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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 15DEC17

A MIO MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON.  44 YEAR OLD RICHARD WATSON WAS SENTENCED AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND'S FOUR MONTH OLD DAUGHTER. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, WATSON PLEADED GUILTY TO FIRST DEGREE CHILD ABUSE AND SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF EVELYN LEGACY. BROOKS ADMITTED THAT HE SHOOK LEGACY VIOLENTLY ON AUGUST 9TH 2015, ULTIMATELY CAUSING HER DEATH. BROOKS WAS ARRESTED AUGUST 17TH AND PLEADED GUILTY ON AUGUST 29TH. HE WAS SENTENCED TO A MINIMUM OF 15 YEARS AND MAXIMUM OF 25 YEARS ON CHILD ABUSE CHARGES AND A LIFE SENTENCE ON THE SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE. THE GUILTY PLEA DEAL GIVES WATSON THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE.

A MOTIVE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THE ALLEGED MURDER OF HALE MAN.  MONEY WAS THE MOTIVE IN THE ALLEGED MURDER OF ROGER KNICKERBOCKER THE SECOND. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, TESTIMONY WAS GVEN BY CO-DEFENDENT CHRISTOPHER GRINELL OF HALE DURING A PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION IN IOSCO COUNTY DISTRICT COURT. GRINELL AND FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST DR. KANU VIRANI WERE CALLED TO THE STAND TO ESTABLISH MOTIVE AND PREMEDITATION IN THE ALLEGED MURDER. GRINELL TESTIFIED THAT HE AND FELLOW DEFENDENT, DANIEL OLAR ALLEGEDLY PLOTTED TO KILL KNICKERBOCKER FOR MONEY. OLAR IS SCHEDULED FOR A PRETRIAL IN CIRCUIT COURT JANUARY 8TH AT 10AM.

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LOCAL NEWS for THU 14DEC17

THE ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION RECENTLY RECEIVED TWO AWARDS.  THE ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE 2017 GOVERNOR'S SERVICE AWARD IN THE CORPORATE COMMUNITY LEADER AWARD CATEGORY. THE CREDIT UNION BROUGHT FINANCIAL EDUCATION TO MORE THAN 600 STUDENTS WITH TEEN FINANCIAL REALITY FAIRS, DONATED OVER $20,000 DOLLARS TO 23 COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND TEAM MEMBERS SPENT OVER 500 HOURS VOLUNTEERING IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE. THE CREDIT UNION WAS ALSO PRESENTED WITH THE EXCELLENCE IN CONSUMER EDUCATION AWARD FROM THE MICHIGAN CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION. ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION WAS RECOGNIZED FOR THER DEDICATION TO EDUCATING COMMUNITY MEMBERS OF ALL AGES IN VARIOUS FORMS INCLUDING CLASS ROOM PRESENTATIONS, FINANCIAL SEMINARS, YOUTH DEVELOPMENT LOAN PROGRAMS AS WELL AS ADDING NINE CERTIFIED FINANCIAL COUNSELORS TO THEIR STAFF. ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION HAS EIGHT LOCATIONS SERVING MEMBERS IN ALPENA, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY AND IOSCO COUNTIES

THE ARENAC COUNTY COMMISSIONERS RECENTLY DISCUSSED WHAT THEY CONSIDER IS A DANGEROUS INTERSECTION. COMMISSIONERS EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT TRAFFIC DANGERS AT THE CORNER OF M-13 AND WORTH ROAD. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, the dangers stem from casino traffic and increased construction for the casino expansion AND LIMITED SIGHT LINES FOR WEST BOUND TRAFFIC ON WORTH ROAD. A LETTER, PENNED BY CHAIRMAN RONALD BRANDA, STATING THAT THE INTERSECTION IS DANGEROUS, WAS SENT TO THE ARENAC COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AND THEN WILL BE SENT TO THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 13DEC17

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that a fourth round of grant funding will be available in 2018 for communities and organizations working on Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail. Proposals are due by January 5th. Grants will be announced in March. Michigan Department of Natural Resources partners, communities and eligible nonprofits will have the opportunity to compete for grant money for Iron Belle Trail projects. The maximum request is $30,000.  Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail has two distinct routes for hiking and bicycling that, together, cover more than 2,000 miles of trail. Proposal forms and other information about the trail is available on the DNR website at Michigan dot gov slash iron belle

