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Updated 07/25/17

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 25JUL17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE REPORT THAT TROOPERS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE COMPLAINT OF AN UNKNOWN ASSAULT IN PROGRESS IN THE WAL-MART PARKING LOT. UPON ARRIVAL, THEY OBSERVED A RED VAN WITH TWO PEOPLE OUTSIDE ARGUING. THE TROOPERS DETERMINED THAT THE VICTIM, AN 18 YEAR OLD ALPENA WOMAN WAS ASSAULTED BY A 37 YEAR OLD MAN, OF LAKE CITY FLORIDA, WHO HAPPENED TO BE HER FATHER. DUE TO THE MAN’S LEVEL OF INTOXICATION, TROOPERS HAD TO PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN HIM WHILE ATTEMPTING TO SEPARATE THE TWO. THE MAN WAS INCARCERATED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DISORDERLY PERSON AND RESISTING AND OBSTRUCTING AN OFFICER.

THE WEST BRANCH CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO RAISE WATER AND SEWER RATES.  THE COUNCIL APPROVED A RATE INCREASE OF ONE PERCENT. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, CITY MANAGER HEATHER GRACE SAID THAT A LARGER INCREASE COULD BE COMING IN THE FUTURE. GRACE SAID THE ONE PERCENT INCREASE IS PART OF A RESOLUTION THE CITY APPROVES EVERY YEAR IN AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP UP WITH INCREASING COSTS. COUNCILMAN RANDY SHOWALTER SAID PART OF THE REASON FOR THE ANNUAL INCREASE IS A LACK OF INCREASES IN THE PAST. SHOWALTER ADDED THAT  HE THINKS THE ONE PERCENT ANNUAL INCREASE IS REASONABLE.

MICHIGAN SENATORS GARY PETERS AND DEBBIE STABENOW RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT 29 MICHIGAN COUNTIES WILL RECEIVE OVER $4.6 MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR’S PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES PROGRAM. IN NORTHEAST MICHIGAN, ALCONA COUNTY WILL RECEIVE NEARLY $99,000 DOLLARS, IOSCO AND OSCODA COUNTIES WILL EACH RECEIVE NEARLY $125,000 DOLLARS. THE PROGRAM HELPS COUNTIES MAKE UP FOR LOST PROPERTY TAX REVENUE TO FUND ESSENTIAL SERVICES. 

The AuSable Township Board of Trustees presented information on a plan to apply for federal assistance to construct a township hall.  The township would be applying for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Community Facilities loan and/or grant. According to the Oscoda Press, A resolution was approved to issue capital improvement bonds, not to exceed $900,000 dollars, to finance the AuSable Township hall construction, furnishings and equipment. The bonds can be issued without a public vote unless a valid petition, signed by at least ten percent of registered voters, is filed with the clerk within 45 days of the notice of intent being published. A second purpose of the resolution is to meet federal tax regulations for tax-exempt bonds.

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THE 19-YEAR-OLD ADA MAN, CONVICTED IN A DEADLY ROAD RAGE BEATING, HAS BEEN SENTENCED. CHRISTIAN HILLMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 22 TO 100 YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE MURDER OF 64-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM MCFARLAN. MCFARLAN DIED FROM A HEAD INJURY ABOUT A MONTH AFTER THE BEATING LAST SEPTEMBER IN CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP. HILLMAN'S ATTORNEYS CLAIMED THAT MCFARLAN HAD BEEN TAILGATING HIS DIRT BIKE AND TRIED TO RUN HIM OFF THE ROAD BEFORE THE CONFRONTATION. PROSECUTORS SAID HILLMAN BEAT MCFARLAN FOR MORE THAN SEVEN MINUTES AND HILLMAN HAD A LACK OF INJURIES, ALTHOUGH HE HAD CLAIMED HE ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE.

