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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 ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Sept. 23-29 117 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 9 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 30 Mental: 1 Medical: ...

All paws on deck

ALPENA—A police car came wailing to a stop. The officer jumped out, focus trained on the parked sedan in front of him. Emerging from the back seat of the police car, a muscular black and brown dog bounded to the officer’s side and froze, ears up, big paws splayed, nose pointed at the ...

Fall colors to peak soon

ALPENA — The color of the leaves on the trees in Northeast Michigan are beginning to change, but meteorologists say it will be several more weeks, at least, until the peak color arrives. Once the colors reach their full splendor, they will be the headline attraction for tourists visiting ...

Jail roof behind schedule

ROGERS CITY — The Presque Isle County Jail’s roof replacement project has been slowed by worse-than-expected roof conditions and rainy weather. County Sheriff Joseph Brewbaker said county officials expected the project to be complete by now, but the crew with Doyle Roofing told him ...

Alpena homecoming ‘always a fun time’

ALPENA — Next week will be a busy one at Alpena High School, because it’s homecoming week. The week is celebrated with spirit days the school’s leadership class selected: Monday is Hawaii Day, Tuesday is Pure Michigan Day and Wednesday is Pink Day for Breast Cancer Awareness. On ...

September sailing on Thunder Bay

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Thunder Bay may have been too rough and the weather too cold for many water-related activities, but it was just about right for parasailing. This man took off from Mich-e-ke-wis and cruised up and down the shoreline before returning to shore. It is expected to be ...

POLICE BLOTTER

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Total: 118 Alarms: 0 Animal Control: 9 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 5 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Alcona County seeks a boost

HARRISVILLE — Sandy and Steve Arens already owned a grocery store and a laundromat in Harrisville, but have had to subsidize those businesses for the past four years because they do not pay for themselves. Sandy Arens said that, in lieu of closing, they decided to start another ...

Pizza and festivities

News Photo by Julie Goldberg Preschoolers and kindergartners participated in a pizza eating contest at the Atlanta Elk Festival on Sunday. There were different age groups, with each group having one winner.

When queens held court over a frozen Alpena

ALPENA ­— At an energetic 87 years of age, Marilyn (LaComb) Bauer is a lifelong Alpena County resident. She was a school teacher at Hinks Elementary, south of Alpena. Marilyn and her husband, Rudy, for over five decades operated the Alpena Glass Co. A son now operates the company as a ...

Rogers City Theatre hosts global film festival

ROGERS CITY­— Ten tiny movies, screened on six continents over the course of one week, reminded the residents of one small Northeast Michigan town of their place in one big world over the past weekend. The Manhattan Short Film Festival, in its 22nd year of celebrating the impact of ...

Alcona County officials forced to make hard choices on budget

HARRISVILLE — On any given school day, School Resource Officer and Alcona County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jason Dellar patrols the hallways of Alcona Community Schools, ensuring students are safe and addressing teacher concerns. It’s a position that’s essential to student safety, ...

Wanted: More female school leaders

ALPENA — The school superintendent role is a male-dominated position, and that’s true in Northeast Michigan, where only one female superintendent leads a school district. Posen Consolidated Schools Superintendent Michelle Wesner is the only female superintendent in Alpena, Presque Isle, ...

Rumors of Neiman’s demise greatly exaggerated

ALPENA —For the last several months, multiple rumors have circulated concerning the future of Neiman’s Family Market in Alpena. With the Neiman’s pharmacy recently closed and other businesses leaving the Thunder Bay Shopping Center, some people claim the grocery store will close, while ...

Rogers City turns from pensions to Main Street

ROGERS CITY — A plan to create a more robust main street is in the works for downtown Rogers City. Members of Team Rogers City, an informal group of city officials, business owners and others, heard from Lindsey Miller, community assistance specialist with the Michigan Economic Development ...

Alcona schools ID person behind threat

LINCOLN — The person responsible for a bomb threat Monday at Alcona Community Schools has been identified. Superintendent Dan O’Connor said in a press release Friday that the district was able to identify the person responsible for a threat that put the district into a soft lockdown. The ...

Sheriff: That’s not me calling

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office wants the public to be aware of a scam in which a caller identifies himself as Sheriff Scott Stephenson and asks them to contact the department’s civil and warrant division immediately. In the scam, the actual phone number for the Sheriff’s Office’s ...

More CSC charges for Barton

An Alpena man already incarcerated for alleged criminal sexual misconduct will face additional charges after the conclusion of a Michigan State Police investigation and review from the Alpena County prosecutor. In a press release Friday, MSP announced Damian Barton is charged with two counts ...

BIZ BRIEFS

State offers safety grants for small employers Businesses with 250 or fewer employees can apply for up to $5,000 in grants for workplace safety, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release. Employers can purchase safety and health-related equipment or ...