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Dixon agrees to second debate with Whitmer

A second debate has been added as the race for governor enters the home stretch.


Incumbent Gretchen Whitmer will debate Republican challenger Tudor Dixon on October 25th at Oakland University. The pair will add the event to their schedules alongside a previously-scheduled debate on October 13th in Grand Rapids.


Over the summer, Whitmer agreed to participate in both debates -- but Dixon only committed to the first.


Her decision to now participate in the second debate comes one day after a new poll showed her 17 points behind Whitmer ahead of the November election.

Gov. Whitmer Announces New Battery Component Manufacturing Facility in Big Rapids, Creating 2,350 Jobs and an Investment of More than $2.3 billion

As part of a series of electric vehicle battery investments made today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in announcing Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) support for a transformational investment by the global battery company Gotion, which has chosen to build its battery component manufacturing facility in Big Rapids.

“Gotion’s $2.36 billion investment creating 2,350 good-paying jobs in Big Rapids is the biggest ever economic development project in Northern Michigan and will shore up our status as the global hub of mobility and electrification,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “I am proud that Republicans and Democrats worked across the aisle to build up our economic development toolkit and empowered Michigan to compete for every project and every job. Together, we will continue winning investments in this space and become the preeminent destination for electric vehicle and mobility companies. We will work with anyone and compete with everyone to keep bringing supply chains of batteries, chips, and electric vehicles home to Michigan.”

“We are thrilled to congratulate the Gotion team on choosing Michigan as their American home for opportunity! Team Michigan continues to out-hustle and out-compete to ensure every global company considering their future expansion opportunities can see their future here in our state, just like Gotion does,” said Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO of MEDC and President and Chair of the MSF Board. “We are grateful for the support and collaboration from our multiple local partners at the city and country levels, our partners at The Right Place and Consumers Energy, in particular, and appreciate the bipartisan support of the legislature to bring these good-paying jobs and economic opportunities to our friends and neighbors both here in Big Rapids and throughout the region.”

Founded in 1998 and based in Hefei, China, Gotion High-tech Co. engages in the research and development, production, and sale of power lithium batteries in China and internationally. Its products include lithium iron phosphate materials and batteries, ternary materials and batteries, power battery packs, battery management systems, and energy storage battery packs for use in electric commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, special vehicles, and hybrid vehicles. Gotion also offers high-voltage electrical appliances, switchgear equipment, electrical digital equipment, intelligent distribution network equipment, serialized transformers, transformers, circuit breakers, integrated charging piles, on-board chargers, and energy storage cabinets for use in thermal power, hydropower, nuclear power, wind power, metallurgy, railway, and other industries.

Gotion was incorporated in California in 2014 and was focused on research and development activities in Fremont, California as well as Cleveland, Ohio. Now, future operations, including this project, will focus on establishing production capacity for the United States.

“We are thankful to the Big Rapids community, State of Michigan and all who have supported us in getting the project to this important milestone. We are dedicated to bringing world class lithium battery production to North America and delivering high-quality products to our customers in a timely fashion. We look forward to our continued partnership to ensure a smooth launch,” said Chuck Thelen, Vice President of Gotion Global.

The MSF Board today approved support that will enable up to $2.364 billion investment in Michigan by Gotion creating up to 2,350 new jobs in Big Rapids and the surrounding area, to serve increasing demand in the battery production industry. Gotion will initiate a multi-phase project in Big Rapids where it will build a battery components manufacturing facility to serve a growing customer base throughout North America and globally.

Once completed, the facility in Big Rapids is expected to produce 150,000 tons of cathode material per year, covering an area estimated to span 260 acres with plans to build two 550,000 square foot production plants along with other supporting facilities. Additionally, the project will involve the construction of two production plants specifically dedicated to producing anodes, ultimately resulting in 50,000 tons of anode material produced per year.

