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Updated 05/23/17

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 23MAY17

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR HAS DEMANDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY PAY FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER SAFETY PROBLEM AFFECTING FAMILIES WHO LIVE NEAR THE FORMER WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE. ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, ALSO CALLED ON THE AIR FORCE TO PROVIDE VETERANS PREVIOUSLY STATIONED AT WURTSMITH WITH DOCUMENTATION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR RELATED HEALTH ISSUES AT VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTERS. ALLOR COMMENDED STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS FOR THE ACTION HE HAS TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION INCLUDING ADVOCATING FOR ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN THE STATE BUDGET TO PROVIDE FILTERS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE FOR AFFECTED HOMES. SENATOR STAMAS ALSO SPONSORED A BILL, PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE IN DECEMBER, WHICH HOLDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE.

A LOOSE TIRE STRUCK A VEHICLE LAST WEEK IN OGEMAW COUNTY.  No one was injured when THE loose tire struck a vehicle on M-30, causing significant damage ON FRIDAY. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, Sheriff Deputy Branden Kirby said a 27-year-old male was traveling northbound when the tire on his pick-up truck came loose. The tire struck a vehicle traveling southbound that was driven by an 82-year-old female. Kirby said Ogemaw County EMS evaluated the 82-year-old and determined she needed no further treatment. The accident is still under investigation.
 

THIS PAST SUNDAY, TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO EAST WISSMILLER ROAD NEAR COVILLE ROAD FOR A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH INVOLVING A TRACTOR. INVESTIGATION AT THE SCENE DETERMINED THAT THE TRACTOR WAS TRAVELING EAST ON WISSMILLER ROAD WHEN IT LEFT THE ROADWAY FOR UNKNOWN REASONS. AFTER LEAVING THE ROADWAY, THE TRACTOR ROLLED OVER AND PINNED THE DRIVER UNDERNEATH. THE DRIVER, A 45 YEAR OLD MIKADO MAN, DIED AS A RESULT OF THE CRASH. ALCOHOL DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE A FACTOR AND THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. TROOPERS WERE ASSISTED ON SCENE BY A DEPUTY FROM THE ALCONA SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, GREENBUSH AND MIKADO TOWNSHIP FIRST REPONDERS AND ALCONA AMBULANCE.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR HAS DEMANDED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IMMEDIATELY PAY FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER SAFETY PROBLEM AFFECTING FAMILIES WHO LIVE NEAR THE FORMER WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE.  ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, ALSO CALLED ON THE AIR FORCE TO PROVIDE VETERANS PREVIOUSLY STATIONED AT WURTSMITH WITH DOCUMENTATION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO RECEIVE TREATMENT FOR RELATED HEALTH ISSUES AT VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTERS. ALLOR COMMENDED STATE SENATOR JIM STAMAS FOR THE ACTION HE HAS TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION INCLUDING ADVOCATING FOR ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN THE STATE BUDGET TO PROVIDE FILTERS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE FOR AFFECTED HOMES. SENATOR STAMAS ALSO SPONSORED A BILL, PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE IN DECEMBER, WHICH HOLDS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE.

LOCAL SPORTS

girls soccer: 
Last night the Oscoda Lady Owls visited Houghton Lake to face the Bobcats. At the end of the first 15 minutes the Bobcats were up 3-0.  They added two more by halftime to lead, 5-0.  By the 61st minute they had finish off the young Owls, 8-0.  Houghton Lake out shot the Owls, 31-2. Freshman Keeper, Anna Yates, made 20 saves. Brooke Nowiski posted 8 steals, 6 intercepts and 1 non-keeper save. Kaleigh Vollmers tallied 6 intercepts and 1 non-keeper. Brianna Axline finished with 5 intercepts and 1 non-keeper. Tonight the Lady Owls host Roscommon at 5:00 pm for their final home game of the season. Thursday night they visit Bullock Creek at 6:00 pm.

suttons bay 4  roscommon 2

boys baseball: 
alcona 18  atlanta 2
alcona 5  atlanta 0

 

STATE
NEWS
:

A STANDOFF AT A CLARE MOTEL WITH A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY HAD MORE THAN 30 SWORDS AND KNIVES IN HIS ROOM. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS POLICE SAY IT ALL BEGAN WHEN THE MAN PUSHED SOMEONE DOWN AT THE LONE PINE MOTEL AND THREATENED TO HURT PEOPLE. POLICE SAY 67-YEAR-OLD BERNIE GOSSETT LOCKED HIMSELF IN HIS CABIN AND THREATENED TO KILL ANYONE WHO TRIED TO COME INSIDE. WHEN OFFICERS SPOKE TO HIM THROUGH THE DOOR , GOSSETT TURNED HIMSELF IN TO POLICE . THEY SEIZED MORE THAN 50 BLADES INCLUDING SAMURAI SWORDS AND THROWING STARTS. POLICE SAY GOSSETT HAD PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND SAY IT'S NOT KNOWN IF HE WAS TAKING THEM OR HAD TAKEN TOO MANY. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH HAVING DANGEROUS WEAPONS AND ASSAULT.

