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Updated 01/18/17

WED 18JAN17

A TAWAS POLICE AUTHORITY SERGEANT WAS RECENTLY HONORED.  SERGEANT RYAN GARTLAND WAS PRESENTED WITH A LIFE SAVING COMMENDATION AND PIN. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, GARTLAND WAS THANKED BY THE TAWAS POLICE AUTHORITY FOR THE ACTION HE TOOK WHEN ADMINISTERING NALOXONE TO AN INDIVIDUAL LAST YEAR. THE DRUG IS DESIGNED TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF AN OPIOID OVERDOSE AND SAVED THE MAN'S LIFE. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED ON OCTOBER 22ND OF LAST YEAR AT A CABIN AT THE NORTH STAR MOTEL IN TAWAS CITY. GARTLAND, WHO WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT IN JANUARY 2016, WAS HIRED BY THE TAWAS POLICE AUTHORITY IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011.

VOTERS IN AUGRES WILL SEE A MILLAGE PROPOSAL ON THEIR MAY BALLOT.  THE MILLAGE RENEWAL IS TO FUND POLICE SERVICES IN THE CITY. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT IT WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT IN MAY ALTHOUGH THE CURRENT MILLAGE DOES NOT EXPIRE UNTIL 2018. CITY CLERK LAVONNE PRITCHARD SAID THE MILLAGE IS JUST OVER THREE MILLS AND WOULD BE RENEWED FOR FIVE YEARS. SHE SAID THE MILLAGE RAISES APPROXIMATELY $81,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR. THE AUGRES CITY COUNCIL APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY PLACING THE RENEWAL ON THE BALLOT AT THEIR JANUARY MEETING.

THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY ALONG WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT SEVENTEEN GRANT PROJECTS WILL RECEIVE FUNDING THROUGH THE MICHIGAN INVASIVE SPECIES GRANT PROGRAM. TWELVE COUNTIES IN THE NORTHEAST MICHIGAN COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREA INCLUDING ALCONA, ALPENA, ARENAC, CHEBOYGAN, CRAWFORD, IOSCO, MONTMORENCY, OGEMAW, OSCODA, OTSEGO, PRESQUE ISLE AND ROSCOMMON HAVE BEEN AWARDED NEARLY $336,000 DOLLARS. THE PROGRAM TARGETS PREVENTION, EDUCATION, MONITORING, CONTROLLING AND ERADICATION OF INVASIVE SPECIES. 

THE MICHIGAN STATE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT IN DECEMBER AN ALPENA COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT DEPUTY WAS INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A DEBIT CARD WHEN HE LEARNED THE SUSPECT HAD ALLEGEDLY PASSED CHECKS WITHOUT HAVING FUNDS IN THE ACCOUNT. ONE OF THE VENUES WAS IN ALCONA COUNTY SO THAT INCIDENT WAS TURNED OVER TO A TROOPER AT THE ALPENA POST. THE INVESTIGATION WAS COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED TO THE ALCONA COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE WHICH AUTHORIZED A MISDEMEANOR WARRANT CHARGED TO THE 21 YEAR OLD ALPENA WOMAN WITH PASSING NON-SUFFICIENT FUNDS CHECKS AND WAS ARRESTED ON JANUARY 10TH.

STATE NEWS:

AUTHORITIES IN DETROIT ARE INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE HOUSE EXPLOSION LAST NIGHT ON DETROIT’S NORTH SIDE THAT LEFT A 75-YEAR-OLD MAN INJURED. DEPUTY FIRE COMMISSIONER DAVID FORNELL SAYS WINDOW GLASS WAS BLOWN ALMOST TWO HOUSES DOWN AND THE WALLS WERE LEANING.  THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH BURNS.

A 59-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS KILLED IN A CRASH NEAR GRAND RAPIDS LAST NIGHT. THE KENT COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS PATRICK CARDENAS LOST CONTROL OF HIS VOLVO EUREKA AND HIT A TREE. THEY SAY ALCOHOL WAS NOT A FACTOR AND HE WAS WEARING HIS SEAT BELT IN THE ACCIDENT IN ADA TOWNSHIP.

