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Friday, July 20, 2018

It’s an old scam, but the scammers were busy trying to pull it off in Gratiot County  Yesterday. The sheriff had at least five reports of callers claiming to be the IRS, demanding money over the phone with threats of arrest. Remember that the government, or police for that matter will never demand that you pay over the phone...if someone calls you claiming to be the IRS in this manner, hang up...if you think you’re a victim of this or other ruses, contact police.

The demand for Narcan – which can reverse the effects of a drug overdose – more than doubled from April to June compared to the prior three months this year across the state. In total, Michigan pharmacies dispensed 3,174 orders during that time period...one third of those were filled without a prescription, allowed now by a standing order to accomodate emergencies as the state and the nation deal with the opioid epidemic. 60 percent of pharmacies in the state are authorized to dispense Narcan.

Last night was Rural Urban Day in Gratiot County, honoring businesses and families that contribute to the areas strong agricultural roots. Farm Family of the Year honors went to the Bob, Keith and Derrick Strong family; the Ag Business of the Year  award went to Pavlik Auction and Real Estate. The strong family has been in the rea for 164 years, while Pavlik auction has sold more than 60,000 acres of farmland in its 50-year history...you can get all the details on themorningsun.com

 

Wright Park in Alma was abuzz Thursday with the sounds of volunteers and machinery working on the park’s new structure. The first day of the build, featuring about 75 volunteers for the “Rebuilding Alma’s Wright DREAM Park” project, was the realization of a vision brought by Alma residents last year to rebuild the park, replacing the wooden structure with a new one made with plastic and metal pieces. IF you want to help, volunteer build days continue 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow. YOu can find more in that story on themorningsun.com

The road trip to go to a WAhlburgers is about to get a little shorter. The Boston-based restaurant chain owned by actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their chef brother, Paul, has selected a spot at Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township for its new location. It will be the fourth in the state, with others in the metro detroit area. No date set for an opening of the famed burger joint.

A stolen cash register was found by police officers miles from where it was taken in Isabella County, the latest development in an ongoing party store robbery investigation. The register was empty save for a few cents and had clearly been thrown from a car window about eight miles from Beech’s Lakeside Party Store, across the street from Coldwater Lake Family Park. The store was robbed Monday night, and police are still asking for the public’s help identifying the group of men they say walked in just after 8 p.m., forcing the store’s owner into another area while they robbed the place and took off. If you saw anything in the area or if you have surveillance cameras with footage you can share, contact the mt. pleasant state police post.

 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Plans for an electric go-kart track just north of Mt. Pleasant are one step close to reality after Isabella County Commissioners approved a zoning change for the proposed property. Land next to roller rink Northside Hansen Arena has already been purchased by owner Mark Hansen, waiting only on the rezoning decision for the bank to seal the deal. His vision includes a eight to 10 car asphalt track with battery-powered gokarts...Next up, he’ll need to submit site plans for the project...Hansen said if all is approved, he hopes to have the track up and running by next June.

A Mt. Pleasant woman was scammed out of some $2,000 by a man who talked her into a complicated scheme involving fronting him cash for a check. She met the man at work where he talked her into helping him allegedly send money to his children...He gave her a check, then she took money out of her bank account, transfering it through a payment center at Walmart then using paypal to send it. The man disappeared once the money was sent, the victim swindled out of the two grand.

 

A Clare County woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her employer over a 12-year time frame is facing an embezzlement charge after a several month investigation….Through her position at the Clare Moose Lodge, Melissa Washburn had access to cash and stole money between 2005 and 2017. An investigation started last December, about a month after she left her job as a bartender and manager. Police say she stole between 20 and $50,000...she faces a preliminary hearing August 1.


Maybe not so unsurprisingly, Detroit ranks number 1 when it comes to most stressed cities in the nation….that’s according to wallethub, which looked at key metrics like health and safety, finances and family stress. Detroiters get the least amount of sleep, has thehighest poverty rate an thelowest median credit scores and the second highest divorce rate compared to other major cities in the country.
 

