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Updated 03/24/17

FRI 24MAR17

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF FELONIOUS ASSAULT WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE ON M-32 NEAR EMERSON ROAD IN ALPENA COUNTY ON THURSDAY.  THE DISPATCHER TOLD POLICE THAT A MAN WAS RAMMING HIS PICKUP TRUCK INTO THE VICTIM'S VEHICLE WHILE TRAVELING ON M-32.  WHEN TROOPERS ARRIVED, THE VICTIM WAS ATTEMPTING TO GET HIS VEHICLE AWAY FROM THE OFFENDER'S TRUCK ON M-32.  TROOPERS WERE ABLE TO STOP THE SUSPECT WHO IS A 65-YEAR OLD LACHINE MAN.  THE SUSPECT WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.  THE VICTIM ONLY SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.  THE 65-YEAR-OLD LACHINE MAN IS INCARCERATED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL ON CHARGES OF FELONIOUS ASSAULT WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE , FELONY MALICIOUS DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY GREATER THAN $1,000 DOLLARS/LESS THAN $20,000 DOLLARS, OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED, DROVE WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED AND POSSESSION OF AN OPEN INTOXICANT.

STATE NEWS:

THE 2017 SHIPPING SEASON GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW , JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT AT THE SOO LOCKS IN SAULT STE. MARIE. AREA ENGINEER FOR THE SOO LOCKS, KEVIN SPRAGUE (SPRAGG) SAYS THEY RUN JUST OVER FOUR-THOUSAND CARGO SHIPS THAT CARRY 70 MILLION TONS OF CARGO. HE SAYS THEY'RE RE-EVALUATING THE BENEFIT-COST RATIO OF BUILDING A NEW POE LOCK.

A 17-YEAR-OLD MICHIGAN STUDENT WAS KILLED IN A CAR CRASH IN VIRGINIA. WOOD TV REPORTS DANTE LATORA, WHO ATTENDED PORTAGE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WAS KILLED EARLY THURSDAY WHEN HE CRASHED INTO A TREE ON I-95 NEAR HANOVER, VIRGINIA. PORTAGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT MARK BIELANG SAYS THEIR CONDOLENCES TO OUT TO HIS FAMILY, TEACHERS, AND FELLOW STUDENTS. HE SAYS A CRISIS COUNSELING TEAM HAS BEEN BROUGHT AND WILL BE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS THEM.

THE WOMAN HIT AND KILLED BY AN S-U-V THE OTHER NIGHT IN SALEM TOWNSHIP WAS TRYING TO SAVE HER DOG, WHO HAD BEEN HIT BY A VEHICLE. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE SAY 44-YEAR-OLD JENNIFER COUNTERMAN , OF DORR, WAS IN THE ROADWAY TRYING TO GET HER DOG WHEN THE S-U-V DRIVER COULD SWERVE IN TIME. HER DOG ALSO DIED.

IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN, FIFE LAKE TOWNSHIP HAS VOTED TO WITHDRAW FROM GRAND TRAVERSE RURAL FIRE. FIFE LAKE WILL TAKE OVER FIRE OPERATIONS NEXT JANUARY. 

A TRAVERSE CITY WOMAN IS ACCUSED OF DRIVING DRUNK WITH HER TWO KIDS IN THE CAR. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS A LEELANAU COUNTY DEPUTY STOPPED THE WOMAN ON M-22 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WHEN SHE WAS SWERVING ON THE ROADWAY. THEY SAY HER BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS MORE THAN THREE TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. THE WOMAN'S 13 AND SEVEN YEAR OLD SONS WERE IN THE VEHICLE. HER NAME WILL BE RELEASED ONCE SHE'S ARRAIGNED.

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN'S RUN IN THE N-C-DOUBLE-A TOURNAMENT IS OVER. THE WOLVERINES LOST TO OREGON LAST NIGHT 69-68.

