MIO, Mich. (AP) — Bird watchers, take note: The U.S. Forest Service is offering guided tours this month for people interested in seeing the elusive Kirtland's warbler.
Hospital to close maternity ward; only 6 births in March
MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — A hospital in northern Michigan is closing its maternity ward at the end of May.
Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital says the number of births has been steadily...
Michigan Land Bank spending $350,000 to fight blight
ONTONAGON, Mich. (AP) — Five Upper Peninsula communities are among nine in Michigan that are getting a share of $350,000 to eliminate blight.
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Alanson 48, Boyne Falls 31
Alba 55, Burt Lake Northern Michigan Christian Academy 29
Officials delay alcohol ban on 3 northern Michigan rivers
CADILLAC, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials are delaying a ban on alcoholic beverages along sections of three rivers in the Huron -Manistee National Forest in northern Michigan.
Supervisor Leslie Auriemmo said Tuesday the prohibition will be put off for at least a year.
Officials announced the ban earlier this month, saying it would protect natural resources and public safety on the Au Sable, Manistee and Pine rivers.
Loans available for Michigan businesses after summer hail
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and private nonprofit organizations financially impacted by an Aug. 1 hailstorm in some parts of northern Michigan can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.
The U.S. Small Business Administration said the federal loans are being made available in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
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Addison 64, Napoleon 56
Bad Axe 52, Harbor Beach 37
Baldwin 51, Mason County Eastern 38
Buckley 67, Suttons Bay 50
Cass City 57, Marlette 55
Colon 52, Bronson 46
Dansville 73, Walled Lake Central 40
Flint International 62, Dryden 32
Frankfort 48, Onekama 33
Gaylord St. Mary 28, Bellaire 26
Grand Rapids Catholic Central 69, Wyoming Godwin Heights 38
Damaging hail in August leads to help for Michigan farmers
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a portion of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula has been designated as a natural disaster area following a summer hailstorm that damaged crops.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the designation Wednesday for Grand Traverse County.
Man gets 40-60 years in prison for killing, dismembering man
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison for using a chain saw to dismember another man whose body was found — minus the head and hands — in a national forest in western Michigan.
Worker killed, another injured in construction zone crash
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan construction worker was killed and another injured when they were struck by a car in a construction zone on U.S. 31 in Manistee County.
The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the Village of Bear Lake.
Manistee County sheriff's deputies say a 20-year-old worker of Pentwater was standing off road with a 23-year-old worker from Ludington when the car struck them. The 20-year-old was killed.
Wind, waves could cause trouble along Lake Michigan
CHARLEVOIX, Mich. (AP) — The National Weather Service has posted a lakeshore flood warning for six northern Michigan counties on Lake Michigan.
Forecasters say high winds and waves could combine to cause beach erosion and coastal flooding through Friday night. The counties are Emmet, Charlevoix, Leelanau, Antrim, Benzie and Manistee.
Swimming would be very risky. The Weather Service says people should stay off piers and jetties to avoid being swept into the water.
Be Careful: Strong winds, waves reported along Lake Michigan
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Want to cool off in Lake Michigan? Beware.
The National Weather Service says there are serious weather-related hazards Saturday, from north of Holland to Manistee, including high waves and rip currents. Forecasters are especially citing Grand Haven State Park in Ottawa County and Pere Marquette State Park in Muskegon County.
Winds could whip up to 25 mph, and waves could reach 5 feet.
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of another man whose dismembered body was found in a national forest by duck hunters.
A judge in Muskegon announced the verdict Wednesday for 29-year-old Anthony Blamer of Fremont following a bench trial last week.
Blamer testified that he shot 24-year-old D'Anthony Keenan as they sat in a vehicle at a car wash. Authorities have said money was taken from Keenan.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Forestry has sent a crew of 20 to Michigan to help reduce the risk of wildfires.
