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Three injured in two car accident

Three people are recovering following a car crash in Mecosta County.


It happened Thursday afternoon on 120th Ave. near 13 Mile Rd in Martiny Twp.


Deputies say 29 -year old man from Oakwood, GA was traveling east on 13 Mile and failed to yield a stop sign causing a collision with a with a car traveling south on 120th Ave driven by a 57 year old Remus man. 


Both driver and one passenger were transported to the hospital for injuries.

2023 State budget approved

The Michigan Legislature voted earlier this morning to approve a fiscal year 2023 state budget plan that increases funding for K-12 schools, reduces debt, and saves resources to provide tax relief for everyone in Michigan.

The 2023 spending plan includes $10 million to support the redevelopment of Reed City’s wastewater treatment plant and $2.2 million to build a new water tower and connect homes to the main water line in McBain — two projects championed by 35th district senator Curt VanderWall.


This is a very responsible budget plan that increases educational funding, supports infrastructure improvements, provides important public safety and human services funding, and pays down state debts,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. 


In a statement Governor Whitmer says , ”Today, I am proud to announce that the Legislature and I have reached a deal on a balanced, bipartisan state budget for Fiscal Year 2023 that does not raise taxes by a dime and is delivered on time." She says this is their fourth collaboration on a fiscally responsible budget which delivers on the kitchen-table issues that matter and lowers costs for families struggling with inflation.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/29

40-2201314 @ 8:22am Walk in Found Property, cell phone.  Contact was made to make arrangements for pick up


40-2201315 @ 11:36am 1100 block Fuller Ave Harassment.  Complaint reported a video of her topless was taken by an ex-friend.  A screen shot of her being topless made it to a group chat.  Just wants it to stop.


40-2201316 @ 11:41am 300 block Locust Attempted B&E Juvenile suspect identified.


40-2201317 @ 4:19pm 200 block S State St PPO Violation.  Male was told to file a PPO violation by the prosecutor’s officer against ex-wife. 


40-2201318 @ 5:26pm Walk in found property Attempted contact with owner


40-2201319 @ 7:28pm 500 block N. Bronson.  False Burglar Alarm


40-2201320 @ 7:40pm 300 block N Warren Civil.  Caller wanted to file an MDOP complaint that her husband broke out a piece of her overhead storage in her vehicle.  They are currently going through a divorce but still married.


40-2201321 @ 8:09pm 500 block W. Bridge B&E.  While doing a property check, the officer observed a loose piece of trim near the double doors in the courtyard on the south side of the building.  This trim could be manipulated to allow a hand through it to open the door from the inside.  The building was clear, and worker responded.  Under investigation


40-2201322 @ 7:30pm Assist MCSO with using the Trunarc to identify substances for the purpose of K-9 training. 


40-2201323 @ 9:54pm 700 block Osceola Suspicious. Complainant advised that unknown numbers were calling and texting her. 


40-2201324 @ 9:42pm Assist 700 block Fuller Ave. Complainant stated staff wasn't caring for him and was withholding his medication.  Officer facilitated the patient getting medication, towels, and soap. 


40-2201325 @ 11:20pm 600 block S State St. Unfounded Alarm.


40-2201326 @ 5:23am 700 block Water Tower.  UDAA. Sometime between 8pm 6/29 and 0400 6/30, a 2008 Red Linhai Aeolus 300 was stolen.  The vehicle did not have the key in it and the cable lock was cut.  Pending further investigation.

Cedar Springs man accused of poaching deer and snapping turtles since 2020

A Kent County man is facing several poaching-related charges for allegedly driving around at night and shooting deer.


Investigators with the DNR say that 29-year-old Edward Trout of Cedar Springs told them that driving around at night and shooting deer from his truck relieved his frustration. Police say text messages show that Trout has been doing it since 2020.


He's also accused of poaching snapping turtles, often spearing them and leaving them dead on the shore.


If found guilty, Trout could face jail, as well as losing his hunting and fishing licenses.

Trap state champs preparing for nationals

After taking down 61 of the top teams in the state, Reed City’s trap shooting team is ready to compete at the ultimate level.

The Coyotes will be taking part in the USA High School Clay Target League National Championships from July 6 to July 10. The event is in collaboration with the Michigan Trap Association and will take place at MTA home grounds in Mason, MI.

In preparation, Reed City head coach Jack Adrianse said they’re looking to improve on their 10 th place finish from a year ago.

“We fared pretty well down there last year,” Adrianse said. “We’re hoping to move up in the rankings
and come home with some really nice hardware for our community.”

The Coyotes are coming off a dominating performance with a team score of 482 in the state finals,
beating second place Portland by ten points. J.D. Adrianse and Cooper Thomas led the team hitting 97 of 100 clays, followed by Ryan Allen, Bryce Wein, and Colton Gilland each scoring a 96.

Since the school sport’s introduction in spring 2018, Reed City has built one of Michigan’s premier
programs. The Coyotes have had numerous all-conference and even all-state performers every season, including eight of the top 100 shooters in the state this season.

“It comes back to what the kids put in,” Adrianse said. “They put in a lot of time and effort into this. It’s nice to see them get rewarded for it.”

As the team looks for a premier performance at Nationals next week, the community continues to rally behind the developing program. According to Coach Adrianse, the success of Coyote Trap comes from the support of the town.

“It’s been amazing,” Adrianse said. “It’s all donor money to make this happen. With ammo being so hard to get, they’ve been the difference between having a season and not having a season.”

Ferris State BOT approve naming University Center Building after outgoing President Eisler

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees has voted to rename the University Center building the David L. Eisler Center in honor of current President David L. Eisler, who is retiring after more than 19 years with the university.


