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Holland man to trek 900 miles along Lake Michigan to raise awareness for mental health & veteran suicide

A 35-year-old former Marine is going to hike around Lake Michigan for the fourth year in a row.

 

Travis Snyder of Holland, will walk 900 miles starting this Sunday around the lake, into the U.P., to Green Bay, and Chicago to raise money and awareness about veteran suicide and mental health.

The organization that I support on these walks is Mission 22 and they operate on a national level to help our sisters and brothers in arms with mental health challenges and provide them resources and support as well and this will be my fourth year supporting this organization.” Snyder said.

Snyder, who served in Afghanistan, says he and his Marine brothers lost one of their own to suicide in 2019 and he's taken it upon himself to advocate for veteran mental health.

 

His walk should take eight weeks.

Evart man takes police on a three county chase

 

A 37-year old Evart man is facing a slew of charges after taking police in Rosecommon County on a 53 mile chase through three different counties.

 

The Sheriff's Office say officers received a report of a suspicious woman at a vacant residence in Markey Township. Prior to deputies arriving, the caller told dispatch the suspicious woman had been picked up in a vehicle by a male suspect and provided a description of the suspects and the vehicle.

 

A short time later, deputies located a vehicle matching the description on M-55 in Denton Township and stopped the vehicle for motor vehicle violations. As deputies approached, the vehicle sped away and got back onto M-55. Deputies then pursued west on M-55.

 

The pursuit continued into Missaukee County then later drove onto M-66 in Osceola County.

 

During the chase, the vehicle slowed down and the female passenger then jumped out, before continuing to flee from pursuing officers. The chase ended several miles later when the driver ran from the moving vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit, the driver was apprehended.

 

34-year old Jesse Mobley was charged with Fleeing and Eluding, Reckless Driving, Driving While License Revoked 2nd Offense, No Insurance and Unlawful Use of a Registration Plate.

Progress being made at old train depot in Big Rapids

If you haven't noticed recently, some construction work is being done on the eastside of Big Rapids.

 

Renovations on the old train depot began as a new roof is being installed this week.  

 

 

Last August, the old, abandoned property went up for auction through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as part of the state's semi-annual surplus property auctions and land sales.

 

The city of Big Rapids hoped to purchase the property but a private bidder won the auction.  

 

 

 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/26

40-2200822 @ 11:34am Death 800 block Country Way Female found deceased.  Appeared to be natural causes.

 

40-2200823 @ 1:51pm Area check 600 block S State St. Male was jumping in front of traffic, according to the caller. He denied doing so.

 

40-2200824 @ 3:14pm two vehicle PIA at State/Oak. 

 

40-2200825 @ 4:20pm Assault 300 block N Warren. Male filed a report stating that a case that was reported on 10/20/2021 was a false report.

 

40-2200826 @ 7:26pm Civil 200 block Hutchinson. Dispute over a dog between siblings. One claimed the other beats the dog and would not return it.

 

40-2200827 @ 11:42pm Alarm 300 block S Fourth. Keyholder responded.

 

40-2200828 @ 11:58pm Traffic stop Fourth/Washington led to male being arrested for OWI.

Gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson & AG candidate Matt DePerno visit Reed City

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson and Attorney General Candidate Matt DePerno were at Reed City Brewing Company Tuesday to meet with voters.

 

It was a stop on Johnson's Small Town Tour.

 

Johnson says if elected, he wants to bring quality back to Michigan by tackling issues of voting, building better infrastructure, lowering gas prices and giving parents a say in their child's education.

 

DePerno, who was recently nominated by the state GOP as its attorney General candidate says he's ready to take on current AG Dana Nessel and her radical agenda.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/25

40-2200809 @ 8:19am  500 block Willow Ave. VCSA – Juvenile brought a smoking device into school. Juvenile parent was contacted and interviewed. Under investigation.

 

40-2200810 @ 9:45am N State St / E Grand Traverse St. Traffic Stop/No Insurance – Officer completed a traffic stop on a vehicle with no insurance. Driver was issued an appearance ticket for no insurance.

 

40-2200811 @ 10:29am 100 block N Michigan Ave. Larceny – The complainant reported the AC condenser unit on the roof of one of his buildings was stolen. Time frame 2014-present.

 

40-2200812 @ 3:16pm Maple St. / N Fourth Ave. Traffic stop.

 

40-2200813 @ 3:35pm Woodward Ave. / Clark St. – PDA

 

40-2200814 @ 3:56pm 700 block Perry Ave. PPDA/Hit and Run. – Under investigation.

 

40-2200815 @ 4:20pm BRPD. Warrant Arrest –Male was arrested on his contempt warrants at BRPD.

 

40-2200816 @ 4:20pm 700 block Marion Ave. Suspicious/Area check. – The caller reported a younger female that has come to her door a few times to sell things. UTL on the suspicious younger female.

 

40-2200817 @ 4:53pm 700 block Maple St. PDA.

 

40-2200818 @ 4:50pm 300 block Morrison Ave St.  Civil/Harassment – Complaint reported he was having issues with his roommate. Male is moving out and was told that the events were civil.

 

40-2200819 @ 4:51pm Damascus Rd. Assist – Officers responded with FSU and BRFD for a male who committed suicide.

 

40-2200820 @ 5:35pm 1200 block Perry Ave. PIA – Officers responded to a two-vehicle crash/pin in. Vehicle 1 driver and passenger were taken to the ER for non-life-threatening injuries.

 

40-2200821 @ 11:58pm 400 block Finley Ave Suspicious- Caller reported she found her deadbolt locked on her door and a window open in her residence.  Officers checked the residence and did not find any signs that anyone had entered the residence. 

Crystal woman crashes pickup into house

A 23-year old Crystal woman was arrested over the weekend in Montcalm County after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a home.

 

The sheriff's office says it happened  on the 300 block of West Lake Street in Crystal.

 

An investigation revealed a 2008 GMC Sierra, driven by a 23-year-old Crystal woman, went off the road after failing to negotiate the curve then struck the southwest corner of a nearby home. The driver was arrested for suspicion of Operating While Intoxicated and lodged in the County Jail.


Seat belts were believed to have been worn by the driver and her passenger, a 37-year-old Crystal man.  Additionally, there were  two occupants in the home when the crash occurred. 

 

No one in the vehicle nor home were injured.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

4/21

40-2200776 @10:50am 200 block N Michigan Found phone turned in

 

40-2200777 @11:01am 800 block N State St. Traffic stop for expired plate led to driver being cited for no insurance.

 

40-2200778 @11:24am 900 block Water Tower Rd Trespass/Litter. Delivery truck has been continually parking in the parking lot and leaving trash. When confronted by business owner, driver became very aggressive. Delivery company contacted and identified driver who will be contacted and trespassed from the property.

 

40-2200779 @ 2:56pm S. State St/Ferris Dr. Traffic stop for expired plate led to driver being cited for No Insurance.

 

40-2200780 @3:40pm S. State St/Ferris Dr. Traffic stop for red light violation led to driver cited for no insurance.

 

40-2200781 @ 6:30pm 200 block Locust Warrant Attempt for Osceola County led to the arrest of a female. She was transported to dispatch and turned over to Osceola.

 

40-2200782 @ 8:24pm 1100 block Catherine. Annon caller stated that a male was violating his PPO.   Officers contacted the protected person who gave consent to search the residence.  The male was not located.

 

40-2200783 Second number from above.  Pulled in error.

 

40-2200784 @ 11:26pm 300 block S. 4th.  False Alarm from a door not being secured.

 

40-2200785 @ 2:40am Traffic stop at Ferris and Bond Cr. led to the appearance ticket to driver for no insurance.  Vehicle was left on scene because it’s her assigned parking lot.

 

40-2200786 @ 4:43am Traffic Stop at Ives and Magnolia led to driver being cited for operating without an Ops. Vehicle was turned over to his boss on scene.

 

 

4/22

40-2200787 @ 7:55am PDA State/Perry.

 

40-2200788 @ 9:33am Larceny of throw ring from south end of Hemlock Park. Occurred sometime since Wednesday evening, video for park reviewed.

 

40-2200789 @ 9:06am Misc. complaint taken by SRO.

 

40-2200790 @ 3:14pm Found property taken by SRO.

 

40-2200791 @ 4:05pm PDA State/Elm

 

40-2200792 @ 6:30pm 600 block S State St Disorderly Customer was unhappy his order was wrong.  He was trespassed due to his behavior.

 

40-2200793 @ 7:54pm Traffic Stop 200 block S. State led to the appearance ticket for no insurance.  Vehicle towed to BR Towing.  

 

40-2200794 @ 12:07am 600 block Maple St. Suspicious vehicle parked at the pumps.  Consent search of vehicle yielded nothing of interest.

 

40-2200795 @ 2:07am 100 block S Michigan.  Male was issued a ticket for urinating in public.

 

40-2200796 @ 5:58am 1000 block S State St Traffic Stop led to an appearance citation being issued for no insurance.  Vehicle towed by BR Tow.

 

 

4/23

40-2200797 @ 8:34am Division/Morrison 2 vehicle PDA Two trucks hit their towing mirrors causing minor damage as they passed.

