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News That Affects You Archives for 2022-03

Local Special Olympics athlete participating in Summer Games

A Local Special Olymics athlete from Morley will eyeing gold when he participates in the 2022 Summer Special Olympics Games in Orlando, Florida.

Back in January of 2006, a teacher got Tyler Lawton involved with the Special Olympics when he tried downhill skiing for the first time.


"I had never done skiing before so they had me go on a little, tiny bunny hill first then I went on a giant hill and I've been doing that ever since." Lawton said. 

Participating in different sports for Special Olympics means a lot to him.

It gives athletes like me an opportunity to showcase our talents and abilities in our own personal way.“ He said.

Lawton will be participating in the long jump, shot put and 100 meter dash when he's in Florida from June 5th-12th. Tyler says he loves all the events he's in but shot put is his favorite event.


It's exciting, because it was my dream for a long time to be part of the Special Olympics, not only for our area but for Michigan.” Lawton said.


Tyler's Mom Terry is very proud of her son's accomplishments.


"We are very excited because we know this is one of Tyler's dreams and he's worked very hard over the years to accomplish this dream." She said.


Lawton will be trying to win one of those medals in June but he knows there is a bigger picture.


"Winning a medal is great but it's the journey that makes us champions." Lawton said.

Public input requested for next year Big Rapids City budget

The City of Big Rapids are asking for resident input on next year’s budget.


City officials say If you would like to contribute an idea to be considered for the budget, please attend City Commission meetings on April 4 or May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, in Big Rapids.

City of Big Rapids two week leaf pick up begins April 1st

The City of Big Rapids is reminding residents of the leaf pickup taking place during the first two weeks of April.


City officials say crews will make multiple trips daily to pick up the leaves from April 1st-14th.


Officials are asking residents to rake the leaves into a pile in the street, one foot away from the curb or edge of pavement.


However, if you live on Colburn Ave, Maple Street, State Street and South Third Avenue, please rake your leaves next to the curb.


City officials are also asking to remove vehicles from the street during this time of leaf collection.


If you have any questions of concerns, please call Big Rapids Public Works at 231-592-4015

BBB warns residents of text message scams going around area

The Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan is warning about a recent string of text messages with fake shipping links, designed to gather personal information. Local law enforcement has also been warning the community of this scam.

The text messages provide a tracking number and a link and ask the recipient to click and confirm their order so an item can be shipped. The links lead to fake  tracking sites like “”, but can also spoof real delivery services like USPS and UPS. These fake sites ask you to fill out a form with personal information. In some cases, the scammers ask for additional fees to be paid in order for the package to be shipped. 


"Scammers hope you will think the link is related to a recent purchase and will provide personal, sensitive information in an effort to receive your package,” says Lisa Frohnapfel, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan. “You should never click on these links and open your device to potential malware, or compromise your information.” 

If you receive a message like this: 

Don’t act right away. Scammers hope you will immediately click on a fake link or share personal information without thinking the situation through first. 

Avoid clicking on links sent to you via text from an unknown sender. This could allow your phone to be compromised by a scammer, or give them access to any personal information saved on your device like usernames and passwords. 

Check the delivery site yourself. Visit the delivery site (like UPS or USPS) in a separate browser window and enter the tracking information provided. If the tracking information doesn’t work or doesn’t match tracking requirements, it’s likely a scam. 

Check the status of your order. If you are unsure about an order being delivered, visit the site you ordered from directly by entering the website address into your browser and check your order history. Most sites list tracking information as well. 

Don’t believe everything you see. Scammers are great at mimicking official seals, fonts, and other details. Just because a website or message looks official does not mean that it is. 

Moolenaar supports bill to end transportation mask mandate

Congressman John Moolenaar has signed on as a supporter of legislation to end the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) mask mandate for public transportation such as airplanes, trains, and buses. 


"The Biden Administration refuses to act on common sense and remove the transit mask mandate. This legislation already passed the Senate with bipartisan support from eight Democrats and it should be immediately considered in the House so the American people know where their representatives stand," said Moolenaar.


The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to vote on executive orders issued by the president. In this case, the Senate approved the legislation to end the mask mandate in a bipartisan vote on March 9, supported by eight Senate Democrats. More information on the resolution can be found here.

Doctor's Day Feature: Harrison Vogel, DO, and Charles Madden, MD

One grew up just an hour away in Mount Pleasant; the other more than 1000 miles away in Shreveport, Louisiana. But the career paths for Harrison Vogel, DO, and Charles Madden, MD, brought them both to Big Rapids as new physicians at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Family Medicine.

They both started in Big Rapids in August of 2021. Their wives are also new health care providers in the area. Vogel, from Mount Pleasant, followed in his father’s footsteps in becoming a family physician. He received his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College and his medical degree from Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Troy Beaumont Hospital.

Vogel met his wife, Cassandra Vogel, MD, while at Kalamazoo College. Cassandra Vogel is an OB/GYN
women’s health provider at Big Rapids Hospital. The couple have two young children, Hinrich and Elaria.

Harrison Vogel said he promotes lifestyle intervention such as working with his patients in managing
diet and exercise versus automatically prescribing medication and running various tests.

“I tell my patients I try to be as minimally interventional as possible,” he said. I’d rather have them be
the right weight, exercise regularly and have an appropriate diet and we don’t have to see each other
more than once a year.”

He also enjoys children and seeing pediatric patients.

He shares an interest with his wife in caring for women and provides gynecologic testing, procedures
and testing.

“I think it’s important, as we’ve not always served women as well as we could in the past,” he said.
In his free time, Vogel pursues many interests including fly fishing, cooking, bicycling and Brazilian Jiu- Jitsu.

Madden and his wife, Paige Madden, PA-C, are both from Louisiana but have made Big Rapids home to spend time with Paige’s grandparents who reside in Michigan. Paige Madden is a new provider at the Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Walk-In Clinic.

Charles Madden earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Center in Shreveport. He completed his family and community medicine residency at Penn State University in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

In addition to treating many patients with chronic conditions such as COPD, asthma or heart disease, he also sees patients for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

He said he tries to look at each patient from a well-rounded perspective.

“I try to focus on looking at them as a whole, and to make sure they have good social support—that they have a good network of people supporting them or whatever we can provide them for that,” he said.


Madden can often be seen wearing a bow tie, a habit he picked up saying it’s cleaner and not in the way as a conventional tie.


“The staff gets mad at me now if I don’t wear a bow tie,” he said laughing.

The Maddens are expecting their first child this summer. They enjoy theatre, exploring the area and
trying new restaurants.

Spectrum Health recognizes and thanks all its doctors and advance practice providers this Doctor’s Day.

Big Rapids accepts bid for work on Rust Avenue extension

In an effort to create more housing options in Big Rapids, city commissioners approved a resoution last week that accepted a bid from Morningstar Enterprise for $173,182 to work on the Rust Avenue extension for the city.


City Manager Mark Gifford told commissioners, this project will extend Rust Avenue past Escott Street.


Rust Avenue at this time, terminates at Escott Street. This would extend Rust Avenue beyond Escott to a small cul-de-sac, at which there will be three lots that border the Clay Cliffs Nature Area,” City Manager Mark Gifford said. “These would be wonderful lots to build a home.” 


Big Rapids Mayor Fred Guenther agreed with Gifford, telling commissioners these are the three best lot's in town that just got water/electricity.

Dr. Bill Pink named the selected finalist to become the next and 19th President of Ferris State University


Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, was officially named as the selected finalist to become the 19th president of Ferris State University by the Board of Trustees on Monday, March 28. This announcement follows a comprehensive national search led by an advisory committee that included faculty, staff, student and community inclusion, and the trustees before the board unanimously selected Pink.


Pink, with three-plus decades of professional experience as an educator, leader, and active community member, has served as GRCC’s president since May 2017. Before becoming president, Pink served GRCC as a vice president and dean. During this period, Pink built robust West Michigan connections that include various service commitments to a wide range of boards and organizations inside and outside higher education in Grand Rapids, West Michigan, statewide and nationally.


The Board of Trustees officially votes on the next president at its regular meeting scheduled for Friday, May 6, in Big Rapids. Upon this confirmation, Pink will succeed President David L. Eisler, who retires on June 30, after serving 19 years as Ferris’ 18th president.


“I am honored to be selected by the Ferris State University board. I have been familiar with the good work of FSU for years, as the partnership we have on our GRCC campus has provided a great pathway from associate to bachelor degree for many years,” Pink said. “I will not attempt to fill the shoes of Dr. Eisler and the incredible work he has done for the university, the region, and our state. Instead, I’ll wear my own shoes in continuing to move Ferris forward. I am excited about the opportunity.”


Amna P. Seibold, chair of Ferris’ Board of Trustees, saluted the search advisory committee’s work and her fellow trustees following a comprehensive national search. Those groups, Seibold acknowledged, devoted significant time to gathering a diverse and robust pool of candidates to find the ideal person to become Ferris’ next president.


“Dr. Pink is well known in the Grand Rapids area, but he is no stranger to the Ferris State University community. GRCC has partnered with Ferris on many classes. Students can get an associate degree with GRCC and a bachelor’s degree with Ferris in certain workforce-related programs without ever leaving the GRCC campus,” said Seibold, who added that Pink was a unanimous choice of the trustees. “Most importantly, Bill embraces the principles upon which Woodbridge Ferris founded our university. Ferris has always been ahead of the curve in providing hands-on education to our students, translating into great jobs. I look forward to having Bill lead our university into the future.”


Ronald E. Snead, an alumnus of Ferris who is in his second appointment as a member of the Board of Trustees, commended the board’s full support for Pink to become the selected finalist. A former chair of Ferris’ Board of Trustees, Snead also has strong ties to Grand Rapids and West Michigan and believes those ties will serve the selected finalist well at Ferris.


“Bill brings great higher education experience and is a well-respected and engaged member of the Grand Rapids community and West Michigan region,” Snead said. “Beyond West Michigan, he has developed great contacts around the state of Michigan, including with Michigan’s community colleges through his work with the American Association of Community Colleges board and beyond. He has developed great experience during his career and is ready to come in and hit the ground running here at Ferris.”


Board of Trustees Vice Chair Ana Ramirez-Saenz acknowledged the diversity of the candidate pool and noted the impact that Pink’s appointment will have at Ferris, regionally, statewide and nationally.


