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News That Affects You Archives for 2017-07

Parole absconder caught in Mecosta County


A parole absconder caught by police here in Mecosta County has led to additional arrests.


Detective Casey Nemeth of the Sheriff's office says they caught 20-year old Steven Alan Baker at the Remus Apartments where he had been hiding out. Baker was taken to the Mecosta County Jail and was lodged for the Felony Parole Absconding warrant and Possession of Methamphetamine.  Charges for the Felony Resisting/Obstructing charge are being sent to the prosecutor.


The three other people in the apartment with Baker, a 30 year old Grayling man, a 20 year old Grayling woman, and a 31 year old Shepherd woman, were all arrested on a combined eight different fugitive warrants out of Alcona, Midland, Otsego, and Crawford County.

Remus man sentenced to jail for crimes connected to break-ins


A Mecosta County man is heading to jail for at least the next five years after taking a plea deal from prosecutors.


28-year old Dwayne King of Remus arrested and charged in February with one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and one count of first-degree home invasion.


King pleaded guilty to the criminal enterprise charge and the home invasion charge was dropped.


The Remus man was part of a trio with 50-year old Anthony Edward Hustin and 19-year old Fredrick Turner accused of a number of break-ins around Sheridan Township last August.  

National Night Out set for Aug. 1st in Big Rapids

Local non profit organizations along with Big Rapids Police officers and firefighters are gearing up for it's 14th annual National Night Out event, August 1st from 6-9pm.


Along free food and games for kids, there will be new additions like magician performances and Cran-Hill Ranch is bring its bounce house and rock climbing wall.


The event is a way for the community to interact with local law enforcement officers to be more comfortable with them. 


Event Coordinator/ DPS officer Ryan Myers says he looks forward to the event every year.


"This event is special for me cause I have my own kids who go to it and enjoy all the activities that are available," Myers said.  


Dial-A-Ride is  offering free rides to and from the event, running on a continuous loop. A shuttle will pick up and drop people off at College Park apartments by the mailboxes, the Evergreen Community Building, the Ryan Creek Apartments office, the Parkview Village Housing Office and the Appleridge Apartments Office.


Rosebush man suffers serious injuries following motorcycle accident


A Rosebush man suffered serious injuries to his head and lower body following a motorcycle/car accident in Isabella County. 


The driver of the motorcycle, 57-year old Frances Joseph Bailey was traveling eastbound on Weidman road when a deer entered the roadway and struck the motorcycle. The Rosebush man was ejected from the motorcycle and then was struck by a vehicle traveling the opposite direction.


Bailey sustained serious injuries, including possible head injury and lower extremities.


He was taken to a local emergency room and then airlifted by Areomed to Spectrum.


His condition is not known as of today. 

ORV accident in Mecosta County sends woman to hospital


A 25-year old Durand woman is recovering after being involved in an ORV accident in Mecosta County.


Deputies say they were called to a private property in Sheridan Township, that's where an investigation took place and revealed that a 26-year old Mecosta man was operating the ORV when it flipped onto it's side.


A 25-year old female passenger was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  

East Tailwater access site at Croton Dam temporarily closing


Just a heads up to those near Croton Dam’s east tailwater access site in Newaygo County, it will be closed for the next two weeks starting July 24th to allow Consumers Energy to complete work at the hydro facility.


During the tile repair project, utility officials say anglers and other recreationalists will still be able to access the river by Croton Dam on the west side of the river.


Barricades and signs will clearly mark that the site is closed during construction.

Mecosta Co. Sheriff urges residents to use caution when dealing with door to door sales


The Mecosta County Sheriff is urging you to to use caution following recent concerns voiced by residents of door to door sales men and alleged home break-ins.


According to the Mecosta County Sheriff's office, there has been residents calling them about people going door to door in the County and surrounding area. Officials say they have had contact with some of the people called on, that do work for a cable provider. There are some that are legitimate businesses.


The Sheriff wants residents to remember to always use caution when dealing with door to door sales.

Evart child found after going missing for a few hours


An Evart child was found safe and unharmed after going missing for a couple of hours.


On Tuesday, Osceola County Sheriff Deputies were called to a home on 6 Mile Road near 60th Avenue in Evart Township for  a missing 4-year-old boy.


With help from emergency agencies and a drone, police were able to locate the child a half mile from the residence.


Police believe the four year old had walked outside following his dog without his parents noticing he had left the home.

Lake City man crashes into garage and parked cars at Evart home


A Lake City man is recovering after a Saturday morning car accident sent him to the hospital.


It happened in Evart on Oak Street, that's where the 61-year old man went through a stop sign, then into a private driveway hitting two parked cars and damaging a garage door.


The sheriff says the homeowners were asleep at the time and were not hurt.


The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Police believe alcohol is a factor in the accident. 

Evart man in serious condition following police chase on motorcycle


An Osceola County man is recovering in the hospital after taking police on a chase through Evart.


