71 infected across 17 new COVID outbreaks in Michigan schools
Michigan health officials identified 50 new COVID-19 outbreaks last week, including 17 linked to K-12 schools and 30 associated with long-term care facilities. Among the 17 new outbreaks linked to schools, the largest involved seven students testing positive at Powers Catholic High School in Flint. Below is an online database that allows readers to search outbreak data by school name or by city or county. Outbreak data for K-12 schools includes only cases of people or staff members infected at school or at school-related functions. Check Michigan map to see where CDC puts your local COVID threatWith at-home testing on the rise, do we really know COVID cases are going down in Michigan?mlive.com
Man dies in collision between vehicle, semi-truck on snow-covered Wilson Avenue
WALKER, MI -- A 39-year-old Newaygo County resident died in a collision between a vehicle and a semi-truck on Wilson Avenue north of I-196. The crash was reported about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5 on Wilson Avenue SW at Drakewood Lane. Walker police said the Newaygo County resident was driving a vehicle south on Wilson Avenue. The vehicle crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi-truck driven by an Ohio resident. Police said heavy snowfall was a factor in the crash.mlive.com
Man dies in Mecosta County plane crash
MECOSTA COUNTY, MI – The pilot of a single-seat plane was killed Monday, Oct. 18, in a crash, sheriff’s deputies said. The identity of the victim, a 58-year-old Newaygo County man, has not been released. The crash happened around 6:10 p.m. in Mecosta County’s Morton Township. Investigators are trying to determine if a medical or mechanical problem caused the crash. Also responding to the scene were Morton Township firefighters, Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services and the sheriff’s posse.mlive.com
Michigan State Police fatally shoot armed person in West Michigan
HESPERIA, MI – Michigan State Police troopers responding to a domestic situation Saturday morning fatally shot an armed person in Newaygo County, police say. Michigan State Police officials said troopers shot an armed person who confronted police. Police were dispatched to Beaver Township north of Hesperia, Michigan State Police tweeted shortly after 11 a.m.Additional information about the victim has not been provided yet. The Michigan State Police crime lab and detectives are investigating the shooting. A Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer shot and wounded an armed man early Friday, May 21, and body camera footage was released later that day.mlive.com
Police shoot, kill person in West Michigan
HESPERIA, MI - One person has died after being shot by police in Newaygo County, Michigan State Police said Saturday. Troopers responded to a “critical incident” in Beaver Township north of Hesperia, according to an 11 a.m. tweet from Michigan State Police. Officials did not specify if the officer was a Michigan State Police trooper. Michigan State Police said the investigation is ongoing. This is the third police shooting to occur in the western portion of Michigan this week.mlive.com
Father charged after student brings explosive materials to Michigan high school
NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. – A father has been charged in western Michigan after his 16-year-old son allegedly set off explosives Monday at Newaygo High School. According to WOODTV, Saylor was charged Tuesday in a White Cloud courtroom. His 16-year-old son brought explosive materials to school, which detonated. Michigan State Police troopers found explosive materials inside Saylor’s home and that his son told investigators that he had made explosives with his father and detonated them several times. More: Western Michigan News
Teen whose homemade bomb exploded inside school ‘knows he messed up,’ grandmother says
NEWAYGO, MI -- A 16-year-old whose homemade bomb exploded in his hands at Newaygo High School “knows he messed up,” his grandmother says. He just can’t believe what he did and just knows he messed up,” Kathy Saylor told MLive outside the rural Newaygo County home raided by police and a bomb squad earlier this week. RELATED: Father of student who brought device that exploded at school arrested on multiple chargesThe homemade bomb exploded shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, March 8 inside Newaygo High School. RELATED: Teen in school bomb blast wanted to show explosives to friends, testimony shows“David is not a bad guy. Jessica Held, a CPS investigator, said authorities do not think the 16-year-old intended to harm others when he brought the explosives to school.mlive.com
Grant man killed in three-vehicle crash in Ashland Township
ASHLAND TWP, MI — Police are investigating a three-vehicle crash in Newaygo County that has claimed life of a Grant man. About 10:53 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, Michigan State Police troopers responded to the crash site on M-37 south of 120th Avenue in Ashland Township. The occupants of the third vehicle, a 37-year-old Muskegon man and a 39-year-old Fruitport man, were uninjured in the crash. Troopers were assisted at the scene by Life EMS, Ashland Township Fire Department, Grant Fire Department, and Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department. Read more:Preliminary findings released on Michigan plane crash that killed 3 family members3 dead after small plane crashes into Oakland County house, sheriff saysFour injured after small plane crashes in Saginaw Countymlive.com
Health leaders working with legal counsel over Michigan restaurant’s refusal to stop dine-in service
NEWAYGO, MI -- Health leaders in Newaygo County are working with legal counsel over a restaurant owner’s refusal to stop dine-in services following a state Health and Human Services order. Jimmy’s Roadhouse in Newaygo, about 40 miles north of Grand Rapids, has been open for dine-in services since Wednesday, according to a Fox17 report. In Newaygo County, the rate of positive cases is 15.4 percent, based on a seven-day average. A state Supreme Court ruling in mid-October severely diminished her authority, but the state Health and Human Services Department has continued with certain restrictions under different authority. A spokesperson with District Health Department #10, covering Newaygo County, on Saturday said local health officials are consulting with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as legal counsel on “next steps” for addressing the issue at Jimmy’s Roadhouse.mlive.com
Today in Michigan weather history: Midwest tornado outbreak of Nov. 17, 2013
On Nov. 17, 2013, more than 70 tornadoes moved across part of the Midwest, impacting seven states including Michigan. Illinois and Indiana were hardest hit by what the National Weather Service (NWS) called a “major late-season severe weather outbreak." Here’s a look at where the tornadoes were recorded:Tornado Outbreak Nov. 17, 2013 (National Weather Service)Tornado Outbreak Nov. 17, 2013 (National Weather Service)Radar indicated circulation tracks shown from the Nov. 17, 2013 tornado outbreak in the Midwest. WASHINGTON, IL - NOVEMBER 17: The damage is surveyed along Elgin Avenue after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Tornado Outbreak Nov. 17, 2013 (National Weather Service)More: Weather History
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 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.
2 people die in motorcycle hit-and-run in western Michigan
CROTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Two people riding a motorcycle were killed in a hit-and-run crash in western Michigan, state police said. The victims were a 63-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman from Newaygo. They were hit while riding a motorcycle Saturday in Newaygo County's Croton Township, 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Grand Rapids. The silver car probably has damage on the passenger side and is missing a passenger side mirror. The car was trying to pass another vehicle when it struck the motorcycle.
10-year-old western Michigan boy struck and killed by pickup truck
BRIDGETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 10-year-old western Michigan boy has been struck and killed by a pickup truck. WOOD-TV reports Saturday that the child was hit about 7:30 p.m. Friday in Newaygo County’s Bridgeton Township, north of Grand Rapids. He later was pronounced dead at a hospital. Sheriff’s deputies say the 20-year-old pickup driver was grading a driveway when the boy was struck.