“Bill knows us, and he knows West Michigan,” Ramirez-Saenz said. “Bill is a great listener who wants to build relationships, first, and partnerships, second. He will work to build and strengthen those important relationships with our key constituents at Ferris State University. He is not someone who is going to rush to judgment. Bill is relationship-driven, and that goes with a great vision for where he wants Ferris to be in the future.”


Trustee George Heartwell, the former mayor of Grand Rapids, noted Pink brings an extensive academic background in higher education, high energy and a commitment to sustainability, among other qualities. Heartwell developed a healthy relationship with Pink, the president of GRCC, while Heartwell was mayor.


“I was so impressed with the energy, enthusiasm and innovative ideas that Bill Pink brought to his interview and what he could bring to the presidency at Ferris State University,” Heartwell said. “I saw what he did at GRCC and admired his efforts. I knew Bill as a community member who took his responsibility as a citizen and leader very seriously. I am also impressed with Dr. Pink’s commitment to economic and environmental sustainability while maintaining a laser focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.”


Pink currently serves on the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the board of trustees of the Higher Learning Commission. He also serves on the boards of the American Council on Education, Spectrum Health West Michigan, Heart of West Michigan United Way, the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and the American Association of Community Colleges. Pink is vice-chair of The Right Place, Economic Development and will become chair in 2024.


The education credentials for Pink include a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Professional Education from Oklahoma Christian University. In addition, he holds a Master of Education in Physical Education and Secondary Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma in Instructional Leadership, Academic Curriculum.


Following the official vote by the Board of Trustees, Pink starts as president in July 2022, following the June 30 retirement of President Eisler.


“Ferris has been impacting our state for over 135 years, and will continue to do amazing things for our communities and the people who live here,” Pink said. “I am honored to be selected to continue that work. We have a big job to do in higher education across our state and nation in helping our communities dig out of the pandemic’s effects. Ferris needs to be right in the middle of that work, and I look forward to leading the effort.”


The announcement of Pink as the selected finalist for president follows a search process that started in 2021 guided by a 25-member search advisory committee that included the Board of Trustees and members of the administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members. The executive search firm, WittKieffer, assisted the trustees and the search advisory committee before the trustees made the final decision.


“Dr. Pink brings many years of experience in higher education and is already familiar with Ferris due to the close working relationship we have with Grand Rapids Community College. This should help make the new president’s transition much smoother,” Seibold said. “A large search advisory committee comprised of faculty, students, alumni and community members helped us narrow down the large field of applicants. The entire committee found him engaging, knowledgeable, and couldn’t help being energized by his enthusiasm.”


Bill and his wife, Lori, have two children, Lance and Lydia. Lance is married to his wife, Kayla, and they have a son, Nathaniel.

Outman votes to send $4.8 billion agreement to make infrastructure repairs, reform UIA to governor

State Senator Rick Outman on Thursday joined lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in approving legislation that would outline $4.8 billion in federal and state funding for necessary infrastructure and state park improvements, along with overhauls to the state’s troubled Unemployment Insurance Agency.


“This plan makes major headway on some of the state’s most critically needed road and water improvement projects, while also setting aside one-time funds to improve the lives of Michiganders across the state,” said Outman, R-Six Lakes, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. “These funds will help to ensure the long-term health of our state by ensuring folks have access to drinking water, improving local wastewater and water infrastructure systems, investing in recreation opportunities for residents and working to iron out some of the kinks and improve customer service at the UIA.”


Senate Bill 565 would use $4.1 billion in federal funding and $571 million in state resources to make important infrastructure investments across the state, including over $1.7 billion to help communities improve their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure — with at least 25% of drinking water funding dedicated to replacing lead pipes.


The bill features $450 million to make infrastructure upgrades at state and local parks, over $322 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds for small local governments, nearly $317 million in federal funding to fixing aging roads and bridges, $250 million to rebuild destroyed or damaged dams and prioritize risk reduction projects at other dams in the state, and $250 million to help improve broadband connectivity to more households and small businesses.


SB 565 also designates $50 million to help install filtered water stations in schools, $60 million to help reduce PFAS or other contaminants from drinking water and $35 million to fix failing septic systems.


In addition to much-needed infrastructure upgrades, the bill also would invest nearly $140 million to improve service at the UIA to help Michigan workers who lost their jobs. HB 5525 The funding would go to improve customer service, enhance anti-fraud protection, and to reduce the backlog and improve timelines for issuing payments.


“This was a tremendous opportunity for us to responsibly use resources to make transformative changes to the state that will benefit Michigan residents long into the future,” Outman said. “This legislation responsibly puts funds where they can be best spent, and I hope the governor makes good on her promise to sign this agreement into law.”


After Thursday’s votes, both bills are on their way to the governor’s desk for consideration.

City of Big Rapids one of the top marijuana tax revenue earners in Michigan

Cities and counties around Michigan will get millions of dollars as a consequence of marijuana sales totaling more than $1 billion.


According to the state Treasury Department, the majority of the funds, around $1.8 million dollars, will be transferred to Washtenaw County. The city of Ann Arbor will get $1.4 million dollars, the largest of any community receiving funds.


Locally, the City of Big Rapids will get $677,441.28. 


Taxes of $42.2 million were collected from 374 marijuana companies in the state's cities, municipalities, and townships.

For a more detailed look at the pot tax revenue distribution, CLICK HERE



Passenger injured following rollover crash in Mecosta Co. Saturday

A female passenger was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries following a one vehicle rollover accident Saturday morning.


It happened on Northboud US-131 near 15 Mile Rd. in Big Rapids Township.


Mecosta County Deputies say the driver, a 64-year-old man from Irons lost control of his vehicle due to icy conditions and overturned.  The male driver was not injured however, the 54-year-old female passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the front seat to the backseat.


Sheriff Miller and the Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office would like to remind you to always wear a seatbelt and drive with caution, and please slow down, move over when you see emergency personnel on accidents and traffic stops.

Lakeview woman busted for meth delivery in Mecosta County

A 36-year old Lakeview woman was arrested by deputies of the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office following an investigtion. 


The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and executed the
search warrant where a large quantity of methamphetamine was located and seized.


Promise Cox was arrested on Wednesday during a traffic stop after selling methamphetamine.


She was then arraigned Thursday in the 77th District Court on multiple drug charges including Delivery of Crystal Methamphetamine (x 2), Possession of Methamphetamine (x 2). 


Her bond was set at $200,000 cash / surety.



Big Rapids amends city ordinance to allow for cannabis shops to offer curbside services

Earlier this week, the Big Rapids City Commission has decided to allow curbisde services for marijuana businesses in the city and downtown area to continue.


The issue of curbside services was brought up last month in regards to marijuana businesses due to the city's ordinance, as written states that “drive-thru, drive-up and curbside” are not allowed, however, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the city has been allowing it.


Community Development Director Paula Priebe told commissioners, the planning commssion is recommending allowing curbside for all marjuana businesses after looking at all the options available which included not allowing curbside,  allowing curbside but for only those businesses that had their own off street parking, meaning the downtown area cannabis shops would be excluded or the final option, opening it up for everyone.


The commission voted 4-1 to amend the ordinance to allow for all cannabis shops to have curbside.


Mayor Fred Guenther was the only no vote on the resolution.

Tubbs Lake open for camping; Parks officials getting other county parks ready for Summer season

Tubbs Lake in Mecosta County is now open for early camping.


County Park Superintendent Jeff Abel says things are shaping up this offseason in order to get ready for the start of the new camping season.


The biggest thing for us, is just being able to get the water and all the electricity turned back on because we can't do much with that water until the temperatures allow us to do that. We've got regulations that we have to follow through the health department in regards to coronating wells and doing tests, so that's the biggest hurdle.” Abel said. 

We get staff around the parks and clean up all the trees that have come down during the offseason and the leaf remnants that are left over from the fall and do it as best we can to get everything cleaned up for opening day.”


Abel says camping spots are filling up for the July and August months and he suggests getting online and reserving your site today.


Brower Park opens April 29th, while School Section Lake, Merril-Gorrel and Paris Parks open May 6th.

Driver falls asleep at the wheel; gets involved in two vehicle crash in Green Twp.

A 25-year old Paris woman fell asleep behind the wheel this morning and was involved in a two vehicle crash in Mecosta County's Green Township.


It happened just after 5:30am this morning, deputies say 25 year old driver  was traveling southbound on Newcosta Ave when she fell asleep, ran a stop sign and collided with a 54-year old man from Reed City who was traveling eastbound on 19 Mile Rd. 


The woman was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hosital for Non-life threatening injuries. 


The Reed City man was not injured.

Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K Set for May 21st

Runners, walkers and cancer fighters of all ages will once again lace up their sneakers for an in-person Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K Saturday, May 21.

The race/walk will start and end near the Big Rapids Bandshell behind the middle school
in Big Rapids. New this year, the 5K route will now head north into Northend Riverside
Park and participants will enjoy scenic views along the Big Rapids Riverwalk.

“We’re delighted that with COVID-19 subsiding we’ll again be able to host an in-person
event,” said race organizer Danielle Wells. “For many, this event is an annual reunion in
the fight against cancer where the community comes together to honor loved ones lost
and to encourage others on their cancer journey.”

Event proceeds benefit the wellness center at the Susan P. Wheatlake Regional Cancer
Center in Reed City. The wellness center includes a resource library, beauty boutique,
gift shop and integrative therapy rooms. Patients have access to services such as
massages, acupuncture, reflexology, wig fittings and more. The center hosts support
groups and educational sessions to assist patients on the road to recovery.

All wellness services are provided free of charge thanks to generous donations to the
Wellness Fund and from events such as the Wheatlake run/walk.

Unlike previous years, there will not be a half marathon or 10K option as the vast majority
of participants choose to compete in the 5K or walk. The Kids Dash was also eliminated
but children are welcome to participate with registered adults in the 5K run or walk.
Strollers and wheelchairs are welcomed.

The 5K race is timed with medals for top male and female finishers in 12 age divisions.
Registration is $35 for the run, $30 for wellness walk and $25 for a virtual option,
available for those who wish to participate individually on their own time. All entries
include a 2022 Wheatlake Wellness Walk & 5K race shirt. Kids shirts are also available
for $10.

Memorial and encouragement stakes will once again be available for $10 and will be
displayed along the start line to honor loved ones.