OSCODA TOWNSHIP TRUSTEES RECENTLY APPROVED SPENDING FOR THE SEWER SYSTEM.  FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR REPAIRS OF THE SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM AT THE SOUTH END OF OSCODA. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, OFFICIALS VOTED TO SPEND UP T $10,000 DOLLARS TO MAKE EMERGENCY REPAIRS. TOWNSHIP SUPERINTENDENT, ROBERT STALKER, SAID THE DWIGHT STREET LIFT STATION HAS BEEN RUNNING ALMOST NON-STOP, PROMPTING THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE INFILTRATION.  STALKER SAID THAT THEY INITIALLY SUSPECTED BREACHES IN THE SEWER MAIN, BUT NOW IT APPEARS THAT ANOTHER ISSUE MAY BE THE PRIMARY CAUSE.

THE CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP PARKS AND RECREATION PLAN HAS BEEN APPROVED.  THE PLAN WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE COUNCIL AFTER A PUBLIC HEARING. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, THE NEW PLAN WILL FOCUS ON THE NEW CASEVILLE TOWNSHIP HALL, WHICH WILL B E LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF CASEVILLE ROAD AND ANN DRIVE, JUST SOUTH OF THE CITY LIMITS. SUPERVISER BEN WILLINBERG SAID THAT RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES ARE PLANNED FOR THE COMPLEX. THE PARKS AND RECREATION MASTER PLAN NEEDS TO BE UPDATED EVERY FIVE YEARS.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 12DEC17

A FIVE YEAR PLAN FOR THE OSCODA COUNTY DENNIS KAUFFMAN MEMORIAL AIRPORT (51M) IN MIO WAS RECENTLY PRESENTED TO THE OSCODA COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS.  THE AIRPORT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE SEVERAL LARGE IMPROVEMENTS AND UPGRADES DONE OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, PROJECTS IN 2018 INCLUDE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW CONCRETE APRON AS WELL AS PAVEMENT MARKING AND CRACK SEALING. IN 2019 AND 2020 PROJECTS INCLUDE THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A T-HANGAR AND IN 2021 SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE PURCHASED AND IN 2022 DESIGN OF A BUILDING FOR SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT STORAGE. THE AIRPORT REGAINED IT'S ELIGIBILITY FOR FEDERAL FUNDING AND WILL RECEIVE APPROXIMATELY $150,000 DOLLARS PER YEAR.

THE TWINING DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS NEW BARN HAS BEEN COMPLETED.  THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS CAN NOW STORE ALL THEIR EQUIPMENT UNDER ONE ROOF. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, VILLAGE PRESIDENT DON FERGUSON SAID EQUIPMENT USED TO BE STORED IN THREE SEPARATE LOCATIONS, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS BARN, OLD AMBULANCE BARN AND A VILLAGE OWNED STORAGE BUILDING. THE NEW BARN WAS PAID FOR WITH THREE GRANTS FROM THE SAGINAW CHIPPEWA INDIAN TRIBE TOTALING $59,000 DOLLARS.

FARM TO FORK ALCONA WILL BE RECEIVING GRANT FUNDING FROM THE MICHIGAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. THE ORGANIZATION WAS ABLE TO RAISE $7,500 DOLLARS THROUGH DONATIONS, INCLUDING THE ALPENA ALCONA AREA CREDIT UNION AND WILL NOW RECEIVE A MATCHING DONATION FROM THE M.E.D.C. THE GRANT WILL PROVIDE FUNDING FOR EVENTS WITH VENDORS, FARMS AND BUSINESSES TO BRING MORE PEOPLE TO ALCONA COUNTY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM VISIT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AT FARM TO FORK ALCONA. 

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 11DEC17

THE HURON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORKED OUT AN AGREEMENT FOR A CONTRACT WITH CENTRAL DISPATCH.  Effective January 1ST, the five-year contract gives a 1.5 percent annual raise to members of the Police Officers Association of Michigan Central Dispatch Bargaining Unit. ACCORDING TO THE HURON DAILY TRIBUNE, Randy Miller, Huron County 911/ Emergency Services director thanked the board for getting a timely contract in place. THE BOARD VOTED 6-0 TO RATIFY THE CONTRACT

THE TAWAS AREA SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET TONIGHT. ON THE AGENDA IS THE SUMMER TAX RESOLUTION, A RESOLUTION TO AMEND THE 2017-2018 GENERAL FUND BUDGET, DISCUSSION ON THE PURCHASE OF DIGITAL NOVELS AND THE 2018 CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONTRACT. THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 7PM IN THE BOARDROOM OF THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.

