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Amish woman suffers injuries following buggy/semi truck accident in Osceola Co.

An Amish woman is in stable condition after being struck by a semi truck while riding in her buddy tuesday afternoon in Osceola County. 


It happened on on 80 th Ave, near 19 Mile Road, Highland Township.


Osceola Co. Sheriff Ed Williams said in a press release, a 33-year old Marion woman while driving a buggy southbound on 80th Avenue near 19 Mile Road was struck by a southbound straight truck semi being driven by a 38-year old Roseville man.

The Marion women was thrown from the buggy and sustained major injuries, the Marion women was taken to Cadillac Munson Hospital and then transferred to Traverse City Munson Hospital and is in stable condition.


The semi driver was not injured. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.


Mecosta Co. Deputies looking for Lowes retail fraud suspect


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office is requesting assistance to identify the pictured person who is a suspect in a retail fraud at the Lowe's store located at 21555 PERRY AVE, BIG RAPIDS in the Twp of Big Rapids.


Information can be given to the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office Detectives by calling 231-592-0150.


Up to $500 available for Michigan restaurant and hospitality workers affected by COVID-19 pandemic

There's some money available for qualifying Michigan workers whose income took a hit due to COVID-19.


The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association has received a $2.5M grant from the Michigan Department of Treasury to continue to support restaurant and lodging industry workers who were financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.


Funds will be granted to individuals that can demonstrate need and proof of hospitality industry employment as of March 10, 2020.


Payments of up to $500 will be granted to all approved applicants until resources are fully depleted. All eligible hospitality employees in Michigan should apply for assistance online from September 22 until October 1.  


Click here to view application



State Police arrest man after they observe him running from car crash in Osceola Co.

Michigan State Police say a Blanchard man is behind bars at the Osceola County Jail after a foot pursuit in Evart Townsip. 


It happened Wednesday afternoon, troopers say they were patrolling near Waters Edge Dr. and 85th Ave. when they observed a male subject running from a vehicle that had just crashed.

Troopers immediately began a foot pursuit and quickly apprehended the 48-year-old Blanchard man.


The man had a suspended Michigan Driver’s License and threw a plastic baggie containing suspected
methamphetamine while fleeing from the troopers. Additionally, he was wanted on warrants out of
Osceola and Mecosta Counties.


The vehicle he was driving did not have insurance and had an unlawful plate.


He was lodged at the Osceola County Jail and has not yet been arraigned.


COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Mecosta Co. 5 hospitalizations since Sept. 12th

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 680 new cases and 11 new deaths on Wednesday.


Here in Mecosta County, according to the District Health Department #10 there are 163 cases since March however 88 positive cases are from those on campus at Ferris State in Big Rapids since August 24th.


Since September 12th there have been five hospitalizations at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital due to COVID-19, according to the DHD#10 dashboard.


69 people in Mecosta County have also recovered from coronavirus since the month of March as well.


For more local numbers CLICK HERE and HERE


COVID-19 testing moved to drive-thru process at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital

Patients visiting Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for an outpatient COVID-19 swab test will now see a large drive-thru canopy conveniently located adjacent to the hospital in the OB Practice parking.


The change allows for better social distancing and increases the capacity to conduct more tests as schools, sports and the busy fall season begins. Patients will enter the testing site off Willow Street and exit through the parking lot onto
Locust Street. The drive-thru testing will occur Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re very excited to roll out this drive-thru process,” said Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital chief operating officer Beth Langenburg. “We’ll be able to conduct more tests in the safest manner possible. This allows us to increasingly meet the needs of our community.”

Patients must have an order from a provider to receive a test. Appointments are encouraged. There are several easy ways to access COVID-19 testing:


Get screened and self-schedule a COVID-19 test through Spectrum Health MyChart. You do not have to be a Spectrum Health patient to use this service. To access MyChart, download the Spectrum Health app or visit


Once in MyChart, follow the instructions found at to complete the symptom screening process.

Patients may also contact their provider to discuss the need for a COVID-19 test. If you require an interpreter or special assistance, call the COVID-19 hotline at 833.559.0659. Also use this option if you are a pre-procedure or surgery patient. If you qualify for a COVID-19 test, an appointment will be made for you.

For tests for children, also visit for more information
on how and when to have your child tested. Spectrum Health emergency departments are for patients seeking emergency services only and are not able to provide testing for patients without serious COVID-19 symptoms.

People experiencing life-threatening symptoms or conditions should call 9-1-1.


