Midland County News

Move Over It's the Law

  • December 28 2015
Move Over It's the Law

Prosecutor Makes Changes

  • December 22 2015
Prosecutor Makes Changes

FATAL CRASH (update with names)

  • October 5 2015
FATAL CRASH (update with names)

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating traffic crash involving five vehicles that claimed the life of a 53 year old Sanford woman.  The incident took place on South Meridian Road just south of the intersection of M-20 in Midland County’s Homer Township at approximately 9:30 pm on October 3rd, 2015.

Our investigation indicates that 53 year old Vickie Shauger was stopped for a red light on northbound Meridian Road at the intersection of M-20 in a 2014 Nissan Sentra when she was struck from behind by a 2005 Dodge Neon that was driven by  24 year old Brandon McMullen from Coleman.  The impact of this crash pushed the victims vehicle into the back of 1981 Ford F-250 driven by 46 year old Anthony Reed from Ashley, MI.  His vehicle was then pushed into a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup driven by 18 year old Jessica Ozment from Merrill, MI and that was also occupied by 18 year old Robert Clark from Merrill and 19 year old Rebekah Rhode from Breckenridge.  The Ford Ranger then struck a 1998 Mercury being driven by 59 year old Delfina Skinner from Merrill.  The driver and occupants of the Ford Ranger and the Mercury were not injured.  The 46 year old driver of the Ford F 250 and the driver of the Dodge Neon were injured as a result of the crash and were transported to Mid Michigan Health by EMS.  Their injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  The driver of the 2014 Nissan Sentra was pronounced deceased at the scene by Chief Medical Examiner J. Daniel Cline.  She was also transported to Mid Michigan Health pending the notification of relatives.  

While there is evidence to indicate that alcohol may have been a factor in this crash, we are waiting for toxicology reports for a final determination.  This report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review once it has been completed.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Mid Michigan EMS, the Homer Township Fire Department, and an accident reconstruction specialist from the Michigan State Police.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Pinecrest Farms celebrates World Alzheimer’s Day with Education

  • September 29 2015
Pinecrest Farms celebrates World Alzheimer’s Day with Education

Midland County Pinecrest Farms joined millions of others on September 21 to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Day 2015.  Pinecrest Farms staff members underwent intensive, full day training in preparation to become Certified Dementia Practitioners via the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.

During the full day of specialized training four Pinecrest Farms employees completed the live course necessary for certification as Certified Dementia Practitioners (CDP). Participants included MaKayla Grotkowski, Vicki Johnson, Ronda Cunningham (Director of Nursing), and Joe Blewett (Administrator).

Each year, Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia on this special day of awareness. The need for competent, compassionate care for individuals with dementia related illness is ever present and increasing.  The need is so significant that in its 2015 Facts and Figures Report, the Alzheimer’s Association recently estimated that 1 in 3 seniors are afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia related illness.

During The Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar, attendees receive in-depth knowledge regarding specific Dementia and Alzheimer’s related illnesses, as well as information and discussion in issues such as nutrition, personal care, spiritual needs, pain, communication, behavioral and emotional expressions, community resources, end of life, abuse and neglect prevention and awareness, and more.

“The CDP training was an intensive all day training that used practical real world examples so our staff can better serve our residents with Alzheimer’s or Dementia,” said Joe Blewett, Administrator at Pinecrest Farms.

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail surface seal coating September 21-25, 2015

  • September 17 2015
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail surface seal coating September 21-25, 2015

The Midland County Parks and Recreation Commission will be performing surface seal coating applications on the sections of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail from Tittabawassee Road to Pioneer Road and Pioneer Road to the East side of the M-30 bridge tunnel.  This work will take place between Monday, September 21st thru Friday, September 25th between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weather permitting.  Seal coating the trail surface will require the trail to be closed temporarily as the sealer dries.  Trail patrons are advised to please avoid these sections of trail.  

For more information, call the Midland County Parks and Recreation Office at (989) 687-2396.

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