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.

Police investigate deadly accident in Osceola Co.

Police up in Osceola County continue to investigate a fatal car accident that happened Friday. They say it happened on US-10 near 185th Ave. in Richmond Twp where a Toyota driven by 79-year old Robert Waldron from Kentucky was traveling westbound when he went off the north side of US-10, The car then re-entered the US-10 striking an east bound Ford pick-up Waldron died at the scene, his passenger was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital. The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the scene.

Mecosta, Osceola Counties declare local state of emergency

State Police have partially activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Lansing due to the severe weather and flooding occurring throughout the Lower Peninsula. On Tuesday afternoon, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Osceola and Wexford counties each declared a local state of emergency. The declaration enables a county or municipality to execute emergency operations plans, administrate local aid and assistance and issue declarations.

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