Fatal motorcycle accident in Isabella Co.

A motorcycle rider from Lake is dead after being struck by a pickup truck yesterday in Isabella County.


It happened in Gilmore Township on Vandecar and Herrick Rd.


Deputies say The driver of a pickup, an 82-year old man from Farwel was traveling south bound on Vandecar and began to turn left onto Herrick road.


The driver of the pickup, turned in front of the motorcyclist, a 74-year old Lake man,  who was traveling North Bound on Vandecar.


The motorcycle ran into the side of the pickup truck.


When first responders arrived, they discovered the driver of the motorcycle deceased.


DHD#10 Officials: Possible COVID-19 exposure site at El Burrito in Big Rapids

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) was notified that an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 was present and potentially contagious at El Burrito Loco in Big Rapids on September 6 from 4:00-8:00 PM.  


If you were at El Burrito Loco on the day and time listed above, you should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the possible exposure date. Anyone that is self-monitoring as a result should keep away from family, close contacts, and roommates as much as possible. COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.   


While DHD#10 will release information about public exposure sites when it is determined through investigation that it’s not possible to identify all close contacts, everyone needs to remember that approximately 40% of COVID-19 cases appear to be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic cases are especially difficult because they are not sick and therefore not staying home. Additionally, contagious individuals can spread virus prior to experiencing symptoms.   


“As we continue to experience community spread of COVID-19, it should be understood that anyone choosing to go out in public, whether to a bar, restaurant, golf course, retail store, family gathering, funeral, or any other public place, could potentially be exposed to COVID-19 at any time, thus you should always be monitoring for symptoms,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10.  


For more information about COVID-19, go to:, or 


Mecosta Co. sees increase in COVID-19 cases; however no hospitalizations since late July

The number of Michigan residents who have recovered from the coronavirus is now over 85,000.


The state Health Department reported yesterday that an additional 5,000 residents had recovered compared to the end of August.


There were 692 new confirmed cases of the virus bringing the statewide total to more than 111,000. There were also 13 deaths.


As for here in Mecosta County, there are 149 positive coronavirus cases since the month of March, and 65 recoveries and no hospitalizations since July 24th according to the District Health Department #10.


Part of the recent increase in cases is the return of students at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.


According to the FSU COVID-19 dashboard, since August 24th there have been 53 positive cases of coronavirus, 34 new cases in the week of Sept. 4th-10th alone.


School officials says it's working closely with DHD#10 to actively conduct contact tracing and provide assistance and support to those affected. Students affected who reside on-campus have been moved to isolation housing. Anyone who had close contact will be notified by DHD #10 of possible exposure and will also receive specific instructions, assistance and support.


For more details on local COVID-19 numbers CLICK HERE


Standish woman injured in rollover accident in Mecosta Co.

A Standish woman is recovering following a rollover accident in Mecosta County.


It happened Monday afternoon just after 1:30pm, deputies say a 21-year old Standish woman, was heading westbound on 21Mile Rd near 120th Ave when she lost control and rolled her vehicle. 


She was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids with non-life threatening injuries. 


Hemlock Park Project announced- "Play Big"

A group of individuals, interested in recreation and the communities’ needs, gathered to create a master plan and a new vision for the City of Big Rapids Hemlock Park.


The project is called “Play Big” because it encompasses five different user groups and projects that encourage area residents and visitors to get outdoors and “play big”.


The five projects are: splash pad, basketball courts, pickleball courts, tennis courts and a handicap-accessible kayak launch.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light how many people value the opportunity for free, outdoor recreation opportunities. “As someone who frequents Hemlock Park and someone who studies the industry, I can tell you that usage of parks and general recreation skyrocketed during the pandemic. People are buying tennis racquets, pickleball paddles, and kayaks. We want to give them a safe, comfortable, adaptable place to use them,” Coles said.

Coles adds, “We’re also excited about the economic impact this will have for the area. We want Big Rapids to be a destination point. And for those who already live in the area, we want to drive people to the heart of our city to enjoy ice cream, lunch, and shopping.”


Studies show that if your home is located within walking distance to a successful park, the home value will likely go up $81.54 per square foot. Eighty-five percent of respondents to the 2017 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Americans’ Engagement with Parks Survey seek high-quality park and recreation amenities when they are choosing a place to live. Parks and recreation improve the quality of life in communities and benefits the local economic development of a region. A recent survey in Area Development notes that three-quarters of corporate executives rate quality-of-life features as important factors when choosing a location for a headquarters, factory or other company facility.


