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Teen nabbed for break-in in Alcona County

A teenager broke through the door of a grocery store in Alcona County and stole booze, police believe. Alcona County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the Cedar Lake Grocery Store in Greenbush Township around 6 a.m. Saturday, where the front door was broken out and an intruder had ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Montmorency County

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Update on Aug. 3, 2020 Total: 143 Alarms: 5 Animal Control: 11 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: ...

Presque Isle County resident, Alcona County resident infected

ALPENA -- For the second time in less than a week, another Presque Isle County resident has been confirmed infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, District Health Department No. 4 said today. Another infected Alcona County resident was also announced today by District ...

Whitmer’s executive order saving hundreds from shutoff

ALPENA — Many residents in Northeast Michigan who can’t afford to pay their water bill because they’ve lost their job during the COVID-19 shutdown have been shielded by an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prohibiting shutoffs. But past-due balances continue to mount, and it is ...

Podcasts offer chance for discussions about race

ALPENA — The camera angle isn’t great. The bland walls and plastic folding tables are unimpressive, and the two men on the screen are far from professional actors. That’s the point, said Lenny Avery — a Black man who, along with a retired white police officer, is hosting a series of ...

New mural brightens up downtown

News Photo by Darby Hinkley Bay City artist Mark Piotrowski painted this mural last week on the side of Salon 125 at 125 E. Chisholm St. in Alpena. The mural, called “Wave Journey,” is the second installment in the Fresh Waves project, a public arts initiative to bring new, vibrant artwork ...

Thunder Bay Theatre needs complete renovation

ALPENA -- Northeast Michigan’s only year-round professional theater will need a complete renovation after the fire that destroyed the John A. Lau Saloon next door caused considerable irreversible damage to the Thunder Bay Theatre building. TBT is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and ...

Pool, arena, county burdened by bond project’s broken promises, some say

ALPENA — In 2013, the Alpena County Board of Commissioners took on more than $1.5 million in bond debt to improve energy efficiency at many county-owned facilities. The hope was that savings from those improvements would cover the 15 years of monthly payments to repay those bonds. It ...

New certification helps therapist help seniors be their physical best

ALPENA — “You want to do something fun, Sharon?” the therapist asked, reaching for a pink balloon and tossing it to the older woman carefully keeping her balance on a wobbly, curved-bottom platform. Andrew Doubek, who for the past four years has helped senior citizens get stronger, ...

Absentee ballot deadline not extended

LANSING — A split Michigan Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a case that sought to extend the state’s deadline to receive absentee ballots — a decision that left one dissenting justice “baffled and troubled” ahead of the November presidential election in the swing state. In a ...

Man keeps decades’ worth of notes on Long Lake catches

Decked out in fish-themed decor, right down to the upholstery of the living room couch, Dennis Johnson displayed the pocket-sized notebooks in which he has tracked every legal-sized fish he’s caught on the lake since he and his family first visited when he was a teenager. The meticulous ...

One-vehicle crash sends man to hospital

A one-vehicle crash on French Road sent a man to the hospital Friday morning, emergency personnel said. The vehicle, leaving the road near the Alpena Antique Tractor and Steam Engine Club, hit a ditch and jumped over a driveway, injuring the driver, responders from the Alpena Township Fire ...

BIZ BRIEFS

Retail up in June, still down overall Most Michigan retailers saw sales increases in June as the state eased coronavirus restrictions, but business is still down, overall, the Michigan Retailers Association said. The association’s June survey found 55% of retailers recording sales ...

Summer classic: Youngsters sell lemonade

News Photo by Julie Riddle Enterprising youngsters Waylon Jarvis, 13, Brielle O’Conner, 10, Brynna O’Conner, 9, and Gage Kruczynski, 13, tend to a thirsty customer who stopped at their lemonade and elephant ear stand on Long Rapids Road in Alpena on Friday afternoon. The young people are ...

Motorcyclist struck by car

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — A motorcyclist was sent to the hospital after he was struck by a car at the intersection of Golf Course Road and U.S.-23 North this afternoon. The motorcyclist, who was coherent when responders arrived on the scene, was traveling south on U.S.-23 when the driver of a ...

Gary Peters says GOP virus plan not enough

ALPENA — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County, said Thursday he is working on Capitol Hill to provide more relief for people struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure municipalities, schools, and health care workers are provided needed ...

Barkeeps shake their heads as Whitmer shuts them down again

ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order closing many bars in the state beginning today is a tough blow for small business owners who were just getting back on their feet after the last round of shutdowns, said Kelle Barilik, owner of Barilik’s Tavern on Alpena’s north side. Many bars, ...

Woman rescued at Rockport after breaking leg

ALPENA -- A family hiking at Rockport State Recreation Area was rescued when one of their party, a 36-year-old woman, fractured her leg on the uneven terrain. After emergency medical technicians from the Alpena Township Fire Department treated the woman’s injuries, paramedics from the Alpena ...

Alpena man accused of indecent exposure

An Alpena man has been accused of soliciting a minor for immoral purposes. Marty Zinke, 45, was arrested early this week after a minor disclosed to a neighbor alleged abuse by Zinke. The neighbor reported it to the minor’s mother. Police were alerted in early April and filed for ...