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Updated 06/15/17

LOCAL NEWS for THU 15JUN17

THE CITY OF ROSE CITY WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY.  THE HEARING WILL BE ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017-2018. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE PROPOSED TO BE LEVIED TO SUPPORT THE NEW BUDGET WILL BE A SUBJECT OF THE HEARING. THE PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH, 7PM, AT THE CITY OF ROSE CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 310 NORTH WILLIAMS STREET. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE CITY CLERK AT 989-685-2103.

First responders with the Frederic Fire Department in Crawford County now have equipment to save a pet's life in a time of need. According to Up North Live, Invisible Fence of Northern Michigan has donated a pet oxygen mask kit to the department. The company says the masks allow firefighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suffering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets’ lives. The donation is part of the brand's Project Breathe program. The goal of the program is to equip every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.

OSCODA COUNTY CONSERVATION MEMBERS RECENTLY HEARD A PRESENTATION ON THE HUNTING ACCESS PROGRAM.  THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES PROGRAM ALLOWS LANDOWNERS TO OPEN THEIR PROPERTY TO HUNTERS. ACCORDING TO THE OSCODA COUNTY HERALD, COORDINATOR MONIQUE FERRIS SAID LAND IN ALPENA, OSCODA AND MONTMORENCY COUNTIES CAN BE DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO STATE AND FEDERAL LAND, BUT NOT OUTSIDE THE THREE COUNTIES. FERRIS SAID OPENING PRIVATE LANDS TO HUNTERS CAN HELP BRING IN REVENUE FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES AND CAN ALSO HELP REDUCE DEER INFECTED WITH BOVINE TB AND NUISANCE WILDLIFE LIKE FERAL PIGS. CURRENTLY OSCODA COUNTY HAS ONE LANDOWNER WHO HAS TAKEN PART IN THE "HAP" PROGRAM. THERE ARE FORTY ACRES OF LAND AVAILABLE TO UP TO FOUR HUNTERS AT A TIME IN FAIRVIEW.

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A CRASH ON I-94 LAST NIGHT LEAD TO THE DEATH OF THE COMSTOCK FIRE CHIEF WHEN HE WAS HIT BY ANOTHER CAR. THE KALAMAZOO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND COMSTOCK FIRE AND RESCUE HAD RESPONDED TO ANOTHER ACCIDENT ON I-94 AT ABOUT 10:30 LAST NIGHT, BUT WHEN THEY ARRIVED , THEY FOUND AN UNOCCUPIED VEHICLE. AS THEY WERE ABOUT TO LEAVE, A PASSING VEHICLE LOST CONTROL AND HIT FIRE CHIEF EDWARD SWITALSKI, WHO WAS STANDING NEAR THE BACK OF HIS RESCUE VEHICLE. CREWS TRIED TO SAVE HIM, BUT HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL.

A METRO DETROIT FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IS BLASTING MICHIGAN'S SHARED PARENTING BILL THAT IS UP FOR A VOTE TODAY IN LANSING. ATTORNEY JOHN F. SCHAEFER SAYS THE BILL TO MANDATE JOINT CUSTODY OF CHILDREN IN A DISPUTE BETWEEN PARENTS "PAINTS A NORMAN ROCKWELL PICTURE OF
DIVORCE THAT IS NOT SUPPORTED BY REALITY." HE SAYS EVERY DIVORCE SITUATION SHOULD BE EXAMINED ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. IF ANYTHING, SCHAEFER SAYS THE STATE SHOULD DO AWAY WITH ANY ARRANGEMENT CONNECTING PARENTING TIME AND MONEY. RIGHT NOW IN MICHIGAN, THE NUMBER OF OVERNIGHTS A FATHER HAS DETERMINES HIS SHARE OF CHILD SUPPORT.

HANG UP AND DRIVE--THE MESSAGE POLICE WANT TO SEND TO MOTORISTS AS PART OF A NEW ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM TODAY AND NEXT THURSDAY. "OPERATION GHOSTRIDER" WILL HAVE POLICE IN UNMARKED CARS WATCHING FOR DISTRACTED DRIVERS ALONG M-59 IN NORTHERN OAKLAND AND MACOMB COUNTIES. A MARKED SQUAD CAR THEN PULLS OVER THE OFFENDING DRIVER. THE MOST RECENT EFFORT IN APRIL HAD POLICE WRITING 133 TICKETS, WITH 48 WARNINGS AND 3 ARRESTS.

