Victims killed in Isabella County crash identified
The collision occurred about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at the intersection of East Blanchard and South Summerton roads in Isabella County’s Lincoln Township. Responding Michigan State Police troopers determined a 75-year-old Ithaca man had been heading south on Summerton when he failed to yield for a stop sign. The second vehicle’s driver and its back seat passenger both suffered fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased at the scene. The Ithaca man who ran the stop sign was taken from the scene to My Michigan Medical Center in Midland. The Ithaca man’s name is being withheld pending review by the Isabella County Prosecutor’s Office.mlive.com
High gas prices led a Michigan sheriff to announce deputies would skip calls. Then his statement disappeared.
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — With gas prices soaring above $5-per-gallon, Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main on social media earlier this week stated he instructed his deputies to avoid driving to some calls as a fuel-saving measure. “This would be non-in-progress calls, non-life-threatening calls, calls that do not require evidence collection or documentation,” Main stated in the Tuesday, June 7, Facebook post.mlive.com
Isabella County teen killed in traffic crash
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI - An Isabella County teenager is dead after being struck by several vehicles. According to sheriff’s deputies, the 14-year-old girl walked onto Pickard Road/M-20 between Wise and Chippewa roads just east of Mount Pleasant the evening of Thursday, Feb. 10. Several motorists were unable to avoid hitting the girl, who suffered major trauma from the collisions. Deputies closed down Pickard Road from around 8:50 to 11:25 p.m. while they investigated and cleared the scene. Read more:Saginaw County forms specialized domestic violence courtBay City man heads to prison for drive-by shooting of motel, wounding cousin in faceBangor Township man pleads to shooting at brother over joke of ex-wife’s cookingmlive.com
Police take armed person into custody at Mount Pleasant Walmart
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A situation involving an armed person inside Mount Pleasant’s Walmart ended without shots being fired. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Isabella County Central Dispatch advised law enforcement officers were dealing with a situation at the Walmart located at 4730 Encore Drive. Shortly thereafter, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office stated the incident involved a person inside the business being armed with a firearm and threatening to harm themselves. Deputies, Michigan State Police troopers, Mount Pleasant police, Tribal police, and Central Michigan University police officers responded to the scene. Police took the armed person into custody without incident, deputies said.mlive.com
428 infected across 76 new COVID-19 outbreaks at Michigan schools
State health officials reported 76 new COVID-19 outbreaks linked to schools last week, resulting in the infection of at least 428 students and staff. Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services continues to monitor 421 ongoing outbreaks from prior weekly reports, which have infected at least 4,758 students and staff. Ongoing outbreaks include clusters identified in previous weeks that had at least one additional case in the past 28 days. Related: Michigan adds 191 new COVID-19 outbreaks in Oct. 18 reportAmong the 76 new school outbreaks, nine involved 10 or more students and staff. Below is an interactive map showing both new and ongoing outbreaks listed in Monday’s report.mlive.com
Kentucky man arrested after stabbing brother in Isabella County, police say
WISE TOWNSHIP, MI -- Police have arrested a 20-year-old Kentucky man after he allegedly stabbed and cut his 18-year-old brother following a dispute Sunday afternoon in Isabella County. Isabella County Sheriff’s deputies responded just before 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, to a domestic assault between two brothers reported at the 10000 Block of North East County Line Rd in Wise Township, located in northeast Isabella County. Deputies found an 18-year-old Kentucky man, had been stabbed in the leg and had additional lacerations, according to an Isabella County Sheriff’s Office news release. The brother, a 20-year-old Kentucky man, left the residence before police arrived. A Midland County Sheriff’s Office deputy located the suspect’s car at a gas station and quickly located the suspect.mlive.com
Man pleads no contest to murder in 13-year-old girl’s stabbing death
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — Mere weeks after being found psychologically fit to stand trial, an ex-con accused of killing a 13-year-old girl near Mount Pleasant as part of a two-day rampage has accepted a plea deal. Gardenhire is represented by Mount Pleasant attorney Chuck Moses, whom MLive was not able to reach for comment. Isabella County Judge Sara Spencer-Noggel on Sept. 10 ruled Gardenhire was indeed competent, based on reports from the Forensic Center. Gardenhire also served probation terms for convictions of attempted felonious assault and attempting to assault a jail employee in Isabella County in 2000. Judge Duthie is to sentence Gardenhire on his Isabella County convictions at 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 9.mlive.com
Ex-con accused of killing teen girl in Isabella County found competent for trial