Eisler first started as the 18th Ferris State University President in July 2003, and will be finishing his presidency today.


He championed university philanthropic efforts, including a comprehensive campaign that went beyond its initial goal of $80 million and raised more than $125 million.

Bob Marshall Band performing in Evart this weekend

With over 200 years of combined experience on stage, the award-winning country western band will be playing this Saturday, July 2, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the old Railway Depot.

The performance is a part of the sesquicentennial anniversary events in celebration of July Fourth
weekend. The Evart concert was cancelled in 2020 due to an illness within the band.

“This is the fourth or fifth year we’ve played there and we’ve always been treated like family,” Bob
Marshall said. “They bend over backwards to make us feel welcome and it’s a nice venue.”

The five-person band has been performing country music with a rock and roll twist since 2014. This
includes concert venues, festivals, and corporate entertainment across Michigan and even southern
states like Kentucky and Texas.

Bob and his band have won many awards, including the “Will Rogers Award,” “Male Vocalist of the
Year,” “Texas CMA Award,” and “Best Country Album of the Year.” While there music may be
considered unorthodox, it blends quite a few fan-favorite genres.

“I like to refer to it as cowboy rock and roll,” Marshall said. “We really have an eclectic mix of music.
We’re gonna have something for everyone there.

The concert is slated to take stage at the loading deck of the Depot.

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Lakeview teen suffers medical issue strikes tree with vehicle

A 17-year old Lakeview driver is recovering after striking a tree with his vehicle following a medical incident.


Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say it happened Tuesday on 50th Avenue near Jefferson Road.


They say the 17-year old male had a medical issue and ran off the road and struck a tree. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/27-6/28


40-2201298 @ 7:14am Prisoner Pick Up from Missaukee County. Male was lodged for his Failure to Appear warrant.


40-2201299 @ 10:05am 500 block S Third Ave Fail to Pay. Officer responded to a fail to pay that had occurred the night prior. The subject came in and advised he had forgotten his wallet. He paid $10 of his $30 fuel charge and gave the name Ron. He did not return.


40-2201300 @ 11:24am 400 block N Bronson Ave Mental Health Crisis. Officers responded to assist a male who was having a mental health crisis. He was transported to CMH for an evaluation.


40-2201301 @ 3:59pm 600 block W Bridge St Larceny. Officers responded to speak with the complainant who advised that her daughter had possibly opened a Staples credit card in her name and had also stolen $80 from the complainant’s pay pal. The daughter denied the involvement and was trespassed from the property. She was advised that her husband could come to get the remaining belongings from the residence.


40-2201302 @ 6:09pm 1300 block Colburn Ave Disorderly. Complainant called about a male being drunk and refusing to leave her residence. She was advised that she needed to stop allowing him back and officially trespass him. He was trespassed. In the process of un-detaining him, he became belligerent and disorderly. He refused to allow officers to un-handcuff him, and while one handcuff was off, he attempted to spin on officers. He was subsequently arrested for disorderly.


40-2201303 @ 6:54pm 400 block S. Warren Mental Health Crisis, contact was made with a female who went to ER for a voluntary evaluation.


40-2201304 @ 1:57am 400 block N Fourth Ave Property Check Found a male sleeping in a bin in one of the semi-trailers. He was trespassed per management’s request.



40-2201305 @ 8:58am BRPD. Found Property. A cellphone was turned in and returned to its owner.


40-2201306 @ 10:29am 400 block Second Ave. Trespassing. Officers responded to a trespassing complaint. The complainant advised that his neighbors had trespassed on his property, and he wanted them advised to not come back. The neighbors had trespassed due to an animal complaint, which was previously investigated by Animal Control Officer. They were trespassed and later called back advising the dogs had twisted their chains. They were advised it was not a police matter.


40-2201307 @ 11:00am 200 block Maple St. Traffic Stop/Warrant Arrest. Officer conducted a traffic stop. The driver was found to have warrants from Kentwood. He was also found to be DWLS x5. He was cited and lodged for the Kentwood warrant. Another female was also cited for allowing the uninsured vehicle to be driven.


40-2201308 @ 12:13pm 900 block Olaf St. Larceny. The complainant reported an unknown male had stolen her Apple Watch from her bedroom during a party. The case is under investigation.


40-2201309 @ 1:35pm 400 block S Warren Ave. Attempted B&E. Officers responded to an attempted B&E. The suspect was described as being a juvenile. The suspect was identified and detained. Probate Court was contacted to seek placement, but the placement was denied. The suspect juvenile was released to his mother and a petition will be sought.


40-2201310 @ 2:02pm 400 block S Third Ave. Warrant Arrest. Officers responded and arrested a female for her multiple warrants including PV, child neglect, and contempt of court.


40-2201311 @ 5:58pm 500 block Clark St. Open Door. Officers responded to an open door. The residence was vacant and secured. Peak Properties contacted due to water coming from the pipe connected to the water meter.


40-2201312 @ 7:06pm 600 block Maple St. Caller stated her son was in possession of several items she believed to be stolen. Several items retrieved from her house including fireworks that were taken from stand in TSC lot, a maroon Calvin Kline purse, and several vape pens. Follow up was completed with previously reported vehicle larcenies on Louden, none of the recovered items matched what was stolen.

Governor Whitmer declares State of Emergency for Mecosta County to help cover recovery costs following severe weather and flooding

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Mecosta County after severe weather and flooding last month.

Whitmer says this state of emergency declaration will ensure that those in Big Rapids receive the resources and support they need to recover and rebuild following severe weather and flooding.

