POLICE BLOTTER: Officers respond to multiple accidents, noise complaints and MIPs

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


• Police performed school traffic details at 7:55 a.m.

• Officers responded to a traffic crash at 2:32 p.m. on the 200 block of North Bronson Avenue.

• At 2:45 p.m., police assisted Child Protective Services on the 700 block of Linden Street.

• Police assisted Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 3:25 p.m. in responding to a kids doing donuts at the Mecosta County Fairgrounds.

• A two-vehicle accident occurred at 4:52 p.m. near Colburn Avenue and South Third Street.

• Officers performed a mental/well-being check at 6:51 p.m. in the 900 block of Colburn.

• Police responded to a traffic crash at 7:42 p.m. on Perry Avenue. The at-fault driver was cited for failure to stop in assured clear distance.

• A traffic crash occurred at 9:21 p.m. near Spruce and North State streets, resulting in a 17-year-old driver being cited for failure to yield while leaving a private drive.


• Police were called about possible minors in possession at 12:19 a.m. on the 100 block of South Michigan Avenue. The instance was not a minor in possession.

• At 1:08 a.m., a temporary ID an credit card for a male were found. The items have been returned to their owner.

• Officers were called about a barking dog on the 1200 block of Catherine Street. Upon arrival, a dog could be heard barking with a loud radio playing. The occupants fell asleep in the bedroom unaware the dogs did not stop barking. A warning was issued to the tenant.

• Police responded to a call for loud yelling at 1:27 a.m. in the 100 block of South Michigan. No noise was heard on arrival at the bar and there were very few people outside at the time. Officers had a second call about 30 minutes later for the same thing. Officers were in the area at the time of call and heard no loud yelling.

• At 3:02 a.m., officers assisted Ferris State University Department of Public Safety officers with a stand-by during a standardized field sobriety test on a traffic stop.

• A black Sentry safe was found at 10:39 a.m., in the roadway on the 600 block of Division Street. It does not appear anyone attempted to pry the safe open, but instead looks as though it may have fallen out of a vehicle.

• Officers were on standby at the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office at 3:18 p.m. A motorist found a subject who was acting erratically near 230th Avenue and 17 Mile Road and was going to give the person a ride to the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s office deputies met the subjects on 17 Mile. DPS officers were disregarded.

• Officers were requested for a well-being check at 3:32 p.m. on the 600 block of Maple Street for a female who had walked away from her foster home earlier in the day. She was located and was fine, but advised she did not want to go back to the home. Per her mother, there was no court order advising she had to return.

• At 8:20 p.m., police performed an area check in response to several calls about gunshots near the area of Burger King. Initially reported as near campus, others said the sound was closer to Burger King. Police were unable to locate the cause of the sound.

• A be-on-the-lookout was placed for a vehicle all over the road on 131. The vehicle the exited on Perry and ran a red light before possibly pulling into the Venlo Apartments area prior to officers seeing the vehicle. Police were unable to locate the vehicle.


• Officers received a noise complaint for people talking loudly at 12:08 a.m. on the 100 block of South Michigan. People were quiet and the music near the front was turned down when officers arrived.

• At 12:35 a.m., officers received a second noise complain for people talking loudly on the 100 block of South Michigan. Everything was quiet upon officers’ arrival. Staff members advised they would have patrons go inside.

• On State Street, just south of the city limit, police assisted FSU DPS with a stand-by during a standardized field sobriety test on a traffic stop.

• Police assisted FSU DPS with a traffic stop at 1:24 a.m. near State and Spring streets.

• A 19-year-old female was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence and was cited for a minor in possession, first offence, and for refusing a portable breathalyzer test during a traffic stop at 2:42 a.m. on the 1200 block of Perry.

• Officers assisted with possible gunshots at 12:02 p.m. and found an old car with a backfire problem.

• At 12:57 p.m., an assault from the previous night on the 500 block of Rust Avenue was reported. The investigation continues.

• Police performed an area check at approximately 4:50 p.m. near Bjornson Street and Madison Avenue for what sounded like the old car with the backfire problem.

• A probation violation at 5:19 p.m. on the 1100 block of Catherine led to the arrest of a 31-year-old male.

• Officers received a call at 5:53 p.m. from a mother who said her 20-year-old daughter was on the 600 block of Maple and may be drinking. The daughter was not drinking.

• Police responded to a retail fraud at 9:05 p.m. in the 700 block of South State. A 25-year-old male was walking around the store, taking items off the shelves and consuming them while in the store. He was given an opportunity to pay but after several minutes at the counter messing with his phone, he still had not attempted to pay. He was lodged for retail fraud and a warrant for failure to appear.

• At 10:44 p.m., officers responded to a possible domestic dispute in the 600 block of Maple. A male stated he saw a 20-year-old female being led out of the house by her 22-year-old boyfriend. Officers spoke with the male and female, who both denied anything had happened.


• Police performed school traffic details at 7:32 a.m.

• A be-on-the-lookout was placed at 12:03 p.m. for a reckless driver on Elm Street. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

• Officers responded to a suspicious situation at 12:58 p.m. on the 300 block of Sanborn Avenue.

• Officers performed a well-being check at 4:35 p.m.

• A walk-in complaint was taken at 4:46 p.m. at DPS for a suspicious situation.

• Officers took a walk-in civil dispute complaint at 4:46 p.m.

• Police assisted at Parkview Village with male having a medical condition.


• During a traffic stop at 1:59 a.m. on the 400 block of South Third, a 24-year-old male was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

• Officers responded to a traffic crash at 10:08 a.m. on the 200 block of North Michigan.

• At 12:20 p.m., police responded to a car accident on the 500 block of Fuller Avenue.

• Officers assisted Michigan State Police troopers with a suicidal welfare check at 1:20 p.m. on the 400 block of Spring.

• While assisting CPS at 1:17 p.m. on the 600 block of Finley Avenue, officer arrested a 31-year-old-female for Friend of Court warrants.


• A traffic stop at 2:59 a.m. near North Warren Avenue and Hemlock Street led to the arrest of a 24-year-old male for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs, driving without a license, a warrant out of Kent County, carrying an open intoxicant and unlawful driving away of a vehicle. The vehicle also was uninsured.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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