LOCAL NEWS for
MIO MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON. 44 YEAR OLD RICHARD
WATSON WAS SENTENCED AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF HIS
GIRLFRIEND'S FOUR MONTH OLD DAUGHTER. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY
HERALD, WATSON PLEADED GUILTY TO FIRST DEGREE CHILD ABUSE AND SECOND
DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF EVELYN LEGACY. BROOKS ADMITTED THAT HE SHOOK
LEGACY VIOLENTLY ON AUGUST 9TH 2015, ULTIMATELY CAUSING HER DEATH. BROOKS
WAS ARRESTED AUGUST 17TH AND PLEADED GUILTY ON AUGUST 29TH. HE WAS
SENTENCED TO A MINIMUM OF 15 YEARS AND MAXIMUM OF 25 YEARS ON CHILD ABUSE
CHARGES AND A LIFE SENTENCE ON THE SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE. THE GUILTY
PLEA DEAL GIVES WATSON THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.
MOTIVE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE ALLEGED MURDER OF HALE MAN. MONEY
WAS THE MOTIVE IN THE ALLEGED MURDER OF ROGER KNICKERBOCKER THE SECOND.
ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, TESTIMONY WAS GVEN BY CO-DEFENDENT
CHRISTOPHER GRINELL OF HALE DURING A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION IN IOSCO
COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. GRINELL AND FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST DR. KANU VIRANI
WERE CALLED TO THE STAND TO ESTABLISH MOTIVE AND PREMEDITATION IN THE
ALLEGED MURDER. GRINELL TESTIFIED THAT HE AND FELLOW DEFENDENT, DANIEL
OLAR ALLEGEDLY PLOTTED TO KILL KNICKERBOCKER FOR MONEY. OLAR IS SCHEDULED
FOR A PRETRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT JANUARY 8TH AT 10AM.
LOCAL NEWS for
ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION RECENTLY RECEIVED TWO AWARDS.
THE ALPENA ALCONA AREA
CREDIT UNION WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE 2017 GOVERNOR'S SERVICE AWARD IN
THE CORPORATE COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD CATEGORY. THE CREDIT UNION BROUGHT
FINANCIAL EDUCATION TO MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS WITH TEEN FINANCIAL REALITY
FAIRS, DONATED OVER $20,000 DOLLARS TO 23 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND TEAM
MEMBERS SPENT OVER 500 HOURS VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE.
THE CREDIT UNION WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH THE EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER
EDUCATION AWARD FROM THE MICHIGAN CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION. ALPENA ALCONA
AREA CREDIT UNION WAS RECOGNIZED FOR THER DEDICATION TO EDUCATING
COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF ALL AGES IN VARIOUS FORMS INCLUDING CLASS ROOM
PRESENTATIONS, FINANCIAL SEMINARS, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAMS AS WELL
AS ADDING NINE CERTIFIED FINANCIAL COUNSELORS TO THEIR STAFF. ALPENA
ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION HAS EIGHT LOCATIONS SERVING MEMBERS IN ALPENA,
ALCONA, MONTMORENCY AND IOSCO COUNTIES
ARENAC COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECENTLY DISCUSSED WHAT THEY CONSIDER IS A
DANGEROUS INTERSECTION. COMMISSIONERS EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT TRAFFIC
DANGERS AT THE CORNER OF M-13 AND WORTH ROAD. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC
COUNTY INDEPENDENT, the dangers
stem from casino traffic and increased construction for the casino
expansion AND LIMITED SIGHT LINES FOR WEST BOUND TRAFFIC ON WORTH ROAD. A
LETTER, PENNED BY CHAIRMAN RONALD BRANDA, STATING THAT THE INTERSECTION IS
DANGEROUS, WAS SENT TO THE ARENAC COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AND THEN WILL BE
SENT TO THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
LOCAL NEWS for
Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that a fourth round of
grant funding will be available in 2018 for communities and organizations
working on Michigan’s Iron
Belle Trail. Proposals are due by January 5th. Grants will be announced in
March. Michigan Department of Natural Resources partners, communities and
eligible nonprofits will have the opportunity to compete for grant money
for Iron Belle Trail projects. The maximum request is $30,000. Michigan’s
Iron Belle Trail has two distinct routes for hiking and bicycling that,
together, cover more than 2,000 miles of trail. Proposal forms and other
information about the trail is available on the DNR website at Michigan
dot gov slash iron belle
OSCODA TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES RECENTLY APPROVED
SPENDING FOR THE SEWER SYSTEM. FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR REPAIRS OF THE
SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM AT THE SOUTH END OF OSCODA. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO
COUNTY NEWS HERALD, OFFICIALS VOTED TO SPEND UP T $10,000 DOLLARS TO MAKE
EMERGENCY REPAIRS. TOWNSHIP SUPERINTENDENT, ROBERT STALKER, SAID THE
DWIGHT STREET LIFT STATION HAS BEEN RUNNING ALMOST NON-STOP, PROMPTING THE
INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE INFILTRATION. STALKER SAID THAT THEY
INITIALLY SUSPECTED BREACHES IN THE SEWER MAIN, BUT NOW IT APPEARS THAT
ANOTHER ISSUE MAY BE THE PRIMARY CAUSE.