“We are proud to partner with Gotion, Governor Whitmer, the Right Place and MEDC to support this once-in-a-generation opportunity for Big Rapids to bring more success and prosperity for Michigan,” said Garrick Rochow, President and CEO of Consumers Energy. “Consumers Energy plays a pivotal role in the economic development success of this project providing a competitive electric rate to attract this investment and a unique partnership ensuring high reliability, not only for Gotion, but for the entire Big Rapids region. We are also thrilled to partner with the company to deliver on their commitment to have 100% renewable energy powering their facility which aligns with our strategic vision through our Clean Energy Plan.”

In order to secure today’s project – which Michigan won out over Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Illinois and Ohio – the MSF Board approved a package of incentive support, including:

  • A $125 million Critical Industry Program performance-based grant through the SOAR Fund
  • An MSF Designated Renaissance Zone estimated to be worth $540 million
  • A $50 million Strategic Site Readiness Program performance-based grant through the SOAR Fund will be administered by The Right Place to assist with infrastructure improvements.

In addition to MSF support, both Green Charter Township and Big Rapids Charter Township anticipate approval of a PA 198 real property tax abatement. Green Charter Township, Big Rapids Charter Township, and Mecosta County have also authorized a 30-year Renaissance Zone in support of the project.

“This project has the potential to provide great jobs to multiple generations of our citizens,” said Mecosta County Controller/Administrator Paul Bullock. “Citizens who will not have to leave our community for this type of opportunity, but who will be able to stay, grow, and enrich our community through their presence.”

“The Right Place is honored to have played a role in bringing this transformational project to the Big Rapids area, said Brent Case, Vice President, Business Attraction, The Right Place, Inc. “The location and community have been prepared for an opportunity like this to utilize the infrastructure, locally trained talent pool and outstanding resources from Ferris State University. We are well on our way to positioning the region at the center of West Michigan’s growing mobility and EV sector.”

It is anticipated the influx of jobs will result in spin-off investments and redevelopment opportunities. Over $11.5 billion in new personal income is expected to be generated by the direct, indirect, and induced jobs that this opportunity will create over 20 years.

“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with Gotion, our municipal leaders, and our economic development partners on this once-in-a-century project that will have a significant impact for both the Big Rapids region and for Ferris State University. Gotion has made it clear that Ferris State University will be a strong partner in this effort for many years to come, and we are well prepared to do so,” said Ferris State University President Bill Pink. “While we have not yet reached the finish line, the board approval this morning has moved us one step closer to a collaboration that will positively impact and enhance our region and state as a whole. I am excited about this opportunity to advance our region, the city of Big Rapids, and our great university!”

Actor Sean Astin to speak on mental health advocacy, empowerment and representation Oct. 6

An opportunity to experience a heartfelt talk on mental health issues comes to Ferris State University students and the greater community Thursday, Oct. 6. Actor, producer and director Sean Astin will speak on that topic at 7 p.m. in Williams Auditorium.


The free event, hosted by Entertainment Unlimited, is open to the public. Student Life Student Outreach Coordinator Ben Avery said Astin’s visit is significant and timely.


“Oct. 2-8 is Mental Health Awareness Week,” Avery said. “Sean’s message highlights the importance of advocacy, representation and empowerment for those dealing with mental illness, as he continues the legacy of his mother, actress Patty Duke, by being a voice of concern, inclusion and support.”


Duke was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her son’s adolescence, and Sean was 16 when she made her condition known in a bestselling autobiography. Astin began his acting career several years prior with his mother, in a role as an abused eight-year-old in the television movie, “Please Don’t Hit Me, Mom!” However, he is perhaps best known for portraying Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and having the title role in the 1993 film “Rudy.”


“We are excited to hear Sean’s plea to end the societal stigma related to mental health, as well as having this chance to get to know someone with such stature who has that kind of concern and compassion,” Avery said. “There will be a 30-minute question-and-answer session to conclude the program, so we welcome all interested to share in this intimate presentation.”


Anyone requiring accommodations to attend this seminar is encouraged to contact the Center for Student Involvement by email or by calling (231) 591-2606.

Four area Fire and Rescue departments receive part of a grant for breathing equipment

The Morton Township Fire and Rescue along with three other area departments have been chosen to receive a grant of just under $500,000.


