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Friday, March 16, 2018

One of four remaining stretches of Isabella County road closed since historic flooding last June opened this week, eliminating a major detour for area drivers. Blanchard Road between Crawford and Lincoln reopened Wednesday afternoon, ending a detour that took some residents miles off of their normal routes. That leaves just three stretches of road closed from flood damage from an initial list of more than 130 miles shut down after heavy rains in June. The road commission is finishing plans, gathering permits and making bid packages for two stretches of loomis along with Wise at Remus...they’re optimistic all three will be finished this year.

In an update toa story we brought you yesterday, a A Newaygo woman reported missing by state police was  found safe in Texas. Becky Miller, 31, had last been seen on Sunday in Mecosta Township. With the assistance of the Texas Rangers, Miller was found in Del Rio, Texas...she was there voluntarily and not with the man police first thought she might be with; Miller had not contacted family or answered phone calls for several days, prompting the search.

Johnsonville has recalled 109,603 pounds of pork sausage that were shipped to stores nationwide because they could be contaminated with plastic pieces. The recall includes 14-oz. six-piece package of Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Sausage with a best by date of April 4, 2018….Three customers notified the company they found pieces of hard, green plastic in the sausage, prompting the recall. If you have any of the sausages throw them away, you can call the company for a refund.

Following the  Toys “R” Us’ announcement that they will fully liquidate their stores Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette called attention today to the best practices to  to protect yourself from the fallout of bankrupt retailers by limiting your own loss and protect personal information. If you’ve made purchases but haven’t received everything you bought you should try to cancel the payment, or cancel recurring payments for things like layaway. If you don’t get what you paid for, file a complaint immediately. ANd, if you didn’t get an order, do no use third party go-between who say they will retrieve items for you; it’s usually a scam. Toys R Us by the way has said they will honor gift cards for just 30 days after the announcement.

Police are working to determine what may have motivated Brad Hatt to shoot his wife Janice Hatt multiple times then turn the gun on himself in their Rolland Township home wednesday evening, in an attempted murder and a suicide still under investigation. From the CFX/Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, when police arrived they found Brad hat shot himself, and found Janice Hatt, shot multiple times but conscious and talking; she was airlifted to Grand Rapids underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition as of yesterday. Police say there were no notes, no sign of a struggle, and no other indication of what might have happened; they’re hoping they’ll be able to talk to Janice soon as she recovers, as well a conduct interviews with family who may be able to reveal the cause. You can read more and watch for updates on the

A Washington Post reporter and author will speak Monday at Alma College about nuclear weapons. Dan Zak, author of “Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age,” will speak about his book at 7 p.m. in Dow L-1 on campus. Published in 2016, the book begins with the trial and conviction of religious protesters against nuclear weapons and includes history of nuclear weapons and policy.



Thursday, March 15, 2018

In Mt. Pleasant it was a tale of two schools yesterday as students at both Mt. Pleasnt High Sschool and sacred Heart Academy particpated in events related to the national walkout with differing results. Mt. Pleasant students were encouraged by administrators to plan an entirely student-led assembly to remember the victims of the Parkland Florida school shooting and address school safety, keeping students inside but part of the conversation. At Sacred Heart, a prayers service was held during the national walkout, but some students wanted to actually walkout: they were told they wouldd face a saturday detention, be unable to participate in sports for the week and would be required to pay a $10 fine. 17 Sacred Heart students walke out anyway, standing outside the school for 17 minutes holding signs; it appears they will face punishment.

Assistance is now available to low-income residents impacted by flooding last month throughout the Lower Peninsula including in Clare and Mecosta Counties. Homeowners or purchasers have to meet income requirements to qualify for up to $1,500 through the department of health and human services to use toward repairs. If you have damages and have questions, you can still call 211 to get connected to resources.

