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Police in Osceola County believe alcohol is a factor in a two vehicle crash last night on Mackinaw Trail and 18 Mile Rd in LeRoy Township.

 

Deputies say a 60-year old woman from the LeRoy area was flown by Aeromed, her condition is unknown at this time while the other driver involved a 59-year old man from the Big Rapids area was treated and released at the scene.

 

The crash investigation is still ongoing.

 

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The "Click it or Ticket" campaign has resumed for the Memorial Day holiday period.

 

Police departments, sheriff's offices and the Michigan State Police will all participate through June 3 in an attempt to reduce serious injuries and deaths on the roads by observing that motorists are using their seat belts.

 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association said more than half of young adults 18 to 34 that were killed in crashes in 2016 were unrestrained.

 

During the Memorial Day holiday period in 2017, 10 people died in traffic crashes in the state of Michigan.

 

 

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A Stanwood woman was sent to the hospital Monday following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on Northland Drive near Lincoln Road.

 

Deputies say a 62-year old Stanwood woman was traveling southbound on Northland Drive when she was waiting to make a left turn onto Lincoln Road.

 

A passenger car passed on the right side of the road causing a truck driven by a 48 -year old Blanchard man to lock up the brakes on the wet pavement and rear end the car.

 

The woman was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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A 22-year old Evart man was killed over the weekend after he was struck by to vehicles in Kent County.

 

Nicholas Martin was walking along an unlit area of Lincoln Lake Road when he was struck by a southbound vehicle at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

 

According to Kent County Sheriff's Deputies, a 17-year-old from Greenville traveling southbound in a 2003 Chevy Cavalier struck Martin.

 

A second vehicle was witnessed hitting Martin and failed to stop following the crash.

 

The accident is still under investigation. 

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A police chase in Mecosta County over the weekend ended when a passenger in the suspects vehicle jumped out and injured themselves.

 

It happened Saturday night in Morley on 3 Mile Road near 145th Street.

 

Deputies say when they tried to arrest the driver, a 21-year old man, he resisted and fled in his vehicle.

 

During the chase, a passenger of the fleeing vehicle jumped out the window, the vehicle ran off the road and crashed about a half mile away from the initial traffic stop location.

 

The driver fled on foot and was later located and arrested on several charges, the passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

 

 

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A Burton man was flown by areomed to a Grand Rapids area hospital for treatment following a vehicle accident in Osceola County.

 

It happened on M-115 near 100th Ave in Highland Twp, that's where deputies were called to a rollover accident.

 

An Investigation into the accident scene determined that the driver was southeast bound on M-115 in a pick-up when he left the roadway and rolled his vehicle.

 

The 23-year old Burton man's condition is unknown at this time.

 

Speed is believed to be a factor.

 

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Three people were injured, two critically, after a rollover crash in west Michigan Sunday afternoon.

 

It happened in Ensley Township in Newaygo County when state police say the driver of a Jeep didn't stop at a stop sign and hit a pickup truck, causing it to roll over.

 

Both drivers were critically injured. One was thrown from their vehicle.

 

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Michigan voters may not get a chance to vote on legalizing pot if the top Senate Republican at the state Capitol has his way.

 

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is drafting a plan in which lawmakers would approve the legalization of marijuana, thus preventing it from going on the November ballot.

 

Then lawmakers would amend the law to include a rollback of the state income tax rate to 3.9%.

 

Meekhof is expected to brief his Senate colleagues behind closed doors today.

 

Even if the Senate approves, the proposal would still need state House approval.

 

Political experts say having the marijuana proposal on the ballot would bring more democratic voters to the polls.

 

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A Rockford woman got into a car accident after looking for her phone while driving in Mecosta County.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the 21-year old driver was traveling northbound on US-131 near 13 Mile Rd.

 

While looking at her phone, she swerved off the road into the median, lost control and rolled.

 

The Rockford woman was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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A second victim has come forward accusing a Farmington Hills man of sexual assault while he was the manager of Tullymore Resort in 2016.

 

34-year old Daniel Carlson was arraigned on a number of new charges including, first and third degree criminal sexual conduct and sexual assault of an incapacitated victim.

 

The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in March of 2016 at the Tullymore Resort.

 

Carleson posted $125,000 bond and is currently awaiting trial on felony charges from a October 2016 assault that allegedly occurred at the Tullymore Resort as well.


