On Monday 09/28/20 at 4:40am, Deputies from the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office responded to the area of M-89 near east AB Avene in Richland Twp. on a report of an unknown injury crash. Richland Twp. Fire Dept. and Deputies located a single vehicle that had crashed near the intersection. The lone male occupant from the Plainwell area was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further information is available as to the casue of this crash at this time. Anyone who witnessed this crash is asked to contact the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office or Silent Observer. The crash remains under investigation.
Area High School Varsity Football, Friday Sept. 25:
Hastings 14 - Lumen Christi 13
Delton Kellogg 46 - Galesburg Augusta 6
Maple Valley 44 - Gobles 8
Bishop Foley 21 - Lakewood 6
GR Catholic Central 50 - Thornapple Kellogg 7
The Barry County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident Friday afternoon involving two pickup trucks at the intersection of east State Rd and Becker Rd in Hastings Township.
Sergeant Scott Ware said a Dodge pickup truck, driven by a 57 year old Hastings man, was traveling west on State Rd. A Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by a 51 year old Hastings man, was traveling south Becker Rd. The south bound pickup failed to stop for a stop sign and turned left (east) into the path of the west bound pickup truck. The driver of the Chevrolet was airlifted to an area hospital. The driver of the Dodge pickup was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
This is an ongoing investigation and all names are being withheld at this time
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by Hastings Fire Department, Mercy Ambulance, Thornapple EMS, AirCare, and Barry County Central Dispatch.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday signed Executive Orders 2020-183, which amends the MI Safe Start order to reopen movie theaters and performance venues and 2020-185, which requires face coverings for students in grades K-5.
Beginning October 9, a number of previously closed businesses are slated to reopen statewide, including indoor theaters, cinemas, performance venues, arcades, bingo halls, bowling centers, indoor climbing facilities, trampoline parks, and more.
Under Executive Order 2020-183, instead of being limited to 10 people, non-residential indoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 20 people per 1,000 square feet or 20 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 500 people in Michigan’s largest venues. Non-residential indoor venues must require a face covering. Instead of being limited to 100 people, non-residential outdoor gatherings and events now must limit attendance to 30 people per 1,000 square feet or 30 percent of fixed seating capacity, with a maximum of 1,000 people.
Executive Order 2020-185 requires all students in grades kindergarten and up in regions 1-5 and 7 to wear a face covering in classrooms. Prior orders had recommended, but not required, a face covering for grades kindergarten through five.
To view the governor’s orders, click the links below:
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it has finished aerial spraying including Hastings and Barry County to prevent the spread of EEE.
No additional treatment is planned, but the department will continue monitoring the situation and may add treatment zones if new cases are found.
More that 462,000 acres have been sprayed.
On Thursday, the Barry Eaton District Health Department reported 2 additional COVID-19-associated deaths this week, both Barry County residents.
One individual was a 93-year-old man who died on September 18, 2020, and the other is an 83-year-old woman who died on 9/23/20.
There have been a total of 571 positive COVID-19 cases in Eaton County and 260 positive cases in Barry County so far. At present, there are 46 active cases in Eaton County and 25 active cases in Barry County.
BEDHD was recently informed that a new testing site has opened in Hastings at the Family Fare Drive-thru Pharmacy. Visit https://www.shopfamilyfare.com/covid-19-testing for more information. This site will test asymptomatic individuals, which is critical for helping to stop the chain of transmission in the community.
Jon Otis Burnett will be back in a Barry County Court October 9th at 9-AM for sentencing after he was found guilty of murder in a August Trial.
Burnett was found guilty of first degree murder in the shooting death of Gary Peake and Bryce DeGood.
The double homicide took place near Linsey and Lewis roads northwest of Delton in June of 2019.
Tuesday evening Allegan County Sheriff’s Deputies were working a crash with minor injuries on the northbound lane of US-131 in Martin Township and traffic was backed up due to the crash. A north bound motorcycle was unable to stop and struck a stopped SUV in the rear. The rider was ejected and tended to by many other motorists until Emergency Services arrived on scene. The Occupant of the SUV was unhurt. The Motorcycle Rider was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The Deceased was a 26 y/o male from Grandville was wearing a helmet, his identity is being withheld until his family can be notified.