THERE HAS BEEN ANOTHER DELAY IN THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING A NEW TREATMENT PLANT ON THE FORMER WURTSMITH AIR FORCE BASE IN OSCODA.  The township received a letter from the Air Force regarding the location of a granular activated carbon treatment plant  to remove PFO'S and PFOA chemicals. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA PRESS, The letter was shared with the Oscoda Township Board of Trustees during its meeting that evening. LOCATION OPTIONS INCLUDE WEST OF THE AUNE MEDICAL CENTER AND SOUTH OF CALIFORNIA STREET, NEXT TO THE BENZENE PUMP AND TREATMENT SYSTEM OR IN THE PETROLEUM, OIL AND LUBRICANT YARD. BOARD members want time to deliberate and gather information from the Department of Environmental Quality, consensus was given that the issue will be addressed at their next regular meeting.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 08DEC17

After incorporating public input received during two separate comment periods, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has completed final recommendations to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to off-road vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. DNR Director Keith Creagh will take action on the recommendations at the December 14th Natural Resources Commission meeting in Lansing. The expanded access, if approved by the director, will take effect January 1ST. Beginning in 2018, all state forest roads in Northern Michigan will be open to ORV use unless designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive areas. The final recommendations can be viewed at Michigan dot gov slash forest roads.  FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT OUR DNR NEWS PAGE.

THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED REHABILITATION PLANS FOR THE TAWAS CITY SHORELINE PARK PIER.  THE COUNCIL approved a concept design for rehabilitation of the pier at Tawas City Shoreline Park. A draft design of the plan was presented to officials and includes the addition of an L-shaped structure at the end of the pier, in order to provide safe harborage for watercraft and allow for day docking. Tawas City Manager Annge Horning SAID if the council is in agreement with the design, the next step would be the preliminary design. If all goes as planned, a majority of the project costs would be covered by a community development block grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. THE schedule, HAS THE final design and bidding expected by September 2018, with construction anticipated to begin in the winter of 2018-2019.

THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY AT 9:30AM. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE COMMISSION WILL RECEIVE COMMENTS ON NEWLY REVISED STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR ROADS, STREETS AND DRAINAGE, RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL DRIVEWAY STANDARDS AND FEE SCHEDULE. ALSO FEE SCHEDULES FOR PERMITS ISSUED FOR WORK TO BE PERFORMED WITHIN THE ROAD RIGHT OF WAY INCLUDING UTILITY INSTALLATION.  THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION OFFICE, 1250 SOUTH M-33, WEST BRANCH, WEDNESDAY BEGINNING AT 9:30AM.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 15DEC17

THE EX OF MICHELLE KUKULSKI, MISSING SINCE LAST WEEK, HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH HER
MURDER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS KUKULSKI'S BODY WAS FOUND THURSDAY MORNING IN OSCODA COUNTY. THEY SAY JOHN O'CONNOR KILLED HER AFTER THEY GOT INTO A FIGHT. SHERIFF KIRK WAKEFIELD SAYS HER VAN WAS FOUND IN CLARKSON WEDNESDAY AND WHAT THEY FOUND MADE THEM REALIZE IT WAS NO LONGER JUST A MISSING PERSONS CASE. HE SAYS AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF INTERVIEWING O'CONNOR, HE FINALLY ADMITTED THAT THERE WAS AN INCIDENT AT HIS HOME, LATER ADMITTING WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY TODAY WILL CONSIDER GIVING PRESIDENT
LOU ANNA SIMON A RAISE. SIMON HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE OVER THE SCHOOL'S HANDLING OF
COMPLAINTS AGAINST MSU DR. LARRY NASSAR, WHO HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO SEXUALLY
ASSAULTING YOUNG GIRLS. THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE, WHO IS THE
TARGET OF LAWSUITS IN THE NASSER CASE, HAS TAKEN A MEDICAL LEAVE FROM THE SCHOOL. BUT
THE TRUSTEES TODAY ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE SIMON A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE.
A MAN WHO WAS SHOT BY A WYOMING POLICE OFFICER INVESTIGATING A POSSIBLE DOMESTIC
DISPUTE, HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER THE INCIDENT. WOOD TV REPORTS CASEY QUINNLAN HAS
BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF DISCHARGING A FIREARM IN A BUILDING AND ONE COUNT OF
KILLING AN ANIMAL. THE OFFICER WHO FIRED HIS WEAPON IS ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
PENDING THE INVESTIGATION. POLICE HAVE NOT REVEALED THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE SHOOTING.
IF YOU'RE ONE OF THE 3.5 MILLION PEOPLE IN MICHIGAN EXPECTED TO TRAVEL THIS HOLIDAY
SEASON, YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY OFF THE ROADS DURING THE AFTERNOON RUSH ON THURSDAY,
DECEMBER 21ST. TRIPLE A ESTIMATES THAT DECEMBER 21ST FROM 3 TO 5:30PM WILL BE THE
WORST TIME TO TRAVEL THE ROADS IN DETROIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. TRAVEL HAS BEEN UP OVER
THE ALL THE MAJOR HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR ACROSS THE U.S. THIS YEAR'S ESTIMATED MICHIGAN
TRAVEL NUMBERS ARE OVER 3-PERCENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. THE TOP DESTINATIONS FOR AIR
TRAVEL ARE ORLANDO AND ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA.
JEWELRY, AVIATORS, APPLE PHONES AND IPADS...THEY'RE ALL UP FOR AUCTION JUST IN TIME FOR THE
HOLIDAYS DURING THE STATE'S LATEST SURPLUS SALE THIS WEEKEND. THE ITEMS UP FOR AUCTION
HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY POLICE, LEFT AT AIRPORTS AND CLEARED OUT OF PUBLIC COLLEGES. THE ONEDAY
"MISTORE" OPENS AT 8AM TOMORROW AT THE OFFICES ON WEST ST. IN LANSING, PAYMENTS
ACCEPTED IN CASH AND CREDIT CARDS. THE SHOP WILL CLOSE AT NOON.

