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Ground breaking ceremony held for Hemlock Park Improvement Project

 

Groundbreaking for the Hemlock Park improvement project in Big Rapids took place on Monday. The Improvement project will include new pickleball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, a kayak launch on the Muskegon River and a splash pad.  

 

Jon Coles, director of the park project told attendees this project will benefit this community for years to come. 

 

“Over two years ago, in pre-pandemic , a group of citizens came together and  saw a need for this community.” Coles said. “The need for free outdoor recreational activities to improve physical and mental wellness The need was magnified during the summer of 2020 and 2021 and we're appreciative of you, our donors for stepping up and meeting the challenge.”

 

 

Donations to this project are well over $850,000. 

 

Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health United, Kelsey, Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals echoed the benefits of the park with these new improvements. 

 

“Hemlock Park is a Big Rapids Community gem and the improvements being made will encourage people of all ages to enjoy outdoor recreation and physical activity.” Leslie said.  “We know less screen time and more family time or time kayaking and picnicking along the beautiful Muskegon River is good for our physical and our mental health, which is something obviously near and dear to my heart.”

 

Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther is very excited for the city’s future. 

 

“Just looking through the audience, you can see why the project was successful. All the City commissioners are here, they totally believe in the whole project.” Guenther said. “And it's amazing how many city employees are here who put in a ton of hard work. It's wonderful to think about being the mayor of this town. This is one heck of a project for this small town.” 

 

Four of the projects will be finalized this summer while the splash pad won't come until summer of 2023.

Getting to know Reed City's new head basketball coach

Long-tenured Big Rapids assistant coach Brennan Walsh will begin his first season as varsity head coach this winter, but it will not be in Cardinal blue.


Instead, Walsh will be taking over the reins at rival Reed City just 12 miles up the road. He replaces
Stephen Ernst, who resigned after just one season with the Coyotes.


“I’m excited about the group I have.” Walsh said. “I know coming into this situation we are built to win
ball games next year.”


Walsh was one of eight reported finalists for the position according to Reed City Athletic Director Ryan Hanson.


As a former alumnus, Walsh has coached for Big Rapids for over 19 seasons at the high school level.

 

The Cardinal grad was also a former all-conference honoree in basketball himself. While he has spent a vast majority of his career in Big Rapids, Walsh did spend a year with Reed City under Jesse Kailing in 2005.


“We had to hire somebody who looked at team building and relationships as our number one goal,”
Hansen said. “Coach Walsh fits that mold and on top of that, he has pure passion for life and
basketball.”


Outside of coaching, Walsh is self-employed in the construction and contracting business. He and his
wife of 18 years have one child and live in the Reed City school district.


“The most important thing in our household is our family,” Walsh said. “That’s what we’re all about and I’m lucky enough to have a wife that has bought into it.”


Walsh has learned a lot during his time under multiple successful head coaches, including current
Cardinal head coach Kent Ingles. When asked about the insight going into this role, he said mentioned consistency and continuity.


“(Ingles) always stressed to utilize the skillset the boys had. I think being able to adjust to what you have is huge.”


Walsh’s staff has not been announced and the school is currently accepting applications for the assistant coaching positions.


This upcoming season will bring a third new head coach onto the Reed City sideline since 2018. Reed
City will be looking to build off a 14-7 season a year ago, finishing third in the CSAA Gold conference
behind Fremont and Big Rapids.


“We’ve got a great group of young men,” Hansen said. “While there were some eyebrows raised when they heard we hired a Big Rapids assistant, once they met and had short meetings with him, that thought was very short lived.”


While the upcoming season schedule has not been released, there will certainly be one game many
people will be anticipating now more than ever. The Reed City-Big Rapids rivalry spans back over
decades and will now have some extra “juice” with Walsh’s move up US-131. When asked about the

inevitable reunion, Walsh says he’s still in it for the coaching and looks forward to seeing his former
players perform.


“Just because I’m on the other side doesn’t mean that I don’t care about them anymore. I appreciate
the rivalry because it drives the players to work harder. I do imagine there will probably be some
sleepless nights.”


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Computer problems over the weekend at Meijer leads to customers getting charged twice

Advice if you shopped at Meijer over the weekend - you might want to double-check what you were charged.

 

Meijer officials say that problems with the computers at some stores caused delays in processes and in some cases, customers were charged twice.

 

Officials say that banks usually will catch a duplicate charge, but it's best to check you account just in case. 

 

Those who were charged twice are advised to call their financial institution.

 

Meijer claims the register problems affected other retailers as well.

Mecosta County Sherriff's Office receives grant for K9 unit

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office has received a $1,875.00 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund.


Officials say the grant was used to purchase some vital equipment for K9 Zeke.

 

Through this grant Zeke is receiving a new doghouse and a long-range GPS tracking / training collar.

 

This will help both Zeke and his handler tremendously in both training and in the field when he is out on calls.


Members of the Great Lakes Energy support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar.

 

The rounded-up amount is distributed to non- profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative.

