POLICE BLOTTER: Snow causes multiple crashes; officers investigate reported assault

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


• A traffic stop on the 700 block of State Street led to the a 39-year-old man being cited for driving without insurance.

• Officers responded to a suspicious situation on the 200 block of Maple Street.

• Police received a fraud/scam complaint on the 100 block of Dekrafft Avenue. The caller gave someone named “Dea” his Social Security number.

• Officers assisted a federal agency looking for someone from Grand Rapids who was suspected to be in the area.

• Police responded to multiple traffic crashes throughout the city.

• Officers performed an area check for people pointing something out of a window. The people are Ferris State University academy students.

• Police responded to an assault and battery complaint on the 200 block of Baldwin Street. The caller was a third-party manager calling because of her concerns for an employee and another person. The matter is under investigation.

• Officers performed an area check for a man stumbling in the roadway on the 200 block of Baldwin. Officers were unable to locate the man.

• A cellphone was reported stolen on the 600 block of Maple. A possible suspect was identified, but police were unable to locate the suspect.

• A traffic crash occurred at Perry Avenue and Water Tower Road.

• Officers made field contact with an individual on the 300 block of South Michigan Avenue.


• At 7:22 a.m., officers assisted with an alarm at the sports complex.

• Police assisted Mecosta County EMS with a patient at 8:55 a.m. on the 600 block of North State Street.

• A wallet was reported lost.

• Knives and porcelain dolls were reported stolen at 4:46 p.m. by a resident at Parkview.

• Officers responded to a suspicious situation on the 100 block of South Michigan.

• Police were called to the 100 block of Fuller Avenue for an out-of-control 12-year-old.

• Officers performed an area check on the White Pine Trail for two men in black. They were gone when officers arrived.

• Police performed a well-being check at Parkview.

• A 22-year-old Stanwood man was arrested for domestic assault on the 100 block of South Michigan after the incident was witnessed by an officer.

• A written noise warning was issued to a tenant on the 300 block of Morrison Avenue.

• A 24-year-old Illinois man was cited for having open intoxicant in City Lot 4. He was released after being warned for urinating in public.

• A traffic crash occurred on the 500 block of South Third Avenue. A totaled vehicle was later located on the 1800 block of 16 Mile Road. As a result, a 21-year-old man was arrested for probation violation and a 23-year-old man was arrested for parole violation related to the crash. Officers were unable to identify either as positively being the driver of the vehicle involved.


• Officers responded to an animal control complaint on the 200 block of North Michigan. They were called to assist a citizen who had found a stray dog, which was transported to the shelter.

• At 12:38 p.m., police performed a well-being check on the 300 block of Marion Avenue. The caller told police there was a possible domestic assault between two people. Both were calm upon arrival and claimed no assault took place. There were no injuries or signs of an assault. The man was arrested for an outstanding contempt warrant.

• Officers recorded a walk-in assault complaint at 4:39 p.m. The incident happened in the county. Officers turned the matter over to the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office.

• A 63-year-old woman reported at 10:08 p.m. that a 41-year-old man had come close to her at the Festival of Lights parade and made her uncomfortable. She was told how to obtain a personal protection order.

• Police responded to an anonymous caller for of a fight in progress at 11:48 p.m. on the 600 block of South Michigan. Upon arrival, there was no fight and multiple people told police there was no fight. They stated they had recently kicked a man out and he might have called in the fight to have police respond to the party. Resident of the house were advised regarding the incident.


• A traffic stop at 12:24 a.m. in the alleyway northwest of South Stewart and Locust avenues resulted in a 20-year-old man being arrested for operating while intoxicated.

• Officers responded at 2:02 a.m. to a residence on the 600 block of South Michigan for people refusing to leave the house. Upon arrival, officers were told that everyone had left. They also said when they were trying to get people to leave, an unknown man had pulled out a knife with a brass knuckle end and thrust it at a house resident saying what they were going to do to him. Both the reporting party and the other resident stated they would be unable to identify the man. House residents were advised regarding the incident.

• A 20-year-old woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated at 2:23 a.m. during a traffic stop on Knollview Drive and South Street.


• Officers were called at 6:12 p.m. to the 100 block of South Warren for a civil argument between a man and woman over their child’s custody. Both parties were advised to contact the Friend of the Court in regards to parental custody.

• A 911 hangup occurred at 8:24 p.m. on the 200 block of Rust Avenue. Officers were unable to locate its origin.

• A be-on-the-lookout was issued at 10:04 p.m. for the area of Pere Marquette Street and North State, for a reported Chevrolet Malibu which had failed to stop at a stop sign and had almost hit the caller. A nearby officer did not observe the suspect vehicle.

• Police responded to a 911 hangup at 10:26 p.m. on the 300 block of Rose Avenue. Meceola Central Dispatch advised they had heard no voices and left a voicemail message on callback. Upon contact with the residents, one resident said her sister had sent her a meme saying to tell Siri “108” and then when she had done that, Siri called 911 accidentally. Police advised residents and cleared the scene.


• At 2:28 a.m., officers performed a traffic stop in FSU Lot 61. An officer observed open intoxicants in a vehicle owned by a 20-year-old woman. She admitted to taking the alcohol from her parents’ cabin and consuming it over the weekend. She was provided a minor in possession citation and the alcohol was destroyed at DPS.


Posted by Brandon Fountain

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