Packet pick up and late registration will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 at Big
Rapids Hospital Professional Office Building.

You can register or purchase stakes online at

Big Rapids Police Blotter 3/21-3/22


40-2200560 @ 10:21am 500 block N Warren - SRO and officers assisted with disorderly student. 


40-2200561 @ 11:48am VIN Inspection at the department.


40-2200562 @ 12:17pm Assist to MCSO with TruNarc. 


2200563 @ 7:10pm Warrant arrest 600 block Maple St. Male arrested for a child support warrant.



40-2200564 @ 1:41pm Oak & Winter Hit and Run PDA.  A vehicle was parked near the hospital and the driver’s mirror was hit.  Canvass completed.  No suspects.


40-2200565 @ 3:30pm BOL/Violation of Restrictions- Dispatch received a few calls reference a vehicle’s excessive speed and driving in the wrong lane WB on 16 Mile Rd.  Suspect vehicle was stopped inside the city.  Driver was identified and stated she swerved to miss a racoon.  No signs of intoxication. Driver was issued a citation for violating her restrictions and careless driving. 


40-2200566 @ 5:27pm State & Maple Hit and Run PDA.  One driver rear-ended another driver at State and Maple.  Second driver pulled over, but first one went home.  Second driver followed first one home.  Discovered no damage to either vehicle.  Explained to first driver what to do when she has a crash.


2200567 @ 9:18pm Civil 300 block Morrison apartment. Roommate issues. Verbal only.


Big Rapids Commissioners receive update on Roben Hood Airport Runway extension

The Big Rapids City Commission was given an update on the Roben Hood Airport runway extension during its meeting on Monday.


The process to extend the runway at the Big Rapids airport began back in 2013.


Airport Manager Steve Schroeder told commissioners its taken a long time to figure out funding but there maybe light at the end of the tunnel.


Last year under the Community Project Funding and Infrastructure Bill, we heard there would be an opportunity to apply directly to our representatives office for funding. So after talking to City Manager Mark Gifford we submitted our application.” Schroder said.  “We had not heard anything more about the application but then on March 11th, I called Representative Moolenaar’s Office last Monday and confirmed that the application made it through and now we have $1.82 million dollars set aside for our runway extension.”


Schroeder told commissioners there are still a few unanswered questions are including what is the timeline for funding, what local match may be required, and how will the funds be awarded? He told the City Commission once this information is available, staff can continue in the process for feasibility.


Commissioner Jennifer Cochran applauded Schroeder and his staff for their perseverance with this project.


I think we have something to really sell here once the city gets more tourism, which is certainly our desire as we get other things developed but I thank you and your staff for the hard work you’ve put into this project.”   Cochran said.  



Renovations and upgrades on the project list for BRPS this Summer

Renovations and upgrades are coming to the Big Rapids Public School District in the near future.

During the Summer, BRPS will be getting a security system upgrade along with some other projects that include exterior work at the Middle School building, signage, install exterior/interior door security and a kitchen remodel.

BRPS Superintendent Tim Haist said the school board approved the security system last week.


He says this new system will benefit the district as a whole.


The new security system actually offers us an audio and visual notification from each of our buildings in the district, if there is a severe event or activity potentially taking place.” Haist said.  “It also has a tool that allows staff to communicate daily and normal communications as well.”

The projects planned for this summer will be funded by, the district's 'Sinking Fund', the disctricts last bond proposal and from its operating funds.

Big Rapids City Commission approve special use permit for marijuana growing & processing facility

The old Bulldog Cinema has been sold and the Big Rapids City Commission has approved a special land use permit to make the half of the building a marijuana growing and processing facility.

During the commission meeting, Neighborhood Services Director Paula Priebe told commissioners 

the Planning commission previously approved Michigan Pipe Dreams a special land use permit for 125 Howard Street and with approval of the Maple Street location, this would connect the buildings. 

Michigan Pipe Dreams CFO, Chrisitan Frank said he has talked to business owners around the area and fellow tennet Spectrum on how to improve the building inside and the astetics outide of it as well.

"We’ve actually talked to a few of our neighbors which would be like M & M Collision and he was referencing The Sawmill and just talked about the beautification of the area.” Frank said

So we have decided to go above and beyond when talking to our architect for planning extra trees and those things.  The neighbors didn’t want us to wrap every single thing with that chain link that's already there. We are working with a lot of ideas from our neighbors to make sure that we're going above and beyond what's required.” Frank added.

The commision voted 4-1 in favor of the permit with Mayor Fred Guether opposing citing his concerns of the processing of the cannabis and how it could affect local enviroment. Frank told the Mayor they use all organic ingredients for processing and growing and no chemicals what so ever.


Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 3/14-3/18

An Officer was dispatched to a local school to investigate a juvenile who was found to be in possession of a vape device. The subject was issued a citation for the offense.

Wednesday …3/16/22
An Officer responded to a complaint regarding juveniles using a marijuana vaping device at a residence during a sleepover. Following this investigation, no physical evidence of a controlled substance was located and the parents agreed to take the necessary disciplinary actions against their children. No citations issued.

A female visited the Reed City Police Department to report a possible fraud situation concerning an elderly woman and her caretaker. An investigation into the allegations was performed and the mentioned victim has no desire to press any charges against the individual being accused of fraud.

Thursday …03/17/22
Officers were dispatched to a local school to investigate a juvenile reported as being disruptive as well as making statements pertaining to suicide. It was determined that the juvenile needed to seek medical attention and was transported to the hospital without incident for an evaluation.

An Officer responded to a complaint at a local apartment complex concerning a band aid being placed over a doorbell camera lens. It was determined that a neighboring apartment tenant felt the camera was set up to be able to view into their particular unit and did not feel comfortable with this. The Officer did feel that the camera could still be utilized but set up at a different angle as to not invade the neighbor’s privacy. The Officer attempted to make contact with the doorbell camera owner but they did not answer their phone or have a voicemail system set up. Management of the complex has been made aware of the situation and has agreed to handle it.

An Officer was dispatched to a local school in reference to a female student having suicidal thoughts.
Following this investigation, the student was taken to the ER by a parent.

An Officer responded to a call regarding a run away juvenile. The Officer located the young man and was able to transport him safely to his home and turned over to his parent.

Friday …03/18/22
An Officer was asked to check an area where it was reported that a juvenile stepped out in front of a car causing the driver to slam on their brakes. The Officer was not able to locate the juvenile.

An Officer performed a well being check on a child after receiving a tip of a possible abuse allegation. After interviewing people living in the home, as well as viewing the child in question, there was no evidence of abuse or neglect.

An Officer was asked to investigate a situation at the local school where a student was exhibiting troubling behavior. The matter us under investigation.

Dragon Trail closed to visitors because of muddy & slushy conditions

Attention to mountain bikers, runners and walkers, Dragon Trail officials are reminding visitors that the entire trail is closed and will remain closed for at least the next few weeks.


In a post on its Facebook page, officials say it's due to snow and ice melt which is creating muddy and slushy conditions throughout the trail.


For updates on conditions, visit

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter


40-2200534 @ 10:27am Retail Fraud 100 block N Michigan Ave occurred on 3/13. Unknown female took a pair of earrings valued at 24.95. 


40-2200535 @ 11:20am Suspicious 400 block S Third Ave, worker advised an unknown female called stating that a female juvenile may be coming there as it was not safe for her to be with her parents any longer. No other information, shelter will call if she shows up.


40-2200536 @ 11:47am PDA State/Elm.

40-2200537 @ 1:08am PDA State/Linden.


40-2200538 @ 2:42pm Suspicious 400 block Dekrafft. Employee called advising that two individuals who had been let go that morning were in the parking lot, and one of them had walked into the business. Contact was made with the employees who advised they were there to drop off key cards and other property. Both were trespassed from property.


40-2200539 @ 5:03pm Found phone in city hall restroom.


40-2200540 @ 12:34am Traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a female for possession of meth after a consent vehicle search was given.  Vehicle towed to Curries. 


40-2200541 @ 3:01am 1100 block Fuller Noise complaint, Resident was issued a warning for noise.  He and his friends got loud while wrestling. 


40-2200542 @ 6:30am Warrant pick up Ottawa County




40-2200543 @ 7:11am hours 1100 block Fuller. – Noise. Officers were called for a noise violation and found that tenants were in the process of finalizing their move out and heading to Texas. Officer warned them about the noise and wished them good luck as they drove out of the parking lot to start their trip.


40-2200544 @ 3:00am block Morrison St – Assist. Officers assisted with transporting a patient to be mentally evaluated.


40-2200545 @ 12:21pm hours, Knollview/S State St. – PDA


40-2200546 @ 12:35pm hours 500 block S State St. – Lost Property. Complainant reported his cellphone was lost near Goodwill.


40-2200547 @ 4:56pm hours, 400 block Perry Ave.  –  Motorist Assist.


40-2200548 @ 6:05pm hours, 600 block Maple St. Fail to Pay, Under Investigation


40-2200549 @ 7:55pm Warrant arrest at 200 block S Bronson. Male arrested for his PV warrant.


40-2200550 @ 8:35pm Mental 800 block Country Way. Crisis hotline advised female was suicidal. Female advised she was having "crazy thoughts" and would remain silent when officers were asking questions. Her father arrived and transported her to the hospital.


40-2200551 @ 11:08pm Warrant arrest 800 block N State St. Vehicle called in as suspicious and had been sitting at the store for approximately 30 minutes with several vehicles pulling up to it. Male arrested for outstanding felony warrant, possession of meth, and CCW.


40-2200552 @ 12:37am Noise/Party 600 block S Michigan warning issued. They shut the party down for the night.


40-2200553 @ 1:09am Alarm 1200 block Perry Ave. Building secure. Called for same alarm at 0346.




40-2200554 @ 3:52pm hours 500 block S Michigan Ave. – Suspicious/Civil. Officers were initially called for a possible VCSA complaint. Upon arrival, we spoke with male who stated that another male was kicked out of the residence and was upset.


40-2200555 @ 7:13pm Suspicious at 1800 block Milton. Caller observed a male he didn't know enter with two screaming children and the parents left. Contact was made with resident who advised they were relatives visiting and the 4-year-old child was throwing a tantrum because her sister was leaving with her grandmother. The child seemed fine.


