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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.



Search resumes for Evart teen who fell through the Muskegon River ice in February

The search has resumed for a 15-year-old boy who fell through the ice of the Muskegon River two months ago.


Authorities in Osceola County say it's a tall task and they worked into the evening on Monday but had no success in finding the body of Dylan Shaw of Evart.


Shaw fell into the river with two other teens on February 7.


The other two were able to make it to shore.


Authorities will continue searching for Shaw as the weather gets warmer over the next two weeks. 


Weidman man federally indicted on child porn charges

A 68-year old Isabella County man is charged with multiple sex crimes involving children.


Michigan State Police announced the arrest of Weidman resident Donald Koontz, after an investigation which began in January, 2018 regarding allegations of possession of child pornography and criminal sexual conduct with children.


Further investigation led to Koontz being federally indicted for the sexual exploitation of children, and for possessing child pornography.


Koontz was arraigned on the charges in federal court in Bay City, on Friday.


Boyne City woman involved in car accident in Mecosta Co.

A Northern Michigan woman was taken to the hospital over the weekend following a single vehicle crash in Mecosta County.


Sheriff Deputies say it happened Saturday on US 131 SB near 21 Mile Rd in Green Township, that's where a Boyne City woman may have suffered from a medical condition.


The vehicle left the road and struck some trees.


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


Environment officials identify new positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease in Montcalm Co.

Michigan officials say a farmed deer in Montcalm County has tested positive for deadly chronic wasting disease.


The diagnosis was made after the 2-year-old doe died and carcass samples were submitted for routine testing under a surveillance program for deer raised on farms.


It requires those in some high-risk areas to be quarantined.


83 deer have been identified with the sickness in Montcalm County, which is part of Michigan's chronic wasting disease management zone.


The neurological disease affects whitetail deer, mule deer, elk and moose.


Minimum wage goes up for workers in Michigan

Changes today for some Michigan workers.


The minimum wage increases 20-cents to $9.45 an hour.


Teen workers can still be paid 85-percent of the minimum wage, but that rate will increase to $8.03 per hour.


The minimum wage for tipped workers increases from $3.52 to $3.59 per hour.


Big Rapids police arrest suspect connected to February shooting

Police in Big Rapids say they have a suspect in custody they believe was involved in a February shooting that occurred in the 400th block of Fuller Ave.


Officials say Paris Antwone “PJ” Jones was arrested on March 22nd at a home on S. Stewart Ave after a warrant was issued.


According to police, the alleged incident occurred on February 1st when Jones is alleged to have shot into an unoccupied home.


Jones was arraigned on felony weapons charges.


He's being held on $100,000 bond.


Inmate death investigation rules Big Rapids woman died of natural causes

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office says an independent investigation ruled a female inmate who died in its jail in December of 2018, passed away from natural causes.


The ruling comes after a two month investigation by the Michigan Sheriff’s Association MISSION team. 


The inmate, 34-year old Amber Lynae Bills, of Big Rapids, had passed away while in custody on December 30, 2018.


The result showed that no jail policies were violated and no criminal acts were committed.


Bills had been booked into the jail on December 22, 2018 on a driving while suspended charge with a $500 cash or surety bond. She also had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court with an additional $500 cash or surety bond. Bills experienced stomach pain several days after arriving at the jail. The nurse examined her on multiple occasions.


Bills informed the nurse she had used methamphetamine and was withdrawing from the drug. Jail staff promptly moved Bills to a cell with direct observation. The nurse placed her on Librium protocol when she discovered her condition. Bills remained in the jail’s direct observation cell from December 28 until December 30.


In the afternoon of December 30, Bills presented in a manner consistent with her previous condition and was given the prescribed Librium. Soon after officers removed Bills from her cell in an unresponsive state. Bills did not regain consciousness following the application of CPR and life saving measures.


A subsequent autopsy ruled Bills died of natural causes.


Gov. Whitmer calls for flood damage assessments in Newaygo Co.

As home and business owners continue to deal with the aftermath of flooding, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the U.S. Small Business Administration to conduct damage assessments in Newaygo County.


If approved, the administration's disaster assistance program would make low interest loans available to eligible residents and businesses affected by flooding.


More than 130 homes and businesses were damaged by flooding earlier this week.


On Tuesday, the Governor declared a State of Emergency for Newaygo County which makes more resources available to local officials.


Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency in Newaygo Co.

A State of Emergency has been declared in Newaygo County by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after over 130 homes have been flooded.


The county had requested state assistance to address the impacts of heavy rainfall and snowmelt, which resulted in widespread flooding.


Whitmer says as Newaygo County continues to deal with the effects of severe flooding, they are doing all they can to ensure the health and safety of their residents,” She says by signing this declaration, the state can offer even more resources to assist the county’s efforts.


Abby Watkins is the Director of Emergency Services for the county, she says at one point over 100 roads were flooded and dozens have been damaged by the water.