Big Rapids City Manager Mark Gifford says they're appreciative.

We needed it desperately, last month we had a storm that gave us over four inches of rain in less than two hours and it just overwhelmed our city system and washed out roads, city parks and bridges.” Gifford said.

Gifford says they should receive $250,000 but the repair to the washed out road could reach $2.5 million dollars.

Reed City Weekly Blotter 6/20-6/26

Monday… 6/20

EMS requested assistance with a belligerent male subject. Upon arrival he did consent to going to the
hospital, and did so without incident.

Officer dispatched to local business where a male subject stated he needed help and wanted to end his life. Subject transported to the hospital, where he voluntarily checked himself in.

Officer dispatched to Reed City Hospital for assistance with an individual refusing to leave. The 52-year-old man was lodged in Osceola County Jail on an outstanding warrant.

Officer received a call regarding an abandoned vehicle, which had been parked in the street for nearly a month. The vehicle had no plate or insurance. It was tagged with a 48-hour warning tag to be moved within 48 hours. After 72 hours the vehicle was listed as abandoned and towed.

Officer was dispatched to location where a female minor was in possession of marijuana. The teen was issued a citation for MIP marijuana. In addition, the officer was asked by the minor’s mother to serve Trespass notice to a male minor, to keep him from being on their property. The notice was served to the minor male subject, and his mother.

Officers were dispatched to a mother/daughter domestic assault situation. The aggressor had left prior to officers’ arrival. Contact was made with all involved and the aggressor was warned of they returned to their family member’s residence they would be arrested for domestic assault. There were no injuries and the matter has been forwarded to the Prosecutor for charges.

Tuesday … 6/21

Officers assisted the Mecosta County Sheriff Department in attempting to locate a man locally. The man was not found.

During patrol officer found a purse, which was returned to the owner.

Officers stopped a vehicle for an improper plate. It was discovered the vehicle had just been purchased and the information had not updated in the Secretary of State database.

Officer received a complaint of a man claiming to be suicidal. He admitted he only said that because he was homeless. He requested and was given a ride to Big Rapids where he could utilize the homeless shelter.

Officers took a report of an offensive odor from the neighbor’s dog waste. Contact was made and the dog owner advised that allowing he waste to accumulate was a violation of city ordinance. The owner was instructed to clean it up or face a citation.

Officers were requested to speak to a woman who felt she was being harassed by her neighbors after she received a citation for excessive noise. Since the matter was civil only, she was referred to her apartment manager.

Wednesday …6/22

Officer dispatched to local apartment complex where a man was found sleeping in his vehicle, which had happened for the last 2 days. Upon investigation, it was discovered he was visiting family and would let management at the complex know he was there.

Officers received a request from a woman with two teenage sons to serve a trespass notice on 2 female minors, barring them from her residence..

Officer responded to a complaint of someone driving across a lawn causing damage. The matter is under investigation.

Officers took are report of a man violating the conditions of his bond release by contacting the victim in a domestic assault. The matter has been forwarded to the court for bond revocation.

Thursday … 6/23

Officers took a report of a man violating his bond conditions by purchasing alcohol. The matter has been forwarded to the court for bond revocation.

Officers took a report of a camper trailer being parked partially on another resident’s property. The owner was advised to move the camper. The officer had suspicions that the trailer may be being set up for someone to live in. The man was warned it would be a violation of city ordinance.

Officers served an abatement notice for an unregistered and inoperable vehicle.

Officers were dispatched to assist with a patient who had been brought in for an involuntary mental health evaluation and had become belligerent with medical staff. The patient calmed down and there were no further problems.

Officer dispatched to do a well being check by an anonymous caller. After discussion with the individual’s family, the concern was unfounded.

Officer called regarding a suspicious truck and trailer parked in his driveway. After further investigation it was discovered, the truck had delivered a vehicle to a location that was not far away from his home.

Friday …6/24

Officers were dispatched to a complaint of an intoxicated neighbor offering a marijuana vape to teenage minors and speaking to them in a lewd manner. The matter has been forwarded to the Prosecutor for review.

Saturday …6/25

Officer was dispatched to Reed City Hospital where an elderly female subject had left and would not accept a ride to her home from family. When the officer caught up with her and explained she was 10 miles from home, she did accept a ride.

Officers were dispatched to a report of money being stolen form a debit card, an unauthorized colonoscopy, and an assault. The debit card and colonoscopy were referred to the jurisdiction they occurred in. The man could not provide any information as to the assault complaint.

Officers were dispatched to a fireworks complaint. A resident in the area stated they had observed someone throwing fireworks from a vehicle as it drove through the area.


Officer took a complaint of an overgrown yard. Officer spoke with the neighbors who said the owner was hospitalized and they would take care of the matter


During a routine traffic stop officer found illegal drugs and paraphernalia. This matter is being further investigated.

While on a traffic stop, officers arrested a 20-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant for violating her felony probation.

Officer responded to a phone call regarding a dog at large. A citation was given to the dog owner who had been warned before.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter


40-2201271 @ 8:14am 700 block Perry Ave Larceny Fireworks.  Unknown suspects lifted the corner of the tent enter and took an unknown number of fireworks.  Alarm went off and suspects left.

40-2201272 @ 9:26am 100 block Catherine Civil Female was upset with her roommate.  She began to smash her own windows and throw grill and gas can into fire pit.  She was taken to the ER voluntarily. 

40-2201273 @ 11:42am 300 block N Warren Abandoned auto.  Jeep impounded

40-2201274 @ 9:35pm Colburn/S Third Hit and Run. Caller reported he was rear ended.  The other driver was identified, and he agreed to bring his vehicle to the department on Wednesday. No damage to Johnson's vehicle.