WORKING ON RACE RELATIONS 50 YEARS AFTER A RIOT THERE. WOOD TV REPORTS SAYS MUCH OF A LIST CREATED AFTER THOSE RIOTS, "ANATOMY OF A RIOT-INCOME, HOUSING, HEALTH CARE, THE
FAMILY AND CRIME," STILL EXISTS NOW. THAT'S ACCORDING TO GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE PRESIDENT BILL PINK , WHO CO-CHAIRS THE MAYOR'S RACIAL EQUITY INITIATIVE. IT WILL
ADDRESS THE DISPARITY BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE POVERTY IN GRAND RAPIDS WITH 41 PERCENT OF BLACKS IN POVERTY COMPARED TO 16-PERCENT OF WHITES. PINK SAYS THE FOCUS SHOULD BE ON EDUCATION, JOBS AND WHAT HE CALLS "COVERT" RACISM.

THEY'RE ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET AT THE FOX THEATRE TONIGHT FOR THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE NEW MOVIE "DETROIT" -- ABOUT THE 1967 RIOTS. MANY OF THE ACTORS IN THE MOVIE ARE IN TOWN FOR THE PREMIERE, ONE SAYING THE SUBJECT MATTER WAS HARD ON HIS SOUL. THE DETROIT
RIOTS OCCURRED 50 YEARS AGO.

A HOME HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE IN GLADWIN IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN. A FIREFIGHTER WAS REPORTEDLY TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL TO BE TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION IN THE MONDAY AFTERNOON FIRE, BUT NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME. THE CAUSE IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

A FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUING A 33-PAGE OPINION -- DISMISSING THE DETROIT PISTONS, PALACE SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT, AND OLYMPIA ENTERTAINMENT FROM A LAWSUIT INVOLVING FUNDING
FOR LITTLE CAESARS ARENA.  THE LAWSUIT WAS BROUGHT BY COMMUNITY ACTIVIST ROBERT DAVIS AND CITY CLERK CANDIDATE D ETTA WILCOXON -- WHO SAY VOTERS IN DETROIT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DECIDE A BALLOT PROPOSAL REGARDING PUBLIC FUNDING, THAT IS GOING TOWARD ALTERATIONS TO THE ARENA TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE BASKETBALL TEAM.  A JUDGE SAYING THEIR PROBLEM IS MORE WITH THE LEGISLATURE. THE ARENA IS SET TO OPEN IN SEPTEMBER.

LOCAL NEWS for MON 24JUL17

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that 54 new transient slips have opened at the East Tawas State Harbor. This is the first phase of a complete harbor reconstruction. Enhancements include a greater variety of slip sizes, features that are compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines, and improvements to the pump-out system. This project is funded through the Michigan State Waterways Fund. The fund is derived from boat registration fees and the Michigan marine fuel tax. it helps fund construction, operation and maintenance of public recreational boating facilities. Three federal grants also contributed to the funding.

AN AUCTION OF TAX FORECLOSED PROPERTIES WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH.  EIGHTY-EIGHT (88) IOSCO COUNTY PROPERTIES ARE AMONG THOSE GOING UP FOR AUCTION AUGUST 23RD. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE SALE WILL ALSO INCLUDE PROPERTIES IN ARENAC AND OGEMAW COUNTIES. ALL OF THE PROPERTIES BEING SOLD ARE LISTED AT THE WEBSITE TAX-SALE.INFO AND INCLUDES PICTURES AND PROPERTY INFORMATION. THE WEBSITE ALSO CONTAINS THE REGULATIONS, BIDDING RULES AND TERMS OF SALE. YOU WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO REGISTER AND SUBMIT BIDS AT THE SITE. A LIST CAN ALSO BE OBTAINED FROM THE STAFF AT THE IOSCO COUNTY TREASURER'S OFFICE. PROPERTIES THAT DO NOT SELL WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN  LATER IN THE YEAR FOR A LOWER MINIMUM BID. 