THE CAPTAIN OF THE GIRLS' BASKETBALL TEAM AT MACOMB COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS ACCUSED TWO WARREN POLICE OFFICERS OF BRUTALITY. 19 YEAR OLD GABRIELLE STOKES SAYS SHE SUFFERED A TORN RIGHT ROTATOR CUFF, TORN LABRUM AND SPRAINS TO BOTH WRISTS DURING HER ARREST ON JANUARY 3RD. STOKES SAYS SHE WAS ARRESTED AT HER APARTMENT ON 12 MILE ACROSS FROM THE M-C-C SOUTH CAMPUS.  DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE TUESDAY SHE, HER FAMILY AND OTHER SUPPORTERS SAY THEY WANT THE CITY OF WARREN AND THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE TO INVESTIGATE.

A CASS COUNTY MAN COULD FACE CHARGES BECAUSE WHEN HE WAS TARGET SHOOTING, ONE OF THE BULLETS MISSED A BACK STOP AND HIT A NEIGHBOR. WOOD TV REPORTS THAT BULLET TRAVELED SOME 500 TO 600 YARDS THROUGH A WOODED AREA IN MILTON TOWNSHIP AND HIT 42-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN ANDERSON. HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES.  THE SHERIFF ADVISES GUN OWNERS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE A PROPER BACK STOP AND SHOOT IN AN UNOCCUPIED AREA.

DON'T BE FOOLED BY SOMEONE CALLING YOU TELLING YOU THAT YOU OWE MONEY FOR MISSING JURY DUTY. THE CALHOUN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS ITS A PHONE SCAM AND THEY'VE HEARD FROM AT LEAST ONE RESIDENT WHO GOT SUCH A CALL. THE SCAMMER THREATENED THEM WITH JAIL IF THEY DIDN'T PAY UP. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS THE COURTS WOULD NOT NOTIFY YOU IN THAT MANNER IF YOU MISSED JURY DUTY.

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TUE 17JAN17

Firefighters saved a woman, her dog and two cats from carbon monoxide poisoning.  According to Up North Live, the incident happened Saturday morning in Crawford County. The Frederic Fire Department, Firefighter Paramedic Trudeau and Firefighter EMT Lee responded to a carbon monoxide emergency at a house in Frederic.  The fire department says Trudeau and Lee entered the home with a four-gas monitor when they  found the woman, the monitor showed extremely high levels of carbon monoxide.  Together, Trudeau and Lee performed an emergency rescue of the woman, moving her to fresh air and into the ambulance waiting outside.  The woman was taken to Alpena General Hospital due to the extremely high levels of carbon monoxide found in the home.  Alpena General hospital is equipped with a hyperbaric chamber to remove carbon monoxide from the victim's bloodstream.  The source of the carbon monoxide leak is still under investigation.

STATE NEWS:

HAVE YOU BOUGHT MILK IN MICHIGAN IN THE PAST 14 YEARS? WELL, YOU MAY BE OWED A REFUND. DAIRY PRODUCERS SETTLED A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FOR 52 MILLION DOLLARS. THAT SUIT ACCUSED THEM OF PREMATURELY SLAUGHTERING ABOUT HALF A MILLION COWS TO RAISE THE COST OF MILK BY LOWERING THE SUPPLY. THEY DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS, BUT SETTLED THE SUIT. MICHIGAN IS ONE OF 15 STATES INVOLVED IN THE SUIT. IF YOU BOUGHT MILK SINCE 2003, YOU CAN FILE FOR A REFUND.

WITH JUST DAYS LEFT BEFORE PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA LEAVES OFFICE, AN IONIA COUNTY BUSINESS IS TAKING A PARTING INSULT AT HIM. WOOD TV REPORTS THAT I-96 TOWING & REPAIR HAS A DIGITAL SIGN THAT READS... "ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS AND THAT "BLANK" WILL BE OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE." ZEELAND RESIDENT BEN LICHTENWALNER CALLS IT AN EMBARRASSMENT, BUT THE SHERIFF SAYS THE DEROGATORY MESSAGE IS NOT ILLEGAL SINCE IT'S A PRIVATE BUSINESS.