THIS COULD MESS UP YOUR MORNING COMMUTE IN METRO DETROIT: AN OIL SPILL ON THE SOUTHFIELD FREEWAY. REPORTS OF A BARREL THAT CAME LOOSE AND SPILLED ITS LOAD ON THE
NORTHBOUND SIDE OF M-39 AT FORD ROAD. ONLY THE RIGHT LANE IS CLOSED FOR THE CLEAN-UP, BUT WATCH FOR WORK CREWS AND SLOWDOWNS. THE CLEAN-UP IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SEVERAL HOURS THIS MORNING.

THERE WILL BE A PARADE IN GRAND RAPIDS FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS WINNING THEIR SECOND CALDER CUP. THE PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 4 P.M. ON OTTAWA STREET ON THE WEST SIDE OF VAN ANDEL ARENA. A RALLY WILL BE HELD AT THE PLAZA AFTER THE PARADE AND 25-HUNDRED CHAMPIONSHIP T-SHIRTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT. THE GRIFFINS BEAT SYRACUSE 4-3 TO WIN THE CUP.

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LOCAL NEWS for WED 14JUN17

STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR RECENTLY TESTIFIED IN THE HOUSE MICHIGAN FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SENIORS COMMITTEE IN SUPPORT OF HER BILL THAT EXPANDS STATE PAYMENT TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMS. THE COST OF PROVIDING THESE SERVICES TO VICTIMS HAS INCREASED AND MANY HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS HAVE BECOME FINANCIALLY CONSTRAINED BECAUSE OF THE COSTS. TO ENSURE THESE SERVICES ARE CONTINUED, ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, SAID THE STATE MUST PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING TO HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, PARTNERS OR SUBCONTRACTORS. THE TESTING SHOULD HAVE APPROVAL FROM THE CRIME VICTIMS COMPENSATION BOARD, WHICH PROVIDES REIMBURSEMENT EXPENSES TO INNOCENT CRIME VICTIMS WHO SUFFER PERSONAL INJURY. THE HOUSE BILL REMAINS UNDER CONSIDERATION BY THE FAMILIES, CHILDREN AND SENIORS COMMITTEE.

THE AUGRES SIMS SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS RECENTLY AWARDED THE HURON PINES PARTNER IN EDUCATION AWARD.  AUGRES SIMS IS THE FIRST SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RECEIVE THE AWARD. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE DISTRICT AND HURON PINES HAVE WORKED TOGETHER ON ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP PROJECTS INCLUDING BIG CHARITY ISLAND. THE WORK ON CHARITY ISLAND INCLUDES TAKING STEPS TOWARD ERADICATING IVASIVE PHRAGMITES AND SAFEGUARDING THE FEDERALLY PROTECTED PITCHER'S THISTLE PLANT. AUGRES SIMS SUPERINTENDENT, JEFF COLLIER, SAID THE DISTRICT WAS PROUD TO RECEIVE THE AWARD AND ENJOYED WORKING WITH HURON PINES.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites public input on a proposal to open thousands of miles of state forest roads to off-road vehicles in the northern Lower Peninsula. The expanded access takes effect January 2018. Beginning in 2018, all state forest roads in the region will be open to ORV use unless designated closed by the DNR. Reasons for closures include ensuring user safety, preventing user conflicts and protecting environmentally sensitive areas. The public is welcome to attend a meeting to review the proposed changes, ask questions and provide input Monday, June 19TH 5:30-7:30PM at the Quality Inn, 2980 Cook Road in West Branch.

