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Updated 02/22/17

WED 22FEB17

PLANS FOR A BRIDGE REPLACEMENT IN OSCODA COUNTY ARE MOVING FORWARD.  OSCODA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION MEMBERS HAVE COME TO A CONSENSUS ON THE BRIDGE ON PARK ROAD. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, THE BRIDGE, WHICH WAS BUILT IN 1927, WAS DEEMED STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT BY TRANSPORTATION OF AMERICA IN 2015. ROAD COMMISSION MANAGER, STEVE DEFOUR, SAID CURRENTLY THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN OFFICIAL COST ESTIMATE HOWEVER THE TYPICAL COST FOR A WOODEN BRIDGE IS APPROXIMATELY $500,000 DOLLARS. THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION GRANT FOR THE PROJECT IS $754,000 DOLLARS. AN OFFICIAL VOTE ON THE PARK ROAD BRIDGE IS EXPECTED AT THE ROAD COMMISSION'S NEXT MEETING SLATED FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH, 8AM, IN THE TRI-TOWN FIRE HALL.

THE SECOND STUDENT COUNT DAY WAS HELD EARLIER THIS MONTH.  TWO OF THE THREE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN ARENAC COUNTY SAW DECREASES IN ENROLLMENT. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE AUGRES SIMS SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS THE ONLY ONE TO HAVE AN INCREASE IN STUDENTS TO 427, NINE MORE THAN THE FALL COUNT. BOTH STANDISH STERLING AND ARENAC EASTERN LOST ELEVEN STUDENTS SINCE THE FALL COUNT. STANDISH STERLING FELL TO 1,522 STUDENTS WHILE ARENAC EASTERN DROPPED TO 106. THE SPRING COUNT MAKES UP TEN PERCENT OF A DISTRICT'S BLENDED STUDENT COUNT WHILE THE FALL COUNT MAKES UP NINETY PERCENT OF THE STATE FOUNDATION FINANCING ALLOWANCE.

TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST STOPPED A VEHICLE FOR A DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT VIOLATION. THE DRIVER, A 68 YEAR OLD MAN FROM SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA, WAS FOUND TO HAVE BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOL BEFORE DRIVING. SOBRIETY TESTS WERE ADMINISTERED AND IT WAS DETERMINED THE MAN WAS OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED. HE WAS ARRESTED AND LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL.

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL:
HALE 53  MIO AUSABLE 33
HILLMAN 67  FAIRVIEW 61
MIDLAND DOW 49  ALPENA 40
ROSCOMMON 69  HARRISON 51
ATLANTA 69  HARBOR SPRINGS HARBOR LIGHT CHRISTIAN 50
TRAVERSE CITY ST FRANCIS 60  GRAYLING 57
KINDE NORTH HURON 61  GENESSEE 41
UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 68  SAGINAW VALLEY LUTHERAN 51
MAYVILLE 44  AKRON FAIRGROVE 15

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
MT PLEASANT SACRED HEART 49  BEAVERTON 32
SAULT STE MARIE 47  ALPENA 31
HARBOR SPRINGS HARBOR LIGHT CHRISTIAN 65  ATLANTA 16
GAYLORD ST MARY 49  JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 29
TRAVERSE CITY ST FRANCIS 61  GRAYLING 21
POSEN 68  WOLVERINE 8
BROWN CITY 54  PECK 38
CROSWELL LEXINGTON 52  IMLAY CITY 33

STATE NEWS:

SUSPECTED KALAMAZOO SERIAL KILLER JEFFREY WILLIS WILL CONTINUE TO FACE MURDER CHARGES IN THE DEATH OF REBEKAH BLETSCH. THAT AFTER A MUSKEGON COUNTY JUDGE DENIED A REQUEST BY WILLIS TO DISMISS THAT CASE AGAINST HIM, CLAIMING POLICE VIOLATED HIS CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN THEY TOOK NOTES FROM HIS JAIL CELL. CIRCUIT JUDGE WILLIAM MARIETTI RULED THAT HIS RIGHTS WERE NOT VIOLATED. THE MUSKEGON COUNTY PROSECUTOR SAYS THE NOTES WERE IN A JAIL JUMPSUIT WILLIS TURNED IN TO THE LAUNDRY AND WERE TURNED IN TO INVESTIGATORS, BUT NOT THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE. WILLIS IS ALSO ACCUSED IN THE MURDER OF JESSICA HEERINGA (HAIR-INGUH).