It all happened last night when an Evart police officer was involved in a pursuit of a motorcycle for careless driving.


They say the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 50 MPH in a 25 MPH zone.


During the chase, the driver of the motorcycle crashed trying to negotiate the curves on 85th Ave near River Rd.


The 38-year old Evart man is in serious but stable condition.


Police say he was not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.


12-year old boy saves toddler from drowning in hotel pool


A 12-year old boy is being called a hero after saving the life of a 3-year old toddler from drowning at a hotel pool in Isabella County.


Sheriff Micheal Main says security footage at the Days Inn Hotel in Mt. Pleasant showed the three year old wandering unattended in the pool area and slipping then falling into the water.


Main says the child was in the water for two minutes before the 12-year old boy walked in and immediately pulled the toddler out of the pool with the help from a brother carried him into the hallway and called for adult help.


CPR was performed by the mother of the toddler for about one minute and the child regained consciousness.


The toddler was familiar with the pool and hotel as the parents both work there.

Medical and needle take back events taking place later this month in Mecosta and Osceola Counties


Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals continue their partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network to provide opportunities for residents in Mecosta and Osceola counties to safely dispose of unwanted drugs.


Those who use needles to manage their medication or have leftover prescriptions are encouraged to bring them to the listed sites during the specified drop-off times. Proper disposal is important for several reasons.


Prescription drugs are Mecosta County’s second leading type of abused drug. By properly disposing of medications and needles we can help prevent them from getting into the hands of those who may want to abuse them,” said Kim Livingston of Ten16 Recovery Network. “Most heroin addicts tell us they started with abusing stolen prescription drugs they get from family and friends without them knowing.” Proper disposal is better for the environment,” Livingston adds. “By disposing of drugs and needles safely, they are destroyed in a self-contained incinerator. Throwing them in the trash or toilet could allow the drugs to dissolve into our drinking water through landfills and sewer systems. Most waste filtration plants are not designed to separate pharmaceuticals and drugs may pass on through into our water.”


Within the past year, the program has served 338 people, collecting 556.2 pounds of medication and 402 pounds of needles.


Drop-off sites are scheduled at the following times:


Tuesday, July 25 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 


Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic

300 N. Patterson, Reed City, MI


Thursday, July 27 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Big Rapids Hospital Main Lobby

605 Oak St. Big Rapids, MI


Tuesday, August 29 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Evart Family Practice

5991 95th Ave, Evart, MI


Wednesday, August 30 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Tustin Family Practice

111 E Church St, Tustin, MI


Thursday, August 31 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


Canadian Lakes Family Practice

8354 100th Ave, Canadian Lakes, MI 49346


Medications should be in their original container and all identifying personal information on prescription labels should be blocked out. Individuals can stop by at any time during the three-hour window and dispose of unwanted items. For more information, call 231.592.4493.

Evart man dies in rollover accident in Montcalm County


Michigan State Police are investigating a rollover accident in Montcalm County that claimed the life of an Evart man and injured his passenger.


It happened Saturday night on US-131 near Cutler Road in Reynolds Township.


Troopers say 32-year old John Londo, lost control then rolled his car and was thrown from his vehicle.


He was pronounced dead at the scene.


A passenger in Londo's car was seriously injured and taken to a hospital in Grand Rapids.

5 people behind bars on felony drug charges in Wexford County


Five people up in Wexford County are behind bars on felony drug charges after officials from the Traverse Narcotics Team executed a search warrant at a home in Harrietta.


It all started when officials received a tip about people buy ingredients to make methamphetamine.


When detectives located the suspects, they did a surveillance of the area and then executed a search warrant of the home in question. During it's investigation TNT officials found components to make meth.


51-year old Jackie Todd, 32-year old Corry Sisson, 25-year old Kiah Kelley, 56-year old Basil Cooper and 25-year old Nicole Neibauer were all arrested.


They’re now charged with felony drug crimes including smurfing to making meth and selling heroin.

Montcalm County man accused of charity fraud


A 29-year old man was arrested and charged in Montcalm County for trying to defraud a local 4-H organization.


State Police say Cody Mitchell Foster has been charged with Felony Fraud (Soliciting for Unlicensed Organization).


It's alleged that Foster accepted money claiming to be selling “Little Caesar’s Pizza Kits” on behalf of 4H Michigan State University extension.


In total, Foster is alleged to have received $1002 from 34 victims.

Man hurt after explosion in Newaygo County


Areo Med was called out to a property in Newaygo County's Bridgeton Township Tuesday after a man was injured during an explosion.


The man who was injured was described as being in his 50s.


His condition was not immediately known.


Newaygo County dispatch says the cause of the explosion is unknown at this time and officials are still investigating. 

