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The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad, which has a nation-leading 25 wins to date and is riding a 13-game win streak, has been chosen as this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National "Team Of The Week".

The Bulldogs improved to 25-1 overall and 15-1 in the GLIAC with a road sweep in Ohio last week to earn the distinction for the firs time.

In last week's action, the Bulldogs picked up a convincing 80-55 win at Tiffin on Thursday, then on Saturday rallied from a late 10-point deficit to beat Ashland 97-91 in overtime. Ferris State sent Saturday's contest into the extra period on a buzzer-beater from midcourt by senior guard Peter Firlik.

Currently, the Bulldogs ranked third in the NABC Division II National Coaches Poll and have also been the #2 team in the Division II Sports Information Directors (D2SIDA) National Rankings the last two weeks. FSU is also first in the MLive Grand Rapids Press Statewide Power Poll.

The Bulldogs can secure a second consecutive GLIAC Regular-Season Championship with a win on the road this week. FSU currently holds a three-game lead over second place Lake Superior State with four games remaining in the regular-season.

This week, the Bulldogs visit Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before facing Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) starting at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.



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The nationally third-ranked Ferris State University men's basketball squad is tabbed as the #1 team in the region this week in the initial NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Rankings, which were announced today (Feb. 15).

The Bulldogs, who own a three-game lead atop the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) standings and can clinch at least a share of the overall league crown with one more victory this year, are the highest-ranked school in the first regional listing.

Behind FSU in the top five overall is former league foe and current Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) leader Findlay at number two with Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) power and defending regional champion Bellarmine (Ky.) listed third. Another GLIAC school, Lake Superior State, is fourth with Southern Indiana from the GLVC fifth.

The bottom half of the regional listing includes Hillsdale (#6), Drury (#7), Malone (#8), Walsh (#9) and Indianapolis (#10).

The top eight teams at the end of the season will earn berths into the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional set for March 10-13 at a campus site to be determined. The winner of all three conference tournaments (GLIAC, GLVC, G-MAC) will earn an automatic bid with the number one team in the region likely to host the Midwest Regional Tournament in March.

Ferris State has made 12 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including each of the past three seasons to date. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship Game and the Sweet Sixteen of the national tournament two years ago before making another regional semifinal appearance last campaign.

Along with the regional listing, Ferris State is also #3 this week in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) D2 Rankings. It marks the fourth-straight season in which FSU has been ranked in the top 25 at least once. FSU is also second in the D2SIDA National Rankings and leads the MLive Statewide Power Poll featuring the top small college programs in the state.

Presently, the Bulldogs own a 25-1 overall record to date this year and are 15-1 in the GLIAC. FSU holds a three-game lead over Lake Superior State in the standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

This week, Ferris State visits Michigan Tech on Thursday (Feb. 15) night for a 7:30 p.m. (ET) league game in Houghton before taking on Northern Michigan on Saturday (Feb. 17) beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) in Marquette.



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An investigation is underway into two west Michigan educators over sexual abuse allegations that are decades old.

 

Fremont High School assistant principal Jeff Moon has been placed on administrative leave over allegations that he had inappropriate contact with students in the early 90's at Fremont High School.

 

Investigators say the investigation is connected to another teacher John Veldt, who works in Jenison.

 

He's also been placed on administrative leave.

 

The allegations came from women who are now in their 40's. 



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Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders have agreed to raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900.

 

The legislation will assure Michigan income taxpayers can claim a personal exemption for themselves and dependents.

 

The $4,900 exemption is higher than the governor originally proposed and in the middle of the House and Senate proposals.

 

Also, an agreement has been reached to forgive outstanding driver responsibility fees affecting some 300,000 drivers. 



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A Reed City area man is behind bars awaiting arraignment after threatening hospital workers.

 

State Police say they were called to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, where the 41-year old suspect reportedly exposed himself to staff before taking off his IV and medical equipment.

 

When the emergency room doctor contacted him, troopers say the man then pulled out a pocket knife, brandishing it in a threatening manner at the doctor and two other staff members. The suspect then ran from the hospital, and tried running away from troopers before he was cornered on the west shoulder of 220th Avenue.

