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.

Active meth lab discovered in Osceola Co.

An active meth lab was busted yesterday by the Traverse Narcotics Team in Osceola County. Officials from TNT say they discovered a one pot meth cooker and several firearms at a home in Dighton. Four people were at the residence at the time of the bust. They say one arrest was made and there could be more in the future. We'll have more on this story when it becomes available.

Gov. Snyder reacts to political analyst's prediction of vice presidency

Governor Rick Snyder says reports about him possibly being asked to be a vice presidential candidate is purely speculation and he's happy being governor of Michigan. The governor said Friday that he's most concerned now about the progress for Michigan. However, the governor also refused to fully remove himself from the race. On Thursday, a columnist in Florida, where the republican convention will be, predicted that Governor Snyder would be the republican vice presidential nominee.

Two West Michigan men arraigned in multi-million dollar ponzi scheme

Two West Michigan men accused of running a nine-million dollar ponzi scheme were in an Ottawa County court Thursday for a preliminary examination. The attorney general's office says 59-year old Jeffrey Ripley of Sparta and 60-year old Danny Vanliere of Kentwood ran the ponzi scheme between July 2006 and this past January through their company, API Worldwide Holdings, by selling fake securities. An investigation revealed at least 140 elderly victims who were allegedly defrauded of amounts ranging from $3,000 to $600,000 each. It's alleged that some victims lost their life savings. (MRN)

Rick Snyder for Vice President?

Could Michigan Governor Rick Snyder be considered a possible vice presidential candidate? A column on the opinion page at 'Tampa-Bay online' says it could happen. Chris Ingram, a republican consultant, writes that Michigan’s delegation at the upcoming republican convention got one of the best hotel locations, and such things are apparently a message when it comes to playing favorites. Ingram also writes that Snyder has delivered on campaign promises, he's revamped business taxes, and he won Michigan’s gubernatorial election by a wide margin.

Bill introduced in State House would make level 1& 2 drivers using cell phones a secondary offense

A separate bill similar to Kelsey's Law has been introduced in the State House. The difference in the new bill is that teen drivers with a level 1 or 2 license would be committing a secondary offense if they are using a cell phone while driving. Founder of Kelsey's Law Bonnie Raffaele shares her thoughts, "I really want this to be a primary offense. If it was a secondary offense, the police officer would have to have another reason to pull someone over.

House Committee approves bill for ORV usage

Off road vehicles could be allowed to operate on certain roads in Michigan, under a bill approved by a house committee Tuesday. The legislation effectively enables local governments to designate the shoulders of certain roads for ORV use. Current law only allows certain counties to authorize ORV use on the shoulders for roads. Supporters of the bill say it makes it easier for ORV users to go to and from ORV trails. However the County Road Association opposes the bill, saying it will mean damage to road shoulders, ditches and personal property. (MRN)

Snyder to host online town hall meeting Wednesday

Governor Rick Snyder will host another online town hall meeting Wednesday afternoon. Snyder says residents can submit questions in advance on the state website at Michigan.gov/townhall or by calling 517-335-7858. You also can post questions to the governor on Twitter at @onetoughnerd using the hash tag, #askgovsnyder. The event will be streamed live Wednesday at 12:15 pm on the governor's interactive Livestream account at livestream.com/snyderlive. (MRN)


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