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Updated 02/20/17

MON 20FEB17

A woman who was killed in a mobile home fire on Friday has been identified. According to Up north Live, The Rogers City Area Fire Department identified her as 64-year-old Lorna Litzner. The fire happened just after 3 a.m. Friday on Morley Drive in Rogers City. Crews were on scene for about six hours and the home was a total loss. The Rogers City Fire Department Chief says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Three people were injured in a two-vehicle head-on crash that occurred on West M-76 last Thursday.  The accident occurred at approximately 12:30pm Thursday and involved a box van and a minivan. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Sheriff's Deputy Joseph Adams said the injuries are not expected to be fatal. Adams stated that the driver of the van was taken to West Branch Regional Medical Center and transferred to Ascension Healthcare in Saginaw for serious injuries. A passenger in the truck was taken to West Branch Regional Medical Center and transferred to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland with serious injuries. M-55 was closed to traffic while emergency personnel attended to those involved in the accident.  The cause of the accident is unknown.

Former Assistant Fire Chief and Treasurer of the Reese Fire Department, Gerald Jay Ellison, has been arraigned on charges that he embezzled from the Reese Fire Department and Rescue. According to M-Live, The Tuscola County Prosecutor said the crimes took place between January 1st, 2012 and March 2016. He was assistant fire chief and treasurer for the department at the time. Ellison was charged in an 11-count criminal complaint, which includes one count of embezzlement of $20,000 or more and 10 counts of embezzlement of $1,000 or more. Michigan State Police Lieutenant David Kaiser said Ellison was arraigned Friday in the 71-B District Court in Caro. Detective Sergeant Brian McComb led the investigation.

THE ARENAC COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT HELD ITS ANNUAL MEETING LAST THURSDAY.  The meeting was held at the Deep River Township Hall LAST THURSDAY NIGHT. According to the Arenac County Independent, Doctor Ronald Schwab was honored for his work over many years to plant trees in ARENAC county and for his dedication to serving farmers by treating farm animals. AND Lincoln Township farmer Brian Rueger was named the Conservation Farmer of the Year after his operation, Rueger Farms, became the first MAEAP-certified operation in Arenac County.

HULL MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASS KYLE DECRAENE, OF AU GRES, MICHIGAN, CARVES WOOD IN THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) CARPENTRY SHOP. THE CARL VINSON CARRIER STRIKE GROUP IS ON A REGULARLY SCHEDULED WESTERN PACIFIC DEPLOYMENT AS PART OF THE U.S. PACIFIC FLEET-LED INITIATIVE TO EXTEND THE COMMAND AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS OF U.S. 3RD FLEET. U.S NAVY AIRCRAFT CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS HAVE PATROLLED THE INDO-ASIA-PACIFIC REGULARLY AND ROUTINELY FOR MORE THAN 70 YEARS. (U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST SEAMAN JAKE CANNADY)

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL SATURDAY:
HALE 64  LAKE LEELENAU ST. MARY 36 
 

GIRLS BASKETBALL SATURDAY:
SAULT STE MARIE 57  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 49
BAY CITY JOHN GLENN 46  HARBOR BEACH 36
MILLINGTON 43  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 33
 

BOYS HOCKEY SATURDAY:
ALPENA 4  SAULT STE MARIE 3
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 4  GAYLORD 0



STATE NEWS:

THE MICHIGAN SENATE IS POISED TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD HELP DEVELOPERS WITH FINANCIAL COSTS OF CLEANING UP BROWNFIELD SITES TO BUILD ON.  THE BILLS WOULD ALLOW DEVELOPERS TO KEEP PORTIONS OF TAXES GENERATED BY PEOPLE AND BUSINESSES MOVING IN WHEN THE PROJECT IS DONE. ALTHOUGH NO MONEY WOULD INITIALLY BE GIVEN TO DEVELOPERS, THEY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE ALL THE MONEY NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT AND CLEANUP.  THERE WOULD A $40 MILLION CAP THAT DEVELOPERS CAN BE REIMBURSED AND EACH CITY THAT QUALIFIES COULD ONLY GET ONE PROJECT PER YEAR.

