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POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 108 Alarms: 2 Animal Control: 12 Traffic Arrests: 2 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 2 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

Woman arrested after hit-and-run

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ALPENA — A 40-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash. Sgt. William Gohl of the Alpena Police Department said the woman, whom police did not identify, was found on foot near the intersection of M-32 and Bagley Street on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., ...

Alpena native now published author

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ALPENA — A former Ella White Elementary School student is a published author. Britany Sanchez’s book, “I Forgave You Anyway,” was published on Sept. 1 by W&B Publishers, out of North Carolina. She said the book is a true story and based on her life experiences. The book ...

Township nominated for award

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena was nominated for the state’s Business Partner Championship Award for 2019 for its work hiring and supporting people with disabilities. Although it didn’t win, the recognition from the state means a lot, township Supervisor Nathan ...

One business opens, another sold around NE Michigan

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HARRISVILLE — At least one new business has opened in Northeast Michigan, while another has been sold. The Hollyhock Emporium in Harrisville recently opened for business, and Hall’s Serv-All changed ownership in September. HOLLYHOCK EMPORIUM OPENS The idea for Harrisville’s ...

Woman charged with sexually assaulting minor

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ROGERS CITY — A woman accused of sexually assaulting a minor was arraigned Monday in Presque Isle County’s 53rd Circuit Court. Bobbi Peak, 26, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child aged 13 to 15, along with two other charges. She stood mute on the ...

Youth Challenge Academy now recruiting in northern Michigan

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ALPENA—The teenage years can be a challenge. While it’s not unusual for teens and their families to encounter rough patches during high school, some young people struggle more than others, battling addictions, anger, depression, or an inability to fit into the traditional school ...

Stockbridge launches mini sailboat in Thunder Bay

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Courtesy Photo Two high school seniors from the Stockbridge InvenTeam traveled to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Tuesday to launch their 5-foot long sailboat, Fautasi, as part of the school project. You can follow the boat’s progress in Lake Huron at ...

Township zoning board member sworn in

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News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Charter Township of Alpena Clerk Michele Palevich, left, gives the oath of office to Andrea Dutcher, who was appointed to the township Zoning Board of Appeals on Tuesday. Dutcher will serve a three-year term.

Onaway pondering marijuana businesses

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ONAWAY — Onaway City Council members tabled a decision on whether to amend its zoning ordinance to allow recreational marijuana within city limits until commissioners have more time to look at the issue. Commissioners were given an ordinance on Monday to review just as their bi-monthly ...

Woman arrested in hit-and-run

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ALPENA — A 40-year-old woman was arrested today after fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash. Sgt. William Gohl of the Alpena Police Department said the woman, whom police did not identify, was found on foot near the intersection of M-32 and Bagley Street on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., about ...

Man sent to prison for assaulting 9-year-old

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ALPENA — An Alpena man charged with assaulting a 9-year-old child in his care in April was sentenced on Monday to serve 15 to 40 years in state prison. Scott Wright, 49, pleaded no contest in Alpena’s 26th Circuit Court to the charge of criminal sexual assault against a minor after a ...

Spooky school returns

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ALPENA — The old Maple Ridge School is once again a haunted attraction this month. The Scarecrow Village-The Ridge, 7065 Dietz Road, will be open in the former school from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. The last guests will be taken in at 9:15 p.m. unless there’s a line of people ...

Chamber group calls on Whitmer, lawmakers to fix budget

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ALPENA — Another northern Michigan organization has spoken out against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetos to the state budget, which have reduced or eliminated funding to many programs that will directly impact law enforcement, education, and economic development in the region and ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent actions by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. ALCONA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6 112 complaints were handled resulting in the following: Car/Deer: 11 Traffic/Traffic Stop: 27 Mental: 1 Medical: 28 Warrant Arrest: 2 Property ...

Man arrested after 2-county police chase

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An extensive, two-county police chase resulted in the arrest of a man wanted locally for concealed weapon, intoxicant, witness intimidation, and “flee and elude” charges. On Wednesday, Alpena Police Department officers attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jared Barnett, of ...

Out of the frying pan, not the fire

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ALPENA — In 2018, five years after Alpena Public Schools employees took a 10% pay cut to help the district out of a budget deficit, the average teacher salary in Alpena was still $9,000 less than before the cut. The district was $1.6 million in the red by summer 2014. Between June 2013 ...

City one step closer to new manager

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It took about eight hours of questioning and an additional hour of deliberation Saturday, but at the end of it all it appears Alpena Municipal Council May have found its replacement for its retiring city manager. After narrowing the field down to three and then a pair, council voted 5-0 to ...

Medics in training

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ALPENA—Tiny medics-in-training rendered first aid to their fuzzy friends Saturday at the inaugural Teddy Bear Picnic, sponsored by the Alpena Community College Student Nurses Association. Under a windblown awning, students in the ACC nursing program led children in applying bandages, ...

Newman leads Zonta Walk

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News Photo by Darby Hinkley Cassie Newman, in center, was the honorary chair for the 2019 Zonta Walks for Women Breast Cancer Awareness walk and 5K run, held Saturday morning starting from the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. Newman, who has dealt with breast cancer for the past 12 ...