STATE NEWS for THU 14DEC17

A 25 CAR CHAIN REACTION CRASH ON US 131 NEAR REED CITY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN
WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. IT REPORTEDLY STARTED WITH A SINGLE CRASH, ACCORDING TO THE OSCEOLA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. TWO PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. SOUTHBOUND 131 WAS CLOSED FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS. REED CITY SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS TOOK STRANDED PEOPLE FROM THE PILEUP TO THEIR BUS GARAGE.

WE'RE LEARNING NOW THAT A WOLVERINE LAKE CITY COUNCIL MEMBER WAS INVOLVED IN
TUESDAY'S HEAD-ON CRASH ON I-275 THAT KILLED TWO PEOPLE.  STATE POLICE SAY MIKE STACK WAS AT THE WHEEL OF THE SUV THAT WAS TRAVELING THE WRONG WAY AND STRUCK AN SEDAN WITH THE VICTIMS, IDENTIFIED AS 33-YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS PARE' OF WAYNE AND 32-YEAR-OLD SHANNON MCINTYRE OF WOODHAVEN, WHO WERE ENGAGED.  INVESTIGATORS SAY ALCOHOL MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THE CRASH. STACK HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM POLICE CUSTODY WITH RESULTS OF HIS BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL STILL PENDING. NO CHARGES
HAVE BEEN FILED AT THIS TIME.

TWO CURRENT AND FOUR RETIRED DETROIT POLICE OFFICERS HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH EXTORTION.  THEY'RE ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING BRIBES -- USING THEIR POSITIONS TO REFER STOLEN OR ABANDONED CARS FOUND IN DETROIT TO CERTAIN COLLISION SHOPS IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH PAYMENTS FROM THE SHOPS' OWNERS.  THE CURRENT OFFICERS, DEONNE DOTSON AND CHARLES WILLS, WERE INDICTED WEDNESDAY ON A NUMBER OF EXTORTION CHARGES.  THE FOUR RETIRED OFFICERS PLEADED GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.

WILL DETROIT MAKE THE CUT? MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER OWNERS VOTE TODAY ON WHERE TWO
EXPANSION TEAMS WILL START PLAY IN 2020, WITH TWO OTHERS JOINING THE LEAGUE NEXT YEAR.  DETROIT IS IN THE RUNNING FOR A NEW TEAM ALONG WITH CINCINNATI, NASHVILLE AND
SACRAMENTO. A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT IS EXPECTED EARLY NEXT WEEK. 

DRIVERS IN ROSCOMMON COUNTY RECEIVED A PLEASANT SURPRISE WHEN THEY WERE PULLED
OVER BY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES...WELL SOME OF THEM ANYWAY. AS PART OF OPERATION PRESENT PATROL, ROSCOMMON COUNTY DEPUTIES GAVE OUT TURKEYS ...NOT TICKETS FOR MINOR CIVIL INFRACTIONS.

