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News That Affects You Archives for 2022-02

Taking the plunge! Area 5 Special Olympics raises money during Polar Plunge

Spectators and plungers converged in Downtown Big Rapids Saturday afternoon for the 2022 Big Rapids Polar Plunge.



Dozens of participants took part in the "parade of custumes" before taking a plunge in the icy water, all to raise money for Area 5 Special Olympics athletes. 



Area 5 Special Olympics Director Pat Rosales said this year's goal was to raise $15,000.  


Local Special Olymics athlete Tyler Lawton will be particiapating in the 2022 Special Olympics Games in Orlando, Florida this summer. Lawton was be performing shot put, long jump and 100 meter  dash. 





Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/21-24


40-2200366 @ 6:31am Assist 1000 block S State St Caller reported a small truck had been tailgating her while she was on her way into town. It was determined all violations occurred in the county.  Report forwarded to MCSO.

40-2200367 @ 12:06pm Harassment 200 block S Michigan Ave Complainant advised her employer is receiving texts about her past from an unknown subject.  Under investigation.

40-2200368 @ 3:04pm PDA Pine St/Mitchell Ct



40-2200369 @ 11:07am Warrant arrest 300 block Morrison St. Male was arrested for his outstanding warrants along with other VCSA.

40-2200370 @ 1:49pm Juvenile call 400 block S Third Ave. Mother called because her children were fighting with one another.

40-2200371 @ 3:00pm Civil issue 300 block Morrison.

40-2200372 @ 10:46pm Noise 400 block Hutchinson St. Loud music.

40-2200373 @ 2:06am Suspicious 1300 block Catherine St. Complainant reported a black male was on his back patio and left when he told the male he had a gun. The male never spoke or attempted to make entry. Unable to locate the male, under investigation



40-2200374 @ 6:37am Prisoner pickup from Missaukee County.

40-2200375 @ 10:50am Civil standby 800 block Sheridan.

40-2200376 @ 2:30pm Traffic stop Spring/State led to driver being cited for improper plate, vehicle taken to Curries.

40-2200377 @ 2:35pm Fraud 1800 block Milton Complainant was convinced to deposit fake check and purchase gift cards.

40-2200378 @ 2:01am Check well-being female called a cab company asking for a ride stating male kicked her out of the apartment with no shoes or coat. Both stated the argument was verbal only and female walked out of the apartment with no shoes on her own.




40-2200379 @ 7:54am Traffic stop State/Sanborn led to driver being cited for no ops.

40-2200380 @ 9:21am Traffic stop Ives/Campus led to driver being cited for MIP Marijuana.

40-2200381 @ 11:54am 500 block S. Michigan officers were called to possible domestic assault between male and female.  Male struck female when he was woken up to take care of the baby. Both stated physical contact was not intentional as male was startled when he woke up.

40-2200382 @ 6:30pm Fraud taken at BRDPS.  Female sent $300 in iTunes gift cards to someone claiming to be her pastor.  Scam

40-2200383 @ 9:42pm Traffic stop at N State St and Bellvue St led to the arrest of passenger for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for not paying fines.  Driver also was cited for no insurance and MIP marijuana.  Vehicle removed by BR tow.

40-2200384 @ 12:55am Threats 300 block N Warren Threats were made via telephone to resident after male was trespassed.  Male was warned about further contact may result in charges.

40-2200385 @ 2:00am Snow Tows Seven vehicles towed for parking on the street after 2:00 A.M. Vehicles removed so DPW trucks could plow snow.

Mecosta man suffers non-life threatening injuries following two vehicle crash

A 61-year old Mecosta man was taken to the hospital following a two vehicle crash in Martiny Township Thursday afternoon.


It happened just before 4:30pm on Madison Road and 65th Avenue.


Mecosta County Deputies say a 19-year old Barryton man was traveling eastbound when he lost control on the icy road and struck a westbound vehicle driven by a 61-yer old Mecosta man.


The 61-year old man was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

City of Big Rapids set to begin phase one of Hemlock Park project as construction company is hired

Phase one of the Hemlock Park Project is expected to begin this Summer following the Big Rapids City Commission approval of a resolution to hire Fleis and VandenBrink Construction earlier this week. 


The Hemlock Park improvement proposal from F&V Construction include:

  • Sitework, including soil erosion and sedimentation control, removals, site preparation and site restoration.
  • Four pickleball courts including a 60-ft x 120-ft concrete slab and color surfacing, fencing, posts and netting.
  • Basketball courts including a 90-ft x 100-ft concrete slab and color surfacing, posts and equipment.
  • Two tennis courts including a 108-ft x 120-ft concrete slab and color surfacing, fencing, posts and netting.
  • Kayak launch complete with concrete walk, floating dock and support system.


According to City Manager Mark Gifford, the Splash Pad is scheduled for 2023. 


In a position paper to the City Commission and staff, Tresurer Aaron Kuhn outlined several funding options for the city. 


Option one would include the additional courts, splash pad and Placescape at an estimated cost of $2,679,252 between the three phases. Funding sources would include the amount fund raised, a DNR grant for the splash pad, existing appropriations of $150,000, and using roughly $189,000 of stimulus funding while financing $1,500,000. 


Option two would include the lesser number of courts, splash pad, in no replacement of playscape, at an estimated cost of $1,653,965. This would include all the same funding sources as option one but would use additional stimulus funding (61%) to avoid financing.


Option three would include the additional courts, splash pad, and no replacement of playscape, and an estimated cost of $2,079,252. This would include the same funding sources as options one and two but would use all the stimulus funding to avoid financing. 


Kuhn added staff has solicited financing rates from various local banks. Rates range depending on the term and structuring of the debt from 2.3% to 2.9%. With the option listed above that employees financing to supplement the project, payments would be $170,062 annually over a 10-year period. This would equate roughly to 1 mil of taxable value. 


During the City Commission meeting both city manager Mark Gifford and Treasurer Aaron Kuhn recommended the city should move forward with option one with the caveat that a millage levy be adopted with next budget cycle as an offsetting revenue source for the debt.

Rodney woman involved in rollover accident; Police cite alcohol as possible factor

A 45-year old Rodney woman is recovering following a rollover accident on Bullhead Rd near W Chippewa Dr.


It happned just after 2am, Mecosta County deputies say the Rodney woman was headed home when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice causing her vehicle to overturn onto its roof. 


According to police, the female driver was complaining of a possible head injury and was taken to the Big Rapids Spectrum Health Hospital for non life threatening injuries. 


Alcohol was a factor in this morning's incident

MDHHS Withdrawing Public Health Advisory on Masking in Indoor Public Settings, Including Schools

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) have entered the post-surge recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and are updating their masking guidance. 


DHD#10 has been a proponent of responsible protective behaviors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. With decreasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state, MDHSS and DHD#10 are updating their mask guidance for public settings, including school settings, to reflect the post-surge recovery phase. 


“The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “However, with the downward trends in cases, and our increased access to masks, vaccines, testing, and treatment, it is time to begin the recovery phase.”  


The COVID-19 cycle can be broken down into three primary phases: 


  • Response – Local and state public health implement rapid response to a surge. The public may be advised to increase mask usage, testing, and social distancing. 


  • Recovery – Post-surge. No immediate resurgence predicted. Local and state public health will monitor conditions that could lead to future surges. 


  • Readiness – A surge in cases is expected, with implications on severity of illness and hospital capacity. Increased communication to the public regarding possible new risks. 


MDHHS recommends that individuals, regardless of vaccination status, practice universal masking when in high-risk, congregate settings such as long-term care facilities, homeless shelters, corrections facilities, and healthcare facilities. It is also important that individuals wear a mask during isolation and quarantine periods to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. School districts and organizations are encouraged to continue to consider their local conditions when determining their masking policies.  


At this time, universal masking is still recommended in all school settings. This will continue to be the recommendation until the amount of COVID-19 in our areas decreases further. 


"We can confidently say at this point, that those who are up to date on their COVID vaccines and boosters, as well as wearing a high-quality mask, are well protected from COVID-19 infection, regardless of what others around them choose to do," said DHD#10 Medical Director Dr. Morse. "We are now at a point where responsible behavior is up to the individual and parents to decide. Those that wish to be fully protected from COVID-19 illness and its complications are encouraged to continue to mask in public and get vaccinated or boosted.” 


KN95 masks are currently available in all 10 DHD#10 offices. Masks are given out 3 per person on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. To find your nearest DHD#10 office, visit


For those wanting to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu shot, please visit or call 888-217-3904. 


For those interested in hosting a COVID-19 vaccine or testing clinic at their location, please complete this registration form:  


For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout their jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office. You can also find testing in neighboring counties on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) site:,9753,7-406-98178_104699_104714-554722--,00.html.  

DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. You can also get at-home tests through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) here:  

If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here:  

Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at:


For more information on COVID-19, visit  

Evart man arrested and arraigned on sex crimes

An Osceola County man has been charged with sex crimes following an investigation by Michigan State Police.


54-year old Brian Gene Beemer, of Evart was arrested last week.


He's now has been charged with child sexually abusive activity, third-degree criminal sexual assault with a victim age 13-15, possession of child sexually abusive material, accosting children for immoral purposes and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


An investigation to a complaint began in August 2021. Michigan State Police seized several cellphones and other electronic devices from Beemer’s home.


Beemer is being held on $50,000 bond. 

DHD#10 WIC Program Response to FDA and Abbott Nutrition Formula recall

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a food recall on some nutritional formula manufactured by Abbott in Sturgis, Michigan, due to consumer complaints of Cronobacter sakazakii and Salmonella Newport infections in infants after consumption. 


Specifically, The FDA is advising consumers NOT USE the Similac brand POWDER formulas including Alimentum and EleCare infant formulas if: 

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37;
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; 
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later. 


To determine whether your formula has been affected by this recall, use the following link:


The following formulas NOT subject to this recall are: Isomil, Neosure, and the liquid concentrated and ready-to-feed Similac products. 


Products that do not contain the information listed above are not impacted. The FDA advisory does not include liquid concentrated or ready-to-feed formula products or any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas. Consumers should continue to use all products not covered by the advisory. 


The FDA is investigating complaints of four infant illnesses from three states. All four cases related to these complaints were hospitalized and Cronobacter may have contributed to a death in one case. The FDA has initiated an onsite inspection at the facility. Findings to date include several positive Cronobacter sakazakii results from environmental samples taken by the FDA and adverse inspectional observations by the FDA investigators. A review of the firm’s internal records also indicate environmental contamination with Cronobacter sakazakii and the firm’s destruction of product due to the presence of Cronobacter. 


District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) currently has over 1,100 clients within their Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program that could be impacted by this recall. 


“We are working very closely with State WIC Program officials to resolve this emergent situation,” stated Anne M. Bianchi, DHD#10 WIC Program Director. “DHD#10 staff is currently assisting clients to locate alternative formulas and resources until a state-wide solution is put in place.” 


