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News That Affects You Archives for 2020-03

Michigan sets up unemployment filing schedule

Michigan is changing how it’s letting residents sign up for unemployment benefits, in an effort to help the bogged-down system.


It’s telling out-of-work Michiganders to sign up on certain days based on their last names.


Online, those with last names beginning with letters A through L are asked to file claims on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, while everyone else should use Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. Saturdays will be for those who could not file during their allotted window.


For those CALLING in, last names A through L are asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays while everyone else should call on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All calls should be made between 8am and 5pm. Fridays will be for those who could not file during their allotted window.

State Officials release new COVID-19 numbers; Confirms second case in Osceola Co.

State health officials say the number of positive coronavirus cases in Michigan has jumped again.


The latest total is 5,486 statewide, 836 in the last day. 


There are now 132 deaths linked to the virus. The average age of COVID-19 death is 64.4 year old old, according to state data. 


Most of the cases continue to be in Detroit who reports almost 1,100 cases -- while the tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties combines for almost 2,000 of the state's COVID-19 cases. 


Locally, Mecosta County has had only one case of COVID-19 and one death linked to the virus. In Osceola County, state officials confirmed a second case of coronavirus on Sunday. 

Spectrum Health temporarily closing walk in clinics

Spectrum Health is closing all walk-in clinics in West Michigan and encouraging people to connect virtually with a provider.

The clinics will be temporarily closing effective immediately until further notice.

Spectrum Health offers alternatives for accessing health care for non-life-threatening emergencies. People
experiencing emergencies should call 911 immediately.

To limit unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, Spectrum Health has enabled our primary care and most of
our specialty care medical teams to see patients through a virtual visit. For needs requiring a face-to-face
visit, there are locations available and open to patients, including urgent care sites and labs. Care options
are available to all patients. 

To learn more about current options, including examples of where to seek treatment based on specific
conditions and how to schedule an appointment, visit
For more information and to stay current on Spectrum Health COVID-19, please visit

COVID-19 SCREENING: Spectrum Health’s phone and virtual screening options can help those who have
symptoms and may be concerned they have the virus. The purpose is to prevent the spread of illness by
enabling people to seek the information they need from their homes, while making it easy and convenient
for them. Spectrum Health advises people to take the following steps from their home. (A screening is not a


READY: Visit to stay informed and review free screening options.


CONNECT: For people in the state of Michigan and experiencing symptoms, get screened by calling Spectrum Health’s hotline at 833.559.0659 or by using Spectrum Health’s virtual chat found on


GO: Spectrum Health providers will determine if a person needs further evaluation and, if so, provide instructions for specimen collection.

DHD #10: First death in Mecosta Co. connected to COVID-19

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) received notification of the first local death attributed to COVID-19. The individual from Mecosta County was an 82-year-old male who was admitted to Spectrum Health in Big Rapids on March 25.


“We wish to express our heartfelt sympathies to the family who lost their loved one,” said Kevin Hughes, DHD#10 Health Officer. “COVID-19 continues to pose a serious threat to our community members and we must all continue to follow all executive orders to help bring this deadly virus to a halt.”


DHD#10 reminds everyone that it is critical that we protect each other, support each other, and work together to slow the spread of this disease. Strong community mitigation and prevention measures are already in place, and we urge residents to continue to follow recommendations:


  • Stay at home. Do not leave home except for essential tasks such as getting groceries or seeking medical care.
  • If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and avoid any gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often and well, especially after being away from home, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Do not touch your face or mouth, especially when away from home.
  • Check on others. Call your loved ones and neighbors who are most at risk and see how they are doing. If they require something essential, see how you can help.

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state, we should assume that it is present in every community. While testing is ongoing, the state is requiring clinicians to follow new CDC guidance for prioritizing tests due to limits on testing supplies.


Please rely on official sources for information. DHD#10 continues to provide the latest information at Michigan updates are available at, and national updates are at

Reed City Police Blotter for 3/15-3/20

Sunday 3/15 …
Officers were dispatch to the residence of an elderly man who believed someone was in his house. The responding
Officer, aware of the man’s prior complaints and history of dementia, searched the home and confirmed no one was
inside. The Officer then made contact with family members to report this situation.

Officers issued a verbal warning regarding furniture being left by the curb. The homeowner informed the Officer it
would be removed immediately.

Officers were dispatched to assist the Osceola County Sheriff Department on a domestic in progress. The RC Officer
cleared once his assistance was no longer needed.

Monday 3/16 …
Officers were dispatched to a suspicious situation, as an apartment maintenance worker suspected someone inside a
vacant apartment. The Officer performed a security check and found the apartment to be empty.
Officers performed traffic control as a disabled vehicle was removed from S. Chestnut St.

Tuesday 3/17 …
Officers received a report of a small child running across the street, not dressed for the weather. Upon arrival the area
was patrolled, and the child was not located.

Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex regarding a loud argument and possible domestic situation.
Officers arrived to find the 39-year-old male involved sitting in the hall way who became uncooperative. He was
found to be in violation of his probation and arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. He was
transported to the Osceola County Jail where he was lodged without incident.

Wednesday 3/18 …
Officers received a complaint regarding a neighbor cleaning up tree branches and tossing them over onto the
complainant’s property. Officers spoke with the home owner who reported the person who was cleaning up her yard
was unaware it was not her property and stated she would have them removed.

Officers were dispatched to assist in locating a female who had placed a 911 call after having a seizure and reported
not knowing where she was. The on duty officer knew where the complainant had recently moved too and escorted
EMS to her residence.

Thursday 3/19 …
Officers were dispatched to an apartment regarding a possible domestic assault. Officers spoke with the female in the
apartment who reported having an argument with two males who previously left. She reported it was not physical and
did not expect either of the two to return.

Friday 3/20 …
Officers received a complainant from a retail business regarding illegal dumping of trash in and around their
dumpsters. The manager stated that the dumping had been going on for a while, but just recently was able to identify a
possible suspect. The Officer made contact with the suspect who denied using the dumpster. This matter has been
turned over to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Big Rapids Police Blotter for 3/20-3/23; police investigate B&E



20-450 @ 11:54am Assist to FSUDPS in the 1500 block of Knollview.


20-451 @ 9:24pm Found bike 600blk Linden.  Schwinn Mesa mountain bike.  




20-452 – Assault between juveniles at Hemlock Park. No injuries.


20-453 @ 10:45pm Suspicious 100 blk of Second Ave  An unknown vehicle kept circling the block.  GOA




20-458 @ 7:41pm B&E in the 800 block of N Fourth  Sometime between 2300 on 3/22/20 to the time of call unknown suspect entered the the house.  The popped a screen off the west window; then broke another window.  The suspect(s) broke into one of the bedrooms.  Nothing missing at this time.  Investigation continues.


20-457 @ 6:41pm 900 block of Mechaniac Called in as a stolen cell phone.  The phone was lost out behind the house and it was recovered.



20-456 – Assist FSU at City Lot 4 with search for property. Cellphone was recovered for previous case.


20-455 – Assault in the 100 block of N Michigan Ave.  A 46 year old female assaulted a 19 year old female. Charges will be sought.


20-454 – Civil in the 200 block of Escott Ave. 



Breaking:Gov. Whitmer issues shelter-in-place order for state of Michigan due to coronavirus

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a "shelter-in-place" order due to the Coronavirus in the state of Michigan during an 11am press conference. 


The executive order is in place starting at 12:01 AM. on Tuesday and will be in place for at least three weeks.


Under the order, residents will be allowed to leave their homes under very limited circumstances, and must adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The order prohibits businesses from requiring workers leave their homes unless the workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations. Workers that are necessary to sustain or protect life include those in health care and public health, law enforcement and public safety, grocery store workers, and more.


The order also prohibits all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons outside a single home.



Police in Mecosta Co. investigating break-in of seasonal home in Chippewa Twp.

Detectives with the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office are investigating a home invasion in Chippewa Township where the suspects stole nearly $40,000 worth of items.


Deputies say it happened at a seasonal residence on Miramichi Dr.


The suspects stole over $40,000 of property from the residence.  


 The suspects Stole a bass boat, two four-wheeler, a zero turn lawnmower, ammunition, 3 guns and multiple other personal items.  


Osceola County has investigated three similar B&E to seasonal residence in this area.  


Please contact the Mecosta County Sheriff Office if you have an information on this complaint. 

20-year old man suffers serious injuries after falling off dirt bike in Barryton

A 20-year old Barryton man is recovering from falling off a dirt bike in Mecosta County Thursday evening.


Deputies say they were called to a residential property around 5pm, when they arrived they found the man was unconscious and suffered injuries from the accident. 


He was taken to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids for serious injuries.

Meijer to adjust store hours to restock and sanitize stores

Meijer announced today it is adjusting its store hours for the foreseeable future to allow more time for team members to deep clean and restock its stores, as well as dedicated hours for senior citizens, customers with chronic health conditions, essential service workers and its team members.


New store hours are as follows:

  • Meijer stores will close overnight at 10 p.m. local time, beginning Friday, March 20, and will open each morning at 8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer Express convenience store locations will close overnight at 10 p.m. and open each morning at 8 a.m.; pay-at-the-pump fuel sales will remain available 24 hours a day.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for senior citizens and customers with chronic health conditions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.
  • Meijer stores and pharmacies will provide dedicated shopping times for essential service workers and Meijer team members on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7-8 a.m. local time.