THE ANNUAL SPIKE'S CHALLENGE CANOE RACES WERE HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND IN GRAYLING. ACCORDING TO UP NORTH LIVE, SPIKE'S CHALLENGE IS THE FINAL WARM-UP BEFORE THE 70TH ANNUAL AUSABLE RIVER CANOE MARATHON. THE TWO-PADDLER RACE WAS HELD SUNDAY. THE RACE RUNS FROM THE STREETS OF GRAYLING TO MCMASTERS BRIDGE. THE TOP FIVE FINISHING TEAMS WERE: FIRST STEVE LAJOIE AND GUILLAUME BLAIS; SECOND MIKE DAVIS AND WESTON WILLOUGHBY; THIRD PETE MEAD AND NICK WALTON; FOURTH ANDY TRIEBOLD AND MARY SCHLIMMER AND FIFTH WES DEAN AND JASON HATFIELD. THE AUSABLE RIVER CANOE MARATHON’S DASH FOR CASH TAKES PLACE TOMORROW NIGHT AT FINISH LINE PARK IN OSCODA AT 5:30PM. THE MARATHON BEGINS SATURDAY NIGHT IN GRAYLING. HEAR FULL RACE COVERAGE ON HITS FM.

THE ALCONA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION HAS THREE ROAD PROJECTS PLANNED FOR LATER THIS SUMMER.  THE PROJECTS ARE SLATED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER. ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, RECONSTRUCTION OF A SECTION OF CEDAR LAKE ROAD IN GREENBUSH TOWNSHIP IS SCHEDULED TO START ON SEPTEMBER 5TH AND FINISH UP BY THE END OF OCTOBER. ALSO SCHEDULED TO START ON SEPTEMBER 5TH IS A PORTION OF MOUNT MARIA ROAD AT THE SOUTH SHORE OF HUBBARD LAKE AND SHOULD BE FINISHED BY MID-OCTOBER. THE THIRD PROJECT, ON F-41, FROM GODDARD ROAD TO ANDREWS ROAD, IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON AUGUST 1ST AND SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER 1ST. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECTS COMES IN PART FROM VOTER APPROVED ROAD MILLAGES.

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A STABBING IN FLINT LAST NIGHT HAS LEFT A WOMAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION. M-LIVE REPORTS POLICE RESPONDED TO THE CALL LATE LAST NIGHT AND FOUND THE WOMAN WITH A STAB WOUND IN HER BACK. A SUSPECT HAS BEEN ARRESTED.

A SCARE AT THE GENESEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ON SUNDAY AS A MAN BROKE INTO THE LOBBY , SHATTERED GLASS DOORS AND WENT AFTER DEPUTIES WITH A KNIFE. W-J-R-T REPORTS THE MAN ALSO SMASHED A KIOSK AND DAMAGED VENDING MACHINES BEFORE DEPUTIES TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. NO ONE WAS HURT. SHERIFF ROBERT PICKELL SAYS THE MAN HAS A CRIMINAL HISTORY, INCLUDING A CONVICTION FOR ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT MURDER.

DAN GILBERT TAKING TIME TO PERSONALLY APOLOGIZE TO THOSE WHO FOUND A NEW GRAPHIC ON THE SIDE OF A BEDROCK-OWNED BUILDING OFFENSIVE.  THE PHOTO ON THE VINTON BUILDING IN DETROIT FEATURED A GROUP OF WHITE PEOPLE CELEBRATING
AT AN EVENT WITH THE CAPTION "SEE DETROIT AS WE DO."
GILBERT -- BEDROCK CHAIRMAN -- SAYS THE GRAPHIC WAS "TONE DEAF" AND THE "SEE DETROIT" CAMPAIGN WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUED.  THE PHOTO WAS A PART OF A LARGER GRAPHICS PACKAGE THAT HAD YET TO BE COMPLETED ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. GILBERT SAYS THE FULL GRAPHIC WAS AN "INCLUSIVE AND DIVERSE SET OF IMAGES" THAT "REFLECTS THE POPULATION OF THE CITY."

AN ANN ARBOR MAN WAS STRUCK BY A CAR WITH AN OFF DUTY CITY POLICE OFFICER AT THE WHEEL, DRIVING HOME AFTER HIS SHIFT FRIDAY NIGHT. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE 52-YR-OLD PEDESTRIAN WAS WALKING IN THE SOUTH LANE OF 7TH STREET. THE OFFICER IMMEDIATELY CALLED 9-1-1 AND BEGAN A MEDICAL AND POLICE RESPONSE. THE PEDESTRIAN--WITH SERIOUS INJURIES--WAS LAST REPORTED IN STABLE CONDITION.

