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 Fri. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for FRI 14FEB20

The East Tawas Fire Department recently presented its 2019 Annual Report.  East Tawas Fire Department Captain Randy Look made the presentation to the East Tawas City Council. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Look said there was an overall drop of twelve percent in total emergency responses last year. Look said emergency responses dropped from 186 in 2018 to 164 last year. Vehicle accidents were down from 24 in 2018 to 13 last year. The department responded to only one fuel/gas spill last year as compared to seven in 2018. Medical First Responder calls increased by 18% last year, Look said mainly due to drug overdoses. Look's report also paid tribute to the late Norman Klenow who passed away on August 10th after responding to a vehicle accident.

Residents of an Oscoda County Township will now need a permit to hold major and minor events.  Big Creek Township Supervisor Randy Booth said the ordinance is in response to an event that happened last year. According to the Oscoda County Herald, Booth said residents will now need a special event permit to hold major and minor events. A major special event includes 250 or more people, selling of alcohol, includes stages or amusements and lasts more than three days. A minor special event has fewer than 250 people, will not be serving alcohol and lasts fewer than three days. Booth said with the ordinance, township officials can make sure when someone is hosting an event they have to apply for a permit and receive a civil infraction ticket if they violate the ordinance.

The state of Michigan will be holding the 2020 free fishing weekend this Saturday and Sunday February 15th and 17th. Everyone will be able to fish for free as all fishing license fees will be waived for those three days. All fishing regulations will still apply. Recreation passports will not be required for entry into state parks and recreation area. Suzanne Stone, of the DNR Fisheries division , says people like to fish for pan fish this time of year like blue gill, crappie, and northern pike.

Local Sports

Boy's Basketball:
Houghton Lake 74 Evart 61
International Academy of Flint 66 Peck 29
Manton 55 Roscommon 37


Girl's Basketball:
Alcona 55 Rogers City 30
For Alcona: Kelsey Hansen & Anna Loyer 13pts each

JV: Alcona 43 Rogers City 20 For Alcona Avery Wrobel 16pts, Hannah Tanner 13pts

Oscoda 64 Whittemore Prescott 27 For Oscoda: Izzy Hulverson 30pts, Lauren Langley 18pts, Macy Kellstrom 12pts.

JV: Oscoda 52 Whittemore Prescott 9 For Oscoda: Mia Whipkey 21pts, Delaney Lewis 12pts.

Elsewhere:
Alpena 57 Traverse City West 46
Owendale Gagetown 35 Carsonville Port Sanilac 22
Gladwin 49 Farwell 37
Ubly 57 Harbor Beach 39
Hillman 49 Posen 47
Peck 51 International Academy Of Flint 32
Bellaire 47 Johannesburg Lewiston 39
Kinde North Huron 34 Bay City All Saints 32
Pinconning 43 Beaverton 41
Reese 63 Elkton Pigeon Bayport Laker 36

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 Thu. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for THU 13FEB20

Tawas City officials recently discussed equipment for the fire department.  The Tawas City Council heard an update from Tawas City Fire Department Chief Steve Masich. According to the Iosco County News Herald, Masich said many attempts have been made to secure a grant toward acquiring self contained breathing apparatus units which have turned out negative. Masich is part of the research committee which for the past year has been exploring the best self contained breathing apparatus units that would fit the needs of the Tawas City Fire Department. Masich said the department is down to sixteen operational packs for 24 firefighters. He added the packs are nearly twenty years old and no longer reliable. Following some discussion, council members voted to table the issue until their next meeting.

In an effort to stabilize its funding model, Mid Michigan College is seeking a millage request on the March 2020 ballot for voters in the Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin and Harrison school districts. According to M-Live, The Mid Michigan College Board of Trustees in December authorized a millage proposal requesting an additional  point 6268 mills. If passed, the college’s total millage rate would increase to 1.85 mills for 10 years. Revenue from the increase would be used for college operating purposes and would largely fund advanced technology for students and academic programs, including in health sciences and skilled trades.