Until further notice, please consider the following guidance: 


  • To determine whether your formula has been affected by this recall, use the following link:
  • Abbott has Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the recall here:  
  • The following formulas NOT subject to this recall are: Isomil, Neosure and the liquid concentrated and ready-to-feed Similac products. 
  • The recalled powdered infant formulas have the potential to be contaminated with Cronobacter, a bacterium that can cause severe foodborne illness primarily in infants. Cronobacter infections are rare but are especially high risk for newborn infants. Per CDC guidance, the first symptoms are fever accompanied by poor feeding, crying or very low energy. For more information check the CDC website:
  • Salmonella are a group of bacteria that can cause gastrointestinal illness and fever called salmonellosis. Most people with salmonellosis develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. More severe cases of salmonellosis may include a high fever, aches, headaches, lethargy, a rash, blood in the urine or stool, and in some cases, may become fatal.  
  • Parents and caregivers of infants who have used these products, and are concerned about the health of their child, should contact their child’s health care provider. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should notify your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical care for your child immediately 
  • Parents and caregivers should never dilute infant formula and should not make or feed homemade infant formulas to infants. 
  • If your formula is one that is recalled, consider breastfeeding or using an equivalent store/generic brand formula or Enfamil product. 
  • Infant formulas can be purchased with SNAP/ Food Stamp benefits. 


The FDA is continuing to investigate and will provide additional consumer safety information when it becomes available. 


For Abbott’s press release, please follow this link:  

Big Rapids City Commissioners approve liquor license for Katke Golf Course

The Big Rapids City Commission approved a liquor license for Katke Golf Course during last night's meeting.


The application will now go to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission for final approval.


The Commission also approved an ordinance regarding bird scooters, this ordinance follows one that the City of Ypsilanti uses but has been modified to fit the Big Rapids Community.


Finally, commissioners approved a resolution approving funds to be used this Summer on a road milling and resurfacing project on Maple Street from Third Avenue to Bronson Street.

School Closings 2/22/2022

School Closings for 2/22/22


Big Rapids

Chippewa Hills

Crossroads Charter Academy of BR


Mecosta/Osceola ISD



Pine River Area

Reed City

St. Mary's Catholic Big Rapids

Trinity Lutheran Reed City

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

An Officer investigated a complaint concerning a threatening and harassing email that was received by an individual. The incident has been documented and the email attached to the report.

An Officer was dispatched to an area along US 10 where a caller had reported a mattress was in the middle of the road. Upon arrival, the owner was strapping the mattress securely to her vehicle.
During a routine traffic stop, an Officer discovered that an individual had an outstanding warrant from a neighboring county. The man was transported to the Mecosta County Jail without incident.

Tuesday …2/15/22
An Officer responded to a local business for a possible altercation between 2 individuals. After interviewing both parties, it was determined no injuries were sustained or threats had been made and they both left the scene without further incident.

An Officer assisted an Osceola County Deputy on US 131 for a motorist who had run out of gas and had left the vehicle behind to get fuel. Due to the fact that family members were left in the vehicle, the Officers provided traffic safety until his return.

Wednesday …2/16/22
An Officer received a complaint concerning 2 juveniles who appeared to have snuck out and were missing. In route to start searching for the individuals the Officer received notification that they had in fact returned home. The boys were interviewed and given advice on following parental rules as well as abiding by the laws that are enforced for their safety and well-being.

Officers investigated a bullying complaint at a local school involving 2 juveniles. Family members, along with school personnel have been interviewed and are taking appropriate measures to handle the issue.

Officers responded to a 2-car accident. There was minor damage to both vehicles but no injuries were sustained.

Thursday …2/17/22
Officers investigated a complaint of a possible threats between students at a local school. Interviews have been conducted with school administrators as well as parental guardians. Case will be forwarded to probate for review.

An Officer responded to a complaint of stalking and threatening behavior. This matter is being investigated.

Friday …2/18/22
An Officer was called to assist an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy with finding a man who had violated his bond conditions.


Officers were advised of a possible violation of bond release conditions. Upon investigating it was
determined bond conditions had not been violated.

Officers were asked to perform a well-being check on an individual. It was determined that the person had appeared to have moved out of the area so contact was not able to be made.

An Officer was called to the local high school to be a presence during a basketball game due to fighting that occurred between students during the game. The Officer did not witness any other incident and no injuries were reported.

Saturday …2/19/22
An Officer was dispatched to a residence to investigate a possible child abuse complaint. Interviews were conducted and pictures were taken and submitted to DHS.

Sunday …2/20/22
Officers were dispatched to a 911 hang up. Upon arrival it was determined no assistance was needed.

Ferris State University Board of Trustees approves new academic majors, four honorary doctorate recipients and new wayfinding signage

Ferris State University’s Board of Trustees approved new bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Professional Esports Productions, new wayfinding signage for its Big Rapids campus, four honorary doctorates and citations of merit for three athletics teams, including the 2021 NCAA Division II National Champion Bulldog football team at its regular meeting on Friday, Feb. 18 at the University Center building.


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bobby Fleischman, leading an ongoing effort to adapt Ferris’ curriculum to current and future industry needs and student interest, spoke to the significance of the two new Bachelor of Science programs.


“The Professional Esports Productions is an exciting, cross-disciplinary degree program, which we plan to deliver fully online. The esports market is emerging as a fast-growing industry with careers in the many related professions,” said Fleischman, who estimated as many as 20 students would enroll in the program during year one, beginning in Fall 2022, and 60 by year three. “This degree program fits nicely with the construction of the Center for Virtual Learning and provides Ferris with a competitive advantage over our Michigan counterparts, as well as an opportunity to offer this degree online to an expanded cohort of students regionally, nationally and beyond.”


The provost noted the Bachelor of Science in Economics could enroll up to 25 students in year one and upwards of 60 by year three.


“This provides Ferris with an opportunity to attract, retain and graduate students with a degree in Economics that prepares them with exceptional problem-solving and data-analysis skills that qualify them for a variety of jobs in the private and government sectors,” Fleischman said. “It will also prepare our graduates for graduate programs in business, law, and economics.”


Both bachelor’s programs plan to begin enrolling students in Fall 2022.


Board members approved honorary degrees to be awarded at the Spring 2022 commencement ceremonies. The degree recipients are Phil Hagerman, a 1975 College of Pharmacy alumnus; Dana King, a 1982 alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing; Dick Shaw, a 1971 College of Engineering Technology alumnus; and Ian Stallings, a renowned designer, who will be honored at the Kendall College of Art and Design ceremonies.


Hagerman is a part of three generations of Hagermans that earned Ferris Pharmacy degrees. He co-founded Diplomat Pharmacy with his father and led this company for 27 years. During this time, Diplomat grew to be the largest independent provider of specialty pharmacy services in the country. He is a strong supporter of the university’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign, Now and Always, providing a $5 million lead gift to the College of Pharmacy and a second $5 million gift to elevate Ferris past its $115 million comprehensive campaign fundraising goal.


As a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, San Francisco and on national television, King garnered five Emmys, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and two Gracie Awards. She is now an award-winning classical figurative sculpturist who creates public monuments of black bodies in bronze. King is newly appointed to The Ferris Foundation Board of Directors, a cabinet member of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Building Campaign and was named a Ferris Distinguished Alumna in 2018.


Shaw earned his associate and bachelor degrees in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. A proud veteran, he joined the Ferris faculty after graduation and served for 27 years, with recognition as the Ferris Distinguished Teacher in 1978 and service as HVACR program director beginning in 1985. Upon retirement, he became a national consultant for the HVACR industry, which was recognized by the American “Spirit of Independence Award.” In addition, he has established and been instrumental in developing numerous scholarship endowments at Ferris, has served on the Ferris Foundation, including chairing the Foundation Board, was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2018, and is of the “Now and Always” Campaign Cabinet.


Stallings is a designer with global residential and commercial projects and an accomplished artist, a differentiator in the design industry. Relocating from San Francisco to East Lansing during the pandemic, he reached out to Kendall College of Art and Design to explore collaboration opportunities. In December, he established the Ian Stallings Design Endowed Scholarship at KCAD.


Trustees also approved retaining preconstruction, construction and other related services to develop a new Early Learning Center (ELC) on the Big Rapids campus. The ELC, which will need a new facility following the planned demolition of Bishop Hall, supports students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community with quality educational experiences for young children. Further, the Early Learning Center provides a hands-on learning laboratory for academic students pursuing careers in Early Childhood Education.


Additionally, Trustees approved the future fabrication and installation of outdoor wayfinding branding and signage for the Big Rapids campus. Initial project priorities include replacing primary vehicular directional signs, overhauling the parking lot identification system, installing new and larger building identification signs at key visitor destinations and replacing the current street blade signs.


The Board of Trustees approved and awarded citations of merit in recognition of outstanding Fall 2021 seasons for the football, soccer and volleyball teams. The 14-0 Bulldog football team won the program’s first NCAA Division II National Championship on Saturday, Dec. 18, in McKinney, Texas. The women’s soccer team won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship for the first time in program history, while the women’s volleyball won the GLIAC Tournament for the seventh time in eight seasons.

In other Feb. 18 action, the trustees approved: 

  • five sabbatical requests for the 2022-23 academic year as recommended by the administration;
  • 18 appointments to the boards of directors of FSU-authorized charter school academies, conditional authorization for a new charter school, Pittsfield Acres Academy, in Ypsilanti and an amended contract to add additional campus for the Lighthouse Academy in partnership with the Muskegon County Juvenile Transition center; and
  • A contract with EAB Enrollment Services for sophomore/junior student search.


The current trustees are chair Amna P. Seibold, of East Grand Rapids; vice-chair Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, of Grand Rapids; secretary Rupesh K. Srivastava, of Wixom; member-at-large LaShanda R. Thomas, of Grosse Pointe; George K. Heartwell, of Newaygo; Kurt A. Hofman, of Grand Rapids; and Ronald E. Snead, of Stanwood.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is Friday, May 6, 2022. Committee meetings begin at 10 a.m. followed by the full board meeting at 11 a.m.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter


40-2200345 @ 8:46am Miscellaneous 500 block N Warren, taken by SRO, no additional info.

40-2200346 @ 10:11am Traffic stop State/South led to driver being cited for no insurance. Vehicle impounded to Curries.

40-2200347 @ 10:57am PDA Ferris/Perry.

40-2200348 @ 2:19pm 400 block S Third Ave officers were called because resident kept changing her clothes in front of other residents. Officer stood by while she was asked to leave.

40-2200349 @ 5:26pm Civil 1000 block S State St. Dispute over prescription between customer and pharmacist, as a result female was trespassed from the store after threatening to return and slap the pharmacist.

40-2200350 @ 6:02pm Aggravated Assault 1100 block Fuller.  After ex-husband took money out of he and his ex-wife’s joint account, her new boyfriend came over and punched him in the face.  Ex-husband went to the ER for jaw pain to find out his jaw was broken. Under investigation

40-2200351 @ 8:19pm Suspicious Situation 700 block Maple.  While in the area, Officers heard an audible alarm that was not dispatched.  Dispatch contacted the alarm company and advised a key holder would turn it off.  Building was secure.  

40-2200352 @ 11:01pm Warrant Arrest 400 block S. Third.  Check wellbeing on male who had superficial cuts on his left hand from pushing his knife blade into his skin.  He was lodged on felony probation warrants out of Jackson County.

40-2200353 @ 1:40am 400 block S. Michigan.  Female was arrested for DV after hitting her boyfriend in the face. 



40-2200354 @ 10:58am PDA S State St/Mill St

40-2200355 @ 8:49am 400 block S Third Officer Standby, Officer stood by while a trespassed female retrieved the remainder of her belongings.

40-2200356 @ 3;19pm PIA Division/State 2 vehicle accident, one subject transported to SHBRH with minor injuries.

40-2200357 @ 9:14pm Unfounded Alarm 800 block N State St

40-2200358 @ 11:20pm False Alarm 300 block S. Fourth. Door was found open, but no one located inside. Building resecured.