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STATE NEWS for WED 13DEC17

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR A MISSING NORTHERN MICHIGAN WOMAN. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS 46-
YEAR-OLD MICHELLE KUKULSKI , OF GRAYLING, HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST FRIDAY WHEN SHE WENT TO PICK UP HER DAUGHTER'S BELONGINGS FROM HER EX HUSBAND. A FAMILY FRIEND SAYS THEY HAVE THREE CHILDREN IN COMMON AND SHE WAS ON HER WAY TO A FAMILY FUNCTION THAT DAY. SHE NEVER SHOWED UP FOR WORK THE NEXT MORNING. DEPUTIES HAVE BEEN SEARCHING NEAR A CELL PHONE TOWER THAT LAST PINGED HER PHONE.

A 29-YEAR-OLD MILLINGTON MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE IN TUSCOLA COUNTY.  SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES RECEIVED A COMPLAINT THAT INVOLVED A SEVEN MONTH OLD CHILD WITH A BROKEN LEG. THE MOTHER'S BOYFRIEND, JOHNATHAN SHOW HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE AND MARIJUANA POSSESSION.

WE ARE WAITING TO LEARN MORE FROM MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ABOUT THE MAN AND WOMAN WHO WERE KILLED IN THAT CRASH INVOLVING A WRONG WAY DRIVER ON NORTHBOUND I-275 IN CANTON.  INVESTIGATORS SAY A 59-YEAR OLD WOLVERINE LAKE MAN WAS DRIVING AN SUV SOUTHBOUND IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES NEAR MICHIGAN AVENUE WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A CAR LATE TUESDAY
MORNING. POLICE FOUND OPEN ALCOHOL IN THE SUV AND THE SUSPECTED DRUNK DRIVER IS
HOSPITALIZED. THE WOMAN DRIVING THE CAR AND A PASSENGER WERE KILLED. NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

A CENTRAL LAKE MAN IS IN JAIL AFTER A CRASH LAST NIGHT IN ELK RAPIDS THAT KILLED A WOMAN.  THE ANTRIM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE MAN HIT A VEHICLE WITH THE WOMAN AND TWO OTHER PASSENGERS BETWEEN U.S. 31 AND SOUTH BAY SHORE DRIVE.

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STATE NEWS for TUE 12DEC17

WHEN A MAN TRIED TO PASS OFF AN OLD LOTTERY TICKET AS A WINNER AT A CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN, HE DIDN'T KNOW WHO HE WAS DEALING WITH. WOOD TV REPORTS THE MAN LEFT THE STORE ON FOOT AND THE CLERK CHASED HIM ON M-40 IN PORTER TOWNSHIP IN VAN BUREN COUNTY, HITTING HIM WITH HIS SNOWPLOW. THE SUSPECT FELL INTO A DITCH AND THE CLERK TACKLED HIM UNTIL DEPUTIES ARRIVED MONDAY MORNING. THE 26-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT IS HOSPITALIZED WITH BROKEN BONES AND INTERNAL INJURIES.

A 21-YEAR-OLD ST. IGNACE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 66 TO 100 YEARS IN PRISON FOR
KILLING HIS GRANDMOTHER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS JACOBB ST. ANDREW PLEAD GUILTY TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER. POLICE SAY ANDREW GOT INTO AN ARGUMENT WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER LAST MARCH AND CHOKED HER TO DEATH.

AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY OVER ALLEGATIONS OF HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION MADE AGAINST THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT PAUL SOMA AND HIS EXECUTIVE TEAM. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.
61-YEAR-OLD DAVID ROOP, OF GRAND RAPIDS, HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF FIVE CRIMINAL CHARGES INVOLVING DISTRIBUTION AND REPRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. HE WAS ARRESTED LAST YEAR AFTER THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN TASK FORCE SEARCHED
HIS HOME AND FOUND CHILD PORN. HE'LL BE SENTENCED IN JANUARY AND FACES DECADES IN PRISON.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL FROM THREE STATES SAY A $275-MILLION-DOLLAR FEDERAL PLAN FOR KEEPING ASIAN CARP FROM MIGRATING INTO THE GREAT LAKES IS TOO PRICEY AND REJECTS THE MOST EFFECTIVE SOLUTION.  THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS RECOMMENDING TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS ELECTRIC BARRIERS AND WATER CANNONS AT THE BRANDON ROAD LOCK AND DAM NEAR JOLIET, ILLINOIS -- WHICH STANDS BETWEEN THE CARP-INFESTED ILLINOIS RIVER AND LAKE MICHIGAN.  ATTORNEYS GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE, LORI SWANSON OF MINNESOTA AND JOSH SHAPIRO OF PENNSYLVANIA SAY A BETTER WAY IS REPLACING THE LOCK GATES WITH A CONCRETE WALL THAT WOULD DIVIDE THE GREAT LAKES AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATERSHEDS. THAT WOULD COST ONLY ABOUT $5.9-MILLION-DOLLARS.