A NORTHERN MICHIGAN WOMAN CAN THANK HER CAT AND HER MOTHER THAT SHE'S ALIVE TODAY.  9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS CASSIDY DEBUSSCHERE'S CAT WAS SCREAMING WHEN SHE WOKE UP LAST SATURDAY AND SHE HAD A HEADACHE. SHE CALLED HER MOTHER , WHO TOLD HER IT COULD BE CARBON MONOXIDE. SHE PASSED OUT, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUED HER AND HER PETS. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE HOME DID NOT HAVE A CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR AND THE OUTCOME COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH DIFFERENT.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Mike EvinkA D-N-R OFFICER IN THE UPPER PENINSULA IS BEING HAILED A HERO FOR SAVING THREE PEOPLE RECENTLY. CONSERVATION OFFICER MIKE EVINK SAVED A PROPANE DELIVERY MAN, WHO WAS OVERCOME BY CARBON MONOXIDE AT A HOME IN SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY LAST WEEK. THE HOMEOWNER DIED.  DAYS BEFORE, EVINK HELPED TWO SNOWMOBILERS WHO WERE LOST AND THEIR SLEDS HAD BROKEN DOWN. EVINK AND A U-S FOREST SERVICE OFFICER FOLLOWED THE TRACKS AND FOOTPRINTS TO FIND THEM WITH THE TEMPERATURE AROUND ZERO.  SEE THE FULL STORY ON OUR DNR NEWS PAGE.

OTHER MICHIGAN COUNTIES MAY TAKE A LOOK AT OTTAWA COUNTY, WHICH HAD A 15-YEAR LOW UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LAST YEAR. WOOD TV REPORTS OTTAWA COUNTY'S PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT'S SHANNON VIRTUE SAYS PEOPLE ARE MOVING TO THE AREA, AND BUSINESSES ARE MOVING TO THE AREA.

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MON 16JAN17

Speed and road conditions caused a crash in Sanilac County that split a livestock trailer in half. According to m-Live, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a two-vehicle injury crash on East Peck near Farr Road about 12:55pm last Thursday. A green Ford pickup driven by a 75-year-old man from Croswell with his 43-year-old female passenger was traveling east on Peck when the driver lost control on the icy road and crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. according to Deputy Phil Deacons, The truck struck a gray Ford pickup pulling an empty livestock trailer driven by a 67-year-old man with a 65-year-old female passenger, both from Jeddo. The collision split the trailer in half. DEACONS SAID Alcohol was not a factor, but speed and road conditions contributed to the crash. The 75-year-old man was issued a citation for the crash and was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies were assisted on scene by the Michigan State Police, Peck police and Elk Township firefighters.

Police suspect alcohol was a factor in a crash early Saturday morning which saw a 34-year-old Vassar man airlifted to an area hospital and his passenger treated for minor injuries. According to M-Live, The passenger, a 25-year-old Millington woman, suffered only minor injuries, The Tuscola County Sheriff's Office reports the condition of the driver was not given. Police were dispatched around 2:30am Saturday to Bray Road near Ormes Road on reports of a vehicle accident. When deputies arrived, they found the driver unconscious, the passenger with minor injuries and a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu with heavy damage to the driver-side door.  Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash which remains under investigation.

A man is recovering after his snowmobile fell through the ice on Lake Skegemog Saturday afternoon. According to Up North Live, Crews from multiple departments responded to a report of a man through the ice. The ice rescue team along with the South Torch Lake Fire Department went more than 400 feet out onto Lake Skegemog to rescue the man who had gone through the ice on his snowmobile. The man was able to stand on his submerged snowmobile until crews reached him. Another victim was able to make it to shore on his own. Both victims suffered from hypothermia and were transported to Munson Medical Center.

