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Deputies in Newaygo County needs the public's help finding a man who is accused of stalking.

 

Police are looking for 35-year old Joseph Harrell.

 

He’s described around 5’8”, 195 pounds and has red hair and a beard.

 

Deputies think he may be around the Allendale area near Grand Valley State University.

 

Harrell has search warrants out for his arrest that include felony stalking.

 

If you have any information, call the Newaygo County Central Dispatch at 231-689-5288. 

 

 



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The Michigan State Police are looking for two women they say are accused of credit card fraud in the Big Rapids area.

 

Troopers say the suspects are accused of breaking into a vehicle and stealing a credit card from the victims purse which was then used to rack up more than $500 in charges.

 

Troopers were able to obtain video surveillance from the local businesses and have two suspects captured on film.

 

Anyone with tips can contact the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951. 



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Police in Osceola County are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say tried to break into a party store in Highland Township.

 

Deputies say around 2:30am Wednesday morning, a suspect attempted to break into the M-115 Party Store.

 

The store’s security camera captured video of the suspect in the incident. 

 

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify this person of interest should contact the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 832-2288. 

 



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The Big Rapids Salvation Army will be hosting an event Saturday that allows area residents to get rid of their unusable, unwanted electronics. 

 

Area residents are invited to bring their outdated and/or broken electronics to 218 N. Michigan Ave., in front of Big Rapids City Hall and the Salvation Army Family Store, for recycling.

 

Most items are free to recycle, but a few have a fee, which will be due at the time of disposal.

 

Items free to recycle include:

• Computers: desktops, laptops, servers, towers, main frames, blades, telecom racks;

• All circuit boards;

• Cell phones, smart phones, PDAs (iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Palm Pilot);

• Networking equipment: routers, hubs, switches, modems;

• Hard drive/internal and external disk drives;

• RAM, memory, IC chips, processors;

• Power supply, UPS;

• Power cords, cables, wires;

• Heat sinks, AC adapters, VGA connectors, plastic computer fans;

• Printers, scanners, faxes, copiers;

• Tablets (iPad, Kindle, Fire);

• Keyboards, mice, docking stations;

• Audio/visual equipment: DVD, VCR and/or CD players, stereos, receivers, radio, speakers;

• Consumer electronics: kitchen appliances, vacuum cleaners, power tools, clocks

• Gaming systems, GPS units, memory sticks;

• Telephones, answering machines; and

• Rechargeable batteries (terminals must be taped).

 

For a small fee, the following also can be recycled:

• All TVs /screens, for $0.35 per pound;

• All regular batteries, for $0.60 per pound;

• Lithium batteries, for $3.60 per pound; and

• Over sized TVs, for $0.45 per pound



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Ferris State University students can breathe a sigh of relief as the university board of trustees approved not to increase housing and dining rates for the 2018/2019 school year.

 

Jerry Scoby, vice president for Administration and Finance, spoke about the decision not to increase room and board rates saying it's being done to help students and their families afford a great Ferris State University education while keeping their student loan debt as low as possible.

 

The board further approved a final general fund operating budget, $211.5 million dollars for the 2018 fiscal year. 



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Deputies in Mecosta County believe alcohol is a factor in a rollover accident that sent a White Cloud man to the hospital Thursday morning.

 

It happened on 15 mile rd. West of 230th ave in Big Rapids Twp. Deputies say that's where the driver rolled his vehicle.

 

The White Cloud man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids and was later transported to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for non life threatening injuries. 



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Sad news out of Isabella County, as a four year old girl is dead following a three car accident Wednesday.

 

It happened on M20 and Winn Road.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says when first responders arrived, they discovered that a 4-year girl had been ejected from a vehicle and died at the scene from apparent head injury.

 

The mother and another driver were taken to the hospital for their injuries.

 

It appears that one of the vehicles failed to yield at a Red light and struck the other vehicle.

 

During the collision, one of the vehicles struck a pickup truck that was driven by an man who was on M20, he was not injured in the crash.

 

The accident remains under investigation. 



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Wolverine Worldwide has sold its Big Rapids factory and its department of defense contracts to Tennessee-based footwear manufacturer original footwear.

 

According to a press release by Wolverine Worldwide, Company President Blake Krueger said because Original footwear qualifies as a small business under Small Business Administration regulations, the Big Rapids factory is expected to be able to compete for a significant number of contracts not available to “large” corporations like Wolverine Worldwide.

 

"The sale to Original Footwear will provide the opportunity for the Big Rapids factory to compete for Department of Defense contracts set aside for small businesses," said, Blake Krueger, Wolverine's chairman, chief executive officer and president. "We firmly believe that the sale of the Big Rapids factory and the DoD business to Original Footwear is in the best interest of the Big Rapids operations. With new ownership, we feel the factory is better positioned to win additional contracts that will retain important manufacturing jobs for the community." 

 

Wolverine Worldwide’s Big Rapids factory, is one of the largest producers of footwear to the U.S.. Military. 



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Police in Isabella County are continuing their search for a man who they say shot a woman.