40-2200359 @ 11:29pm 100 block S. Michigan Civil.  Bouncer thought female had a fake Oregon ID and broke it.  The ID was found to be real, and the issue was resolved without LE action between the establishment and the female.



40-2200360 @ 6:30am Mental 800 block Water Tower Female hallucinating.  Referred to CMH for help.

40-2200361 @ 4:14pm, BRPD – Fraud. Complainant stated that he was scammed out of $1800.00. The case is under investigation.

40-2200362 @ 10:15am Mental transport 600 block Oak St, subject transported to Auburn Hills for treatment.

40-2200363 @ 6:22pm Suspicious 300 block N Warren. Female stated a male was watching her in the park.

40-2200364 @ 6:56pm VCSA Warren/Elm. Traffic stop led to female being arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Methamphetamine was also located in the vehicle.

40-2200365 @ 8:30pm Fail to Pay 600 block S State St. White Ford Mustang, possibly 1994-2004 body style. $47.62 in fuel. Under investigation.

Could the tension between Russia and Ukraine raise gas prices?

Could gas prices in Michigan hit five dollars a gallon? Petroleum Industry Analyst Patrick Dehaan doesn't think it's likely. But he admits it's a possibility if Russia invades Ukraine. 


He says no matter what happens with Ukraine, you can expect prices at the pump to keep climbing in the spring and summer months.


But we are still setting ourselves up for a relatively pricey summer, beyond the geopolitical tensions we have seasonal factors that are going to come into play as temperatures warm up. Dehaan said. “Between the start of March and Memorial Day gas prices on average over the last 10 years  prices have increased between 25 to 75 cents a gallon, so we still have seasonal factors that will likely boost prices but much of how high we go is contingent on Russia's next move.”

Dehaan says average gas prices in Michigan are now around 3.35 a gallon.


And with demand for gas expected to grow as more people get back on the road, you can expect prices to hit four dollars a gallon, at least temporarily.

13-year old passenger suffers minor injuries after vehicle hits utility poll

A 13-year old passenger suffered minor injuries following a one vehicle crash in Mecosta County's Big Rapids Township Saturday night.


It happened at the intersection of Madison and 220th Ave, deputies say a vehicle slid through the intersection and collided with a utility pole due to the icy roadway.


The 13 year old passenger who was not wearing a seat belt received minor injuries.


The juvenile was transported to the Big Rapids hospital for treatment. 


The driver was cited for Violation of basic Speed Law.

Garlock brings Stanley Cup to Big Rapids

One of sports most prestigious trophy's made a stop in Big Rapids over the weekend.



Brian Garlock, a Big Rapids native and current videographer for the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning brought the Stanley Cup to Ferris State University's Wink Arena for residents to take pictures and raise money for the little Kevin Hockey Hope Fund and Big Rapids High School hockey.


Garlock was also honored during intermission of the Big Rapids Varsity hockey game.

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital named in Top 100 Best Rural Hospitals list

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital has been named one of the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the United States.

The top 100 hospital list is released annually by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The rankings are based on performance using eight key metrics: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge and financial efficiency.

“We’re thrilled with the distinction,” said Andrea Leslie, president of Spectrum Health Big Rapids, Reed City, United and Kelsey Hospitals. “Being named a top 100 hospital is a credit to the commitment and care our teams provide the community. This ranking is a really a community award as it reflects the relationships we have with our patients.”


Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital was just one of seven hospitals in Michigan to
achieve the ranking.

To see the complete list of the top 100 hospitals, as published in Becker’s Hospital
Review, visit

Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/15-2/16


40-2200323 @ 7:42am Area Check 300 block N Warren Caller heard a female yelling in the park.  Contact was made with the female, and she appeared to be having a mental crisis.  Refused any help from LEO. 

40-2200322 @ 8:08am Found Property BRDPS Driver’s license turned in to the office.  Owner contacted and she retrieved the license.

40-2200324 @ Traffic Stop Pere Marquette/Rose Driver advised he did not have his license on him.  Was cited for providing a false name.

40-2200325 @ 10:25am Suspicious 800 block N Fourth Caller advised he had been staying at a residence and wanted to get his belongings.  He stated the other occupants were not allowing him to.  It was discovered several people had been staying in an abandoned building’s basement.  They were not there.  Attempting to contact property owner.

40-2200326 @ 12:23pm Civil 1000 block Rose Male contacting female. Female just wanted the case documented.

40-2200327 @ 1:30PM Civil 400 block Hutchinson Female asked for standby as she removed her belongings from the residence. 

40-2200328 @ 3:13PM Found Property 400 block S Third Bag of items erroneously turned into Sheriff’s Office.  Returned to the shelter to return to owner.

40-2200329 @ 4:54PM Assist Other Agency 1100 block Fuller Ave Van Buren County requested a warrant attempt on a male wanted for Open Murder.  Arrested the male without incident.  Transported to MCSO for holding until Van Buren County came to get him.

40-2200330 @ 5:01PM Civil/Obstruct Justice 1700 block S State St. Male wanted to report female had stolen a necklace from him. Female returned the items as officers were on scene and male did not want to pursue further. Male was lodged on his FTA warrant.

40-2200331 @ 8:19PM Check wellbeing 800 block Marion. Family called concerned about female after she had left a voicemail with slurred speech, mentioned not taking one of her medications, and now family could not get ahold of her. Female denied leaving any voicemails or not taking any of her medications. She advised she would contact her family back.

40-2200332 @ 04:34am. Traffic Stop Maple/Bjornson. T/S led to male cited for DWLS. The registered owner of the truck arrived prior to Curries and the vehicle was turned over to him.




40-2200333 @ 8:43am Traffic stop State/Ferris led to driver being cited for no insurance.

40-2200334 @ 2:40pm PDA State/Perry.

40-2200335 @ 3:51pm Suspicious 100 block S. Third. Originally called in as a tampering complaint, a traffic cone was moved from area in front of one of the stalls. Subject identified and contact was made with him.  He stated he had moved the cone into the roadway to block the large pothole that was in front of the business.

40-2200336 @ 3:51pm Civil 600 block Maple. Male advised his ex is constantly contacting him in violation of a PPO. She did not have a PPO, but he had one that was not served out of Montcalm Co. He was served the PPO while on scene.

40-2200337 @ 11:42pm Mental. 400 block Maple St. 

GLE Truestream Fiber Network coming to Newaygo County

Great Lakes Energy (GLE) is expanding its Truestream fiber network further into parts of its Newaygo service area. Mainline construction in the region had been on hold over the last 17 months while awaiting approval of federal forest service permits. With approval now granted, construction will begin in the spring, enabling crews to connect fiber internet and voice services to homes as soon as the fall of 2022. GLE members who register by March 18 and complete the necessary paperwork by April 8 will receive priority for construction and will qualify for free in-home installation, a $149 value.


The fiber network delivers speeds up to 1 Gig (symmetrical for upload and download), massive bandwidth, unlimited internet and voice services, no data caps, and no contracts, allowing for residents to work from home, have access to online education in addition to streaming, gaming and much more. The service will also be available to businesses.


Truestream is exclusively available to Great Lakes Energy electric cooperative members. The Newaygo service district encompasses rural areas served by Great Lakes Energy’s electric service in parts of Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, and Newaygo counties. Construction is a multi-step, multi-year process, which includes building a mainline fiber trunk through GLE’s Newaygo service area. Members are encouraged to pre-register their interest on to take advantage of free in-home installation, and to avoid wait times for construction as well as in-home installation.


More than 11,900 Great Lakes Energy members in parts of Allegan, Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Oceana, and Otsego counties are currently enjoying Truestream’s life-changing services, some experiencing a high-speed internet connection at home for the first time.


Great Lakes Energy members can visit to register interest and to enter their address in an interactive status map for construction progress or projections as it relates to their location.

Former Fremont Police Chief pleads in sexual assault case

The former police chief of Fremont, Randall Wright, has taken a plea agreement in a sexual assault case.


He was accused of inappropriately touching a woman on a bus trip to Detroit for a Tiger's game with the Fraternal Order of Police in 2019.


The victim said Wright was drunk at the time.


Wright pled no contest to two reduced misdemeanor charges.  


The first charge is for aggravated assault which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail. The second charge is for disorderly person obscene conduct which could result in up to 90 days in jail.


Wright was fired as chief when he was formally charged.


He'll be sentenced in April.

School Closings 2/17/22

School Closings for 2/17/22:

Baldwin Community

Big Rapids Public

Chippewa Hills

Evart Public

Lakeview Community

Mecosta Osceola ISD

Morley-Stanwood Community

Pine River Area

Reed City Public

St. Peter's Lutheran Big Rapids

Tri County

Trinity Lutheran Reed City

Sheriff's Corner: Miller reflects on 2021 and thoughts on the future

As 2021 came to an end I have had the ability to reflect on the first year in office for Undersheriff Mike Williams and I as we have led the men and women of the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office. We had many goals we wished to accomplish, most which were completed, some we continue to work towards and others that still need attention.

Appreciation needs to be given to Captain Kevin Wood, Lieutenant Mark Danielson, our support staff,
including Kerri Merrill, Suzanne Vetter, and Teresa O’Neil and all the employees of our office. A
transition is never an easy one, specifically in the case of Undersheriff Williams and I coming from
outside agencies, but because of everyone at the MCSO, things were as smooth as they could be. The
former administration had prepared and had a solid foundation in place.

Immediate goals our administration had were to raise morale at the MCSO. As with any workplace,
there will be ups and downs when it comes to morale, no matter where you work. We wanted to make sure our staff, or family/team, as I like to refer to them, knew the work they did and people they are, were appreciated by us. With this came making sure we were all accountable for the work we did and the professional manner we went about carrying ourselves. The more pride our TEAM has in the work they do, the better we will serve our community. Part of improving morale was getting to back to be fully staffed, both in corrections and on the road. We have improved this, but like other law enforcement agencies throughout the country, this continues to be a goal we are working toward.

Another goal was to be more open and transparent about the calls for service we police daily and the
day-to-day activities our TEAM is involved in. We began doing so by interacting more on social media
and through reporting the daily shift activity report to our local news outlets. We also began to provide more detailed reports on the calls for service we took in each of the townships in the county each month. If we want support from the community we serve, they need to know who we are and what we do. I am a firm believer in the police are the community and the community are the police.
A third goal was to have a better working relationship with other law enforcement agencies in the area.

We have begun to do this with better communication with the agencies surrounding us. This
communication and the relationships with these agencies have resulted in we, Newaygo, Isabella,
Montcalm, Osceola Counties, with assistance from the BRDPS, CMET, MIOC and the FBI forming our own human trafficking task force built from a model introduced to us by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and their G.H.O.S.T(Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team). Our task force has run three operations, which resulted in the arrest and multiple charges, including accosting minors for immoral purposes against 9 men. The most rewarding aspect of the operations was the men we arrested that will not be able to victimize any further people. Also, rewarding was looking around the rooms we were working in and seeing the communication between everyone, with a common goal in mind, and not being able to tell who worked for each agency. Just a group working as one.

In February Undersheriff Williams and I began to meet with former MCSO Jail Administrator Rick
Kaledas.  Rick is nationally recognized and does a large amount of consulting throughout the nation on jail administration.  We began meeting weekly after we reached out to him inquiring on him consulting the two of us on the new to us administrative roles we had and to aid us as in broadening our perspective on what was needed to make our agency an exemplary one as we move into the future. 