Morton Township Fire and Rescue Chief Allen Sutherby said in a press release, the grant of $483,500.00  will assist four departments in Mecosta County to replace non-compliant unrepairable SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus).


The grant requires a 5% match from the departments to Purchase 64 SCBA ,64 spare bottles and 7 additional SCBA masks.


The departments that will benefit from this grant are Mecosta Township, Morley, Morton Township, and Wheatland Township.


The Morton Township Board of Trustees are currently accepting sealed bids for procurement of the specified equipment until close of business on October 12th , 2022.

Two men arraigned on charges connected to Lake Co. bank robbery

Two men accused of robbing the Lake-Osceola State Bank Luther branch in Lake County last month, have been officially charged.


Both, 54-year old James Phipps of Fraiser and 34-year old Timothy Fullerton of Luther have been charged with two felonies,  one count of bank robbery and one count of false report or threat of terrorism. 


Their bond is set at $75,000 each.


Back on September 22nd, the duo is accused of handing the bank teller a note demanding money and referenced a bomb at a school. Although the men did not specify a specific school, law enforcement still took the necessary precautions and evacuated Baldwin Community Schools.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 9/26-10/2

An individual came to the RCPD to report a hit and run incident that happened in the Rite Aid parking lot. Upon investigation the responsible driver has been identified. The matter us under further investigation.

The school liaison Officer was requested to assist while CPS conducted an interview with a student.

Officer took a report of a lost wallet, the individual came to the RCPD to make the report.

The officer took a call from a woman who had been scammed into giving personal information by someone reporting to be from the cable company.

Tuesday …9/27
The school liaison officer took a report of a family dispute and family troubles. The matter us under

The school liaison officer responded to a call about a possible assault incident between 2 students at the High School. A juvenile petition has been submitted for review.

Officer responded to a call about a disoriented woman walking around the Sheriff’s Office/Court area. While speaking with her in the lobby of the Sheriff Office she pulled the fire alarm. She was arrested on for false summoning of the fire department.

Wednesday …9/28
The school liaison officer assisted with a student having difficulty breathing. The student was transported by EMS to the hospital.

While assisting parole, officers arrested a 42-year-old man on two outstanding warrants.

Officer was dispatched to a home for a possible domestic disturbance. A referral to CPS was completed. The matter is under further investigation

Thursday …9/29
Officer was dispatched to assist with a juvenile that was possible trying to hurt themselves. The individual was transported for mental health treatment.

Officer was dispatched a report of an injured fox.

Officer was dispatched to a complaint of two dogs at large.

Officer assisted CPS with a suspected child abuse case. It was determined the teen had been untruthful and the suspected bruises were make-up used to create the look of a bruise.


Officer was dispatched to a home of an individual, that called dispatch, sounding confused. He was
complaining about having some electrical issues in his house. Officer found the problem to be a breaker had tripped. The individual also complaint about mold in the basement, Officer advised him that he needed to take that complaint to civil court with his landlord.

Officer assisted OCSD about a woman outside of a gas station. The woman stated she nowhere to go and there were no beds available in the shelter. The manager of the gas station allowed her to remain in property until the following day when she could go to the shelter.

Friday …9/30
Officer was called to a restaurant about a disorderly customer. He was upset that his food was going to take long to prepare since the restaurant was extremely busy. He stormed out, knocking down planters just outside of the door on his way out. The owner chose not to seek charges as long as the man did not return.

Officer assisted Osceola County Sheriff Department with traffic control on a two-vehicle traffic crash.

Saturday …10/1
An individual came to the department to report that some headstones were missing from the cemetery. Officers met with the individual at the cemetery and it was discovered they were new concrete slabs. The individual thanked officers for checking.

Officer got dispatched to a man urinating in public. He was intoxicated and had supposedly just fallen and hit his head. He was not injured and refused medical. There were no signs of public urination. He was cooperative and accepted a ride home.

Officers assisted Osceola County Sherriff Department with a customer that was fighting, striking and
punching the staff at an assisted living facility. By the time the officer arrived, the individual was calm, and EMS transported him for a mental health evaluation.

