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Woman dies in house fire

Carole Lynn Orr, 69, was found dead inside a house fire on Friday on the 8400 block of Leer Road in Pulawski Township in Presque Isle County, according to a news release from the county. Firefighters from Posen Area Fire Rescue found the home engulfed in flames and immediately requested ...

Police: Man strangled mom

A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning in Alpena, accused of strangling his mother. Alpena police were dispatched to the 700 block of Merchant Street at 11:30 a.m., where the man had allegedly assaulted his mother, 63, causing serious injuries. The alleged victim was transported to ...

AHS senior named National Merit Scholar

ALPENA — One Alpena High School senior was recently named a National Merit Scholarship winner for his hard work throughout high school. Sam Tuscher received a $2,500 scholarship for finishing high school with a grade-point average of 4.092. He said the GPA is as of the end of the first ...

Area marinas are missing the boat(s)

ALPENA — At least some marinas in Northeast Michigan have literally missed the boat as have they scrambled to get their harbors ready in time for this year’s recreational boating season. Though the Harrisville muncipal marina has since opened, Harbormaster Jim Ferguson recently told the ...

AHS Top Cats honored

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School honored its Top Cats for the 2018-19 school year on Friday. Those honored were seniors Taylor Belanger, Cooper Black, Owen Limback, Kimberly McConnell, Sydney Romel, Aden Smith, Josh Smith, Sam Tuscher, and Carey May Udell, juniors Ashton ...

BIZ BRIEFS

JC Penney manager honored JC Penney general manager Kimberly Watros, general manager of the JC Penney at the Alpena Mall, recently received the company’s prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in 2018, the company said in a news release. The award recognizes ...

‘Nick was my friend and I didn’t want to believe it’

ALPENA — He was my best friend. That is how the third of three women to testify in the sexual assault trial against Nick Skaluba described her relationship with the defendant. The woman claims Skaluba drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home in Alpena in February 2016. Skaluba, 22, ...

Hillman Blessing of the Bikes canceled

Hillman’s 25th Annual Blessing of the Bikes and ATVs, George DeCaire Memorial, has been canceled because of anticipated inclement weather. It had been slated for Saturday in downtown Hillman, but will be rescheduled to a later date. The Hillman Area Chamber of Commerce will update its ...

Skaluba guilty on all charges

ALPENA — Nick Skaluba has been found guilty on all of six criminal sexual conduct charges he faced in Alpena court. The jury returned the verdict after only about two-and-a-half hours of deliberation. The trial began Monday and closing arguments happened this afternoon. He faces up to ...

Schools announce start of summer

ALPENA — Local school districts have had to adjust calendars after a lot of snow and cold weather this year repeatedly canceled classes. But, now that the snow has melted and the Legislature has forgiven some of those snow days, the last day of school is official for everyone. Gov. ...

‘I can’t explain it. We just do it’

HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ALPENA An Upper Peninsula native who has been a police officer since 1995, Randy Servia had never been to Alpena until he was assigned to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team in 2005. He loves it here, Servia said, enough that when he was later given downstate ...

Pied Piper accepts donation

Courtesy Photo Teacher Lauren Grulke from Pied Piper School accepts a donation from Mike Maturen, of the Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Alcona Council 4235.

State Police offers water safety tips

ALPENA — With summer approaching, and the lakes finally free of ice, the Michigan State Police reminds you to take extra precaution before participating in water activities. Drowning is the nation’s fifth-leading cause of accidental death for all ages and the second-leading cause of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of May 7-14 Deputies made 54 traffic stops, issuing 47 warnings and 7 citations. They received 46 complaints and made 27 ...

Man charged in Sunday shooting at DPI workers

ALPENA — An Alpena man has been charged with multiple felonies after being arrested by police under suspicion of firing a handgun at employees working on the roof of Decorative Panels International in Alpena on Sunday. Nobody was hurt in the shooting. Benjamin C. Atwater, 58, of ...

Drunken haze dulls memories in Skaluba case

ALPENA — A drunken, stoned haze may be the best way to describe the condition of some teens who attended a series of summer 2016 parties in Alpena where a pair of alleged sexual assaults took place, according to court testimony over the last three days. Though one witness testified ...

‘It does make you feel good’

WHAT’S HIS JOB? Choosing law enforcement from a list of promising careers when entering college, Scott McKenzie was hired by Alcona County, working marine patrol, while he finished his education in criminal justice. Spotting potential in the young man, the department later sponsored him ...

ACC OKs roof fixes

ALPENA — After 23 years of wear and tear, sections of the roof at the Newport Center at Alpena Community College will be replaced. The college’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved Wednesday for IRT Commercial Services, out of Traverse City, to replace three sections of the roof. ...

Library launches walking tour app

ALPENA — If you hear voices while you’re walking through the cemetery, don’t worry. It’s just your app. The Alpena County Public Library has made use of an open-source, globally used storytelling app to create a walking tour that lets your smartphone be your tour guide through ...

Clerk requests bulletproof glass at Alpena courthouse

ALPENA — The Alpena County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee agreed to look into the cost of replacing some of the exterior windows at the county courthouse with bulletproof glass on Wednesday, after county Clerk Bonnie Friedrichs asked the committee to consider the safety of the ...