“These are unprecedented times that require appropriate action to ensure we are supporting the communities where our customers and team members work and live,” said Rick Keyes, Meijer President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our adjusted store hours will ensure all of our customers have access to the products they need in the cleanest shopping environment possible.”


Essential service workers include all medical workers, first responders and law enforcement. Meijer is asking its customers and the public to please respect the times for these important groups.


“As we continue to evaluate the store hours that will best serve all our customers, it’s more important than ever for us to work together for the greater good of our communities,” Keyes said. “All of us at Meijer are proud to serve our customers and we will continue to work through these challenging times together.”

AG's Office sends cease-and-desist notice to Menards following complaints of price gouging

Michigan's Attorney General has sent a cease and desist notice to Menards following complaints of price gouging related to the coronavirus outbreak.


Dana Nessel's office says it received 18 complaints over the prices of face masks, bleach and other products.


The AG's office says investigators found that Menards appears to be -quote- "exploiting public fear" about coronavirus, allegedly doubling the price of cleaning products, and tying other offers to rebates.


The company has ten days to respond to Nessel's letter before any possible legal action.

Big Rapids Police Blotter for 3/13-3/15



20-410-400 block of W Bridge for a suspicious.  


20-411-FB messenger threats from female in Detroit.  Under investigation.


20-412-Juvenile complaint in the 300 block of S Stewart.


20-416 @ 0135 Domestic called in by ER.  Female was assaulted in the 600 block of Bjornson D-6, by her boyfriend.  The 39 year old boyfriend was later located and arrested for the domestic. 




20-418-Larceny of tools in the 300 block of Ives.  Tools recovered from pawn shop and returned to owner.  Suspect, a 47 year old male has been identified.  Under investigation.  


20-419-Harassment in the 1200 block of Perry.  Waitress reported being harassed recently by a customer.  Under investigation.


20-420 Civil. Juveniles sending threats to each other over Instagram. Parties are in Big Rapids, Newaygo Co and Louisiana.




20-422 – Disorderly in the 300 block of S Third.  Multiple people who were intoxicated. Will be submitting for disorderly on three subjects.


20-424 @ 2200 800 block of Bjornson.  Assist to MCSO.

Police arrest man on outstanding warrants and find meth and fentanyl

A call about a suspisous vehicle lead police to an arrest and discovery of drugs in Osceola County. 


It happened on Tuesday, Michigan State Police say they responded to a suspicious vehicle on 20 Mile Road near 110th Avenue in Highland Township.

The initial on-scene investigation revealed the operator and a passenger had run out of gas.


The 34- year-old male passenger from the Cadillac area was found to have several outstanding warrants for his arrest.


The subject was taken into custody on the warrants.


A search of the subject and vehicle revealed suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl.


The male subject was lodged at the Osceola County Jail pending arraignment.

30-year old man arrested in connection to sex crimes against child in Osceola Co.

A man has been arrested and arraigned in Osceola County in connection to sex crimes against a child. 


Michigan State Police say 30-year old Adam Exavier Moon has been charged with seven counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor in Osceola County. 


Troopers began an investigation on Moon back in January when allegations against him were first made. During the course of the investigation multiple victims were identified and additional felony charges are pending review by the Osceola County Prosecutor’s Office.


He is currently being held at the Osceola County Jail.

CORONAVIRUS: Ferris State University switches to online classes beginning March 16th

As a number of Michigan colleges and universities transition from face to face classes to online courses amid the confirmed test results of two people with the coronavirus or (COVID-19), Ferris State University says it will switch to online courses at all campus locations including the Kendall College at and design for at least a week beginning Monday, March 16th. 


Ferris State President David Eisler issued a statement that reads as follows: 


As we continue to actively monitor the evolving global epidemic associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19), your health is our number one priority. While there are no confirmed cases in our area, two cases were confirmed in Michigan last evening and the Governor has declared a state of emergency. In this rapidly changing environment there are several important updates to share with you.


Beginning Monday, March 16, all face-to-face classes at all Ferris State University campus locations, including Kendall College of Art and Design, are being suspended and replaced with a remote learning delivery method. Initially this will continue through March 27 and may be extended if necessary. All campuses will remain open during this period. Your academic department, academic advisor or faculty instructor will be in contact with you to explain how education will occur in your course during this period. If your course is transitioned to an online format and you do not have Internet access, or do not have access to a computer, we will work to assist you. All courses currently delivered online will continue as scheduled.


Along with the suspension of face-to-face classes, if you live in a residence hall in Big Rapids, we strongly encourage you to remain home during this time. However, residence halls and a condensed dining capability will be open after spring break if needed. If you are a student employee and were away during spring break, it is not necessary that you return to your campus employment at this time. If this causes a financial hardship for you, we will assist you. Please contact the Financial Aid office for assistance at (231) 591-2100.


All University-sponsored, international travel (including Canada) has been suspended until further notice. University-sponsored travel throughout the United States will occur only on a necessary and essential basis. We strongly encourage you to avoid personal travel to areas with documented COVID-19 cases.