 

Sheriff Michael Main says it happened Wednesday morning at a home on East Baseline Road near Loomis Road. That's where a man and woman were sleeping when and a man entered the home.

 

A fight ensued, and a gun was fired, hitting the woman.

 

The victim's condition is unknown at this time. 

 

Main says they are looking for 38-year old Kenneth Maddux, who was reportedly last seen in the county line of M-20. Maddux could be wearing a Orange or Red T-shirt and blue jeans.

 

If located, please do not approach and call 911.  



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An alleged drunk driver caused a power outage Osceola County's LeRoy Township Saturday night.

 

Deputies say it happened at the intersection of 12 mile road and 190th Avenue, that's where the driver failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the road, striking a tree then overturned and hit a power poll and some power lines causing the electric outage.

 

The driver, a LeRoy man, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment.

 

The accident remains under investigation however speed and alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. 



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An Amish teen is dead after drowning in a pond in Isabella County.

 

Police say the 17-year old was swimming with family and friends at a pond, when he began to struggle in the water, family members attempted to pull the teen to the surface but could not.

 

Divers from the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. Isabella County dive team members were able to dive into the murky water and locate the victim within a couple minutes.

 

Unfortunately, resuscitation measures by first responders on shore were not successful and the man was pronounced deceased. 



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Local State House Representative Michele Hoitenga will be hosting a town hall event regarding no fault auto insurance reform.

 

The town hall event will also feature special guest Rep. Lana Theis of Brighton, who chairs the House Insurance Committee and has been helping lead the fight to reform Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance.

 

Hoitenga says reforming no fault auto insurance has been one of her top priorities since being elected and this event will allow constituents to express their idea's and ask questions.

 

The event will be held September 29th at 2pm at the Wexford Public Library. 



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Police in Isabella County are searching for a suspect they say stabbed a Durand man in the stomach early Sunday morning. 

 

It happened at a apartment complex in Union Township, that's where police were called to investigate a stabbing incident. 

 

Deputies were told by witnesses that the victim who had been at a party in front of an apartment building was confronted by another man. An argument began and the suspect grabbed the victim and then stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife.

 

The suspect then fled on foot, as well as did the victim.

 

The victim was later located behind another apartment building bleeding. The man was taken to the hospital and then later transferred to St Mary’s in Saginaw.

 

K9 units and officers attempted to locate the suspect but were not able to find him.



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The Department of Public Safety for Ferris State University says students have become the target of scammers.

 

The scam starts with a call from someone claiming to be with the FBI and caller ID sometimes appears as the actual FBI number.

 

The caller states that there's a warrant for your arrest and if you don't pay, they will arrest you and take away your financial aid.

 

The Ferris DPS wants everyone to know it IS a scam and do not send them money. 



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A drug investigation in northern Osceola County take one more meth lab off the streets.

 

Officials from the traverse narcotics team say they were called to a home in Highland Township to investigate a reported meth lab.

 

Once at the residence, investigators discovered components to make methamphetamine in the garage.

 

Officials then received further information about the suspects being located at a home in Dighton.

 

The suspects were arrested on unrelated warrants and additional drug charges are expected. 



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A 29-year old Weidman man is behind bars on a host of charges after taking police on a two county chase that ended here in Mecosta County.

 

Isabella County Sheriff Deputies say while on patrol, they passed a vehicle going North Bound on Brinton road South of West Coleman Road.

 

The deputy attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued as the deputy began to pursue the driver.

 

The driver drove into Mecosta County, where short time later he lost control and crashed into some trees.

 

The Weidman man was arrested on outstanding warrants from three different counties as well as drunk driving. 



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The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety are asking motorists to be aware and cautious of pedestrians crossing the road at the intersection of Maple St. and Michigan Ave.

 

Officials say pedestrians are being hurried by motorists as they are crossing the street in the crosswalks.  Turning motorists are watching for vehicle traffic and not the pedestrians, while pedestrians are assuming motorists are watching for them.

 

According to BRPS, they have had several close calls, and are urging motorists and pedestrians to be more cautious.



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A semi-truck filled with donated items for Hurricane Harvey first responders and victims will be rolling out of the Big Rapids Farm and Garden Supply Saturday afternoon.

 

The public is encouraged to come out and donate supplies needed for victims, responders and others impacted by the hurricane.

 

Donation times are Friday from 8am thru 5pm and Saturday from 8am to 3pm.

 

A full list of items needed can be seen Big Country 100.9 Facebook page 



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Two motorcyclists are hospitalized after a crash with another motorcycle over the weekend in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say the two motorcycles crashed after one tried to pass the other one in Hinton Township.

 

A man and woman from Big Rapids were on one motorcycle and they were taken to a Big Rapids hospital in serious condition.

 

The other motorcyclist was not seriously hurt. 



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Three women have now been charged for stealing up to $100,000 dollars from a Reed City grocery store.

 

Cheryl Wolverton, Shelly Stinson, and Corina Johnson have been charged with two counts of larceny of a building. They allegedly stole lotto tickets, cigarettes, and bottle return money from Vic's Supermarket two years ago.

 

A store manager tipped off police when money went missing. 



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