The Gratiot County Community Foundation has awarded more than $85,000 in grants in the first of three grant cycles this year. 21 grants in total were handed out; those include money to the commission on aging, to public schools for experiences outside the classroom, and to the Wright DREAM park project. Applications for the next cycle are accepted until June; you can read more on

The owners of a Harrison pizzeria are facing felony charges after prosecutors say the two used someone else’s bridge card to purchase supplies for the restaurant. Michelle Henry and Marlene Wright, owners of Mama Cillie’s Pizzeria are charged with food stamp fraud, a 10 year felony; a joint investigation between the detaprtment of health and human services and and state police revealed evidence that the two paid cash for the Bridge card then used it on multiple occassions. Two two are out on bond, and the restaurant remains open. They face preliminary hearings at the end of the month.

Boyne Resorts has reached an agreement to assume outright ownership of six ski resorts it has been operatinglong-term lease agreements, a development that could boost investment in the properties from Maine to Washington State. Those resorts are in salt lake city, Seattle, and Gaitlinberg, Tenn. amoung other locations. The ownership will allow Boyne to invest andupgrade the properties.

A man is dead and his wife is in critical condition after a shooting in what police believe was an attempted murder and a suicide in western Isabella County Wednesday evening. 911 dispatchers got a call around 5 pm from a 68 year old dman who said he had shot his wife but she might not be dead...they then heard a gunshot and got no further response from the caller. After a tactical team determined the caller was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police found his wife, shot multiple times but talking. She was airlifted to a hospital in grand Rapids and was listed in critical condition as police were still investigating after 8 last night. Names had not been released pending notification of family; you can watch for updates and more details.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 

A gun found by a student in the Shepherd Middle School bathroom Monday morning belonged to Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main, who left the weapon behind inadvertently when he used the facility to change over the weekend. Shepherd police department is investigating.  In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Main took full responsibility saying he is “devastated” by his own negligence in leaving the weapon in a school and praised the student who found it and immediately contacted an adult. Within moments of the gun being found police were involved and knew it belonged to can read more, including the sheriff’s full statement, on the

If you’re frustrated that michigan doesn’t seem to be warming up, you can blame the east coast. Powerful nor’easters developing over several weeks and another one coming  are pushing cold air over part of the north and midwest, including here in michigan...forecasters are saying that warmer than normal ocean temperatures mean it will be at least a couple of weeks before the nor'easters patterns slow down, meaning a spring warm up may not be in our future for a while still.

The name of a man found dead in a plastic bag alongside a Gratiot County road has been confirmed by the sheriff as police continue to investigate. Robert Jack Counterman Jr., 67, was named Tuesday as the homicide victim discovered by hunters over the weekend after Sparrow Hospital and the State Police latent print division worked to gather evidence that identified him...Gratiot County Sheriff Doug Wright said late yesterday afternoon police were still working to determine COunterman’s hometown and when he was last seen. You can find more details in the story on

THe 16 year old killed by a police officer after engaging in a shootout in Midland earlier this week suffered mental health issues, according to his father who spoke to media yesterday. Troubled, self harming and facing legal issues, Jaden Marsh offhandedly told his dad in recent months that he was considering a situation where could commit suicide by cop; his father believes that’s what he did this week when he shot at a midland police officer. Police are investigating the situation still, where Marsh and another 16 year old boy ran from officers who were investigating a car break in. you can find more on

Alma’s effort to bring medical marijuana businesses to the city stalled Monday as a draft ordinance was sent to the city commission for more review. About 10 people spoke at the meeting, many of whom were not from Alma but neighboring areas such as Riverdale and as far away as Troy. Planners will wait for comments and suggestions sent back from city commissioners before deciding if they’re ready to vote on a proposed ordinance.