Today, law enforcement agencies cannot get by on the budget they have in place alone. We also need to rely on grants to help supplement what we are doing. Internally, through grants and our budget we were able to purchase or were granted a Trunarc. The use of illicit narcotics and opioids continues to skyrocket. Emerging lethal drugs like fentanyl and carfentanil threaten public safety. To save lives and protect law enforcement officers, banned substances need to be identified quickly, safely, and accurately. TruNarc Analyzer rapidly identifies drugs and can reduce the backlog of cases at crime labs while decreasing costs. This leads to quicker case resolution and helps drug offenders access treatment faster. It has also been accepted for evidentiary purposes in our courts, speeding up this process. While we were granted this earlier in the year, due to red tape, we are still waiting to take possession of this valuable tool for our deputies and other law enforcement in the field. With another grant through TC Energy, we were able to purchase new stop sticks for all our fleet vehicles. A Federal Government grant allowed us the opportunity to purchase new vests for our deputies, as most were close to expiring. A donation has further allowed us to fit the deputies with external carriers for the vests. This has been shown to be more comfortable for deputies, but more importantly takes a lot of the stress and strain off the deputies backs and hips, with the wait of having the tools they need all on their duty belt. A grant received by Lieutenant Danielson when a new contract with our jail phone service provider, IC Solutions, allowed us to begin to have video visitations for inmates with loved ones and their attorneys. With the money we were also able to secure several key entrance points in the building, including our evidence room. Another grant received through Great Lakes Energy, allowed us to get a doghouse and a GPS tracking/training collar for K9 Zeke and his handler, Deputy Chad Thompson.


A collaboration between our office, the Osceola County Sherif's Office, Meceola Central Dispatch and Community Mental Health for Central Michigan will be bringing critical crisis training to area first responders. In October, the Mecosta County Board of Commissioners authorized submission of a grant application to the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority Risk Avoidance Program to help fund mental health and crisis intervention training. The RAP was established in 1997 to assist in projects that are innovated with a high potential of solving specific risk management problems of government agencies, including specific education or training programs. Because of the concerns of law enforcement agencies’ ability to deal with mental health crises and engage with those experiencing a mental health crisis, they are asking the MMRMA to assist with the proper training required to avert negative outcomes. Our plan to develop four trainers for Mecosta and Osceola counties. Those four trainers, in turn, will train first responders within the two counties, including law enforcement, EMS, fire department, corrections officers and dispatch center workers. We will begin looking at incorporating the training shortly after the first of the year, in 2022.

Our history and tradition at the MCSO were something I wanted to acknowledge as we move forward. It made me happy to have retirees or former staff stop into the office, if for no reason than to just say “hi”. Because of this we had photos of staff taken for an office composite. It is always nice to have this framed and hanging in a prominent place in our office so the public knows who they have serving them.

It is also nice to have our staff have a professional photo of themselves for family. Other significant projects of note our office began to be involved in this year was Corrections Officer Genice Grein taking the initiative and signing us up for Adopt a Highway through MDOT.  We were granted the stretch on Northland Dr, south of Big Rapids from 13 Mile Rd to Knollview Dr. On three occasions this year members of our office took part in the highway cleanup.


In July, working with the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, our two agencies hosted a weeklong
Public Safety Youth Academy. The academy ran the week of July 15th , with 15 boys and girls, ages 12-14 years old taking part. The academy was a huge success, with other law enforcement, first responders and court staff all assisting in the lessons. The students learned about fire and EMS, the role of a K9 officer, the responsibilities of DNR law enforcement officers, firearms, defensive tactics, the role, and tactics used on traffic stops, evidence processing, the role of corrections officers, also receiving a jail tour, the role of the judicial system, presented by the prosecutor and District Court Judge and situational awareness when the need arises to potentially use fatal force. We began the week at Cranhill Ranch with rapport and team building exercises and ended it with a graduation ceremony. The kids and their families were very happy and appreciative of the information received during the week. The instructors found it to be a success and look forward to building on it in the years to come.

In August we began the process of initiating Victim Services Unit between our office and the Osceola
County Sheriff’s Office.  The VSU is a team made up of civilian victim advocates to act as a bridge
between our office in critical incidents and the prosecutor's office and to aid in some responsibilities,
such as death notifications with deputies in the field.  Through an application process and interviews, we have selected 13 advocates between here and Osceola County. Formal training hosted by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association will take place the end of February, with the intent for the team to be available and in place by the first of April.

The MCSO and BRDPS continue to work together in the investigation of Timothy Kailing, who has been missing since September 4th, 2019. Law enforcement is continuing to ask for help from the public in locating Kailing and working to find closure and resolution for his family. The MCSO and BRDPS would like to remind everyone Kailing are deeply missed by his children and loved ones.

The men and women of the MCSO work tirelessly to make sure you and your loved ones are safe. In
2020, deputies took 4309 reportable complaints. Ending 2021, we ended up with 4849 complaints.
These numbers do not include the other calls for service and proactive activity our deputies perform.
As with any organization you have comings and goings and change. We were fortunate to hire several quality road deputies and corrections officers in 2021.


We had a longtime member of our family retire in November, when Detective Sergeant Drew Nielsen chose to step away from this profession. With his departure Detective Sergeant Mike Mohr took on the new role and responsibilities of being an investigator with our agency. With Detective Sergeant Mohr’s new role, Victor Vandertol was promoted to Sergeant. With a couple of retirements on the roadside expected in the coming year, there will be new opportunities for people to take on new leadership roles within the department. It is not only here where retirement will affect us, with the retirement of Chief Prosecutor Brian Thiede, who will be stepping away in the next week. We have long been fortunate to have his leadership and direction. When speaking to other law enforcement officers from outside our county they would regularly speak of their jealousy of who we had to prosecute our cases and the relationship he had with all of us. He was truly a Godsend for all of us who came up through the ranks and will be missed. With that, the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office will be in good hands with the appointment of Amy Ault, who we have worked with through the years also.


As well as this first year has gone, it was not without its losses. We lost a longtime friend and co-worker in Mark Solis in October. Mark gave so much to this community. Most importantly, he was a great friend, kind soul, and gentleman. Once his friend, you were always a friend. This past week we lost family member Shawn Brimmer who passed away while working due to medical causes. His death has been difficult for everyone here, and he will not be forgotten.

As we move into 2022, we will continue to move onward and upward. There are a few goals and
interests to be accomplished to continue to make the MCSO one that our community members can be proud of to have representing them. First and foremost, is the need to be fully staffed, for the well- being of our TEAM members and citizens. We would like to offer more training. A better trained
department is better able to serve its citizens. I would like to look at expanding the facility we have in
place for liability and better service reasons.

From a national viewpoint, COVID-19, recruitment and retention, officer support systems, evolving
police defensive tactics training, the Methamphetamine and Opioid epidemics, procedural justice and use of force will all continue to be hot topics in 2022.

The positives from 2021 were not a result of our administration, but due to the men and women of the MCSO that work tirelessly for your safety. Detroit Tigers Manager, Sparky Anderson said it best, “The players make the manager, it’s not the other way.”

Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office warns residents of recent phone scams

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of another round of phone and email scams in our area.


The three popular scams that have been reported are:


  • “Paypal Account being Frozen” and that you need to click on a link that was emailed to you.  You will then be requested to give your account information to verify the account.
  • “Amazon Order is on the Way” phone call or email.   It will list items you didn’t order for a large amount of money stating it is on its way and scheduled for delivery later that day. The message goes on to say that if we are satisfied with the order, we can hang up. If not, we are to press 1 on your phone or to click on an email link to be connected to a live Amazon Representative.
  • “Your Debit/Credit Card is Locked due to Suspicious Activity”  A phone call or email stating your account is locked and requesting you verify your account.


These phone calls and emails are very convincing however they are scams. 


If you receive a phone call or email of this nature, hang up.  Do not press any numbers or click on any links and do not speak to anyone.


Call or login to your account (Paypal, Amazon, Your Financial Institution) and check for any suspicious activity and request if there are any issues with your account.


The Sheriff’s Office suggest you only speak to representatives when YOU INTIATE the conversation by contacting them through their phone numbers on your card or their official website.

FSU defends it's decision to suspend Professor; hearing set for March

Ferris State University is defending its decision to suspend a professor over a profanity filled video.


Administrators say the unusual welcome message made for Barry Mehler's history students isn't protected by the First Amendment. Attorneys for Ferris State say some students quit Barry Mehler's classes because of his remarks.


The 74-year old professor was suspended with pay in January and told he was being investigated for violation of campus policies.


Mehler responded with a lawsuit. A hearing is scheduled for March 7th.

Stanley Cup coming to Big Rapids on Saturday

 One of the biggest prizes in sports is coming to town this weekend as Big Rapids native Brian Garlock, a former Ferris State University ice arena employee, will bring the Stanley Cup to the city to celebrate his second consecutive National Hockey League (NHL) Championship.


Garlock, who remains close with Bulldog Hockey and the FSU coaching staff, helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the cup for the second-straight year this past summer and currently serves as the franchise's video coach, currently midst his ninth season on the staff. He was originally slated to bring the cup to Big Rapids last summer before the event was postponed.


The public is invited to the Ewigleben Sports Complex on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (ET) for a special public viewing and photo opportunity. All donations for photos with the Stanley Cup will go to support local Big Rapids Hockey and the Little Kevin Courtney Fund.


Following the public viewing and photo session, a special presentation and a ceremonial puck drop featuring Garlock will take place at approximately 1:45 p.m. (ET) prior to the start of the Big Rapids Cardinals' home hockey game. The day concludes with Ferris State Hockey hosting Michigan Tech for Senior Night on Saturday at 6:07 p.m. (ET) inside the Ewigleben Ice Arena.


The event is being hosted by the Big Rapids Cardinals and Ferris State University at the Ewigleben Sports Complex.


A Big Rapids native who began his career at FSU's Ewigleben Ice Arena before continuing his path in professional hockey, Garlock has followed Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper nearly every step of the way. The 2003 Big Rapids High School graduate attended Ferris State and met Cooper when he was the head coach for the Texarkana Bandits of the North American Hockey League and held his Bandits' camp in Big Rapids.


Since that time, Garlock has followed Cooper from St. Louis, where the Texarkana franchise relocated, to the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) along with stops in the AHL with the Syracuse Crunch and the Norfolk Admirals. He's been with Tampa Bay since Cooper was hired prior to the 2013-14 campaign. Formerly, he was a zamboni driver for the Ewigleben Ice Arena and worked hockey camps after playing prep hockey for Big Rapids High School.


Along with Garlock, former Bulldog assistant coach Derek Lalonde, who now serves as Tampa Bay's assistant coach under Cooper, also helped lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Championship for the second-straight campaign in 2021. Both Lalonde and Garlock also played key roles the previous year when Tampa Bay first hoisted the Stanley Cup Trophy.


In last year's Stanley Cup finals, Tampa Bay defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-1 series' count. Tampa Bay reached the Stanley Cup finals by beating the New York Islanders in seven games to capture the Price of Wales Trophy and became only the second team in the NHL's salary-cap era to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. The series' win over the Islanders in the Eastern Conference finals came against former Bulldog Hockey standout and New York assistant coach John Gruden.


Over the past three campaigns, Lalonde and Garlock helped lead Tampa Bay to the the most wins in the NHL. Lalonde, a New York native, was behind the Bulldog bench from 2003-2006 under FSU head coach Bob Daniels before moving on to work for the Denver University Pioneers, where he helped lead them to the NCAA Tournament four times. Lalonde also served as head coach for the ECHL's Toledo Walleye and with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) before joining Cooper's staff.