40-2201275 @ 9:54pm Found Property under Maple St. Bridge. Bike found in the river. Bike was discarded due to rust and other damage.

40-2201276 @ 6:15pm Assist fire with structure fire in the 500 block S State St S State.

40-2201277 @ 11:06pm N Stewart/Maple PDA. Driver backed into a parked vehicle in the dark.



40-2201278 @ 9:18am 800 block Water Tower Rd. Disorderly. Officers responded to a civil dispute between a male and a female. Both denied any physical assault happened.

40-2201279 @ 9:29am 1200 block Perry Ave. Shoplifting/Probation Violation. Officers investigated a shoplifting complaint that had happened two days in a row. A male was identified as the suspect and was found at a nearby hotel. He was lodged for retail fraud and Probation Violation.

40-2201280 @ 11:00am 500 block S Third Ave. Fail to Pay. Officers responded for a failure to pay. The clerk advised that it must have been accidental. The vehicle was an older model truck, rust colored. The car show was checked. UTL.

40-2201281 @ 10:49am hours, 820 Perry Ave. Assist EMS. Officers assisted EMS.

40-2201282 @ 3:39pm 200 block N Third Ave. Overdose. Officers responded to assist with an intentional overdose. Patient was transported for medical.

40-2201283 @ 5:26pm N. Michigan Ave/Maple St. A traffic stop was conducted. While on approach the driver put the vehicle in reverse and then drive and began to pull away. Officer stopped the driver and assisted him out of the vehicle. He briefly resisted again and was lodged for High BAC and resisting.

40-2201284 Suspicious/mental, Complainant called and was upset over unwanted medical tests given to him by his doctor in March.

40-2201285 @ 7:29pm North End Park Domestic assault. female was arrested for assaulting male.

40-2201286 @ 7:58pm 800 block Osburn Drive Larceny of tubes., discovered to have been taken by a male who MCSO had on a disorderly complaint at Highbanks Park.

40-2201287 @ 6:30pm Mental transport to Saginaw.

40-2201288 @ 11:01pm 400 block S. Michigan Disorderly. The male from Highbanks Park was upset with people at the house and had a physical altercation with one person who declined to press charges. He was convinced to go to bed for the evening.

40-2201289 @ 12:53am 1000 block Rose Ave Civil. Verbal disagreement between male and female.

40-2201290 @ 5:18am 200 block N Michigan Ave Alarm, building secure, unknown on cause of alarm. No keyholder responded.



40-2201291 @ 6:30am 1100 block Fuller Ave. Civil Dispute. Officers responded to a civil complaint after a third party called in two people arguing.

40-2201292 @ 10:14am 800 block N State St. Assist. Officers assisted MCSO with a trespassing complaint. The suspect was located at N Admiral.

40-2201293 @ 11:52am 800 block Clark St. Hit and Run. Work truck struck the side of the building a day ago. Video footage will be gained to verify the registration.

40-2201294 @6:50pm 700 block Osceola Ave PPO Violation Male called female’s phone to speak with their son. Valid no contact on LEIN. Forwarding to court for review.

40-2201295 @6:48pm Bjornson/Milton Traffic Stop for speed and failure to maintain lane led to driver being arrested for OWI High BAC.

40-2201296 @9:44pm 1000 block N Fourth Ave Found Cellphone returned to owner.

 40-2201297 @2:25am 100 block S Michigan Open door. Building secure. Unable to reach keyholder or secure door. Building was alarmed. 

Manna Food Pantry in Big Rapids continues to thrive through inflation issues.

The rise in inflation rates have affected many businesses over the last few months. Navigating shortages in food and labor have made it difficult for businesses to succeed.

Despite the challenges, the Manna Food Pantry has continued their success of serving the community in need.

“The donations, I will say, have been down this year understandably,” Executive Director Bonnie Clark
said. “But we have still been blessed.”

Clark says the prices of food have created a much higher need for the community. While some items
have been harder to find, she hasn’t had to make major changes around inflation for the pantry.

“If I was unable to get something, I would keep looking at all my sources and check prices. We haven’t
had to stray too far from the normal items that we offer.”

Additionally, having a noticeable labor shortage could normally cause concern for staffing places like the pantry; but Clark says Manna’s staff support has made that potential issue non-existent.

“I have an awesome team of volunteers,” Clark said. “Most of them are regulars. They’ve been true to
their times and if they can’t be there, they’ll find a substitute.”

The goal of the pantry is to get food to those in the community that need it most. While the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic created a big need, there was a large amount of stimulus checks donated that are still helping the pantry in 2022.

Clark says the pantry is still looking for support. This includes monetary donations or food donations like cereal, pasta, soup, peanut butter, and more.


To learn more on donating and services, visit the Manna Pantry of Big Rapids website,

Ferris State University Board of Trustees Approves General Fund Operating Budget, Tuition

The Ferris State University Board of Trustees hosted a special virtual meeting and approved the 2022-23 preliminary general fund operating budget, tuition rates and additional items. 


The trustees approved a preliminary FY23 general fund operating budget of $195.7 million, which is virtually even from the final FY22 budget of $195.6 million. At the Board of Trustees meeting in October, the administration will present a final budget to the board for approval.


Board members also approved 2022-23 academic year tuition rates for Ferris and Kendall College of Art and Design students. These include an increase of 2.6 percent, or $12 per credit hour, for lower-division courses and 3.7 percent, or $18 per credit hour, for upper-division courses.  This average undergraduate increase of 3.2 percent is below the predicted, but not yet finalized state tuition restraint, in the 4.4 to five percent range.


