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The Wexford County Animal Shelter is currently closed due to canine parvovirus. 

 

Shelter officials say they will not be able to accept any animals for a minimum of 14 days until the virus is cleared. 

 

"Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that can produce a life-threatening illness. The virus attacks rapidly dividing cells in a dog's body, most severely affecting the intestinal tract. Parvovirus also attacks the white blood cells, and when young animals are infected, the virus can damage the heart muscle and cause lifelong cardiac problem."

 

During this time, the animals currently held at the shelter will be monitored by shelter and veterinary staff for signs of the virus. Staff will also clean and sanitize the building to rid the shelter of the virus.

 

The shelter will advise when it is been cleared to accept animals again.
 

 

 

 

 

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A 29-year old Chicago woman is behind bars on felony charges of prescription drug fraud.

 

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office says the suspect, Simone P. Conner went to two pharmacies in the village of Edmore, giving pharmacists a fake name and tried to pay for a fake prescription with cash.

 

The second pharmacy called 911 and police then arrested her.

 

Conner is now in jail on $45,000 bond and charged with four felony and four misdemeanor charges.

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Big Country 100.9 continues to rack up large streaming audiences for the Big Rapids Football Cardinals

game.


 

The broadcast of the home Big Rapids Cardinals versus Tri-County Viking game on Friday September 9, 2019 drew 473 listeners who streamed the game. The Big Rapids Radio Network uses proprietary software to record streaming listeners which shows the operating systems in use. 352 listeners used an IOS operating system, 78 listeners used an Android system and 43 listeners listened on their desktops.


 

Big Rapids Radio Network Operations Director Erik Etchison commented “Our coverage of Big Rapids High School Football goes way beyond the typical local radio high school broadcasts. We have analysts in the booth who played football at Big Rapids High School and Ferris State University. Our weekly Coaches Corner interview with Coach Mike Selzer goes inside each game. Our weekly Cardinal Country podcast (Big Rapids Daily News, Apple podcast, Stitcher, Google Podcast, and Spotify) goes in depth with every Cardinal athletic team. Our downloadable apps make streaming accessible and easy to use on any device. When you listen to our entire weeks coverage of the games it’s great local radio.”

 

Big Country 100.9 WWBR is Mid Michigan’s most listened to radio station. Streaming listenership has

exploded. Over the last 30 days Big Country 100.9 tallied 3,198 listening sessions online. 1,449 of those

sessions via IOS, 1,056 via Android, 701 via Desktop and 11 using recent smart speaker technology

Amazon Alexa.

 

Edison Research 2018 estimates that 12% of a radio stations audience is streaming online. The

remaining 88% listen over the air.

 

The Big Rapids Cardinals travel to Fremont this week to take on the Packers. Big Country 100.9 will have the call starting at 6:45pm on Friday, September 13.

 

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A Gowen woman is dead following a two car accident in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on Johnson Road south of Sidney Road in Montcalm Township.

 

Deputies say 63-year old Ruby Hardin was traveling southbound on Johnson Road in a 2007 Chrysler Town and County while 18-year old Seth Davis, also from Gowen, was traveling northbound in a 2012 Dodge Charger. Hardin approached a curve in the road, which she failed to negotiate, and crossed the center of the road hitting Davis’ vehicle head-on.

Davis sustained minor injuries and sought his own treatment. Hardin was unconscious at the scene and was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services where she was pronounced deceased.

Both drivers wore seat belts and speed do not appear to have been a factor.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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There was a day long standoff in Iowa, but the man accused of assaulting his wife in Montcalm County's Sidney Township recently, Eric Kramer, has been arrested.

 

Kramer was stopped while driving in Iowa and Kramer pulled out a pistol and pointed it at his head. The highway 370 near the Iowa-Nebraska border was shut down as Iowa State Police negotiated with Kramer to give up the gun.

 

Troopers used tear gas and Kramer surrendered several hours later.

 

He's charged with being a fugitive from justice and a felon in possession of a firearm.

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One man is dead after he struck a tree with his vehicle in Mecosta County's Deerfield Township.

 

It happened Wednesday on 125th Ave near Jefferson Rd, police say a 37-year old Greenville man was traveling northbound on 125th Ave. when he ran off the road and struck a tree.

 

The Greenville man was ejected from the vehicle.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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More details have surfaced about the recent threat made against Ferris State University and other organizations.

 

Police have charged Arnold Holmes with making domestic terrorism threats and using a computer to commit a felony after they discovered several videos on YouTube that made threats against a university professor, the VA Hospital and others.

 

Bruce Borkovich, FSU Director of Public Safety said in a press release that DPS officers have dealt with Holmes before and had to kick him off campus in the spring.

 

Holmes is being held on a $1 million bond and could face up to 20 years in prison.

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Consumers Energy announced the emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Wednesday, August 28 at approximately 9:30 a.m.

 

The tests will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message. The public does not need to take any action during the tests. 

 

The siren systems are tested each August and December.

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Police believe alcohol was a factor in a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County earlier this morning.

 

It happened just after 2am in Mecosta Township, according to deputies a 29-year old Haslett man was traveling eastbound on 8 Mile Rd when he ran off the road, struck some trees, and hit an unoccupied parked truck in a parking lot.

 

The 29-year old man was taken to spectrum health Big Rapids hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

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A Reed City man faces up to 20 years in prison after being arraigned on charges connected to making terroristic threats in videos on social media against Ferris State University, local hospitals and a local VA office.

 

Michigan State Police says they became aware of the videos around 3am on 8/18/19. The Michigan Intelligence Operations Center was immediately engaged in the investigation, and the suspect was quickly identified. 

