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City Commission approves grant money for tree planting program

15 new trees will be planted around the Big Rapids Community in the near future as part of a tree planting grant.

 

The Big Rapids City Commission earlier this week, approved a resolution authorizing a grant agreement for the 2022 Consumers Energy Community Street and Boulevard Tree Planting program.

 

The grant, administered through the Michigan Forestry and Park Association in the amount of $3,000, covers partial payment for 15 trees to be planted in public rights-of-way and on city owned property.

 

According to the resolution, Big Rapids will match the grant award with $2,925.00 which covers the remaining $300.00 in tree costs and $2,625 in tree delivery and planting services by New

Horizons Landscape.

 

The new trees are expected to be planted during the month of October.


 

Big Rapids Police Blotter: 8/15-8/17

8/15

40-2201696 @ 8:38am Maple St / Warren Ave. Traffic Stop for expired plate and no insurance.

 

40-2201697 @ 9:12am BRPD. Lost Property. Complainant stated that he thought someone stole his phone at a local establishment. Upon investigation and video review, it appeared the complainant did not have his phone there and had lost it earlier in the night.

 

40-2201698 @ 11:11am BRPD. Civil. Complainant spoke with officers about his ongoing issues with his ex-girlfriend and child.

 

40-2201699 @ 12:13pm State and Chestnut. PDA

 

40-2201700 @ 1:12pm 1200 block Perry Ave. Harassment. Officer spoke with complainant who reported his ex-girlfriend was harassing him.

 

40-2201701 @ 3:36pm 200 block Pemberton Ave. Assault. Officers responded to an assault complaint. Female was lodged for hitting male as he was getting his personal belongings from the residence.

 

40-2201702 @ 7:42pm 700 block S. State. Suspicious Situation Employees called advising a male had been in the bathroom for quite some time with the door propped open. Officers located the male who advised he was cleaning up in the bathroom. He was trespassed per request of employees.

 

40-2201703 @ 8:08pm Traffic stop State/Perry led to arrest of driver for OWI.

 

8/16

 

40-2201705 @ 3:22pm BRPD. Warrant Arrest. Male came into the BRPD to pick up his ID that he had lost, he had a contempt warrant for traffic offenses and was lodged.

 

40-2201706 @ 6:33pm 300 block Oak St. MDOP. Graffiti was found in the area and documented.

 

40-2201707 @ 9:31pm 200 block N. Warren, verbal argument between a male and a female.

 

40-2201708 @ 10:35pm Officers made contact with a male in city parking lot 4. He was intoxicated when officers spoke to him and was told not to drive.  A short time later he chose to get into his vehicle and leave the parking lot. A traffic stop was attempted at State/Sanborn, he led officers on slow pursuit to his residence, where he was arrested for OWI, flee and elude, and cited for no license, improper plate, and refusing PBT.  Vehicle towed to Curries.

 

8/17

40-2201709 @ 8:48am 100 block S Michigan Ave alarm

 

40-2201710 @ 9:28am 800 block Country Way APS referral. 

 

40-2201711 @ 6:07pm 200 block Pemberton Ave Civil Male stopped by to trade property with a female.  They argued, the female left, and the complainant followed her to the laundromat then left.  No PPO or no contact orders against the male.  He was trespassed from the residence.  Female was advised to follow up with a PPO.

 

40-2201712 @ 6:30pm 500 block S Third Ave. Suspicious.  Female was caught looking in the window of a vehicle and pulling on the door handle.  She was hanging out at the dumpster and told to move along.  Went to the trail area.

 

40-2201713 @ 7:43pm 600 block Oak St.  Assisted security with escorting a patient back to their room.

 

40-2201714 @ 6:48pm Warrant Pickup from Newaygo.

 

40-2201715 @ 8:22pm 1700 block S State.  911 hang-up.  Female called reference her child's father serving her custody papers and she claimed he forged her name.  Female showed officers the paperwork that was properly filled out and named her in the court case.  She was advised.

 

40-2201716 @ 8:22pm 1700 block S. State.  Female from above had a FTA warrant and was lodged at MCSO.

 

40-2201717 @ 12:32am 400 block S Third C.  Female showed up 4.5 hours after their doors close to residents.  She appeared to be having a mental health crisis.  She was allowed in for the night and will be referred for help.

 

40-2201718 @ 2:13am 1800 block Milton.  Suspicious- Juveniles calling 911 stating they had seen someone outside. Cameras were reviewed and nobody seen.

Who will be running mate for GOP Governor nominee Tudor Dixon?

We could see a fight at the State GOP Convention later this month over the party's nomination for Lt. Governor.

 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, who will take on Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the November election is expected to announce her pick for a running mate later this week.

 

Former candidates for Governor Ryan Kelly and Ralph Rebandt have both said they're considering seeking the party's nomination for the number two job. But there are reports that some Republicans could try to overrule her choice to support a candidate more aligned with the grassroots faction of the party.

 

Republicans will officially endorse candidates for Lt. Governor and other top offices at the convention on August 27th.

Great American Crossroads 5K set for Saturday

Looking for a way to stay fit this weekend? Reed City is hosting the Great American Crossroads 5K race Saturday, August 20th at 9 a.m.

