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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 65 calls for service from 7/22/19 through 7/28/19. Of the 65 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

Local government ROUNDUP

Recent actions by local governments in Northeast Michigan: ∫ The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners selected the Saginaw-based Spicer Group to complete safety inspections on the Grand Lake and Lake Emma dams. The county will pay the firm $675 for the inspection of the Grand Lake ...

Police: Truck used as weapon at Hubbard Lake

An argument turned into an assault with a Chevy Trailblazer Thursday afternoon when Michigan State Police troopers were called to the Hubbard Lake North End Park. An Ossineke woman, 40, reported that a disagreement with her boyfriend, 42-year-old Michael Cherkoian, of Hubbard Lake, had ...

Brown Trout wraps up

ALPENA — Fishing in the Michigan Brown Trout Festival tournament is a marathon. There is fishing for nine days, with several stand-alone tournaments sprinkled in, where anglers contend not just against one another, but also heat, wind and thunderstorms. At the end of the event Sunday during ...

Fixing a problem in legal system

ALPENA — Everyone is entitled to a fair chance in court, the U.S. Constitution states. With the help of newly-available state funding, local counties are making sure even those who can’t afford it are given the legal help they need to navigate the court system. Ten years ago, a ...

Rogers City royalty

Courtesy Photo Left to right, Madison Tulgetska, Miss Nautical City 2019, daughter of Nancy and Chris Tulgetska of Rogers City; Alayna Sorget, Miss Rogers City 2019, daughter of Brenda and Dave Sorget of Hawks; Niya Hoffman Rogers City Teen Miss, daughter of Anastasia and Michael Hoffman of ...

Wall damaged

News Photo by Julie Riddle Nobody was injured when a driver ran into the brick wall at the Rogers City Family Dollar store Saturday evening, breaking through the wall and leaving a gaping hole in the building’s exterior. The store manager had to spent Saturday night in the store, employees ...

Playing the waiting game

PRESQUE ISLE — It’s a waiting game when it comes to fishing in the Michigan Brown Trout Festival. After going almost 35 mph to the middle of Lake Huron and coasting for a little bit, nine fishing reels are set up by fishermen Tim Wieczorkowski and Hunter McConnell on Friday. The nine ...

‘So that this might not happen to their children’

ALPENA — Laurie Ames had to stop her son from dying. The mother of a heroin-addicted young man was alone with her son when he overdosed. After pulling him back to life with the breath of her own lungs, Ames sat on the floor the rest of the night with him leaning up against her back, ...

Treasurer explains options for setting county budget

ALPENA — For the last several fiscal years the Alpena County Board of Commissioners has crafted conservative budgets where revenues were budgeted significantly lower than they turned out to be at the end of the fiscal year and expenses higher than what they actually were. Doing so ...

Northern Strike uses RC quarry for Friday’s training

ROGERS CITY — The Rogers City limestone quarry held an exercise Friday that’s one of the many Northern Strike exercises taking place throughout Northeast Michigan in the two weeks the event is in the area. Military personnel from Georgia and Puerto Rico participated in a field tactics ...

PI approves OT for court employees

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Board of Commissioners on Friday approved overtime for two probate court employees who took on extra duties after the county’s public guardian was terminated for alleged financial mismanagement. Probate Court Judge Erik Stone notified county ...

MSP trooper details new lifesaving device during HUNT meeting

ALPENA — A potentially lifesaving device has been added to local efforts to fight illegal drug use, one speaker reported at the quarterly meeting of the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team Thursday. HUNT, a multijurisdictional task force made up of representatives of law enforcement agencies ...

John A. Lau reopens with familiar look, modified menu

ALPENA—Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon and Restaurant, in the Old Town Alpena corridor on Second Avenue north of the river, is back to serving up good food in a classy environment. The restaurant reopened its doors in May after being closed since December for renovations of its kitchen, ...

Can’t keep up with Joneses

ALPENA — Twenty eight coolers were weighed in for the 30th annual Jack Daniels Ladies Classic on Thursday, but it was Team Jones that brought in the largest total weight of fish. Fisherwomen Jennifer Jones, Jane Jones and Stephanie Higgins reeled in 87.80 pounds of fish and netted first ...

Guard honors Korea-era soldier

ALPENA—An honor guard of black leather-clad military veterans roared out of town early Thursday morning, headed to Traverse City to honor a fallen soldier. A small group of motorcyclists met just after sunrise to head across the state, adding fellow veterans to their number as they ...

Commissioners against pool tax

ALPENA — It appears a millage request to help stabilize finances at Plaza Pool will not be on the ballot anytime soon. At a special workshop on Wednesday, the Alpena County Board of Commissioners considered a request from pool management company Synchronization Management to put a ...

Firefighters, neighbors fight hay fire

Charles Zbytowski was pulling his round baler on his hay field near Herron Road when the baler caught fire. He alerted his wife in the house adjoining the field, then unhooked the baler from the tractor as it burned. Zbytowski’s son Ryan, who farms nearby, stopped the fire’s spread by ...

Getting a little help

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Jeremy Romel, left, unhooks a mall rainbow trout that was caught by Jacob Romel Thursday at Culligan Plaza in Alpena. The Alpena Optimist Club stocks the fountain with over 200 fish and let children from the area fish for them. There are several larger brown ...

AAACU, AHS teaming up for school branch

ALPENA — In a few months, Alpena High School students will be able to learn how to save money, how to open debit and credit card accounts, and how to keep track of their spending because of a project that’s in the works. The process for the Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union to open a ...