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Newaygo man arraigned on charges of lying to police and reporting a fake felony

A Newaygo man has been charged with lying to police about an active shooter situation last week in Big Rapids Township.


53-year old Randy Brian Thompson was arraigned on charges of falsely reporting a felony and lying to a peace officer.


The charges stem from events on August 5th, when police were dispatched to what was initially reported as a rollover accident involving a person trapped under a vehicle in Big Rapids Township.


According to a press release, police got a second call stating the person under the vehicle was armed and shot out the windows of the vehicle.


When deputies arrived to the scene, they found Thompson and another man.


Deputies conducted an investigation and found there were no signs of any shots fired and there was no active shooter.


Thompson and the other man were found to be under the influence of narcotics and to have provided false information to police.


Thompson remains lodged at the Mecosta County Jail on a $50,000  bond.

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