Midland County News


  • May 6 2015


Stop Kids Impaired Driving

May 7th, 2015 11:30 a.m.

Meridian High School

Stop Kids Impaired Driving (SKID) is a traffic safety and underage drinking prevention program. This program educates young people about the tragic consequences of drinking and driving and/or impaired driving via texting.

SKID is a "live action melodrama" which simulates a fatal, alcohol related traffic crash for high school audiences. SKID is a very graphic and realistic dramatization involving wrecked vehicles and injured "victims" who are portrayed by students from Meridian High School. The presentation is so dramatic that people often get caught up in the emotions of the moment- many are even moved to tears, forgetting that the scene is not real. As a result, SKID presentations leave a lasting impression on the hearts and minds of students, who will at some point, face their own very real life and death choices about underage drinking and/or impaired driving by texting.

Recent research on adolescent brain development confirms that young people are less likely to weigh the risks and consequences of their actions on their own. For this reason, the SKID program is especially effective in helping young drivers to witness firsthand the terrible outcomes of drinking and driving and to reinforce laws and community norms that prohibit these dangerous behaviors. When young people experience a SKID presentation, they don’t have to imagine what an accident of this nature might be like; they are fully involved in the midst of it as the event unfolds.

The program is coordinated by Amanda Oster, who is a member of the Midland County Sheriff’s Citizens Alumni Group. SKID is a multi agency, community effort that will rely on strong partnerships with Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson, Jerome Township Fire Department, Lincoln Township Fire Department, Edenville Township Fire Department, Mid-Michigan EMS, Chief Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Dennis Wagner, St. Mary’s Flight care, Midland County Prosecutor JDee Brooks, Robert’s Auto of Coleman, Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, DJ Stygma Entertainment, Midland County Central Dispatch, Shaffert Photography and Meridian High School.

The program was created by an Oregon Deputy, Tim Moore, in 1998. In 2004 Amanda Oster was given permission by Deputy Moore to bring the program to Michigan. They had close contact through phone calls and emails so that he could pass along details that make the SKID program the amazing thing it is today.

Questions can be directed to Amanda Oster 989-513-8606 or Amanda.oster14@gmail.com

Mosquito Control Scrap Tire Collection May 16th, 2015

  • May 5 2015
Mosquito Control Scrap Tire Collection May 16th, 2015

Scrap tires are a troublesome breeding ground for mosquitoes as well as an environmental concern and an eyesore.  Midland County Mosquito Control and Midland Recyclers are cooperating to help Midland County residents dispose of unwanted tires.  The tire collection drive will be 8:00-12:00 on Saturday, May, 16 at Coleman Department of Public Works, 108 Jackson St in Coleman. 

Appointments are highly recommended and the cheapest and best way to ensure you can dispose of tires.  Call 989-631-1668 to schedule an appointment and have the following information ready: Name, address and number of tires you wish to bring.

Twenty tires (size 16.5” and smaller) without rims can be disposed of free of charge with an appointment. 

For those without an appointment, a fee will be charged for each tire (1$ without rims and $3 with rims).  Tires will only be taken if there is room and individuals must wait for an opening to unload.   

Midland GIS is Mobile Friendly

  • May 1 2015
Midland GIS is Mobile Friendly

Midland County has made access to GIS and Land Records available from your phone or tablet.  Providing an interactive map and land information services on your mobile device, improves access to information any time you need it.  We are not always at our workstation, but with an increasing demand for mobile devices, more and more of us are always with our phone.  Now realtors, surveyors, and the public can benefit from having access to GIS and land records in the office and in the field. 

Midland’s mobile solution allows the user to view parcel, road and aerial imagery as well as look up ownership information about parcels.  Information about parcels includes who owns it, the assessment and taxes, sales history, and a legal description of the property.  The application also includes search engines allowing you to search by parcel number, owner name or address.

If you are on your phone tap Midland Mobile to begin using the application.

If you have questions about this application or GIS services call 989-837-7147.


  • April 29 2015


The Midland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 15 year Midland Township male.  The incident took place on North Seven Mile Road south of Wackerly Road in Midland County’s Lee Township.  The incident took place on April 29, 2015 at approximately 7:32 a.m.

Our investigation indicates Gabriel Wayne Kushmaul was operating a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta southbound on Seven Mile Road when he left the roadway and struck several trees.  As a result of the crash he was ejected from the vehicle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  It does not appear that he was wearing a seatbelt.  Toxicology reports will be obtained to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor.  This incident remains under investigation.  The driver was not licensed and had taken the vehicle without permission.

The Midland County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by the Jerome Township Fire Rescue, MidMichigan Health EMS, and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. J. Daniel Cline.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Rail Trail Closure

  • April 29 2015
Rail Trail Closure

The resurfacing project has started on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail at North Bradley.  The trail surface is being removed and replaced from Barden Road westerly to Alamando road.  the expected closure will last through the month of May.  The alternate route bypassing the construction is on Pere Marquette Road.