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News That Affects You Archives for 2022-01

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

1/28

40-2200193 @ 7:52am Suspicious 500 block N Warren-Student reported seeing a male with a firearm standing near the busses during morning drop off. After searching the area and watching video it was determined that the incident never occurred.  Student later transported to his home after his mother advised she could not come get him. 

40-2200194 @ 10:13am Assist 400 block Williams with Alzheimer patient.

40-2200195 @ 2:42pm Suspicious 800 block Country Way. Caller advised that roommate had moved out of his residence recently and he cannot now find the titles to his vehicles.  Unknown when the last time he saw them is but believes that roommate may have taken them.

40-2200196 @ 4:36pm Suspicious 200 block Rose. Caller advised she tried to open an account at a bank and was told that someone already had an account under her Social Security number.  Bank contacted, found to be an error on their part.

40-22200197 @ 6:46pm Civil 600 block Oak St- Male was upset he was told he had to wear a mask while in the emergency room. Male began to yell at security saying he has PTSD.  He was yelling upon arrival and officers were able to calm him down and he waited in his vehicle until his friend was released.

40-2200198 @ 7:48pm Found property turned in to department- Debit card found in Hemlock Park belonging to.  

40-2200199 @ 9:07pm Traffic Stop Perry/ State resulted in driver being issued a citation for MIP marijuana

40-2200200 @ 9:26pm Abandoned Vehicle Ferris/State. Tan Chrysler town and country was parked in the right turn lane. It was towed by Curries and impounded.

40-2200201 @ 9:58pm Noise 400 block S Michigan, noise warning was issued to resident

 

1/29

40-2200202 @ 10:04am Larceny 300 block Morrison, caller had a package taken off his porch on the 24th. No suspect information.

40-2200203 @ 3:40pm 200 block Robin Ct. Warrant arrest for FTA.

40-2200204 @ 4:21pm Check wellbeing 1800 block Milton led to male being taken into protective custody as he was highly intoxicated and before passing out had a knife and stated he was going to kill himself. Male was transported to ER for treatment.

40-2200205 @ 4:19pm PDA State/Linden.

40-2200206 @ 10:53pm MIP 100 block S Michigan Ave two 19-year-old females cited

40-2200207 @10:40pm MIP/FALSE ID 100 block S Michigan Ave 20-year-old female cited

40-2200208 @ 1:06am DISORDERLY 100 block S Michigan Ave, male was trespassed

 

1/30

40-2200209 @ 10:45am: Domestic/Burglary 200 block W Waterloo- Female advised that her ex-boyfriend and her were in an argument the boyfriend has smashed her phone and is trying to take her key’s. She advised that she had been assaulted.  Male claimed female assaulted him.  He was arrested.

40-2200210 @ 2:28pm: Alarm 500 block N State St. Building was secure.

40-2200211 @ 4:26pm: MIP/VCSA 200 block Hutchinson. 11-year-old had a stick from a marijuana plant that a roommate had allegedly given him.  The stick had been processed and there was no marijuana on it.  Sent over for review by City Attorney.

40-2200212 @ 8:53pm: MDOP 600 block Hutchinson- Caller advised she asked her roommates to find a new place to live.  They proceeded to break the caller’s property, spray paint the walls, and put holes in the walls.  Roommates not on scene. Pending further investigation.

40-2200213 @ 5:36am: Assist 600 block Oak St. 15-year-old wanted to go to dad’s house.  Contact was made with the father, and he responded to get the child.

Big Rapids Police host 'Coffee with a Cop' at Serendipity

On February 16th, 2022, officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.


All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 11:00 A.M. on February 16th at
Serendipity- Big Rapids, 102 S Michigan Ave. Please contact Officer William Sell with questions:
231-527-0005, wsell@bigrapidsdps.org.


Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and
learn more about the department’s work in Big Rapids. The majority of contacts law enforcement has
with the public happens during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not
always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.


“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or
simply get to know our officers,” said Police Chief Danielle Haynes. “This will be the fourth
Coffee With A Cop that we have held. Our support from the community grows bigger at each
one.”


Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the country, as
local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.


The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving
relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Brighton man suffers serious injuries flowing crash in Mecosta Co.

A Brighton man was taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital following a one vehicle crash in Mecosta County's Morton Township. It happened Friday night on Pierce Rd. Near 100th Ave.

 

Witness told deputies that a truck was heading west bound on Pierce Rd when it just drove off the roadway and into several trees. Deputies spoke with the passenger a 49-year-old woman from Brighton who stated the driver a 56-year-old man from Brighton passed out from an unknown medical reason while driving.

 

The 56-year-old man was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids hospital before being air lifted to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for serious injuries.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/27

40-2200187 @ 10:17am 911 hang up 1100 block Platt, found to be a verbal argument between female and her brother.

 

40-2200188 @ 1:17pm Warrant arrest 800 block N. Fourth. Male was arrested for a contempt of court warrant.

 

40-2200189 @ 3:33pm PDA Maple/State.

 

40-2200190 @ 10:40pm Noise 400 block S Michigan Ave Noise Warning issued

 

40-2200191 @ 1149pm Civil S State St/Perry Ave.  Originally dispatched as a PIA.  Female advised a male struck her with his vehicle.  The female was unaware that a Mecosta County Deputy had been behind them at McDonalds and the assault never occurred.  Investigation revealed that the female was upset that McDonalds messed up her order while in the car with the male.  The female became upset and began walking down the middle of the road after she kicked the male’s door.  The female stated the mirror may have touched her when he was trying to get her back in the car on State St.

 

40-2200192 @ 2:30am Warrant pick up at Dispatch.  Contempt of Court DWLS.

DHD#10 instructs residents how to verify COVID-19 tests are working

Considering Michigan’s cold winter temperatures, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is issuing guidance on how to ensure the COVID-19 tests received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) work properly. 

 

At-home test kits are being delivered to residences, those shipping to Michigan most likely have been in frigid temperatures, either while in transit or after being delivered to mailboxes. Many are asking if this could impact the effectiveness of the test. According to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), the performance of the at-home COVID-19 tests should not be impacted, provided they are prepared correctly. 

 

Proper test performance assumes the test is being performed in an environment that is between 59-86?F (15-30?C). To ensure appropriate test performance with a test that is delivered to you in below freezing temperatures, you should:   

 

  • Bring the package inside your home and leave it unopened at room temperature for at least two hours before opening it. 
  • Once the package is at room temperature, you may open it and perform the test according to the authorized instructions for use. 
  • As long as the test line(s) appear as described in the instructions, you can be confident that the test is performing as it should. 
  • If the line(s) do not appear in the correct location(s) and within the correct time as shown in the test instructions when you perform the test, then the results may not be accurate, and a new test is needed to get an accurate result. 

 

Every home address is eligible to order 4 free, at-home COVID-19 tests. HHS says that orders should ship between 7-12 days after ordering, beginning in late January. Ordering is easy and convenient online at: https://www.covidtests.gov/.  

 

You can also learn more about additional resources, insurance reimbursement for at-home kits, and the CDC’s quarantine and isolations guidelines from the link above. DHD#10 asks that positive at-home tests be reported here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898.  

 

It is important to note that DHD#10 does not offer COVID-19 testing, nor do they carry testing supplies at their offices. However, most area pharmacies perform COVID-19 testing and sell at-home testing kits. 

 

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.  

Voting proposal requests submitted to State Canvassers

Michigan Right to Vote has submitted requests to the Board of State Canvassers to start two ballot petition drives for voting rights.

 

The first proposal establishes the fundamental right to vote and inserts language into the Michigan Constitution protecting that right for all citizens. The second proposal removes the possibility that certain initiatives can be enacted by the Legislature without ever going before the governor --- or voters.

 

The Board of Canvassers is expected to review both measures on February 11th.

Federal Judge rejects Ferris State University Prof. request for reinstatement

The Ferris State professor suspended for making a provocative video for his history students, won't be returning to class any time soon.

 

A federal judge has rejected Barry Mehler's request for immediate reinstatement and set a March 7th hearing on his bid for a preliminary injunction.

 

The 74-year-old tenured professor was suspended with pay earlier this month after making a 14-minute video that included profanity and criticism of Ferris State COVID-19 policies.

 

His attorneys say the professor was wrongly punished for expressing free speech. Mehler says he was performing, when he used salty language in the video.

Suspended FSU Prof wants court to reinstate him

A Michigan professor who was suspended for making a sarcastic video for students that included profanity and criticism of university COVID-19 policies is asking a judge to immediately reinstate him.

 

It's been two weeks since Barry Mehler was suspended by Ferris State University. Attorneys for Mehler say his First Amendment rights were violated.

 

In the video, Mehler covers a range of topics, including grades, attendance, and COVID-19. He calls students "vectors of disease" and says they could get a good grade by skipping in-person classes and following course requirements posted online.

 

Ferris State's president says he was appalled by the video. Mehler says it was just a performance. It has been seen more than 500,000 times on YouTube.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/26

40-2200179 @ 1:28pm MIP 200 block S Michigan.

 

40-2200180 @ 2:59pm Found Property, cell phone turned into City Hall, returned to owner.

 

40-2200181 @ 3:04pm Fail to Pay 600 block Maple St, driver contacted and made arrangements to pay.

 

40-2200182 @ 9:29pm.  Alarm 700 block Maple St.  Unfounded.

 

40-2200183 @ 9:53pm Traffic Stop Division/Morrison led to the appearance ticket for DWLS.

 

40-2200184 @ 12:00am   Assist number pulled for detail on 1/25/22.

 

40-2200185 @ 12:30am 500 block Marion Noise heard in the basement.  Nothing found.

 

40-2200186 @ 1:52am 800 block Water Tower.  Check wellbeing, All were fine.

 

 

Sen. Outman & Rep. Hoitenga react to State of the State Address

Has Governor Gretchen Whitmer made good on her campaign promise to "fix the damn roads?"

 

The Governor says since she took office, Michigan has repaired or rebuilt more than 13 thousand miles of roads, and 900 bridges.

 

The Governor talked about roads and cutting taxes in her fourth annual state of the state speech delivered last night at Detroit Diesel.

 

State Senator Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, issued the following statement on Wednesday, in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2022 State of the State address:

 

“Tonight, the governor laid out her priorities for the upcoming year, and her outlook for the state’s future. 

 

“The governor’s words about bipartisanship and calls for working together haven’t always been followed up by her actions. For the third year in a row, the governor called on everyone to work together, and like many others listening tonight, her words left me feeling skeptical.