THE CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP PARKS AND RECREATION PLAN
HAS BEEN APPROVED. THE PLAN WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE COUNCIL
AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, THE NEW PLAN
WILL FOCUS ON THE NEW CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP HALL, WHICH WILL B E LOCATED AT
THE CORNER OF CASEVILLE ROAD AND ANN DRIVE, JUST SOUTH OF THE CITY LIMITS.
SUPERVISER BEN WILLINBERG SAID THAT RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE PLANNED
FOR THE COMPLEX. THE PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN NEEDS TO BE UPDATED
EVERY FIVE YEARS.
LOCAL NEWS for
FIVE YEAR PLAN FOR THE OSCODA COUNTY DENNIS KAUFFMAN MEMORIAL AIRPORT
(51M) IN MIO WAS RECENTLY PRESENTED TO THE OSCODA COUNTY BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS. THE AIRPORT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE SEVERAL LARGE
IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES DONE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE
OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, PROJECTS IN 2018 INCLUDE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF
A NEW CONCRETE APRON AS WELL AS PAVEMENT MARKING AND CRACK SEALING. IN
2019 AND 2020 PROJECTS INCLUDE THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A T-HANGAR
AND IN 2021 SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE PURCHASED AND IN 2022
DESIGN OF A BUILDING FOR SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT STORAGE. THE AIRPORT
REGAINED IT'S ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERAL FUNDING AND WILL RECEIVE
APPROXIMATELY $150,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR.
THE TWINING DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NEW BARN
HAS BEEN COMPLETED. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CAN NOW STORE ALL
THEIR EQUIPMENT UNDER ONE ROOF. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY
INDEPENDENT, VILLAGE PRESIDENT DON FERGUSON SAID EQUIPMENT USED TO BE
STORED IN THREE SEPARATE LOCATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BARN,
OLD AMBULANCE BARN AND A VILLAGE OWNED STORAGE BUILDING. THE NEW BARN WAS
PAID FOR WITH THREE GRANTS FROM THE SAGINAW CHIPPEWA INDIAN TRIBE TOTALING
TO FORK ALCONA WILL BE RECEIVING GRANT FUNDING FROM THE MICHIGAN ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. THE ORGANIZATION WAS ABLE TO RAISE $7,500 DOLLARS
THROUGH DONATIONS, INCLUDING THE ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION AND WILL
NOW RECEIVE A MATCHING DONATION FROM THE M.E.D.C. THE GRANT WILL PROVIDE
FUNDING FOR EVENTS WITH VENDORS, FARMS AND BUSINESSES TO BRING MORE PEOPLE
TO ALCONA COUNTY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM VISIT THEIR
FACEBOOK PAGE AT FARM TO FORK ALCONA.
LOCAL NEWS for
HURON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKED OUT AN AGREEMENT FOR A CONTRACT
WITH CENTRAL DISPATCH.