Speed and distracted driving are believed to have contributed to the cause of the crash. It is currently under investigation by the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office Crash Reconstruction team. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Martin Fire Department and Plainwell EMS.
As of Sept. 22, EEE has been confirmed in 32 animals in 13 counties – 30 equine and two deer. To date, there is one confirmed human case in Barry County. There is an EEE vaccine available for horses, but not for people. Protecting horses with approved EEE vaccines is an important prevention measure.
In an effort to prevent spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis is conducting aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas of Michigan. Spraying of two areas in Barry County was completed early Tuesday morning, September 22.
EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. People can be infected with EEE from one bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection. More than 25 percent of the nation’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan. The risk of bites is highest for people who work and play outdoors in affected areas.
Update for Tuesday, September 22:
Aerial treatment to help prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis resulted in more than 147,000 acres being treated in Blocks 1-1, 1-2, 2-1, 2-2, 4-3, 5-2, 5-3, 6-1 and 13-1. Block 12-1 in Calhoun was partially treated and will be on tonight’s schedule for completion. More than 373,000 acres have been treated to date.
The areas slated for treatment tonight are identified in the Aerial Treatment Zones Map and include:
- Blocks 3-1 and 3-2 in Oakland County and Block 3-3 in Livingston and Oakland counties.
- Block 11-1 in Livingston County.
- Block 12-1 in Calhoun County.
Please refer to the County-level Aerial Treatment Maps for more details of the identified zones’ locations.
Schedules are weather dependent and may change. The most up-to-date information will be posted here at Michigan.gov/EEE.
On Friday, September 18, 2020 medical first responders from the Clarksville Fire Department and LIFE EMS and a nearby Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of W. Ferney Street in the Village of Clarksville on the report of a child choking and not breathing. Upon arrival, medical first responders and paramedics were able to resuscitate 2 year old Colton Sceviour, of Clarksville and transport him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition where he later died.
Emergency Personnel had been told that toddler had been choking on his breakfast, however it was determined that the boy had been the victim of child abuse and determined the manner of death as homicide.
On Friday evening, Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives met with subjects involved in the case, and took 27 year Matthew Ryan Rademacher of Clarksville into custody for the homicide. Rademacher is the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother.
Rademacher was arraigned on Homicide- Felony Murder, and Child Abuse 1st Degree (both Life Offenses) in the 64A District Court. He is held without bond in the Ionia County Jail pending upcoming court appearances.
The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) encourages marijuana users to do so safely.
This year, BEDHD received funding from Michigan Licensing and Regulation Affairs (LARA) to launch a harm reduction campaign called Weed Facts, which focuses on 7 facts relating to marijuana, with the ultimate goal of encouraging safety before and during marijuana use. These facts are:
- Keep marijuana locked up and away from kids
- Marijuana hinders brain development in adolescents
- Driving high is illegal and is considered as DUI
- Marijuana is only legal if you’re 21 or have a prescription
- Marijuana in pregnancy or breastfeeding can harm the baby
- Most teens don’t use marijuana – 1 in 14 teens say they used in the past month
- Marijuana can be addictive – especially if you start using as a teen
As part of the campaign, BEDHD is providing lock boxes free of charge to encourage safe storage of marijuana products. Individuals interested in picking up a lock box can visit either the Hastings or Charlotte Environmental Health or Clinic offices. BEDHD will not be collecting information from those who take a lock box, but ask that only 1 is taken per household.
New cases of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis have led the state health department to expand aerial mosquito spraying on Thursday.
Six additional horses were diagnosed with the virus bringing the total statewide to 28 cases in 11-counties. Livingston County is the latest county to be added to the list for treatment.
Areas slated for treatment last night (Thursday) from dusk to dawn, weather and time permitting were Barry County including Hastings, Kent, Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Mecosta, Ionia and Jackson Counties.
The Big Ten will kick off its football season the weekend of Oct. 24 after the league's presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to resume competition and adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice and competition. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten “Return to Competition” Task Force.