 

“Time and again, she has yanked the football from in front of lawmakers who worked on bipartisan legislation to address the priorities of struggling Michigan families. Of the countless bills that have made it to the governor’s desk in recent years, she has vetoed nearly 100 bipartisan bills aimed at helping struggling families and businesses.

 

“I do, however, agree that we have shown the success we can build when we work together. We’ve worked to train more workers, attract talent and bring new industries to the state. General Motors just announced a groundbreaking investment to bring thousands of new jobs and retain even more.

 

“A few months ago, we finalized a responsible budget that uses federal resources to fund priorities and finally level the playing field for schools across the state.

 

“I hope we can take her up on the bipartisan promises made tonight and continue making a difference for Michiganders. I look forward to her working with us on pending legislation to fix the roads and bridges and make sure everyone has access to safe drinking water signed into law. These are priorities people have been calling for and we have been working on.

 

“In the meantime, our immediate focus should remain on helping the families and businesses who have been trying to survive the burdensome government restrictions and mandates that still plague us two years into this pandemic.

 

“I always look forward to hearing the governor’s plans, but whether or not her actions will live up to tonight’s promises remain to be seen.”

 

Meanwhile State House Rep. Michelle Hoitenga  criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for failing to put forth comprehensive tax relief ideas in her annual State of the State address.

 

“Republicans in the Legislature have continually called for tax breaks to help hard-working people and their families. This is a major priority. People have seen rising costs due to inflation and have gone through incredible hardship the past several months,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “I fear with the giant influx of federal dollars to assist in COVID-19 response, the governor is more focused on spending and supporting bigger government through tax increases. That’s not the right approach for the people of Michigan.”

 

Federal rules generally have prohibited the use of one-time COVID relief and infrastructure funds to lower taxes. However, the state’s own tax revenues have outperformed previous expectations. The latest Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference projects $7 billion combined on the state’s general fund and school aid fund balance sheets, which is unprecedented.

 

Instead of seeking to raise taxes, Hoitenga said the funding should create the ability to aggressively pursue broad relief in needed areas – such as repealing the pension tax.

 

“While I appreciate the governor emphasizing the need to address the pension tax, the time is now for us to follow through and get this done for the many retirees who were promised tax-free public pensions for most of their careers,” Hoitenga said. “I have been supportive of repealing the pension tax since taking office, and I committed to seeing this reform get across the finish line for our seniors.”

Did you work from home this year? you may be able to claim a tax deduction

The IRS is reminding people there are important steps to take to ensure their tax return and refund do NOT face delays.

 

Spokesman Luis Garcia says file tax returns electronically to minimize errors get your refund faster.

 

He also says things are a little different this year as more people are working from home.

 

Everyone's situation is a little different so go to irs.gov just put in the search engine “home office” see if that applies to you or not.”  Garcia said. 

 

Garcia says most taxpayers will receive their refund within 21-DAYS of when they file electronically if they choose direct deposit and there are no issues with their tax return.

 

The deadline to file this year is April 18th.

State Police teams up with truckers in human trafficking crackdown

During National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Michigan State Police officers are teaming up with officers from neighboring states, along with the organization Truckers Against Trafficking, to raise awareness of human trafficking.

 

Why collaborate with truckers?

 

Lt. Chris Keller with the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division says they are a perfect partner.

 

The trucking industry, it's such a great industry to get involved in an operation like this because they travel the entire country and they're in truck stops and rest areas and places where human trafficking has been found to be occurring and if we can collaborate with them and give them the tools they need to contact us when these things are going on it just makes for a more efficient effort.” Keller said. 

He says for the rest of this week, the total effort is all about educating motorists about being aware of the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Monday…01/17/22


Officers served trespass notices to 2 individuals who had been evicted from a local apartment complex.


While on patrol, officers pulled over a vehicle without a license plate. Upon further investigation it was determined that the driver had an outstanding warrant from another county, as well as an invalid driver’s license. The individual was taken to the Osceola County Jail for the warrant and cited for not having a legal driver’s license.


Tuesday …1/18/22


Officers responded to a call from the local school concerning a juvenile who was demonstrating
inappropriate and threatening behavior toward school personnel. Upon arrival the situation was calmed, and a plan was developed for the student.


Officers were called to the local high school for a student who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Through investigation the use of narcotics was verified and a citation was issued.


After receiving a request from a Probation Officer, Officer’s located an individual who appeared to be in violation of his residential probation terms. The man explained that he was locked out of the probation house, but returned to the residence in which he needed to be staying without incident. A meeting was scheduled between himself and his Probation Officer for the next day to further discuss the matter.


An Officer was dispatched to a residence where a woman reported hearing a female screaming as well as a loud vehicle, speeding away with a person riding on the hood. The Officer attempted to locate the vehicle, based on the description he was given, but was not able to find anything matching the description. Our Officer also checked with the local hospital to make sure someone had not come in with injuries that may have occurred if they had in fact fallen off of the hood of a moving vehicle.

 

Wednesday …1/19/22


Officers were called to a local business to investigate a man who was behaving erratically and threatening violence against another individual. Upon arrival the officer witnessed the man screaming profanities and making threats of shooting the man he was having the altercation with. The Officer located a BB pistol and spoke with the man about his actions; however the man continued to scream profanities at the Officer. He was eventually arrested and transported to the Osceola County jail. He was charged with Felonious Assault, Resisting and Obstructing arrest as well as disorderly conduct.


Friday …1/21/22


An individual came into the department to report that upon arriving at her residence, a known individual had entered her home, locked the doors and was refusing to let her in. She also reported that she had a PPO against the man and knew that he also had an outstanding warrant. Officers went to the home and arrested the man without incident. He was taken to the Osceola County jail and the case has been forwarded to the District Court for review.

 

An Officer was dispatched to assist the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department with an individual who was reported as being disorderly. Upon arrival, the suspect was compliant and no further assistance was needed.


Sunday …1/23/22


An Officer responded to a noise complaint at a local apartment complex. The Officer visited the unit in question and spoke with the tenants. While he was there he did hear that commercials would in fact getlouder on the television but not to the point of being excessive or disturbing to others. The case was closed.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/25

40-2200170 @ 10:46am SUSPICIOUS  1100 block Catherine, door appeared to have been forced and then closed again. It did not appear anything gone through or taken, resident has been gone for a week.

 

40-2200171 @ 10:30am ASSAULT 500 block N Warren St, juveniles got into a fight forwarded to probate

 

40-2200172 @ found property turned in at BRDPS

 

40-200173 @ 2:10pm CIVIL 1100 block Catherine.

 

40-2200174 @ 3:47pm: Number pulled for mental transport of female to Muskegon earlier in the day.

 

40-2200175 @ 7:37pm: Check wellbeing 600 block N State St: Check wellbeing called in on male who was believed to be passed out in his car in the parking lot for approximately an hour after being sent home by his employer. Male’s head was down but his phone screen was on, and he woke up almost immediately. His eyes were bloodshot, but he advised he had been crying due to issues at home and being afraid he is going to lose his job. Male was given a ride home.

 

40-2200176 @ 8:40pm: Stand by 800 block Country Way. Mother wanted to relinquish her parental rights due to son not listening, talking back, and other parental issues. Officers stood by until Grandmother arrived to take male for the night. Mother was advised she would need to contact an attorney or the court regarding parental rights and that she was still responsible for male. Male was upset because mother was going to throw away his PlayStation after he was grounded from it and found to be playing it numerous times after.

 

40-2200177 @ 3:28am: Warrant meet with Kent County at Jefferson Park and Ride. Female was lodged on a FTA warrant.

 

40-2200178 @ 5:26am: Alarm 1200 block Perry Ave. Same as yesterday. No keyholders.

 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/24

40-2200156 @ 9:08am 500 Block N Warren– CSC. Under investigation.

 

40-2200157 @ 9:06am, Maple St / N Stewart Ave – PDA

 

40-2200158 @ 10:23am 100 block E Pine St – VCSA. Complainant advised that male had left his coat at the office and had drug paraphernalia and pills. Under investigation.

 

40-2200159 @ 11:28am 800 block Bjornson St – Threats/Civil. Parties advised that there were threats given over texts. Under investigation.

 

40-2200160 @ 11:26am 800 block Country Way – Harassment. Complainant advised that another tenant was harassing him. Civil issues between tenants.

 

40-2200161 @ 12:46pm 1300 block Catherine St – Civil dispute/Domestic. Third party called in a possible domestic between male and female.

 

40-2200162 @ 12:57pm 15000 block 190th – Disorderly Juvenile. Officer responded to assist with a disorderly juvenile.

 

40-2200163 @ 3:22. Mental – female called reference someone trying to kidnap her. Her son was there. He advised that his mother is quickly declining from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

40-2200164 @ 6:26pm. N Michigan Ave / Maple St – PDA.

 

2200165 @ 7:19pm. Assist 1800 block Milton: Female stated male was suicidal. Male was not suicidal.

 

2200166 @ 7:39pm. Suspicious 1100 block Fuller: Called for a possible civil dispute. Officers arrived to find female alone with her young son at the apartment. Officers later called back because the child was walking into the parking lot and mother was not around. She had gone to pick up her laundry from the laundry room while her son had been asleep.

 

2200167 @ 11:26pm. Civil at 700 block Clark: Verbal argument between male and female.

 

2200168 @ 3:36am. Parole Violation 200 block Maple St. Called in as a noise complaint. Tenant gave one name, but it was later discovered he was somebody else. Submitted for PV and false ID to police.

 

2200169 @ 5:44am. False Alarm 1200 block Perry Ave.

 

Meijer to offer free N95 masks at store

Meijer says it will offer free N-95 face masks to customers who need them, as part of a free mask program with the U.S. Department of Health.

 

The grocery chain has received an estimated 3-million masks from the federal government.

 

They'll be available near the entrance and will be sorted by store greeters.

Huizenga cosponsors bill to combat Washington's addiction to spending, soaring Inflation

Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-MI) announced his support for the Inflation Prevention Act.

 

In December, the year-over-year inflation rate hit a 40 year high of 7% in part because of out-of-control federal spending. Soaring inflation increases the cost of everything from groceries to gasoline. The Inflation Prevention Act would bar legislation, based on an analysis of each bill from the Congressional Budget Office, found to increase inflation until the year-over-year inflation rate drops below 4.5%. The Inflation Prevention Act was introduced on Thursday by Republican Congressman Mike Garcia of California.