 

Please contact Great Lakes Energy, 1-888-485-2537, or visit gtlakes.com for details.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

5/20

40-2201011 @ 8:20am Juvenile complaint 500 block N Warren Ave. A student was suspected of being intoxicated.

40-2201012 @ 8:58am walk in PDC occurred State/Locust at 0730 pending contact with the other driver

40-2201013 @ 8:57am Warrant arrest at community corrections

40-2201014 @ 12:00pm Civil/threats Third Ave. Complainant wanted to report her coworker’s husband making indirect comments to her

40-2201015 @ 12:50pm 2 car PDC Woodward/Division at fault driver cited

40-2201016 @ 1:40pm 2 car PDC Maple/Michigan at fault driver cited

40-2201017 @ 6:05pm 1100 block Catherine.  Complainant stated one of her children was assaulted.  Investigation revealed that an assault didn't occur and was only civil between kids

40-2201018 @ 10:35pm 200 block N Warren.  Dispatch requested an officer stop by the residence after caller wanted a male to leave the residence.  Subjects spoke Spanish, causing a language barrier.  Once an officer arrived on scene the male had already left per an on-scene interpreter.  No assault.  Only arguing.

40-2201019 @ 11:03pm 100 block S. Michigan.  Called in as a disorderly, subjects refusing to leave.  Dispatch watched the subjects exit into lot 4 on camera.  Subjects got in a vehicle and when leaving the lot, dispatch watched them hit a parked car.  Subjects were identified and located.  Driver was identified and was lodged for OWI High BAC, leaving the scene of an accident, and cited for PBT refusal.     

40-2201020 While investigating above, passenger was found to be in violation of his Felony probation for being in a bar and consuming alcohol.

 

5/21

40-2201021 @ 3:30pm FTP 500 block S Third $193.40 of diesel was taken. White heavy duty crew cab Ram with black brush guard, tinted windows, and a gas tank in the bed.

40-2201022 @ 6:30pm Warrant Pickup Kent County

40-2201023 @ 7:52pm 500 block Sanborn.  Check Wellbeing.  Passerby noticed the lawn was getting long.  Resident was fine and waiting for her services to cut her grass.

40-2201024 @ 7:54pm 400 block Maple St.  Male was scratched by a neighbor’s dog.  He only wanted her talked to about keeping the dog on a leash.  Dog was friendly and very energetic.

40-2201025 @ 11:39pm Traffic Stop Ferris and State led to driver being cited for no insurance.  Curries towed the vehicle.

40-2201026 @ 12:30am 300 block Morrison.  Anonymous caller overheard a male state he hit a car at Venlo Pl and Perry Ave and didn’t stop.  Contact was made with the male who stated a vehicle pulled in front of him and he bumped it.  The other vehicle didn’t stop so he didn’t.  Damage was a tweaked bumper.  No other caller and the male stated it happened 2 hours before contact.

 

5/22

40-2201027 @ 6:33am 400 block Perry Ave. 911 Hang up – 911 Hang Up/Faulty telephone line. Continuation issue at the business. Management is continuing to work on the issue.

40-2201028 @ 10:11am 400 block Maple St. Civil/Warrant Arrest – Officers responded to a civil issue between two males. This issue is a continuation of an animal complaint between these two residences.  One was found to have warrants out of Mason and Manistee Co.

40-2201029 @ 10:13am 300 block S Warren Ave. Civil/Animal Complaint – Officers responded to a civil complaint between neighbors. A dog was accidentally let out of the residence.

40-2201030 @ 11:49am 1100 block Fuller Ave Civil Dispute – Officers responded to a civil dispute between two females.

40-2201031 @ 1:50pm 200 block Monroe Ave. Civil – Officers responded to a civil issue involving parenting time between male and female.

40-2201032 @ 2:10pm 800 block N State St. Found Property. Owner notified.

40-2201033 @ 5:49pm 500 block Division St. Civil issue reported between roommates involving a PlayStation.

40-22001034 @ 8:41pm Alarm 300 block N State St, building secure, unknown cause.

40-22001035 @ 8:51pm Civil 600 block Maple. Found to be a verbal argument between mother and daughter. While on scene one made suicidal comments she was then transported to ER for evaluation.

40-22001036 @ 9:57pm Traffic stop State/Rust led to driver being cited for no insurance, vehicle towed by Curries.

40-22001037 @ 2:03am Traffic stop Perry/Division led to driver being arrested for OWI, vehicle towed by BR Tow.

Six Cardinal athletes announce college destinations

In a press conference held in Big Rapids High School’s auxiliary gym Monday, six Cardinal athletes
officially declared their next sporting ventures.


For men’s soccer, both Brady Fox and Aden Herron will be attending Jackson College, a division two
junior college competing in the MCCAA. Both players obtained All-Conference awards last season,
including Herron breaking the single-season school scoring record with 30 goals.


The duo will be looking to bring the Big Rapids winning success to the fairly new Jets program, which
began just nine years ago.


“I really didn’t want to hang up the cleats yet,” Fox said. “I knew I was able to play at the next level, but just had to put in the work to get there.”


