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. 

Mecosta Co. sheriff's Department continue to investigate Walmart bomb threat

The Mecosta County Sheriffs Department continues to investigate a bomb threat that occurred Friday at Walmart in Big Rapids. Deputies say a white male subject had gone up to a Walmart employee and made a comment about a bomb going off in an hour or 2.  The building was evacuated for approximately  2 hours while deputies searched the building and investigated the incident. The remains under investigation.

Big Rapids woman arrested on drug charges

A Big Rapids woman could face life in prison after she was arrested on drug charges for the second time in less than a year. 45-year old Arlitha Gidron, was two weeks away from being sentenced for her role in numerous crimes involving drugs in 2012 was arrested again on Feburary 28th by the Central Michigan Enforcement Team . She was officially charged in Mecosta Co. Court with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and two counts of delivering morphine. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Holland Police:No connection between missing Holland woman and missing Big Rapids man

More information has been released from the Holland Police Department concerning a missing woman from that west Michigan city. 36-year old Emelene VanDyke has not been seen for more than two weeks now. She reportedly told friends that she was headed to a singles retreat in Traverse City, but was last spotted at the Gun Lake Casino in Allegan County on February 14. Police Captain Jack Dykstra reported that detectives have now determined that camping gear is missing from her home and it is possible she may have left the area to go camping.

Reed City man in Mecosta Co. jail on felony charges

A Reed City man faces 14-years in prison after he was arraigned in Mecosta County District Court on charges connected to a stabbing early Friday morning outside the Gypsy Nickel Lounge in Big Rapids. 22-year old Simon Shelton is charged with one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon. Police say Shelton was extremely intoxicated when he was escorted out of the Big Rapids bar when an altercation occurred a short time later and Shelton stabbed the victim in the abdomen with a knife.


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