 

“Washington’s addiction to spending is having a negative impact on our economy and raising costs on families across Michigan and throughout the nation,” said Congressman Huizenga. “By preventing legislation from being enacted that would increase inflation, the Inflation Prevention Act takes a common sense, fiscally responsible approach to address deficit spending and inflation over the near-term. Over the long-term, I continue to believe, support, and advocate for a balanced budget amendment to fully address Washington’s out of control spending.”

 

“All across America, hardworking Americans are concerned with the rising costs of basic goods because of reckless government spending,” said Congressman Mike Garcia. “I am proud to lead my colleagues in Congress in introducing the Inflation Prevention Act to help alleviate the inflation crisis for American families through practical barriers limiting out-of-control government spending. We must put an end to this now and get America back on track.”

 

The Inflation Prevention Act will have companion legislation in the U.S. Senate from Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina and John Thune of South Dakota.

 

“American families cannot continue to endure the burden of skyrocketing costs of everyday goods brought on by reckless spending in Washington,” said Senator Tim Scott. “A sound financial future requires wise financial action now.” 


“Our country is facing the highest level of inflation in nearly 40 years, and South Dakotans are paying more for food, utilities, and gas,” said Senator John Thune. “I’m proud to join Sen. Scott in the fight to stop the Democrats’ reckless tax-and-spending spree, which would significantly worsen the already damaging inflation crisis.”

 

The Inflation Prevention Act is also supported by the National Taxpayers Union and FreedomWorks.

 

"Historic levels of inflation have functioned as an unofficial tax on millions of American families, making it more difficult for many to afford basic necessities like food and gas. While there's debate over which policies will help reduce inflation, one thing all Members of Congress should agree on is that spending huge sums of new money financed by more government debt will likely make the inflation crisis worse. NTU is glad to support the Inflation Prevention Act from Representative Garcia and his colleagues, which would ensure that Congress doesn't further accelerate inflation with irresponsible spending bills," said Andrew Lautz, Director of Federal Policy at National Taxpayers Union.


“Americans are hurting as prices rise on everything from gas to groceries. As the result of decades of out-of-control spending, inflation is wreaking havoc on hardworking Americans nationwide. Unfortunately, many in Washington have yet to receive the message that their irresponsible spending habits have devastating consequences. Rep. Mike Garcia’s resolution to create a point of order against spending that would increase inflation is a rare statement in Washington that puts the well-being of the American people ahead of Congress’s dangerous spending addiction,” said Adam Brandon, President of FreedomWorks.

Epic MRA Poll finds residents feel Michigan headed in wrong direction

A new Epic MRA poll shows Governor Gretchen Whitmer ahead of Republican challenger James Craig.

 

Whitmer had the support of 46 percent of Michigan voters who were polled, while Craig had 41 percent of the total vote. But when asked to rate the job Whitmer's doing, 52 percent of respondents gave her a negative rating; 45 percent felt positively.

 

When asked about whether things in Michigan were headed in the right direction, 45 percent of respondents said they think the state is on the wrong track, while 35 percent believe things are headed in the right direction.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

1/21

40-2200133 @ 6:30am False Alarm 500 block S State St. Delivery driver put in a wrong code for the alarm. Manager arrived on scene and turned off the alarm.

40-2200134 @ 7:54am Traffic Stop 700 block Perry Ave for expired tabs, driver had suspended ops. Misdemeanor citation issued for DWLS

40-2200135 @ 2:57pm 400 block Waterloo Warrant Arrest.

40-2200137 @ 4:04pm Suspicious 1100 block Fuller Ave. Profanities about the driver’s ability to park were written in the dust of a vehicle. No Damage.

40-2200136 @ 4:05pm False Alarm 100 block Ives. New Owners of the building tried to enter and set off alarm. Building was secure.

40-2200138 @ 4:24pm Fail to Pay 600 block Maple St. Driver didn’t realize his card did not work. He called back and paid.

40-2200139 @ 6:30pm Welfare Check 1100 block Catherine.  Taxi driver called in a Welfare Check on female and her children after an issue during custody exchange at another location.  Everyone was fine.

40-2200140 @ 8:27pm 100 block N. Third. Check wellbeing, Dr. called reference the remote O2 sensor that male had on due to being COVID positive was showing low.  He was fine.

40-2200141 @ 8:29pm Traffic Stop Marion/State.  Consent search completed.

40-2200142 @ 9:47pm Motorist assist State/Pine reference the passenger having a broken hip.  Had the driver follow to the hospital.

40-2200143 @ 2:35am 500 block S. Michigan Ave.  Complainant stated that male had body slammed her.  Conflicting stories from all the witnesses and involved parties.  Witnesses stated complainant was trying to assault male’s girlfriend and he pushed her back.  Will be forwarded for review. 

40-2200144 @ 2:14am Warrant Pickup Kent Co.  Lodged at MCSO.

 

1/22

No case numbers pulled

 

 

1/23

40-2200145 @ 6:29am ARSON 1100 block Catherine St.  Female arrested for ARSON after trying to burn down the residence with the whole family in it. No injuries.

40-2200147 @ 9:02am PDA /OWI 59 YR OLD female was arrested for OUID after a PDA

40-2200148 @ 11:57am agency assist River/Oak started as a suspicious bumper in the snow with a Mass. plate later discovered to belong to a young man arrested by MSP for OWI

40-2200149 @ 2:38pm CIVIL  225 S. Stewart male and female arguing about male calling one of the female’s daughters a name.

40-2200150 @ 3:09pm CIVIL 1800 block Milton marital dispute about property jointly owned. 

40-2200151 @ 4:52pm MDOP 200 block Baldwin Ave. ran someone’s hummer into snowbank

40-2200152 @ 7:05pm MDOP 400 block S Third. Male was upset with his niece upon coming back to shelter and punched a hole in the wall. Male was lodged.

40-2200153 @ 7:36pm Civil at 1100 block Catherine. Civil between female and male. Male has a warrant but was not on scene upon officer arrival.

40-2200154 @ 9:49pm Suspicious 300 block Williams St. Neighbor advised hearing yelling and glass breaking. Contact made with male who advised nothing was going on. Unable to contact anyone else at the house.

40-2200155 @ 12:54am Civil 1800 block Milton. Female advised male threw a pen at her and hit her in the face. Male stated he tossed female a pen which she caught with her hand. No marks on female. Both parties advised to continue avoiding one another.

Hersey woman injured in two vehicle accident

A Hersey woman was taken to a local hospital after being involved in a two vehicle crash.

 

It happened in Big Rapids Township, where a mini-van was stuck on the 220th Ave seasonal rd and a SUV driven by a 27 year old man from Newaygo had topped the hill and struck the mini-van.

 

The driver of the mini-van and another person were outside the mini-van and were attempting to push the mini-van when the SUV struck the mini-van causing it to be pushed into a 28 year old woman from Hersey.

 

She was taken to the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

No one else was injured in the accident.

Michigan Health Officials address Auditor General report on nursing home death total

The Michigan House Oversight Committee met on Thursday to discuss the findings of the Auditor General.

 

Elizabeth Hertel, director of public health, reports 5,675 senior citizen deaths in long-term care facilities.


But Auditor General Douglas Ringler believes the figure is closer to 8,061 deaths.

 

One lawmaker questioned whether it was appropriate to house COVID-19 positive patients in the same facilities as those who did not test positive.

 

Hertel responded by saying that if an outbreak occurs in the future, facilities should be prepared.

 

"What we need to do is ensure that facilities who are caring for patients and particularly medically feral patients have the resources that they need to properly control infectious diseases and that is the purpose of working with facilities, is to make sure that they can safely take residents back and care for them in a facility that is most appropriate for them." Hertel said.  


The release of a 13 page letter explains how the auditor general got to a different number than Health Director Hertel. She says its very simple, he counted more places where seniors lived and died, that the state was not required to count by law.

Barryton man arrested on drunk driving charges following two vehicle crash in Fork Twp.

A Barryton man is behind bars after causing a two vehicle crash in Mecosta County's Fork Township.

 

It happened on 20 Mile Rd just east of 30th Ave in Barryton.

 

Deputies say 56-year-old Barryton man was traveling at a high rate of speed on 20 Mile Rd heading east bound when he went through a stop sign at 30th Ave and collided with another east bound vehicle that had just pulled onto 20 Mile Rd from the Dollar General in Barryton.

 

A 27-year-old woman from Lake was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital with minor injuries.

 

The 56-year-old driver was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing injury and lodged at the Mecosta County jail without incident.

One person dies in two vehicle crash in Newaygo Co.

A 31-year old driver from White Cloud is dead following a two vehicle crash in Newaygo County.

 

It happened on South Mason Drive near West 104th Street.

 

When Police arrived to the scene the driver from White Cloud had passed away from injuries from the accident.

 

A 42-year old man from Sparta was taken to a Grand Rapids area hospital for his injuries.

 

The accident is still under investigation.

Big Rapids City Commission approves asbestos removal and demolition of property on W. Bellevue

The Big Rapids City Commission approved a resolution to accept bids and approve asbestos removal and demolition of a home on W. Bellevue.

 

The cost of the demolition and asbestos removal will cost $21,876.

 

The two bids received came from Brad Lubahn & Sons for the removal of asbestos in the amount of $9,876.00 and the bid of Morningstar Enterprises for the demolition in the amount of $12,000.00.

 

Action on the property will be taking place within the next 60 days.

 

City officials say it's still unclear what the future holds for the property.

 

Neighborhood Services Director Paula Priebe mentioned a couple of options, giving the property to the housing commission or giving the property to Habitat for Humanity.

 

She told city commissioners the Planning Commission's recommendation back in July when the city purchased the land was to use it for housing. 

Police in Mecosta Co. looking for fugitive

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted fugitive.

 

58-year old Larry Lee Derevage is wanted on three outstanding criminal sexual conduct warrants out of Big Rapids.

 

Deputies have been searching for Derevage but have been unable to locate and arrest him.

 

Derevage is aware of his wanted status and is believed to still be in the Mecosta County area, which may include Newaygo, Lake and Osceola Counties.

 

If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Derevage please contact 911 or the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 231-592-0150.

DTE to propose a $388 million dollar rate increase

Get ready to pay more for your electricity.

 

DTE Energy says it's going to propose a rate increase to fund a $388 million investment that will modernize and improve reliability of the state's energy grid.

 

If the increase goes through, it would cost the average customer another $10 a month.

 

DTE plans to file a rate request with the Michigan Public Service Commission on Friday.

DHD#10 residents can now order free at-home tests

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) have partnered to deliver free at-home COVID-19 tests. 

