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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 15FEB19
from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to a two
vehicle accident Wednesday at 12:20pm in Baldwin Township. A 61 year Tawas
City man was turning left off U.S. 23 into a driveway when a vehicle
driven by a 42 year old Oscoda woman began to pass him but instead drove
into the left side of his vehicle. The woman said she did not see the
man’s turn signal. Neither driver nor the Oscoda woman’s twelve year old
passenger were injured. The Oscoda woman was cited for improper passing.
East Tawas Fire Department saw an increase in emergency calls last year.
East Tawas Fire Department Captain Randy Look submitted the annual report
to the City council. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Look said
emergency responses increased by 27 percent in 2018. Look attributed the
bulk of the responses to vehicle accidents, fuel and gas spills, medical
first response calls and downed electrical wires. Look said a higher
number of vehicle accidents was directly connected to the construction
project on U.S. 23 and expects fewer response calls this year as that
project is nearly completed. Look said the increase in downed wire calls
is due to ongoing problems with ash trees and that the increase in medical
first responder calls was due to overdoses.
Law Enforcement Training was recently held in Standish.
Law enforcement personnel from Saginaw, Grand Blanc and Arenac County
gathered for a K9 training at the Standish Maximum Correctional Facility.
According to the Arenac County Independent, Arenac County Deputy Eric
Hribek and his K9, Jagger, participated in the training, which was led by
Magnum K9 Trainer Scott LaRoe. Also in attendance were Saginaw City Police
Department K9 Officer Doug Stacer and his dog, Saginaw City Police K9
Handler Brad Holp and his dog Cigan, and City of Grand Blanc Police
Department Sergeant Jim Jolman and his dog Kash. They focused on areas
such as obedience, handler protection and behavior. Officers and their K9s
are required to attend trainings at least twice a month, which are led by
LaRoe and hosted at different locations throughout the state.
Senator Jim Stamas reminds residents of the 36th District that
the state’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend takes place this Saturday
and Sunday. During the weekend all fishing license fees will be waived and
vehicles will be able to enter state parks and use boating sites without a
recreation passport. All fishing regulations still apply. Stamas said he
encourages area families to take advantage of this opportunity to
introduce the joy of fishing to children or to just get away from the
stress of life and relax in the Michigan outdoors. For more information
visit Michigan Dot Gov Slash Free Fishing.
Standish Sterling 50 Tawas Area 35
Hale 66 Alcona 40
Alpena 54 Traverse City West 44
Johannesburg Lewiston 83 Onaway 59
Reese 71 Vassar 35
Oscoda played at Whittemore Prescott and won 47-30. Lauren Langley
had 23 Katelyn Etherton 8 and Macy Kellstrom 7 points. Oscoda is now 14-0
and hosts Hillman Monday.
Oscoda JV topped Whittemore Prescott 41-32. Leading scorers for the Owls
were Kaylin Griggs 16 and Megan Myles 11.
Standish Sterling 61 Tawas Area 30
Rogers City 37 Alcona 29
Bad Axe 32 Vassar 19
Brown City 47 Ubly 32
Reese 67 Caro 41
Cass City 40 Harbor Beach 29
Clare 55 Gladwin 43
Kingston 51 Deckerville 25
Dryden 56 Mayville 26
Houghton Lake 68 Harrison 29
Peck 53 Genessee 17
Hillman 46 Posen 44
Unionville Sebewaing 66 Laker 16
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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14FEB19
Pinconning Township man’s dog saved his life by alerting him to a fire
that ended up ravaging his house. According to M-Live, The fire at 3301
North Fraser Road occurred just after midnight Tuesday. Bay County Sheriff
Troy Cunningham said the lone male resident of the single-story house had
been asleep when his dog began barking awakening him. Pinconning-Fraser
firefighters were dispatched to the scene. They arrived to find heavy
smoke and fire. The fire left the house a total loss. Cunningham said the
cause remains under investigation, but it appears to be accidental.
