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POLICE BLOTTER: Officers investigate hit-and-run crashes, larcenies

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls Wednesday and Thursday. All calls might not be reported. • Officers assisted Mecosta County EMS with a patient who overdosed. An officer stood by while EMS transported the person to Spectrum Health Big Rapi


Mecosta County 49th Circuit Court reports

BIG RAPIDS — The following cases were heard this week in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court. All cases may not be reported. • Marissa Lynn Thompson, 26, of Rodney, pleaded guilty to uttering and publishing. Her sentencing was delayed for one year. Her sentencing will be reviewed at the three, six a


Michigan will issue March and April food stamp benefits early

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will issue food assistance benefits early for the months of March and April. MDHHS said it plans to issue the benefits early to reduce the gap between benefit payments that happened due to the partial government shutdown.


Festival of the Arts fun continues tonight

BIG RAPIDS — Anyone still searching for a fun way to fill their Valentine’s Day evening need to look no further than tonight’s Festival of the Arts events. Photography enthusiasts can attend “Serious Landscape Photography (part two)” at 6 p.m. at the Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S. Michigan Ave


Leader of large drug ring sent heroin, cocaine to Michigan in hidden compartments, even from prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The leader of a massive drug ring was sentenced for sending cocaine and heroin to Michigan and several other states, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. Alex Alberto Castro was sentenced to 42 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine. Officials said he was t


Pheasants Forever to have 25th banquet at Holiday Inn

BIG RAPIDS — It’s a special year for the Mecosta-Osceola Pheasants Forever chapter. It’s the 25th year for the banquet which will be on March 16 at the Holiday Inn, 1005 Perry Avenue Big Rapids.


Man accidentally fires gun inside Michigan Walmart bathroom

A man accidentally fired a gun inside a Walmart store in Northern Michigan on Thursday afternoon. According to WLUC, police responded to reports of a gunshot inside the Walmart store in Ironwood, Michigan.


City commissioners to host study sessions regarding term limits, Ives Drain

BIG RAPIDS — City officials are expected to host several study sessions during the upcoming Big Rapids City Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. Topics to be discussed include term limits for commissioners, an update on the city audit and an Ives Drain update.


Tustin man charged with multiple CSC offenses in 28th Circuit Court

CADILLAC — A 33-year-old Tustin man is facing up to life in prison after he was arraigned recently in 28th Circuit Court on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges. Adam Jacob McGee stood mute and had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf to charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, injury


El Niño advisory takes effect: What it means for Michigan weather

An El Niño Advisory was issued on Thursday, which means the climate pattern that has taken effect is likely to continue through the spring. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center says the El Niño is expected to be weak, but it may bring wetter conditions across the southern half of the U.S. in the coming


Former Big Rapids basketball standout enjoys following her daughter’s career

BIG RAPIDS — Like mother, like daughter. When Tammy (Figg) Kemp was watching her daughter, Adele Kemp, play for Greenville at Big Rapids on Monday, it may have stirred up some memories for the 1983 Big Rapids High School graduate, now a counselor and coach at Greenville High School.


Whitetails Unlimited banquet set for March 14

BIG RAPIDS — The Mecosta County Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited has announced plans for its annual banquet on Thursday, March 14, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2335 Lodge on 16 Mile Road in Big Rapids.


Alleged drug dealer charged in death of Michigan City overdose victim

MICHIGAN CITY — A man was arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old woman who died from a heroin overdose in Michigan City. Scott A. Clemons, 29, of Michigan City, was charged with dealing a controlled substance resulting in death, a level 1 felony, according to a news release from the


Michigan State Police arrest child porn suspect hiding in his basement

GREENVILLE, Mich. — A Montcalm County man was arrested on Wednesday after a multi-county investigation into the creation of child porn. Steven James King, 52, Greenville, was charged Thursday in a Mountcalm County court with two counts of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of child sexually


Search ends for 15-year-old drowning victim

Rescuers ended a search on Friday for 15-year old Dylan Shaw of Evart, whom they presumed drowned after falling through the ice on the Muskegon River in Sylvan Township. Osceola County sheriff Justin Halladay said crews from throughout the state searched for Shaw’s body but were unable to find it on


Divers recover body of missing Michigan snowmobiler from lake

Divers have recovered the body of a snowmobiler who drove into open water on a lake in western Michigan. Sgt. Joel Roon of the Kent County Sheriff’s Office says the body of 29-year-old Joseph Brown was found Thursday afternoon in water 50-60 feet (15-18 meters) deep in Lincoln Lake in Spencer Townsh


Head coach Troy Mattson gets 200th win as Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team needs 2 overtimes to secure victory

BIG RAPIDS — Northern Michigan University women’s basketball head coach Troy Mattson has had some difficult, hard-fought games over his career, but Thursday’s milestone contest might’ve been one of the toughest.


Michigan Governor Blasts Story About Her Appearance

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday criticized a Detroit TV station’s decision to air a story about the reaction to the dress she wore during her State of the State speech, which featured numerous unflattering or sexist comments about her physical appearance from social


Disturbing details released from probe of suspended Michigan funeral home

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs shared grisly details Friday, Feb. 15 concerning its now completed investigation into a funeral home where 63 fetal and infant remains were found improperly stored.


91 Dogs Flown to Michigan For Chance at Life and Love on Valentine’s Day

Ninety-one dogs from the West Coast were welcomed to Michigan shelters on Valentine's Day. The Detroit Free Press reports that after a six-hour flight from Fresno, California, an airplane full of pups arrived at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti on Thursday, February 14.