One Site along the Chippewa River tested at five times the safe e. Coli levels allowable for human contact recently, a problem that persists for the river each summer. The North Branch Chippewa River near Meridian Road has the highest levels of the bacteria, but Chipp-A-Waters park also tested well above the safety limit for full body contact. The issue has beentraced in part to sewage issuesin beal city, where drainage ditches emptyinto the north branch...You can find all the weekly testing results on themornignsun.com


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Granger Disposal Center in Gratiot COUnty was closed yesterday  as owners dealt with the aftermath of a large fire Monday night that caused billowing clouds of smoke and flames that could be seen for miles….residential and commercial services were not affected but the facility is not taking materials hauled to it...it looks like the fire started in a building that holds compacted trash...no injuries were reported as firefighters worked all night until 4 am yesterday to put out the flames. Investigators are still working to determine a cause.

Air conditioning needs across michigan have risen over the last four decades as summers get warmer. A study by ClimateCentral.org shows the increase in temperatures is mostly coming from warmer nights. FOr example Flint's air conditioning need has risen 32 percent in the last 40 years. That matches national trend as well.

Police in Mt. Pleasant have the public to thank for leading them to a suspect they say stole a tip jar from a downtown pizza shop. Security showing a man believed to have grabbed that cash jar from the counter at Pisanellos was shared on social media and on themornigsun.com…after  a slew of tips rolled in, police arrested a suspect, who awaits larceny charges in the ISabella County Jail. You can find more on themornignsun.com

As 31 sites in MIchigan including on ein Mt. Pleasant test positive for PFAS, a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the state and Pennsylvania want the EPA to "immediately" revise and broaden its health guidance for the emerging contamination concern. IN particular, they want acceptable levels of the chemicals to be lowered to match U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s minimum risk level...studies find that exposure to the chemicals might be associated with pregnancy issues, liver damage,  increased risk of thyroid disease and more.

A Michigan State Police Trooper who exchanged gunfire during a traffic Stop in Lake City last week has been released from a hospital;  The man who shot the trooper has been identified by police as Douglas Robert Sawyer, 32, from Fenton...he died in the exchange….but of a a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to autopsy results. The gunfight happened with the trooper stopped a car ful of people; Sawyer fled on foot, shooting at the trooper. He was a parole absconder who had three warrants for his arrest at the time.

 

Police in Isabella County are asking for the public’s help identifying a group of men they say robbed a party store near Coldwater Lake Monday night then fled the area. A man working at Beech’s Lakeside PArty Store called 911 just before 9 p.m. to report a robbery. The man, who was working alone, told police two or three men forced him into another area of the store while they took products and other valuables. The suspects fled on foot for a distance then likely got into a vehicle...police are asking that anyone who may have seen something particularly in the Littlefield and Beal City roads area between 845 and 915 Monday night, or anyone with surveillance footage from their property contact state police.

 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A life-long criminal who was on parole when he shot a Shepherd women in her home during an attempted drug robbery will spend just over 14 years in prison at the minimum after a judge sentenced him Monday. Kenneth Byron Maddux. 39, will first serve a sentence for parole violation before he can begin serving the time for the robbery that left Jessica Day injured and spurred a several-day manhunt for Maddux in Isabella and Midland Counties last fall. Police eventually found him in what turned out to be a meth house; the owner of the home he broke into is also in prison on drug convictions...Day is still recovering from the gunshot wound. You can get all the details on themorningsun.com
 

Mt. Pleasant police need your help identifying a man they say stole a tip jar fromthe counter at Pisanello’s Pizza. Security footage shows the man with a woman, another man and a small child order food under the name Desarae. The suspect grabbed the tip jar then ran out of the restaurant….You can find a photo from security video and more infromation on the morningsun.com and if you know anything, contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department

Two more recall initiatives against township officials are set to be considered by the Isabella County Election Commission, each using identical language to a petition approved last week for the November ballot. For the third time the same woman filed a reall petition against Isabella township Trustee Robert Walton...the first two were deniedby the comission for unclear language; another resident filed against that township’s supervisor Jeff Bean as well..the commission will decide on July 30th if the language is clear enough for voters to understand its meaning on ballot...and,since they already approved identical recall language against Denver Township Supervisor John PEdjac, it’s likely at three elected officials will face recall in November.

As investigators work to determine a cause for a fire at the Scottish Pine Apartments in Alma earlier this week the woman who was found dead inside has been identified. Ruth Elaine Ferman, 69 was found on her couch by firefighters battling the blaze. Although they don’thave a cause yet, the fire was containted to Ferman’s apartment and looks to have started from that couch...no accelerants have been discovered and they are still waiting on autopsy results to dtermine a cause of death.