Huron County officials approved a draft of the county's updated master plan. Huron County Planning Commission unanimously approved a draft of the updated master plan. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, the planning commission has been working on updating the master plan for the past few years. Copies of the plan will be provided to neighboring counties for review. Those counties have until the end of April to submit comments on the plan. The plan will now be sent to the Huron County Board of Commissioners for approval.   

Local Sports 

Boy's Basketball:
AuGres-Sims 66  Bay City All Saints 63
Hillman 54  Atlanta 40
Beaverton 55  Midland Dow 45
Pellston 44  Johannesburg Lewiston 31
Fife Lake Forest Area 68  Onaway 48
Reese 57  Bad Axe 43
Brown City 61  Memphis 51

Girl's Basketball:
Posen 63  Mio AuSable 44
Hillman 63  Atlanta 25
Lake City 46  Roscommon 6
Houghton Lake 45  Beal City 29

Boy's Hockey:
Manistee 5  Tawas 2

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 Wed. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for WED 12FEB20


Police rescued two fishermen who fell through the Saginaw Bay ice while riding on a four-wheeler. According to M-Live, at about 1pm Monday, Huron County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from someone claiming to have broken through the ice offshore from Rose Island Road in Huron County’s Fairhaven Township. The caller and a companion had been on an ATV searching for a place to fish when they ended up in the water. Huron County Sheriff’s deputies report that both men, ages 39 and 25 and both of Vassar, had taken an ice fishing shanty about a mile and a half onto the bay earlier and were fishing when they decided to look for another place to fish. After breaking through, they ended up having to walk roughly one mile back to the shanty for shelter while rescuers responded. About an hour later both men were back on shore after being recovered by a sheriff’s office airboat. Sebewaing Ambulance Service personnel treated the men for mild hypothermia.
(Photo: Huron County Sheriff's Airboat)

A Cheboygan County man has been charged with attempting to murder a relative. David Jullette the Second has been charged with attempted murder and being a repeat offender. He was on the run Monday after allegedly stabbing a family member, but was arrested that evening. The two victims are reportedly expected to be okay.  (Jail Photo: Jullette)
 

Oscoda Township officials recently approved a water meter replacement project.  Oscoda Township Trustees approved the water meter replacement project. According to the Oscoda Press, the project will be carried out in three phases and will lead to cost savings and an increase in efficiency. The water meter replacement and radio read installation project will cost nearly $350,000 and will impact more than eleven hundred residents. Officials approved contracting with Ferguson Waterworks for the purchase of 1,142 meters and radio read units and software for approximately $256,000 dollars. The board also approved contracting with Hydrocorp for the installation of the meters and radio read units for approximately $93,000 dollars. The replacement project will take the next three years to complete.

A Critical Incident Management Training Session will be held tonight in Arenac County. The free critical incident management training session will teach people how to protect and defend themselves during a time of crisis. According to the Arenac County Independent, the class will be instructed by Critical Incident Management and will teach participants how to respond to emergency situations such as an active shooter, bomb threats or hazardous materials. The class is geared more towards owners and managers who can take the information learned and train their employees or volunteers, so everyone is on the same page with how to handle emergency situations. The training session will be held tonight at 6pm at the Arenac Community Center, on East Cedar Street in Standish.

Local Sports

Boy's Basketball:
Tawas 57  Midland Calvary Baptist 52
Oscoda 68  Alcona 30
Posen 47  Hale 46
Mio AuSable 83  Whittemore Prescott 36
Hillman 51  AuGres-Sims 41
Sanford Meridian 54  Ogemaw Heights 43
Standish Sterling 54  Saginaw Swan Valley 51
Gladwin 53  Remus Chippewa Hills 50
Lake City 52  Roscommon 48
Indian River Inland Lakes 52  Rogers City 43
Beal City 56  Houghton Lake 33
Dryden 60  Mayville 51
Peck 46  Deckerville 32