A PRINCIPAL IN LAKE COUNTY HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE PRINCIPAL OF BALDWIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN ARRESTED, BUT HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED YET.

AN AUTOPSY WILL BE CONDUCTED ON THE BODY OF A WOMAN FOUND IN GRAND RAPIDS ON MONDAY. THE WOMAN'S BODY WAS REPORTEDLY FOUND BEHIND LAKE FOREST APARTMENT
COMPLEX NEAR SOFT WATER LAKE. POLICE SAY THE DEATH IS NOT SUSPICIOUS AT THIS TIME AND THEY'RE NOT SURE IF THEY WOMAN, BELIEVED TO BE IN HER 20'S, SUFFERED A MEDICAL
EMERGENCY.

CHARGES ARE EXPECTED AS A METH LAB HAS BEEN FOUND IN A HOME IN OSCEOLA COUNTY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE TRAVERSE NARCOTICS TEAM GOT A TIP ABOUT A POSSIBLE METH LAB AT A HOME IN HIGHLAND TOWNSHIP. THEY SEARCHED THE HOME AND FOUND COMPONENTS OF A METH LAB.

A BOYNE CITY LIQUOR STORE OWNER HAS ENDED UP BEING ARRESTED AFTER HIS PROTEST OF THE FAMILY FARE SUPERMARKET BEING GRANTED A LIQUOR LICENSE. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE OWNER OF THE PAR-T-PAC LIQUOR STORE, MICHAEL LONG, SAYS IT'S DESTROYING HIS BUSINESS
AND PUSHING HIM OUT OF TOWN. POLICE SAY LONG HAS BEEN PROTESTING IN PUBLIC FOR DAYS, BUT HE CROSSED THE LINE WHEN HE PAINTED ON THE FAMILY FARE SUPERMARKET SIGN, CHANGING IT TO FAMILY "UN' FARE. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

A SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT IN MECOSTA COUNTY AS THE CHIPPEWA HILLS SCHOOL BUS WAS EADING EASTBOUND WHEN HE WAS DISTRACTED BY A COUPLE OF STUDENTS. THE BUS DRIVEN BY A 49-YEAR-OLD STANWOOD MAN REAR ENDED ANOTHER VEHICLE. NO ONE WAS INJURED.

NO MORE SHORT CUTS IN MACOMB COUNTY. DRIVERS WHO CUT THROUGH PARKING LOTS OR DRIVEWAYS TO AVOID STOP SIGNS OR TRAFFIC SIGNALS COULD HAVE A $125 DOLLAR TICKET WAITING FOR THEM. POLICE SAYS THEY ARE CRACKING DOWN ON DRIVERS IN A HURRY AND USE PARKING LOTS OF GAS STATIONS OR OTHER BUSINESSES AS SHORT CUTS. ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS WILL INCLUDE CONSTRUCTIONS ZONES, SUCH AS M-59 HALL ROAD BETWEEN UTICA AND MACOMB TOWNSHIP.  OFFICIALS SAY EITHER MAP OUT AN ALTERNATE ROUTE OR LEAVE EARLIER.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 16MAY17

WORK ON THE SIMS WHITNEY WATER SUPPLY PLANT SHOULD START SOON.  THE CONTRACTOR WHO SUBMITTED THE LOW BID FOR THE PROJECT WAS RECENTLY APPROVED BY THE PROJECT'S ENGINEERS. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE NEW FACILITY WILL BE 35 FEET BY 56 FEET AND HAVE JUST ONE STORY AND WILL HOUSE THE WATER FILTRATION AND DISTRIBUTION EQUIPMENT. BOTH SIMS AND WHITNEY TOWNSHIPS RAISED WATER RATES FOR CUSTOMERS IN ORDER TO PAY BACK THE BOND OF 2.5 MILLION DOLLARS. RCL CONSTRUCTION OF SANFORD EXPECTS TO HAVE THE PLANT FINISHED BY OCTOBER.

Funding proposals for 2017 are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program. The program, a joint effort of the Michigan departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality, and Agriculture and Rural Development, is part of a statewide initiative launched in 2014 to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan. Local, state, federal and tribal units of government, nonprofit organizations and universities may apply for funding to support invasive species projects conducted in Michigan. Grant requests for projects can range from a minimum of $25,000 to a maximum of $400,000. APPLICANTS must commit to provide 10 percent of the total project cost in the form of a local match. Learn more about this and other grant opportunities on the DNR website Michigan dot gov slash dnr grants.

LOCAL SPORTS

THE WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD RECENTLY MET. DURING THE MEETING, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED TO HIRE THREE NEW COACHES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE BOARD APPROVED THE HIRING OF BEN SCHLEY AS HEAD VARSITY FOOTBALL COACH, JAYME NICKELL AS VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH AND CATHY BLUST AS VARSITY VOLLEYBALL COACH. SCHLEY WAS GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL COACH LAST SEASON, BUT RESIGNED TO APPLY FOR THE FOOTBALL COACHING POSITION VACATED BY DYLAN DEBOEVER. NICKELL WILL TAKE OVER THE BASKETBALL POSITION VACATED BY SCHLEY AND BLUST FILLS THE VOLLEYBALL COACHING POSITION VACATED BY ERIN GREZESZAK.