THERE'S A CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION AFTER A 14 MONTH-OLD GIRL DIED IN NEWAYGO COUNTY LAST NIGHT. WOOD TV REPORTS A SOURCE SAYS THE GIRL SUFFERED LIFE THREATENING INJURIES LAST WEEK, WHEN SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY ABUSED BY HER STEPFATHER. THAT MAN IS ALSO REPORTEDLY ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING THE CHILD'S MOTHER.

TWO MORE WOMEN HAVE FILED LAWSUITS AGAINST FORMER MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SPORTS  DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR ALLEGING SEXUAL ASSAULT.  WHILE SCORES OF GYMNASTS HAVE COMPLAINED AGAINST NASSAR, WHO WAS ALSO A FORMER USA GYMNASTICS PHYSICIAN, THE LATEST TWO CASES INVOLVE A SWIMMER AND A DANCER.  THE LATEST LAWSUITS COME AS THE 53 YEAR OLD IS FACING FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND DESTRUCTION CHARGES ALONG WITH STATE CHARGES. HE IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND AT THE INGHAM COUNTY JAIL. STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE WILL HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE NASSAR CASE THIS AFTERNOON.

A NEWS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MORNING BY U-S ATTORNEY BARBARA MCQUADE OUTLINING DETAILS OF A SETTLEMENT OF A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF STERLING HEIGHTS TO ALLOW A MOSQUE TO BE BUILT. THE U-S JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILED SUIT LAST YEAR, SAYING THE CITY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST MUSLIMS BY REJECTING THE MOSQUE. CITY OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT TRAFFIC IN THE AREA AND THE SIZE OF THE PROPOSED BUILDING.

DETROIT MAYOR MIKE DUGGAN SAYS THE CITY WILL HAVE A RESIDENTIAL STREET SWEEPING PROGRAM AGAIN AFTER A 6 YEAR ABSENCE.  MAYOR DUGGAN MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT DURING HIS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS LAST NIGHT.  THE CITY WILL PURCHASE EIGHT NEW SWEEPERS AND A STAFF TO RUN THEM AT A NEARLY 2 MILLION
DOLLAR COST.

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TUE 21FEB17

THE ALCONA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCED HER RETIREMENT.  SUPERINTENDENT SHAWN THORNTON MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE ALCONA SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, THE RESIGNATION IS EFFECTIVE AS OF WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST. THORNTON SAID SHE MADE THE DECISION TO RETIRE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY. THORNTON HAS BEEN WITH ALCONA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS SINCE JULY OF 1999 WHEN SHE BECAME PRINCIPAL OF ALCONA ELEMENTARY. THE SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTED HER SUPERINTENDENT IN THE FALL OF 2001. THE SCHOOL BOARD DISCUSSED OPTIONS ON HOW TO PROCEED TO FIND A REPLACEMENT AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT.

THE CITY OF WEST BRANCH HAS UNTIL MARCH 22ND TO FILL A VACANT CITY COUNCIL SEAT.  THE SEAT BECAME VACANT WITH THE RECENT DEATH OF COUNCILMAN JIM HASTY. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD THE COUNCIL HAS THIRTY DAYS TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO THE SEAT OR THEY WILL NEED TO HOLD A SPECIAL ELECTION. CITY MANAGER HEATHER GRACE SAID WEST BRANCH VOTERS APPROVED THE ELIMINATION OF VOTING WARDS IN THE CITY, BUT BALLOT LANGUAGE STATED THAT WARD ONE WOULD NOT BE ELIMINATED UNTIL THE NOVEMBER 2018 ELECTION. THEREFORE THE PERSON APPOINTED MUST LIVE WITHIN THE CITY'S FIRST WARD. HASTY PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 9TH. HE WAS APPOINTED TO THE CITY COUNCIL ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2014.