Adding to the soccer list is All-Conference honoree Rebecca Allers, who will attend Coe College in Iowa, and All-Region award winner Katie Williams, who will attend Kellogg Community College this fall.


Both ladies used premier goal-scoring to help the Cardinals reach a 12-5-2 record this season, with a
chance to clinch the CSAA Gold divisional title this Friday vs. Newaygo.


The remaining two signees consist of DeMarcus Lee and Zach Jones.


Lee, a standout basketball player, will be taking his talents to Grand Rapids Community College on the hardwood. The 2021 Pioneer Dream Team Player of the Year helped Big Rapids win two conference titles in his varsity career.


Meanwhile, Jones will be heading north to Lake Superior State University, where he will join the Laker
club hockey program. The fellow three-sport athlete has shown his versatile skill throughout his career, which included recording a shutout in an emergency appearance at goaltender.


“I’m glad seeing Zach continue his journey,” Hockey coach Tim Blashill said.


Blashill believes Jones’ size, physicality, and team-first mentality will help him become a successful at
the next level.


These six signees add to a total of nine Big Rapids athletes that will be competing collegiately next year.


Earlier this year, Kate Langworthy (Northern Michigan University Cross Country & Track and Field), Ryan Ososki (Ferris State University Cross Country & Track and Field), and Makenna Rautio (Mid-Michigan Community College Basketball) declared their decisions individually.


This year adds even more prominence to an already long line of Cardinal athletes competing collegiately. Not only do the athletes deserve a bulk of credit but also the support staff alongside.


“It’s a lot of dedication and a lot of time,” Thompson said. “Not only on the athletes part, but those people surrounding them and helping them reach their goals.”

Whitmer & legislature propose competing tax cut plans

Both Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature are proposing new plans to cut taxes -- but remain at odds over the scope and immediacy of any relief.

 

The governor called for a one-time $500 rebate for "working families" -- adding to her earlier proposals to gradually repeal a tax on retirement income and fully restore a credit for lower-wage earners.

 

Republican lawmakers approved a 2.5 billion dollar plan Thursday that would permanently reduce the state income tax, increase the personal exemption, create a child tax credit, fully bring back the credit for low-income workers, and expand a tax break for veterans.

 

The legislation now heads to the Governor's office for consideration.

Brower Park sold out for Memorial Day weekend; other campsites still available

Camping spots in Mecosta County are filling up for Memorial Day weekend, according to the Park Superintendent.  


Jeff Abel says Brower Park is currently sold out for Memorial Day weekend but there are other options in the area for campers next weekend. 


"School Section currently has 3 campsites available out of 162 and cabins are full. Paris Park has availability with 11 sites out of 66 available as well as 2 cabins and 2 group campsites open. Merrill-Gorrel has 9 available campsites out of 126 in the water and electric section and 17 of 20 rustic campsites are available.  1-Cabin left open." Abel said. 


If you don't have a camper or an RV and want a more rustic feel, abel says there are still options available. 


"For the rustic campgrounds that don’t take reservations at Tubb’s Lake, Tubb’s Island and Haymarsh you typically would need to be established on a campsite by Wednesday leading into the holiday to get into either Tubb’s Rustic Campground." Abel said. "Haymarsh usually runs 60-70% occupied over Memorial Day weekend, but typically has some last-minute availability as well as the Rustic section of Merrill-Gorrel Park."


"The nice thing about the rustic area in Merrill-Gorrel park is that you still have access to modern restrooms and showers even though you don’t have water and electric directly on your campsite." Abel adds. 


The time to make your campsite reservation is now but if you can family or friends are split into different parks due to campsite availability during the holiday weekend, Abel says not to worry. 


"Our advice for those that can’t find a campsite at their favorite park this Memorial Day would be to try getting a reservation at Merrill-Gorrel or Paris Parks before they are full.  Once you are staying in one of our County Parks your vehicle pass provides access to all of the Mecosta County Parks, so you can take day trips to any of the parks and experience all the incredible amenities available throughout the park system." Abel said.  

Rothbury man suffers serious injuries after SUV hits motorcycle in Newaygo Co.

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a two vehicle crash in Newaygo County's Wilcox Township Thursday afternoon.

 

Michigan State Police say a 47-year-old woman driving a Toyota Rav4 was heading westbound on M-20 when she crossed the center line and hit an eastbound motorcycle driven by a 29-year-old Rothbury man.

 

He was wearing a helmet , but suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital by Aero Med. The woman was not injured.

 

State Police say drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor, but distracted driving does to be a factor in the crash.

City of Big Rapids wins 2022 Consumers Energy Foundation Put Your Town on the Map Competition

The City of Big Rapids is the top pick for Consumers Energy Foundation’s 2022 Put Your Town on the Map pitch competition.


Big Rapids received $25,000 for first place, Gaylord received $15,000 as runner-up, and Hart received $10,000 after submitting ideas for projects that will help strengthen and grow their communities.


