Suspect hears charges against him in Guam court

A 18-year old Big Rapids man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year old girl then fleeing the country has been charged with three sex crimes in a Guam court. Patrick Kettner was charged with three counts of first degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Mecosta Co. Sheriff. Det. Casey Nemeth says Kettner was assigned a public defender and waived an extradition hearing on the charge of fugitive from justice. He is going to be back in court Monday. Extradition arraignments are in progress between the Attorney Generals office and Mecosta county.

Big Rapids High School taking security precautions Friday amid rumors

Security measures will be tight when students arrive at Big Rapids High School this morning. In a letter sent to parents yesterday, school district officials say they are responding to incident that happened near the school last weekend, but do not believe there are any direct threats to the school or students. Officials say students will enter the building through check-points and police officers will be present at the check-points . Students will also have their backpacks and belongings searched. Doors to the high school will also remain locked during the school day.

Big Rapids man charged with sex crimes

A 19-year old Big Rapids man was officially charged in Mecosta County with sex crimes connected to an incident at a Green Township Home. Douglas Floyd Robinson was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Robinson is accused of assaulting two Big Rapids juvenile girls on Sunday at a gathering in Green Township. An 18-year-old Big Rapids man also is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Big Rapids girl at the same incident location.

Big Rapids man flees country to avoid sexual assault investigation

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a sexual assault complaint in Green Township. Detectives say during an investigation it was discovered that an 18-year old Big Rapids man sexually assaulted a 15-year old Big Rapids girl. The suspect is believed to have fled the continent via air travel to the south pacific to avoid/obstruct the ongoing investigation. Additional leads are currently being followed up on that indicate the possibility of multiple suspects and multiple sexual assault victims from the same incident location.

Ferris State U. football player and another male arrested on drug charges

Two men including a Ferris State University football player were arraigned on multiple drug charges yesterday in Mecosta County. 20-year old Danzell Jabbar-Keaton Maze of Grand Rapids was officially charged with a handful of counts including, possession with intent to deliver marijuana,conspiracy to distribute marijuana and operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana. Maze was listed as an offensive lineman on the Ferris State University football team for the 2013 season.

Big Rapids City Commission approves reconfiguration of State Street

In the next couple of weeks, those traveling on State Street will see orange barrels as the Big Rapids City Commission approved re-configuring lanes on State Street during its meeting last night. The commission unanimously approved to have the Michigan Department of Transportation re-stripe State Street at Waterloo Street going towards Pere Marquette and Baldwin street as a summer trial project. The two lanes of traffic going north and south will narrow at Waterloo Street to one lane each with a center turn lane. The change also would add bike lanes.

Final walk through by Big Rapids City officials before Community Library opens in June

Big Rapids City officials as well as library board members were given a final walk-through Wednesday of the newly renovated Big Rapids Community Library. Library Director Marium Andrus is now waiting for the carpet and flooring to be installed and other minor installations before she and library workers transfer books now at the FLITE Building on Ferris State University's campus back to the Big Rapids library. The Community library is expected to re-open by the end of June.

Podcast: Ferris State President David Eisler addresses the state of education in Michigan

Ferris State University President David Eisler was a guest speaker at the Big Rapids Rotary Club Lunchon Tuesday. Eisler addressed the state of education to rotary members. Here is a link to the podcast of his speech! http://bit.ly/1hok04K

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.

State Sen. Judy Emmons to speak in Big Rapids

State Senator Judy Emmons is expected to be in Big Rapids next week to speak with residents. The republican lawmaker from Sheridan is going to be at Falcon Head Golf Course April 8th to speak about Human Trafficing in Michigan.The event starts at 7pm and is open to the public. Emmons has led a very successful campaign in the Michigan Senate to introduce and move legislation against this abuse. Emmons represents Michigan Senate District 33, which Mecosta County will be part starting on Jan. 1, 2015.

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