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THU 23MAR17

THE Michigan Department of Transportation I-75 road project will begin later this month.  Communications Representative James Lake said the I-75 road construction project will begin March 29TH. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the construction project will run until September. Lake said Ajax Paving Industries of Troy, the contractor on the project, updated the department March 21st with the official start date. Prior to that announcement, the dates were tentative because of the weather. Lake said The first stage will begin with bridge deck patching on the overpasses at Rau and Cook Roads. on I-75, MOTORISTS will see some single-lane closures with traffic shifts. Lake said the overpass work will continue until approximately April 10th, then construction on the northbound exit ramp at Exit 212 will begin.

KIRTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE WAS RECENTLY RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY.  KIRTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE RANKED 24TH IN THE CENTER FOR ONLINE EDUCATION'S BEST ONLINE COMMUNITY COLLEGES SURVEY. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, THE CENTER RANKS FIFTY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMUNITY COLLEGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE RANKING IS DETERMINED BY THREE CRITERIA INCLUDING ONLINE FLEXIBILITY, ACADEMICS AND EXPERIENCE AND AFFORDABILITY. VICE PRESIDENT OF INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES, DR. JULIE LAVENDER SAID KIRTLAND WASN'T RANKED LAST YEAR AND IS THE ONLY MICHIGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE RANKED THIS YEAR.

STATE NEWS:

FREDERIK MEIJER GARDENS & SCULPTURE PARK HAS RAISED NEARLY ONE-HUNDRED TWO MILLION OF ITS' ONE-HUNDRED 15 MILLION DOLLAR GOAL FOR AN EXPANSION. C-E-O DAVID HOOKER SAYS THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN IS CALLED WELCOMING THE WORLD: HONORING A LEGACY OF LOVE. HOOKER SAYS THEY WILL CREATE A NEW WELCOME CENTER, UPGRADE THE AMPHITHEATER, CREATE A NEW LEARNING AND TRANSPORTATION CENTER AMONG OTHER THINGS IF THEY HIT THEIR FUNDRAISING GOAL.

TWO PEOPLE ARE HOSPITALIZED THIS MORNING AFTER THEY WERE SHOT IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN BATTLE CREEK LAST NIGHT. WOOD TV REPORTS POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE SHOOTER WHO OPENED FIRE ON THE VICTIMS AS THEY STOOD OUTSIDE. A 27-YEAR-OLD BATTLE CREEK MAN WAS SHOT IN THE ARM AND STOMACH, WHILE A WOMAN WAS SHOT IN THE ARM. POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT WAS IN A NEWER, REDDISH COLORED CAR.

A FORMER SCHOOL SECRETARY IN THE MUSKEGON AREA WILL GO TO PRISON FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING A MALE STUDENT. WOOD TV REPORTS 40-YEAR-OLD SANDRA FIELSTRA HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 30 MONTHS TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AND ORDERED TO PAY 35-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION.  SHE WAS CONVICTED OF HAVING SEX WITH A 16-YEAR-OLD STUDENT BETWEEN 2015 AND 2016 WHILE SHE WAS A TEMPORARY SECRETARY AT FRUITPORT HIGH SCHOOL. IN DECEMBER, A JUDGE GRANTED A PATERNITY TEST ON A BABY CONCEIVED DURING THE TIME OF THE ABUSE, BUT THE RESULTS HAVEN'T BEEN RELEASED.

A CANTON POLICE OFFICER IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER GETTING INTO A CRASH WHILE EN ROUTE TO A CRIME SCENE.
IT'S UNCLEAR HOW THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED, BUT INVESTIGATORS SAY THE CRUISER ROLLED OVER .  THE OFFICER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AS A PRECAUTION -- BUT IS EXPECTED TO BE OKAY. THE OTHER DRIVER INVOLVED WAS NOT HURT.