Girl's Basketball: 
Midland Calvary Baptist 42  Tawas 37
Saginaw Swan Valley 57  Standish Sterling 53
Bay City Western 56  Alpena 42
Reese 65  Bad Axe 37
Johannesburg Lewiston 47  Fife Lake Forest Area 28
Sandusky 40  Harbor Beach 35
Unionville Sebewaing 48  Cass City 24
Brown City 47  Memphis 22
Ubly 50  Capac 25
Kingston 50  Marlette 30
Croswell Lexington 40  North Branch 32

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 Tue. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for TUE 11FEB20

A man is dead and a woman hospitalized following a weekend crash in Tuscola County. According to M-Live, troopers with the Michigan State Police Caro post responded around 2am Sunday to the corner of Schott and Snover roads in Fremont Township, north of Mayville, for a single vehicle crash. The driver, a 27-year-old Mayville man, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 28-year-old female passenger was transported to a local hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The roadway at the scene was ice-covered and shutdown after the crash to allow for an initial police investigation. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be contributing factors in the fatal crash. The incident remains under investigation.

A man , suspected in an attempted murder in Cheboygan County , has been captured. 54-year-old David Jullette the Second was caught in a trailer last evening. Sheriff Dale Clarmont says they had been searching for him throughout the day after he allegedly attempted to kill someone in Inverness Township early Monday morning. Jullette is expected to be arraigned today.

Community Emergency Response Team training will be offered in two counties.  Ogemaw and Oscoda counties will be offering Community Emergency Response Team training. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Michael Bowers, Emergency Management Coordinator for both counties will be in charge of setting up the training so that the public knows how to take care of their households in an emergency. Both counties will hold town hall meetings to inform citizens about the programs and to recruit volunteers. Bowers is also working with the emergency preparedness representatives from Region Two Health Department and the emergency management coordinator from Alcona County to build a three county coalition, which expands the base of trained volunteers. Training lasts for four days and there is no cost to the volunteers.  You can learn more about CERT at ready.gov.

The Alcona County Commission On Aging has a new Executive Director. The Alcona County Commission On Aging appointed a new board president as well as introduced the new executive director. According to the Alcona County Review, Delores Schlicker stepped down as president and the board voted to appoint Mike Maturen the new president and Schlicker Vice President. The board also appointed Pam Ashford as secretary and Rolland Lynch was named treasurer. The new Executive Director was also introduced to the board, Lenny Avery said he is proud to be a part of the Commission on Aging family. Avery said he has instituted an open door policy and if anyone has any questions or concerns, they should not hesitate to talk with him of board members.

Local Sports 

Girl's Basketball:
Oscoda 41  Alcona 34 For Oscoda: Lauren Langley 15; Jessica Montgomery 8 & Izzy Hulverson 7. For Alcona: Kelsey Hansen 14 & Anna Loyer 11

Posen 74  Hale 49
Hillman 63  AuGres-Sims 23
Gladwin 62  Ogemaw Heights 38
Pinconning 56  Bay City All Saints 16
Harbor Beach 52  Carsonville Port Sanilac 15
Dryden 45  Mayville 18
New Haven Merritt Academy 61  Akron Fairgrove 26
Owendale Gagetown 33  Caseville 23
Deckerville 50  Peck 40
Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy 55  Kinde N. Huron 28

Boy's Basketball
New Haven Merritt Academy 66  Akron Fairgrove 24
Caseville 55  Owendale Gagetown 45
Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy 53  Kinde N. Huron 46
Ubly 57  Carsonville Port Sanilac 29

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 Mon. Local News Audio

LOCAL NEWS for MON 10FEB20


Oscoda Township officials are still waiting to learn if they will be a spaceport site.  The announcement was originally to be made on January 2nd. According to the Oscoda Press, that was bumped to January 22nd and then delayed again to January 27th. Township Superintendent Dave Schaeffer said the announcement has once again been postponed. Oscoda Wurtsmith Airport Manager Gary Kellan said he recently talked with Director Gavin Brown of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturer's Association who said the goal is to bring the governor's office up to speed on the project before any formal announcement is made. After choosing the Michigan Spaceport site, the candidate will then have to compete nationally for licensing through the FAA Space System pr
ogram.