THE FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RECENTLY PRESENTED A $500 GRANT TO THE ALPENA YOUTH SAILING CLUB, WHICH WORKS TO PROVIDE SAILING LESSONS TO KIDS AND ADULTS IN THE ALPENA AREA AND RUNS THE ALPENA YOUTH SAILING TEAM. THE GRANT DOLLARS WILL BE USED TO BUY NEW LINES AND BLOCKS IN ORDER TO UPDATE THE SIX BOATS USED BY THE SAILING TEAM, COMPRISED OF KIDS TWELVE AND OLDER. SINCE 2001 THE ALPENA YOUTH SAILING CLUB HAS PROVIDED OVER 1,200 LESSONS. THE FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WAS CREATED IN 2005 TO ENHANCE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FIRST FEDERAL OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY BANK AND THE COMMUNITIES IN WHICH THEY OPERATE.

ANGLERS, THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES REMINDS YOU THAT ICE SHANTY REMOVAL DATES ARE APPROACHING. ACCORDING TO A DNR PRESS RELEASE SHANTIES MUST BE REMOVED AS SOON AS ICE IS UNABLE TO SUPPORT THEM REGARDLESS OF DEADLINE DATES. THE ACTUAL DEADLINE FOR REMOVAL IN THE NORTHERN LOWER PENINSULA IS MIDNIGHT, MARCH 15TH. SHANTY OWNERS WHOSE STRUCTURES FALL THROUGH THE ICE ARE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES OF UP TO THIRTY DAYS IN JAIL, FINES OF $100 TO $500 DOLLARS, OR BOTH. IF A SHANTY IS REMOVED BY A GOVERNMENT AGENCY, THE COURT CAN REQUIRE THE OWNER TO REIMBURSE THAT AGENCY FOR AN AMOUNT OF UP TO THREE TIMES THE COST OF REMOVAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT MICHIGAN DOT GOV SLASH DNR. 

TROOPERS FROM THE ALPENA STATE POLICE POST RECEIVED A COMPLAINT OF CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH THAT HAD OCCURRED IN ROGERS CITY.  A 28 YEAR OLD MAN ALLEGES THAT ON FEBRUARY 1ST HE WAS STAYING THE NIGHT AT THE 44 YEAR OLD SUBJECT'S RESIDENCE WHEN HE WAS ASSAULTED WHILE SLEEPING.  TROOPERS OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT AND SERVED IT ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH, WHERE TROOPERS WERE ABLE TO COLLECT POSSIBLE EVIDENCE.  THE SUSPECT, SYLVESTER OCHIENG OBWAKA, AGE 44 OF OF ROGER'S CITY, WAS ARRESTED THAT DAY FOR CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE FIRST DEGREE.  HE'S CURRENTLY INCARCERATED IN THE PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY JAIL AND WAS ARRAIGNED IN 89TH DISTRICT COURT TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST.  OBKAWA IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND PENDING FURTHER COURT PROCEEDINGS.  OBKAWA IS A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST AND HAS BEEN PASTOR OF THE ST. IGNATIUS CONGREGATION SINCE JULY OF 2013.  THE GAYLORD ARCH DIOCESE IS NOT COMMENTING ON THE ALLEGATIONS AT THIS TIME.  OBKAWA IS DENYING THE ALLEGATIONS.  POLICE ARE STILL INVESTIGATING.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS AREA 59  WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT 49
ONAWAY 64  ROGERS CITY 57
WOLVERINE 49  POSEN 46

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
HILLMAN 52  FAIRVIEW 39
PETOSKEY 65  CHEBOYGAN 39
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 58  PECK 30

STATE NEWS:

A VIGIL WAS HELD LAST NIGHT TO REMEMBER THE VICTIMS OF A SHOOTING SPREE THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF SIX PEOPLE A YEAR AGO. SHERIFF RICHARD FULLER TOLD THE CROWD THEY ARE PREPARED TO SERVE EVERYONE TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY ARE MICHIGAN STRONG, KALAMAZOO STRONG, AND FOREVER STRONG. THE SON OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS, JUDY BROWN, JEFF REYNOLDS SAID IT'S UP TO EVERYONE TO KEEP HER LEGACY AND OTHER VICTIMS' MEMORIES ALIVE.