Consumers Energy recognizes that Michigan’s small and rural towns may not have the same access as larger cities to resources to support projects in their communities.  That is why we are so proud to celebrate the big ideas from our small towns and champion the Put Your Town on the Map contest,” said Brandon Hofmeister, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “These winning projects will help transform and grow their communities, and we look forward to celebrating with them once the projects are complete.”


Big Rapids submitted to the foundation for a skate park project which will provide the city with the most colorful, welcoming, modernized skate park in northern Michigan.


Along with the skate park's development, staff are exploring expanding public art with skateable art, a graffiti wall, and unique sculptures.


"We are so grateful to be receiving this funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation Pitch Competition because it allows us to move ahead with phase one developments for the skate park,” said Jessie Black, Big Rapids Community Economic Development Specialist. “As a newly designated Pure Michigan Trail Town, adding a cutting edge skate park along the city’s Riverwalk trail is great for the local skaters/BMXers and other outdoor enthusiasts coming to visit."

 

A panel of judges chose the three winning projects on Wednesday, May 18th after officials from the 10 finalist communities made presentations at the 2022 Small Town and Rural Development Conference led by the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan.

Detectives investigating stolen van found submerged in Rogers Pond

 

Detectives in Mecosta County are investigating why there was a mini-van submerged in Rogers Pond.

 

According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, deputies received a tip about a possible stolen vehicle that had been driven off 10 Mile Rd and Millerdale Dr.

 

Members of the dive team then scanned the area with their sonar and were able to locate an image of what appeared to be a vehicle in 17 feet of water. Divers went down and were able to locate the vehicle which appeared to have been in the river for an extended period of time.

 

 

The vehicle was identified as a 2009 Dodge Caravan.

 

The incident remains under investigation

Big Rapids Police Blotter 5/16-5/17

5/16

40-2200979 @ 7:56am 600 block S State St PDA. 

 

40-2200980 @ 2:36pm Parkview Village Apts. Larceny- Child's BMX bike. Suspect possibly identified by video, mother later found bike at Hemlock Park and suspect ran off. Juvenile, finally admitted to stealing it.

 

40-2200981 @ 7:05pm 500 block S Third Ave. Fail to Pay- Suspect pumped $44.14 in gas and drove off.  Plate obtained and contact letter sent.

 

40-2200982 @ 12:10am W Pine St/Finley Ave – Traffic stop performed on a vehicle for no plate.  The vehicle came back stolen out of Muskegon County.  The driver had recently purchased the vehicle off Facebook and did not know it was stolen. Vehicle was towed to Big Rapids Tow with a hold for Muskegon.  Under investigation.

 

 

5/17

40-2200983 @ 11:27am 1800 block Milton Ave. Civil/PPO. Complainant reported a possible PPO violation. Sent over for review.

 

40-2200984 @ 12:34pm 100 block Williams St. Civil. The complainant reported a juvenile skateboarding on their property. Were advised to call back if the juvenile returns.

 

40-2200985 @ 2:39pm 200 block N State St. CPS complaint reference possible CSC. Currently unfounded after talking to parent and juvenile.

 

40-2100986 @ 2:33pm BRPD Assist Muskegon County with possible CSC. Most likely happened in Mecosta County and will be forwarded to them.

 

40-2200989 @7:46pm 1700 block S. State St CSC. CAC interview requested. Pending further investigation.

 

40-2200988 @10:19pm Maple St/S State St 2 vehicle PDA. One vehicle turning left from Maple to State drifted into outside turn lane hitting the other vehicle.

 

40-2200990 @11:51pm 400 block Bjornson Check wellbeing. 3rd party report of possible domestic between male and female. Contacted female who denied any assault occurring and did not show any signs of injury. Female’s mother arrived on scene and convinced her and her children to stay at a hotel for the evening.

 

Big Rapids City Commission approves 2022-2023 budget

The 2022-2023 fiscal year budget was approved by the Big Rapids City Commission on Monday. 

 

The budget is just over $31-million dollars. 

 

City Treasurer Aaron Kuhn noted some changes to the budget that starts on July 1st. 

 

I just wanted to comment on a couple of changes made since we talked last week so we increased the revenue and expense numbers for the Mechanic Street development to reflect the estimates given to us by the engineers, so we increased it from $1-million dollars to $1.2-million dollars, so that comes out to a net zero.” Kuhn said.  “Based on discussion we had about the marijuana fund distribution at the last meeting, we adjusted that revenue estimate to be half of what we've received in the current year, so we adjusted it down from where we have it at $500,000 to $340,000 then we included a revenue estimate for insurance refunds of $1,500.”

 

Kuhn told commissioners sanitation rates will be going up for Big Rapids residents. 

 

The City Commission approved an increased rate of 2.75% over last year which begins July 1st. 

 

Kuhn noted this is the last year the city is in a contract with Republic Services and will be bid out next spring.  

 

Water rates remain unchanged however, sewer rates will be increased $2.00 per month.

Police identify Marion shooting suspect

We now know the identity of the suspect involved in a shooting in Osceola County.