An elderly man died in a house fire in Alpena over the weekend. The Alpena Fire Department says they found heavy smoke and flames coming from a broken window. A police officer and an off duty firefighter tried to rescued the couple, but the fire was too much. Fire crews were able to pull them both out, but the man died at the scene. The woman was taken to the hospital. An officer was also hurt trying to rescue them.

Oscoda County officials have announced that it is now a Second Amendment Sanctuary.  The Oscoda County Board of Commissioners passed the resolution unanimously. According to the Oscoda County Herald, the resolution is a response to Red Flag laws, which make thousands of Americans vulnerable to losing their right to bear arms without due process. Chairman Kyle Yoder also called on Sheriff Kevin Grace who also approved of the resolution. With the sheriff's approval, Yoder said he felt comfortable with moving ahead in the process and during the regular meeting, commissioners passed the resolution.

The Tawas Area Schools Board of Education will meet tonight. On the agenda is a second reading of the revised board policies, committee reports, treasurer’s report and a legislative report. The board will also discuss the Michigan Association of School Boards Board of Directors Ballot. The Tawas School Board meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in the boardroom of the administration office in Tawas City. 

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STATE NEWS for FRI 14FEB20

A Wayne County District Court Judge is on leave following allegations of violence against a female partner. David Parrott's leave comes as the Judicial Tenure Commission has received an official complaint about the judge. Parrott is charged with assault and battery for allegedly attacking a 55-year-old woman he lives with. The judge was arraigned in Plymouth this week. Parrott was already on bond for a drunk driving offense from December 2018 in Northern Michigan's Manistee County. This new charges could land the judge in jail for violating the terms of his drunk driving case later this month. Parrott remains free after posting bond in the assault case.

A 16-year-old girl crashed into a Cadillac Area Public Schools Bus Thursday afternoon. The Wexford County Sheriff's Department says the girl from Marion lost control of her vehicle and spun into the oncoming lane and hit the bus. None of the 36 kids on the bus were hurt. The teen driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The man, suspected of robbing a Chase Bank in Kalamazoo on Wednesday, has been arrested. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the 28-year-old man was arrested at a home in the city on Thursday. Detectives say they found evidence at the home, including money that may have been taken during the robbery.

A man who was not only considered a foster son of Jimmy Hoffa - but connected to the disappearance of the Teamsters boss - has died. Charles "Chuckie" O'Brien died yesterday in Boca Raton, Florida. He was 86 years old. O'Brien was a close aide to Hoffa from the 1950s until his disappearance in July 1975. For a time, F-B-I investigators considered O'Brien a prime suspect and believe he may have driven the union leader to his final appointment. O'Brien has been depicted in film and T-V shows about Hoffa over the years... most recently in "The Irishman" which was released last year.

Three people were injured in a crash in southwest Michigan's Milton Township Thursday. The Cass County Sheriff's Department says a 17-year-old boy was driving and hit a tree and the car flipped over. The driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital, while a third passenger was released. Deputies do not believe alcohol was a factor.

A school bus accident in the U-P's Houghton County when a bus was stopped letting students out in Stanton Township when a woman lost control of her vehicle on snow and hit the back of the bus. W-L-U-C reports no students on the bus were injured, but the 52-year-old woman driving the vehicle was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She was cited for careless driving.

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids is starting a new research center after a 15-million dollars gift from Acrisure, an insurance broker. Spectrum Health says the Acrisure Center for Innovation in Children's Health will support cutting edge treatments for kids . The 15 million dollar gift will be distributed to the hospital over the course of several years.

Marquette Mountain ski resort has been sold to Eric and Sarah Jorgensen. General manager Andrew Farron says plans for changes at Marquette Mountain will unfold over the next few years. He also expressed gratitude to the O-Dovero family for their 33 years of dedication and ownership.