 

40-2200798 @ 8:53am 400 block S Michigan Parking. Vehicle towed as it was blocking a driveway and owner would not answer their phone.

 

40-2200799 @12:17pm 600 block Rose Ave. Civil reported as a third party anonymous domestic. Male and female both denied any domestic or argument occurring. Unfounded.

 

40-2200800 @ 10:17pm 700 blk of Perry. Traffic stops on two vehicles for drag racing. Both drivers were juveniles. Reports sent to probate court.

 

40-2200801 @ 10:40pm 200 block S Third Ave Traffic stop resulted in driver being cited for DWLS as well as lodged on an outstanding warrant for FTA. Car was turned over to a passenger.

 

40-2200802 @ 11:57pm Noise 400 block Maple. The football team was celebrating the championship. Initially called at 2025 and no noise was heard.  At that time the tenants were advised about the noise ordinance. They stated the party would be controlled. Called back to the residence at 2347. Resident was issued a warning for noise, and the party was cleared out right away.

 

40-2200803 @ 1:56am Traffic stop on Knollview/State resulted in driver being issued a citation for no insurance. His vehicle was taken to Curries.

 

40-2200804 @ 2:10am 400 block S Michigan, Noise Initially called to the area by the tenant requesting a drive through to clear out people outside not leaving. Upon arrival the large group outside the residence left the area. Several people stated the party was moving. Officers were called back as the party started back up.  Resident was issued a warning for noise. 

 

40-2200805 @ 11:40pm Suspicious 600 block S State St. Complainant stated she was in the lot and approached by two females who asked if she wanted to buy narcotics. They were last seen heading south on Clark St.

 

 

4/24

40-2200806 @ 9:32am Mill St near S State St. – Abandon vehicle towed.

 

40-2200807 @ 9:22am 1700 block S State St. – Suspicious. A guest reported damage to his vehicle that did not happen at hotel.

 

40-2200808 @ 1:42pm 1000 block Perry Ave. – Suspicious. Guests found a hidden camera that was not plugged in but lying on the floor. Small cellphone charging device.

Construction projects on Ferris State's Big Rapids campus taking shape

Now that the winter weather is behind us and spring is starting to take shape, construction on the Big Rapids Campus of Ferris State University continues to stay on schedule. 

 

According to a news release,  as the Center for Virtual Learning framework rises at the west end of the Robinson Quad on the Big Rapids campus, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management Chad Stirrett said that the $32.5 million project remains on schedule for its construction goals. The project also remains within budget.

 

 

“Much of the concrete will be joined by structural steel so that as spring moves on to summer, the CVL will begin to look like a building,” Stirrett said. “There were no real obstacles in the winter months for Triangle Construction, so work to this point in the project has been refreshingly uneventful. Rain, so far this spring has only been a nuisance.”

 

The Center for Virtual Learning will house several technology-focused programs from the College of Business, including Digital Animation and Game Design, Television and Digital Media Production, and Information Security and Intelligence, including Artificial Intelligence, as a degree program. Stirrett said faculty from each college and program housed in the CVL engage in regular discussions with project leaders as they prepare for occupancy and coursework in the center in 2023.

 

“There are monthly meetings in collaboration with our partners in those programs and the School of Education, eLearning operations and Ferris’ Esports programs,” Stirrett said. “BrightTree Studios, our information technology design build contractor, finds those professionals very engaged to keep the CVL state of the art in terms of technological capabilities.”

 

Block laying went on through the winter on Ferris’ Center for Athletics Performance, which advances on a $15.3 million budget and schedule. Project manager Kara Pellerito, also with Facilities Management, said Granger Construction is the contractor for the new construction and renovation of existing facilities in the CAP plan.

 

 

“While the high walls of the Bulldog Arena draw much of the attention, there has been significant work taken up to convert the former volleyball arena into an expanded strength and conditioning space,” Pellerito said. “Larger facilities for our athletic trainers are also in the mix. The renovation on the lower level of the athletic complex is the first phase of our project, which should be completed by August.”

 

Mileposts for additional elements of the CAP project follow quickly, with the Bulldog Arena, a tournament-level volleyball and basketball facility, due for close of construction in October and a final phase of meeting rooms and new team spaces available in the center by December.

 

“For example, our cross country teams and the track and field program have never had locker facilities they could call their own,” Pellerito said. “The soccer and softball programs would share a locker room, but with CAP’s completion, separate facilities will be available to those programs.”

Pellerito said their last phase of program-specific construction is not due to begin until the lower-level training facilities are completed.

 

“I think our teams and Ferris’ Athletics administration is very excited, though their work goes on in changing spaces,” Pellerito said. “The walkway near administrative and coaching offices looks down on the new strength and conditioning facility, with all kinds of construction noise to deal with. Everyone is accepting and enjoying the changes taking place there.”

 

Economic conditions have impacted both projects, but Stirrett said these pressures are not unique to these ventures well underway on campus.

 

“Any university or business involved in new construction is required to respond to market conditions through project development,” Stirrett said. “The credit goes to Ferris’ leadership, our benefactors and project partners, and our state’s government for their willingness to collaborate and support the work we have before us.”

City of Big Rapids receives Pure Michigan 'Trail Town' designation

The annual Pure Michigan’s Governor’s Conference on Tourism was held in Traverse City, MI this year welcoming travel industry leaders from all over the state. This conference not only includes highly motivational speakers and resources for destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and affiliate-like tourism businesses but also honors communities and industry leaders for their positive impact on the tourism industry.


One such award is the Pure Michigan Trail Towns designation. The Michigan Department of
Natural Resources (MDNR), in partnership with Travel Michigan, recognized just three (3)
communities as Pure Michigan Trail Towns with the City of Big Rapids being one the of those
honored.


“The City of Big Rapids is thrilled to have received this prestigious honor,” stated Mayor Fred
Guenther. “This is another great example of how not only our community works
collaboratively together on important community projects but also reflects the pride that we all
have in our great city and the amazing resources we have to offer.”


The application included numerous highlights relating to trails within the Big Rapids region such
as the 92-mile Fred Meijer White Pine Trail as well as the award-winning Riverwalk, which
provides access to all with views of the Muskegon River. Big Rapids is also a short distance away
from the Michigan’s Dragon Mountain Biking Trail that is currently half way completed. Once
completed, this one-of-kind, 47-mile looped trail will be a true outdoor adventurer’s
destination. Trail users in Big Rapids can also enjoy a number of public art installations as well
as trail events throughout the year. A robust marketing plan through the Mecosta County
Visitors Bureau and wayfinding signage system ensure that the trails are a well-known part of
the Big Rapids community.


“Working on this project has not only been a great learning experience but has also provided
me with great insight on all that the City of Big Rapids has to offer. I am excited to work on future projects that help promote this forward moving community,” stated Jessie Black, Big
Rapids Community Economic Development Specialist.


“The distinction of being a Pure Michigan Trail Town is a significant honor for our city and
community, while also giving us a leg-up on marketing and promotion of our vibrant outdoor
recreational offerings and resources. The travel and tourism industry is not only one of
Michigan’s largest industries but has also proven to be a positive financial driver right here in
the Big Rapids region. Tourism creates numerous jobs in addition to benefitting our area
hotels, restaurants, shops and more. The Big Rapids region has a lot to be proud of and we are
looking forward to a strong summer tourism season this year,” noted Connie Koepke, Executive
Director of the Mecosta County Visitors Bureau.


“The City of Big Rapids will be proudly displaying this honor and are also looking forward to
future collaborations that will help promote our amazing city”, noted Paula Priebe, Big Rapids
Community Development Director.


Key committee members that worked diligently together on this project include Paul Griffith
with the Friends of the White Trail, Connie Koepke the Executive Director of the Mecosta
County Visitors Bureau and Jessie Black the Community Economic Development Specialist of
the City of Big Rapids.

Walmart recalling Organic Marketside Zucchini

There's a recall of Zucchini sold at Walmart stores across the country, including those in Michigan.

 

World Variety Produce is voluntarily recalling its Organic Marketside Zucchini product due to possible salmonella contamination. The zucchini effected is from lot number 38706503, and comes in a 2 count/6 ounce package.

 

Consumers who believe they may have purchased the item are advised to throw it away immediately.

Rep. Hoitenga leading in fight for fairer, more accurate child abuse registry

A plan from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga making needed reforms to a state registry tracking perpetrators of child abuse and neglect was unanimously advanced by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday.

 

Hoitenga, of Manton, said improvements are needed to the central registry as the threshold for entry onto it has become increasingly vague. Hundreds of thousands of Michigan parents have been placed on the registry without being convicted of any crime, making it difficult for them to find employment and housing or volunteer in their communities.  

 

Hoitenga’s legislation – House Bill 5277, offers clarity for definitions of certain child abuse or child neglect claims that require listing in the central registry. The updates protect children while guarding against unintended consequences with the registry.

 

“Current law uses the terms substantiated and unsubstantiated with the state review and registry process. We should have clearer terminology for these situations, especially given the massive impacts they can have on someone’s life when these allegations are classified by the state,” Hoitenga said. “Moving forward with confirmed and not confirmed on allegations will provide more clarity and show an allegation was thoroughly examined.

