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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A Montcalm County boy is dead after falling from a trailer and being hit by its wheels while trick-or-treating last night.

 

Michigan State Police say a group of kids were being taken around Sheridan by a tractor that was pulling an aluminum trailer and the ten year-old boy fell from it and was run over by its wheels.

 

He was taken to the hospital, but did not make it.

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It's Halloween and tonight streets will be filled with little ghosts, goblins and witches trick-or-treating.

 

To ensure this Halloween is safe for our children, authorities offer these safety tips:

 

Stay in groups

 

Costumes should be well-fitting and flame resistant 

 

Always test makeup

 

Remember to look both ways before crossing the street

 

Examine all treats before eating 

 

Stay on the sidewalk 

 

Avoid dark houses 

 

Flashlights and glow sticks for visibility

 

Enjoy with caution

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Officials from the Village of Mecosta received a donation of $10,000 from Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) to support the construction of a new community well in Bromley Park.

 

The donation will fund the cost of drilling the well, and Nestle Waters will also have contract with an environmental engineering firm to support the Village in obtaining the necessary permits and help oversee the project.

 

“We are very grateful to Nestlé Waters North America for their generosity. Their financial contributions will provide a much-needed source of water for residents and visitors who utilize Bromley Park,” said Steven Bishop, President of the Village of Mecosta. “The company has been a long-time supporter of the Village, through water donations and event sponsorships and we greatly appreciate their continued commitment.”

 

Mecosta Revitalization, a local volunteer group, was instrumental in securing Nestle Waters participation in the project.

 

The project is scheduled to begin this month with a planned completion date of spring 2019.

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A 20-year old Mecosta County man was arrested on sex crime charges.

 

Elmer J. Miller of Morley was charged this week with one felony count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

The charge stems from an alleged incident that took place August 21st.

 

Miller's bond was set at $50,000 and he was ordered not have contact with the victim.

 

He's expected to be back in court next month.

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A Comstock Park woman is recovering after falling asleep behind the wheel and crashing her car into some trees in Mecosta County this morning.

 

Deputies say it happened a little after 5am.

 

They say the 51-year old driver was traveling northbound on US-131 near 21 Mile Rd in Green Township, when she fell asleep, left the road and crashed into a ravine and into several trees.

 

The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries, she was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment.

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Ferris State University has received a $1.2 million grant to establish a program that will help low-income students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines.

 

The grant from the National Science Foundation with help the school's Sustainable, Scalable Scholarships, Opportunities, Achievements and Results program.

 

The program's goal is to not only increase STEM enrollment, but to increase retention and graduation rates.

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48-year old Randall Robert Jensen will be officially charged this afternoon in Mecosta County 77th District Court for his involvement in the shooting death of 47-year old John Mast of Stanwood. 

 

According to detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, police received a call about a man (Mast) who was shot multiple times outside of a bar in the village of Morley around 11pm Saturday night.  

 

An investigation centered around Randall Jensen as the shooter.

 

Police arrested Jensen without incident Sunday afternoon. 

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Deputies at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office have identified the three people involved in the theft of a flat screen TV and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday evening.

 

Police say the identities of the suspects will be released once they are arrested and arraigned on charges.

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Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

 

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The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man they say is suspected of stealing a flat screen television and a sound bar from the Walmart store in Big Rapids Township Tuesday Evening.

 

Police say after the theft the unknown male suspect got into a light green colored Jeep Liberty which was occupied by two unknown females.

 

The vehicle then left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles.

 

The suspect's were last seen traveling West on Perry Ave towards US 131.

 

Deputies are in need of assistance in identifying the three subjects involved in the theft. Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is urged to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office, and ask for Deputy Tanner. 

 

The suspect in question is described as a white male approximately 6'2" wearing a vest during the theft. The female driver of the vehicle was only described as a white female with Brown hair.

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General Motors will begin offering what it calls an "industry first" optional extended bumper-to-bumper warranty.

 

Unlike service contracts now offered by dealers, the GM deal will extend the vehicle's actual manufacturers warranty.

 

Chevrolet and GMC customers can pay to extend their warranties to five years or sixty thousand miles. Buick and Cadillac customers will be offered warranties that extend to six years or seventy thousand miles.

 

GM says the deal will also improve the resale value of the vehicles, because the warranty will stay with the vehicle after it's sold.

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Deputies in Mecosta County say alcohol and careless driving played a factor in a car crash in Austin Township Saturday morning.

 

Police say an Investigation showed that the vehicle was doing donuts in the intersection on 170th Ave south of 8 Mile Rd before striking the stop sign.

 

The 21-year old driver from Big Rapids then continued southbound doing burn outs, lost control and struck a tree.

 

The passengers, a 22-year old woman from White Cloud, a 26-year old Stanwood man and a 22-year old Conklin woman all suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at SHBR. 

 

The driver had very minor injuries.

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Hilhof Dairy Farm of Hersey is voluntarily recalling some of its milk because of a testing issue.

 

No illnesses have been reported, according to a press release.

 

The recall is due to the products not being tested by a state-approved analyst, which is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation.

 

The recalled products are packaged in glass bottles and include skim, 2 percent, heavy cream and chocolate milk lots with best-by dates of 10/12 through 10/26, and whole milk with a use-by date of 10/12.

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