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Gluesing bittersweet as he exits Alpena schools

ALPENA — In a few weeks, one Alpena Public Schools administrator will be starting a new chapter in his career. Justin Gluesing, assistant superintendent for human resources and labor relations for APS, is leaving after 15 years to take the superintendent’s job at Crawford AuSable ...

ACC names Van Lare construction manager

ALPENA — Alpena Community College took a step forward on the Van Lare Hall renovation project on Monday. The ACC Board of Trustees selected Spence Brothers, out of Traverse City, as the construction manager for the project. Jay Walterreit, director of public information and marketing ...

‘Equipped to make good choices’

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Fifth-grade students at Ella White Elementary participate in Drug Abuse Resistence Education graduation on Tuesday, led by Alpena DARE Officer Tim Marquardt, whose father, Alpena County DARE Officer Jim Marquardt, also participated in the program. “If there’s ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 111 Alarms: 7 Animal Control: 5 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Hunter-prey or ‘drunken orgy’?

ALPENA — During opening statements on Monday, the prosecution and the defense each painted a different picture of what happened at a pair of summer 2016 parties at which a pair of sexual assaults allegedly took place. Nick Skaluba, 22, is charged with six criminal sexual conduct charges, ...

DPI workers reported ‘incoming gunfire’

ALPENA — Multiple shots were fired around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Decorative Panels International in Alpena. Employees working on the roof at DPI reported “incoming gunfire” Sunday afternoon, the Alpena Police Department said in a news release Monday. No one was injured, but employees ...

‘It’s really devastating’

ROGERS CITY — The mood at the Rogers City Area Schools Board of Education meeting Monday was an emotional one as residents, parents, and students spoke to the board about alleged bullying in the district. More than 50 people were in attendance Monday to hear others talk to the board ...

Meet Deputy Jim Budnik, Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office

WHAT’S HIS JOB? Jim Budnik got into law enforcement late in life, after working in welding for 13 years at Baker Enterprises Inc. in Alpena. He went through Alpena Community College’s criminal justice program and has worked with the Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office full-time since ...

Hearing on Harrisville marijuana ordinance June 5

HARRISVILLE — A public hearing for Harrisville’s ordinance to regulate medical and recreational marijuana has been scheduled for an upcoming Planning Commission meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 5. The Planning Commission meets at 200 5th St. The City Council was made aware of the public ...

Middle schoolers compete in FIRST Robotics at Alcona schools

LINCOLN — Alcona Community Schools hosted a middle school For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Tech Challenge scrimmage on Saturday for local middle school students. Twelve teams from Alcona Middle School, Thunder Bay Junior High School, and Oscoda Middle School ...

AHS wins ROV contest

News Photo by Julie Goldberg A team competes in the ROV Maritime Advanced Technology Engineering competition on Saturday at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. The Alpena High School team won the competition after getting the highest score in the categories of Product Demonstration, ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 76 calls for service from 5/6/19 through 5/12/19. Of the 76 calls for service, troopers made the following arrests: ∫ 2 ...

County ponders cost of criminal justice reform

ALPENA — A 17-year-old should not be considered an adult, a recent vote by Michigan Legislature implies. At least not as far as the court system is concerned. Michigan is currently one of only four states — along with Texas, Georgia, and Wisconsin — that still treats 17-year-olds as ...

DPI employees reported ‘incoming gunfire’

ALPENA -- Employees working on the roof at Decorative Panel International reported "incoming gunfire" Sunday afternoon, the Alpena Police Department said in a news release. No one was injured, but employees conducting maintenance on the roof were forced to scramble for cover, police said. ...

Person of interest questioned after shots fired call

ALPENA — No one was injured after shots were fired at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near Decorative Panels Inc. on Ford Avenue. Alpena Police Chief Joel Jett said police received a call of possible shots fired in the area near DPI. Officers responded moments later and contacted several DPI ...

‘Hopefully, we get ’em all’

WHY HE ENTERED LAW ENFORCEMENT David, a patrolman with the Alpena Police Department for the past seven years, was drawn to law enforcement following the example of his mother, who is now the undersheriff in Oscoda County. WHAT HE DOES FOR FUN When he’s not busy being a dad, you’re ...

‘Heroes in our house’

ROGERS CITY — It was fate that allowed a team of paramedics to intervene in an emergency call on March 7. That’s what Rogers City resident Sammantha Weathermon believes happened the day her son’s heart stopped and she had to meet the ambulance halfway for her son to receive life saving ...

3rd annual Blessing of the Bikes

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Lots of motorcycles are seen here in the Eagle Supply parking lot at the third annual Blessing of the Bikes on Saturday. The event was to benefit Hope Shores Alliance.

Person of interest questioned after shots fired in Alpena

ALPENA — Police said one person of interest was interviewed after a report of shots fired near Decorative Panels Inc. tonight. Alpena Police Chief Joel Jett said police received a call of possible shots fired in the area near DPI off of Ford Avenue. He said officers responded moments ...

‘Challenging, to say the least’

ALPENA — At 6 a.m., Corrections Officer Anthony Gapczynski swings open the small door that covers a diamond-shaped window in a bigger door and peers inside. “There they are,” he says. A handful of women, blankets pulled up to their ears, lie sleeping on metal bunk beds. One moves ...