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News That Affects You Archives for 2022-06

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/29

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Trap state champs preparing for nationals

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Bob Marshall Band performing in Evart this weekend

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Lakeview teen suffers medical issue strikes tree with vehicle

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

 

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

 

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

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/27-6/28

6/27

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

6/28

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Reed City Weekly Blotter 6/20-6/26

Monday… 6/20


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


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


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


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


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


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


Tuesday … 6/21


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


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


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


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


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


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


Wednesday …6/22


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


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


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


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


Thursday … 6/23


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


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


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


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


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


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


Friday …6/24


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


Saturday …6/25


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


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


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

 

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


Sunday…6/26


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


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


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

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

6/24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

6/25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

6/26

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

In other June 21 action, the trustees approved: 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


 

 

FDA orders JUUL vaping products off the market

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/22

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ferris State CAP continues construction

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


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


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


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


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


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BR Commission presented options for Hemlock Street repairs

 

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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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

County marijuana money making an impact

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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Mecosta County Deputies respond to two accidents Tuesday

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/16-6/21

6/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

6/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

6/18

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

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

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

 

6/19

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

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

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

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

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

 

6/20

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

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

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

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

 

6/21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ives Avenue drain project eyeing 2022 bid

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


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


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


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Suspect arraigned on charges connected to shooting in Fremont

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Homemade bomb found on side of the road in Newaygo County

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


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


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


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


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

 

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


 

Big Rapids City Commission meeting slated for Tuesday

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

6,000-gallon poly storage tank.

 

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

 

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

At home COVID-19 test kits available at local DHD#10 offices

District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) is announcing that all of its offices will be distributing a limited number of COVID-19 home test kits. 

 

“We are very excited to make our offices a distribution point for take-home COVID-19 tests,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “Testing and vaccination are important steps to keeping our community safe and our COVID-19 infection low. Test kits are limited, but we hope to see you come by.” 

 

COVID-19 test kits are limited at each DHD#10 office and are available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals are asked to take one kit per person, and up to four kits per household. Each kit has two tests inside and expire January 2023. COVID-19 at-home kits will be available during business hours at the following locations: 

 

Crawford County 

501 Norway Street Suite # 1 

Grayling, MI 49738 

 

Kalkaska County 

625 Courthouse Drive 

Kalkaska, MI 49646 

 

Lake County 

5681 S. M-37 

Baldwin, MI 49304 

 

Manistee County 

385 3rd Street 

Manistee, MI 49660 

 

Mason County 

916 Diana Street 

Ludington, MI 49431 

 

Mecosta County 

14485 Northland Drive 

Big Rapids, MI 49307 

 

Missaukee County 

6180 W. Sanborn Road Suite #1 

Lake City, MI 49651 

 

Newaygo County 

1049 Newell 

White Cloud, MI 49349 

 

Oceana County 

3986 N. Oceana Drive 

Hart, MI 49420 

 

Wexford County 

521 Cobb Street 

Cadillac, MI 49601 

 

For those interested in hosting a COVID-19 vaccine or testing clinic at their location, please complete this registration form: https://bit.ly/3j52rSj  

 

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

 

Test kits are available at most pharmacies. Be sure to call your pharmacy ahead of time, as demand is high. If you have a positive COVID-19 at-home test kit, please report it here: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6055601/3a61f0729898   

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

 

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

Local air and car shows slated for Saturday

For motor enthusiasts, this weekend will be full of tremendous transportation displays.


Coming first at Roben Hood Airport is a local air show beginning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The show will
include anywhere from 35-50 planes flying in from all over the state.


“Most of them will be small aviation planes that make every one smile,” Airport Operations staff
member Jeff Bittenbender said. “Sometimes you get something unusual like an old ‘Warbird’.”
The show will include a bake sale being put on the Mecosta County Senior Center as well as a local food truck for viewers to enjoy.


Following on Saturday is CarFest 2022, which is a trophy-eligible car show on Michigan Ave. The show is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for patron viewing, which includes music, food, and a 50/50 raffle. The event is presented and sponsored by the Mecosta County Visitor’s Bureau, River Valley Car Club, and Big Country 100.9FM.


“We are hoping to raise $3,000 for five local charities,” Duey Parsons said. “Our show on Memorial Day weekend cleared $1,800, so we’re about halfway there.”


For interested participants, registration for vehicles begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and the trophy
presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

 

A scheduled “rain date” for weather will be Sunday, June 26.


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Irons man injured in Mecosta Co. car crash

A 52-year old Irons man is recovering following a car crash on Friday in Mecosta County. 

 

Deputies from the sheriff's office say the driver was traveling north bound on US-131, south of Perry When he ran off  the road. An investigation determind the Irons man fell asleep at the wheel. 

 

He was taken to Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

New youth baseball tournaments set for this weekend

In support of Big Rapids travel baseball, there will be five youth tournaments in town this weekend.


Over the span of Saturday and Sunday, over 30 teams will take the diamond from 8U to 14U levels.


According to tournament director Nick Scheible, there are many high-caliber teams travelling in from
afar for the inaugural tournament weekend.


“We’ll have teams from the thumb area, around the Grand Rapids area, up north to Manistee and
obviously our local teams.” Scheible said.


Games will begin at 9am on Saturday and the tournament is estimated to conclude around 5pm Sunday.


The 8U, 10U, and 14U tournaments will be played and hosted at the Big Rapids High School fields, while the 12U games will be at Vogel Fields and 13U at the Industrial Fields.


For spectators, there will be concessions at some locations as well as a couple food trucks around the fields. All the proceeds from the tournament will directly go towards funding local teams the ability to travel and compete.


“There is a lot of really good competition taking place at all levels,” Scheible said. “We’d love to see fans in the stands supporting the kids.”


For questions on the tournament, contact Nick Scheible at 231-287-2354.


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Sheriff's Corner: Mental Health needs to be a priority in our communities

On May 27th , our agency with the help of other local law enforcement and first
responders investigated the tragic and savage death of three children, all
under 10 years of age and their mother at the hands of their father and
husband. He presumably shot his two sons and daughter as they sat in their
family vehicle after he had killed their mother inside, before turning the
weapon on himself, attempting to take his own life. He lived and continues to
be in critical condition from the gunshot wound to his head.


Our local tragedy followed the deadly school shooting that killed 19 children
and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, which received national attention.


Following the traumatic event in Texas, immediately gun control became a
focal point of the media and our president, who advised he was going to take
action to prevent another mass shooting. Erroneously, as far as I was
concerned was President Biden, the evening of the shooting, make much of
his speech about gun control and not the devastation of the young lives lost
because of the act.


I believe in the sanctity of our 2nd Amendment. I am a gun owner and would
be regardless of my career in law enforcement. I believe in the right to carry
arms, Gun safety and the respect of them which includes education,
responsible handling and secure storage of, is not gun control.


As we all reel from these two tragedies, I have seen and heard a lot of
pointing fingers about the lack of gun control as being the major cause of
these events occurring. I believe we must look past this thought to what I feel
is more of the forefront of a lot of the violence we are seeing in our society,
and that is the role of mental health in these incidents and other plaguing our
country. Our nation is in the grips of a mental health crisis. We need to start
talking more openly and aggressively begin dealing with the problem before it
negatively impacts someone close to you.


I don’t feel that mental health issues are solely or primarily responsible for the
rash of violence, gun or otherwise, in the United States. I understand it is a
multi-layer and complex issue, driven by a lot of factors, including drug use,
the pandemic, the isolation that came from it and increased exposures of
people to stress and crises in their lives.


I am not writing to say those responsible for such violent acts are “mentally ill”,
but that their mental health at the time of their acts was not on solid ground.
Everyone has times in their lives when they need someone to talk to, and to
have them listen to in their time of need. We just need to be able to recognize

when these people are in a place of despair, reach out to and provide them
resources to help get them in a better place mentally.


According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5
adults in our country experience mental illness, defined as having conditions
that affect a person’s thinking, feeling or mood each year. The pandemic has
made matters worse, with young people increasingly suffering from this also.
During the pandemic, officials warned that COVID-19 could cause an uptick in
violence across our country. There has appeared to be a clear increase in the
number of violent acts across the United States since the onset of the
pandemic. An FBI report released Tuesday revealed a 52.2% increase in
active shooter incidents between 2020 and 2021.


