Strong Storm cause damage & leaves thousands without power in Mecosta Co.

4,100 Consumers Energy customers in Mecosta County along with several local school districts are still without power this morning after Saturdays strong storm ripped through the area knocked down power lines and trees and damaging cars and homes. According to consumers officials, crews have been brought in from other states and have been working around the clock trying to restore power. Officials say power should be restored for all of Mecosta Co. by late tonight.

Mecosta County residents without power after Saturday storm

12,930 Mecosta Co. residents are without power this morning due to the server storms from Saturday afternoon/evening.“We are anticipating more damaging storm activity today and are asking everyone to be vigilant about staying away from and reporting down wires,” said Mary Palkovich, the utility’s vice president of energy delivery. “Consumers Energy will work around the clock to get

Big Rapids man dies in snowmobile accident

A Big Rapids man was killed Friday night after a snowmobile accident in Mecosta County. Deputes say it happened at the intersection of 13 Mile Road and 120th Avenue in Martiny Township. They say that's where 39-year old Jeremy Krikke, was driving a snowmobile in a field when he struck a tree and fell off the machine. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say alcohol and poor visibility caused by a brief Friday night snowstorm contributed to the accident.

Seasonal weight restrictions start next week on Mecosta Co. roads

Beginning Monday, March 17th 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 mecostaroads.org or call (231)796-2611.

Mecosta Co. Sheriff seeing spike in police calls this winter

Whether you call it seasonal affective disorder or the winter blues, the psychological effects of this year’s brutally cold winter, it seems to be wearing on people. Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell says he has seen a spike in police calls this winter from "cabin fever". He says the most common call to his department recently involves the abuse of alcohol or domestic abuse which he says, the two generally go hand in hand.

Rodney man dies in trailer fire Tuesday

A trailer fire Tuesday morning claimed the life of a disabled Rodney man. Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say the fire happened on Timber Trail in Austin Township. When firefighters arrived to the scene the trailer and garage was fully engulfed in flames. When firefighters extinguished the flames they found the Rodney man inside. Deputies say there was no sign of anyone coming or going to the trailer. An autopsy is scheduled for cause of death and positive identification.

Big Rapids woman taken to hospital after accident in Big Rapids Twp.

A 33-year old Big Rapids woman was taken to a local hospital after a two car accident in Mecosta County Wednesday. Deputies say the accident happened on Northland Dr. south of 18 Mile Rd. in Big Rapids Twp. They say accident occurred when a north bound vehicle, driven by a 16-year old female from Big Rapids lost control of her vehicle, slid across the centerline and struck a south bound vehicle driven by a 33-year old female from Big Rapids. The 33 year old female was taken to the hospital for minor, non life threatening injuries.

Update: Remus man arraigned on attempted murder charges

A 40-year old Remus man was arraigned in Mecosta County on charges of Attempted Murder and Assault with intent-Great bodily Harm connected to the assault of his girlfriend and the stabbing of her 2-year old son at a trailer home in Remus Wednesday. Police say James W. Getz is being held on $2-million dollars bond, if convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

Mecosta Co. Emergency Management rolls out new communication service for residents

Mecosta Co. Emergency Management will use a new communication service called "Nixle" starting today. The service will allow emergency management officials to send out valuable community information that may include evacuations, road closures, severe weather statements as well as other relevant safety and community event information directly to the public via email, text message or logging on to www.Nixle.com .

2-year old boy stabbed; suspect in custody as Mecosta Co. Deputies investigate

Update: Sheriff Todd Purcell has confirmed that the 41-year old suspect is the 21-year old victim's boyfriend that lived in the home with her. Purcell says the woman and her children were able to escape their residence to their car where they awaited police this morning. The 2-year old injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

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