Pedestrian hit by car in Big Rapids

A 22-year old Ravenna woman suffered minor injures after she was struck by a pickup truck Thursday in downtown Big Rapids. Mecosta Co. Sheriff Deputies say the woman was walking on a walk signal when the the pickup was making a left turn onto Maple St from Michigan Ave.  The driver of the pickup, a 40 year old man from Big Rapids, did not see the 22-year old woman until just before the collision.  The driver of the pickup immediately stopped and rendered aid to the woman. The Revenna woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to the Mecosta County Medical Center for treatment. 

Wyoming man arrested after high speed chase in Mecosta County

A Grand Rapids area man was arrested over the weekend after a high speed chase with Mecosta County Sheriff deputies that ended with the suspect crashing into a snow bank. Deputies say they attempted to pull over the 49-year old suspect for speeding Saturday night on Northland Drive near 12 Mile Road. The suspect refused to stop, speeding southbound and turning on Jefferson Road in Morley heading toward U.S.-131.

Mecosta Co. sheriff's Department continue to investigate Walmart bomb threat

The Mecosta County Sheriffs Department continues to investigate a bomb threat that occurred Friday at Walmart in Big Rapids. Deputies say a white male subject had gone up to a Walmart employee and made a comment about a bomb going off in an hour or 2.  The building was evacuated for approximately  2 hours while deputies searched the building and investigated the incident. The remains under investigation.

Big Rapids woman arrested on drug charges

A Big Rapids woman could face life in prison after she was arrested on drug charges for the second time in less than a year. 45-year old Arlitha Gidron, was two weeks away from being sentenced for her role in numerous crimes involving drugs in 2012 was arrested again on Feburary 28th by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team . She was officially charged in Mecosta Co. Court with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and two counts of delivering morphine. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Seasonal weight restrictions begin Friday on Mecosta Co. roads

Beginning at 8am on Friday, the Mecosta County Road Commission seasonal weight restrictions on local roads will be enforced. The restriction impacts the speed and weight of various semi-trucks and even farm equipment. The restrictions are put in place to reduce damage on local roads like potholes. Violators will be ticketed and fined. For more info on weight restrictions go to or call (231)796-2611.

Reed City man in Mecosta Co. jail on felony charges

A Reed City man faces 14-years in prison after he was arraigned in Mecosta County District Court on charges connected to a stabbing early Friday morning outside the Gypsy Nickel Lounge in Big Rapids. 22-year old Simon Shelton is charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon. Police say Shelton was extremely intoxicated when he was escorted out of the Big Rapids bar when an altercation occurred a short time later and Shelton stabbed the victim in the abdomen with a knife.

Reed City man to be arraigned on charges connected to Big Rapids stabbing

A 22-year old Reed City man will be arraigned today in Mecosta County Court on charges connected to a stabbing in Big Rapids early Friday morning. Authorities say an altercation occurred outside of the Gypsy Nickel Lounge where the extremely intoxicated suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the stomach. The suspect is currently being held in the Mecosta Co. jail on a felonious assault charge. Image by Salvatore Vuono

One adult and three children taken to hospital after Amish buggy/ car accident

Four people were taken to the hospital including three children after a car/ Amish buggy accident in Mecosta County Sunday. Deputies say the accident happened on 5 mile rd near 155th Ave in Deerfield Twp.  A car driven by 27-year old Douglas Sutherland of Lakeview, was traveling westbound on 5 mile rd.  An Amish horse drawn buggy driven by 36-year old William Miller of Howard City was traveling east on 5 mile rd.  According to witnesses, the horse pulling the buggy suddenly reared up and ran into the westbound lane of traffic.

Mecosta Co. man assaults parents w/ metal pipe

A 23-year old Austin Township man is in jail after attacking his parents with a metal pipe. Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say the incident happened Sunday morning at 8:59AM. When deputies went to the residence to make contact with the suspect he confronted them with a knife in his hand. A Taser was deployed but it did not disable the suspect. Deputies were able to disarm the suspect and take him into custody. The suspect is lodged at the Mecosta County Jail facing charges of felonious domestic assault against his parents and felony assault on police officers and resisting arrest.

Michigan DNR reminding anglers of ice shanty removal deadlines

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding anglers that mandatory ice shanty removal deadlines are approaching, and that regardless of date, shanties must be removed as soon as the ice is unable to safely hold them. Shanties must be removed from the ice by midnight on Friday in southern Lower Peninsula counties. The northern Lower Peninsula removal deadline is midnight on Friday, March 15. After the mandatory removal dates, ice shanties may be used but must be removed daily.


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