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Clerk in small county seeks safety glass for ‘sitting ducks’

May 16, 2019 GMT

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — The clerk in a small county in the northern Lower Peninsula is urging officials to install bulletproof glass at the courthouse, saying her employees are “sitting ducks.”

Bonnie Friedrichs made a pitch this week to Alpena County commissioners. She says her staff is “totally at the mercy of anyone” who wants to shoot or throw rocks at the windows.

Friedrichs referred to a recent shooting at a local business.

The Alpena News says the county finance committee agreed to find out how much it would cost to replace windows. Maintenance superintendent Wes Wilder says bulletproof glass is expensive. He says smaller windows could lower the cost.