SEBEWAING Village officials are exploring the possibility of making a substantial investment to the local power plant.  The Sebewaing Village Council recently approved a motion for a “notice of intent” to seek bonding to replace engines at the Pine Street power plant, which will improve reliability. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, The projected cost of the project is about $8 million, and it is expected to pay for itself within a few years through efficiency savings. Because of 13 power outages in 2016, village officials started exploring options for new more efficient engines to produce reliable power. The next steps are to send out a request for proposals to see what kind of interest rate and terms we will be able to obtain for the approximately eight million dollar project.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASEBALL QUARTERFINALS:
UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 4  ROYAL OAK SHRINE CATHOLIC 3
GAYLORD ST. MARY 8  RUDYARD 3

GIRLS SOFTBALL QUARTERFINALS:
INDIAN RIVER INLAND LAKES 11  ROGERS CITY 1
OTTAWA LAKE WHITEFORD 1  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 0

 

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HOME PRICES ACROSS THE U.S. AND IN MICHIGAN REACHED ALL TIME HIGHS IN MAY AND THAT'S CAUSING SOME TO WORRY ABOUT ANOTHER BOOM AND BUST SCENARIO LIKE WE EXPERIENCED
ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO. JEFF GLOVER OWNS JEFF GLOVER & ASSOCIATES AT KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY & SAYS SOME COUNTIES HAD DOUBLE DIGIT INCREASES. HE SAYS THE NUMBER OF HOMES FOR SALE HAVE DROPPED 35 PERCENT IN MICHIGAN SINCE LAST YEAR.

A MOTORCYCLIST IS DEAD AFTER A CRASH WITH A MINIVAN ON U-S 131 IN BOYNE FALLS LAST NIGHT.  9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE CRASH HAPPENED OUTSIDE BIG E'S SMOKE SHACK. THE MINIVAN DRIVER DID NOT HAVE SERIOUS INJURIES.

AFTER MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT DRUG ACTIVITY AND VIOLENCE IN KALAMAZOO NEIGHBORHOOD, THE KALAMAZOO VALLEY ENFORCEMENT TEAM AND KALAMAZOO METRO SWAT SEARCHED A
HOME. POLICE SAY THEY FOUND MORE THAN 35 GRAMS OF SUSPECTED FENTANYL, ONE OUNCE OF CRYSTAL METH, A POUND OF MARIJUANA, TWO HANDGUNS AND EVIDENCE OF DRUG DISTRIBUTION.  TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED AND A THIRD IS EXPECTED TO FACE CHARGES. 

THE GRAND RAPIDS CITY COMMISSION WILL PUT ONE MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS FOR POLICE AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS. POLICE CHIEF DAVID RAHINSKY REPORTEDLY WANTS ONE MILLION TO HIRE MORE OFFICERS TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY RELATIONS. HE SAYS THEY ARE DOWN 100 OFFICERS FROM 20 YEARS AGO, SAYING IF OFFICERS ARE ASSIGNED TO COMMUNITY POLICING, THEY ARE ANSWERING EVERYDAY CALLS JUST TO KEEP UP.

A MAN KILLED IN A THREE VEHICLE CRASH IN KALAMAZOO SUNDAY HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 27-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS GATES, OF PORTAGE. POLICE SAY GATES APPARENTLY WAS SPEEDING INTO THE INTERSECTION AND CRASHED INTO TWO OTHER CARS. TWO OTHERS WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH CRITICAL AND SERIOUS INJURIES.

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LOCAL NEWS for TUE 13JUN17 

The AuSable Township Board of Trustees reviewed proposed amendments to its zoning ordinance.  The amendments could allow medical marijuana facilities to operate within the township. According to the Oscoda Press The drafts were prepared by the township’s Medical Marijuana advisory committee, which has been meeting for two months in response to the state allowing for such facilities beginning December 15th. Final drafts for review by the board will be provided later this month and a public hearing will be held in July, the first of an undetermined amount before the board votes whether or not to accept the recommendations of the committee.

Efforts that started this spring to complete a 2-mile segment of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail at North Higgins Lake State Park in Roscommon County are nearing completion, a project that, once finished, will make it safer and more enjoyable for visitors to make their way around Higgins Lake. The two mile segment, which passes by the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, is just one piece of an overall network of trails planned in the Roscommon area. Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail is the longest state-designated trail in the nation, encompassing more than 2,000 miles of Michigan hiking and biking routes.

