Colorado man fighting extradition back to home state

A 28-year old Colorado man who has been arrested by police in Big Rapids is fighting extradition back to Colorado.

Mecosta Co. Agriculture industry up $73 million from previous census

The agriculture census from 2007-2012 has been released and the AG industry in Mecosta County is a huge bright spot. According to Michigan State University Extension educator Jerry Lindquist, the industry generates $113 million for the area, that's up $73 million from the previous census. “There are some larger farms in this county that adds to this gross revenue,” Lindquist said. “This report shows that Mecosta County is a very impressive, diverse agricultural county. It’s not just one industry, which is good.

Mecosta Co. woman first to win 4-H award

Trudy Herzog of Paris received the 4-H Excellence in Agriculture award from the Michigan Farm Bureau in Grand Rapids during its 95th state annual meeting. Herzog is the first Mecosta County resident to receive the award that recognizes volunteers who exhibit excellence in creating positive learning environments, participates in the learning process and becomes active through service and leadership. Herzog, the leader of the Pine Grove 4-H club said this award recognizes the kids in 4-H and their accomplishments and that she is just a small part of that.

Lakeview woman charged with burglary

A 61-year old Mecosta County woman was arraigned on charges of home invasion after being accused of a burglary back in November. ​Juliana Nielsen of Lakeview, was charged with 2nd Degree Home Invasion. The charge stemmed from a November 11th burglary of a home in Wheatland Twp that was investigated by the Mecosta County Sheriffs Office.   Nielsen is being held in the Mecosta county Jail on $100,000 bond.

Newaygo man dies in car accident in Mecosta Co.

Icy road conditions are to blame for a fatal car accident in Mecosta County. Deputies say 20-year old Chance Frederick of Newaygo was traveling traveling east on Jefferson rd just east of Newcosta Ave.  He lost control on the icy roadway ran off the roadway to the north the vehicle overturned and he was ejected from the vehicle.  Frederick was not wearing his seat belt. 

SUV destroyed

An SUV is now a pile of ashes after it caught fire in Mecosta County. Officials say the vehicle was on Monroe Road in Morely when an electrical fire started. The driver pulled over and called 911. Crews were able to extinguish the blaze, but not before the SUV was completely destroyed. No one was injured in the fire.

Green Township break-in

Police are searching for suspects involved in an overnight break-in at a Green Township used auto dealership. The Mecosta County Sheriffs Office says the criminals forced entry into the building where they stole property including a burgundy 2006 Chevy Uplander. Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office.

Public Safety officials participate in Red Kettle Ringing Competition

The Red Kettle season is well underway for Big Rapids Salvation Army, but Tuesday was a special day as police officers and firefighters from Big Rapids Dept. of Public Safety and Deputies from the Mecosta Co.

Morley man arrested on sexual assault charges

A second suspect was arrested in connection to the sexual assault of a minor between the ages of 13-15 years old in Deerfield Township back in July. Mecosta County Sheriff's Detective Casey Nemeth says 20-year old Richard Chesney of Morley was arrested by the White Lake Township Police Department in Oakland County after being advised of his felony CSC warrant and 2 others warrants. Chesney was arraigned in the 77th District Court on one count of Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Probation Violation and failure to appear in court. He remains in Jail on $52,000 bond.

Riverdale man charged with police standoff in Mecosta Co.

A 39-year old man was charged in connection to a police standoff in Mecosta County back in August. Deputies say Brandon Clements of Riverdale was charged Tuesday with one count of felony assault/resisting/obstruction of a police officer during the standoff at a home in Deerfield Township on August 13th.

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