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Recall alert: Bob Evans Frozen Beef Stroganoff Pasta meal

Check your fridge, there's a recall of a frozen beef and pasta dish that affects Michigan.


The USDA says roughly 527-pounds of “Bob Evans Beef Stroganoff Pasta” in an 18- ounce sealed plastic tray are being recalled.


The product has a use by date of July Second 2019 and a time stamp on the tray seal between 15-hundred and 18-37.


The recall is because the food was produced outside of federal inspection and standard inspection hours.


Accused child molester's plan to escape jail thwarted by police

An accused child molester in mid Michigan is even more trouble for allegedly planning to break out of the Isabella County Jail.


Keith McKern reportedly planned an escape and allegedly recruited a jail trustee to help him do it.


Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main says McKern's plan involved climbing through a skylight and escaping on a rope ladder.


He says the corrections staff noticed some transfer of papers between McKern and the trustee.


White Cloud man dies in motorcycle accident

A White Cloud man is dead following a motorcycle accident in Newaygo County Monday afternoon.


It happened at Echo Drive near Sycamore Avenue in Wilcox Township.


Deputies say a motorcycle veered off the road on the outside of a curve. The rider was thrown from the bike.


Deputies say the 26-year-old White Cloud man died at the scene. Speed is a factor in the crash, according to police.


Five suspects arraigned on drug charges in connection to Grant Twp. arrests

Five of the six suspects arrested at a Grant Township home this week on drug charges have plead not guilty during their arraignment.


59-year old Chris Duane Hansen of Barryton, 39-year old Julie Ann Somers of Stanwood, 36-year old Lewis Robert Sanford, 40-year old Linda Marie Sanford, both of Mecosta and 33-year old Darrell Joseph Draher, of Barryton were charged with a host of counts including possession of methamphetamine, while Hansen, Sanford, and both Julie and Lewis Somers were also charged as habitual offenders due to prior felony convictions.


All suspects in this case face ten years to life in prison, if convicted.


The sixth suspect has yet to be arraigned.


43-year old man & 18-year old step daughter suffer injuries following rollover accident in Wheatland Twp.

Two people suffered  injuries after being thrown from their car following a rollover accident in Mecosta County.


It happened in Wheatland Township on 10 Mile Rd East of 60th Ave.


An investigation revealed that at 43-year old man from Mecosta was test driving a vehicle to assess it for repairs.


The driver's 18-year old step daughter was also in the vehicle.


The driver lost control on the dirt road causing the vehicle to overturn.


The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, causing both occupants to be ejected from the vehicle.


The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth by Aeromed for possible life threatening injuries, while the passenger was taken to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.  




Police arrest six people on meth charges in Mecosta County's Grant Township

Six people were arrested last night at a home in Mecosta County's Grant Township.


Deputies say they went to the residence seeking several people who had outstanding warrants.


When police got to the scene, three subjects, two men and a woman were arrested for possession of meth.


A short time later, police say another man drove up to the home. An investigation found that suspect had an outstanding warrant and in possession of meth.


A second car drove up a short time later and deputies say the two male occupants were found to be in possession of methamphetamine.


All six suspect were arrested on charges of possession of meth with intent to deliver.


Their names are being withheld pending arraignment.


Female suspect tries to use counterfeit money at Big Rapids Twp. Jimmy Johns

More fake money is going around the Big Rapids area, this time at a Jimmy Johns restaurant in Big Rapids Township.


Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies say employees described the suspect as a black female skinny build, black hair that was below her shoulders possibly with dreadlocks.


The female attempted to purchase a sandwich and drink with a counterfeit $100 bill.


Jimmy John's employees discovered the bill was counterfeit before proceeding any further with the transaction.


The female fled the scene in a Gray Hyundai Tucson SUV with Arizona plate BPC8806. At this time it is believed that this was an isolated occurrence.


Anyone with knowledge on the suspects identity is encouraged to contact the Sheriff's office. 


Reward being offered for information leading to an arrest connected to an attempted arson in Martiny Twp.

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an attempted arson and is requesting the public's assistance with information. 


Detective Drew Nielsen says sometime in the early morning hours of Sunday May 5th, 2019 someone attempted to set fire to a residence in Martiny Township while the family slept inside.


A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest. 


The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with information about this heinous act to call 231-592-0150 or email


U.S. Geological Survey has begun monitoring, Nestle Water's White Pine Springs site in Osceola Township.

At the request of Nestlé Waters North America, the U.S. Geological Survey has begun monitoring, collecting, and publishing surface water and groundwater data near Nestle's White Pine Springs site in Osceola Township.


This project is part of the USGS Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, which was established to provide a more accurate assessment and status of the country's water resources, assist in the determination of the quantity and quality of water available for beneficial uses, identify long-term trends in water availability, and improve the ability to forecast the availability of water for economic, energy production, and environmental uses.