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — An ex-con accused of killing a 13-year-old girl during a nearly two-day rampage has been found psychologically fit for trial. Isabella County Judge Sara Spencer-Noggel on Friday, Sept. 10, ruled that Isaiah G. “Zeek” Gardenhire, 40, is mentally competent to participate in future court proceedings. Gardenhire is to appear for a preliminary examination in Isabella County Trial Court at 9 a.m. on Oct. 27. In Ingham County, he is to appear for arraignment on Sept. 23. Gardenhire also served probation terms for convictions of attempted felonious assault and attempting to assault a jail employee in Isabella County in 2000.mlive.com
Michigan reports 6,095 new coronavirus cases, 59 deaths Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10
There were 6,095 new, confirmed coronavirus cases, an average of 3,047 a day, and 59 confirmed COVID-19 deaths reported Thursday, Sept. 9, and Friday, Sept. 10. A week ago, for the same period, the state reported 4,448 new, reported cases. Michigan is averaging 2,110 new, reported confirmed cases and 20 confirmed deaths per day over the last week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. This up from a seven-day average of 2,000 reported new cases on Sept. 3, when there was also an average of 20 deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 970,412 reported coronavirus cases and 20,506 confirmed deaths.mlive.com
Farwell man killed in head-on crash in Isabella County
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A head-on collision in Isabella County has claimed the life of a Farwell man. About 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4, Michigan State Police troopers responded to the two-vehicle crash scene on Gilmore Road south of Stevenson Lake Road in Gilmore Township. They determined a northbound vehicle driven by 51-year-old David L. Wixson crossed the center line and collided with a southbound vehicle containing two people. The two occupants of the other vehicle were wearing their seatbelts and sustained minor injuries. Read more:Car-tractor crash in rural Saginaw County leaves man deadLabor Day golf cart rollover sends Saginaw County woman to hospitalBay City man arrested after allegedly threatening another person with a gunmlive.com
21-year-old plans to buy house after winning $300K lottery prize
LANSING, MI -- A 21-year-old Isabella County woman couldn’t believe her luck after she won a $300,000 jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery’s Bonus Ball Bingo instant game. For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games. The ticket was purchased at the Speedway in Hartland, but the winner never came forward to claim the prize. If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.mlive.com
Michigan man dies after getting run over by bulldozer in Isabella County
SHEPHERD, MI – A Michigan man is dead after he was run over by a bulldozer in Shepherd. The Shepherd Police Department says the incident occurred at WDS Enterprises on East Blanchard Road in Isabella County’s Coe Township at 7:35 a.m. on Tuesday. Police arrived on scene to find a 46-year-old Shepherd man receiving life saving measures from a co-worker. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Shepherd Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Shepherd Tri-Township Fire Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Office, Mobile Medical Response, Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration and Isabella County Central Dispatch.mlive.com
Michigan man charged in teen girl’s homicide now charged with murder in Lansing couple’s deaths
LANSING, MI — Already accused of killing a teenage girl in Isabella County as part of an alleged 45-hour rampage, a Michigan ex-con is newly charged with murder in the spring homicides of two people in Lansing. Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi has said Gardenhire hid in a vacant unit at the nearby Jamestown Apartments before taking hostage two residents of an occupied unit. Open murder, armed robbery, carjacking, and criminal sexual conduct charges are all punishable by up to life in prison. On June 23, Isabella County Judge Sara Spencer-Noggle signed an order to send Gardenhire to the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti. Due to the evaluations, it could take several months before Gardenhire has his next court appearance, though he remains in custody.mlive.com
Two CMU football players testify to being shot during off-campus party
“A man got taken out of the party and then we heard gunshots at the party that we were all at. Detective David Patterson testified interviewed about six people at the scene and eventually spoke with partygoer and civilian eyewitness Alexis Upshaw. Thomas told the detective he and friends had attended a party at Deerfield Village Apartments that was full of football players. “I showed him a picture of the weapon that was recovered,” Patterson testified. Read more:Sheriff’s deputy describes ‘chaos’ at double-shooting near Central Michigan UniversityDetroit-area man charged in double-shooting of CMU football playersWarrant issued for suspect in shooting of CMU quarterback, senior studentCMU quarterback, senior student shot during off-campus apartment partymlive.com
Man accused of killing teen in Isabella County has Mason County sex assault case dismissed
Now, the Mason County charge he initially faced has been dismissed. Gardenhire’s case proceeded to a preliminary examination on Monday, July 12, which saw his alleged victim and her mother testify. At the hearing’s end, defense attorney Douglas E. Stevenson requested a dismissal from Mason County District Judge John D. Middlebrook. At his arraignment the following day, Mason County District Magistrate Glen Jackson III set Gardenhire’s bond at $7,500 cash-surety or 10 percent. After news broke of Gardehire’s alleged crimes in Isabella County, protestors gathered at the Mason County Courthouse in response to him having been freed on bond.mlive.com
Man accused of killing teen girl, going on 45-hour crime spree sent for psych evaluation