Several non-union city of West Branch employees received raises before the end of the year.  The raises range up to 53 percent, amounting to nearly $100,000 dollars. According to the Ogemaw County herald, City Manager Heather Grace said the move will actually see the city spending less money over the course of the year, after other cost savings. The raises go right down the line of non-union employees, though Grace notes not all non-union employees received raises. Overall, Grace said the city was in a good financial position and could afford the wage increases.

the Arenac County Board of Commissioners voted January 10th to change its monthly meeting dates.  The Council will now meet on the second and fourth Tuesday as opposed to the first and third Tuesdays. According to the Arenac County independent, County Clerk Rick Rockwell said he and county Treasurer Dennis Stawowy had requested the dates be changed in the past. Rockwell said he asked for it so they would have more time to get the council their financial reports and the end of the month statements that are prepared. He added that when you meet the first Tuesday, there’s just no time to do that.

LOCAL SPORTS:

Saturday the Oscoda Owls Varsity Bowling squads traveled to Bay City for a double header. The morning competition took place at Monitor Lanes and the Lady Owls lost to the Bay City All Saints 27.5-2.5.   High scores were Cassidy Cleary 153 and 195. The Oscoda Varsity Boys Blue team won their first match against the Charleton Heston Patriots 28-2.  High scores were Grant Huebel 185 and 162; Gabe Kellstrom 192 and 178; Chance Kruse 184; Cade Fulton 152; Brandon Anaya 158 and Mike Carafelly 178.  The Oscoda Boys Varsity White team earned a 26-4 win in their first match against the Alcona Tigers.  High games were Drew Isaac 167;  Brandon Farlowe 164, Trevor Carnavele 154 and Josh Johnston 156.  The teams all traveled over to Bay Lanes for the second half of the day.  The girls defeated the Ogemaw Heights Falcons 29-1.  High score were Gabby Allen 155 and Cassidy Cleary 153.   The Oscoda Varsity Blue defeated the Alcona Tigers 27.5-2.5.  Team high scores were Grant Huebel 207 and 167; Gabe Kellstrom 160 and 155,  Brandon Anaya 200 and 178; Chance Kruse 161 and Mike Carafelly 196.  The Oscoda Boys Varsity White beat the Charleton Heston Patriots 26-4.  High scores were Jarrett Treadaway 168 and Anthony Birkenbach 157. All three teams will travel Saturday to High Skore Lanes in West Branch.  The Boys Blue team will have a bye, the Boys White team will take on the John Glenn Bob Cats and the Girls will bowl against the Charleton Heston Patriots. 

Tawas Varsity Bowling; After a double header in Bay City, the Boys Team took a split with a win against the bye team and a loss against Whittemore- Prescott. Top Boys were Seth Finley with a 198, 154, Jay Tyo with a pair of 172's, Chris Clairmont with a 156 and a 148. The Girls Team won both of their matches against Charlton Heston and Alcona. Top Girls were Sherice Mousseau with a 192 and a 159, Gretchen Fanslau with a 189 and a 180, and Kaitlyn McClellan 159. saturday the teams bowl against  Bay City All- Saints at Hi- Skore Lanes in West Branch.

STATE NEWS:

THE SOO LOCKS HAVE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. THAT HALTS THE VESSEL TRAFFIC FROM LAKE SUPERIOR TO LAKE HURON AND BEYOND. THE LOCKS WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 25TH SO MAINTENANCE WORK CAN BE DONE.

A BUILDING AT A GREENHOUSE NEAR GRAND HAVEN WAS DESTROYED ON SUNDAY. AN OFFICE BUILDING AT THE SPRING MEADOW NURSERY IN ROBINSON TOWNSHIP WAS DESTROYED EARLY SUNDAY AND WAS PUT OUT. IT REKINDLED LAST NIGHT, BUT DISPATCHERS SAY IT WAS MINOR.. NO ONE WAS HURT AND THE DAMAGE IS ABOUT ONE MILLION DOLLARS. THE CAUSE WILL BE INVESTIGATED.

A SNOWMOBILE CRASH IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN OVER THE WEEKEND. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS A MESICK MAN WAS THROWN FROM HIS SNOWMOBILE WHEN HE MADE A TURN AND CRASHED INTO THE SHOULDER IN BOON TOWNSHIP SATURDAY NIGHT. DEPUTIES SAY HE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET AND ALCOHOL AND SPEED WERE FACTORS. HE WAS TAKEN TO MUNSON HOSPITAL IN TRAVERSE CITY.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD WOMAN IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER SHE WAS INVOLVED IN A ROLLOVER CRASH IN CHEBOYGAN COUNTY OVER THE WEEKEND. STATE POLICE SAY ROAD CONDITIONS WERE ICY WHEN THE WOMAN ROLLED ON I-75 IN MUNRO TOWNSHIP SATURDAY MORNING AFTER SOMEONE PULLED IN FRONT OF HER. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS SHE TRIED TO SWITCH LANES, BUT LOST CONTROL ON THE ICE.  SHE WAS CITED FOR DRIVING TOO FAST FOR THE CONDITIONS.