 

“This list has become increasingly easy to get onto and more difficult to be removed from. That impacts someone’s ability to find work and provide for their families, volunteer in their communities, and more. This plan balances the protection of children, as well as someone being innocent until they are proven guilty.”

 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has previously acknowledged there are too many individuals placed on the central registry – roughly 300,000 state residents in all. By contrast, the state’s sex offender registry has 40,000 names.

 

The bipartisan plan will refine the central registry to track perpetrators of serious abuse and neglect who represent an ongoing risk to children in their care. It also establishes an administrative review process to remove names of people who do not meet the new criteria for placement and consider requests from individuals seeking expungement from the registry. This way, the new registry will include only individuals who likely pose a danger to children based on confirmed previous acts of serious abuse or neglect, including sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. 

 

The legislation contained in the package include House Bills 5274-80, 5534 and 5594.

Caring Closet set up by area high school students in downtown Big Rapids

 

 

As a way to provide free clothing to those in need, a local high school division of Rotary Club called Interact which consists of 20 students from Big Rapids and Crossroads Charter Academy teamed up with nonprofit Angels of Action to set up the Caring Closet in the downtown area. 

 

Rotary Interact Club adviser Michelle Moen says the idea came when one of clubs sponsors saw it in a town up north and decided to bring it here. 

 

"We are always looking for projects to better our community and Deb Tyson presented this idea to us, so we reviewed it, then fund raised and pursued it." Moen said. 

 

Moen says the closet was built by a couple of our students through the construction program and the city was kind enough to side the closet for them. 

 

She says this closet is to help those in need or people who just need some extra help. 

 

Through the pandemic we had families that we're receiving assistance and things and had direction on where they could go for help and then there was a whole bunch of families that might have been laid off, might have had less hours, might have been working a couple of jobs but they said they didn't have resources.” Moen said. 

 

So this is a way they can come to the closet and if they need a coat or they need a hat or mittens or pair of jeans or shoes or there's a variety of different things from all ages in there and they can help themselves to what they need, we just ask that they leave it clean when they leave.

 

Moen says Interact members are responsible to check the closet every other day to see if it needs to be refilled.

 

The Caring Closet will be open until late May then will close for the remainder of the summer, with plans to reopen by mid-August according to Moen. 


 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/19

40-2200759 @ 7:25am Rust Ave. / State St. – PDA.

 

40-2200760 @ 9:43am 1100 block Catherine St. Mental – Officers responded for a suicidal female. Upon investigation, it was determined that she was not suicidal but had a hard couple of days lately.

 

40-2200761 @ 10:48am 300 block N Warren Ave. Warrant Arrest – Officers responded to a male in Hemlock Park. The male was yelling at people. The male was found to have FTA warrant out of Osceola County.

 

40-2200762 @ 12:43pm 1805 Milton Ave. Suspicious – Officer responded for an MDOP. It was found that the vehicle’s back window broke out as the driver shut his front passenger door. Not an MDOP.

 

40-2200763 @ 1:53pm 800 block Water Tower. Probation Violation – Officers were dispatched to DHS for a probation violation. A male was arrested for violating his no contact order with a female

 

40-2200764 @ 3:57pm 200 block N State St. Suspicious – A juvenile female reported being followed by a male on a bicycle. The area was checked. UTL.

 

2200765 @ 7:08pm Check wellbeing/assist 600 block Marion. Father requested a check wellbeing on his child. Another male advised the child and mother were not home but were ok. He also turned over a .22 rifle for safekeeping which he stated the father left when he lived there. Under investigation.

 

2200766 @ 9:26pm Mental 600 block Maple St. Caller reported he was feeling like jumping off the bridge after repeated comments from people at shelter. He was transported for a voluntary evaluation.

 

Big Rapids Firefighters honored with lifesaving award during city commission meeting

Two Big Rapids Firefighters were honored by the City Commission this week with a lifesaving award.


Firefighters Bethany Hamilton and Cosme Monsivais were honored for their efforts to save a woman caught in a fire at Cardinal Park Apartments back in January.


Captain Sean Wethington told commissioners about the rescue.

On the afternoon of January 17 2021, City Fire crews were dispatched to a report of smoke in an apartment at Cardinal Court, on the Campus of Ferris State University. While enroute crews were updated that flames could be seen in the kitchen of the apartment and a resident was heard screaming from inside.” Wethington said.

Engine 2 with Firefighters Hamilton and Monsivais were directed to pull hose and prepare for fire attack and primary search. Without hesitation they both made entry into the apartment where they encountered pre-flashover conditions to include high heat, flames stretching across the ceiling and smoke banked down to the floor creating zero visibility. Monsivais's quick water application allowed Hamilton to break off from fire attack and perform a primary search without the protection of a hose line.”

Hamilton radioed command stating that a victim had been located in the hallway outside the bathroom. Hamilton, without assistance removed the victim from the apartment passing patient care off to responders outside. Hamilton then returned into structure to complete her search for other possible victims. Finding none, Hamilton then turned her efforts back to fire attack with FF Monsivais.”

 

Firefighter Hamilton and Firefighter Monsivais completed tasks that day that under normal circumstances are completed by teams of 2 or more firefighters. Both members disregarded their own personnel safety to bravely and without hesitation execute the duties assigned to them. Because of their actions the victim was located and removed in less than 10 min after the initial dispatch, giving the victim the absolute best chance at survival.” Wethington told the commission.

 

Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther thanked Hamilton and Monsivais for their heroic actions during that day.


Also at Monday's meeting, Ginny Spedowske accepted a certificate of appreciation for her late husband Richard Spedowske for his 13 years of service on the Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Board and for his routine maintenance of the Hemlock Park Big Rapids Ice Rink.

Construction is back underway at the Dragon Trail in Newaygo and Mecosta Counties

 

Construction at Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam is ramping up for the 2022
season, adding a projected 14 miles to the previously constructed 22 miles, completed since
ground broke on the project in late 2019. If the weather permits, builders plan to complete the
first 10 miles and three bridges in 2022.


Once complete, the Dragon Trail will be made up of 11 segments forming a complete 40+ mile
loop around Hardy Pond, traversing through both Mecosta and Newaygo counties. Of the 22
miles already open to the public, 12+ miles are in Newaygo County, starting at Hardy Dam and
ending in Big Bend Township Park. 8+ more miles of trail are already open in Mecosta County,
starting at Brower Park loop on segment four and ending with the newest construction, Segment
7. Trail builders with Spectrum Trail Design LLC and Dragon Trail project officials kicked off the
2022 trail construction season on Friday, April 15th.

 

Construction plans for this year include an estimated 7.6-mile stretch from Newaygo State Park,
continuing north, completing segments 3, 4, and connecting to Brower Park. Newaygo County
procured a Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to fund a portion of this
work. The new trail segments will feature bridges, raised wooden tread, and cross-country-style
trail tread. Mecosta County Parks have recently added a new parking area within Brower Park.
This area is specifically developed for Dragon Trail users and will allow for easy access to the
new portions of the trail that will be built this season. Newaygo State Park will also feature an
official trailhead. “It will truly be a large accomplishment to complete the final miles of trail
construction in Mecosta County this year,” said Jeff Abel, Mecosta County Parks
Superintendent.


Once the Newaygo State Park and Brower Park connection is complete, construction crews will
move across the pond where the construction left off during the 2021 season, beginning in
Segment 7 and working south to complete the remaining portions of the trail in Mecosta County
and continuing into Newaygo County. The 2022 construction will continue and eventually
connect with the Segment 8 trailhead at Big Bend Township Park. The construction of Segment
7 will continue in 2022 and is expected to be completed in 2023. Segment 7, the largest
segment of the trail system, will stretch 11+ miles once completed.

 

The Dragon Trail already sees many visitors, including mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners,
and more, and Dragon fans can’t wait to get a taste of new segments as construction
progresses. With a very eager group of trail users, project officials ask that visitors plan to use
the existing segments until the new areas of the trail are officially open. “Please don’t go looking
for the new trail or riding/walking up near the trail builders. Work crews must stop working when
you show up. We will let you know when there is something new to ride/hike. Please be patient;
trail building is a long and arduous process,” said Martin Hall, Volunteer Coordinator with the
West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance.


Trail visitors will also notice several trailhead kiosks at the new trailhead locations. These new
kiosks were built and generously donated to the Dragon Trail Project by DML Construction, a
local construction company out of Fremont, Michigan. “It is truly wonderful for DML
Construction to donate to this project, showing their commitment to our local community. It is
wonderful to see this kind of community support for the Dragon Trail,” said Nick Smith, Newaygo
County Parks and Recreation Director.


Follow the official Michigan’s Dragon at Hard Dam Facebook Page for updates on construction
progresses and new trail sections as they open, or visit www.thedragon.us.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/18

0-2200754 @ 7:05am 600 block Maple St. – Suspicious. Officers were dispatched for a male arguing with a female about a tow bill. Male was given a ride to shelter where he is staying. His vehicle is still at Curries Tow Lot.

 

40-2200755 @ 9:45am Woodward Ave / Bailey Dr. – Traffic complaint. Complainant reported a vehicle recklessly and aggressively driving. The complainant only wanted to report the event.