KALAMAZOO POLICE ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP TO FIND THE DRIVER OF A VEHICLE THAT HIT SOMEONE AND FLED THE SCENE SUNDAY. THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY SAYS A 30-YEAROLD KALAMAZOO MAN WAS FOUND LYING IN THE STREET AND WAS LAST LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT BRONSON HOSPITAL. WITNESSES DESCRIBE THE VEHICLE AS GRAY WITH FRONT END DAMAGE.

GAS PRICES UP SLIGHTLY ACROSS MICHIGAN FROM LAST WEEK. TRIPLE A'S WEEKLY SURVEY FINDS THE COST OF A GALLON OF SELF-SERVE REGULAR AVERAGING $2-40, ABOUT A NICKEL HIGHER FROM LAST WEEK AND 14 CENTS MORE THAN AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR. THE LOWEST AVERAGE PRICE CAN BE FOUND IN THE BENTON HARBOR AREA FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN A ROW WHERE IT’S ABOUT $2.36 A GALLON. THE HIGHEST AVERAGE PRICE CAN BE FOUND IN THE JACKSON AREA FOR THE THIRD WEEK IN A ROW WHERE IT’S ABOUT $2.43 A GALLON.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14JUL17

BEGINNING NEXT WEEK RESIDENTS OF ALCONA COUNTY WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE SERVICES FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AT A MORE CONVENIENT LOCATION. A SATELLITE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN AT HARBORTOWN MARKETPLACE IN DOWNTOWN HARRISVILLE. THE OFFICE WILL BE OPEN FROM 9AM UNTIL 4PM ON TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS. PREVIOUSLY RESIDENTS HAD TO TRAVEL TO OFFICES IN EAST TAWAS OR ALPENA. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 989-774-9000.

The Mills Township board voted down three medical marijuana facilities in the township.  The vote was held at the township's July 11th regular board meeting. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Supervisor Dave Ryan made the motion to approve an ordinance and three requests from True Green LLC to construct a provisioning center, a Class C grow operation and a processing center, with support from Trustee Lisa Elkins-Cotton. The motion failed with Treasurer Dona Emerson, Clerk April Schils and Trustee Brenda Eymer all voting against the motion. The meeting was held in front of a capacity crowd at the township hall.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that the application period has opened for the Deer Private Land Assistance Network grant program. It’s designed to support private-land deer habitat improvement projects in the northern Lower Peninsula. a total of $50,000 will be made available. The focus area will include private lands in Alcona, Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle counties. Funds will be allocated across these six counties based on a competitive grant application process. Proposals meeting the basic grant requirements and seeking between $2,000 and $10,000 in cooperative funding will be considered. A 25-percent match of funds also is required for each proposal. Project applications are due by September 1st, and successful applicants will be notified by October 1st. Applications are available at Michigan dot dov slash dnr.

THE 24TH ANNUAL CURLEY MEMORIAL CANOE RACES ARE THIS WEEKEND.  THE CURLEY IS AN OFFICIAL MICHIGAN CANOE RACING ASSOCIATION EVENT. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE TWO PERSON CANOE RACES WILL BE HELD SATURDAY BEGINNING AT 9AM. PADDLERS WILL START AT COOK DAM AND END AT FINISH LINE PARK NEAR THE AUSABLE INN IN OSCODA. LAST YEAR'S WINNERS WERE ANDREW TREEBOLD AND RYAN HALSTEAD OF GRAYLING. SUNDAY IS THE ONE PERSON CANOE RACE BEGINNING AT 10AM. PADDLERS WILL START AND FINISH AT THE AUSABLE CHILDREN'S PARK IN OSCODA. LAST YEAR'S WINNER WAS ANDREW TREEBOLD. THIS YEAR'S RACES ALSO FEATURE ROD AND JUDITH CLARK FROM AUSTRALIA, THE FIRST TEAM EVER TO COMPETE FROM OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA.  