THE DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION IS PLANNING A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON ON RECENT ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM WITHIN THE DETROIT POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THE UNION SAYS IT WILL LAY OUT A, "...NECESSARY COURSE OF ACTION TO TAKE IN RESPONSE OF THE CLAIMS MADE BY A FORMER CO-CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE ON RACE AND EQUALITY." CHIEF JAMES CRAIG REJECTS THE CLAIMS THAT BLACK OFFICERS ARE TREATED UNFAIRLY.

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FRI 13JAN17

THE MICHIGAN TATE POLICE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT TROOPER ROBERT MITCHELL FROM THE ALPENA POST IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE CORPORAL SAMUEL A. MAPES CRIMINAL PATROL AND INVESTIGATION AWARD. EACH AWARD RECIPIENT RECEIVES A SPECIAL SERVICE RIBBON TO WEAR ON THEIR UNIFORM. IT INCLUDES SEVEN BLUE STARS IN HONOR OF CORPORAL MAPES WHO WAS THE SEVENTH MICHIGAN STATE POLICE TROOPER TO DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY. IN ADDITION, TOP AWARD RECIPIENTS HAVE THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO DRIVE SPECIAL EDITION BLACK AND GOLD PATROL CARS IN HONOR OF THE DEPARTMENT’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY. MITCHELL WAS RECOGNIZED AT A CEREMONY IN LANSING ON WEDNESDAY.

THE FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RECENTLY PRESENTED A $500 GRANT TO LARRY CLARK, PRESIDENT OF THE TAKING PRIDE IN ALPENA SOUTH BAY ORGANIZATION TO HELP FUND A PROJECT THAT WILL EXTEND THE CURRENT TWELVE MILE ALPENA BI-PATH SOUTHWARD FROM ISLAND DRIVE TO SOUTH PARTRIDGE ROAD. MIKE MAHLER, FIRST FEDERAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT, WAS ON HAND TO PRESENT THE GRANT DOLLARS TO CLARK. 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 TO SHARE IN THEIR LONG-TERM GROWTH.

THE TAWAS SCHOOL BOARD HELD ITS RE-ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING MONDAY NIGHT.  A NEW SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT AND TREASURER WERE ELECTED. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, MIKE RUSSO WAS ELECTED THE BOARD'S NEW PRESIDENT AND BILL BRITT WAS CHOSEN AS THE TREASURER. THE TWO TRADED PLACES AS BRITT WAS PREVIOUSLY PRESIDENT AND RUSSO TREASURER. ANNE FREEL WAS RE-ELECTED AS VICE PRESIDENT AND CONNIE O'CONNOR AS SECRETARY. SWORN IN AFTER BEING RE-ELECTED IN NOVEMBER WERE JIM BACARELLA, FREEL AND O'CONNOR. ALSO SWORN IN WAS NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBER JULIE ULMAN.

INCORRECT PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS IN ARENAC COUNTY WILL NEED TO BE CORRECTED.  ONE OF THE ISSUES IS THAT THE ARENAC COUNTY TOWNSHIP CEMETERY IS NOT PROPERLY DESCRIBED IN THE TOWNSHIP'S PLAT BOOK. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, IT IS NOT THE ONLY PROPERTY THAT NEEDS AN UPDATED PROPERTY DESCRIPTION. APPROXIMATELY SEVEN PARCELS ALONG MAIN STREET DO NOT HAVE THE CORRECT PROPERTY BOUNDARIES. BECAUSE THE PROPERTIES ARE NEAR THE TOWNSHIP CEMETERY, TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR TIM HAGLEY SAID  NO NEW CEMETERY PLOTS WILL BE SOLD UNTIL THE ISSUE IS CORRECTED. HAGLEY SAID HE HOPES TO HAVE A MEETING WITH ALL THE PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE INCORRECTLY LISTED PARCELS AND THAT AN AGREEMENT CAN BE REACHED WITHOUT HAVING TO INVOLVE ATTORNEYS OR THE COURTS.

