Ferris State stabbing victim charged w/ obstruction of justice

A Ferris State student who was stabbed by another student at a dorm on the University's Big Rapids campus was charged with obstructing justice among other charges. 20-year old Joseph Gabriel Guertler was arraigned Thursday in Mecosta County District Court on one count of obstruction of justice, and falsely reporting a felony. Guertler was stabbed in the early morning hours on Sunday in Brophy Hall, where he and the suspect, 19-year-old Ezekiel Fulgencio, both lived. Police say Guertler originally told them the stabbing took place off campus at the Oakwood Apartments in Big Rapids.

Update: FSU stabbing suspect in custody; awaiting arraignment

Deputies in Mecosta County arrested a man they say is accused of stabbing a 20-year old Ferris State University student with a pocket knife early Sunday morning on FSU's campus. Police say during an investigation is was found out that the incident took place on campus in a Ferris residence hall where the suspect and the victim, both Ferris students who are acquainted with each other, live. The suspect, who was arrested without incident, is currently being held in the Mecosta County Jail. The victim has been treated and released from a local hospital.

Big Rapids God's Helping Hand sees increase in need so far this winter

Local food pantry’s are seeing an uptick in the number of people they serve this winter. Executive Director of Gods Helping Hand in Big Rapids Randy Piatt says there has definitely been more people looking for help either by way of a meal, clothes or other means. He says this winter has been especially tough on some folks. Piatt says they are always looking for donations since their organization is not state or federally funded. He says God's Helping Hand is looking for donations of clothes, toys and non-perishable food items but no home-made items or home- canned items.

Ferris President Eisler Named "2013 Education Newsmaker of the Year'

ecently, the Grand Rapids Business Journal named Ferris State University President David Eisler its “2013 Education Newsmaker of the Year.” The newsmaker awards recognize leaders in 10 fields – education, government, health care, law, manufacturing, non-profits/philanthropy, real estate and development, retail, sports/arts and entertainment, and technology – who most impacted their field throughout West Michigan.

Ferris State U. President applauds Gov. Snyder higher ed. proposal

Governor Rick Snyder asked lawmakers to increase funding 6.1% to Michigan's 15-publicly funded universities in his proposed budget for 2015. Ferris State University President David Eisler said in a statement: "This is a very positive proposal from the governor. It raises higher education as a priority for our state, something on which there is common agreement". Ferris would gain about $3.5 million in operating funds on a current state appropriation of $45.6 million under Gov. Snyder’s proposed budget.

Macomb Co. pair arraigned on charges connected to shooting in Big Rapids

A pair of Macomb County residents were officially charged with the shooting of a Ferris State University student over the weekend at an off campus apartment. 20-year old DeCory Downing was charged with six counts including attempted murder and assault with intent to murder. The second suspect in the case, 18-year old Shaionna Brown is charged with being an accessory to a felony, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. Police say brown was hiding Downing during the police search of him. The victim was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital in Grand Rapids for non-life threatening injuries.

Breaking: Fire crews put out trailer fire in Big Rapids Township

Details are still pretty sketchy but fire crews from Big Rapids and Big Rapids Township put out a trailer fire this morning behind Harry's TV & Satellite on 16 Mile Rd. in Big Rapids Twp. Right now, it's unclear if there were any injuries or if anyone was inside the trailer at the time of the fire. We'll have more on this story when it's available.

Update: suspect in custody; victim released from hospital after off campus shooting at Ferris State U.

Police have located and arrested the man believed to be responsible for shooting a male Ferris State University student in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 1 in Big Rapids.

The suspect was taken into custody late Saturday evening, Feb. 1 at an apartment in Finch Court on Ferris’ Big Rapids campus. The suspect is being held in the Mecosta County Jail. A female subject also has been taken into custody and is being questioned by the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Department. While the suspect is in custody, the investigation into the shooting will continue.

Update: One injured after off campus shooting at Ferris State U.

Ferris StateUniversity and Big Rapids police authorities continue to contain the Ferris campus and surrounding area in search of a suspected shooter who, earlier this morning, entered an off-campus apartment at Venlo Place in Big Rapids and shot a man, who is a Ferris student. The man shot is being transferred to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids and is not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.

Ferris State student shaves head to support those affected by cancer

Losing hair can cause a lot of heartache for people. It can be especially difficult if the loss is due to cancer chemotherapy. Ferris State University student Betsy Garbe, a junior from Allegan majoring in Public Relations, hopes that voluntarily losing her hair on Thursday, Jan. 30 will show support for people dealing with one of the nation’s leading causes of death: cancer. Garbe will have her head shaved at The Studio in downtown Big Rapids, at 7 p.m., with her family and closest friends present and supportive.

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