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POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 103 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 8 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Witness: Noise complaints preceded DPI shooting

ALPENA—Witnesses in court on Tuesday described the scene about 4:30 p.m. May 12 when a shooter opened fire in the area of the Decorative Panels International plant in Alpena, bullets pinging around the employees working on its roof. Alpena’s Benjaman Atwater, 58, appeared at his ...

Tech upgrades planned for APS

ALPENA — It will be a busy summer for the Alpena Public Schools technology department. Paul Mancine, director of operational technology for APS, spoke to the district Board of Education’s Curriculum and Technology Committee about upgrades and other projects that will be taking place this ...

Township sets blight rules for final OK

ALPENA TOWNSHIP —A pair of proposed ordinances in the Charter Township of Alpena geared toward addressing blight and building safety are slated to be voted on at the township Board of Trustees meeting at the end of the month. But a third ordinance regarding rental inspections will be sent ...

Alpena Mall ‘holding ground’ under new owners

ALPENA — The Alpena Mall “is holding its ground,” according to representatives of the development firm that purchased it late last year. The 182,975-square-foot mall was purchased by the Shreveport, La.-based firm Molla Investments in December, according to a press release from Friedman ...

Clerks certified

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Charter Township of Alpena Clerk Michelle Palevich, left, and Dana Malcomson received certificates that show their election certification from the state. They took several online classes and other training and were certified in March, but the certificates just ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 98 calls for service from 6/3/19 through 6/9/19. Of the 98 calls for service, troopers made the following arrests: ...

Moran Iron Works starts ferry build for Shepler’s

ONAWAY — A small blaze of hot light and the sharp smell of a torch marked the the beginning of a project and a continuation of a relationship that will continue to put food on the plates of Northeast Michigan families. “Built in Michigan, by Michigan, for Michigan,” said Bill Shepler ...

Harrisville opens for marijuana business

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville City Council on Monday unanimously approved new medical and recreational marijuana ordinances and amended the zoning requirements for both types of marijuana-related businesses to operate in the city. The ordinances go into effect on June 26, after notice has ...

New RC club gives kids a place to talk

ROGERS CITY — A club has formed in Rogers City for students who want to share their feelings and be around people who want to help them. The club, called the Presque Isle Allies Club, formed after last month’s Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education meeting at which more than a dozen ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of June 3-9 125 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 33 Mental: 1 Medical: ...

Angling to receive Atlantic salmon

ALPENA — At its next meeting, in August, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Huron Citizen Fishery Advisory Committee will discuss which community along the lake could receive 80,000 Atlantic salmon next year. The committee, comprised of representatives from Lake ...

Boat racing returns to Grand Lake

PRESQUE ISLE — Before you could see them, you could hear them. The angry-bee hum grew louder as the historic Fireside Inn at Grand Lake grew closer, buzzing above the loudspeakered voice announcing the number of the racer in the lead. A perfect spring-summer day added the final touch to a ...

Rogers City to host economic summit

ROGERS CITY — An economic summit, kicking off new economic development and community marketing planning for the Rogers City and its Downtown Development Authority, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rogers City Theater, 257 N. Third St. The event is free and open to the public. ...

Seeking healthy harbors

ALPENA —Harbormasters in Northeast Michigan are gearing up for the recreational boating season, working hard to fill their harbors not only with boats owned by area residents, but also with vacation boaters traveling up and down the Great Lakes. It’s important work for the region’s ...

Schools worry divided gov’t will slow budgets

ALPENA — School districts must have 2019-20 budgets approved by July 1, but those budgets will not look the same as those in recent years. With the state’s budget taking longer to complete than it has for the last several years, Northeast Michigan school district leaders are figuring out ...

Area courts unsure of reforms

ALPENA — Change is coming to court. It’s only a question of what the change will be. Right now, courts are funded through a mix of state and local taxpayer money and the bank accounts of people who have been found guilty of committing crimes. While courts are, in theory, a branch of state ...

Posen honors graduates

POSEN —The graduation ceremony at Posen High School was a celebration of friends, family and accomplishments earned by the 25 graduates during their years at the school. It was also a rallying call, urging them to work hard, take chances, chase dreams, and make a difference in the world as ...

Barely summer, getting ready for fall

MOLTKE TOWNSHIP —The apple trees are blossoming at Knaebe’s Mmmunchy Krunchy Apple Farm, a crisp reminder of the fruits to come for the fall season. Knaebe’s owners Andy and Dana Hefele will spend the next two months, along with a limited number of staff, tending to the apple trees ...

Police, DNR chase fawns after wreck near hospital

ALPENA—Michigan State Police cruisers slowed traffic in front of MidMichigan Medical Center-Alpena late Friday morning as troopers and Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers reacted to a car-deer collision on Chisholm Street in Alpena. According to police, a doe followed had ...