I don’t see where a ban on guns is going to be helpful with eliminating future
acts of violence like the one in Texas and the one in our own backyard. We,
as a nation, need to come together and understand the economic and social
factors that impact the likelihood of a person committing a violent act. We
need to get away from the blame game we tend to have in our society and
look to work together to help one another in a time of need.


The pandemic, an increase in violence, and an increase in prices and the
inability to get basic needs met has been painful, for young and old. Over the
past few years, the mental health conversation, and the push for it has
increased, but the actual mental health of our country, especially of our youth,
has dropped dramatically.


To better our nation regarding mental health and to be able to better help
people we need to prioritize and destigmatize mental health. We must invest
in making mental health accessible for all Americans. That means we should
make mental health foundational to health care and embed it in our
educational curriculum. We cannot lose hope. The mental health of our
community is everyone’s problem, whether it is related to gun violence or not.
This and the drug abuse epidemic closely associated with the acts of violence
we have seen can be improved for the betterment of the citizens of Mecosta
County.

Former corrections officer heading to trial for assault on inmate

An Isabella County judge has ruled there's enough probable cause to send a former corrections officer to trial for assaulting an inmate in the jail.

 

Last October, Christopher Cluley was charged with two counts of misconduct in office and one count of aggravated assault.

 

In April 2020, Sgt. Cluley was working in the Isabella County Jail as the administrator in charge when he interacted with an inmate during a cell transfer. Video evidence shows Cluley grabbed the inmate, spun him around and pushed him into the cell door before then pushing him into the wall next to the cell door.

 

Video evidence also shows Cluley pushed the inmate to the ground, where an x-ray later determined the inmate suffered a fractured left knee. 

Local athletic directors react to conference re-alignment

Change is coming to the Central State Athletics Association.


The conference will be downsizing from 14 teams to 11 teams for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Hesperia, Holton, and Fremont will be departing the league to join the West Michigan Conference,
which includes Hart, Shelby, Montague, Ravenna, Mason County Central, North Muskegon, and
Oakridge.


In response to the three schools leaving the conference, the CSAA decided to join the “Gold” and
“Silver” divisions together into one large division. This combination will apply for all sports except for
football, which will keep teams in their current divisions for the upcoming season. Big Rapids, Reed City, Chippewa Hills, Tri-County, Grant, Newaygo, and Central Montcalm will remain in the “Gold” while Morley Stanwood, White Cloud, Kent City, and Lakeview will stay in the “Silver.”


“It’s very difficult to have 11 different schools have a unanimous feel for the direction we should go,”
Reed City Athletic Director Ryan Hansen said. “It wasn’t the perfect process but everyone’s easy to work with. We all gave our opinions and I think we made the best decision we could make for the better of the whole.”


The conference was reportedly looking for suitors to replace the teams, which included interest from
Belding. In the end, the Knight programs decided to stay in the OK Silver and no other teams were suited to fit the conference grouping.


“As far as new teams geographically, there aren’t a lot of teams in the area that would match up in the silver,” Morley Stanwood Athletic Director Dale Rogers said. “There weren’t a lot of gold teams
interested in moving down into the silver for a variety of reasons either.”


This alteration will give some sports like basketball the benefit of a larger non-conference schedule,
while other sports like softball will play more conference contests. The conference is also considering
the addition of “college-like” postseason conference tournaments later down the road.


“Our league has been very creative with scheduling,” Big Rapids Athletic Director Dawn Thompson said.


“We’re going to try to come up with some conference tournaments to give the league an environment of excitement prior to the postseason.”


For more of the inside scoop on the story, copy the link below to hear the corresponding episode from “The West Michigan Sports Show.” The show will also be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other popular platforms soon.


SHOW LINK: https://wbrn.com/podcasts/the-west-michigan-sports-show

Just in: Formal charges announced against man accused of killing family in Austin Twp.

Mecosta County Officials have identified a man accused of murdering his family on May 27th in Austin Township. 

 

Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller and Prosecutor Amy Clapp announced on Wednesday that 51-year old Charles Gillard will face 15 counts in connection to the death of his wife, 40-year old Dawn Gillard and their three young children, 6-year old Kaitlynn, 4-year old Ronnie and 3-year old Joshua on May 27th, before turning the gun on himself. 

 

Gillard will be charged with the following, four counts of open murder, five counts of felony firearm, three counts of first-degree child abuse, two counts of first-degree child abuse committed in the presence of another child and one count of discharge of a firearm in a building causing death.

 

Clapp says Gillard will be formally arraigned in the next couple of weeks based on his recovery at UM Hospital in Ann Arbor. 

 

Gillard faces life in prison, if convicted. 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/13-6/14

6/13

40-2201186 @ 1:23pm 800 block N State St. Officers received a CPS referral for suspected abuse. Under investigation.

 

40-2201187 @ 2:36pm 300 block S Third Ave. Officers responded to help locate a juvenile male after he left the residence. He was located and brought back home.

 

40-2201188 @ 3:00pm 500 block S Third Ave. Officers responded to a failure to pay complaint.

 

40-2201189 @ 7:57pm Glen Elm/Pere Marquette Traffic Stop led to driver being cited for no insurance.

 

40-2201190 @ 8:09pm 600 block Osceola Civil between two people over the use of a vehicle.

 

40-2201191 @ 10:12pm 300 block Morrison Check Wellbeing. Caller advised she had not heard from her brother in 10 Days. Contact was made with him, and he was fine.

 

40-2201192 @ 2:06am 100 block S Michigan Ave Open door found during business checks no keyholder.

 

40-2201193 @ 2:45am 100 block S Michigan Ave Another open door found during business checks no keyholder.

 

6/14

40-2201195 @ 7:16am 400 block Rust Ave. PDA vehicle struck parked car, driver identified.

 

40-2201196 @ 11:08am 400 block W Bellevue St. Found Bike 

 

40-2201197 @ 12:33pm 1200 block Perry Ave. Found Bike 

 

40-2201198 @ 12:15pm 500 block Green St. Assist to CPS

 

40-2201199 @ 2:00pm 200 block Fuller Ave. Attempted B & E- Caller was home alone and heard what sounded like someone trying to break in. When she got to the door an individual described as a husky white male with long brown hair was walking away and possibly got into a white pickup truck. Under Investigation

 

40-2201200 @ 4:37pm 300 block N Warren Ave. Aggravated Assault- Juvenile was shot in the head with a BB gun by another juvenile after a verbal argument between the victim and another juvenile. The victim was transported to the hospital and the suspect was transported to a juvenile detention facility. Two other juvenile petitions are being sent over.

 

40-2201201 @ 6:04pm N Michigan/ Hemlock, Traffic Stop/ Probation violation- Male was stopped for no seatbelt and expired plates. Report will be forwarded for review as the driver is on probation.

 

40-2201203 @10:24pm 1100 block Fuller Ave Mental. Complainant called saying male tried to come in the apartment. The male was located at entrance to a nearby apartment complex stating he was seeing things and hearing voices. He agreed to go to ER for voluntary eval.

Caberfae Peaks making progress on new chairlift

A fifth chairlift has arrived in Cadillac this week as the resort begins its expansion eastward.


The new chairlift will service riders to the new East Peak, which is located off the east side of the
“Smiling Irishmen” run on North Peak.


As of June 11 th , the resort has begun digging the foundation for the loading and unloading stations and have received the parts for the new chairlift system. According to General Manager of Mountain
Operations Tim Meyer, the chair is the first step for expanding the east side of the mountain.


“That’s the process we are working towards. We’ve been working on developing some new terrain for
five or more years now. It’s going to be a slow process.”


Going by the name “East Peak Triple,” the Dopplemayr lift will seat three riders per chair and total 85
chairs. The new lift will be replacing the older “Shelter Double” lift and give skiers and snowboarders the chance to experience two new runs from the Lodge’s base.


“It adds a whole new scheme to the run that we opened last year and connects to the existing runs
‘Smiling Irishmen’ and ‘Shelter,’” Meyer said. “It allows you to ski those with only one lift ride.”


While Caberfae is one of the oldest ski areas in the state, the resort has made modern developments to the mountain in recent memory. The resort replaced the “Old Club Double” chair lift with the brand new “Dopplemayr Vista ‘1561 Triple” chair to service North Peak back in 2017.


Off the slopes, Caberfae has revamped the Skyview and Blackmer Day Lodges as well as added onto the hospitality areas for guests. Meyer says these improvements all correlate to the resort’s future
modernizing the mountain but certainly continue its storied heritage.


