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Blueberry pancake mix recalled

 

N-Recall1Continental Mills has issued a recall affecting only retail Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix, which involves product manufactured between April 2016 and June 2016.

“The company was notified by our supplier that their product, a blueberry nugget, is made with a small percentage of affected flour which was recalled by General Mills because it may be contaminated with E. coli O121. This is an isolated issue, and only affects specific lots of Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix. Food Safety is our highest priority and this has caused us to take action for the safety of our consumers,” stated the company in a press release.

Most strains of E. coli are harmless, however, others can make you sick. E. coli O121 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. People who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. The very young, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Anyone diagnosed by a physician as having an illness related to E. coli 0121 should contact state and local public health authorities.

N-Recall2No illnesses have been reported to date from the pancake mix.

FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to warn that consumers should refrain from consuming any raw products made with flour. E. coli O121 is eliminated by heat through baking, frying, sautéing or boiling products made with flour. All surfaces, hands and utensils should be properly cleaned after contact with flour or dough.

Product was distributed nationwide where consumers purchased product through retail stores.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix 28 oz. carton with a best by date code between 3/30/2018 and 6/16/2018, and a UPC code 041449001289, please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

If you have recently purchased Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake a 3.5 lb. bag, with a best by date code between of 4/27/2018 to 4/28/2018, with a UPC code 041449001487, please contact our Consumer Relations Team at 1-800-457-7744 for information to receive a full refund. Please dispose of the product.

“The quality and safety of our products is of the utmost importance and we are doing everything possible to ensure our customers have all of the pertinent information,” said Andy Heily, Continental Mills’ president.

For more information, please call the Recall Phone Hotline at 1-800-457-7744 Monday – Friday 7 am to 4 pm PT.To see the original recall and updates on the Gold Medal, Wondra and Signature Kitchens flour, go to http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm504192.htm

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Year’s second Adopt-A-Highway cleanup on the way

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Motorists should be on the lookout beginning Saturday as thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers head back to state roadways to pick up litter. Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program will clean highway roadsides from July 16 to 24 during the second of three scheduled pickups this year.

“We have tremendous appreciation for the Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and their dedication to keeping Michigan roadsides clean,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Please be alert during the litter pickup period and drive cautiously when you see these crews at work.”

N-Adopt-a-highway2Every year, dedicated Adopt-A-Highway volunteers collect about 70,000 bags of trash, generating about a $5 million value annually for state taxpayers. The popular program began in 1990 and has grown to involve nearly 3,000 groups cleaning 6,400 miles of highway.

Getting involved in the program is straightforward. Volunteers include members of civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must include at least three people. Groups are asked to adopt a section of highway for at least two years. There is no fee to participate. Adopt-A-Highway signs bearing group names are posted along the stretches of adopted highway.

When working in a highway right of way, Adopt-A-Highway volunteers wear high-visibility, yellow-green safety vests required by federal regulations. MDOT provides free vests and trash bags, and arranges to haul away the trash.

Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Interested groups can get more information at www.michigan.gov/adoptahighway.

The year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup is scheduled for the fall, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 2.

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Rockford rowing coach arrested

 

Timothy Warren Vallier

Timothy Warren Vallier

The head coach of the men’s rowing team at Rockford Public Schools has been fired and arraigned on charges after allegedly recording videos of female athletes changing their clothes.

Timothy Warren Vallier, 30, was arrested on Friday, July 8, and has been arraigned in 63rd District Court on two obscenity charges—one charge of child sexually abusive commercial activity and one charge of possession of child sexually abusive material; and two charges of using a computer in the commission of a crime.

Rockford Public School Superintendent Mike Shibler contacted the Kent County Sheriff Department on the morning of July 8 after receiving a call from one of the crew (rowing) parents informing him that a video camera had been found in a crew vehicle with inappropriate footage.

Two assistant coaches in the vehicle reportedly saw the camera, and when one of the girls got curious and looked at it, found footage of two female athletes changing their clothes inside the changing room area of the Rockford Crew House located at 5501 Jupiter Ave., in Plainfield Township.