OGEMAW COUNTY WILL SOON HAVE AN ARCHERY PARK.  RIFLE CREEK ARCHERY PARK WILL SOON OPEN AT THE CORNER OF M-55 AND DAM ROAD IN WEST BRANCH. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE PARK IS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE RECREATION AUTHORITY AND THE OGEMAW HILLS SPORTSMEN ASSOCIATION. ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JIM CLARK SAID THE FOCAL POINT OF DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS WILL BE ON THE OUTDOOR USE AREA BUT THERE ARE PLANS FOR A TWENTY YARD INDOOR RANGE. CLARK SAID THE GROUP IS WORKING ON THE PARTICULARS LIKE THE HOURS OF OPERATION AND FEE STRUCTURE. HE ADDED THAT A CHALLENGE THE GROUP FACES IS FINDING VOLUNTEER STAFFING FOR THE FACILITY. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT OGEMAW HILLS SPORTSMEN DOT COM.

A submarine will be used by University of Michigan researchers to explore the Alpena-Amberley Ridge beneath Lake Huron. According to M-Live, Researchers believe there is a 9,000-year-old caribou hunting structure in the Alpena-Amberley Ridge. The area used to be dry land at one time but now is covered with 120 feet of water. An anthropology report prepared in 2014 by researchers from U of M, Wayne State University and the Nautilus Marine Group International stated that the Alpena-Amberley Ridge was a dry land corridor that connected northeast Michigan to southern Ontario 9,000 years ago. Researchers are expected to begin voyages to the site in July or August.

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THOUSANDS ARE WAKING UP TO NO POWER IN NORTHERN MICHIGAN AFTER A STRONG THUNDERSTORM . CONSUMERS ENERGY HAS MORE THAN 12-THOUSAND WITHOUT POWER, WHILE GREAT LAKES ENERGY, CLOVERLAND ELECTRIC AND PRESQUE ISLE ELECTRIC ALSO REPORT SMALLER OUTAGES. MOST OF THE OUTAGES ARE IN ROSCOMMON COUNTY, BUT SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES REPORT OUTAGES TOO.  THE STORM ALSO KNOCKED TREES DOWN.

BOND HAS BEEN SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR A WEST MICHIGAN MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KILLED HIS ESTRANGED WIFE AND INJURED ANOTHER MAN. RALPH BOWLING HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH OPEN MURDER, ATTEMPTED MURDER, HOME INVASION, AND SECOND DEGREE ARSON IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUNDAY ATTACK. HE ALLEGEDLY WENT TO HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW'S HOME EARLY SUNDAY AND SHOT NATHAN FARRELL IN THE NECK. HE THEN ALLEGEDLY CHASED HIS WIFE, 26-YEAR-OLD CHEYENNE BOWLING OUTSIDE AND SHOT AND KILLED HER. HE ALSO ALLEGEDLY SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE. HE HAS BEEN ORDERED TO HAVE NO CONTACT WITH HIS TWO CHILDREN OR FARRELL.

A GARDEN CITY WOMAN IS SUING DELTA AIRLINES FOR NOT PROTECTING HER FROM ANOTHER PASSENGER FROM SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER DURING A FLIGHT LAST SUMMER. ATTORNEYS FOR RHONDA COSTIGAN SAY FLIGHT ATTENDANTS FAILED TO STOP CHRISTOPHER FINKLEY--WHO HAD BEEN SEEN MASTURBATING EARLIER--FROM SITTING NEXT TO THE WOMAN AND MOLESTING HER. FINKLEY WAS CONVICTED FOR SIMPLE ASSAULT AND INDECENT EXPOSURE SENTENCED AT THE END OF
MARCH. DELTA OFFERED $25-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN AIRLINE VOUCHERS AS COMPENSATION TO COSTIGAN.

