An Osceola County Judge is declaring a mistrial in the case of Francis Brent Mallo. The former Evart resident was charged last year with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly assaulting a young girl who babysat Mallo's children. The judge's ruling came as a result of a split jury.

Teen arrested for the break-in of Osceola Co. business

A 16-year old was arrested for the break-in of a Hersey business. Michigan State Police say the owners arrived at their business Monday morning and discovered money missing, a check of their security cameras revealed that a suspect had been inside during the night and took the money.  Investigation led to the apprehension of a 16 year old suspect from the Hersey area.  A small amount of the money and other evidence from the burglary was recovered.  He has been lodged at a local youth detention facility and is awaiting Probate court proceedings.

Reed City man accused of sex crimes

An Osceola County man is being held on one-million dollars bond after being arrested on charges of sex crimes against a minor. 24-year old Christopher Randall of Reed City has been charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a female victim under the age of 13. According police, the alleged assaults dated back to Sept. 1 of this year in Osceola County’s Lincoln Township.

Police await autopsy results in connection to father/daughter deaths

Michigan State Police say they will wait for autopsy results before saying anything more about the deaths of a man and his daughter, whose bodies were found 80 miles apart. Fifty-nine-year-old Gary Volkers was found dead a few feet from his car Sunday afternoon in Osceola County's Leroy Township, north of Big Rapids. State Police won't say how he died. But it was the discovery of his body that led police to his condo in Holland Township where they found the body of his 31-year-old daughter, Stacey Grotenhuis.

Osceola Co. home destroyed by fire

An Osceola County home was destroyed by a fire Tuesday afternoon. It happened at a small home on Riverview Drive in Hersey Township. Investigators say the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived to the scene. No one was at the residence at the time of the fire. The home is a total loss. Investigators say the exact cause of the blaze is not known yet.

Police investigating Osceola Co. break-in

Police up in Osceola County are investigating a home invasion at a residence in Lincoln Township. Deputies say it happened early Tuesday morning where the homeowner arrived came home and found a taller white man in the enclosed porch area of the home. The man fled the residence and got into the passenger seat of a green Pontiac Grand Am, which was parked a short distance from the scene. The vehicle fled east. The car was described as having a “fin” on the trunk lid and a “Ram Air” sticker on the driver’s side There was no description available for the driver.

Reed City teen going to jail on armed robbery charges

A Reed City teen is going to jail for the next 5-15 years for his involvement with an armed robbery of a home in Osceola County. 17-year old Paul Michael Williams pleaded guilty to armed robbery in Osceola County's 77th District Court as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. Williams and three other men were arrested in March for an armed robbery at a residence in Highland Township on Feb. 23.

Reed City teen going to jail on armed robbery charges

A 17-year old from Osceola County is going to jail for an armed robbery of a home back in February. Michael Paul Williams of Reed City pleaded guilty to armed robbery after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. He will spend the next five and a half to 15 years in prison. Police say Williams, along with 20-year old John Jay Williams, and 21-year old Damian Lee Jones, also of Reed City, were all charged in March for their alleged involvement with an armed robbery at a home in Osceola County.

Gov. Snyder requests disaster assistance for Newaygo & Osceola Co.

Governor Rick Snyder has requested a physical disaster declaration for Newaygo and Osceola counties from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that would pave the way for financial assistance for western Michigan residents and business owners impacted by severe storms and flooding. If approved, the SBA disaster assistance program will make low-interest loans available to eligible residents and businesses affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred in April.

Evart man charged with sex crimes

An Osceola County man is in jail after being arraigned on seven sex crimes involving a relative. 30-year old Dustin James Lewis of Evart, was charged with three counts of third-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and four counts of fourth-degree CSC. It's alleged that Lewis, forced or coerced the female victim during an incident in May.


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