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‘I don’t know if it was a scare tactic’

ALPENA — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 147 line-item vetos to state departments and programs could have serious impacts on law enforcement, courts, veterans, and economic development in Northeast Michigan. Whitmer’s $947 million in vetoes this week followed a breakdown in talks with ...

Firefighters battling blaze in Alcona County

ALCONA COUNTY — Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on Bartz Road in Alcona County. No one has been injured. Crews were dispatched to the scene about 6:30 p.m. Check back for updates.

ACC expects slight hike from state

ALPENA — Alpena Community College will receive $5.77 million in appropriations from the state this fiscal year, college President Don MacMaster said on Wednesday. That is $65,000 more than the college received last year. “We can live with the appropriation we received, and we’re ...

RC seeks cleaner drainage into Lake Huron

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials would like to see cleaner water making its way from the city’s streets into Lake Huron. Eight pipes carry stormwater — essentially rainfall or snowmelt that runs off of streets, lawns and other sites — from the city’s streets and empty into ...

Homegrown officer promoted to RC chief

ROGERS CITY—A hometown boy will take over leadership of the Rogers City police force come Dec. 13. Sgt. Jamie Meyer, a 16-year veteran of the Rogers City Police Department, signed a contract with the city Thursday afternoon to serve as police chief. After salary negotiations with the ...

ACC earns $2.25M federal grant

ALPENA — Alpena Community College received word this week that it was awarded a five-year, $2.25 million Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Dawn Stone, ACC dean of workforce development, said Thursday the college will receive $450,000 each year to ...

Sheriff offers tips on preventing identity theft

In honor of Crime Prevention month, the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips on preventing identity theft. Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America. Identity theft costs individuals thousands of dollars every year. Often, the “victim” is not certain a ...

September hotter than average

ALPENA — The month of September was nearly 3 degrees warmer, on average, than normal for the month. But it may not have felt that way to some, as rain and gusty winds made it feel a touch cooler than what the actual temperature was. For the month, the National Weather Service says the ...

Boy, 4, found unharmed

ALPENA TOWNSHIP— A 4-year-old boy who wandered off in a wooded subdivision was located safely on Wednesday evening in Alpena Township. The child, his grandfather, and the child’s younger brother had been visiting a pond at the end of Trowbridge Drive, off of Golf Course Road, when the ...

Area schools post mixed results for student count

ALPENA — Northeast Michigan school districts showed mixed results in enrollment, according to unofficial tallies on student count day on Wednesday, with some districts gaining and others losing kids. The number of students counted on Wednesday accounts for 90% of per-pupil funding ...

High-water headaches

ROGERS CITY — The Michigan Department of Transportation has plans to shore up a stretch of bike path that runs adjacent to U.S.-23 North between Rogers City and Hoeft State Park. Rising water levels on Lake Huron have caused erosion near a portion of the trail, which is in need of ...

State Police top brass in town for post inspection

ALPENA — Troopers in straightened hats and well-polished boots lined up in a back garage at the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post on Wednesday, ready to hand over their guns. The post’s annual district inspection, held Wednesday at post on West Washington Avenue, included a check of ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE-ALPENA POST The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 70 calls for service from 9/23/19 through 9/29/19. Of the 70 calls for service, troopers made the ...

School budgets still uncertain

ALPENA — Though Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed the 2019-20 state budget on Monday night, school districts are still waiting to see what the final numbers will look like and how that will affect their own budgets. Alpena Public Schools Superintendent John VanWagoner said Tuesday that ...

Missing 4-year-old found unharmed

ALPENA TOWNSHIP— A 4-year-old boy who wandered off in a wooded subdivision was located safely in Alpena Township. The child, his grandfather, and the child's younger brother had been visiting a pond at the end of Trowbridge Drive, off of Golf Course Road, when the boy wandered off and ...

Parents fuming over missing kids photos

ALPENA — There’s a lot of history to be found on Sarah Melching’s refrigerator. The fridge is a place for Melching and her family to mark the passage of time, as evidenced by the more than two dozen sports photo magnets that dot its exterior. Those magnets represent memories, ...

Bar fight leads to rare ethnic intimidation charge

ALPENA—A charge of ethnic intimidation, seldom seen in Alpena courts, brought an Ossineke man to court on Tuesday. Joshua Cantor, 41, pleaded no contest to the ethx1nic intimidation charge that stemmed from a fight on New Year’s Eve at an Alpena Township bar. The ethinic ...

Hunters may contract bovine TB from field-dressing deer, CDC warns

ALPENA — A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may be possible for hunters to contract bovine tuberculosis from gutting a deer. The report cites a case study of a 77-year-old man from Northeast Michigan who they believe contracted mycobacterium ...

Rogers City negotiating to hire new police chief

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City has offered Rogers City Police Department Sgt. Jamie Meyer the job of chief of police. The Rogers City City Council on Tuesday established a new salary for the chief of police position, which will allow City Manager Joe Hefele to extend a newly negotiated offer ...

APD joins drug test pilot

Roadside oral fluid tests may now be used in Alpena to catch drugged drivers. Drug recognition experts throughout the state, including Patrolman Adam David with the Alpena Police Department, are being asked by the Michigan State Police to participate in a pilot program testing an instrument ...