“We still have the core values and sole of skiing. We are doing things to modernize our base area and
put in modern lifts but the spirit and vibe is going to stay the same.”


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DHD#10 Highlights Tips and Tricks to Beat The Heat

With the weather forecast expected to be hot this week, District Health Department #10 (DHD#10) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are highlighting helpful tips and tricks to help beat the summer heat as temperatures rise. 

 

“Summer is back, and so is the heat,” said DHD#10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes. “While many of us are excited to get outside and get back to our outdoor hobbies, it’s important to keep in mind that extreme heat and the sun are dangerous when not taking precautions. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe!” 

 

DHD#10 encourages the community to safely enjoy the summer and Beat the Heat with these tips:  

  • Know the warning signs and symptoms  
    • Heat-related illnesses are preventable 
    • Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness
  • Keep your cool in hot weather 
    • Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed
    • Watch for high humidity and gauge personal factors that might put you at greater risk of heat-related illness. 
  • Stay cool indoors 
    • In extreme heat, it’s best to stay in an air-conditioned space as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public place such as a library or shopping center to cool down for a bit  
    • Reach out to your local DHD#10 office to find any heat-relief shelters in your area 
  • Wear sunscreen 
    • Sunburn makes it harder for your body to cool down and can also dehydrate you, putting you at greater risk for heat-related illness 
    • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before going out into the sun and reapply as directed 
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars 
    • Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures regardless of the windows being left open 
    • When getting out of the car, be sure to double-check that no infants, children, or pets have been left behind 

For more info on ways to Beat the Heat, visit https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html

131-Music Fest in Reed City taking place this Saturday

The 2nd annual 131-Music Fest is taking place this weekend in Osceola County.

 

Organizer Jody Hardy says there will be seven area bands ranging in different musical genres taking the stage, Saturday starting at 3pm.

 

She says this event is a way to honor her late husband Jason who founded the 131-Music Fest a few years ago. He passed away in April of 2021.

 

She says proceeds from this event will be be going into the Jason D Hardy scholarship fund.

 

To honor Jason's memory, we decided to create a scholarship for a graduating student who is going into a music program or a graduating student who is going into a skilled trade.” Jody said. “Music and skilled trades were important to him.”

 

Tickets are $10 per person. Doors open at 2pm. For more information, head on over to the 131-Music Fest Facebook page.

 

Get your tickets at Affordable Prints in Evart, Quinns Music in Big Rapids or you can purchase them online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/323600767607

 

Edmore man killed after striking tree with SUV

A 51-year old Edmore man is dead following a car crash in Montcalm County. 

 

It happened late Monday morning around 11:30am on Crystal Road at Lake Montcalm Road in Richland Township. 

 

The Montcalm County Sheriff's Office says an investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle, a 51-year-old Edmore man, was travelling southbound on Crystal Road and failed to negotiate the curve at Lake Montcalm Road.

 

The Jeep continued south leaving the road to the left and struck a large tree.

 

The driver was not wearing his seatbelt, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Speed or alcohol were not factors in the crash. 

Michigan Works! asks for help opposing USDOL Wagner-Peyser changes

Before coming to Michigan Works! West Central for assistance with schooling, Kristen
Rodriguez wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to complete her dream of becoming a
registered nurse.


She had recently moved home after dropping out of the pre-med program at Grand Valley
State University, and found work at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital as a nurse tech,
earning less than $12 per hour. Kristen felt defeated and wasn’t sure what she was going to do
with her life.


Her struggles continued as she distanced herself from family and friends to focus on her
schoolwork. The exams in the nursing program at Muskegon Community College were more
challenging than anything she experienced before. On top of that, she was constantly
exhausted.


Michigan Works! West Central was able to help Kristen get her education and career paths
back on track. The organization assisted her with funding for nursing school and provided
assistance with school supplies. Within two years, Kristen graduated and passed her state
certification shortly thereafter. She was later hired as a RN, earning nearly $27.50 per hour.


“Succeeding as a registered nurse is the proudest moment of my life,” she said. “If someone is
struggling in their career or is struggling to make a choice for their future, I encourage them to
look at the things they have accomplished and what they have passion for. I’d also make sure to
tell them about Michigan Works! West Central and how much they helped me get where I am
now. This is such a great program to help people chase their dreams.”


Michigan Works! Agencies across the state have helped countless clients like Kristen achieve
their dreams. The Michigan Works! system has proven its “one-stop” method of Wagner-Peyser
Employment Service delivery is best-in-class, with Michigan consistently outpacing the national
median for performance and consistently having one of the lowest costs-per-participant rates in
the country.


But now, the statewide system is at risk of not being able to help the 675,000 job seekers and
32,000 businesses it does each year under proposed changes by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The Wagner-Peyser Staffing Act proposed rule change as written by the USDOL Employment
and Training Administration would remove the State of Michigan’s authority over its workforce
system service delivery model, leaving employers and job seekers with a disjointed, less
efficient structure.


What is Wagner-Peyser, and why does it matter?


Michigan Works! uses Employment Service (Wagner-Peyser) funding to meet the needs of
employers and job seekers. These services and funds are integrated into everything Michigan
Works! does. Employment Service is the foundation of the statewide system.


Without these core services and funds, at least 20 of the 99 Michigan Works! American Job
Centers across the state will be forced to close, primarily those serving rural communities.
It gets worse.


A survey of the 16 Michigan Works! Agencies, compiled with state and federal performance
data, found if the proposed rule is implemented 80 percent of Michigan Works! Agencies would
be forced to reduce services to veterans; 62 percent to eliminate and 18 percent reducing

immigrant and refugee navigator services; 63 percent eliminating and 31 percent reducing
Clean Slate services for formerly incarcerated people; and 86 percent will have to reduce the
more than 9,000 career awareness events – mostly for youth and college students – including
the award-winning MiCareerQuest events.


We would also be facing a dramatic reduction of business services, including 88 percent of
Michigan Works! Agencies providing decreased assistance with recruiting and retention
services; 100 percent forced to reduce and eliminate job fairs; and 87 percent forced to cut
support of industry-led collaboratives, would hinder our employers’ abilities to grow and thrive in
this challenging labor market.


The intricate and monumental partnership of local Michigan Works! Agencies and the State of
Michigan in coordinating and administering the successful Going PRO Talent Fund would be
decimated, with 88 percent of agencies having to dramatically reduce their employer outreach
and application support efforts, while two agencies would be forced to discontinue Going PRO
Talent Fund support altogether.


If implemented, the new staffing rule would also result in job loss in the system, estimated at
the loss of 220 full-time equivalents. This total loss of Wagner-Peyser funding would result in
staffing funds that are currently distributed among more than 400 staff with different skills and
specialties being cut down to 100 full-time state merit staff, who will each have to assume a
caseload of nearly 1,000 people a year without the direct connections to other programs or
funds to serve them.


If these proposed changes are approved, it would be devastating to the Michigan Works!
Network, and the thousands of job seekers and employers we service each year.
But Michiganders are not without power.


Residents, elected officials, business owners and leaders can speak and be heard. A public
comment period is open until June 21, 2022, and we are asking for your help. Visit
bit.ly/3OdDoZi to leave a public comment about why you want Michigan’s workforce system to
stay as it is. Share your experiences with Michigan Works!, and take action to protect those who
protect and support so many others in our communities.
Together, we can make a difference.

 

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

6/10

40-2201172 @ 7:29am 100 block Gilbertson Civil- dispute between parents and daughter

40-2201173@ 11:10am PDC State/Perry

40-22011774 @ 12:04pm 1000 block Fuller Ave Civil- Juvenile returned home to get some clothing and got into an argument with him mom. She was taking him to Grand Rapids to stay with his grandmother

40-2201175 @ 5:19am Traffic Stop at State/Rust led to driver being cited for no insurance. Vehicle impounded by Curries.

 

6/11

40-2201176 @ 3:29pm 1100 block Catherine St. A traffic stop resulted in driver being cited for DWLS.

40-2201177 @ 8:20pm 225 S Stewart Ave probation/bond violation at the jail.

40-2201178 @ 9:26pm 800 block Country Way Suspicious. Caller stated she had been followed by a white GMC SUV from the area of McDonald’s back to the parking lot. Vehicle left prior to arrival.

40-2201179 @ 9:48pm While investigating above complaint officers located a white GMC in the 400 block of Bjornson. Contact was made with the driver and his passenger who denied the above. The passenger was found to be intoxicated and was placed under arrest for bond violation and resisting an officer.

