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Police searching for suspect connected to a string of thefts in Lake & Osceola Counties

The Lake County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in locating a suspect accused of stealing dozens of items from places around Lake and Osceola Counties.


The Sheriff's Office says deputies recovered dozens of stolen items from two separate properties this week. They are still searching for the 44-year-old Luther man accused of stealing the items.


On Monday, deputies searched a home on East 4 Mile Road in Ellsworth Township after getting a tip. They found a snowmobile, a side-by-side ATV, a moped, building materials and more items that had been reported stolen in Lake and Osceola County. On Tuesday, deputies found two more stolen snowmobiles and a trailer on North Hawkins Road in Dover Township.


Anyone with information on the the suspect or incidents should contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 231-745-2712.

 

Here is a list of reported stolen items recovered: 

 

If you believe you are the owner of the listed items, the Lake Co. Sheirff's Office asks that you provide an Incident Report from a Law Enforcement Agency. They will also ask that you identify the item by the item number indicated on the attached sheet, and provide some or all of the following:

 

1) Manufacturer

2) Make/Model

3) Serial Number

4) Color

5) Identifying marks, initials, etc.

 

Please note that the evidence listed will not be released until it the case has concluded or the release is authorized by the Prosecutor's Office.

 

You may contact D/Lt. Brad Nixon or Detective Pat Hedlund at (231) 745-2712 in regards to the attached property list.

 

 

Consumers Energy to conduct siren tests near Rogers, Hardy and Croton Dams December 14

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 Wednesday, December 14, 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.

Consumers Energy reminds those who visit dams in the winter that ice on a reservoir near a hydroelectric facility is not reliable and should be avoided by snowmobilers, anglers and others. Also, ice-covered water down river from a hydroelectric facility should never be considered a safe place to walk.

Newaygo Co. man guilty of son's murder

A White Cloud man has been found guilty of killing his son last year.

 

70-year old Darrell Dean Dakan was accused in the shooting death of his son, 38-year old Joshua Dakan on Dec. 27, 2021 following an argument. 

The elder Dakan allegedly accused his son of leaving a cable across his driveway, which damaged his pickup truck. They argued and the father grabbed a rifle and aimed it at his son, according to testimony.

 

Dakan was found guilty of second-degree murder and weapons felony firearm.

 

The 70-year old White Cloud man faces life in prison when he is sentenced in January.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 11/28-12/4

Monday…11/28
Officer took a report of a High School student who had stolen a box of fundraiser candy bars. The matter has been referred to the prosecutor and probate court.


Officer found 2 High School students in possession of Vape devices. The students were given citations.


Tuesday …11/29
Officer was given a cell phone found on the street. The phone was returned to the owner.
Officer assisted a local business with serving a trespass notice on an individual suspected of stealing
merchandise.


Officer arrested a 31 yr old male that violated his parole.


Officer investigated a series of threatening messages that a woman received from a family member. The matter has been forwarded to the prosecutor for review


Wednesday …11/30

Liaison officer issued a citation to a Reed City Middle School student in possession of 2 vape devices.
Officer investigated an accidental 911 call from the school. The students phone accidently dialed in their pocket when sat on.


Officer responded to a call for loud noises at an apartment complex. Upon arrival the officer did not hear excessive noise from the apartment in question.


Liaison officer responded to a call about a student smoking marijuana in the bathroom. The student was issued a citation.


Officer was dispatched to a home to respond to an out of control special needs juvenile. The officer was able to talk to and calm the juvenile.


Thursday …12/1

Officer responded to a call about firewood being stolen from the ice rink.


Officer was requested to assist CPS with a check well being on some children. The mother’s boyfriend was uncooperative. The woman and her children were later located and verified to be okay
Officer responded to a call from Reed City High School about a student in possession of a marijuana vape device. The juvenile was issued a citation.

 

Officer responded to a call about some noise at an apartment complex. The noise was the foot steps of the child in the above apartment. There was no criminal violation.


Officers took a report of an individual who was possibly suicidal. The individual agreed to seek medical help.


Friday …12/2

 The liaison officer issued a citation to a teen for being in possession of a vape device.
Officer responded to a call about a man making suicidal comments. The man was taken voluntarily for medical treatment


Saturday …12/3

Officer responded to a wellbeing check, which resulted on the arrest of a 31yr old female on a warrant.