In 2020, the duo become the first with ties to Ferris State Hockey to claim the Stanley Cup Championship since former standout Chris Kunitz claimed four during his memorable and storied NHL career. Kunitz won Stanley Cups with Anaheim in 2007 along with Pittsburgh in 2009, 2016 and 2017). He played with Tampa Bay under Cooper in 2017-18 before concluding his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018-19.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

A complaint was received at the department concerning a non-sufficient fund check to a local business. Contact was made with the responsible party issue and a payment agreement has been reached between the 2 parties. Case will remain open pending payment of debt.

An Officer was called to a local school regarding a student in possession of a pocket knife. No threats were made, there was no immediate danger to the other students, and no indication there was any intent to use it in a harmful manner. The matter has been turned over to the prosecutor for review.

An Officer responded to a complaint at the local school for a student attempting to assault another student. Both subjects were interviewed and a copy of the report has been submitted to the Prosecutor’s office.

A woman asked an Officer to investigate a possible sexual harassment complaint involving her daughter. After interviewing the young woman, it was determined that no crime had been committed.

Tuesday …2-8-22
Officers responded to a report of an opossum stuck in a fence at a local residence. The Officer was able to free the animal and remove it from the yard.

An Officer was dispatched to a home for a well being check. The Officer confirmed that the woman was fine and she agreed to contact the worried party to assure them all was well.


Wednesday …2-9-22
An Officer was dispatched to a residence to investigate a possible domestic abuse complaint. Upon arrival it was determined that no injuries were sustained by either party. The case is still under investigation and the report has been submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney’s office.

Thursday …2/10/22
The Reed City Police Department was notified of a woman acting strangely and possibly having medical problems. Contact was made with a family member who assured he would handle the situation.

Our department received a call from a Sheriff’s department in Minnesota concerning the solicitation of nude photos from a juvenile by another juvenile. Upon investigation it was determined that the suspect involved was outside of the Reed City department jurisdiction but within Osceola County. The information and case have been turned over to an Osceola County detective for further investigation.

An Officer responded to a possible suicide threat of a juvenile. The parents and Community Mental Health were contacted and the case has been closed.

Officers responded to a tip concerning 2 juveniles who were caught vaping marijuana. Both received
citations for marijuana use. It was determined that a 3 rd juvenile was involved in this case and will be interviewed at a later date.


Officers were dispatched to a location where a possible assault had occurred between 2 juveniles. Interviews have been conducted and a report submitted to probate court for review.

Friday …2/11/22
An Officer was called to a local apartment complex for a possible trespassing violation. Upon investigation, it was determined it was a case of mistaken identity and there was no violation.

An Officer was called to a private residence where there was an altercation between a juvenile and other family members. Upon arrival the juvenile had calmed down and no injuries were reported. The family has taken steps to address the issue at hand.

Officers responded to an alarm activation at a local business. Upon arrival, it was determined all doors were locked and secure and no damage to either the inside or outside of the building. The business owner was contacted and the Officer was cleared of the scene.

Saturday …2/12/22
An Officer responded to an alarm going off at a local business. It was determined that a delivery driver had not turned the alarm off properly while entering the building. The alarm company was able to verify the driver’s identity and the Officer was able to leave the scene with no further action needed.

Sunday …2/13/22
An Officer, along with assistance from an Osceola County officer, were dispatched to a residence for a possible assault. Upon arrival, it was determined that one man had been threatened and assaulted by his roommate. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Osceola County jail for Domestic Violence.

Big Rapids DPS donates 450lbs venison from deer cull to local food pantry's

Last Friday, officers from the Big Rapids Police Department dropped off venison to Our Brother’s Keeper and Project Starburst.


The venison was collected from a deer cull that took place in the City of Big Rapids on February 2, 2022. Over 450 lbs. of processed meat was collected and distributed to the organizations.


In December, The Big Rapids City Commission approved a resolution authorizing an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to conduct a deer cull. The deer were taken from several areas throughout the city that had been identified as problem areas.


The city coordinated with Michigan Sportsman Against Hunger to have the deer processed.

Michigan State Police looking to ID Walmart theft suspect

Troopers from the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post are asking for your assistance in identifying the pictured individual.


He is a suspect in a retail fraud investigation that occurred on September 11, 2021, at the Wal-Mart in Mt. Pleasant.


Anyone who recognizes this person is asked to call the MSP Mt. Pleasant Post at 989-773-5951 or Tpr.
Abbey at 517-582-1617.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: Weekend


40-2200293 @ 7:55am Suspicious 400 block S Third Ave. Small amount of unknown white powder was found in one of the bathrooms at the shelter. Testing showed it was not a controlled substance.

40-2200294 @ 9:06am State/Pine, traffic stop led to vehicle owner being cited for improper plate and allowing uninsured vehicle to be driven.

40-2200295 @ 11:01am PDA Perry/Water tower



40-2200296 @ 9:48am Larceny from auto, 1200 block Perry.  Radio was reported stolen from an unlocked delivery truck. Video watched no one visible around the truck, no radio information available from manager.

40-2200297 @ 9:40am Mental call at 800 block Country Way. Female had called 911 several times over the last few days but did not say anything to dispatchers. Contact was made with female who stated she wanted to tell on people but did not provide any other information. Advised not to call 911 unless she had an emergency to report.  

40-2200298 @ 12:15pm Traffic stop State/West led to driver being cited for no insurance and arrested for a felony warrant for possession of meth out of Mason County, Curries towed vehicle.

40-2200299 Taken in relation to above.

40-2200300 @ 12:50pm Fail to pay 600 block Maple St, appeared accidental, owner of vehicle involved contacted and payment was made.

40-2200301 @ 2:24pm Fraud 1200 block Perry St.  Subject purchased a phone on February 3, was later found to have used a fraudulent ID out of IL. Same subjects using different IDs were caught doing same thing at Fremont store. Still under investigation, for possible criminal activity.

40-2200302 @ 3:32pm 2 vehicle PDA 300blk S. Third.

40-2200303 @ 7:48pm Traffic Stop resulted in 23-year-old Hersey female being lodged on outstanding warrants for methamphetamine out of Osceola.

40-2200304 @ 11:08pm Officers were called to a disorderly in the 500 block of S State St. 30-year-old female was lodged for a probation violation due to intoxication. 

40-2200305 @ 11:09pm Officers dispatched to a 911 hang up on Country Way. Upon arrival officers were informed a 19-year-old Chicago male had hidden a pistol in the apartment. The male is on parole out of IL. After a consent search of the apartment a 9mm pistol was located under a mattress. The 9mm pistol is possibly a kit put together from an 80 % gun. No serial number was found on the pistol. The male was lodged on several charges included felon in possession of a firearm.  IL parole board notified.  Gang affiliation and a 35-page CCH for violent felonies out of Illinois/ Cook County/ Chicago.  IL parole board placed a hold.

40-2200306 @ 11:49pm Suspicious 600 block N State St. Male fired from store tonight due to his erratic behavior. After he was let go, he sent the complainant a long text saying he was going to ruin their name. Complainant did not want us to contact the male, she only wanted it noted at this time as well as have the exterior of her residence checked.

40-2200307 @ 1:01am 1100 block Catherine. After two 911 hang ups from the residence Officers arrived on scene to hear a loud thump and yelling, a woman could be heard yelling in the residence. Entry was made for exigent circumstances as officers believes a domestic was currently occurring both the male and female refused to speak with officers saying nothing happened.

40-2200308 @ 1:16am Disorderly/fighting in public 100 block S Michigan Officers were dispatched to a fight. After speaking with individuals involved two individuals issued citations for fighting in public.

40-2200309 @ 1:35am Noise complaint 100 block S Michigan, Male from Grand Rapids was playing his guitar outside the bar for tips. He was advised of the city ordinances for noise.  He had a valid busker/music license. 

40-2200310 @ 1:37am Juvenile complaint 1000 block Fuller Ave. Juvenile left his house after an argument with his mother. He was last known to be at an apartment outside of the city. He was located at Michigan/Maple walking home. Due to the temperature, he was given a ride home.

40-2200311 @ 2:19am Mental 1800 block Milton Complainant called because she moved her jewelry and when she went back it was missing.  Officers found it laying on her bed.



40-2200312 @1:47pm Linden St/S. State St Traffic stop for expired plate led to driver being cited for no insurance. Curries impounded vehicle.

40-2100631 Evart PD arrested male for an original felony assault warrant. Met with EPD at dispatch and lodged the male.

40-2200313 @ 2:15am Civil 100 block Locust. Officers were dispatched to a possible fight in front of the residence. The fight was broken up upon arrival. The house was spoken to about the parking violations that have occurred the last few evenings from parties at the house. 



40-2200314 @ 9:26am 700 block S State St – Disorderly. Male became upset after he was carded for cigars and not anyone else in line was.

40-2200315 @ 1:02pm 1800 block Milton Ave – Assist EMS. Officers assisted EMS with a suicidal patient. Patient was transported to hospital by EMS.

40-2200316 @ 4:37pm, 800 block Water Tower Rd. – Mental. Officers responded to a suicidal male and transported him to the hospital for a voluntary mental evaluation.

40-2200317 @ 1:09am Possession of Meth/Warrant arrest at N State/W Bridge. A check of a suspicious vehicle led to female being arrested on 3 outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Female also had a small bag of morphine pills and a syringe which contained meth.

Moolenaar demands action from Biden on fentanyl

Congressman John Moolenaar is calling on the Biden Administration to take action to address the fentanyl crisis by making Schedule 1 classification permanent for synthetic fentanyl and the synthetic analogues under the Controlled Substances Act.


Moolenaar joined a letter led by Congressman Bryan Steil (R-WI) in calling on President Biden to make the classification permanent.

“President Biden must make fentanyl and related substances a permanent Schedule 1 narcotic so law enforcement across this country has the tools to stop the deadly spread of this drug,” said Moolenaar. “At the same time, Biden must end his open border policies, which have made it easier for drug traffickers to bring drugs across the southern border. Michigan residents who live thousands of miles from the southern border are paying the price as deadly fentanyl is brought in to our communities.”

According to the CDC, fentanyl and fentanyl related substances accounted for 64% of U.S. overdose deaths from May 2020 to April 2021. The full letter can be found here.

DHD#10 moving to weekly COVID-19 reporting

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces they are shifting away from daily COVID-19 case reporting and moving to a weekly COVID-19 report, beginning Monday, February 14. The weekly COVID-19 report will post each Monday afternoon (on Tuesdays in the event of a holiday) and will include COVID-19 case data and summaries from the previous Sunday-Saturday period. 


“The decision to move to weekly reporting was made following the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announcement that they are also scaling back on the number of days they report COVID-19 data,” stated Kevin Hughes, DHD#10 Health Officer. “After over two years of reporting case data on a daily basis, we felt the time was right to adjust to weekly reporting and reallocate some of our important resources to other public health programs.”  


Some adjustments are being made to DHD#10’s Data Dashboard as well, including moving away from reporting on contact tracing and adding a 7-day average of cases for the district and for each county. The dashboard will also reflect breakthrough cases as well as smaller updates to make readability easier and more user-friendly.  


 “As we move toward the weekly reporting of COVID-19 cases, we want to highlight that it is still important to get tested and vaccinated,” Hughes stated. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat, and we must still prioritize the pathways to protect our residents.”  