TWO MEN ARE BEHIND BARS THIS MORNING AFTER A VIOLENT ASSAULT ON A MICHIGAN STATE TROOPER.  THE OFFICER TRIED TO PULL OVER A MOTORCYCLIST MONDAY MORNING ON U-S 31 IN BERRIEN COUNTY-- THE CYCLIST TOOK OFF FROM THE TRAFFIC STOP, LAUNCHING A THREE-MILE CHASE THAT ENDED WHEN THE 21 YEAR OLD LOST CONTROL OF THE MOTORCYCLE. THAT'S WHEN POLICE SAY HE BEGAN TO SAVAGELY ATTACK THE TROOPER. AS THE STRUGGLE PLAYED OUT, THE MAN'S BROTHER JOINED THE FRAY, MAKING IT A TWO ON ONE BATTLE. SOON AFTER, TWO PASSERSBY PITCHED IN TO HELP THE OFFICER IN THE FIGHT. THE TWO MEN EVENTUALLY WERE ABLE TO STOP THE SUSPECTS, WHO WERE ARRESTED AND TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  THEIR NAMES WILL BE RELEASED FOLLOWING THEIR ARRAIGNMENT.

INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL TRYING TO PIECE TOGETHER WHAT HAPPENED IN A CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A 20-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ON I-96 IN IONIA COUNTY ON SUNDAY. WOOD TV REPORTS THEY INITIALLY BELIEVED THE CRASH THAT KILLED LESLIE PABLO-MATIAS WAS KILLED AFTER ROAD RAGE. THEY NOW BELIEVE THE WYOMING WOMAN WAS SPEEDING WHEN SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER SUV, CRASHED INTO A TREE AND ROLLED OVER. THEY ALSO FOUND EVIDENCE THAT SHE WAS USING HER CELL PHONE WHEN THE CRASH OCCURRED.

A LONG-RUNNING CHINESE RESTAURANT IN NOVI IS NO MORE.  KIM'S GARDEN HAS SHUT DOWN, ONE YEAR AFTER FIVE EMPLOYEES WERE KILLED IN A HOUSE FIRE. OWNERS ROGER TAM AND HIS WIFE COULD FACE PRISON TIME IF THEY ARE FOUND TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF THE MEN WHO WERE LIVING IN THEIR BASEMENT AT THE TIME OF LAST YEAR'S FIRE.  TAM'S ATTORNEY SAYS THE RESTAURANT SHUT DOWN ON SATURDAY AFTER SERVING FREE MEALS TO ANYONE WHO WANTED ONE.

RESTORATION OF THE ORNATE CEILING OF THE FISHER BUILDING IN DETROIT WILL GO INTO FULL-TILT MODE TODAY-- IT'S PART OF THE ONGOING PROJECT LAUNCHED BY THE BUILDING'S NEW OWNERS. WATER DAMAGE AND MANY YEARS OF CARELESSNESS CAUSED THE BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS TO FADE. A NEW YORK CITY BASED ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION FIRM HAS BEEN AT THE FISHER BUILDING SINCE JANUARY DOING TOUCH-UP WORK AND REPAIRING SECTIONS OF THE CEILING. THE ALBERT KAHN DESIGNED BUILDING, COMPLETED IN 19-28, IS A NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK.