Sunday …12/4

Officer was called to a residence with an open door, after investigation the door was left opened by home owner.


Officer was called to a home with a custody dispute. Both parties were advised to file for hearing or work it out civilly.


Officer responded to a call about a man making suicidal comments. The man denied being suicidal and was discovered to be in another State.

Hospice of Michigan receives grant from General Federation of Women's Club in Mecosta County

Hospice of Michigan, the state’s original and largest not-for-profit hospice provider, has received a $1,000 grant from General Federation of Women's Club (GFWC) – Mecosta “Heart of the Lakes.” The grant will benefit Hospice of Michigan’s We Honor Veterans program in Mecosta County and surrounding communities.

 

As a Level IV partner in the We Honor Veterans program, a collaboration through the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization and the Veterans Administration, Hospice of Michigan is specially trained to address the unique needs of veterans at end of life. Throughout the year, Hospice of Michigan organizes special activities/events and partners with community organizations to honor veterans, including pinning ceremonies, award/medal presentations and other last wishes of veteran patients.

 

Veterans account for nearly 25% of Hospice of Michigan’s patients. In 2021, Hospice of Michigan served 188 patients in Mecosta County, with 19% of these patients being veterans.

 

“Hospice of Michigan is specifically trained to support the unique needs of veterans. Providing these brave men and women with quality of life at the end of life is the very least we can do to thank them for their service and sacrifice,” said Roxanne Kiesling, philanthropy manager for Hospice of Michigan. “This grant from the GFWC – Mecosta ‘Heart of the Lakes’ will help us continue to provide the very best care for these heroes who have fought for our freedom.”

 

The GFWC is an international women’s organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Hospice of Michigan’s funding source was issued by GFWC – Mecosta “Heart of the Lakes” grant program, which is intended to support community groups in Mecosta County.

 

For more information about the services Hospice of Michigan offers in Mecosta County and throughout the state, visit hom.org.

Minimum wage in Michigan set to increase in 2023

n January 1, 2023, Michigan's minimum wage rate will increase from $9.87 to $10.10 per hour as set by Michigan's Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 establishing the annual schedule of increases.

 

Effective January 1, 2023:

  • The minimum hourly wage will increase to $10.10 per hour.
  • The 85% rate for minors aged 16 and 17 will increase to $8.59 per hour.
  • The tipped employee rate of hourly pay increases to $3.84 per hour.
  • The training wage of $4.25 per hour for newly hired employees ages 16 to 19 for their first 90 days of employment remains unchanged. 

There is pending litigation that might affect this minimum wage increase:

  • In 2018, a petition initiative organized by One Fair Wage sought to allow voters to decide on raising Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022 and raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to 80% of the standard minimum wage in 2022, 90% in 2023 and ultimately match it in 2024.
  • The Legislature adopted the legislation and then amended it in 2018, putting in lower wage thresholds that increased the minimum wage to $12.05 by 2030 instead of 2022 and kept the tipped minimum wage at 38% of the standard one. As a result, the state's current hourly minimum wage is $9.87 and $3.75 for workers who are expected to make up the difference in tips.
  • The Legislature’s amendment has been challenged in court as unconstitutional. On July 19, 2022, the Court of Claims issued a decision that agreed with that challenge and voided the amended versions of the Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act and Paid Medical Leave Act in favor of their original, unamended versions. 
  • On July 29, 2022, the Court of Claims entered an order staying the effect of this decision until February 19, 2023, to give employers and the relevant state agencies time to accommodate the changes required by the ruling.
  • The Court of Claims’ ruling has been appealed. Pending final resolution of the appeal, and lifting of the stay, under the potential implementation of the originally adopted petition, the minimum wage rate for 2023 would be $13.03 and $11.73 for tipped employees.

For further information regarding the pending minimum wage litigation, and potential amended minimum wage rates as a result of that litigation, or a copy of the Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act and related resources, including the required poster, visit Michigan.gov/WageHour.

Deer Cull to be conducted in Big Rapids

Once again, the city of Big Rapids and USDA are teaming up to conduct a deer cull within city limits.

 

Big Rapids Commissioners recently approved a resolution for the deer cull. Total cost for this deer cull is just under $20,000

 

The primary concern is the destruction of private property the deer caused by eating plats, flowers, and shrubs and traffic accidents.