 

36-year old Dale Ervin Orvis, of Marion was arraigned Tuesday in Osceola County District Court for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Felonious Assault).

 

State Police were called to a shooting complaint in the village of Marion on Sunday evening.

 

Troopers say the 31-year old male victim is recovering from injuries sustained from the incident.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

Reed City disc golf course resuming construction

After a series of postponements from COVID and inclement weather, the proposed building of Reed
City’s disc golf course is returning to schedule.


The project was given the green light by city council back in October of 2019, with an intent to finish by the following spring. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 outbreak caused planning and production procedures to be paused.


After getting back on track the following spring and summer, the potential opening in 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to damage from a massive storm last September.


“That storm pretty much took out the whole north half of the city,” City Councilman Dan Burchett said. “It pretty much destroyed everything in the park along with the woods, which is where the course was going.”


While the project has had many bumps in the road, the city is now looking to get the project moving
once again. With the help of the Reed City Disc Golf Club, there are scheduled work events June 3, 4 & 5 to clean up the course. All locals and volunteers are invited to attend any of the days from 8:30pm- 5:00pm.


With help from the community and these clean-up events, Burchett is hoping for the course to be open for play by potentially this fall.


“I would love to have this thing up and running by August,” Burchett said. “I don’t know how realistic
that goal is, but I think it definitely gives us a few months to take care of it.”


For local disc golfers, the Reed City course will bridge a large gap of courses in the area. This will be its first disc golf course and the first registered public course currently in Osceola County.


“We have the crossroads trails here, kayaking, baseball, and stuff like that,” Burchett said. “Why not add something new to the city recreational area? Having the ice rink this winter was a huge success so I think the course will bring in a lot of people from out of town.”


The new course at Rambadt Memorial Park is mapped out to truly be a unique course. When asking
course designer Steve Hedstrom, he believes the course will largely benefit unfamiliar players as a way to introduce the game.

 


“I am designing the course for new players and children,” Hedstrom said. “Having all par threes with
medium to short holes makes it a great course to learn disc golf.”


Dave Maddox, who has nearly 30 years of disc golf experience, believes the course will also benefit
advanced players with its unique landscape.


“The terrain has lots of differences than some of the other local courses,” Maddox said. “It will have lots of elevation change and fairways no longer than 250 feet.”

 

Over the past few years, locals have been forced travel to places like Big Rapids, Cadillac, Ludington,
Grand Rapids, or Mount Pleasant to play. Not only will this new course benefit local players but will
provide another course for experienced players from outside the area.


“We’ve had people in Grand Rapids asking about the course and even coming down to help too,”
Hedstrom said.


Playing disc golf can bring lots of physical benefits. Things like exercise, being outside in nature, and
exploration of the course are just to name a few. Beyond the tangible takeways, there’s a whole other element that can be found within the sport: social connection.


As a prime example of a community-driven sport, Hedstrom believes disc golf can be a way to bring
people together beyond just playing.


“Having physical activity is huge, but the social community of golfers brings people together. I think this course is going to be really good for the people of Reed City.”


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Big Rapids City Commission receive storm damage assessments

The Big Rapids City Commission received an update on storm damage that occurred last week in the area.


Big Rapids DPS deputy Director Steve Schroeder told commissioners damage assessments are still ongoing but they have identified five businesses, one school property, one apartment complex and two residences affected by the flooding.


Public Works Director Heather Bowman says initial assessments show the cost of repairs from the flooding will be in the millions.

 

"First and foremost is Mitchell Creek, it was full of water.  We've lost three picnic tables, the foot bridge that goes over the creek was found Monday, the asphalt walkway that goes up to the downtown area has been damaged by the waters, we lost two garbage cans and the rain guard by the parking lot has been destroyed." Bowman said. "Crews will be out at the Clay Cliffs area due to the damage that happened over there.  The parking lot at the pool was damaged and needs to be repaired. We have been in contact with the Mecosta County Drain Commissioner to assess damage to Ives Drain and the Woodward Ave culvert erosion issues."

 

Bowman also addressed damaged culverts:


"Baldwin Street over the Muskegon River assessment is in the ballpark of $10,000-$15,000.” she said. “Pine Street over Mitchell Creek assessment is between $10,000-$15,000, Michigan Street over Mitchell Creek assessment is $30,000-$40,000 and the last one, Hemlock Street over Mitchell Creek is between $2-million to $2.2-million dollars." Bowman said.


Officials are looking into a number of grants to help offset the costs. Both the city and county declared a state of emergency due to the area flooding.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 5/9-5/15

NOTICE:
The Depot fire pit is primarily for use by snowmobilers with snow on the ground. Any other use for special events, is by permit from the City Manager.


Monday… 5/9
Officers dispatched to local business with report of a female unsteady on her feet, seemed confused, and walking around the building. The woman suffers from a neurological disorder. All was okay.


Officers were given report of trash and kitty litter being left on the Pere Marquette Trail and W. 5 th Ave. Officers looked around the property and along the trail and found no evidence of such.