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MON 20FEB17

A woman who was killed in a mobile home fire on Friday has been identified. According to Up north Live, The Rogers City Area Fire Department identified her as 64-year-old Lorna Litzner. The fire happened just after 3 a.m. Friday on Morley Drive in Rogers City. Crews were on scene for about six hours and the home was a total loss. The Rogers City Fire Department Chief says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Three people were injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on West M-76 last Thursday.  The accident occurred at approximately 12:30pm Thursday and involved a box van and a minivan. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Adams said the injuries are not expected to be fatal. Adams stated that the driver of the van was taken to West Branch Regional Medical Center and transferred to Ascension Healthcare in Saginaw for serious injuries. A passenger in the truck was taken to West Branch Regional Medical Center and transferred to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland with serious injuries. M-55 was closed to traffic while emergency personnel attended to those involved in the accident.  The cause of the accident is unknown.

Former Assistant Fire Chief and Treasurer of the Reese Fire Department, Gerald Jay Ellison, has been arraigned on charges that he embezzled from the Reese Fire Department and Rescue. According to M-Live, The Tuscola County Prosecutor said the crimes took place between January 1st, 2012 and March 2016. He was assistant fire chief and treasurer for the department at the time. Ellison was charged in an 11-count criminal complaint, which includes one count of embezzlement of $20,000 or more and 10 counts of embezzlement of $1,000 or more. Michigan State Police Lieutenant David Kaiser said Ellison was arraigned Friday in the 71-B District Court in Caro. Detective Sergeant Brian McComb led the investigation.

THE ARENAC COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT HELD ITS ANNUAL MEETING LAST THURSDAY.  The meeting was held at the Deep River Township Hall LAST THURSDAY NIGHT. According to the Arenac County Independent, Doctor Ronald Schwab was honored for his work over many years to plant trees in ARENAC county and for his dedication to serving farmers by treating farm animals. AND Lincoln Township farmer Brian Rueger was named the Conservation Farmer of the Year after his operation, Rueger Farms, became the first MAEAP-certified operation in Arenac County.

HULL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASS KYLE DECRAENE, OF AU GRES, MICHIGAN, CARVES WOOD IN THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) CARPENTRY SHOP. THE CARL VINSON CARRIER STRIKE GROUP IS ON A REGULARLY SCHEDULED WESTERN PACIFIC DEPLOYMENT AS PART OF THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET-LED INITIATIVE TO EXTEND THE COMMAND AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS OF U.S. 3RD FLEET. U.S NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS HAVE PATROLLED THE INDO-ASIA-PACIFIC REGULARLY AND ROUTINELY FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN JAKE CANNADY)

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL SATURDAY:
HALE 64  LAKE LEELENAU ST. MARY 36 
 

GIRLS BASKETBALL SATURDAY:
SAULT STE MARIE 57  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 49
BAY CITY JOHN GLENN 46  HARBOR BEACH 36
MILLINGTON 43  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 33
 

BOYS HOCKEY SATURDAY:
ALPENA 4  SAULT STE MARIE 3
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 4  GAYLORD 0



STATE NEWS:

THE MICHIGAN SENATE IS POISED TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP DEVELOPERS WITH FINANCIAL COSTS OF CLEANING UP BROWNFIELD SITES TO BUILD ON.  THE BILLS WOULD ALLOW DEVELOPERS TO KEEP PORTIONS OF TAXES GENERATED BY PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES MOVING IN WHEN THE PROJECT IS DONE. ALTHOUGH NO MONEY WOULD INITIALLY BE GIVEN TO DEVELOPERS, THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE ALL THE MONEY NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT AND CLEANUP.  THERE WOULD A $40 MILLION CAP THAT DEVELOPERS CAN BE REIMBURSED AND EACH CITY THAT QUALIFIES COULD ONLY GET ONE PROJECT PER YEAR.

