Midland County News

Fatal Crash on South Nine Mile

  • July 29 2015
Fatal Crash on South Nine Mile

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a one car crash that claimed the life of a 30 year old Isabella County man and his unidentified passenger. The crash occurred at approximately 8:45 pm on July 28, 2015 in Midland County's Lee Township at the dead end of South 9 Mile, approximately 1/2 mile north of Stewart Rd.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the driver was northbound in a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer on South 9 Mile north of Stewart Rd. The driver failed to stop at the end of the road, drove over a street sign, through some heavy brush and landed upside down in the Chippewa River in approximately 2 1/2, feet of water. Both the driver and the passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene by Chief Medical Examiner J. Daniel Cline.

This incident remains under investigation. Names will be released once the passenger is identified and notification of the family is made. While speed appears to be a factor in this crash, we are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if the use of drugs or alcohol were involved.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Lee and Homer Township Fire Departments, Mid Michigan Health EMS, and a Conservation Officer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Fatal Crash in Lee Township

  • July 27 2015
Fatal Crash in Lee Township

The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 51 year old Lee Township man. The crash took place at approximately 4:14 pm on July 26, 2015 on South 10 Mile approximately 1/2 mile south of Gordonville Road in Midland County's Lee Township.

Our investigation at the scene indicates that the driver, 51 year old John Stark, was driving a green 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee northbound on South 10 Mile road when he gradually ran off the right side of the road. The driver continued traveling northbound down the ditch line for approximately 285 ft before striking a driveway embankment. The vehicle struck a mailbox and overturned in the ditch. The driver was partially ejected during the incident and the vehicle came to rest on him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Evidence at the scene indicates that he was not wearing a seatbelt and alcohol was a factor in the crash, although, we are still waiting on toxicology reports for a final determination.

This crash remains under investigation. The Midland County Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Lee Township Fire Rescue, Mid Michigan Health EMS, and Chief Deputy Medical Examiner Dennis Wagner.

Averill Trailhead Dedication Ceremony July 30th at 11:00 a.m.

  • July 21 2015
Averill Trailhead Dedication Ceremony July 30th at 11:00 a.m.

Midland County Parks & Recreation Commission is having the ribbon cutting for the new trailhead on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.  The Averill Trailhead is the newest addition for bikers, joggers and all that enjoy the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.  This new stop on the way from Midland to Coleman and beyond has a overlook of the Tittabawassee River where during the logging days it was used as one of the largest log rolls in the State.  In addition to the new trailhead ceremony we will also be celebrating the refurbishment of 2 miles of the trail from Barden to Alamando Roads.  The event will be Thursday July 30th at 11:00 a.m. at the Averill Trailhead (see attached flyer with map).  If you have questions, please call the Midland County Parks & Recreation Commission (John Schmude) at 989-687-2396.

Pinecrest Farms Annual Pig Roast

  • July 10 2015
Pinecrest Farms Annual Pig Roast

All are welcome to the Pinecrest Farms community Pig Roast!

Pinecrest is celebrating its sesquicentennial on Wednesday July 22 from 5:00 - 8:00.  There will be live music, a historical exhibit, a brief presentation and wrapping up the event with an old fashioned pig roast.

The short presentation will take place at 5:30 pm and include the presentation of a commemorative tribute from Governor Snyder's office. State and local representatives will be on-site to present and accept the tribute.

Being that this year is Pinecrest's sesquicentennial, and the addition of the historical exhibit and hopefully some great summer weather we anticipate more folks to show up and enjoy this special day.

RSVPs are not required but are encouraged. If you are planning on attending please email Administrator Joe Blewett at jblewett@co.midland.mi.us

Come enjoy a great evening and celebrate a milestone for Pinecrest Farms!

Wixom Lake Improvement Board Meeting

  • July 6 2015
Wixom Lake Improvement Board Meeting

The Wixom Lake Improvement Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8th.  The meeting begins at 6pm at the Billings Township Hall located at 1050 Estey Rd. Beaverton.

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