For more than a decade, increased financial aid and donor scholarship support have contributed to lowering Ferris’ attendance net price, the average amount students and families pay for the academic year after receiving scholarships and grants. Currently, Ferris has the fourth-lowest net price of attendance among the state’s 15 public universities.

In this budget Ferris increases its student financial aid spending to $27 million while reducing operating expenses by 0.3 percent in the preliminary FY23 budget.  Ferris students will benefit from 49 new endowed scholarships, providing an additional $400,359 in student support for the upcoming fiscal year. Pell Grant recipients will receive a 6.1-percent increase in financial assistance up to a maximum award of $6,987.

The university’s focus on keeping its net price low has contributed to a 12-percent reduction in student loan debt over more than 10 years. From 2019-20 to 2020-21, the average Ferris loan debt dropped by 10 percent and, since 2017-18, has decreased by more than $5,000.

In March 2022, College Consensus ranked Ferris third nationally in a list of the “100 Best Value Colleges and Universities.” The ranking recognized Ferris’ commitment to maximizing educational value at an affordable cost. Besides affordable tuition rates, Ferris is one of Michigan’s most affordable state universities for room and board.

In other June 21 action, the trustees approved: 


  • accepting the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services CHARM (Collaboration to Harmonize Antimicrobial Registry Measures) grant award in the amount of $611,929 over fiscal years 22-24;
  • accepting the MDHHS SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology Wastewater Evaluation grant award in the amount of $1.8 million. The program provides financial assistance to support costs associated with COVID-19 wastewater surveillance and local public health response;
  • funding for a new Jim Crow Museum traveling exhibit. This project fits the university’s goals of developing the Jim Crow Museum and Ferris as a world-class teaching tool accessible to the public in as many ways as possible. Half of the $1 million in funding will come from donor contributions while the other half will come from university development funds; and


  • engaging the services of Pure Real Estate Brokerage in selling the property at 2 Fulton Street West in Grand Rapids, the former home of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.


The current trustees are chair Amna P. Seibold, of East Grand Rapids; vice-chair Ana L. Ramirez-Saenz, of Caledonia; secretary Rupesh K. Srivastava, of Wixom; member-at-large LaShanda R. Thomas, of Grosse Pointe; George K. Heartwell, of Newaygo; Kurt A. Hofman, of Grand Rapids; and Ronald E. Snead, of Stanwood.


The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, in Grand Rapids. Committee meetings begin at 10 a.m. followed by the full board meeting at 11 a.m.



FDA orders JUUL vaping products off the market

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued marketing denial orders (MDOs) to JUUL Labs Inc. for all of their products currently marketed in the United States. As a result, the company must stop selling and distributing these products. In addition, those currently on the U.S. market must be removed, or risk enforcement action. The products include the JUUL device and four types of JUULpods: Virginia tobacco flavored pods at nicotine concentrations of 5.0% and 3.0% and menthol flavored pods at nicotine concentrations of 5.0% and 3.0%. Retailers should contact JUUL with any questions about products in their inventory.


“Today’s action is further progress on the FDA’s commitment to ensuring that all e-cigarette and electronic nicotine delivery system products currently being marketed to consumers meet our public health standards,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. “The agency has dedicated significant resources to review products from the companies that account for most of the U.S. market. We recognize these make up a significant part of the available products and many have played a disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.”


These MDOs only pertain to the commercial distribution, importation and retail sales of these products, and do not restrict individual consumer possession or use—the FDA cannot and will not enforce against individual consumer possession or use of JUUL products or any other tobacco products. 


After reviewing the company’s premarket tobacco product applications (PMTAs), the FDA determined that the applications lacked sufficient evidence regarding the toxicological profile of the products to demonstrate that marketing of the products would be appropriate for the protection of the public health. In particular, some of the company’s study findings raised concerns due to insufficient and conflicting data – including regarding genotoxicity and potentially harmful chemicals leaching from the company’s proprietary e-liquid pods – that have not been adequately addressed and precluded the FDA from completing a full toxicological risk assessment of the products named in the company’s applications. 


To date, the FDA has not received clinical information to suggest an immediate hazard associated with the use of the JUUL device or JUULpods. However, the MDOs issued today reflect FDA’s determination that there is insufficient evidence to assess the potential toxicological risks of using the JUUL products. There is also no way to know the potential harms from using other authorized or unauthorized third-party e-liquid pods with the JUUL device or using JUULpods with a non-JUUL device. The FDA recommends against modifying or adding substances to tobacco products. JUUL users are encouraged to report any unexpected health problems or product problems to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal and to seek medical attention as necessary.


“The FDA is tasked with ensuring that tobacco products sold in this country meet the standard set by the law, but the responsibility to demonstrate that a product meets those standards ultimately falls on the shoulders of the company,” said Michele Mital, acting director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “As with all manufacturers, JUUL had the opportunity to provide evidence demonstrating that the marketing of their products meets these standards. However, the company did not provide that evidence and instead left us with significant questions. Without the data needed to determine relevant health risks, the FDA is issuing these marketing denial orders.” 


Any products subject to an MDO may not be offered for sale or distributed in the United States, or the FDA may take enforcement action. 


In addition to ensuring that JUUL complies with this order, as with unauthorized products generally, the FDA intends to ensure compliance by distributors and retailers. Specifically, the FDA notes that all new tobacco products on the market without the statutorily required premarket authorization are marketed unlawfully and are subject to enforcement action.  