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URGING AIR FORCE TO PICK SELFRIDGE-A GROUP OF EIGHT MICHIGAN CONGRESSMAN HAVE SIGNED A LETTER URGING THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE TO BRING PRODUCTION OF THE NEW F-35 FIGHTER JET TO SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN. U.S.
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL MITCHELL PENNED THE LETTER WHICH SAYS "THE ROAD TO MILITARY READINESS STARTS IN MICHIGAN." SELFRIEDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE IN MACOMB COUNTY IS
A FINALIST TO LAND THE F-35. FOUR OTHER LOCATIONS ARE BEING CONSIDERED. A DECISION IS EXPECTED SOMETIME NEXT MONTH.

KID ROCK UPDATE-RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE ... OR OPENING A RESTAURANT? KID ROCK MADE THE HEADLINES THIS
WEEK BY TEASING MERCHANDISE LIKE T-SHIRTS AND CAPS WITH "KID ROCK FOR U.S. SENATE."  CRAIN'S DETROIT REPORTS TWO COMPANIES AFFILIATED WITH THE SINGER, WHO'S REAL NAME IS BOB RITCHIE, FILED FOR TRADEMARKS ON A RESTAURANT CALLED “KID ROCK'S MADE IN DETROIT BAR & GRILL.” NO WORD ON WHERE THE RESTAURANT COULD BE LOCATED, BUT OFFICIALS AT LITTLE CAESAR'S ARENA HAVEN'T DENIED IT COULD BE LOCATED THERE.

FIAT CHRYSLER RECALL-A RECALL FROM FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES. THE AUTOMAKER ANNOUNCING THIS MORNING IT IS
CALLING BACK MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND VEHICLES IN THE U.S. TO REPLACE THEIR ALTERNATORS.  FCA SAYS CERTAIN ALTERNATORS SUPPLIED TO THE COMPANY MAY BE SUBJECT TO PREMATURE BLOCKAGE IN THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM, WHICH COULD CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL OR COMPROMISE THE ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM. OWNERS WILL START RECEIVING RECALL NOTICES NEXT MONTH.

ALGAE BLOOM FORECAST-LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL WILL BE GREEN FOR MUCH OF WESTERN LAKE ERIE, THAT'S
ACCORDING TO A FORECAST BY THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. THIS YEAR'S ALGAE BLOOM IS PREDICTED TO BE MUCH LARGER THAN NORMAL. NOAA EXPECTS THE BLOOM TO MEASURE 7.5 ON ITS SEVERITY INDEX, GROWING JUST UNDER THE SIZE OF THE 2014 BLOOM WHICH LEFT 500-THOUSAND WITHOUT DRINKING WATER. THE DECIDING FACTOR IN THE ANNUAL BLOOM'S SIZE IS THE AMOUNT OF RAIN THE LAKE GETS AND WHEN IT OCCURS.

OWN MSU BASKETBALL FLOOR-FOR JUST 20-DOLLARS YOU CAN OWN A SECTION OF MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY'S BASKETBALL
COURT. STARTING TODAY, THE MSU SURPLUS STORE IN EAST LANSING IS SELLING FOUR-BY-FOUR SECTIONS OF THE TEAM'S PRACTICE FLOOR. ABOUT 600 SECTIONS OF PAINTED AND UNPAINTED FLOOR ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. THE 28-YEAR OLD FLOOR WAS TAKEN FROM THE BRESLIN CENTER PRACTICE FACILITY. EACH PIECE WEIGHS ABOUT 80 TO 100 POUNDS AND WILL NOT FIT IN MOST CARS.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 13JUL17

The first of four road-stream crossing projects in the East Branch AuGres River Watershed in Iosco County has begun. ACCORDING TO HURON PINES, An undersized culvert at the Esmond Road crossing of Smith Creek is being replaced with a much larger aluminum box structure that will restore river function and fish passage. Other sites planned for 2017 in the watershed include the Webb Road crossing of Smith Creek as well as the Esmond Road and Curtis Road crossings of Vaughn Creek. 

