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Police arrested two men in Mecosta County, accused of reporting a fake active shooter situation and crashing a pick-up truck while on drugs.

 

The sheriff’s office saysin a press release the first call came in around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

 

Deputies started to respond to a crash on Northland Drive south of Big Rapids when a second call said someone was under the truck that crashed and shooting the windows out.

 

Police found two men at the scene. One was bleeding from his head, but the truck on scene did not have any bullet holes.

 

Deputies say an investigation found the two men drove through a field, damaging two fences and one building before crashing into the ditch.

 

The pair was arrested for driving while on drugs and obstruction.

 

The identities of the suspects are being withheld pending arraignment.

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Brian Miller will be the next Mecosta Co. Sheriff. Miller, a Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Detective, won the August Primary election against current Under-sheriff James Taylor, Deputy Jared Christensen and Mark Solis.

 

The election results are as follows:

 

Brian Miller-3,445

James Taylor- 2,589

Jared Christensen-1,286

Mark Solis- 703

 

Miller will be sworn in on January, 2021

 

In other election results, voters approved operating millage and bond proposals for the Morley-Stanwood School District. The 911 surcharge for the Meceola Central Dispatch was also approved in Mecosta County and Mike Wernette wins the Road Commission seat. 

 

For more in depth election results CLICK HERE 

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Ferris State University received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Cancer Institute.

 

The grant of $385,406 will support cancer research at Ferris State.

 

Congressman John Moolenaar is Michigan’s only member of the House Appropriations subcommittee with oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services said the grant Ferris recieved is much deserved and colleges around the state should be commended for all the great work they are doing.

 

"Colleges and universities in mid and northern Michigan are doing critical research and that’s why I have successfully worked to pass record funding for federal research in the fight against cancer. I hope this grant will help Ferris State make a positive contribution to the worldwide efforts against this disease,” said Congressman Moolenaar.

The technical name of the grant project is “Combinatorial Biosynthesis and Metabolism Studies of Novel Tetracenomycins” and it was awarded to Professor Eric Nybo. 

 

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A Remus man is behind bars following a domestic violence incident Wednesday evening.

 

Michigan State Police say troopers were dispatched to a domestic assault in Isabella County, Broomfield Twp.


Troopers found that the suspect, a 30-year-old Remus man, was intoxicated and had just assaulted
and strangled a female victim.

 

When the victim attempted to contact 911, the suspect took the phone from her to stop her attempt to call for help.

 

The victim was able to call 911 from a cellphone at a neighbor’s residence.


The suspect was arrested for Felony Domestic Violence, Assault by Strangulation, and Interfering with
Electronic Communications.

 

He is being held at the Isabella County Jail pending arraignment.

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The Michigan High School Athletic Association says competition can begin August 19th and 21st for golf, tennis and cross country, but it has held off on allowing the start of football, volleyball and soccer games during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The group says it will make decisions about competition timelines for football, volleyball and soccer by August 20th.

 

The MHSAA's representative council voted to cancel scrimmages in all fall sports and limited the number of teams that can compete in regular-season tournaments, invitationals and other multi-team events.

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Michigan State Police arrested a 30-year-old Big Rapids man in connection with an investigation into kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in Mecosta County, Austin Township.

 

Troopers started an investigation into the report of an adult female being sexually assaulted by an adult male subject.
 

Troopers determined sexual assaults on the female had taken place at two different residences over a two-day period.
 

The victim was allegedly held against her will, threatened with a weapon, and sexually assaulted.


After further investigation into the reported crimes, the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office issued a three-count felony warrant for the male suspect which included Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Conduct -1st degree, and Criminal Sexual Conduct-3rd degree.


The suspect was lodged at the Mecosta County Jail and is awaiting arraignmen

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7/27

 

20-986-400 block of W Bridge.  Civil.  

 

20-987.  Called out as a fight between 2 females on the sidewalk by ice arena.  One female, a 24 year old female was arrested for domestic assault on her sister, a 25 year old.  

 

20-988 – Trespassing in the 1100 block of Catherine Lot.  Female wanted a male trespassed as she found out he is a sex offender and she no longer wanted him around her kids. He was trespassed from her property.