A bald eagle that was hit by a train late last year in Monroe is now on the road to recovery in her new home at the Detroit Zoo. Spokesperson Bonnie VanDam says the young bald eagle was sitting on the tracks when she was struck last year. The collision fractured one of her three-foot wings so severely that although zoo officials bandaged it up, she can no longer fly. Van Dam, though, says the eagle is settling in fine to her new home alongside the other two bald eagles.

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STATE NEWS for THU 13FEB20

The winner of last night's 70 million dollar prize bought the ticket in Michigan. The lottery's Jeff Holyfield says the ticket was bought in Pontiac in Oakland County at the Huron Plaza Party Store. State lottery officials say one ticket matched for the prize. Those numbers are 14-47-54-55-68 and the Powerball was 25. The 70 million dollar prize has an almost 50-million dollar cash option.

Several employees of a Wendy's in Greenville in Montcalm County have been fired after they were caught on video with one person taking a bath in a kitchen sink as an employee walks by and talks with him . The video was posted to social media and viewed thousands of times. The owner of the franchise, Team Schostak Family Restaurants, says it's completely unacceptable and says everyone involved was fired right away. They say the restaurant was thoroughly cleaned and checked out by the health department after the incident occurred.

Muskegon Public Schools are closed today because many students and staff are out sick. The closure comes as students are heading into their mid-winter break. School will resume February 18th which will give custodial staff time to clean and disinfect all of the buildings.

The mother of a 16-year-old special needs boy, who drowned in the family pool, has pleaded no contest to a drug charge. Michelle Koets, the wife of Grand Rapids Community College Professor Timothy Koets, pleaded to one misdemeanor charge of obtaining a controlled substance by false representation. Police say she and her husband filled their son's Ritalin prescription after he died last March. Timothy Koets has been charged with manslaughter in his son's death.

A multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by parishioners at Assumption Grotto Catholic Church in Detroit demands their priest return after he has been barred due to sex abuse allegations since last summer. 20-parishioners are suing for damages of over 20-million dollars against the Archdiocese of Detroit, claiming fraud and emotional distress.  That's according to Channel 7. The suit contends Father Eduard Perrone, who has been barred from representing himself as a priest due to an abuse investigation, should return to the pulpit since the archdiocese has not presented facts in the case to parishioners or law enforcement. The suit claims parishioners have also been defrauded since a portion of their tithes go to fund an internal sex abuse investigator and such funding is mandatory. The Archdiocese of Detroit declined to comment on the case. (Photo: Perrone)

A woman flying to Grand Rapids from Fort Lauderdale is charged with assaulting a flight attendant and intimidating several flight attendants while the flight was underway in December. WOOD TV reports Amy Jo-Manshum John swung her arm twice to hit a flight attendant. Court documents say she was disruptive and unruly during the flight. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of 250-thousand dollars.

A former Detroit Police Officer will serve 18 years behind bars for conspiracy to distribute drugs. Christopher Staton found out about his punishment earlier today after the jury found him guilty last year. The 52-year-old used his position as an officer to assist the drug trafficking organization by running license plates and providing other sensitive law enforcement information. He also purchased some drugs himself. He will serve his sentence in a federal prison ANGEL CARE A daycare center in the Traverse City area is closing down in June because of a staffing shortage. 9 and 10 News reports they'll close in June because they can't find and retain any qualified employees. (Photo: Staton)

Police in Kalamazoo are looking for a man who robbed a Chase Bank yesterday afternoon. The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the man demanded money from a bank employee , but no weapon was shown. An unknown amount of cash was taken. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male about six feet tall with black hair and facial hair. Police say he was wearing several gold chains around his neck and a dark colored hooded coat and a black baseball hat.

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STATE NEWS for WED 12FEB20

Another incident of a snowmobile going through ice in Michigan. A snowmobile reportedly went through the ice a couple miles north of Grand Island Landing in Munising Tuesday morning. Two people were on the snowmobile and both made it off the ice. The Alger County Sheriff's office is warning snow mobile riders that the ice is thin outside of Munising Bay and to stay off of it.

