8.22.14:  Pit crew member hurt at Hudsonville Fair


A pit crew member was hit by a pickup truck Thursday evening during the mud runs at the Hudsonville Community fair.


James Silva of Holland was taken to the hospital in critical condition.  James’ brother Rodney was behind the wheel of the truck at the time of the accident.


The brothers had been working on the truck before their mud run.  James Silva was standing on a tire to look under the hood when the truck suddenly started up and lurched forward.

8.22.14:  Woman, 2 men stabbed at Kent County mobile home


PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Kent County sheriff’s department says three people have been stabbed at a mobile home park.


According to a sheriff’s news release, the attack happened after 1 a.m. Friday and started with an argument between two men at the Brook Haven Mobile Home Park along West River Drive.


Deputies say the suspect stabbed a woman and two men.


The woman was seriously hurt. She was taken to a local hospital to be treated for a stab wound in her back. The two men suffered minor injuries.


The sheriff’s statement says the suspect was found at a nearby residence and taken into custody without incident.

8.22.14:   Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters who were injured when a fire truck’s ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an “ice bucket challenge.”


Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette says the power line wasn’t touched, but it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energize the ladder truck, shocking the firefighters.


He says the two in the bucket are at a hospital burn unit. One is in critical condition and the other is in fair condition. The other firefighters were treated and released.


The firefighters had just taken part in the challenge that helps raise money for ALS research. They dumped water on Campbellsville University’s marching band.

8.22.14:  Ford recalling more than 160,000 vehicles


DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 160,000 vehicles in North America for two safety issues.


The largest recall involves 159,395 Focus ST and Escape vehicles from the 2013 and 2014 model years. Ford says their engines could hesitate or stall because of a wiring problem.


Ford also is recalling 616 Focus and C-Max cars made earlier this month because their steering gears don’t have the proper number of ball bearings. That can potentially degrade the remaining ball bearings and lead to a loss of steering control.


Ford says there have been no accidents or injuries related to either recall. The 616 cars are still at dealerships and haven’t been sold.


Ford Motor Company will notify customers and repair the vehicles for free.

8.22.14:  American missionaries released from hospital


ATLANTA (AP) — An American missionary infected with Ebola while serving in Liberia has left his isolation unit at an Atlanta hospital and says his recovery is “miraculous.”


Officials at Emory University Hospital say Dr. Kent Brantly poses no public health threat. Fellow medical missionary Nancy Writebol was quietly discharged two days ago.


Brantly used his discharge to thank the medical staff, those who prayed for him and to express the role of his faith in his recovery. Ebola is often fatal.


Brantly says he didn’t realize that so many people had prayed for him while he was in isolation. He said he started praying after he was first diagnosed a month ago that God would give him the strength to maintain his faith.


Brantly and Writebol were infected while working with Ebola victims in Liberia. Their charity organizations, Samaritan’s Purse and SIM, reached out to top infectious disease experts for help. They were given the experimental drug known as Zmapp.


The son of American medical missionary Nancy Writebol says his mother’s condition is getting “better and better.” Writebol was quietly released on Tuesday from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, where she was treated after contracting Ebola while working in Liberia.


Jeremy Writebol says his mother is recuperating at an “undisclosed location” and wants time to gain strength and to be with her husband.


Writebol says the medical staff, medicine and science contributed to what God is doing in his mother’s body.


He says it’s too early for her to make plans but that she remains open to what God wants.

8.22.14:  Price has good first outing for Detroit


UNDATED (AP) — David Price allowed only one hit in his first start against his former team, an RBI triple to Brandon Guyer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.


Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez scored on Guyer’s hit. Price then retired his final 23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.


Alex Cobb scattered two hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. After Brad Boxberger worked out of an eighth-inning jam, Jake McGee got three outs for his 14th save and complete a four-hitter.


Kevin Kiermaier, inserted as a defensive replacement in right field, made diving catch on Rajai Davis’ flare with a runner on second and one out in the eighth.

8.21.14:  Kalamazoo area bottle tampering


Portage police say that someone has been going to a local Meijer store and buying up vitamins bringing them back in re-sealed packages and putting them back on the shelves.


Some of the bottles that have been returned included candy, chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Some also had cat food in them.  Others had prescription drugs inside including cumadin and 800 mg Ibuprofen.


The primary victim that has been affected in Mega Red Ultra Strength Omega-3 Krill Oil.


Investigators say you should check your vitamins if you bought them at a local Meijer store and check with the retailer.

8.21.14:  Construction set for western Michigan outlet mall


BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Tanger Outlets Factory Outlet Centers Inc. is ready to break ground on its third Michigan mall.


Construction is set to begin Thursday in Kent County’s Byron Township, near Grand Rapids. The groundbreaking ceremony is expected to include Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and company President and Chief Executive Steve Tanger.


Tanger Outlets in Grand Rapids is scheduled to open in fall 2015 and will feature more than 80 stores and 1,000 full- and part-time workers.


Greensboro, North Carolina-based Tanger operates 45 outlet malls across the country and Canada. Its two Michigan outlets are in Howell Township and West Branch.

8.21.14:  Michigan police: Toddler left outside in rainstorm


MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Police in western Michigan say a drunk woman left a toddler outside in a rainstorm while she was inside a home.


Muskegon County Prosecutor D.J. Hilson says the 24-year-old Muskegon woman’s daughter and two other children have been removed from her care.


According to a Muskegon police report, the 18-month-old girl was found by officers in the yard Tuesday “soaking wet from strong rainstorms that came through the area.”


The report says the toddler was outside for at least 45 minutes and was wearing only a diaper while sitting in a stroller. She did not suffer a “permanent injury or damage.”


It’s not clear whether the mother of the children will face criminal charges.

8.21.14:  Small tornado touches down southeast Michigan


LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a small tornado briefly touched down in southeastern Michigan, causing some property damage but no injuries.


Meteorologist Bryan Tilley tells The Detroit News that the funnel cloud with winds reaching 75 miles per hour touched down about 3 p.m. Wednesday in Macomb County’s Lenox Township. The area is about 4 miles northwest of New Haven and about 30 miles north-northeast of Detroit.


Township fire department Assistant Chief Martin Hartway says the winds damaged four homes and three other buildings, including barns. He says no one was hurt.