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Police in Big Rapids are looking for an alleged armed robbery suspect and need your help.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says they were called around 12:45 this morning to the University Park Suites for a possible armed robbery.

 

According to police,  incident occurred during a possible drug exchange where the suspect had produced a pistol and demanded money. The suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and remains at large. 

 

The suspect was described as a black male, approximately 5'10" with a medium build.

 

The two victims were uninjured.

 

It is believed to be an isolated incident and the community is not in danger.

 

If anyone has any information about the incident they can contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office at (231) 592-0150.

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Due to an increasing shortage of nurses, Central Michigan University is now accepting applications for their new online nursing program.

 

The aim of the program is to help working registered nurses achieve a bachelor degrees in 12 months or less.

 

Statistics show that nursing is one of the fastest growing industries and that by 2026 there will be a 15% increased demand for nurses.

 

Most hospitals are trying to increase the number of staff nurses with Bachelor's degrees to 80%.

 

Reports indicate that the nurse shortage affects rural areas the most.

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It's another attempt to raise money to fix the roads in Michigan.

 

Democratic legislators are proposing $1.2 billion to raise the state's corporate tax.

 

The proposal also includes a new 6 cents a mile tax for heavy trucks, and a bridge toll charge for tractor-trailers. The Democrat's plan will incorporate some of the Governor's budget plan including restoring tax breaks for pensioners, and raising taxes for certain businesses so they are taxed the same as traditional corporations.

 

This after Republicans have opposed Governor Whitmer's 45 cent a gallon fuel tax increase.

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Three people were injured following a two vehicle accident in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township, Monday.

 

The accident occurred at the intersection of Northland Dr and 14 Mile Rd.

 

A 17-year old Paris girl was attempting to turn east onto 14 Mile Rd. The driver did not see a northbound truck that was being driven by a 21-year old Big Rapids woman.

 

The driver of the truck then T-boned the car turning onto 14 Mile Rd.

 

A passenger in the car an 18-year old girl from Big Rapids was transported by Areomed to Spectrum Health Butterworth campus for serious potentially life threatening injuries.

 

The driver of the car was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The driver of the Truck received minor injuries and was treated on scene.

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    Another year, another year tuition hike for Ferris State University students.

     

    On Monday, the FSU Board of Trustees approved a tuition rate increase of 3.15%.

     

    The lower-division tuition rate was approved at $431 per credit hour, while upper-division classes will be set at $452 per credit hour.

     

    The board also approved a preliminary 2019-20 general fund operating budget of more than $208 million, a reduction of $306,000 from last year's budget.

     

    The 2019-20 preliminary budget includes $26.3 million in student scholarships, an increase of $1 million from the 2018-19 budget.

     

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      The Isabella County Sheriff's Office says a 37-year old Wise Township man is dead following a one vehicle accident.

       

      According to a press release from Sheriff Michael Main, deputies were called this morning around 5:45am to Coleman Road between Chippewa and Wise (Wise Twp.)

       

      Police say a passerby discovered an older model Jeep in the ditch. Upon arrival of first responders it was discovered that the man in the Jeep (only occupant) was deceased.

       

      During the investigation it appeared that the driver drove off the roadway and struck a driveway culvert.

       

      It is unclear how long the victim had been in the ditch prior to be discovered by the passerby.

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      Two kids from Mecosta County are hospitalized after they were ejected from a go-cart last night.

       

      The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says the accident occurred when a go cart was traveling down a private road and failed to negotiate a curve.

       

      Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident when the go-cart leaned on its side.

       

      The driver, a 16 year old girl from Big Rapids and a passenger, a 12 year-old girl from Big Rapids were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

       

      A third occupant was treated at the scene.

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      A 42-year old Weidman woman passed away from injuries sustained in a two vehicle accident in Isabella County.

       

      Sheriff Michael Main says the accident took place on June 6th in Nottowa Township at the intersection of Weidman and Meridian Roads.

       

      The sheriff’s office says it’s investigating the crash but say a witness claims the Dodge Charger did not stop at the intersection.

       

      The 18-year old male driver of the charger and a 22-year old male passenger are still hospitalized.

       

      The driver of the second vehicle involved a 62-year old man from Lake was injured but his condition is unknown at this time.

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      The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident from Monday morning where a six-year old Evart boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck hauling logs.

       

      It happened in Sylvan Township, on M66 near 7 Mile Road. The sheriff’s office says the driver of a southbound pickup and trailer hauling logs observed two young children standing at the shoulder of the road, when suddenly one young child darted out.

       

      The driver attempted to avoid the child but was unable.

       

      Witnesses at the scene also reported the child darted into the path of the truck. Alcohol and or speed was not a factor in this incident, according to police.

       

      We will have more on this story as it develops.

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      Sunshine and warm temperatures are on tap for today and tomorrow and it's going to be a great weekend to get outdoors.

       

      The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free entry to state parks, free off-roading and free fishing.

       

      The offer is for Saturday and Sunday and is available to out of state residents as well.

       

      The DNR waives park entry just once each summer and once in the winter as well.

       

      The Mecosta County Parks will also be holding events this weekend at Brower Park and School Section Lake Campground to celebrate.

       

      For more information call 231-832-3246.


       

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      A two vehicle accident in Isabella County sent four people to the hospital.

       

      It happened yesterday afternoon  at the corner of Weidman and Meridian roads in Nottawa Township.