ANOTHER HEADACHE FOR THE CITY OF FRASER. CITY COUNCIL HEARD A REPORT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS FROM CITY EMPLOYEES AGAINST MAYOR JOE NICHOLS AND COUNCILMAN MATT HEMELBERG. NICHOLS, HEMELBERG AND ANOTHER COUNCIL MEMBER VOTED AGAINST HIRING A LAWYER TO HANDLE THE ISSUE, BUT WERE OVERRULED BY THE REST OF THE BOARD.
LAST NIGHT'S SPECIAL MEETING HEARD FROM FRASER RESIDENTS THAT WERE ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED WITH THE MAYOR. AS PART OF THE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION, A HUMAN RESOURCES ATTORNEY WILL HEAR THE EVIDENCE AND GIVE A LEGAL OPINION TO COUNCIL.

MICHIGAN WILDLIFE BIOLOGISTS SAY THE MOOSE POPULATION IN THE WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA MAY BE DOING BETTER THAN IT APPEARED TWO YEARS AGO. THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS ITS MOST RECENT AERIAL SURVEY AND STATISTICAL MODELS ESTIMATE THERE ARE 378 MOOSE IN THE "CORE" AREA OF MARQUETTE, BARAGA AND IRON COUNTIES. THAT'S UP FROM 285 IN 2015. THE OVERALL POPULATION IN THE WESTERN U.P. IS BELIEVED TO BE EVEN HIGHER.

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LOCAL NEWS for MON 12JUN17 

A 60-year-old man was arrested after a drug bust in Ogemaw County. According to Up North Live, It happened Thursday after a search at two houses in Rose City. The Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group reports that during the search of the houses, officers found 32 long guns, seven hands guns, heroin, marijuana and prescription medication. Officers arrested Daniel Neeley in connection to the case. Neeley was arraigned Friday on four counts of delivery and manufacture oxycodone hydrochloride. His bond was set at $500,000.

The case against alleged murderer Robert Maxwell has been delayed for a competency evaluation. The evaluation was requested during a probable cause conference in 82nd District Court. According to the Ogemaw County Herald,  It was requested to determine Maxwell’s criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial in the death of William Joseph Shanks of Alger. Officers responded to a standoff situation at the Super 8 motel in West Branch February 4th, following an anonymous tip to Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft. The tip alleged Maxwell, 49, of Genesee County had been bragging the night before about committing murder. During the standoff, deputies conducted search warrants at a residence on the 4700 block of Rifle River Trail, where they found the body of 58-year-old Shanks. Shanks’ death was later ruled a homicide by the medical examiner after an autopsy. Ogemaw County Assistant Prosecutor Scott Williams said the evaluation and subsequent findings typically take about 90 days. Once the reports are received a hearing will be scheduled to address the findings.

THE TAWAS AREA SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL MEET TONIGHT. A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED 2017-2018 BUDGET WILL PRECEDE THEIR REGULAR MEETING. ON THE AGENDA IS A RESOLUTION TO ADOPT THE BUDGET AND TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MHSAA. THE BOARD WILL ALSO VOTE ON A MOTION DESIGNATING JOHN KLINGER AS FEDERAL PRGRAMS DIRECTOR, APPROVE SHARED CONTRACTS WITH OSCODA SCHOOLS AND APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AFTER THE PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING WHICH BEGINS AT 7PM IN THE BOARDROOM OF THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN TAWAS CITY.

SMART 9-1-1 IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL ARENAC COUNTY RESIDENTS.  SMART 9-1-1 IS AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO RESIDENTS. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, IT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO SIGN UP ONLINE TO PROVIDE KEY INFORMATION TO 9-1-1 CALL TAKERS DURING AN EMERGENCY. ARENAC COUNTY 9-1-1 DIRECTOR CHRIS BABB SAID CITIZENS ARE ENCOURAGED TO CREATE THEIR SAFETY PROFILE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO HAVE THEIR INFORMATION IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE TO 9-1-1 AND TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS. TO SIGN UP VISIT SMART 9-1-1 DOT COM.