Watkins says almost 90-percent of the home owners effected do not have flood insurance since their homes are not in flood plains.


The Red Cross is now working with county officials to help local residents.




Morley woman dies in car/trailer accident in Kent County

A 46-year-old woman has been killed after she crashed her car into a tractor trailer late last night in west Michigan's Oakfield Township.


Michigan State Police say the woman from Morley crossed the center line around 11:30 last night and hit a tractor trailer.


She was killed , but the 22-year-old driver of the tractor trailer from Big Rapids was not injured.


No word yet if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash.


Farmington Hills man faces new sex crime charges in Mecosta County

A Farmington Hills man convicted of rape in 2018, is now facing new charges of sexual assault in a second case in Mecosta County.


35-year old Daniel Carlson was video arraigned from prison where he's currently serving 5 to 15 years for a rape that occurred in 2017.


Carlson is now charged with 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct which stem from an incident in 2016 at the Tullymore Resort in Morton Township. 


This is the second charge with a separate victim from that incident in 2016.


His bond was set at $1 million dollars.


Carlson is scheduled to be back in court next month.



Newaygo Co. police looking for gas station theft suspect

Police in Newaygo County are looking for a man they say stole a large amount of liquor from the Brohman EZ Mart Gas Station on March 9th.


According to deputies, the suspect stole $150 worth in liquor.


He's described as a black male approximately 6' tall, 25-35 years old. He has facial tattoos, one or two tear drops below one of his eyes and an old English "L" or something similar on his face / cheek area.


No vehicle description as the suspect ran from the store to an unknown location or vehicle.  


Anyone with information on the suspects identity is asked to contact police at 231-689-7303.


Two year old dies following two vehicle accident in Newaygo Co.

A two-year old child died over the weekend following a two vehicle accident in Newaygo County.


Deputies say it happened on Elm Avenue, at the Baseline Road intersection in Big Prairie Township Saturday afternoon. That's where a pickup truck driven by an 18-year old man and his passenger a 14-year old male both from Morley failed to stop at the stop sign and hit a car carrying five people.


The driver of the car, a 27-year old woman from New Era and two of her passengers a 29-year old man from Shelby and a 7-year old girl from Shelby were taken to the hospital.


A 5-year-old boy had to be airlifted to the hospital, and the 2-year-old died from her injuries at the scene.


The two teenagers in the pickup truck were not hurt.


State Rep. Hoitenga creates bill to do away with daylight savings time in Michigan

There's a push to do away with the time changes in Michigan.


A lawmaker from Manton, near Cadillac, has introduced legislation that would eliminate the time changes.


State Representative Michele Hoitenga says the time change has been a nuisance to workers and students across the state for decades and the practice is antiquated and impractical.


Hoitenga says rather than end Daylight Saving Time, Michigan should remain in it all the time.


The bill has been referred to the House Commerce and Tourism Committee for consideration.


By the way, this is the time change weekend. So set your clock ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.


Gov. Whitmer details proposed state budget

Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her first budget proposal Tuesday morning.


As expected, Whitmer proposed a 45-cents-a-gallon gas tax increase. She also proposed repealing a 2011 law that eliminated or reduced exemptions from the taxation of pension and other retirement income. Whitmer also proposed doubling the earned income tax credit for low-income earners from 6 percent of the federal credit to 12 percent.


As part of the budget plan, Governor Whitmer is also requesting nearly $53-million dollars for information technology projects that could help residents and improve government operations. One of the projects includes in-car video streaming for State Police troopers to enable real-time data sharing. Another ten million has been set aside to deal with the passage of two ballot proposals that deal with the redistricting of state and congressional districts and establishes new voting rights.


There are several other projects outlined in the budget presented by the Governor. The spending plan includes a three percent increase, or about $40-million dollars, in revenue sharing to cities, counties and townships. In addition, the governor wants to spend about $23-million dollars for the Michigan Public Safety Communications System which will be used by first responders at the state and local levels and to support a new State Police trooper recruit school. Another $2.3-million has been put aside to continue testing and research on Chronic Wasting Disease in Michigan’s deer population.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer plans to embark on a statewide tour today to sell the plan to residents. Whitmer plans a series of speeches, roundtable discussions and town hall meetings. The tour will be an opportunity to explain her budget for 2020 in greater detail and explain why and how she has put this budget forward. The budget tour will start today on the west side of the state.



Mecosta County Deputies looking for Walmart store theft suspect


Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a man they say stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics from the Big Rapids Walmart early this morning.


Surveillance video showed where a black male suspect entered the store around 3:20 am.  The unidentified male then pried open a locked case behind the employee counter and also cut a security cable to access high dollar electronics. 


The suspect then stole 5 apple watch 4th gen, 4 iPad 6th gen, 2 ACER laptops and 3 Lenovo Tab 4’s,  totaling $4,485.98. 


If anyone has any information in regards to this complaint, the Sheriff’s Office is asking them to contact the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150 or through email at



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