FOR THOSE WHO LOVE FILM, A JOB OPPORTUNITY BEING ADVERTISED COULD BE RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY.  ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER MICHAEL MOORE IS SEEKING A MANAGER TO HELP RUN THE HISTORIC STATE THEATER IN TRAVERSE CITY. THE FLINT NATIVE ANNOUNCED THE JOB OPENING IN A FACEBOOK POST THAT HAS SINCE ACCUMULATED THOUSANDS OF LIKES AND SHARES.  MOORE SAID HE IS SEEKING A SPIRITED CINEPHILE WHO BELIEVES IN THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPERIENCING MOVIES IN A THEATER ATMOSPHERE. MOORE SAID THE JOB PAYS MORE THAN TRAVERSE CITY'S AVERAGE INCOME AND COMES WITH FULL BENEFITS.

MICHIGAN STATE POLICE PULLED A STOLEN PICK UP TRUCK FROM A LAKE IN SOUTHWESTERN MICHIGAN SUNDAY MORNING.  THE TRUCK WAS FOUND IN COREY LAKE, LOCATED IN FABIUS TOWNSHIP WEST OF THREE RIVERS IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY.  THE FORD F-250 KING RANCH EDITION TRUCK WAS STOLEN SOMETIME AFTER 12:30 A.M. SUNDAY FROM THE AREA OF BRISTOL IN NORTHERN INDIANA. POLICE SAID THE SEATS AND STEREO SYSTEM HAD BEEN PULLED FROM THE PICKUP. THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING AND ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CONTACT POLICE.

BATTLE CREEK POLICE CHASED A WOMAN WITH A CHILD IN HER VEHICLE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING.  BATTLE CREEK POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE HOMETOWN INN AT 90 DIVISION STREET ON A REPORT OF AN ASSAULT. WHILE THEY WERE INVESTIGATING, POLICE APPROACHED THE SUSPECT AS SHE WAS GETTING INTO A VEHICLE WITH A 2-YEAR-OLD CHILD. THE 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN REFUSED TO GET OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND STARTED TO DRIVE AWAY WITH THE CHILD, WHO WAS UNRESTRAINED.  THE SUSPECT LED POLICE ON A CHASE ON SOUTHBOUND M-66, WHICH ENDED NEAR I-94. NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE INCIDENT. THE CHILD WAS UNHARMED AND TURNED OVER TO FAMILY.

POLICE IN WALKER HAVE A MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER HE FIRED MULTIPLE GUNSHOTS DURING AN EARLYMORNING STANDOFF ON SUNDAY. POLICE RESPONDED TO PINERIDGE APARTMENTS ON A REPORT THAT SOMEONE WAS SUICIDAL AND FIRING GUNSHOTS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE HIS APARTMENT. ABOUT A DOZEN SHOTS WERE FIRED.  WHEN POLICE ARRIVED, THEY SAY THE MAN FIRED SEVERAL MORE GUNSHOTS OUT OF HIS APARTMENT.  OFFICERS SURROUNDED THE AREA AND BEGAN NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE SUSPECT. THE STANDOFF LASTED FOR THREE TO FOUR HOURS, AND THE SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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FRI 17FEB17

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON SUNDAY AT APPROXIMATELY 2:30AM, TROOPERS INITIATED A STOP ON A VEHICLE AFTER OBSERVING IT BEING DRIVEN ERRATICALLY IN ALPENA TOWNSHIP. THE DRIVER, A 45 YEAR OLD ALPENA MAN HAD BEEN DRINKING ALCOHOL AND WAS GIVEN SOBRIETY TESTS WHICH HE FAILED. THE DRIVER HAD FIVE PRIOR OPERATING WHILE INTOXICATED ARRESTS. IN ADDITION TO THE OWI CHARGE THE DRIVER WAS CHARGED WITH DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE, DRIVING AN UNREGISTERED VEHICLE AND DRIVING AN UNINSURED VEHICLE. HE WAS LODGED IN THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL.

AN OGEMAW COUNTY TOWNSHIP WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING NEXT WEEK.  THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HELD AT THE MILLS TOWNSHIP HALL ON MONDAY. ACCORDING TO THE OGEMAW COUNTY HERALD, THE HEARING IS OPEN TO PROPERTY OWNERS OF THE PRIVATE ROAD MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT DISTRICT FOR PATRICIA ANN DRIVE AND NORTHERN TRAIL. THE HEARING WILL BEGIN AT 5PM ON MONDAY AT THE MILLS TOWNSHIP HALL, 2441 GREENWOOD ROAD IN PRESCOTT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HEARING CALL 873-4411.