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AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES IN MICHIGAN LAKES THIS WEEKEND. A 52-YEAR OLD GRAYLING MAN, IDENTIFIED BY THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AS MIKEL STANLEY,
DROWNED IN A LAKE NEAR CAMP GRAYLING SATURDAY. THE OTTAWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS A 27-YEAR OLD LANSING MAN WAS FOUND FLOATING IN THE WATER NEAR
HOLLAND STATE PARK SATURDAY EVENING. IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, SOUTH OF KALAMAZOO, AUTHORITIES SAY 24-YEAR OLD ALISON KUNZ OF SALINE DIED AFTER GOING UNDER WATER WHILE
SWIMMING NEAR A PONTOON BOAT ON CLEAR LAKE.  IN WAYNE COUNTY, A 61-YEAR OLD MAN DIED AFTER GOING UNDER WATER WHILE SWIMMING IN BELLEVILLE LAKE SATURDAY. OFF LEELENAU
COUNTY, SEARCH TEAMS LOCATED THE BODY OF A MISSING KAYAKER IN WEST BAY SUNDAY NIGHT.

THE HEROIN PROBLEM IN BAY CITY HAS JUMPED DRAMATICALLY. POLICE SAY THEY SEIZED ALMOST EIGHT TIMES MORE HEROIN LAST YEAR THAN THEY DID IN 2015. M-LIVE REPORTS THE CITY'S
VIPER UNIT SEIZED MORE THAN 127-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF HEROIN LAST YEAR, COMPARED WITH JUST OVER 16-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH IN 2105. POLICE SAY A BIG PART OF THAT AMOUNT CAME FROM ARRESTS AND INDICTMENTS AGAINST 18 FROM SAGINAW'S SUNNY SIDE GANG.

A FATAL CRASH IN KALAMAZOO ON SUNDAY. WOOD TV REPORTS ONE PERSON WAS KILLED AND TWO WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN A THREE VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT AN INTERSECTION. POLICE BELIEVE ONE VEHICLE RAN A RED LIGHT AND HIT THE TWO OTHER CARS. POLICE SAY SPEED MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR IN THE CRASH.

GRAND RAPIDS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE MURDER OF A 28-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO WAS CONFINED TO A WHEELCHAIR. POLICE SAY DEMOND BRIDGEFORTH WAS SHOT SATURDAY AFTERNOON
IN DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT POLICE.

A FIRE IN A VACANT BUILDING IN GRAND RAPIDS SUNDAY. WOOD TV REPORTS FIREFIGHTERS WORKED TO KEEP THE FIRE FROM SPREADING TO A NEARBY HOME. NO ONE WAS HURT.

A WORLD RECORD WAS BROKEN OVER THE WEEKEND FOR MAKING SAND ANGELS. 13 HUNDRED AND 87 PEOPLE MADE ANGELS IN THE SAND AT STEARNS PARK IN LUDINGTON, BREAKING THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. THE EVENT ALSO SERVED AS A FUNDRAISER FOR A CANCER CENTER.

GAS PRICES HAVE DROPPED NINE CENTS A GALLON IN MICHIGAN OVER THE PAST WEEK TO A STATEWIDE AVERAGE OF TWO-40 A GALLON. TRIPLE-A MICHIGAN SAYS THE LOWEST AVERAGE PRICE
IS IN BENTON HARBOR AT ABOUT TWO-31 A GALLON WITH THE HIGHEST PRICES IN JACKSON AT TWO-42 A GALLON.

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LOCAL NEWS for FRI 09JUN17 

2017 Summer Free Fishing Weekend promo with young girl holding fish in boatGrab a fishing rod and enjoy some of the finest fishing Michigan has to offer during the Free Fishing Weekend, tomorrow and Sunday. Everyone, residents and non-residents alike, can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply. Additionally, the DNR will waive the regular Recreation Passport entry fee for vehicle access to Michigan’s 103 state parks and recreation areas. Several of these locations will host official Summer Free Fishing Weekend events perfect for the whole family. For more information visit Michigan dot gov slash dnr.

VOTERS IN IOSCO COUNTY WILL SEE A MILLAGE ON THEIR NOVEMBER BALLOT.  THE IOSCO REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AGENCY, OR IRESA, PLANS TO PLACE A CREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION MILLAGE ON THE BALLOT THIS NOVEMBER. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE POINT 65 MILL PROPOSAL WILL FUND ENHANCED C.T.E. PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS RESIDING IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF HALE, OSCODA, TAWAS AND WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT. IN ADDITION, IF THE PROPOSAL PASSES, EACH AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD ELIMINATE ALL C.T.E. TUITION PAYMENTS. IRESA WOULD ASSUME THE TUITION COSTS OF $2,825 DOLLARS PER STUDENT. SUPERINTENDENT DANA MCGREW SAID THE PROPOSAL WILL BE FINALIZED AT THEIR NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH.