GIRLS SOCCER:
ROSCOMMON 1  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 0



GIRLS SOFTBALL:
HILLMAN 8  ALCONA 0
HILLMAN 9  ALCONA 3

 

STATE
NEWS
:

IT WAS A RESOUNDING NO FROM THE TRAVERSE CITY COMMISSIONERS ABOUT BRINGING THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY OFFSHORE CLASSIC SPEED BOAT RACE TO THE CITY NEXT YEAR. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS MANY RESIDENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE RACE BECAUSE IT WOULD TAKE AWAY TIME THAT THE BAY IS ACCESSIBLE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO USE AND THERE'S NOISE POLLUTION.  EVENT ORGANIZERS TOUTED THE ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF THE RACE, BUT THE COMMISSIONERS VOTED
IT DOWN.

THE WRECKING BALL WILL BE TAKEN TO THE PONTIAC SILVERDOME BY LATE SUMMER, NOW THAT A DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE JOB. THE ADAMO GROUP OF DETROIT HAS A RESUME OF HIGH-PROFILE DEMOS INCLUDING THE OLD DODGE MAIN PLANT AND CURRENTLY THE
GEORGIA DOME OF ATLANTA. THE SELECTION OF A CONTRACTOR IS PART OF A CONSENT AGREEMENT AFTER THE CITY OF PONTIAC TOOK THE PROPERTY OWNERS TO COURT TO MOVE THE DEMO PROCESS ALONG. THE OWNERS NOW HAVE A JUNE 9TH DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THEIR DEMO PLANS TO THE CITY.
THE PRESIDENT OF ADAMO EXPECTS WORK ON THE SITE TO BEGIN IN THE FOLLOWING 45 DAYS.

A HARRISON MAN, ETHAN CARL, IS DEAD AFTER HE HE APPARENTLY STARTED A FIRE TO GET RID OF SOME PESTS IN THE WOODS. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE FIRE BURNED MORE THAN HALF AN ACRE LAST WEEK. DEBRA-ANN BRABAZON WITH THE HURON MANISTEE NATIONAL FOREST SAYS IT'S VERY DRY. SHE SAYS IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO CALL 911 AND STEP AWAY FROM A DANGEROUS SITUATION.

THE BAY CITY COMMISSION HAS APPROVED THE SALE OF A RIVERFRONT BUILDING TO THE GREAT LAKES BAY REGIONAL CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU. M-LIVE REPORTS IT'S ALL PART OF A PLAN TO BUILD A NEW REGIONAL VISITORS BUREAU BUILDING WITH AN ATTACHED TOWER THAT COULD INCLUDE AN OBSERVATION DECK. TOURISM OFFICIALS SAY THE BUILDING MAY COST ABOUT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE FOR DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THEIR TEACHERS. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE DETROIT FEDERATION OF TEACHERS REJECTED A TENTATIVE CONTRACT AGREEMENT REACHED LATE LAST WEEK BY UNION NEGOTIATORS AND DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
WHILE DETAILS OF THE AGREEMENT HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED, THE HEAD OF THE DFT SAYS IT DOES NOT MOVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FORWARD TO PLACE STUDENTS FIRST.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 15MAY17

A ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN ALCONA COUNTY WILL BEGIN IN JULY.  RECONSTRUCTION OF CEDAR LAKE ROAD BETWEEN THAYER ROAD AND CEDAR LAKE DRIVE IN GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN JULY 31ST. ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, ELMER'S CONSTRUCTION WAS THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER AND WILL BE THE PRIMARY CONTRACTOR ON THE JOB. WORK INCLUDES CULVERT REPLACEMENT, RESHAPING AND REPAVING THE ROAD ALONG WITH SHOULDER AND DITCH RESTORATION. THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED TO COST $718,000 DOLLARS OF WHICH $375,000 DOLLARS COMES FROM THE MICHIGAN TRANSPORTATION FUND SURFACE PROGRAM. $260,000 DOLLARS WILL COME FROM GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP'S ROAD MILLAGE FUNDS AND $83,000 DOLLARS FROM GENERAL ALLOCATED ROAD FUNDS. THE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE CITY OF TAWAS CITY APPLIED FOR A GRANT FOR NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT.  THE RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZES CLERK MICHELLE WESTCOTT TO EXECUTE THE GRANT AGREEMENT. TAWAS CITY MANAGER ANGIE HORNING SAID THE GRANT WILL BE FOR THE PURCHASE OF A NEW VOTING SYSTEM WHICH WILL INCLUDE A PRECINCT TABULATOR, ACCESSIBLE VOTING DEVICE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES AND RELATED ELECTION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SOFTWARE. HORNING SAID THE INITIAL COST WILL BE COVERED BY THE STATE, THEN THE CITY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ANNUAL MAINTENANCE FEES FOR YEARS SIX THROUGH TEN. THE CITY PLANS TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW SYSTEM IN 2018.