While on patrol officer saw a bonfire at the Depot fire pit. Officers made contact with a male and female who had cooked hot dogs there. They were made aware of current dry weather conditions and city ordinance and the fire put out.


Officers arrested a 25-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court. She was lodged at the Osceola County jail without incident.


Officers were dispatched to a domestic assault. Upon investigation, a 35-year-old woman was arrested for domestic assault. She was lodged at the Osceola County Jail.

 

Tuesday … 5/10
Report of a vehicle and tractor accident. There was damage done to the car, but none to the tractor. No injuries resulted.


Officers took a report of a possible CSC involving a minor. The matter is under investigation.


Officer took a report of a cat that had been hit in the road. When the officer arrived, he could not locate the cat or the owner.


Officers stopped a vehicle on US 10 and Chestnut St. for defective equipment. The 19-year-old male driver was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The 19-year-old male passenger also held an outstanding warrant. Both individuals were lodged at the Osceola County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


Wednesday …5/11
Officers took a juvenile complaint in reference to truancy and general incorrigibility at home.


Officers took a report of harassment involving female minors through social media. All involved were
advised to stop communicating and if it continues the court system would get involved.


Officers were dispatched to inappropriate photos being exchanged between juveniles. The matter was found to have taken place in another county. The matter was referred to the Michigan State Police for investigation.

 

Officers dispatched to a man attempting to pick up his daughter and his family felt that the man was
experiencing mental health difficulties and not currently safe for his daughter to be around. The child was sent home with other family members pending the man getting help for his mental health difficulties.


Thursday … 5/12
Officers arrested a 26-year-old man on two outstanding warrants. One was for violating bond release
conditions. The second was for trespassing. He was lodged at the Osceola County Jail.


Officers were dispatched to a report of a person possible smoking marijuana in a public place. The officer did not locate the individual.


Officers observed two women smoking marijuana in a public place. Both were issued citations.


Friday …5/13
Officers located and arrested a 30 female on an outstanding warrant for assault.


Officers received a complaint of possible child abuse. The matter is under investigation.


Officers were contacted by two men looking for the jail trying to find their friend. It was determined they were in the wrong county and the officer assisted them in finding directions to the correct location.


Officers served an abatement notice for an unregistered and inoperable vehicle.


Saturday …5/14
Officer dispatched to assist an elderly man who had trouble regulating the temperature in his room due to health issues.


Sunday …5/15
Officer dispatched to Reed City Hospital to assist Osceola County Deputy with a disorderly subject.

Shooting in Marion sends one person to hospital; suspect arrested

One person is recovering in a hospital following a shooting in the village of Marion Sunday evening.

 

Michigan State Police say one person has been taken into custody on charges related to the shooting.

 

It is not yet known what led up to the shooting or what the extent of the victim’s injuries are.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

 

5/13

40-2200955 @ 7:34am 500 block N Warren Ave Suspicious- Juvenile that is suspended, but is doing virtual school, was caught wandering through the halls on 5/12/22. 

40-2200956 @ 9:18am 500 block S Third Retail Fraud- Male was caught shoplifting a couple earbuds.  He was seen in the store two weeks ago doing the same thing.  He was cited, released, and trespassed. 

40-2200957 @ 9:52am 800 block Marion Barking Dog- Caller was complaining about the dogs barking at a residence while the owner was at work. Caller complained of the dog feces and the marijuana smoke.  Caller signed a citation, and the owner was issued a citation. 

40-2200958 Warrant Pick up- Reed City arrested female and met at dispatch.

40-2200959 @ 10:17am State/Pere Marquette- A traffic stop resulted in driver being cited for No Insurance

40-2200960 @ 11:53am 1100 block Catherine Civil- Complainant does not want another female around the trailer because she has an autistic daughter. 

40-2200961 @ 12:22pm 800 block N State St Civil/Warrant arrest- Caller reported male smashed her TV.  Caller went to jail for warrant out of Wexford.  Male was attempting to get U-Haul to get his belongings. 

40-2200962 @ 1:20pm 400 block S Third Civil Called as disorderly/threats/mental- Male became very upset swearing at everyone threatening everyone because his pants were stolen.  He said things to get the reaction.  He calmed down and is remaining at the shelter until they can find him a new place.

40-2200963 @ 3:01pm 500 block S Third Fail to Pay- Clerk was able to get an accurate plate.  Contact was made with the owner.  This was his mom’s car.  He was going to pay it.

40-2200964 @ 8:28pm N Warren/Hemlock Abandoned Vehicle- Curries Towing was called to impound a vehicle that had been tagged with a 48-hour abandoned sticker. While waiting for Curries to arrive, the owner of the vehicle came out and stated he had just gotten back from vacation and had just purchased the vehicle. At that time Curries was disregarded.

40-2200965 @ 1:27am 100 block S Michigan Ave Disorderly- Male became upset when a fellow patron called him stupid. Male slammed his beer bottle down on the bar causing it to break. He had a minor cut on his palm. He was escorted out of the bar by security. He waited with officers for a friend to arrive and give him a ride home because he was too intoxicated to drive.