 

40-2200756 @ 10:45am Rust Ave / S State St.  – A traffic stop was conducted, and driver was cited for No insurance and improper plate.

 

40-2200757 @ 2:27pm BRPD. Assist – Female wanted to advise BRPD that she did not want to trespass a male anymore and that they had made amends.

 

40-2200758 @ 5:09pm 1800 block Milton Ave. Assist Another Agency - Complainant from Ohio reported that her stepfather had been reported missing in Ohio was possibly in Big Rapids at his ex-girlfriend’s residence. The male was located at the residence, and officers spoke with him. He stated that he was not missing and was not needing our assistance. He said he voluntarily left his ex-girlfriend and came up to Big Rapids. The PD in Ohio was contacted and advised to remove the missing person alert.

Lakeview Area Veterans Monument Taking Shape after FSU Lean Management Student Team's Support

Lean Service Enterprise and Leadership students in Ferris State University’s College of Business enjoyed a meaningful experiential learning opportunity during the Fall 2021 semester. The students, helping to put key elements in place, moved the Lakeview Area Veterans Monument closer to completion.

John Grawburg, a veteran of the United States Marines who served in Vietnam, was a local organizer. After years of proposing the local memorial, he sought help from the Business Innovation and Lean Center with varied results.

“We brought our ideas to some community leaders, but the proper location and the support we needed came when we started collaborating with Lakeview’s village manager, Darin Dood,” Grawburg said. “It was exciting to be connected with the students in the Ferris course, to advance the project we had hoped for over many years.”

Montcalm County natives Elise Gorby and Kristina Rousseau took part with the project team. Zach Lisman, of Spring Lake, joined them. Gorby said their initiatives included developing an online presence for the Veterans Monument, which accepts donations through the Greenville Area Community Foundation.

“As someone who grew up in the Lakeview area, this project was close to my heart,” Gorby said. “My great grandpas were veterans from the area, and it is so nice to see that the community is working on a monument to honor those who made significant sacrifices for our freedoms. I am so thankful that this class allowed me to use the skills I have been learning about for years and new lean skills to be a part of something bigger than myself. I am glad I could help make a difference in the community.”

The Lakeview Area Veterans Monument website includes a QR code to accept donations; something Grawburg found impressive.

“We loved how they showed real imagination and ambition for our project,” Grawburg said. “Their technical savvy and promotions were far beyond our abilities. We are so glad to have their support and skill with these technologies.

To avoid mistakes, the students used poka-yoke, a lean manufacturing proofing process.

“This was a great opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a hands-on environment,” Rousseau said. “I am thankful to our sponsors, John and Kathy Grawburg and Bill Helmer, with Robbert Construction for working with us and providing an incredible amount of creative freedom. They have helped me grow my lean and leadership skills, which will stick with me throughout my educational and professional endeavors.”

Grawburg said a 60-foot flagpole for the American flag had been in place, 40-foot poles now bear the state of Michigan flag and a POW-MIA banner on-site, following installation in December 2021.

“Our progress continues, though we have had issues with a monument, which is being developed,” Grawburg said. “The intention is to have that centerpiece for the project in place by Memorial Day this year. With landscaping and other elements, this has turned into a $100,000 project. So, any interest and support we receive are greatly appreciated.”

“I am not from the Lakeview area, but it has been a pleasure working with the Grawburgs hoping to fulfil their dream,” Lisman said. “My groupmates and I implemented various LEAN tools that we learned from Management Professor Lisa Eshbach’s class. After a brief period, we were able to identify the positive impacts of LEAN. I really enjoyed taking the knowledge that I learned in class, and apply it to a real-life situation.”

The Lakeview Area Veterans Monument project has a Spring 2022 semester team continuing support for this appeal. Grawburg was honored to come to the College of Business building and watch his student team make a presentation on their work.

“When we were there, I thought Dr. Eshbach took to what Elise, Kristina and Zach had to say about the process and their results,” Grawburg said. “We will accept in-kind support with as much respect and thanks as the monetary donations since that would allow us to landscape the grounds and present a monument that honors our veterans and their families.”

Grawburg also credited Associate Professor of Management Leslie Sukup, who, through a chance meeting at a community gathering in the summer of 2021, directed the organizers to seek help through Ferris’ Business Innovation and Lean Center.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/12-4/17

4/12

40-2200712 @ 8:40am 1000 block Perry Ave. – PDA.

40-2200713/14/15 @ 11:28am 800 block Water Tower Rd. – Larcenies and Warrant Arrest. Officers were dispatched for one larceny complaint in which the alleged stolen property was found in the caller’s room. Then he stated that his wallet had money in it and that was now stolen. This turned into another female reporting jewelry stolen from her room and she had a warrant from Osceola County. Neither had good answers to how the property was stolen with them in the room.

40-2200716 @ 11:40am S State St./Woodward Ave. – PDA.

40-2200717 @ 1:31pm 300 block S Michigan Ave. – Mental. Officers responded to check on a male about his mental health. He was transported to CMH and was evaluated.

2200718 @ 10:33pm 1100 block Fuller Ave Noise, Noise warning issued.

 

4/13

40-2200719 @ 7:14am 800 block Clark Alarm- false employee error.

40-2200720 @ 8:31am Found set of keys 200blk Maple. Set of Ram truck keys that appear to have been outside for quite some time.

40-2200721 @ 10:08am Traffic stop State/Rust led to driver being cited for no ops, improper plate, and no insurance.

40-2200722 @ 11:47am Check wellbeing 1100 block Fuller. Male made suicidal statements to a friend online. He stated he was not suicidal, initially agreed to go to hospital for a voluntary evaluation. Shortly after arriving at hospital, he decided he did not wish to speak with anyone.

40-2200723 @ 12:00pm PDA Oak/Warren.

40-2200724 @ 2:36pm 1700 block Perry underage sale.

40-2200725 @ 3:24pm 300 block S Third underage sale.

40-2200726 @ 4:10pm 400 block S Third Credit card fraud reported.

40-2200728 @ 10:00pm 500 block S. Michigan.  Assault.  An unknown female with blonde hair came over from a neighboring residence and punched the complainant in the face.  Contact was made with witness who refused to ID the female and only identified her by her first name.  Pending further investigation.

 

4/14

40-2200730 @ 7:56am Suspicious 700 block Novak Ln. Neighbors found front door to residence open. Residence searched appeared to be secure, owners who were out of state were contacted and advised. Officers assisted in securing front door for homeowners.

40-2200731 @ 10:19am 500 block S. State Officers were dispatched for a juvenile who advised mother was drinking and using narcotics in front of her and her sister. Spoke with juveniles and mother.  Mother denied having drugs in the residence and allowed a consent search where nothing was found. Both juveniles advised they want to go live with dad. Mother advised she did not want them there anymore and had called dad to come pick them up.

40-2200732 @ 10:51am 1100 block Catherine Domestic Assault. Caller advised male and female had been living with him and he observed them punch each other while the female was holding their newborn son.  Male then threatened female for calling the police, but he and the female left prior to our arrival. Unable to contact either one of them as they do not have working phones. CPS was notified and report will be forwarded for review.

40-2200733 @ 1:03pm 500 block S State St Assist to Fire. Clothes had been set on fire and put out as fire arrived on scene. Female advised her children had set the fire, both children advised they had been outside when fire started. Children were turned over to father who arrived on scene, and matter remains under investigation.

40-2200734 @ 1:58pm Assist to CPS with interview of child.

40-2200735 @ 1:47pm 400 block S Third Ave Warrant arrest. Male was arrested on FOC warrant out of Barry County.

40-2200736 @ 6:41pm 500 block N State Open Door.  Contact was made with employee who stated that they had issues with the door.

40-2200737 @ 9:30pm 600 block S State. After getting upset while waiting in the drive thru, the driver drove his truck between the building and outdoor dining and turfed the grass.  MCSO contacted the driver at his house who admitted to driving on the lawn but had a different version of events.  Follow-up was conducted at the store which no longer wanted to pursue charges.

 

4/15

40-2200738 @ 10:57am 300blk S. Warren. MDOP to two parked vehicles. Witness described an older Jeep Cherokee type vehicle silver top with black bottom and multiple stickers on the back and side windows was seen driving toward several parked vehicles before leaving east on Maple. Damage was found to mirrors of two cars that were parked on east side of the road. UTL suspect vehicle, area canvased for cameras none located.

40-2200739 @ 2:43pm PDA State/Bellevue.

40-2200740 @ 3:24pm FTP 600 block Maple, turned into a civil as driver was located and contacted the store to pay for fuel.

40-2200742 @ 8:41pm Traffic Stop Milton and Loudon.  Appearance ticket was issued to driver for operating without a license.  Vehicle was TOT passenger.

40-2200743 @ 10:14pm 300 block S. Michigan Civil custody dispute that occurred in the county.  Father came into a residence and took his 10-month-old child from mother.  Male is on the birth certificate and no custody order is in place.  Advised to file for custody at the courthouse. 

40-2200744 @ 700 block Fuller Ave.  Staff called and wanted a report filed after two residents started yelling at each other.  Management wanted a report for the State. 