To lessen the chance of introducing or spreading COVID-19, all University events of more than 100 attendees will be postponed or canceled. Where possible, we are encouraging organizers to conduct events through live streaming or other technologies.


While there are no campus-associated cases of COVID-19, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent the spread of illness on our campus. The disruptions to our normal, everyday operations will cause some challenges, but I believe the risk of not doing these actions far outweighs the temporary inconveniences this may cause. Your health and safety are always our top priority.


We continue to ask everyone to follow the CDC recommendations for preventive actions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For further information please check our website or contact the Dean of Student Life Joy Pulsifer at



David L. Eisler, president


District Health Department #10 issues statement regarding coronavirus

No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed within District Health Department #10’s (DHD#10) ten-county jurisdiction, but two cases are now confirmed in Michigan – one each in Wayne and Oakland counties. Both cases are hospitalized. Testing is ongoing: 15 individuals have tested negative in Washtenaw, and 57 in Michigan as of today. To date, DHD#10 has given three COVID-19 tests, all coming back negative for the virus. DHD#10 has monitored two people at medium risk for COVID-19 in our jurisdiction; one individual is past the 14-day monitoring period, and one individual is currently being monitored.


DHD#10 continues to recommend prevention strategies. Handwashing is critically important to reduce the spread of illness, as is staying away from others when sick and maintaining “social distancing.” Whenever possible in community settings or meetings, practice maintaining extra distance between people, up to 6 feet. We are not yet recommending widespread closures or cancellations. To date, there is no confirmation of a local case or possible community exposures within the DHD#10 jurisdiction. When or if this changes DHD#10 will issue additional recommendations or orders.


The situation locally may change quickly. DHD#10 and your local County Officials are relying on our communities to work together to slow the potential spread of illness and refer to official sources of reliable information.


Response Actions

DHD#10 is working with health care providers to test individuals as needed. Individuals with concerns or symptoms should call their health care provider first with questions. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Remember that these symptoms may also be caused by other viruses, such as flu. Additionally, an individual without symptoms is very unlikely to test positive, even with possible exposure.

DHD#10 continues to coordinate with federal, state, and local officials, as well as institutions, schools, and community organizations, to be ready for additional actions and communications should we have local cases.

We know this possibility of local cases may cause concern, and we are working to share timely, accurate information without causing unnecessary alarm.



There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is available in EnglishChinese, and Spanish.


  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to your healthcare provider. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.


Clean and disinfect


  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is available  from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes many commonly used products.


Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask

If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.  View additional prevention steps from CDC for people at higher risk. Consult with your health care provider for more steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.


REMEMBER: Discrimination harms public health. People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get coronavirus than anyone else.



This situation may change quickly. Refer to these sites for current information:


Rollover accident sends Mt. Pleasant man to hospital

Michigan State Police believe alcohol played a factor in a rollover accident last night that sent a Mt. Pleasant man to the hospital with potential life threatening injuries.


It happened on on East River Rd. near Vroman Rd. in Isabella County’s Chippewa Township.


An investigation revealed a vehicle operated by a 40-year-old man from Mount Pleasant was traveling west bound on E. River Rd when he lost control of the vehicle and left the road.


The vehicle then rolled over multiple times, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.


The driver was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in this crash.


The crash is remains under investigation.

Mecosta County Primary Election Results

The results are in.


Residents in the City of Big Rapids want recreational Marijuana dispensaries in their town.


64% of those who voted or 835 residents said “No” to not prohibit marijuana dispensaries within the city. 465 voted “yes” or against having the dispensaries.


Meanwhile, third time is a charm for the Chippewa Hills School District as residents approved the sinking fund millage proposal of 1.5 mills over the next ten years.


The millage will allow the school district to renovate and upgrade facilities, upgrade technology and improve security at the schools.


Chippewa Township residents voted to prohibit marijuana establishments in their area, 214-158.





Michigan Primary Election 2020: Polls open until 8pm

This is Primary Election Day in Michigan. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. tonight.


Voters will decide on Democratic or Republican presidential candidates.


More than 200 school districts, cities and counties across the state have ballot proposals to be decided including here in Mecosta county where in the city of Big Rapids residents will revote on whether or not they want recreational marijuana dispensaries in their town.


In 2018, residents approved recreational cannabis dispensaries by nearly 66 percent margin.


The Chippewa Hills School District is again asking residents to approve a sinking fund millage proposal of 1.5 mills for their district to renovate and upgrade facilities update security and purchase new technology.


Finally, Chippewa Township is asking residents to enact a proposal to prohibit cannabis stores in their township.

Reed City Police Blotter: 3/2-3/7

Monday 3/2 …
Officers served vehicle abatement notice to a business regarding the accumulation of junk vehicles.

