Pewamo-Westphalia adds to championship legacy with 1st volleyball state title
With 24 state championships across eight sports dating back to 1984, Pewamo-Westphalia has been one of the most successful small-school athletic programs in Michigan. The Ionia County high school will have to clear some space in its trophy case, as P-W captured its 25th state championship and first in volleyball, as the Pirates defeated Kalamazoo Christian, 3-1, in the Division 3 finals Saturday at Battle Creek’s Kellogg Arena.mlive.com
Woman to stand trial in deaths of 2 Michigan bicyclists
A woman has been ordered to stand trial on second-degree murder and other charges after five bicyclists were struck by her vehicle as they rode in a summer charity event in western Michigan. Ionia County District Judge Raymond Voet said during a preliminary hearing Thursday that Mandy Benn was intoxicated by a “cocktail of drugs,” despite testimony that she had only therapeutic levels of medication in her system, MLive.com reported. Voet also said Benn, 42, acted with a “wanton and willful … disregard of life.”news.yahoo.com
Suspect arrested for allegedly beating elderly man on trail in Ionia County
IONIA COUNTY, MI – Police said an elderly man was hospitalized on Monday after being assaulted on a trail, Ionia County sheriff’s deputies said. One suspect is in custody, but remains unnamed as an investigation continues into the reported assault on Monday, Sept. 12. He told police the assault occurred on the Rail Trail, west of Ionia near Mile Marker 127. The victim sustained a serious head injury, but police said he refused medical attention while at the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office building. However, residents are encouraged to report any suspicious persons on the Rail Trail to Ionia County Central Dispatch.mlive.com
Ann Arbor bicyclist killed by SUV on his 9th ride for Make-A-Wish fundraiser
ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor man was one of two bicyclists killed Saturday in Ionia County while participating in a 300-mile charity event for Make-A-Wish. Edward Erickson, 48, of Ann Arbor, was killed July 30 when a suspected drunken driver crashed into him and several other cyclists riding in this year’s Wish-A-Mile Bicycle Tour in Michigan. Fellow bicyclist Michael Salhaney, 57 of Bloomfield Hills, was also killed in the crash, which seriously injured three other participating cyclists. And hope is essential for these courageous children, now more than ever.”The final stretch of the 300-mile Wish-A-Mile tour was set to conclude Sunday, July 31. More from MLive:Read the full report on the investigation of the University of Michigan hockey programNew restaurant bringing halal burgers, hotdogs to Ann ArborFirst Watch bringing new brunch spot to Ann Arbormlive.com
3 injured in Ionia County crash after driver misses stop sign, police say
EASTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Three people were injured Friday, Dec. 31 after a driver missed a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck, according to Michigan State Police. Troopers responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ballamy Road and Dildine Road in Ionia County around 6 p.m.Police say a 23-year-old Belding man driving north in a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck failed to stop at Dildine Road, striking a westbound 2012 Dodge Ram. The driver of the Chevrolet was ejected from his vehicle and was brought to a local hospital with serious injuries. A 29-year-old man driving the Dodge pickup truck was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Michigan State Police say the crash remains under investigation.mlive.com
Man in custody after stolen vehicle found burning along U.S. 131 in southern Kent County
KENT COUNTY, MI -- A stolen pickup was found burning alongside U.S. 131 in southern Kent County and police took the driver into custody. State police said they responded to a vehicle fire about 9:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 26 on southbound U.S. 131 near 100th Street. Troopers determined the pickup had been stolen out of Ionia County. Police also said they believe the driver intentionally set a fire inside of the pickup. That person was taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries, then taken to the Kent County Jail.mlive.com
West Michigan manufacturer plans $30.4M expansion, to add 38 jobs
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — An Ionia County manufacturer is planning a $30.4 million expansion and expects to hire 38 new employees, according to a news release from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Extruded Aluminum Corporation, which processes aluminum for a variety of industries, has purchased a 14-acre property next to its plant in Otisco Township, where it plans to build a 176,000 square foot expansion. The company will house additional production, handling and processing equipment at the new facility, the release states.mlive.com
Stolen vehicle was involved in fatal, fiery cash southeast of Rockford, police say
KENT COUNTY, MI -- A fatal, fiery two-vehicle collision southeast of Rockford involved a vehicle stolen out of Ionia County, police said. The vehicle, a 2000 GMC truck, was reported stolen Monday, July 12, the day before the fatal collision. Police said the truck was going west on Belding Road and crossed the center line, crashing into an oncoming 2018 Accura MDX. After the crash, a passenger in the truck was able to get out of the overturned vehicle. His one-year-old grandchild was a passenger in his vehicle and also had minor injuries.mlive.com
Ionia Free Fair to return this summer following new COVID-19 guidelines
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Ionia County Free Fair is returning this summer after being canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lisa Sanford, an Ionia veterinarian who serves as the fair’s board president, said the decision to host the event was finalized following Gov. A variety of activities are planned for fair, including live music, monster trucks, demolition derby, tractor pulls, carnival rides, a rodeo, and other free family shows. “As a longtime resident of Ionia, I know how important the Fair is to our community and understand how ready everyone is to have it return,” Sanford said. offers access to waterways, Lake Superior‘They brought the poison.’ Air Force refuses to own PFAS around OscodaGrand Rapids affordable housing developer names new CEOmlive.com
Stolen truck rammed Ionia County cruiser before deputy fired fatal shots, police say