Cunningham said the homeowner just got the dog in recent months and had it
not been for the dog, he might have never woken up.
from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched to two
single vehicle accidents on Tuesday. The first occurred at 2:30pm when a
West Branch woman was traveling west on M-55 near Rempert Road when a
black Cadillac pulled out in front of her, she avoided a collision by
driving off the roadway and hitting a traffic sign. The Cadillac did not
stop. The woman was not injured in the crash. The second incident occurred
at 2:40pm when a Hale woman was traveling west on U.S. 23 in Baldwin
Township when she lost control of her vehicle, crossed the centerline and
rolled over on the shoulder. She was not injured but was cited for
traveling too fast for conditions.
Unionville Sebewaing School district will see improvements in technology.
The Board approved the purchase of computers and Chromebooks along with a
cart for Chromebooks. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the total cost
of the fifteen desktop computers is $2,922 dollars and the total cost for
the twenty Chromebooks and cart is $4,507 dollars. Unionville Sebewaing
Superintendent George Rierson said that both purchases are related to the
district's online learning program in the middle and high school. Rierson
said the purchases continue a theme of improved technology and will
provide a combination of improved computer access for online students and
enough Chromebooks on carts in the classrooms.
Northeast Michigan Regional Farm Market will have a new location in
Oscoda. The AuSable Township Board of Trustees voted to purchase
Stoney Acres Creek Golf on U.S. 23 as the new Farm Market location.
According to the Oscoda Press, Superintendent Leisa Sutton said the
existing structures on the property will be demolished. The market runs in
AuSable Township on Wednesday's from May to October. Northeast Michigan
Farm Market Chairperson Stephanie Wentworth said that having a building
will be beneficial in poor weather. The Township will pay $115,000 for the
property mostly covered through a $100,000 grant. AuSable Township will
be responsible for the additional $15,000 plus any closing costs. Sutton
said the hope is that the farmer's market can utilize the property at some
point this year.
Clare 39 Beaverton 36
Gladwin 49 Farewell 34
Cheboygan 74 Newberry 64
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Ogemaw County Emergency Dispatch Authority recently held their first
meeting. The board governs the Emergency Dispatch Authority.
According to the Ogemaw County Herald, the board has seven members
including a representative from the board of commissioners, an at large
citizen and one representative from each of the five districts in the
county. Those representatives are Tom Krebs, Al Evans, Tom Czerniak, Mike
Babcock and Nancy Hennard. The board also includes Ogemaw County
Commissioner Craig Scott and public at large member Will Engemann. As its
first order of business, the board voted to retain Amy beach as Director
for Central Dispatch. The board is working to establish the authority as
its own entity following voters approval of a millage to do so last
Elementary School has a new teacher. Keturah Ashford is
the new third grade teacher at Alcona Elementary School. According to the
Alcona County Review, Ashford replaces Keya Gough who had been teaching in
the district since October. She had to leave after her husband was offered
a job out of the area. Gugh replaced Kristi Miller who took the vacated
physical education position in the district. Ashford is a 2013 graduate of
Alcona High School and recent graduate of Central Michigan Universtiy.
She is also the daughter of former Alcona teacher, Sara Glomski. Ashford
said she is blessed to find a job in her own home town, beginning a career
in familiar surroundings is nice.
of the Huron Manistee National Forest have decided to delay implementation
of an order prohibiting alcohol on sections of the AuSable, Manistee and
Pine National Wild and Scenic Rivers until at least 2020. The delay
creates an opportunity for the Forest Service to work with local
communities to develop alternative means of restoring public safety and
preventing damage to congressionally protected sections of the rivers. The
Forest Service will organize and chair a community working group
consisting of small businesses, municipal officials and private citizens
from the National Wild and Scenic River corridors. By May, the working
group will develop an action plan to restore public safety to those
rivers. For more information visit FS Dot USDA Dot Gov Slash HMNF.
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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 12FEB19
There was a structure fire in Oscoda County Friday.
Several families in Mio have been left without a home or personal
belongings after a structure fire destroyed their residence Friday.
