POLICE BLOTTER: Handcuffed YouTuber draws concerns; officers make several arrests

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids Department of Public Safety officers responded to the following calls over the holiday weekend. All calls might not be reported.

Friday

• Officers performed traffic detail on Cedar Street and Ives Avenue. It resulted in eight stops and three tickets.

• At 2:37 p.m., police responded to a two-car crash on the 500 block of Third Avenue.

• Officers assisted Mecosta County EMS at 2:01 p.m. for an intoxicated man who was brought down to catch the bus and use Western Union. The 45-year-old man claimed he had back and chest pain.

• Police responded to a child custody battle at 6:08 p.m. on the 400 block of Fuller Avenue. The child was not there.

• Officers were dispatched to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 6:48 p.m. for a man in the lobby reporting he had been assaulted. The 55-year-old man stated he had been assaulted by his 43-year-old girlfriend. He advised officers the woman hit him in the head with a metal object while they were on the 300 block of South Stewart Avenue, causing the laceration to his forehead. Officers spoke with a couple of residents. They advised they did not witness any assault; however, the woman told the neighbors she kicked her boyfriend in the genitals causing him to fall down and hit his head. Officers were unable to locate the woman. A report will be forwarded to the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

• At 8:51 p.m., police were called back to the residence on the 300 block of South Stewart Avenue, as one of the tenants wanted to report his debit card was stolen. He believes the woman from the alleged assault stole his debit card from his wallet when she was packing her things to leave. He already shut the card off and does not believe any charges were made.

• A be-on-the-lookout was issued at 10:54 p.m. for an SUV pulling a trailer which was weaving all over the roadway. The vehicle was located near North State and Bellevue streets and was stopped at North State Street and West Avenue. The driver was sober and advised his trailer was weighted unevenly inside, causing it to sway while he drove. No further action was taken.

• A traffic stop at 11:12 p.m. at Linden Street and South Warren Avenue for a red light violation resulted in a 21-year-old man being cited for operating with an expired driver’s license and no proof of insurance.

Saturday

• Officers were dispatched at 12:34 a.m. to the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue for a minor in possession of alcohol (MIP). The woman was cited for MIP (second offense) and released.

• At 2:17 a.m., officers observed a 32-year-old man urinating by a vehicle in City Lot 4. After making contact with the man, officers learned he had a valid warrant from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office for failing to appear for domestic violence. He was lodged for his outstanding warrant and cited for urinating in public under the city ordinance. Parole was contacted and a detainer was placed on him for violating the condition of his parole.

• Police performed an area check at 6:13 a.m. on the 500 block of South Third Avenue for a man looking in the windows of businesses. The man was gone when police arrived.

• A be-on-the-lookout was issued at 1:12 p.m. for an S-10 pickup towing another car near State and Pere Marquette streets, with the car weaving all over the road. The vehicle was gone when officers arrived.

• A criminal sexual conduct was reported to have happened somewhere on Clark Street sometime earlier that morning. Evidence was collected. The incident remains under investigation.

• Three young men ran from an officer near Michigan and Chestnut Street. They used the dense fog as cover and were never to be seen again.

• Police performed a well-being check on a person vomiting in City Lot 4.

Sunday

• A two-vehicle crash occurred at 7:53 p.m. at State and Rust Avenue.

• Officers assisted the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at the emergency room at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital.

Monday

• At 1:39 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious man on the 700 block of South State wearing handcuffs and asking for help. The incident turned out to be a prank by some students who were filming for their YouTube channel.

• Police were dispatched at 1:43 a.m. to the 400 block of Ives for a noise complaint. The tenant was issued a warning.

• A 34-year-old man was arrested for domestic assault at 1:58 a.m. on the 200 block of South Bronson Avenue. The alleged assault was on his girlfriend while an infant was in her arms. A referral to Child Protective Services was completed.

• Officers returned to the 400 block of Ives at 4:48 a.m. for another noise complaint. They were unable to locate any noise.

• At 7:52 a.m., police preformed a well-being check on a man who had failed to show up for work the night before and coworkers were concerned for his safety. The man was located later and found to be OK.

• At 12:13 p.m., officers were dispatched to a retail fraud complaint on the 1700 block of South State. The suspect, a 25-year-old man, had stolen a bottle of liquor earlier in the day, but the owner did not want to press charges for the theft. However, during the investigation, he gave officers a false name. The man was lodged for providing officers with false information and a probation violation.

• A two-vehicle crash involving a boat occurred at 7:07 p.m.

• Police were dispatched at 10:59 p.m. for a vehicle at Hemlock Park with a man sleeping in it. The man misplaced his phone while at the park. He did not know the make or model. If one is found at the park, it may belong to him.

Tuesday

• At 1:31 a.m., a traffic stop at Maple near Second Avenue resulted in the arrest of a 39-year-old woman for operating while intoxicated (second offense).

• Police responded to a civil dispute between a woman and her ex-boyfriend at 3:23 a.m. on the 100 block of West Waterloo Street.

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