The 5K race and kids dash are sponsored by the Reed City High School Cross Country team.
Festivities will begin and finish at the Reed City Depot, which is also the site for registration and check- in. The race course encompasses roads and trails through Westerburg and Rambadt Parks.

“Our race takes advantage of the rails to trails system in Reed City along with our great riverwalk trail,” Race Director Rich Saladin said. “It’s a great, fast run and we hope to get a great turn out.”

Registration for the race includes a “swag bag” and a t-shirt while supplies last. The 5K race price is $35 for general admission and $25 for K-12 students. For the kid’s dash, pricing is free for all competitors.

For registration and more information, visit the race information dashboard on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/gacc5k.

Big Rapids Firefighters getting new equipment

Big Rapids Firefighters will be getting new breathing apparatus' in the near future.

 

Fire Department Director Steve Schroeder told the city commission earlier this week, the current devices in service are reaching their lifespan of 15 years, per state requirements and need replacement.

 

Those are the backpacks that we wear in the fire division that we use to go into smokey environments or an environment that may be hazardous to breathe in. Schroeder said. “Our air packs are actually at the end of their lifespan of 15 years, so we have several air packs that are actually out of service right now that are about three-quarters of the cost of a new one to repair and with them ending, we've chosen not to replace those or fix them rather.”

 

The City Commission approved a low bid from West Shore Fire of $176,623 for replacement of 19 air packs and other fire accessory devices.

Consumers Energy to test emergency siren system Thursday morning on Muskegon River

Just a heads up for those residents living in Mecosta and Newaygo Counties.

 

Consumers Energy announced the emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Thursday, August 18, at about 9 a.m.

 

The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message. The public does not need to take any action during the test.

 

The siren systems are tested each August and December.


 

Recall Alert: Capri Sun 'Wild Cherry' drink recalled due to cleaning solution contamination

Some kids drinks are being recalled because they could contain a cleaning product.

 

Kraft Heinz is recalling thousands of cases of Capri Sun over concerns about trace amounts of cleaning chemicals in its juice.

 

The voluntary recall affects more than 5,700 cases of Capri Sun Wild Cherry sold across the country. They say diluted cleaning solution was inadvertently introduced into a production line at one of its factories.

 

The recall affects only the Wild Cherry flavor with a "Best When Used By Date" of June 25, 2023.

 

Multiple customers complained about the taste of the affected juices, but no illnesses have been reported.

 

Deer hunters required to report harvest online during 2022 deer season

Deer hunters will have 72 hours to report that they killed a deer to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources this season.

 

Last year, nearly 7,000 deer hunters voluntarily reported their deer harvest online to help test the Michigan Department of Natural Resources new reporting system. Starting with the fall 2022 deer seasons, online harvest reporting is required for all hunters who successfully take a deer.

 

Hunters can report their harvest through the DNR website or the DNR's new mobile app.

 

Hunters who can’t report their harvest due to a lack of internet access or smart device may get help from a family member or friend with access, by providing them with their kill tag license number, date of birth and harvest location to report on the hunter’s behalf.

 

Reporting by phone to the DNR is not possible because of the need for accurate harvest location data, which is provided by selecting the location on a digital map.

Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the DNR website for this and other questions related to deer harvest reporting.

 


 

 

 

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

8/11

40-2201658 @ 6:34am 300 block N Warren Tamper w/Property.  Someone took the call rings and tied them to the fishing platforms

 

40-2201659 @ 10:55am 1000 block N Fourth Assist to Sparta PD with locating juveniles.  A child custody issue

 

40-2201660 @ 11:37am 400 block S Third Suspicious.  Director found pictures of a former employee’s boyfriend with a cut on his head. 

 

40-2201661 @ 12:18pm 400 block S Third Suicidal female transported to ER

 

40-2201662 @ 1:29pm 200 block S State St Fraud scammed over Facebook Market Place

 

40-2201663 @ 2:08pm 200 block Hutchinson Check Wellbeing Male left doctor’s office after telling staff he was depressed and had suicidal thoughts.

 

40-2201664 @ 3:05pm 800 block Marion Suicidal male.  Complainant received a suicide message from her boyfriend.  She could see on camera he was going to hang himself.  He was inside the house.  Male had a cord tied to garage rafter. He was transported to ER for mental health evaluation

 

40-2201665 @ 4:25pm 100 blk N Michigan Ave 2 car PDA

 

40-2101558 @ 6:30pm Warrant pickup from Missaukee County reference an original domestic warrant. 

 

40-2201666 @ 9:51pm 200 block S State Traffic Stop led to the warrant arrest of a male for allowing a suspended person to drive. 

 

40-2201667 @ 11:40pm 1100 block Catherine St. Suicide Male committed suicide.    

 

 

8/12

40-2201668 @ 10:21am 1100 block Catherine Threats/Disorderly

 

40-2201669 @ 10:18am 200 block S State St dispatched as check well being discovered it was a disorderly that had occurred at a different residence.  Four females decided to confront one another after consuming a lot of alcohol.  Turned over to Prosecutors office

 

40-2201670 @ 11:03am State & Ferris 2 car crash

 

40-2201671 @ 1:33pm 600 block S State Counterfeit $100 bill with Chinese writing was taken. 