According to the Oscoda County Herald, the fire occurred at Pelton Plaza
in the 300 block of M-33. The structure has been used for numerous
businesses, but most recently was an oil change facility with adjacent
apartments. Tri-Town Fire Chief Dave Stenzel said the call first went out
around 3:30 p.m. and for the next several hours crews battled the cold
wind and reduced visibility as they tried to extinguish the fire. Stenzel
was unsure exactly how many families were displaced by the fire as of
Saturday, but said he heard as many as five families lived in the
building. Stenzel said the Red Cross was in to help the families displaced
by the fire. (photo: Kathy Neff)
from the Michigan State Police West Branch Post were dispatched on
Saturday to a vehicle in the ditch on Wilbur Road in Tawas Township. Upon
arrival, the trooper found the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene.
The trooper then went to the registered owners residence and located the
driver of the vehicle. During the course of the investigation it was
discovered that the driver of the vehicle was under the influence of
alcohol. The fifty year old driver was arrested for Operating While
Intoxicated and lodged in the Iosco County Jail.
County planners are moving forward with a request to extend the wind
turbine moratorium. Planners hosted a public hearing last week for a
request to extend the wind turbine moratorium in Huron County. According
to the Huron Daily Tribune, the wind moratorium went into effect in March
of 2018 and was set to stay in effect for one year or when the Huron
County Master Plan was updated to address wind energy systems. Planning
Chairman Robert McLean said the Huron County Board of Commissioners asked
planners to stop working on the wind ordinance. There are currently 472
wind turbines operating in Huron County. After the hearing, planners voted
7-1 approving an extension request for the Huron County Board of
Commissioners to consider.
Oscoda boys basketball team hosted Alcona won 44-39. Leading the way
offensively for the Owls were Brayden Mallak and Jacob Post with 11 points
each and Owen Franklin 10. For Alcona Antavius Mikazes had 13 and Dominic
Howe 11. The win brings the Owls record to 16-0 overall, and 10-0 in the
conference. The Owls will be back in action on Friday night as they host
Whittemore Prescott. A win Friday night would guarantee the Owls at least
a share of the North Star League Big Dipper championship for the schools
first conference championship in basketball since the 1990-1991 season,
and tie the schools regular season wins record at OHS with 17 set back in
Fairview 53 Atlanta 49
Beaverton 52 Farwell 47
Hillman 56 AuGres-Sims 36
Kingston 68 Kinde North Huron 32
Midland Calvary Baptist 61 Whittemore Prescott 50
Ogemaw Heights 57 Kalkaska 55
Petoskey 92 Cheboygan 61
Unionville Sebewaing 65 Saginaw Valley Lutheran 60 4OT
Oscoda varsity girls beat Alcona at home by score of 54-47. Lauren Langley
had 22 points and Katelyn Etherton had 18 points. Faith Wallenmaier was
the leading scorer for Alcona with 15. Oscoda is now 13-0 on the season
and plays at Whittemore on Thursday.
Alpena 47 Tawas 39
Fairview 49 Atlanta 21
Cass City 53 Bad Axe 47
Farwell 53 Beaverton 33
Harbor Beach 44 Brown City 40
Hillman 53 AuGres-Sims 29
Houghton Lake 55 McBain Northern Michigan Christian 27
Johannesburg Lewiston 33 Mancelona 30
Midland 52 Gladwin 47
Reese 72 Vassar 27
Whittemore Prescott 36 Oscoda 35
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LOCAL NEWS for MON 11FEB19
Construction on the new courthouse in Oscoda County could begin soon.
The county will be able to move toward construction of its new courthouse
after commissioners recently received communications from the county’s
insurance company. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Commission
Chairman Kyle Yoder said the board has received a general list of items
that its insurance company does not believe it should pay for. He said
this is a significant step that will allow the county to begin to
negotiate terms and have Wolgast begin to look for subcontractors. Yoder
said the commissioners will have more information to provide at the county
meeting tomorrow. He said his hope is for Wolgast to soon begin looking
for subcontractors in order to begin construction as soon as possible.
Whittemore Prescott School District water wells may have PFAS
contamination. The district recently held a meeting to address the
water test by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. According
Ogemaw County Herald, a second water test is needed before the district
leaders and industry professionals can address the district's next steps.