 

Troopers believe the suspect was under the influence of methamphetamine when the incident happened.

 

The Reed City area man is currently in Osceola County Jail on felonious assault charges.



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Last season Demetri Martin ended his Big Rapids Cardinal career with his head held high.

 

Leading the team in scoring since his sophomore year, the now Northwood Timberwolf left nothing on the court. He lead his team to the district final his sophomore season, the Breslin his junior year, and the districts his senior year. There wasn't much Demetri couldn't do for Coach Kent Ingles and the Cardinals.

 

Now Demetri gets to continue his playing career and education at Northwood University. There's no question he's earned a roster spot, but that's clearly not good enough for the college freshman. Demetri's making a serious case to start in his rookie season with Northwood. And he showcased it last Thursday with an 8pt, 6rd effort. However the Timberwolves couldn't keep pace with lightening fast 3rd ranked Bulldogs who piled on a 12pt win 88-60 including a 51-25 margin in the 2nd half alone.


Demetri Martin and the young Timberwolves are currently 3rd in the GLIAC South with 5 games to go in the regular season.



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A Lakeview man has been charged with crimes connected to a theft last month at Menards in Big Rapids Township.

 

42-year old Daniel Michael Cross has been charged with one count of first-degree retail fraud.

 

The charge stems from a theft on January 21st,  when its alleged that Cross took items valued at $1,000 or more from Menards.

 

Cross faces up to five years in jail, if convicted. 



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Two Lakeview residents are recovering following a car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday.

 

It happened on 5mile rd near 125th ave in Deerfield twp.

 

Deputies say the driver, a 43-year old Lakeview woman was traveling westbound on 5 mile when she lost control, left the road, striking a tree.

 

She sustained minor injuries.

 

Her passenger, A 66-year old Lakeview woman sustained minor injuries.

 

Both occupants were taken to Kelsey Hospital. 



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State police in Mt. Pleasant are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the death of Evelyn Ware, whose body was discovered after her Ellsworth Township home burned last month.

 

The Lake County medical examiner has now ruled the death a homicide.

 

If you have a tip to help solve the case, you are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Michigan State Police Post. 



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An Osceola County Teen is in trouble with the law after he pulled a gun during an argument and it was recorded on snapchat.

 

17-year old Devin Lodholtz of Reed City is charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of brandishing a firearm in public.

 

The charges stem from an alleged post on Snapchat by Lodholtz, which allegedly shows him brandishing a firearm while addressing a high school classmate. 

 



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Two people were injured in a snowmobile crash on the shoreline of a lake in Mecosta County.

 

Police were called to Round Lake Saturday night after a snowmobile crashed into the lake’s shoreline while driving on the ice.

 

The 61-year-old male driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to an area hospital. A 32-year-old female rider was also injured, her injuries are were non life-threatening.

 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation 



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A 19-year old Morley man is dead after a car accident in Mecosta County over the weekend.

 

It happened on Northland Dr. and Obert in Mecosta Twp.

 

Police say after an investigation, it was concluded that the 19-year old Morley man was traveling south on Northland Dr, and was unable to make the curve near Obert. 

 

The vehicle left the road and struck a tree. 

 

The Morley man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids were he died from his injuries. 



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School Closings for 2/5/18

Barryton Headstart
Big Jackson 
Big Rapids 
Big Rapids Headstart 1,2,3,4
Chippewa Hills 
Crossroads Academy of B.R
Evart 
Evart Headstart
Lakeview Community
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Mecosta-Osceola Transit 
Mecosta/Osceola ISD
Mecosta - Remus Headstart 
Morley Stanwood Community
Morley Stanwood Headstart 

Pine RIver Area
Reed City 
Reed City Community Preschool
Reed City Headstart
St. Mary Catholic Big Rapids
St. Peter's Luth. of B.R. 
Trinity Lutheran of Reed City



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State Health officials say 1 in 15 patients who visited the doctor did for flu symptoms.

 

That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.

 

Officials at Big Rapids and Reed City Spectrum Health Hospitals says they are trying to limit exposure at their facilities. One step, is implementing  temporary visitor restrictions.