40-2201180 @ 4:11am 700 block Perry Ave. Alarm, building secure, cause of alarm unknown.

 

6/12

40-2101181 @ 9:26am N Third Ave/Adams St. Traffic stop lead to driver being issued an appearance ticket for DWLS 2nd and No Insurance.

40-2201182 @ 4:52pm 900 block Olaf St. Assault. The complainant reported being assaulted by two males. Males were spoken to after arriving back on the scene. One was cited for improper plate, and both have been trespassed from the residence. Mutual combatant warrant will be submitted for review. Parties separated.

40-2201184 @ 8:01pm Traffic stop Stewart/Maple led to driver being arrested for OWI child endangerment.  Vehicle TOT sober passenger.

40-22001185 @ 9:41pm Warrant arrest for contempt of court.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/7-6/9

6/7

40-2201155 @ 2:03pm 300 block N Warren. MIP. A juvenile was found lying on the ground while on camera. He was checked by EMS and released to his mother. Petition to be sought.

 

40-2201156 @ 2:10pm 600 block Clark St. Larceny. A suspect, with moderate mental impairment, bullied the victim, who is also moderately mentally impaired, to give her a debit card and the suspect went on a spending spree of over $200.00. Guardians of both are involved.

 

40-2201157 @ 7:12pm 1100 block Catherine Domestic Male was arrested for probation violation, and domestic assault 2nd.

 

40-2201158 @ 10:48pm 1100 block Fuller Check wellbeing Caller wanted his 7-month-old daughter checked on as she was with mother who he thought was at the bar and not with the child. Child was checked and was fine at home with mom. Mother wanted to file harassment complaint against the father, both were advised to limit contact to child related issues.

 

6/8

40-2201159 @ 2:43pm MDOP 400 block S State St. Complainant called advising someone spray painted the outside door of the apartments as well as his individual apartment door. His story changed several times while speaking with him. Under investigation.

 

40-2201160 @ 2:53pm Suspicious. 300 block S Third. Complainant called and advised she saw people in her yard dealing drugs. Under Investigation

 

40-2201161 @ 4:07pm Fraud 100 block E Bridge. Complainant put her SSN on multiple casino apps. She is out $2,000. under investigation

 

40-2201162 @ 2:43pm Possible CSC, may have occurred in Montcalm County, under investigation

 

40-2201163 @ 6:03am Domestic 1000 block Fuller. Juvenile vs mom and sister after sister accused him of taking her phone. Petition to be sought. Parties separated.

 

6/9

40-2201164 @ 9:52am 700 block Finley Check Wellbeing male was ok 

 

40-2201165 @ 11:30am 600 block Adams Civil Complainant wanted to report her ex was at her house ringing the doorbell. She was upset that he was there and claims she and her kids fear him. She wanted him and his wife trespassed.

 

40-2201166 @ 2:43pm PDA State/Oak

 

40-2201167 @ 4:42pm Walk in civil rights complaint Complainant was upset and believes his wife's civil rights were violated during an informal hearing today. He was advised to seek a formal hearing.

 

40-2201169 @ 6:51pm 200 block Gilbertson Larceny Complainant advised that sometime in the last 24 hours, a power washer, weed whip and a rake were stolen.  Area canvass complete.

 

40-2201168 @ 6:59pm 100 block N Stewart. Suspicious/Bond violation.  Officers were originally dispatched to the 100 block S. Stewart for a male trying to get into a garage.  After checking the area and canvass, officers located the complainants on N. Stewart.  Suspect was located nearby and identified.  He is out on bond from Osceola for OWI.  Report to be forwarded. 

 

40-2201170 @ 7:56pm 400 block Finley.  Standby with CPS for paperwork delivery.  Subject has a valid warrant from Ottawa which wanted to place a hold however he wasn't located.

 

40-2201171 @ 12:55am 1100 block Catherine.  Caller wanted a check wellbeing done on her daughter.  She was located with her father.

Local sergeants call it a career

The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office has been a long-time home for Road Sgt. Scott Ruggles and
Corrections Sgt. Chip Whaley.


Both men will now begin a new chapter in life after announcing their retirements from the department.


For Sheriff Brian Miller, it’s not just a simple goodbye to two of his co-workers.


“They were both not just people I worked alongside,” Miller said. “Both have been friends for a long
time. We had camaraderie, friendship, and a brotherhood.”


Ruggles and Whaley each spent over 20 years in the law enforcement industry, including many of those years in Mecosta County. The community will certainly remember the two men by their tough exterior on duty, but many will attribute their willingness and care for people.


“They had a stern outer shell. If you thought that was just the way they were, they weren’t,” Miller said. “They had the inner soft shell where they were caring in nature for everyone around them.”
When it came to what set the two men apart, both had a tremendous skill set in their role.


“Chip had the ability to communicate with people in the jail. He was one of the more respected
Corrections officers. Scott was the kind of leader that when stuff hit the fan, you wanted him there.”
Miller said the department held an in-house celebration for the two men before their departure.

 

When asked on the expected announcement, Miller said Ruggles’ was much more anticipated than Whaley’s.


“Chip’s was a surprise. He had another option that came across for him to take. We knew Scott’s was
coming for some time.”


In first action to fill the two positions, the department has promoted Deputy Darcy Mann. The MCSO
Lifesaving Award winner began her new duties as Sergeant last week. For Chip’s position, the
department is in the process of filling it internally.


The office has also began hiring new deputies to help on staff.


“We have one, Andrew Humm, who will be training over the next couple of weeks. We also have a
young man who started Wednesday morning and another one starting Monday. There will be a fourth that will be starting in the next three to four weeks.”


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BR City Commission approves bid for Mechanic Street project

Construction on phase one of the Mechanic Street project is moving forward as city commissioners approved a bid from Morningstar Enterprises to bring more affordable housing to Big Rapids.


City Manager Mark Gifford told the commission they received two bids and the low bid was from Morningstar at $800,000.


He says the city looks forward to working with Morningstar Enterprises.

 

"It's a very exciting step forward in terms of making new housing opportunities in this area a reality." Gifford said. "We very much endorse Scott Morningstar and his crew who are doing other city projects including the Rust Avenue extension,part of the Hemlock Park improvement project, they are doing a lot of good work for us already and will continue to do that."

 

In other news, the commission voted to approve Carla Staffen as assistant city treasurer.

Michigan State Police warn of Facebook Marketplace scam

Michigan State Police want to remind Michiganders about a new scam that's underway.

 

Recently, an off-duty trooper saw an elderly man trying to purchase $2,500 in Sephora gift cards. The man was instructed to send the gift card numbers to someone he met on Facebook Marketplace, who was selling a horse the man wanted to buy. The trooper, cashier and business manager tried to talk the man out of the purchase, but he refused.

 

The man left the business after the manager told him he would not sell the gift cards.

 

MSP reminds people to not make payments using gift cards and be immediately suspicious if the caller pressures you or has a sense of urgency for you to act.

MDOT: Lane closures SB US-131, Osceola County, June 8-14

There will be some lane closures on southbound US-131 in Osceola County beginning today and continuing until June 14th. 

 

Luther Road (14 Mile Road) will be closed and traffic detoured using Mackinaw Trail, 200th Avenue, LeRoy Road, and 210th Avenue.

 

MDOT officials say the work is weather dependent.


The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $1.3 million to improve the Luther Road (14 Mile Road) bridge over US-131.


Work includes concrete barrier replacement, partial deck replacement, substructure repair, new expansion joints, epoxy overlay of the deck, approach work, and new guardrail.

Isabella Co. Sheriff's Office feeling strain at the gas pump

High gas prices are starting to hit law enforcement agencies in Michigan.

 

The Isabella County Sheriff's Office has posted on Facebook that they are feeling the pain at the pump.

 

It says the sheriff's office has already gone through its fuel budget and has several months to go before the budget gets reset. Instead of going to the scene on every call, they say deputies will instead try to manage whatever calls that are acceptable over the phone.

 

They say deputies will still be patrolling all over the county and will still respond to calls with active suspects or where they're needed to manage a situation.

Bill aiming to teach teens about personal finances heads to Governor Whitmer's desk

A bill that would require high school students to take a personal finances class in order to graduate in Michigan is now headed to the Governor's desk.

 

The measure, sponsored by State Representative Ann Bollin is designed to help students learn how to budget, do their taxes, handle decisions about debt and plan for the future.