As high school students in Mt. Pleasant express a desire to join peers across the country in massive school walkout Wednesday, administrators are allowing a student-planned assembly addressing the issue of school violence. The walkouts and other events —a response to the school shooting deaths of 17 people in Parkland, Fla.— are set to begin around 10 a.m. across the country and last for 17 minutes; one minute for each person killed last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In Mt. Pleasant a group of seniors have been working to plan a memorial that focuses on school safety rather than the politics of gun control...the event is not open to the public no walkout related events will be held at schools that hold younger students in the Mt. Pleasant district.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A weapon found by a student in the SHepherd Middle School Gym yesterday morning was left there not by another student or staff member, but by an off-duty police office. Rumors and fear swirled through the community yesterday after the Superintendent Claire Bunker issued a mass phone message to parents about teh weapon; within moments of the the student reporting it, police and administrators had secured the weapon and determined it was left in the locker room by the off-duty officer; Chief Luke Sawyer said on Facebook it was not a shepherd police officer and that a statement would be released today; watch today for more details.

Mt. Pleasant classrooms are getting new tech from bond dollars desinged to make white boards more versatile and interactive. New gadgets include voice amplifiers for teachers, new document cameras for projecting papers and interactive projectors as well as A new phone system. Among other things, Writing on the white board can become digital documents making note taking or record keeping a little more seamless… right now, Fancher Elementary, Mt. Pleasant Middle School, and McGuire Elementary have the tech and the rest of the buildings will get them. You can read more in teh story on

A 29-year-old man with a long history of drunken driving and driving without a license was saved with a dose of Narcan after being stopped driving erratically in Gratiot County on Friday. A concerned citizen was following the man’s car and reported it; when police pulled the driver over he was shaky, incohernt and then admitted to drug use before passing out; narcan revived him and he wa taken to a hospital; police credited the concerned 911 caller with reporting the erratic driving in the first place.

A shoot out between a police officer and a 16-year-old car larceny suspect left the suspect dead in Midland early yesterday morning. Midland police responding to reports of a car being broken into arrived saw two suspects split up and running away; One of the two 16-year-olds had a gun stolen from a car in MIdland the day before; he shot at the office chasing him and the officer returned fire, killing the fleeing teen. Law enforcement is not identifying the victim, but Midland school officials confirmed he was not a current Midland Public Schools student. THe other suspect is detained at a juvenile care center; the police officer, a 19 year veteran, is suspended pending an investigation, the normal protocol after a shooting.

17 counties and two cities have earned state of emergency declarations from Gov. Rick Snyder after heavy rains and flooding in February caused significant damage. Clare and Mecosta Counties and the cities of Lansign and Grand Rapids are moung the municipalities named in the declaration this week; Now those affected can utilize state emergency dollars and resources to aid in recovery including applying for up to $100,000 in reimbursement for recovery costs.


Police in Gratiot County are asking for the public’s help identifying the body of a man found by hunters over the weekend. The hunters were near Warner and Olive roads, about six miles west of Alma, in Seville Township. When they found the body in a bag on the side of the road. Officials are still working to determine a cause of death of the man who had no itentifications on himself; He’s described as between 60 and 70 years old, about 5-feet-9 and weigh about 185 pounds with thinning brown-gray hair. The man had multiple tattoos, including an eagle on his right shoulder and a skull wearing a cowboy hat and a handkerchief on his left shoulder, bordered by the words Texas, Florida and Michigan. He also appeared to have injured a finger or fingers on his left hand recently. You can find photos of the tattoos and more details in that story on; if you have info you should call the gratiot county sheriff’s office.

Monday, March 12, 2017

Major new Pine River bacteria study about to begin - Studying fecal matter floating along the Pine River is the focus of an Alma College biology professor, whit his students set to begin the study at the end of the month…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the goal is to determine where the pollution in the river at Alma is coming from…They’ve already learned that the river has been full of e-Coli and antibiotic resistant bacteria during the warm weather months, but it's not know whether its human or animal…Gratiot county has a population of about 41,000 people, according to the U.S. Census, but it also has about 48,000 cattle, around 70,000 pigs and about 30,000 chickens that could be polluting the river…

Gratiot County hunters find body in bag - Hunters in Gratiot County on Sunday morning found a plastic bag with a body inside…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the Sheriff says the body was found about 11am at the side of a road near Warner and Olive roads, about six miles west of Alma…Detectives were called to investigate and the Michigan State Crime Lab also responded to assist processing the scene…No ID was with the body &nothing else has been released about the case yet