 

40-2201672 @2:17pm Walk in Assault which occurred at State & Woodward.  Male was assaulted by an unknown female while riding his bike in that area.  Suspect is described as a W/F white shirt, and buzz cut.

 

40-2201673 @ 5:18pm 1100 block Catherine Trespass Female was reported to be at the residence. 

 

40-2201675 @ 6:41pm 400 block S. Stewart. Larceny Bicycle was stolen and recovered and returned to owner.  Suspect identified. Petition to be sent over.

 

40-2201676 @ 8:35pm 300 block N Warren.  Concerned subject stated a 3-year-old was in the playscape without a parent.  The child was located, and parent was 10 feet away on a bench.

 

40-2201677 @ 10:30pm 1000 block N 4th.  Field Contact led to a male being served a PPO from Lake County.

 

 

8/13

40-2201678 @ 9:22am 200 block N Third Male and female had a disagreement over the 16-year-old daughter having her boyfriend in the house while they were gone. Male left for the day

 

40-2201679 @ 3:23pm 600 block Oak St Mental Health/Disorderly Male fled the hospital, he was located and returned.

 

40-2201680 Number pulled for false report on an earlier reported DV

 

40-2201681 @ 4:56pm 100 block Pemberton Female believes her ex punctured her tire. Tire appears to be damage from a curb scrape.

 

40-2201682 @ 5:06pm 800 block Water Tower Male is purchasing a PS5 on Mecari. He feels he is being defrauded after the seller asked for an additional $400. Under investigation

 

40-2201683 @ 9:28pm 1700 block S. State.  Female tricked the desk clerk into giving her another key to a room she stayed in 3-5 days ago, stating to the clerk she lost it.  Female was located and trespassed at the request of the hotel and transported to shelter.  No charges wished to be pressed.

 

40-2201684 @ 3:23am 1100 block Fuller. Check Wellbeing Caller stated a 30ish year-old male was lying face down on the floor and not moving.  Contact was made with tenant who stated he was fine and if he’s on the floor, he's sleeping and if he's in his gaming chair he's playing video games.  Declined any medical help.

 

40-2201685 @ 3:01am 500 block Mecosta Ave.  911 hang-up led to contact with 13-year-old female who stated her 15-year-old brother was intoxicated and throwing up.  Contact was made with the male.  He was in-fact intoxicated and wouldn't provide any further info.  Contact was made with mother who was working in GR who sent Grandmother over to watch him the rest of the night. 

 

8/14

40-2201686 @ 5:57am 200 block Robin Ct. Assist FSU. Officers responded to assist with a mental patient.

 

40-2201687 @ 7:21am 200 block Baldwin St. False Alarm. Set off by employees.

 

40-2201688 @ 11:28am 225 S Stewart Ave. Civil. Civil dispute between two females. Both are not from our area. One was given a ride to the McDonalds to wait for another ride to GR.

 

40-2201689 @ 2:46pm 600 block Oak St. Mental Runaway. Officers responded to a mental patient who had run away. He was found at the fitness area off of River St. He was brought back into the ER.

 

40-2201690 @ 7:39am Warrant Attempt.  OCSO picked up male on his multiple court warrants for us. He was lodged after an exchange.

 

40-2201691 @ 4:52pm 600 block Oak St. Officers responded to TWO mental patient runaways at the same time. One male ran out the door and while staff and security were preoccupied, another male thought it would be a good idea to try to run away as well. One was found after a brief chase down the riverwalk and brought back to the ER. Right after this the other one was found near Locust St and Winter and brought back to the ER.

 

40-2201692 @ 6:04pm BRPD. Assault. Officers responded to speak with a male who wanted to make a report of a simple assault during a custody exchange. He reported being grabbed by his ex-girlfriend for her to give him a bag.

 

40-2201693 @ 10:45pm 400 Elm St. Warrant pickup from Osceola for FTA warrant.

 

40-2201694 @ 1:52am 300 block S. Michigan Ave Suspicious. Caller has had someone messing with his storm door for the past 3 nights. First night they drew black X on door. Second night they left a Reba book leaned against the door. Nothing left tonight. Area was checked and no suspicious subjects located.

 

40-2201695 @ 2:39am 400 Elm St. Warrant Arrest. Met Osceola Co. at Dispatch. Female arrested for FTA warrant. Lodged without incident.

Projects approved to proceed at city Parks and Recreation Board meeting

 

On Thursday, the public was invited to attend a special meeting hosted by the Charles E. Fairman
Community Pool and the Big Rapids Parks and Recreation Board.


The event included an ice cream social prior to the event as well as an open swim time.


“The ice cream social went well,” Board Secretary Trina Poulos said. “We had approximately 50 guests
show up along with the Mayor Fred Guenter, commissioners Jennifer Conchran, Jon Eppley and Amanda Johnson.”


Within the meeting, a motion was passed that would remove spray pain as an option for wording on the Special Event form. This would prohibit the paint from being placed on city pavement altogether.