 

According to the resolution, USDA Wildlife officials from Dec. 1st through March 31st, 2023 will target areas in the city including Ives Avenue, N. Fourth Avenue, and N Dekrafft Avenue, and the residential areas include “The Flats”, the wooded area near the 500th through 1000th blocks of Woodward Avenue, and adjoining streets along Woodward Avenue.

 

Ferris State University is also in agreement to allow a portion of the cull to occur on their property during the winter break.

 

The goal is to take up to 75 deer during this cull.

 

 

Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office Blotter 12/2-12-4

12/2

At 12:55am,  deputies responded to a traffic stop on Northland Dr/ 6 Mile Rd. Aetna Twp. Female driver crashed her vehicle, avoiding a deer. After investigation , the driver was arrested for OWI 1st and lodged at 54 without incident. 

 

At 6:46pm, deputies responded to a vehicle fire, on Northland/12 Mile Rd. big Rapids TWP.  Male subject noticed ball bearing area of the vehicle smoking.  The vehicle caught on fire. BRTF responded and put the fire out.

 

At 5:51pm, deputies made a warrant arrest, in Chippewa TWP.  The male subject was lodged on the warrant out of Mecosta County.

 

At 4:11pm, deputies responded to a larceny from a motor vehicle complaint, at a residence on 10th Ave, in Fork TWP. Male caller was away from his property for two weeks and during that time someone came and cut the catalytic converter off one of his vehicles. Spoke with neighbors and they stated they haven’t seen anyone.

 

Calls for service 10

Car/deer 1

 

12/3

At 10:03pm,  deputies responded to a mental health complaint, at a residence on Townline Lake Rd, Colfax Twp. Male subject was having thoughts of hurting himself and a friend was able to stop him and called 911. The male subject was transported to Spectrum Health Big Rapids for volunteer mental eval. 

 

Calls for service 8

Car/deer accidents 1

 

12/4

At 9:41pm,  deputies responded to a civil complaint, at a residence on 1 Mile Rd. Millbrook Twp. Female and her boyfriend got into a verbal argument. Nothing physical. Parties were suppurated and male subject was trespassed from the residence. 

 

Accidents 1

Car/deer accidents 2

Calls for service 5 

 

 

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter: 11/21-11/27

Monday…11/21
Officers took a report of a verbal argument between juveniles where one threatened the other. Officers found no immediate threat.


The school liaison officer took a report of several juveniles being in possession of vape devices. The matter was looked into and no vapes were found.


Tuesday …11/22
The school liaison officer took a report of several juveniles being in possession of vape devices. The matter was looked into and no vapes were found.


Officers took a report of a man the caller found to be suspicious walking near the library. Officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the given description.


Officers took a report of a man sitting in his vehicle for an extended period of time in Westerburg Park. The man was checked on and found to have been kicked out of his girlfriend’s house. He made arrangements with a friend for a place to stay.


Wednesday …11/23
Officers assisted with a wounded deer that had been struck by a car.


Officers were requested to investigate a report of possible child abuse with CPS. The matter was unfounded.


Officers accompanied CPS to check the well being of a child.


Officers arrested a 31-year-old man for violating his parole by consuming alcohol and drugs.


Friday …11/25
Officers were dispatched to a noise complaint. The individuals quieted down and no further problems were reported.


Officers were dispatched to a computer fraud scam. The victim reported he had received a pop up on his screen telling him to contact a well-known computer tech service. He was instructed to purchase gift cards and it resulted in having to have his computer professionally wiped as the scammer had locked him out.


Saturday …11/26
Officers stood by with a broken down motorist for safety until the tow truck was able to arrive.


Sunday …11/27
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Office with a dispute between intoxicated individuals at a deer camp.


Officers were requested to perform a well being check on a child. All was okay.

 

Officers arrested a 24-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court. She was lodged at the Osceola County Jail.

Michigan GOP Chair candidate list expands Kristina Karamo announces intentions to run

The race to become the leader of the Michigan Republican Party continues to get more crowded.

 

Kristina Karamo, the former GOP secretary of state candidate, has announced her bid to become party chair.

 

Karamo joins former GOP attorney general candidate Matt DePerno, who's also running to be the state's top Republican. Karamo lost to incumbent secretary of state Jocelyn Benson during the November election.

 

Pete Hoekstra, a former west Michigan Republican congressman and ambassador to the Netherlands under former President Donald Trump is also considering a run.

