Midland County News

Edenville Township Trailer Fire Under Investigation

  • January 28 2015
Edenville Township Trailer Fire Under Investigation

January 28, 2015

Deputies and Firefighters discovered components of a methamphetamine laboratory after responding to a trailer fire in Edenville Township.

Midland County Central Dispatch received a call for house fire at 5582 N Lake Sanford Rd in Midland Counties Edenville Township. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find the residence fully engulfed.  In the course of fighting the fire, components known to be used in the manufacturing of the drug methamphetamine were discovered and seized as evidence.  After the fire was extinguished, the Bay Area Narcotics team was contacted.  They responded with personnel who are trained in the proper removal and disposal of these caustic materials.

The resident of this house, a 52 year old man, ran to the neighbors and asked them to contact 911 to report the fire.  He then fled the scene prior to the arrival of Law Enforcement and the Fire Department.  He was later located at another residence in Edenville Township and arrested for unrelated outstanding warrants.  The investigation into the potential Meth Lab is ongoing. Edenville Township was assisted at the scene by the Hope and Jerome Township Fire Departments.

Sheriff Scott Stephenson

Norovirus - Stomach Flu *Health Warning*

  • January 21 2015
Norovirus - Stomach Flu   *Health Warning*

Have you or your family recently been ill with vomiting and diarrhea? There is a good chance it was caused by a norovirus, commonly called "the stomach flu." Noroviruses are highly contagious viruses that cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal cramping. Some people also experience headache, low grade fever, and body aches. Symptoms usually last for 24 to 48 hours. See our fact sheet for more information.



January is National Radon Action Month

  • December 26 2014
January is National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

Test.  Fix. Save a life.

Nearly ONE in EIGHT Michigan homes would be expected to have an elevated radon level, and in some counties, more than 40 % of the homes could have problems! Still unsure “How can Radon affect you?” Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that can accumulate in your home and cause cancer in you and your children. The primary source of Radon usually comes from surrounding soil entering through openings in your homes foundation floor and lower basement wall openings. Sump openings, other penetrations caused by plumbing, wiring, and ductwork not properly sealed may allow radon into your home. Exposure over time can increase your risk of lung cancer. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.  ALL HOMES SHOULD BE TESTED FOR RADON!

• The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is responsible for about 20,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Furthermore, it is estimated that one in every 15 homes nationwide have a high radon level of at or above the recommended radon action level of 4 Picocuries (pCi/L) per liter of air.

• The Surgeon General of the United States issued a Health Advisory, warning Americans about the health risk from exposure to radon in indoor air. The Nation’s Chief Physician urged Americans to test their homes to find out how much radon they might be breathing.   

• The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they had launched an International Radon Project involving more than 20 countries in a partnership to identify and promote programs that reduce the health impact of radon. WHO acknowledges that radon is an international problem. Epidemiological studies confirm that radon in homes increases the risk of lung cancer in the general population. Other health effects of radon have not consistently been demonstrated.

• A report by the Michigan Public Health Institute estimates that 600 new lung cancer cases in Michigan each year are attributable to exposure of elevated indoor radon gas levels.

“However, says Robert Wolfe from the Midland County Department of Public Health, because there are no warning symptoms like headache, nausea, fatigue, etc, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes. Two adjacent houses may have drastically different radon levels. Any kind of home can have elevated levels -- new or old, drafty or well-sealed, and basement or non-basement. The only known health effect is an increased risk of lung cancer”.

Midland County Homes in 2014 have experienced very low Radon levels. Midland’s normal calculated background level of radon was 1.13 pC/L for 2014. Yet in 2014 we had seen a slight increase in homes exceeding the action level of 4 Picocuries (pCi/L) per liter of air. There were seven (7) homes that had levels exceeding the action level. Since 1992, only 69 homes exceeded the action level where repairs were recommended. The average level of the exceeded test results was 6.5 pC/L. Radon problems can be fixed. In most homes, cost is similar to common home repairs, like painting or having a new water heater installed.

Building healthier homes starts from the ground up. New homes constructed should have radon mitigation systems installed to further reduce potential health risks from radon gas. If you’re thinking about building a new home, insist on having your contractor install a radon reduc

Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Improvements are underway!

  • December 17 2014
Pere Marquette Rail-Trail Improvements are underway!

Work is underway on the Averill Rollway Trail-Head project adjacent to the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.  Mild December weather has allowed crews to begin construction of a new trailhead parking lot and pavilion at the scenic Averill rollway site, an area rich in our Michigan’s logging history.  Construction will be stopped as winter moves in, but will recommence when weather breaks this spring.  Completion of the project will provide a new access location for the trail, as well as a historical look at the significant location that was Averill in the 1880's logging era.

The Averill improvement and the replacement of two miles of trail surface at North Bradley are the results of a Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant that was awarded to Midland County in 2013.

The North Bradley trail surface improvements will take place in 2015.

Midland: Exploring Our Future

  • November 26 2014
Midland: Exploring Our Future