Officers received a noise complaint regarding loud vehicles. The matter was unfounded.

Officers were dispatched to a hit and run of a parked vehicle. Minor damage occurred and no one was in the
vehicle at the time. The matter is under investigation.

Officers were dispatched to a complaint regarding a male and a female yelling in the yard. It was determined
they were yelling for their cat. The woman added that no one had been arguing or fighting during that time.

Tuesday 3/3 …
Officers were dispatched to respond to a car vs deer accident in the area of US10 and 200 th Ave. The vehicle
was drivable, and no injuries were reported.

Officers were dispatched to assist the Osceola County Sheriffs Dept. on another car vs deer accident in the
area of US10 and 160 Ave. The vehicle was drivable, and no injuries were reported.

Officers were dispatched to a complaint of a domestic assault. Osceola County Dep

uties assisted on scene.

The matter is under investigation but charges of Aggravated Domestic Assault and Felon in possession of a
firearm are expected to be requested.

Wednesday 3/4 …
Officers received a complaint of suspicious behavior regarding a man asking personal questions to a
juvenile. While the man and juvenile know each other they are not well known to each other. The man has
been advised to cease all contact.

Officers responded to a complaint regarding a knocked over mailbox. Due to the weather Officers were
unable to determine the cause of the knock over.

Officers received information from the RCAPS Transportation Director that a vehicle had passed a school
bus while it was stopped to let children off. A passing motorist had been watching the vehicle because it was
tailgating the bus and snapped a photo of the vehicle as it was passing the bus. The Officer spoke to the bus
driver, the witness, and the driver of the vehicle that passed the bus. A citation ticket was issued to the 33-
year-old male driver for Failing to Stop for a School Bus.

Officer received a report of a suspicious situation at a bank drive through. The caller reported a man in a
vehicle in the drive through who appeared to be sleeping and woke up when the caller went through the
ATM line. The responding Officer went to the bank and spoke with the cleaning lady who stated she had a
hoodie on while on break in her car checking in on her phone not sleeping.

Thursday 3/5 …
Officers received a report regarding a violation of a PPO. The matter was unfounded.


Officers were dispatched to a residence regarding a suspicious situation in which the caller believed someone
had tried to steal her dog. Upon investigation the officer found no tracks in the snow other than the dog,
suggesting the dog got out through a hole in the fence and was not let out. The matter was unfounded.
Officers received a report of mail tampering. Officers spoke with the neighbors and found the complainant’s
package had been accidently opened by a juvenile neighbor. The juvenile’s parent stated they were
expecting a package so when the boy came in with the package she was preoccupied and gave him
permission to open the package. Once it was realized it didn’t belong to them it was placed at the neighbor’s
door where it belonged. Nothing was missing from the package, nothing criminal to report, situation

Saturday 3/7 …
Reed City Police, along with the Osceola County Sheriff Dept., were dispatched to assist a DNR officer, on a
vehicle that fled when the officer tried to stop it. The suspect vehicle pulled into a driveway and the driver
was reported to have run inside the residence. The Officers assisted with securing the outside of the
building. The male driver came outside and turned himself in.

Officers went to the last know residence of a 28-year-old male who held a bench warrant for contempt of
court. Upon their arrival the Officers were told the wanted man had lived there prior to the male answering
the door. Officers found the man at the door also held a warrant out of Mecosta County.

Officers arrested a 38-year-old female who held a bench warrant. She was transported to the Osceola
County Jail where she was lodged without incident.

23- year old man arrested for fatal hit and run in Montcalm Co. Saturday night

 A man is under arrest after a hit and run crash killed a 50-year-old woman in Montcalm County on Saturday evening.


Michigan State Police officials say the 23-year-old Carson City man was taken into custody after the crash occurred on Stanton Road near Wyman Road around 7:15PM.


50-year-old Patricia Buskirk from Edmore, was taken to Sheridan Community Hospital, where she later died from her injuries.


The suspect fled the scene, but was captured by troopers, he's being lodged in the Montcalm County Jail awaiting arraignment.


Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.  

Big Rapids Police Blotter: 3/6-3/8



20-374-Found credit card.  Message left.


20-375-Possible MDOP to vehicle in the 600 block of Oak. 


20-377-500 block of Winter.  Larceny from vehicle.  Happened 4 months ago.


20-380 @9:42pm Traffic stop 700blk Clark led to the 21 year old driver being arrested for OWI.


20-381 @ 10:42pm Number taken for hit and run PDA in the 1700 block of S. State.


20-382 @ 12:38am Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of S Michigan for a report of a male who stated he had a pistol and was going to rob another customer. Subject left as security was calling. Officers located a 30 year old male who matched description given in the parking lot in the 100 block of S State.  The male was highly intoxicated and would not provide any information. No weapons were located on him.  He was identified by MCSO deputies and then arrested for probation violation.  Interview of witnesses at business found he did not directly threaten anyone. 