Tribe turning Green Suites into The Retreat at Soaring Eagle - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, Green Suites – a longtime mix of motel and apartments northeast of Mt. Pleasant, will be remodeled this summer…Owned by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe since it bought the former Holiday Inn to make room for a water park, Green Suites will be renamed The Retreat at Soaring Eagle & once finished, it will cater to professionals in need of longterm stays…the tribe also said the Sagamok Express Mobil gas station will also get a complete remodel this summer

Powerball results for 03/10/18; did anyone win the $380M jackpot? - The Powerball jackpot is now worth more than $400 million with no winner Saturday night…Wednesday's draw will go to $420 million dollars…3 tickets sold for Saturday's drawing matched all five white numbers drawn to win $1 million…   In Michigan, 10 tickets sold won $300 in the drawing, the largest prize won in the state.  The Powerball Numbers (white) for Mar. 10: 43-44-54-61-69 - The Red Powerball Power Number: 22 - The Power Play Number: 3

-The next Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday with an estimated jackpot of $318 million

-The next Lotto 47 drawing is Wednesday with a jackpot of $1.9 million.

Michigan's 2017 real estate sales prices jumped up 17 percent - Michigan's real estate market in 2017 was up, according to regional data provided to the Michigan Association of Realtors…133,764 homes sold in 2017…The average purchase price was $181,763, up 17.19% from the 2016 average…The biggest spikes were the Antrim Charlevoix Kalkaska Association of Realtors, with 96.51 percent growth & Emmet Association of Realtors at 152.39 percent growth…Both of those areas revolve around the Northwest Michigan Area...The Battle Creek area, Big Rapids area and The Downriver area of Detroit fell this past year, along with the Eastern Upper Peninsula

Two Communities Announced for Select Level of the Michigan Main Street Program - The city of Evart and the Mexicantown Hubbard Communities neighborhood in Detroit have been selected by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to take part in the Select Level of the Michigan Main Street program…Evart will now receive five years of intensive technical assistance from MEDC with a focus on revitalization strategies designed to attract new residents, business investments, economic growth and job creation to their central business districts.


Friday, March 8, 2018

A 19-year-old Central Michigan University student accused of shooting to death his parents in his dorm room last week has been transferred from a hospital room to a jail cell while hearing dates have been set in Isabella County. James Eric Davis Jr. was being treated at McLaren Central Michigan after being captured Saturday...he’s now lodged at the Isabella County Jail. He faces a preliminary hearing on April 16 on charges of open murder and a felony can read more on that story on

Circuit Court judges in Isabella County are set to interview six candidates next week in the search to fill the prosecutor seat left vacant by Risa Hunt-Scully last month. Although Hunt-Scully left in the middle of a four-year elected term, the seat was vacated in time to be included on this November’s ballot; the judges’ choice will serve through 2018 when the elected prosecutor will take over.The candidate the judges appoint in the interim may run for the seat in this year’s election, as well. Public interviews of the six are set for next weds and can find a list of names and interview times in that story on

Attorney General Bill Schuette says tips about safety threats in Michigan schools set a record in February with 670 reports. there were 119 tips about planned school attacks just last month, compared to 146 in all of 2017. Suicide threats were the most-reported tip at 127. It’s the first update on OK2SAY since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting on Feb. 14. Mid-Michigan is matching the statewide trend; schools in gratiot, isabella and clare county have all had their share of school threats in the last weeks...police and school officials say if you see something, say something; reporting things that feel off.

Across from one another on the snow-covered ground of Alma College sit 19 empty chairs. The chairs, placed just south of Clack Hall on campus, are a memorial called “Reaching Across the Aisle.” On each chair is the name of one of the 17 people killed last month in a school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In addition, two wooden chairs have on them the names of Diva Davis and James Eric Davis Sr. who were killed last week in a domestic homicide on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. The artist said It’s designed to start conversations about shootings at schools. YOu can see the art installation through Wednesday.