40-2200556 @ 9:16pm MDOP 1000 block N Fourth. Mailbox damaged sometime during the previous night, possibly at 2240. No known suspects or information. Under investigation.


40-2200557 @ 9:40pm Check wellbeing at Hemlock Park. Caller advised someone had posted on a social media site that they were at Hemlock Park and thinking about jumping into the river. Female was located on the river walk south of the Maple St bridge and admitted she had made the post. She was taken to the ER for a voluntary evaluation.


40-2200558 @ 7:28pm Mental transport to Owosso.


40-2200559 @ 1:52am Civil 500 block S State. Male and female got into an argument. Verbal only.

Cadillac woman arrested in Big Rapids Twp. for drug possession; endangering 2-year old child

A Cadillac woman was arrested last week in Mecosta County following a traffic stop where police discovered meth and a 2-year old child unbuckled in the vehicle.


The Sheriff's Office says deputies were dispatched to the area of Southbound US-131 near 13 Mile Road in Big Rapids Twp on a report of vehicle driving all over the roadway. Deputies located and stopped the suspect vehicle.


They say the driver, 25-year old Danielle Wright of Cadillac was arrested for operating under the influence of drugs (Meth), Felony possession of meth, Felony delivery of meth.


She had 2-year old unbuckled son with her in the vehicle, who was eventually turned over to family members.


While being booked in at jail, Wright was found with a small baggie that contained crystal methamphetamine inside a pocket of her sweatshirt. She was also charged with Felony smuggling contraband into prison/county jail.


Wright remains in custody in the Mecosta County Jail after being arraigned in the 77th District court.


Her bond is set at $50,000.

Big Rapids City Commission to vote on permit for Maple Street Marijuana growing & processing facility

The Big Rapids City Commission will be meeting tonight to discuss a number of issues and vote on resolutions.


The commision will get an update from City Tresurer Aaron Kuhn on what the financial impacts of the latest US Census will be on Big Rapids during its study session, next Airport Manager Steve Schroader will update commissioners on the Airport runway extension at Roben Hood.


In General Business, commissioners will vote on a resolution accepting a bid for the Rust Avenue Extension Project. Next, Commissioners will vote on a resolution directing the City Planning Commission to review and consider a request to discontinue two alleys that enter Maple Street Adjacent to Big Rapids Products. Commsioners will also vote on a resolution authorizing a special land use permit for a Marihuana Grower and Processor Facility at 1100 Maple Street. Finally, the city commission will vote on accepting a bid for a new furnance/AC unit at the Public Safety Building.


The meeting begins at 6:30pm in person at City Hall or virtuall on Zoom.


Suspect rams back of patrol vehicle attempting to flee following traffic stop in Green Twp.

Deputies from the Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Dept conducted a traffic stop on a subject that was wanted by the 49th Circuit Court Probation / Parole Office.


The traffic stop took place at the Dollar General located in Green Township. 


According to the Sheriff's Office, the Deputy contacted the probationer who was driving the vehicle. There also was an adult male, front seat passenger in the vehicle at the time. At the time of the stop, there was also a back-up deputy responding to assist the initial officer.


The back-up officer arrived on scene and was at the passenger side of the vehicle as the primary deputy was speaking with the driver and had advised him that he needed him to step from the vehicle as his Agent wanted him taken into custody as he was in violation of his felony probation. The driver disregarded the order, threw the car into reverse, and attempted to flee.


The driver / offender, struck the deputy, knocking him to the ground, and then struck the patrol car. The passenger, attempted to get the driver to stop yelling at him to stop and then the passenger threw the vehicle in park and pulled out the keys – throwing them from the vehicle.


The suspect fled on foot at that point running toward Northland Dr. The deputy who was struck, was able to get up and pursue the suspect. The suspect was blocked from running across Northland Dr. by a responding / assisting detective who was with the suspect’s probation officer. The detective, probation officer and deputy were able to then get the suspect into handcuffs. The suspect continued to resist arrest while being patted down and attempted to be secured in a patrol car.


The suspect then continued resisting where he had to be taken to the ground to control. Once on the ground, the suspect was put in a seated recovery position where he continued resisting and then attempted to grab an assisting officer’s weapon. The suspect was restrained and was then attempted to be put in a patrol car. The suspect continued resisting and while attempting to get him into the patrol car, head-butted the rear window breaking out the window and injuring himself.


Deputies were able to get the suspect into a patrol vehicle where he was taken to the hospital for treatment and clearance into the jail. The deputy received minor injuries and did not require further medical attention. The patrol car that the suspect had struck was disabled and was not drivable.


The suspect was transported to the Mecosta County Jail where he was lodged on multiple felony charges. The suspects name and formal charges will be released upon his arraignment in the 77th District Court.

Students at Big Rapids Middle School to clean up community on Earth Day

Students at Big Rapids Middle School are celebrating Earth Day next month by cleaning up parks and other areas of the community.


BRMS Principal Josh Bull says on Friday, April 22nd, students in grades 5-8 will be out in the community cleaning up parks and other areas.


Bull says this event really teaches kids the value of a clean community.


“For me, I love seeing our kids outside engaging and cleaning up our community.” Bull said “During last year’s Earth Day event, our kids did such a great job cleaning and were talking about how they couldn't believe people would just throw their masks on the ground and how they just couldn't believe how much stuff was out there and I felt like the students could see that they were making a difference.”


Over 600 students will cleaning 19 areas within Big Rapids.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: 3/15-3/16


40-2200501 @ 11:41am hours, Sanborn Ave / S. State St – Traffic stop. Officer completed a traffic stop and found the driver did not register the vehicle or put insurance on it.

40-2200502 @ 4:21pm hours, N Warren Ave / Maple St – Traffic Stop. Officer completed a traffic stop and found the driver to have a valid OPS and expired ID.

40-2200503 @ 6:11pm hours, Maple St / N. Bronson – Traffic Stop/Reckless Driving. Officer initially called for a vehicle not stopping and engaged in a brief pursuit on Maple St from Third until the Hayworth entrance. Driver was detained and cited for reckless driving.

40-2200504 @ 6:06pm hours, 805 N State St – Civil. Officers were dispatched to 800 block N State St in reference to a female asking people at the pumps to buy marijuana for her. She was not there but the business requested if she was found to trespass her from the property.

40-2200505 @ 8:03pm Suspicious 500 block S Third. Initially called in as a gas drive off. Possible malfunction of operating equipment as receipt shows payment.

40-2200506 @ 2:30am Assist MCSO at ER by using TruNarc after their pursuit which ended at the hospital.

40-2200507 @ 6:40pm Suspicious 500 block N Warren Juvenile contacted with a BB gun.  Advised him of City ordinance about shooting within the city.



40-2200508 @ 9:39am Warrant arrest 500 block S. Michigan. Male arrested on several warrants.

40-2200509 @ 11:14am PDA 700blk Perry.

40-2200510 @ 12:24pm Alarm 200 block S. Michigan Ave., false set off by realtor showing the property.

40-2200511 @ 12:35pm Retail Fraud 600 block N State St Female cited for retail fraud.

40-2200512 @ 2:45pm Traffic stop Maple/Warren led to driver being cited for no insurance, Curries towed.

40-2200513 @ 3:45pm Found gas card turned into front office. Item returned to owner.

40-2200514 @ 4:28pm Found property Maple/Michigan. Radio was found in the intersection.

40-2200515 @ 4:28pm Suspicious 400 block S. Stewart. Under investigation

40-2200516 @ 7:23pm Juvenile Complaint 1800 block Milton Apt.  Caller was concerned after a child was seen knocking on a door to get inside.  Contact was made with mother who was currently ill.  Mother was sleeping and the juvenile woke up from a nap and found the exit of their apartment.

40-2200517 @ 9:15pm UDAA Magnolia and Ives.  Original called in as a UDAA. Caller stated his car was stolen.  When being given a ride to retrace his steps, his vehicle was located in the 200 Block of Cedar and was not stolen.

40-2200518 @ 10:35pm Assault/ Trespassing/ Assist. 700 block Ives.  Caller wanted help with removing another resident after an altercation took place 2 months ago. 

40-2200519 @ 12:38am Susp Vehicle. 400 block N. Michigan, Fire training vehicle

40-2200520 @ 2:35am 911 Hang-up 800 block Water Tower. UTL.

40-2200521 @ 2:35am Warrant Arrest from above.  Male was located and arrested for his 2 felony and 2 misdemeanor warrants after he gave a bad name.  Lodged at MCSO. 

40-2200522 @ 3:41am Open Door. 100 block N. Michigan.  While conducting property check, Officer found an open door.  Keyholder responded and it was secured.

City of Big Rapids gearing up for Summer road projects

Street projects in Big Rapids for the summer are starting to come together.


One of the biggest ones slated this year, is the resurfacing of Maple Street from South Third Avenue to Bronson Avenue on the east side of Big Rapids.


Last month, the Big Rapids City Commission approved the MDOT contract for the improvements which will total $214,015 for the road project, which includes $42,803 in matching local funds from the City.


Public Works Director Heather Bowman says they are currently bidding out some of their street projects for this year and most of them will be starting by July.


There is no start date currently for the Maple Street resurfacing project.

Former Big Rapids Mayor Tom Hogenson passes away

Former Big Rapids Mayor Tom Hogenson passed away on March 12th. He was 73 years old.  


Hogenson was Mayor of the city from 2017-2020. 


During his tenure leading Big Rapids, Hogenson advanced the Baldwin Street Bridge and Hemlock Park projects, continued to build relationships between the city, surrounding townships and Ferris State University, and was a advocate for public health and wellness, including local COVID-19 prevention measures and the Big Rapids Social Equity Initiative. 


Prior to that, Hogenson served two terms on the city commission. 


In a Facebook post, City Commissioner Johnathan Eppley said: 

"Tom was not only a good man, but a great man. His ideals, personality, sense of humor and compassion for all represented the best of us."

"His absence leaves a huge hole in all our lives and in our community. Tom was the biggest supporter and advocate for Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Ferris State University and our surrounding area." 


Eppley went on to say in his post,

"When I made the choice to run for city commission nearly five years ago, I asked Tom if he had any advice for me. I don’t remember his exact words, but he told me do it because I enjoyed it, and not for personal or political gain. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving on the commission, and it was my great honor and pleasure to do so alongside Tom for four years.

