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Woman: Oelfke forcibly touched me

ATLANTA — A jury trial began Wednesday in Atlanta to determine if a former sheriff’s deputy is guilty of sexually assaulting an acquaintance. Daniel Oelfke, employed until early 2019 at the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department, is charged with criminal sexual assault following an ...

Skaluba denied new trial

ALPENA — An Alpena man who currently is in prison for a string of sexual assaults at a series of 2016 parties was denied a new trial during a motion hearing in 26th Circuit Court on Wednesday. Nick Skaluba was found guilty in May of several criminal sexual conduct charges and sentenced ...

No one hurt in lights-out crash

News Photo by Julie Goldberg No one was hurt in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Oliver and Grant streets just after 8 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. William Gohl of the Alpena Police Department said a car was heading westbound on Grant Street its headlights off and hit another car that was ...

May trial possible in Onaway airport suit

ROGERS CITY — A jury trial could happen in May unless the Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners settles a lawsuit by an Oakland County man who claims the county breached a contract by allowing the Leo E. Goetz Airport to close. Attorneys were in the 53rd Circuit Court on Wednesday ...

Committee: OK $46K MSU Extension deal

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee recommended Wednesday that the full county board approve a 2020 agreement with Michigan State University Extension. The agreement is for $46,462. MSU Extension received $40,000 from the county’s Youth and Recreation ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 100 Alarms: 3 Animal Control: 4 Traffic Arrests: 0 OWI Arrests: 0 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 0 Complaint Arrest: ...

PI County puts on its autumnal best

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Leaves are starting to change colors across Northeast Michigan, as seen here on Tuesday on U.S.-23 in Presque Isle County.

Skaluba’s request for new trial denied

ALPENA — An Alpena man who is currently serving time in prison for his role in a string of sexual assaults at a series of parties in 2016 was denied a new trial during a motion hearing in 26th Circuit Court today. Nick Skaluba was found guilty of a series of criminal sexual conduct charges ...

Former deputy faces trial

ATLANTA — A former sheriff’s deputy will face a jury in Montmorency County today, accused of sexually assaulting a fellow county employee. The trial of Lachine resident Daniel Oelfke begins this morning with jury selection in the 26th Circuit Court in Atlanta. Oelfke was arrested in ...

Health department reforms after criticism

ALPENA — A deputy health officer will soon be in place at District Health Department No 4. The Health Department board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to create the position following a closed-door discussion. The decision comes less than two months after an outgoing employee criticized ...

Agar assault case starts over

ALPENA — Twenty-two days was too long for a defendant waiting for his next court appearance. A sexual assault case against Todd Allen Agar, of Ossineke, has been dismissed after Judge Michael Mack in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court granted Agar’s motion stating that his right to a ...

Disney comes to A-Town as Imagination Movers plan APlex visit

ALPENA — The popular Disney Channel and Emmy Award-winning act Imagination Movers are coming to Alpena for a free concert for the first 1,000 people who get tickets. The entertainers will perform at the APlex, 701 Woodward Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and is sure to draw many families ...

MSP seeks aid in solving theft case

The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post is seeking the public’s assistance in solving a theft that happened at about 3 p.m. Aug. 7 at the BP Station in Ossineke, according to a Crime Stoppers news release. Police are seeking information about a man seen leaving the station in a dark-colored, ...

‘It’s just about crippling’

ALPENA — A deer in the headlights on a dark October evening sometimes means a dented front hood. In northern Michigan, it’s almost a rite of passage, and, in normal times, one easily repaired. In the midst of a strike at one of the country’s largest automakers, however, even ...

Harrisville OKs 2nd pot app

HARRISVILLE — The Harrisville City Council on Monday narrowly approved a special-use permit for a second marijuana provisioning center. The city received a second application for a provisioning center to be opened in the former Moosetale’s custom gift and embroidery shop, located at ...

Ground breaks on Van Lare Hall

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Kennedy Chmura, Alpena Community College student and Student Nurses Association president, speaks on Monday during the college’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Van Lare Hall renovation project. The renovation will move the nursing program out of the Charles R. ...

Hillman school board votes to buy propane bus fuel

HILLMAN — The Hillman Community Schools on Monday voted to begin site work preparation for a propane bus fueling system at Hillman Jr./Sr. High School. The board unanimously approved a cost not to exceed $5,000 to begin the work. Superintendent Carl Seiter said it would be wise for the ...

Showing off the band

News Photo by Julie Goldberg From left to right, Hillman Community Schools students Rylee Lis, Aubrey Weiland, Maci Klein, and Madelyn Oswald play new instruments the district received this school year through local grants.

Water tower torn down

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Crews on Monday tear down the old water tower near the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center in Alpena on Monday. The old water tower was erected in 1957 and needed to be taken apart in large sections and then lowered to the ground, where people cut up the big ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Oct. 7-13 129 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 10 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 21 Mental: 1 Medical: ...