In a note sent home to parents, Shibler said that he contacted the Kent County Sheriff’s Department immediately, and turned over the camcorder within the hour.

“Once I became aware of the video, my first priority was to contact law enforcement in the hopes of identifying and getting the perpetrator off the streets to protect our students,” he said. “Thanks to the excellent work of detectives, this happened within 12 hours of the district learning about the video. Law enforcement asked that this be kept confidential while they conducted their investigation.”

Vallier reportedly admitted to police that he put the camcorder in the girls changing room on multiple occasions. He also said he has done this several times over the last few years, and has videos of other female athletes.

He is being held in the Kent County Jail on $100,000 cash/surety bond. The case is still under investigation.

“My thoughts are with those affected,” wrote Shibler in his letter to parents. “The fact that this can happen despite all of our safeguards to protect students is extremely troubling.”

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Child dies in ORV accident

 

A 12-year-old boy died last week and two 7-year-olds were injured when the ORV they were riding on rolled over.

The accident occurred on Friday, July 8, about 12:41 p.m., in Bushnell Township, in Montcalm County.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, both they and Montcalm County Emergency Services were dispatched to a young male not breathing due to an ORV rollover in the 4000 block of East Boyer Rd. CPR was performed on the 12-year-old boy, who was from Fenwick. Despite efforts from the Sheriff’s Office and rescue personnel, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that a Massimo 4×4 off road vehicle was driven by the 12-year-old, with two 7-year-old passengers. The initial investigation revealed the 12-year-old was ejected when the vehicle struck a bump in the yard and overturned. One 7-year-old female passenger had jumped out prior to the vehicle overturning. The second 7-year old-male passenger rolled over with the vehicle. Both of the 7-year-old passengers sustained minor injuries.

Police said helmets were not in use, and seatbelts were available but not in use. Alcohol was not a factor.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Two crashes in Oakfield Township

 

One involved firefighter from out of county department

There were two crashes in Oakfield Township, in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 7, and the second crash involved a firefighter from an out of county department that had self-dispatched to the first scene.

According to the Michigan State Police and Oakfield Fire Department Chief Sam Peterson, the first crash occurred at 1:15 a.m. at 14 Mile and Wabasis. Jennifer Cribs, 22, of Aurora, Colorado, was northbound on Wabasis, when she failed to stop at the stop sign at 14 Mile and was struck by an eastbound pickup truck driven by Daniel Heath, 30, of Greenville.

The woman was flown to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed with serious injuries, and the man was sent to the hospital by ambulance.

While both Oakfield and Spencer Township Fire worked on the first scene, another crash report came in at 2:30 a.m. and involved a firefighter west of the scene of the first accident, in front of the Halfway Restaurant.

Police said that Joshua Crandall, 35, of Greenville, was driving eastbound on 14 Mile, and hit an unattended firefighter’s vehicle that was blocking eastbound traffic on 14 Mile, in front of the Halfway Restaurant. Police said that Crandall suffered minor injuries, and that alcohol was involved.

However, according to Oakfield Chief Sam Peterson, when they and Spencer Township arrived on scene, they found that the firefighter was not one of theirs. “It was discovered that the firefighter was from an out of county department, and had self-dispatched to the scene, skirting the incident command system,” said Peterson. “He was in a spot where we would not have had a (road) closure, and he was not visible by our command staff or working staff. Both departments worked quickly, effectively, and safely to secure both scenes, and treat patients at both scenes until care could be turned over to advanced life support.”

“At Oakfield Township Fire Department we work to keep scenes safe and patients safe and it is important to be vigilant around emergency scenes,” continued Peterson. “It also is important to know that we have the training and experience to be able to do so in a controlled and safe manner, and self-dispatching is never safe, as well as goes against incident command protocols. Here at Oakfield Township Fire we work hard to keep our township safe and will continue to do so. We have a great team that is ready to serve and protect the community 24 hours a day, and we will not let this incident set us back as a department.”

