Kentucky man arraigned on CSC charges in Big Rapids

A Kentucky man remains in Mecosta County Jail without bond after being arraigned in Mecosta County District Court on felony charges connected to the sexual assault of two young Big Rapids girls. 23-year old Daniel Charles Rueckert faces a handful of charges including first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a girl under the age of 13, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Ferris Faculty Association denied injunction by Mecosta Co. Judge

The Ferris Faculty Association was dealt a blow by the Mecosta Co. 49th Circuit Court Monday as Judge Ron Nichols denied their injunction request against the Ferris State University Board of Trustees that would require the university to reconsider its previous rejection of a contract extension proposal. Judge Nichols issued his opinion last night saying quote...“The evidence presented provides very weak support for (the FFA’s) claim of an offer and acceptance, i.e., that a tentative agreement was reached,”.

Kentucky man accused of CSC in Big Rapids

A Kentucky man is in Mecosta County Jail awaiting arraignment today after being accused of molesting two young Big Rapids girls. Big Rapids officers say the incident happened just before 1am this morning, when the two girls reporetd that they had been sexually assaulted by the 23-year old suspect. The girls also said the suspect also tried to steal their car as well. Authorities executed a search warrant at the suspects house that resulted in his arrest. The case is still under investigation.

Ferris Faculty Association vs. Ferris State U. over Right to Work

Ferris State University and Ferris' Faculty Association returned to court Wednesday as the start of Right to Work in the state looms a week from today.
Ferris' Faculty Association wanted to get an injunction from Mecosta County Circuit Court Judge Ron Nicohols after they approved a five year contract with the University, only to have that rejected last month by the college's Board of Trustees.

Big Rapids man taken to hospital after accident

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a accident in Mecosta County that sent a Big Rapids man to the hospital. Sheriff Deputies say they were dispatched to Arthur Road near Simmons for an area check of a loud bang which turned out to be a 1 vehicle PIA accident. Upon investigation it was found that a 23-year old male from Big Rapids was driving to fast for conditions, lost control on the slippery road, ran off the roadway to the right and hit a group of pine trees. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at MCMC after having his parents drive him to the hospital.

Big Event organizers looking for more volunteers as signup deadline looms

Ferris State University’s Student Government is sending out the call for students to volunteer for the Big Event 2013, billed as “One BIG day. One BIG thanks. One BIG Event.” The university’s largest student-run volunteer project, scheduled for Saturday, April 3, is an opportunity for Ferris students, faculty and staff to give back to the community many call home. Last year, more than 1,800 students performed small service projects at about 290 homes in the Big Rapids area.

Newaygo Co. man officially charged in DHS shooting incident

In a update to a story we brought to you yesterday....The Newaygo County man who shot himself in the hand outside of the Department of Human Services building in Big Rapids Monday was arraigned in Mecosta Co. District Court Tuesday. 34-year old Robert John Groot was charged with Carrying a concealed weapon, Felony firearm, Firearm discharged from a vehicle. Police say Groot was attending a meeting at the DHS building when he became distraught, left went into the parking lot and retrieved his handgun and shot himself in the hand.

Ferris State U. goes to court today over labor contracts

Ferris State University and the Michigan Education Association return to court today as the start of Right to Work in the state looms a week from Thursday. Ferris' Faculty Association wants to get an injunction from the Mecosta County Circuit Court after they approved a five year contract with the University, only to have that rejected last month by the college's Board of Trustees. An MEA attorney says the deal was negotiated in good faith between both sides and they're trying to ensure that the agreement is allowed to be carried out.

Newaygo man shoots himself in the hand in DHS parking lot

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is investigating an incident where a Newaygo Co. man shot himself in the hand outside the Department of Human Services building in Big Rapids Monday. Police say the 34-year old man was in a family planning meeting when he abruptly left, went to his vehicle in the parking lot and retrieved his gun and shot himself in the hand. His brother also present, took the gun away from him, secured it in his vehicle and called 911. The distraught man was found by police inside the building with a gunshot wound to the hand.

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. 


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