 

Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon also says she's considering a run at party chair.

Clare Co. woman sentenced to life in prison for quadruple murder

In Clare County, a woman who pled guilty earlier this year to murder charges was sentenced.

 

55-year-old Judy Boyer of Farwell was given life in prison.

 

She was given the sentence for the murders of four people in October of 2021 including her father, sister and two others at a home in downtown Clare.

 

Meanwhile, Ryan Patrick Beatty was previously charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, and one count of possessing a firearm while being a felon. He was accused of helping Boyer in hiding and trying to dispose of the 22-caliber long rifle used in the homicides.

 

The charges against Beatty have been dismissed.

2022 Giving Day in Mecosta County aims at raising money for area non-profits

We've had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

 

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day started in 2010 with the hopes of encouraging people to do good and contribute to non-profit organizations.

 

Locally, 25 non-profit organizations in Mecosta County are gathering at the Big Rapids Eagles Club today to participate in the Community Giving Day event!

 

Organizers say they raised $250,000 last year and they are hoping to double that number this year.

 

The event begins at 11am and runs until 6pm. 

Big Rapids Police to host 3rd Annual Season of Giving Gift Drive

The Big Rapids Police Department is hosting the third annual Season of Giving gift drive to benefit Eagle Village.


Eagle Village is a 681-acre campus in Hersey that serves hundreds of kids each year through residential treatment, adoption and foster care, short-term interventions, and specialized summer camps. In 2020 they had 110 kids in residential care, placed 62 kids in foster care, completed 20 successful adoptions, and had 225 kids either attend summer camps or complete Challenge Weekends. They have been doing this for over 53 years.


The Season of Giving Gift Drive was launched by the Big Rapids Police Department in 2020. With the
help of department members, residents, local businesses, and organizations, BRPD has donated more than 1000 gifts to Eagle Village. 


“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support this community shows to the kids at Eagle
Village,” said Chief Danielle Haynes. “The department is extremely excited to collect gifts for them again and help give them the Christmas they deserve.”


The holiday gift drive will take place on Saturday, December 10th, from 9 a.m.- Noon at The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, 435 N. Michigan Ave. Santa will be on-site to accept your donation and take pictures with you. We are holding this event in conjunction with Coffee With a Cop.

 

Feel free to come in and grab a cup of coffee or cocoa and say hello to your local officers.

 

This is a great opportunity to get to know us and support a great cause.

 

Please see the attached list of items that Eagle Village needs.

 

2022 Eagle Village Youth Christmas List


Bullet Journals and supplies, Gel Pens, Notebooks (not spiral bound)
Headphones, earbuds
Weighted Blankets
Body Pillows
Duffle Bags


Books – nature, adventure tales, heroic stories

 

Clothing
• Winter Gloves, Hats
• Fuzzy Socks
• Fun Socks
• Sweatshirts

 

Personal Hygiene Items
• Hairbrushes
• Hair Ties – Scrunchies, wraps
• Body Spray
• Lotion
• Nail Polish

 

Art Supplies
• Craft Kits
• Coloring Books
• Crayons
• Canvases
• Paint
• Paint Brushes
• Diamond Art
• Scrap Books
• Picture Books
• Sketch Pads (not spiral bound)
• Glue Sticks
• Playdough
• Stickers

 

Games
• Board Games
• Card Games
• Decks of Cards
• Puzzles
• Game Books


Sports Equipment
• Softball
• Volleyball
• Basketball
• Fishing Kits
• Sleds, Toboggans, Saucers
Tabletop games
• Air Hockey
• Ping Pong
• Foosball
• Basketball


Toys
• Dolls
• Stuffed Animals
• Toy Trucks
• Sand Equipment
• Flashlights
• Bubble lights – battery operated
• Kites

Nominations still being taken for Banished words/phrases list by LSSU

What words or expressions would you like to see banned and never heard again?

 

"No Worries." That ranked second in Lake Superior State University's annual list of Banished Words for misuse, overuse, and uselessness of communication for 2022. "At The End of the Day" came in third. But the most popular phrasing people nationwide and worldwide love to hate "Wait. What?" "That being said," "A new normal and the "Supply Chain" are also on the list of top ten contenders.

 

You have until Wednesday to submit your nominations for the banished words list for 2023. You can find information on the Lake Superior State University website.