A small fire in a Clare County hotel room police say was caused by a marijuana production operation injured one person and spurred an investigation sent to prosecutors to determine what if any charges will be filed. When police and firefighters arrived at the hotel in HArrison, the room was on fire but empty….police said the occupants “burning oil for marijuana production.” Two suspects were found at a hospital in clare; a woman was treated for burns while a man was arrested on warrants not related to the fire; the case was forwarded to the prosecutor.

Looking for a summer job? Cedar Pointe is set to hire for its 149th summer season opening May 5. they’re looking to fill about 5,000 open positions, many with increased wages of about $9.25 to $12.50 per hour. Those positions include ride operators, games, guest services, parking and more; employee perks include free park access, free tickets for family and friends and, access to rides after can apply at cedar or attend one of the park’s job fairs around the midwest.



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A 19-year-old Central Michigan University student facing murder charges in the shooting death of his parents was formally arraigned from a hospital bed via teleconference Tuesday in Isabella County. James Eric Davis Jr. appeared by video broadcast from his room at McLaren Central Michigan wearing a green hospital gown and hooked to medical equipment. His court-appointed attorney and a Prosecutor were also in Davis Jr.’s hospital room for the hearing. After some confusion as to whether the CMU sophomore wanted a lawyer or to represent himself...ultimately the judge retained a lawyer for him until an actual motion asking otherwise is file...Davis Jr. was formally charged with two counts of open murder and one felony firearms charge and held on a bond of over $ can find all the details in that story on

For the 25th straight year, Alma College students received top honors at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference. The team took home the outstanding delegation honor, representing the country of Tanzania….a second team took home honorable mention in their representation of Thailand in the competition. Alma advances to the National Model UN Conference March 25-29 in New York City where at 21 years straight, they hold the longest winning streak in the nation.

General Mills announced a deal to create South Dakota’s largest organic crop farm as the food giant works to secure enough organic ingredients to meet growing consumer demand worldwide. Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres — more than 53 square miles — to organic by 2020, giving it enough space for all the organic wheat needed to make General Mills’ popular Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese line.

A slew of projects are set for Gratiot County’s Reed park this summer. a basketball court is set to be installed south of the beach house...the hope is to have concrete poured by may and the court complete by the summer. Other projects at REed this summer include accessible beach and water access, and new fire pit…. By the way Hubscher  Park will get a basketball court next summer according to the parks latest five year plan.

A new entertainment venue is on its way to Alma. Highland Blush on. Superior St. in downtown is under construction now and will feature entertainment such as live music, theatrical performances, games, and the ability for outside entities to rent out the space. The venue  is set for a soft opening in late April. A target date for a grand opening is May 21. You can find photos and more in that story on

If you were planning to attend the NCAA men's basketball tournament at Little Caesars Arena and do not have tickets, then you'd better get moving. The first- and second-round games of the NCAA Tournament are set for Detroit over St. Pats weekend...the big question is whether U of M or MSU might end up at the site...which won’t be known until SUnday’s selection show...if so, the schools will have some tickets to sell...otherwise only all-session, single-seat tickets remain on ticketmaster, The price starts at $198.



Monday, March 5, 2018


A Central Michigan University student suspected of shooting and killing his parents in his own dorm room Friday faces two murder and one weapons charge, and a bond of $3 million, but has not been formally arraigned pending release from a hospital.  James Eric Davis Jr., a 19-year-old sophomore at the school, was hypothermic and confused when he was arrested early Saturday morning after eluding police for more than 15 hours during a manhunt that crossed from campus into downtown Mt. Pleasant and involved more than 100 officers. Police have not said where Davis may have been hiding while tracking dogs, tactical teams and helicopters searched campus, Millpond park and neightborhoods in downtown MT. Pleasant; no motive has been identified in the killing of his parents who were here to take him home for spring break; however Davis spent Thursday night in a hopsital as well for evalauation after two police interactions for erratic behavior. You can find details, photos and more on themorningsun, and watch for updates today.