20-384- Found wallet in the 900 block of S State.  


20-385 @ 8:23pm Assault in the 300 block of S. Michigan. Caller advised she was assaulted by her brother.  Family on scene advised that the matter started as a verbal argument and that it was sister that had pushed brother while arguing over the TV.  Parents agreed to separate the two for the evening. 


20-386 @ 12:02am Traffic stop State/Pine led to driver, a  20 year old female, being cited for no insurance, improper plate, and failing to register her vehicle. She was lodged on several warrants out of Mecosta and Lake Counties.  


20-387 @4:49am Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Watertower Apartments for two males yelling in the parking lot.  Officers found a 22 year old male in the parking lot.  It was discovered that he had been visiting his brother and that the two of them had gotten into a fight.




20-388 – Assist to MCSO in the 300 block of Gilbertson with traffic stop.


20-389 – Civil in the 700 block of Sheridan St, civil issues between new worker and management.


20-390 – Suspicious in the 800 block of N Fourth Ave. 


20-391 – Disorderly in the 1300 block of Catherine.


20-392 – Warrant arrest in the 700 block of Perry Ave.  A 24 year old male was arrested.


20-393  @  9:08pm  Disorderly in the 600 block of Maple.  Juvenile decided to crash a barbecue and become obnoxious and disrespectful.  Officer will be filing charges with probate court.

National Weather Service: Possible minor flooding on Muskegon River in Newaygo this week

From the US National Weather Service Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Hydrologic Outlook:

Widespread rain tonight and continued warm temperatures this week will get water levels rising on the rivers in west Michigan. The Muskegon, White, Pere Marquette, and Chippewa Rivers will rise to around bankfull by the middle of the week, but widespread flooding is not expected at this time. 

The most vulnerable locations are along the Muskegon River in Newaygo and also in Bridgeton. Depending on exactly how much rain falls this afternoon and tonight, both of these locations could crest near flood stage later this week.  

Rivers are expected to rise to bankfull with minor flooding anticipated, but close monitoring will be necessary. Current river forecasts are based on observed and forecast 48 hour precipitation. Additional rainfall expected Thursday night is not included in the following forecast. 
Three USGS River Gauges are used to determine the river levels.  As of 1:30 pm, the Muskegon River near

  • USGS Croton Streamgage was at 6.71 feet with flows at 3,470 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 9.0 feet.
  • USGS Newaygo Streamgage was at 8.75 feet with flows at 3,110 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 11.0 feet.
  • USGS Bridgeton Streamgage was at 9.65 feet with flows at 3,110 cubic feet per second. Flood stage is at 13.0 feet.  

Based on the current forecast, it is expected to see BANKFUL and MINOR FLOODING on the Muskegon River. The river is forecasted to crest on Thursday, March 12, 2020, with river levels rising to the following:

  • Approximately 8.70 feet at the USGS Croton Streamgage. Flood Stage is 9.0 Feet 
  • Approximately 11.1 feet at the USGS Newaygo Streamgage. Flood Stage is 11.0 Feet
  • Approximately 14.0 feet at the USGS Bridgeton Streamgage. Flood Stage is at 13.0 Feet.

This is similar to the October 2019 and December 2019 flooding events. Reliability of the forecast is based on current and forecasted river, weather and reservoir conditions.

  • Expect standing water in low lying and flood prone areas.
  • Expect MINOR Flooding on the Muskegon River.
  • Anticipate the following areas to be impacted by flood waters on the Muskegon River
    • Leisure Land Subdivision in Bridgeton Township
    • Sycamore Flats in Ashland Township
    • 100th Ave in Ashland Township
    • Old Women’s Bend in Garfield Township
    • Anderson Flat’s in Garfield Township
    • Freight Hill in Bridgeton Township
  • Anticipate Public River Access Sites to be closed if the Muskegon River reaches
    • A height of 10.0 Feet at the USGS Croton Streamgage
    • A height of 13.0 Feet at the USGS Newaygo Streamgage
    • A height of 15.0 Feet at the USGS Bridgeton Streamgage

If you are in the watch area remain alert for rapidly changing water levels and possible flooding. Residents and those with interests near the river should monitor rising water levels and be prepared for possible flood warnings. Don’t wait for an evacuation directive if you feel threatened. Residents within the areas anticipated to be impacted by flood waters may be directed to by public safety personnel to evacuate if a Flood Warning is issued.
Follow these checklists (if time allows) to give you and your home the best chance of surviving a flood.
Inside the House

  • Shut and lock all windows and doors.
  • Gather and elevate important documents, belongings, furniture, and other priceless items including pictures, irreplaceable mementos, and other valuables. 
  • Check your emergency preparedness kit and store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate. This includes prescription medications.
  • Prepare to unplug appliances and turn off your main breaker in your homes electrical box if you need to evacuate.