The division says in a news release 12 trained division foresters and eight civilian firefighters left West Virginia on Wednesday. Some will be stationed at the Hiawatha National Forest in the Upper Peninsula and others will be at the Huron-Manistee National Forests.
Dry conditions exist in the region although no large wildfires have been reported.
MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) — Officials say excavation at the site of a former manufactured gas plant in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula is on hold after a human skull was found.
Police in Manistee police ruled out any criminal activity after last week's discovery and turned the case over to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for further investigation. Officials are reaching out to Native American tribes to see if they might have historical links to the site.
MANISTEE TWP. — The Opioid Epidemic: Turning Awareness into Action symposium took place at Little River Casino Resort Conference Center Thursday, where addiction specialists, doctors of behavior and those affected by addiction came together to learn and grieve.
MANISTEE — Police are continuing to search for a missing Manistee teen, who was last seen leaving his home Monday night.
Garrett Sheaks, 16, was reported missing Tuesday morning after his mother discovered his bicycle was missing then and that he was gone.
Manistee County Sheriff John O'Hagan provided the following update about the search at noon Friday:
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A 67-year-old Chief Lake man was saved by rescue personnel after his kayak overturned in icy waters.
The incident occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a report from a passerby saying that a kayak was overturned in Chief Lake, according to Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan.
O’Hagan said the passerby could not get his small boat to the man to try and help, because of the surrounding ice.
February unemployment rates in three of the four local counties decreased in the past year, and a total of 300 more residents of Mason, Manistee, Oceana and Lake counties were working compared to February 2017.
Meanwhile, the number of unemployed residents dropped by 175 during the year, with the four-county labor force growing by 150 people.
Mason County’s January unemployment rate of 7.7 percent tied for 50th place among Michigan’s 83 counties.
Mason County Sheriff’s Office report: Bond violation, warrant arrest
Traverse City band to debut at historic theater April 14
The Accidentals will bring their unique and highly musical blend of folk, alternative rock, jazz and country to Manistee’s historic Ramsdell Theatre Saturday, April 14.
About the performance
The Accidentals will perform at Manistee’s historic Ramsdell Theatre Saturday, April 14.
Box office open at 6:30 p.m., with a meet-and-greet in Hardy Hall
LANSING — The local CTE culinary arts teams earned third and fifth places at the recent Michigan ProStart Competition held March 18 and 19 at the Lansing Center.
The management team of Paige O’Brien and Otto Wrege of Ludington, and Stephen Loredo of Manistee earned third place in its competition, which was won by a team from Saginaw Career Complex.
SPRINGDALE TWP. — The man who died in a Tuesday morning house fire was Brian Brantley, age 45, of Brethren.
The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Brantley’s body was found by first responders around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a call the 17611 Pine View Drive, Springdale Twp., according to the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office.
One dead in Cleon Township fire, cause unknown pending investigation
MANISTEE — A house fire in Cleon Township Tuesday morning has resulted in one fatality.
The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office and Cleon Township Fire Department responded to a report of a residential fire at 17611 Wells Road in Cleon Township around 1:50 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Manistee County Undersheriff Kenneth Falk said the identify of the subject was unknown, pending an examination by Lois Goslinoski, the county medical examiner, which is expected to be concluded today.
A person has died in a Tuesday morning house fire, the Manistee County Sheriff's Office stated.
Cleon Township firefighters were called at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after Manistee Central Dispatch received a call that a fire alarm was going off at 17611 Wells Road.
Firefighters arrived to find the residence was engulfed in flames.
Manistee deputies were on the scene to investigate. They contacted the homeowner, who was not at the residence.
Adrian 47, Monroe 45
Adrian Lenawee Christian 66, Tecumseh 37
Allen Park 55, New Boston Huron 48
Almont 50, Armada 39
Athens 83, Waldron 42
Auburn Hills Avondale 49, Birmingham Groves 35
Bad Axe 56, Vassar 42
Baldwin 58, Manistee Catholic Central 37
Bark River-Harris 86, Eben Junction Superior Central 78, OT
Manistee resident arrested for home invasion, safe cracking, felony firearm, stolen credit card
A 37-year-old Manistee resident was arrested Tuesday on charges of:
Home invasion second degree
3 counts of possession of a stolen financial transaction device (credit card)
The investigation began due to a home invasion along Harbor Point Lane.