Girl holding up a fish while out ice fishingThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources has scheduled its Winter Free Fishing Weekend for Saturday and Sunday. According to Up North live, no license is required, although other fishing regulations will remain in force. The free weekend is held each year to promote Michigan's many angling opportunities. Several organized events have been scheduled to take advantage of the occasion. For a complete listing of events linked to the free fishing weekend, visit www.Michigan.GOV/FREEFISHING.

 

THE ARENAC EASTERN SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED GOOD NEWS DURING THEIR RECENT MEETING.  THE BOARD DISCOVERED THAT IS EXPECTED TO HAVE NEARLY $188,000 DOLLARS IN FUND EQUITY. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, PRIOR TO THE MEETING THE BOARD EXPECTED TO HAVE LESS THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FUND EQUITY. THE BUDGET ADJUSTMENT SHOWED REVENUES WOULD BE $116,000 DOLLARS MORE THAN EXPECTED AND EXPENSES DECREASED $159,000 DOLLARS. THE DISTRICT'S FUEL COST ALSO DECREASED BY $20,000 DOLLARS. ARENAC EASTERN SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DARREN KROCZALEKI SAID THEY PLAN TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF THE DISTRICT AT THEIR NEXT BOARD MEETING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND AT 6:30PM.  

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:
BEAVERTON 43  GLADWIN 35


GIRLS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS AREA 69  AUGRES SIMS 40
Alcona 53  Oscoda 37. Alcona scoring: Taylor Livingston 21, Brittany Decker 10, Brooke Shultz 7 and Jordan Joyce 6. Katelyn Edgerton had 12 for Oscoda. Alcona JV won 52-32. Brianna Fogle 28 points for Alcona.
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 56  HALE 40
FAIRVIEW 37  POSEN 22
HILLMAN 50  ROGERS CITY 42
BEAVERTON 43  GLADWIN 35 
TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL 39  ALPENA 32
ROSCOMMON 37  HOUGHTON LAKE 30
JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 48  ONAWAY 37
GAYLORD 60  CHEBOYGAN 36
DRYDEN 36  KINDE NORTH HURON 22
REESE 54  BAD AXE 21
SANDUSKY 47  HARBOR BEACH 30
LAKER 42  VASSAR 25
UBLY 45  BROWN CITY 44
CASS CITY 46  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 45
PECK 45  MAYVILLE 36
KINGSTON 62  CARSONVILLE PORT SANILAC 10

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THU 16FEB17

THE ALCONA, ARENAC, IOSCO AND OGEMAW COUNTY ROAD COMMISSIONS WILL IMPOSE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ON ALL ROUTES UNDER THEIR JURISDICTION ON FRIDAY. WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS WILL BEGIN AT 8AM TOMORROW IN ARENAC COUNTY, 11AM IN IOSCO AND OGEMAW COUNTIES AND 4PM IN ALCONA COUNTY. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT THE ALCONA COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AT 736-8168, ARENAC COUNTY ROAD COMMISSION AT 718-3250, IOSCO COUNTY AT IOSCO ROADS DOT ORG AND OGEMAW COUNTY AT 345-2337.

106TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE SUE ALLOR, OF WOLVERINE, INVITES RESIDENTS TO JOIN HER DURING OFFICE HOURS TOMORROW. ALLOR WILL BE AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY FROM 10-11AM AT H & H BAKERY AND RESTAURANT IN AUGRES, FROM NOON TIL 1PM AT THE IRON SKILLET FAMILY RESTAURANT IN LINCOLN AND FROM 3-4PM AT JJ’S STEAK AND PIZZA HOUSE IN ALPENA. NO APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY. ALLOR SAID THE PEOPLE OF NORTHEAST MICHIGAN SENT HER TO THE CAPITOL TO BE THEIR VOICE AND KEEPING IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THOSE SHE SERVES HELPS HER BE A BETTER REPRESENTATIVE.

 

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL:
TAWAS AREA 58  HOUGHTON LAKE 49
WHITTEMORE PRESCOTT 71  ALCONA 62
BAY CITY JOHN GLENN 52  GLADWIN 25
ATLANTA 70  WOLVERINE 49
JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 68  FIFE LAKE FOREST AREA 42
GAYLORD 59  CHEBOYGAN 48
BELLAIRE 48  GAYLORD ST. MARY 43
MARLETTE 61  BAD AXE 36
HARBOR BEACH 60  REESE 52
UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 63  SANDUSKY 46

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
Alcona 51  Whittemore Prescott 28. For Alcona Taylor Livingston had 16, Kielee Elmer had 9, and Brittany Decker had 7. Nine different players scored for Alcona.  High scorer for Whittemore Prescott was Brooke Kile with 12.

