STATE NEWS for MON 19NOV18
northern Michigan man is dead after a crash in Osceola County early
Sunday. Sheriff's deputies say the 45-year-old Evart man was driving in
Lincoln Township after four Sunday morning when he left the roadway and
crashed into a dirt berm. Police say speed is suspected to be a factor,
but there's no word if alcohol was involved.
State Police are investigating the death of a man who was found shot in
the woods in the Lewiston area. Deputies found the body of Matthew Boeck,
of Howell, in Oscoda County.
Someone smashed their vehicle into a home in southwest Michigan Sunday
morning and police are looking for them. The crash happened in Texas
Township in the Kalamazoo area. but the driver took off. Deputies tracked
the driver with a K-9 , but were not able to find them. A passenger in
their vehicle was questioned. No one was seriously hurt, but there was
reportedly a lot of damage to the car and the home.
Police in Battle Creek are looking for a man who broke into or
attempted to break into three jewelry stores in the past few weeks. WOOD
TV reports the thief broke into King Jewelers, Pearlman's Jewelers and
Happy House Gift Shop. The owner of King Jewelers , Derek King, says the
thief never got inside his store but did take some items from Happy House
Gift Shop, but didn't get anything of secondary value. Anyone with
information should call Battle Creek Police or Silent Observer.
State University is now the first state in Michigan with housing for
students recovering from substance abuse disorders. The Collegiate
Recovery Community is now open in a residence hall on the north side of
campus. It includes individualized recovery planning, sober social events,
community service opportunities and life skills workshops. Officials say
students must abstain from drugs and alcohol to be eligible for recovery
housing. M-S-U joins others such as Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers in
STATE NEWS for FRI 16NOV18
body found in a house fire on Detroit's west side last month is now
believed to be that of the son of Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
The fire happened on October 26th in a vacant house on Bramell, although
the body was discovered two and a half weeks after the blaze occurred.
Michael Dwyer's body was identified using finger prints, and the cause of
death is pending a report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.
charges have been filed against a Marquette area doctor, Jonathan
Robertson, who's charged with exchanging narcotics for sexual favors. WLUC
reports he's already charged with eight counts of criminal sexual conduct
third degree. 22 new counts have been added including: criminal sexual
conduct first degree, and delivery of a controlled substance resulting in
The U.S. Senate has passed a provision to create a team to study the
effects of possible oil spills in fresh water, like the Great Lakes. It
would establish a U.S. Coast Guard National Center of Expertise for the
Great Lakes in Michigan. Sponsor Senator Gary Peters says they'd like to
see this close to Line 5 and have experts who understand how to clean up
oil in fresh water. The bill now goes to the House.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded grants to the
cities of Detroit and Warren to help improve their recycling collection
infrastructure. Warren will receive 500-thousand-dollars to support the
purchase of 25-thousand recycling carts, while Detroit will get
75-thousand-dollars for 7-thousand carts. The DEQ says the grants will
result in greater recovery of recyclable material, get more residents
involved and boost opportunities for recycling education.
STATE NEWS for THU 15NOV18
man is being held in the Roscommon County Jail after he allegedly
assaulted a Michigan State Police sergeant outside the post in Houghton
Lake. Police say the man walked into the lobby with a lit cigarette and
the desk sergeant asked him to take it outside and an argument began. The
sergeant went outside with the man and the man allegedly pushed the
sergeant several times before another officer came out and arrested him.
Police say the man had two loaded pistols on him. The man was given a
mental health exam.
seems crazy, but Arthur Township in Clare County will no longer have
emergency fire services next year. 9and10 News reports a ballot proposal
to pay for fire services was rejected last week. The township no longer
has a contract for services from Harrison. The Arthur Township supervisor
says they're considering some options, including a "pay-per-use" fire
Vicksburg man was killed in southwest Michigan's St. Joseph County Tuesday
in Leonidas Township. Police say 30-year-old Bryan Smith crashed his
pickup truck into a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt .
teens have been arrested for having meth in northern Michigan's Wexford
County. 17-year-old Gage West, of Lake City is charged with making meth
and conspiracy to deliver meth. 19-year-old Grace Arnold is charged with
having meth and conspiracy to deliver. If convicted they could face 20
years in prison.
should get people in west Michigan in the Christmas spirit. The Art Van
Santa Parade will be held in Grand Rapids this Saturday. Miss Michigan
Emily Sioma is the grand marshal of the parade. It is the second largest
parade in Michigan, second to Detroit's Thanksgiving parade.