 

Every home address is eligible to order 4 free, at-home COVID-19 tests. HHS says that orders should ship between 7-12 days after ordering, beginning in late January. Ordering is easy and convenient online at: https://www.covidtests.gov/

 

“As the need for COVID-19 testing has increased, so has the need for testing supplies,” stated DHD#10 Health Officer, Kevin Hughes. “This offering of free at-home test kits will make a big difference, especially to our rural communities who may not have access to our testing clinics or supplies.” 

 

It is important to note that DHD#10 does not offer COVID-19 testing, nor do they carry testing supplies at their offices. However, most area pharmacies perform COVID-19 testing and sell at-home testing kits. 

 

You can also learn more about additional resources, insurance reimbursement for at-home kits, and the CDC’s quarantine and isolations guidelines from the link above. DHD#10 asks that positive at-home tests be reported here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898

 

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.  

Big Rapids man falls asleep at the wheel gets into car crash

A 81-year old man fell asleep behind the wheel which led to a one vehicle accident in Mecosta County. Sheriff deputies say they were called to 9 Mile near 20th Ave. to investigate a one car personal injury accident. The driver, an 81-year-old man from Big Rapids was traveling west on 9 Mile Rd when he fell asleep and ran off the roadway, then jumped a driveway traveling in the air having a collision with the ditch. The driver's passenger sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken by EMS to the Hospital.

DHD#10 no longer performing contact tracing

Following Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) recent announcement that they are discontinuing universal individual-level contact tracing, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that they will also discontinue this process. It is now up to each individual who test’s positive for COVID-19 to notify any and all potential close contacts.  

 

“The effort our staff has put in to perform contact tracing over the past two years has been enormous,” stated Kevin Hughes, Health Officer for DHD#10. “It is now time to empower the residents of our communities to take on this role and notify anyone they may have had close contact with while contagious.” 

 

DHD#10 will now focus on targeted identification, response, and mitigation of COVID-19 clusters and outbreaks, especially for vulnerable populations and those associated with settings where persons congregate like long term care facilities, group homes, schools, shelters, and dormitories. This redirection of public health resources to a focus on outbreak venues and clusters will maximize public health outcomes in an environment of strained and limited staffing capacity. 

 

DHD#10 will, however, continue sending secure text notifications via TigerConnect to individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within their ten-county jurisdiction so that individuals can begin the process of notifying their close contacts. Individuals will receive a secure text message on their cell phone that reads as follows: 

 

“This is District Health Department #10. We are following up regarding your recent COVID-19 test. If you are POSITIVE for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, stay home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving and you are fever free after 5 days, you can leave your house. Continue to follow strict mask wearing around others for an additional 5 days.” 

 

The text message will then proceed to provide instructions for completing an online survey to help case investigators learn about where an individual may have contracted COVID-19. The text also has helpful links to DHD#10’s website to learn more about quarantine and isolation guidelines as well as the COVID-19 vaccines/boosters. The text also provides a link where the individual can notify their close contacts anonymously, https://tellyourcontacts.org/.  

 

“We fully understand that phishing scams are a real thing and some people may not feel comfortable responding to a text message,” said Jeannine Taylor, DHD#10 Public Information Officer, “if you feel uneasy, please email us at covid@dhd10.org or give us a call (231-305-8675) to help confirm the authenticity of this message.” 

 

For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout their jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at www.dhd10.org/covid19-testing-clinics. You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office. 

 

DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898   

 

Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at: covidreporting@dhd10.org

 

For questions on COVID-19, call us at 231-305-8675, or email us at covid@dhd10.org.  

Newaygo Co. couple dies in house fire

A man and woman were killed in a house fire in Newaygo County Tuesday morning.

 

It happened at a residence on 6400 block of N Cottonwood Ave, Norwich Township.

 

When emergency crews got to the scene the home was fully engulfed in flames. After speaking with neighbors, deputies learned that an 80-year old man and a 68-year old woman lived at the residence. After the fire was put out the remains of the homeowners were found inside.

 

The cause of the fire and deaths are still under investigation.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: Weekend

1/14 

40-2200089 @ 8:35am 600 block of Maple St Fail to Pay, owner of vehicle contacted and had employee contact the store to pay. 

40-2200090 @ 2:56pm Traffic stop Third/Colburn led to driver being cited for no insurance and expired plate.  

40-2200091 @ 3:35pm 100 block Parkview Suspicious, caller wanted to report a possible CSC she was told about by another person back in May of 2021. Unknown on when, where, or who may have been involved in the incident. 

40-2200092 @ 9:24pm 500 block S. Michigan.  Female called and stated her sister was refusing to leave the house.  Sister was found to have a valid warrant and was lodged. 

40-2200093 @ 10:12pm  E. Bridge/ N State St.  Traffic stop resulted in the arrest of the driver for a valid warrant for contempt of court for operating with no license. 

40-2200094 @ 10:12pm  Same as above.  Passenger was arrested for two outstanding warrants out of the 77th District Court. 

40-2200095 @ 10:17pm 300 block N. State.  Male and female came and visited caller.  Caller stated one of them put hands on him.  UTL subjects.  Will be forwarded for review. 

40-2200096 @ 12:44am 500 block Chestnut.  Suspicious Situation.  Caller stated people were ringing his doorbell.  Caller wanted contact.  Subjects were UTL. 

40-2200097 @ 1:40am State and Ferris St. T/S led to citation of the passenger, the registered owner, for allowing a subject to drive the vehicle without insurance. 

40-2200098 @ 2:06am Perry/Ferris Dr.  Traffic stop led to the arrest of driver for his outstanding warrant for Home Invasion, resting arrest, and fleeing out of Kent County.  Driver was turned over to Kent County.  During the vehicle inventory narcotics and paraphernalia were found.  Will be forwarded for review. 

 

1/15 

40-2200099 @ 9:37am 400 block S State St T/S for expired tag led to driver being cited for no insurance and expired registration. Big Rapids Tow impounded. 

40-2200100 @ 6:41pm 1200 block Perry Ave.  Hit and run. Pending further investigation. 

40-2200101 @ 11:13pm 100 block S. Michigan Contributing to a Minor was issued to male.  MIP was issued to female. 

40-2200102 @ 11:56pm 100 block S. Michigan MIP citation issued to female.  Case number pulled in error. 

40-2200103 @ 12:46am 100 block S. Michigan Disorderly.  Dispatch advised a fight was in progress.  Officers located two males and a female.  A fight broke out between one of the males and unknown subjects.  Security staff claimed they were assaulted by all three subjects after they were trying to get back in.  Neither side wanted to pursue charges but all three subjects were permanently trespassed.   

40-2200104 @ 3:47am 20000 block Northland Dr.  Warrant pickup of male for fines and costs from a reckless ticket. 

40-2200105 @ 3:38am 700 block Perry Ave.  unfounded alarm. 

40-2200106 @ 4:58am 1200 block Perry Ave. unfounded Alarm. 

 

1/16 

40-2200108 @ 2:02pm, Willow Ave/Cypress St - Warrant Arrest. Officer responded for an area check of a vehicle that had two young girls going door to door asking for returnable cans for the homeless. Officers found female and she was arrested for her 49th Circuit FTA warrant. 

 40-2200107 @ 1:31pm, 1800 block Milton Ave – Check wellbeing. Officers responded to check the wellbeing of female. Her vehicle was consistently honking its horn without her around. No contact was made at the residence. Her vehicle’s horn was disconnected and she was found to be in Pine Rest. 

40-2200109 @ 7:31pm hrs. Traffic stop 300 block S Third Ave resulted in driver being arrested for multiple FTA warrants. 

40-2200110 @ 8:25pm hrs. Traffic stop at Mitchell Creek Park resulted in driver being arrested for warrants. Driver was also cited for MIP Marijuana. 

40-2200111 @ 9:46pm hrs. Mental 500 block Marion Ave. Female advised there used to be 2x8 boards on the ceiling of the basement to support the floor but they were now missing. No evidence of any boards missing and many cobwebs in the areas where she advised people were getting into the basement. 

 

1/17 

40-2200112 @ 9:03am hours, 400 block S Third Ave, Parking Complaint – Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint. The owner was tracked down and advised to move the vehicle by Friday. 

 40-2200113 @ 10:13am hours, Linden St / S Michigan Ave, Minor PIA – Officers were dispatched to a PIA, minor injuries, one driver complained of ear issues after being hit by airbag. 

 40-2200114 @ 4:16pm hours, Darwin Ave/ Catherine St, DWLS/No Insurance/Improper Plate – Officer completed a traffic stop on a vehicle. Driver had purchased the vehicle a month prior and had not switched the plate or gained insurance. He was also driving on a suspended license. Cited and released. 

40-2200115/116 @ 7:06pm hours. Domestic at 500 block S Michigan Ave: Male spanked four children after they were messing around and refusing to stop when their mother/aunt told them to. One child became upset and began throwing things around the house. The male pushed the child out of the house and told him he needed to go home. The child demanded the BB gun the male had gotten him for Christmas and then alleged the male shot the BB gun which ricocheted off the door and struck the child. The BB gun was given to the child’s mother by the male. All other witnesses denied the male ever shot the BB gun. The child threw icicles and snowballs at the house while leaving. The child continued to cause issues at his mother’s house and eventually broke the television while there. Case forwarded for both the male and the child. 

40-2200117 @ 5:46pm. Assault 500 block S Third Ave: Male stated he was jumped by another male outside of the gas station. Caller was treated at the ER. 

40-2200118 @ 1:38am. OWI at S Stewart/Elm. BOL called out by a friend who stated female driver was highly intoxicated and refused a ride home and he was concerned she was going to drive. The vehicle was observed leaving the bar after honking the horn several times in the parking lot.  Driver arrested. 

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Monday…1/3


Officers were dispatched with EMS to an unknown medical situation. Upon arrival it was determined only EMS was needed.


The liaison officer issued a citation to a teen for being a Minor in Possession of Marijuana. 


Tuesday …1/4


Officers received a tip regarding possible illegal drug use and activity. Contact was made with the suspected individual who was cooperative. The investigation revealed no evidence of illegal drug activity.


Wednesday …1/5


The liaison officer took a report of two juveniles heard talking about Oxford High School. An investigation determined they had been talking about it in general and there was no threat connected with the conversation.


Thursday …1/6
Officers took a report of a parent possibly striking their child out of anger. The matter will be turned over to the Prosecutor’s office for review.