Officer assisted Mecosta County Sherriff Department with a death notification

Sunday …10/2
Officer assisted the Osceola County Jail with an inmate that was fighting with Correction Officers.
Officer was called by a boyfriend about a possible overdose. Both individuals were intoxicated but no pills had been taken. The woman was got a ride to her other boyfriends house to avoid any further arguments.

One dead following house fire over the weekend in Big Rapids

The Big Rapids Department of Public Safety is investigating following a fatal structure fire on 190th Avenue on Saturday.


According to a press release, Big Rapids firefighters received a call just before 7pm about a house on fire with a woman trapped inside. Once on scene, Big Rapids City Fire Department personnel attempted to locate the trapped victim multiple times and found the victim in the room of origin.


The victim was pronounced deceased on the scene. The fire investigation is ongoing.

Driver suffers injuries following two vehicle crash in Big Rapids Township

One driver suffered a broken arm following a two vehicle crash in Mecosta County Saturday.


It happened on US -131 northbound ramp in Big Rapids Township.


Deputies say a 1997 Burgundy GMC Savana rear ended a 2014 Gray Suburu Outback.


A 64-year old woman was taken to Spectrum Health Hospital for a possible broken arm.


Sheriff Brian Miller reminds Mecosta County residents and visitors to drive safely and buckle up.

Marion man dies in one vehicle accident in Osceola County

Speed was a contributing factor, according to police as one man died following a one vehicle crash in Osceola County Friday.


It happened on M-66 near 7 Mile Road.


The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says a vehicle was traveling southbound on 30th Avenue when it went off the roadway.


The 37-year old male passenger from Marion, died at the scene.


The 37-year old female driver from Rockford was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, her condition is unknown at this time.


Bow hunting season starts Saturday

Thousands of hunters will be taking to the fields as...archery bow hunting season begins Saturday in Michigan.


More than 300,000 bow hunters are expected to be out on private and state owned public land through January first and they're expected to harvest up to 140,000 deer.


A deer management specialist with the DNR, Chad Stewart says bow hunting will help thin the herd in the state and it contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the state's economy.

Two arrested in Mecosta County following drug bust

Two people are behind bars following a drug bust in Mecosta County.


The Sheriff's Office says after receiving a tip, they conducted background investigation and then conducted surveillance on the target location. Deputies identified the suspect 36-year old Leslie Keech, of Stanwood, who was reportedly selling the prescription narcotics.


Deputies set up surveillance and were able to observe her park at a local business. Within a couple minutes, another suspect 40-year old Steven Brink of Grand Haven, pulled up next to Keech and deputies were able to witness a hand-to-hand transaction.


The suspects both left the scene traveling in separate directions. Deputies were able to stop both vehicles.


Deputies were able to recover evidence at both locations and were able to arrest both the seller and buyer. Both were lodged at the Mecosta County Jail on felony charges.


President Bill Pink looking forward to future of Ferris

It has been two months since Dr. Bill Pink stepped foot onto campus as the newest president of Ferris State University.

As the former head of Grand Rapids Community College, Pink has felt very welcomed and comfortable in his first months in Big Rapids.

“I have been reminded of how really great the institution is,” Pink said. “I've come to terms of the work that this institution does across the state and across the country with the education we provide.”

Not only is Pink the nineteenth president in school history, he is also the first African-American
president at Ferris State. When asked about the feat, Pink said it reflects the history established by
founders Woodbridge and Helen Ferris.

“They established it on a premise of opportunities for everyone in this state,” Pink said. “They weren't
concerned about what socioeconomic status, color of skin, or gender of the person. My hope is that it gives any African American the hope and the vision I had too, where they too can rise to these levels of responsibility and leadership seeing someone in this seat that looks like looks like them.”

In preparations of a large phase plan to be unveiled at his October inauguration, Pink is looking forward to making an impact on more than just the typical student demographic.