40-2200741 Civil Male was intoxicated and argumentative with officers over the phone after he wanted to file kidnapping charges on his children's mother after she didn't give him his parenting time.  Male refused to meet her at DPS as required by court order for the custody exchange and wanted to set his own venue.

 

4/16

40-2200747 @ 4:51pm S State St. / Maple St. – PDA

40-2200746 @ 4:01pm 200 block N. Warren Ave. – Suspicious. Caller reported that her daughter had dropped her kids off at a babysitter a few days ago and had not been in contact with the family. She was contacted by family and returned home on her own.

40-2200745 @ 12:19pm 1100 block Fuller Ave. – Mental. Initially reported as a domestic assault with a TV. However, upon investigation, it was revealed that female was in crisis and was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. No assault only arguing between parties.

40-2200748 @ 7:19pm  Civil at 1100 block Catherine. Child custody issue.

40-2200749 @ 10:59pm Assist 1000 block Maple. Initially called for subject refusing to leave. Contact made with the male who already left. He stated he placed a log on the fire and another male grabbed him by the arm and took issue with it. He didn't not know the male was an employee.

40-2200750 @ 12:29am OWI/PDA, Flee, resist 600 block Novak Ln. Male went off the road at the end of Novak Ln and struck a tree. The two occupants got out and ran. An officer arrived on scene and activated the overhead lights as the driver got back into the vehicle and backed toward the patrol car until he got back onto the road. Driver attempted to take off but was mostly spinning the wheels due to the tires being flat. He stopped and got out but did not try to run. He appeared intoxicated and was taken to the jail where he resisted corrections deputies as they were taking him into the jail.

 

4/17

40-2200752 @ 2:07pm 700 block Water Tower Rd. Larceny – The complainant reported that her previous boyfriend/friend had stolen her gun in March of 2021. The previous boyfriend was contacted and denied stealing her gun. Under investigation.

40-2200751 @ 10:44am hours Fuller Ave near Division St. PDA.

40-2200753 @ 8:17pm Civil threats complaint 700 block Clark St. Caller reporting getting into a text argument with former roommate who had left her cats there. Another female texted and told the caller she was coming over and to "come get smacked."

Alcohol believed to be a factor in Mecosta Twp. crash Saturday night

Deputies in Mecosta County believe alcohol was a factor in a Saturday night crash in Mecosta Township.

 

It happened at the intersection of Northland Dr and Obert Rd.

 

An investigation determined the driver, a 39-year-old man from Morley,  had gone off the road and struck several trees. After deputies made entry into the vehicle by breaking a window, they were able to unlock the doors to remove the driver who was momentarily incapacitated due to the accident.

 

The driver was then taken to the hospital by the Mecosta County EMS for injuries he sustained.

Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight

The Big Rapids City Commission meets for the final time this month.

 

New Big Rapids firefighters will be introduced to the city commission, Bethany Hamilton will receive a lifesaving award from the city and Big Rapids resident Richard Spedowski will be recognized with a Parks and Recreation award.

 

Library Director Lauren Perkins will give an update on the Big Rapids Library.

 

In general business, commissioners will discuss and take action on the following resolutions.

 

Public Works accepting a bid for clarifier coating and repair at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, approving an agreement with Consumers Energy to install lights on Rust Avenue.

 

Commissioner's will also take action on a resolution authorizing a City Treasurer Hiring Committee.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30pm in person at City Hall or Virtually on Zoom.

 

To see the full agenda scroll down: 

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IRS offers tips for a smooth Tax Day filing

While many people have filed their taxes already, this is deadline day for those who haven't.

 

The Internal Revenue Service wants last-minute filers to know tax help is available to file a tax return, request an extension or make a payment all day on the IRS.gov website.

 

The IRS encourages taxpayers to file electronically because tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and reduces tax return errors by prompting taxpayers for missing information.

 

In addition, IRS officials say the fastest way to receive a refund is to file electronically and use direct deposit.

 

If you're filing your tax return today it may take a bit longer to get your refund than you expect. The IRS says it should take under 21 days to get a refund if you file electronically.

Road Construction on 19-Mile Road beginning April 25th.

Heads up to those who travel on 19-Mile Road in Mecosta County.

 

Beginning April 25th and continuing for two months, Michigan Department of Transportation crews will be working on 19-Mile Road.

 

According to a press release, MDOT crews will replacing twin metal culverts at Dalziel Creek under U.S. 131 at 19-Mile Road with a single concrete box culvert. Concrete approaches will also be constructed at both of the 19-Mile Road bridges over U.S. 131.

 

During the culvert replacement period, eastbound traffic will be detoured at 220th Avenue to 18-Mile Road to Northland Drive. Westbound traffic will follow Northland Drive to 18-Mile Road to 220th Avenue.

 

U.S. 131 ramps will remain open and freeway traffic will not be interrupted.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 3/28-4/10

Monday…3/28
Upon stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation methamphetamine was found in the vehicle. The matter has been turned over for further investigation. 


Officers investigated a complaint of trespassing. A door-to-door window salesman, who had a permit to solicit business, allegedly refused to leave the property of the caller. The matter was investigated and sent to the prosecutor for review.


Officers were requested to perform a well being check. The caller stated she had been unable to get a hold of her friend. Officers made contact with the woman who had fallen an injured herself a few days prior but had received treatment and was being cared for by other friends.


Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department on a possible domestic assault situation. Officers stood by for officer safety.


Officers responded to a disorderly juvenile. The juvenile calmed and agreed with the officer not to cause anymore trouble.


Tuesday …3/29
Officers were requested when an individual receiving mental health treatment became agitated. Medical staff was able to calm the individual and agreed to treatment.


Wednesday …3/30
Officers were called to investigate a voice mail that was believed to have been accidentally dialed. The content of the back ground conversation in the voicemail suggested someone may be getting hurt. Officer contacted a neighboring police department who checked on the person and the person was determined to be okay.


Officers responded with EMS for safety to an overdose. The individual was cooperative and went with EMS.


Officers responded to the larceny of a package from a door step. The matter is under investigation.


Thursday …3/31
Officers took a complaint from an angry individual stating the police had never arrived when called. It was explained to the woman that her mother, who was the original caller, had called back stating she no longer wanted an officer to respond. Once advised of the new information the individual was no longer angry.


Officers to a report of a 2-vehicle crash. There were no injuries and minor damage to the vehicles.


Tuesday …4/5
Officers located two individuals in the park after hours. They were given a verbal warning.

 

Wednesday …4/6
Officers were dispatched to check on an individual who was possibly suicidal. Contact was made and the individual stated they were not suicidal and denied any need for assistance.


While investigating another matter officers observed a vehicle playing music at excessive volume. A
warning was issued and the music was turned down.


Thursday …4/7
Officers were requested to check the well being of a student who had not been at school. Contact was made and the student will be attending online classes.


Friday …4/8
Officers took a two-car crash. No injuries were reported and only minor damage to the vehicles.
Officers were dispatched to a young juvenile riding a scooter unsupervised. Contact was made with the parent who works nights and had accidentally fallen asleep.


Saturday …4/9
Officers were dispatched to a trespassing complaint. Upon contact the individual in question moved on.


Officers stood by with the Michigan State Police on a traffic stop for officer safety reasons.


Officer assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department in attempting to locate a teenager who had left from their parent without permission.


Sunday …4/10
Officers arrested a 37 and a 41-year-old male on outstanding warrants for burglary. This stems from an investigation from early March of this year. Both males are Columbian nationals believed to be in the country illegally. They were lodged at the Osceola County Jail without incident and are awaiting
arraignment.

 

Big Rapids Public Works outlines projects slated for this Summer & beyond

The Big Rapids Public Works Department outlined a number of top projects in the city for 2022 and beyond.

 

Public Works Director Heather Bowman gave a presentation to city commissioners discussing the timeline of projects which include upgrades and improvements to sidewalks, streets, water, sewer and the Dial-A-Ride building.

 

Currently public works crews will be focusing on a few projects over the next couple months including the Bellevue demolition, the Rust Avenue extension and the Mechanic Street development.

 

Bowman said there will be other big projects starting around the city beginning in June and July.

 

We have Jackson Street and the N. 3rd Ave. paving project, which is a gravel street project slated to happen this summer, most likely June.” Bowman said. “Another project that we have had funded and just got approved is the 200th block of Marion Avenue which is a water main project and street reconstruction. That will happen after Crossroads Charter Academy gets out for the Summer."

 

For the full list of projects scroll below:

Notice: Osceola Co. Emergency Services are conducting field training this week

 

Osceola County's emergency services will be conducting routine field training throughout the week from April 12th - April 14th at various points around the Reed City area. 

 

This training will involve a brief assembly of police, fire, and ems vehicles at pre-coordinated businesses, schools, and sites around the city.

This training is part of public safety's community partnership with local businesses, schools, and other sites that are actively working together to ensure the highest possible level of emergency preparedness & response. 

Inquiries on this program can be directed to Emergency Management or Reed City Police Department.

MDOT in person public meeting for three proposed lane reconfigurations in Big Rapids

An informational meeting and listening session will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2022 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Big Rapid’s City Hall located at 226 N. Michigan Ave with MDOT representatives.