TAX BREAKS FOR COLLEGE GRADS WHO STAY IN MICHIGAN. LANSING STATE HOUSE LAWMAKER ANDY SCHOR SAYS HIS PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW A INCOME TAX CREDIT THAT WOULD OFFSET THE COST OF STUDENT LOANS IF THAT GRADUATE AGREES TO CONTINUE LIVING AND WORKING IN THE STATE. FORMER STUDENTS COULD CLAIM THE TAX CREDIT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AFTER GRADUATION. SCHOR SAYS HIS PROPOSAL WOULD BE AN INCENTIVE FOR GRADS TO MAKE ROOTS HERE AND REDUCE MICHIGAN'S "BRAIN DRAIN."

GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT IN MAY AND ITS FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN PRESIDENT. DR. BILL PINK, WHO NOW SERVES AS THE COLLEGE'S VICE PRESIDENT, SAYS HE'S HUMBLED TO FILL THE ROLE. HE TELLS WOOD TV THAT HE WANTS STUDENTS OF COLOR TO REALIZE THEY CAN ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS.

IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL PUPPY DAY THE GRAND RAPIDS WHITE CAPS ARE OFFERING FANS THE CHANCE TO HAVE OPENING DAY TICKETS DELIVERED TO THEM BY A PUPPY, COURTESY OF LUV AND PUPZ ANIMAL RESCUE IN GRAND RAPIDS. FANS MUST CALL TO ORDER TICKETS BETWEEN 8:30AM AND 12:00PM AND ALL TICKET PURCHASES MUST BE FOR OPENING DAY.

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WED 22MAR17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT A TROOPER WAS PATROLLING THE AREA OF U.S. 23 NEAR ROCKPORT ROAD IN ALPENA COUNTY WHEN HE OBSERVED A VEHICLE SPEEDING. A TRAFFIC STOP WAS CONDUCTED AND THE TROOPER MADE CONTACT WITH THE 52 YEAR OLD FEMALE DRIVER. UPON CONTACT WITH THE DRIVER THE TROOPER DETECTED A STRONG ODOR OF MARIJUANA EMANATING FROM THE VEHICLE. THROUGH THE TROOPER’S INVESTIGATION, THE DRIVER WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA WITH INTENT TO DELIVER, CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON AND DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED. SHE WAS ARRESTED AND LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL.

A GLADWIN WOMAN IS AWAITING A PRE-TRIAL FOLLOWING A SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN OGEMAW COUNTY.  TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLD LAURA MALDONADO WAIVED HER RIGHT TO BE FORMALLY ARRAIGNED IN 82ND DISTRICT COURT. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, MALDONADO REPORTEDLY LOST CONTROL OF HER VEHICLE WHILE DRIVING NORTHBOUND ON COOK ROAD JANUARY 29TH. HER VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY, HIT AN EMBANKMENT, LAUNCHED AIRBORNE BEFORE HITTING A TREE. MALDONADO AND HER PASSENGER, 77 YEAR OLD JERRY LEAZENBY OF WEST BRANCH, WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED. BOTH HAD TO BE EXTRACTED FROM THE VEHICLE USING THE JAWS OF LIFE. MALDONADO IS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY, ONE COUNT OF POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, ONE COUNT OF OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE AND A SECOND OFFENSE NOTICE FOR A PREVIOUS CONVICTION ON POSSESSION OF NARCOTICS. SHE COULD POTENTIALLY FACE UP TO EIGHT YEARS IF CONVICTED ON ALL COUNTS. MADLONADO'S  PRE-TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 12TH.

The man involved in a deadly shooting in Roscommon County has been sentenced. According to Up North Live, Francisco Arroyo was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison. In June of 2015, Arroyo shot and killed Anita Brightand shot and injured her boyfriend, Brian Benmark. Deputies say Arroyo fled the scene of the shooting. A state-wide search involving multiple law enforcement agencies lead to Arroyo's arrest the day after the shooting in Macomb County. Family members said that the victims were dating and that Arroyo used to date Anita.  ARROYO IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR FOR A PRE-TRIAL HEARING AT 2:30pm JULY 8TH AND A PRELIMINARY EXAM WILL BE CONDUCTED AT 9:30AM ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 15TH.


LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL QUARTERFINALS:
CLASS D AT SAULT STE MARIE
POWERS NORTH CENTRAL 74  HILLMAN 61

CLASS C AT BAY CITY CENTRAL
FLINT BEECHER 66  BEAVERTON 32

STATE NEWS:

DETROIT POLICE WERE ON THE SCENE OF A BARRICADED GUNMAN SITUATION FOR NEARLY NINE HOURS LAST NIGHT , BEFORE THE MAN SURRENDERED PEACEFULLY. THE SUSPECT WAS INSIDE OF A VAN.  PRIOR TO THE BARRICADE, COURT OFFICIALS SHOWED UP TO THE MAN'S HOME TO SERVE AN EVICTION NOTICE. THE MAN CALLED POLICE SAYING SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE HOUSE. THE MAN ALLEGEDLY MET OFFICERS WITH A LONG GUN AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SHOT IN THE BUTTOCKS BEFORE RETREATING TO THE VAN.

SOME SCARY MOMENTS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN'S MANTON AS A TRAILER DETACHED FROM A TRACTOR ON OLD 131 IN MANTON AND CRASHED INTO A HOME. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME, BUT THE HOMEOWNER, ETHAN BURNS, WAS WORRIED ABOUT HIS PETS.  THE ENTRANCE TO THE HOME AND A REFRIGERATOR WERE DAMAGED. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE AND THE WEXFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARE INVESTIGATING WHAT CAUSED THE ACCIDENT.

A TRANSIT BUS AND A VEHICLE CRASHED IN CLARE COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. THE COUNTY UNDER-SHERIFF SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE LATE AFTERNOON CRASH. MESICK CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS HAVE HOSTED A COMMUNITY FORUM ON A MAY BOND PROPOSAL. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS IF APPROVED, 14-POINT-FIVE MILLION IN UPGRADES WOULD OCCUR...INCLUDING ADDING A WING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL AND CREATING A K-12 BUILDING. THE
CURRENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WOULD BE TORN DOWN. 

OPENING LEGAL SALVOS IN AN OAKLAND COUNTY COURTROOM THIS MORNING OVER THE PROPOSED DEMOLITION OF A $900-THOUSAND DOLLAR HOUSE IN FARMINGTON HILLS. SEEMS THE 46 - HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT HOME ON HOWARD ROAD WAS BUILT OVER A LEAKING SEWER PIPE THAT COULD LEAD TO A SINKHOLE. THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTION HAD THE SEWER LINE'S MANHOLE REMOVED AND BUILT THE BASEMENT OVER IT, WITH NO WAY TO REPAIR IT. THE CURRENT OWNERS ARGUE THE HOUSE WAS SIGNED OFF BY LOCAL INSPECTORS WHEN THEY BOUGHT IT IN FORECLOSURE.  THE COUNTY WATERWORKS COMMISSION SAYS THEY CAN MOVE THE SEWER LINE IF THE HOMEOWNERS PAY FOR IT. THE HOMEOWNER WANTS TO WORK OUT A DEAL THAT LETS THEM KEEP THE HOME.

A BIG LOTTERY WINNER IN CRAWFORD COUNTY. 94-YEAR-OLD ERVIN SMOLINSKI, OF SOUTH BRANCH, WON 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS AFTER WINNING THE MICHIGAN LOTTERY'S DOUBLE BONUS INSTANT GAME. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW BOUGHT THE TICKET FOR HIM. HE PLANS TO INVEST THE MONEY, BUY A NEW SHED AND A USED CAR. HE SAYS HE'S PRETTY FRUGAL AND THAT WON'T CHANGE, SAYING THE ONLY THING THAT WILL CHANGE IS THAT HE WON'T HAVE AS MUCH STRESS IN HIS LIFE WORRYING ABOUT MONEY.