According to Public Works Director Heather Bowman, the kayak launch slated to be placed at Hemlock Park will be arriving in a few weeks. New planted trees and lights have been approved to be placed downtown, while the light posts for the Library Park are still in delay with shipping.


Bowman additionally announced the city is working closely with the owners of the old train Depot and will be leasing the area around the building for a period of 25 years. This will be including paving of the entrance and parking lot as well as installing public restrooms and a fire pit. The city will be applying for a Spark Grant to help fund these improvements.


Northend Park’s Disc Golf Course will also be upgrading and replacing both courses’ tee signs and
graphics.


It was also announced that grant writer, Suzanne Wiggins, will be leaving the board to accept a position with the City of Midland.


The next meeting for the Parks and Recreation Board will be Sep. 8 at 6 p.m. For more news, subscribe to the Big Rapids Daily News.

Sheriff's Corner: New undersheriff hire strengthens department and experience benefits serving citizens in Mecosta County

Nothing in life is easy. Since beginning my term as Sheriff of Mecosta County there
have been several different factors and bumps in the road during the first year and a
half of my time in office. There have been obstacles and hardships we have had to
overcome to achieve success and be the exemplary law enforcement agency I know
and intend us to be in the future. I understand you can’t be successful without having
some of these. 


There are a lot of things our administration and the staff of the Mecosta County Sheriff’s
Office have completed through hard work and perseverance to solidify an already
strong foundation to make us successful in protecting and serving the citizens of our
county. We understood that the strong, unified agency we were working towards wasn’t
going to happen overnight. The prolonged success we were looking to was going to be
a product of consistency and patiently working towards being an exemplary department
that others looked to mirror.


Our administration has put a lot of time in and away from the office to improve our
agency, and to be one our staff can be proud of. Understanding what it takes to be an
excellent law enforcement agency and understanding the importance of the position to a
sheriff’s office, Gary Green was recently appointed to be Undersheriff of the Mecosta
County Sheriff’s Office. Having Gary in this position will allow us the opportunity to
continue to move forward in our goal to provide quality service that promotes public
safety in partnership with our community.


Gary comes to us after serving as the Assistant Director of the Ferris State University
Department of Public Safety for the past 5 years. Prior to that he served with the
Michigan State Police for 28 years. During his time with the MSP Gary held numerous
roles, including being part of their cold-case unit, a Post Detective Sergeant, and
ultimately an Assistant Post Commander.


I chose Gary due to his morally and ethically way of living his life. Working with him
through investigations in the past and speaking to those who have worked with and for
him, he is also looked at as being loyal to his people, while still holding them
accountable to the responsibilities and duties they have in their positions and to our
office. He has an extensive administrative background that will benefit our staff. Gary
and I will work with and complement one another, and along with Captain Kevin Wood
and Lieutenant Mark Danielson, continue to lead the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.
Our organization continues to grow, with every detail of what we are doing, getting the
attention it deserves, showing the importance of the pride our employees have in
providing a service to the citizens of Mecosta County.

Consumers Energy to conduct siren tests near Rogers, Hardy and Croton Dams August 18

Consumers Energy announced the emergency public warning siren systems near its Rogers, Hardy and Croton hydroelectric generating plants on the Muskegon River will be tested on Thursday, August 18, at about 9 a.m.

  • The test will include a voice message, a 30-second siren and a second voice message. The public does not need to take any action during the test. The siren systems are tested each August and December.
  • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission requires hydroelectric facilities to be able to quickly notify residents and visitors of any developing emergency at the plants.
  • In an emergency, the sirens would be used only if the threat of a dam failure is imminent at one of the facilities. At that time, anyone on or near the river should evacuate at once to high ground. Additional information would be provided on local radio and television stations.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 8/9-8/10

8/9

0-2201634 @ 8:06am Walk-in Threats Complainant reporting a female had been sending harassing messages.  Was found to have stemmed from mutual employment.  Report taken for documentation and was advised if there is any further contact to report that to MCSO.

 

40-2201635 @ 8:42am 1100 block Catherine Possible Domestic between a female and new boyfriend.  Neither would talk and no evidence. Male was found to have a parole absconder warrant. Lodged on the warrant. 

 

40-2201636 @ 11:50am Walk in civil Complainant stated he can’t get ahold of his accountant regarding his taxes.  Attempts were made to contact the accountant on his behalf.

 

40-2201637 @ 1:03pm 500 block Warren Ave Larceny While reviewing video for other cases, officers observed a juvenile steal another child’s bike live on screen.  The bike was recovered and returned to the victim less than a half hour later. 

 

40-2201638 @ 1:33pm 400 block S. State St Breaking and Entering– Male reported a B&E at his apartment via the second story window over the weekend.  $1200 speaker allegedly stolen.  Under investigation.

 

40-2201639 @ 2:12pm 700 block Osceola Stalking- Complainant reporting she is being harassed. 

 

40-2201640 @ 3:45pm – Found property turned into BRDPS. Returned to owner.

