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.

Meetings to address potential temporary relocation of Big Rapids Library to FLITE

Town hall meetings will be held this month to learn and ask questions about the potential relocation of the Big Rapids Community Library to the Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education at Ferris State University. The temporary relocation would occur while the community library building at 426 S. Michigan Ave. undergoes renovation.

Reed City man to be arraigned on charges connected to Big Rapids stabbing

A 22-year old Reed City man will be arraigned today in Mecosta County Court on charges connected to a stabbing in Big Rapids early Friday morning. Authorities say an altercation occurred outside of the Gypsy Nickel Lounge where the extremely intoxicated suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the stomach. The suspect is currently being held in the Mecosta Co. jail on a felonious assault charge. Image by Salvatore Vuono

Where's Fred? Michigan State Police conduct forensics on car for clues

Its been nearly a week and police are still searching for a missing Big Rapids man. 49-year old Fred Byrne was last seen around 3 p.m. on Tuesday in Holland Township. On Thursday, Byrne's car was found nearly 600 miles away in Missouri near the Mark Twain National Forest with his wallet and keys inside and no sign of the missing man.

Update: Ferris State student found unresponsive in Big Rapids

Police say they found an unresponsive male Ferris State student early this morning on the 800th block of Divison St in Big Rapids. The 18-year old student was taken to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids for treatment. Alcohol could be a factor in this incident. According to a press release, police say at 7:48 a.m. this morning Officers and Fire/Rescue were called to the 800 block of Division Ave for a report of a dead male subject in a snow bank. The subject, 18-year old Nicholas Suttles from Grand Rapids, a Ferris State University student.

One Billion Rising event held in Big Rapids

Big Rapids residents took a stand against domestic violence and abuse towards woman and girls during an event held at the Gypsy Nickel Lounge Thursday night. The event, One Billion Rising was a global event in more than 200 countries. The Big Rapids event was sponsored by WISE, Big Rapids’ women’s shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. To conclude the event more than 100 sky lanterns we lit and sent into the sky to show support for the cause. Proceeds from lantern sales and a portion of the drink and food sales on Thursday were donated to WISE.

Update: Missing Big Rapids man's car found in Missouri

The car of missing Big Rapids resident 49-year old Fred Byrne was discovered in Missouri Thursday but he has still not been found. Big Rapids Police say the car was discovered outside of the Mark Twain National Forest in Van Buren, Missouri. The vehicle was found unlocked with Byrne’s wallet on the rear floor board and the keys in the center console. According to Carter County Sheriff Deputies there did not appear to be anything out of the ordinary or suspicious found inside the vehicle. A general canvas of the area was done without locating any sign of Mr.

Police searching for missing Big Rapids man

Big Rapids Police are searching for 49-year old Fred Byrne of Big Rapids and they need your help. Police say he was last seen wearing a dark brown Carhartt style jacket, ball cap, blue jeans leaving his mothers residence after stopping to see her after taking his son back to school at Hope College. He last mentioned the fact he intended on stopping at Rivertown Crossings mall in Grandville on his way back home to Big Rapids to pick up a Valentines Day gift for his wife. He owns and was driving a 2005 Chevy Malibu, silver in color with a Michigan registration of BSY 0298.


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