"He was incredibly intelligent, passionate, funny, empathetic, quick to volunteer and so much more. Our small corner of Michigan is better for having Tom Hogenson in it, and will never be the same now that he’s gone."

4th Annual Souper Supper Fundraiser slated for March 23rd

Project Starburst with Lakeland Title of Mecosta County will host the fourth annual Souper Supper fundraiser on Wednesday, March 23rd from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Three Girls Bakery in Downtown Big Rapids. 


The meal will include a delicious bowl of soup of your choice, creamy chicken with rice or cheddar broccoli, along with a roll and cookies. You may choose dine-in or carry-out.  Gluten-free meals are available as well. 


Tickets are only $20 for adults and $10 for youth. The serving size is a bowl of soup for an adult and a cup of soup for youth. 


Your ticket donation will support the Project Starburst Food Pantry. 


Presale tickets are available at the Project Starburst Facebook page or by visiting Three Girls Bakery, the Old Pioneer store and Project Starburst in Big Rapids. There will also be clay balls available for sale at the event. Any business location with an order of 4 or more meals may call Three Girls Bakery to order and request free delivery. If you have any questions please contact project Starburst at 231-796-5342. 

According to the press release, Project Starburst has increased its presence in the community by offering what is most needed to residents who are living in poverty.


This past year project Starburst served over 300,000 meals in Mecosta Osceola counties in 2021.


When your neighbor visits Project Starburst, 50 meals per individual are provided, much more than emergency supply.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

Officers responded to a request from an anonymous caller to perform a well-being check at a local apartment complex. The caller had reported hearing loud voices and noises in the unit. Upon arrival, Officers did not hear anything suspicious and made several attempts to make contact with the tenants in question but were unable to receive any response.

Officers were dispatched to a possible domestic violence situation. Upon arrival, both parties admitted to arguing but there was no evidence of anything physical occurring. Prior to vacating the scene, a family member arrived who assured they would be able to monitor the situation.

An Officer was dispatched to a local apartment complex for an unruly juvenile. Upon arrival family
members had been able to calm the child down.

Tuesday …3/8
During a routine traffic stop, the Officer on duty discovered that an individual was driving on an expired driver’s license and expired registration. The individual was issued an appearance citation for his offenses and was able to get a ride home. The vehicle was towed to the man’s residence.

An Officer was dispatched to a residence to investigate the report of an individual making threats with a baseball bat. Upon arrival the subject had taken off and was unable to be located. There were no injuries or damages at the scene and the caller did not wish to pursue charges.
Wednesday …3/9
An Officer responded to a call from a local school about a student who had behaved inappropriately and then left the school without permission to do so. The student was located and the case has been forwarded to Probate for review.

Thursday …3/10
The department received a CPS referral concerning a possible case of child abuse. The Officer visited the home in question and did not uncover any evidence of physical abuse but did report unsanitary and unsafe living conditions to the CPS worker.

An Officer was dispatched to a private residence for an argument occurring between a couple. Upon arrival it was apparent that the male involved was intoxicated. There was no evidence of physical injuries and both parties were advised to part ways for the rest of the evening. The Officer stayed at the scene until the female subject left the home to assure the situation was under control.

Friday …3/11
An Officer was asked to be present at a home while personal belongings were being removed in the event an argument may happen. The items were gathered without incident.

Officers arrested a 33-year-old man for failing to appear in court. He was lodged at the Osceola County Jail without incident.


Officers took a report of an abandoned vehicle. The vehicle was towed and notice will be sent to the last known owners.

Saturday …3/12
An Officer was asked to investigate a 911 hang up phone call that dispatch had received. The Officer talked with the adult in the home and determined that her small child had been playing with her phone and mistakenly made the call.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 3/14

40-2200489 @ 10:17AM hours 500 block N Warren Ave. – Disorderly Juvenile. SRO assisted the school with a student who refused to listen. The student was turned over to his mother and taken home.


40-2200490 @ 08:14AM 400 block N Fourth Ave. – MDOP. The complainant advised that his mailbox was damaged by an unknown person.


40-2200491 @ 3:20PM 300 block Pemberton Ave. – 911 hang up. Officers were dispatched to a 911 hang-up involving juveniles. Upon arrival, Officers spoke with one juvenile who stated that she would get her mother’s boyfriend. No one would then come to the door. Mother finally arrived and we spoke with her and her daughter about the proper use of 911.


40-2200492 @ 3:57PM hours 400 block N Third Ave– Hit and Run occurred at 0730. The complaint was initially reported as a PDA but there was no damage to either vehicle. Both parties were advised to report the events when they happen and to speak with the other driver when involved in a crash. No damage to either vehicle, assist only.


40-2200493 @ 5:28PM hours 800 block N Fourth Ave. – Larceny. Officers were dispatched for a larceny complaint. The complainant stated that her baby’s father had taken her car seat and is now not returning her calls to return the item. The larceny happened over a month ago. Pending contact with the suspect.


40-2200494 @ 5:58PM hours 700 block Maple St– MDOP. Officers were dispatched for an MDOP complaint. The complainant stated that an unknown male that was in his house over the weekend had thrown a tv remote into his tv. This caused the tv to break. Under investigation.


40-2200495 @ 6:28PM hours 300 block N Warren Ave. – Runaway/Check wellbeing.  Officers were dispatched for a possible runaway. The complainant advised that her daughter had gone outside and had not returned.  The daughter was located with an aunt in Lake County. The caller went to Lake County to retrieve her daughter.


40-2200496 @ 1032PM Alarm 700 block Perry Ave.


40-2200497 @ 10:11PM PDA/No insurance Milton/Catherine. Driver advised they were WB on Milton, and a vehicle came around the corner on Catherine in their lane, causing them to swerve to miss it and go through the fence into Industrial soccer field. They spun around in the field and attempted to exit the same way they entered but got stuck on the fence. Driver cited for no insurance.


40-2200498 @ 11:21PM MDOP 1200 block Perry Ave. Officer observed graffiti spray painted on the back side of building. Unknown when it occurred.


40-2200499 @ 2:02AM Disorderly 600 block Oak. Male arrested for acting disorderly in the waiting room.


40-2200500 @ 3:58AM. Assist to EMS 400 block S Michigan.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter


40-2200469 @ 7:52am Locust/State, traffic stop led to driver being arrested for a misdemeanor warrant out of Mecosta County. Vehicle owner was cited for allowing uninsured vehicle to be operated and was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant out of Isabella County. Curries impounded vehicle.

40-2200470 @ 12:12pm PDA Madison/Fourth.

40-220471 @ 1:27pm Larceny 600 block Adams, a bucket of salt was taken on 3/7.

40-220472 @ 4:01pm  Maple/Warren, traffic stop led to driver being cited for improper plate. Curries impounded vehicle.

40-220473 @ 4:28pm Assault 600 block Oak St, male became disorderly after waking up and spit at security officer who was trying to restrain him.

40-2200474 @ 6:29pm 1300 block Catherine Noise Warning issued to resident.

40-2200475 @ 7:17pm 800 block Water Tower Suspicious Situation. Officers were requested to assist with a possible unknown exposure.  New employee took an assistance application at 4pm.  When the worker went home to, she began not feeling well.  The paperwork was examined, and no substances were found. 

40-2200476 @ 9:23pm 300 block N. Michigan CSC.  Under investigation

40-2200477 @ 3:31am 500 block S. State Traffic stop led to the arrest of driver for FTA for OWI HBAC out of the 77th District Court.  He was also cited for DWLS and exp plate.

40-2200478 @ 4:16am 1300 block Catherine.  Domestic and MDOP.  Reported in progress Domestic.  Female reported she was assaulted by child's father after he read her messages on her phone that revealed she was talking with someone else.  Male broke female’s phone and fled prior to officers’ arrival on scene. 

40-2200478 @ 5:30am 400 block S. Third.  Staff requested a standby after requesting male leave after exposing himself to staff.  Male was trespassed.



40-2200480 @ 9:05am 500 block N Warren Suspicious. Subject at travel basketball tournament located two live .410 shells outside of the athletic entrance. Nothing else suspicious located and perimeter was secure. Shells possibly fell out of a parent vehicle at drop off the night before.

 40-2200481 @ 9:24am 600 block Bjornson Lost Property. Caller lost ring somewhere between Nail Salon and her residence.

40-2200482 @ 9:55am S Warren / Maple St traffic stop for expired plate led to driver being cited for violation of restricted ops. Friend responded for vehicle.



40-2200484 @ 3:36pm hours 1300 block Catherine – Warrant Arrest. Officer found male walking past them while on another call, 40-2200485. He was arrested for his FTA warrant.

 40-2200485 @ 3:36pm hours 1300 block Catherine St. – trespassing. Officers initially responded to an attempt to trespass a male from the apartment complex. The investigation revealed that the residence was being leased by a female but that another male and female have been staying there. The investigation revealed that the other female was in the apartment and when management went in, she was trying to hide in the closet. Female was arrested for VCSA.

40-2200486 @ 9:28pm Minor in possession Perry/Division. Traffic Stop located cans of beer in the truck. Driver was cited for MIP with his prior being in January.

40-2200487 @ 1:01am Area Check 300 block N Second. Officers were called for an area check for car alarms going off in the area. Upon arrival on scene, officers were pointed to a male who was walking NB on Second. The male took off running as soon as officers turned toward him. The male eventually ran into the river and to the island between Parkview and BRMS before attempting to cross the river again. This time his body froze due to the cold, and he was able to make it back to the island where he had to be rescued. Upon checking the cameras, he was seen coming from a residence where he is not supposed to be around. The car alarm in the area was not related and no one was around the vehicle. He was arrested for violation of probation and resisting an officer.

40-2200488 @ 3:24am Suspicious 700 block Perry Ave FSU located an audible alarm which had not been called into dispatch. A keyholder arrived and noted the alarm was for the cable east of the main entrance. Nothing was missing but the electrical box the cable connected to appeared to be hanging by the wires. The keyholder advised she did not know how long the box had been like that and indicated it could have been struck by accident by a shopping cart.

Norton Shores man arrested for Morton Twp. break-in

A Norton Shores man is in the Mecosta County Jail following an arrest for a break-in and trying to flee from police.


The Mecosta Co. Sheriff's Office says deputies were called Saturday night for an alarm at a home in Morton Township.


When police arrived to the scene, a vehicle sped away.