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FILM, A JOB OPPORTUNITY BEING ADVERTISED COULD BE RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY.  ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE IS SEEKING A MANAGER TO HELP RUN THE HISTORIC STATE THEATER IN TRAVERSE CITY. THE FLINT NATIVE ANNOUNCED THE JOB OPENING IN A FACEBOOK POST THAT HAS SINCE ACCUMULATED THOUSANDS OF LIKES AND SHARES.  MOORE SAID HE IS SEEKING A SPIRITED CINEPHILE WHO BELIEVES IN THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCING MOVIES IN A THEATER ATMOSPHERE. MOORE SAID THE JOB PAYS MORE THAN TRAVERSE CITY'S AVERAGE INCOME AND COMES WITH FULL BENEFITS.

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE PULLED A STOLEN PICK UP TRUCK FROM A LAKE IN SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN SUNDAY MORNING.  THE TRUCK WAS FOUND IN COREY LAKE, LOCATED IN FABIUS TOWNSHIP WEST OF THREE RIVERS IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY.  THE FORD F-250 KING RANCH EDITION TRUCK WAS STOLEN SOMETIME AFTER 12:30 A.M. SUNDAY FROM THE AREA OF BRISTOL IN NORTHERN INDIANA. POLICE SAID THE SEATS AND STEREO SYSTEM HAD BEEN PULLED FROM THE PICKUP. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CONTACT POLICE.

BATTLE CREEK POLICE CHASED A WOMAN WITH A CHILD IN HER VEHICLE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  BATTLE CREEK POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE HOMETOWN INN AT 90 DIVISION STREET ON A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT. WHILE THEY WERE INVESTIGATING, POLICE APPROACHED THE SUSPECT AS SHE WAS GETTING INTO A VEHICLE WITH A 2-YEAR-OLD CHILD. THE 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN REFUSED TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND STARTED TO DRIVE AWAY WITH THE CHILD, WHO WAS UNRESTRAINED.  THE SUSPECT LED POLICE ON A CHASE ON SOUTHBOUND M-66, WHICH ENDED NEAR I-94. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT. THE CHILD WAS UNHARMED AND TURNED OVER TO FAMILY.

POLICE IN WALKER HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER HE FIRED MULTIPLE GUNSHOTS DURING AN EARLYMORNING STANDOFF ON SUNDAY. POLICE RESPONDED TO PINERIDGE APARTMENTS ON A REPORT THAT SOMEONE WAS SUICIDAL AND FIRING GUNSHOTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE HIS APARTMENT. ABOUT A DOZEN SHOTS WERE FIRED.  WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THEY SAY THE MAN FIRED SEVERAL MORE GUNSHOTS OUT OF HIS APARTMENT.  OFFICERS SURROUNDED THE AREA AND BEGAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SUSPECT. THE STANDOFF LASTED FOR THREE TO FOUR HOURS, AND THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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FRI 17FEB17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON SUNDAY AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30AM, TROOPERS INITIATED A STOP ON A VEHICLE AFTER OBSERVING IT BEING DRIVEN ERRATICALLY IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP. THE DRIVER, A 45 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN HAD BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOL AND WAS GIVEN SOBRIETY TESTS WHICH HE FAILED. THE DRIVER HAD FIVE PRIOR OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED ARRESTS. IN ADDITION TO THE OWI CHARGE THE DRIVER WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE, DRIVING AN UNREGISTERED VEHICLE AND DRIVING AN UNINSURED VEHICLE. HE WAS LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL.

AN OGEMAW COUNTY TOWNSHIP WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK.  THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE MILLS TOWNSHIP HALL ON MONDAY. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE HEARING IS OPEN TO PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE PRIVATE ROAD MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT FOR PATRICIA ANN DRIVE AND NORTHERN TRAIL. THE HEARING WILL BEGIN AT 5PM ON MONDAY AT THE MILLS TOWNSHIP HALL, 2441 GREENWOOD ROAD IN PRESCOTT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HEARING CALL 873-4411.

Girl holding up a fish while out ice fishingThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. According to Up North live, no license is required, although other fishing regulations will remain in force. The free weekend is held each year to promote Michigan's many angling opportunities. Several organized events have been scheduled to take advantage of the occasion. For a complete listing of events linked to the free fishing weekend, visit www.Michigan.GOV/FREEFISHING.

