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POLICE BLOTTER

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Recent activity by law enforcement agencies in Northeast Michigan. This has been only lightly edited. MICHIGAN STATE POLICE The Michigan State Police-Alpena Post handled 82 calls for service from 4/29/19 through 5/5/19. Of the 82 calls for service, troopers made the following ...

Bonds rejected

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ALPENA — By an overwhelming margin, the Alpena Public Schools’ $63 million bond proposal failed on Tuesday. The vote was rejected with 4,250 votes against and 2,549 votes for the proposal, with all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results Tuesday. That means the proposal ...

Curtis Township supervisor recalled

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CURTIS TOWNSHIP — Residents of Alcona County’s Curtis Township on Tuesday voted to recall township Supervisor Darrell Kenyon and elect Gary Griffith to finish Kenyon’s term. Residents cast 251 votes for Griffith and 168 votes for Kenyon, according to unofficial election results. ...

DDA: Allow medical marijuana downtown

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ALPENA — The Alpena Downtown Development Authority board voted 6-5 Tuesday to recommend that the Alpena Municipal Council allow up to two medical marijuana provisioning centers downtown. Voting for the recommendation were board members Shawn Straley, Jeffrey Mindock, Todd Britton, Joanna ...

Blessing of the Bikes happens Saturday

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ALPENA — The third annual Blessing of the Bikes to benefit Hope Shores Alliance is scheduled for Saturday. Hope Shores Alliance is a nonprofit organization that provides services to men, women and children who are victims of sexual and domestic violence. Registration for the event ...

Alpena’s fallen remembered in Lansing

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Courtesy Photo Michigan State Police officers from the Alpena Post attend the 16th annual Fallen Trooper Memorial Service near Lansing on Monday. Inspector Mike Hahn and Commander Mike Caldwell of the MSP 7th District accompanied Troopers Daniel Hoffmand and Justin Clark and 1st Lt. John ...

City projects another budget deficit

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ALPENA — The City of Alpena has made up a significant portion of its budget deficit for this fiscal year, but it will have to do so again when the new budget is adopted. On Monday, the 2019-20 budget was introduced to the Alpena Municipal Council. The budget projects a deficit of about ...

APS bond proposal fails

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ALPENA — By an overwhelming margin, it appears voters in the Alpena Public Schools district have rejected a $63 million bond proposal for facilities upgrades. According to unofficial results and with all but two precincts reporting, the measure was rejected by 3,983 votes against to 2,397 ...

Curtis Township supervisor recalled in Alcona County

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CURTIS TOWNSHIP – Residents of Curtis Township voted to recall township Supervisor Darrell Kenyon and elected Gary Griffith to finish Kenyon's term in office. Residents cast 251 votes for Griffith and 168 votes for Kenyon, according to unofficial election results posted by Alcona County ...

Former Fair Board member pleads guilty

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ALPENA — The Alpena man charged with embezzling funds during his tenure as treasurer of the Alpena County Fair Board pleaded guilty in the 26th Circuit Court on Monday. Through defense attorney Dan White, Bradley Avery pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement of more than $1,000 and ...

Hillman man sent to prison for abusing girl

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ALPENA — A Hillman man accused of having sexual contact with a young girl over a period of eight years was sentenced Monday to five to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against a minor. Justin Berg, 21, gave a brief ...

Winfield trial set for September

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ALPENA — Former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather Winfield appeared briefly in court Monday as her trial on sexual assault charges was scheduled and her attorney planned to challenge the circuit court case. Winfield is accused of having sex with one of her students. The News does not ...

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 OFFICE Total: 101 Alarms: 0 Animal Control: 15 Traffic Arrests: 4 OWI Arrests: 1 Drug Arrests: 0 Warrant Arrests: 1 Animal/Vehicle Crashes: ...

NEMROC breaks ground on new kilns

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Courtesy Photo From left to right, Matt O’Connor, of Bedrock Excavating, Jerry Tracey, of mBank, Gary Dawley, of the Besser Foundation, Amanda Kish, of Bedrock Excavating, Jackie Krawczak, of the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce, Dave Szydlowski, CEO of the North Eastern Michigan ...

Viking Energy strikes deal

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ALPENA – The Michigan Public Service Commission has approved Consumers Energy’s new contract woodburning power plants in Northeast Michigan, but the commission still holds the future of a second Northeast Michigan plant in its hands. If things don’t go according to plan, there are ...

Love bears? Don’t feed them

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ALPENA — Winter is a great time to feed birds. Spring, not so much, according to Shelby Hiestand, Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist for Presque Isle, Montmorency, and Alpena counties. Each spring, when the world is waking up, Hiestand gets multiple phone calls ...

Voters to decide Alpena Public Schools bonds Tuesday

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ALPENA — A vote on Tuesday will determine the future of Alpena Public Schools and its facilities. The district is asking voters for permission to sell $63 million in bonds for major facilities upgrades, to be repaid over the next 25 years by increased property taxes. Voters will not ...

First Walk to End Lupus a success

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ALPENA — The Lupus Foundation of America estimates there are 1.5 million people in the United States that suffer from the autoimmune disease, which can have a dramatic impact on the health and livelihood of the people who are being treated for it. On Sunday more than 30 people came ...