Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – June 13, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, June 13, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Introduce and swear in Mt. Pleasant Police Officers Mason Nash and David Wheaton.
  • Presentation on the 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.
  • Consider approval of the proposed 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend section 154.410.B.4 and table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances regarding child care centers and group day care homes and set a public hearing fur June 27, 2022 on the same.

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How to follow public meetings:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants may view the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Channel, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to

To participate via Zoom:

Meeting ID: 873 2530 6734

Passcode: 903442

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

Audio and video will be muted for members of the public and then unmuted by the host during public comment periods.

For participants accessing via computer or smartphone please use the “Raise Your Hand” icon to indicate you would like to speak. First, click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of your screen. Next, click on the “Raise Your Hand” icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.

To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.

Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting.

Virtual attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager     

Brian Assmann  

Elizabeth Busch

Olivia Cyman    

Maureen Eke    

Amy Perschbacher

George Ronan  

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate may call the Human Resources office at (989) 779-5314. Persons requiring speech or hearing assistance may contact the City through the Michigan Relay Center at 711. A 48-hour advance notice is necessary for accommodation.

Right Way Auto Armed Robbery Suspect in Custody

On January 19, 2022 at approximately 9:55 a.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Right Way Auto, 1119 S. Mission Street.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that a male suspect brandished a gun and fled the scene in a vehicle stolen from the Right Way auto lot. Dealer employees were able to give a description of the suspect and stolen vehicle. The suspect was identified as a 20-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant by the vehicle he drove to the dealership and left at the scene. Mt. Pleasant Police detectives and officers issued a ‘be on the lookout’ for the suspect and vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies. A short time later, the Bay County Police Department located the suspect and placed him into custody without incident. The handgun seized by police was a BB gun. The suspect will be arraigned on January 20 in the Isabella County Court. This was an isolated and targeted incident. There is no risk to the public.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000. This is an ongoing and open investigation.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Bay County Police Department, Bay County Central Dispatch, Michigan State Police and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended

MT. PLEASANT, MI – On March 28, 2021 at approximately 9:15 p.m. an armed robbery was reported at the NextDoor Food Store located at 1622 S. Mission Street. The suspect, wearing a wig at the time of the robbery, did produce a handgun and left on foot.

Officers from both the Mt. Pleasant Police and Central Michigan University Police Departments were in the vicinity when the call was dispatched and quickly located the suspect three blocks away. Officers placed the suspect into custody and recovered the gun which was plastic.

The suspect, who is a 33-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant, will be arraigned on Monday, March 29, 2021 in the Isabella County Court. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department and Central Dispatch.

UPDATE – Suspicious death investigation

On Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. a call involving an aggressive dog in a neighborhood located on Mt. Pleasant’s west side was dispatched. During the call the dog’s owner was found deceased in her home. The deceased female was identified as 24 year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, Bianca Nieto.

Nieto’s family was notified on Monday. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Nieto did not return phone calls or text messages from family members, and did not report to work.

There are no known health issues which would have contributed to Nieto’s death. The Michigan State Crime Lab was called in to assist due to the circumstances of the scene.

This is an open investigation pending the report from the medical examiner’s office. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives will be continuing the investigation and will provide updates as they become available.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and the MSP Crime Lab.

Mt. Pleasant Police investigating suspicious death – No risk to the public

Mt. Pleasant Police were dispatched to an animal control complaint at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019.  During this call it was discovered that a resident of the home was deceased.

Name and specific location information are being withheld until next of kin can be contacted. The Mt. Pleasant Police, along with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, are currently investigating. There is no risk to the public.

UPDATE: Empty Keg Party Store armed robbery

10/12/18 UPDATE:

On October 6, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Police received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at 122 E. Pickard Street in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

On October 7, 2018 a description and photo of the suspect, along with video surveillance footage was released to the media. The public responded with several tips of the suspect’s identity and the suspect was identified.

Mt. Pleasant Police Detectives quickly determined the suspect was no longer in the Mt. Pleasant area and have reached out for assistance from other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. On October 8, 2018 an arrest warrant was issued for Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. a 29-year old black male.  In addition to the warrant for armed robbery, Cole has eight other outstanding warrants.

Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. is described as 6’1”, 190 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Cole has a tattoo of a “Lion Head” on his upper back, and “AHLISIANNA” tattooed on the left side of his chest.

The Mt. Pleasant Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. who resides in the Lansing area and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you know the whereabouts of Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. please DO NOT approach him, contact your local police department and Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000.

Video of the robbery and a current photograph of Rickery Cole Jr. can be viewed at


October 7, 2018 MEDIA RELEASE: 

Armed Robbery 122 E. Pickard St. (Empty Keg Party Store) 

MT PLEASANT, MI – On October 6, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Police received a call of an armed robbery that had just occurred at 122 E. Pickard Street in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Mt. Pleasant Police officers responded to the Empty Keg Party Store and secured the scene. Additional officers began a canvass of the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.

The suspect was described as a 5’8″ to 6′ male with dark complexion, wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, black basketball shorts, and tan shoes.

The suspect entered the store to inform the clerk of a disturbance outside.  The clerk exited the store with the suspect. The suspect then displayed a hand gun and ordered the clerk back into the store to retrieve money from the cash register.

Mt. Pleasant Police were unable to locate anyone in the area that matched the description of the suspect. Additional businesses in the area were contacted and made aware of the situation and were advised to contact Isabella County Central Dispatch if anyone matching the description came into their business.

Mt. Pleasant Police were assisted by a Michigan State Police K-9 unit. The investigation remains ongoing by Mt. Pleasant Police detectives.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Mt. Pleasant Police Department TIP line at (989)779-9111.

Visit City of Mt Pleasant Public Safety on Facebook to view a full HD video of the incident.


Mt. Pleasant police warn of money scam

On July 12, 2018, the Mount Pleasant Police Department was contacted by a citizen about a Mount Pleasant police detective’s name being used in a scam for money.

The scam uses a current Mount Pleasant detective’s name and credentials. This person has called potential victims and requested money after threatening to arrest or pursue criminal charges. The scam has been used throughout the state of Michigan.

The person impersonating a Mount Pleasant detective will avoid meeting in person and will request payment through “Green Dot” or some other form of untraceable fund transaction.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department will never ask for any payments by phone.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

If anyone receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a Mount Pleasant police detective or officer, please contact Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000 or 989-779-5100 during regular business hours to confirm the call is legitimate.

City police provide update regarding the suspicious situation in Island Park on Tuesday, June 26

On June 27, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department received information from a mother in Midland, Mich. claiming her son and his friends were responsible for the situation in Island Park on Tuesday evening that led to both parks being evacuated and searched by several area police departments.

The mother indicated her 16-year-old son was part of a club that was filming a role-playing scenario in Island Park just prior to Central Dispatch receiving a report that two male subjects were seen in the park covered in blood and carrying what appeared to be a long gun. She stated she got a call from her son indicating he was coming home from Mount Pleasant and not to be shocked when he got there because he was covered in “fake blood.”

She further explained the group had at least one “prop gun” they were using in the video, and said her son was wearing camouflage clothing.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department assures the community that there is no threat to the public following this incident. The situation has been investigated and determined to be a miscommunication from a “role-playing club” to the proper authorities.

Citizens are reminded to inform public safety officials of actions that may cause the general public concern.

Police investigate stabbing incident

On May 30, at approximately 4:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to Mill Pond Park located off Adams Street for a report of a stabbing.

Several people were in Mill Pond Park. An argument between two females started, which quickly turned into a fight. Because of this altercation, Baylee Evans, a 19-year-old Mt. Pleasant man, became engaged in a separate fight with a 17-year-old Rosebush man. The Rosebush man stood up and stated he was stabbed and was bleeding from his abdomen. Evans left the scene with one of the females.

Through the investigation, officers identified Evans as the suspect in the case and located him at a residence in Union Township. Evans was taken into custody without incident.
The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of multiple wounds. The victim was later transferred to another hospital for his injuries. The victim is currently in stable condition, still receiving treatment.

Evans was lodged at the Isabella County Jail. Evans remains in jail and was arraigned on charges of Assault with Great Bodily Harm Less than Murder; Carrying Concealed Weapon; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; Assault with a Dangerous Weapon; and Simple Assault. Bond was set at $30,000/ten percent.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and Mobile Medical Response.

The knife used in the incident.