 

After looking into the complaint, the school says it found no evidence to suggest the threat was real.

 

But school officials and police will be beefing up safety measures today.

 

The school says extra security will be at the school throughout the day. In addition, doors will be secured during the school day as well.

 

A statement from Big Rapids Deaprtment of Public Safety was released on its Facebook page recently about the recent rumors: 

 

"The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is currently investigating the rumored threats and we will continue to work with the Big Rapids Middle School to ensure that students and our community remains safe. Our current belief that the rumored threats to the Big Rapids Middle School are not based in any facts; however, we will take every precaution as law enforcement to ensure that the Big Rapids community, families and students feel safe to learn and grow while at school."

 

If you have any information about this issue, you’re asked to call Big Rapids Police at 231-527-0005. Questions can be directed to the Big Rapids Middle School at 231.796.9965 or its central office at 231.796.2627.

 

The letter to BRMS parents from BRPS Administration is attached below.

 

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Big Rapids man arraigned on sex crime charges

 

Detectives at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say a Big Rapids man was arraigned on felony charges following an investigation into allegations into alleged sex crimes. 

 

Detective Drew Nielsen says 38-year old Kenneth Lee Bishop was charged with four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct with multiple variables on November 15th in Mecosta County 77th District Court.  

 

Bishop remains in jail on $75,000 pending further court action. 

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State Police looking for Newaygo Co. larceny suspect

 

Michigan State Police say they need your help finding a man suspected of multiple car break-ins around Newaygo County.

 

Troopers say the male suspect stole multiple items from a car in Ensley Township during the beginning of November.

 

They say it happened near E. 136th St. and S. Elm Ave.

 

If you recognize this person or know anything about the thefts, call   MSP Trooper Dawson Hart Post 231-873-2171 or Newaygo Central Dispatch at (231) 689-5288.

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View Mecosta County election results here!

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Deer baiting bill approved in State House; moves to Senate for consideration

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga’s plan to end the ban on baiting deer and elk in Michigan was approved today by the State House Tuesday 57-49.

 

Hoitenga said the ban – issued by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission in August 2018 amid concerns about the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD) – is hurting outdoor enthusiasts and local businesses.

 

Baiting is a method that hunters have relied on for generations, and there’s absolutely no evidence it contributes to the spread of disease,” Hoitenga said. “It’s silly for the NRC to ban hunters from scattering apples around their deer blinds when every day deer graze on apples that fall off trees in nature.”

 

The plan, House Bill 4687, would allow people to engage in baiting during open seasons on deer and elk in Michigan.

 

The ban is doing more harm than good by chasing hunting families away from the sport,” Hoitenga said. “The revenue generated from hunting licenses helps support conservation efforts carried out by the DNR, and hunting enthusiasts play a crucial role in supporting our state’s northern and rural economies.”

 

Last year, hunting and fishing license sales made up 20 percent of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ entire annual budget, equal to $83.5 million. These funds were used to aid the recovery of endangered and threatened species, including restoring thousands of acres of habitat and wetlands.

According to one recent study, 171,000 jobs are created and supported annually across Michigan by hunting and fishing activity. Hunting generates around $8.9 billion in economic impact, the study said.

 

The bill now moves to the State Senate for consideration. 

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Young Team, Winning Attitude: Mohawk Volleyball looking to go the distance

With clinching the Central State Activities Association, the Morley Stanwood Mohawks moved to 12-0 in conference play and hold a 28-6-1 record going into district play.  

The Mohawks ended their regular season play with a win over Hesperia and in turn led to the Mohawks winning the CSA silver with and undefeated record in conference play. The Mohawks have only lost one match in conference play while winning 34 and holding an 81.4-win percentage.  

Senior Mohawk Ryleigh Newton said, “it’s really big for us because we’ve always had tough competition and it was a goal for us to go undefeated in our conference.” 

Outside the conference the Mohawks have won 70 sets and only lost 16 and are on a for game win streak. They are also ranked 9th in their class, 81st in the state, and even nationally ranked at 2863rd.  

Head Coach Robin Kozuch said, “they don’t take any team lightly because the game is so much highs and lows, you have to stay fired up or it’s the end of your season and I believe the girls realize that if they don’t give it their all then they’re done.” 

The Morley Stanwood volleyball team is full of young talent with three sophomore, five juniors, and their three senior leaders. Kozuch said that her three seniors are huge players for the team, but the younger kids have really grown and developed as well.  

“The biggest thing is from the leadership of the seniors this year, they are three really nice girls, they take the rest of the team under their wing even kids that we brought up that are younger they are all great mentors and very positive and nurturing, but they still push each other and I hope this keeps the young girls to be like them moving forward," Kozuch said. "I feel like this team has really gelled very well, they perform well, they are great athletes and we’ve had that a lot of years in the past as well but I feel like it really takes a family and a cohesiveness to be successful down the stretch.” 

Both Kozuch and Morley senior Breanna Berry said that this past summer the entire team went to a volleyball camp in Caledonia. Berry said that the camp was very challenging and that the girls were not allowed to have their phones for the entire week. 

“To see how hard the girls pushed and persevered through that tough summer camp that we went to and bond together is such an amazing memory and I’d like to keep that tradition going because it was awesome,” Kozuch said.  

Morley senior Jaidyn Schmitt said that she is pumped for post season action since it's her last year and would love for her team to go the distance. Schmitt feels that her team can get past districts and make it to states because the team has worked very well together this year than ever before. Berry said that she agrees with her teammate and that she really loves the team chemistry and leadership from the younger girls.  

“I think we are doing really really good at communicating when we need it the most and just being there for each other to lift each other up,” Newton said. ““Coach knows what to say and when to say it for all of us girls, she knows all of our tendency's and what to do it fix things when we struggle which has helped a lot.” 

Kozuch said that she has really enjoyed being allowed to coach this group of girls and that she has seen them play well enough that she believes that this team could go all the way. Kozuch loves the communities support and loves the Mohawk family and that it continues to grow.  

The Morley Stanwood Mohawks will play in the first round of districts that start Monday November 4th at 6 p.m. against Lakeview on the Mohawks home court. If they win, they would play again on Wednesday November 6th at 7:30 p.m. with the championship game Thursday at 7 p.m. 

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Suspected drunk driving accident sends Remus man to hospital

Deputies with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office believe alcohol was a factor in a one car accident early Sunday morning.

 

It happened at the intersection of 35th Avenue and 8 Mile Road in Remus.

 

Deputies say the driver, a 29-year old Remus man, was traveling southbound on 35th Avenue when his vehicle went off of the roadway, striking a tree.

 

The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

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Police in Mecosta Co. looking for break-in suspect

Police in Mecosta County are looking for a suspect they say broke into a home and was confronted by the homeowner.

 

It happened on October 30th at a residence on 15 Mile Rd near 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp.

 

According to deputies, the suspect broke into the occupied residence and was confronted by the home owner. 

 

The suspect asked the homeowner to call 911 for a accident that didn't occur. 

 

The suspect left the scene while the home owner was calling 911.

 

No accident was found in the area. 

 

The suspect is described as white male, 5'11'-6'00, Thin build, blonde to sandy blonde hair, with a clean cut. 

 

The suspect is thought to be driving a red Jeep wrangler with a black top.   

 

Any tips can be reported to Mecosta County Sheriff's Office. 

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