Two men arrested during domestic dispute in Colfax Township

Two men were arrested on a domestic assault while one of them was taken to the hospital with stab wounds.


It happened last night in Mecosta County's Colfax Township, that's where deputies were called to a home for a domestic dispute.


Police say a 29-year old Rodney man was stabbed.


An 18-year old male suspect from Rodney was arrested for felonious domestic assault charges.


The 29-year old man was arrested on domestic assault charges after he was treated and released for his injuries.


The suspects' names are being withheld until their arraignment.


DTE to increase monthly rates by an average of $6 for residential customers

Get ready to pay more to keep your lights on -- Starting today -- a rate increase for those who get electricity from DTE.


The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the action for an overall $273-million dollar rate increase for the company that'll cost customers about $6 dollars more per month.


Despite approving the increase, the MPSC did deny DTE's asking to charge homeowners who have installed renewable energy projects with a "system access" fee.


The utility says the additional money will be put toward system upgrades and tree trimming.


Police Memorial to take place at University Center on the campus of Ferris State

Ferris State University is set to host the annual Police Memorial on Tuesday beginning at 9 a.m., outside the University Center building in the North Campus Quad on the Big Rapids campus.


This year's program includes the playing of “Taps,” the Big Rapids Middle School Choir singing the Irish Blessing, placement of the wreath, the local Honor Guard procession, and a keynote speech.


The Police Memorial is free and open to the public, with an opportunity to meet with officers following the event.


The university community is encouraged to attend this event and may park in Lots 1 and 13, located east of the University Center.


State Lawmakers approve bill to forgive four snow days for schools

Michigan schools will not have to make up as many as four snow days under legislation headed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her expected signature.


The Senate approved the bill unanimously Thursday.


It would exclude the period from January 29th through February 1st from counting as snow days. That was the period that an artic deep freeze shut down schools across the state.


Howard City man sentenced to prison in connection to barn fires in Mecosta Co.

A Howard City man will now spend the next 15 years behind bars for his part in a string of barn fires in Mecosta County.


32-year old Theodore Chester Cosnowski III, was sentenced this week on multiple felony charges.


He was sentenced to 11 months to 15 years for each of his three third-degree arson charges and then four to 10 years for a third-degree home invasion charge.


A second-degree home invasion charge was dismissed by the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office.


Cosnowski, along with Derek Austin Keeler, of Sparta, and Jacquelynn Mae Harris, of Morley, were charged for setting three separate barn fires on Oct. 1 in Deerfield Township.


An additional fire had allegedly been set in Montcalm County.


UPDATE: Trio accused of using fake money at Big Rapids area businesses arraigned


Three Chicago men were arraigned in Mecosta County on felony charges connected to passing fake money at area businesses.


Mecosta County Sheriff Detective Casey Nemeth says the three men were arrested on charges of passing counterfeit bills and conducting a criminal enterprise.


18-year old Charles Bradley Winston and 24-year old  Demetrius Dontae Taylor remain in custody at the Mecosta County Jail each on $150,000 Cash/Surety bonds.


While 27-year old Derick D Taylor remains in jail on $200,000 surety bond.


Further investigation from April 10th and April 27th has reveal that at least 10 times the suspects victimized the Big Rapids area, stealing from 7 different businesses. 


Detectives continue to work with the U.S. Secret Service and have now been in contact with Kent County and the City of Kalamazoo detectives reference similar crimes committed.


Charles Winston                     Demetrius Taylor                               Derick Taylor



Police in Mecosta Co. arrest three men connected to counterfeit money ring

Officials at the Mecosta County Sheriffs Office announced the arrest of three suspects they believe were involved in the spread of counterfeit money at local businesses.


Detective Casey Nemeth of the Sheriffs Office says three Chicago men ages 27, 24 and 19 were arrested Saturday for passing counterfeit money in the City of Big Rapids and Big Rapids Township.


The three started purchasing items at Jimmy John's and Shell Gas Station, traveled to Bob Evans, Wesco Gas and Dunhams Sports all purchasing and attempting to purchase small items with counterfeit one hundred dollar bills, and receiving the large amount in change.


Several counterfeit $100 bills and over $1500 of real currency were confiscated from the three men and their vehicle.


All three men are were arrested and lodged for the Felony charges at the Mecosta County Jail by Deputies and officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety.

Investigation into recent counterfeit bills being passed in the Big Rapids Area links these subjects to multiple counterfeit money offenses in Western Michigan.  The investigation is ongoing and Detectives from both the Sheriff's Office and Big Rapids DPS are currently working with Agents from U.S. Secret Service.



Man injures self during target practice in Osceola County

Deputies in Osceola County are investigating a case where a man was injured while conducting target practice with his handgun.


Police say they were dispatched to a home Saturday afternoon in Lincoln Township.