“We'll never take an eye off our traditional 18-year-old graduate from high school, but part of what I
have envisioned is how our institution can start having a stronger focus on nontraditional students.
Because of the programs we have on this campus, we can be such a resource for individuals aged 25 and older to get post-secondary (education) credentials that will lead them to good paying living wage jobs so they can take care of their family better.”

Along with this benefit, Pink also wants to help strengthen the community footprint both regionally and nationally with some of Ferris’ doctoral programs.

When asked about who has helped him throughout this drafting process, Pink said current and former Ferris State leadership has been crucial.

“I have an incredible Board of Trustees and it starts with them. I have spoken to them individually and collectively, several times now. Obviously, David Eisler, since the very beginning, has been helpful at providing some of his own perspective in history. There are a lot of folks who know the history and know not only the place we sit, but also realize the potential where we can go.”

Along with faculty, Pink has learned a lot about the University thanks to his “Link with Pink” Tour this
fall. The president has already travelled to places like Flint, Detroit, East Lansing, and Traverse City to
converse with former Ferris State alumni and friends about the school’s past and future. His tour will
finish up this week with stops in Midland and Kalamazoo slated for September 29 and 30 respectively.

“We have alumni all over the state and across the country who are still strong Bulldogs and continue to be connected to the school,” Pink said. “They pay attention to what the university is doing and continue to be supportive of it. I’m just loving to commit to being connected to this alumni base.”


For more information on the “Link with Pink” tour and his inauguration ceremony, follow along on the President’s homepage at

Possible medical event led to fatal crash that killed Stanwood woman in Isabella Co.

A medical event could be the likely cause of a fatal crash that killed a Stanwood woman in Isabella County Tuesday night.


The Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a one car vehicle accident involving a 75-year woman from Stanwood on Pickard Road in Union Township. The victim and only occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.


The vehicle appeared to have veered off the road and struck two other vehicles that were parked in a driveway.


Police say autopsy results are pending but the victim possibly sustained a cardiac issue that may have led to the crash.

Fluresh to open provisioning center in Big Rapids

Grand Rapids-based Fluresh continues its expansion of recreational cannabis retail offerings across the state with the announcement of a new provisioning center opening in Big Rapids. The 2,730 SF store, located at 520 South Third Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307, opened recently and will hold a grand opening event Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.



Operating every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the new location will also offer curbside pickup and delivery when ordering online at or by calling (231) 216-1206. The store’s retail floor offers 139 unique flower strains, pre-rolls, THC edibles, vape cartridges, concentrates and much more.


To celebrate the grand opening, the store will offer specials including 20% off Fluresh and Carbon products for new customers, 15% off for medical card holders and 10% off for seniors, students and veterans.


“We are excited to expand Fluresh’s offerings to the Big Rapids community while also adding jobs to the local community,” says Fluresh Chief Executive Officer Brandon Kanitz. “We believe this location will serve a wide audience from the northern counties of West Michigan, so are eager to expand our presence in the region.”


The Big Rapids location marks the second provisioning center for Fluresh. It currently offers a retail location at its headquarters at 1213 Phillips Avenue in Grand Rapids.


In addition to the opening of the Big Rapids location, Fluresh also announces plans to open a third provisioning center, this time across the state in Adrian, where it currently operates a hybrid greenhouse facility. An official timeline has not been set but Fluresh is aiming for an early 2023 opening.


“Fluresh is eager to provide high-quality cannabis products to a region of the state that is underserved,” said Kanitz. “We will offer an assortment of brands as a way to bring a wider variety of products and better pricing to that area.”

50+ groups urge federal and state officials to close Baldwin prison

More than 50 organizations across Michigan and the country have written an open letter asking government officials not to re-open a Lake County private prison once it closes at the end of this month.


The North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin is scheduled to close on September 30 due to a 2021 executive order by President Biden to end the federal government's use of private prisons.


This letter follows a recent proposal from Michigan Congressmen Bill Huizenga and John Moolenaar to repurpose the facility as an immigration and customs enforcement detention center.


The North Lake facility has been housing federal inmates since 2019 and several hundred employees.


The letter from the organizations urging the prison closure can be seen HERE

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital Earns National Ranking

Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital has been recognized as a top performer in the 2022 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Ranking by Vizient, Inc.