After the first test results showed elevated levels of PFAS, the
Whittemore Prescott district moved to bottled water as a precautionary
measure for the safety of the students. Officials from the Michigan
Department of Health and Human Services said that if the tested levels of
PFAS are confirmed, the department will recommend the district continue
using the water because the contamination level is below the state
recommendation. The district will be required to test the water quarterly
to verify levels do not increase.
Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will be meeting tonight. On their
agenda is the Treasurer's Report, Committee Reports and a Legislative
Report. The Board will also make plans for the Superintendent's Evaluation
in March. The meeting will be held tonight at 7pm, in the boardroom of the
administration office in Tawas City.
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National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has extended the flood warning
for southeastern Ionia County until 1:30 this afternoon. Flooding
continues in downtown Portland as the ice jam continues to hold. They say
ice jams are notoriously unpredictable and can cause water to rise and
fall much faster than normal. Anyone along the Grand River in Portland
should be prepared to evacuate to higher ground if necessary.
A bill has been introduced in the Michigan House and Senate to
require polluters to clean up contamination they cause. Under current law,
polluters can simply restrict access to a site or an aquifer instead of
treating or removing pollutants. One of the sponsors, House Democratic
Floor Leader Yousef Rabhi, of Ann Arbor, says “Because our laws don’t hold
polluters accountable for cleaning up their messes, we have polluted sites
across Michigan where people can’t live or drink the well water."
Governor Gretchen Whitmer is criticizing a Detroit TV station's decision
to broadcast a segment and publish an online story that features people's
unflattering and sexist comments on social media about her dress and body
during the State of the State speech. Whitmer tweeted Thursday that the
story "was way out of line," before adding: "I'm tough, I can take it."
Fox 2 aired the story Wednesday night about reaction to Whitmer's blue
dress. The station is defending the story by stating the station was
"taken aback" by the number and nature of many inappropriate Facebook
comments on Whitmer's appearance during the speech and decided to "examine
them through person-on-the-street interviews and an expert's opinion on
the double standard faced by female leaders."
of State upgrading decades-old computer system for vehicle records during
Presidents Day weekend closure. Offices, kiosks, online services switching
to modern system during temporary closure to better serve customers.
During a Presidents Day weekend closure, the Michigan Department of State
will replace the outdated vehicle records system it has used for decades
with a modern computer system to better serve customers. Secretary of
State Jocelyn Benson says “This is a vital project for our department and
its millions of customers and the first step in implementing our 30-minute
mid Michigan man is facing several felony charges for allegedly producing
child pornography. 52-year-old Steven King has been arraigned on charges
of child sexually abusive activity, and using a computer to commit a
crime. State Police say it began investigating King after a tip from the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the creation of
Michigan woman is making a plea for help finding out what happened to her
missing father, who vanished from Hesperia north of Muskegon about a month
ago. WOOD TV reports Stephen Mills was last seen at a Dollar General
January 4th and his daughter, Amber Babcock, says he went there to meet
someone to sell them fishing reels. She says she needs to know what
happened to him. The family is offering a 15-hundred dollar cash reward
for information on his whereabouts.
Four professors at Northern Michigan University have filed a lawsuit
against the university over alleged gender discrimination violations.
W-L-U-C reports that the professors claim that the College of Business
significantly underpays its female faculty compared to their male
counterparts and denies them equal opportunities for tenure and other
benefits. Northern Michigan University, says they are reviewing the
complaint, but did attend a conciliation meeting with an EEOC mediator to
try to resolve the complaint.
Several animals were killed in a barn fire in northern Michigan on
Thursday. Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel says one horse, several
chickens and goats were killed in the fire while four other horses managed
to get out of the barn. He says they were trying to keep the barn heated
for their animals and that may have caused the fire. A vehicle next to the
barn was also destroyed.
people have been charged with running a meth lab in the Upper Peninsula's
Chippewa County. 9 and 10 News reports police arrested three men for
running a meth lab in Sault Ste. Marie and at least three more arrests are
Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City will offer non-stop flights
to Sarasota, Florida. Elite Airways will begin the flights to
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport starting March 16th. The U-P is
going to the dogs this weekend with the U-P 200 sled dog race, the
Midnight Run and the Jack Pine 30.