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STATE NEWS for MON 11DEC17

TWO MEN WERE CRITICALLY WOUNDED IN A PARTY BUS SHOOTING. INVESTIGATORS SAY A FIGHT BROKE OUT AT A HOOKAH LOUNGE IN SOUTHFIELD AROUND 2 A-M. WHEN THE VICTIMS BOARDED THE PARTY BUS TO HIGHLAND PARK, THE PEOPLE THEY WERE FIGHTING FOLLOWED THEM AND STARTED SHOOTING AT THE BUS, WHICH WAS HIT BY THE GUNFIRE. ONE OF THE VICTIMS WAS STRUCK IN THE CHEST, THE OTHER IN THE LEG. WHILE POLICE HAVE A LEAD ON A SUSPECT, NO ONE IS IN CUSTODY AT THIS TIME.

A HEAD-ON CRASH IN MECOSTA COUNTY SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SAYS
A PICKUP TRUCK DRIVER LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE WHILE CROSSING A BRIDGE AND CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT ANOTHER PICKUP DRIVEN BY A 50-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM MORLEY HEADON.  BOTH DRIVERS COMPLAINED OF INJURIES AND THE WOMAN DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO SPECTRUM BUTTERWORTH.

THE OWNERS OF THE WISE GUYS BAR AND GRILL IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP SAY THEY WILL REBUILD
AFTER FIRE DESTROYED THEIR BUSINESS EARLY SUNDAY. RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED WITH THEIR 35 EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK RIGHT BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS. BUT AS WORD OF THE FIRE SPREAD, NEIGHBORING BARS CAME FORWARD WITH JOB OPENINGS FOR THOSE DISPLACED WORKERS.  ONE OF THE BARS, ROGER'S ROOST, DONATED HALF THE TILL FROM THEIR DRINKS SUNDAY NIGHT TO HELP THE EMPLOYEES. WHILE THE CAUSE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, OWNERS OF THE WISE GUYS
SAY IT WILL BE SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THEY RE-OPEN.

GAS PRICES ARE UP ABOUT SEVEN CENTS IN MICHIGAN SINCE LAST WEEK. TRIPLE-A MICHIGAN
SAYS THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GAS IS ABOUT TWO-51 A GALLON, UP 24 CENTS
FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR. THE LOWEST PRICES ARE IN THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA AT ABOUT
TWO-45 A GALLON AND THE HIGHEST PRICES ARE IN THE MARQUETTE AREA AT ABOUT TWO-62 A
GALLON.

A SKI RESORT IN THE U-P, WON'T BE OPENING THIS YEAR. NORWAY MOUNTAIN IN NORWAY HAS
BEEN SOLD AND PLAN TO REOPEN NEXT SEASON.

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STATE NEWS for FRI 08DEC17

A WOMAN WAS KILLED AFTER SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE ON AN ICY ROAD AND ROLLED HER CAR INTO THE PERE MARQUETTE RIVER IN LAKE COUNTY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS SHERIFF RICHARD MARTIN SAYS THE RIVER HAD A CURRENT AND SO THE VEHICLE HAD TO BE REMOVED FROM THE WATER SO THEY COULD GAIN ACCESS TO THE VEHICLE. KATHLEEN GULCH WAS UNCONSCIOUS AND TAKEN TO SPECTRUM HEALTH HOSPITAL IN LUDINGTON , WHERE SHE WAS LATER PRONOUNCED DEAD.

IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN, FIREFIGHTERS IN BALDWIN MAY NOT GET PAID FOR A YEAR OF WORK. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS BALDWIN FIREFIGHTERS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE PAID YESTERDAY, BUT THE VILLAGE COUNCIL SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS DISCONTINUING THEIR CONTRACT TO PURSUE ONE IN A DIFFERENT TOWNSHIP. BALDWIN FIRE CHIEF MARTIN WALKER SAYS THAT'S MONEY THEY'VE ALREADY
EARNED AND IT'S NOT A WHOLE LOT, BUT IT GOES TO BUY THEIR CHRISTMAS GIFTS. A PUBLIC
MEETING WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH ON THE ISSUE.