 

The class would carry a half credit, with the foreign language credit required to graduate cut to two and a half credits. The bill was passed by the State Senate and House.

Mecosta County Parks waiving vehicle entrance fee during community open house event this weekend

The Mecosta County Parks are kicking off summer and celebrating the end of the school year with its 7th annual Community Open House Event.

 

It's happening this Friday thru Sunday June 10th -12th daily vehicle entrance fees to the county parks will be waived allowing free day use of all Mecosta County Parks.


The open house provides an opportunity for county residents and area visitors to take advantage of the many opportunities offered through the park system and is organized in conjunction with the
Department of Natural Resources Free Fishing Weekend.


Area families are encouraged to enjoy a fun weekend together at one of our several parks. Day use
visiting hours are from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM. County parks participating in the Community Open House include Brower, School Section Lake, Merrill-Gorrel, Paris, and Davis Bridge.


For more information about each park’s offerings and to keep up with scheduled summer events visit the Mecosta County Parks website at www.MecostaCountyParks.com and like or follow each individual County Park page on Facebook.


The Mecosta County Parks welcome the community to come out and play this weekend, create your
own adventure and make lasting memories by sampling the wide variety of outdoor opportunities
offered through the parks system.

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/6

40-2201148 @ 8:22am BRPD. Found property. A debit card was turned into PD, found near the Big Rapids library.

 

40-2201149 @ 8:37am 800 block N Fourth Ave. Fraud. The victim was taken in a rental house scam. She was warned by multiple people that she was being scammed and still gave the scammer over $1000 before realizing it was a scam.

 

40-2201150 @ 11:56am Cedar St/ S. States St. Traffic Stop. The driver was cited for no insurance.

 

40-2201151 @ 12:16pm 300 block S Third Ave. Juvenile. Complainant reported her 13-year-old son had been arguing with her and attempted to pull a knife on her. She was able to get the knife away. No injuries occurred.

 

40-2201152 @ 3:22pm Parkview Village Apts. Found Property. Officers were dispatched to a found bicycle down by the river.

 

40-2201153 @ 6:45pm Prisoner pickup Midland County.

 

40-2201154 @ 1:42am Vehicle impounded from 500blk S. Third, broken down partially blocking lane. Red Sebring.

Big Rapids golf gears up for state finals

For many programs, making it to the state finals can be a major accomplishment. Then there’s other
programs like Big Rapids, who have made the trip a tradition over the last decade.


The Cardinal program qualified for the 2022 finals with their Region 13 tournament victory at Houghton Lake on June 1. The team finished with a 322 team score, winning by only two strokes to second-place Traverse City St. Francis.


“We knew we were in one of the toughest divisions in D3,” Head coach Mark Posey said. “There were
five or six teams that we thought had a chance to make it out. Our overall record wasn’t really the
greatest since we weren’t winning a lot of tournaments, but we were going against the best teams in the state and that prepared us for the postseason.”


Individually, the Cardinals were led by senior Luke Welch with a third-place individual score of 76. Kyle Schroeder and Preston Younge followed with scores of 79, followed by Brendan Pippin (88) and Jack Ruggles (90).


When it comes to what makes the team so successful, there’s no question the players’ ability to step up is a major factor.


“We work a lot with the mental aspect of the game,” Posey said. “They’re good about knowing how to
bounce back and help each other.”


The Finals will take place Fri. June 10 and Sat. June 11 at The Fortress Golf Course in Frankenmuth. As
one of the tougher courses in Michigan, fast greens and narrow fairways can present challenges to even the state’s best players. Fortunately for the Cardinals, weeks of preparation and early visits to preview the course have given the team a good approach ahead of the final rounds.


“We are certainly going to have to be committed for how we want to play it. The course has some has
some really difficult holes standing from the tee box. We played a practice round there Monday and
we’ve pulled up the course on Google Earth and broke down each hole.”


With six straight regional titles and 17 straight conference titles, the Cardinals have come so close to
matching the 2008 glory as Division 3 State Champions. Since 2017, Big Rapids has finished as runner-up four consecutive years. While there have been incredible teams in the past, Coach Posey believes this group has the ability to get the job done.


“We build a program based on consistency. Our players do a great job putting in the work each and
every year. We have the goal of winning the state championship and that’s what we play for. This is
where the season begins.”

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Perry Johnson taking ballot case to federal court

It's a Hail Mary from failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Perry Johnson, in an effort to get back on the ballot.

 

Perry Johnson has a filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Detroit asking state officials to immediately cease printing the ballots.

 

Perry wants the court to lower the threshold for signatures after his petitions were found to be loaded with forged signatures.

 

The deadline to finalized the ballot was last Friday.

 

Perry's federal suit comes after he lost his case before the Michigan Supreme Court.

Mid-Michigan Honor Flight taking veterans to Washington D.C.

They're honoring those who have served our country in west Michigan today.

 

There will be an Honor Flight for the first time since 2019 as 77 veterans will be flown to Washington D. C.

 

They will visit several memorials, including the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Women Veterans Memorials.

 

They will also watch the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

6/3

40-2201121 @ 12:57AM 1800 block Milton mental- Female believed people were in her closet. The closet was clear.

40-2201122 @ 1:25AM Homicide 

40-2201123 @ 9:43AM 1300 block Catherine. Check wellbeing on a male. He was upset with management, and they were concerned he might hurt someone. He made comments to staff that he has a rifle. He is upset because he was told to quarantine due to bed bugs. He was also advised to only speak with management over the phone.

40-2201125 @ 11:43AM 300 block N Michigan Juvenile assault occurred. Handled by SRO

40-2201124 @ 11:55AM Found items in Mitchell creek park

40-2201126 @ 12:53PM 500 block N Warren Ave Juvenile assault. Handled by SRO

40-2201127 @ 12:00PM Spring/State Hit and Run- car/pedestrian complainant was hit by a small silver car

40-2201128 @ 2:19PM Alarm 700 Maple St. New employee did not know what the watch panic button did, so he pushed the button.

40-2201129 @ 4:00PM Samsung cell phone turned into department

40-2201130 @ 4:50PM 300 block N Warren Larceny of packages from the porch.

40-2201131 @ 7:09PM 800 block Clark St Suspicious An unknown male came in with a fake ID and was refused service. Business did not get the name or seize the ID and the male was gone upon arrival.

40-2201132 @ 7:39PM 1700 block S State St Suspicious Two males got into a fight in the parking lot. Both parties were located later and would not give much information and did not want a report.

40-2201133 @ 8:16PM 600 block Maple St Fail to Pay Male attempted to pay at the pump, but the transaction did not go through. MCSO was able to contact the registered owner who contacted the driver to get in touch with the store in the morning.

40-2201134 @ 8:23PM 100 block Gilbertson Missing person 35-year-old left on 6/2 and has not been heard from since. Possibly in the GR area.

40-2201135 @ 11:45PM 600 block Adams Noise Resident issued noise warning after playing loud music while in the shower.

 

6/4

40-2201136 @ 7:41AM 700 block Fuller Civil. Male who was placed at the facility by Kent County Probate was upset and wanted to smoke. He used his cane to attempt to break out and threaten another resident. The staff wanted his cane removed. He gave up his cane after speaking to him. We learned later from his caretaker he was returned home as the facility could not properly care for him and his needs.

40-2201137 @ 10:38AM 700 block Tioga Civil. Roommates disputing over $100 resulted in a laptop being taken for collateral. They were advised they could not do that and to dispute the issue in court.

40-2201138 @ 1:07PM 200 block N Third. Civil-Female wanted to report roommate broke windows in her garage. She was advised it is a civil matter as roommate is a resident. The roommate apparently moved out on the date of the report.

40-2201139 @ 1:02PM PDC Maple/Michigan

40-2201140 @ 9:27PM MDOP.  Called back to Tioga after dayshift dealt with the same issue.  This time caller stated that another tenant destroyed the apt.

40-2201141 @ 9:54PM Civil 800 block Country Way.  Two females got into a verbal fight after one confronted the other about stealing her man.

40-2201142 @ 12:31AM 400 block Maple St Noise warning issued

40-2201143 @ 12:43AM Suspicious 100 block W. Bridge.  Caller thought someone was in her house.  No one was located.

 

6/5

40-2201144 @ 10:43AM 1100 block Fuller Ave – Assault. Male was assaulted by another male. 