 

Officials ask If you are a visitor and are ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill, please refrain from visiting the hospital.

 

Also the Hospitals strongly recommend only two visitors or family members visit a patient at a time in order to limit exposure to patients, visitors and family members. 

 

These conditions apply to visitors at Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals, and at all other Spectrum Health hospitals, and are effective until further notice. These measures are designed to protect vulnerable patients.



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Panera Bread is issuing a recall of all of its cream cheese products over Listeria concerns. 

 

The company says the voluntary recall affects all varieties of 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its cafes across America.

 

The products have an expiration date on or before 4/2/18. 

 

Panera has not received any report of illnesses regarding these products, the company states in a press release. 

 

Customers are urged to discard the products and contact Panera for a full refund (1-855-6-PANERA.)


 



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A 93-year old woman is recovering after getting into a car accident in Mecosta Co.

 

Deputies say it happened Friday, that's when a 93-year old driver from Stanwood was traveling on Carriage Lane near Red Fox in Canadian Lakes when she lost control of her vehicle and struck a tree.

 

Police say the driver could not say what may have caused her to lose control and crash.  



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UPDATE: Mecosta County law enforcement have located and identified a suspect they say is accused of retail fraud at a Big Rapids Menards store on Sunday.

 

Detective Drew Nielsen of the Mecosta County Sheriff's office says along with identifying the suspect they have also recovered the stolen property.  

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Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are on the lookout for a suspect they say committed retail fraud at the Menards store in Big Rapids.

 

Police say the incident happened Sunday.

 

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact the Sheriff's office.



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The death of a Lake County woman has now been ruled a homicide.

 

Michigan State Police say a medical examiner has concluded 79-year old Evelyn Louise Ware's death was a homicide. On January 10th, emergency crews responded to a house fire in Ellsworth Township. Investigators discovered Ware's remains inside the home following the blaze.

 

Michigan State Police is asking for the public’s help in solving this homicide.

 

Anyone with surveillance systems and/or trail cameras in the area surrounding 1487 Lakola Rd. (Lakola/14 Mile Rd) is asked to contact the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post 989-773- 5951, so they can be reviewed for possible evidence.

 

Anyone wishing to provide information can remain anonymous by contacting the Cadillac Area Silent Observer at 231-779- 9215 or 1-800- 528-8234.

 

Tips can also be submitted through www.P3tips.com. 



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As tax season begins, several local law enforcement agencies are receiving numerous reports of telephone calls from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS.

 

Although these scams take many different forms, the most common scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who use the IRS name, logo or a fake website to try to steal your money. They may try to steal your identity too.
 

Be wary if you get an out-of-the-blue phone call or automated message from someone who claims to be from the IRS. Sometimes they say you owe money and must pay right away. Other times they say you are owed a refund and ask for your bank account information over the phone. Don’t fall for it.


Here are several tips that will help you avoid becoming a scam victim.


The real IRS will NOT:

• Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
• Demand tax payment and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
• Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For example, demand that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other agencies to arrest you without paying.
• Threaten you with a lawsuit.

If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:

• Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
• You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your report.

If you think you may owe taxes:

• Ask for a call back number and an employee badge number.
• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS employees can help you.

Email Scams:

In most cases, an IRS phishing scam is an unsolicited, bogus email that claims to come from the IRS. These scams often use fake refunds, phony tax bills, or threats of an audit. Many scammers even use what appears to be an official IRS logo at the top of their email. Some emails link to sham websites that look real. Don’t be fooled! The scammers’ goal is to lure victims to give up their personal and financial information. If they get what they’re after, they use it to steal a victim’s money and their identity.

If you get a ‘phishing’ email, the IRS offers this advice:

• Don’t reply to the message.
• Don’t give out your personal or financial information.
• Forward the email to phishing@irs .gov. Then delete it.

Don’t open any attachments or click on any links. They may have malicious code that will infect your computer.


 



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A Big Rapids man is recovering following a car accident in Green Township this morning. 

 

Deputies say it happened on 195th Avenue just south of 20 Mile Rd. 

 

A 37-year old Big Rapids man was heading northbound on 195th when he drifted off the road, went through a fence and hit a tree. 

 

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

 



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