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The courtroom was jammed in Osceola County Wednesday afternoon as attorneys for the Nestle Water Company and Osceola Township tangled over the future of a proposed booster station for Nestle.

 

The township has denied Nestle’s request to build a booster pump at their well near Evart which would allow Nestle to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from the well there, and increase their bottling operation at their Stanwood Plant.

 

Nestle believes they meet the standards for a permit but county officials believe it violates zoning.

 

The verdict is now in the hands of the judge. 



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Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused a fire to breakout at a home on South Bronson Avenue in Big Rapids Sunday night that claimed the life of an 80-year old woman.

 

Firefighters got the call about the house fire just before 8pm Sunday night, it took crews around two hours to contain the blaze.

 

Officials say they found the 80-year old woman in the kitchen area and tried resuscitate her but efforts were unsuccessful.

 

The home is a total loss. 



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"Imagine More", that's Ferris State University's slogan and that's what they want to do moving into the future with growing the Big Rapids based school as well as offering more to its students.

 

FSU President David Eisler announced Thursday Now and Always: The Campaign for Ferris State University, it's the school’s first comprehensive fundraising effort in its 133-year history.

 

Eisler said this effort has a goal of making an impact on its students currently and those in the future.

 

The financial barriers that our students face are significant,” Eisler said. “We are committed to keeping a Ferris education affordable. We cannot be a university dedicated to quality education for all and not make this accessible for all.”

 

The multi-year campaign, aims at raising $80 million for three major priorities: investing in students, program expansion and innovation, and building partnerships. $36-million dollars of the goal will go to an endowment fund for student scholarships. 



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Winter weather is here with black ice being blamed for a crash in Mecosta County late Thursday afternoon.

 

A man from Sears lost control of his vehicle on black ice and hit some trees.

 

A 39-year-old woman, a 15-year-old and a three-year-old passenger were injured and taken to a Mount Pleasant Hospital. 



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Spectrum Health hospitals in Big Rapids, Reed City are warning area residents to be aware that people have received spoofing / scam phone calls from parties who claim to be representatives of Spectrum Health.

 

Hospital officials say these bogus calls are seeking credit card information and other personal details.

 

Officials ask that if you are not 100% sure of the legitimacy of providing personal or financial information over the phone to any Spectrum Health entity, that you ask the person for a call-back number and first contact customer service at 1.844.879.6180.

 

The persons making these recent phone calls are in no way associated with Spectrum Health and are seeking personal financial information for unlawful reasons and their own personal gain. Many of these callers are very sophisticated and are using Spectrum Health or one of its hospitals as the caller ID, making it look like a legitimate phone call.

 

If you receive one of these scam calls, please report it to your local police department.



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No one was hurt after a  Big Rapids man accidentally drove into a business Monday in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say the accident occurred at the West Michigan Pain Clinic on Gilbert Road when a 76-year-old Big Rapids man was attempting to park.

 

While pulling into the parking space, the driver’s foot slipped off of the brake pedal and hit the gas pedal instead, causing the vehicle to go onto the sidewalk and crash into a large window wall near the lobby of the clinic.

 

No patients or employees were injured from the accident.

 

The driver also was not injured in the crash. 



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For the first time in over eight years the City of Big Rapids will be lead by someone who's not Mark Warba.

 

That's because Warba is term-limited as Tuesday's election takes place.

 

Current city commissioner Tom Hogenson is running unopposed for the Mayoral seat.

 

City Commissioner Lorraine James and residents Jonathan Eppley and Chris O’Neil are running for two, four-year terms on the city commission.

 

Big Rapids Public Schools will also be asking voters to approve a special bond proposal.

 

If approved, those funds would be used to make improvements for building and site purposes that include classroom renovations, security and technology upgrades and construction of outdoor athletic facilities. 

 

Voting precincts will be open from 7am-8pm Tuesday. 



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A Blanchard man is recovering following a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County Tuesday.

 

It happened at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Monroe Road in Millbrook Township.

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say a 52-year-old Blanchard man was driving eastbound on Monroe Road when he failed to stop at the stop sign and entered the intersection, striking a vehicle driven by a 54-year-old Blanchard woman traveling southbound on 10th Avenue.

 

The Blanchard man was taken to the Spectrum Hospital in Lakeview for treatment of his injuries.  



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A Big Rapids man is facing a host of drug charges in connect multiple cases against him.

 

25-year old Scott Allen Ruffin is charged in connection to delivering cocaine and ecstasy in two cases out of Big Rapids.

 

The alleged incidents occurred on August 30th and October 2nd.

 

Ruffin's bond was set at $75,000 and $50,000 respectively. 



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Premiums are expected to rise an average of 27 percent for the hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents who buy their own health insurance.

 

Consumers eligible for income-based tax credits will be protected from the premium increases.

 

The state Department of Insurance and Financial Services published the rates on Wednesday.

 

Enrollment for 2018 begins in a week.

 

The state says the premiums are higher than expected because President Donald Trump recently ended cost-sharing payments to insurers for providing lower-income customers discounts on out-of-pocket costs. 