ON THURSDAY, DETECTIVES FROM THE HURON UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS TEAM ARRESTED THREE PEOPLE IN ALPENA COUNTY FOR VARIOUS CHARGES STEMMING FROM THE PRODUCTION OF METHAMPHETAMINE. TWO SUSPECTS, A 25 YEAR OLD FEMALE AND 29 YEAR OLD MALE, BOTH ORIGINALLY FROM ALABAMA, NOW RESIDING IN ALPENA, WERE ARRESTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METH. A 31 YEAR OLD OSSINEKE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR MANUFACTURING METH AND CONSPIRACY TO MANUFACTURE METH. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE EXPECTED PENDING REVIEW BY THE ALPENA COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE. THE HUNT TEAM WAS ASSISTED BY MEMBERS OF THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST AND SANBORN TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT.

The Bad Axe City council will be looking to fill a vacancy.  During this week’s city council meeting, the first order of business was to accept the resignation of councilman Marc Bridson. According to the Huron Daily Tribune, The council approved the resignation 4-0. Mayor Jim Hicks, City Manager Dale VanDeVusse and councilmember Richard Peterson were not present at Monday’s meeting. A majority of the council must approve a new member within 30 days, according to the city’s charter rules. The person selected to fill the vacant position will hold the seat until the next election.

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THE TWIN PIPELINES RUNNING THROUGH THE STRAITS OF MACKINAC, ENBRIDGE LINE 5, WILL UNDERGO TESTING AS PART OF A FEDERALLY MANDATED AGREEMENT. IT'LL REPORTEDLY BE THE FIRST HYDRO TEST ON THE STRAITS SINCE THE PIPELINES WERE BUILT MORE THAN 60 YEARS AGO. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ORDERED THE TESTS IN AN AGREEMENT AFTER THE OIL SPILL IN MARSHALL.

A PERSON HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY KALAMAZOO COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AS THE CULPRIT BEHIND MAKING AN IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT WAS FOUND BY A LAKE NEAR CLIMAX
TOWNSHIP, NEAR BATTLE CREEK.  UNDER-SHERIFF PAUL MATYAS (MATCHES) SAYS SEARCH WARRANTS WERE EXECUTED THURSDAY AND THAT LED TO THE BUILDER OF THE DEVICE, WHO IS COOPERATING.

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE HAS ANNOUNCED A MAN FROM DEARBORN IS ONE OF TWO MEN ARRESTED ON ALLEGATIONS THEY SUPPORTED A FOREIGN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION.  37 YEAR OLD SAMER EL DEBEK (SUH-MEER ELL DEB-ICK) WAS ARRESTED ON JUNE 1ST IN LIVONIA FOR ALLEGED TERRORIST ACTIVITIES ON BEHALF OF HEZBOLLAH (HEZZ-BO-LAH).  EL DEBEK FACES UP TO LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED OF POSSESSING, CARRYING, AND USING FIREARMS AND DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES DURING AND IN RELATION TO CRIMES OF VIOLENCE. HE ALSO FACES UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON FOR OTHER CHARGES.

AN ANTRIM COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A STANDOFF WITH POLICE. 9AND10 NEWS REPORTS THE MAN THREATENED TO KILL A WOMAN AND HIMSELF THE OTHER NIGHT IN ELLSWORTH.  THE WOMAN ESCAPED, BUT THE MAN REMAINED IN THE HOME FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS BEFORE HE WAS ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND USING A FIREARM WHILE INTOXICATED.