The three proposed four lane to three lane reconfiguration locations are:

 

Old US-131 (State St) from just south of M-20 (Maple St) north through Waterloo St.

M-20 (Maple St) from Warren Ave to the east end of the Muskegon River bridge

M-20 (3rd Ave) from Colburn Ave to the Trailside Crossings business center

 

These lane reconfiguration's would be piloted starting this summer in anticipation of placing a final lane configuration (whether the existing or proposed configurations) as part of an extensive resurfacing project on state trunklines in the City of Big Rapids in Summer 2023.

City of Big Rapids hires company to identify lead pipes within city

The City of Big Rapids is taking the lead in getting rid of lead piping in the water service lines.


 

Back in the 1950's a small piece of lead pipe, known as a “gooseneck” was used on service lines for water service lines in houses built before the 1950s, and Big Rapids has many homes from that era.

 

(Courtesey Photo)

 

The below image is the typical location of the lead gooseneck and how it may connect to a service line.


 

 

City Staff identified locations where water mains were installed before 1950 and are in use along with lead goosenecks had been removed from the water mains during construction projects.


 

Currently, there are 528 locations listed as “unknown”in Big Rapids and have been reported to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

 

In accordance with the state's lead service line replacement mandate, the City of Big Rapids is required to replace at least 5% lines per year over the next 20 years. City Manager Mark Gifford said they want to accelerate that timeline.


 

Back in 2019, when this mandate was first implemented were only doing a few at a time each year and that is not an efficient way to do this.” Gifford said. “So this would be investigating those locations and then we will get a real number as to how much lead we have and how we can budget to remove it.”

 

Big Rapids City Commissioners to awarded a bid of $303,600 to Underground Infrastructure Services to identify remaining lead pipes or lines within the city.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

 

4/8

40-2200685 @ 8:10am 200 block N State St: Student requested to speak with an officer regarding an issue at his father’s residence.

40-2200686 @ 8:20am Maple/Warren traffic complaint.

40-2200687 @ 10:01am 200 block N State St: Caller requested assistance with possible VCSA located in a student’s locker. Residue of marijuana was located inside of a case for glasses. It was decided to be handled through school code of conduct given the extremely small amount located. The school conducted a search of the student’s property locating no additional drugs or paraphernalia. 

40-2200688 @ 11:46am Assist to Osceola Probation. Officers assisted with the arrest of female, per the request of agent on scene. Female was transported to dispatch and turned over to Osceola County.

40-2200689 @ 12:18pm Number taken in error

40-2200690 @ 12:54am PDC/OWI Maple/Ives. Officers located a vehicle had jumped the curb and struck a tree. Upon investigation of the crash the driver from Indiana was found to be OWI. The vehicle was impounded by BR Tow

 

4/9

40-2200691 @ 10:53am CPS Referral Under investigation

40-2200692 @ 6:44pm Domestic 1700 block S. State.  911 hang-up stating that a female was beating up the caller.  Officers arrived on scene to find an open hotel door.  Officers cleared the hotel room and subjects were not there.  Footage shows male and female walking together from the room to their van and leaving the hotel together.  Subjects were not located. Follow up was conducted and the female was found in violation of her probation out of Mason County. 

40-2200693 @ 9:51pm 700 block Maple.  Male was cited for tampering with property after he was caught stealing a flag.

40-2200694 @ 1:02am 600 block Bjornson.  Resident called after she heard glass breaking and believed vehicles were being broken into.  Officers canvassed the area and spoke with a neighbor who was awake who didn't hear anything.

40-2200695 @ 2:04am Suspicious Situation at 700 block Fuller Ave. Originally dispatched to a B&E in progress.  Officers arrived on scene to a trashed room and a screen pushed out on a room.  Investigation revealed the suite mate entered her suitemates room and tried to escape the facility through the window. 

 

4/10

40-220096 @ 10:02am Suspicious 800 blk of Perry.  Male called stating he was in danger and being chased.  Spoke with the male. He had seen someone in a nearby apartment complex walking two dogs who said something to him.  Then a car came in and the driver stared at him.  He didn’t feel safe and ran.  Nothing suspicious observed by officers.

40-2200697 @ 11:00am Warrant meet w/Osceola County.  Male lodged in MCSO Jail for his outstanding warrant.

40-2200698 @ 2:14pm Area check 600 block Maple. Checked the area for a male that was trespassed from caller’s residence.  He was visiting a neighbor next door. 

40-2200699 @ 2:43pm hours, 700 block Perry Ave. Warrant Attempt – Officers contacted male who had a warrant for civil child neglect out of Kent Co. He was arrested and lodged.

40-2200700 @ 5:59pm hours 1100 block Catherine St. Mental – Officers contacted female after a friend reported that she walked to her bedroom with knives, stating she wanted to kill herself, and then barricaded the door. Multiple attempts were made to contact her at the door. I contacted her by partially climbing through her bedroom window. She was placed in emergency custody and transported to the ER for an evaluation.

40-2200701 @ 12:20am Felonious Assault at Winter/Locust. Male pointed a handgun at another male over a disagreement. Suspect was not located. A shotgun was located in the vehicle and collected for safekeeping.

40-2200702 @ :326am Noise 800 block Colburn. Resident issued a written warning for noise.

DHD#10 COVID-19 Testing Clinic Closures

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is announcing that COVID-19 testing clinics in Mecosta, Newaygo, and Wexford Counties will be closed on Friday, April 15 to observe Good Friday. The testing clinic in Mason County will close on Friday, April 15 and will remain closed until further notice. In addition, the testing clinics in Kalkaska and Oceana Counties will be closed on Sunday, April 17 to observe Easter Sunday.  

  

The Mecosta, Newaygo, and Wexford County testing clinics will reopen on Monday, April 18. The Mason County testing clinic will remain closed until further notice. The Kalkaska and Ocean County testing clinics will reopen on Tuesday, April 19. All other testing clinics will continue as scheduled.  

  

For those wanting to schedule their COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu shot, please visit www.dhd10.org/schedule 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: https://bit.ly/3j52rSj.   

  

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 www.dhd10.org/covid19-testing-clinics. 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: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/0,9753,7-406-98178_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: https://www.covidtests.gov/.   

If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6715540/Home-Test-Report.   

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: covidreporting@dhd10.org 

  

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.  

Carson City woman killed in motorcycle/vehicle accident

An investigation is underway after a 30-year-old Carson City woman was killed in a motorcycle crash in Motncalm County Saturday afternoon.

 

Michigan State Police troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash at the intersection of West Carson City and Backus roads in Eureka Township.

 

A preliminary investigation revealed a 29-year-old man, driving a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle, was attempting to pass numerous vehicles on M-57 that were slowing for a 2008 Ram pickup truck, which was turning left onto Backus Road. The motorcycle struck the rear of the pickup truck. Police said the driver and passenger on the motorcycle were thrown from the motorcycle.

 

According to troopers, the driver and Carson City woman were not wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

 

The driver of the motorcycle suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

 

The Carson City woman died from her injuries. The driver of the Ram pickup, a 51-year-old man, was not injured in the crash.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/7

40-2200672 @ 2:09pm CPS referral, under investigation

 

40-2200673 @ 3:59pm Traffic stop Division/Spring led to driver being cited for no insurance. Curries towed vehicle.

 

40-2200674 @ 4:32pm Traffic stop Maple/State led to driver being arrested for misdemeanor warrant out of Kent County. He was also cited for improper plate, no insurance, and DWLS 2nd.  BR Tow took vehicle.

 

40-2200675 @ 5:13pm Warrant arrest male with 2 misdemeanor failure to appear warrants.

 

40-2200676 @ 6:30pm 300 block Morrison.  Assist CPS for Child Abuse interviews.  Nothing criminal in nature was disclosed. 

 

40-2200677 @ 8:10pm 1100 block Fuller Ave.  Check wellbeing on a van parked in the lot for 3 hours.  Officer found male in his communications vehicle playing on his phone after finishing a job looking for a cable wire.

 

40-2200678 @ 8:11pm 1200 block Perry. Check wellbeing on an elderly female who thought she had a hair appointment.  Female located and was found to be fine.  She had her times mixed up.

 

40-2200679 @ 9:30pm 300 block Morrison.  Original dispatched as a disorderly. Female was vomiting in her own apartment and not able to breathe.  EMS arrived on scene, and she was taken to the hospital.

 

40-2200680 @ 11:01pm 300 block S. Third.  Called in as several disorderly subjects that wouldn't leave.  Suspect vehicle was found and stopped.  Subjects stated they had been kicked out due to bringing their own alcohol in.  No other issues and caller did not want contact.

 

40-2200681 @ 12:02am Traffic stop for drag racing at Perry and Water Tower resulted in male being cited and released.

 

40-2200682 @ 2:49am 800 block N State.  Traffic stop for expired registration resulted in male being arrested and lodged for possession of methamphetamine and probation violation. 

Mecosta County Youth Academy accepting applications

The Mecosta County Youth Academy is now accepting applications for their camp in
July.


This is a one-week program for boys and girls ages 12-14. It will be held July 18-22 from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. The academy will focus on several topics, including teamwork, leadership, physical fitness, defensive tactics, firearms safety, first aid, and fire safety.