The Iosco County Board of Commissioners supported an equipment request from county Clerk Nancy Huebel.  The request came during the commissioner’s meeting on Wednesday, July 5th. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Huebel said it was recommended by Judicial Information Systems to use an electronic docket system to provide updates to the court calendar of scheduled hearings. IT WOULD replace multiple-paged paper dockets provided to the public and attorneys. information would be displayed on four separate 49-inch monitors, to be located at both circuit and district courts, in the district court hallway and near the clerk’s office, as well online on the clerk’s website. The matter will return before the commission for final approval at the next formal session on WEDNESDAY, July 19th.

THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION’S TELE-HEALTH EDUCATION DELIVERED VEHICLE WILL BE AT THE OSCODA VA CLINIC ON MONDAY. OFFICIALS WILL PROVIDE EDUCATION AND INFORMATION ON THE TECHNOLOGIES ASSOCIATED WITH DELIVERING CARE TO VETERANS VIRTUALLY. TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE HOME BASED PRIMARY CARE, WOUND CARE, MENTAL HEALTH, WOMEN’S HEALTH, RETINAL IMAGING AND SPINAL CORD INJURY. THE VEHICLE WILL BE AT THE VA CLINIC IN OSCODA MONDAY FROM 11AM UNTIL 3PM.

The Michigan State Police is currently investigating two suspicious fires in Ogemaw County. The fires are considered suspicious due to their close proximity. According to the Ogemaw county Herald, Chief Brian Gilbert said the Mills Township Fire Department responded to two structure fires in the Township tuesday, July 11th, in close proximity and occurring around an hour of each other. Gilbert said as the department battled a fire on the 1800 block of West Third Street dispatch sent out a call about another fire located on the 1800 block of West Second Street. Because of the physical proximity and the timing, Gilbert said the fires are suspicious in nature and the investigation was passed off to the Michigan State Police. Mills fire department was assisted on the scenes by the Prescott, Richland-Logan and Moffat fire departments, Michigan State Police and Ogemaw County EMS.  The cause of the fires is unknown at this time.

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ROJAS DUE IN COURT-THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING A PORTAGE WOMAN BY PLOWING HIS SUV INTO PEDESTRIANS WALKING ALONG A SIDEWALK IN NEW YORK IS SET TO BE ARRAIGNED. A PLEA IS EXPECTED TO BE ENTERED TODAY FOR RICHARD ROJAS. IT WAS MAY 18TH WHEN 18-YEAR OLD ALLYSSA ELSMAN AND 22-OTHER PEOPLE WERE HIT IN NEW YORK CITY'S TIMES SQUARE. AFTER THE CRASH, ROJAS TOLD POLICE HE HAD BEEN SMOKING MARIJUANA LACED WITH THE HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG PCP.

FUNERAL HOME-THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN DETROIT WANTS IT KNOWN THEY ARE NOT THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN FLINT WHICH IS UNDER STATE SCRUTINY. REGULATORS SHUT DOWN THE SWANSON'S FUNERAL HOME IN FLINT FOR UNSANITARY CONDITIONS AND OTHER VIOLATIONS, SUCH AS UN-REFRIGERATED BODIES LEFT IN A GARAGE FOR MONTHS. A SPOKESMAN FOR O'NEIL SWANSON, PRESIDENT OF THE FUNERAL HOMES OF THE SAME NAME IN DETROIT AND PONTIAC SAYS THERE IS NO LEGAL OR BUSINESS CONNECTION WITH THE FLINT FUNERAL HOME OPERATED BY HIS SON O'NEIL SWANSON THE SECOND. THE ELDER SWANSON CALLS THE SITUATION IN FLINT "SHOCKING, GOING
AGAINST EVERY PRINCIPLE OF MORTUARY SCIENCE."

MOMS DC MARCH-FAMILIES FROM MICHIGAN WILL TRAVEL TODAY TO WASHINGTON, DC TO PARTICIPATE IN A "PLAY IN" DEMONSTRATION JUST OUTSIDE OF THE CAPITOL. THE GOAL IS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE RECENT MOVES TO ROLL BACK KEY CLEAN AIR PROTECTIONS. MOMS AND THEIR CHILDREN WILL JOIN
LAWMAKERS IN A PRESS CONFERENCE AROUND 10:15 A.M. LATER -- THEY WILL BE MEETING WITH THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN BOTH THE SENATE AND HOUSE.