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A man accused of going on a crime spree in Isabella County that included killing his girlfriend’s daughter, sexually assaulting two women, and robbing people, is to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. “We have no timetable on his next court date as this essentially stops the process until a competency determination is made,” said Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi. Open murder, armed robbery, carjacking, and the criminal sexual conduct charges are all punishable by up to life in prison. Gardenhire also served probation terms for convictions of attempted felonious assault and attempting to assault a jail employee in Isabella County in 2000. Gardenhire is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination in his Mason County sexual assault case at 9 a.m. on July 12.mlive.com
Michigan school grappling with student’s homicide days before classes end for summer
TAWAS CITY, MI — With less than a week to go before classes ended for the year, students at a tight-knit Michigan school district were likely gearing up for the final bell to ring that would usher in their summer. Now, a pall has been cast over the closing days, as students and their teachers deal with the sudden homicide of one of their own. Adrie’s death has left the school reeling and experts were called in to help, Klinger said. “We’re just trying to provide as many supports as we can for our school family, our staff and students to try to help them process, cope, and manage this very, very sad situation. A GoFundMe page has been started to help Adrie’s family with funeral expenses.mlive.com
Teen killed near Mount Pleasant remembered as ‘happy-go-lucky, fun loving, imaginative’ girl
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A 13-year-old girl recently killed in Isabella County is being remembered as a sweet, happy-go-lucky person. Police have said Adrie was killed by Isaiah G. “Zeek” Gardenhire, 40, after Gardenhire assaulted another woman who ran for help. Isabella County Prosecutor David Barberi said Gardenhire hid in a vacant unit at the nearby Jamestown Apartments before taking hostage two residents of an occupied unit. Open murder, armed robbery, carjacking, and the criminal sexual conduct charges are all punishable by up to life in prison. Gardenhire is being held in the Isabella County Jail on a $3 million bond.mlive.com
Isabella County homicide suspect, target of manhunt surrenders in Flint Township
FLINT, MI — The suspect in a recent Isabella County homicide has surrendered to authorities following a two-day manhunt. The man was in Flint Township and the news outlet put him in contact with police there. The suspect surrendered to Flint Township police shortly after 11 p.m. Monday at a gas station. In a June 7 Facebook post, the Shepherd Police Department is Isabella County stated the suspect had committed another violent crime in their jurisdiction that morning. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending arraignment in Isabella County District Court, which is to take place Tuesday afternoon.mlive.com
Police say Michigan mom choked 2-month-old son with cord
SHEPHERD, MI — An Isabella County mother is facing several criminal charges for allegedly choking her 2-month-old son. MSP Special 1st Lt. Michelle Robinson could not say who had initially called 911. Robinson could not say into whose custody the child was released. Troopers’ investigation led them to developing enough probable cause for authorities to issue a warrant for the mother’s arrest. Troopers were assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, MMR Ambulance, and Mid-Michigan Medical Center.mlive.com
Police stop stolen vehicle on U.S. 127, find suspected meth and illegal handgun
UNION TWP, MI — Police in Isabella County arrested three people who they say were driving in a stolen vehicle with an illegal gun and suspected methamphetamine. A bag of suspected methamphetamine state police troopers seized during a traffic stop in Isabella County on Dec. 10, 2020. As a result, troopers arrested the 44-year-old Manton man who had been driving on a charge of possessing a concealed weapon. All three were lodged in the Isabella County Jail. Troopers were assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Central Michigan University Public Safety, and Isabella County Central Dispatch.mlive.com
Thousands without power in mid-Michigan as strong winds down tree limbs, power lines
More than 2,000 customers are without power across mid-Michigan as heavy wind gusts have knocked down tree limbs onto power lines. Other areas with outages include Genesee County (124), Saginaw County (115), 49 in Ogemaw County, 46 in Arenac County, 39 in Bay County, and 37 in Shiawassee County. The DTE Energy outage map reveals 60 customers without power just outside of Caro in Tuscola County and 50 customers near Brockway Township in St. Clair County. Wind gusts at Bishop Airport in Flint and Roscommon County Airport reached 39 miles per hour around 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1. “The strong wind gusts will blow and damage unsecured objects.mlive.com
Man killed in two-vehicle crash in Isabella County
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A two-vehicle traffic crash in Isabella County has resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man. The investigation revealed that a 20-year-old St. Louis man had been driving a passenger car north on the Shepherd Road overpass. The second vehicle involved was a full-size pickup truck driven by a 22-year-old St. Louis man. North- and southbound traffic was blocked on Shepherd Road for the duration of the incident. Troopers were assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department, Central Michigan University Police Department, the Shepherd Township Fire Department, Flight Care, and MMR EMS.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.