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TUE 21MAR17

Police in Tuscola County CONTINUE to investigate the death of a man found in a pond next to a home in Vassar Township. According to M-Live, On March 18th, deputies from the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a home on Irish Road around noon. Tuscola County Sheriff Glen Skrent said that Richard Case, 54, was found deceased in the pond. The death is possibly accidental and alcohol and or drugs are suspected to be a factor. Skrent stated that Deputies are conducting an investigation and an autopsy has been scheduled.

THE WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT HAS A NEW CONTRACT.  THE WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED SUPERINTENDENT JOE PERRERA'S CONTRACT THROUGH JUNE 30TH, 2019. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, PERRERA'S CONTRACT WAS SET TO EXPIRE ON APRIL 1ST. THE CONTRACT IS FOR THE SAME DURATION AND COMPENSATION. PERRERA WAS HIRED TO REPLACE FORMER SUPERINTENDENT, TED MATUSZAK, WHO RETIRED IN JANUARY OF 2014. PRIOR TO JOINING THE DISTRICT IN 2014 PERRERA WAS THE PRINCIPAL AT GENESSEE JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL.

Map if Iron Belle Trail grant recipient locations, marked with starsARENAC COUNTY HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR A GRANT FOR THE IRON BELLE TRAIL.  THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES APPROVED THE $25,000 GRANT FOR THE ARENAC COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE GRANT REQUIRES NO LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS AND IS TO BE USED FOR ENGINEERING ON THE TRAIL IN ARENAC COUNTY. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PRESIDENT, CURT HILLMAN, SAID WORK SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET UNDER WAY SOON. HE ADDED THAT ENGINEERING WORK DOES NOT HAVE TO GO OUT TO BID AND WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE SPICER GROUP PER THE DNR'S RECOMMENDATION.

UNEMPLOYMENT ACROSS THE STATE ROSE IN JANUARY IN ALL SEVENTEEN MAJOR LABOR MARKET AREAS. IN NORTHEAST MICHIGAN CHEBOYGAN COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE AREA AT 17.9 PERCENT, FOLLOWED BY MONTMORENCY COUNTY AT 12.9 PERCENT, PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY AT 12.5 PERCENT, IOSCO COUNTY AT 9.4 PERCENT, ALCONA COUNTY AT 9.1 PERCENT, OSCODA COUNTY AT 8.4 PERCENT, ALPENA COUNTY AT 6.8 PERCENT AND OTSEGO COUNTY WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 6.4 PERCENT.

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL QUARTERFINALS:
CLASS D
HILLMAN (24-1) VS POWERS NORTH CENTRAL (25-0)
7PM AT SAULT STE MARIE

CLASS C
BEAVERTON (20-5) VS FLINT BEECHER (20-5)
7PM AT BAY CITY CENTRAL

STATE NEWS:

A DETROIT TEEN IS CLINGING TO LIFE AFTER BEING SHOT LAST NIGHT BY HIS BROTHER WHO WAS PLAYING WITH THEIR FATHER'S SHOTGUN. THIS HAPPENED AT THE FAMILY'S EAST SIDE HOME . THE 14-YR-OLD WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH WHILE THE FATHER WAS AT WORK. POLICE REMOVED THE GUN FROM THE HOME. DETROIT CHILD ABUSE SERVICES IS NOW PART OF THE INVESTIGATION.

A 16-YEAR-OLD FENNVILLE GIRL, WHO HAD BEEN MISSING, HAS BEEN FOUND AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY IN AMES, IOWA. WOOD TV REPORTS MICHIGAN STATE POLICE HAD ISSUED AN ENDANGERED MISSING ADVISORY FOR JOY MARTIN AFTER SHE LEFT HOME LAST SATURDAY AFTER TALKING WITH SOMEONE ON THE 'KIK' MESSENGER APP. POLICE SAY SHE WAS FOUND SAFE MONDAY AND THEY'VE MADE PLANS TO RETURN HER TO HER FAMILY.

