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Bradley Avery headed to trial

ALPENA -- Alpena’s Bradley Avery will proceed toward trial, a judge decided today. At a hearing on Tuesday, Judge Thomas LaCross deferred his decision as to whether there was enough evidence Avery secretly videotaped three girls as they changed clothes during the 2017 Queen’s Pageant to ...

Berriman: High schoolers will be required to mask up

ALPENA — Many students this year at Alpena High School will likely be upset, as they will be forced to wear face masks when class resumes. During town hall on Wednesday, Alpena High administrators shared some of their preliminary plans to reopen the high school safely amid the coronavirus, ...

Large numbers of mail-in ballots could slow vote counting

LANSING (AP) — A sharp increase in the number of people voting by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic could slow the counting of ballots in Michigan’s August primary and the November general election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said during a media conference Wednesday. Benson also ...

Scaled-back Northern Strike still draws hundreds

ALPENA — For the past two weeks, Alpena has been preparing people for war. Coronavirus notwithstanding, the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is once again playing host to Northern Strike military exercises, held annually in northern Michigan since 2012. Held at the recently-renamed ...

State Police find illegal gun in M-32 crackdown

A Michigan State Police crackdown that targeted distracted drivers on the M-32 corridor between Bagley Street and Walter Street in Alpena on Tuesday netted multiple stops and citations, including one confiscation of an illegal weapon. Heightened vigilance along the stretch of road is part of ...

Judge: King can testify virtually in lawsuit

ALPENA — Plaintiff Terry King won’t have to appear in person to give testimony about his lawsuit against his former boss, a judge decided Wednesday. King, who resigned from the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office in June 2019, filed a whistleblower lawsuit against Sheriff Steven Kieliszewski ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Rogers City

Recent actions by law enforcement in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ROGERS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT June 2020 Traffic Stops: 18 Miscellaneous Arrests: 4 Intimidation/Stalking: 1 Assault Investigations: 1 Larceny Investigations: 2 Fraud Investigations: ...

Whitmer closes Up North bars again

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today tightened pandemic restrictions in northern Michigan while letting Detroit's three casinos reopen at limited capacity after four-plus months of being closed to curb the coronavirus. The new limits covering 32 northern counties in phase five of the ...

LaCross to rule on Avery trial within week

ALPENA — District Court Judge Thomas LaCross said on Tuesday he will decide within the next week if Alpena’s Bradley Avery, accused of videotaping teenage girls while they changed clothes during a county fair pageant, should move toward trial. Avery, a former Alpena County Fair Board ...

Alpena County may tap Youth and Rec fund to save Northern Lights Arena

ALPENA — In a tense meeting on Tuesday, the Alpena County Board of Commissioners debated using $150,000 from the county’s Youth and Recreation fund — against the wishes of the committee in charge of that money — to help stabilize Northern Lights Arena’s finances yet again. ...

Fugitive sought in Alpena

ALPENA — The public’s assistance is needed in finding a fugitive believed to be in northern Michigan. Steven Mark Casebier, 33, is wanted by the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office for larceny and fleeing and assaulting a police officer. Casebier is a 6-foot, 160-pound white male with ...

Presque Isle County resident recovered from COVID-19 before dying

ALPENA — The first Presque Isle County resident to die after testing positive for coronavirus infection had already recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and the death may not have been directly caused by the disease, a public health official said today. The death may, ...

Police: Drug dealer stopped in Montmorency County

Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department deputies stopped a Gaylord man intent on distributing almost a thousand doses of methamphetamine in the county, police said.. A Lewiston business — noticing unusual behavior by a customer in the early hours of July 17 — alerted police, who, ...

Northern Strike turns into real-world response for Guard firefighters

EDITOR’S NOTE: The News is sharing this press release in its entirety as Northern Strike, an annual training exercise that brings hundreds of military troops from several countries to Northeast Michigan, wraps up this week. On the afternoon of July 21, 2020, an historic icon of Alpena, ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Alcona County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of July 20-26 112 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 3 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 43 Mental: 1 Animal Neglect: ...

No known active cases in Alpena County

ALPENA -- With three more Alpena County residents recovered, there are now zero known active cases of coronavirus infection in Alpena County, according to District Health Department No. 4 statistics. Since the virus hit in mid-March, 111 Alpena County residents have tested positive for the ...

Virus symptoms could prompt kid quarantines

ALPENA — When in-person classes resume for most of Northeast Michigan this fall, students who show symptoms of COVID-19 at school will be sent home, tested, and, if necessary, quarantined, an Alpena principal told parents on Monday. Virtual instruction will be made available to children ...

Sheriff posts mugshots

ALPENA — Faces of people behind bars in Alpena are now only a click away. After a recent upgrade to the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office computer software, information about each inmate at the Alpena County Jail — including his or her booking photo — is now posted on the office’s ...

Rainfall record clobbered on Sunday

ALPENA — Nearly four inches of rain fell on Alpena during a string of severe storms on Sunday, clobbering a 60-year-old record. The National Weather Service reported 3.59 inches of rainfall on Sunday, more than an inch above the 2.34-inch record for the date set on July 26, 1960. The ...

Drunken driving leads to pee in police vehicle, cops say

An intoxicated Spruce man damaged police property when stopped by a Michigan State Police trooper for drunken driving, police said. John Paul Gray Jr., 43, was stopped on U.S.-23 South on July 6. After he was arrested, Gray thrashed and kicked inside the officer’s car, damaging it, and ...