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Drug, needle take-back locations go digital

ALPENA — A map recently enhanced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Environment makes it easy to find collection locations for solid and liquid medications, including controlled medications, right from a smartphone or computer. An interactive map, available at ...

October vaccination and testing events announced

ALPENA — The public can receive free COVID-19 vaccinations every Wednesday in October at Alpena Community College, health officials announced today. Health officials will offer Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson vaccinations, including booster shots, without pre-registration, from 1 ...

300 dogs and police train in Alpena

Alpena residents may have noticed an influx of police K-9 units searching local roads as more than 300 dogs and their handlers took over the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center this week. Since Sunday, the site has hosted the annual training of the National Association of Professional ...

8 years prison in child sexual assault case

ALPENA — A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a child will go to prison for eight to 15 years, Judge Ed Black said on Monday in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court. In a plea agreement the prosecution said would spare the child from enduring a trial, Nathan Benton, 37, pleaded no contest to ...

POLICE BLOTTER: Alcona County police make 20 traffic stops

Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. ALCONA COUNTY For the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3 75 complaints were handled, resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 7 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 20 Property Damage Accident: 1 Personal ...

New fire chief working to fill positions, relieve staffing shortage

ALPENA — The effort to rebuild the Alpena Township Fire Department continues to move forward, but it isn’t going to happen overnight. Staffing is still limited, but the hiring process continues, and more interviews are expected to take place soon, officials say, so the board of trustees ...