IN THE U-P, A DOG WOULDN'T STOP BARKING UNTIL SHE GOT HER OWNERS ATTENTION IN RAPID RIVER, LEADING THEM TO A THREE-YEAR-OLD GIRL, WHO WAS NAKED IN A DITCH. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE OWNER OF THE FORMER SHELTER DOG, PEANUT, PICKED UP THE GIRL AND BROUGHT HER TO HIS HOUSE TO WARM UP AND CALLED FOR HELP. SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND WAS NOT INJURED. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES FOUND THE GIRL'S FAMILY AND REMOVED ANOTHER YOUNG GIRL FROM THE HOME.

CUTS TO ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE PART OF THE TRAVERSE CITY AREA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUDGET SINCE THE BOARD HAD TO CUT ONE MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE BUDGET. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE BOARD APPROVED THE 2017-2018 BUDGET, WHICH ELIMINATES WORLD LANGUAGE FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS AND PHASES OUT THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS AT BOTH MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

A FORMER EMPLOYEE AT A LEELANAU COUNTY CEMENT PLANT, LEELANAU REDI-MIX, HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND FACES CHARGES OF EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM THE COMPANY. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS THE FORMER PAYROLL ACCOUNTANT IS ACCUSED OF STEALING AT LEAST 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BETWEEN 2008 AND 2016. SHE'S EXPECTED TO BE CHARGED NEXT WEEK.

UPGRADES WILL BE MADE TO THE KALAMAZOO COUNTY INTEGRATED DISPATCH CENTER WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. 9-1-1 SERVICES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN OPERATION, BUT OFFICIALS SAY RESIDENTS CAN CALL NON-EMERGENCY LINES IF THERE'S A PROBLEM. THAT WOULD BE FOR CALLS TO KALAMAZOO PUBLIC SAFETY, THE KALAMAZOO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, AND KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP POLICE.

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MON 20MAR17

before you hit the water THIS BOATING SEASON, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises getting some safety instruction. According to Up North Live, A nationwide campaign called “Spring Aboard Take a Boating Education Course” takes place this week. Lieutenant Tom Wanless, Michigan's boating law administrator says many safety courses are offered across the state and online, and it's important to know what you're doing before launching your watercraft. Wanless says there's an upward national trend in the number of accidents and deaths involving non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks. The campaign is promoted by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the Coast Guard and several public and private organizations.

THE TAWAS CITY COUNCIL APPROVED A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AT GATEWAY PARK.  COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREED UNANIMOUSLY TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RESTROOM FACILITY AT THE PARK. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, TOTAL COST FOR THE PROJECT IS ESTIMATED AT JUST OVER $90,000 DOLLARS. CITY MANAGER ANNGE HORNING SAID THE QUOTE IS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ONE RESTROOM WHICH IS IDENTICAL TO THOSE BUILT AT TAWAS CITY SHORELINE PARK LAST FALL. FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT COULD COME FROM THE CITY'S GENERAL FUND OR THE MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST FUND. HORNING SAID THAT WITH THE GRANT, WORK WOULD NOT BEGIN UNTIL MID TO LATE 2018. WORK COULD BEGIN IMMEDIATELY OF THE GENERAL FUND IS UTILIZED.  

TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST WERE DISPATCHED TO A REPORT OF A DOMESTIC ASSAULT AT A HOME IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP. THEIR INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT AN 18 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN HAD BEEN ARGUING WITH HIS PARENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE MAN INITIATED A PHYSICAL ASSAULT AGAINST HIS FATHER. THE MAN ALSO DESTROYED HIS MOTHER’S TELEPHONE AS SHE WAS ATTEMPTING TO CALL 911. THE MAN HAD ALSO BEEN CONSUMING ALCOHOL WHILE UNDERAGE. THE 18 YEAR OLD WAS ARRESTED AND LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL PENDING FORMAL CHARGES OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT, INTERFERING WITH AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE AND MINOR IN POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL.