 

The latest list will be announced on December 31st.

18-year old driver involved in one car accident in Colfax Twp. Sunday

An 18-year old driver was taken to the hospital Sunday late Sunday afternoon after a one vehicle accident in Mecosta County's Colfax Township.

 

Sheriff Deputies say it happened on 16 Mile near Mudd lake Rd, that's where the 18-year old driver rolled his car while attempting to miss a deer in the roadway. The driver was taken to CoreWell Health ER in Big Rapids with minor injuries.

 

Sheriff Miller and the Mecosta Co Sheriffs Deputies want to remind motorists to never swerve to miss animals, and to always wear your seatbelt.

MSP arrests suspect in stabbing incident in Mt. Pleasant

Michigan State Police are investigating a stabbing in Mount Pleasant and have a suspect in custody.

 

Troopers say they were called to the Jamestown Apartments Saturday night for a domestic situation.

 

Upon arrival, it was determined that an argument ensued between two brothers resulting in one brother allegedly stabbing the other brother and then leaving the scene.

 

The victim, a 42-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

 

The suspect, 44-year old Vandale Omar Greene was lodged in the Isabella County Jail. He was arraigned on charges of, Attempted Murder, Carrying a Dangerous Weapon with Unlawful Intent, and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

State Fire Marshal offers safety tips to deep fry Thanksgiving turkey

The state fire marshal is urging Michigan residents to be mindful of fire safety while cooking this Thanksgiving.

 

He says portable propane fueled turkey fryers a popular and faster cooking method for your Thanksgiving turkey pose a considerable fire risk if not used correctly. Improperly deep-frying turkeys accounts for many preventable house and garage fires reported each year.

 

You should never use a portable deep fryer in a garage, on or under a deck, breezeway, porch or inside any structure and always use a flat surface away from flammable materials.

 

The fire marshal also encourages you to push the button to check and make sure you have working smoke alarms in your home.

Gov. Whitmer names Kyra Bolden to Michigan Supreme Court

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has chosen state Representative Kyra Harris Bolden to fill a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to serve on the state's high court.

 

Bolden will succeed Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, who revealed her plans in September to leave the court to become CEO of a New York based firm.

 

Whitmer described the 34-year-old Bolden as "passionate about the law." Bolden will be the youngest member of the Michigan Supreme Court and could hold a seat for more than three decades as justices can seek reelection until they reach the age of 70.

City of Big Rapids to submit grant applications for improvements to the area

The City of Big Rapids will move forward with its attempt to replace a 40-year old retaining wall on the Muskegon River.

 

On Monday, Commissioners approved to submit an application for a $1.5-million dollar grant. If selected, the grant would require separate $500,000 matches from the city of Big Rapids and the Big Rapids Housing Commission.

 

State officials would allow up to 200 feet of the retaining wall to be replaced. The total cost for the retaining wall is estimated at $2.5-million dollars. 

 

The City Commission also approved a lease agreement between the city and Duncan and Marissa Klussmann who own the train depot property on the eastside of town. The lease is for 25 years at $100 per year. Commissioners also approved a resolution to submit a SPARK Grant application for the train depot property. According to City Manager Mark Gifford, if selected, the grant would help fund Depot Park Trailhead improvements, including parking lot improvements adjacent to the depot. 

 

Gifford told commissioners that working through the lease negotiations with the Klussmann’s it is very clear that they are community minded and want their renovation project and the business ventures that will follow to compliment the Trail and Depot Park Trailhead Project. They believe that having the entire space as public parking will be of mutual benefit.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Reed City Police Blotter: 11/14-11/20

Monday…11/14
School liaison officer found a high school student in possession of THC in school grounds. Student was issued a citation.


Officer responded to an alleged child abuse. After investigation, no signs of abuse were founded.


Officer was dispatched to a noise complaint.


School liaison officer issued a citation for possession of a vape device.


Tuesday …11/15
Officer assisted a 47yr old man who had been the victim of a scam. The man sent gas money to a woman he met online to come and visit him. She then stated her car broke down on the way and she needed money for repairs. The scammer was asking for payment in gift cards.


Wednesday …11/16
School liaison officer responded to a report of a student talking about suicide. After investigation, officer found the student not to be a threat.