 

40-2201641 @ 2:30pm – Prisoner pickup Ingham County

 

40-2201642 @ 2:30pm – Prisoner pickup Kent County

 

40-2201643 @ 3:58pm 1000 block N Fourth Assist CPS – Standby during forensic interviews of 4 juveniles for physical abuse investigation from outside city jurisdiction.

 

40-2201645 @ 8:34pm 500 block S. Warren CSC Occurred in July Complainant advised that she may have been sexually assaulted on that date. Both parties interviewed, will be forwarded for review.

 

40-2201646 @ 12:13am 1000 block S State St Hit and Run PPDA.

 

40-2201647 @ 1:45am Runaway juvenile from complaint MCSO took earlier in the night was located at Warren/Hemlock. Child was taken into custody and turned over to her mother.

 

8/10

40-2201648 @ 6:40am 700 block Perry St, Unknown alarm.  Building secure and key holder did not respond.

 

40-2201649 @ 8:24am 600 block N State St Trespass/Disorderly Caller found a male sitting next to their dumpster around 0715 and asked him to move along.  An hour later asked him again.  Male came into the store yelling and swearing at employees and customers and left.  Located him walking down Osceola St.  He refused to identify himself and was eventually lodged. 

 

40-2201650 @ 9:30am 700 block Osceola Female was transported to the hospital and left her 2-year-old at the residence. Contact made with emergency contact to come get the child.

 

40-2201651 @ 2:02pm Locust/Ives  Two vehicle PDA

 

40-2201652 @ 2:53pm 1200 block Perry Ave Traffic Stop resulted in the driver receiving a citation for no insurance.  BR Tow took vehicle

 

40-2201653 @ 3:16pm Walk in civil Internet discussion about politics resulted in the complainant becoming concerned the other party was an extremist

 

40-2201654 @ 5:25pm 400 block S Third Warrant arrest

 

40-2201655 @ 6:08pm 200 block N Fourth Ave Suspicious Situation.  Complainant reported a teenage white male with ear length brown hair, yellow shirt, on a red or orange bike looking in window.

 

40-2201656 @ 9:46pm 100 block Woodward Hit and Run.  Unknown Truck was turning onto Clark when a 2014 AUDI rear ended him.  Truck didn't stop.

 

40-2201657 @ 12:48am 400 block S State St Unlawful Entry/ MDOP.  Male was arrested and lodged after he tried to break into his neighbor’s house and also caused damage to the screen he ripped out.

 

 

 

BR City Commissioners receive update on Hemlock Street/ Emergency declaration

The Big Rapids City Commission got an update this week on possible funding the city could receive from damages occurred from flooding and heavy thunderstorms back on May 11.


Big Rapids DPS Deputy Director Steve Schroeder told commissioners since the city/county declared a 'State of Emergency' and Governor Whitmer granted the emergency declaration, the City of Big Rapids will be eligible for up to $250,000 in disaster funding through Section 19 Emergency Management Act.

 

The funding amount is based on population size and percentage from the city budget.


Public Works Director Heather Bowman said they have $45,545 worth of items/repairs that are covered through their insurance. She told the commission, there are over $130,000 worth of items/repairs that have been submitted to the state for consideration.


However, Bowman says the city has not submitted the overtime accrued by DPW during the event, so should Big Rapids come below estimated costs, they could still get full reimbursement.


She says it's a work in progress at this point.


Mayor Fred Guenther expressed his concern about the lack of adequate fencing around the sink hole at Hemlock Street with school about to start up in a few weeks.


If this process is going to take 60-90 more days then we need to have adequate fencing around that area.” “We don't need to have a child fall into the sink hole and get injured, then we have a bigger issue,” Guenther said.


Bowman told Guenther they will address the fencing issue with the sink hole.


Commissioner Karen Simmon echoed the mayor saying she's concerned with people turning down Hemlock Street and using the alleyway trying to acclimate to school and new routes.


Bowman told commissioners, the city will be in communication with Big Rapids Middle School leading up to the first day of classes.


 

BBB warns job seekers of suspicious job offers from a company claiming to be in Cadillac

Better Business Bureau in Western Michigan (BBB®) is warning job seekers of a business using a Michigan address to appear legitimate. Turbo Quad Post claims it offers services including package forwarding. Its website lists an address in Cadillac, but according to Haring Township records, no such location exists. 

 

Employment scams are one of the top 3 scams targeting consumers, according to the 2021 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report. It has been one of the riskiest for consumers for the past 5 years. 

 

"Be wary when a company reaches out to you with a job offer without an interview, as it is likely a scam,” says Lisa Frohnapfel, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Western Michigan. “Do more research about the company before accepting the offer. If the job requires little work for a lot of pay, walk away.”

 

Recent complaints to the BBB Scam Tracker tell a similar story. Victims claim scammers are reaching out to job seekers looking for remote work on popular employment websites. Potential employees are contacted by text message, asked to watch a short video, then asked to send personal sensitive information for a background check. Victims are told they passed almost immediately and are hired on the spot. The job description consisted of receiving packages at home, checking the items for damage, then reshipping them. Victims are offered thousands of dollars in salary, plus extra compensation for each package processed. But, once it is time to get paid, employees say communication is cut off, and they never receive the pay they are expecting. 