A groundbreaking took place for a new events center near the shores of Houghton Lake. According to Up North Live, The plan includes a 19,000 square foot banquet facility to host weddings and receptions. The property will include a 5,600 square foot gymnasium and a 30,000 square foot outdoor green space. Developers hope to be able to host select events by late fall or early winter.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASEBALL SATURDAY:
ROSCOMMON 9  OSCODA 4
ROSCOMMON 12  MIO AUSABLE 0
CLARKSTON EVERETS COLLEGIATE 9  ROGERS CITY 5

STATE
NEWS
:

HOLLAND CRASH-A 58 YEAR OLD MAN FROM HOLLAND IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER HITTING A TREE ON SATURDAY.
ANTHONY CROWLEY WAS DRIVING WEST ON FILLMORE STREET NEAR 96TH AVENUE WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR AND HIT THE TREE ON SATURDAY.
CROWLEY WAS TRANSPORTED TO SPECTRUM HOSPITAL, WHERE HE WAS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION
FOR A HEAD INJURY SUSTAINED IN THE CRASH.
POLICE BELIEVE EXCESSIVE SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

FISHING SEASON-IN THE UPPER PENINSULA, THE WALLEYE, NORTHERN PIKE AND MUSKELLUNGE FISHING SEASONS
OPEN TODAY. THE CATCH AND RELEASE SEASON FOR LARGEMOUTH AND SMALLMOUTH BASS IS OPEN ALL YEAR ON NEARLY ALL WATERS, BUT CHECK THE MICHIGAN FISHING GUIDE.  THE POSSESSION SEASON FOR BASS OPENS STATEWIDE MAY 27TH, EXCEPT FOR LAKE ST. CLAIR, ST. CLAIR RIVER AND THE DETROIT RIVER, WHICH OPEN JUNE 17TH.

PETOSKEY VAPORS-ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO TEST FOR
POISON VAPORS INSIDE RESIDENCES BUILT ON A SUPERFUND SITE IN PETOSKEY.  IN MARCH AND APRIL A CANCER-CAUSING INDUSTRIAL SOLVENT STILL PRESENT IN HIGH CONCENTRATION IN THE GROUNDWATER AND SOIL WAS FOUND AT LEVELS HIGH ENOUGH AT THE WATER STREET CONDOMINIUMS FOR HEALTH OFFICIALS TO SUGGEST THAT SOME RESIDENTS TEMPORARILY RELOCATE.  THE FORMER PETOSKEY MANUFACTURING COMPANY SITE ON W. LAKE STREET, WAS REDEVELOPED
INTO A CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX NEXT TO BAY FRONT PARK AFTER DECADES OF CLEANUP.

FATAL CRASH-AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN ON THE SCENE OF A FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN SOUTH EAST IONIA
COUNTY THIS MORNING.  DISPATCHERS RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT THE CRASH AROUND 3AM IN THE AREA OF CHARLOTTE HIGHWAY AND MUSGROVE HIGHWAY IN DANBY TOWNSHIP SOUTH OF PORTLAND.  AT THIS TIME IT IS BELIEVED THERE WAS ONLY THE MOTORCYCLE INVOLVED IN THE CRASH.

ROLLER HOCKEY RINK-AN EFFORT IS UNDERWAY IN GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP TO SAVE THE AREAS ONLY OUTDOOR ROLLER HOCKEY RINK.  AREA RESIDENTS HAVE STARTED AN ONLINE PETITION TO STOP THE TOWNSHIP FROM TURNING THE RINK INTO PICKLEBALL COURTS.  SO FAR IT HAS HUNDREDS OF SIGNATURES AND ORGANIZERS OF THE PETITION PLAN TO PRESENT IT TO TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS AFTER THEY HAVE AT LEAST ONE-THOUSAND SIGNATURES. THE TOWNSHIP MADE THE DECISION TO CONVERT THE SPACE LAST MONTH BECAUSE NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE WERE USING THE ROLLER RINK.

ASBESTOS CLEAN UP-A FIRE STATION IN BATTLE CREEK IS CLOSING THIS WEEK WHILE AUTHORITIES CLEAN UP ASBESTOS DUST.  STARTING TODAY, FIRE STATION NUMBER THREE ON CLIFF STREET WILL BE THE SCENE OF THE CLEAN UP PROJECT.  A HEATING AND COOLING COMPANY DISCOVERED THE PROBLEM LAST WEEK WHILE CUTTING HOLES IN THE CEILING OF THE BUILDING BUILT IN 1902.  WHILE CLEANUP IS UNDERWAY, THE FIRE CREWS NORMALLY BASED AT THE STATION WILL RUN OUT OF
ANOTHER LESS THAN A MILE AWAY.  OFFICIALS HOPE CLEANUP WILL BE DONE BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 12MAY17

Two Mills Township residents were arrested on multiple counts of delivering crack cocaine.  Detective Sergeant Bill Priest of the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group executed a search warrant leading to the arrest of Stacy Cox, 39, of Prescott on one count of delivery of crack. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Cox was arraigned in 81st District Court in Ogemaw County May 4th and if convicted she could face 40 years in prison on the charge. Gayla Strader, 54, of Prescott was taken into custody on three counts of delivery, one from the current search and two from prior incidents and was arraigned in district court May 8th. If convicted Strader could serve 20 years in prison. Priest said STING was assisted by troopers from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post and the canine unit from the Houghton Lake post.

THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION REPORTS THAT SECOND AVENUE IN HILL TOWNSHIP, OFF SAGE LAKE ROAD, WILL HAVE SINGLE LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ROAD WORK, BEGINNING ON MONDAY, MAY 15TH AT 6AM. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AT 345-0234.

A new leader has officially been selected to direct Harbor Beach Community Schools.  Board president Al Booth recently signed a contract with incoming Superintendent Shawn Bishop. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, Current superintendent, Lawrence Kroswek, is scheduled to retire on June 30th and Bishop’s official start date will be July 1st. Bishop has held several positions in various school districts across the state. Prior to accepting a superintendent position in another district, he was the kindergarten through eighth grade principal at Harbor Beach during the 2013-14 school year.

LOCAL SPORTS 

GIRLS SOCCER:
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 8  ALPENA 0
CADILLAC 4  GAYLORD 0
 

STATE
NEWS
:

A JEEP CRASHED INTO THE BACK OF A SCHOOL BUS THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN MISSAUKEE COUNTY NEAR MCBAIN. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE JEEP WAS WEDGED UNDER THE BUS, BUT THE DRIVER WAS NOT HURT. THERE WERE KIDS ON THE BUS, BUT THEY WERE NOT INJURED .

GRAND RAPIDS POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAN WHO WAS DRIVING AN SUV WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A UTILITY POLE WEDNESDAY, KILLING HIS 28-YEAR-OLD PASSENGER, JUAN CARLOS BUENIDA-VILLALPANDO (BWAIN-EE-DA VEE-YA-PAN-DOH) , OF GRAND RAPIDS. POLICE SAY THE DRIVER, A HISPANIC MAN IN HIS 20'S, FLED THE SCENE. HE HAS BLACK HAIR, BROWN EYES AND A TATTOO WITH THE WORD MEDELLIN (MED-UH-YEEN) ON HIS RIGHT FORE-ARM.  ANYONE WHO SEES HIM IS ASKED TO CALL POLICE.

A 39-YEAR-OLD KALAMAZOO MAN IS IN JAIL AWAITING CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM A BUS STOP AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED HER AT HIS HOME. WOOD TV REPORTS POLICE SAY WHEN THE MAN'S WIFE CAME HOME UNEXPECTEDLY , THE GIRL WAS ABLE TO CALL POLICE AND THEY SAY THAT MAY HAVE SAVED
HER LIFE. POLICE SAY THE MAN'S WIFE WAS DUMBFOUNDED.

THREE LAPEER TEENS WHO ALLEGEDLY PLOTTED A SHOOTING RAMPAGE EARLIER THIS YEAR AT A MAYFIELD TOWNSHIP MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL GO TO TRIAL.  A JUDGE RULED ON THURSDAY TO BIND OVER ALL CHARGES AGAINST DYLAN DEANGELIS, GUNNAR RICE AND ASA CANDELA. ALL THREE TEENS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE CAPITAL FELONIES AND HAVE BEEN CHARGED AS ADULTS.

THE TEENS MADE A COLUMBINE-STYLE VIDEO IN WHICH THEY APPEARED PLANNING THE MASS SHOOTING. THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR A PRE-TRIAL EXAM ON MAY 22ND.

A PRISON FOOD WORKER NEAR JACKSON HAS BEEN FIRED FOR HAVING SEX WITH AN INMATE... IT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUST AFTER DINNER, IN THE KITCHEN AT THE CHARLES EGELER RECEPTION AND GUIDANCE CENTER. THE DETROIT FREE PRESS REPORTS THE FORMER EMPLOYEE OF TRINITY SERVICES GROUP IS A FEMALE. THE 40-YEAR-OLD INMATE IS SERVING A FIVE TO 15-YEAR SENTENCE FOR UNARMED ROBBERY.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 11MAY17

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s help in finding answers about recent damage to the Mason Tract Pathway, a special management area along the Au Sable River in southeast Crawford County. In late April, gates and barriers were removed or otherwise vandalized near the Chapel and Castle sites, popular stopping points for hikers, canoers and others using the river. A truck also was driven across a newly seeded and stabilized pathway, leaving deep ruts. At this time, it is unclear if both incidents are related. Susan Thiel, the DNR’s Grayling Forest Unit manager, said these types of incidents have been on the rise. To report information on the damage, contact Susan Thiel at 348-6371 or call or text the DNR’s Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-7800.

