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Witnesses: Woman pilfered $200K, ruined Ossineke business

ALPENA — A Spruce woman accused of stealing $200,000, raising her own salary, and forcing a relative’s company out of business appeared in Alpena’s 88th District Court on Tuesday. Gena Carstens, 58, is charged with embezzlement after a police investigation implicated her in the theft of ...

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: Alcona dominates home track meet

TRACK AND FIELD Alcona wins home meet LINCOLN — Alcona took top honors during a three-team meet at home Tuesday. Alcona’s boys team finished with 233 points to beat Whittemore-Prescott and Oscoda; Alcona girls team finished with 220 points. Collectively, Alcona won 28 events on the ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Police respond to 4 fires in Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of April 26-May 2 49 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 3 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 10 Mental: 1 Property Damage Accident: ...

Keep track of Northeast Michigan’s COVID-19 data

ALPENA -- Since public health officials reported the first Northeast Michigan infection on April 6, 2020, The News has kept tabs on the virus’ spread in the region. Hover over the interactive graphics below to see the data. If you’re viewing on a mobile device, turn your device ...

Alpena County 911 surcharge renewed for 5 years

ALPENA — The few voters that went to the polls in Alpena County Tuesday were in a generous mood, as they easily approved a five-year extension of the surcharge that supports 911 operations. The surcharge will be $3 for cell phones, and landlines, and be on residents’ phone bills as they ...

Alpena residents trickling in to vote on 911 surcharge

ALPENA -- Voters continue to trickle in to the polls in Alpena County to vote on a surcharge that will continue to fund 911 operations. If approved cell and landline phone users will continue to see a $3 fee on their bill for the next five years. The tax is expected to generate between ...