Effective January 1ST, the five-year contract gives a 1.5 percent annual
raise to members of the Police Officers Association of Michigan Central
Dispatch Bargaining Unit. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, Randy
Miller, Huron County 911/ Emergency Services director thanked the board
for getting a timely contract in place. THE BOARD VOTED 6-0 TO RATIFY THE
THE TAWAS AREA SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL
MEET TONIGHT. ON THE AGENDA IS THE SUMMER TAX RESOLUTION, A RESOLUTION TO
AMEND THE 2017-2018 GENERAL FUND BUDGET, DISCUSSION ON THE PURCHASE OF
DIGITAL NOVELS AND THE 2018 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACT. THE
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7PM IN THE BOARDROOM OF THE
ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.
HAS BEEN ANOTHER DELAY IN THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING A NEW TREATMENT PLANT
ON THE FORMER WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE IN OSCODA.
received a letter from the Air Force regarding the location of a granular
activated carbon treatment plant to remove PFO'S and PFOA chemicals.
ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA PRESS, The letter was shared with the Oscoda
Township Board of Trustees during its meeting that evening. LOCATION
OPTIONS INCLUDE WEST OF THE AUNE MEDICAL CENTER AND SOUTH OF CALIFORNIA
STREET, NEXT TO THE BENZENE PUMP AND TREATMENT SYSTEM OR IN THE PETROLEUM,
OIL AND LUBRICANT YARD. BOARD members want time to deliberate and gather
information from the Department of Environmental Quality, consensus was
given that the issue will be addressed at their next regular meeting.
LOCAL NEWS for
incorporating public input received during two separate comment periods,
the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has completed final
recommendations to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to
off-road vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. DNR Director Keith
Creagh will take action on the recommendations at the December 14th
Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing. The expanded access, if
approved by the director, will take effect January 1ST. Beginning in 2018,
all state forest roads in Northern Michigan will be open to ORV use unless
designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user
safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive
areas. The final recommendations can be viewed at Michigan dot gov slash
forest roads. FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT OUR DNR
TAWAS CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED REHABILITATION PLANS FOR THE TAWAS
CITY SHORELINE PARK PIER.
approved a concept design for rehabilitation of the pier at Tawas City
Shoreline Park. A draft design of the plan was presented to officials and
includes the addition of an L-shaped structure at the end of the pier, in
order to provide safe harborage for watercraft and allow for day docking.
Tawas City Manager Annge Horning SAID if the council is in agreement with
the design, the next step would be the preliminary design. If all goes as
planned, a majority of the project costs would be covered by a community
development block grant through the Michigan Economic Development
Corporation. THE schedule, HAS THE final design and bidding expected by
September 2018, with construction anticipated to begin in the winter of
OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK.
THE MEETING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY AT 9:30AM. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW
COUNTY HERALD, THE COMMISSION WILL RECEIVE COMMENTS ON NEWLY REVISED
STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE, RESIDENTIAL
AND COMMERCIAL DRIVEWAY STANDARDS AND FEE SCHEDULE. ALSO FEE SCHEDULES FOR
PERMITS ISSUED FOR WORK TO BE PERFORMED WITHIN THE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY
INCLUDING UTILITY INSTALLATION. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE OGEMAW
COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION OFFICE, 1250 SOUTH M-33, WEST BRANCH, WEDNESDAY
BEGINNING AT 9:30AM.
STATE NEWS for FRI 15DEC17
EX OF MICHELLE KUKULSKI, MISSING SINCE LAST WEEK, HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED
MURDER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
SAYS KUKULSKI'S BODY WAS FOUND THURSDAY MORNING IN OSCODA COUNTY. THEY SAY
JOHN O'CONNOR KILLED HER AFTER THEY GOT INTO A FIGHT. SHERIFF KIRK
WAKEFIELD SAYS HER VAN WAS FOUND IN CLARKSON WEDNESDAY AND WHAT THEY FOUND
MADE THEM REALIZE IT WAS NO LONGER JUST A MISSING PERSONS CASE. HE SAYS
AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF INTERVIEWING O'CONNOR, HE FINALLY ADMITTED THAT
THERE WAS AN INCIDENT AT HIS HOME, LATER ADMITTING WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY TODAY WILL CONSIDER
LOU ANNA SIMON A RAISE. SIMON HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE OVER THE SCHOOL'S
COMPLAINTS AGAINST MSU DR. LARRY NASSAR, WHO HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO
ASSAULTING YOUNG GIRLS. THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE,
WHO IS THE
TARGET OF LAWSUITS IN THE NASSER CASE, HAS TAKEN A MEDICAL LEAVE FROM THE
THE TRUSTEES TODAY ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE SIMON A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.
A MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY A WYOMING POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE
DISPUTE, HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER THE INCIDENT. WOOD TV REPORTS CASEY
BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM IN A BUILDING AND
ONE COUNT OF
KILLING AN ANIMAL. THE OFFICER WHO FIRED HIS WEAPON IS ON PAID
PENDING THE INVESTIGATION. POLICE HAVE NOT REVEALED THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF
IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN EXPECTED TO TRAVEL
SEASON, YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY OFF THE ROADS DURING THE AFTERNOON RUSH ON
DECEMBER 21ST. TRIPLE A ESTIMATES THAT DECEMBER 21ST FROM 3 TO 5:30PM WILL
WORST TIME TO TRAVEL THE ROADS IN DETROIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. TRAVEL HAS
BEEN UP OVER
THE ALL THE MAJOR HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR ACROSS THE U.S. THIS YEAR'S ESTIMATED
TRAVEL NUMBERS ARE OVER 3-PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. THE TOP
DESTINATIONS FOR AIR
TRAVEL ARE ORLANDO AND ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.
JEWELRY, AVIATORS, APPLE PHONES AND IPADS...THEY'RE ALL UP FOR AUCTION
JUST IN TIME FOR THE
HOLIDAYS DURING THE STATE'S LATEST SURPLUS SALE THIS WEEKEND. THE ITEMS UP
HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY POLICE, LEFT AT AIRPORTS AND CLEARED OUT OF PUBLIC
COLLEGES. THE ONEDAY
"MISTORE" OPENS AT 8AM TOMORROW AT THE OFFICES ON WEST ST. IN LANSING,
ACCEPTED IN CASH AND CREDIT CARDS. THE SHOP WILL CLOSE AT NOON.
STATE NEWS for THU 14DEC17
25 CAR CHAIN REACTION CRASH ON US 131 NEAR REED CITY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. IT REPORTEDLY STARTED WITH A SINGLE CRASH, ACCORDING
TO THE OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE
HOSPITAL. SOUTHBOUND 131 WAS CLOSED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. REED CITY
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS TOOK STRANDED PEOPLE FROM THE PILEUP TO THEIR BUS
WE'RE LEARNING NOW THAT A WOLVERINE LAKE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER WAS INVOLVED
TUESDAY'S HEAD-ON CRASH ON I-275 THAT KILLED TWO PEOPLE. STATE
POLICE SAY MIKE STACK WAS AT THE WHEEL OF THE SUV THAT WAS TRAVELING THE
WRONG WAY AND STRUCK AN SEDAN WITH THE VICTIMS, IDENTIFIED AS 33-YEAR-OLD
NICHOLAS PARE' OF WAYNE AND 32-YEAR-OLD SHANNON MCINTYRE OF WOODHAVEN, WHO
WERE ENGAGED. INVESTIGATORS SAY ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN
THE CRASH. STACK HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY WITH RESULTS OF HIS
BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL STILL PENDING. NO CHARGES
HAVE BEEN FILED AT THIS TIME.
TWO CURRENT AND FOUR RETIRED DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CHARGED
WITH EXTORTION. THEY'RE ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING BRIBES -- USING THEIR
POSITIONS TO REFER STOLEN OR ABANDONED CARS FOUND IN DETROIT TO CERTAIN
COLLISION SHOPS IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH PAYMENTS FROM THE SHOPS' OWNERS.
THE CURRENT OFFICERS, DEONNE DOTSON AND CHARLES WILLS, WERE INDICTED
WEDNESDAY ON A NUMBER OF EXTORTION CHARGES. THE FOUR RETIRED
OFFICERS PLEADED GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.
WILL DETROIT MAKE THE CUT? MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER OWNERS VOTE TODAY ON WHERE
EXPANSION TEAMS WILL START PLAY IN 2020, WITH TWO OTHERS JOINING THE
LEAGUE NEXT YEAR. DETROIT IS IN THE RUNNING FOR A NEW TEAM ALONG
WITH CINCINNATI, NASHVILLE AND
SACRAMENTO. A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK.