It's a big day for school districts across Michigan, it's Student Count Day. Public school districts statewide have two attendance days during the academic year--and both help determine state funding. Fall counts are on the first Wednesday in October and represent 90 percent of state funding, while Spring counts are on the second Wednesday in February and account for the other ten percent of state funding. Many districts offers incentives such as raffles, special events, and giveaways to boost participation

Three people are under voluntary quarantine in west Michigan's Kent County after returning to Michigan from China. The Kent County Health Department says a 14 day monitoring period is underway for the three. The Centers for Disease Control believes they're medium risk because they were in China's mainland, meaning they were in the country of China, outside of the airport. The Kent County Health Department says there are no signs so far that these people have the coronavirus, now known as COVID#19.  Click on virus pic to go to the World Health organization website. (Photo link who.int/health-topics/coronavirus)

A southwest Michigan woman , who assaulted a car salesman in Lowell while using racial slurs, has been sentenced to two years probation. 47-year-old Shelly Hueckel, of Nashville, will not serve jail time for assaulting car salesman Terrance Smith who told her a trade-in value for her car. She used racial slurs against the African American salesman and backhanded him. Smith asked that Hueckel receive the maximum sentence, saying he was assaulted for no reason and called the N-word over and over again. Hueckel apologized for her actions and the pain she has caused Smith.

Senator Gary Peters, of Michigan, is asking the Air Force to allocate some of an additional 60-million in funding for work on remediation efforts for P-FAS. W-L-U-C reports the director of K.I. Sawyer International Airport says money isn't necessarily designated for the airport, saying their funding was already set. Peters call comes after the U.S. Air Force found one resident's well near the base to have high levels of the suspected carcinogen in drinking water. The Air Force put in a water filtration system at the home and gave the homeowner drinking water. (Photo: Peters)

If you own a Honda minivan, you could see a recall notice soon. Honda is recalling 241- Odyssey minivans between the 2018 and 2020 model years in the U-S to fix a wiring problem that could cause a fire. The company says there have been three reports of fires - but, no injuries. Honda says owners will be notified of the recall by mail in mid-March. Dealers will fix or replace the wiring free of charge.

A northern Michigan woman has taken a plea deal after she was accused of stealing more than 200-thousand dollars from two businesses in Grand Traverse County. Cynthia Riddle pleaded guilty to attempted embezzlement of a vulnerable adult and three other charges were dropped. Riddle, who had been the general manager for the Boarders Inn and Suites, allegedly stole about 185-thousand dollars from Boarders Inn and Suites and nearly 20-thousand from Points North Inn. (Jail Photo: Riddle)

Sixteen counties across Michigan are taking part in an exercise to support any given community in the case of an emergency disaster. The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System will be activating the Engine strike teams today to show the capability to move fire resources during a disaster and to test the statewide communications system.

Colorado football coach Mel Tucker has been hired by Michigan State. The 48 year old would replace Mark Dantonio, who abruptly retired earlier this month after 13 seasons. If he signs Tucker would become the Spartans’ 25th head coach. Terms of the deal were not available. (Photo: Tucker)

 

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STATE NEWS for TUE 11FEB20

A man living in Allegan County , Michigan, 70-year-old Dennis Bowman, says he want to plead guilty to second degree murder in the death of Kathleen Doyle in 1980. Bowman was extradited from Michigan to Virginia over the weekend. Norfolk General District Judge Robert Rigney told Bowman he wasn't ready to accept the plea and appointed backup counsel to advise Bowman. Police used forensic evidence to connect Bowman to the case. Investigators in Allegan County announced last week that they are investigating whether Bowman may have killed his adopted daughter Aundria Bowman in 1989 when she was 14 years old. (Jail Photo: Bowman)

A semi has crashed into a home in Kalamazoo in southwest Michigan and it's caused about 12-hundred customers of Consumers energy to lose power. The crash reportedly knocked down several power lines.