For those wanting to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu shot, please visit or call 888-217-3904. 


For those interested in hosting a COVID-19 vaccine or testing clinic at their location, please complete this registration form:  


For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout their jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office. You can also find testing in neighboring counties on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) site:,9753,7-406-98178_104699_104714-554722--,00.html.  


DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. You can also get at-home tests through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) here:


If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here:  


Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at:


For more information on COVID-19, visit  

School Closings 2/11/2022

School Closings for 2/11/22

Big Rapids Public

Chippewa Hills Schools

Crossroads Charter Academy in Big Rapids

Evart Public

Fremont Public

Lakeview Community

Mecosta Osceola ISD

Morley Stanwood Community

Newaygo Public

Pine River Area

Reed City Public

St. Peter's Lutheran of B.R.

Tri County area

Trinity Lutheran of Reed City

White Cloud Public

Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/9

40-2200286 @ 8:59am Alarm 800 block Clark St. False caused by employees.


40-2200287 @ 11:48am Check wellbeing 400 block Clark, called in by CPS, kids allegedly being abused while at daycare.  Children and daycare checked none of the allegations were found.


40-2200288 @ 12:42pm Fraud 600 block S State St, Dept of Agriculture worker, checking fuel pumps, found a skimming device, no timeframe on how long it may have been there.


40-2200289 @ 5:40pm PIA Perry/Clark Driver was heading north across Perry and was struck by another vehicle traveling east.  One person transported to ER for minor injuries.


40-2200290 @ 7:07pm 800 block Water Tower.  Suspicious.  Female received a text message from an unknown subject stating they were an assassin.


40-2000291 @ 7:20pm 1100 block Fuller. Suspicious.  Caller received a coffee mug from a subject in Columbus Ohio.  She didn't know him and wanted a report.


40-2200292 @ 9:42pm 600 block Maple St.  Juvenile called 911 and told dispatch that someone was destroying the house.  When dispatch asked him to repeat, he told dispatch to "shut the **** up, you know what the hell I said".  Officers on scene found he was upset over his mom turning off Fortnite.

Big Rapids City officials discuss possible ordinance on Bird scooters

Bird Scooters were brought to Big Rapids one year ago, now city officials are considering the possibility of regulating them.


Earlier this week during the Big Rapids Commission meeting, City Attorney Eric Williams presented commissioners with a draft ordinance and wanted feedback from commissioners, the public and those involved in the scooter business.


One of the complaints was seeing minors riding the scooters around town.


Mayor Fred Guenther questioned Williams who would be responsible if a minor was using a scooter with their parent's ID.


"Police could stop a 12 or 13 year old and say hey you're not supposed to be riding the scooter. I don’t think we will be writing tickets to 12 and 13 year olds but a parent who set it up beforehand could be issued a civil infraction ticket. Williams said. “But my guess is we would admonish the parents that's not the way to do business and it’s not safe. Then if there's repeat issues sure we will take whatever enforcement action we can take. All the violations under the draft ordinance section would be municipal civil infractions not misdemeanors so we won't be taking anybody to jail for inappropriate scooter use.”


Once Williams and other city officials collect enough feedback, they will go back and draft a revised ordinance and present it to the city commission to take action on.

Spectrum Health changes to yellow status as COVID situation improves

As the number of Covid-19 cases drops in Michigan, Spectrum Health says it's lowered its command center level from red to yellow.


“After 83 days since mid-November, we've been in red status and after 83 days officially as of today we are going to Yellow status. Spectrum Health West Michigan President Dr. Darryl Elmouchi said.  “That means that our operations while they're still interrupted, meaning we still have staffing shortages, a lot of patients with covid and so forth, things are definitely getting better.”


Doctors still say that we're not out of the woods yet.


Senior vice president of hospital operations, Chad Tuttle, says a few weeks ago upwards of 35% of all their patients were being affected by COVID -19 and today that number is closer to 20%, giving them a little breathing room inside their hospitals.


He says visitor policies will become a little less restrictive

Gov. Whitmer proposes $74-billion dollar state budget; 33rd Dist. Senator Outman reacts

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has proposed a 74.1-billion dollar state budget that would significantly boost education spending, pay bonuses to front line workers, and cut taxes for retirees and low-income families.


If the Legislature approves the proposal, there would be a five percent increase in base aid for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges, and a 10 percent increase in revenue-sharing payments to municipalities.


Whitmer also called for the creation of a new $1-billion dollar school infrastructure modernization fund.


State Senator Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement on Wednesday, following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2023 budget presentation delivered by State Budget Director Christopher Harkins:


Similar to the State of the State address, I am inspired by many of the governor’s words, but wonder whether we will see them come to fruition.

On paper, I support much of what she put on the table this morning. I support getting more troopers on the road, working to get kids safely back in schools with the resources they need to thrive, and addressing the financial difficulties countless families and businesses across the state are facing. I’m also cautiously optimistic about the governor’s sudden willingness to provide families with tax relief and I support returning money to hardworking taxpayers if we are able.

I do worry about the director’s suggestion that the governor will continue to look at bonding to help keep her promise to fix the roads. The Legislature approved landmark funding years ago and we have continued to work on the issue since. We are also currently working on legislation that prioritizes bridge repairs. I’d rather see the governor join these discussions instead of borrowing additional money from the next generation.

Similarly, I have repeatedly stated that we need to be responsible with one-time funds from the federal government. The governor, among others, criticized the Legislature for not simply writing checks because the money is there and available.

This money belongs to the people and they deserve responsible spending that addresses concerns they have, not a Lansing spending spree.

As always, the devil can be found in the details. I was pleased with the overall message, but we need more information on her plans.

I look forward to joining these conversations between the Legislature and the governor, so we can iron out our differences and get the job done for folks across the state.”


The budget will be ironed out in the coming months.

Polar Plunge taking place in Big Rapids Feb. 26th

It's time to take the plunge! The 2022 Big Rapids Polar Plunge takes place February 26th in Downtown Big Rapids all to benefit local athletes of the Area 5 Special Olymics Michigan.


Area 5 Special Olympics Michigan is partnering with the local elks lodge and the City of Big Rapids.


Area 5 Director Pat Rosales says this is a great event to benefit local Special Olympics athletes.


"The Polar Plunge is such a fun event to come out to and show support to our athletes because that's what this program is all about." Rosales said. 


She says they have a goal of the event is to raise $15,000 for the athletes this year.


You can register for the event online at or at the event beginning at 10:30am Feb. 26th and the parade of costumes starting at 12:30pm.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/8

40-220277 @ 7:54am N State St / E Pine St, PDA.


40-2200278 @10:23am Linden/S Stewart, PDA.


40-2200279 @ 11:57am 710 S. State St, PDA.


40-2200280 @ 12:22pm BRPD, Found Property. Citizen turned in a found birth certificate that was found at the library.


40-2200281 @ 1:42pm BRPD, Suspicious. Complainant asked officers to look at suspicious, possibly fraud mail. Appeared to be fraudulent and a scam.


40-2200282 @ 3:12pm 1100 block Catherine St Suspicious. Complainant advised that a male took her phone and put it in a lock box. The phone was found and returned.


40-2200283 @ 10:43pm. Traffic stop Waterloo/Osceola led to driver being cited for DWLS. The vehicle was also unregistered with improper registration and no insurance. Impounded by Curries.


2200284 @ 2:23am. Mental 1100 block Fuller. Female was taken to the ER for a voluntary evaluation after threatening self-harm.

Clare County man wins $2 million playing the Michigan Lottery's Lucky X100 Instant Game

Third time’s the charm for a Clare County man who won a $2 million prize playing the Michigan Lottery’s Lucky X100 instant game.

The lucky player, who chose to remain anonymous, bought his winning ticket at the Speedway gas station, located at 6225 Eastman Avenue in Midland. Midland is about 30 miles Northwest of Saginaw.

“I usually play the Ultimate Millions or $60,000,000 Cash Blowout game,” said the 60-year-old player. “When I stopped at the gas station, I asked for those two tickets and they had sold out of them, so I decided to try the new Lucky X100 game.

“I scratched the ticket as soon as I got in my car and when I saw I’d won the $2 million prize, I was in total shock! I called my wife right away and told her I was on my way home with amazing news.”

The player visited Lottery headquarters recently to claim his prize. He chose to receive his prize as a one-time lump sum payment of about $1.3 million rather than 30 annuity payments for the full amount. With his winnings, he plans to purchase a new car, invest, and share with family.

“I have won smaller amounts of a couple hundred dollars in the past, but I always believed I would win a big prize one day. I can’t believe it finally happened,” the player said.

Players have won more than $28 million playing Lucky X100 which launched in December. Each $20 ticket offers players a chance to win prizes ranging from $20 up to $2 million. More than $74 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes, 41 $20,000 prizes, and 270 $2,000 prizes.

Lottery instant games may be purchased at any of the 10,500 retailers across the state.

In 2020, Lottery players won more than $1.5 billion playing instant games.

Whitmer to announce 20% funding increase in transportation budget

Governor Whitmer is planning to propose a $1-billion dollar or nearly 20% boost to Michigan's transportation budget to repair roads and increase other spending.


The $6.3 billion dollar plan she will present to lawmakers on Wednesday includes new road and bridge funding from the federal infrastructure law.


Three-quarters would go to state roads and bridges and one-quarter to local roads and bridges.


Whitmer's proposal includes a call for augmenting the transportation budget with general funds.


It also factors in a nearly 1-cent-per-gallon fuel tax hike that took effect last month under a 2015 law.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

An Officer responded to a local business pertaining to a suspected destruction of property situation. Pictures were taken of the areas involved and video footage has been reviewed.

An individual contacted the department requesting a well being check on her child who was currently staying with the father. An Officer verified that the child was fine.


Officers took a complaint of debit card fraud between and estranged couple. The caller later advised he did not wish to pursue the matter.

Officers received a complaint of a possible child abuse situation. Interviews have been made with all parties involved. The matter is unfounded at this time. While on an unrelated complaint, an Officer was approached by a local apartment complex manager. The Officer was informed of an individual who was violating his no trespassing order being on the property. A warrant has been requested for no trespassing violations.

An individual came into the department and reported being harassed by a group of individuals upon leaving her place of employment. Officers received calls that the suspects were reported being seen by other community businesses and residents behaving strangely as well. The Officer made contact with the individuals and concluded no illegal activity had occurred.

An Officer was dispatched to a local apartment complex for 2 individuals who were involved in a dispute. Both subjects were interviewed, as well as the Apartment manager. The Officer instructed both individuals to stay away from each other and refrain from all communications. Both parties agreed to this resolution.

An Officer was requested to perform a well being check on 2 females. It was determined that the 2
individuals did not live at the address that was provided and were currently residing in another county. New address information was obtained for that location and that county’s Officer’s were able to assure the 2 girls were ok.

Wednesday …2/2/22
An Officer was dispatched to a residence for a possible dispute between a landlord and tenant. The tenant claimed she was in the process of moving out but felt threatened by the landlord’s actions. The Officer advised them to refrain from any communications and give themselves a cool down period during the moving out process. They both agreed and the case has been closed.

Thursday …2/3/22
During a routine property inspection at a local storage facility, an Officer noticed an open door to one of the storage units. The Officer attempted to contact the building owner about the situation and left a message. As the Officer was still at the scene, an individual arrived at the location and explained she was in fact the renter and was in the process of moving items into the unit. The building Owner returned the call to the Officer and was able to confirm that she was in fact the appropriate renter of the unit.