Officer took a report from a homeowner that found an arrow stuck on the side of his house. Upon
investigation it was determined to be accidental from a juvenile neighbor.


Thursday …11/17
Officers took a report of a parked vehicle being struck in the Ebels parking lot. The driver of an older tan pickup left the scene after striking the car. Anyone with information as to the driver and whereabouts of the pickup is asked to contact the Reed City Police.


Friday …11/18
Officers took a report of a two-car private property accident. There were no injuries and only minor damage.


Officer took a call for a vehicle that had run off the road into the ditch due to the weather.


Officer responded to a call regarding larceny of rental equipment that the renter failed return.


Officers arrested a 21-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for possession of dangerous drugs. This stems from a traffic stop RCPD officers made in June of 2022.


Saturday …11/19
Officers arrested a 33 years old woman on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.
While on patrol officers came across a damaged traffic sign that had been run over by a vehicle that had left the scene. The matter is under investigation.

 

Officers were dispatched to a domestic assault in progress. A 26-year-old woman was arrested following an investigation.


Sunday …11/20
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department with an uncooperative intoxicated driver.
Officers took a report of a car vs deer accident. There were no injuries and minor damage to the car.
Officers assisted the Osceola County Sheriff Department in locating a stolen vehicle and the juvenile driver.

Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Blotter: Weekend

11/18

At around 1:00pm deputies responded to an address on Sunset Dr, Morton TWP. For court ordered pick up, transported male subject to SHBR for an eval.

 

At around 6:49pm deputies responded to a littering complaint on S Cass St, Aetna TWP. Male caller stated he saw a  subject in a vehicle, throw a bag of garbage into the parking lot.

 

Calls for service 5

Traffic accidents 3

 

11/19

At 6:10pm, deputies responded to a juvenile runaway complaint on 10th Ave,  Sheridan TWP. Juvenile ran away from home at 1530, is known to go to Barryton and hitch a ride. Deputies  were unable to locate him. Last time he ran away he was found in Lake Isabella. Isabella county was notified.

 

Calls for service 3

Traffic accidents 6

 

11/20

At 7:06pm, deputies responded to a domestic complaint,  at a residence on 16 Mile rd., Big Rapids TWP. Male Caller was being harassed by his son. Male  caller got upset about it and decided to confront his son. While doing so he was yelling and pushed him onto the couch. Male caller was arrested for warrant out of St. Johns. TOT pros.

 

At 6:12pm, deputies responded to a fraud complaint, at a business in Big Rapids TWP. An unknown individual made a transaction with counterfeit 20 dollar bill. Also used debit card.

 

At 3:51pm, deputies responded to a B&E complaint, on Water St,  Green TWP. Female caller reported male subject breaking into her garage. Deputies made contact with male subject and he stated he has been staying there for three weeks and wanted to get his stuff. Female caller stated he has never lived there and insisted that he had a gun. No gun found on him or seen in security footage of her residence.

 

At 7:22pm, deputies handled an abuse complaint in Big Rapids TWP. Female complainant believed that her ex-boyfriend abused their daughter. Made contact with the Childs father, he stated that he was disciplining his daughter and tapped her on the face. No injury on daughter. 

 

At 5:24pm, deputies responded to an assault complaint,  COLFAX TWP.  Male caller reported that two of his sons, who were 8 and 10, had been assaulted at a birthday party when 20 yr old Female, forcefully took small balls from the kids.  Female said they threw the balls too close to a baby and then started throwing the balls at her.  Report to be sent to PAO for review.

 

At 6:04pm, deputies responded to an MDOP complaint, 19m/35th  Fork TWP.    Male subject caused a 2-vehicle accident and was arrested for OWI by MSP.  He then became violent and damaged one of the MSP patrol cars.  Deputies were sent to assist and put him in a patrol vehicle with a cage.  Male subject was kicking the interior of deputies vehicle while on scene and enroute to the hospital for a blood draw.  Male subject was lodged on MSP charges.  Deputies will send a report to PAO for attempted MDOP to the county unit.  City PD assisted at the hospital with a blood draw.

 

Calls for service 3

Rates for DTE customers are going up

Utility bills will be going up for more than two million DTE Energy customers.

 

The Michigan Public Service Commission Friday giving DTE authorization to implement a $30.5-million-dollar rate increase to help pay for investments in the distribution and generation systems.

 

DTE was asking for a $388-million-dollar increase.