Pat Kelly was recently approved to serve as the Oscoda County Commissioner for District three.  Commissioner Jack Kischnick made the motion to approve Kelly at the May 9th Oscoda County Board Of Commissioners meeting. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Kelly is a member of the Oscoda County Park Board and the Oscoda County Economic Development Corporation. The board approved for Kelly to take the position following the resignation of chairwoman Brandy Wright at an April 11th meeting. His term as the District three commissioner will end December 31st 2018

THE IOSCO COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RECENTLY TOOK A STAND ON A PROPOSED BAITING BAN IN THE COUNTY.  COMMISSIONERS OPPOSED THE PROPOSED DEER BAITING BAN AT THEIR MEETING HELD LAST FRIDAY. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL BE RECOMMENDING A BAITING BAN DURING ARCHERY AND FIREARM DEER SEASON BECAUSE OF A REPORT OF ONE DEER TESTING POSITIVE FOR BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS. IN ADDITION TO IOSCO, THE COUNTIES OF ALCONA, OSCODA, PRESQUE ISLE AND ROSCOMMON WOULD ALSO BE IMPACTED. IF THE BAITING BAN IS APPROVED BY THE NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION AT THEIR MEETING TODAY, A VOTE ON ITS ENACTMENT COULD COME AT ITS JUNE 8TH MEETING.

LOCAL SPORTS 

GIRLS SOCCER:
Last night the Oscoda Lady Owls hosted Tawas Braves for a match under the lights. the halftime score was 1-0 in favor of the Braves. Tawas scored four times in the second half to win 5-0. Tawas outshot Oscoda, 27-2. Anna Yates made 21 saves for the Lady Owls.  Brianna Axline made 6 Steals, 3 Intercepts and Non-Keeper Save.  Brooke Nowiski posted 10 Steals and 4 Intercepts. Harley Leeseberg made 4 Steals and 7 Intercepts. 

saginaw swan valley 9  standish sterling 1
gladwin 2  clare 1
cheboygan 4  roscommon 1

track:
The whittemore-Prescott boys track team kept their perfect season alive after defeating Ogemaw heights, bay city John Glenn and Saginaw nouvel last night at Ogemaw. The boys team claimed victory in 12 of the 17 events including a clean sweep of the 4 relays and sprint events. The girls team finished in fourth place with top finishers nozomi yamuchi placing 3rd in long jump and Shelby Munsey 5th in discus. Both teams will be back at Ogemaw on Friday for the falcon invitational

STATE
NEWS
:

THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES A COUPLE OF NIGHTS THIS WEEK HAVE DAMAGED THE STATE'S ASPARAGUS CROP. MOST OF THE DAMAGE IS IN OCEANA COUNTY AND NORTH OF THERE.  MICHIGAN ASPARAGUS ADVISORY BOARD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOHN BAKKER SAYS MONDAY
MORNING FOUND US WELL BELOW FREEZING FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS AND IT TOOK BASICALLY EVERYTHING THAT WAS ABOVE THE GROUND, FROZE OFF. HE SAYS FORTUNATELY 90 TO 95 PERCENT OF THEIR CROP IS STILL UNDERGROUND WAITING TO COME UP, SO THEY'RE STARTING TO SEE NEW SPEARS EMERGING.

A MOTORCYCLIST WAS KILLED IN WEST MICHIGAN WHEN POLICE SAY A DRUNK DRIVER HIT THEM LAST NIGHT IN BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, NORTH OF BATTLE CREEK. POLICE SAY A 48-YEAR-OLD MAN LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE AND HIT THE MOTORCYCLE HEAD ON AS HE LEFT A PRIVATE DRIVE. THE MOTORCYCLIST, A 59-YEAR-OLD WOMAN, WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED CAUSING DEATH.

THE DRIVER OF AN SUV WAS EJECTED FROM HER VEHICLE LAST NIGHT IN A ROLLOVER CRASH IN WYOMING. WOOD TV REPORTS A WITNESS SAYS THE DRIVER OF THE SUV DIDN'T SEEM TO REALIZE THAT CARS IN FRONT OF HER WERE GOING SLOWER THAN SHE WAS UNTIL IT WAS TOO LATE. DRIVER COREY CLAXTON SAYS SHE SWERVED TO AVOID IT AND LOST CONTROL, HITTING THE MEDIAN WALL AND
SHE WAS THROWN FROM THE SUV. THERE'S NO WORD ON HER CONDITION.

A DRIVERLESS VEHICLE IS BEING TESTED BY SOLDIERS AT CAMP GRAYLING IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN.  THE U.S ARMY TANK AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER, ALSO KNOWN AS TARDEC IS WORKING ON A DRIVER-LESS HUMVEE. KEITH BRIGGS SAYS IF THEY CAN OFFSET THE DISTANCE JUST A LITTLE BETWEEN THE SOLDIER AND THE ENEMY IT GIVES THEM THAT MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF THE SOLDIER COMING HOME IN ONE PIECE. HE SAYS THAT'S THE GOAL
OF THEIR ROBOTICS PROGRAM.