Safe cracking holds a life sentence. The suspect is lodged in the Manistee County Jail.
Manistee County manhunt leads to arrest of man who threatened officers, man’s father assaults deputy with a shovel
A multiagency manhunt led to the arrest of a suspect in Manistee County.
The incident began Friday, Feb. 23 about 2:45 p.m. when Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop near Voelm and Steinberg roads in Norman Township. The deputies were attempting to arrest a suspect wanted on an outstanding warrant.
Ludington’s Curt VanderWall makes it official, seeks state Senate seat
State Rep. Curt VanderWall is traveling through his district today officially announcing his candidacy for Michigan’s 35th Senate District seat.
“We’re out rolling on the road today,” VanderWall said about 8 a.m. while traveling from an interview in Traverse City to a meeting with area public school superintendents in Manistee.
Rep. Curt Vanderwall makes it official, announces run for State Senate
At stops in Ludington, Manistee, Leelanau and Wexford Counties, Republican State Representative Curt VanderWall today is announcing his candidacy to represent the families of the 35th State Senate District in northern Michigan.“Northern Michigan is a special place. It is the place I chose to raise my family, build my business, and make my life. As State Representative every day I work to represent our shared values of family, faith and community and I feel called to continue that mission as the...
Michigan teens arrested after making threats against schools
DICKSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern and southwestern Michigan say they have arrested teens accused of making threats against high schools.
Manistee County sheriff's officials say they contacted a teen Monday after learning about the threat to "shoot up" Brethren High School. Officials say he told deputies that he was joking.
Police say they confiscated an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a cellphone from his home. He was taken to the county jail, where he awaits arraignment.
On Feb. 14, the League of Women Voters marked its 98th anniversary. The League of Women Voters of Manistee County joins the nearly 800 fellow local and state chapters in honoring the milestone.
Wellston man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot up Brethren High School
Wellston man arrested for terrorist threats
WELLSTON — The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 17-year-old Wellston man Monday and confiscated an AR-15 rifle and cell phone after the man reportedly told police he had threatened to shoot up Brethren High School.
The Wellston man reportedly told police he had been joking.
Joseph S. Cowen, 52, of Manistee was arrested Friday after strangulating his girlfriend’s daughter, according to the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office. He has been arraigned in 85th District Court on charges of assault by strangulation and domestic violence. Bond was set at $30,000 cash/surety and he remains lodged at the Manistee County Jail.
Manistee man arraigned on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct charges
Carl Jerome Wiertalla Jr., 50, of Manistee has been arraigned on three counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree in Manistee’s 85th District Court. Bond was set at $300,000 and he remains lodged at the Manistee County Jail.
Criminal sexual conduct first degree carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Manistee man charged in home invasion, receiving/concealing stolen firearm
A 35-year-old Manistee man, Christopher Ryan Perski, was arraigned Thursday in 85th District Court by the Judge Thomas Brunner.
Perski is charged with:
Home invasion 1st degree
Receiving and concealing a stolen firearm
Possession of a firearm by a felon
Receiving and concealing stolen property greater than $1,000 but less than $20,000
These charges stem from a home invasion incident which occurred on Jan. 24, 2018 in the 400 block of 3rd Street.