David Keilitz has been named the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the year after Saturday’s annual dinner. KEilitz, who coached baseball at CMU before becoming the athletic director for a decade, was recognized for his commitment to the whole community and for bringing CMU and the greater MTP communities together. his volunteer work, including as board member with the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, the McLaren Central Michigan Board of Directors and more. You can read more about Keilitz and find all the Eagle Award winners in that story on

The I-Ride shelter and bus stop in downtown Mt. Pleasant at the corner of Main and Broadway is expected to be removed in April. THe bus stop was once part of a regular route but is barely used now and takes up space where parking once was; there is another bus stop at Riverview Apartments and it is possible a new shelter could be placed near Veterans Memorial Library.

If you’re looking for a new binge watching option, A documentary series detailing the struggles of Flint, Michigan, from the vantage point of police officers launched on on Netflix last friday. “Flint Town,”is  an eight-part original series, and was filmed primarily during 2016 — a time when Flint was regularly in the national spotlight for its man-made public health crisis spurred by lead-contaminated water.

An Alma College microbiologist will present findings of bacteria levels in the Pine River’s water and sediment and their resistance to antibiotics prescribed by doctors. Tim Keeton, will present on his findings at the Healthy Pine River Task Force meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday  at the Alma Public Library. He will also explain his new study that can detect DNA down to a trillionth of a gram. And will distinguish between human and bovine DNA. That new study will begin this spring and continue throughout the year.


Friday, March 2, 2018

Two fraternities and one sorority from Central Michigan University have been suspended this year. We told you last week that sorority Sigma Lambda Gamma is under investigation for turns out  Phi Kappa Tau is also suspended through the fall of 2020 for alcohol abuse, misconduct and hazing….fraternity Pi Kappa Phi  is under investigation right now by CMU but the university is not releasing specifics on that one.

A 41-year-old Farwell man faces at least 25 years in prison after his conviction Wednesday of rsexually assaulting a child in Clare County. Jeffery Todd Bailey was found guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct by a jury; Schwarz faces a minimum 25-years in prison when he’s sentenced in APril; Trigger, the county’s canine advocate comfort the victim during the preceding an while testifying during the trial, that featured investigators and DHHS officials. You can find more on

If you’ve joined the Instapot craze, listen up: There is a voluntary recall on a popular model of the cooker because of a defect that could cause it to overheat on its underside and melt, posing a fire hazard..  The Double Insight company has received 107 reports of overheating related to the Gem 65 8-in-1 model, which has  caused  property damage in five instances. This model was sold for about $80 at Walmart  between August 2017 and January 2018. If you have one, you should stop using the cooker immediately, unplug it, and return it to the Walmart where it was purchased to receive a free replacement.

A man accused of killing a former Blanchard woman in a CVS store two years ago faces life in prison after a California jury found him guilty of first degree murder this week. That jury deliberated for less than two hours before finding Brian Eldon Saylor, 32, guilty of killing Tammy Serrano. She lived in Temecula, California at the time of the attack but grew up in mi-michigan and was a Montabella High School graduate. Serrano  was shopping at ta CVS with her adult daughter in June of 2016 when Saylor —seemingly unprovoked according to store security footage— slammed a bottle of Jim Beam into her head, knocking her to the ground. YOu can read more in that story on

Yesterday The Michigan Senate unanimously approved a $175 million infusion into the state’s roads...that’s  a 7 percent boost over existing spending ...and a bid by lawmakers to accelerate a two-year-old deal to improve deteriorating transportation infrastructure. The bill is expected to win final passage from the House in the afternoon and Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature soon. That same  legislation also includes $1 million for state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into how Michigan State University handled past allegations against Larry Nassar.