As the FDA has stated in the past, unauthorized electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) products for which no application is pending, including for example, those with an MDO, are among our highest enforcement priorities. Therefore, the FDA encourages retailers to discuss products in their inventory with their suppliers including the current status of any particular tobacco product’s marketing application or marketing authorization. Manufacturers will be the best source of that information and retailers should rely on manufacturers directly to inform decisions about which products to continue selling.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/22

40-2201252 @ 6:22pm 300 block Perry Ave, Civil.  Disagreement over poor food quality 


40-2201253 @ 10:26pm 1100 block Maple St.  Suspicious vehicle.  Cleaning services.


40-2201254 @ 10:44pm 600 block S State St.  Emergency activation from door dasher app led to contact with a female.  Her vehicle wouldn't start, and she didn't know what to.  Someone assisted and got her vehicle going and she headed home.


40-2201255 @ 11:24pm 300 block Morrison Civil.  Complainant called stating he had a TV, speakers, table, and gamer chair stolen from his roommates after he moved out. An officer was there on 3/4 and items were there at that time.  The complainant was supposed to return to get his things at that time.  On 6/22, 3.5 months later, he returned, and the door was unlocked, and apartment was empty since it hadn't been tended to in months.  The complainant is blaming his ex-roommate.  Pending further investigation.


40-2201256 @ 12:19am 1000 block Baldwin St Assist Other Agency.  Recovered Chev Tracker UDAA from Allegan County.  Vehicle was processed at BRDPS at the request of Allegan with prints and a receipt recovered. 


Ferris State CAP continues construction

Despite multiple heavy storms hitting the construction site, Ferris State’s new Center for Athletic
Performance has persevered and is still slated for winter 2022 completion.

According to Project Manager Kara Pellerito, the project is currently working on both Phase 1: the new volleyball arena addition, and Phase 2: the lower-level and strength and conditioning center renovation.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed by October 2022 while Phase 2 is slated for August 2022. Phase 3, the team room build-outs, will begin in August and are hoped to be completed by November. While there haven’t been any major delays, Pellerito attributed the challenges with deliveries.

“The biggest challenge the project has had is adjusting the construction schedule to accommodate
material and equipment lead times,” Pellerito said.

“This project impacts every student athlete at Ferris. The new strength and conditioning space is
providing a much needed larger area for student athletes to train and the new team rooms will providethe additional space teams need for regular meetings and game film review.”

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BR Commission presented options for Hemlock Street repairs


On Tuesday, the Big Rapids City Commission were given a presentation by engineering firm Fleis & Vandenbrink on repair options for Hemlock Street and its culvert.

During the heavy storms and flooding on May 11th, a sink hole was created on Hemlock Street near Michigan Avenue.


During the study session, Todd Richter from Fleis & Vandenbrink told commissioners there are three options to consider for repairs which range in price from $2.5 million dollars to $100,000.

Option one is to replace the culvert and repair the road, option two is to take the culvert out and make it open natural channel into Mitchell Creek and repair the street, the last option is to keep the culvert as is and just back fill the sink hole and repair the road.

Back in April, the engineering firm inspected the culvert at Hemlock Street and identified the condition as poor.

The structure that is currently there, and I'm not sure the age on it but it is getting to the point where replacement is recommended.” Richter told the commission. “Whether that's tomorrow or 15 years from now is not something we can say.”

Richter added that there was no structural damage to the culvert from the flooding due to it getting clogged up at the beginning of the floods.

Mayor Fred Guenther recommended having a public hearing on the Hemlock Street issue and invite the public and business owners near the area to voice their concerns and ideas.

County marijuana money making an impact

It was just over two years ago when the first marijuana dispensary came to Big Rapids Today, the city has all 12 shops operating in Mecosta County.


The introduction of recreational marijuana has helped Mecosta County in a large way. The county has received over $677,000 in additional revenue from the dispensaries last year.

“My board’s intention is to use the money to do some things to benefit the community at large,”
Financial Administrator Paul Bullock said.

One of the major projects is the new Dragon Trail system. The 47-mile pathway will circumnavigate the Hardy Dam Pond and will be accessible for mountain biking, hiking, running, snowshoeing, and cross- country skiing.

According to Bullock, the county is putting about $225,000 towards the project and will have “over 20
miles of trail built by the end of the summer.”

Along with the trails, the county is also forwarding $100,000 towards generator systems at county parks.

At the four main parks, Paris Park, Merrill-Gorrel Park, School Section Park, and Brower Park, the County Parks Commission will be installing high-powered generators that can help pump water from wells and bathrooms. This will allow the parks to become adequate shelters available for citizens to use in case of events like intensive weather.

A third major chunk of the funds will be approximately $200,000 placed over the next two years towards child hunger. Bullock said this includes a potential partnership with non-profits to propose how the money is spent.

“My board wants to partner with people who are already doing these things and have shown ability and passion for it. Typically, they will already be a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS as a non-profit. They’ll give us a proposal for how they will use the money and we will contract them to provide the services.”

Additional funds will be placed into multiple other places, including around $62,000 towards a new
marine boat for the County Sheriff’s Office, up to $60,000 towards additional safety equipment for first responders, and about $50,000 for the local, free medical clinic.

“None of these numbers are graven in stone,” Bullock said. “They’re the working numbers in the vicinity that the board is considering. These numbers are subject to change.”

Mecosta County Deputies respond to two accidents Tuesday

Deputies at the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office responded to two separate crashes Tuesday morning. 


The first involved a motorcycle crash around 6:15am on 205 Avenue and 21 Mile Rd. Deputies say a 42-year old male lost control on his motorcycle having made contact with the road.