The Presenting Sponsor for the Hemlock Park Improvement Project is Spectrum Health. Andrea Leslie, President of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals said,

“Spectrum Health is excited to be a part of the Hemlock Park refresh project to promote healthy living for years to come. It’s important for community members to spend time outside and stay active and adding a kayak launch and splash pad to our park will provide great opportunities to do just that.”


For more information on how you can contribute to the project, see the Facebook page: Hemlock Park Improvement Project Presented by Spectrum Health or you may call Jon Coles, steering committee chair, 231-250-4082.


4 positive COVID-19 cases as Ferris State students return to Big Rapids campus

More than 2,100 students moving into campus housing at Ferris State University in Big Rapids were screened for COVID-19 last week.


School officials say for the week of August 24, four positive cases on the Big Rapids campus were confirmed by the District Health Department #10 (DHD #10). The University is working closely with the health department to actively conduct contact tracing and provide assistance and support to those affected.


Students affected who reside on-campus have been moved to isolation housing.


A COVID-19 dashboard was created on the Ferris website to update positive cases on Thursday of each week by 5 p.m.


Amazon approved for drones; Walmart set to launch subscription service

We've all seen the Amazon vans in neighborhoods -- now, getting an Amazon packaged delivered from the sky is closer to becoming a reality.


The Federal Aviation Administration granted Amazon approval to deliver packages by drones.


Amazon says the approval is an important step, but added that it is still testing and flying the drones.


It's unclear when drones will be put in to use for good.


UPS and a company owned by search giant Google won approval for drone deliveries last year.


Meanwhile, Walmart is launching a new membership service for shoppers this month that it hopes can compete with Amazon Prime.


Called Walmart+, it will cost $98 a year, or $12.95 a month, and give members same-day delivery on 160,000 items, a fuel discount at certain gas stations and a chance to check out at Walmart stores without having to wait at a register.


Walmart plus will launch september 15th.


MHSAA Director says it's up to Gov. Whitmer on if Soccer, Volleyball and Swimming can go on this fall

The leader of the Michigan High School Athletic Association says the decision rests with Governor Whitmer on whether there are soccer games, volleyball matches, and swimming and diving meets this fall.


Mark Uyl says while the governor's school reopening road map allows for competition during the coronavirus pandemic, her broader "safe start" order does not unless participants stay 6 feet apart.


The group later received guidance from Whitmer's office that golf, tennis and cross country are OK to proceed.


Football has been postponed until the spring.


Uyl hopes the governor issues further guidance this week.


Big Rapids Police weekend blotter



CIVIL in the 800 block of Country Way.


A traffic stop resulted in a 35 year old male being arrested for a weapons violation and DWLS.


Traffic stop State/Bellevue for 75/35 led to the 17 year old male driver being charged with reckless driving. 


Assault in the 300 block of Morrison.  Caller, 23 year old female claimed he was assaulted by a 21 year old female while she was retrieving property from the apartment. The 21 year old claimed to have been assaulted by the 23 year old a couple of days prior.  Parties were separated, reports will be forwarded for review.




MDOP in the 200 block of Maple.  


CIVIL in the 800 block of COUNTRY WAY.


Civil in the 400 block of Woodward. 


MDOP in the 500 block of N Warren. Two light posts along trail had electrical boxes damaged, found by person walking on trial, unknown timeline on damage.


Traffic stop Oak /State.  After stopping driver, an 18 year old female, put car in reverse and struck patrol vehicle.  She then tried moving out of driver's seat but got stuck while attempting. When asked for her license she handed officer a bottle of Hennesey out of her purse.  She was arrested for OWI High BAC. While attempting Datamaster she could not provide samples and search warrant was obtained. She fell walking into ER for the draw.  After blood draw and being medically cleared due to her fall she was lodged at 54.


While trying to change lanes due to above PDA/Traffic stop driver, 19 year old female struck a vehicle in front of her, drove up on the curb, blew out a tire, and continued on past State and Perry where she was eventually stopped.  Investigation led to her being arrested for OWI. 


Officers were dispatched to a threats complaint in the 300 block of Morrison.  Caller advised he was threatened by his roommate. While on scene the roommate became belligerent with officers.  The complainant requested an officer to accompany him to his room to retrieve personal belongings as he did not feel safe with just him and the roommate in the apartment. As officer was trying to leave the apartment the roommate blocked the door and refused several commands to move out of the way.  He was then arrested for hindering.