The U-P has been getting some record snowfall, but the president of
the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, Darlene Walch, says they'll be
ready. Walch says the sled dog teams get 16 hours minimum rest for the UP
200. She says Marquette will be packed for the start of the race tonight.
She says cash prizes are awarded for the top winners.
STATE NEWS for THU 14FEB19
Gretchen Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Ionia County after
the county requested state assistance to help its communities recover from
the effects of the recent severe winter weather. By declaring a state of
emergency, Whitmer has made available all state resources in cooperation
with local response and recovery efforts in the designated area. The
declaration authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and
Homeland Security Division to coordinate state efforts above and beyond
what has already been done in conjunction with local agencies.
A snow mobile rider is missing in west Michigan's Kent County. A
call came in for help last night from a snow mobile rider on Lincoln Lake
in Spencer Township who said they were with another person who was on a
separate snowmobile and they believed they went into open water. The
caller was on unstable ice and was rescued by Cannon Fire Department's
hovercraft. It was then used to look for the missing rider along with a
drone with a forward looking infrared camera to search the lake. They did
not find the 29-year-old man after several hours of searching and the
search will resume this morning with an underwater recovery team.
west Michigan man, convicted of molesting several young girls at an
apartment complex in Plainfield Township, has been convicted to what
amounts to a life sentence. 63-year-old Juan Camargo has been sentenced to
60 to 90 years in prison. The Kent County Sheriff's Department says
Camargo lived at Autumn Ridge Apartments in 2017 and would hang around the
apartment's playground. The investigation began when a woman reported that
her daughter asked not to see Camargo anymore. He pleaded guilty to
criminal sexual conduct and producing child pornography last month.
former elections director in Oak Park is accused of paying her husband
nearly a half million dollars in a scheme to steal money from the city
coffers. Stephanie Sumner was Oak Park's elections director from 2012 to
2015. An indictment accuses Sumner of creating fraudulent invoices and
listing her husband as a vendor. She and husband Michael Sumner are
charged with conspiracy and other crimes.
Honda says it is recalling more than 400-thousand vehicles in the
U-S to fix a fuel pump issue. The recall covers the Acura M-D-X, T-L-X,
and certain Honda Accords. The automaker says the vehicles' software needs
to be updated, and in some cases, have their fuel pumps replaced. In hot
weather, the vehicle's acceleration could be limited or the engine could
stall, increasing the risk of a crash.
A 500-dollar reward is being offered by the Humane Society of Mid
Michigan for information on the person who shot a cat with an arrow. The
cat they're calling Wayland was found with arrow shot near his shoulder
blades near Sheridan in Montcalm County. The humane society believes the
cat was suffering for several days. The arrow has been removed , but the
humane society says he has a long road to recovery.
Motown special -- minus M-J? The website Showbiz Four-One-One says when
producers finish editing the three-hour "Motown 60" special set to air on
CBS in April. Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 will barely get a
mention. Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Diana Ross will be among
those featured, but the tribute is not expected to focus much on the
Jackson family, including the King of Pop's iconic Moonwalk from the
Motown 25 show. M-J's absence is likely due to the upcoming documentary
'Leaving Neverland' that focuses on rumored, but never proven, allegations
of sexual abuse.
Valentine's Day, but apparently the number of romance scams online is
growing in west Michigan. A new report from the Better Business Bureau
shows up to 30 percent of romance scam victims were used as money mules.
Troy Baker of the BBB Western Michigan says the prevalence of online
dating and people looking for love online has really made it profitable
for scammers to go after people. The Federal Trade Commission took
21-thousand complaints about romance scams last year with losses of 143
STATE NEWS for WED 13FEB19
woman and her two children are hospitalized after being rescued from their
burning home on Hubbell near I-96 and Grand River. Family members
say ONE of the kids was trapped by the flames, but was rescued by
firefighters. There are no details yet on his condition. Arson
investigators are on the scene.