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July 4th is spelled F-U-N!

It was a beautiful July 4th weekend, and people in the Cedar Springs, Sand Lake, and surrounding areas made the weekend count! We asked readers on our Facebook page to send us photos of what they did over the holiday and we got a great response. You went to the parade, carnival, and demolition derby in Sand Lake; boating; camping; horseback riding; the beach; played badminton; spent time with family and friends; and more!

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Man crosses centerline, causes crash

Two men were injured in this crash in Nelson Twp. Photo courtesy S. Harrison.

Two men were injured in this crash in Nelson Twp. Photo courtesy S. Harrison.

Two Cedar Springs men were sent to the hospital Tuesday morning, July 5, after a crash near 18 Mile and Ritchie.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Michael Minnie, 25, of Nelson Township, was driving westbound on 18 Mile Road, in a 2000 Nissan Maxima, about 6:50 a.m. when he crossed the centerline and struck an eastbound Dodge Dakota truck.

The driver of the truck, Peter Frazine, 40, of Nelson Township, was pinned inside of his vehicle. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance, with a fractured femur and internal injuries. He was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the car was found unconscious, and sent to Butterworth Hospital with lacerations. Police reported he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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Man dies in fireworks accident

Anthony Ernest Herman

Anthony Ernest Herman

A homemade cannon exploded during a weekend holiday celebration in Newaygo County, causing the death of a Howard City man.

According to the Michigan State Police Hart Post, the accident occurred on Sunday, July 3, in Croton Township, shortly before 10:46 p.m. That was when Newaygo County dispatch received a 911 call about a man possibly in cardiac arrest, and an ambulance was requested. Life EMS and Croton Township fire and first responders were dispatched to the scene. Michigan State Police Troopers also responded to the scene.

Troopers found someone administering CPR when they arrived, and Life EMS took over when they arrived. The victim, Anthony Ernest Herman, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:29 p.m.

Police found that he had been shooting a homemade cannon when it exploded and that a piece of metal from the cannon hit him in the chest.

WOODTV reported that neighbors at Pettit Lake, where the accident occurred, said he had been firing the cannon all day.

A teen in Texas was also tragically injured over the holiday weekend, when he created a homemade sparkler bomb with 180 sparklers and electrical tape. It went off as soon as he lit it, leaving a four-foot hole in the ground, and causing the teen to lose his leg and possibly his eyesight.

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GR man injured in crash

A Grand Rapids man suffered internal injuries after he ran a stop sign at 14 Mile and Pine Island and was struck by another vehicle. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Grand Rapids man suffered internal injuries after he ran a stop sign at 14 Mile and Pine Island and was struck by another vehicle. Post photo by J. Reed.

A Grand Rapids man was ejected from his jeep Tuesday after he failed to stop at a stop sign in Algoma Township and was t-boned by another vehicle.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, at the intersection of 14 Mile Road and Pine Island. The 1999 jeep, driven by Randolph Galaszewski, 55, of Grand Rapids, was eastbound on 14 Mile and did not stop at the sign at Pine Island. He was then struck by a southbound 2000 Ford pickup driven by Matthew Wudkewych, 21, of Algoma Township.

The impact of the crash caused the driver of the jeep to be ejected. He was transported to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance and is being treated for internal injuries. Police reported he was not wearing a seatbelt.

Neither the driver of the pickup nor his passenger, Hannah Krumenacker, 19, of Alpine Township, was injured.

Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, which is still under investigation.

Algoma Fire and Rescue assisted at the scene.

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The Post travels to South Dakota

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The Post recently took a trip to South Dakota with Katie and Daniel Porter, and Brandon and Sara Donaldson, of Pierson, Michigan, and Camilla and Glen Thornburg of Dover, Delaware. “While there we stayed in the scenic Custer State Park, visited Crazy Horse Memorial, and Mount Rushmore, along with many other things,” said Katie. While in Custer State Park, she said they saw a lot of wildlife, including buffalo, deer, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and donkeys.

It sounds like you all had a great time! Thanks for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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