STATE NEWS:

A CALVIN COLLEGE CAMPUS SAFETY OFFICER HAS BEEN FIRED AND CHARGED WITH RECKLESS USE OF A FIREARM AFTER AN INCIDENT LAST FALL. WOOD TV REPORTS SAFETY PATROL SUPERVISOR LEE SWAFFORD AND ANOTHER PERSON WHO WASN'T A STUDENT WERE WALKING ACROSS CAMPUS DURING THE THANKSGIVING BREAK WHEN THE ALLEGED INCIDENT OCCURRED...ALTHOUGH THEY'RE NOT RELEASING DETAILS. THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE SAYS THE GUN WAS NEVER FIRED AND NO ONE WAS HURT.

A 55-YEAR-OLD MIDLAND MAN, IBRAHIM ESTEPHAN, HAS ACCEPTED A PLEA DEAL OVER CHARGED THAT HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A TEENAGE GIRL. HE PLEAD GUILTY TO TWO COUNTS OF THIRD DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR FIRST DEGREE COUNTS BEING DROPPED. M-LIVE REPORTS A BAY CITY GIRL TOLD POLICE THAT ESTEPHAN HAD SEX WITH HER SEVERAL TIMES AT HER HOME SINCE HE WAS DATING HER MOTHER AT THE TIME AND LIVED WITH THEM.





A CADILLAC MAN IS CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES INVOLVING A MINOR. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS BENJAMIN BURKLOW IS BEING HELD ON 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT, ONE COUNT OF INDECENT EXPOSURE AND BEING A HABITUAL OFFENDER.








MORE FAKE 100 DOLLAR BILLS HAVE SHOWN UP AT STORES AROUND TRAVERSE CITY. ABOUT FIVE OF THE PHONY BILLS HAVE TURNED UP AT A STORE AND A COUPLE OF BANKS IN THE CITY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THEY COULD BE CONNECTED TO TWO MEN, WHO WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY IN CONNECTING WITH USING TWO FAKE BILLS AT THE FAMILY FARE STORE.


A MILLAGE FOR THE GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY COMMISSION ON AGING HAS BEEN RESTORED AFTER ROLLING IT BACK IN DECEMBER. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE COMMISSIONERS VOTED TO RESTORE THE MILLAGE ONCE THE STUDIED THE ISSUE AND SAID THAT THE CARE OF THE SENIORS IS A TOP PRIORITY. VOTERS HAD APPROVED THE MILLAGE LAST AUGUST.

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO CHEER FOR THE LIONS! AUDITIONS FOR DETROIT LIONS CHEERLEADERS BEGIN TODAY WITH THE FIRST OF TWO "PRE-AUDITION" CLINICS. THIS IS WHERE CANDIDATES LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROCESS AND THE AUDITION CHOREOGRAPHY. A SECOND CLINIC WILL BE HELD MARCH 1ST BEFORE FINAL AUDITIONS LATER THAT MONTH. THERE WILL BE A CHARGE TO TAKE PART IN THE CLINICS AS WELL AS THE CALLBACK AUDITIONS.  REGISTRATION IS ALSO REQUIRED ON-LINE AT DETROIT LIONS.COM/CHEERLEADERS.



 

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WED 15FEB17

THE STANDISH STERLING SCHOOL BOARD HAS APPROVED A RESTRUCTURING PLAN.  THE PLAN WAS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY AT THE BOARD'S MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE ARENAC COUNTY INDEPENDENT, THE PLAN WILL RESULT IN THE CLOSURE OF STANDISH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. PLANS ALSO CALL FOR MOVING ALL STUDENTS IN FIRST THROUGH SIXTH GRADES TO THE CURRENT STANDISH STERLING MIDDLE SCHOOL. SEVENTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE STUDENTS WILL ATTEND CLASSES IN THE CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING. STERLING ELEMENTARY WILL REMAIN OPEN AND HOUSE PRESCHOOL, YOUNG FIVES AND KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS. THE RESTRUCTURING IS EXPECTED TO SAVE THE DISTRICT MORE THAN $300,000 DOLLARS.