DRIVERS IN ROSCOMMON COUNTY RECEIVED A PLEASANT SURPRISE WHEN THEY WERE
OVER BY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES...WELL SOME OF THEM ANYWAY. AS PART OF
OPERATION PRESENT PATROL, ROSCOMMON COUNTY DEPUTIES GAVE OUT TURKEYS
...NOT TICKETS FOR MINOR CIVIL INFRACTIONS.
STATE NEWS for WED 13DEC17
SEARCH IS ON FOR A MISSING NORTHERN MICHIGAN WOMAN. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS
YEAR-OLD MICHELLE KUKULSKI , OF GRAYLING, HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST
FRIDAY WHEN SHE WENT TO PICK UP HER DAUGHTER'S BELONGINGS FROM HER EX
HUSBAND. A FAMILY FRIEND SAYS THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN IN COMMON AND SHE
WAS ON HER WAY TO A FAMILY FUNCTION THAT DAY. SHE NEVER SHOWED UP FOR WORK
THE NEXT MORNING. DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN SEARCHING NEAR A CELL PHONE TOWER
THAT LAST PINGED HER PHONE.
A 29-YEAR-OLD MILLINGTON MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE IN TUSCOLA
COUNTY. SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES RECEIVED A COMPLAINT THAT INVOLVED A
SEVEN MONTH OLD CHILD WITH A BROKEN LEG. THE MOTHER'S BOYFRIEND, JOHNATHAN
SHOW HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND MARIJUANA POSSESSION.
WE ARE WAITING TO LEARN MORE FROM MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ABOUT THE MAN AND
WOMAN WHO WERE KILLED IN THAT CRASH INVOLVING A WRONG WAY DRIVER ON
NORTHBOUND I-275 IN CANTON. INVESTIGATORS SAY A 59-YEAR OLD
WOLVERINE LAKE MAN WAS DRIVING AN SUV SOUTHBOUND IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES
NEAR MICHIGAN AVENUE WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A CAR LATE TUESDAY
MORNING. POLICE FOUND OPEN ALCOHOL IN THE SUV AND THE SUSPECTED DRUNK
HOSPITALIZED. THE WOMAN DRIVING THE CAR AND A PASSENGER WERE KILLED. NO
NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.
A CENTRAL LAKE MAN IS IN JAIL AFTER A CRASH LAST NIGHT IN ELK RAPIDS THAT
KILLED A WOMAN. THE ANTRIM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE MAN HIT
A VEHICLE WITH THE WOMAN AND TWO OTHER PASSENGERS BETWEEN U.S. 31 AND
SOUTH BAY SHORE DRIVE.
STATE NEWS for TUE 12DEC17
A MAN TRIED TO PASS OFF AN OLD LOTTERY TICKET AS A WINNER AT A CONVENIENCE
STORE IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN, HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS DEALING WITH. WOOD
TV REPORTS THE MAN LEFT THE STORE ON FOOT AND THE CLERK CHASED HIM ON M-40
IN PORTER TOWNSHIP IN VAN BUREN COUNTY, HITTING HIM WITH HIS SNOWPLOW. THE
SUSPECT FELL INTO A DITCH AND THE CLERK TACKLED HIM UNTIL DEPUTIES ARRIVED
MONDAY MORNING. THE 26-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT IS HOSPITALIZED WITH BROKEN BONES
AND INTERNAL INJURIES.
A 21-YEAR-OLD ST. IGNACE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 66 TO 100 YEARS IN
KILLING HIS GRANDMOTHER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS JACOBB ST. ANDREW PLEAD
GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER. POLICE SAY ANDREW GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT
WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER LAST MARCH AND CHOKED HER TO DEATH.
AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY OVER ALLEGATIONS OF HARASSMENT AND
INTIMIDATION MADE AGAINST THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
SUPERINTENDENT PAUL SOMA AND HIS EXECUTIVE TEAM. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE
REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.
61-YEAR-OLD DAVID ROOP, OF GRAND RAPIDS, HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF FIVE
CRIMINAL CHARGES INVOLVING DISTRIBUTION AND REPRODUCTION OF CHILD
PORNOGRAPHY. HE WAS ARRESTED LAST YEAR AFTER THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE
INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE SEARCHED
HIS HOME AND FOUND CHILD PORN. HE'LL BE SENTENCED IN JANUARY AND FACES
DECADES IN PRISON.