 

Most customers will see their bills go up by less than a dollar each month.

Big Rapids City Commissioners meet for last time in November

The Big Rapids City Commission meets for the second time in as many weeks tonight to conduct city business.

 

On the agenda during study session, City Attorney Eric Williams will discuss the city's tax abatement policy, there will be a Mechanic Street update and an update on the city's strategic planning.

 

Meanwhile during general business, commissioners will act on resolutions including authorizing an agreement between Big Rapids and Reed City for information technology, a resolution authorizing a deer cull, a resolution to submit an grant application for depot park project.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30pm at City Hall.

 

For a full list of items on the agenda scroll down: 

 

President Pink Reflects on 'Whirlwind' first 100 days at Ferris State University

They say life comes at you fast. Just past his first 100 days, marked on Oct. 19, 2022, as president of Ferris State University, Bill Pink can now attest to that after a whirlwind that began on Monday, July 11, 2022 – his first official day as president.

 

Realistically, it started when Board of Trustees chair Amna P. Seibold announced him as the “selected finalist” to become president on March 28. Then, the momentum picked up steam on May 6 as the entire Board of Trustees officially and unanimously voted its approval. From there, things shifted into overdrive on July 11, the day a group of 100-plus students, faculty, staff, community members and alums welcomed him outside the Timme Center for Student Services, a building that includes his office.

 

“Whirlwind is a good description,” Pink said. “These first hundred days have been full, and I say full because I have found myself doing so much in working not only on understanding and learning more about the university but digging deeper. I have been learning about all facets of our internal and external processes, our operations, and perceptions of Ferris State University.”

 

From day one, Pink has been a president of the people. He has been making presentations, of course, but he has taken far more joy in listening to and digesting the experiences of the students, faculty, staff and community members he encounters daily – on and off campus. Whether he is working on the clock, visiting downtown Big Rapids or elsewhere in Mecosta County for a bite to eat, a coffee or a friendly chat, the new president relishes these interactions.

 

“Some of the early work on campus has been getting out and seeing people, meeting people – the folks who are our faculty and staff. We are having some great conversations as I learn more and more about Ferris,” Pink said. “The biggest joy, I would say, has been spending time with our students. The way we have engaged our students, whether it be from the beginning with meeting RAs (resident advisors) before the semester started or on the cart and helping our students during move-in days, was fun.”

 

It did not stop there.

 

“I enjoyed riding around on a cart and giving rides to some of our students to help them get to their classes,” Pink said. “Of course, I asked them all kinds of questions to find out more about them – who they are, where they came from, what degree they’re pursuing, what they want to do with it after graduation and where they want to go.

 

Many students did not leave the conversation empty-handed, “I would end some of these conversations by handing them a Starbucks gift card to reward them for enduring my questions.”

 

Pink has had a lot of Ferris firsts, including experiencing Bulldog Beginnings, which includes Board of Trustees meetings and Founders’ Day, an annual extravaganza on the Robinson Quad on the first Thursday of the academic year. The event, which features games, prizes, giveaways, an ice cream social and more, is part of annually honoring founders Woodridge and Helen Ferris. His first at Ferris included his inauguration over two days, Oct. 6-7, and the Link with Pink Tour that took him off campus and into communities across the state of Michigan.

 

“The Link with Pink events were really, really awesome,” he said. “We had quite a few alumni show up and had excellent conversations. I had an opportunity to hear their Ferris story. I also had opportunities to chat with them about where we’re going and my vision for Ferris. I want to get our alumni excited about where their university is going while encouraging them to help spread the word.”

 

During the tour, Pink noted opportunities to visit with several community college presidents – including some he knew from his time at GRCC. Some showed up at the event, while others he saw when he had opportunities to arrive early in these communities where Ferris has longstanding relationships and partnerships.

 

“We were able to talk about where our relationship is now and where we can go in the future,” Pink said. “Most of them I knew from my previous job. Many of these are also friendship visits.”

Link with Pink also included opportunities to strengthen relationships in statewide regions critical to Ferris’ success.

 

“One of the things I have been talking about on these Link with Pink Tours is the work that we need to do not only here in Big Rapids, but what we need to do in Grand Rapids, which is our second largest footprint, as a University, and the work that we need to do in the city of Detroit,” Pink said. “I believe we have a strong opportunity for Ferris with our unique programming in the city of Detroit and Southeast Michigan as a region.”