 

Last week a brand new history trail was unveiled at Bundy Hill Preserve and as it turns out, that’s not the only new path at the property. The Chippewa Watershed Conservancy and a group of volunteers have been hard at work on Thursday evenings, building a new system of trails that lead up to and around Isabella County’s tallest point. The trails are hand built and follow the natural curves and topography of the land in the hopes they will provide the premiere hiking experience in the region; the brand new summit trail is open now and the McNeel trail is stillunder construction...if you’ld like to help out, the group welcomes volunteers at 5:30 at the preserve on River Road each week. Read more on themorningsun.com

 


Monday, July 16, 2018

Mt. Pleasant police are warning of a localized version of a statewide scam that calls residents using a local officer’s name and demands money to prevent being arrested. One resident got a call Thursday using the name of a Mt. Pleasant police detective...the caller requested money in the form of a Green DOt money card after threatening to arrest or pursue criminal charges but would not meet in person. Police detectives will never call you to request money in lieu of an arrest...if you think you got a phone call like this or are a victim of this or other scams, call your police department.

A 69-year-old woman was discovered dead by firefighters battling a blaze late Thursday night at Scottish Pines Apartments in Alma. The woman was discovered after firefighters entered the building to combat the fire; The smoke and flames forced first responders out of the complex initially and two Alma Police Department officers were treated at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gratiot for smoke inhalation and later released. The state fire marshall is inspecting the cause of the blaze, which displaced residents; watch themornignsun.com for updates.

This summer’s road construction schedule is the busiest in years for the Isabella County Road Commission,  The biggest project is a large-scale, $1.3 million improvement on Isabella Road where three intersections will have work done. The road commission is also  replacing 46 miles of gravel, which he considers to be the biggest amount of gravel refresh that the commission has ever done in one summer. Other roads will be repaved this summer as well; you can find details on all the work in that story on themornignsun.com

A former refinery site in Mt. Pleasant long under the watch of the DEQ  has tested positive for PFAS, an emerging contamination concern over the last year. After Michigan formed a statewide task force to deal with those contaminants, which are used in fire suppression foam and many other products, 31 sites aross the state were found to contain PFAS...THe old Roosevelt REfinery property, which is at 600 W. Pickard, has been a DEQ cleanup site for decades for other contaminants left over from the 30s through the 70s. The state’s PFAS task force and the DEQ are working on testing river,g round and municipal water systems in the areas where the pollution has been discovered...no word yet on when those test results will be available.

 

Police departments across the country are showing off their lip syncing skills on social media and in mid-Michigan, the performances are big. THe Lip Sync Challenge is viral on Facebook, with officers recording themselves mouthing along to their favorite tunes. Shepherd Police Chief Luke Sawyer went all out, performing a medley of songs in popular spots around the village; Mt. Pleasant, St. Louis and other departments have done their own versions as well. You can find links to some of the local performances on themornignsun.com

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Denver Township Supervisor John Pedjac (PED-E-ACK) could face a recall in November after the Isabella County Election Commission approved the language of one resident’s petition to remove him from office. Petition filer Louise Ann Mogg now has until Aug. 3 to obtain at least 83 signatures from registered Denver Township voters in order to ensure the recall measure appears on the ballot. Pedjac has 10 days himself to appeal the decision in circuit court.  The recall effort was one of two heard by election commission members Thursday morning. A recall petition against Isabella Township Trustee Robert Walton was denied for a second time. You can read more on that story on themorningsun.com

Michigan has approved its first operator licenses for medical marijuana facilities; those facilities are in Ann Arbor Chesaning,and a secure transporter license in Lansing. The board denied one applicant’s two license request outrights and prequalifed 16 proposed facilities across the state and denied five. To date, 40 applicants have been prequalified, as municipalities that have opted in work to develop and implement local ordinances for medical marijuana businesses.

A man who reportedly was in possession of a stolen vehicle from Isabella County has been taken into custody in Gladwin County. Joel Benes, 33, from the Clare and Gladwin area was arraigned Thursday on multiple charges including multiple firearm violations and heroin possession.  Benes was found in sage township when after finding the stolen car, a witness said the man was hiding in the woods with a shotgun. He was ultimately arrested without incident, police found black tar heroin and a gun and ammunition. It’s not clear yet how he got the car or why he had the car from Isabella county.