ATTORNEYS GENERAL FROM THREE STATES SAY A $275-MILLION-DOLLAR FEDERAL PLAN
FOR KEEPING ASIAN CARP FROM MIGRATING INTO THE GREAT LAKES IS TOO PRICEY
AND REJECTS THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION. THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS IS RECOMMENDING TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS ELECTRIC BARRIERS AND WATER
CANNONS AT THE BRANDON ROAD LOCK AND DAM NEAR JOLIET, ILLINOIS -- WHICH
STANDS BETWEEN THE CARP-INFESTED ILLINOIS RIVER AND LAKE MICHIGAN.
ATTORNEYS GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE, LORI SWANSON OF MINNESOTA AND JOSH
SHAPIRO OF PENNSYLVANIA SAY A BETTER WAY IS REPLACING THE LOCK GATES WITH
A CONCRETE WALL THAT WOULD DIVIDE THE GREAT LAKES AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER
WATERSHEDS. THAT WOULD COST ONLY ABOUT $5.9-MILLION-DOLLARS.
STATE NEWS for MON 11DEC17
MEN WERE CRITICALLY WOUNDED IN A PARTY BUS SHOOTING. INVESTIGATORS SAY A
FIGHT BROKE OUT AT A HOOKAH LOUNGE IN SOUTHFIELD AROUND 2 A-M. WHEN THE
VICTIMS BOARDED THE PARTY BUS TO HIGHLAND PARK, THE PEOPLE THEY WERE
FIGHTING FOLLOWED THEM AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THE BUS, WHICH WAS HIT BY
THE GUNFIRE. ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS STRUCK IN THE CHEST, THE OTHER IN THE
LEG. WHILE POLICE HAVE A LEAD ON A SUSPECT, NO ONE IS IN CUSTODY AT THIS
A HEAD-ON CRASH IN MECOSTA COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE SHERIFF'S
A PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE WHILE CROSSING A BRIDGE
AND CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT ANOTHER PICKUP DRIVEN BY A 50-YEAR-OLD
WOMAN FROM MORLEY HEADON. BOTH DRIVERS COMPLAINED OF INJURIES AND
THE WOMAN DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO SPECTRUM BUTTERWORTH.
THE OWNERS OF THE WISE GUYS BAR AND GRILL IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP SAY THEY
AFTER FIRE DESTROYED THEIR BUSINESS EARLY SUNDAY. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE MORE
CONCERNED WITH THEIR 35 EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK RIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.
BUT AS WORD OF THE FIRE SPREAD, NEIGHBORING BARS CAME FORWARD WITH JOB
OPENINGS FOR THOSE DISPLACED WORKERS. ONE OF THE BARS, ROGER'S
ROOST, DONATED HALF THE TILL FROM THEIR DRINKS SUNDAY NIGHT TO HELP THE
EMPLOYEES. WHILE THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, OWNERS OF THE WISE GUYS
SAY IT WILL BE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THEY RE-OPEN.
GAS PRICES ARE UP ABOUT SEVEN CENTS IN MICHIGAN SINCE LAST WEEK. TRIPLE-A
SAYS THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IS ABOUT TWO-51 A GALLON,
UP 24 CENTS
FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR. THE LOWEST PRICES ARE IN THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA
TWO-45 A GALLON AND THE HIGHEST PRICES ARE IN THE MARQUETTE AREA AT ABOUT
SKI RESORT IN THE U-P, WON'T BE OPENING THIS YEAR. NORWAY MOUNTAIN IN
BEEN SOLD AND PLAN TO REOPEN NEXT SEASON.
STATE NEWS for FRI 08DEC17
WOMAN WAS KILLED AFTER SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE ON AN ICY ROAD AND
ROLLED HER CAR INTO THE PERE MARQUETTE RIVER IN LAKE COUNTY. 9 AND 10 NEWS
REPORTS SHERIFF RICHARD MARTIN SAYS THE RIVER HAD A CURRENT AND SO THE
VEHICLE HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE WATER SO THEY COULD GAIN ACCESS TO THE
VEHICLE. KATHLEEN GULCH WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND TAKEN TO SPECTRUM HEALTH
HOSPITAL IN LUDINGTON , WHERE SHE WAS LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD.
IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN, FIREFIGHTERS IN BALDWIN MAY NOT GET PAID FOR A YEAR
OF WORK. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS BALDWIN FIREFIGHTERS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE
PAID YESTERDAY, BUT THE VILLAGE COUNCIL SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS
DISCONTINUING THEIR CONTRACT TO PURSUE ONE IN A DIFFERENT TOWNSHIP.
BALDWIN FIRE CHIEF MARTIN WALKER SAYS THAT'S MONEY THEY'VE ALREADY
EARNED AND IT'S NOT A WHOLE LOT, BUT IT GOES TO BUY THEIR CHRISTMAS GIFTS.
MEETING WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH ON THE ISSUE.
GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER HAS SIGNED LEGISLATION REQUIRING THE MICHIGAN
DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO HAVE A POLICY TO HIRE FELONS. EXTENSIVE
BACKGROUND CHECKS AND WRITTEN
APPROVALS FROM THE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR WILL BE REQUIRED.
CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY WANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE BECAUSE
MANY EMPLOYERS AUTOMATICALLY EXCLUDE HIRING SOMEONE WITH A RECORD.
THE MAN SUSPECTED IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DANIELLE STISLICKI WILL APPEAR
IN COURT TODAY TO BE SENTENCED FOR THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A WOMAN IN HINES
PARK IN LIVONIA. FLOYD GALLOWAY PLEADED GUILTY TO KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT
WITH INTENT TO COMMIT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT AFTER DNA EVIDENCE LINKED
HIM TO THE ATTACK. HE'LL BE SENTENCED TO 16 TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON.
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President Mike Pence Begins Trip to Israel, Egypt and Germany
Vice President Pence begins a week-long trip to the nations. His
agenda includes bilateral meetings with Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi,
a speech to the Israeli Knesset, visits to the Western Wall in
Jerusalem and the pyramids on the edge of Cairo, and a
meet-and-greet with service members at Ramstein Air Base.
6th Anniversary of Death of Former North Korean
Leader Kim Jong Il
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Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Debuts at Walt
Disney World in Orlando
The VR experience transports guests into the Star Wars universe
and allows them to walk freely throughout the multi-sensory
experience in groups of four, going undercover as Stormtroopers
to capture Imperial intelligence.
40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever Released in
NFL Saturday Games
The Chicago Bears play at the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles
Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs in two Saturday contests.
Outdoor NHL Game (Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Canada)
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic featuring the Ottawa Senators and
Montreal Canadiens. The outdoor affair pays tribute to a
century of NHL contests by celebrating the 100th anniversary of
the League's first games being played. The contest also
celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup. The
Greatest NHL Moment, as voted for by fans, will be announced
during the game.
DECEMBER 17TH, 2017
Anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement Signing
Anniversary of President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime
Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de
Gortari signing the North American Free Trade Agreement in
Kenny Rogers Concludes Farewell Tour (Cool Insuring
Arena, Glens Falls, NY)
Kenny Rogers plays the final headline show of his Gambler's Last
Deal farewell tour. The singer's final show scheduled is a
headline performance at the Stagecoach Festival in California on
DECEMBER 18TH, 2017
Group Launches Bitcoin Futures Contract-CME Group
launches Bitcoin futures contract, to be listed on and subject
to the rules of CME. It is cash-settled and based on the CME CF
Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), which serves as a once-a-day
reference rate of the U.S. dollar price of bitcoin. The group
said that the new platform 'builds off of the success of the BRR
and demand for a regulated trading venue for the digital asset
Court Hearing for Suspected Driver in Times Square
Court hearing for Richard Rojas, charged with one count of
second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder-second
degree after allegedly driving his car into pedestrians in New
York's Times Square in May of this year.
60th Anniversary of First Nuclear Facility to
Generate Electricity in the U.S.
Anniversary of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the
country's first large-scale civilian atomic power plant,
generating electricity for commercial use.
Forbes Publishes America’s Wealthiest Celebrities
20th Anniversary of Chris Farley’s Death
Anniversary of the death of Chris Farley who died of a drug
overdose at the age of 33.