 

20-989 – Larceny in the 200 block of Maple. Workers reported that a customer, a 48 year old male, ordered food for pick via a phone call, came to the restaurant, stole money out of the tip jar (approximately $40.00), used that money to pay for his pizza and then left with his food. They verified this over the video later that he actually stole money from them.  He was contacted over telephone, where he admitted to stealing the money.  He never arrived for his interview in person at BRPD. He was seen on city camera arriving from S Warren area and leaving to S Warren area on a bicycle. Charges will be sought.

 

20-990 – Suspicious in the 100 block of Sanborn Ave; strange banging noise on wall was heard by tenant. House and outside were checked nothing seen or heard.

 

7/28

 

No calls of significance to report.

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The Michigan Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the jury tampering conviction of a West Michigan man.

 

Keith Wood was distributing pamphlets back in 2015 outside the Mecosta County courthouse in Big Rapids.

 

Wood told people they could choose their conscience over the law if they were picked to serve on a jury.

 

Wood was charged with jury tampering and convicted of a misdemeanor.

 

But the Supreme Court ruled people who haven't actually participated in a case aren't jurors under Michigan law.

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7/24

 

Traffic Non Crim - Initially no insurance then found there was a mistake made by insurance company.  Vehicle released to owner. 

 

Hit and Run / OWI - A 42 year old male was going home from the 1100 block of Catherine St and turned in front of a Jeep.  The Jeep struck the truck but not $1000 dollars in damage.  The truck was found 15 minutes later at residence on 15 Mille Rd and 180th Ave.  After field sobriety tests, he was found to be under the influence and was lodged at MCSO for Fail to stop and ID and OWI.

 

7/25

 

1300 block of Catherine.  Female wanted to report that someone had keyed into her apartment while she was gone, but nothing was taken and the lights were left on.

 

Resident in the 300 block of W Bridge reported a W/M peering into the windows. Unknown direction of travel. Searched the area with the thermal and on foot and did not locate anyone.

 

900 block of Maple. Emergency alarm via SiriusXM was activated in male's truck.  No issues.  He was unaware he even had the feature in his truck.

 

7/26

 

Suspicious in the 400 block of Maple St.  Smoke alarm was going off without any smoke being present. Alarm was disabled; residence is under renovation.

 

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There was a fatal crash Sunday in mid Michigan's Sidney Township, south of Stanton, killing one woman and injuring several children.

 

A 23 year-old woman was killed after the minivan she was in was initially rear ended and pushed into the southbound lanes of M-66. It was then hit by a pickup truck.

 

Five children were injured and taken to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital by helicopter and by ambulance.

 

The 23-year-old driver of the minivan, a man, had minor injuries and was treated at the scene as was the driver of the pickup and a couple of passengers.

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Yesterday 2 candidates for Mecosta County Sheriff came together with friends and family to promote what both are calling the "Ask an Officer" campaign.

 

Both candidates Brian Miller of Big Rapids PD and Jared Christensen of the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department came together for a moment of unity to promote a concept aimed at relaying what local officers have to say about each candidate.

 

But what does that mean?

 

According to attendees from both sides, it simply means if you have any questions about who to vote for on August 4th, "just ask an officer".

 

Brian Miller (pictured left) has been with the Big Rapids Police Department for more than 20 years and is currently the Police Chief of the Village of Barryton.

 

Jared Christensen (pictured right) has16 years experience as a police officer with 13 of them coming as a Mecosta County Sheriff's Department Road Deputy. Jared is currently the Police Chief of the Village of Morley.

 

 

Mark Solis and James Taylor (both not pictured) are also running for Sheriff of Mecosta County.

 

Mark has an extensive history with local police duty and training while James Taylor currently serves as Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell's Undersheriff.

 

The Republican Primary for the Sheriff of Mecosta County takes place on August 4th, 2020.

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A 23-year old Rockford man sustained non-life threatening injuries following a rollover accident in Mecosta Co. 

 

It happend just after 1:30am, deputies say they were dispatched to Eisenhower near Newcosta, Aetna Twp for a one vehicle rollover accident. 

 

An investigation found that a 23-year old man from Rockford was driving westbound on Eisenhower when he ran off the roadway to the right striking a tree and overturning. 

 

The driver was taken to Butterworth Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

 

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash. 

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A federal judge has sentenced a Michigan man to over 40 years in prison for stealing dozens of guns from a Cedar Springs store.

