Michigan State Police and the Department of Corrections are investigating after an employee was beaten up at a Jackson prison. It happened at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility on Wednesday night. Aget more >>
Police are asking the public for help finding a man who robbed a bank Friday morning. It happened at the Independent Bank at 1245 East Grand River in Williamston just before 10:30 a.m. Meridian Townshipget more >>
Bank robbed in Williamston on Friday morningget more >>
The Eaton County Sheriff's Department had its hands full with meth labs last night. Deputies went to two busts - one in Charlotte and the other in Windsor Township. There was a third bust, in which copsget more >>
Police in Eaton County are looking for three people who they say broke into a home, tied up the owner, and stole several items from the house. It happened around 2 a.m. on Friday along the 1400 blockget more >>
Officials got the call just before 7 P.M. Tuesday night to the Mason State Bank on Cedar Street in Mason, where they say a bank robbery took place. It was reported that the male suspect came in justget more >>
A male suspect came into a bank in Mason just before closing with a handgun and demanded money from an employee.get more >>
Police believe two sisters are the brains behind a home invasion in Holt earlier this month. Police say two Lansing men broke into a home in the 1800 block of Schoolcraft, tied-up the homeowner, and stoleget more >>
Both face numerous charges for home invasionget more >>
Hazardous material was found in a home on Lansing's south side after a police raid late Wednesday night. There were 180 Pounds of hazardous waste found inside the home on Valencia Street, along withget more >>
There were 180 Pounds of hazardous waste found inside the home on Valencia Street, along with 25 prior One Pot Meth, and 62 gas generators.get more >>
Two suspects are in custody after Eaton County Sheriff's Officials responded to a home with possible methamphetamine activity. According to officials they located components used in the manufacturingget more >>
Officials located components used in making meth, numerous one pot meth labs, potted marijuana plants, and a loaded hand gun.get more >>
Even though it's early into the winter season, Mason Fire Chief Kerry Minshall says they have already been on calls for chimney fires.
"We're probably on about our third one this year," Chief Minshall said.
The chief says home owners need to keep an eye on this stuff otherwise known as "Creosote" which can build up in your chimney.
"Creosote is the product of non-combustion or burning wet firewood, not seasoned firewood," said Mason Fire Chief Kerry Minshall.
And when it builds up inside a chimney or in a wood-burning stove it can easily catch on fire.
On Christmas day, the Mason fire department responded to this house fire on Ralph road which they say sparked in the fireplace.
"That fire spread into the side wall, went up into the attic place, so they will be replacing a lot of the roof and attic space."
And until renovations are made the owners will live somewhere for a few months.
Chief Minshall says the solution to avoiding this is simple:
"We recommend that you get them cleaned at least once a year, if you're heavy wood user, more than that, if you have exposed stove pipe, you can kind of give it the old thunk test with your fingernail."
Clean pipes will have a tinier ring to it and one more important warning,about removing the coal and embers after you make a fire.
"These coals can stay live for several days and they will come back to life especially if there is some wind or something to get them stirred up," Chief Minshall said.
The chief recommends you put ashes in a metal container, and taking them outside at least three feet away from your house.
They may seem obvious, but they're steps Minshall says if you don't take can become costly or deadly.
The chief says the best type of wood to use is "aged" fire-wood that's at least 6-months to a year old.
He says aged wood has 60-percent less moisture than fresh, making it easier to start a safe fire.
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