Deputies pursued the vehicle eastbound on M-20 into Isabella County.  The vehicle subsequently ran out of gas. A 41-year old Norton Shores man was taken into custody without further incident. 


The man had broken into the residence and stolen gas. 


He was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail for Flee & Elude, Breaking & Entering and Possession of Stolen Property.

CMET arrests 6 men connected to three county illegal marijuana grow operation

Six men are behind bars awaiting arraignment following arrests last week in connection to a marijuana grow operation in Montcalm and Newaygo Counties. 

On March 10th, Detectives from the Central Michigan Enforcement Team (CMET) executed six search warrants at residential commercial marijuana grow locations in Kent, Newaygo, and Montcalm Counties.

The search warrants were issued as part of an on-going investigation of illegal commercial marijuana grow operations. As a result of the investigation, six males were arrested, over 3,000 marijuana plants, 150 lbs. of finished marijuana, vehicles, and grow equipment were seized.

The names of the arrested individuals are not being released pending arraignment and additional
investigative follow-up.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 3/9-3/10



40-2200456 @ 8:32am Juvenile complaint, taken by SRO.


40-2200455 @ 9:30am Civil at 100 block Woodward. Caller wanted neighbor’s children to stop coming into her yard. Neighbor contacted and advised.


40-2200457 @ 9:58am Residential alarm at 600 block Cypress. False.


40-2200458 @ 10:50am Suspicious 1100 block Platt. Under investigation.


40-2200459 @ 11:09am MIP marijuana 200 block N State St


40-2200460 @ 12:25pm Civil 1100 block Fuller. Verbal argument between male and female. Female was packing up and moving out when officers arrived.


40-2200461 @ 1:35pm Warrant pickup in Kent County.


40-2200462 @ 2:37pm Civil 400 block S. State St. Officers stood by while female moved her items out of the residence.


40-2200463 @ 4:43pm Civil 600 block Bjornson. Found to be parent disciplining child.


40-2200464 @ 8:49pm Threats.  Caller wanted to report that another driver gave him the finger gun movement State and Perry around 1800 hours.





40-2200466 @ 1:26pm Civil 700 block Perry Ave.  Dispute between customer and store after gun sales refused to sell her a new gun.  Customer left the business without incident.


40-200467 @ 7:40pm 100 block Division Domestic Assault Caller stated that her sister pushed her while she was trying to leave.  Will be forwarded for review. 


40-2200468 @ 9:28pm 700 block Osceola Ave.  Unattended death, under investigation.  No foul play suspected

Rep. Hoitenga helping northern Michigan drivers pay less at the pump

State Rep. Michele Hoitenga on Wednesday voted for an advancing plan that will provide people across the northern Michigan with real relief in the face of surging gas prices.


House Bill 5570 establishes a six-month suspension on the state’s gas and diesel fuel tax of roughly 27.2 cents for every gallon starting April 1. The adjustment comes as inflation deals devastating blows to the budgets of hard-working people, families and seniors on fixed incomes. In addition, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the United States is banning all energy imports from Russia, which is set to make worse record-high national gas price averages. 


“Everyone is feeling the impacts of these increases, especially those who live paycheck to paycheck,” said Hoitenga, of Manton. “It’s time for real solutions that put money back in their pockets. These reforms will allow people to save every time they go to the pump.”


Under the approved plan, Michigan drivers will save approximately $750 million between April 1 and Sept. 30, which is more than they would save from a pause in the smaller federal fuel tax as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has called for. Giving drivers a break from both fuel taxes would amount to 45-cents per gallon savings.


HB 5570 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Two people suffer serious injuries following Amish buggy/truck crash in Montcalm Co.

Two Amish people were sent to the hospital following a crash with a truck in Montcalm County.


It happened on M-91 north of Briggs Road in Pine Township.


Michigan State Police Troopers say a pickup truck traveling south bound on M-91 crossed the centerline and struck a northbound Amish buggy.


The driver of the buggy was taken to the hospital by Aero Med in serious life-threatening condition, his passenger was transported to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.


The driver of the pickup truck was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


The horse was killed in the crash.


The accident remains under investigation.  

Michigan to divest in Russian stocks for pensions

A State Pension Board has announced it will divest from Russian stocks over the ongoing war in Ukraine.


The State of Michigan Investment Board passed a resolution ordering the state's pension systems to dump Russian assets. Under one percent of the $98 billion pension fund is invested in Russia, mostly index funds managed by outside firms.


The resolution comes after a request last week from the Governor.


Gov. Whitmer joins other governors asking Federal government to suspend gas tax

Governor Whitmer has joined governors from five other states to push the Federal government to suspend the federal gas tax.


The Gas Tax Relief Act pending in the House and Senate would suspend the tax through the end of the year to provide some relief at the pump as gas prices soar.


The plan calls for replacing the federal highway dollars lost by shifting money from the government's general fund.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 3/8

40-2200451 @ 7:45am hours, N. Michigan/E Pine St -  Traffic Stop/No Insurance. Officer completed a traffic stop and found that the vehicle did not have insurance. The vehicle was parked until he could get insurance and the driver was given his appearance ticket.


40-2200452 @ 8:07pm Civil 200 block E Grand Traverse. Originally called in as a runaway. Juvenile had been dropped off to her boyfriend's house by guardian and made comments to another female that she "needed a break" and wasn't going to go home. Guardian is in the process of getting guardianship turned over to another person. Juvenile returned home.


40-2200453 @ 9:11pm Alarm 100 block N Dekraft. Glass breakage alarm. Nothing observed.


40-2200454 @ 11:18pm Mental 400 block S Third. Male was causing issues at the shelter and requested a voluntary evaluation at the ER. Transported without incident.


Red Out Events Check Presentation


Ferris State University students from the sports communication class and sports careers registered student organization once again conducted their annual Red Out fundraising games to promote heart health.


Events during basketball and hockey games during Valentine's week raised $1,415 for the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital cardiopulmonary unit. Funds will be used to purchase informational booklets and stress balls to promote women’s heart health.


Pictured, from left, is Melinda Hutson, LRT, FSU students Brody Keiser and Brendan Sanders, Tina Malcom, RN, and Beth Langenburg, COO, in the hospital’s cardiopulmonary unit.     

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 2/28-3/6

Officers were requested to perform a well-being check on an individual. The individual was located and in need of EMS. They were transported to the hospital for treatment.

Officer stop a vehicle for not having a license plate. Upon investigation the 57-year-old male driver was issued an appearance citation for Driving While License Suspended and No Insurance.

Tuesday …3/1
The Reed City Police Department and the Osceola County Sheriff Department worked together in an attempt to locate and arrest and individual whose bond had been revoked due violating bond conditions after an arrest for domestic violence. The individual was not located.

Officers responded to a complaint of two juveniles walking off from the school after being disciplined by the school. Their parents were coming to pick them up. Officers located the two juvenile and transported them back to the school and ensured they had a safe ride home.

Officers received a tip that a parolee was driving without a license. The vehicle and driver were located. The 61-year-old man was issued an appearance citation for driving on a revoked license.

Wednesday …3/2
Officers were requested to assist animal control taking an unfriendly dog into custody. The dog owner needed to receive extended medical treatment and requested animal control care for the dog in her absence. The dog was obtained without a problem.

While on patrol, officers observed an unruly juvenile trying to run from his grandmother. The child was spoken to and cooperated with his grandmother.

Friday …3/4
Officers responded to a complaint of an assault at the laundromat after a disagreement between two individuals. The caller did not wish to seek charges and the other individual was released with a verbal warning.

Officers were dispatched to a report of property damage. The caller stated damage had been done to the windows of a stored vehicle.

Officers were dispatched a report of unlawful entry into a residence while the owner was not home and items were stolen. Officers do have juveniles as persons of interest in the matter. The investigation is ongoing.

Saturday …3/5
Officers received a complaint of harassment between two juveniles over the internet. The matter is under investigation.


Officers were dispatched to a shoplifting complaint at a local convenience store. The suspect has been identified and has admitted to stealing from the store. An appearance citation will be issued to the 37-year- old man who is currently on probation for shoplifting and his probation officer notified.

Sunday …3/6
While investigating another matter officers were alerted to a report of a possible murder. The reporting person stated he received the information from an individual who was “extremely high” on an unknown drug and had no idea if the story was true or not. Officers made contact with the alleged victim who is very much alive. It appears the story teller had an active imagination.

While on patrol officers located a man with an outstanding warrant form a neighboring county. The
neighboring county was unable to pick up on the warrant. The man was advised to take care of the matter and released.

Officers attempted to locate a 29-year-old man and arrest him on an outstanding warrant. The information officers had turned out to be an old address with new tenants occupying the residence. The man was notlocated.

Officers were requested, by CPS, to perform a wellbeing check on a family. The officer was unable to getanyone to answer the door.

Big Rapids Police Blotter: Weekend & Monday 3/7


40-2200430 @ 9:21AM Alarm 900 block S. State St. False set off by employee.


40-2200431 @ 11:32AM 3 vehicle PDA State/Knollview.


40-2200432 @ 2:52PM Assist to jail, tested suspicious substance on mail with Tru-Narc.


40-2200433 @ 2:53PM Noise 1100 block Fuller. Resident given noise warning for barking dogs.


40-2200434 @ 4:16PM Harassment 400 block S Third, under investigation


40-2200436 @ 6:57PM 300 block Morrison Civil stand by while male picked up property


40-2200437 @ 5:31AM 300 block Morrison Called out as a possible domestic turned out to be civil.  Male was eventually lodged for false ID to police and an outstanding FTA warrant



40-2200438 @ 8:05AM 700 block Fuller Ave – 911 Hang Up. The building was found secure, and no employees had arrived yet. Possible issue with elevator phone.


40-2200439 @ 6:53PM Civil 700 block Fuller. Male having a disagreement with facility over staying there.


40-2200440 @ 10:52PM VCSA in 200 blk of N Fourth. Started as a suspicious in front of a residence on N Third. Male found with meth and needles. Lodged at MCSO.


40- 2200441 @ 11:00PM Mental transport to Pine Rest.



40-2200442 @ 7:48PM Check wellbeing 200 block Mill St. Male was reporting his girlfriend missing after she had left with a friend. Female was located in Isabella County.


40-2200443 @ 7:40PM Traffic Stop Maple/N Stewart led to arrest of male on multiple warrants and PWID.