STATE NEWS:

ANOTHER PERSON HAS BEEN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY A SNOW PLOW IN MICHIGAN, THIS TIME IN YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP. M-LIVE REPORTS THE PEDESTRIAN WAS HIT & KILLED LAST NIGHT.  THE WASHTENAW COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A BELLEVILLE RESIDENT WAS DRIVING THE PLOW.  A WOMAN WAS HIT AND KILLED BY A PICKUP WITH A SNOW PLOW ATTACHED NEAR GRAND RAPIDS ON TUESDAY.

A WOMAN HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY FOR A FATAL DECEMBER CRASH.  9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS BENJAMIN HILTS WAS KILLED IN THE CRASH IN RABER TOWNSHIP AND INITIALLY, INVESTIGATORS THOUGHT HE WAS DRIVING. SHERIFF MIKE BITNAR SAYS THEY OWE IT TO THE VICTIM AND ESPECIALLY TO FAMILY TO FIND OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. DEPUTIES SAY TIFFANY DUMBACK WAS ACTUALLY DRIVING WHEN THE PICKUP VEERED OFF THE ROAD AND HIT A LARGE ROCK AND SEVERAL TREES. SHE'S CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER WITH A VEHICLE AND
FAILURE TO REPORT AN ACCIDENT.

YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO USE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IF YOU RENT A PLACE TO LIVE. GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER HAS SIGNED A BILL INTO LAW THAT GIVES LANDLORDS THE OPTION THE OPTION TO BAN THE USE OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THEIR PROPERTIES. THE PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR AT CHRONIC LLC, ADAM DEVANEY, TELLS 9 AND 10 NEWS THAT THEY SEE DOWN THE ROAD THAT WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IS THAT ONE OR MORE OF THEIR PATIENTS IS GOING TO RUN INTO THIS ISSUE WITH THEIR LANDLORD WITH THEIR MEDICINE OF CHOICE.

A 67-YEAR-OLD DRUMMOND ISLAND MAN, ROBERT HENNING, HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY IN A CHILD PORN CASE. A JURY FOUND HENNING GUILTY OF TEN COUNTS OF CHILD ABUSIVE MATERIAL AND 10 COUNTS OF USING A COMPUTER TO COMMIT A CRIME IN CHIPPEWA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT.  DETECTIVES SAY MORE THAN SEVEN THOUSAND IMAGES AND VIDEOS WERE FOUND DURING THE INVESTIGATION.  HE IS ALSO CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF MANUFACTURING PURIFIED MARIJUANA FOR DISTRIBUTION.  ALL THE CRIMES WERE TREATED AS FELONIOUS.  POLICE SUSPECTED THAT HENNING'S COMPUTER HAD EVEN MORE IMAGES ON DIFFERING DIGITAL MEDIA.

A BOARD MEMBER AND HER HUSBAND HAVE GIVEN A LARGE DONATION TO SUPPORT THE ARTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN--REGENT ANDREA FISCHER NEWMAN AND HER HUSBAND, FRANK NEWMAN, ARE MAKING A ONE MILLION-
DOLLAR DONATION TO THE UNIVERSITY'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC, THEATRE AND DANCE. THIS IS TO SUPPORT NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS AND FACILITY RENOVATIONS IN THE SCHOOL'S DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & DRAMA.

IT IS CHARITY PREVIEW NIGHT AT THE NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW -- NOT ONLY A BIG PARTY -- BUT A WAY TO RAISE A LOT OF MONEY FOR CHARITIES. SINCE 1976, THE FUNDRAISER HAS COLLECTED MORE THAN 106 MILLION DOLLARS.