       

      Three people in a Dodge Charger suffered life threatening injuries, according to the sheriff's office .

       

      A man in a pickup was also injured.

       

      Crews had to cut the victims out of both vehicles.

       

      Two men from the charger had to be airlifted from the scene.

       

      The sheriff’s office says it’s investigating the crash but say a witness claims the dodge charger did not stop at the intersection.

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      A Stanton man faces up to 25 years behind bars after being charged with crimes connected to an arson in Montcalm County back in May.

       

      Geoffrey Conant is charged with a felony count of second degree arson.

       

      Deputies say they were called to a residence on Colonel Point in Crystal Township around 12:40am on May 11th.

       

      The sheriff’s office says a passerby noticed a fire outside the home and alerted the person inside.

       

      No one was hurt.

       

      The sheriff says the investigation led them to Conant.

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      A ray of sunshine led to a Newaygo County man winning $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery's 100X The Cash instant game.

       

      The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the BP gas station, located at 1028 West Main Street in Fremont.

       

      "I was coming back to work after making a delivery and traffic on Main Street was jammed up, so I stopped at the BP to get a couple Cashword tickets," said the player, who chose to remain anonymous. "As the clerk was getting my tickets, the sun hit the front of the 100X The Cash ticket just right and it sparkled and caught my eye, so I asked for one of those too.

       

      "I got to my truck and scratched the ticket off. When I saw I had a winner, I ran back inside and right away the clerk asked if I was all right. I showed her the ticket, and she started crying. Neither of us could believe I had a $2 million winner!"

       

      The 56-year-old player then headed home to share the good news with his wife.

       

      "My wife was outside when I got home so I called her in to the house," said the player. "When she came in, I was doing my happy dance and told her we'd won big. She didn't believe me and made me go back to the gas station to verify the ticket was a winner."

       

      The player visited Lottery headquarters Wednesday to claim the big prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to pay bills, buy a new car, and then save the remainder for retirement. 

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      The Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Summer Block Party and Health Fair on June 27 promises to be bigger and better than ever, spotlighting the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new Rotary Fitness Park in Big Rapids.


      The outdoor gym is located across from the youth soccer fields on River Street, on the corner of
      Oak and Willow Streets next to the hospital, formerly Centennial Park. The park is now home to a
      new, 30-station outdoor gym funded by the Big Rapids Rotary Club, Spectrum Health and the
      City of Big Rapids.


      “It’s going to be a great evening of family fun, food and music,” said event coordinator Danielle
      Wells of Spectrum Health. “We’re very excited to introduce the outdoor gym opening this year.
      This event has grown to become an annual celebration of all things healthy, except for maybe the
      dessert,” she joked.


      The health fair, with more than 20 interactive booths, provides free health education and
      information from Spectrum Health and from a variety of community organizations. The Spectrum
      Health/YMCA Veggie Van will be on-site giving away produce.

       

      Free diabetes screenings and blood pressure checks will also be available.


      The health fair is from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by the gym opening celebration. 

       

      A $5 meal will be offered that includes a walking taco and dessert. Children under 12 can eat
      free. Proceeds from the meal will go toward community health diabetes screenings.

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      A 54-year old Barryton man is recovering following a two vehicle crash in Mecosta County.

       

      It happened Saturday in Morton Township on 90th Ave when a 75-year old Mecosta man tried to make a U-turn at 10 Mile Rd.

       

      He pulled right into the path of a Barryton man.

       

      The Barryton man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

       

      Deputies say the Mecosta man was not hurt.

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      A 64-year old Sears man is dead following a tractor accident over the weekend in Mecosta County.

       

      It happened at a home on 22 Mile Road in Fork Township Saturday, deputies say Kerry Burggren of Sears was using a small tractor to pull out tree stumps.

       

      They say the tractor rolled over and pinned him underneath.

       

      The sheriff’s office says he died from his injuries.

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      A Marion man was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday in Osceola County.

       

      It happened on 30th Ave near 21 Mile Road in Marion Township.

       

      Under Sheriff John Keathley says the 64-year old Marion man struck a deer while operating his motorcycle.

       

      The collision with the deer caused the Marion man to be ejected off of his motorcycle. 

       

      The operator was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, and speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

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      Scary moment on the road for a Mecosta County woman when a deer smashed through her car window while traveling Wednesday.

       

      It happened on Arthur Road near 30th Avenue in Sheridan Township.

       

      Deputies say the 59-year old Barryton woman told them, the deer ran into her car, coming through her window.

       

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

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      The state house and senate could vote on auto insurance reform today.

       

      Governor Gretchen Whitmer has put out a statement saying that she's pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in concept on bipartisan auto no-fault reform legislation that will lower costs and protect coverage for Michigan drivers.

       

      She says the deal guarantees rate relief for every Michigan driver; provides a choice in coverage levels; establishes more uniform and structured compensation levels for medical providers; and removes the ability of insurance companies to discriminate based on non-driving factors.

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      Two brothers accused of a February first shooting in Big Rapids have plead guilty.

       

      25-year old Antonio Jones and 23-year old Paris Jones pleaded guilty to charges on Tuesday in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court, according to court records.

       

      Antonio Jones pleaded guilty to shooting at a dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

       

      Meanwhile, his brother Paris pleaded guilty to one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle. 

       

      The two were charged following an investigation of a Feb. 1 shooting at an unoccupied home on Fuller Avenue in Big Rapids.

       

      No one was injured in shooting.

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