Each team will attempt to play eight games in eight weeks, leaving no wiggle room during the coronavirus pandemic before the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 19. That date will also feature an extra cross-division game for each school, with seeded teams in each division squaring off.
Jeff Wescott of Hastings is in a Grand Rapids hospital where he is now recovering from Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Jeff's wife Tina recalls over a few days, Jeff got sicker and sicker..
It has now been confirmed, it will be Michigan's first human case of EEE in 2020.
Today, Wednesday, aerial spraying begins to kill off the mosquito's that carry EEE.
10 counties including Barry County are scheduled for the planned treatment.
As of September 13th EEE has been confirmed in 22 horses in 10 Counties. In addition to Barry County the counties of Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Moncalm, Newaygo, and Oakland will be treated.
City Manager Jerry Czarnecki gives WBCH News a report of what took place at Monday September 14th's Hastings City Council Meeting.
Barry County United Way will kickoff its fall campaign this Thursday September 17th in a new way.
Executive Director Lani Forbes said, "we are inviting you to tune in our Virtual Kick Off events on Facebook this Thursday September 17th. Search..."Barry County United Way and Volunteer Center."
This years theme is, "United as one, we change the story of many."
State Rep. Julie Calley invites residents to attend outdoor office hours Monday, September 28.
Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:
- Campbell Township Park Pavilion, Nash Highway between Peddler Lake and Kelm Road in Clarksville from 10 to 11 a.m.; and
- Bob King Park Pavilion, 100 E. Woodlawn Ave. in Hastings from 12:30 to 2 p.m. A legislative update will be provided at 12:30 p.m., with an opportunity for individual meetings following at 1:30 p.m.
No appointment is necessary. Out of consideration for other attendees, individual meetings will be kept to 10 minutes each.
If you would like additional time or are unable to attend the scheduled office hours, please contact Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at (517) 373-0842.
“I deeply appreciate the time and insight from attendees,” Rep. Calley said. “We have covered a variety of topics during summer office hours, and I value the opportunity to listen to the people I serve.”
Update: After notification of next of kin the victim of Sunday evening’s homicide is Paris Wells, 33-year-old, from Lansing.
The suspect in Sunday evening’s shooting at the Red Roof Inn in Delta Township, Romaldo Rodriguez, Jr., 37-year-old Lansing resident, has been arraigned and charged with 2nd Degree Murder and was given a $1,000,000 Bond.
On Sunday, 9/13/20 at approximately 9:24 p.m., Eaton County Deputies assigned to Delta Township were dispatched to possible shooting at 7412 W. Saginaw Hwy (Red Roof Inn). When Deputies arrived, they quickly located a male subject with a gunshot wound on the north side of the building. The 33-year-old Lansing man was transported to Sparrow and was pronounced dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. A suspect was taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Update: The Main Street bridge closure in Middleville that was scheduled to take place from September 14-18 has been postponed. Commonweath Power Company has delayed maintenance work on the dam due to unsafe working conditions caused by recent rainfalls. The exact closure date is to be determined; a notice will be sent as soon as that information is available.
The Ionia County Health Department is strongly advising Ionia County residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites as a horse infected with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been found in Ionia County.
Michigan is currently experiencing in increase in animal cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. EEE is a rare, deadly virus carried by mosquitoes that can be transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Persons under age 15 and over 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection and should take extra measures to ensure that they are not bitten by mosquitoes.
EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill and a 90 percent fatality rate in horses that become ill. Signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, and body and joint aches. EEE can develop into severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis. Permanent brain damage, coma, and death may also occur in some cases. If you develop any of these signs seek medical attention immediately.
The two mosquito species that carry EEE are most active from dusk until dawn (7:00 pm to 7:00 am). When possible, residents should avoid outdoor activities during this time.
It took six fire departments Wednesday night to take down a fire that tore through an Ionia consignment store. The building was a combination of three-businesses combined and used by the consignment shop, filled with wooden furniture and other items making it difficult to put out the fire. It took about an hour to bring the fire under control according to fire officials.