Police are asking for the public's help to find the suspect in a bank robbery near Big Rapids Thursday. The Isabella Bank on Perry Street in Big Rapids Township was robbed around 12:45 p.m. Identified as as Nicholas Nelson, 23, of Newaygo, the robber demanded money from tellers and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen driving what was described as a dark blue four-door Volkswagen. Anyone with information about where Nelson may be is asked to call the mecosta county sheriff's office.

A man is in custody after police in alma arrested him for making threatening statements while in possession of a knife. Police were sent late Wednesday to South Grover Street , where the man who was acting erratically had been approaching residents while also having the knife…. No injuries were reported. The man hasn't been arraigned but is in the Gratiot COunty Jail. Watch themorningsun.com for updates.

Next week, the Clare County Fair will feature animal shows, rodeos and a performance from country music legend Charlie Daniels at the Clare County Fairgrounds in Harrison. THat concert is set for July 27 with  country singer Jordan Davis opening...Daniels is 81 by the way and has been performing since the 1950s...tickets are on sale now and range from 64 to 94 dollars.

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A domestic disturbance investigation in Alma Tuesday night escalated when a suspect armed with a crossbow confronted police in his home, prompting two of the three officers to fire their guns, injuring the man. Those officers —one state police trooper from the Lakeview Post and two officers from the Alma Police Department— are on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation, normal protocol when an officer fires a gun during an incident. Police were called to the home for a fight between a mother and her adult son; when they got there the mother had left and the son did not respond to police for an hour...they entered the home and the suspect immediately confronted them with a crossbow; he was hit by gunfire in the shoulder and sustained non life threatening injuries. He’s facing three charges once he’s released from a hospital. You can find more on thenornignsun.com

Central Michigan University football coaching legend Roy Kramer will be this year’s homecoming grand marshal. Kramer served as head coach from 1967 and 1977, with his  marquee season in 1974 as the Chippewas won the NCAA Division II national championship. Homecoming is Oct. 5 and 6; CMU football plays on Oct. 6 against Buffalo.

A new leader is in place for the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties; Annie Sanders has accepted the position of president and CEO and will take the helm at the end of this month. Sanders is a lifelong resident of mid-Michigan. Most recently She has served as associate director of alumni relations at Central Michigan University since 2006.

Billionaire Elon Musk appears to have joined the effort to help Flint with its ongoing water crisis. In a series of Tweets that seemed to develop out of nowhere, the forward-thinking entrepreneur said that he will fund fixing water in any house in Flint that has water contamination above accepted levels….Musk asked that flint residents email him their testing results and he would install water filters in homes to start, then get boots on the ground in Flint to fix the overall issues...old,lead pipes.

If you’ve ever been surprisingly underwhelmed or impressed by a band’s live performance only to learn later that others had the same experience, two Central Michigan University students have built an APP for you. RateGigs crowdsources concerts (including music festivals), venues, and artist performances ratings and reviews for users to help others make informed decisions about an event or artist. The developers call it “Rotten Tomatoes for performances” where Concert-goers give reviews in a “simple” or “in-depth” format on a 1 to 10 scale. A public, open working beta, the app was launched on July 5 youcan find itin your app store.

More than 100 new state troopers are set to graduate this afternoon, part of the 134th class of the Michigan State Police. Those graduating recruits will be sworn in as MSP troopers then they’ll report to their assigned MSP posts across the state, including nine to mid-Michigan posts. In Mt. Pleasant expect to see four new faces and five new recruits working from the Lakeview Post. You can find a list of who is going where on themorningsun.com

 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Detroit may be the Motor City, but its not one you want to be motoring around in, according to one study. WalletHub called the city the very worst for drivers based on key indicators like average gas prices, average annual hours of traffic delays and auto-repair shops per capita.San Francisco Seattle and Boston are the cities just ahead of Detroit at the bottom of hte list while Raleigh, Corpus Christi, Orlando were ranked as the best cities to drive in.
 

Ithaca schools will use a state-provided mediator as administrators and teachers hit a stalemate in contract negotiations. THe issue comes down to pay; teachers want to be compensated for years of not receiving or receiving minimal step increases that reward experience….the district is offering a one-step increase this year, plus a $550 raise. Those mediated negotiations will be set through the summer.
 