EATON COUNTY, MI -- A stolen pickup backed up and rammed an Ionia County police cruiser before a deputy fired at the truck, killing the driver, police said. State police offered more details in the late afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 19 about a police shooting in Mulliken, in Eaton County, that killed a man. The Ionia County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a report of a stolen vehicle early Wednesday in Ionia County. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave through the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department per standard procedure. Police said that, once the investigation is finished, a report will be sent to the Eaton County Prosecutor’s office for review.mlive.com
Man in stolen vehicle shot, killed by police after pursuit ends in neighboring county
EATON COUNTY, MI – An Ionia County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man in a stolen vehicle after a pursuit that extended into neighboring Eaton County, state police said. Michigan State Police said that an Ionia County sheriff’s deputy pursued the stolen pickup truck into Eaton County’s village of Mulliken, east of Grand Ledge. The man, who state police called the suspect/driver, died at the scene after being shot. He was alone in the pickup truck. He has been with Ionia County Sheriff’s Department two years, state police said.mlive.com
Sheriff’s deputy reportedly shoots suspect in stolen car
EATON COUNTY, MI – An Ionia County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed the driver of a stolen vehicle, WOOD-TV 8 reports. State police are investigating a “critical incident” in the 200 block of Charlotte Street in Eaton County’s village of Mulliken, police said. The incident was reported around 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, May 19. A couple who live near the scene reported hearing gunshots, WOOD-TV 8 reported. Police expect to release additional details later.mlive.com
CDC reviews death of Michigan woman who got Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- everything you should know
The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is currently reviewing the death of a Michigan woman who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, though there is currently no evidence that her death and the vaccine are linked, officials said.
Michigan AG’s office clears Shelby Township officer in 2018 fatal shooting of 25-year-old man
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has cleared a Shelby Township police officer on Tuesday of any criminal wrongdoing related to a 2018 fatal shooting. On Nov. 3, 2018, officer Jason Zuk shot and killed 25-year-old Kanwarbir Malhi, who was allegedly acting aggressively toward police. AdThe shooting happened about 1 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2018, when Shelby Township police responded to reports of an occupied stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Spring Lane apartment complex. Police said that although Malhi told officers he was armed, it was determined that he did not have a weapon. AdAG’s office files charges against Lowell officerIn addition to reviewing the case in Shelby Township, Nessel reviewed and moved to file charges on Tuesday against Lowell police officer Jason Diaz.
Police identify woman, 18, found slain under snow
BARRY COUNTY, MI – Sheriff’s deputies identified Gracyn-Michael Brickley, 18, of Ionia County, as the victim of a fatal shooting. Her body was found Wednesday, Feb. 17, under snow near a house on Guy Road in Barry County’s Maple Grove Township, about 12 miles east of Hastings. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault or slaying in the area and found her body. Police soon arrested Andrew John-Lawrence Lafey, 21. Investigators believe that the victim was killed the day before her body was found.mlive.com
Detroit man freed from prison after life sentence is overturned
A Detroit man who had been convicted in 2005 for double-homicide and arson walked away a free man after a judge overturned his conviction. The Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Innocence Project now claims 28 convictions overturned. RELATED: Man freed after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment for Detroit murderThanks to the Innocence Project, Kenneth Nixon is now a free man. The Innocence Project found the original identification that came from a 13-year-old boy and a jailhouse informant weren’t reliable and overturned the conviction. The mother of two children who were killed, Naomi Vaughn, did not agree with the conviction being overturned.
90 cases of COVID variant identified at correctional facility in Ionia, Michigan health officials say
IONIA, Mich. – Ninety cases of the SARS-CoV-2 B117 variant have been identified at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Officials said the COVID-19 variant cases were identified after daily testing of inmates and staff at the facility. According to health officials, of those 90 cases, 88 are prisoners and two are employees. Health officials advise that Michiganders should:Wash hands often. AdEarlier this month, the variant was identified in Kent County after already identified in Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
Michigan reports 1,358 new coronavirus cases, 74 new deaths
Michigan added 1,358 more coronavirus cases and 74 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday, Jan. 4. The state is averaging 1,306 new cases and 41 new COVID-19 deaths per day over the last week. Since the start of the pandemic, Michigan has reported 565,251 confirmed cases and 14,778 deaths linked to COVID-19. (The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of new confirmed coronavirus cases. (The above chart shows Michigan’s 7-day rolling average of deaths involving confirmed coronavirus cases.mlive.com
Aerial treatment to help prevent spread of EEE completed in Michigan
Aerial treatment to prevent the spread of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been completed with approximately 462,000 acres treated, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday. The treatment, which started on Sept. 16, was completed Wednesday, according to MDHHS. “Aerial treatment was important to protect the health and safety of Michiganders,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. A Montcalm County resident is suspected of having EEE following preliminary testing. Individuals younger than 15 and over 50 are at a high risk on contracting the virus, MDHHS said in a press release.