Officers took a report of inappropriate contact between two young juveniles. The behavior is believed to have stemmed from an incident involving another juvenile in a different jurisdiction. The investigation has been turned over to the agency with jurisdiction.


Officers issued a 30-year-old man an appearance citation for driving on a revoked driver’s license. He was also cited for having an expired registration plate.


Officers received a report of a vacant building being illegally occupied after the caller stated they believed they saw a light. Officers checked the building and found no evidence of entry into the building.


Friday …1/7


Officers took a report of an estranged boyfriend trying to force entry into his estranged girlfriend’s residence.


The man also has a bond condition of no contact with the woman. The man had departed prior to officers’ arrival. The matter will be forwarded to the prosecuting attorney’s office for possible charges.


Officers took a report of damage to a vehicle. The owner reported their vehicle had been struck while it was parked. The matter is under investigation.


Monday…1/10


The school liaison officer took a report of a fight between two teenage males. There were no serious injuries and the matter will be turned over to probate court for review of possible charges.


Officers were dispatched to a two-car accident. There were no injuries and only minor damage to the
vehicles.

 

Officers received a report of a man living in his RV in violation of city ordinance and zoning. Contact was made with the man and a warning was issued.


Tuesday …1/11


The liaison officer issued a citation for a juvenile for being a minor in possession of a vape device.


Wednesday …1/12


While on a traffic stop officers discovered the 32-year-old male driver to have an outstanding warrant out of Mecosta County. The man was taken into custody and turned over to the neighboring jurisdiction.


Officers observed a vacant building in a state of disrepair with possible unsafe conditions. The matter is under investigation and contact with the owner is being attempted to resolve the matter.


Friday …1/14


The liaison officer issued a citation to a juvenile for being a minor in possession of a vape device.
Officers were dispatched to a threats complaint. It was determined a special needs juvenile had vented frustration by making an empty threat. After investigating it was determined there was no existing threat.


Officers arrested a 48-year-old man for Operating While Impaired after he drove his vehicle, while
intoxicated, to have an alcohol monitoring tether put on, as part of his probation from a prior OWI arrest.


Officers were dispatched to a report of a man with dogs near a church. The caller stated the dogs had been somewhat aggressive. The man departed prior to officer’s arrival.


Saturday …1/15
While performing a property inspection officers located an unlocked door. The owner was notified and the building secured.


Sunday …1/16


Officers were requested to assist the Osceola County Sheriff Department in locating a driver who had left the scene of a vehicle accident. It was determined the occupant of the vehicle had sought medical treatment but the facility would not release the name of the individual. The findings were turned over to the OCSD for further investigation.


Officers were requested to pick up an abandoned bicycle at a local business. If you are missing a bicycle, contact the RCPD to identify and claim it.


Officers received a complaint of an apartment complex not clearing their sidewalks. Contact was made with management who advised they would remedy the matter.


Officers were dispatched to a report of an angry juvenile who was threatening to run away. The officer was able to talk to the young man who calmed down and agreed not to leave.

Two killed in head on crash in Montcalm Co.

Two people were killed in a two vehicle crash Monday Afternoon in Montcalm County.

 

It happened on Sidney Road just east of Fitzner Road in Montcalm Township.

 

Michigan State Police say a 2002 Dodge pickup was traveling westbound on Sidney Road when the driver lost control on the icy roadway, crossed the center line, and struck an east bound 2009 Ford head-on.

 

The driver of the pickup, a 67-year-old woman from Edmore and the driver of the Ford, a 64-year-old man also from Edmore were both declared deceased on scene. The passenger in the Ford, a 66-year-old woman from Edmore was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

 

Two drivers injured in Mecosta Co. crash

Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries following a two vehicle crash.

 

It happened on 30th Avenue near Pine Lake Rd. near Remus.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says It was determined that a northbound vehicle had struck the back end of a second vehicle coming out of a private driveway.

 

A 52-year old woman from Sears and a 42-year old woman from Remus were injured.

Big Rapids City Commission to hold meeting Jan. 18th.

The Big Rapids City Commission will be meeting Tuesday night.

 

Items to be discussed and voted on include a resolution awarding bids for the asbestos removal and demolition of a structure located on W. Bellevue, next the commission will take action on a resolution that will accept state and federal funding for Big Rapids Dial-a Ride operating expenses.

 

The Commission will also take up a resolution amending annual interest rate of city income taxes. The interest rate for those who owe taxes or over payment will be 4.25%.

 

The meeting will begin at 6:30pm at City hall or virtually on Zoom.

Moolenaar meets with local energy provider

 

On Friday, Congressman John Moolenaar met with local energy provider Coyne Oil & Propane to discuss the rising cost of energy, labor shortages, and supply chain delays. Moolenaar toured the Coyne Oil & Propane facility and met with the team there.

"Michigan families are being hurt by rising energy costs and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with a local energy provider today to discuss how policies from the Biden Administration are affecting costs,” said Moolenaar. “Propane is a vital energy source for many homeowners in Michigan, and if the Biden Administration’s anti-pipeline policies cause Line 5 to be shutdown, that could seriously raise costs on Michigan families. I hope Line 5 tunnel construction will be expedited and allowed to move forward, because that is the safest solution to meeting our state’s energy needs.”

 

“We appreciate Congressman Moolenaar’s willingness to hear from our propane marketers and the challenges they are facing. As the largest residential propane state in America, Michigan needs sound energy policy to keep costs down for our businesses and more importantly our customers,” said Michigan Propane Gas Association Government Relations Director Jason Wadaga.

Spectrum Health to build new primary care facility in Big Rapids

 

Spectrum Health is planning on building a new urgent care facility in Big Rapids as part of a $151-million dollar investment in patient care.

 

Providing our communities with care that is high-quality and convenient, particularly for outpatient services, is essential to helping people live healthier lives,” said Tina Freese Decker, President & CEO, Spectrum Health. “We are committed to making investments that increase access to affordable health care.”

 

We have listened to our community in prioritizing these building projects to improve access to exceptional care. We thank the physicians and community members who have helped develop these plans,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan.


The 33,000 square foot facility which is expected to open in spring of 2023 will house the Big Rapids Family Medicine clinic, the first Spectrum Health Urgent Care in the area, outpatient rehabilitation, occupational health and other ancillary services, which are currently located in the hospital.

 

Other projects include the Lakeview Rural Health Clinic which will bring together much-needed outpatient care for the Lakeview community and surrounding area in a convenient location. The 15,800 square foot building will relocate the Lakeview Family Medicine practice, outpatient rehabilitation and walk-in clinic from their current locations and provide space for specialty care services. (Opening Spring 2023)

Ferris State Professor put on leave after profane video to students surfaces

A Ferris State University professor has been placed on leave after he told students in a profanity laced video that he randomly assigns grades before the first day of class.

 

Barry Mehler is a 74-year-old instructor at FSU, he told students in the video: "I don't even want to know your name. I just look at the number and assign a grade. That is how predestination works, take your complaints to God."

 

In the 14- minute video, Mehler calls students "vectors of disease" and says they don't need to attend class in person.

 

Ferris President David Eisler said in a statement. “I was shocked and appalled by this video. It is profane, offensive and disturbing and in no way reflects our University or its values,”

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/13

40-2200083 @ 1140 PDC Maple and Second

 

40-2200084 @ 1713 PDC Rose and W. Pine

 

40-2200085 @ 5:11pm 800 block Water Tower Civil, reference tenant and landlord dispute.

 

40-2200086 @ 6:04pm Minor PI State Perry, Male was arrested for OWI during the investigation.

 

40-2200087 @ 1:39am Barking dog.  Dog was located in the 200 block of W. Waterloo.  Owner was given a warning for noise as this is the second call we have received.

 

40-2200088 @ 5:35am Alarm.  400 block Perry Ave. Building was secure and was searched after the keyholder responded.

 

 

 

Rep. Hoitenga leading efforts to reform beleaguered state's Unemployment Insurance Agency

After Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency has failed to correct substantial internal issues over nearly a two-year period, legislative action was sorely needed. Multiple proposals, including one from state Rep. Michele Hoitenga that will deliver a more efficient and effective state jobless agency, today were approved by the House Oversight Committee.

 

The plans, which now move to the full House for consideration, establish a consistent and accelerated review process for claims and provide new provisions to protect both workers and small-business owners. Extra layers of assistance for those seeking it will cultivate a system that is streamlined, more user-friendly and robust in delivering sufficient service.

 

“I have heard from hundreds of people over the past year and a half who were beyond frustrated having to deal with UIA and get benefits they needed fulfilled,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “We need a system that works for people. Getting benefits in a timely fashion was the difference for some between putting food on the table or not, or choosing which bills they could afford to pay for a month. These plans prioritize transparency, trust, practicality and precision within how the agency operates.”

 

Hoitenga’s legislation within the package, House Bill 5551, puts a more restrictive timeframe on restitution determinations from UIA for improperly paid benefits.

 

“No one should get a letter out of the blue after a mistake by the state telling them they may owe thousands of dollars,” Hoitenga said. “That causes hard-working people and families a great deal of anxiety and fear – and causes people to lose trust in how state agencies operate.”

 

Hoitenga also highlighted legislation which works to protect people from mistakes made by the state. HB 5265 prohibits UIA from collecting improperly paid jobless benefits from recipients if the payments resulted from a recipient choosing one of four ineligible Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) criteria.

 

An Auditor General report recently disclosed UIA paid roughly $3.9 billion in improper benefits after including the incorrect criteria and continued to include it on its pandemic assistance application for nine months after it was first warned by the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

Hoitenga and the House Oversight Committee explored the incorrect payments and issues of fraud and intentional misrepresentation in a joint hearing with the Senate Oversight Committee today. An independent investigation determined $8.5 billion in taxpayer money was lost to fraud – a staggering sum that comes on the heels of previous reports which showed the agency deactivated fraud detection tools and reassigned fraud personnel.

 

“This was a blatant disrespect of taxpayer dollars,” Hoitenga said. “I will continue working to get answers so that the tax dollars of northern Michigan residents are not squandered. We need accountability for them.”

Local blood drives taking place next month amid national blood shortage crisis

The Red Cross is declaring its first-ever national blood crisis.

 

The organization says it has less than a one day supply of critical blood types in many areas of the country and has had to limit distribution to hospitals.

 

Meghan Lehman of Red Cross Michigan says this is considered worst blood shortage in more than a decade.

 

“Between blood drives being canceled,  the pandemic attacking staff, it's just essentially a relentless situation.” Lehman said. “Anyone that can give blood or has considered giving blood now would be the time to step up and do it.” 