A 40-year old man was said to have sustained severe injuries while involved in target practice with a hand gun.


The man was flown by helicopter for further medical treatment.


This incident remains under investigation.


Lake Isabella man accused of attempted murder

A 60-year old Lake Isabella man is in police custody on attempted murder charges following an alleged domestic incident with his girlfriend.


The incident happened around 2:30am last Friday, Deputies were called to a home after the 47-year old victim said the suspect, Larry Reeve threatened to kill her several times throughout this incident.


She said they started fighting while lying in bed and Reeve would not let her use her phone.


The victim said she was thrown around the bedroom by Reeve. Reeve then took his belt and wrapped it around the victim’s neck and dragged her around the house, as told by the victim. She said she could not breathe while this happened.


The victim then said Reeve brandished a knife and held it to her throat.


She said Reeve slammed her head into the floor several times. The victim said she was able to get inside the bathroom, but Reeve made his way in the room and held her head underwater in a full bathtub. She told deputies that she had to hold her breath.


Afterward, the victim said she was dragged outside where Reeve put her head on some cement steps and began putting pressure on her neck.


Her phone started ringing and Reeve answered, the victim said. Reeve spoke with the person on the phone and eventually calmed down, the sheriff’s office said.


The victim told Reeve to leave to her home and he did so.


Deputies later located Reeve and arrested him.


He’s been charged with attempted murder.


The victim was taken to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown at this time.


Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this incident.


Evart woman involved in rollover accident in Mecosta Co.

An Evart woman is recovering following a rollover accident this morning in Mecosta County.


It happened on the southbound lane of US-131 near 8 Mile Road, deputies say the 38-year old driver lost control on the icy overpass.


Her vehicle left the roadway and overturned in the ditch.


She was taken Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.


Stanwood man pleads 'No Contest' to second degree murder

A Stanwood man who was alleged to have shot and killed a Morley man back in October near the Moe-Z-Inn has agreed to a plea deal before his scheduled trial.


49-year old Randall Robert Jensen pleaded 'No Contest' to three felonies charges Tuesday, according to court records.


Jensen pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and one count of felony firearms, for possessing a pistol while committing a felony. According to the plea agreement, the open murder charge, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of felony firearms will be dismissed.


Jensen had been charged with several charges, including open murder, stemming from the Oct. 20, 2018, shooting death of 47-year-old John Mast.


Jensen faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in May.


Stabbing incident in Isabella Co. leaves one man with serious injuries

One man suffered serious injuries following a stabbing incident over the weekend in Isabella County.


Deputies say they responded to a call about a man with a gun in a parking lot.


When officers arrived and investigated they found no one with a gun.


A short time later police received a call about a 21-year old man who had been stabbed at an apartment attached to the parking lot.


Deputies found several people in the apartment.


They were told that a few people left the party and came back with several more people.


That group then started spray people at the party with pepper spray and hitting them with baseball bats. The sheriff’s office said several people were punched and kicked during the attack. The suspects left the scene before deputies and officers arrived. The victims sustained minor injuries or did not need medical attention.


A 21-year-old man from Union Township was stabbed and struck in the face with a baseball bat.


He was taken to a local hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.


Deputies are urging anyone with information on this incident to call them at (989) 772-5911.


Rollover accident sends one woman to hospital in Mecosta Co.

A Canadian Lakes woman is in stable condition following a rollover accident in Martiny Township this morning.


It happened just before 2am, deputies say the 56-year old woman ran off the road at the intersection of Cleveland and 80th Avenue then struck an embankment and a road sign then getting back on the road overturning several times.


The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for her injuries.


Alcohol is believed to be a factor, according to police.


Phishing scam targeting FSU students


The Ferris State University Dept. of Public Safety says they've received multiple reports of phishing text messages that are being sent to Students phones around campus.


Officials say not to respond to the text message as Ferris State University will not ask you to update login information via text.


DPS officials want anyone who has been targeted to take a screenshot of the message and report it to the Ferris State University I.T. Solution Center via email at


Firefighters deem farm house fire in Sheridan Township suspicious


Mecosta County Sheriff Deputies are continuing to investigate a fire they are calling suspicious.


It happened on Monday around 6:30pm at a vacant farm home in Sheridan Township.


Members of the Barryton Fire Department called in Police after deeming the cause of the fire suspicious.


The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is also asking the public for assistance if anyone saw anything suspicious to please call the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150.



Police believe alcohol a factor in one car accident in Big Rapids Township

Police believe alcohol was a factor in a one car accident this morning in Mecosta County.


The accident occurred on 220th Ave north of Perry Ave.


Deputies say a 54-year old Sydney man lost control of his vehicle and hit the embankment at the entrance of Michigan Pain Consultants. It is believed that the accident occurred due to prior damage on the vehicle that happened during a previous accident that the driver fled from.


The driver was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for non life threatening injuries.



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