 

BBB has received numerous complaints about this job scam since June. So far, each victim has lost personal identifiable information to the company, and did work for free, but did not lose any of their own money. 

 

"In addition to losing your private information, people caught up in these reshipping jobs are often helping the scammers victimize others,” says Frohnapfel. “The items received in these reshipping scams are usually purchased with stolen credit cards. These “employees” become a middle-man to help get the stolen products to the scammers.”

Consumers Energy gathering opinions to guide planning their dams' futures

Consumers Energy is starting this month to gather opinions from the public about the 13 dams they own and operate on five Michigan rivers to help guide their decisions about the future of those electric generating facilities.

 

“We need to perform due diligence now as the licenses to operate our dams begin to expire in 12 years. We do not want to assume we know how individuals and communities feel about our dams as we develop plans to either continue investing in or remove any of our river hydro facilities,” said Norm Kapala, vice president of generation operations at Consumers Energy. “We are keenly aware dams have great significance for local communities and impact recreation for Michigan residents and visitors statewide. Public input will be an important component in our long-term strategic planning regarding the future of our dams.”

 

The energy provider hired Public Sector Consultants (PSC), a Lansing-based nonpartisan research and consulting firm that specializes in public engagement, to develop an adjacent property owner survey and conduct public meetings near each of Consumers Energy’s dams from August through October this year with the goal of collecting unbiased feedback regarding the facilities. Anyone is welcome to attend any of the public community meetings. Owners of property adjacent to the dams should expect to receive the survey in the mail the week of August 15.

 

For community meeting details, to provide comments, and more information about the process access: ConsumersEnergy.com/HydroFuture.

 

Consumers Energy makes decisions based on the Triple Bottom Line that ensures benefits for people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity. Factors Consumers Energy considers in determining the future for its dams include regulatory compliance, safety, community impacts, operating costs and environmental impacts. These topics will be covered at the public meetings by PSC and Consumers Energy dam experts.  Community feedback will be solicited, as well, during a facilitated discussion.

 

The 30- to 40-year federal licenses to operate the dams Consumers Energy owns and operates on the Muskegon, Manistee, Grand, Kalamazoo and Au Sable rivers are set to expire beginning in 2034 through 2041.

 

Meetings: 

 

(All meetings begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m. and the public meeting will begin at 6:00.)

 

Hardy Dam

Wednesday, August 24

Newaygo High School Cafeteria

360 S. Mill Street, Newaygo, MI

 

Calkins Bridge Dam

Wednesday, August 31

Allegan High School

1560 M-40, Allegan, MI 49010

 

Croton Dam

Thursday, September 8

Newaygo High School Cafeteria

360 S. Mill Street, Newaygo, MI

 

Webber Dam

Thursday, September 15

Lyons Township Hall

105 Prairie Street, Lyons, MI 48851

 

Rogers Dam

Tuesday, September 20

Mecosta Township Hall

19729 11 Mile Road, Big Rapids, MI 49307

 

Mio Dam

Monday, September 26

Mio AuSable High School Auditorium

1110 W. 8th Street, Mio, MI 48647

 

Foote Dam

Tuesday, September 27

Oscoda High School Auditorium

3550 E. River Road, Oscoda, MI 48750

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

8/5

40-2201605 @ 11:47am Found bicycle at MCSO. 

40-2201606 @ 8:05pm Perry/Water Tower Assault in a MV.  Subjects stopped at a store where dispatch believed it occurred.  After determining venue, the suspect was accused of slapping a female in the vehicle after bad mouthing the suspect’s new friend she met in Grand Rapids. The suspect was gone upon officer’s arrival.  Contact was later made with her over the phone who stated that the victim was in her face and wouldn't get back.  Forwarded for review.

40-2201607 @ 9:45pm 800 block N 4th.  Civil Male wanted a male kicked out of his apartment.  He stated he allowed the male to live there.  He was advised to seek eviction.

40-2201608 @ 10:18pm 300 block N Warren.  MDOP While locking up, Graffiti was found in the men’s bathroom. 

40-2201609 @ 12:48am 1100 block Catherine. Check Wellbeing.  Female given a ride to the ER for mental health evaluation.

40-2201610 @ 3:52am 800 block Maple St.  Unknown Alarm.

40-2201611 @ 5:55am 300 block Maple St.  Suspicious Situation.  Homeowner had an audible alarm within the residence and requested LE to check it out.  Nothing suspicious observed and the house was secure.  Homeowner did not want officers to go inside.

 

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40-2201612 @ 1:01pm 200 block Woodward Ave. Lost Property. Caller reported to have lost his wallet somewhere in the city limits. Unknown where.

40-2201613 @ 2:19pm 1100 block Catherine St. Assault/Civil. Officers responded to an assault complaint between a male and a female. The male claimed that the female hit him in the face. The witness of the event stated that he did not see any assault but could not say if an assault happened or not. The complaint is to be sent for review. We responded back for a civil complaint involving all three subjects. The caller was trying to kick everyone out of the residence and was advised that he needed to go through the court process.

