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Drinking and firing gun leads to arrest

A man was arrested early Monday morning after he fired a gun near a residence while he was drunk, according to police. The 43-year-old Alpena man, whose name has not been released, was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm while intoxicated after he allegedly fired two rounds from a ...

Absentee ballots available

Absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election are available at the Clerk’s Office at Alpena City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To acquire a ballot in person, voters must show picture identification or sign an affidavit.

1st Northeast Michigander since August dies after virus infection

ALPENA -- One more Alcona County resident has died after being infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, local public health officials said today, the first virus-related death of a Northeast Michigander since Aug. 20. Two more more Alpena County residents and two more ...

Voters spoil early ballots as Alpena-area clerks ready for absentee boom

ALPENA — In the last several weeks, dozens of Alpena-area voters who’ve already sent in absentee ballots have chosen to change their votes, clerks said. So far, Alpena Township has received nearly 3,000 absentee ballots, 40 of which have been spoiled so voters could fill out a new ballot, ...

Alpena-area groups help voters overcome barriers

ALPENA — With aggressive voting campaigns nationwide encouraging wide participation in the upcoming presidential election — now only seven days away — many are urging voters to climb over whatever barriers to voting may be in their way to make sure their voice is heard on Election ...

Body found floating in Hubbard Lake

HARRISVILLE — A body was found floating in Hubbard Lake on Monday, the Alcona County Sheriff’s Department reported today. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting the discovery about 9 a.m. With assistance from Alcona Emergency Management Services and the South Shore Fire Department, ...

No injuries as downed utility lines close U.S.-23

ALPENA -- Downed cable lines closed U.S.-23 south of Walmsley Road this afternoon when a pickup truck towing a trailer of gravel jackknifed and veered off the road, smashing into a utility pole. Nearby resident Ted Dziesinski, who witnessed the crash from his driveway, said he heard ...

Red Brick, Bolton Bar possible virus exposure sites, Health Departments say

ALPENA -- Local public health officials announced two new public exposure sites today, encouraging the public to monitor for symptoms if they visited the Red Brick Tap and Barrel in downtown Alpena from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday or Bolton Bar in Posen from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Health ...

Bryan contract OK’d, salary unclear

ALPENA — District Health Department No. 2 on Monday renewed its contract with Health Officer Denise Bryan for another three years, but it remained unclear how much Bryan is being paid. That department serves Alcona, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Oscoda counties. District Health Department No. 4 — ...

Man arrested for drunk driving after crash

A man who was put into police custody after he caused a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and U.S.-23 on Friday was arrested on suspicion of operating while intoxicated, police confirmed. The News previously reported that he was handcuffed at the scene, while the ...

Police: Car thief goes for two

An Alpena man stole two cars on the same day, police say. Ryan Johnston, 41, was arrested on Oct. 15 after he was identified by an Alpena Police Department investigation as the suspect in a pair of July vehicle thefts. According to police, Johnston stole one car in Alpena, drove to Lake ...

John Pence speaks in Alpena

ALPENA — Alpena saw its first presidential surrogate on Monday as John Pence, nephew to Vice President Mike Pence and adviser to President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, spoke at the Alpena County Republican Party headquarters. Pence told the crowd the Nov. 3 election is important to ...

POLICE BLOTTER: 8 car-deer crashes in 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 Oct. 19-25 63 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 8 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 17 Animal Neglect: 1 Medical: ...

Virus surges, Alpena Community College student infected

ALPENA -- Twenty-seven Northeast Michigan residents were confirmed infected with COVID-19 between Friday and today, local health officials said, the biggest three-day jump in positive tests since May. Sixteen more Presque Isle County residents, six new Alpena County residents, four Montmorency ...

Trooper rescues kids amid back-to-back crashes in Alpena

ALPENA — Two small children and an adult driver were rescued uninjured from an overturned sports utility vehicle after a two-vehicle crash at Miller Street and 2nd Avenue in Alpena this afternoon. No injuries were reported, although the SUV’s occupants were checked by paramedics at the ...

Unique dual enrollment program brings foreign language to Posen high schoolers

POSEN — Posen Consolidated Schools has come up with a new approach to make learning a foreign language available to high school students. The school district has partnered with Alpena Community College to offer French as a remote learning experience and dual enrollment course, through which ...

Fright night gets rare full moon

ALPENA — Loved by many for its thrills, chills, and eerie vibes, Halloween will have a special spooky twist this year. For the first time since the 1940s, a full moon seen around the world will coincide with the holiday that evokes werewolves, vampires, and other nocturnal visitors. A round ...

Two dozen attend Alpena Freedom March

ALPENA — About two dozen people gathered for a Freedom March in the parking lot behind Alpena City Hall on Saturday to salute law enforcement, firefighters, health officials, and to call for the protection of the Constitution. The Alpena event was one of many nationwide and was organized by ...

Local school board ROUNDUP: Thunder Bay track completed

Recent actions by school boards in Northeast Michigan: ∫ The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education’s Property Committee recently learned construction crews working on the Thunder Bay Junior High School track renovation have backfilled, restored the topsoil, and seeded grass around the ...