40-2200966 @ 3:56am Suspicious 100 block S Michigan Ave.- The front door of the building was found unsecured by officers. The interior of the building was secure.

40-2200967 @ 4:19am 800 block Country Way Suspicious- Female left to run to the store and realized both rear tires of her vehicle were flat. She believed the upstairs neighbors let the air out of her tires. Under investigation.  

 

5/14

40-2200969 @ 12:00pm 1100 block Fuller Civil – officers responded to a civil issue between tenants over the use of a washing machine.

40-2200970 @ 12:24pm 400 block S Third Ave. Civil – Complainant reported being harassed by her ex-husband who is homeless in GR. She requested the contacts be documented for possible PPO.

40-2200971 @ 4:28pm 500 block S. Michigan Ave. Suspicious – Complainant advised that a male was possibly using methamphetamine. Under investigation

40-2200973 @ 7:11pm 400 Elm St. Warrant Arrest. Met with Montcalm County who had arrested a male for Criminal Bench Fail to Appear warrant.

40-2200972 @ 7:57pm N. State St/E Grand Traverse Traffic Stop for expired plate led to driver being cited for no insurance. Vehicle impounded by Curries.

40-2200974 @ 0123 500 block W Bridge St- During property inspection a window that was previously broken had plywood removed. Building searched and nothing appeared to be disturbed.

40-2200975 @ 1:38am 1100 block Platt Ave Noise. Male had loud music and was issued a written warning.

40-2200976 @ 3:30am 100 block N. Michigan Ave Suspicious- Open door found. Nothing inside appeared disturbed. Keyholder later responded and nothing was found out of place.  

 

5/15

40-2200977 @ 12:46pm 1800 block Milton Ave. Natural Death. Officers responded to assist with the deceased. Nothing suspicious noted.

40-2200978 @ 2:21am 1100 block Fuller Ave Domestic- Male was intoxicated and woke up girlfriend. He grabbed her hard enough to leave several marks on her arms as he held her against the wall and accused her of cheating. He had marks on his neck from her attempting to push him away. Male was lodged for domestic assault.

Downstate man killed in motorcycle crash in Lake County Sunday

State police are investigating a fatal motorcycle accident in Lake County in west Michigan.

 

Troopers say the crash happened early Sunday morning on M-37 in Peacock Township killing a downstate man.

 

A 50-year-old from Chesterfield was riding his bike when it ran off the road and hit a tree.

Big Rapids City Commission to get update on storm damage tonight

The Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight at city hall to discuss and act on a number of issues.

 

The commission will receive an update from Public Works Director Heather Bowman and Big Rapids DPS deputy Director Steve Schroeder on the storm damage heavy thunderstorms and flooding from a week ago, Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther declared a state of emergency last week due to flooded out streets and sink holes.

 

City Treasurer Aaron Kuhn will give commissioners a presentation about Hemlock Park Financing options.

 

City Commissioners will act on approving a resolution for new water, sewer and sanitation rates for residents.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30pm in person at city hall or you can attend virtually on Zoom.

 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 5/11-12

5/11

40-2200937 @ 9:39am Found Property handicap placard turned in to BRDPS

40-2200938 @ 11:18am 500 block N Warren Ave Juvenile complaint taken by the SRO

40-2200939 @ 1:24pm State St/Maple St number pulled for the traffic assists that were performed during the heavy rain.

40-2200940 @ 6:51pm PDA at N State St/W Pine St 

40-2200941 @ 6:30pm Civil 500 block Division St – complaint of roommates arguing, one roommate spit at the feet of the other.

40-2200942 @ 7:45pm Warrant Arrest/civil complaint 1000 block Fuller Ave – Officers were called to a possible domestic between an adult and a juvenile. It was determined to be just a push between the two, the adult had a warrant out of MSP Hart and was lodged at MCSO. 

40-2200943 @ 4:51am Suspicious Situation 1100 block Catherine St, Complainant was getting ready to leave for work when he found an unknown vehicle in his driveway. A male was sleeping in his car, appeared intoxicated, and thought he was at a friend’s. The car was removed by homeowner per the male’s request and parked across the road. The male left on foot and was told by officers not to drive. Approximately a half hour later dispatch received a call the suspect’s car was south bound on Catherine St. Officers found the suspect car parked at a residence and the male stated he wasn’t driving. The complainant couldn’t identify the male as the driver.

 

5/12

40-2200944 Prisoner pick up from Lake County

40-2200945 @ 10:08am 900 block N Dekraft Ave.  Complainant had $330 stolen off Bridge Card. Under investigation.

40-2200946 @ 11:11am 500 block N Warren Miscellaneous call handled by SRO

40-2200947 @ 1:33pm Sunoco 500 block S Third Ave Fail to pay.  Silver vehicle, black male driver, no plate info, headed WB on M20. No other info.

