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February 10th 2019 Update

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04. Staying Warm In O Town

Josh Strickland talks with Steven Cohen of O Town Cafe about their decision to stay open 24/7 to provide a warm place to the homeless of Shiawassee County during a spell of life-threatening winter weather.



03. Corunna Robotics

Josh Strickland talks with Corunna's "Team FridgeBot" Lead Mentor Scott Stap about Shiawassee County's growing place in competitive robotics.



02. A Hazzard County Christmas

Josh Strickland talks with Pastor Steve Rau from Shiawassee Harvest Church about the church's holiday concert event featuring the stars of the hit TV show The Dukes of Hazzard, and how it came together.




01. Sheriff BeGole's Farm

Josh Strickland talks with Sheriff BeGole about his barn project along with a variety of items of "Sheriff business."






An early morning fire in Muir left three people injured with burns and frostbite. Fire crews rushed to the home while temperatures were close to negative 17 degrees.

SnowFest 2019 in Muskegon was a go, despite the previous week's freezing cold temperatures. The 34th annual Greater Muskegon Jaycees SnowFest was Saturday.   

A U.S. Department of Education report reveals several problems at Michigan State University leading up to the scandal involving former doctor Larry Nassar. MSU failed to disclose crime statistics for years.

The deadline to turn in applications for theme schools or a center for innovation within the Grand Rapids Public Schools is being extended. Parents now have until Friday February 8th to turn them in. 

Consumers Energy has given the 'all clear' for GM to continue operations at its Mid-Michigan plants. Flint Assembly Production resumed with the third shift starting at 11:30 pm.

Three Lansing men accused of trying to join ISIS will await trial in federal custody. Muse Muse, Mohamed Haji and Mohamud Muse were ordered to remain in custody following a detention hearing in U.S. District Court. 

The state of Michigan says people who heat their homes with wood could collect it in publicly managed forests as Michigan residents cope with extremely cold weather. 

DTE Energy asked customers to cut back on energy usage during the polar vortex as a way to stabilize the energy grid. With the dangerously low temperatures, customers were cranking up the heat.   

A new poll shows Michigan voters are strongly opposed to President Trump's proposed border wall, with 62-percent against it and just over 29-percent wanting the structure.   

The Michigan Department of Transportation issued a warning to drivers on I-75 north near Crooks to watch out for potholes. Officials took to social media recently advising drivers of the issue.  

It was so cold in Grand Rapids the city's police department is canceled crime. Grand Rapids PD made the announcement on Twitter telling all criminals and conspiring criminals that crime was canceled.   

Ecorse police are reporting a former city council member froze to death while exposed to the bitter cold. Officials are not releasing the man's name, but say the man was in his 70s and was found in front of his home on Elton.   

General Motors suspended production at several Michigan plants including Flint assembly. According to Local 598's Facebook page, Flint Assembly's 2nd shift halted production because of the extreme cold. 

Cities are changing the rules when it comes to shoveling. Many municipalities give residents about a day to clean up their sidewalks once the snow stops. Lansing announced it would not enforce shoveling rules until wind chills were above zero. 

White out conditions closed a 20 mile stretch of road closed in the Upper Peninsula. US-2 between St. Ignace and Brevort was shut down because of poor visibility. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set a new date for the State of the State address after announcing it would be delayed. The new date is Tuesday, February 12th at the Michigan Capitol Building at 7:00 p.m. 

A portion of Interstate 96 was closed due to a huge pileup. Emergency crews were called to I-96 at Byron Road near Zeeland where at least 15 vehicles were involved in a pileup.   

Students at the University of Michigan demanded the school cancel classes as bitter cold weather moved in. More than 77-hundred students signed the petition as windchill readings could be as low as 40-below zero.

Grand Rapids Public Schools announced two consecutive snow days, ahead of time, for the first time ever. All schools in the district were closed several days due to the frigid cold temperatures and snow.   

Flint Community School students had the day off due to extreme cold but a “Cold Day” lunch was offered in partnership with SodexoMAGIC to district students and their families at Southwestern Classical Academy. 

The Cristo Rey Community Center in Lansing got a visit from Governor Gretchen Whitmer during the extreme cold spell that impacted the region. She even helped serve lunch, whipping up some guacamole and making up serving plates to hand out. 

New pedestrian signals are being installed to make one of Traverse City's busiest roads safer. This spring, MDOT will be adding signals on Grandview Parkway at the crosswalks of Hall Street and Elmwood Street. 

Firefighters in Mount Clemens are being praised for rescuing a cat. A woman and her daughter arrived at the firehouse stating their cat was stuck under the dashboard of their car.

The three Lansing men accused of plotting to join ISIS were back in federal court in Grand Rapids. Mohamed Haji is charged with brothers Mohamud Muse and Muse Muse.

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled a suspended Livingston County judge can still receive her pay and benefits. Judge Theresa Brennan was suspended after being charged with perjury and tampering with evidence.  

A man is behind bars facing charges for allegedly threatening officers with a large butane lighter. Antwerp Township police arrested Matthew Sellers.   

Chemical Bank and TCF Bank are announcing plans to merge and create a headquarters location in Detroit. Under the merge, the banks will operate as TCF and aim to "create a premier bank in the Midwest".  

An elderly man was rescued after an early morning fire. Crews were called to the 4000 block of Lippincott Boulevard in Burton.  

At Sault Sainte Marie High School, burst pipes caused extensive damage throughout the building. The school says it caused damage to several classrooms, a theatre, the ceiling, carpet and lockers. 

Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of a deadly fire near Grant. Firefighters were called to a home in the 300 block of 136th street in Ashland Township.

The CEO of Ford says the company is planning to double its operating profit. Chief Executive Jim Hackett told employees in an email that “2018 was mediocre by any standard.” 

An event looking to help put an end to child abuse, took place in Muskegon. Heroes For Kids a charity basketball game, featured local heroes from law enforcement and education along with West Michigan Lake Hawks.

A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a vehicle in Grand Rapids Saturday morning. It happened at the intersection of Plainfield Avenue NE and Elmdale Street NE. 

Three Detroit families are displaced after a driver plowed into their home. The SUV crashed into a house on Southfield Road near Fenkell, plowing right into the living room.  

The Roscommmon County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update saying Keith Cunningham has been found safe and healthy. They thank the public for assisting with the search.