Traffic stop State/Perry led to the 22 year old male driver being arrested for OWI and cited for refusing PBT.  


Traffic stop State/Ferris led to the 26 year old male driver being arrested for OWI.  He was also cited for failing to move over after almost striking officer as he drove by his traffic stop.


Traffic stop Northland/Ferris led to the 23 year old male driver being arrested for OWI, CCW, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and probation violation. 




THREATS in the 800 block of Country Way.


Suspicious, at Hemlock Park. Juvenile Female reported that she was being watched and followed by a male in Hemlock Park. Officers spoke with the female and identified the male. His grandfather spoke about his grandson being overly friendly to the 13 year old female.  The young man is mentally handicapped and has amental capacity of an 8 year old by is 19 years of age. No intent for anything else but being socially awkward.


Evart Police Weekly Blotter

Evart Police Department

Weekly Report 8-24-2020 to 8-30-2020:




Abandoned Vehicle – While on patrol, Officers observed a vehicle parked on Main St. that had not moved for several days.  A 72-hour tow tag was placed on the vehicle.  After 72 hours the vehicle had not been moved, the vehicle was towed to a local towing company.

Fraud – Officers were dispatched to a fraud (identity theft) complaint.  The case remains open at this time.

Abandoned Vehicle – While on patrol, Officers found a vehicle abandoned and unregistered in the middle of the roadway.  It was towed.




Dog at Large – Officers were dispatched to a complaint of a loose dog being aggressive towards passersby. Contact was made with the owner who secured the dog.

Reckless/Disorderly – Officers were dispatched to a complaint of a group of disorderly subjects.  Officers determined one subject had driven recklessly and was issued a citation.  A report on the disorderly subject has been sent to the prosecutor for review of charges.




Retail Fraud – Officers were called to a complaint of stolen merchandise at a local business.  The case remains open at this time.

Runaway – Officers were dispatched to a runaway complaint.  The subject was located and returned to their residence.

Assist MSP/K9 Deployment – Officers were dispatched to assist the Michigan State Police with serving an arrest warrant.  While on scene, Officers deployed K9 Blue who alerted on the odor of narcotics in the suspect’s vehicle.




Property Damage Accident/Personal Injury Accident – Officers were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident.  One subject was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.




Assault – Officers were contacted regarding an assault.  The case remains open at this time.

Assist/False Id – Officers were dispatched to assist a local business with a subject who attempted to use a false identification card to purchase age regulated products.  The business requested that the subject be permanently trespassed from the property.  The id card was confiscated and destroyed.




Larceny – Officers were dispatched to a complaint of stolen merchandise from a local business.  While investigating the case, Officers recovered some of the merchandise for the business as well as some merchandise belonging to another business.


Runaway – Officers were dispatched to a complaint of an unruly juvenile.  The subject fled the premises before Officers could make contact with them.  The case remains open at this time.


Barryton woman arrested on drug charges following traffic stop

A Barryton woman is under arrest following a traffic stop in Osceola County.


In a press release,  Michigan State Police say that a trooper was patrolling in the City of Evart in Osceola County on August 27, 2020 at 10:20pm, when he observed a vehicle whose driver was known to have valid arrest warrants. The trooper contacted the driver, a 23-year-old Barryton woman, and placed her under arrest for the warrants.

An Evart Police canine unit on scene conducted a search around the vehicle and indicated there were drugs present.


A physical search of the vehicle resulted in suspected narcotics and paraphernalia being found. 

The driver was lodged in the Osceola County Jail for the warrants and narcotics violations.

The driver has not been arraigned at the time of this press release



Remus man dead following moped crash

A Remus man is dead following a two vehicle personal injury accident last night.


Mecosta Co. Sheriff Deputies say they were responding a “stolen moped complaint” that happened near Remus. While en-route to the stolen vehicle complaint, deputies were then notified of a two-vehicle personal injury crash. 


The investigation revealed that  a 2014 Chevy Cruze driven by a 30-year old Cedar Springs man had rear ended a 46-year old Remus man who was operating a moped, which was believed to be the one taken in the stolen vehicle complaint.


The Cedar Springs man did not receive any injuries.


The Remus man was pronounced dead at the scene.


Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident and remains under investigation. 


Morley-Stanwood Schools gearing up for unique school year

When class is open back up at Morley Stanwood schools on Wednesday things will be different, for students, teachers, staff and administrators alike.