Grand Rapids doctor , Dr. Richard Piazza, is accused of writing
unnecessary prescriptions for opioids....apparently to fund his own drug
habit. A complaint filed in federal court says piazza has been writing bad
prescriptions for drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and diazepam since
December of 2017. The DEA was reportedly notified about Piazza by a
pharmacist who caught that he was writing a lot of prescriptions for
opioids. One man told investigators that he got prescriptions from Piazza
so he could sell the pills and he gave Piazza cash and methamphetamine in
exchange for them.
A 16-year-old west Michigan girl was critically injured in a two
vehicle crash in Nelson Township Tuesday. A vehicle driven by a
17-year-old girl collided with a pickup truck with a plow attached. The
16-year-old was a passenger in the car. Police say alcohol was not a
factor in the crash.
carjacking in southwest Michigan led to a two hour standoff with police
between Allegan and Otsego county sheriff's offices. The Allegan County
Sheriff says a man allegedly stole a work van at gunpoint Tuesday, and
then crashed it. The van was spotted in Trowbridge Township and the
suspect ran. Police had a dog track him and they spent two hours
negotiating with him before he gave up. Allegan Police Chief Rick Hoyer
says he thinks the suspect was getting cold and it was evident that he
needed help. He was taken to the hospital .
A township clerk in northern Michigan is being replaced after officials
found lots of discrepancies in her work on financial documents. 9 and 10
News reports they're going through years of financial documents in Kasson
Township after they found that clerk Traci Cruz had not filed documents
and some mail was not opened from 2014. She also allegedly did not pay
trustees hundreds of dollars in pension funds over many months.
They're smashing records in the U-P. The National Weather Service in
Marquette is tweeting that snowfall totaled 16.5 inches yesterday which
breaks the previous record of 13.5 inches set in 1965. There's still a
Winter Storm Warning in effect there. The U-P could receive another
three inches today.
new survey warns that Michigan could be in for a teacher shortage but says
it's not that simple. According to the Citizens Research Council of
Michigan, there are several points of concern, including public school
enrollment that has been declining for years while the typical classroom
in the state remains larger than in most other states. The study goes on
to say Michigan has not prioritized studying the labor market and the
shortage issue so it's difficult to predict long term trends. Another
problem is enrollment in teacher-prep programs in Michigan colleges and
universities has been falling for some time, by 66 percent over a recent
A Houghton County woman has won 500-thousand dollars playing the Michigan
Lottery's Platinum Wild Time instant game. She bought her ticket in Lake
Linden. The woman, who's remaining anonymous, plans to buy a new vehicle
and save the rest.
STATE NEWS for TUE 12FEB19
is delaying operations on its main campus and its Global Campus
headquarters in Mount Pleasant until 11 a.m. today, Tuesday, February
12th, due to inclement weather. A decision on the status of the operation
of the university beyond 11 a.m. will be made no later than 9:30 a.m.
Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw is closed. The University of
Michigan-Flint is delaying classes until 12:30 today.
recent winter storms have probably cost the economy of west Michigan more
than 100-million dollars. Grand Valley State University economics
Professor Paul Isely tells WOOD TV that with massive power outages over
the past couple of weeks with snow, ice storms, and subzero temperatures,
it's probably cost the economy in west Michigan 100 to 150 million
dollars. He says some of the losses will be made up when employees return
to work and the public gets back to its normal shopping and spending
church on Gilmore Street in Saginaw was destroyed when a fire ripped
through the building early Today. According to Saginaw Fire Department
Battalion Chief Gregory Simmons, Saginaw firefighters were called at
4:55AM to S. Washington Ave. at Gilmore St. to a report of a fire at The
Way, The Truth and The Life Ministries. “When we first arrived, the only
thing that was on fire was the steeple, but the steeple collapsed on us
before we could even get our first lines off the rigs and start putting
water on it,” Simmons said. “Shortly after that, the fire started coming
out of the main structure.” The fire quickly spread to the rest of the
building. According to Simmons, the Saginaw Fire Dept. requested mutual
aid from Buena Vista and Saginaw townships. Fire officials do not believe
anyone was inside the building, but they have not been able to get inside
to confirm. One of the walls of the church later collapsed during
the fire, Simmons said. The building is expected to be a total loss. The
cause of the fire has not yet been determined and a fire investigator from
the Michigan State Police was called to investigate.