He was treated at Spectrum Health in Big Rapids for injuries. Alcohol or drugs were not factors.  


The second crash occured around 10:30am on Pierce Rd near 140th Avenue.


Deputies say a 80-year old Canadian Lakes man was traveling west on Pierce Rd when he left the road and struck a tree.


The driver and his 72-year old wife, the only passenger, were taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/16-6/21


40-2201212 @ 9:16am 600 block Adams Items in the yard knocked over during the storm.

40-2201213 @ 11:14am 600 block Maple St Fail to Pay. Driver attempted to use his credit card at the pump, and it did not work. Contact made and driver returned to pay.

40-2201214 @ 3:59pm 400 block W Pine Civil Female was not allowing male in the residence to get belongings, she has paperwork for the eviction process. He has not moved out yet.

40-2201215 @ 5:37pm 100 block S Michigan Officers observed an open door to the empty building. the building was checked. Contact was made with a keyholder, and the door was secured.

40-2201177 Male was arrested on a witness intimidation warrant.

40-2201217 @ 6:15pm 400 block S. Warren.  Suspicious Situation.  Caller stated that juvenile tried to get into his apartment.  Caller however never saw the juvenile.  Juvenile’s mother contacted and advised.

40-2201216 @ 6:30pm 100 block S. Michigan.  Found set of Ford Keys w/ remote start fob turned into the department.

40-2201218 @ 9:44pm 700 block S State St.  Suspicious Person.  Homeless male was begging customers for money to buy beer.  He was located at State and Woodward and advised to leave customers alone.

40-2201219 @ 10:05pm 800 block N 4th.  Noise complaint that turned civil.  Caller stated that a male had his music loud.  Officer arrived on scene and no music was heard.  Contact was made with the male who would only speak with officers on the balcony.  The caller was upset that the male had called her names.  The male went back into his apartment and shut all the lights off.  He came back with an FTA warrant out of Newaygo.  Newaygo requested an attempt be made in the daylight for officer safety.  

40-2201220 @ 11:08pm Civil at 1100 block Fuller.  Third party called 911 and stated that a male stole a dab pen and smoked it.  Contact was made with pen owner who stated he didn't want the male around. 

40-2201221 @ 1:35am Info Only.  Dispatch advised ref the report of an intoxicated female wandering around State St from Northland Flats.  She was located at Marathon.  She was heavily intoxicated and refused help or a ride back to her apartment.  MCSO later responded to a domestic at that residence and lodged her.  





40-2201222 @ 11:23am 1805 Milton tamper with property. Caller had her sons folding camp chair taken on 6/16 between 1330-1600. She located the chair near the basketball court. After reviewing camera, a large build black male is seen taking the chair to the area by the basketball court. 

40-2201223 @ 2:02pm 400 block Marion Suspicious Caller returned home to find someone messing with the deadbolt on the door. The male then fled north on Marion. He described the male as a W/m 5'7' wearing a blue t shirt and jeans. His roommate also reported damage occurred to two screen doors in May. 

40-2201224 @ 2:17pm Walk in civil. Complainant reported her ex just moved out and took his tv he was allowing her son to use

40-2201225 @ 2:53pm 1100 block Fuller PPDA/fail to report. Vehicle hit a downspout damaging it.

40-2201226 @ 6:07pm 200 block Pemberton Assist.  Caller stated that her daughter had a no contact order with juvenile male after he threatened to kill her at her dad’s house in Reed City.  Caller stated that a judge had singed a court order for the no contact.  She didn’t have paperwork in hand, and nothing was located in LEIN.  A welfare check was done on her daughter at the residence in Reed City and she was fine.   

40-2201227 @ 8:53pm 1300 block Catherine.  Civil disagreement over who cut whose fan power cord.

40-2201228 @ 10:34pm Damascus.  Suspicious.  The church had multiple doors open and unlocked.  Some were propped open as well.  Possibly airing the building out.  Building searched and no one located.  Msg left for Pastor.

40-2201229 @ 2:24am 800 block Country Way.  MIP alcohol/ Tobacco.  Caller stated that 4 juveniles had just jumped the fence.  Juveniles were located and all but one was intoxicated.  15-year-old was driven home to Paris.  16-year-old was cited for MIP alcohol and warned on possession of vape.  Turned over to mom and given the vape.  Another 16-year-old was cited for MIP alcohol and turned over to mom. 17-year-old was driven home and vape pens seized. 



40-2201230 @ 9:23pm Number pulled for lost property. It was found prior to report. 

40-2201231 @ 3:04pm 300 block N State St. A brindle color bulldog mix showed up at the restaurant. He was taken to the shelter after enjoying some ice cream.

40-2201232 @ 8:19pm 300 block Morrison St Assault.  Third party called reference a female swinging a plastic drawer set at a male after he confronted her about sending pictures of their 3-year-old daughter to her ex-boyfriend who’s in prison for CSC 1st.  No assault occurred.  Forwarded for review.



40-2201233 @ 7:46am 600 block Maple St. Officers responded and assisted MCSO Deputies with a domestic that occurred at Ryan’s Creek. The suspect vehicle was found and contact was made with the male. He was lodged by MCSO Deputies for multiple contempt warrants.

40-2201234 @ 6:30am Officer responded to Calhoun Co and picked up a male on his FTA warrants.

40-2201235 @ 10:56am 200 block Woodward Ave. PV/Disorderly. Officers responded to a verbal argument and found that a male had violated his probation by being in contact with and at the residence of a female. He was also found to have a Contempt warrant out of Newaygo Co. He was lodged for the PV and warrants.