STATE NEWS for WED 14NOV18
developer Dan Gilbert is selling Greektown Casino in Detroit to Penn
National Gaming and a real estate investment trust for one Billion
dollars. The Detroit News reports the sale comes after months of
speculation that the Quicken Loans chairman and Cleveland Cavaliers owner
was trying to sell some or all of his gaming properties to investors. The
sale is being called a "redirection" of Gilbert resources, mainly into
Detroit redevelopment projects.
dispute over last week's shooting in Saint Clair Shores that killed a
Detroit man and a police K-9 still being investigated by the Macomb county
Sheriff's Office. The family of Theoddeus Gray is upset that more is being
made over the death of a police dog than the 29-year-old man. Police say
Gray was armed when he was confronted by police outside the Lakeland Manor
banquet center and refused to drop
weapon. When he tried to flee, police turned the K-9 on him. Police say
Gray shot the dog at which point officers returned fire. A memorial is
being held today for Axe. Visitation and a funeral for Gray will be this
There could be a fee on liquor in Traverse City next year. Traverse
City commissioners are considering an annual liquor license fee. 9 and 10
News reports the fee would cover costs for enforcement issues related to
alcohol. The fee could range from 500 to 15-hundred dollars a year. More
talks are planned.
John Schon has resigned as the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare
System in Iron Mountain. Schon will transition to a consulting role
according to a statement as the hospital goes through organizational
restructuring. The hospital has been on the verge of bankruptcy since two
potential buyers backed out.
A Reed City woman who passed away has left the city 60-thousand dollars
for rails and trails in the city. Florence Diak (dee-Ak) reportedly wanted
to the city use the money to add a bench and a light post near where her
and her late son would go for walks. She also donated money to the Osceola
Animal Shelter, Reed City food pantry, and a church.
Every student in the Constantine Public schools is expected to be given
an electronic device for the school year after receiving a one and a half
million dollar grant from the Robert and Ellen Thompson Foundation. WOOD
TV reports about half of the students in the southwest Michigan school
district have tablets now, but it will be all of the students next Fall.
STATE NEWS for TUE 13NOV18
A jackknifed semi truck is causing travel problems in west Michigan this
morning. The right lane of northbound US-131 is blocked by the crash after
142nd Avenue near the Allegan-Kent County line. The first significant
snowfall of the season leaving as much as three inches of snow around
parts of southeast Michigan. In northern Oakland county, National Weather
Service spotters in Lake Orion area reporting 2-point-6 inches of ground
cover this morning, while White Lake is checking in with 2-point-2 inches.
Just over an inch of new snow overnight fell in Garden City and in Flint.
Up north, Stutsmanville--near harbor springs--is reporting 5 inches of
snow this morning.
the wildfires rage on in California, some Red Cross volunteers from west
Michigan. 15 volunteers are on standby and could get assignments by
tomorrow. 42 people have been killed and many homes destroyed in those
A 71-year-old Marquette man was rescued early Monday on the North
County Trail. WL-U-C reports Stephen Nason went to do maintenance work on
the trail Sunday, but when he didn't return home on time, his wife called
911. A search and rescue team found him after two Monday morning, and he
appeared to have hypothermia. He was taken to a hospital to be checked
A teacher in Grand Rapids is back on the job after he allegedly choked
a student. The Kent County Prosecutor's office and the Grand Rapids Public
Schools have reportedly decided that the allegations against Kent Hills
Elementary teacher Robert Spaeth were unsubstantiated. The mother of the
eight-year-old boy allegedly choked by Spaeth, Passionelle McBride, tells
WOOD TV there's a lot of anger. She has had her son moved to another
classroom. Spaeth was suspended last year for allegedly grabbing another
student around the neck, but police and the district decided there wasn't
enough evidence to show that it was assault.