40-2200444 @ 7:40PM OWI for female driver on the above traffic stop.


40-2200445 @ 2:04AM Traffic Stop Cedar/State led to arrest of female for VCSA.



40-2200446 @ 8:17AM hours 700 block Marion Ave. – Larceny of an old bicycle. Tracks in the snow that go into the backyard. Complainant stated that she did not need to report the bicycle stolen but wanted to report the suspicious activity in her area of the city.


40-2200447 @ 8:50AM hours Maple St / Michigan Ave. – PDA


40-2200448 @ 10:30AM hours 500 block N Warren Ave. – PDA


40-2200449 @ 10:53AM hours 1200 block Perry Ave.  – Retail fraud of chain saw parts. Occurred the day before. Unknown suspect description.


CFS 2208937 @ 3:02PM hours 800 block Maple St.  – PPDA


40-2200450 @ 4:46PM hours Woodward Ave. / S State St.  – PDA (Semi vs PC)



Federal Judge denies request by suspended FSU Prof for reinstatement

A judge has declined to reinstate a Michigan professor who was suspended in January for making a profanity-filled video to welcome students to a new term.


Barry Mehler says his free speech rights were violated when he was barred from teaching history at Ferris State University while the school investigates his actions.


But federal Judge Jane Beckering turned down a request for a preliminary injunction Monday.


Mehler has said his 14-minute video was simply a performance to get his students' "juices flowing." He used profanities and made a sexual reference as he rambled on about his attendance policy, grades, plagiarism and COVID-19.

$400 auto insurance refund checks to go out this week

Drivers with auto insurance will soon starting getting $400 refunds per vehicle.

The money comes from a $3-billion dollar surplus from the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state's top insurance regulator say the payments will start this week.


Companies have 60 days to issue the refunds - no later than May 9.


The governor has attributed the surplus and refunds in part to 2019 law that curbed or cut what health providers and attendant care aides can charge auto insurers.


Critics say the slashed reimbursements have led to injured drivers losing quality care.

Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight at City Hall

The Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight in person at City Hall or virtually via Zoom at 6:30pm.


Items on the agenda include discussion on the capital improvement program during its study session. 


The General Business portion of the agenda includes taking action on a resolution accepting Project Authorization for the City of Big Rapids, Fiscal Year 2021, Section 5311 Operating Formula Grants for Rural Areas Program. 


For more items on the agenda, look below.  



Sheriff's Corner: School Resource Officers critical for school safety

Recently I read an article regarding Michigan lawmakers pushing for more law enforcement
officers in schools. Following the Oxford High School shooting in November the state House has
approved an increase in grant money to hire school resource officers. The House has increased
the budget for school resource officers from $10 million to $50 million. It is now before the
Senate pending their approval.

Supporters of having trained, armed, and licensed law enforcement personnel present in and
available to our school systems, believe they are important to developing rapport between the
students, their parents, the school staff, and the law enforcement agency they represent. The
officer on deputy is also crucial in preventing violent acts and offer a sense of security to
everyone involved in the school system.

Those who are against having SROs in schools feel their presence may escalate situations and
on occasion criminalizes students’ behavior that shouldn’t be. The opinion of those advocating
against SRO is that they increase the chances of a child ending up in the criminal justice system
because of a theft, fight, or worse and that is in my opinion completely flawed.

In the summer of 2020, while campaigning to be Sheriff, I spoke to a citizen, who wanted to get
my views on several political stances. One of these being his view and opinion on the failure of
our public school system to their students. I took this personally as a former SRO, and at that
time a Big Rapids Public Schools Board member. The problem we, as a society, are seeing with
a small segment of our school children is not the system, but a breakdown in the family
structure that has occurred over period of years. To fault the schools and our educators is a
cop out.

In August of 1999 I began what I still look at as being the best 7 years of my career in law
enforcement. I was our department's first school liaison officer. This, like today, came about
after the tragedy that occurred at Columbine High School in Colorado. Then, like now, there
was a renewed focus on having someone there to mentor and protect our most cherished
commodity, our children. It is not often in this profession that you leave work and feel you
made a positive impact in someone's life that you encountered. This position was different in
that aspect. Not only was it rewarding to be educating the young children of our area. But, in
doing so most every day, depending on what contact I had with the school age children, I left
work feeling at least one child went home happy for the time we spent together.

The families of the BRPS and Chippewa Hills School Districts are fortunate to have Deputy Jason
Losinski doing the same for their children that I did over 20 years ago. Jason is heavily involved,
not only taking complaints involving students in and outside of a school setting, but more
importantly developing lifelong relationships and bonds with the kids and faculty of the schools.
This does not only occur when he is on the clock, but because of who he is and how much he
cares, this happens with him coaching not only his children in youth sports, but coaching BRMS
boys’ and girls’ basketball too. These are moments where these kids will remember and feel

more comfortable coming forward with problems in their lives with him or another law
enforcement officer.

In a perfect world I would love to have an SRO for each of the school districts in our county,
including sharing that responsibility with the BRDPS and BRPS’s, knowing the positive influence
that would come from it. I would include any of our parochial or private schools in the service
we provided too. The problem lies with where law enforcement, specifically our office is now
with staffing. Partially due to the societal climate against the law enforcement profession
throughout the country, police morale has plunged, with retirements, resignations and a lack of
candidates, specifically quality applicants taking a toll on this once proud profession. Due to
this, we are having difficulty filling the road positions we have available, with deputies on
occasion being forced to work overtime to help cover shifts. This leads us to not have the
ability presently to have multiple SROs for our school districts.

This takes me back to the article where people are advocating against SROs being in our school
systems. The cost and positivity our communities get from having these men and women in
our school systems far outweighs any negatives anyone can come up with. My experience, past
and present, can attest to this.

Mecosta Co. Road Commission implementing weight restrictions on county roads

Starting Saturday, the Mecosta County Road Commission is implementing its seasonal weight restrictions on all Mecosta County roads.


Weight restrictions only affect semi-trucks and some farming equipment.


For more information, contact the Mecosta County Road Commission at (231) 796-2611.

Edmore woman convicted of embezzling money from 90-year old woman

A 58-year-old Edmore woman has been convicted of embezzling money from a 90- year-old she was caring for.


A jury found Teri Miller guilty of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult between $50,000 and $100,000 and other charges.


The Michigan Attorney General's Office say Miller stole money from the 90-year-old's bank account and used her credit card to get cash advances. Miller was hired to care for the woman by her brother, who was the woman's son in law.


He and Miller's husband were also charged in the case and agreed to make restitution in plea agreements before sentencing.

Howard City man involved in vehicle crash in Mecosta Co.

A Howard City man was taken to the hospital following a one vehicle crash in Mecosta County.


The Sheriff's Office says it happened in the area of Northland Dr and Washington Street in Aetna Township.


An investigation revealed a 21 year old Howard City man was traveling south on Northland Drive when he swerved to miss some deer, causing him to lose control and strike some trees.


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

State Savings Bank announces new location for Big Rapids loan center

State Savings Bank announced that it has moved its Big Rapids loan center to 127 S. State Street, Suite A, in the Mecosta County Welcome Center building. The new office offers home loans, mortgage refinancing, consumer loans and business lending services.

The Big Rapids office is led by Kim von Kronenberger, who has served as Regional President and commercial lender at State Savings Bank since 2020. Kim has more than three decades of lending experience, including six years as a community bank president and senior lender at another financial institution. Kim is joined by Mortgage Originator Kimber Etchison, who has 12 years of business experience, four of which are in banking.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. and by appointment. Kim can be reached at (231) 383-4358 or Kimber can be reached at (231) 383-4356 or

State Savings Bank is a community bank established in northern Michigan in 1901. The bank has offices in Traverse City, Empire, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Beulah and Gaylord and loan centers in Big Rapids, Caro and Houghton Lake. The bank is known for its refreshing “Yes, I can!” approach to customer service.

For more information, visit

Firefighters extinguish house fire in Evart Wednesday

Part of US-10 in Osceola County was shut down for several hours as firefighters put out a fire at a home Evart.


It happened Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say everyone made it out safe.


The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Area 5 Special Olympics raises over $16,000 for local athletes during Polar Plunge event

Area 5 special Olympics Michigan raised over $16,000 during last weekend's Polar Plunge in Downtown Big Rapids.


Pat Posales of Area 5 says as of Wednesday they have raised $16,200 for area athletes. She says none of that could have been possible without the generosity of sponsors and participants.


If you still want to give, she says people can still donate to Area 5 for the next 90 days.

Fremont Police looking for stabbing suspect

Police are looking for a suspect in Fremont, after two people were stabbed in an apartment last night.


They say someone broke into the victims' apartment and stabbed them. They were taken to the hospital.


Police say the victims did not know the suspect and he ran away before police arrived. Fremont Police say he may have been injured as the victims defended themselves.


Anyone with information should call Fremont Police .

Highway fatalities study shows sharp increase from 2020-2021

New word out this morning that highway fatalities increased nine percent from 2020 to 2021 -- It's a trend from early in the pandemic, as roadway volumes rose, so have traffic deaths.


They rose even more for those outside of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and others.


Vice president of the National Safety Council, Jane Terry, is calling for a crackdown on speeding and distracted driving and more widespread deployment of crash detection technology

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter

An Officer was dispatched to an area for a loud engine noise complaint. The Officer patrolled the area but did not hear or see what may have been the source of the noise.

Tuesday …2/22
Officers were dispatched to a breaking and entering. Upon arrival it was determined a previous tenant, prior to vacating the residence, had taken some property title documents. The matter is under investigation.

An Officer received a call concerning a possible injured dog in a driveway. After checking the area, the Officer was unable to locate any dog.

Officers assisted EMS with a possible overdose situation where the patient might be combative. Upon arrival at the residence, the person in question would not open the door but did speak to the Officer, through the door. It was determined she did not need immediate medical attention. She assured everyone involved that she was fine and refused any medical treatment.

Officers were dispatched to a local apartment complex for a possible domestic disturbance. The
investigation determined there was an intoxicated juvenile in the residence. This report will be submitted for possible charges A report has also been sent to Child Protective Services.

Wednesday …2/23
While on routine patrol, an Officer noticed a vehicle at a local park that was parked on some large boulders. Upon inspection it was determined that the vehicle had been abandoned. The Officer contacted a local towing company to have it removed. While awaiting the tow truck, the owner of the vehicle arrived and explained the actions that led up to the vehicle landing in this position. A citation was issued for Driving Too Fast for Conditions.