Crops in mid-Michigan are at a critical stage of growth, and they desperately need rain. Recent heat and a lack of significant precipitation puts stress on plants that are getting big, making it harder for them to handle the lack of water. Mid-Michigan has seen about 2.5 inches total of rainfall in may and june, and not much more so far in July. That stress can affect yields for crops like soybeans, corn, wheat and hay. That, coupled with a pretty late start to planting because of a cold snap in APril, have farmers hoping for more ideal weather before harvest.
 

Residents have filed recall petitions against two elected officials in Isabella County, one citing a financial conflict of interest because of a land agreement with a wind farm development company while another alleges improper meeting procedure….an initial petition against Isabella Township Trustee Robert Walton contending a conflict of interest with wind farm decisions and promotion was ultimately ruled too bague by the election commission; the same person immediately filed a second recall against the trustee; another resident filed a petition against Denver Township Supervisor John Pedjac saying hey did not call for a vote at a meeting when he should have. Both recalls will be heard yt the election commission at a public meeting tomorrow morning. Watch for more on themorningsun.com

A 43-year-old Evart woman this week became the second sentenced in a bizarre attack last summer on a man digging for coins in a Clare County cemetery. Christie Rebecca Austin, who had agreed to testify against her codefendant, avoided further jail or prison time with the plea deal. She was sentenced Monday to 251 days in jail with credit for 251 days served. along with probation, costs and fees. She testified against Brett Anthony Ostrander at his trial, he’s currently serving an eight to 20 year sentence in the attack of a man who as digging for buried cash in a graveyard; You can find more on themorningsun.com

Eleven medical conditions have been added to the list of ailments that can legally be treated with medical marijuana. Those include Arthritis, Autism, Chronic Pain, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and more, effective immediately. Those come as changes in the state law allows for marijuana infused products to be used for medical purposes as well.

 


Tuesday July 10, 2018

Among the protected lands of the Bundy Hill Preserve, a new path is set to be unveiled next week; a trail of history. Created to tell the story of settlers from the Native Americans to the diverse logging families of Isabella and Mecosta Counties, The new Bundy Hills History Trail shares the past in marked stops along a walking path. Told by signs along the entrance to the Preserve, the history trail is hosting an official grand opening Saturday at 1 pm, where visitors can meet representatives from the groups that contributed their knowledge will be on hand...guided tours to the tallest point in ISabella County will be available as well.
 

Central Michigan University professor Dr. Rene Shingles made history last week in New Orleans. Shingles is the 23rd woman, the eighth African-American, and the first African-American woman to be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. More than 650 students have graduated under Shingles’ guidance, and she’s recognized as a national expert on diversity and inclusion in the profession.
 

Legionella infections across the state -in particular metro areas- are rising this year, matching national trends. So far, the michigan deparatment of health and human services has confirmed 135 cases this year, with 24 coming just since July 1. Legionella can cause LEgionaires Disease and less seriously, Pontiac Fever. LEgionaires can be treated successfully with antibiotics, and is most likely to affect people over 50, former or current smokers and those who have weakened immune systems. Recent travel or overnight stays, hot tub use, or exposure to places with new or recently repaired plmbing are risk factors. Symptoms are flu-like and can turn to pnuemonia-like. If you have concerns, the health department says contact your doctor.
 

The weekend boil water notice in Clare was lifted late Monday, with city officials giving the all-clear for drinking water across the city. Parts of clare had been under that boil notice since Saturday, when the water system lost pressure for a few minutes; testing indicated bacteria in two spots and warranted more tests.
 

An emergency blood shortage is prompting the Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives. The escalated call comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. There were 550 fewer blood drives organized over the holiday than during a typical week; This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, causing donations to now be distributed to hospitals faster than they come in. You can always find blood drives hosted across mid-Michigan on the CFX current events calendar.
 

If you’ve got a car and a few hours to spare a week, The Gratiot County Commission on Aging needs you: they’re seeking volunteer drivers to deliver nutritious hot meals to Alma and St. Louis for Sumner homebound senior citizens. The commitment is generally 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. one day a week, and Mileage is reimbursed at 54.5 cents per route mile. If this sounds like yourvolunteer opporutniity, you’ll need to complete the volunteer registration form and pass a background check. The volunteer must have a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license and proof of current automobile insurance. Training is provided by Commission on Aging.
 