 

THE ARENAC EASTERN SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED GOOD NEWS DURING THEIR RECENT MEETING.  THE BOARD DISCOVERED THAT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE NEARLY $188,000 DOLLARS IN FUND EQUITY. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, PRIOR TO THE MEETING THE BOARD EXPECTED TO HAVE LESS THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUND EQUITY. THE BUDGET ADJUSTMENT SHOWED REVENUES WOULD BE $116,000 DOLLARS MORE THAN EXPECTED AND EXPENSES DECREASED $159,000 DOLLARS. THE DISTRICT'S FUEL COST ALSO DECREASED BY $20,000 DOLLARS. ARENAC EASTERN SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DARREN KROCZALEKI SAID THEY PLAN TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT AT THEIR NEXT BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND AT 6:30PM.  

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:
BEAVERTON 43  GLADWIN 35


GIRLS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS AREA 69  AUGRES SIMS 40
Alcona 53  Oscoda 37. Alcona scoring: Taylor Livingston 21, Brittany Decker 10, Brooke Shultz 7 and Jordan Joyce 6. Katelyn Edgerton had 12 for Oscoda. Alcona JV won 52-32. Brianna Fogle 28 points for Alcona.
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 56  HALE 40
FAIRVIEW 37  POSEN 22
HILLMAN 50  ROGERS CITY 42
BEAVERTON 43  GLADWIN 35 
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 39  ALPENA 32
ROSCOMMON 37  HOUGHTON LAKE 30
JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 48  ONAWAY 37
GAYLORD 60  CHEBOYGAN 36
DRYDEN 36  KINDE NORTH HURON 22
REESE 54  BAD AXE 21
SANDUSKY 47  HARBOR BEACH 30
LAKER 42  VASSAR 25
UBLY 45  BROWN CITY 44
CASS CITY 46  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 45
PECK 45  MAYVILLE 36
KINGSTON 62  CARSONVILLE PORT SANILAC 10

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THU 16FEB17

THE ALCONA, ARENAC, IOSCO AND OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONS WILL IMPOSE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON ALL ROUTES UNDER THEIR JURISDICTION ON FRIDAY. WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 8AM TOMORROW IN ARENAC COUNTY, 11AM IN IOSCO AND OGEMAW COUNTIES AND 4PM IN ALCONA COUNTY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE ALCONA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AT 736-8168, ARENAC COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AT 718-3250, IOSCO COUNTY AT IOSCO ROADS DOT ORG AND OGEMAW COUNTY AT 345-2337.

106TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, INVITES RESIDENTS TO JOIN HER DURING OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW. ALLOR WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY FROM 10-11AM AT H & H BAKERY AND RESTAURANT IN AUGRES, FROM NOON TIL 1PM AT THE IRON SKILLET FAMILY RESTAURANT IN LINCOLN AND FROM 3-4PM AT JJ’S STEAK AND PIZZA HOUSE IN ALPENA. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY. ALLOR SAID THE PEOPLE OF NORTHEAST MICHIGAN SENT HER TO THE CAPITOL TO BE THEIR VOICE AND KEEPING IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THOSE SHE SERVES HELPS HER BE A BETTER REPRESENTATIVE.

 

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS AREA 58  HOUGHTON LAKE 49
WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT 71  ALCONA 62
BAY CITY JOHN GLENN 52  GLADWIN 25
ATLANTA 70  WOLVERINE 49
JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 68  FIFE LAKE FOREST AREA 42
GAYLORD 59  CHEBOYGAN 48
BELLAIRE 48  GAYLORD ST. MARY 43
MARLETTE 61  BAD AXE 36
HARBOR BEACH 60  REESE 52
UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 63  SANDUSKY 46

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
Alcona 51  Whittemore Prescott 28. For Alcona Taylor Livingston had 16, Kielee Elmer had 9, and Brittany Decker had 7. Nine different players scored for Alcona.  High scorer for Whittemore Prescott was Brooke Kile with 12.