 

Pink has viewed these first 100 days as akin to an engagement, listening and observing tour that has included meeting with Ferris student-athletes, coaches, and fans while attending on-campus sporting events. Having accommodated dozens of media interviews, photo and video requests, Pink’s energy is still running high – as is his desire to learn.

 

“I always like to go through the first year and see everything being done. But as I go through, I also look for opportunities to add to what is currently being done,” he said. “I like and encourage people to think about how we can begin to adjust some things to make what we’re doing more impactful for people. During this, it has been great learning Ferris’ traditions. During these first 100 days, I am looking at everything and enjoying the moment while also looking at it with an eye on if there are things we can improve moving forward.”

 

Pink was already pondering the next 100 days and beyond – a stretch that includes more firsts: The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit on Friday, Nov. 4, and presiding over his first commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

 

“I feel like I’ve learned some things about where we are as a university, locally and statewide,” he said. “That has given me a good sense of where I think we need to go.”

 

Of special note, during Pink’s first 100 days, was the Gotion announcement of a proposed battery component manufacturing facility in Big Rapids, a $2.364 billion investment in the state of Michigan. Pink actively participated in an Oct. 5 announcement, as a warm-up speaker at the Woodbridge N. Ferris Building on the campus of Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, that featured remarks delivered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

 

“We’ll have to keep a strong, close eye on that opportunity,” Pink said. “We will try our best, and I will try my best in my position to get this over the finish line for the people in the Big Rapids region.”

Also, locally, he has continued to champion causes that are important to him and others, such as the United Way.

 

“As a board member for the United Way, actually even as the board chair, I am so much of a supporter and just a champion and cheerleader for the United Way,” said Pink, who is chair of the Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Board of Directors and who addressed local members of the United Way of Mecosta and Osceola counties in late September at Ferris.  

 

In 100-plus days on the job, Pink has felt the Ferris pride but wants more.

 

“A major part of my message is to have pride in your university,” he said. “I think it is so important if you work here, if you’re a student, or an alum – that you have pride in this institution. We’re not perfect, and we have a lot to work on, but we’re doing a lot of things well and have been for over 130 years.”

 

Pink added, “Tell people your Ferris State University story with pride. Many good things have happened in these doors and on this campus, and there are many good things ahead for Ferris State University.”

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Monday…11/7
Officer was dispatched to a home for an out-of-control juvenile, after investigation, the juvenile was taken to the hospital, for mental health assistance, by his father.


School liaison officer was asked to assist with a student that walked away from school property. The student returned to school without any issues.


Officer arrested a 31yr old female that had a warrant for Bond violation, she was taken to County Jail and lodged without any issues.


School liaison officer responded to the Reed City Middle School for a student found in possession of a vape. A citation was issued.


Officer was dispatched to a death investigation. The preliminary investigation indicates a suicide, no foul played is suspected.


Tuesday …11/8
Officer was dispatched to a suspicious situation regarding an unknown man knocking on doors in an
apartment complex asking people for help with his bank paperwork. After patrolling the area, the man was not found.


School liaison officer was called to the Middle School regarding an assault. After investigation, the officer found the assault to be unfounded.


School liaison officer found two male students in possession of a vape device in the Reed City High School bathroom. A citation was issued.


Wednesday …11/9
Officer was dispatched to an accident car versus deer. The vehicle sustained some damage. No injuries were reported


School liaison officer responded to the Reed City High School for a suspected high schooler under the influence of alcohol. A citation was issued and the student was turned over to parents.


Officers were dispatched to check the well being of a resident that had not been seen or heard from recently. It was determined the individual had moved out of the residence.


Thursday …11/10
Officer responded to a call about a possible child neglect, the person reported that the child was traveling in a vehicle without proper seatbelt.


Officer responded to a call from a mother that could not find her 2 younger kids. After investigating, the kids had gone to the High School to wait for their older sister. Kids were found safe.

 

Friday …11/11
Officer responded to a call in regards to a family dispute. No issues.


Officer responded to an incident of car vs deer. The vehicle had to be towed away. No injuries were reported.


The School liaison officer seized a marijuana vape. A citation was issued to the juvenile.


Saturday …11/12
Officer responded to a call of an irate customer at a local store. Suspect was gone upon officer arrival. Under investigation.

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