Monday, July 9, 2018

This year’s Stuff the Bus campaign has kicked off, with just a few changes ; With the help of community donations, the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties hands each elementary school teacher items to supplement needs in their classroom. This year, it costs 75 dollars to sponsor a classroom, and teachers will get two, to four packs of disinfectant wipes, a 12-pack of tissues and a $50 gift card...that way, each educator can buy for their classroom’s specific needs. The United way hopes to have all classrooms sponsored by the end of this month which is about 475 in total for both counties. You can find an easy link to donate on the United way Website or by mailing checks to their office.
 

Mid-Michigan residents will get a chance to see several short films from the famous Sundance Institute at Celebration Cinema in Mt. Pleasant. The Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program will present a screening of six Native American short films followed by a question-and-answer program with two filmmakers. That’s all tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.; Admission is free and open to the public.
 

 

A boil water notice in Clare is expected to extendthrough as officials work to flush out the system after some bacteria was found after a period of low water pressure over the weekend. That followed a f three-minute period of low water pressure on saturday; Residents in the northwestern and northern part ofthe city should bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to use for drinking, washing dishes, preparing food, or brushing teeth. Bacteria sampling at one site came back positive for the coliform bacteria.
Michigan Garden Clubs President believes Michigan should recognize the value of butterflies by naming the black swallowtail as its official state butterfly….the group has helped introduce a bill to make it happen. The4 club says Naming a state butterfly is important because it recognized beauty while also bringing attention to the iportance of pllinators and environmental issues. The bill is in legislators hands right now; Michigan by the way is one of three states in the U.S. that has not designated a state butterfly or insect.

 

As dry conditions and high temperatures persist, the Department of Natural Resources is issuing no burn permits from Isabella County to the north. Additionally, Gratiot County is now under a fire ban effective Saturday until further notice. In each county, recreational fires in proper containment are allowed but debris burn permits will not be issued until further notice...and it looks like with just slight chances of rain sporadically through the week’s forecast and temperatures creeping up toward the high 80s again, that ban could be around for a while.
 

If you’ve got a car and a few hours to spare a week, The Gratiot County Commission on Aging needs you: they’re seeking volunteer drivers to deliver nutritious hot meals to Alma and St. Louis for Sumner homebound senior citizens. The commitment is generally 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. one day a week, and Mileage is reimbursed at 54.5 cents per route mile. If this sounds like yourvolunteer opporutniity, you’ll need to complete the volunteer registration form and pass a background check. The volunteer must have a reliable vehicle, a valid driver’s license and proof of current automobile insurance. Training is provided by Commission on Aging.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Grab your 1960s gear, your antique car and head to two different filming locations this weekend in Mt. Pleasant for your chance to be an extra in a documentary film about JFK’s presidential limousine. A film crew will close roads on CMU’s campus early saturday  starting at 7:30 am and will grab shots in downtown Mt. Pleasant Sunday as well, starting at noon. If you want to be a part of it all, check in at University center Saturday and at the Broadway Theater on SUnday...they’ll also have costumes available to borrow on a first come first serve basis...and if you have a 1962 car or earlier, bring that too. If you just want to see the Limo replica, it will be available for viewing on Saturday at Mountain Town Station from 4-7.

Don’t forget that Monday is the last day to register to vote in MIchigan if you want to participate in the AUgust primary...In isabella county, there are many contested races and some big ballot proposals including library funding and if you’re in one of the townships, chances are you could be deciding whether planning and zoning becomes a very local effort. The league of Women Voters in Mt. Pleasant interviewed candidates toot; you can find links to videos, survey answers for each candidates, easy instructions on how to register to vote and more on themorningusn.com

A 40-year-old Albion man arrested after throwing cash out of his car window during a police chase through Mt. Pleasant last week is facing additional charges after police say he threatened the life of a woman he believes outed him for drug sales. Kian Depree Edmonds sold undercover drug officers crack and heroin last week, and when police tried to arrest him, he sped off, driving dangerously and erratically trying to evade police while throwing a laege quantity of bills out the window..eventually he was stopped on CMU’s campus. After he was arraigned, he called a woman he believed turned him in and threatened his life...he’s facing charges ranging from drug distribution as a habitual offender to witness intimidation; he remains lodged in the Isabella County Jail.