THERE WAS A FATAL HOUSE FIRE IN LUPTON YESTERDAY.  The Michigan State Police said two Lupton residents died in a house fire on Tuesday MORNING. According to the Ogemaw County Herald, Sergeant Pete McNamara reported that at 2:18am a call came in to respond to a house fire on Heath Road in Lupton. McNamara said the Michigan State Police fire investigator was on scene and the fire appears to have originated in the kitchen area. Foul play is not suspected at this time. THE FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. 

OGEMAW COUNTY SHERIFF HOWIE HANFT SAID ROBERT MAXWELL, A PAROLE ABSCONDER WHO WAS REPORTEDLY INVOLVED IN A STANDOFF AT THE SUPER 8 MOTEL IN WEST BRANCH ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL AND IS NOW IN CUSTODY OF THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.  MAXWELL, AGE 49, OF GENESEE COUNTY IS HELD AT THE CHARLES EGELER RECEPTION AND GUIDANCE CENTER IN JACKSON FOLLOWING HIS RELEASE FROM THE HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS.  MAXWELL HAD BEEN PAROLED FROM PRISON JULY 29TH, 2014 AFTER SERVING SOME TIME FOR CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT IN THE THIRD DEGREE.  ACCORDING TO SHERIFF HANFT, AFTER RECEIVING A TIP THAT MAXWELL WAS ALLEGEDLY HANGING OUT IN THE HOTEL’S HOT TUB ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD WHEN HE CONFIDED TO SOMEONE HE HAD RECENTLY BEEN RELEASED FROM PRISON AND HAD SINCE COMMITTED A MURDER.  DEPUTIES RESPONDED THE NEXT DAY.  HANFT SAID THE SUSPECT REFUSED TO OPEN THE DOOR AND TOLD DEPUTIES TO LEAVE OR “BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN.”  HANFT SAID, HE THEN ACTIVATED THE NORTHERN MICHIGAN RESPONSE TEAM, WHICH IS A TACTICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM COMPRISED OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS IN THE REGION.  THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WAS ABLE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH MAXWELL BY TELEPHONE, BUT WHEN HE DIDN'T RESPOND, OFFICERS BROKE INTO HIS ROOM AND FOUND THE SUSPECT ALIVE AND SEVERELY BLEEDING AFTER ALLEGEDLY ATTEMPTING TO TAKE HIS OWN LIFE.  MAXWELL WAS APPREHENDED AND TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO WEST BRANCH REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AND LATER WAS AIRLIFTED TO ASCENSION HEALTH CARE IN SAGINAW.  AFTERWARD, MULTIPLE SEARCH WARRANTS WERE ISSUED AND A SEARCH CONDUCTED AT A RESIDENCE ON THE 4700 BLOCK OF RIFLE RIVER TRAIL, AND A BODY WAS FOUND AT THE RESIDENCE, HANFT SAID.  ACCORDING TO OGEMAW COUNTY PROSECUTOR LADONNA SCHULTZ, THE VICTIM WAS 58-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM JOSEPH SHANKS, WHOSE DEATH WAS RULED A HOMICIDE BY THE MEDICAL EXAMINER AFTER AN AUTOPSY FEBRUARY 6TH.  HANFT SAID MAXWELL PREVIOUSLY TOLD HIM THE ADDRESS WHERE THE MURDER HAD ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED.  POLICE DO NOT BELIEVE AT THIS TIME THAT ANYONE ELSE WAS INVOLVED IN SHANKS’ DEATH.  SCHULTZ SAID THE SUSPECT WAS ON PAROLE WITH THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS.  AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION WILL DETERMINE WHETHER MR. MAXWELL WILL BE ARRAIGNED FOR THE MURDER OF MR. SHANKS. (Story credit: Scott Nunn)

THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST REPORTS THAT ON FEBRUARY 8TH A TROOPER WAS DISPATCHED TO MEIJER IN ALPENA FOR A RETAIL FRAUD COMPLAINT. STAFF AT MEIJER DETAINED AN 18 YEAR OLD BARTON CITY MAN WHO HAD LEFT THE STORE WITHOUT PAYING FOR MERCHANDISE. THE SUSPECT ADMITTED TO THE THEFT AS WELL AS NUMEROUS THEFTS ON OTHER VISITS TO THE BUSINESS. CHARGES ARE BEING SOUGHT FOR ALL OF THE THEFTS. THE MICHIGAN STATE ALPENA POST SERVES ALCONA, ALPENA, MONTMORENCY, OSCODA AND PRESQUE ISLE COUNTIES.