An Officer was dispatched to a local residence for a 911 hang up call. It was determined that a small child, playing with a phone had accidentally dialed the number. The Officer was able to verify that the child was fine and there was not any type of emergency situation happening.

Saturday …2/5/22
An Officer was dispatched to a residence in response to a tenant feeling harassed while trying to move her belongings out of the home. Upon arrival, the tenant had all of her belongings out of the house and was able to leave the home without any further problems.

Officers were dispatched to a residence for a possible suicide attempt by overdose. Emergency responders were called in the event that medical attention should be needed. Upon arrival of the home and with the help of the MSP contact was finally made with the subject who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. The woman denied taking any pills or attempting suicide but admitted to consuming alcohol. After inspection of the home, it was determined no evidence of a suicide attempt had occurred and the woman rejected visiting the local hospital for further analysis. A family member was called and agreed to stay with the woman to assure her safety and make sure she was ok.

Sunday …2/6/22
An Officer was called for a possible Minor Under the Influence situation. At this time the matter us

Officers were called to assist the Osceola County Sheriff Department with a two-car property damage

An Officer was dispatched to a home to investigate the possibility of voices being heard and suspicious activity happening around the outside of a home. 2 MSP Officers also assisted to search the perimeter of the property along with all of the outbuildings. After a complete search, it was found that there was no evidence of anyone trespassing on the property.

Two people sent to hospital after head on car crash

Two people were taken to the hospital following a two vehicle crash.


It happened Sunday evening on Northland Dr north of 11 Mile Rd in Mecosta Twp.


Mecosta County Deputies say an Investigation revealed a 1994 Dodge Caravan, driven by a 73-year old man from Blanchard, was southbound on Northland Dr. when the vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head on with a 2012 Kia Soul, driven by an 18-year old woman from Sand Lake. 


The 73-year old man was pinned in his vehicle and had to be extricated from his vehicle.  He was then taken to the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.


The other driver was taken to the hospital by private vehicle for evaluation of minor injuries. 

ACLU sues state of Michigan over sex offender registry

The American Civil Liberties Union is filing the federal class-action lawsuit against Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan State Police, and those that manage and enforce the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.


The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of 10 people who all previously won federal court rulings that the state's Sex Offenders Registration Act is unconstitutional. It's the fourth federal lawsuit the civil rights organization has filed challenging it in the past decade.


The federal courts and the Michigan Supreme Court have repeatedly ruled that the earlier version was unconstitutional.


Those filing claim the registry is counter-productive: because registration makes it more difficult for people to find housing, employment and family support, claiming the registry makes the public less safe.


Michigan has one of the largest registries in the country; there are approximately 45,000 Michigan registrants, and almost 10,000 more who live out of state.

Moolenaar demands answers from ICE Director on border crisis

Congressman John Moolenaar joined several of his colleagues in demanding answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the ongoing border crisis.


The Department of Homeland Security recently announced that more than 270,000 people who illegally crossed the border were released into the U.S. from March 2021 through August 2021. Fewer than half of those who were released and given Notices to Appear (NTA) actually reported to ICE to begin their deportation proceedings within 60 days.


In the letter, the lawmakers ask what the Biden Administration and ICE are doing to address these issues, and when the report on 2021 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report will be made available to the public.


"The Biden Administration must secure the border and enforce our nation's laws, especially for the thousands of lawbreaking migrants who fail to observe their Notice to Appear. Enforcing these notices is a crucial step in upholding the rule of law," said Moolenaar.


The full letter can be found here.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/3

40-2200242 @ 10:58am PDA State/Cedar.


40-2200243 @ 12:13pm Minor PIA 1200 blk Perry.


40-2200244 @ 1:55pm 400 block Marion, mother found that child has been sending inappropriate pictures of himself to unknown older male, who claims to be from Dubai.  Under investigation.


40-2200245 @ 12:39pm Noise 500 block Fuller. Caller advising neighbor’s dog barks every night. Spoke with dog owner who works night shift and is trying to figure out what to do about the dog.  Advised of noise ordinances.


 40-2200246 @ 10:01pm Traffic Stop 700 block Perry resulted in driver being cited for not licensed as his out of state license was not valid and expired since 2020

Three men charged with trying to escape prison in Newaygo Co.

Three men are facing federal charges for allegedly trying to escape from the Newaygo County Jail.


Court records filed this week show Timothy Calicutt, Jaron Morgan and Victor Garcia were each indicted on one count of conspiracy to escape from custody and one count of attempted escape from custody and aiding and abetting.


The three men were cellmates and they're accused of helping one another to get into a locked utility hatch and a hole in the drywall in the ceiling of their cell.

'Red Out' events promote and support women's heart health

Ferris State University will partner with Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital to support women’s heart health in celebration of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” at three upcoming athletic events. 

Beginning with women’s and men’s basketball on Monday, Feb. 14, Ferris students from the Sports Communication class and Sports Careers Registered Student Organization will run a Red Out week of events and fundraisers for Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Cardiopulmonary Unit. 

Healthy heart information will be available and fundraising will begin before and continue during the women’s basketball game at 5:30 p.m. and men’s basketball game at 7:30 p.m. inside Jim Wink Arena in the Ewigleben Sports Complex Monday, Feb. 14.  The events will continue through Saturday, Feb. 19 and take place during the Ferris hockey games Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18 at 6:07 p.m. inside Ewigleben Ice Arena. 

Fans will have an opportunity to participate in two separate silent auctions. The first will run during both basketball games. The other will run during Friday’s hockey game. Also, a chuck-a-puck event will run during Friday’s hockey game. All proceeds will go to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.  

“We’re so appreciative of the sports communication and sports careers students for showcasing heart health,” said Beth Langenburg, chief operating officer at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals. “We’re also very thankful to everyone who supports these fundraising efforts that in turn supports our cardiopulmonary unit. This effort every year makes my heart happy.”

The Red Out events will close with a check presentation during the second intermission of the hockey game Saturday, Feb. 19. 


To raise awareness for women’s heart health, all spectators are encouraged to wear red.
Ferris’s athletics teams will wear their red jerseys as well.   For more information, contact Sandra Alspach at, Brendan Sanders at or Brody Keiser at

Improving options for those who need help

With the onset of the pandemic and related stresses — and even prior to the pandemic — mental
health has risen to be a top priority for many.

There’s been a number of discussions surrounding the criminal justice system’s response to those
who are struggling with mental illness. Michigan joined this conversation early on and just
recently took a major step toward adopting modern, more effective solutions to address mental
health issues in the state — specifically within the criminal justice system.

In September, I joined Sen. Stephanie Chang in introducing legislation to improve the state’s
response to such emergencies. The bills received bipartisan support from the Legislature and
were formally signed into law at the end of 2021.

The new laws create grants to assist local units of government with implementing alternative
methods to dealing with mental health emergencies, such as sending unarmed mental health
professionals to respond to behavioral health-related emergency calls. These people are highly
trained to respond to these kinds of medical issues and can provide the necessary and helpful
resources needed to deescalate the situation and provide effective care.

This creates a much broader scope of response efforts and allows our already overworked law
enforcement officers and mental health professionals to join hands and not only use resources
more efficiently, but also increase the likelihood of a safe, positive outcome for everyone
involved in the situation.

The new laws also help establish or expand programs that seek to keep people suffering from
mental health issues out of jail, and instead direct them to the care they need.

Nearly one in four people entering Michigan jails have a serious mental illness. Keeping people
with mental health challenges in jail is expensive and over time has proven to be quite
counterproductive. The goal is to encourage and help fund alternative response and treatment
options and will work to get people the appropriate care instead of just placing them in a cell.
These kinds of efforts are being used successfully across the country. Denver’s STAR program is
a pilot program that provides an individualized crisis response for individuals suffering from
mental illness. The pilot has shown promising results, with 748 emergency calls that did not
require police action or arrests. An estimated 61% of the people the program contacted were
experiencing mental illness.

In Orlando, the Community Response Team has seen major success responding to hundreds of
calls, some of which resulted in referrals to mental health institutions — situations were de-
escalated, and no arrests were made.

One of the things that continuously comes up during my discussions with local law enforcement
officers is the need to provide officers with more resources for when they find themselves in
situations with someone who is struggling with their mental health. Most officers are aware
when this kind of situation presents itself, though the nature of the interaction can quickly change

very drastically. Everyone wants to go home to their family at the end of the day and creating a
team between our dedicated officers and highly trained health professionals increases the
chances of that happening.

These new laws will change the way we respond to behavioral health emergencies in Michigan.
They acknowledge the overlap between criminal justice and mental health issues and take a
deliberate step toward finding a better solution.

Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, represents the 33rd state Senate District, which includes Clare,
Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm counties.

DHD#10 distributing limited supply of KN95 masks to area residents

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that they have received a limited supply of KN95 masks from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and have begun the distribution process to local area residents. 


DHD#10 is now distributing KN95 masks, 3 per person, at all 10 of their offices. Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. DHD#10 will continue to order additional masks from MDHHS as needed but may run out of stock periodically. 


“Now that KN95 masks are available to the public in each of DHD#10’s offices, we encourage residents to stop by during regular office hours to pick some up,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “Please know that supplies are limited and are only made available from MDHHS. It is possible we could run out and we ask for your patience and understanding. Wearing a mask indoors, in public places, is a very important step in preventing further spread of COVID-19 and its variants.” 


For information about where your nearest DHD#10 office is located, please visit:  


For those wanting to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu shot, please visit or call 888-217-3904. 


For those interested in hosting a COVID-19 vaccine or testing clinic at their location, please complete this registration form:  


For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout their jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office. You can also find testing in neighboring counties on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) site:,9753,7-406-98178_104699_104714-554722--,00.html.  

DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. You can also get at-home tests through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) here:


If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here:  


Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at:


For more information on COVID-19, visit  


Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/2

40-2200228 @ 11:00am 1200blk Perry PDA.


40-2200229 @ 12:53pm walk in VIN inspection.


40-2200230 @ 1:37pm Assist to CPS 200 block of Rust, possible child abuse investigation.  Under investigation.


40-2200231 @ 2:36pm Suspicious at 400 block S Third, resident received a call from phone scammer wanting him to call his credit card company.


40-2200232 @ 3:39pm Civil 700 block Perry. Business owner asked customer to leave the business, as he was leaving, he yelled at owner.


40-2200233 @ 4:26pm 300 block Morrison, Civil, argument between roommates over food.


40-220234 @ 4:13pm Assault at 700 block Farnsworth. Mentally challenged child became upset with mom, threw items at her, and broke several things in the house. CMH was contacted.


40-220235 @ 4:35pm Suspicious 700 block Marion. Juvenile was home and had a white male knock several times on the door to the residence. Subject left prior to arrival.


40-2200236 PDC Car / Deer @ 6:40pm 500 Block Rust.


40-2200237 PDC Car / Deer @7:21pm 700 block Perry Avenue


40-2200238 CIVIL @ 10:56pm 500 block S. Michigan Avenue. Called in as possible domestic with people yelling by anon third party. Mother said son 10-year-old was throwing a tantrum.


40-2200239 A/C @ 10:54pm 300 block Morrison. Pit bull found and transported to ARC.


40-2200240 Suspicious @ 1:51am 100 block N Stewart. Caller was concerned after her Apple phone and her friends notified them that an unknown accessory could see her location after she left the bowling alley. She went outside of residence and checked vehicles. Officer with Apple phone scanned for Apple Air Tags and found none.