 

The recent heat wave has raised temperatures in the The Great Lakes, bringing surface water warmer than average.All but one of the Great Lakes are at the warmest average temperature right now compared to this date over the last five years. Lake Michigan in particular has surged; right now it’s 6 degrees warmer than normal, all attributed to consistently high temperatures over weeks...with forecasters calling for a hotter than normal summer overall, by late july the great lakes are on track to break all kinds of temperature records.

A 14-year-old Mt. Pleasant girl whose blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit when police pulled her over as she drove a car reported stolen earlier that morning awaits a probate court hearing after being turned over to her parents. Four friends with her in the car when the intoxicated teen driver was pulled over —girls ranging in age from 13 to 16-years-old— were also turned over to parents Tuesday morning...earlier in the morning, police responded to a nuisance call at a party, but when they arrived, a resident at the home said someone stole his car...and off duty officer spotted the group of girls driving the car after 7 am, the 14 year old blew a .17. You can find more on the morningsun.com

 

 

Thursday, July 5, 2018

An employee’s account that his boss at a Midland County restaurant assaulted has taken a turn, after the victim was found dead in his own apartment the next day. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s owners have criticized linking the two incidents, saying all staff are mourning his death. Jesse Walle, a 34-year-old Midland man, told deputes last Friday night that he’d suffered minor injuries in a dispute with his 56-year-old boss at The Creek restaurant in Midland Township….officers left his home at around 1 am saturday after taking the report, and by 8:40 am, a family member discovered Walle dead at his home; police are investigating, awaiting autopsy results. Watch themornignfsun.com for upates.
 

High temperatures may be trending down as we get closer to the weekend, but heat indexes are expected to stick around 100 for at least today, prompting cooling center to stay open in mid-Michigan. The Isabella County Commission on Aging will have doors open for anyone who needs a spot to cool off today and tomorrow from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m...The center will offer refreshments and a light meal for those who come in. and t ransportation to the centers are also being offered by I-Ride as well...Remember to stay out of the sun for long periods of time, check on neighbors and vulnerable populations like children and the elderly, and drink plenty of water during high heat.
 

WHen it comes to straight liquor, Meijer stores are once again the place we michiagn residents buy our vodka, whiskey or other spirits; Meijers was the No. 1 buyer of wholesale liquor ilast year, collectively purchasing about $128 million, or 9 percent of all the liqour bought in the state. In Isabella County, liquor wholesale purchases increased in 2017 but modestly; oveall, there was just a one percent increase….in total it’s no small number, topping 8.3 million, of about $117 per every person in the county for 2017.
 

With a lack of a local coffee presence on Central Michigan University’s campus, Ponder Coffee Company is expanding to fill in the gap that was left with the closure of the others. Ponder City Coffee, located on Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant, announced that they will be expanding to a second location on CMU’s campus. They will be housed inside a building with a long history of coffee and a quiet study or gathering space: on franklin, that once housed the University Cup and more recently The Dreamer coffee shop. Ponder expects the satallite lcation to open by the time CMU students head back to class in August.
 

A 25-year-old Shepherd woman, who police thought may have been the driver in an accident that killed a Midland man last summer, will spend 330 days in jail for failing to report a dead body to authorities. Ronald Fort II, 41, of Midland, was killed in the crash and investigators first thought he was alone in the pickup truck. During the investigation, detectives discovered that Jaime Sue Johnson was actually in the car with him...and police reports showed that some evidence indicated she could have even been driving...ultimately she was charged in May with failing to report the discovery of a dead body, a one-year misdemeanor.


Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Boat crash in Crystal Lake leaves four injured - Four people were injured when two boats collided on Crystal Lake about 8pm last Friday…From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, the boats were driven by Wayne Resident Mark Becker & Woodhaven Resident Jackie Mays, who apparently didn't see each other until the crash occurred…None of the injuries were life threatening & preliminary information indicates life jackets were properly used at the time of the crash…Becker’s boat partially sank and was towed towards shore by the Sheriff’s Office Marine unit. Mays’ boat was removed from the lake by the owner.

