Thousands still without power in West-Central Michigan

Thousands are still without power in West-Central Michigan this morning because of heavy rain and thunderstorms that swept through the area late Wednesday. Consumers Energy officials say over 38-hundred residents are without power in Montcalm County, 324 customers in Isabella County are powerless and only 83 customers in Mecosta County are without electricity. A Consumers Spokesperson says they hope to have power restored by late afternoon today but some in the hardest hit areas may not receive electricity until Saturday or Sunday.

Child porn charges against Reed City man dropped

Child pornography charges have been dropped against a Reed City man in Osceola Co. 36-year old Sean Conrad was originally charged with four counts of child pornography in February. Conrad pled guilty to a lesser charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He will now serve 12 months probation and have to complete 100 hours of community service.

Wildfire officials warn residents to be safe when using fireworks

With warm, dry conditions expected in many parts of the state over the next few weeks, Michigan Wildfire Prevention Officials plan to step up their annual campaign for consumers to use extreme caution with fireworks just ahead of fourth of July celebrations. The campaign, according to DNR Wildfire Prevention Specialist Paul Kollmeyer, has taken on added importance this year because of the new "michigan fireworks safety act," which now allows consumers to purchase and use devices such as bottle rockets, sky lanterns and roman candles.

Michigan State Police arrest Evart High School Principal

Michigan State Troopers have arrested Evart High School Principal Alan Kullman. The criminal investigation follows Kullman's request for a leave of absence on May 29th, with no further explanation on the indefinite departure. Charges have not yet been released, Kullman is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Oceola County's 77th District Court.

Amber Alert for 13 year old missing child

There is an Amber Alert out for the missing child Brandy T Gray. She was last seen at her home yesterday around 1:30am in El Dorado, Kansas. Gray is 13 years old, 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, has brown eyes, dyed black hair, and was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans, and white shoes. The Michigan Intelligence Operations Center says Brandy Gray was allegedly abducted by 20-year-old Kenneth Stewart McGill. McGill is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 139 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Hoekstra clarifies comments about President Obama

U.S. Senate candidate, Republican Pete Hoekstra is defending his comments about the creation of a national office to vet political candidates. Hoekstra says he's not trying to re-ignite the "birther" controversy, but that he's trying to prevent future fires.

State Troopers arrest sex offender for possession of child pornography

Michigan State Troopers from the Cadillac Post arrested 51-year-old Richard Laymond Flynn today on a 10 count felony warrant for possession of child pornography, making him a 2nd time habitual offender. The investigation began from a tip regarding a possible violation of the sex offender registry act. Flynn was arrested for a violation of the registry act and additional investigation led to the additional charges when Troopers found child pornographic material on his computer. Flynn was arraigned in Wexford County's 84th District Court and his bond is set at $50,000 cash.

Update: State Police continue search for Morley fugitive

Michigan State Police continue the search for Alan Steven Phelps, the 35-year-old Morley resident who led police on a high speed chase and caused a collision in Montcalm County Wednesday night. Several officers surrounded a house in southern Mecosta County Thursday afternoon utilizing State Police aviation and K-9 units where they thought Phelps was located, but he was not found. There are no indicators that Phelps is armed, but he is considered to be dangerous due to his assaultive history. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Phelps is asked to call 911 immediately.

Police enforce spring click it or ticket campaign

Beginning Monday, nearly 160 law enforcement agencies across Michigan will join the nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign by conducting seat belt enforcement patrols and ticketing unbelted motorists. The annual spring campaign runs through June 3rd. State police say Michigan has one of the highest seat belt use rates in the nation, with 94.5% of drivers and front seat passengers buckling up in 2011. This is down from the record-high use rate of 97.9% in 2009.

West-Central Michigan has second biggest decline in homelessness in state

A new report shows the number of Michigan residents who were homeless in 2011 was lower than the year before. The report, presented by Leaders of Michigan’s campaign to end homelessness, shows that there were 6,143 fewer Michigan residents who were homeless for any part of 2011 than who were homeless during 2010. According to data compiled by the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness, a total of 94,033 people were homeless in Michigan sometime in 2011, that was down six percent from 100,176 in 2010. Homelessness declined in six of the eight regions in Michigan.

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