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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. PRESQUE ISLE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE For the period of Sept. 5-10 Deputies made 24 traffic stops, issuing 20 warnings and 4 citations. They received 45 complaints Police runs: ...

‘Forests are cool,’ but don’t predict weather

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ALPENA—Trees talk. They just don’t always say what we think they’re saying. Residents in Northeast Michigan may have noticed top-heavy conifers on their walks in the woods this fall. Conifer cones are growing in what look like frightened clusters at the very tops of spruce trees in ...

Car rolls in crash at 3rd, Ripley

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ALPENA — It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was injured after a three-car rollover crash at the intersection of Ripley Boulevard and 3rd Avenue at about 12:30 p.m. today Alpena police and firefighters, the Michigan State Police, and Alpena ambulance crews responded. Fire crews needed ...

Township to talk Kmart project again

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ALPENA TOWNSHIP — The Charter Township of Alpena Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting regarding a requested rezoning of the property around the former Kmart on U.S.-23. The zoning change was requested after an Alpena company bought the long-shuttered big-box store and ...

Upgrades ordered at APS for disability needs

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ALPENA — Alpena Public Schools must upgrade its Career and Technical Education program to adequately serve students with disabilities, the Michigan Department of Education says. District officials say they will complete the upgrades at Alpena High School and the district administration ...

Sign of the times? Politics cause a stir at Potato Fest

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POSEN — While politics has always been a part of the Posen Potato Festival, heightened political tensions nationwide may have caused people to react stronger to political demonstrations at the festival this year. This year’s parade featured a few entries supportive of President Donald ...

Three-peat Walmart thief gets a year

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A man who admitted stealing more than $6,000 worth of merchandise from the Alpena Walmart in March was sentenced Monday to one year in jail and two years of probation. Mathew Brown, 34, of Atlanta, was captured on security cameras leaving the store about 1:30 a.m. on March 22 and, on three ...

Police: Minor injuries in Monday crash

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A crash on Chisholm Street Monday evening sent two to the hospital. The News reported the crash in Tuesday’s paper, indicating that at least one person had been transported to the hospital. A news release from Alpena Police Department Tuesday indicated that a sports-utility vehicle was ...

Fake $20 bills passed in Alpena

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Three counterfeit $20 bills were passed at the Alpena Dollar General over the weekend, store employees said Tuesday. Discovery of the homemade bills was made by the store’s bank upon deposit. Police indicate that no other counterfeit bills have been reported, but an investigation is ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity 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 57 calls for service from 9/2/19 through 9/8/19. Of the 57 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

‘One more good thing’

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ALPENA—Police officers in T-shirts mingled with 32 fleet-footed teenagers Monday at the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in Alpena. The Alpena High School cross country team participates yearly in the event designed to build awareness and draw financial support for Special Olympics ...

Posen Chamber apologizes for swastika at Potato Fest

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POSEN — The Posen Chamber of Commerce has released a statement apologizing for a motorcyclist at the festival who had a swastika on his vest. The image circulated widely on social media. Here is the complete statement: Dear Posen Festival Attendees, This Sunday during the parade you ...

New reading law in effect

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ALPENA — If state tests show a third-grader is one year or more behind in reading, they could be held back, according to a state law that is officially in effect. The law was signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder in October 2015, but this school year is the first year that third-graders can ...

Lawmakers miss deadline to change sex offender registry

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ALPENA—Three months ago, a federal judge gave Michigan lawmakers 90 days to propose changes to legislation that had been declared unconstitutional in 2016. That 90-day deadline has passed, and changes have not yet been proposed to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry Act, which requires ...

At least 1 person hurt after crash into building

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News Photo by Crystal Nelson At least one person was taken to the hospital in a three-vehicle crash that sent a sports-utility vehicle into the front of Mane Street Studio, 821 W. Chisholm St. on Monday, breaking the glass in front of the business. Details of the crash weren’t immediately ...

RC considers new tax for police force

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials are looking at how a tax for law enforcement might impact the city’s budget. City Manager Joe Hefele recently told the City Council that, if the city’s income continues to be stagnant or expenses ever grow faster than revenues, they have the option ...

Diseased trees to be removed from Sunken Lake Park

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ALPENA — Four of five acres of forest at or near Sunken Lake Park in Alpena County are infested with a disease that could have major impacts to the health of the woods. Officials hope removing all of the beech trees in the vicinity of the park will help reduce the risk of the trees dying ...

Hillman school board OKs $66K in upgrades

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HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools is on track to upgrade its schools within the next year. The district Board of Education on Monday approved the purchase of a security camera system with a price not to exceed $39,558 and a new, $26,580 roof for the wing of Hillman Elementary School ...

Firefighters serve up good will

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News Photo by Julie Riddle Capt. Tony Parris of the Wilson Township Fire Department serves breadsticks to a family at the Alpena Pizza Hut on Monday. Firefighters and volunteers with the Alpena unit of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K Run and Walk served as celebrity servers for ...

POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MONTMORENCY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT Total: 109 Alarms: 6 Animal Control: 16 Traffic Arrests: 1 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 3 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...