MORE GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES TODAY, THIS TIME ON THE CAMPUS OF LAWRENCE TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY IN SOUTHFIELD, FOR A NEW DORMITORY THAT WILL HOUSE 3-HUNDRED STUDENTS. THE PROJECT IS PART OF A CONTINUING EFFORT TO CHANGE LAWRENCE TECH FROM A COMMUTER SCHOOL INTO A MORE TYPICAL COLLEGE SETTING, WITH A THOUSAND STUDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS. THE NEW DORMS ARE EXPECTED TO BE OPEN IN THE FALL OF NEXT YEAR.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 10MAY17

ON THURSDAY, MAY 4TH, TROOPER FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO THE AREA OF M-32 AND EMERSON ROAD, WILSON TOWNSHIP IN ALPENA COUNTY FOR THE REPORT OF A MAN WALKING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY. UPON MAKING CONTACT WITH THE GENTLEMAN, HE STATED HE WAS JUST TRYING TO WALK HOME BUT WAS UNCOOPERATIVE IN PROVIDING PERSONAL INFORMATION. TROOPERS ALSO FOUND THE MAN TO BE VERY INTOXICATED. HE WAS CHARGED WITH BEING DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. DURING A SEARCH OF HIS PERSON HE WAS FOUND TO BE IN POSSESSION OF SUSPECTED MARIJUANA. THE 21 YEAR OLD MAN FROM HERRON WAS LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF DRUNK AND DISORDERLY AND POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA.

A resident of  Pinconning Township was killed in a house fire on Sunday.  The fire, ON NORTH HURON ROAD, was reportedly caused by a smoking accident involving AN oxygen tank. According to the Arenac County Independent, Michigan State Police First Lieutenant, Dave Kaiser, said troopers were originally dispatched to the scene for a medical call around 1:30pm Sunday. The Pinconning-Fraser Fire Department was then contacted and arrived on scene to extinguish a fire. After controlling the blaze, they were able to enter the building, where they found a male laying on the floor in the kitchen area. The man, 64-year-old Stanley Skrzysinski, was pronounced dead following the EMS examination. Kaiser said the investigation revealed a cigarette butt in the kitchen sparked an oxygen line on the  oxygen supply tank.

Angler holding up a muskellungeThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Michigan Muskie Alliance, is investigating the muskellunge fisheries of the state again this year by distributing an online angler survey. The Muskellunge Angler Survey will gather information about muskellunge angler demographics and catch data. Information collected includes fishing location, method used, catch preferences, catch-and-release data, and how frequently the individual fishes for muskellunge. The current survey can be found on the DNR website at Michigan dot gov slash muskie and the Michigan Muskie Alliance website at Michigan muskie alliance dot org.

THE CITY OF WEST BRANCH RECENTLY INSTALLED A NEW MEMORIAL.  THE MEMORIAL IS TO REMEMBER FIREFIGHTERS WHO HAVE PASSED AWAY. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE MEMORIAL WAS INSTALLED ON HOUGHTON AVENUE IN FRONT OF THE BELL TOWER. FIREFIGHTER AND FORMER WEST BRANCH MAYOR, TODD THOMPSON, SAID THE CITY DECIDED TO REPLACE THE OLD MEMORIAL INSTEAD OF REPAIR IT. COST FOR THE NEW FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL WAS APPROXIMATELY $4,500 DOLLARS AND WAS PAID FOR BY THE OGEMAW FIRE BOARD. THOMPSON SAID THE OLD MEMORIAL IS CURRENTLY AT THE CITY'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO PUT IT ON THEIR PROPERTY ON THIRD STREET.

LOCAL SPORTS 

GIRLS SOCCER:
PETOSKEY 4  ALPENA 1
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 2  GAYLORD 1

 

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NEWS
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A MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TROOPER AND A LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY WERE INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING AFTER THEY RESPONDED TO A CALL IN BRIGHTON TOWNSHIP LAST NIGHT. POLICE SAY ONE PERSON IS IN CUSTODY AND IS BEING TREATED AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. THE INCIDENT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A BILL OUTLAWING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION IS APPROVED BY A STATE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MAKING IT A FELONY TO KNOWINGLY TRANSPORT A GIRL FOR THE PROCEDURE. THIS IN CONJUNCTION WITH EARLIER LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE SAME COMMITTEE THAT BANS THE PRACTICE. THE LEGISLATION FOLLOWS A RECENT CASE IN METRO DETROIT WHERE DOCTORS WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR ALLEGEDLY CONSPIRING TO PERFORM SUCH A PROCEDURE ON SEVEN YEAR-OLD GIRLS.

A 31-YEAR-OLD WEST MICHIGAN MAN, WHO HAD BEEN A SCHOOL PARAPROFESSIONAL AND A YOUTH MINISTER, IS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING A YOUNG BOY, MORE THAN TEN YEARS AFTER IT HAPPENED. WOOD TV REPORTS DANIEL HOFFMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF SECOND DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT. COURT RECORDS SHOW THE ALLEGED ABUSE HAPPENED FROM 2003 TO 2008 WHEN HE AND THE BOY WERE NEIGHBORS IN JENISON.