40-2201145 @ 3:11PM  600 block Maple St. – Larceny. The complainant advised that their car's keys were taken from the store counter. Contact was made with a male who returned the keys, possibly taken by mistake.

40-2201146 @ 5:16PM  500 block S Third Ave. – Fail to Pay. The employee advised that a black female driving a light tan Honda civic (2015-18 model) had failed to pay for 23.59 dollars in fuel. Unable to locate suspect vehicle in search.

40-2201147 @ 5:27PM 800 block S State St.  – Traffic Stop. Driver was cited for no insurance and unregistered vehicle. The vehicle was towed.

 

Local skate park project eyeing 2023 completion

Swede Hill Park will be getting a transformation this upcoming year, which includes the installation of a brand-new skate park and pump track.


The project is currently in the designing stage in partnership with the American Ramp Company.
According to Jessie Black, the park should be breaking ground in Spring 2023.


“I think realistically we’ll be breaking ground next spring,” Black said. “A large goal for the rest of this
year will be securing our funding.”


Thanks to a successful pitch at the 2022 Consumers Energy Foundation “Put Your Town on the Map”
Competition, the city beat out other Michigan communities and won $25,000 to use for the park. When asked on what set them apart, Black believes it was the community-oriented production.


“I think the ways we let the community, especially families and young people, be the voice in our pitch video really resonated with the entire crowd that day.”


The city of Big Rapids has taken community ideas towards the design of the new skate park and pump track. This included a survey where local riders could pick and choose specific elements and styles for the park.


“People could go in and share any ideas they had for the park,” Black said. “The American Ramp
Company is going to take that information and put together some design concepts for us. We’ll be able to group back together in a large meeting of what this design can look like.”


American Ramp Company, who is building the park, has experience constructing parks and tracks in 44 countries across the world. This will be the second park the company has constructed in Michigan,
following the pro-series park built in St. Clair two years ago.


For the community of riders, this dream has been a long time coming. Having a complex to ride in the city will help boost the group’s culture and recognition.


“I lived in Colorado for 15 years and every city and town had a skate park there,” Local rider Steve Pohl said. “It was very inspiring and I feel that Big Rapids needs a taste of that.”


While the benefits of riding can always produce on-edge speed and learning cool tricks, there is a bigger benefit that many people may miss. In an article written by Mind.org, which is a global charity that contributes and promotes information regarding mental health, daily exercise like skating or biking can help manage anxiety, better one’s self-esteem, reduce the risk of depression, and connect with new people.


“For teens, not having an outlet to get energy out from things like social media can be depressing,” Pohl said. “Active people have a healthy mind, so having a skate park is a huge deal for mental health.”


Swede Hill’s addition is one of multiple park projects going on within city’s recreation department.
Hemlock Park is also currently making some renovations, including the addition of a new splash pad and playscape coming soon.

 

When it comes to outlook for the community, Black believes the additions will support a family-oriented experience for residents.


“We’re really trying to give people activities to be able to do and make this a great place to live, work,
and play more than it already is.”
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BR City Commissioners to receive updates on City Treasurer search, Airport runway extension & Emergency declaration

The Big Rapids City Commission meets tonight at city hall for the first time this month to discuss and act a number of issues.

 

Amanda Johnson will take oath of office on the city commission and replace former commissioner Robert Andrews who resigned due to medical reasons.

 

Commissioners will then hear a pitch for a new Skate Park in Big Rapids from Economic Development Specialist, Jessie Black.

 

Steve Schroeder will update commissioners on the Roben Hood Airport Runway extension and then update the recent Emergency Declaration from last months flooding.

 

City Manger Mark Gifford will also update the commission on the city treasurer search.

 

The meeting begins at 6:30pm in person at city hall or virtually on Zoom.

 

 

 

Ground breaking held for new Spectrum Health Integrative Care Campus and Urgent Care facility

Officials at Spectrum Health celebrated a ground breaking in Big Rapids for a new Integrative Care Campus and Urgent Care facility last Thursday.

 

The new 33,000 square foot building will house the Big Rapids Family Medicine clinic, the first Spectrum Health Urgent Care in the area, outpatient rehabilitation, occupational health and other ancillary services, which are currently located in the hospital.

 

Andrea Leslie, President of Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals says this is a celebration of a new chapter in health care for the Big Rapids area.

Coming off two years of a pandemic that tested all of us in healthcare greatly, I’m very excited to be standing here today to focus on something so positive and energizing for our community and our team members.” Leslie said. “Spectrum Health is committed to providing both critical and routine care for the people in and around the Big Rapids.” “We are proud of our history in Big Rapids and we are thrilled to bring this new facility to our community.”

 

The campus is set to open in 2023.

Remus man injured following motorcycle crash

A 65-year old Remus man is recovering following a motorcycle crash involving a deer over the weekend.

 

it happened in Wheatland Township on Costabella Rd just north of Tylor Rd.

 

Deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office the Remus man was taken to a hospital in Mt Pleasant for injuries sustained in the crash.

Mecosta Twp. man arraigned on charges connected to death of Big Rapids woman

A 23-year old Mecosta Township man has been arraigned on charges connected to the death of a Big Rapids woman, who's body was found by police near White Pine Trail Friday morning. 

 

Daykota Dallas Handrich was arraigned in the 77th District Court on a charge of non-negligent manslaughter (voluntary)-Homicide.

 

The body of 36-year old Ashley Nicole Godfrey of Big Rapids was discovered by officers around 1:30am Friday near White Pine Trail and Colburn Ave. in Big Rapids. 

 

Detectives determined Handrich and Godfrey were acquaintances and this was an isolated incident.

 

Handrich is being held without bond. 

A deep dive into the local housing market

There’s no question that Big Rapids housing has had its share of chaos since the introduction of the
pandemic.


Over the past year, many house seekers have been stuck in a heavily dominant sellers’ market. This has been caused by a large influx of buyers and a smaller number of homes on the market.


“We are having a terrible time finding houses for young couples moving into the area,” Mayor Fred
Guenther said.


Along with the increase in buyers, there has also been a large boost within interest rates. Having this
increase along with a reported 14.8% national median sales price jump has brought future concern on home affordability.


“We’re not really enthusiastic it’s going to go down,” Guenther said on the interest rates. “It’s been so
low that we are worried we’ll be fighting it for a long time.”


While rentals could be seen as potential solution, a rise in rental rates has made it challenging for
financial benefit compared to owning a home. The cost of a monthly rent payment is now noticeably
more expensive than some mortgage payments. Not only that, but the already low number of rentals makes it even more difficult to find availability.


Local broker Joe McNally believes these factors have brought pressure upon house hunters to buy
rather than rent.


“It’s cheaper to pay a payment, taxes, and insurance on a $150,000 house rather than pay rent on a
house,” McNally said. “It’s significantly cheaper by several hundred dollars. The high costs of rent are
continuing to motivate buyers middle class buyers to purchase.”


Building homes also has been a struggle due to supply chain shortages and increased material prices.


These further resorts the purchasing pool to become more aggressive, decreasing the amount of time a potential customer has to purchase a house.


“If I go back to mid-summer five years ago, our area enclosed 50-60 homes for sale,” McNally said.
“Right now, we could have about ten houses go live and eight of them will be gone within 48 hours. This continues to drive the pressure.”


In order to combat this unique market, the local government is considering many options to help people find homes. One way is the start of development projects for building new homes. According to Mayor Guenther, the city has already begun new housing advancements throughout the city.


“What we are doing is starting a development over on the east side of town,” Guenther said. “We
purchased 25 acres and are going to try to get a housing development going over there.”
This development on Mechanic Street is the first effort the city has made in that particular area. A few years ago, the city began by developing a section of land near Brookside Elementary School. Houses from this development have already sold and according to Guenther, are “an example of really good work by the local government.”

 

Guenther also said there are multiple other development lots opened near Bellevue Avenue and Marian Avenue as well as future project that would extend west down Rust Avenue.


Another option the city is considering is to review and potentially revise the city’s zoning map, which
allows specific areas of the city to be occupied by single families, multiple families, or commercial
businesses.


“We have to keep our minds open regarding that,” Guenther said. “Back in the day, they changed quite a bit of zoning so we could go from multi-family to single family and get people in some houses. That is all being looked at.”


While the situation will try to become improved, the market will not change overnight. McNally believes the market will start to balance again near summer of 2023. For those stuck between possibly purchasing home, McNally recommends seeing the market through a potential shift.