Public Schools on the west side of the state in Wyoming is getting rid of
its Rebels mascot. The school board voted to appoint a group of board
members , staff, students, and community members to recommend a new
mascot. That's expected to happen for the start of the next school year.
The district says the move is being made after a survey found the mascot
and the associated symbolism and historic relationship did not reflect the
diversity of their district. Many have associated the Rebels mascot with
the Confederate South and slavery.
northern Michigan man is accused of looking to hire women for sex acts. 9
and 10 News reports Kenneth Bonney, of Elberta, has been charged with
pandering. The Traverse Narcotics team says he had several firearms and
may face more charges. Bonney is a convicted felon.
Two metro Grand Rapids girls have been found after they were last
seen with their father, who may have been undergoing a mental health
crisis. Michigan State Police say nine-year-old Jenna Ypma and her
12-year-old sister Alexis were not hurt. They had last been seen with
their father Joel, who never dropped them off at school in Bryon Center.
A person of interest has been apprehended in connection with a pair
of violent attacks in Ann Arbor over the weekend. The first happened at
the Starbucks along South State Street at about 9 o'clock Saturday night.
A man picked up a chair and hit the victim in the back of the head. Then,
about an hour and a half later, a man approached a woman in West Park,
hitting and punching her about 15 times. Both encounters were unprovoked
and the victims didn't know the attacker.
A big scare at a children's birthday party in Monroe County-- Multiple
reports say several adults and kids became ill at Splash Universe water
park in Dundee on Saturday. They reportedly suffered from burning eyes,
difficulty breathing and vomiting. Several sources say the problems were
caused by a broken air filtration system, releasing too much chlorine in
the air. Paramedics treated all the victims. The park was back open
STATE NEWS for MON 11FEB19
looking for a suspect involved in a pair of unprovoked violent attacks in
Ann Arbor over the weekend. A man approached a student while sitting in
the coffee shop on State Street around 9 in the evening on Saturday picked
up a chair and struck the victim in the back of the head. Then around
10:30PM the man approached a woman walking through a park and began
punching her, striking her over 15 times. A witness describes the suspect
as an African American man, in his late 20’s, about 5’10", clean shaven,
wearing a grey coat or hoodie, and a khaki hat.
convicted child molester from Michigan has been arrested in
Jonesboro, Arkansas. Investigators say he was on the run from police
after cutting off his electronic tether. Police say 73-year-old
Michael Flaker skipped town before sentencing on eight counts of
first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He had been seen in Memphis,
Tennessee but he was arrested Saturday night at the Fairview Inn and
Suites in Jonesboro, Arkansas after a witness tip. Sheriff’s
deputies say Flaker is from Shelby, Michigan. He was convicted in
December. (MNN story contribution from WIOS-AM 1480
clarifies place of arrest)
19-year-old Wisconsin man was killed in a snowmobile crash in the Upper
Peninsula's Felch Township in Dickinson County over the weekend. Michigan
State Police say the accident happened late Friday afternoon and the teen
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Waterford Township Board of Trustees is set to take up an ordinance that
bans the sale of vapes and e-cigarettes to minors. The board meets tonight
and is likely to consider adopting the Michigan Clean Indoor Air Act --
which makes it a civil infraction to use vapor products indoors for adults
as well. There would be a 100-dollar fine for a first infraction, and then
500-dollar-ticket for every subsequent violation. The ordinance also bans
the use of vapes and tobacco products on school grounds.
bald eagle that was stuck on Lake Michigan in Suttons Bay earlier this
month was released on Sunday as hundreds watched. 9 and 10 News reports
the eagle got stuck on the Lake when an eight pound ball of ice stuck to
his feathers. He was nursed back to health at Wings of Wonder.