LOCAL SPORTS 

BOYS BASKETBALL:
HILLMAN 70  OSCODA 42
ALPENA 70  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 44
GRAYLING 67  HARBOR SPRINGS 55
DECKERVILLE 47  VASSAR 46
MAYVILLE 50  GENNESSEE 36
MEMPHIS 81  CARSONVILLE PORT SANILAC 70
IMLAY CITY 78  CROSWELL LEXINGTON 55

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
ROSCOMMON 42  TAWAS AREA 39
FAIRVIEW 47  MIO AUSABLE 25
ALPENA 46  OGEMAW HEIGHTS 44
GLADWIN 47  HOUGHTON LAKE 24
BAY CITY ALL SAINTS 44  BEAVERTON 42
GAYLORD ST. MARY 68  PELLSTON 19
BAD AXE 56  MARLETTE 44
REESE 66  HARBOR BEACH 62
BROWN CITY 45  LAKER 30
CASS CITY 58  UBLY 52
SANDUSKY 59  UNIONVILLE SEBAWAING 31

STATE NEWS:

A PEACEFUL END TO A STANDOFF IN ECORSE BETWEEN A MAN AND POLICE. POLICE SAY THE MAN HAS SURRENDERED. POLICE SAY IT STARTED AROUND MIDNIGHT WITH A DOMESTIC ARGUMENT IN WHICH THE MAN ALLEGEDLY SHOT AT HIS GIRLFRIEND. A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL WAS IN THE HOME.

AFTER AN UPROAR OVER A SECRETLY RECORDED VIDEO IN A BAR, TWO BANGOR (BANG-GOR) PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS HAVE NOW RESIGNED. THEY WERE AMONG THE SCHOOL EMPLOYEES VIDEOTAPED PLAYING A GAME OF WHO THEY'D LIKE TO MARRY, KILL, OR HAVE SEX WITH WHERE THEY NAMED SOME CO-WORKERS AND STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL BOARD REPRIMANDED SIX TEACHERS AND A SCHOOL SECRETARY RESIGNED. SOME PARENTS CALLED FOR ALL OF THE TEACHERS TO BE FIRED.

AN ELDERLY COUPLE HAS DIED IN A FIRE AT THEIR HOME IN OGEMA COUNTY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE FIRE TUESDAY MORNING AT A HOME IN ROSE CITY KILLED A MAN AND A WOMAN , WHO WERE IN THEIR 90'S. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS BEING INVESTIGATED.

THERE ARE A LOT MORE BEARS IN MICHIGAN'S LOWER PENINSULA. THE STATE D-N-R SAYS THE BLACK BEAR POPULATION HAS RISEN 29 PERCENT SINCE 2012, UP ALMOST 50 PERCENT SINCE 2000. MORE NUISANCE BEAR COMPLAINTS ARE BEING MADE TO THE D-N-R, ESPECIALLY FROM MUSKEGON TO LEELANAU COUNTY.

CHECK YOUR REFRIGERATOR. TWO BRANDS OF MEIJER BRAND CHEESE HAVE BEEN RECALLED BECAUSE THEY MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH LISTERIA. MEIJER HAS RECALLED ITS COLBY CHEESE AND ITS COLBY JACK CHEESE. THEY WERE SOLD BETWEEN NOVEMBER 10TH AND FEBRUARY 9TH.

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TUE 14FEB17 VALENTINE'S DAY

A GROUP IS LOOKING TO BRING BROADBAND HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTIVITY TO ALCONA COUNTY.  MEMBER LEADERSHIP OF ALCONA'S BROADBAND INITIATIVE RECENTLY SPOKE AT THE ALCONA COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING. ACCORDING TO THE ALCONA COUNTY REVIEW, MARLENA MCNEIL ASKED THE COMMISSIONERS TO COMMIT TO A PRIORITY EFFORT TO MAKE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY AN OFFICIAL MOVEMENT. SHE TOLD THE COMMISSIONERS THAT SHE BELIEVES INVOLVEMENT WITH THE NORTHEAST MICHIGAN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL BECAUSE THERE IS HELP AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND GRANT MONEY IS AVAILABLE. BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS CHAIRMAN CRAIG JOHNSTON SAID THE COMMISSIONERS WOULD RESEARCH THE SUBJECT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY COULD DO TO PUT MORE PRESSURE ON TO RECEIVE BETTER INTERNET CONNECTIVITY IN ALCONA COUNTY.