“Building any ability to be patient is key. Get a professional agent that is willing to wait and slug it out in this market next year. Otherwise, once an opportunity presents itself, you’ve got to be willing to make a fast decision.”


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Just In: Big Rapids Police investigating death of woman found near White Pine Trail

Police in Big Rapids are investigating following the discovery of a woman's body near the White Pine Trail and Colburn Avenue. 

 

Details are limited but we know officers found the body of a white female around 1:30am this morning while patrolling White Pine Trail. 

 

Police say there is no threat to the community and more details will be released when they become available.  

Reed City Ebels opening clothing and coffee shop next week

Almost 11 months to the day from the grand opening, Ebels General Store will be opening a second
clothing store and coffee shop at the new Reed City location.


The clothing store will be planning a soft opening Monday June 6th , with the official grand opening set for Monday, June 20th . For the coffee shop, current circumstances will likely push their opening later towards June 20th.


“I’m not sure we are going to be able to coffee shop yet,” Manager Laura Bennett said. “We’re still
working out a few kinks.”


Inventory will include a full line of adult and kid’s apparel, as well as specialty items like gift ware and
home décor. These include brands like Carhart, Merrill, Columbia, and Under Armour. The store will also include a women’s boutique portion.


“I often hear when people come into our lower level and say how they can’t believe how there’s
something for everyone,” Bennett said. “People don’t realize all the different things we have.”


For the coffee shop, Bennett says a majority of drinks available will be similar to the selection at the
Falmouth location. This includes not just coffee brews, but teas, smoothies, and other specialty drinks.


The shop will also include a deli café, featuring cookies, breakfast bagels, and other food options.
Bennett says there will be a wide variety of options for purchasing and even picking up.


“Our coffee shop is going to be bigger. We will have café seating and drive thru windows.”


When it comes to the expansion shops, there is one hope and goal: provide a place for people to
connect and grow through fellowship.


“We want to help people with what they’re looking for,” Bennett said. “Our staff is trained ‘customer
first’ so we can make people feel welcomed. This family feel is different than what your get in other big areas and stores.”


The expansion stores will be located directly next to Ebels General Store on S Chestnut St.

Ferris State University President David Eisler receives National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award

Ferris State University President David L. Eisler recently received special recognition by the Boy Scouts of America, Michigan Crossroads Council at the organization’s annual Building Character Celebration. Held at the Amway Grand in downtown Grand Rapids, Eisler was honored with a National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award. This prestigious recognition is granted to Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in their life’s work and who continue to make a positive impact in the community.

 

“It is a tremendous honor to be nominated and selected to receive this award, and I am very humbled,” Eisler said. “The lessons I learned and the valuable experiences I had as a Scout have helped shape me into who I am today, and for that, I am very grateful.”

 

Eisler entered as a Cub Scout and finished as an Explorer. He earned the God and Country Award and the rank of Eagle Scout in 1964.

 

“It was my good fortune to have many memorable experiences in the Scouts, including the 1964 National Jamboree in Pennsylvania, the 1967 World Jamboree in Idaho, and a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico,” Eisler added. “These experiences, coupled with what I learned about building my character and citizenship, provided the foundation from which I could succeed. I encourage other young men and women to get involved just as I did.”

 

Eisler has spent his entire 47-year career in higher education and has served as president of Ferris since July 2003, making him the senior public university president in Michigan. During his 19-year tenure at Ferris, he has amassed many points of pride, including successfully leading Now and Always, the University’s first-ever comprehensive campaign, which has surpassed its $115 million goal raising over $123 million, growing The Ferris Foundation endowment from $18 million to over $117 million, and establishing with his wife, Patsy, the Norris and Irene Johnson Scholarship Endowment to support orphans and foster care youth at Ferris.

 

Throughout his career, he has kept the success of students at the forefront of his efforts. He strongly believes that the higher education experience should prepare students for successful careers, create a pattern of intellectual rigor, develop a commitment to community engagement and provide the foundation for lifelong learning.

 

Accompanying him in earning this honor were Martin Burg, professor at Grand Valley State University, and Paul Kelly, owner of Foremost Graphics Group in Grand Rapids. The evening’s ceremony also included recognizing those who earned the rank of Eagle Scout and a keynote address from WOOD TV 8 Sports Director Jack Doles. 

Big Rapids Police Blotter 6/1

40-2201107 @ 7:28am Civil 1300 block Colburn Civil- Male walked into female’s residence. He claimed he was there to get his belongings. Female only wants him to return with an officer to get his belongings. 

40-2201108 @ 12:57pm Larceny -A bird scooter was picked up in the city and transported to a residence in Osceola County. The scooter was tracked to a residence in Evart. Osceola county conducted a search warrant on the house and recovered the scooter which was cut into several pieces. The scooter was returned to the caller at dispatch. Charges have been submitted for larceny $1000-$20000.

40-2201109 @ 5:24pm PDC Second/Maple

40-2201110 @ 8:42pm 800 block Water Tower. Caller wanted to report missing power tools from his garage sale at the unit from 5/30/22.  Under investigation.

40-2201111 @ 10:49pm 300 block N State Alarm-  False Alarm.  Keypad issues.

40-2201112 @ 11:00pm 600 block Adams Noise Complaint-  Noise warning issued to resident for loud music. 

Morley Stanwood school hosts vigil for homicide victims

Much of the Morley Stanwood community packed into the high school football stadium Monday night to honor the lives lost in Friday’s quadruple homicide.


The vigil included a moment of silence, honoring walk around the track, and multiple messages from
school Superintendent Roger Cole and local pastor Gary Bondareako.


“The biggest message I gave was ‘don’t go through this alone,’” Cole said. “(Pastor Bondareako) spoke
on the idea that God is close to those who are broken hearted.”


6-year-old Katelynn Gillard, a first grader at Morley Stanwood Elementary School, along with 4-year-old Ronald, 3-year-old Joshua, and 40-year-old mother Dawn were killed in their Austin twp. home last Friday. The lead suspect, the 51-year-old husband, is currently in the hospital for what is believed to be self-inflicting injuries following the incident.


While some may not have known Katelynn and her family outside of school, there was a large amount of support within the entire community.


“We are the Morley Stanwood school family,” Cole said. “When tragedy hits our community, our family has to extend out to the community. That goes with doing what we can do better together.”


Donations can be made to help fund funeral costs and other memorandum via the family’s GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/7e0381bf.

Perry Johnson disqualified from August Primary due to fraudulent signatures; Appeals Court rules

One of the leading Republican candidates for Michigan governor has had his bid to make the ballot rejected by the Michigan Court of Appeals.

 

Businessman Perry Johnson, who was among those gubernatorial hopefuls flagged for submitting alleged fraudulent petition signatures, has been denied in his appeal with the Court of Appeals panel ruling -- In a statement the court said: 

 

"Johnson has not carried his burden of establishing that he is entitled to a writ, so we deny his complaint."

 

The end result is Johnson will not be on the August 2nd primary ballot. Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig is also appealing with a determination expected this Friday.

Big Rapids Police Weekend Blotter

5/26

40-2201062 @ 12:40pm 700 block Tioga Park Suspicious- Continuation from previous Juvenile call.  Student advised the high school she was being abused.  Investigation found it to be unfounded.

40-2201063 @ 12:41pm Found Cell phone turned in to department

40-2201064 @ 1:50pm 600 block Adams Natural Death

40-2201065 @ 6:38pm 500 block W Bridge Suspicious-Juveniles were reported on the roof of building.  Juveniles were found in the area and advised to stay away from the building. 

40-2201066 @ 7:00pm 200 block Division.  Civil between father and son.  Dad was upset that son lied to him about staying after school.

40-2201067 @ 6:58pm 600 block Oak St.  Dept Assist and Disorderly.  A person in mental crisis was being disorderly and wanted to leave. 

40-2201068 @ 11:48pm 600 block Oak St.  Dept Assist and Disorderly.  The person from the above call fled the ER.  She was located and walked back to the ER.  

 

5/27

40-2201069 @ 9:42am 400 block S State St Civil/Suspicious.  Male was reporting another male was at the apartment refusing to leave, broke into the house threatening him.  The other male was not there on arrival nor were there any signs of forced entry.  Called back a short time later because the caller reported seeing people pull into parking lot who are not supposed to be there, no one pulled in. 