Thornapple Manor reports that as of Tuesday, September 8, overnight tests results showed five more staff positive for COVID 19. In addition, four more residents have tested positive for COVID 19. This brings the total staff positive with COVID 19 to eight and the number of residents to six. This is the end of the 14 days since the first patient (patient zero) tested positive. Accordingly, Thornapple Manor has expanded its' COVID 19 isolation unit to eight beds. Thus far, all of the staff and residents testing positive are from Thornapple Manor's rehab center and it appears that these are due to patient zero.
Donald A. Haney, Administrator, Thornapple Manor said "We are continuing precautions that have been in place and we are doing all we can to limit any further cases. Safety of our residents and staff is our number one priority.
So far this week no other staff or residents have tested positive in our weekly testing, although we are still awaiting a few results. We are testing again today and plan to continue testing until we have confirmed the virus has been completely contained.
Please contact me directly if you have any further questions or concerns."
The Barry-Eaton District Health Department was notified on Thursday, September 3, of a horse in Barry County that had died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The horse became ill on August 26, 2020. This is the first confirmed animal case of EEE in Barry County this year. No other animal or human cases of EEE have been confirmed in Eaton or Barry County at this time, however 13 confirmed cases in horses in five Michigan counties have been reported to date. Because conditions are favorable for EEE-carrying mosquitoes at this time of year, people living or visiting in Barry or Eaton Counties should take precautions against mosquito bites.
EEE cannot be spread between animals or between animals and humans, but humans can get EEE through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most (95-96%) cases of human EEE do not cause any symptoms, and less than 1% develop serious illness. However, EEE is potentially serious and symptoms include fever, weakness, and muscle and joint pain. More severe illness can cause swelling of the brain and surrounding tissues. Anyone can be affected by EEE, but persons over age 60 and under age 15 are at greatest risk for developing severe disease.
If you plan to spend time outdoors, BEDHD encourages residents to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
Avoiding being outdoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitos that carry the EEE virus are most active.
Applying insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-registered product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
Maintaining window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
Emptying water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
Using nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
More information about EEE can be found at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website: https://bit.ly/3lGQC3k
Additionally, domestic horses can be vaccinated for EEE through your veterinarian. If you see an animal that is exhibiting strange behavior or appears sick, avoid handling or consuming the animal and visit https://secure1.state.mi.us/ORS/Home to report your observation.
For questions regarding sick domestic animals such as horses, livestock, or pets, contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture at 517-373-1077.
Bradford White Corporation is partnering with the Village of Middleville to acquire the necessary permits to remove and recycle several decades-old empty water heater tanks that had been submerged in the Thornapple River and became visible as a result of lower water levels caused by local dam repairs.
“At Bradford White, we are committed to being a good neighbor and steward of our natural resources and water,” said Mark Taylor, executive vice president and general manager at Bradford White. “Our goal is to remove and recycle the tanks at our expense.”
These open water heater tanks – which are made of steel and contain only river water – were produced in the early to mid-1940s by the now-closed White Products Corp., which was located approximately a half mile east, upstream and on the other side of the Middleville dam from where Bradford White’s manufacturing plant has been located since the late 1940s.
“Bradford White has been a helpful partner in preparing to remove the empty water heaters,” said Patricia Rayl, Village Manager. “Once the old water heaters were brought to our attention by kayakers enjoying the Thornapple River, our staff reached out to Bradford White to see how we could best collaborate. The water heaters were discovered because the river is exceptionally low in preparation for replacing the dam gates.”
“Our team noticed the submerged tanks several years ago and decided not to pursue removal due to the difficulty and the conditions associated with the removal,” said Erv Gambee, Thornapple River Watershed Council. “We are happy that Bradford White, having recently become aware themselves of the presence of these tanks, is taking the initiative to get the necessary permits and have the tanks removed.”
Bradford White plans to provide regular updates to keep the community informed of its progress.
Brett White from Caledonia won the 103rd Michigan open PGA Championship thursday.
White finished at 12 under par at the Grand Traverse Resort.
Ben Cook of Caledonia and the PGA Pro at the Yankee Springs Golf Course finished the tournament at 1-over par.