 

33-year old Arnold Holmes was charges with three felonies, threatening domestic terrorism, using a computer to commit a felony and using a telephone to commit a felony.

 

He's currently being held on one million dollars bond in the Osceola County Jail.

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With over 30 years of broadcasting Big Rapids High School football, the Big Rapids Radio Network is again excited to broadcast another special cardinals season on its station; Big Country 100.9 FM. 

 

Play by Play Announcer and BR Alum JT Scarpelli is back this season with new color commentator Jake Daugherty (BR & FSU Alum).

 

This will be Scarpelli's fifth year in the broadcast booth for the cardinals.

“I'm very excited for this season! Talking with Coach Selzer, there's a ton of opportunity for some younger guys to step up and make an impact. Go Cards!

 

As a Big Rapids High School alum and former Ferris State University Football player I am extremely excited to be in the broadcast booth with JT announcing games for the Cardinals this season on Big Country 100.9 FM.” Daughtery said. “As a former player in high school and in college I hope my knowledge of the game can bring a unique perspective to our listeners for the 2019 season.”

 

The 2019 varsity football for the cardinals begins at home on Thursday, Aug. 29th at 7pm against Sheperd.

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Owners of more than a half million small cars from Ford will have their warranties extended over a slew of problems related to their six-speed automatic transmission.

 

The extended warranties will be on 2014 through 2016 Focuses built before Nov. 5, 2015, as well as 2014 and 2015 Fiestas built before Oct. 15, 2014.

 

The problem is the transmissions can feel like they're slipping going into gear.

 

There has already been a string of lawsuits and complaints filed.

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Two women from Morley are recovering following a car accident in Montcalm County.

 

It happened at the intersection of Howard City-Edmore and Federal Roads, Reynolds Township.

 

An investigation revealed that a silver 2012 Chrysler was traveling north on Federal Road when it failed to stop for the traffic light at Howard City-Edmore Road. As the Chrysler entered the intersection, it collided with a white, westbound, Chevrolet truck. The collision caused the truck to lose control and leave the roadway striking a curb, a utility pole, and the control box for the traffic lights.

 

The two occupants of the Chrysler were not able to get out of the vehicle and had to be extricated.

 

Both the driver of the Chrysler, a 54 year old woman from Morley, and her passenger an 87-year old woman from Morley, were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

The driver of the truck, a 48-year old man from Hudsonville and his 19-year old son had minor injuries.

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A Mecosta man is dead after drowning in Chippewa Lake, Monday.

 

Sheriff Deputies say 66-year old Kenneth Allen Roebuck was swimming near the southern portion of the lake when a potential medical issue caused him to go under.

 

Nearby swimmers saw Roebuck having difficulty and retrieved him from the water, performed CPR but it was unsuccessful and he died at the scene.

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Charges have been brought against a 56-year-old Big Rapids man for multiple felonies for distributing child sexually abusive materials.

 

Attorney General Dana Nessel's charges include 12 felony counts on Jason Edward Straley after a search warrant on his home and seized numerous electronic devices containing thousands of images.

 

“Our office will prosecute those who prey on Michigan’s children to the fullest extent of the law,” Nessel said. “I am incredibly grateful to the Big Rapids Police Department and the members of the Michigan State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their continued commitment to protecting Michigan children and bringing those who exploit them to justice.”

 

Straley has been arraigned in Mecosta County District Court with a probable cause hearing set for next Tuesday.

 

He's being held on one-million dollars bond.

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Osceola County has a new Commission on Aging Director but now it's looking for a new Sheriff.

 

On Tuesday during the County Commissioner's meeting, Justin Halladay stepped down as sheriff and will be the new director of the Commission on Aging starting September 9th.

 

Halladay, who has spent 24 years with the sheriff's office will be making the job transition at the end of this month.

 

An Osceola County selection panel will be meeting next week to discuss the vacancy of the Sheriff's position.

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An 18-year old Howard City man is dead following a one car accident in Montcalm County on Saturday. 

 

Police responded to W Lake Montcalm Rd near N Amy School Rd.for a vehicle fire. 

 

When officers arrived to the scene, they discovered a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee occupied by an 18-year old male and an 18 year old female both from from Howard City.

 

An initial investigation revealed the SUV traveling west on W Lake Montcalm Rd when it began to drive slightly off the north side of the road. The driver over-corrected, crossed back over the road and ran off the south side where it struck a tree.

 

Upon coming to a rest, the vehicle caught on fire.

 

The passenger was able to escape the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

 

The 18-year old driver, Reece Anthony Nice, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

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Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are looking for a man they say stole more than $1,000 worth of items from a Menards store in Big Rapids.

 

Deputies say the suspect on two occasions entered the store through the Garden Center and left through Garden Center of the store.

 

If you know the identity of the suspect please contact, Deputy Jared Christensen of the Sheriff's office at 231-292-0150.

 

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A 58-year old man is recovering after suffering a medical emergency while traveling in Mecosta County.

 

It happened late Thursday afternoon on 155th Avenue just south of 8 Mile Road in Austin Township.

 

Sheriff Deputies say the 58-year old man was traveling north on 155th Ave. when the medical emergency occurred, the vehicle then left the roadway and went into a yard and driveway  area of a residence where he struck a fence, several vehicles and a power pole.

 

The driver was transported to a Grand Rapids Hospital by Aeromed for the medical condition and possible injuries.

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A Mt. Pleasant man is in custody following a child pornography investigation by Michigan State Police.

 

Troopers say the suspect, Roy Gerald Forehand II, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct 1 st degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree, and for Manufacturing Child Sexually Abusive Material.

 

Forehand II was arrested on a search warrant at his home.

 

During that search warrant investigation police discovered several pieces of evidence.

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