  • Gather up items from the exterior of the house and bring them inside (patio furniture, children’s toys, door mats, trash cans, grills, etc.).
  • Strap down propane tanks.
  • Prepare to turn off propane tanks if you need to evacuate.
  • Put your Emergency Supply Kit in your vehicle.
  • Back your car into the driveway with vehicle loaded and all doors and windows closed. Carry your car keys with you.
  • Don’t wait for an evacuation directive if you feel threatened.
  • Check on neighbors and make sure they are preparing to leave.


  • Locate your pets and keep them nearby.
  • Check your emergency preparedness kit for your pets and store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate.
  • If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you.


  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Do not drive over bridges that are over fast-moving floodwaters. Floodwaters can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.


  • ONLY CALL 9-1-1 TO REPORT EMERGENCIES!   Emergency operators and phone lines are needed to support this incident, please continue to monitor Nixle for updates or call 2-1-1 (not 9-1-1) for general safety information.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED!   Continue monitoring your radio, Nixle, and Newaygo ES’s Facebook Page for additional information.

Croton man in jail following fatal stabbing in Newaygo County

One man is dead while another man is in police custody following a stabbing in Newaygo County last night.


It happened just after 11:15pm, deputies received a call about a assault in progress.


When police arrived to the residence in Croton Township, they discovered a 64-year old man on the floor with multiple stab wounds.


The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.


A 33-year old Croton manj was taken into custody, and is expected to be formally charged later today.


The incident remains under investigation.

Undersheriff James Taylor wants to be the next sheriff of Mecosta County


The race for the next Mecosta County Sheriff is getting tougher as current Undersheriff James Taylor announced his intentions recently to be the next top law enforcement officer in the county.


Taylor, a lifelong resident of the area, attended Ferris State University majoring in criminal justice and has been in law enforcement since 1994 and has worked in positions such as field training officer, sergeant, detective/sergeant and currently undersheriff.  


Taylor's decision to run came after current Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell announced he will not be seeking re-election this year.


Taylor says one of his main goals will continue to be if elected new sheriff, would be to increase police involvement with the community and volunteerism.


 "It is important to have positive contacts with the public; they are our eyes and ears in making Mecosta County a safe family place to live.” Taylor said. “When I was young, my parents encouraged volunteering in the community you lived, so I would also like to encourage deputies within the department to volunteer both on and off duty, that would be another goal, if elected sheriff.” Taylor added.


Also, on the ballot running for sheriff is Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Detective Brian Mille and Mecosta County Sheriff Deputy Jared Christensen. Candidates have until April 21st to file to run in the 2020 election.

Barryton Police receive $10,000 grant



Barryton Police Chief Brian Miller accepts a $10,000 grant check from Larry London and Matt Schneider, of utility firm TC Energy.


The grant money will be used for a new Barryton patrol vehicle.

Death of 1-year old girl in Montcalm Co. ruled homicide

The death of a little girl in mid-Michigan has been ruled a homicide.


Michigan State Police say Vayda Vasquez was found unresponsive at a babysitter's home Monday morning.


She would have turned two next month.


Her maternal grandmother had custody .


So far, no charges have been filed in the girl's death.

Rep. Hoitenga to host tele-town hall meeting on auto insurance

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga will host a tele-town hall meeting Wednesday, March 25 for residents to ask questions about the upcoming change in Michigan’s car insurance system.


Hoitenga will be joined by Speaker Pro Tempore and chairman of the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates, Jason Wentworth.


“Last summer, I was happy to cast my vote to lower car insurance rates for drivers across the state.” Hoitenga said. “Rep. Wentworth has worked tirelessly on this issue, and I am excited for my constituents to be able to ask questions and learn more about the new law. I encourage everyone to call in and hear about the important changes to our state’s auto insurance system.”


The tele-town hall will begin at 6 p.m. Those wishing to participate may call 1-855-756-7520 Ext. 56024# toll-free.


For more information on the workshop, contact Rep. Hoitenga’s office by phone at  (517) 373-1747 or by email at

Reed City Police Blotter for 2/23-2/29

Sunday 2/23 …
Officers responded to a motion alarm at a place of business. All the doors were found to be locked. The key
holder responded and checked the building with the Officer. Nothing was found out of the norm; the alarm
was reset and the building was cleared.

While performing a property check, a door was found unlocked. The Officer searched inside and found all
inner doors were locked. The door was secured and the Officer cleared.
While on foot patrol, Officers found a back door open although the lock was in place. The Officers searched
the building, finding nothing out of the norm, secured the door and cleared.

Monday 2/24 …
Officers were requested to locate and transport a mental health patient to a court ordered appointment. The
patient cooperated, attended the appointment and was transported back home without incident.
Officers received a civil complaint regarding held personal property. The Officer spoke with the home
owner regarding property left behind and found there was no desire to cooperate. The Officer then advised
the complainant to go through the courts to retrieve the property.