40-2201614 – Pulled in error.

40-2201615 @ 8:50pm 1300 block Catherine, Civil, verbal argument

 

 

 

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40-2201617 @ 11:08am 1100 block Catherine St. Animal Complaint. Officers responded to a dog at large complaint and cited the resident for his dog running loose and chasing a child.

40-2201618 @ 12:15pm 1100 block Platt Ave. Suspicious. Complainant reported his vehicle stolen. It was taken back by grandma because he had not put insurance on the vehicle, and she did not want to be cited.

40-2201619 @ 1:13pm 600 block Oak. Disorderly. Officers responded to ER for a disorderly patient.

40-2201622 @ 6:39pm 900 block Colburn Mental health. Male sent photos of several pills to his mother, stating that he was going to kill himself. He was transported to ER for voluntary evaluation.

40-2201623 @ 9:09pm Officers were dispatched to Hemlock Park for a disorderly male, who was intoxicated and had urinated in public. Contact was made with the male who was highly intoxicated, and in violation of his parole conditions. He was arrested for parole violation; case will be forwarded to City Attorney for review on additional charges.

40-2201624 @ 9:54pm 400 block S Third St Disorderly Resident had become upset with staff after not being allowed to sit next to a male friend during a movie. She left for the evening with said friend.

 

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40-2201625 @ 11:28am 1100 block Fuller Ave. Check wellbeing. Officers responded to check on the well-being of children. They were located with the mother and appeared not in distress.

40-2201626 @ 11:34am 400 block Second Ave. Civil. Officers responded to the ongoing civil issues between two residents. One reported being yelled at by the other.

40-2201627 @ 12:08pm Clark St/Perry Ave. PDA

40-2201628 @ 1:08pm 400 block S Third Ave. Assault. Caller reported being assaulted by another resident during a verbal disagreement. To be submitted for review.

40-2201629 @ 1:29pm 500 block N Warren Ave. Assist Citizen. Officers assisted in finding a juvenile’s parents and coordinating a ride home from the lunch program.

40-2201630 @ 2:00pm 400 block S Third Ave. Warrant Arrest. While on another call, male was found to have two FTA warrants from Kent Co. and Newaygo Co.

40-2201631 @ 2:00pm 400 block S Third Ave. CSC. Victim reported being touched inappropriately by male. Under investigation

40-2201632 @ 4:54pm BRPD. Found property. Wallet and money returned to owner.

40-2201633 @ 7:56pm Missing juvenile 1100 block Catherine. Mother reported her 4-year-old son missing approximately 45 minutes after he was last seen. After searching area, he was located under a pile of clothes in a closet.  See press release.

 

Big Rapids to resurface select parking areas in downtown area

Select parking areas in Downtown Big Rapids will be getting repairs and work done in the near future.


Last night the City Commission approved the low bid from Rieth-Riley Construction for mill and fill, along with resurfacing for the 100th block of South Michigan Avenue, 100th block of North Michigan Avenue and the alleyway of the 100th block of North Warren Avenue.


Public Works Director Heather Bowman says the project will cost just under $199,000.


When asked about how road/ street projects are picked each year by Mayor Fred Guenther, Bowman said that City Manager Mark Gifford, Street Superintendent Jake Walston and herself collaborate together and go by the Pavement Surface Evaluation & Rating (PASER) which dictates which projects are in most need.


Bowman told the commission she hopes to have the project completed before the end of the month.

Missing child found in Big Rapids

A missing three year old child was found safe in Big Rapids last night.

 

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety say they were alerted to the 1100th block of Catherine Street for a report of a missing child just before 8pm last night.

 

They say the boy was last seen around 7:00 PM, playing outside with other area children. A search of the area was conducted by both local police agencies and area residents. The boy was located at his residence at approximately 10:53 PM by police officers.

 

The child is in good health, according to police.

Michigan Works! West Central, FiveCAP partner to offer free bus- driver training, employment

Michigan Works! West Central is partnering with FiveCAP, Inc. to create a unique training
opportunity for those looking for part- or full-time work.


Michigan Works! West Central is recruiting eligible candidates for a bus-driver training cohort to be
ready to work during the coming school year. All qualified candidates will be referred to FiveCAP, Inc. for interview and hire. Those being considered for hire, must pass background checks, undergo
fingerprinting, have a valid driver’s license and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.


Once a candidate is hired, Michigan Works! West Central will enroll the individual in the bus-driver
training program, which will be a mix of online and in-person training. The training can be completed in up to four weeks. Upon completion of training, candidates will be able to obtain their CDL-B through the Michigan Secretary of State.


“This partnership is an excellent example of how our two agencies can come together to help meet the needs of the community and FiveCAP’s programming,” said Shelly Keene, Michigan Works! West Central executive director. “Online training will be conducted at our Baldwin service center, combined with an in-person driver’s training module. There are 12 slots open for this unique on-the-job training opportunity.”


Those who are enrolled in the program will be hired as part-time bus-drivers in FiveCAP’s four-county region of Lake, Manistee, Mason and Newaygo counties. Those looking for full-time work, can enroll in the bus-driver training, as well as receive Head Start Center Support Staff training to provide early- childhood development when not driving their bus.