School bus struck by impaired driver in Lake County; everyone on bus ok

Lake County deputies arrested an impaired driver who struck a school bus with their car last night. 


It happened on US-10 near Jenks Road, Webber Township. Upon the deputies arrival, it was determined that the passenger car had crossed the center line into the opposing lane and the school bus was unable to avoid the passenger car.


The school bus, belonging to Crossroads Charter Academy, contained 9 students and one bus driver. No one was reported injured on the bus.


The driver of the passenger car was not reported injured and was subsequently arrested for operating while impaired and lodged at the Lake County Jail.


The drivers name will be withheld until after arraignment.

Police in Mecosta Co. arrest Muskegon man in connection to fight in Big Rapids last year

An 18-year old Muskegon man was arraigned on charges in connected to a house party in Big Rapids that led to a fight and two men being beaten.


Jaylen Mansfield was charged with one count of aggravated/felonious assault less than murder.


The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says more suspects are being investigated for the beating that lead to two males going to the hospital after being attacked by multiple subjects.


Anyone with information on suspects involved in this assault is requested to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office and ask to speak with D/Sgt. Nemeth.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 2/1

40-2200220 @ 7:52am PDA STATE/MORRISON At fault driver cited.


40-2200221 @ 7:57am Check Wellbeing 1700 block S State St.  Complainant reported a 7-year-old child had been left unattended for several hours.  Parents advised they had been sitting in their car just outside the hotel room.  CPS advised.  Under investigation.


40-2200222 @ Mental Transport from prior day.


40-2200223 @ 8:30am Fraud 1000 block Perry Ave.  Complainant advised her debit card had been used in Roseville.  Under investigation.


40-2200224 @ 10:59am ASSIST to another agency


40-2200225 @ 10:24am Disorderly 300 block Morrison St.  Caller was letting a female with no home stay with her for a few days.  When she asked the female to leave, the female became upset and flipped a coffee table over, spilling coffee and striking the caller with the cup. Will be forwarded to the City Attorney for review.


40-2200226 @ 3:51pm PDA STATE / CEDAR at fault driver cited


40-2200227 @ 4:47pm FOUND PROPERTY Turned into department.  Returned to owner.

Moolenaar cosponsors bill prohibiting federal flights for migrants

Congressman John Moolenaar has cosponsored legislation that prohibits any federal entity - specifically the Department of Homeland Security - from using federal tax dollars to fly illegal immigrants across the country.

"President Biden is opening the border for illegal immigration by providing flights to people who break the law, which encourages them to come to the United States and enter the country illegally. I am proud to support this legislation which will uphold the rule of law and bring an end to these flights that reward and release lawbreaking immigrants into the country,” said Moolenaar.


The legislation is called the Stop the Betrayal Act and it is led by Congresswoman Ashley Hinson, a Republican from Iowa. More information on the Stop the Betrayal Act can be found here.


The Department of Homeland Security reported there were over 2 million encounters with illegal immigrants on the southern border last year - the most on record. 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/31

40-2200214 @ 8:08am PDA car deer State/Ferris


40-2200215 @ 2:42pm MDOP road rage State/Perry under investigation


40-2200216 @ 11:24pm DISORDERLY 200 block PEMBERTON Male got agitated by another male resulting in him grabbing box cutter. no assault and male threw away the box cutter. Caller did not wish to pursue anything.


40-2200217 @ 1:36am WARRANT Male picked up by Montcalm County, we made a meet and took him into custody on our active FTA warrant original charge DWLS


40-2200218 @ 5:12am ASSIST MEDICAL 700 block N. Fourth.  Possible OD.  Female may have OD'd on acid. Under investigation.

Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health launches new health system today

Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health are moving forward to create a new health system that is For Michigan, By MichiganTM. The new system, which will be temporarily known as BHSH System, will launch Feb. 1, 2022. Both organizations have provided the applicable regulatory agencies with all requested information and may now proceed to launch their new health system.


Both organizations express deep gratitude for the ongoing efforts of physicians, nurses and all of the team members who continue to care for each other and their communities after nearly two years of the pandemic. They have worked tirelessly to provide exemplary health care and coverage, and they continue to do so during this current surge.


“We are grateful for all of our physicians, nurses and team members. Their compassion, expertise and dedication have saved many lives during this pandemic,” Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO of Spectrum Health, and future BHSH System President & CEO, said. “As we launch our new health system, we have a bold goal to transform health and are thrilled to unite our two great organizations. Together, we will leverage our complementary strengths to innovate and make a positive impact for our communities and their health. We look forward to working with our physicians, team members, patients, health plan members and partners across our state to provide health care and coverage that is accessible, affordable, equitable and exceptional.”


Beaumont Health Board Chair and incoming BHSH System Board Chair Julie Fream added, “Our focus, as we launch our new health system, is to continue to provide excellent health care and coverage in our communities. We look forward to continuing to partner with our patients, team members and health plan members as we build a new organization designed to improve the health of the communities we serve.”


Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health also announced the board of directors and system leadership team for the new combined health system.


The BHSH System board of directors includes seven members appointed from Beaumont Health and seven members appointed from Spectrum Health. Tina Freese Decker, incoming President & CEO of BHSH System, will also serve on the board, as well as an additional board member who will be named later this year. Members of the new board include:

  • Christopher Carpenter, MD
  • Mark Davidoff
  • Doug DeVos                                                  
  • Julie Fream, Chair
  • Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO
  • Marija Grahovac, MD
  • Ronald Hall
  • Angel Hernandez, MD
  • Philomena Mantella, PhD
  • Timothy O’Brien
  • William Payne
  • Robert Roth
  • Thomas Saeli
  • Michael Todman
  • Sean Welsh, Vice Chair


The new BHSH System leadership team includes:


BHSH System Leadership

  • Chief Digital and Information Officer – Jason Joseph
  • Chief Financial Officer – Matthew Cox
  • Chief Inclusion, Equity, Diversity and Social Impact Officer – Open
  • Chief Integration Officer – Pamela Ries
  • Chief Integrity and Risk Officer – Open
  • Chief Legal Officer – David Leonard
  • Chief Marketing and Consumer Experience Officer – Jeremy Harper
  • Chief People Officer – Open
  • Chief Strategy Officer – Open
  • President, BHSH Beaumont Health – Open; Interim – Nancy Susick, RN
  • President, BHSH Spectrum Health Lakeland, and Strategic Advisor, BHSH System – Loren Hamel, MD
  • President, BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan – Darryl Elmouchi, MD
  • President, Priority Health – Praveen Thadani


The new organization will conduct internal and national searches to fill the open and interim roles, including the national search underway for the president of BHSH Beaumont Health. As announced last year, John Fox, Beaumont Health’s current president, plans to leave the organization. His last day will be Feb. 4.


“I am very proud of our Beaumont team members for their many accomplishments, and I’m especially proud of the compassionate, extraordinary care they have provided for our patients throughout this long pandemic. I’m confident BHSH System will become one of the best health care systems in the nation,” said John Fox, current Beaumont President & CEO.

Sean Welsh, current Spectrum Health System board chair and incoming BHSH System board vice chair, said, “The tremendous talent within these two organizations will be a beacon for others who share this vision for a new health system and the positive change it will create."


While Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health create this new health system, patients and health plan members are encouraged to access care in the same ways they currently do. All patients will continue to have access to their same sites of care, physicians and health providers, and insurance plans.


For more updates and information about the board of directors and leadership teams for each division, visit

Reed City Police Weekly Police Blotter

Officers responded to a call concerning a man who was refusing to leave a residence, along with possibly threatening another individual with a knife. The Officer arrived at the home and detained the individual while investigating the matter. The Officer arrested the individual for felonious assault x2, ethnic intimidation, false imprisonment, resist and obstructing police as well as violating a conditional bond release. The matter is under further investigation

Tuesday …1-25-22
The Liaison Officer issued a citation for a minor in possession under the age of 21.

An Officer was asked to investigate a possible truancy issue with 2 students. Interviews have been
conducted and the information turned over to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Officer’s received a tip from a local apartment complex manager, concerning the possibility of elder abuse of one of the tenants by a family member. An Officer interviewed both subjects involved and found noevidence of elder abuse.

Wednesday …1-26-22
An Officer issued a citation to a minor in possession of a vaping device.

An Officer responded to a call concerning a possible domestic assault complaint. The Officer interviewed all parties involved and provided them their crime victim rights as well as contact information for a domestic violence response team, which they declined. CPS was also notified of the incident.

Officer’s were asked to do a well being check on an individual at her residence. Contact was made with the woman and assured the Officer she was fine and had not received calls from the concerned party.

Thursday …1-27-22
Officer’s responded to a situation of one juvenile threatening another with a knife. The matter was
investigated and a mental health evaluation has also been scheduled. The matter will be turned over to the Prosecutor for possible charges of Felonious Assault.

Officers were dispatched to a two-car crash. No injuries were reported and one vehicle was towed from the crash.

Friday …1-28-22
Officers were dispatched to a property damage crash in a parking lot. One vehicle sustained minor damage and there were no injuries.

A woman visited the Police Department to report a possible child abuse and harassment involving a family member. Interviews have been conducted, CPS has been contacted and the case is still under investigation.


An Officer was present at a residence where 2 individuals needed to remove personal items from a home and were worried about a possible altercation from the residents. They were able to obtain their belongings without any incident.

Officer were dispatched to a car-pedestrian crash. The teen pedestrian was crossing the street when struck by a vehicle turning left. The pedestrian had only minor abrasions and there was no visible damage to the vehicle. The driver was issued a citation for Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian in a Crosswalk.

Officers received information on a potentially suicidal teen. Contact was made with the teen and parents. The matter was already being addressed.


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Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

FRIDAY 4/5/24

Gm1: Cadillac 2 @ Big Rapids 6

Gm2: Cadillac 1 @ Big Rapids 16 (3inn)

Gm1: Reed City 4 @ Kingsley 11



Gm1: M.C. Central 4 @ Reed City 5 (6inn)

Gm2: M.C. Central 8 @ Reed City 12 (6inn)

Gm1: Greenville 9 @ C Mont 0 (9inn)

Gm2: Greenville 2 @ C Mont 12 (6inn)


MONDAY 4/8/24

Gm1: Grant 0 @ Cedar Springs 10 (5inn)


TUESDAY 4/9/24

Gm1: Big Rapids 19 @ Tri County (6inn)

Gm2: Big Rapids 12 @ Tri County 1 (2inn/susp.)

Gm1: Grant 1 @ Morley Stanwood 4

Gm2: Grant 9 @ Morley Stanwood 1

Gm1: Chip Hills 5 @ Newaygo 3

Gm2: Chip Hills 4 @ Newaygo 9 (6inn)

Gm1: C Mont 3 @ Reed City 10

Gm2: C Mont 1 @ Reed City 3 (2inn/susp.)


CSAA Softball

FRIDAY 4/5/24

Gm1: Cadillac 1 @ Big Rapids 11

Gm2: Cadillac 1 @ Big Rapids 16

Reed City 2 @ Kingsley 10 (6inn)



M.C. Central @ Reed City - 1:00pm & 3:00pm


TUESDAY 4/9/24

Big Rapids @ Tri County

Kent City @ Lakeview

Grant @ Lakeview

Chip Hills @ Newaygo

Gm1: C Mont @ Reed City 7

Gm2: C Mont 8 @ Reed City 10

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