From the CFX/Morning SUn 24 hour newsroom this morning, a look at the efforts and expenses that burden law enforcement and prosecution in relation to the opioid crisis. Gratiot COUnty Prosecutor Keith Kushion said most of the drug related cases pursue through his office involve opioids, which cost staff time and other resources. Police an first responder across mid michigan now carry NArcan, a drug that can revive someone who is overdosing...but at around $80 a dose, the cost is rising...not to mention the expense of jailing someone convicting of a drug offense. It’s the third story in a five part series examining the actual and quality of life costs a municipality faces in the drug crisis, as many join lawsuits against opioid manufacturers. You can find the series on



Thursday, March 1, 2018

A car chase in Mt. Pleasant that hit speeds of more than 100 miles per hour ended early Wednesday morning with the arrest of two men. When police tried to pull 23 year old Gonzalo Alaniz for a traffic violation, Alaniz instead sped away at the corner of Mission and broomfield; he ignored police lights and sirens as he headed down Isabella but then abruptly stopped his car; he was arrested on multiple charges; his front seat passenger, a 19-year-old man, was arrested for having open alcohol container in the car and for being a minor in possession.

Once the home of the Blue Willow Bar, then TC’s Bar and can’t sit down and have a cocktail now but you can fill up your tank at the newest business on M20. If you’re heading east out of mt. pleasant, you might notice that the doors are open for the first time today at Huggy Bears General Store, a gas station and convenience store on the corner of M20 and Wise Roads. The store side has anything from food to hardware; they’ll feature typical gas station fare like pizza by the slice, fountain pop and chicken wings and a large selection of hardware supplies for those who don’t want to drive all the way to mt. pleasant or midland; future plans include a soft serve ice cream machine, a liquor license and hunting and fishing supplies as well.

It started as a routine Friday night traffic stop. However after Isabella County police chased down a fleeing driver on foot, officers uncovered drugs, needles and weapons. Deputies pulled over the 28-year-old man from Flint for failing to use a turn signal;  The driver did not have a license and could not tell police the name of the owner of the car he was driving. When the deputy returned to his patrol car, the man fled on foot. After a short chase deputies were able to find the driver and place him into custody, at which time the flint man indicated he had outstanding arrest warrants. When he was patted down, the deputy found drug paraphernalia including needles in a pouch; inside the car police found a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, along with a baton and an axe handle designed to be carried on a belt. He was arrested and lodged at the isabella county jail.

Starting today  the American Red Cross will be in Clare County with some help for flood clean up efforts. Using information gathered from those who contacted the 2-1-1 service, the Red Cross will hand out flood cleanup supplies and provide disaster-related information. 43 properties have been identified in Clare County that have received some levels of damage. Clare County Emergency Management says it’s not too late to report  flood-related damage by calling 2-1-1. Also, if you have a well that flooded you can get a well water test kit from the  Public Health Department; get contact information and more in that story on

Park bathrooms are back on the Alma Commission’s agenda, as they discuss plans to apply for state grant money to make repairs. They're asking the for about $160,000 from the DNR’s recreation grant program to repair dilapidated facilities at Pine River Park and Riverside; In addition, they’re hoping for dollars to completely replace the bathrooms at Wright Park….those updates were in the master plan in 2016 but the city was not awarded grant dollars at that time.



Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Downtown property owners in Mt, Pleasant could get up to $25,000 to update fire suppression systems after commissioner voted to approve grants this week. That money would come from the downtown tax authority; many businesses that would like to remodel their buildings...maybe changing upstairs areas into rental units for example...need to update their fire protection, a costly change. Three businesses can earn grants this year, with a few more budgeted over the next several years.

Last night an email and a recorded phone message were sent to parents of children in Mt. PLeasant and shepherd after police investigated a perceived threat of violence.. The message said a SHepherd student  -who attends the area tech. Center housed in. Mt. PLeasant HIgh school— made a potential threat. Mt. PLeasant police investigated and found the threat not credible, but that student will not be in school today. The district reminded community members to be vigilant in reporting things that feel dangerous or threatening.

Maple trees are tapped in Shepherd as warmer temperatures have sap flowing right on time for syrup-making season. Whether the 60th year of the Shepherd Maple Syrup Festival is a banner syrup production year for the Shepherd Sugar Bush remains to be seen, and is entirely dependent on the weather. The recent daytime warm weather is ok, but the maple trees really need freezing temperatures at night and high 30s/low 40s during the day to produce sap without budding. The Sugar Bush is boiling and expected to have 500 gallons of syrup by the end of yesterday. An average year will yield around 1500 gallons.