The academy is being sponsored by the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office and the Big Rapids
Department of Public Safety.


For more information, please contact Officer William Sell at the Big Rapids Department of Public
Safety, wsell@bigrapidsdps.org or 231-527-0005, or visit https://cityofbr.seamlessdocs.com/f/YouthAcademyApplication to apply. Applications are due by
May 13, 2022, at 4:00 P.M. Space is limited, so act fast!

Big Rapids Police Blotter 4/4-4/6

4/4

 

40-2200655 @ 10:17am 400 block S Third Ave - Warrant Arrest. Female was arrested for two probation violation warrants out of Clare Co.

 

40-2200456 @ 1:37pm 500 block Linden St. – Civil. A company requested assistance in getting a previous employee to return a computer and other equipment previously given for her work from home employment.

 

40-2200657 @ 2:46pm S State St / Perry Ave. – PDA.

 

40-2200658 @ 3:44pm BRPD. – Vin Inspection.

 

40-2200659 @ 5:30pm 700 block Perry Ave. – PIA. Two vehicle PIA, one driver transported for non-life-threatening injuries

 

40-2200660 @ 12:19am PDA State/Woodward. Occurred approximately a half hour prior. Parties exchanged information.

 

 

4/5

 

40-2200661 @ 12:45pm PDA Michigan/Linden

 

40-2200662 @ 2:04pm PDA State/Woodward. Registered owner was cited for permitting an unlicensed minor to drive and another traffic misdemeanor. Driver was cited for no insurance and no ops.

 

40-2200663 @ 2:45pm Number taken by SRO

 

40-2200664 @ 4:18pm 700 block Perry Ave. Lost Property.

 

40-2200665 @ 11:20pm Mental transport to Auburn Hills.

 

4/6

 

40-2200667 @ 11:51am Walk in fraud complaint, unauthorized charges to victim’s Amazon account.

 

40-2200669 @ 3:08pm @ 2 vehicle crash Michigan/Linden.

 

40-2200668 @ 2:49pm Check wellbeing 800 block Water Tower Rd led to male being arrested on misdemeanor warrant out of MSP Mt. Pleasant.

 

40-2200670 @ 4:02pm Warrant arrest 1000 block S State St. Female was arrested for FOC warrant out of Mecosta County.

 

40-2200671 @ 1:47am Traffic Stop 600 Block S State St resulted in driver being issued a citation for no insurance. The vehicle was towed by Curries.

 

 

Longtime Big Rapids Police Officer Erik Little retires

After 22 years with the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Police Officer Erik Little is retiring.

 

Over the years, Officer Little has served the Big Rapids Police Department in many different roles, including Patrol Officer and East Side Officer. He is best known for his Mounted Patrol duties and has often been seen with his equine partner, Boomer, leading parades and patrolling city streets and parks.

 

Officer Little began his law enforcement career in Boulder, Colorado in 1986 where he attended the police academy and was employed by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office until 1990. He then worked for the El Paso County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office until he moved to the Reed City area in December of 1998. In 1999, he began his career with the Big Rapids Police Department.

 

I have had a wonderful career spanning over 3 decades. I have seen and experienced things that nobody should have to deal with, but I have also seen and experienced some wonderful things that I wish everyone could see and experience.” Officer Little said.

 

If you would like to wish Officer Little good luck in his future endeavors, please stop by the Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. The event is being held at The Yellow Window & Little Brown Sack Deli & BBQ

Fiber optic internet coming to Big Rapids

Fiber optic internet is coming to Big Rapids. Earlier this week, the City Commission voted in favor of an agreement between Point Broadband and Big Rapids to lay fiber optic cable aound the city.

 

This is part of a $25-million dollar investment the internet provider is making in the state of Michigan, according to Point Broadband General Manager Daniel Sullivan.

 

A lot of our investment centers around rural or semi-rural areas where existing cable infrastructures are 25 to 30 years old which has a copper component to it and is going to degrade over time." "Our rural fiber optic cable is surrounded by glass so it’s going to be multi-generational.” Sullivan said.  “So we want to get in there and we want to have municipalities prepared as their existing providers' services degrade.”

 

Point Broadband officials say the the current goal is to have coverage of the entire city limits available by the end of 2022.

Three sent to the hospital following multi-vehicle accident in Montcalm Co.

Three people were sent to the hospital following a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday in Sidney Township.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff's Office, Central Dispatch received a call regarding a reckless driver traveling south on South Sheridan Road near Pakes Road. Minutes later, the crash was reported with multiple vehicles involved at the intersection of South Sheridan and Sidney Roads.

 

Police say the southbound vehicle, a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 38-year-old man from Lyons, failed to stop for the stop light at Sidney Road and struck a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 32-year-old man from Carson City as the Equinox was entering the intersection to head north on Sheridan Road.  The Equinox was forced into a 2019 Ford Escape driven by a 61-year-old female from Stanton who was waiting on Sidney Road facing east preparing to make a left turn onto Sheridan Road.
 
The Silverado then continued in a southeasterly direction after striking the Equinox and then struck a 2007 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 75-year-old Greenville woman who was in the drive of the Crossroads Café waiting to enter South Sheridan Road.  The Silverado continued, striking a parked 2007 Buick pushing the Buick against the Crossroads Café causing damage to the building.
 
The driver of the Silverado was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Equinox and a 32-year-old female passenger were transported to Sparrow Carson Hospital for minor injuries.  There were also three young occupants in the Equinox that were not injured.  No one else was injured in the crash.
 
M-66 was shut down for approximately one hour while the crash was investigated. The driver of the Silverado appeared to have been suffering from a medical condition.  There were no indications of any alcohol and drugs use.

Enrollment down at 80% of Michigan public universities per new report

Enrollment is down at 80% of Michigan's 15 public universities over the last decade.

 

That's according to a report from the Michigan Association of State Universities which found that of more than a dozen state universities in Michigan, only the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Michigan Technological University have seen an increase in enrollment in the last ten years.

 

Here in Big Rapids, Ferris State University had a 28% decrease in enrollement over the last decade.

 

Central Michigan University had the largest drop in enrollment, losing 44%. For a more detailed look at the report CLICK HERE.

Big Rapids Treasurer Aaron Kuhn leaving position May 27th

The City of Big Rapids is on the clock to find a new Treasurer.

 

The Big Rapids City Commission accepted current Treasurer Aaron Kuhn resignation last night, effective May 27th .

 

Kuhn told commissioners he will look fondly on his time working and living in the city.

 

"My family and I are moving to Battle Creek, I have accepted a position as Assistant Revenue Services Director for the City of Battle Creek and hopefully that will lead me to be the Director of Revenue Services there." Kuhn said. "I am grateful for the time that I've spent here and I feel the city is on stable financial footing going forward." "We've worked hard to balance the budget during my tenure here and I am proud of the hard work that we've accomplished together." 

 

In other news, commissioners approved a resolutuion for new body camera's for City Police, they also approved an agreement between the city and Point Broadband to bring fiber optic internet to be installed within city limits.

Sheriff's Corner: Miller reflects on child protection and safety during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

According to the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Information Gateway, “National Child Abuse
Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families
thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year,
communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being and work
together to implement effective strategies that support families and prevent child abuse and
neglect.”


The observance of this month holds a special place in my heart. According to a report by the
Administration for Children & Families, a child abuse report is made every ten seconds in the
United States, which doesn’t account for those that go unnoticed and not reported. At least
one in seven children has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year. The report
goes on to note a national estimate of 1,840 children died from abuse and neglect in 2019
compared to 1,780 children who died in 2018. Rates of child abuse and neglect are five times
higher for children in families with a low socioeconomic status compared to children in families
with a higher socioeconomic status.


With my experience and training during my career involving young people, I have seen firsthand
what abuse and neglect to a child, can do to their lives. In August 1999 I began what I still look
at as being the most memorable 7 years of my career in law enforcement. I was the Big Rapids
Department of Public Safety’s first school liaison officer. It is not often in this profession that
you leave your shift and feel like you made a positive impact in someone's life that you
encountered. This position was different. It was rewarding and fulfilling to be educating the
young children in our area. There were a lot of positives that learned from that position; it also
came with some sadness, seeing what some kids go through in their daily lives away from the
school setting. I had the opportunity to go into the four walls of their home life and see the
lack of love and personal attention they were not receiving from those who were supposed to
love and protect them.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in four girls and one in
13 boys experience child sex abuse at some point in their childhood. Some of the signs of sexual
abuse include difficulty walking or sitting, sleeping with clothes on, age-inappropriate
bedwetting, run a ways, not wanting to go to the bathroom, and sexual behavior or knowledge
inappropriate for a child.


Unfortunately, in my career I have investigated too many reports of sexual abuse of children.
Regrettably, in a number of these cases, the disclosers didn’t take place until sometime after
the abuse or neglect had taken place. More disheartening to me was in several sexual abuse
cases, the perpetrator were family members of these young children, the very people who
should be watching over and protecting them. Due to the abuse, sexual, or otherwise that took
place without any intervention, these acts become generational within the families.