DETROIT'S "QUEEN OF SOUL" HAS BEEN HONORED WITH HER OWN STREET...A SECTION OF MADISON STREET, WAS NAMED FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN ON THURSDAY. THE AREA IS THE HEART OF THE PERFORMING ARTS DISTRICT THAT INCLUDES THE DETROIT OPERA HOUSE. THE 75 YEAR OLD TOLD THE CROWD WHICH GATHERED SHE KNEW SHE WOULD "GET WEEPY" BY THE
HONOR.  THE STREET-NAMING LAUNCHED FOUR DAYS OF EVENTS FOR THE INAUGURAL DETROIT MUSIC WEEKEND, DESIGNED TO SHOWCASE THE CITY'S ARTISTS.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16th, 2017

U.N. Security Council Discusses Middle East and Syria (10am ET)
 
25th Anniversary of Vice President Quayle Spelling Error
Vice President Dan Quayle incorrectly instructed an elementary school student to add an “e” to the spelling of the word potato.
 
E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo Concludes
 
U.S. Open Golf Championship Begins
 
NBA Finals Game 6 (If Necessary)
Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers (9pm ET)
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th, 2017

NYC Pride Week (June 16th – June 25th)
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders Delivers Champlain Valley Union High School Commencement Address
 
National Flip Flop Day
Founded by Tropical Smoothie Cafe to raise funds for Camp Sunshine.  Supporters encouraged to wear flip flops for the day.
 
U.S. Open Golf Championship Continues
 
11th Annual National Summit on Sports Concussion (Los Angeles)

SATURDAY, JUNE 17th, 2017

“In Memory Day” Ceremony for Vietnam Veterans (10am ET)
Annual ceremony paying tribute to Americans who died prematurely due to non-combat injuries and emotional suffering caused directly by the Vietnam War.
 
91st Official Birthday of the Queen Celebration
Celebration to be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte also expected to appear.  The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21st though it is tradition to celebrate her birthday publicly on a Saturday in June when good weather is more likely.
 
Jimi Hendrix's Guitar Goes Up For Auction in California
 
Baltimore Pride 2017 Parade (2pm ET)
 
U.S. Open Golf Championship Continues
 
SUNDAY, JUNE 18th, 2017

French Parliamentary Elections Second Round
 
Paul McCartney Celebrates 75th Birthday
 
U.S. Open Golf Championship Concludes
 
MONDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2017
President Trump Welcomes Panamanian President Varela to the White House
 
President Trump's American Technology Council Holds First Meeting
 
5th Anniversary of Julian Assange Entering the Ecuadorean Embassy in London
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 20th, 2017

Georgia 6th Congressional District Runoff Election
Democrat Jon Ossoff vs. Republican Karen Handel. The election is to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
 
U.N. Security Council Discusses Middle East (10am ET)
 
U.S. Census Bureau Releases Population Estimates (10am ET)
(EMBARGOED for release until June 22nd at 12:01am ET)
 
International Surfing Day
 
Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson Celebrates 75th Birthday
 
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st, 2017

President Donald Trump Holds Rally in Iowa (8pm ET)
 
First Day of Summer
 
Country Radio Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2017
President and First Lady Host Annual Picnic for Members of Congress at the White House
 
Manchester Arena Re-opens
This will be the venue’s first event since the May 22nd terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert.
 
U.S. Census Bureau Releases Latest Population Estimates (Embargo Lifted At 12:01am ET)
 
5th Anniversary of Jerry Sandusky Convicted on 45 Counts Related to Sexual Assault
 
NBA Draft
Boston Celtics have first overall pick after winning last month's draft lottery.  L.A. Lakers pick second and the Philadelphia 76ers select third.
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd, 2017

Deadline for White House to Confirm Recordings of President Trump and James Comey
Deadline set by the House Select Committee on Intelligence for the White House to confirm whether any tapes exist of conversations between President Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey and, if so, to provide them to the committee.
 
Boston Red Sox Retire David Ortiz's Jersey
Prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Sox will hold a number retirement ceremony for “Big Papi” and his No. 34 jersey.
 
Deluxe Edition of Prince's 'Purple Rain' Released
The deluxe edition of the album is expected to include the previously unreleased recording “Electric Intercourse.”
 
1st Anniversary: Britain Votes to Leave the European Union
 
Take Your Dog to Work Day

 

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