The Grand Traverse Area Snowmobile Council is warning riders to slow down when they're going over the top of a blind hill. Bill Gay of the Council giving that warning after four snow mobile riders were taken to the hospital when they came over a hill and crashed into a trail groomer in Kalkaska's Garfield Township over the weekend. The sheriff says they were traveling together and didn't see the trail groomer and all four snowmobiles were involved in chain reaction crash. He says speed was a factor in the crash. All four have been released from the hospital.

Police in southern lower Michigan's Albion are looking for two men who assaulted and tied up a store clerk in a robbery last Friday night. The robbery occurred at Albion Hydroponics and police say the men went into the gardening supply store and threatened the worker with a gun, assaulted them, and left them tied up in the bathroom. They stole money and took off in a U-Haul van. Anyone with information should call Call police or Silent Observer.

A judge in Wayne County is facing assault charges. The Wayne County Prosecutor's office charged 34th District Court Judge David Parrott with domestic violence assault and battery stemming from a weekend incident involving a 55-year old woman who is his domestic partner. Van Buren Township police went to the couple's home Saturday night. The victim claimed Judge Parrott hit her causing a bump on her head, a cut on her hand and pain to her tailbone. The judge was arrested that night. He appeared in 35th District Court Monday and was given personal bond. He cannot talk with the victim and has to stay away from the condo they live in. (Jail Photo: Parrott)

A plans for a new Amazon facility in Lyon Township moves closer to approval. The township's planning commission gave the OK to plans from the world's largest online retailer to put a nearly 87-thousand square foot distribution facility into a vacant building. The plans now head to the Lyon Township Board of Trustees for its approval. Amazon has built several facilities in Michigan recently including a regional fulfillment center in Livonia in 2018 and a delivery station in Romulus last year.

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STATE NEWS for MON 10FEB20

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox has been placed on paid administrative leave for two weeks due to a personnel matter. City Administrator Howard Lazarus has confirmed the leave. Cox was named Ann Arbor Police Chief last summer after serving on the Boston Police Department for 30 years. (Photo: Cox)

Members of a Michigan family says they are stuck on a cruise ship in a Pacific due to corona virus fears. Steve Muth of Onsted in Lenawee County, his wife, daughter, and her boyfriend have been on Holland America’s Westerdam since February 1st when they left Hong Kong. Since then, the family says, the ship and its 19-hundred passengers have been denied entry at every port but one. While there have been no confirmed cases of the illness on board. The cruise line says its reworking plans to end the cruise in Japan instead of China. Currently, corona virus in China has sickened over 31-thousand people and has killed over 630.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine's Day


2nd anniversary of Parkland, FL, school shooting

2020 NBA All-Star Weekend begins in Chicago

Congress breaks for Presidents Day recess

Candidate filing period begins in Connecticut, ahead of the April 28 primary

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Secretary of State Pompeo visits Senegal
Secretary Pompeo meets President Macky Sall and Foreign Minister Amadou Ba to discuss how to deepen the bilateral security and economic partnership.

2020 NBA All-Star Weekend continues with All-Star Saturday Night contests

2020 Campaign Trail
Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders in Nevada; Michael Bloomberg in Virginia

President Donald Trump spends the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Daytona 500, with President Trump attending (3:30PM EDT)
The 62nd 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.

Secretary of State Pompeo concludes Senegal visit

NBA All-Star Game

2020 Campaign Trail
Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden in Nevada; Bernie Sanders in Colorado.

Alice Cooper, 5SOS and Queen perform at nine-hour Australian Bushfire benefit in Sydney

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Presidents Day
Washington's Birthday


Secretary of State Pompeo in Angola and Ethiopia
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Luanda, Angola, to meet President Joao Lourenco and Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto to 'reaffirm U.S. support for Angola's anti-corruption and democratization efforts', and to meet economic stakeholders and the business community. He later visits Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2020 Campaign Trail
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden in Nevada

House of Representatives on recess from 14 Feb - 24 Feb

Senate on recess from 14 Feb - 24 Feb

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

President Trump dinner with a contest-winning campaign contributor in California
President Trump due to have dinner with a campaign contributor in Beverly Hills, CA.