 

 

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Voters in the Big Rapids Public and Morley-Stanwood Community School Districts passed its proposed annual operating millage renewals during Tuesday's election.

 

However, it was a new bond proposal by BRPS that had everyone talking in recent weeks.

 

Voters approved the 2.35 mill bond proposal by only 68 votes; 1,313-1,245.

 

With the approval by voters, $2.35 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value will be levied per year in order to pay for renovations/upgrades to current buildings and athletic facilities as well as upgrading technology in the BRPS district.

 

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A 19-year old Marlette woman was injured after a rollover accident in Mecosta County's Fork Township.

 

Deputies say the 19-year old woman was driving westbound on 20 Mile Rd east of 10th Ave when she swerved to avoid striking a deer which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and roll.

 

She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

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A Weidman man is dead following a motorcycle accident Tuesday.

 

It happened in Isabella County's Coldwater Township on North Brinton Rd at North County Line.

 

Michigan State Police say a preliminary investigation determined a motorcycle ran off the road and a 59-year old Weidman man died as a result of this crash.

 

The crash is still under investigation.

 

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Fire investigators will go back to the scene of a wildfire that took place in Newaygo County Tuesday evening to figure out how it started.   

 

Officials say Cooler temperatures and less wind helped the flames die down on the west side of Bills Lake near M-82 but 105 acres still burned.

 

Two homes in the area were evacuated on the south side of M-82, and 15 structures were threatened, but none were lost to the fire.

 

No injuries were reported.

 

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A 49-year old Sparta man was sent to the hospital following a car accident in Mecosta County.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 just north of 11 Mile Rd in Mecosta Township.

 

Deputies believe fatigue was a factor in this accident.

 

They say the Sparta man was traveling northbound when he left the road and overturned his vehicle.

 

He suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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A northern Michigan doctor, who was facing charges, of criminal sexual conduct, was found dead in Montcalm County.

 

Deputies reportedly found his vehicle and the body of Steven Scranton was not far away.

 

They do not suspect foul play in his death.

 

He had been charged with several counts of sexual misconduct involving female patients.

 

He had been free on bond and was awaiting trial.

 

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A group is trying to stop Nestle Waters North America from pumping more Osceola County groundwater for its Ice Mountain brand. 

 

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation said Wednesday that it's preparing a petition for a contested case against Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality, which approved Nestle's application to remove 400 gallons of water per minute from an Osceola Township aquifer.

 

The group says the DEQ will get the administrative challenge within 60 days.

 

The conservation group says the DEQ has "clearly bent the law to favor Nestle" by granting the permit before the company could provide "real data" on the consequences of withdrawing the additional water.

 

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No charges will be filed in the death of a 1-year-old girl who died in February after she wandered into standing water in her family's backyard in Montcalm County.

 

Prosecutor Andrea Krause determined that none of the elements of a crime could have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. She called the child's death a "very tragic accident."

 

The toddler was found dead February 21st in standing water from rains and snow that melted in her backyard near Sheridan.

 

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40 protesters left peacefully from the Ice Mountain Bottling Plant in Stanwood Monday afternoon following a call to police.

 

According to the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office,  deputies arrived on scene and were met by multiple protesters exiting the lobby entrance.

 

Protesters were there to speak with Ice Mountain regarding the permit to pump more water in Osceola County as well as the Flint water crisis. 

 

Deputies also spoke with plant personnel and were advised that no protesters made it past the lobby. 

 

There was no property damage and no assaultive behavior was reported. 

 

After speaking with both side of the issue, the protesters agreed to leave the property and they left without incident.


 

 

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Officials at the Big Rapids Public School District is welcoming any local voter who has questions and  wants to learn more about the operating millage renewal and bond proposal on the May election ballot.

 

The event, to be held on Tuesday, at Artworks in downtown Big Rapids at 6:30pm is aimed to provide voters with information and answer questions.

 

Officials will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have about the operating millage renewal that will allow BRPS to collect funds for teachers, staff, textbooks and classroom supplies.

 

BRPS will also be asking residents to approve a 2.35 mill bond proposal  ($2.35 for every $1,000 of taxable value). 

 

If approved, this bond will be used only for building renovations/upgrades/ technology upgrades around the Big Rapids Public Schools District. 

 

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