 

Here in Mecosta County, there will be two Red Cross blood drives. The first is in Big Rapids on Feburary 21st from 12pm-5:45pm at the First United Methodist Church. The second bloos drive will be on Feburary 22nd at the Stanwood Eagles Club from 12pm-5:45pm.  

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/12

40-2200075 @ 8:00am 20000 Block Northland Dr- Male arrested for outstanding fail to appear warrant by Reed City PD.  Met at dispatch and transported to jail.

 

40-2200076 @ 8:27am Elm/Stewart PDA

 

40-2200077 @ 2:21pm 700 block Perry Ave- Male attempting to cash checks on a closed account.

 

40-2200079 @ 3:53pm 1800 block Milton Ave Mental- Female transported to SHBRH for mental health evaluation.

 

40-2200078 @ 4:08pm 1100 block Fuller Civil- Standby for a male while he retrieved items from a residence after a breakup. 

 

40-2200080 @ 6:07pm Maple/ State St PDA

 

40-2100081 @ 10:02pm 200 block Mill St.  Barking Dogs.  Quiet upon arrival.  Contact was made with homeowner.

 

40-2100082 @ 11:28pm 500 block Marion Ave.  Female called about voices in her basement. 

DHD#10 will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) announces that all 10 offices and one COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed to the public on Monday, January 17, 2022. 

 

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, DHD#10 and the Mecosta County COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed Monday, January 17. All offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 18. The Mecosta County COVID-19 testing clinic will resume testing on Wednesday, January 19. 

 

Additionally, the Mason County COVID-19 testing clinic will be closed from January 21 until January 23 and will reopen on January 25. To account for these closures, they will be open on January 20.

From all of us here at DHD#10, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and enjoyable Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! For questions, email us at info@dhd10.org or call 888-217-3904. 

 

Nursing home deaths undercounted by 30% according to state audit

A soon to be released State Auditor General report on the number of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities, acknowledges the number of deaths is much higher than once reported.

 

House Oversight Committee Chair Steve Johnson issued a statement saying he is eager to review the report and says the number reported by Whitmers administration is 30% lower than what the Auditor General has found.

 

Johnson went on to say he believes it is his duty to uncover the truth for the people in the state.

 

The report will be posted to auditor general's website on the 17th of this month.

Ferris State to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. during 36th Annual event Jan. 17th

Traditional campus activities and a special guest’s talk comprise Ferris State University’s collaborative Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration schedule beginning Monday, Jan. 17.

 

The Diversity and Inclusion Office hosts the 28th annual Faculty/Staff Zoom presentation of inspirational readings in Room 202B of the University Center, beginning at 10 a.m. The program theme is “Let Freedom Ring.” Interested participants should complete registration by Monday, Jan. 10.

 

The Office of Multicultural Student Services welcomes 1960s Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland to the celebration. Mulholland’s talk, “Living Legends: Advocacy in Action,” begins at 5 p.m. in University Center, Room 202A. Preceding the Mulholland presentation is a “March for Freedom, Justice and Equity!” starting at 4 p.m. Marchers will depart from the Rankin Atrium on the lower level of the University Center.

 

OMSS Assistant Director Darnell Lewis expressed pride in having an icon of the Civil Rights Movement as the featured speaker. In-person seating will be limited to 40 people. RSVPs are required to attend this presentation, aired live via Zoom.

 

“We feel really great about the opportunity to hear from a living legend who made a difficult, even dangerous choice to advocate,” Lewis said. “We hope Joan’s message inspires our audience to a similar level of awareness and action in the name of justice and equality as we honor Dr. King.”

 

Celebration activities conclude with the Student Tribute. Students and registered student organizations perform skits, speeches, poems and musical presentations on Wednesday, Jan. 19th at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Lewis is the OMSS contact available for joining the program or receiving more information. His campus phone number is (231) 591-5029.

 

Those with a disability who may require assistance to attend any element of the celebration schedule can contact the OMSS office by email or call (231) 591-2617 at least 72 hours before the event.

American Red Cross facing critical blood shortage crisis amid pandemic

The American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis – its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Amid this crisis, doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives blood transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed to help prevent further delays in vital medical treatments.

 

“While some types of medical care can wait, others can’t,” said Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer of the Red Cross. “Hospitals are still seeing accident victims, cancer patients, those with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, and individuals who are seriously ill who all need blood transfusions to live even as Omicron cases surge across the country. We’re doing everything we can to increase blood donations to ensure every patient can receive medical treatments without delay, but we cannot do it without more donors. We need the help of the American people.”

 

The Red Cross asks the country to roll up a sleeve to help ensure people receive the care they need. Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

 

The Red Cross has experienced a 10% decline in the number of people donating blood since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to confront relentless issues due to the pandemic, including ongoing blood drive cancellations and staffing limitations. Adding to the concern is the surge of COVID-19 cases. The Red Cross has experienced low donor turnout ever since the delta variant began spreading in August, and that trend continues as the Omicron variant takes over.

 

All types are needed now, especially types O positive and O negative, as well as platelet donations, to help reverse this national blood crisis. If there is not an immediate opportunity available to donate, donors are asked to make an appointment in the days and weeks ahead to ensure the Red Cross can replenish and maintain a sufficient blood supply

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/10

40-2200060 @ 9:54am Warren Ave/Oak St – PDA

 

40-2200061 @ 11:00am 700 block N State St – PDA

 

40-2200062 @ 1:36pm 700 block Clark St Domestic- Complainant/Victim reported being assaulted by her boyfriend. Male left the area, and the victim is staying with family. Pending contact with male.

 

40-2200063 @ 2:04pm 400 block Woodward Ave Domestic- Complainant/Victim reported being assaulted by his roommate. Female was lodged for assault.

 

At-home COVID tests will be covered by insurance starting Saturday

Beginning Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans.

 

The Biden administration announced the change Monday.

 

Under the new policy, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit.

 

For example, a family of four could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month.

 

PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.

Police arrest Mecosta Co. man on criminal sexual conduct charges

 

A Mecosta County man was arrested and arraigned on charges connected to sex crimes.

 

The Mecosta County Sheriff's Office says it performed an investigation and conducted multiple interviews.

 

An arrest warrant was requested and obtained for Daniel Lloyd Geister, who was arrested on January 10th on a (3) count charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree.

 

Geister was arraigned in the 77th District Court in Big Rapids where bond was set at $75,000 cash surety.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

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40-2200041 @ 10:07am Colburn/190th Car/deer that occurred at 0805

40-2200042 @ 12:33pm 200 block W Spruce St Suspicious Female left school during band and was later located at a nearby residence.

40-2200043 @ 3:10pm 600 block Maple St Civil. Female had issues paying at the pump with her card. Staff assisted her with getting the pump started. She left without paying for her $10.01 in gas. Deputy Thompson was able to contact her at her residence and made arrangements to return and pay.

40-2200044 @3:46pm 1700 block S State St Check wellbeing. Female returned to campus and mother was not able to get ahold of her. Friends didn’t know where she was. Located female. She was fine just staying at the hotel until the dorms opened back up.

40-2200045 @5:26pm 1100 block Catherine St Civil Male wanted a standby for a custody exchange with female for his son. Female would not turn child over to father. Father was advised to file for a show cause hearing through Alpena where the custody order is out of.

40-2200046 @2:58pm 800 block Country Way. Assist. Contacted and transported male to the ER for a court ordered Psych eval.

40-2200047 @ 7:41pm Hours 700 block Farnsworth.  Mentally challenged male broke a curtain holder and was being disorderly.  Upon arrival he was calm.  Mom stated CMH was working on placement for him. 

40-2200048 @ 7:25pm Hours 100 block W. Madison.  Male was arrested for an outstanding CSC warrant out of Marquette.  

40-2200049 @ 1:49am Hours Traffic stop in the 1000 block of S. State led to the appearance ticket to passenger for open intoxicant.

 

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40-2200053 @ 5:36pm 400 block S Stewart Ave, Shooting – Officers responded to a residence that had been shot. Officers found that bullet entered the residence through a window, then went through a door and exterior wall, and lodged in the exterior wall of the residence next door. Canvas completed and multiple witnesses state hearing a shot or 3 the night prior.

40-2200052 @ 3:19pm, 800 block Division St, Found Property – Officers responded to take a debit card that was not being destroyed by the ATM. The found property was returned.

40-2200051 @ 12:35pm, 700 block S State St, Fail to Pay – Officers responded for failure to pay. Suspect vehicle description and plate gained. Under investigation.

40-2200050 @ 12:17pm 700 block Maple St, PDA.

40-2200054 @ 7:18pm 1000 block Fuller Ave, suspicious- Male reported his screen was damaged and there were footprints near his house which appeared to be several days old.

40-2200055 @ 9:18pm, 200 block Mill St, barking dog.

40-2200056 @ 12:05am, 1300 block Colburn, prowling- Female reported male was pounding on her door and she did not want him there. Male was arrested for prowling.

 

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40-2200057 @ 7:06pm 1000 Block Fuller Ave, Warrant Arrest- Warrant arrest of male.  Met Osceola County and male turned over to them.

40-2200058 @ 2:11am 1300 block Catherine St., Noise- Complainant reported loud music and yelling.  Noise warning issued.

40-2200059 @ 2:17am Ives/Maple, Snowmobile refused to stop for officer.  Eventually located south of town. 

Woman killed; son seriously injured following Montcalm Co. crash

Michigan State Police are investigating a deadly crash in Montcalm County.

 

Troopers from the Lakeview Post say they were called to Cato Township Sunday morning for a two vehicle crash.

 

Troopers say a 2019 Nissan Armada was driving east on M-46 when the 38-year old female driver from Nuncia crossed the center line and hit a box truck traveling west. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her 8-year-old son was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

 

The driver of the box truck was not injured in the crash.

Illinois man dies in one vehicle crash in Mecosta County

An Illinois man died in a single vehicle crash in Mecosta County late Saturday night.

 

It happened on northbound US-131 south of 8 Mile Rd (M-20) in Mecosta Twp. 

 

The Sheriff's Office says another vehicle traveling north lost control on the icy roadway and clipped the front portion of a Sergeant's patrol vehicle.  The vehicle then struck a wrecker that was removing the original PDA vehicle from the median. 

 

The driver was identified as a 49-year old woman from Macomb, IL.  The passenger, a 55-year old man from Macomb, IL was killed in the accident. 