Deadline for 2020 Democrats to qualify for ninth debate

Secretary of State Pompeo continues Ethiopia visit

Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For revealed
Fortune Magazine reveals its annual ranking of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the U.S. Hilton claimed top spot in 2019

90th anniversary of Pluto discovered

2020 Campaign Trail
CNN Town Halls in Nevada with 2020 Dems
Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders on campaign trail in Nevada

Court hearing in lawsuit filed by City of Chicago over Jussie Smollett 11:00AM EDT)
Status hearing in 'City Of Chicago v. Smollett' - a lawsuit filed by 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago for recovery costs following the investigation into Smollett's alleged attack.

Court hearing for nurse accused of impregnating incapacitated woman in his care (11:30AM EDT)
Pre-trial conference for Nathan Sutherland, a licensed practical nurse charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse. Sutherland, a former nurse at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, allegedly sexually assaulted a 29-year-old woman in his care.

Court hearing for suspect in machete attack at rabbi's home
Grafton Thomas, indicted by a grand jury on six counts of attempted murder in the second degree, three counts of assault in the first degree, three counts of attempted assault in the first degree, and two counts of burglary in the first degree.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

President Donald Trump hosts 'Keep America Great' campaign rally in Arizona (10:00PM EDT)

2020 Democratic presidential candidate debate (10:00PM EDT)
2020 Democratic presidential candidate debate, the ninth of the 2020 election cycle, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC in partnership with The Nevada Independent. Participating candidates include former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, IN, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia

Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes published (3:00PM EDT)

Lincoln Leadership Prize presented (9:00PM EDT)
13th Lincoln Leadership Prize Dinner, presented by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Annual award 'recognizes outstanding individuals for a lifetime of service in the spirit of former President Abraham Lincoln, honoring those who manifest great strength of character, individual conscience, and an unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy'. This year's honoree is David Rubenstein.

Quarantine expires for those on board coronavirus cruise ship
The ship, off the coast of Japan, has had several passenger test positive for the coronavirus. Diamond Princess was due to depart Yokohama on 4 Feb for an eight day round trip cruise. However, the decision was made to cancel the cruise to allow Japan public health authorities to review the health status of those on board in the light of the coronavirus outbreak. Checks began after an 80-year-old Hong Kong man fell ill with the virus.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

President Donald Trump hosts 'Keep America Great' campaign rally in Colorado (8:00PM EDT)

Sentencing of Trump associate Roger Stone (11:00AM EDT)
The former adviser to President Trump has been convicted of lying to Congress over his contact with the website WikiLeaks. He was found guilty of seven charges: one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. President Trump has weighed in on Twitter about the sentencing, calling for a light punishment.

Secretary of State Pompeo continues Saudi Arabia visit

Sentencing of former soccer executive charged in FIFA corruption case (11:00AM EDT)
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. Several officials have already pleaded guilty in the case, with charges against the accused including racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Latest 'travel ban' comes into effect (1:01AM EDT)
'Proclamation on Improving Enhanced Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry' becomes effective, including suspending entry into the U.S. of immigrants from Burma (aka Myanmar), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The administration has said that all six countries have 'deficiencies in sharing terrorist, criminal, or identity information'.

Secretary of State Pompeo concludes Saudi Arabia visit

Toy of the Year Awards Ceremony
Hall of Fame induction ceremony, ahead of the American International Toy Fair, which opens tomorrow. Event is billed as 'the Oscars of the toy industry'.

MLB Spring Training begins

Iran parliamentary elections

U.S. Supreme Court meets in private conference to discuss cases and vote on petitions for review

2020 Campaign Trail
Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail in Nevada

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Tired of the mad dash to get a good camping spot at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore at Little Beaver Lake Campground, Twelve Mile Campground, or Hurricane River Campground?  These campgrounds now require reservations, after years of a "first come, first served" policy. Since visitation has nearly doubled in the last few years during the summer months reservations can now be made at recreation.gov.


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