METH BUST-A METH BUST HAS LED TO THE ARREST OF FIVE PEOPLE IN BENZIE COUNTY. 9AND10NEWS REPORTS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE GOT A TIP FROM SOMEONE WHO HAD SPOTTED METH-MAKING MATERIALS AT A FAMILY MEMBER'S HOME IN BENZONIA. FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION, TRAVERSE NARCOTICS
TEAM A ARRESTED A WOMAN AT THE HOUSE ON MULTIPLE METH RELATED CHARGES. THE ALSO TOOK A MAN INTO CUSTODY ON AN UNRELATED WARRANT. THE INVESTIGATION THEN LED TO A LOCAL
MOTEL WHERE ANOTHER THREE PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING A DRUG DEAL.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 12JUL17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON THURSDAY, JULY 6TH, AT APPROXIMATELY 6:30PM, A TROOPER MADE A TRAFFIC STOP FOR A LANE USE ISSUE. THROUGH AN INVESTIGATION, IT WAS DETERMINED THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE, A 58 YEAR OLD GLENNIE MAN, WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL. THE MAN WAS LODGED IN THE ALCONA COUNTY JAIL ON THE CHARGE OF OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED SECOND OFFENSE.

OSCODA COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE LOOKING IN TO REPLACING THE FAIRGROUNDS SEPTIC SYSTEM.  THE ISSUE CAME UP AFTER THE SEPTIC SYSTEM BROKE AT THE OSCODA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS RECENTLY. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, THE SEPTIC SYSTEM WILL COST APPROXIMATELY $8,600 DOLLARS TO REPLACE. CHAIRWOMAN LANITA OLSEN SAID THE COST WILL INCLUDE REMOVAL OF THE OLD SEPTIC SYSTEM AND INSTALLATION OF THE NEW ONE. THE NEW SYSTEM WILL MEET STANDARDS SET BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT WILL COME OUT OF THE COUNTY'S GENERAL FUND AND SHOULD BE COMPLETED LATER THIS WEEK OR EARLY NEXT WEEK.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is awarding 13 affordable housing developments with $11.6 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Among those receiving the tax credits is port crescent apartments in bad axe with an award of $673,232. THE LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDITS ARE FEDERAL TAX CREDITS AND ARE ADMINISTERED BY MSHDA AFTER A COMPETITIVE APPLICATION PROCESS. THE TAX CREDITS ARE IMPORTANT FOR PROVIDING THE INCENTIVE DEVELOPERS NEED TO RENOVATE AND CONSTRUCT QUALITY AFFORDABLE HOUSING. 

THE AUGRES CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY MET OUTSIDE CITY HALL RECENTLY.  COUNCIL MEMBERS MET AT THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES HARBOR. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, CITY MANAGER JOHN STANLEY SAID MAYOR BILL BORUSKO CALLED THE HARBOR TOUR TO GIVE OFFICIALS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE CITY WOULD HAVE TO DO TO KEEP THE PROPERTY IN GOOD SHAPE. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL BE OFFICIALLY CONVEYING THE HARBOR TO THE CITY OF AUGRES. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES WATERWAYS COMMISSION APPROVED TRANSFERRING THE HARBOR TO THE CITY IN JUNE 2015. NO DATE HAS BEEN SET AS TO WHEN THE CONVEYANCE WILL BE COMPLETED.

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FLINT PIPELINES-CREWS ARE MAKING PROGRESS REPLACING LEAD-TAINTED SERVICE LINES IN FLINT. MAYOR KAREN WEAVER'S OFFICE SAYS 2,181 LINES HAVE NOW BEEN REPLACED AS PART OF THE PLAN TO PUT NEW PIPE SERVICE LINES IN AT SIX-THOUSAND HOMES. CREWS FROM FOUR COMPANIES ARE DOING THE WORK AS PART OF THE FAST START INITIATIVE.