 

The Sergeant was not injured and the patrol vehicle had very minor damage.  The wrecker driver was also not injured. The 49-year old female driver was taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

 

The accident is still under investigation.

Michigan Lt. Governor tests positive for COVID-19

Michigan's Lt. Governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist says he currently has no symptoms.

 

In a video message posted on social media Sunday night, Gilchrist says he tested positive -- after his 2-year-old daughter began showing symptoms consistent with the virus.

 

His family was tested and they are all quarantined. Gilchrist, who's vaccinated and boosted says he'll isolate for the appropriate amount of time and work virtually.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/5 & 1/6

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40-2200027 @ 11:34am Civil 1700 block S. State St.  Female had been staying at hotel and was working at the business to pay for her room.  After being sick for 3 weeks and unable to work she was unable to pay or work for room.

40-2200028 @ 12:06pm Traffic stop Morrison/Division Driver was cited for no insurance.

40-2200029 @ 4:23pm PDA 400 block N. DeKrafft.

40-2200030 @ 4:37pm Domestic 700 block Water Tower. Female was arrested for assaulting male.

40-2200031 @ 4:50pm Area check for female laying in the roadway crying Linden/River. Officers found the female.  She had just been released from the Mecosta County Jail and was waiting for a ride to pick her up. She was transported to a warmer area to wait for her ride.

40-2200032 @ 5:21pm Disorderly 300 block S. Michigan. Male was upset with his parents over not being able to go snowmobiling. He calmed down after our arrival.

40-2200033 @ 8:16pm 800 block S. State False Alarm.

40-2200034 @ 10:40pm 800 block Country Way Warrant Arrest.  Female was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of Kent County after her roommate called 911 to turn her in.  Lodged at MCSO.

40-2000035 @ 2:00am City Snow tows X1

40-2200036 @ 10:18pm 700 block S. State St. Suspicious Situation.  Clerk called after a man was observed beating on vehicles.  Male was located on Fuller near Hutchinson.  He denied ever hitting cars.  After the clerk was contacted, she only wanted him checked on and it appeared that no crime had been committed at the store.

 

1/6

40-2200037 @7:54am 100 block S Michigan Ave. Misc. Called in as UDAA. Number pulled prior to finding out vehicle was towed for snow tows. Advised caller vehicle was at Curries.

40-2200038 @ 8:21am 400 Elm St. Warrant Arrest. Met with Montcalm in the village of Morley to pick up male on FTA warrant. Lodged without incident.

40-2200039 @ 9:44pm Traffic Stop 1000 block S State St for no plate.  Driver was cited for operating an unregistered vehicle. Towed to Curries

40-2200040 @ 12:19am 800 block Water Tower.  Court order petition for a mental evaluation. On 1/5/22 MCSO took him for an evaluation, but he was released a short time later.  Another petition was filed on 1/6 requesting another eval.  CMH was contacted to make sure it wasn't a clerical error, and it wasn't.  Male was located.  He was cooperative and transported back to the ER.

CranHill offering family fun and a meal at annual WinterFest event

CranHill is providing families with a full day of fun winter activities and a meal at their annual ‘WinterFest’ event. The long running event will take place from 2pm-6pm on Sunday January 30th and again on Sunday February 20th. The entire event is FREE for the public to attend. WinterFest will take place at CranHill’s 14444 17 Mile Rd Rodney, MI location, just 10 minutes east of Big Rapids, MI.


 

WinterFest attendees will enjoy a full day of fun and engaging activities including pony rides, broomball, ice skating, wagon rides, sledding, tubing, marshmallow roasting, snowshoeing and much more. Guests will also enjoy a free meal. 


 

Kids will also have a chance to win a free CranHill gear through the Winterfest Coloring Contest. Parents are encouraged to download the coloring sheet at the event website and turn it into the Barn Store during the event. Families who register digitally at the event will have a chance to win CranHill gear and even a free campground stay in CranHill’s popular Family Campground.


 

As WinterFest approaches, CranHill staff and volunteers are busy preparing. “We love WinterFest!” says Scott Barger, CranHill president, “it is so exciting to see so many families taking time to explore the outdoors and build memories together...memories that will last a lifetime.” 


 

Due to the rising popularity of CranHill’s Winterfest events, they will be hosting 2 events in 2022. Barger talked about how Winterfest plays a role in how CranHill looks to serve the community. “This is what CranHill is all about. We want to transform communities. WinterFest is one way we can help families and communities grow stronger,” added Barger. 


 

CranHill’s WinterFest event will take place on Sunday January 30th and Sunday February 20th, from 2pm-6pm. Attendees are encouraged to dress warm and prepare to spend time outdoors while enjoying the many free activities CranHill has to offer. For more information about CranHill's Winterfest Events, visit www.cranhillranch.com/winterfest or call the office at 231-796-7669.


 

CranHill has been serving the Great Lakes Region since 1968, all while Transforming Lives into the Image of Christ through summer youth and special needs camps, family friendly camping, guest group and retreat facilities and programming, as well as adventure experiences. To learn more about CranHill, visit www.cranhillranch.com or call 231-796-7669. 

Michigan AG Nessel discusses consequences of school threats in YouTube video

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is spelling out the potential consequences and charges one could face for making threats against schools in a video shared on her YouTube channel.

 

In the video, Nessel explains the potential charges one could face if they make a threat of violence, which include communicating a threat of terrorism, calling in a bomb threat, and threatening violence against school employees or students.

 

Some of the offenses are punishable by as much as 20 years in jail. The Department of Education will be sharing the video with districts.

To see the video, CLICK HERE

Mecosta County Parks discussing possible renovations to make Paris Hatchery into a event venue

The Mecosta County Parks Commission is in the early discussion stages of possibly making the Paris Hatchery building an event venue. Parks Superintendent Jeff Abel said the idea came up when they started noticing the need for one.

 

Benefiting the community is the first reason.” Abel said. “The idea of renovations to the Paris Fish Hatchery came back up when we heard that the Holiday Inn in Big Rapids was purchased and is being converted into the Holiday Inn Express and it was our understanding they were doing away with all the conference center space within the Holiday Inn.” “With other establishments such as the Falcon Head Golf course that was purchased by a private entity it seems like all of the available space within Big Rapids is kind of going away.”

 

Currently, the goal right now is to get with a design firm to see what renovations they recommend and how much it would cost, then those plans would be presented to the Parks Commission.

 

Abel says they are looking at a few different ways to get funding for potential renovations which include grant money from the Michigan DNR Trust Fund Program or if the project is deemed “shovel ready” they could apply for funding through the American Rescue Plan.

Ferris State announces mask requirement for athletic events

In an effort to help slow the ongoing spread of COVID-19, Ferris State University Athletics fans and supporters are reminded that masks are currently required for all home indoor athletic events.

 

Per the current campus policy, masks are still required and must be worn at all times while on the FSU campus, including during all upcoming home men's and women's basketball contests along with hockey games this winter.

 

As part of FSU's continued fan protocols in response to the ongoing virus, fans are required to wear a mask through the entirety of the event or risk being asked to leave or removed from the facility.

Fans are asked to help comply with the requirements in an effort to both help combat the spread and to also help ensure that all spectators continue to be allowed at home athletic contests while ensuring a safe experience for those in attendance along with all participants, including student-athletes and staff.

 

Additional signage will be posted and the department will distribute masks to anyone in attendance without one at upcoming contests in addition to the mask policy being included on all electronic ticket purchases. Those fans in attendance will also be asked to sign a form upon entrance to the facility noting that they will do their part to comply with the mask requirement.

 

Ferris State is slated to host Wayne State this Thursday (Jan. 6) evening and Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 8) afternoon in basketball action with the Bulldog Hockey squad scheduled to play its first home contests of the New Year on Jan. 14-15 versus St. Thomas (Minn.).

 

Ticket information for all events can be found online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for all home contests this winter, both to avoid ticket lines and to ensure a touchless and electronic ticket experience. Tickets can be purchased directly at FerrisStateBulldogs.com/Tickets.

The Bulldogs will continue to follow national, local and campus guidance regarding all COVID-19 protocols.

DHD#10 Reports First Omicron Case in Newaygo County

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) reports their first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in a resident residing in Newaygo County.   

 

According to the CDC, the Omicron variant is concerning because it will likely spread more easily. How easily Omicron spreads, compared to the Delta variant, remains unknown. The CDC expects that anyone with the Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or do not have symptoms. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant. Breakthrough infections in people who are fully vaccinated, however, are likely to occur.  

 

“While one case may seem low, the possibility for this variant to spread quickly is much higher,” says Kevin Hughes, Health Officer of DHD#10. “Unfortunately, at home test kits cannot tell us whether or not an individual has the Omicron variant, so we need to remain vigilant in testing, vaccination, and following recommended guidelines.”  

 

For those wanting to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine, booster dose and/or flu shot, please visit www.dhd10.org/schedule or call 888-217-3904. If no appointments are available, consider going to a pharmacy or your primary health care provider.  

 

DHD#10 is also hosting COVID-19 and Flu vaccine clinics at various locations throughout our jurisdiction. Find a clinic near you at www.dhd10.org/events or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DHD10/events.   

 

For those needing a COVID-19 test, DHD#10 is hosting testing clinics at various locations throughout the jurisdiction. Find a testing site near you at www.dhd10.org/covid19-testing-clinics. You do not need to be a resident to get tested at any of these clinics. COVID-19 testing also takes place at most pharmacies, urgent cares, and your primary health care provider’s office.  

 

Please note that some clinics may be cancelled due to inclement weather, so check back often to be sure clinics are occurring.  

 

DHD#10 does not supply COVID-19 at-home tests; however, test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898   

 

Employers are critical to our understanding of outbreaks. If you are an employer and would like to report a positive test result from your organization, please do so at: covidreporting@dhd10.org.   

 

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.dhd10.org/coronavirus.   

Big Rapids City Commissioners discuss making change to ordinance regarding marijuana curbside delivery

Marijuana businesses may soon have to get a special permit to have curbside delivery in Big Rapids but there are requirements.

 

The City Commission on Monday, discussed a proposed change to the ordinance for marijuana sales within city limits during a study session.

 

The proposed change would require marijuana businesses to seek out a special designation to allow for curbside services in a private off street parking lot.

 

Neighborhood Services Director Paula Priebe told the commission this designation would not be allowed for public parking spaces or in public parking lots so this proposed change would affect the marijuana businesses in the downtown area.

 

Some will have that designation and some won't. The businesses that don't have off-street parking, mostly those in the downtown area, would no longer be able to offer curbside pickup.” Priebe told commissioners.