A TOWN HALL MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT IN THE ALCONA TOWNSHIP HALL.  THE TOPIC OF THE TOWN HALL MEETING WILL BE OAK WILT. ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, THE MEETING WILL BE PRESENTED BY CONSUMERS ENERGY WITH AT LEAST ONE MEMBER FROM THE MICHIGAN OAK WILT COALITION IN ATTENDANCE PROVIDING A DETAILED PRESENTATION. CONSUMERS ENERGY WILL HAVE REPRESENTATIVES IN ATTENDANCE TO SHARE PLANS TO IMPROVE ELECTRIC RELIABILITY THROUGHOUT ALCONA COUNTY. IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF OAK WILT, CONSUMERS ENERGY IS SCHEDULING LINE CLEARING WORK IN HIGH RISK AREAS OF THE COUNTY. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 6:30PM TONIGHT IN THE ALCONA TOWNSHIP HALL, AT THE CORNER OF U.S. 23 AND BLACK RIVER ROAD.

STATE NEWS:

A TODDLER--LESS THAN TWO YEARS OF AGE--DIED SUNDAY IN WARREN. POLICE SAY THE LITTLE GIRL WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL AFTER BEING FOUND UNRESPONSIVE AT A HOME . THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS NOW UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A BOYNE MOUNTAIN CONDO HAS BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE. THE FIRE BROKE OUT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN BOYNE FALLS AND THE RESIDENTS WERE ABLE TO GET OUT AND WERE NOT HURT. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

AN OWNER OF THREE BARS IN GRAND RAPIDS HAS ADMITTED TO STEALING MONEY FROM THE BARS TO AVOID PAYING MORE IN TAXES. WOOD TV REPORTS MICHAEL FARAH PLEAD GUILTY TO A FEDERAL TAX CHARGE AND A SECOND COUNT WILL BE DISMISSED WHEN HE'S SENTENCED. HIS SON ALREADY CONFESSED AND TOLD PROSECUTORS THAT THEY STOLE MONEY FROM THEIR THREE BARS, FARAH'S , KUZZINS AND DRAKE'S. THEY ALLEGEDLY SKIMMED 232-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE BARS IN 2013 AND ANOTHER 176-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN 2014.

MORE TROUBLE FOR A WEST MICHIGAN LANDLORD. 40-YEAR-OLD ANGELA ARVIZU HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON FRAUD CHARGES AFTER SHE WAS ALREADY ACCUSED TWICE BEFORE IN WYOMING OF TAKING MONEY FROM PROSPECTIVE TENANTS EVEN THOUGH SHE DID NOT PLAN TO RENT TO THEM. WOOD TV REPORTS AVIZU WAS ARRESTED ON MISDEMEANOR FRAUD CHARGES SUNDAY AND RELEASED LAST NIGHT.

FARMERS IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN ARE RAISING MONEY AND SUPPLIES FOR OTHERS HIT BY WILDFIRES. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY IN GAYLORD IS COLLECTING SUPPLIES THIS WEEK FOR TEXAS AND THEY'RE HOPING TO GET A TRAILER FILLED BY SATURDAY.

MICHIGAN CONVOY IS WORKING ON THE PROJECT TOO.  THE FORMER WIFE OF RAPPER EMINEM HAS A COURT HEARING TODAY IN SHELBY TOWNSHIP FOR POSSIBLE PAROLE VIOLATIONS. COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW KIM MATHERS' DRUG TESTS CAME BACK DILUTED A HALF DOZEN TIMES IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS. MATHERS DENIES DILUTING THE TESTS INTENTIONALLY. MATHERS CRASHED AN SUV IN MACOMB TOWNSHIP IN 2015 WHEN POLICE SAY SHE ADMITTED TO DRINKING AND DRIVING.

