2014 Election results in Mecosta Co.

43% of voters in Mecosta County cast their ballot during Tuesday's election. Here are your election results from last night http://www.co.mecosta.mi.us/pdfs/Elections/Nov.2014.Summary%2021%20of%20...

Our Brothers Keeper to hold "Surviving the Night" Fundraiser

Big Rapids homeless shelter “Our Brothers Keeper” will be holding a fundraiser starting tonight called “Surviving the Night” where volunteers will be sleeping in sleeping bags on benches throughout Pocket Park. Sue Roshack of the shelter says they are hoping to give people more of a visual picture as to how many homeless are in our community spend their nights. The non profit shelter is looking for monetary donations so they can continue to provide a warm safe nurturing home for those in need. The Fundraiser starts at 6pm and lasts until 6am Saturday morning.

Big Rapids man gets life in prison, plus 202 years

A Big Rapids man convicted of killing one woman and sexually assaulting three others while holding them hostage late last year was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus another 202 years. Earlier this month, a Mecosta County jury found 28-year old Duncan Willis III guilty of first degree murder, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and felony firearm possession.

Driver arrested, passenger taken to hospital after drunken rollover accident

Deputies in Mecosta County say a 31-year old female passenger was ejected for a vehicle this morning, while the male driver was arrested for drunk driving. Police say it happened just after midnight, at the intersection of 205th Ave. and Ross Parkway where the driver couldn't make the curve and struck a guardrail then overturned the vehicle. The female passenger was ejected from the car. She was taken to the hospital for minor injuries. The driver was arrested and lodged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.

Police identify juvenile suspects in Barryton break-ins

Police in the village of Barryton say four juveniles were identified in connection to the recent break-ins on Norman Street. Some property was recovered from one of the juvenile's residences.  Investigation is continuing.  All juvenile's names are being withheld at this time and petition's are being forwarded to the court.  It was found that over $1300 in property had been taken along with approximately $300 in damages.

2 quads stolen from Sheridan Twp. garage

Police in Mecosta County are on the lookout for a susect or suspects they say broke into a garage in Sheridan Township and stole 2 Quads, one with a snow plow on the front as well as tools and tool boxes. Deputies say it happened sometime between October third and fifth on 10th Ave between 16 and 17 mile roads. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office at 231-592-0150.

Big Rapids man guilty of murder

A Big Rapids man who killed one woman and then held hostage three other women and three children has been found guilty of all charges by a Mecosta Co. Jury. The verdict came Friday for 28-year old Duncan Willis III who was charged with murder, two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and one county of felony firearm possession. Police say back in November Willis, entered a Rogers Heights home and killed a woman and raped three others at gunpoint during a 10 hour police standoff. There is no date set for sentencing.

Motorcycle accident sends one person to the hospital

A Grand Rapids woman was taken to the hospital last night after a motorcycle accident in Mecosta County. Deputies say it happened on US 131 northbound at 17 Mile Rd. where the front end of the motorcycle started to shake, the 27-year old driver then lost control of the bike and went into the median. After hitting the median the motorcycle flipped end over end multiple times ejecting the woman from the motorcycle. She was wearing a helmet during the accident. The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police: Martiny Twp. break-in misunderstanding

Update: Deputies the home invasion that resulted in 8 hunting rifles being stolen was a misunderstanding. Police say the homeowners grandson from White Cloud took the guns for safe keeping. All but two guns have been recovered.

Police investigating theft of log splitter from area business

A log splitter was stolen from an area business and police in Mecosta County need your help in finding the thief's and recover the splitter. It happened at Mann’s Small Engine Repair in Mecosta. A witness told Deputies they saw a white or light colored Tahoe/Yukon-type SUV leaving that area around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday with a log splitter. The vehicle went east on Hayes Road. If you have any information about the theft, please call the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 592-0150.

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