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THU 12JAN17

ON WEDNESDAY, DETECTIVES FROM THE HURON UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS TEAM, OR HUNT, ARRESTED FOUR ALPENA RESIDENTS FOR CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METHAMPHETAMINE. CULMINATING AFTER A TWO MONTH INVESTIGATION, A TRAFFIC STOP WAS MADE ON A VEHICLE AS IT WAS LEAVING A LOCAL RETAIL STORE. DURING THE STOP, THE PASSENGER, A 34 YEAR OLD MAN AND 40 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE POLICE WITH FALSE INFORMATION REGARDING THEIR IDENTITY. DETECTIVES THEN EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT THE 34 YEAR OLD SUBJECT’S HOME ON OHLRICH ROAD IN LONG RAPIDS TOWNSHIP IN ALPENA COUNTY. TWO FEMALES, 28 AND 18 YEARS OLD, BOTH FROM ALPENA, WERE ARRESTED. DURING THE SEARCH WARRANT MULTIPLE COOK LABS WERE LOCATED IN ADDITION TO A LARGE AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE. THE CASE WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE ALPENA COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE FOR REVIEW AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE EXPECTED.

ON WEDNESDAY, STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR WAS JOINED BY HER FAMILY FOR THE FIRST SESSION DAY OF THE MICHIGAN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 99TH MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE. THE DAY INCLUDED TAKING CEREMONIAL AND OFFICIAL OATHS OF OFFICE, MEETING GOVERNOR SNYDER AND SELECTING HER HOUSE SEAT. ALLOR SAID SHE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO HELPING THE RESIDENTS OF NORTHERN MICHIGAN AND THE 106TH HOUSE DISTRICT. SHE ENCOURAGES EVERYONE TO CONTACT HER WITH ANY ISSUES, CONCERNS OR THOUGHTS THEY HAVE ABOUT OUR STATE OR REGION. ALLOR’S LANSING OFFICE CAN BE REACHED BY CALLING 517-373-0833.

THE OSCODA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO END ITS CONTRACT WITH THE ARCHITECTS DESIGNING THE NEW OSCODA COUNTY COURTHOUSE.  BUILDING COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAID THAT THE ARCHITECTURAL FIRM DID NOT ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, COMMISSIONER BRANDY WRIGHT SAID THE NEW PROPOSAL DID NOT SUIT THE COUNTY'S NEEDS IN TERMS OF PRICE AND SIZE. THE COUNTY HAS PLANS TO WORK WITH LOCAL ARCHITECTS AND POSSIBLY LOCAL SCHOOLS LIKE KIRTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE. COMMISSIONER LARRY WILSON SAID HE AND COMMISSIONER BRANDY WRIGHT WILL BE SEEKING OUT THOSE NEW ARCHITECTS. WRIGHT ALSO SAID SHE HOPES THE PUBLIC CAN BE INVOLVED WITH THE PROCESS GOING FORWARD THROUGH LETTERS, EMAILS OR ATTENDANCE AT FUTURE COMMITTEE MEETINGS.

WORK IN AUGRES TO REPAIR STORM SEWERS ON MICHIGAN AVENUE WAS RECENTLY APPROVED.  THE AUGRES CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE REPAIRS AT A COST OF $67,112 DOLLARS. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE CITY RECEIVED THREE BIDS FOR THE WORK AND APPROVED THE BID OF BILACIC TRUCKING OF AUGRES. THE SECTION OF MICHIGAN AVENUE THAT WOULD BE WORKED ON IS SOUTH OF U.S. 23 AND EAST OF MAIN STREET. ALTHOUGH THE REPAIRS WOULD GET THE SEWERS BACK IN PROPER WORKING ORDER, BILACIC TRUCKING WOULD NOT BE WORKING IN INDIVIDUAL YARDS. CITY CLERK LAVONNE PRITCHARD SAID THAT SERVICE IS AVAILABLE BUT PROPERTY OWNERS WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR IT. MONIES FOR THE SEWER REPAIRS WILL COME FROM THE CITY'S LOCAL STREETS FUND.

STATE NEWS:

A BOIL WATER ADVISORY IN BARRY TOWNSHIP IN WEST MICHIGAN. THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE DELTON PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM BECAUSE OF A POWER FAILURE IN THE SYSTEM. THE ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL FRIDAY AFTERNOON. BOTTLED WATER IS AVAILABLE AT THE BARRY TOWNSHIP HALL BETWEEN 9AM AND 4PM.
 