Big Rapids Hospital was ranked in the top 4% of 268 Vizient members in the community
hospitals cohort and was recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-
quality care based on the Vizient quality and accountability study, which has been
conducted annually since 2005.

“We’re very excited to earn this distinction and we applaud our quality, safety and clinical
teams who continue to excel in delivering compassionate and excellent care,” said
Carolyn Leja, chief nursing officer at Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City

The Vizient quality and accountability ranking measures performance on the quality of
patient care in six domains: safety, mortality, effectiveness, efficiency, patient
centeredness and equity.

The rankings help participating hospitals and health systems understand their
performance against their peers and identifies structures and processes associated with
high performance in quality and safety across a broad spectrum of patient care activity.
The recognition period is for work spanning July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. 
“Hospitals today are using data and analytics to help them more effectively deliver
superior clinical outcomes and patient experiences,” said David Levine, group senior vice
president, advanced analytics and product management at Vizient. “As a Bernard A.
Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Top Performer, Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
has demonstrated a successful leadership style, a shared sense of purpose, a focus on
results, and a culture of collaboration, accountability and adaptability. We congratulate
them on their achievement.”

Plans move forward to bring large battery components manufacturer to Big Rapids area

Being touted as a once in a generation opportunity, the township boards of Big Rapids and Green along with the Mecosta County Board of Commission unanimously approved an 400 acre area of the Industrial Park near the Big Rapids' Roben Hood Airport as a 'Renaissance Zone' to bring Gotion Inc., a leading advanced battery manufacturer to the area.

Chuck Thelen, Gotion Inc., Vice-President of NA operations said there were a number of factors to why his company is targeting Mecosta County.


“So why Big Rapids?, proximity to sufficient sustainable energy, our company and our EV industry customers and energy storage customers place a lot of value on sustainability.” “Skilled labor force, we have done three studies in this state, we took federal information, state information and we commissioned our own study." "There are about 177,000 workers within a 45 min drive and 6,500 workers who drive out of this area for another manufacturing job.” There will be no labor gaps here” Thelen said.


“We have a superior technical college here in the area, Ferris State University. “We reviewed several technical colleges around the country, Ferris by far with their certificate programs, associate programs and even bachelor programs were superior in capabilities with lab space and teachers to get students prepared for work.” Thelen said.


“Land space we were looking for a minimum of 400 acres, we are looking to put 2.2 million square feet under roof in phase one, which is around 60 acres and we need space to expand.” Thelen said.


Gotion plans for $2.6 billion dollars in investment along with a minimum of 200 jobs coming once the plant opens, with a full 2,300 coming over the next decade.


With local approval on Monday night, the next step is for the state of Michigan to put in place incentives for Gotion before everything is finalized in the next six months.

Reed City Police Weekly Blotter 9/19-9/24

The school liaison officer took the report of a student in possession of a vape. A citation for MIP vape was issued.

Officer conducted a traffic stop where the driver was under the influence of marijuana. The driver was cited and arrested for OUID.

Officer assisted as backup on a check well-being call. Caller wanted the other resident out of her house and was advised she would have to file eviction papers.

Officer was asked to look into an incident that occurred at a football game. A parent did not agree with how the school handled the matter. The officer found no crime had occurred.

Officer was dispatched to a family dispute between child and parents. Officer talked to all parties involved.

Officer saw someone riding a motocross bike on a non-designated ORV area. The rider was informed of the ORV ordinance for the city. A verbal warning was issue.

Tuesday …9/20
The school liaison officer responded to a call about a woman calling and yelling incoherent things at the Middle School secretary. The same person also called the High School doing the same thing. From what call content could be understood, the caller was upset about a dress code and something to do with wearing animal ears. Officer attempted to call the person back but no contact was made.

The school liaison officer received information of a kindergarten age student possibly exposing themself. The student lives outside of Reed City. The CPS referral was forwarded to the agency having jurisdiction.

Officers arrested a 30-year-old woman on an outstanding warrant.