 

Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther voiced his opposition to curbside services for marijuana businesses noting liquor stores in the area don't have these services

 

Discussions on the proposed ordinance change will now go to the planning commission before being presented to the city commission in the future.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 1/3-4

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40-2200015 @ 9:07am 100 block E Pere Marquette Suspicious Situation, Under investigation.

40-2200016 @ 11:51am 600 block Maple St PDA. No injuries

40-2200017 @ 12:01pm 600 block S State St. Threats. Caller reported a male came to the store yesterday looking for him and told another employee "He'll have to deal with me now."  Caller advised of PPO process

40-2200018 @ 3:07pm 700 block Perry Ave Retail Fraud.  White female took numerous apparel items and walked out. Occurred several hours prior to call. They didn't have a complete list of what all was taken.

40-2200019 @ 4:02pm PDA Perry/Clark

40-2200020 @ 5:57pm Perry/Clark PIA. 16-year-old female with back and leg pain was checked on scene, refused transport.

40-2200021 @ 7:29pm 400 block Maple St Civil, Caller wanted his parents trespassed from his residence.

40-2200022 @ 9:16pm 400 block Maple St Check wellbeing, Parents wanted the above male checked on after he sent a message to them. Male stated this was related to him not wanting anything to do with them anymore and he was not going to harm himself.

 

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40-2200023 @ 10:20am PDA Maple/Third

40-2200024 @ 3:12pm 700 block Farnsworth Juvenile Case, mentally challenged child fighting with his relatives.  Stood by until his medicine kicked in and stepdad got home.

40-2200025 @ 3:51pm 600 block Hutchinson Civil - Female was locked out of her house.  Advised her to try calling her roommate to come let her in.

40-2200026 @ 4:50pm 300 block N Warren Miscellaneous Officer- Three subjects were smoking marijuana in City Hall bathroom and park port-a-potty.  Contacted, obtained identification and advised they will be cited if it happens again. 

City of Big Rapids to form a committee to find new City Attorney by 2023

The City of Big Rapids is on the clock to find its next City Attorney.

 

During the City Commission meeting Monday night, current attorney Eric Williams told commissioners once his three contract is up on December 31st, 2022 he will be moving on.

 

City Manager Mark Gifford pointed out some time ago, we got to get ready for this. He wanted to get started in the final year of my contract to do a search for a new City attorney for the city of Big Rapids.” Williams told the commission. “You've got a year to do it and credit to Mr. Gifford for getting this going and getting the commission involved and looking at the details early.”

 

Williams has been practicing law in Mecosta and Osceola Counties since 1982. He's been the City Attorney for over 30 years.

 

Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther will be forming a committee to find the next City Attorney, that team will be comprised of himself, commissioner Jenifer Cochran, Police Chief Danielle Haynes, City Manager Mark Gifford. 

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Tuesday …12/28
Officers were dispatched to a complaint of improper comments at a business. When the woman confronted the employees, her voiced was raised and she was asked to leave the store. The officer assisted the woman in obtaining contact information to management so that she could discuss the matter and possibly file a complaint with the business. Based on information received, the officer determined there was no criminal activity that had taken place.


Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle. The caller believed the vehicle to be too close to their residence. Upon arrival the described vehicle was unable to be located.


Wednesday …12/29
Officers were requested to assist the Osceola County Sheriff Department on a call of domestic assault. Upon investigation the decision was made to arrest both people involved. Officers assisted in transporting one of the individuals to jail.


Officers issued an appearance citation to a 41-year-old woman for driving on an expired license. She was also cited for having an unregistered vehicle. The vehicle was turned over to a license driver.


Officers were called for a 27-year-old male trying to gain entry to his estranged girlfriend’s residence. The male had departed just prior to officer’s arrival and was not able to be located. The man was out on bond for unrelated charges with bond conditions that prohibited him from having contact with the girlfriend. A report has been sent for the bond violation and additional charges of damage to property and attempted unlawful entry will be requested.


Thursday …12/30
Officers were dispatched to a local laundromat for a man inside yelling and using foul language. Upon investigation the man stated he had hit his head which caused the outburst. He apologized and was given a verbal warning.


Friday …12/31
While conducting property checks an officer located an unlocked door after hours at a local business. The owner was contacted and the building secured.


Officers were dispatched to a man slumped over the wheel of his truck and believed to be intoxicated. It was determined the man had not been slumped over the vehicle and was not intoxicated. He had been talking to his wife on the phone. The man was found to have an outstanding warrant from a neighboring county. He was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Osceola Jail to await pick up from the neighboring county. Officers took a report of a two-car property damage accident. No injuries were reported but both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.


Sunday …1/2

Officers were called to a domestic assault in progress. A teen juvenile fled from the scene on foot but was located a short time later. Charges will be requested on the juvenile for 2 counts of Malicious Destruction of Property, Attempted Aggravated Domestic Assault, and Resisting and Obstructing on officer.

New Year's Baby!

Jeremiah Milburn is the first baby born at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital in 2022.

 

Jeremiah was born January 2 and he joins siblings Jaida and Jerrison.

 

He is shown with parents Jenna Brazelton and Jeremy Milburn.

 

The Evart family received a gift basket compliments of the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Auxiliary.

16-year old dirt bike rider suffers serious injuries after being struck by vehicle in Fork Twp.

A 16-year old male from Barryton suffered serious injuries following an accident in Fork Township.

 

It happened Friday just before 5pm on 20-mile rd. just west of 45th Ave.

 

Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office say when they arrived on scene, officers were advised that a 72-year-old woman from Barryton was traveling west bound on 20 Mile Rd. and rear ended a West bound dirt bike that was being driven by a 16-year-old male.


The Barryton woman had no injuries, and the 16-year-old was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids hospital before being transferred to Spectrum health Grand Rapids for Serious injuries.

 

No further information is being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

12/31

40-2102457 @ 7:28am Check wellbeing 800 block Colburn. Caller advised he thought male who lives at that address may be suicidal. Family contacted the male who was sleeping inside the residence and was fine.

40-2102458 @ 5:04pm Possible fraud/embezzlement 1000 block Perry Ave. Former employee wrote off approximately $8,000.00 worth of room charges over the last two months. Under investigation.

40-2102459 @6:49pm Civil 200 block Monroe, Male reported another male was in his apartment.  The other male was trying to evict the caller.  The caller removed a few items from the house for the night

40-2200001 @ 3:02am 800 block N Fourth Ave Female got into an argument with another female.  One went upstairs and destroyed her tv.  She had a knife and a rope and threatened to harm herself.  She was transported to ER for an evaluation.

 

1/1/2022

40-2200002 @ 9:30am Civil 600 block Maple St. Staff advised someone had paid for a lotto ticket with a fake $20 bill the night prior. Officers located the subject who stated they found the bill on the ground in the Walmart parking lot. Subjects paid the store back with real money.

40-2200003 @ 1:51pm Suspicious 1100 block Fuller. Caller stated he was concerned about animal abuse or an issue with the tenant due to barking and howling coming from the apartment. Officers contacted the resident who advised she had recently left for Traverse City and would be back soon. She stated her 1-year-old puppy was in a cage and did not like being in it.

40-2200004 @ 3:12pm 600 block Maple St. Two males were trespassed from a residence after an argument with the resident.

40-2200005 @ 8:44pm 300 block N Michigan Ave Juvenile Complaint, During the New Year’s Eve roller-skating a female pushed and slapped another female.  The second female’s mother was upset her daughter was being asked to leave the rink. 

40-2200006 @ 3:00am block N Michigan Ave General Threats, The caller saw a post on social media threatening his business.  He just wanted it documented.

40-2200007 @ 4:51am Disorderly 400 block S Third Ave, Male got up to go use the restroom without any clothes on.  Once he was confronted by the female workers, he became very hostile towards them telling them to call the police.  When we explained he needed to leave, he got his shoes on and left. 

40-2200008 @ 5:33am 700 block S State St, Fail to Pay. An unknown vehicle pumped $41.02 worth of gas and left in an unknown direction. 

 

1/2/2022

40-2200009 @ 7:20am 800 block N State St. Civil Male trespassed from store.  Left voicemail for friend from GR.

40-2200010 @ 8:53am 600 block Maple St. Civil, Male trespassed from store. 

40-2200011 @ 9:12am 600 block Adams St. PPDA, A church school bus backed into a parked car. Church identified, pending additional contact.

40-2200012 @ 11:48am 1700 block S. State St, civil, Two females decided to spend a couple nights away from the shelter.  The excessive smoking in their room resulted in additional fees of $350, which they couldn't pay.  The hotel had already charged their card for $150 of it though, so owner was advised to pursue the remainder through small claims court. 

40-2200013 @ 9:32am Assist to FSU.

40-2200014 @ 1:22am Civil 200 block Woodward. Downstairs neighbor was complaining about noise from the upstairs neighbor. 

 

Michigan's Dragon Trail at Hardy Dam closes out 2021 w/ new miles

The end of the 2021 construction season on Michigan’s Dragon at Hardy Dam—
or the Dragon Trail, as most people call it—saw an additional seven miles added to the total that
are now open to the public.


This year’s construction was based in Mecosta County, with two additional trail segments being
fully completed and another partially so. The trail, when finished, will be an estimated 47-mile
loop made up of 11 segments encircling Hardy Pond in Mecosta and Newaygo counties.
The newly opened trail can be found starting at Brower Park, at 23056 Polk Road, in Stanwood.
It continues into segments five and six, which are now complete, and into segment seven.
Previously, segments eight through eleven were completed, as well as portions of two and four.
This brings the total open mileage to 21.75. There will be another portion that opens in the
spring of 2022, and construction next year will continue as well, this time on the Newaygo
County side of the trail.


“We’re already seeing a great number of visitors on the newly opened trail segments, and
people are excited to sample the new Dragon miles,”
said Mecosta County Parks
Superintendent Jeff Abel. “We have plenty of parking at Brower Park and our newest trailhead
at Davis Bridge Park, giving people a number of options when considering where to jump onto
the trail in both counties.”


The trail is open year-round for biking, hiking, trail running, and even snow shoeing. Trail
conditions are updated on the trail’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/midragontrail,
and updated maps will soon be available on the trail’s web page, https://thedragon.us.
Community support is needed to continue construction on the Dragon Trail. Sponsorships of
trail components for companies, foundations, individuals, and families are still available. To
learn how you can help build or maintain the Dragon, or make a gift, visit
https://www.thedragon.us/support-the-dragon-trail/donate/.

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