MICHIGAN HAS NEW LAWS THAT MAKE IT A CRIME TO INTENTIONALLY SHINE A LASER AT AN AIRCRAFT OR A MOVING TRAIN. GOVERNOR SNYDER SIGNED THE LEGISLATION TUESDAY. THE MAIN LAW WOULD MAKE SHINING A LASER A FELONY WITH A MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON AND A TEN-THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE. A LASER POINTER CAN TEMPORARILY BLIND A PILOT. IT'S ALREADY A FEDERAL CRIME, BUT STATE POLICE SAID A MICHIGAN LAW WOULD HELP INVESTIGATORS QUICKLY PURSUE PEOPLE WHO ARE POINTING LASERS NEAR AIRPORTS.

IT'S THE FIRST--AND THE LAST TIME THIS WILL HAPPEN AT JOE LOUIS ARENA. OVER A THOUSAND DETROIT RED WING FANS WHO PRE-REGISTERED FOR TODAY'S EVENT WILL BE ABLE TO "PAINT THE ICE." WITH A DONATION TO THE DETROIT RED WINGS FOUNDATION, EACH FAN IS GIVEN A 30-MINUTE TIME SLOT AND A PAINT BRUSH TO LEAVE A PERSONALIZED MESSAGES OR DESIGNS ON A SECTION OF THE ICE RINK AT THE JOE. THE FANS ARE BEING ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THEIR HANDIWORK DURING THEIR SESSION. THE "PAINT THE ICE" EVENT IS FROM 3 UNTIL 8 TODAY.

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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

President Trump’s overseas trip continues
 
Hillary Clinton Keynotes Children's Health Fund Annual Benefit
Paul Simon performs.
 
House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force Hearing
Former CIA Director John Brennan testifies.
 
“Dancing with the Stars” winner crowned on ABC
 
Peter G. Peterson Foundation Fiscal Summit
Speakers include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Republican Sen. John McCain, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.
 
March of Dimes Gourmet Gala
Participants include Sens. John Barrasso, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Shelley Moore Capito, Bob Casey, Bill Cassidy, John Cornyn, Tom Cotton, Joe Donnelly, Mike Enzi, Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Cory Gardner, Mazie Hirono, John Hoeven, Angus King, Pat Roberts, Mike Rounds, Tim Scott, Pat Toomey, Tom Udall, and Mark Warner.
 
NBA Eastern Conference Finals
The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
 
U.N. Security Council discuss Syria
 
NHL Stanley Cup Conference Final match: Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2017

President Trump’s overseas trip continues
 
Education Sec. Betsy DeVos testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing
 
“Dirty Dancing” TV Adaptation on ABC
Musical adaptation of the 1987 classic “Dirty Dancing.”
 
Forbes Global 2000
Forbes releases its Global 2000, ranking the largest, most powerful publicly listed companies
 
Former Sec. of State John Kerry Delivers Harvard Kennedy School graduation address
 
NBA Western Conference Finals continue (if necessary)
San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
 
Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on budget
 
DHS Secretary John Kelly testifies to House Appropriations subcommittee on budget
 
U.S. Air Force Academy Graduation Ceremony
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford delivers address.
 
NHL Stanley Cup Conference match: Nashville Predators @ Anaheim Ducks
 
New NASCAR Hall of Fame class announced
 
Boy Scouts National Annual Meeting
 
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

“Star Wars” Turns 40
“Star Wars,” later retitled “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope,” opened in theaters 40 years ago today.
 
President Trump attends NATO leaders summit in Belgium
Leaders are expected to talk Libya, the Middle East, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, and Yemen.
 
President Trump meets French counterpart Macron
The two meet on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.
 
Hip Hop Hall of Fame awards show
Hosted by Roxanne Shante.
 
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Delivers Harvard University commencement address
 
NOAA Releases 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast
 
Obama, Merkel Meet in Germany
Former President Obama, in his first trip to Europe post-presidency, meets German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin
 
Court hearing for Planned Parenthood shooting suspect
Robert Lewis Dear is accused of killing police officer Garrett Swasey and two other people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in November 2015.
 
Special Election: Montana At-Large Congressional District
Election to fill the seat vacated by Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke
 
Ray Tensing Retrial Begins
Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2015 shooting death of unarmed black man Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop.
 
NBA Eastern Conference Finals continue (if necessary)
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics
 
“Baywatch” Movie Released
Stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, with cameos from David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.
 
NHL Stanley Cup Conference Final match: Ottawa Senators @ Pittsburgh Penguins
 
Jay Leno Debuted as “Tonight Show” Host 25 Years Ago Today
 
National Wine Day
 
“Love Connection” Is Back!
Hosted by Andy Cohen on FOX.
 
FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017

President Trump attends G7 Summit in Italy
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Francois Hollande, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also expected to attend.
 
Former President Obama Speaks at Business Leaders Event in Scotland
 
New “Pirates of the Caribbean” Hits Theaters
 
Vice President Pence Speaks at U.S. Naval Academy graduation
 
Hillary Clinton Keynotes Wellesley College Commencement
 
Congress Takes Memorial Day Recess
 
NBA Western Conference Finals continue (if necessary)
Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs
 
U.N. Security Council talk Middle East
 
Florida Georgia Line, Nelly perform on ABC News' 'Good Morning America'
 
90 Years Ago: Ford Ceased Model T Production

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