Tuesday 2/25 …
Officers were dispatched to a medical facility regarding a disorderly patient who was attempting to leave,
however due to medical factors was not able to make this own decisions at the time. After some time and
discussion of options for the treatment needed the man was released to his family to transport him to another

Officers received a complaint of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle had been left in a parking lot and the
owner of the property wanted it removed. The vehicle was removed a short time later.
Officers issued a 2 separate civil infraction tickets to juveniles for Minor in Possession of a Vape Device.
Officers received a stalking complaint; the matter is under investigation.
Officers were dispatched to an assault complaint. The matter was unfounded.

Thursday 2/27 …
Officers were dispatched to a vehicle that had slid through an intersection and was hung up on the snowbank.
The vehicle had departed but not before leaving pieces behind. The officer located the damaged vehicle
nearby. The matter is under investigation.
Officers received a complaint of a larceny. The matter was unfounded. The items were misplaced.

Officers received a complaint of someone throwing snow balls at the house. The matter was unfounded and
it is suspected the icicles were falling causing the home owner to believe it was snowballs against the house.

Friday 2/28 …
A lost wallet was turned into the department. The wallet contained a Michigan Driver’s License with a Reed
City address. The Officers made contact with the owner and turned it over to him. The man thanked the
Officer and request his appreciation be extended to the person who found the wallet.
Officers received to complaints of criminal sexual conduct involving juveniles. One complaint was
unfounded. The other is under investigation.

Officer received a complaint of possible elder abuse. The matter is under investigation.
While performing a traffic stop for an expired registration sticker, the Officer found the license plate
belonged on a different vehicle the driver owned. The driver agreed to have the vehicle towed while proof of
the situation was provided. Upon further investigation it is believed a vengeful ex-girlfriend switched plates
on the driver’s vehicles in an attempt to cause trouble. The individual that had sold the car to the driver
agreed to pay the tow bill over the problems caused.

Saturday 2/29 …
Officers were dispatched to an apartment regarding a complaint of two people arguing. The Officers spoke
with both involved, who stated they had a verbal argument adding that there was no physical contact. The
man requested a ride to a different location for a friend to pick him up. To avoid further conflict, the man
was dropped off without incident.

Officers were dispatched to respond to a parking lot hit and run that caused damage to a vehicle. The matter
is under investigation.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: 2/28-3/1




Possession of marijuana.  A 19 year old was cited.


larceny by a student at BRMS.  Under investigation.


Traffic Stop Millpond/Taft. 20 year old female from Remus, cited for no license.  


@ 10:44pm Fake ID in the 100 block of S Michigan.  20 year old female was cited for using fake ID.


@ 12:30am Found property 300blk N. Michigan. Blue Nike BR backpack found on bench in the 300 block of N Michigan.  No owner info located, placed into property.


@ 1:14am Assault in the 100 block of S Michigan. While being escorted from the bar, a 21 year old male customer punched bar employee.  He left prior to arrival, local address later located. Contact with suspect and investigation into the matter will follow.


@ 01:34am Misd Traffic Maple/Michigan.  A 23 year old male was cited for no license.


@ 02:34am Disorderly in the 600 block of S State.  A 27 year old male was in line and became upset with other customers who were recording an employee.  The male was calm upon arrival and was trespassed from the business. 




Traffic barrel found 100 block N Stewart.  


@ 6:53pm Harassment in the 800 block of Country Way.   Female has been getting unwanted text messages from a male. 


@ 11:25pm Noise in the 100 block of N. Stewart. Residents were issued noise warning.


@ 12:45am UIP behind iun the 100 block of S. Michigan.  A 41 year old female was cited.


@ 12:57am Assist to EMS in the 400 block of Maple led to a 48 year old female being arrested on a warrant.


@ 1:08am PDA 200 blk S. Third. Driver of at fault vehicle cited for fail to yield, MIP alcohol, and open container.




No calls of significance

A couple of vehicle accidents over the weekend injures three female drivers

A Cedar Springs woman is recovering after losing control of her vehicle and colliding with a tree.


Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say they responded to a personal injury accident on 95th Avenue north of 14 Mile Road on Friday.


They say a 60-year-old Cedar Springs woman traveling north on 95th Avenue lost control of her vehicle when she took her eyes off the roadway to grab a tissue.


Her vehicle left the road and collided with a tree. She was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 


Meanwhile, two female drivers suffered minor injuries following a three car accident in Mecosta County on Saturday.


It happened on 9 Mile Rd. near 50th Avenue.


Deputies say a vehicle traveling eastbound on 9 Mile Rd struck a vehicle that was stopped turning south on 50th Ave. 


A 51-year old Remus woman and a 79-year old Canadian Lakes woman were taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for minor injuries.


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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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