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A 31-year old Big Rapids man could face up to life in prison after being charged with sex crimes.

 

Charles Dulzo was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of child sexually abusive activity and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

Big Rapids Police say the alleged incidents took place July 13th and 27th.

 

Investigators say they were contacted by Dulzo’s wife after she discovered inappropriate images of a child who she had watched for a friend on her husband's phone.

 

Dulzo's bond was set at $750,000. 



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A recall involving packaged produce sold at Meijer stores. The Grand Rapids-based retailer says the recall of more than 30 vegetables is due to listeria concerns.

 

Mann Packing,which provides produce to Meijer, notified the company of the possible contamination involving items in plastic containers or foam trays with printed labels with various sizes and weights.

 

The produce was sold between September 27th and October 20th at stores.

 

No illnesses have been reported.

 

People who bought the produce should throw it out or return it to a Meijer store for a refund.

 

Here is the recall list: 

 

UPC

UPC Description

0-0-4548-3

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB

0-0-4566-7

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS 3 LB BAG

0-71651-90035-3

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS (EDI)

0-71651-90384-2

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

0-72668-20001-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS LB

2-13760-00000-9

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-17879-00000-4

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY

2-19106-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS

2-19489-00000-9

ASPARAGUS SPEARS WITH GARLIC PARMESAN

2-19744-00000-3

Markets of Meijer SALAD ROTINI MOZZARELLA MEDLEY G&G

2-20185-00000-2

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY

2-20186-00000-1

STORE MADE VEGETABLE TRAY W/DIP

2-20582-00000-1

FIESTA TRAY WITH RED PEPPER HUMMUS

2-20782-00000-9

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SLICES

2-20785-00000-6

ZUCCHINI AND SQUASH COMBO

2-20786-00000-5

ZUCCHINI SQUASH

2-20787-00000-4

MIXED PEPPER BLEND

2-21233-00000-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS PLU 4566 

2-21234-00000-4

BROCCOLI FLORETS PLU 4548

2-22077-00000-8

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-22091-00000-8

VEGETABLE TRAY WITH HUMMUS

2-22097-00000-2

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

2-22098-00000-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

2-22099-00000-0

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

2-29523-00000-1

PRE-PACKAGED BROCCOLI FLORETS

2-29524-00000-0

PRE-PACKAGED CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

2-29525-00000-9

PRE-PACKAGED CAUL/BROC FLORETS

7-08820-24604-1

CAULI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-00356-1

CAULIFLOWER FLORETTS LB

7-16519-01015-6

BROCCOLI FLORETS 3 LB BAG

7-16519-03849-5

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-16519-03871-6

CAULIFLOWER FLORETS

7-19283-76392-1

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY SMALL

7-19283-76409-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY MEDIUM

7-19283-76412-6

VEGETABLE PARTY TRAY LARGE

 



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A Traverse City woman suffered life threatening injuries following a two car deer vehicle accident on US-131 in Mecosta County.

 

Deputies say a 34 year old woman from Traverse City was traveling on southbound on the highway when she tried to swerve to miss a deer in the road that had been previously hit and lost control of her vehicle after hitting the deer. The vehicle then was struck by a vehicle driven by a 50 year old Grandville man.

 

Both vehicles left the roadway and overturned.

 

The 50 year old man, and two passengers were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The 34 year old driver of the other vehicle was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for possible life threatening injuries. 



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It was a scary situation for Chippewa Hills students Friday morning heading to school when a bus they were on was involved in an accident with another vehicle.

 

Deputies in Mecosta County say it happened at the intersection of 30th Avenue (M-66) and Arthur Road.

 

The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old Remus woman, was heading southbound on 30th Avenue when the school bus turned left in front of her. She tried to stop, but hit the back corner of the bus.

 

The driver of the car had the right of way and was not at fault.

 

The students and bus driver were not injured in the crash.

 

The driver of the car also did not have any injuries, but the minor child she had with her in the vehicle was transported to a hospital in Mount Pleasant for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash.



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As we continue into the deer hunting season, law enforcement would like to remind motorists about being more cautious and to look out for deer while traveling in the area.

 

942 motorists in Mecosta County were involved in deer/vehicle crashes in 2016.

 

Big Rapids and Green Township tied with the most deer/vehicle accidents last year with 118 a piece. Then Colfax Township and Mecosta Township at 82 and 75 accidents last year respectively.

 

Statewide, more than 45,000 Michigan motorists collided with deer in 2016.  Deer-vehicle crashes injured more than 1,200 people and killed 14 in 2016.


 

Here is a breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Mecosta County:

Big Rapids Twp

118

Green Twp

118

Colfax Twp

82

Mecosta Twp

75

Hinton Twp

55

Morton Twp

55

Wheatland Twp

55

Millbrook Twp

53

Austin Twp

48

Sheridan Twp

48

Chippewa Twp

43

Martiny Twp

42

Aetna Twp

39

Fork Twp

37

Deerfield Twp

32

Grant Twp

23

Big Rapids

15

Barryton

2

Mecosta

1

Morley

1


 



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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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