 

40-year-old Charles Skipp was convicted for the thefts which occurred almost three years ago.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Janet Neff called Skipp a “one-man crime spree” as she handed down his sentence.

 

The Family Farm and Home in Cedar Springs was robbed in November of 2017.

 

Court documents indicate thieves sawed their way through a loading dock door and stole 89 guns from the store.

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Shoppers heading into a Meijer or Walmart store today must wear a mask.

 

In a statement, Meijer says the requirement is to help ensure the continued health and safety of its workers and customers.

 

The new requirement is in addition to the locations where executive orders are already in place requiring people to wear face coverings.

 

For those who don't want to wear a mask or go inside, Meijer says customers can use the Meijer Home Delivery or Curbside pickup options.

 

Meantime, Walmart and Sam's Club customers will also have to wear masks.

 

Walmart will have a "health ambassador" at the entrances of its stores to remind customers without masks of its new requirement.

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Calling all car buffs! the Veterans Park Memorial Car Show will be taking place this weekend to benefit the Reed City/Osceola County Veterans Memorial Park.

 

Organizer Russ Nehmer says the event will take place this Saturday, July 18th from 10am-3pm at 223 E. Fifth Ave Reed City at the Reed City Scout Building behind H&R Block. 

 

There will be food, 50/50 drawings, raffles, bake sale and music. 

 

Awards will also be given for the Mayor's choice, People's choice and Veteran's choice. 

 

The Car show entery fee is $20.00, registration takes place from 9am-11am, judging starts at noon and awards will be presented at 3pm. 

 

According to Nehmer, all proceeds will be given to the new Reed City/Osceola County Veterans Memorial Park.

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A motorcyclist and his passenger were killed in a hit and run accident in west Michigan over the weekend.

 

State Police are asking the public for information, saying a silver car was trying to pass another vehicle on 56th Street in Croton Township, when it hit the motorcycle head-on.

 

The 63-year old man and 61-year old woman from Newaygo on the motorcycle were killed.

 

State police say the suspect vehicle is missing its passenger-side mirror and has damage on that side.

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A two car accident in Isabella County claimed the life of a 17-year old girl and seriously injured two other passengers.

 

It happened on Friday just after 5pm.

 

Deputies say it was determined that a car traveling northbound on Lincoln road and failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck by an eastbound SUV.

 

A 17-year old female/driver was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

 

The two other females in that car (one of which was ejected) was taken to area hospitals in serious conditions.

 

The other three people in the SUV sustained injuries but were not life threatening.

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Just a reminder, Consumers Energy announced Hardy Dam Road will be closed both directions for approximately three weeks beginning July 20.

 

The temporary closure is needed to allow crews to safely perform soil studies at Hardy Dam for a future auxiliary spillway project there.

 

Detour signs will direct motorists south to Croton Drive as the shortest alternative route.

 

All recreational access sites on both sides of Hardy Dam – Hardy Dam Marina and launch, Operators Village Park, and the canoe portage -- will remain open during the road closure.

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7/8
 

Flee and Elude - An officer initiated a stop on a vehicle.  The vehicle fled making a weird loop through the residential area behind Taco Bell.  MCSO joined in and the pursuit went south to 12 Mile Rd.  The male ditched the car at an address on 230th Ave, near 13 Mile Rd and took off on foot with a female in the car with him.  The female stopped and was detained, while the male ran into the woods.  The male, a 20 year old male, was apprehended and taken into custody.  He was lodged on DWLS, Bond Vio, Flee and Elude, and VCSA marijuana.  Officers were assisted by MCSO deputies and FSUDPS officers.

 

Civil in the 500 block of S Bronson. 

 

Misd Traffic - A 20 year old male was cited for no ops.  His vehicle was impounded. 

 

20-904 - Civil - in the 1700 block of S State.  

 

Obstruct -Male from above provided false information during course of contact with him.  City ordinance warrant request for provided false information during an investigation.

 

Suspicious in the 100 block of N Michigan.  Officer observed 4 juveniles downtown on a window ledge.  No damage, all transported back home. 

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Starting today, the Walmart store in Big Rapids is asking its customers to wear a mask before they come in to shop. 
 

The store made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening.

 

The post additionally stated, 

 

"To assist with this request, our entrances and exits for customers will be restricted to the grocery entrance only"

 

we will have more of the story as it becomes available.

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