The office was contacted by a person that said that her dog was attacked by 2 other dogs when walking down the road that ran out of a yard. Citation was issued for dog running at large.

Officers transported an individual to a mental health treatment facility.

Wednesday …9/21
Officer responded to a fire alarm. It was found to be a false alarm.

The school liaison officer was called about a student in possession of a vape. A citation was issued.

During a traffic stop speeding, officers arrested the 37-year-old male driver for having an outstanding warrant.


Officer was dispatched to investigate some property stolen out of an individual’s vehicle. The officer
reviewed surveillance camera footage and determined it had not been stolen at the believed location.

Thursday …9/22
Officer responded to a call about a possible threat. A teen, during a dispute, sent a photo to another teen of himself as a warning to the other teen to back off. A firearm the teen uses for hunting was visible on a storage rack in the background of the picture. There is no evidence the firearm was meant as a threat and the teen that received the picture did not believe the firearm was anything other than coincidence. After investigation, and speaking with the parents, it was agreed, as a precaution, the firearm would be locked up. This incident will be sent to the Prosecutor's Office for review.

Officers received a call of a broken door handle at a city building. The officer spoke with a man outside that admitted to trying to force open the locked door. He was issued a notice of trespass prohibiting him from being on the property. Charges are being sought in this matter.

Officer responded to a call were an individual reported that the landlord’s brother has walked in her in the shower 5 or 6 times in the past 2 months. After speaking with the landlord’s brother, he admitted that he has walked in the bathroom by accident as the door was left ajar and he did not know that someone was in there.

The 63-year-old man was arrested an outstanding warrant from Mecosta County unrelated to this incident. He was transported to the Osceola County Jail.

Officer was called about someone parking their vehicle over the other person property line. Made contact with the individual, who agreed to move the vehicles.

Friday …9/23
Officer was notified about an inoperable vehicle. An abatement notice will be issued to remove the vehicle.

Officer responded to a family dispute over water leaks in a rental home. The homeowner was threatening to evict his brother and wife. They were advised that the matter will have to be taken to court.

Officer was dispatched to a possible assault complaint. The caller stated she had been struck by a friend’s vehicle. The evidence does not support the claim. The matter will be turned over to the prosecutor for review.

School Liaison Officer responded to an assault by a student on a staff member. The matter has been referred to the prosecutor and probate court.

Officer was requested by a probation officer to arrest a 40-year-old man on an outstanding warrant. The man was taken into custody without incident.

Officer responded to an unlawful entry where only food was taken. The matter is under investigation.

Officer responded to reports of two juvenile getting in a fight on the way home from school. Victim did not want to press charges. Contact with Juvenile’s probation officer will be attempted.

Saturday …9/24
Officer observed a fifth wheel Camper parked in the road contrary to city ordinance. Contact was attempted with the homeowner but there did not appear to be anyone home. Contact will be attempted at a later date.

Officer assisted with a broken down vehicle, for safety. The owner had it towed to his home.


Officer responded to a call about a suspicious person outside of a home at night. Officer searched the house and surrounding area, but wasn’t able to find anyone. There was no damage and nothing appeared to be missing from the residence or the vehicles.

Officer was called about a possible drunk driver. After locating the driver, it was determined he was just driving looking for an address and not intoxicated.

'Coffee with a Cop' to take place next week in Big Rapids

On October 5th, 2022, officers from the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety and community members, will join other officers and community members nationwide to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee during National Coffee With a Cop Day.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 10:00 A.M. on October 5th at The
Old Pioneer Store & Emporium at 118 N Michigan Ave. Please contact Officer William Sell with
questions: 231-527-0005,

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

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice,
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are held across the country, as
local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving
relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Lane & ramp closures: NB US-131, Mecosta County, September 26-27


The off and on ramps at northbound US-131 and M-20 (Perry Ave/Business 131) are scheduled to close this Monday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


On Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., the off and on ramps at northbound US-131 and 19 Mile Road are scheduled to close. 


Lane closures remain in effect through mid-October on northbound US-131 from 13 Mile Road to 19 Mile Road. 


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