Money thrown from car during police chase in Mt. Pleasant should be returned - From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, an undetermined amount of money was thrown out of a moving vehicle during a police chase Friday involving the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team…Police chased a vehicle at around 3:30pm east on High Street then south on Mission  to Preston Street near the Bovee University Center on CMU's campus…After the chase, felony arrests were made, but several people were seen picking up the money thrown from the car…Police say the money should be returned to either the MPPD or BAYANET, it's evidence in a crime

Report: Teen pregnancy at all-time low in mid-Michigan; alcohol, tobacco use down - Mid Michigan District Health Department reports all-time low numbers in several youth-related health categories… From the CFX-Morning Sun 24 hour newsroom, teen pregnancy is at an all-time low level for Gratiot, Montcalm and Clinton counties with 24.7 pregnancies per 1,000 female teenagers age 15-19 from 2014 to 2016…Tobacco use among teens has dropped again, 8% of 11th grade students in the region have used cigarettes in the past 30 days, down from 10.9 percent in 2014…Finally, teens are drinking alcohol less than in the past, 24.7% of 11th grade students in the region that were surveyed in 2016 said they used alcohol within the past 30 days.

New Midland Mall owner plans to bring movie theater, national retailers - After going through foreclosure, the Midland Mall has a new owner who hopes some creative ideas can bring a resurgence of business to the 27-year-old property…Kohan Retail Investment, based in New York, closed on the mall property & the firm's founder Michael Kohan told MLive he wants to bring an "updated" movie theatre to the mall property & is a top priority…A gym, apartments & more retailers are also on the list…The mall has less than 50 retailers today, but hopes to lure more large retailers after Sears and JCPenney closed in 2016 and 2017…

Soo Locks could be upgraded by 2030 if federal funding is approved - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates an upgrade to the Soo Locks could be completed by 2030 if nearly $1 billion dollars in federal funding is granted…Currently, the Soo Locks has two working locks for ships transporting iron and other materials throughout the Great Lakes…Only one of those locks is big enough for about 60 percent of ships that pass through…Michigan officials and members of the shipping industry have long pushed for a plan to combine two of the oldest, smaller locks into another large lock…Once construction gets going, it could take between seven and 10 years to complete

DNR Upper Peninsula wolf survey shows healthy wolf population - Michigan DNR Wildlife Division officials say the state’s wolf population has remained relatively stable over the past four wolf surveys, the most recent of which occurred this past winter…The DNR says a minimum of 662 wolves in 139 packs were spotted across the Upper Peninsula this past winter…Fifteen more wolf packs were found during this past winter’s survey than in 2016, but pack size has decreased slightly and now averages less than five wolves.  Wolves in Michigan remain a federally-protected species which may only be killed legally in defense of human life.

Treat yourself to a new elk license plate! - If you drive a car in Michigan, you tend to visit the Secretary of State for your birthday, this year's newest license plate celebrates 100 years of elk in Michigan…The new specialty elk license plate raises money for the nongame fish and wildlife fund…You can order the elk license plate at any Secretary of State branch office…

JULY 4th SAFETY -During this Fourth of July holiday, the Michigan State Police is reminding motorists to make safety a priority when driving…Troopers will join their counterparts from across the country in the international traffic safety initiative, Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts) to reduce or eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries…The official Fourth of July holiday period began at 12:01am this morning & ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night…Last year, 14 fatal traffic crashes resulted in 14 deaths over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Gasoline Prices Increase Heading Into Holiday - AAA Michigan says that compared to last week, the statewide average daily gas price has increased…Michigan’s current daily statewide average is about $2.99 per gallon, about 9 cents more than last week’s average and about 69 cents more than this same time last year…The lowest average price can be found in the Marquette area where it’s about $2.87 a gallon…The highest in the Ann Arbor area for the ninth week in a row, where it’s about $3.06 a gallon…Michgian is 14th in the nation for most expensive average daily gas price & 2nd in the nation for biggest change in average daily gas price compared to last week.


Monday, July 2, 2018

CMU trustees vote for zero percent undergrad tuition rate increase - ​No more money for school this year at CMU…The Board of Trustees voted to keep undergraduate tuition for 2018-2019 the same as this year…Among Michigan's 15 public institutions, CMU has had the lowest cumulative tuition increase the past nine years…The University of Michigan has had the

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