GOVERNOR RICK SNYDER HAS SIGNED LEGISLATION REQUIRING THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS TO HAVE A POLICY TO HIRE FELONS. EXTENSIVE BACKGROUND CHECKS AND WRITTEN
APPROVALS FROM THE CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR WILL BE REQUIRED. CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY THEY WANT TO LEAD BY EXAMPLE BECAUSE MANY EMPLOYERS AUTOMATICALLY EXCLUDE HIRING SOMEONE WITH A RECORD.

THE MAN SUSPECTED IN THE DISAPPEARANCE OF DANIELLE STISLICKI WILL APPEAR IN COURT TODAY TO BE SENTENCED FOR THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A WOMAN IN HINES PARK IN LIVONIA. FLOYD GALLOWAY PLEADED GUILTY TO KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO COMMIT CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT AFTER DNA EVIDENCE LINKED HIM TO THE ATTACK. HE'LL BE SENTENCED TO 16 TO 35 YEARS IN PRISON.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2017

Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year Unveiled
 
3rd Anniversary of Sydney Lindt Cafe Siege
 
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Released Nationwide
 
Open Enrollment Period Closes for 2018 Coverage from Health Insurance Exchanges
 
Eminem Releases New Album
 
Linkin Park Releases Live Album Dedicated to Late Singer Chester Bennington
 
50th Anniversary of the Death of Walt Disney
 
Bill of Rights Day
On the anniversary of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution becoming effective in 1791.
 
Quadruple Witching Day
Stock index futures, stock index options, stock options, and single-stock futures expire.
 
AOL Instant Messenger Discontinued
Launched in 1997, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) products and services discontinued.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence Begins Trip to Israel, Egypt and Germany
Vice President Pence begins a week-long trip to the nations. His agenda includes bilateral meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a speech to the Israeli Knesset, visits to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the pyramids on the edge of Cairo, and a meet-and-greet with service members at Ramstein Air Base.
 
6th Anniversary of Death of Former North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il
 
Third Biggest Shopping Day of Year Predicted by ShopperTrak
Third busiest shopping day of the year, as predicted by shopper analytics providers ShopperTrak.
 
Star Wars Virtual Reality Experience Debuts at Walt Disney World in Orlando
The VR experience transports guests into the Star Wars universe and allows them to walk freely throughout the multi-sensory experience in groups of four, going undercover as Stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence.
 
40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever Released in U.S. Theaters
 
NFL Saturday Games
The Chicago Bears play at the Detroit Lions and the Los Angeles Chargers visit the Kansas City Chiefs in two Saturday contests.
 
Outdoor NHL Game (Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, Canada)
2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic featuring the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.  The outdoor affair pays tribute to a century of NHL contests by celebrating the 100th anniversary of the League's first games being played.  The contest also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup.  The Greatest NHL Moment, as voted for by fans, will be announced during the game.
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2017

25th Anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement Signing
Anniversary of President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari signing the North American Free Trade Agreement in separate ceremonies.
 
Kenny Rogers Concludes Farewell Tour (Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls, NY)
Kenny Rogers plays the final headline show of his Gambler's Last Deal farewell tour.  The singer's final show scheduled is a headline performance at the Stagecoach Festival in California on April 29th.
 
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2017

CME Group Launches Bitcoin Futures Contract-CME Group launches Bitcoin futures contract, to be listed on and subject to the rules of CME. It is cash-settled and based on the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate (BRR), which serves as a once-a-day reference rate of the U.S. dollar price of bitcoin. The group said that the new platform 'builds off of the success of the BRR and demand for a regulated trading venue for the digital asset market.'
 
Court Hearing for Suspected Driver in Times Square Car Crash
Court hearing for Richard Rojas, charged with one count of second-degree murder and 20 counts of attempted murder-second degree after allegedly driving his car into pedestrians in New York's Times Square in May of this year.
 
60th Anniversary of First Nuclear Facility to Generate Electricity in the U.S.
Anniversary of the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, the country's first large-scale civilian atomic power plant, generating electricity for commercial use.
 