Court Hearing for Rapper Mystikal on Rape Charge
Court hearing for Michael Tyler (aka rapper Mystikal) charged
with first-degree rape in connection with a sexual assault in
downtown Shreveport in October of last year. Analysis of DNA
recovered at the scene allegedly links Tyler with the crime.
Tyler was released from prison in 2010 after serving six years
for sexual battery and extortion.
DECEMBER 19TH, 2017
Class Mail Christmas Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending First Class Mail for
Christmas delivery no later than today.
Senate Committee Hearing on Syria and ISIS (10am ET)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing ‘U.S. Strategy for
Syria after ISIS”.
Court Hearing for Kansas Men Charged in Alleged
Terror Plot (Wichita, KS 11am ET)
Status conference for three Kansas men accused of planning to
detonate bombs at apartment buildings where a number of Somali
Uber London Ban Court Hearing
Hearing regarding the September decision not to renew their
license for Uber to operate in London. This hearing is to
decide if trade union GMB and the Licensed Taxi Drivers'
Association can become interested parties in the case.
International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots
Third annual academic symposium on Human-Computer Interaction
and Human-Robot Interaction. This year's topics include Robot
Emotions, Humanoid Robots, Robot Personalities, Teledildonics,
Gender Approaches, Sociological Approaches and Roboethics.
1st Anniversary of Berlin Truck Attack Killing 12
Tunisian failed asylum seeker Anis Amri drove a truck into a
Christmas market in the center of Berlin killing 12 and injuring
more than 50.
1st Anniversary of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Shot
and Killed in Ankara
Anniversary of the shooting at an Islamic center in Ankara of
Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. The perpetrator, an
off-duty Turkish riot police officer, shouted 'Allahu Akbar' in
Arabic, then 'Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria' in
20th Anniversary of Titanic Opening in the U.S.
The film won 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
It was the highest-grossing film of all time for 12 years, until
it was eclipsed by Cameron's next directorial project Avatar.
100th Anniversary of the first NHL Games Played
Anniversary of the first-ever National Hockey League games
between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators in Ottawa and
the Montreal Wanderers against the Toronto Hockey Club in
DECEMBER 20TH, 2017
Mail Christmas Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending Priority Mail for
Christmas delivery no later than today
U.S. Census Bureau Releases Latest Set of Population
U.S. Census Bureau releases 'National, State and Puerto Rico
Total Population and Voting Age Population,' showing population
estimates for the nation, states, and Puerto Rico.
Court Hearing in Lawsuit to Stop Deportation of
Iraqi Immigrants from Michigan (10am ET)
Status conference in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Michigan and
petitioners including Usama Jamil Hamama, on behalf of about 100
Iraqi immigrants who were recently arrested in raids across
Michigan and Tennessee by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
It claims that over 40 Chaldean were detained by ICE agents and
alleges that the petitioners, both Christian and Muslim, cannot
be removed to Iraq where they would 'face a likelihood of
persecution or torture.'
Sentencing of Man who pleaded Guilty to Islamic
State Group Conspiracy Charges (Boston, 10am ET)
Sentencing of Rhode Island man who pleaded guilty to charges of
conspiracy to support the Islamic State group and to committing
acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
Court Hearing for Rapper Kidd Creole on Murder
Charges in New York
Court hearing for Nathaniel Glover (aka rapper Kidd Creole of
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), charged with
second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to
DECEMBER 21ST, 2017
Solstice-Shortest day of the year and first day of
80th Anniversary of Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven
Anniversary of the first feature-length color and sound animated
film premiering in Los Angeles.
Lockerbie Bombing Anniversary
Anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, when a Pan Am
Boeing 747-121 crashed onto the Scottish town, killing 270
people from 21 countries, including 11 people on the ground.
50 Days until PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in
Games run from February 9th through February 25th,
Catalan Parliament Elections (Catalonia, Spain)
Catalan Parliament elections, as ordered in October by Spanish
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
Jane Fonda Celebrates 80th Birthday
Ray Romano Celebrates 60th Birthday
Emmanuel Macron Celebrates 40th Birthday
DECEMBER 22ND, 2017
for New Funding Deal to Avert Government Shutdown
Funding for the federal government is due to expire, unless
Priority Mail Express Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending Priority Mail Express for
Christmas delivery no later than today.
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