40-2201070 @ 5:17pm Walk in Runaway. 16-year-old ran away from mom’s in Reed City because he could not go to the roller rink.  Mom was going to wait at roller rink for him.

40-2201071 @ 5:55pm 800 block Country Way Civil.  Female reported her cousin came over and confronted her in reference to her saying he was trying to talk to a 15-year-old.  The cousin was up in her face and yelling at her.  She didn’t want her cousin around anymore. 

40-2201072 @ 6:27pm Warrant Pick up Muskegon County

40-2201073 @ 6:27pm 200 block Escott Civil-.  Caller reported her soon to be ex took their child from school is not supposed to have him.  Newaygo County spoke to the father.  He advised his attorney told him with the order being contested it is not a valid order.  He offered to get the child back to mom at Walmart. 

40-2201074 @ 7:17pm 400 block S Third Suspicious- Several people accusing female of abuse on her 2-year-old child. Alleged abuse was reviewed on camera and did not appear to be abuse. Under investigation.

40-2201075 Assist to 54 with homicide.

40-2201076 @ 10:51pm Civil 200 block Monroe. Called out as domestic at city pool. Officers heard yelling coming from a nearby residence. Several subjects arguing. Nothing physical.

40-2201077 @12:02am Alley behind the 200 block of Second OWI PDA. Female arrested for OWI. Vehicle was legally parked in front of nearby building.

40-2201078 @ 12:42am Domestic 200 block Second. Forwarded for review.

 

5/28

40-2201079 @ 6:48am Prisoner pickup from Ingham County

40-2201080 @ 10:29am 1300 block Darwin Natural death– Male was found unresponsive. CPR efforts were unsuccessful. Long history of medical issues, nothing suspicious

40-2201081 @ 2:09pm 100 block E Pine St Found property – purse found at car show, returned to owner

40-2201082 @ 3:13pm Oak/State PIA. Male riding a Bird Scooter ran into a vehicle stopped at a stop sign. Minor scrapes on knee and scratches on car door

40-2201083 @ 5:16pm 300 block Hemlock Juvenile – Two juveniles shooting BB guns at the bandshell cameras.  They each had a Co2 bb gun and multiple knives, and one had a marijuana pipe. Turned over to parents and will be submitting juvenile petitions on both. 

40-2201084 @ 9:48pm 200 block Monroe Domestic. Found to be verbal argument between two males. Both were calm upon arrival and advised there would be no further issues.

40-2201085 @ 11:02pm 1000 block Perry Ave domestic- called to argument between male and female. Both advised matter was verbal, female had family members pick her up.

40-2201086 @ 11:25pm 500 block S. State Noise, Resident given noise warning.

40-2201087 @ 2:09am Traffic stop Warren/Locust led to driver being arrested for OWI, vehicle turned over to sober friend.

 

 

5/29

40-2201089 @ 8:02pm Assist MCSO with mental patient transport.

40-2201090 @ 11:09pm Traffic stop Pine/State led to driver being cited for no insurance.

 

5/30

40-2201091 @ 6:25am Car/Deer at Perry/Division. Deer ran into side of car.

40-2201092 @ 6:48am 600 block Oak Assault- EMS brought male to the ER, where he punched one of the EMS workers and ran off.  He was located running through the backyard of a nearby residence had to be Tased.  Cleared by the ER and lodged at MCSO.

40-2201093 @ 9:18am found wallet and phone turned in at MCSO. Returned later to owner.

40-2201094 @ 3:48pm Found bike in the river behind the middle school. Checked in LEIN then disposed of due to poor condition

40-2201095 @ 4:33pm 700 block Fuller Ave Civil -Male got angry with staff yesterday and returned today. They wanted him trespassed. Left without issues

40-2201095 @ 3:03pm– Assist ER with mental patient

40-2201097 @ 5:08pm 600 block Adams Larceny of bicycle from trail. Suspect is a white female, approx.  15-20. Video was located and is under investigation

40-2201098 @ 6:30pm Mental transport transported from ER to Cedar Creek.

40-2201099 @ 6:44pm 300 block N. Warren Attempted B&E. Resident found cellar door partially open. Occurred sometime in last two days, no sign that anyone entered the house, nothing reported missing.

 

5/31

40-2201100 @ 12:00pm 400 block S Third VCSA- Female arrested for possession of meth, will also be forwarded for violation of MDOC probation.

40-2201101 @ 1:02pm 1300 block Colburn Civil- Male went into female’s residence without her permission. She didn't want the case reviewed for charges, just wanted him to leave.

40-2201102 @ 5:01pm 400 block S Third -warrant arrest for probation absconder warrant. Met with Osceola County at dispatch.

40-2201103 @ 5:29pm Warren/Spruce Traffic stop for no plate led to driver being cited for DWLS and no insurance

40-2201104 @ 7:37pm 800 block Water Tower disorderly. Neighbors having issues with several juveniles who live/hang out in neighboring apartment. Contact made with juveniles who advised they would stop behavior.

40-2201105 @ 8:22pm 1300 block Catherine Civil- Two males had verbal argument in parking lot, both advised they would stay away from each other.

40-2201106 @ 9:57pm 1000 block Fuller Civil- verbal argument

Katke golf course hosts top level juniors in Memorial Day tournament

While many spent the three-day weekend by the lake or campfire, some of the state’s best upcoming
golfers competed on the links here in Big Rapids.


The two-day tournament was the fifth event of the Callaway/Meijer Junior Tour, a seven-month series
where players ages 7-23 compete against players in their age group. Membership to the tour includes registration to 37 select events across the state, nationally ranked tournaments, weekly rankings, merchandise discounts, and tour gifts.


“It’s an awesome opportunity for the junior players to see what Katke has to offer,” Head Golf Pro Brian Corwin said. “It’s also a good opportunity for our Professional Golf Management student staff to get experience running a junior tour event.”


Each player played two rounds, in which their total score would determine their finish amidst their age group. Higher finishes, wins, and improved scoring averages allow players to earn points towards
reaching postseason events later in the season.


In the event, players under 12 years old played nine holes with 13 and up completing 18-hole rounds.
Each player group was assigned to different tees based on their age group.


“The young ladies played the crimson tees and the 16–18-year-old boys played the black tees,” Corwin said.


While most of the tournaments are based in Michigan, there are out of state players that come to play on this high-level tour. According to the tournament leaderboard and Corwin, there are registered players competing from Arizona, South Carolina, and Canada.


2022 marks the 29th season of the tour and the G.O.L.F. program, which helps provide scholarships and opportunities for junior golfers. Outside of the title sponsors Meijer and Callaway, the tour also partners with presenting sponsors Jimmy Johns, Adidas Golf, and associate member donors.


The next stop for the tour will be in East Lansing at Forrest Akers West Golf Course on June 4-5.


Full results of the tournament are available on the Callaway/Meijer Junior Tour website.

Edmore woman sentenced to additional time following embezzlement conviction

The Attorney General's office says a Montcalm County woman who has been sentenced to years behind bars for embezzlement is also being sentenced to a year for resisting a police officer.

 

58-year-old Teri Miller, of Edmore, has been sentenced to a year behind bars, with credit for 29 days served, for resisting or obstructing a police officer. Miller was a caretaker and was convicted of stealing from a 90-year-old woman.

 

She accessed the victims bank account and used a credit card to get cash advances.

 

Miller was sentenced in March to a minimum of five years, 11 months in prison and a fine of over almost $98,000.

No charges for 15-year old student who allegedly threatened a Farwell Area Schools staff member

The Clare County prosecutor says there will be no charges filed following an alleged threat that closed Farwell Area Schools last week.

 

The superintendent said the threat was made by a 15-year-old student against a staff member Thursday.

 

Classes were canceled on Friday, May 27 as a result. Deputies and school administrators met with the student and his parents.

 

School leaders said the student will not be allowed on campus for the rest of the school year.

 

The Prosecutor reviewed the report and determined criminal charges would not be filed, stating no crime was committed.

Lawmakers working on new bill to curb speeding in Michigan construction zones

Speeding tickets in the mail? That could soon be a reality for Michigan drivers who go more than 10-miles-per-hour over the speed limit in work zones.

 

Lawmakers are mulling a bill that would allow MDOT to install speed enforcement systems in said work zones that are fully automated.

 

Drivers could then get slapped with a written warning or fines up to $300.

 

Crashes and deaths in work zones have been on the rise in Michigan over the past three years and the hope is this bill would deter drivers from putting themselves and construction workers at risk.

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