Superintendent Roger Cole says the school district will be following the guidelines of Governor Whitmer's road to school road map. 


“There are a couple of reminders for parents that include assessing your child’s health and make sure your child's hands are thoroughly cleaned before getting on the school bus and to wear a mask but if your child does not have one they will be provided with one when they get to school.” Cole said.  


Cole added one of the great things happening this school year is every student K-12 will be getting a free breakfast and lunch so parents don't have to worry about that. 


As for social distancing, per the governor's guidelines, signs and stickers will be placed around the schools to keep everyone apart. 


Cole says with every plan that is first put into place, there will be tweaks and changes along the way to make sure they have the best plan for their current situation. 


During this unique time, Cole says they have counselors to speak with any student who is feeling stressed or anxious.  


“Kids have been away from school and activities for a long time and some of them don't handle that well.”  “I know that there's a sense of stress sometimes, loneliness, depression and anxiety that goes with this and we have social workers and counselors here.” 

“If you're a student coming on the bus being dropped off by a mom or dad or you're learning from home through us and you need to talk to somebody, please call us.” Cole said.


Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office investigating series of crimes in Deerfield Twp.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office investigated a series of crimes at a residence in Deerfield Twp early Monday morning.

The resident called 911 to report that he had been beaten & robbed outside of his home while interrupting a break-in of his out building.


He reported that three people had assaulted him and stole property, fleeing the scene.


Sometime later while the complainant was gone seeking medical attention someone broke into his residence, stealing additional property.


The perpetrator(s) set fire to two vehicles in the yard prior to fleeing the area.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact The Sheriff’s Office.


Mud bog accident in Osceola County injuries several people

Several people were injured after a mud bug rollover crash in Osceola County's Village of Marion over the weekend.


Michigan State Police say the group was riding on a modified truck made out of a pontoon boat and the vehicle took a sharp left turn, flipped and rolled with everyone inside Saturday night.


Several were injured.


The two most seriously injured were airlifted to a hospital.


State Police are investigating and believe alcohol was a factor.


Body of Cedar Springs man recovered from Muskegon River

A weekend boating accident leaves a west Michigan man dead.


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Department says a 34-year old man from Cedar Springs drowned when his boat flipped over in the Muskegon River south of Big Rapids Saturday evening.


The man was wearing a life jacket, but investigators say it came off when the boat flipped.


The boater's body was recovered early Sunday morning in about ten-feet of water not far from where the boat was found.


DTE rates about to go up for customers

Utility bills for more than one-million DTE Energy gas customers will be going up.


The Michigan Public Service Commission approved a $110-million dollar rate increase for DTE which means homeowners will see an increase of about three dollars per 100 cubic feet of gas used.


DTE was seeking a larger increase to pay for natural gas system upgrades and to offset lower gas usage.


Under the settlement agreement, DTE will have to make a one-million dollar donation to THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund.


Bitely man killed in motorcycle crash in Newaygo Co.

A man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Newaygo County.


The sheriff's office says drugs and speed may have played a role in the crash yesterday afternoon when a car that was turning hit the motorcycle on N Woodbridge Dr (M-37) north of W 15 Mile Rd, in Lilley Township.


The motorcyclist, a 38-year old man from Bitely, was killed, while the other driver a 27-year old man from Grandville was not hurt.


Groundbreaking for new Ebels General Store in Reed City takes place Thursday

The Reed City Council passed Resolution 2020-10 at their regular meeting creating a 2.5 acre Commercial Rehabilitation District for the new Ebels General Store to be built on the old Vic’s market site.


The 20,000+ square foot store recently completed all the Zoning requirements and is now eligible to apply for a tax abatement certificate under Act 210 of 2005.


Mayor Trevor Guiles and other Council members expressed their appreciation to Ebels at the meeting for choosing to build in Reed City knowing that the store will draw shoppers from a large area. Tom Ebels thanked the Council for their support and assisting the family in the approval process.


Some preliminary site work has been started but everyone agreed it would be nice to have a ceremonial ground breaking Thursday August 20th at 5pm to officially celebrate the start of the project.


A Reed City local business, Gerber Construction, was selected to be the General contractor for the project.


The public is invited to attend and the Ebels family, City Council representatives and Reed City area Chamber of Commerce officials will be participating in the ground breaking.


In the interest of safety, everyone attending the ceremony is asked to observe “social distancing”.


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