IT'S ON TO THE SWEET 16 FOR THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES AFTER THEY BEAT LOUISVILLE 73 TO 69 IN THE NC-DOUBLE-A TOURNAMENT ON SUNDAY. MICHIGAN WILL PLAY OREGON THURSDAY NIGHT.  MICHIGAN STATE LOST TO KANSAS 90-70.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 24th, 2017

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 'Sweet Sixteen' Round Games Continue
 
Lakers Honor Shaq (8pm ET)-Prior to the Lakers/ Timberwolves game, the L.A. franchise will unveil a statue of former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal in Star Plaza at STAPLES Center.  The ceremony will also feature speeches from Shaq, his former teammates, colleagues, and friends.
 
Sentencing of Former Soccer Executive Charged in FIFA Scandal (10am ET)-Former FIFA vice president and CONCACAF interim president Alfredo Hawit will be sentenced for his role in FIFA corruption case.
 
FIFA World Cup Qualifying games, Including U.S. vs. Honduras
 
15th Anniversary: Halle Berry, Denzel Washington Win Best Actress/ Actor Oscars-In 2002 Halle Berry became the first black woman to win an Oscar for Lead Actress for her performance in 'Monster's Ball'. At the same ceremony, Denzel Washington became the second black man to win the Best Actor award, for his role in 'Training Day'.
 

SATURDAY, MARCH 25th, 2017

Public Memorial for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (4pm ET)-A memorial service will be held for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds in Los Angeles.
 
Funeral for FDNY EMT Killed by Stolen Ambulance (11am ET)-Yadira Arroyo, who was run over and killed by a stolen ambulance on March 16th will be laid to rest.
 
Hollywood Film Props Up for Auction-The hoverboard from 'Back to the Future: Part II' and a cast of Han Solo frozen in carbonite are just a couple of the items up for auction during the Hollywood Auction Extravaganza.
 
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Games-West Regional and Midwest Regional 'Elite Eight' games
 
2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony

 
SUNDAY, MARCH 26th, 2017

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Games-South Regional and East Regional 'Elite Eight' games
 
5th Anniversary of SCOTUS Hearings on ACA-Five years ago the U.S. Supreme Court began hearings to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
 
25th Anniversary of Mike Tyson Rape Sentencing
 
20th Anniversary of Heaven’s Gate Mass Suicide-On this date in 1997, 39 members of the Heaven's Gate religious group committed suicide inside a mansion in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

 
MONDAY, MARCH 27th, 2017

Votes on SCOTUS Nominee and Deputy Attorney General (12pm ET)-The Senate Judiciary Committee votes on nominations of Neil Gorsuch to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice and Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General.  If confirmed, Rosenstein would oversee any investigation into alleged links between Russian officials and the Trump campaign, following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

 
TUESDAY, MARCH 28th, 2017

Intelligence Hearing on Russian Election Tampering (10am ET)-The House Select Intelligence Committee hosts its next public hearing on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates are expected to testify.
 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29th, 2017

Restraining Order Sought Against Chris Brown (11:30am ET)-Court hearing for Chris Brown and his ex-girlfriend, model Karrueche Tran, who is seeking a permanent restraining order after he allegedly threatened to kill her.
 
25th Anniversary of President Clinton “I Didn’t Inhale”-On March 29th, 1992 Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton admitting experimenting with marijuana in this infamous quote.
 
Samsung Reveals Latest Smartphone (11am ET)-Samsung hosts event in New York when it plans to unveil its newest Galaxy smartphone.

 
THURSDAY, MARCH 30th, 2017

Hearing on Russian Intelligence Activities (10am ET)-The Senate Intelligence Committee hosts a hearing on Russian intelligence activities called, “Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns.”

 
FRIDAY, MARCH 31st, 2017

Neil Diamond Releases 50th Anniversary Album-“Neil Diamond 50 - The 50th Anniversary Collection” is released, marking the 50th anniversary of his first hit 'Solitary Man'.
 
Bob Dylan Releases New Recordings-Bob Dylan releases album including 30 new recordings of classic songs.

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