Thursday …2/24
Officers took a report of found property and they are investigating a possible owner.
An Officer was dispatched to the local hospital for a patient who was behaving in a threatening manner to hospital staff and refusing to leave. The Officer spoke with the individual and explained the seriousness of his behavior. He was issued a trespassing notice, except for emergency treatment, and left the building without further incident.

An Officer responded to a call concerning a teen juvenile who had left his home and was behaving
erratically. Upon leaving his home, the young male was witnessed stealing alcohol from a local business. The individual was located and taken into custody, with the aid of the State Police and County Deputy’s. The juvenile was combative and uncooperative. He was transported to the local hospital for evaluation. The teen could face charges of Resisting Arrest, Attempted Assault on two officers, Assault of hospital staff, MIP alcohol, Retail Fraud, and Probation Violation. The matter has been referred to the Prosecutor and Probate Court for the appropriate course of action.


An Officer was called to the local hospital to speak with a woman who had come in for treatment for injuries sustained in a possible assault. Due to the location where the assault occurred, video footage will be available for review. The matter is under continued investigation.

An Officer was dispatched to a residence for a possible trespassing complaint. The officer spoke with both parties involved and a verbal warning was issued.

Friday …2/25
Officers were requested by another county to perform a check well being on an individual. Upon responding to the address, it was determined she had not lived there in two years.

Officers were dispatched to a complaint of a younger juvenile with a knife in their possession. The knife was seized and that matter referred to Probate. There was no immediate danger to anyone.

Saturday …2/26
Officers were dispatched to a dispute between tenants and an apartment complex. The officer advised both that the matter was not criminal and they would need to continue working with management to resolve their differences.

Officers assisted in finding a key holder after a woman had locked her keys inside her place of employment.

Sunday …2/27
Officers took a report of a possible run away. The juvenile had left without permission and turned his cell phone off. His mother later called to say he had returned home. The matter is under investigation.

Osceola Co. Sheriff's Office warning residents about phone scam targeting area

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a recent phone scam targeting the area. 

According to a post on its Facebook page, the Sheriff's Office says they have recieved several reports of scam calls coming from a local area code. 

The post goes on to say the scammer poses as a member of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and tries to get payment for warrants or says you will have a warrant if you do not make a payment to them. 

The scammer(s) will mention names of actual employees of the Sheriff’s Office to sound more convincing. This is a SCAM!!

At no time will a member of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office ask anyone to make payment over the phone for a warrant or any other type of service.


Belding woman injured in Montcalm Co. crash

A Belding woman is recovering following a one vehicle crash in Montcalm County Sunday morning.


Sheriff deputies say it happened near the intersection of South Greenville Road and West Dickerson Lake Road in Montcalm Township. When deputies arrived at the crash location they found the driver, a 44-year-old Belding woman, complaining of injuries. She was taken to Spectrum Health-Butterworth campus in Grand Rapids for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.


An investigation revealed that the Belding woman was driving a 2020 Dodge Challenger southbound on South Greenville Road when she lost control and exited the roadway to the left and struck multiple trees.


A seatbelt did not appear to have been worn. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors.


The crash remains under investigation.

Big Rapids Police Weekend and 2/28 Blotter


40-2200386 @ 7:43am 1 vehicle PDA State/South car slid off road and knocked down light pole. FSU notified of damage.

40-2200387 @ 11:15am 2 vehicle PDA State/Cedar.

40-2200388 @ 12:17pm 2 vehicle PDA Division/Woodward.

40-2200389 @ 12:59pm Miscellaneous 1100 block Platt, caller slipped on the ice, refused med assistance

40-2200390 @ 11:56am Suspicious 200 block N State St, taken by SRO, students overheard threatening each other, both advised they were friends just messing around with each other.

40-2200391 @ 3:21pm Retail fraud 600 block N State St. Unknown male came into store and while employees were distracted, he cut cable on Husqvarna chainsaw and left the store. Under investigation. See Facebook post for photos.

40-2200392 @ 3:39pm Hit and Run PPDA 1200 block Perry St, suspect driver located.

40-2200393 @ 3:50pm Domestic at 1100 block Platt. Male advised he was assaulted by his wife who left prior to our arrival. Female contacted for statement, will be forwarded for review.

40-2200394 @ 11:58pm Civil 1800 block Milton. Male and female advised a verbal argument between the two.



40-2200395 @ 7:51pm traffic stop 600 block S. State resulted in driver being issued an appearance ticket for no Ops.

40-2200396 @ 9:34pm 600 block Hutchinson. male called 911 after homeowner started yelling at him to leave over not doing the dishes.

40-2200397 @ 11:06pm 100 block E Pine.  Suspicious Situation.  Complainant called 911 after a laser was shined in his residence in the 400 block of Rust.  The vehicle was located after the caller followed it.  Driver stated that her son was getting back at friends for shining a laser in their house a few days ago.  Driver and son shined it in the wrong house. 

40-200398 @ 1:57am 200 block Morrison Area Check Dispatch received 3 calls about gun shots in the area. The area was checked on foot as well as in vehicle.  Unable to locate where shots came from. Nothing located.

40-200399 @ 3:47am While on patrol a male was located passed out on in the road on S Michigan near Linden. After speaking with the male and having him checked by EMS, he was transported to his friend’s apartment, and the location of a party he attended, to sleep in the basement.



40-2200400 @ 7:53am 1100 block Fuller Ave – Officer standby because of civil issues between boyfriend and girlfriend.  One party was getting things from the apartment.

40-2200401 @ 10:29am hours 500 block Ives Ave – Suspicious. While checking the property for winter house checks, the officer noticed footprints around the house and near the grill.  The homeowner was contacted and advised that they were having roof work done. A propane tank was missing from the grill, but the homeowner did not want to make a report of this.

40-2200402 @ 12:58pm hours 600 block Rust Ave – Civil/threats. The complainant advised that he was having issues with his roommate and a threat of assault was made yesterday.

40-2200403 @ 3:03pm hours 100 block S Third Ave – Civil/Warrant Arrest. Officers were called to the residence for civil issues. Male was found to have warrants out of Isabella Co. and arrested.

40-2200404 @ 9:19pm: Traffic Stop at N Admiral resulted in male being cited for DWLS.



40-2200405 @ 9:48am Fraud/scam 900 block Olaf St. Officers spoke with the complainant who advised that she was approached by people claiming to do fundraising for FSU and later found out it was a scam. She had sent a photo of a check to the suspects.


40-2200406 @ 12:28pm Check wellbeing 1100 block Catherine St. Officers were requested to check on female. Officer checked multiple places and contacted her via FB messenger.  She was not physically located, and the complainant was advised.


40-2200407 @ 12:35pm MDOP of a vehicle 500 block Fuller. A bullet hole was found in a vehicle that was parked. Possibly related to the gunshots heard over the weekend in the same area. Under investigation.


40-2200408 @ 2:49pm Traffic Stop for earlier BOLO at BRMS.


40-2200409 @ 4:47pm Civil dispute 700 block Fuller. Officers were called for two dementia patients arguing and one possibly pulling the other’s hair. 


40-2200410 @ 5:36pm Check wellbeing 300 block S Third Ave. Female called reference her daughter opening the car door when the car was in motion.  While speaking to them, the daughter advised that she was not suicidal but that she was very stressed and upset.  The daughter was given resources for DHHS and CMH.


40-2200411 @ 6:13pm BOL near State/Ferris led to a traffic stop where male was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant and OWI/child endangerment.


40-2200412 @ 7:51pm. Disturbing the Peace 800 block Country Way. Female was yelling and causing issues. Officers were called back a second time and cited her for disturbing the peace.


40-2200413 @ 9:42pm Traffic Stop State/Morrison led to arrest of male for felony warrant for dangerous drugs. Vehicle towed by BR tow.



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Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Baseball

SATURDAY 4/13/24

White Cloud 9 @ Holton 5

White Cloud 0 @ Merrill 13 (6inn)

Clare 16 @ Chip Hills 7 (4inn)

Greenville 9 @ Chip Hills 9 (8inn)

Kent City 1 @ Whitehall 16 (4inn)

Fremont 3 @ Kent City 0


MONDAY 4/15/24

Shepherd 3 @ Big Rapids 9

Shepherd 12 @ Big Rapids 0 (5inn)

Newaygo 0 @ C Montcalm 1

Newaygo 0 @ C Montcalm 2


TUESDAY 4/16/24

Chip Hills @ Tri County

Lakeview @ Morley Stanwood

Kent City @ Newaygo

Grant @ Reed City

C Montcalm @ White Cloud


THURSDAY 4/18/24

Shelby @ Kent City

Hesperia @ Lakeview


FRIDAY 4/19/24

White Cloud @ Big Rapids

Tri County @ C Montcalm

Newaygo @ Grant

Morley Stanwood @ Kent City

Reed City @ Chip Hills



CSAA Softball

SATURDAY 4/13/24

Grant 0 @ Ravenna 15 (3inn)

Tri County 0 @ Ravenna 10 (CH Forfeit)

Chip Hills 0 @ Clare 16

Chip Hills 0 @ Vestaburg 12

MONDAY 4/15/24

Shepherd 2 @ Big Rapids 12 (5inn)

Shepherd 9 @ Big Rapids 6 (8inn)

Newaygo 15 @ C Montcalm 11

Newaygo 1 @ C Montcalm 14 (5inn)

Lakeview 1 @ Vestaburg 16 (4inn)

Lakeivew 4 @ Vestaburg 10 (8inn)

TUESDAY 4/16/24

Chip Hills @ Tri County

Lakeview @ Morley Stanwood

Kent City @ Newaygo

Grant @ Reed City

C Montcalm @ White Cloud

THURSDAY 4/18/24

Greenville @ C Montcalm

Sparta @ Kent City

Hesperia @ Lakeview

FRIDAY 4/19/24

White Cloud @ Big Rapids

Tri County @ C Montcalm

Newaygo @ Grant

Morley Stanwood @ Kent City

Reed City @ Chip Hills

SATURDAY 4/20/24

Lakeview @Beaverton Tournament

Big Rapids @ TC West

This Week's Poll

What place will the Tigers finish in the AL Central?