STATE NEWS:

A CALVIN COLLEGE CAMPUS SAFETY OFFICER HAS BEEN FIRED AND CHARGED WITH RECKLESS USE OF A FIREARM AFTER AN INCIDENT LAST FALL. WOOD TV REPORTS SAFETY PATROL SUPERVISOR LEE SWAFFORD AND ANOTHER PERSON WHO WASN'T A STUDENT WERE WALKING ACROSS CAMPUS DURING THE THANKSGIVING BREAK WHEN THE ALLEGED INCIDENT OCCURRED...ALTHOUGH THEY'RE NOT RELEASING DETAILS. THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE SAYS THE GUN WAS NEVER FIRED AND NO ONE WAS HURT.

A 55-YEAR-OLD MIDLAND MAN, IBRAHIM ESTEPHAN, HAS ACCEPTED A PLEA DEAL OVER CHARGED THAT HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A TEENAGE GIRL. HE PLEAD GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF THIRD DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR FIRST DEGREE COUNTS BEING DROPPED. M-LIVE REPORTS A BAY CITY GIRL TOLD POLICE THAT ESTEPHAN HAD SEX WITH HER SEVERAL TIMES AT HER HOME SINCE HE WAS DATING HER MOTHER AT THE TIME AND LIVED WITH THEM.





A CADILLAC MAN IS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS BENJAMIN BURKLOW IS BEING HELD ON 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT, ONE COUNT OF INDECENT EXPOSURE AND BEING A HABITUAL OFFENDER.








MORE FAKE 100 DOLLAR BILLS HAVE SHOWN UP AT STORES AROUND TRAVERSE CITY. ABOUT FIVE OF THE PHONY BILLS HAVE TURNED UP AT A STORE AND A COUPLE OF BANKS IN THE CITY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THEY COULD BE CONNECTED TO TWO MEN, WHO WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY IN CONNECTING WITH USING TWO FAKE BILLS AT THE FAMILY FARE STORE.


A MILLAGE FOR THE GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING HAS BEEN RESTORED AFTER ROLLING IT BACK IN DECEMBER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO RESTORE THE MILLAGE ONCE THE STUDIED THE ISSUE AND SAID THAT THE CARE OF THE SENIORS IS A TOP PRIORITY. VOTERS HAD APPROVED THE MILLAGE LAST AUGUST.

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO CHEER FOR THE LIONS! AUDITIONS FOR DETROIT LIONS CHEERLEADERS BEGIN TODAY WITH THE FIRST OF TWO "PRE-AUDITION" CLINICS. THIS IS WHERE CANDIDATES LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS AND THE AUDITION CHOREOGRAPHY. A SECOND CLINIC WILL BE HELD MARCH 1ST BEFORE FINAL AUDITIONS LATER THAT MONTH. THERE WILL BE A CHARGE TO TAKE PART IN THE CLINICS AS WELL AS THE CALLBACK AUDITIONS.  REGISTRATION IS ALSO REQUIRED ON-LINE AT DETROIT LIONS.COM/CHEERLEADERS.



 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017

Conservative Political Action Conference-Speakers during the four-day event include Vice President Mike Pence, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Reps. Kevin Brady, Barry Loudermilk, Mike Burgess, and Ron DeSantis, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and others.
Court Hearing for Son of Jerry Sandusky on Child Sex Abuse Allegations (11am ET)
20th Anniversary of Scientists Announcing Cloned Sheep “Dolly”
National Margarita Day-Annual tribute to the drink made with tequila, triple sec, and lime.

 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims (8:30am ET)
NBA Trade Deadline
Vintage Yankee Stadium Seats Go on Sale (6:30pm ET)
Limited edition collection of vintage Yankee Stadium seats to be auctioned.  A portion of the proceeds will go to The Boys & Girls Club of America.

 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017

Rio Carnival Opening Ceremony

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