College coronavirus outbreaks ‘gravely concern’ Michigan public-health officials
"It’s social gathering, social gathering, social gathering, social gathering. But it did.”Role of college officialsFor the most part, public-health officials credit university and college officials with taking the proper precautions to minimize coronavirus outbreaks. Then in August, there were 10 deaths in Ingham, which followed a spike in coronavirus cases linked to Harper’s Bar in East Lansing. But Susan Ringler-Cerniglia, spokeswoman for the Washtenaw County Health Department, said it may be just a matter of luck and timing. How that’s going to go?”Vail said she’s sympathetic to the plight of college students.mlive.com
Central Michigan University sees drop in new student coronavirus cases
There were 63 cases reported the week of Aug. 24 and 44 new cases during the week of Aug. 31, for a total of 161 cases. The Central Michigan District Health Department tracks cases among current and former students and others associated with them. Department Health Officer Steve Hall said several factors are contributing to the drop. “We are pleased to see the sharp decrease in the number of positive COVID-19 cases at Central Michigan University over the past couple of weeks,” Smith said. Read more:Emergency stay-home order issued for Grand Valley State University studentsMandatory quarantine issued for 11 more houses near Michigan StateCentral Michigan University student activists call for end to in-person classesmlive.com
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.
Central Michigan University students group not “fired up” for classes
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University shows no signs of shutting down campus as it nears 300 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases associated with it’s university population. The administration is pushing to keep students on campus until it is no longer feasible, but tensions with students are increasing. However, the Central Michigan District Health Department reports it’s identified 260 cases related to CMU’s student population. A group of students participating in a #NotFiredUpForFall campaign put up signs in popular spots on campus Monday calling on the university to suspend in-person classes. CMU President Bob Davies addressed these requests in a letter on Aug. 28.
Central Michigan eliminates men’s track program as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) cuts
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University has eliminated its men’s track program as part of budget cuts triggered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Athletic Director Michael Alford said the indoor and outdoor men’s track teams are affected. “Hundreds of students have participated in this longstanding, successful program at Central Michigan, and we know this will impact them, and supporters of this program, greatly.”The decision was made as part of budget planning around the pandemic, Alford said. Scholarships for current men’s track and field students, including those awarded to new students starting in the fall, will be honored for the rest of their CMU careers, university officials said. “My heart goes out to these student-athletes," Alford said.
No jobless benefits for ousted prosecutor, judge says
LANSING, Mich. – A state prosecutor who lost his job after having a relationship with a woman in an assault case isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits. An administrative law judge with the state of Michigan says Brian Kolodziej’s “misconduct has been established.” Kolodziej was an assistant attorney general until he was forced out in September. He acknowledged having an intimate relationship with a woman while he was handling her sexual assault case in Isabella County but said it was consensual. Attorney General Dana Nessel called it “incredibly disturbing.”
WATCH: Michigan State Police use chopper to help catch suspect fleeing in stolen truck
ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich. – A chopper helped police track down a suspect fleeing in a stolen truck Friday in Isabella County. See video of the pursuit below. At one point, the suspect ditched the truck and tried running away on foot, but they eventually surrendered, police said.
4 dead, including child, in multi-vehicle Michigan crash
CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Authorities say four people including a 3-year-old child have died and three others were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in mid-Michigan. The crash happened Sunday afternoon in Isabella County's Chippewa Township, near Mount Pleasant and about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. One vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic along Michigan highway 20, colliding head-on with a pickup truck. The sheriff's office says the dead were the 48-year-old man driving of the vehicle that swerved as well as the 34-year-old woman driving the pickup and her two passengers, including the 3-year-old child. The sheriff's office says the driver of the vehicle that swerved may have had a medical issue before the crash, but the cause of the crash is under investigation.