A VIGIL BEING HELD TONIGHT FOR DANIELLE STISLICKI, A FARMINGTON HILLS WOMAN WHO VANISHED MORE THAN A MONTH AGO. STISLICKI FAILED TO MEET A FRIEND FOR DINNER, AND HER JEEP WAS FOUND AT HER APARTMENT COMPLEX WITH HER PURSE AND ID, BUT NOT HER KEYS AND CELL PHONE.

LOCAL LEADERS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHERS WILL TAKE PART IN THE VIGIL TO RAISE AWARENESS IN STISLICKI'S CASE. THE VIGIL IS IN REDFORD TOWNSHIP.  SOME BUSINESSES HAVE JOINED TOGETHER TO CALL FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE ENBRIDGE OIL PIPELINE IN THE STRAITS OF MACKINAC. THE GREAT LAKES BUSINESS NETWORK, WHICH INCLUDES BELLS BREWING, SHEPLER'S FERRY AND THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION, SAY IF THE STRAITS BECOME CONTAMINATED, WHAT WILL THAT DO FOR THEIR ABILITY TO SELL AD CONTINUE THE GREAT MOMENTUM THE STATE HAS NOW?  ENBRIDGE SAYS THEY LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH THE BUSINESS LEADERS TO DISCUSS
ENBRIDGE'S ROLE IN PROTECTING THE GREAT LAKES AND PROVIDING ENERGY FOR THE MANUFACTURING AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY.

A CASCADE TOWNSHIP FIREFIGHTER AND FORMER TOWNSHIP CLERK HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD SEXUALLY ABUSIVE ACTIVITY FOR ALLEGEDLY HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A TEENAGE GIRL. WOOD TV REPORTS 51-YEAR-OLD CLEM BELL ALLEGEDLY HAD THE RELATIONSHIP WITH A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL THAT BEGAN LAST APRIL. THE TEEN ADMITTED TO THE RELATIONSHIP. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND ALLEGED SEXUAL PICTURES ON BELL'S PHONE. HE'S BEEN SUSPENDED AS A FIREFIGHTER.

 

A HALF MILLION DOLLAR GIFT FROM THE DICK AND THERESA BARCH FOUNDATION WILL LAUNCH A CENTER FOR FRESHWATER RESEARCH AND EDUCATION AT LAKE SUPERIOR STATE UNIVERSITY. THE CENTER WILL INCLUDE AN IMPROVED HATCHERY FACILITY, EXPANDED RESEARCH AND CLASSROOM SPACE, AND STATE OF THE ART RESEARCH AND FISH DISEASE TESTING LABS. THE $11.8 (ELEVEN-POINT EIGHT) MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETE IN 2021.

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is announced.  The ballot is highlighted by Manny Ramirez, Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Trevor Hoffman.
 
People's Choice Awards
The 43rd People's Choice Awards honoring TV, film and music, airs on CBS. Fifth Harmony is expected to perform for the first time following the departure of group member Camila Cabello.

 
Thursday, January 19th, 2017


Final Full Day of Barack Obama's Presidency
 
President-elect Wreath-Laying Ceremony 3:30pm ET / Concert @ 4pm ET
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence participate in a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery.  They later attend a 'Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration’ at the Lincoln Memorial at 4pm ET.
 
U.N. Security Council Discusses Middle East
United Nations Security Council open debate on the Middle East and Syria, with discussion expected on the ongoing threat posed across the region by ISIS.
 
Sundance Film Festival Opens
The 2017 Sundance Film Festival opens with the world premiere of 'An Inconvenient Sequel', the follow-up to Al Gore's climate change documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth'.
 
NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced

 
Friday, January 20th, 2017

Donald Trump Sworn In As 45th President
The swearing in will be followed by speeches, the Inaugural Parade and Inaugural Balls in the evening.
 
Transition of Twitter Handle
Ability to use the @POTUS Twitter handle transfers to President Trump, with Barack Obama's tweets removed.  President Obama's tweets will now appear on the newly-created handle @POTUS44.

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