“FiveCAP has been looking for ways to better provide this much-needed transportation service for
students in our area,” said Mary Trucks, FiveCAP, Inc. executive director. “This partnership with
Michigan Works! is a great way for us to provide reliable transportation for students in need and
provide good-paying jobs in our community, all while meeting our hiring needs.”


“We are looking for dedicated individuals, who genuinely care about the success of our local youth, to provide this much-needed transportation service. This program is an excellent way to take your first step toward a career in early-childhood development.”


For more information about the bus-driver training program and to enroll, contact Michigan Works!
West Central’s Baldwin service center at (231) 745-2703 or visit MWWC.org/contact-us.

City sponsored ice cream social and public meeting arranged for Thursday

The City of Big Rapids Park and Recreation Board is hosting an ice cream social on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m. The event will take place at the Charles E. Fairman Community Pool and admission is free.

 

The event will begin with a meet-and-greet session that includes ice cream available for visitors.
Interested swimmers will also have access to the pool for an open swim.

 

Following, the board will hold a meeting open to the public to hear ideas on how to improve the city’s recreation.


“The City Commission, Park and Recreation Board and staff are excited to be offering this opportunity to the community, to further enhance their experience at the Charles E. Fairman Pool,” Department of Public Works Director Heather Bowman said. “Embracing the city residents and surrounding community members, love for the community pool and enhancing everyone’s quality of life with recreational opportunities is critical."

Paris man involved in motorcycle/vehicle accident

A Paris man is recovering following a motorcycle crash involving another vehicle.

 

It happened Thursday night on Northland Dr near 20 Mile Rd.

 

Deputies say an Investigation found that a 51- year old Paris man was heading southbound on Northland Dr on his motorcycle when a 43- year old man from Paris was turning off of 20 Mile onto Northland and caused an accident.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet and was transported to Butterworth hospital in Grand Rapids for non-life threatening injuries. 

Gov. Whitmer appoints Amy Clapp as new 49th Circuit Court judge of Mecosta & Osceola Counties

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Mecosta County Prosecutor Amy Clapp as the new 49th Circuit Court Judge of Mecosta and Osceola Counties.

 

Clapp takes over for Scott Hill-Kennedy who retired. According to a press release, the appointment was made to fill a partial term, which will begin on August 22nd and expire at twelve o’clock noon on January 1, 2025.

 

It is unclear who will be taking over as lead prosecutor for Mecosta County.

 

We will have updates as they become available.

beware of online scams during back to school shopping

School will soon be in session, and the rush to buy supplies has already begun. According to the National Retail Federation, higher prices and an increase in product shortages will have consumers looking at more cost-effective, unfamiliar brands to fill their back to school lists. The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan (BBB®), warns shoppers to be careful of online deals that may be too good to be true.

 

According to the 2021 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report, Online Purchase Scams were the riskiest for consumers, and continue to cost shoppers in 2022.

 

"Scammers are finding opportunities by enticing shoppers with discounted products,” Says Lisa Frohnapfel, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan. “Each year scammers take advantage of shoppers who don’t do their research, and instead look only for the lowest price.”

 

BBB Tips for back to school shopping: 

  • Beware of too good to be true deals. Scammers may offer free or very low prices on hard to find items. With many products being hard to find this back to school season, scammers will be looking to take advantage of consumers desperate for certain supplies. 
  • Do your homework. Learn more about the seller by looking them up on bbb.org. Do not rely on reviews from the company’s website. 
  • Think before you click. Be especially cautious about email solicitations and online ads on social media sites. Many sketchy retailers advertise great deals or trendy clothing that don’t measure up to the promotional hype.
  • Finish your shopping early. With supply shortages and high prices, there will be a large number of shoppers all looking for the same products. Start early and finish early so you are not in a hurry, allowing you to avoid higher prices or being enticed by a bad deal.
  • Research big ticket items. Before purchasing any major item, research the brand and check the product's warranties. Only shop with businesses you know and trust to ensure you’re getting a quality product and good customer service. 
  • Check the site's security. If the site is secure, its URL should start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase page. Only enter payment information on secure sites.
  • Pay with a credit card. Credit card companies give you an extra layer of protection, offering you the opportunity to dispute any charges if the transaction goes bad. 
  • Read the fine print. Look for the return policy; although many online orders can be returned for a full refund, others have restocking fees. Some items cannot be returned; know before you buy.

Report scams. Report any suspicious websites or advertisements to bbb.org/ScamTracker.

Judges order further freezes abortion ban

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has filed a renewed request with the Michigan Supreme Court to constitutionally protect the right to abortion in Michigan.

 

This after a ruling from the Michigan Court of Appeals caused confusion by clearing a path for county prosecutors to prosecute doctors and nurses for providing reproductive care.

 

That same day, Governor Whitmer secured a temporary restraining order against prosecutors with abortion clinics in their counties, ensuring those health care providers could keep doing their jobs.

 

The governors latest filing with the Michigan Supreme Court highlights this recent legal confusion and the pressing need it shows for the states highest court to step in.

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