40-2201236 @ 2:59pm 600 block Adams. Domestic Assault. Officers responded to a domestic assault and spoke with a female and male. Both advised that they were arguing verbally, and the male attempted to take the car keys. The female attempted to get them back and the male wrapped his arms around her. The female pushed the male’s face away as he let go which caused scratching.

40-2201237 @ 8:17pm 800 block N. Fourth Civil. Female called advising a male was yelling at her from his apartment. Contact made with the male who denied having contact with the female. The male was arrested on his outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of Newaygo County.



40-2201238/1239 @ 7:25am Woodward Ave/ Division St. PDA occurred at the intersection, but vehicles began to leave the scene. All vehicles were located away from the accident scene and the driver was issued an appearance ticket for an expired license and FTY from a stop sign.

40-2201240 @ 11:06am S State St/Perry Ave. PDA

40-2201241 @ 1540 400 block Bjornson St. Found bicycle.

40-2201242 @ 5:55pm 300 block Rose Ave. Civil. Complainant reported civil issues between her and the father of her child. She reported that he was asking for sexual favors in return for her being able to see their son. Male has current custody over their son. The complainant was advised to contact the FOC as well.



40-2201243 @ 7:05am 300 block N Warren Found wallet turned in to DPS.  Returned to owner.

40-2201244 @ 8:32am 300 block N Michigan Ave Assault that occurred between juveniles on 6/3, under investigation

40-221245 @ 12:39pm Prisoner pickup from Oceana County. 

40-2201246 @ 2:53pm 400 block S Third Ave Mental- Female transported to ER for mental health evaluation.

40-2201247 @ 4:23pm Woodward/State PDA Citation issued to at-fault driver for failure to stop in assured clear distance.

40-2201248 @ 12:18am 112 N. Michigan open door found during property checks, building secure, no keyholder.

40-2201249 @ 4:01am 400 block S. Michigan Suspicious resident went to do laundry and found someone sleeping in the basement. Officers found a male sleeping in common laundry room, he advised he stays in apartment 1 but was locked out when he came home last night.

40-2201250 @ 5:07am 1100 block Catherine for a missing juvenile. Caller advised he found his daughter missing from the house at approximately 4:00 a.m.  He advised this is a common occurrence and believes she is most likely with her mother. The caller advised he only wanted the matter documented as the child is supposed to appear at a court hearing today, and he did not want to be held responsible if she is not there. Mom’s car was not at her residence, no one answered the door, and she did not answer the phone when I called.

40-2201251 @ 5:15am 321 Ives Breaking and Entering. Caller returned home to find entry door to the apartment forced open nothing disturbed or missing inside the residence, but someone left a can of roach spray in her bathroom trash can. Believes it may possibly be ex-boyfriend. Incident happened sometime between 2:30pm on 6/21/22 and time of call. Downstairs neighbor heard a loud bang around 1200hrs but did not see or hear anyone around.

Ives Avenue drain project eyeing 2022 bid

After stormwater runoff damaged the current district drainage system, the Mecosta County Drain
Commission is looking to make repairs.

This restoration was petitioned by local property owners and will be funded by the drainage district.
“This is a newly established drain system,” Drain Commissioner Karla Miller said. “The drain will be
engineered to reduce the flow at the outlet and the banks will be hard armored to prevent further

The project is not ready for construction and still needs an easement and EGLE permit approved. Miller
is hoping the project will be out for bid by the end of 2022.

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Suspect arraigned on charges connected to shooting in Fremont

The Newaygo County prosecutor says a Fremont man was arraigned on four charges on connected to a shooting.


Steven Skinner has been charged with one count assault with intent to murder, one count felony firearm, one count possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol and one count domestic violence.


According to police, on June 16 at 7:00 p.m., officers responded to a report of a person shot on Main Street in Fremont. The shooting took place in an apartment located in downtown Fremont. Upon arrival officers met with a male victim who sustained a gunshot wound as bystanders were giving first aid.


Officers located the alleged shooter, Skinner, and took him into custody without incident.

Homemade bomb found on side of the road in Newaygo County

The Michigan State Bomb Squad was called to the Newaygo Police Department for a homemade bomb Monday afternoon.

The Newaygo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release a citizen found the device while walking on the side of the road and thought it was a homemade firework and brought it to the Newaygo Police Station.

After officers and deputies checked the device out they called in the MSP Bomb Squad who took it to a secure location and detonated the device.

Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office spoke with the citizen that found the device and located the area that he found it.

Michigan State Police was contacted and responded to the area with a K-9 dog trained in detecting explosives. The area was checked and nothing suspicious was located.


The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that if they locate suspicious packages or devices to leave them alone and call 911.


Big Rapids City Commission meeting slated for Tuesday

In their final meeting in the month of June, the Big Rapids City Commission will be meeting on Tuesday, June 21st. 


Commissioners will be discussing and acting on a number of issues.


During its study session, commissioners will be presented with a feasibility study for Hemlock Street repairs from Todd Richter, Fleis & VandenBrink and DPS Police Sergeant Ryan Meyers will present commissioners with a TruNarc update. 


During general business, commissioners will act on resolutions including one that creates an All-Way stop at the intersection of Rust and Escott. Commissioners will also vote to award the following bids;  LaFontaine Group for a new city passenger vehicle, Northern Pump & Well Inc. to repair and inspect City wells #2 and #3 and award a bid to Truck and Trailer Specialties, Inc. for one

6,000-gallon poly storage tank.


Finally, Commissioners will vote on vacating part of the city’s 85-foot-wide utility easement on property west of Rust Avenue.


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

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