POLICE BLOTTER: Officers make arrests over the weekend; investigate larcenies

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

Friday

• Officers were dispatched at 7:05 a.m. to assist a motorist. The motorist was gone when officers arrived.

• At 7:37 a.m., police began school traffic details.

• Police responded to a traffic crash at 11:31 a.m. at Maple Street and Dekrafft Avenue. A woman was issued a misdemeanor citation for operating an unregistered, uninsured vehicle with an improper plate on a public roadway.

• At 2:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a larceny complaint of SIM cards out of a phone on the 200 block of North Michigan Avenue. A woman suspect was identified. The matter remains under investigation.

• A traffic crash occurred at 3:39 p.m. at State and Elm streets.

• Police assisted the Michigan State Police with an arrest of a wanted person on the 200 block of South State.

• Officers performed an area check for kids damaging the water fountain downtown. Once located, some young teenagers were seen playing in the water. They also were warned warned to stop riding skateboards downtown.

• Police were dispatched to a malicious destruction of property complaint on the 300 block of Locust Street. A beer can had been thrown at a car and dented it. A suspect was identified. The report was turned over to the city attorney for possible charges.

• Officers responded to an open intoxicant complaint on the 100 block South Michigan. A 57-year-old man was taken to the emergency room at Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital for high intoxication. The man also was cited for open intoxicants.

• While on patrol on the 400 block of South Warren Avenue, officers saw a couple of guys with beers who began to run. The officers pursued the men on foot but were unable to catch them. The officers returned to the original location and started an investigation into a nuisance party. A number of kids were cited and released for minors in possession (MIP) of alcohol and a host of other alcohol and nuisance party violations. Officers were assisted by the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office, Ferris State University Department of Public Safety and the Michigan State Police.

• Tenants on the 500 block of Fuller Avenue were issued written warnings for noise violations.

• An officer witnessed a guy riding around on the bumper of a truck in City Lot 4. The driver was cited for careless driving.

Saturday

• At 11:55 a.m., a stray beagle was turned over to the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety Fire Division near the intersection of Maple Street and Michigan. The dog was transported to the shelter.

• Police were dispatched at 12:31 p.m. for an attempted breaking and entering complaint on the 300 block of Ives Avenue. The caller found damage to the rear door of the residence. The incident remains under investigation.

• Officers performed a noise and well-being check at 7 p.m. at Parkview Village.

• Police responded to a complaint of a large, white dog with a black tail on the loose on the 600 blocks of Escott Street and Fuller Avenue. Police were unable to secure the dog. Police did not receive any further calls about the dog.

• Officers were dispatched to Hemlock Park for two people fishing. The two had licenses and were advised the park closed at 10 p.m.

• Police were called to the 100 block of South Michigan to verify a Michigan REAL ID. The ID turned out to be legitimate.

• A man was issued his first MIP civil infraction on the 100 block of South Michigan.

• A traffic stop at State and Fuller resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old man for operating while intoxicated and a concealed carry weapon violation.

Sunday

• Officers performed an area check at 8:06 a.m. for a woman walking in the road near Cedar Street and Michigan. They were unable to locate the woman.

• At 10:21 a.m., police checked the stop light at State and Pere Marquette streets to see if they were working properly.

• Officers assisted a parent with a disorderly 12-year-old at 12:36 p.m. on the 1100 block of Catherine Street.

• Police performed an area check at 3:23 p.m. for a lost 6-year-old at Northend Riverside Park. The child had ran ahead of the parents and then wandered down a different trail. The child was located and reunited with the parents shortly after officers arrived.

• Officers assisted deputies from the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office in trying to locate a man who had assaulted a woman. They were unable to locate the man.

• A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a 48-year-old man for operating while intoxicated.

Monday

• At 7:33 a.m., police began school traffic details.

• Officers investigated a reported assault at 8:14 a.m. on the 500 block of North Warren.

• Officers assisted Child Protective Services at 8:44 a.m. at Crossroads Charter Academy.

• Police provided standby at 10:27 a.m. at the WISE Shelter, while a resident was asked to leave due to their behavior.

• A hit-and-run crash occurred at 10:41 a.m. at South Michigan and Oak Street. A parked vehicle was struck by an unknown vehicle while the owner was in class. A small amount of damage was done to the victim’s vehicle. It is unknown the make or model of the suspect vehicle.

• Officers responded to a suspicious situation at 12:50 p.m. on the 200 block of North Third Avenue. The resident came home and found the front door of the residence open. The residence was searched. No one was located inside and there were no signs of forced entry or anything being disturbed.

• Police assisted a citizen at 12:55 p.m. on the 700 block of Fuller.

• Officers were dispatched to a traffic crash at 1:37 p.m. on the 1000 block of Baldwin Street.

• Police investigated a larceny complaint on the 200 block of South Michigan. The victim purchased an item and left the wallet on the counter. When she returned to the shop, the wallet was missing. The incident remains under investigation.

• A driver was cited for failing to yield following a traffic crash at Maple and Warren.

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