Forbes Publishes America’s Wealthiest Celebrities List
 
20th Anniversary of Chris Farley’s Death
Anniversary of the death of Chris Farley who died of a drug overdose at the age of 33.
 
Court Hearing for Rapper Mystikal on Rape Charge (Shreveport, LA)
Court hearing for Michael Tyler (aka rapper Mystikal) charged with first-degree rape in connection with a sexual assault in downtown Shreveport in October of last year.  Analysis of DNA recovered at the scene allegedly links Tyler with the crime.  Tyler was released from prison in 2010 after serving six years for sexual battery and extortion.
 
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19TH, 2017

First Class Mail Christmas Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending First Class Mail for Christmas delivery no later than today.
 
Senate Committee Hearing on Syria and ISIS (10am ET)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing ‘U.S. Strategy for Syria after ISIS”.
 
Court Hearing for Kansas Men Charged in Alleged Terror Plot (Wichita, KS 11am ET)
Status conference for three Kansas men accused of planning to detonate bombs at apartment buildings where a number of Somali refugees live.
 
Uber London Ban Court Hearing
Hearing regarding the September decision not to renew their license for Uber to operate in London.  This hearing is to decide if trade union GMB and the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association can become interested parties in the case.
 
International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots (London)
Third annual academic symposium on Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction. This year's topics include Robot Emotions, Humanoid Robots, Robot Personalities, Teledildonics, Gender Approaches, Sociological Approaches and Roboethics. 
 
1st Anniversary of Berlin Truck Attack Killing 12 People
Tunisian failed asylum seeker Anis Amri drove a truck into a Christmas market in the center of Berlin killing 12 and injuring more than 50.
 
1st Anniversary of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Shot and Killed in Ankara
Anniversary of the shooting at an Islamic center in Ankara of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. The perpetrator, an off-duty Turkish riot police officer, shouted 'Allahu Akbar' in Arabic, then 'Do not forget Aleppo, do not forget Syria' in Turkish.
 
20th Anniversary of Titanic Opening in the U.S.
The film won 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It was the highest-grossing film of all time for 12 years, until it was eclipsed by Cameron's next directorial project Avatar.
 
100th Anniversary of the first NHL Games Played
Anniversary of the first-ever National Hockey League games between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators in Ottawa and the Montreal Wanderers against the Toronto Hockey Club in Montreal.
 
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, 2017

Priority Mail Christmas Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending Priority Mail for Christmas delivery no later than today
 
U.S. Census Bureau Releases Latest Set of Population Estimates
U.S. Census Bureau releases 'National, State and Puerto Rico Total Population and Voting Age Population,' showing population estimates for the nation, states, and Puerto Rico.
 
Court Hearing in Lawsuit to Stop Deportation of Iraqi Immigrants from Michigan (10am ET)
Status conference in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Michigan and petitioners including Usama Jamil Hamama, on behalf of about 100 Iraqi immigrants who were recently arrested in raids across Michigan and Tennessee by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It claims that over 40 Chaldean were detained by ICE agents and alleges that the petitioners, both Christian and Muslim, cannot be removed to Iraq where they would 'face a likelihood of persecution or torture.'
 
Sentencing of Man who pleaded Guilty to Islamic State Group Conspiracy Charges (Boston, 10am ET)
Sentencing of Rhode Island man who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to support the Islamic State group and to committing acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
 
Court Hearing for Rapper Kidd Creole on Murder Charges in New York
Court hearing for Nathaniel Glover (aka rapper Kidd Creole of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five), charged with second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing a homeless man to death.
 
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21ST, 2017

Winter Solstice-Shortest day of the year and first day of winter.
 
80th Anniversary of Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs'
Anniversary of the first feature-length color and sound animated film premiering in Los Angeles.
 
Lockerbie Bombing Anniversary
Anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, when a Pan Am Boeing 747-121 crashed onto the Scottish town, killing 270 people from 21 countries, including 11 people on the ground.
 
50 Days until PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
Games run from February 9th through February 25th, 2018.
 
Catalan Parliament Elections (Catalonia, Spain)
Catalan Parliament elections, as ordered in October by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
 
Jane Fonda Celebrates 80th Birthday
 
Ray Romano Celebrates 60th Birthday
 
Emmanuel Macron Celebrates 40th Birthday
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22ND, 2017

Deadline for New Funding Deal to Avert Government Shutdown
Funding for the federal government is due to expire, unless extended.
 
Priority Mail Express Deadline
U.S. Postal Service recommends sending Priority Mail Express for Christmas delivery no later than today.


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