First 2020 human EEE case confirmed in Michigan, aerial treatments to resume Monday
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the second night of aerial treatment to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has resulted in more than 226,000 total acres being completed across the state. MDHHS confirmed Friday that one human case has been confirmed in Barry County. “Treatment is being conducted to protect the health and safety of Michiganders in the affected areas,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. Additionally, a deer in Allegan County has been diagnosed with EEE. Impacted counties are now Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland.
6 additional EEE cases reported in horses in Michigan, expanding to Livingston County
With the second day of aerial treatment conducted for counties at risk of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday that six more cases were confirmed in horses, expanding Livingston County to the list. MDHHS said the new cases brings the total to 28 cases and 11 counties. The new EEE cases means expanding treatment in Jackson, Kent, Livingston and Montcalm counties, according to a press release from MDHHS. “These additional cases of EEE in horses underscores the importance of providing aerial treatment in the affected counties,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Horse owners are not required to vaccinate their animals for EEE,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM in the press release.
First night of aerial treatment underway for Michigan counties at high risk of EEE
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Wednesday the first night of aerial treatment is underway to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in Montcalm and Clare counties. Other counties -- including Kent, Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Mecosta and Ionia counties -- may receive treatment Wednesday depending on the weather. While EEE has been confirmed in horses, a West Michigan resident is also suspected of having the mosquito-borne illness -- the first human known to contract EEE this year in Michigan. Michiganders are strongly urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the suspected EEE case along with nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. The outbreak at that time extended to 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.
Health experts concerned about EEE, West Nile Virus in Michigan
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment Wednesday night in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). State officials said they’re concerned about increasing cases of EEE in horses and the first suspected human case in a man from Barry County. Late summer and early autumn is the time of year when cases of West Nile Virus and EEE rise. In addition to concerns about EEE, there have also been nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus -- including cases in Wayne and Oakland counties and Detroit. RELATED: Michigan confirms first 2020 human case of West Nile virus in Wayne County residentIn addition to wearing mosquito repellent, experts recommend getting rid of standing water around your property to remove potential breeding grounds and repairing any holes in window screens.
Aerial mosquito treatment planned for 10 Michigan counties considered high risk for EEE
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 22 cases of EEE in horses across Michigan. READ: Oakland County residents urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid confirmed EEE casesHealth officials have determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. This means mosquito control treatment will be required for those areas that are identified by the aerial treatment plan, with exception of federal properties and tribal lands. Aerial treatment is conducted by specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn.
Michigan State Police trooper dies after being struck by suspected drunk driver
LANSING, Mich. A trooper who was struck by a drunk driver while on duty on July 10 has died, according to police. Caleb Starr joined the Michigan State Police in Sept. 2018, as a member of the 135th Trooper Recruit School. He is survived by his wife, Rachael, who is a civilian member of the MSP, and their two young daughters. Starr was westbound on Grand River Avenue when a vehicle traveling east, driven by a 28-year-old woman from Utah crossed the center line. Charges are pending against the driver from Utah, who is believed to still be hospitalized, according to police.
Report: Michigan barn fires claimed lives of 253K animals in 2019
DETROIT – A report released Friday shows that Michigan had the most animals die in barn fires in 2019. According to the Animal Welfare Institute’s report, more than half of the 469,000 farm animals that died in barn fires this year perished in Michigan. North Carolina had the second highest number of animals killed -- 42,500 in five fires, followed by 42,000 deaths in 14 fires in Pennsylvania. The number of animals killed in barn fires in 2019 jumped drastically from 2018, the report shows. According to the AWI, there aren’t laws in place that protect animals from barn fires.
Michigan Lottery: $1M winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Ionia County
A lucky Michigan Lottery player who bought a Mega Millions ticket in Ionia County for Friday’s drawing is walking around with a ticket worth $1 million. A lucky player matched the five white balls drawn – 08-22-24-38-64 – in Friday’s drawing to win a $1 million prize. Mega Millions drawings take place each Tuesday and Friday evening. Each Mega Millions play is only $2. Mega Millions tickets for may be purchased online at MichiganLottery.com and at the Lottery’s 10,500 retailers around the state until 10:45 p.m. the day of the drawing.