A specific  group of people are being asked to sign up for studies on health impacts  from PBBs in gratiot county. For the first - three generations of a family are needed: they’re looking for an exposed grandfather, and unexposed grandmother, an adult child and a grandchild; It’s the latest from Emory University, which is conducting an in-depth look at effects over years of ground contamination from 40 years ago.A second study will examine how long PBB stays in the body following exposure, and test whether certain substances will help  eliminating PBB. You can get in touch with the Pine River Task Force for more information on the study or check out the story on

Blue ice doesn’t always stack up along the Great Lakes shoreline. But when it does form itraws a crowd. IT’s been several years but the blue ice is back  near the mackinac bridge. In some spots the ice is piled high, even pushed up on the shoreline near homes. The blue color occurs because the Ice is so  consolidated air bubbles do not interfere with the passage of light through it.

Across the state 163 applicants have turned in requests  for medical marijuana businesses as local municipalities work to decide if those operations will be allowed in individual cities and towns.  Those state applications are a required in addition to local licensing under new’s been 8 days since michigan started accepting applications and The state is expected to issue license starting in April; in Mid-michigan - Mt. PLeasant, Alma and other cities are hashing out details on local proposed ordinances regarding those businesses.



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Social justice activist Kat Blaque, a children’s illustrator and opinion vlogger who uses her platforms to address race, gender and other cultural topics, will deliver the Women’s Month keynote address at Alma College. She will speak on “Living in Your Truth: Coming Out and Being Authentic with Myself and My Career” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 in the Dunning Memorial Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. That keynote is one of several events planned at the college for women’s month; you can find a list on

Police in the Saginaw area yesterday arrested a 71-year-old Roman Catholic priest who is accused of sexual assault. Rev. Robert DeLand is the pastor at St. Agnes Church in Freeland. Police say they've received several complaints since August alleging assault, gross indecency, alcohol for a minor and possession of the Ecstasy drug….he’s been under surveillence since November. Prosecutors are still reviewing the investigation and have not yet filed any charges

A 24-year-old Gratiot County man will head to trial for second degree murder and other charges, accused of intentionally ramming another car causing a crash that killed the other driver. Kyle Joseph Richards, 24, of Alma, faced a preliminary hearing last week...police said Richards and another man —Tyler SPade— had a ongoing dispute involving a girl; the two had a confrontation at a party, and spade left with his friend Austin Gibson. Richards followed the two, ramming their car and pushing them off the road...Gisbson died in the crash. A jury trial date will be set in March when Richards is arraigned in circuit court. You can find more in that story on

Mt. Pleasant city commissioners are considering a property maintenance ordinance in the city. A number of topics are covered in the proposal, including broken windows, roofs missing shingles and excessive litter. The proposed maintenance ordinance was discussed in anwork session this week...once the city’s attorney gives the proposal the OK, it will be up for public comment...if adopted, commissioners said the city will likely spend a year on educating residents before issuing warning letters or citations for things like excessive littering, broken windows or excessive dirt and grime on a building.

A California-based company is in talks with Michigan transportation officials to consider whether Detroit could be a potential stop for a futuristic transportation system. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is looking to create a high-speed tube-based transportation system from Cleveland to Chicago that would theoretically reach speeds up to 760 miles per hour. They’ve reached out to see if a detroit stop makes sense. THe company’s plan incudes passengers and cargo capsules hovering through a network of low-pressure tubes and they’ve already inked a $1.2 million plan for a feasibility study.

Two men – a 17-year-old from St. Helen and a 25-year-old from Harrison – face charges after they were caught wearing ski masks and running from a barn in northwest Clare County over the weekend. Police and recovered multiple stolen items included generators and chain saws. Investigators think the two could also be involved in several other break ins in the same area...more in the story on

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

They were living in poor conditions, taken to the Clare County Animal Shelter after a drug raid earlier this month. But as news of seven

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