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.

Big Rapids teen arrested for several car & home break-ins around the area

An 18-year old Big Rapids man was arrested after trying to break into a garage in Big Rapids. Police say the teen was seen by the homeowner and then called law enforcement. When officers arrived to the scene, they followed foot prints that led to the home of the suspect where he was taken into custody. Upon further investigation, it was found the suspect was also involved in several car break-ins around the area in November and is also tied to some crimes in Massachusetts last month. The Mecosta Co.

Ice Rink in Big Rapids to hold grand opening Thursday

Big Rapids City officials are putting the finishing touches on its inaugural ice rink before its grand opening Thursday. Parks and Recreation Director Heather Bowman says the grand opening event will be held at Hemlock Park, It will feature Mayor Mark Warba, there will be hot chocolate and cookies for attendees as well as a chance to win a pair of boys or girls ice skates. After Thursday, hours of operation for the rink will be 8am to 10pm.

Ferris State University tops in most efficient state university

Since 2001, Ferris State University has been the most efficient state university in restraining overall costs per student according to a recent report released by the Michigan House Fiscal Agency. The report, “State Appropriations, Tuition, and Public University Operating Costs,” examined state funding reductions, tuition levels and higher education operating costs since 2000. During this 13-year period, Ferris experienced the greatest decline in state appropriations per student at 38.6 percent, an average of 3.7 percent less support each year.

Big Rapids Salvation Army receives another surprise donation

The Salvation Army in Big Rapids received their second surprise donation of Red Kettle season but it wasn’t a diamond ring. Chris Valette of the Salvation Army says when he was sorting through his donations from the day he saw a plastic bag, when he picked it up it was a bag of marijuana. Vallette says his first reaction was he was very surprised. “I saw a plastic bag buried under the coins in the kettle. When I pulled it out, all I could do is laugh. It it definatly the oddest thing I have found in a Kettle.” Vallette urges folks keep their donations in the form of money or checks.

Spruce Ridge Development to meet with Big Rapids residents for Q&A session today

Officials from the Spruce Ridge Development are planning an Q&A session today with Big Rapids residents to talk about adult assisted living and foster care center. Mark Bloxsom, project manager for the development says “The purpose is to address any questions about a Special Use Permit for development of a parcel of property located between Fuller and Woodward Avenues,”. The public meeting is from 3 to 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Operation Good Cheer comes to Big Rapids

Operation Good Cheer arrived in Big Rapids over the weekend as 30 small planes received presents that will be given to children in need. Lake County Human Services and Eagle Village in Osceola County split the number of gifts that came in and will be given out to more than 250 kids. The small airplanes started Saturday in Pontiac and filled their planes with presents and flew to more than 18 airports in Michigan, including Roben Hood Airport in Big Rapids. Operation Good Cheer started about 40 years ago. Their mission is to collect and hand out presents to children in need all over Michigan.


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