Alma 65, Carrollton 60
Ann Arbor Rudolf Steiner 43, Calhoun Christian 40
Ann Arbor Skyline 79, Monroe 41
Armada 40, Yale 37
Baldwin 68, Pentwater 61
Bark River-Harris 85, Iron Mountain North Dickinson 45
Bath 65, Fowler 48
Bear Lake 60, Manistee Catholic Central 51
Beaverton 71, Farwell 34
Belleville 81, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 42
Benton Harbor 79, Portage Central 39
Birmingham Groves 81, Oxford 70, 3OT
Blanchard Montabella 71, Ashley 61
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 53, Royal Oak Shrine 50, OT
New Michigan bill sets fees for Great Lakes leases, still protects public trust, right to walk along shoreline
Both the Michigan Senate and Michigan House of Representatives approved an amended bill recently that sets the rates for fees paid by owners of single-family properties on the state’s Great Lakes beaches who want to create private, non-commercial harbors using the lakes’ bottomlands for installation of breakwaters.
The bill passed along mostly party lines, with 57 Republican representatives and two Democrats voting yes, and 42 Democrat representatives and six Republicans voting no Jan. 18.
The Manistee Police Department is looking for an unknown male armed with a handgun that forced entry into a residence and demanded cash.
According to the Manistee Police Department, the incident occurred at around 12:18 a.m. Monday when the unknown man broke into the home of a 75-year-old victim in the 400 block of Second Street. The victim was not injured during the incident.
Police: Kaleva man arrested for animal cruelty, numerous dead livestock found on property
A 62-year-old Kaleva man was arrested by the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office on a 4-year felony warrant for animal abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals.
The man was arrested Thursday after the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint that animals at a Maple Grove Township home were being neglected, according to the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office.
Manistee Co. report adds to murder-suicide case, Shooter had been investigated for alleged sexual contact with minor
Police continue to investigate Saturday’s I-96 shooting that killed Lisa and David Somers and critically injured Lisa’s daughter Amedy Dewey.
That investigation has so far revealed that the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office, in fall 2016, had investigated David Somers’ relationship with a girl who was 17 years old at the time.
100 Women Who Care of Manistee to meet Tuesday, begin new season
The 100 Women Who Care of Manistee County will begin their new season Tuesday.
“We are beginning our fifth year on Tuesday,” said co-founder of the Manistee chapter, Jennie Marie Naffie. “We see new faces at every meeting. We see friends bringing friends. We see women eager to support their community.”
Following the first year, Dick Albee and Al Frye followed in the women’s footsteps and formed a men’s chapter. They will begin their fourth year Wednesday.
Allen Park 58, Gibraltar Carlson 55
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 62, Adrian Lenawee Christian 60
VICTORY TWP. — Throughout the upcoming winter semester, free bus rides to the West Shore Community College campus will be available to all WSCC students from Ludington, Manistee and Scottville.
The college underwrites the operational costs of the bus service to encourage more students to pursue their education without concern over transportation costs or winter driving conditions. The service is also available to anyone wishing to access other college facilities.
Manistee City Council approves medical marijuana growing in the city
MANISTEE — The Manistee City Council Tuesday began the new year by unanimously approving an ordinance allowing medical marijuana growing facilities in the city.
“It will take effect in 10 days,” Manistee City Manager Thad Taylor said Wednesday.
One point about the ordinance Taylor wanted to make clear is it will not allow any marijuana sales at grow facilities in the city.
Manistee murder convictions upheld by Michigan Court of Appeals
Two men convicted in 2015 of the 1995 murder of a Manistee County man will stay in prison after the Michigan Court of Appeals denied their appeal in late November.
Juries found Pete Peterson, 68, of Irons, and Robert “Scott” Knauss, 52, of Manistee, guilty of first-degree murder in the 1995 shooting death of Vincent Adamczak of Wellston.
Adamczak was 41 when he died and his remains were not found until 2011.
BEAR LAKE — A man reportedly received no injuries after his snowmobile fell through the ice on Bear Lake around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.The 47-year-old man, who is native to Bear Lake, was in the water for 21 minutes before first responders were able to pull him out.The Manistee County Sheriff's Office, tribal police, Munson/Manistee EMS and Arcadia, Onekama and Bear Lake fire departments responded to the incident, which occurred about 75 yards from the shore and the Bear Lake Marina.He has been transported to Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital for evaluation.