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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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Housing rates for students at Ferris State University will not be going up next school year however dining rates will be increasing a tick.

 

During its meeting last week FSU  Board of Trustees set dining and housing rates for students at $10,042 an increase from last year of 1.5%.

 

Trustees also approved a final general fund operating budget, $209.1 million, and a final housing and dining budget, $32.1 million, for the 2019 fiscal year.

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A third suspect was arraigned in connection to last week's suspected arsons in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

20-year old Derek Austin Keeler of Sparta was charged with three counts of third-degree arson. If convicted, he faces up to a decade behind bars.

 

Keeler's co defendants 18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris,of Morley, and 32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III, of Howard City, all face the same charges in connection to allegedly setting fires to three different structures around Mecosta County's Deerfield Township as well as an area in Montcalm County.

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A Morley woman has now been charged in the suspected arsons and break-ins around Mecosta County and Montcalm County.

 

The crimes took place this past Monday.

 

18-year old Jacquelynn Mae Harris, was charged with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

If convicted, Harris faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

Her bond was set at $150,000.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III of Howard City was arraigned Tuesday on the same charges however due to previous convictions in Mecosta and Newaygo Counties, he's also been charged as a habitual offender.

 

His bond was set at $500,000.

 

A third suspect, a 20-year old Howard City man is still waiting to be charged.

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A Howard City man was arraigned in Mecosta County on multiple arson's in Mecosta and Montcalm Counties.

 

32-year old Theodore Cosnowski III was charged Tuesday with three counts of third-degree arson.

 

He's also charged with being a habitual offender fourth offense due to previous convictions in Newaygo County and Mecosta County.

 

Warrants have also been issued for an 18-year-old woman from Morley and a 20-year-old man from Howard City in connection to the crimes.

 

They also allegedly tried to break into an occupied home.

 

The incidents occurred in Deerfield Township in Mecosta County and Reynolds and Winfield townships in Montcalm County.

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We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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We have an update to a story we reported to you about the structure fires around the Morley area here in Mecosta County and in northern Montcalm County Monday morning.

 

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they have a suspect in custody.

 

Detective Drew Neilsen says deputies arrested a 32-year old Howard City man in connection to the Deerfield Township arson's.

 

The suspect's name is being withheld pending arraignment.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30am Monday morning at the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley. Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

No one was injured in the fires.

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Authorities are investigating if arson was involved in four separate fires this morning along the Mecosta/Montcalm County lines.

 

Officials say the first fire started at a barn around 4:30 a.m. the 14000 block of Washington Road, just east of Morley.

 

Then around 5:10 a.m. authorities received reports of a fully-engulfed trailer fire in the 11000 block of N. Green Road. There are also reports of fires near the intersection of 150th Avenue and Washington Road as well as near 160th Avenue and Eisenhower Road.

 

So far, there are no reports of injuries.

 

Law enforcement is currently investigating.

 

We will have more on this story as it becomes available.

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After two days of voting, the Ferris State Faculty Association concluded it has “No Confidence” in Ferris Leadership, specifically President David Eisler.

 

Following that vote, The university responded with a statement:

This recent action taken by the Ferris Faculty Association has no legal merit. The vote is a common tactic routinely used to pressure the University during negotiations. The University is looking forward to resuming negotiations next week with the FFA. We remain hopeful that a tentative agreement can be reached soon.”

 

450 members of the FFA have been without a contract for the last four weeks.

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A Stanton woman is dead following a car accident Saturday night in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on  Sidney Road near Hillman Road.

 

Michigan State Police say a Stanton woman was heading east on Sidney Road trying to pass a vehicle when she hit a westbound vehicle head-on.

 

The Stanton woman died in the crash.

 

A Greenville woman and her 10-month-old son were in the other vehicle.

 

Neither of them were hurt.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

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A Reed City Couple is recovering after a car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. north of 19 Mile Rd. in Green Twp.

 

Deputies say a south bound vehicle (driven by a 38 year old man from Reed City) was slowing down for a vehicle that was in front of it when a another south bound vehicle (driven by a 47 year old male from Big Rapids) struck it from behind. 

 

The Reed City man and his female passenger (also from Reed City) were taken to the hospital by ambulance for minor, non-life threatening injuries.

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An elderly Sanford couple is dead following a car accident in Isabella County.

 

It happened Monday morning at the intersection of Leaton and Pere Marquette Road.

 

Police say an 81-year-old man and 83-year-woman were pronounced dead at the scene. They say the Sanford couple’s car was hit by a Chevy Trailblazer which did not stop at a stop sign.

 

The driver and passenger in the trailblazer were taken to the hospital for injuries but are expected to survive.

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Sad situation in Fork Township where a father accidentally ran over his one year old son with his truck.  

 

It happened in Barryton around 8pm last night, Mecosta Co. Deputies say the 35-year old father was backing out of the garage at their residence when he struck the child.

 

Police say the child was flown to Helen DeVos Children's hospital in Grand Rapids where he's listed in serious condition.

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Noraine Scarpelli of Chicago, Illinois, age 92, passed away in Georgetown, Texas on September 6, 2018. Her husband Eugene Scarpelli preceded her in death. She is survived by her children Jeff Scarpelli and Noraine Eberlin, their spouses Diane Scarpelli and Jim Eberlin; grandchildren Gordon Eberlin, David Eberlin and his wife Sarah, Brian Scarpelli and his wife Rebecca, Maureen Scarpelli, JT Scarpelli and Joanna Scarpelli; great-grandchildren Sadie Eberlin (David and Sarah) and Daniel Scarpelli (Brian and Rebecca).
A visitation and viewing will be held at 10 a.m. on September 12 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W 94th St. in Oak Lawn. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Gravesite interment will follow immediately at Bethania Cemetery, 7701 South Archer Ave, Justice, Il. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Paul Lutheran School, 4660 W 94th St. Oak Lawn, Il 60453. 
 

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The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for those affected that have Great Lakes Energy as a provider, 773 are without electricity. No timetable for restoration yet.  

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The string of heavy thunderstorms and winds that swept through the area last night has left just 4,200 home and businesses without power this morning in Mecosta Co.

 

Consumer Energy Officials say crews have been assigned to the affected areas, power is expected to be restored by the latest Friday at 11:30pm.

As for Great Lakes Energy customers, 773 are without power currently. there is no time for restoration yet. 

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