Body of Grand Rapids man found in Muskegon River over the weekend


Newaygo County Sheriff Deputies are warning residents and visitors that water levels on the Muskegon River are still high and currents continue to be stronger than normal following the discovery of a body of a missing tuber over the weekend.


Police say the 25-year old Grand Rapids man went missing Saturday afternoon in the area of Devil’s Hole, in Brooks Township.


Emergency crews searched the river until the victim’s body was located approximately 1 ½ miles down river. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


The incident remains under investigation by the Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Motorcyclist thrown from bike after car accident


A motorcyclist is recovering after being involved in a car accident in Mecosta County.


It happened at the intersection of 11 mile rd and 90th ave in Morton Twp.


Deputies say a vehicle traveling north bound on 90th ave was T-Boned by a motorcycle going westbound on 11 mile rd. The west bound driver was ejected from the motorcycle and was airlifted from the scene for his injuries and transported to Butterworth hospital.


The driver of the northbound vehicle was uninjured.


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Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 3

Reed City 3 @ Big Rapids 16 (5inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 14 (6inn)

Lakeview 4 @ C Montcalm 9

Tri County 5 @ Fremont 1

Tri County 8 @ Fremont 5 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chippewa Hills 5 @ Grant 4

Chippewa Hills 1 @ Grant 2

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 13 @ Lakeview 1

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (5inn)

White Cloud 1 @ Morley Stanwood 2

White Cloud 11 @ Morley Stanwood 2

Tri County 1 @ Newaygo 3

Tri County 3 @ Newaygo 4


C Montcalm 4 @ Carson City 5

C Montcalm 24 @ Carson City 8 (5inn)

Manistee 3 @ Reed City 4 (6inn)

Manistee 12 @ Reed City 12 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Big Rapids 0 @ Byron Center 4

Big Rapids 1 @ Byron Center 3

Kent City 6 @ E Jordan 3

Mancelona 3 @ Kent City 0

Lakeview 3 @ Grant 8

Lakeview 1 @ Grant 13 (5inn)

Ravenna 8 @ Newaygo 15

Ravenna 1 @ Newaygo 2

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Morley Stanwood 2 @ Chip Hills 10

Tri County 6 @ White Cloud 8

Tri County 8 @ White Cloud 3


Inland Lakes 4 @ Big Rapids 7

Big Rapids 1 @ Beal City 11

Fremont 4 @ White Cloud 1

Fremont 5 @ Newaygo 10 (6inn)

Hesperia 2 @ Grant 12 (6inn)

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Clare 22 @ Reed City 2 (4inn)

Ludington 13 @ Reed City 1


CSAA Softball

MONDAY - 5/13

Reed City 8 @ Big Rapids 10

Reed City 0 @ Big Rapids 9

Lakeview 0 @ C Montcalm 10 (5inn)

Lakeview 1 @ C Montcalm 1 (6inn)

TUESDAY - 5/14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 14

Chip Hills 9 @ Grant 10

C Montcalm 7 @ Kent City 6

C Montcalm 12 @ Kent City 2

Big Rapids 14 @ Lakeview 1 (6inn)

Big Rapids 16 @ Lakeview 0 (5inn)


C Montcalm 0 @ Sacred Heart 15 (5inn)

C Montcalm 1 @ Sacred Heart 8


Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 19 (3inn)

Cadillac 0 @ Reed City 11 (5inn)

FRIDAY - 5/17

Lakeview 0 @ N Branch 10 (6inn)


Big Rapids 2 @ Dakota 12

Big Rapids 4 @ Oakridge 5

Big Rapids 9 @ Canton 4

Grant 2 @ Newaygo 1

Holton 1 @ Reed City 1

Ludington 0 @ Reed City 7

SUNDAY - 5/19

Big Rapids 14 @ Milan 2

CSAA Softball Standings

1.) Big Rapids: 16-0

2.) Reed City: 16-2

3.) Newaygo: 11-3

4.) Kent City: 9-6

5.) Central Montcalm: 7-5

6.) Grant: 6-8

7.) Morley Stanwood: 4-7

8.) White Cloud: 3-11

9.) Lakeview: 2-12

10.) Chip Hills: 0-10

11.) Tri County: 0-10

(from available data)

CSAA Baseball Standings

1) Big Rapids: 17-1 | +172 -42 (+130)

2) Chippewa Hills: 11-5 | +91 -57 (+34)

3) Grant: 12-6 | 107 -57 (+50)

4) Newaygo: 12-6 | +104 -65 (+39)

5) Central Montcalm: 10-6 | +109 -71 (+38)

6) Reed City: 11-7 | +125 -81 (+44)

7) White Cloud: 8-10 | +79 -117 (-38)

8) Morley Stanwood: 6-12 | +57 -117 (-60)

9) Kent City: 5-13 | +86 -144 (-58)

10) Tri County: 4-14 | +89 -147 (-58)

11) Lakeview: 0-16 | +60 -181 (-121)

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