40-2200948 @ 12:57pm Mental/Disorderly 400 block S Third St.  Female was having mental crisis.  She went to ER voluntarily

40-2200949 @ 2:02pm 600 block Bjornson Ave Check Wellbeing on female.  Severe medical issues and hadn’t been around for 2 weeks.  Entry was made as dispatch advised she was in hospital in GR.

40-220950 @ 3:21pm 700 block Perry Larceny of Cellphone.  Complainant came in to report his cell phone stolen from 5/6/22.  No suspects

40-2200951 @ 3:45pm 200 blk S Stewart Arrest male for Reed City PD. Met a dispatch and turned over to them.

40-2200952 @ 7:33pm 400 block S Stewart, 9-year-old throwing rocks and smoking cigarettes. Parents and CPS were contacted, and petition will be sent over.

40-2200953 @ 12:07am 1200 block Maple St., Domestic between male and female. Parties were separated and warrants will be sought for both. CPS also contacted due to kids being present.

40-2200954 @ 4:23am 1200 block Perry Ave., ALARM building was secure and no key holder responded. 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 5/9-10

5/9

40-2200921 @ 6:38am 400 block Perry Ave 911 Open line, all fine

40-2200922 @ 9:56am – Found Social Security Card turned into office

40-2200923 @ 10:13am Found property – Gray backpack found near dog park turned into office

40-2200924 @ 9:50am 200 block Woodward – Civil, civil between two subjects over internet and a Nintendo Switch. One was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from Osceola for animal abandonment and turned over to OCSO at dispatch.

40-2200925 @ 1:00pm 300 block N Warren, area check- juveniles were on the island behind BRMS chopping down trees. Located juveniles in Hemlock, who were all skipping school. Will be referred for truancy

40-2200926 @3:46pm 500 block N Warren Ave Juvenile complaint- female refused to leave school due to her phone being taken.  Given a ride home and turned over to her mother.

40-2200927 @ 4:59pm Darwin/Bjornson Hit and Run–tree service truck backed into power pole, stopped, looked at it, and left.  Driver was identified. Citation will be issued. Pole was damaged and will need replacement. Consumers was advised.

40-2200928 @ 8:57pm 800 block S State St. traffic stop for no plate led to driver being cited for No Insurance. Passenger was arrested for Fail to appear warrant out of Ottawa County.

40-2200929 @ 4:11am 400 block Linden St. Suspicious, Male sent nude photo to scammer who threatened to send it to friends or have him arrested. The male sent $150 through Cash App. Suspect appears to be foreign based on text conversation. He was advised to report to Cash App for possible refund.

 

5/10

40-2200930 @ 11:06am 500 block Willow Ave. Assault. SRO took an assault complaint involving juveniles.

40-2200931 @ 11:56am 400 block Perry Ave 911 Hang Up. Building is having continued phone issues and is in contact with their IT to correct the phone issue.

40-2200932 @ 1:32pm BRPD. Found property. The fishing tackle box and ID were returned to the owner.

40-2200933 @ 11:55am 400 Elm St. Prisoner Pick Up. Male was picked up from Manistee County Jail for his court warrants.

40-2200934 @ 6:47pm Parkview Village. Civil Dispute. Female upset that ex-husband keeps calling because he is upset about her dating a new man and the possibility of the children being around him.

40-2200935 @ 7:30pm Maple St/Fourth traffic for no plate led to driver being cited for No Insurance/Unregistered Vehicle.

40-2200936 @ 8:51pm Escott St/Spring St traffic stop for speed on Fuller led to driver being cited for No Insurance/Improper Plate/Unregistered Vehicle. Curries Impounded.

Proposed 2022-23 budget presented to Big Rapids Commissioners

The Big Rapids City Commission discussed its proposed $31-million dollar for next fiscal year, during the study session earlier this week. 


City Treasurer Aaron Kuhn detailed the budget to commissioners.


"The budget is balanced, with all operating and capital improvement expenditures covered by current revenues and available fund balance." Kuhn said. "There are continued one-mill investments into city streets, the Big Rapids Community Library as well as a proposed one-mill for Hemlock Park." There are sufficient resources allocated for close to $6.5-million in suggested capital projects."

 

Kuhn also told commissioners he expects income tax revenue to increase and is expected to return to normal due to the employment sector and a rise in wages. However, he noted state transportation revenue sharing for roads will decrease due to the latest census. 

 

During his presentation, Kuhn noted how the city has been paying off its outstanding debt of $9.2 million from five years ago its current amount of $5.3 million dollars. 

Streets in Big Rapids that have been impacted by Wednesday's storms

Storms and flooding from Wednesday are impacting residents and commuters today.

 

 According to the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety as the rain stopped, the rivers and creeks around the area became overfull and caused more extensive flooding within the city.

 

This flooding is forcing the closure of several streets within the city; Hemlock St. between N. Michigan Ave. and N. State St. will be closed indefinitely due to damage. N. Michigan Ave. from E. Pine St. to E. Bellevue St. will be closed until this afternoon.

 

Police remind you to NOT travel through flooded roads and find another way to reach your destination.

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