When working with and around children, young and into their teen years, try to be aware of
some of the general symptoms of abuse. These may include low grades in school, mental
health issues such as depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem, unusual interaction with parent, and slower than normal development. When in doubt, always trust your gut and the life
experiences you have had. If something does not appear to be right with the young child, it
probably isn’t. Monitor the child for symptoms, physical or reoccurring injuries who don’t
appear to have a reasonable explanation for how they occurred.


It is of great concern, the abuse and its effects it has on children at the time, but the long term
and lasting negative effects on these victim’s mental health and wellbeing, with depression,
anxiety and suicide being all too common of these experiences. Included in the consequences
of abuse is difficulty building and maintaining relationships, trouble holding down a job and
struggles with connecting and trusting others.


All families need help sometimes. Community and family support is powerful in that it allows us
to keep our youth safe from harm. We all should strive to keep children safe with their families,
rather than safe away from their families. We, as community stakeholders, including the
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Child Protective Services, can help to
evaluate and work on the support systems, resources, services, and methods to fill the needs of
these families and allow them the ability to continue to thrive collectively as they move
forward.


Children are our future. Especially in today's society with everything being thrown at them, it is
vital that children have some self-importance and know there are people out there who care
about them and are looking out for their well-being. National Child Abuse Awareness Month
should not only be April, but every hour of the day, every day of the week, every week of a
month and every month of the year. Only together, as one unit can we look out for our
children to make sure they have the brightest futures.

Public hearing on 2023 budget tonight before Big Rapids City Commission meeting

The Big Rapids City Commission is looking for resident input tonight at City Hall on the city's 2023 general budget.

 

There will be a public hearing on the matter tonight at 6:30pm. 

 

If you cannot attend this public hearing on the budget, there will be a second hearing on May 9th at 6:30pm at City Hall. 

 

Following the hearing, commissioners will be also hear from Public Works Director Heather Bowman on the city's construction calender.

 

On the adgenda for general business, commissioners will act on a resolution authorizing franchise agreement between the City of Big Rapids and Point Broadband.

 

Next commissioners will vote on a resolution adopting the 2022 City Commission Strategic Plan and finally the city commission will be voting on a resolution to accept Aaron Kuhn's resignation as City Tresurer effective May 27th.

 

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

4/1

 

40-2200640 @11:32am 1300 block Catherine St Civil. Caller was upset that her ex- boss keeps calling to her to get money she owes him. Ex-boss advised he would stop calling her and pursue the matter in civil court.

 

40-2200641 @2:26pm Elm/S Michigan Traffic Stop for expired plate. Vehicle had valid insurance and was released from the scene.

 

40-2200642 @5:11pm 435 N Michigan. Found property returned to owner

 

40-2200643 @ 8:31pm 300 block N Second.  Two Found Scooters.

 

40-2200644 @ 11:14pm 200 N Warren.  Traffic Stop led to passenger being cited for open intoxicant in a motor vehicle.

 

40-2200645 @ 3:03am 100 block Maple St.  Unfounded Alarm.

 

 

4/2

 

40-2200646 @ 9:11am 1700 block S State St. – Breaking and Entering – Officers were dispatched for a breaking and entering that had occurred earlier in the morning.

 

40-2200647 @ 12:56pm 1200 block Perry Ave. – PIA – Officers dispatched to a 2-vehicle crash. One driver was taken to hospital due to being pregnant.

 

40-2200648 @ 5:08pm MM 139 / US 131 N. – PIA/Fatal – Officers responded for an assist to MCSO involving a one-vehicle crash. While responding, officers were advised that the crash was a one-vehicle PI and that the vehicle was on fire.

 

40-2200649 @ 12:32am Traffic Stop Second/Maple led to driver being cited for DWLS.

 

40-2200650 @ 1:47am Assist to MSP with TruNarc.

 

 

4/3

 

40-2200651 @ 7:07am 100 block Maple St. – Alarm. Officers were dispatched to an alarm and found the building secure. Keyholder responded and advised that she would work with management and the alarm company to fix the ongoing unfounded alarm issues.

 

40-2200652 @ 10:36am 1200 block Perry Ave. – Suspicious. Officers were dispatched to a suspicious complaint involving an unknown person putting something under the steel cover that protects the light post bolts. The investigation revealed that this was a part of a game, possibly geocaching, that was being played. A note within a pill bottle with people’s names and dates on it was found.

 

40-2200653 @ 7:51pm Traffic Stop N State/E Bridge Driver cited for DWLS, Unregistered motor vehicle, and No Insurance. Curries towed.

 

40-2200654 @ 9:50pm Domestic/CCW 500 block Rust. Female was highly intoxicated and upset that mom wouldn't turn her child over to her due to her intoxication. Female pushed her mother’s head while she was on video call with her other children. Female refused many attempts to get her to go to with Aunt to sleep it off. She also had a taser in her purse.

 

17-year old passenger ejected from vehicle following crash in Aetna Township

One passeger was sent to the hospital with serious injuries following a two car crash in Aetna Township Saturday.

 

It happened on Jefferson Rd and 200th Ave, the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says a 30-year-old Howard City man was traveling east on Jefferson Rd attempting to turn north onto 200th Ave when his vehicle was struck by a SUV driven by a 17-year-old male from the Morley. 

 

The SUV rolled several times ejecting a 17-year-old backseat passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

A 17-year-old front seat passenger and the 17-year-old driver were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. The injured passenger was transported to Devos Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious injuries.   

 

The Howard City Man received minor injuries but refused treatment.

 

Speed is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office investigating fatal car crash in Big Rapids Twp

One driver is dead following a one vehicle crash in Big Rapids Township Saturday evening.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to North bound US-131 at 15 Mile road, that's where an investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle had went off the roadway and hit one of the cement columns that support the bridge at the over pass.

 

The driver of the vehicle suffered severe injuries and died on scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation. 

Former State lawmaker & Big Rapids resident Joanne Emmons passes away

Big Rapids resident and former State Respresenative (87-90) and Senator (91-02) Joanne Emmons has passed away March 31st at the age of 88. 

 

Along with being a state lawmaker, Emmons also served as Big Rapids Township treasurer for a decade starting in 1976 and was very active in her community. 

 

Congressman John Moolenaar made the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Joanne Emmons:

 

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Joanne Emmons. She was a dedicated public servant for almost three decades and our state is better off today because of her leadership and commitment to public service. She provided outstanding assistance to her constituents, and she was a faithful steward of taxpayer dollars, while always fighting to defend the lives of the unborn. I join her family and friends in mourning her passing and celebrating her life."

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Monday…03/21/2022
A call was received into the department concerning a potential violation of a trespassing order, as well as suspicious activity occurring at the same location. An Officer interviewed the tenant and was allowed inside of the home. There was no evidence indicative of the allegation and the person said to be trespassing was not present.


An officer investigated a complaint regarding the larceny of a bicycle. This incident is open pending further investigation.


2 traffic stops were conducted for various infractions within the city.


Tuesday …03/22/2022
An Officer assisted the Reed City Fire Department for a possible house fire. The nature of the fire was
determined to be accidental. No major damage and no injuries occurred.


An Officer responded to a complaint of vandalism at a local business. Photographs were taken and video footage is being reviewed.


Our department received a call that a man had witnessed two young boys carrying what appeared to be a post and road sign down a local trail. When asked to hand it over, the kids complied and said items were returned to DPW.


An officer conducted a traffic stop for a speeding infraction, and through investigation, discovered the operator did not have valid insurance on their vehicle. The driver was issued a citation for the speeding offence, and for operating without security. The vehicle was secured and left at the scene until valid insurance was obtained.


Thursday …03/24/2022
Officers were dispatched to an apartment for a possible domestic assault complaint. Upon arrival interviews were conducted, and it was determined that no physical assault occurred as this was a verbal argument. The officers cleared the scene once their assistance was no longer needed.


An officer made contact with 2 subject’s who were soliciting window and roofing services within the city. It was determined they did not hold a valid peddlers permit, and were instructed to cease said activity until a permit was obtained.


Officers assisted Osceola County Deputies in Evart Township with an incident involving an armed subject.


4 traffic stops were conducted for various infractions within the city.

 

Friday …03/25/2022
An officer investigated a complaint of garbage blowing from one yard to another. The officer spoke will all parties involved and a verbal warning was issued.


Saturday …03/26/2022
An officer investigated a suspicious situation that occurred within the city.

Two drivers injured in Mecosta Township crash

Two drivers suffered injuries following a two car crash in Mecosta County Thursday.

 

Deputies responded to a two- vehicle Injury accident on 8 Mile Rd and Norhtland Dr in Mecosta Twp.

 

A 45-year-old Big Rapids man was eastbound on 8 Mile Rd attempting to cross Northland Dr. when he was hit at the intersection by a car traveling northbound.

 

The northbound car was driven by a 52-year-old woman from Mecosta who received minor injuries. The 45-year-old man was taken to a local hospital for nonlife threatening injuries.

 

The 45-year-old man was cited for Fail to yield.

 

Alcohol and speed were NOT a factor in the accident.

 

Sheriff Miller wants to remind all drivers drive with caution and warmer weather is approaching and motorcycle traffic will be increasing.

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