ALPENA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS PUSHING AHEAD TO EXPAND LESSONS ON UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS, OR DRONES.  THREE ACC EMPLOYEES RECENTLY PASSED THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION'S APPROVED DRONE PILOT CERTIFICATION TEST AT KALITTA AIR IN OSCODA. ACCORDING TO THE IOSCO COUNTY NEWS HERALD, THE THREE WHO WERE APPROVED ARE ROY SMITH, GARY HOLLINGSWORTH AND DANA LABAR. CURRENTLY ALPENA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DOES NOT OFFER A DEGREE PROGRAM SPECIFIC TO UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS, THE COLLEGE IS WORKING ON FINE TUNING THE CURRICULUM FOR SUCH A PROGRAM. ALTHOUGH ACC DOES IMPLEMENT THE USE OF DRONES IN SEVERAL PROGRAMS INCLUDING UTILITY TECHNOLOGY CLASSES.

LAST TUESDAY, TROOPERS FROM THE MICHIGAN STATE POLICE ALPENA POST MADE A TRAFFIC STOP ON A VEHICLE AFTER OBSERVING THAT THERE WAS NO REGISTRATION PLATE ON THE VEHICLE. THEIR INVESTIGATION FOUND THAT THE VEHICLE WAS UNREGISTERED AND UNINSURED. THE DRIVER, AN 18 YEAR OLD ROSEVILLE MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR THOSE VIOLATIONS. THE NEXT DAY THE MAN CAME TO THE ALPENA POST TO MAKE A COMPLAINT AFTER BONDING OUT OF JAIL. TROOPERS FOUND THAT EARLIER ON THAT DAY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS HAD ISSUED A WARRANT FOR THE MAN’S ARREST CHARGING HIM WITH DESERTION. HE WAS ARRESTED ON THAT WARRANT AND IS LODGED AT THE ALPENA COUNTY JAIL PENDING EXTRADITION.

Police have confirmed a second person has died as a result of injuries suffered during an intersection collision last Thursday. According to M-Live, 21-year-old Caseville resident Shawn Babbitt was declared deceased Sunday afternoon in Genesee County. The Huron County Sheriff's Office reports that he was the second fatality in the two-vehicle collision around 3:30pm last Thursday at the intersection of Dunn and Maxwell roads in Chandler Township. Sheila Iseler, a 40-year-old Caseville woman, was declared dead at the scene. Police have not said whether alcohol, drugs, speed or road conditions played a factor into the crash.

The bear population in the state of Michigan is very healthy, the DNR says, but some changes are needed to keep it that way. According to M-Live, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson said there are signs of steady growth in the Upper Peninsula but the northern Lower Peninsula is growing too fast. Complaints are wide-spread throughout the Baldwin Bear Management Unit, becoming almost unmanageable for field staff in the northern Lower Peninsula. The current quota for the Baldwin unit is 80 bears, while only 50 were harvested last year. Swanson is proposing an increase to 155 bears for the 2017-18 season. The proposal will be considered by the Natural Resource Commission and will likely be voted on at next month's meeting March 9th.

LOCAL SPORTS

BOYS BASKETBALL:

TAWAS AREA 75  POSEN 60
BELLAIRE 62  ONAWAY 29
PETSOKEY 70  CHEBOYGAN 39
BAD AXE 37  SAGINAW NOUVEL 34

GIRLS BASKETBALL:
HILLMAN 65  OSCODA 23
ROGERS CITY 69  MIO AUSABLE 41
POSEN 44  AUGRES SIMS 34
BAY CITY JOHN GLENN 65  GLADWIN 59
HOUGHTON LAKE 61  ROSCOMMON 55
FIFE LAKE FOREST AREA 37  JOHANNESBURG LEWISTON 26
GAYLORD ST. MARY 46  CENTRAL LAKE 33
DECKERVILLE 42  VASSAR 38
KINDE NORTH HURON 48  AKRON FAIRGROVE 40
PECK 42  DRYDEN 38

STATE NEWS:

"WHITE BOY RICK" GETS ANOTHER SHOT AT FREEDOM TODAY.  RICK WERSCHE (WER-SHE) WILL MEET WITH THE HEAD OF THE STATE PAROLE BOARD TODAY FOR A  PRE-PAROLE INTERVIEW. WERSCHE HAS SERVED 29 YEARS ON DRUG DEALING CHARGES, THE LONGEST TERM FOR ANY INMATE SENTENCED AS A JUVENILE. WERSCHE'S ATTORNEY SAYS THE LAST TIME HIS CLIENT WAS GRANTED A PRE-PAROLE INTERVIEW WAS IN 2009, BUT WITH NO FURTHER CONSIDERATION. WAYNE COUNTY PROSECUTOR KYM WORTHY NO LONGER OBJECTS TO WERSCHE'S POSSIBLE PAROLE, WHICH IS CONSIDERED A HOPEFUL SIGN.

NEARLY TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED LAST MONTH IN A SEX TRAFFICKING STING IN METRO DETROIT. THE FBI AND LOCAL POLICE WERE TARGETING HUMAN TRAFFICKERS DURING THE AUTO SHOW, WHEN OFFICIALS SEE A 150 PERCENT JUMP IN PEOPLE OFFERING SEX. FEDERAL AGENTS SAY MANY OF THE WOMEN BEING TRAFFICKED DURING THE SHOW WERE MINORS. THE THREE-DAY OPERATION COLLARED 22 SUSPECTS AT HOTELS ACROSS METRO DETROIT.  POLICE ALSO IDENTIFIED 5 ADULT VICTIMS AND TWO CHILDREN WERE RECOVERED FROM SEX TRAFFICKING RINGS.

 WHAT PRICE FOR A YEAR OF LOST FREEDOM? IN MICHIGAN, IT WILL NOW BE $50-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH YEAR SPENT IN PRISON BY A PERSON WHO WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED. THE GOVERNOR TODAY WILL SIGN THE WRONGFUL IMPRISONMENT COMPENSATION ACT INTO LAW. SINCE 1991, THERE HAVE BEEN 66 EXONERATIONS IN THE STATE, WITH ANOTHER 33 PEOPLE WHO WOULD QUALIFY UNDER THE NEW LAW.

HARING TOWNSHIP'S FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL NOW CHARGE PEOPLE FOR FIRE SERVICES IF THEY LIVE OUTSIDE THAT NORTHERN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY. 9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS THE HARING TOWNSHIP BOARD PASSED THE ORDINANCE FOR THE USE OF FIRE ALARMS, NEGLIGENCE AND CAR ACCIDENTS WITH INJURIES. CAPTAIN NATE MCCONNELL SAYS IT WILL HELP INCUR SOME OF THE COSTS THEY HAVE IN USING SOME OF THE EQUIPMENT THEY HAVE ON CARS , HOUSE FIRES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SOME PHONY MONEY IS MAKING THE ROUNDS IN TRAVERSE CITY. TWO CHICAGO MEN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR TRYING TO PASS FAKE 100-DOLLAR BILLS AT THE FAMILY FARE GROCERY STORE.  9 AND 10 NEWS REPORTS POLICE BELIEVE THE MEN USED THE FAKE MONEY AT OTHER STORES IN THE AREA.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2017

President’s Day, Washington's Birthday-Financial markets closed.
UK politicians hold a debate on whether the government should cancel a state visit for President Donald Trump, planned for later this year.

 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2017

Court hearing for Alexandre Bissonnette, charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in last month's shooting at a mosque in Quebec City which killed six people.

 
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, 2017

Conservative Political Action Conference-Speakers during the four-day event include Vice President Mike Pence, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, Republicans Sen. Ted Cruz and Reps. Kevin Brady, Barry Loudermilk, Mike Burgess, and Ron DeSantis, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and others.
Court Hearing for Son of Jerry Sandusky on Child Sex Abuse Allegations (11am ET)
20th Anniversary of Scientists Announcing Cloned Sheep “Dolly”
National Margarita Day-Annual tribute to the drink made with tequila, triple sec, and lime.

 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD, 2017

Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims Report - Initial Claims (8:30am ET)
NBA Trade Deadline
Vintage Yankee Stadium Seats Go on Sale (6:30pm ET)
Limited edition collection of vintage Yankee Stadium seats to be auctioned.  A portion of the proceeds will go to The Boys & Girls Club of America.

 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2017

Rio Carnival Opening Ceremony

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