(photo: Northern Way of Life studios)
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
DEADLINE FOR NEW FUNDING DEAL TO AVERT ANOTHER PARTIAL FEDERAL
2019 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND BEGINS
VICE PRESIDENT PENCE CONTINUES POLAND / GERMANY TRIP.
CONGRESS BREAKS FOR PRESIDENTS DAY DISTRICT WORK
U.S. SUPREME COURT MEETS IN PRIVATE CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS
CASES AND VOTE ON PETITIONS FOR REVIEW
“2020” DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SEN. KAMALA HARRIS
CAMPAIGNS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
IRON DOG SNOWMOBILE RACE ACROSS ALASKA
Iron Dog presented by the Alaska National Guard - the world's longest and
toughest snowmobile race.
FEBRUARY 16, 2019
POTUS MAR A LAGO
President Donald Trump is in Palm Beach, Florida.
Vice President Mike Pence concludes trip to Poland and Germany.
MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE
Munich Security Conference - worldwide security policy conference bringing
together senior figures from around the world to discuss current and
future security challenges.
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL TOY FAIR
The annual international toy trade show—the largest in the Western
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren continues her
seven-state organizing tour in South Carolina and Georgia.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker campaigns in New
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues second trip to New
Hampshire, for her 2020 exploratory committee.
FEBRUARY 17, 2019
POTUS MAR A LAGO
President Donald Trump is in Palm Beach, Florida.
The 61st running of 'The Great American Race', a 500-mile-long Monster
Energy NASCAR Cup Series event held annually at the Daytona International
Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL.
2019 WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
71st annual Writers Guild Awards ceremonies held simultaneously at the
Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York.
NBA ALL-STAR GAME
Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis. Meek Mill performs prior to the game, with
half-time show by J. Cole.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren continues
her seven-state organizing tour in Nevada.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker campaigns in New
FEBRUARY 18, 2019
OBAMA MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
Barack Obama, John Legend, and Steph Curry speak at My Brother's Keeper
convening in California
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kirsten Gillibrand begins second
visit to Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris campaigns in New
Hampshire, holding a town hall meeting in Portsmouth.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren continues her
seven-state organizing tour in California.
CNN Town Hall with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy
Klobuchar, moderated by Don Lemon.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker campaigns in New
Hampshire, attending a house party.
FEBRUARY 19, 2019
CONGRESS RECESS FROM FEB. 15-25TH
SUPREME COURT HEARING
On 'Return Mail, Inc. v. U.S. Postal Service'.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris speaks at
'Politics & Eggs' event in New Hampshire.
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
POTUS AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR
President Donald Trump welcomes Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to the
White House, to discuss the U.S.-Austria bilateral relationship and 'new
avenues for transatlantic cooperation'. Private conversation followed by
expanded bilateral meeting
SUPREME COURT HEARING
On 'Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC'.
YEAR IN HATE & EXTREMISM
Southern Poverty Law Center releases 'Year in Hate and Extremism' report,
via press call, featuring an annual count of hate and extremist groups in
FEBRUARY 21, 2019
PARKLAND SUSPECT IN COURT
Court hearing for accused Florida school gunman Nikolas Cruz, charged with
17 counts of murder at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on
2/14/18. A trial date is expected to be set
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar is in Iowa.
Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker expected to headline
Los Angeles reception, hosted by Gersh Agency Co-President Bob Gersch and
his wife Linda.
VA GOVERNOR “APOLOGY TOUR”
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam speaks at Virginia Union University
'Faith, Identity & Social Justice' service, as part of his 'apology tour'
in the aftermath of his blackface photo controversy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu, following a bilateral in Paris three months ago. Talks to be
held on Syria and Iran. Netanyahu says he wants to prevent Tehran from
creating 'another warfront' against Israel
EXISTING HOME SALES JANUARY RELEASED
Sentencing of former Torneos y Competencias CEO Alejandro Burzaco, a
soccer official charged as part of the Department of Justice investigation
into alleged corruption within the game and governing body FIFA
FEBRUARY 22, 2019
SUPREME COURT MEETING
Meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for
Democratic Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren headlines New Hampshire
Democratic Party 2019 McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner.
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