PLANE CRASH-2-MORE INFORMATION COMING OUT FROM THE DEADLY MILITARY AIRPLANE CRASH DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI. ONE OF THE PLANE'S OCCUPANTS -- 31-YEAR-OLD MARINE JULIAN KEVIANNE -- WAS FROM DETROIT. THAT'S ACCORDING TO HIS BROTHER, CARLO. THE PLANE WENT DOWN MORE THAN 80 MILES NORTH OF THE STATE CAPITOL OF JACKSON ON MONDAY NIGHT. THE F-B-I HAS JOINED AN INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED THE PLANE TO FAIL.

ICE HEARING-COURT HEARING TODAY IN OAKLAND COUNTY THAT WILL RE-OPEN A CRIMINAL CASE OF ONE OF THE 114 IRAQI CHRISTIANS ARRESTED BY ICE AGENTS LAST MONTH. HAYDAR BUTRIS WAS CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO PROBATION IN 1999 FOR SELLING MARIJUANA. HE WAS SUPPOSED TO MEET HIS IMMIGRATION OFFICER BEFORE HE WAS CAUGHT IN THE IMMIGRATION SWEEP JUNE 11TH. HAYDAR WILL ASK THE JUDGE TO WITHDRAW HIS PLEA TO SAVE HIM FROM BEING DEPORTED, BEING HE DID NOT KNOW THE IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES FOR MAKING THAT PLEA FOR PROBATION 18 YEARS AGO. HIS ATTORNEY SAYS HAYDAR NOW FACES A POTENTIAL DEATH SENTENCE.

MSU FISH-MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS ARE GETTING MONEY TO STUDY ELECTRIC FISH. M-S-U IS RECEIVING A 1.5 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FOR THE WORK. SCIENTISTS USE THE FISH IN NEUROLOGICAL STUDIES.

LCA SOCIAL MEDIA-ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA UPROAR. THIS TIME, RED WING FANS ARE UP IN ARMS OVER THE ROOF OF THE NEW LITTLE CAESAR'S ARENA AND A DEPICTION OF THE LITTLE CAESAR'S MASCOT INSTEAD OF THE WHEELED WING SHOWN IN EARLIER RENDERINGS. THE DETROIT RED WINGS OFFICIAL TWITTER ACCOUNT AND FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS POSTED THE MASCOT THEY SAY WOULD BE THE LARGEST LITTLE CAESAR IN THE WORLD." BUT FANS POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA WERE NOT HAPPY, SAYING THEY WERE LED TO BELIEVE THE RED-COLORED ROOF FEATURING THE WINGED WHEEL WOULD ACTUALLY TAKE SHAPE. BUT THE EARLIER RENDERINGS WERE MADE BEFORE THE DETROIT PISTONS' ANNOUNCEMENT THEY WOULD ALSO PLAY AT THE NEW ARENA.

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TUESDAY, JULY 25TH, 2017

President Trump Holds Make America Great Again Rally in Ohio (7pm ET)
 
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort Invited to Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee has extended invitations to Don Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort to testify publicly at a hearing as part of its probe into election interference.  Trump and Manafort representatives confirm they've received the invites, but their appearance is not yet confirmed.

Court Hearing in Waymo and Uber Lawsuit (11am ET)
Hearing in a lawsuit filed by Waymo alleging Uber used their documents in developing self-driving vehicles.
 
Former Volkswagen Engineer Sentenced in Conspiracy to Cheat Emissions Tests (2pm ET)
 
Decision on U.S. Interest Rate (2pm ET)
 
Death Row Inmate Scheduled to be Executed
Death row inmate Ronald Phillips scheduled to be executed for the 1993 rape and beating death of his girlfriend's three year old daughter.
 
Ohio State Fair Begins
 
Jason Bateman Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
 
Gathering of the Juggalos
18th annual music festival founded and headlined by Insane Clown Posse.
 
THURSDAY, JULY 27TH, 2017

North Korea Celebrates “Victory Day” Marking the End of the Korean War
 
World's Highest-Paid Comedians List Published by Forbes
Last year's list was led by Kevin Hart with earnings of $87.5 million and Jerry Seinfeld at $43.5 million.
 
FRIDAY, JULY 28TH, 2017

Apollo Astronauts Reunite at EAA AirVenture Apollo Day in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
 
House Breaks for Labor Day Recess

 

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