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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-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: ...

Hundreds gather for potato fest

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POSEN – Hundreds of people attended the 68th annual Posen Potato Festival this weekend. The annual festival celebrates the people who grow potatoes near the village as well as the community’s Polish Heritage. The festival kicked off with an opening ceremony on Friday at the Polka ...

1 hurt after SUV crashes into building

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ALPENA — 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 clear as officers on ...

Six were victims of violence at Alpena High

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ALPENA — There were six victims of violent crimes on Alpena High School property or at a school-sponsored event during the 2017-18 school year, according to the most recent data available from the Michigan Department of Education. Principal Tom Berriman said the six incidents were ...

Onaway’s Fullerton a team player

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ONAWAY — Rod Fullerton has been with Onaway Area Community Schools for 20 years, the last 10 as superintendent and business manager. Fullerton, 50, was the business manager for 10 years before taking on both roles. He said he wanted to be superintendent to continue moving the district in ...

Rogers City seeks grants for marina overhaul

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ROGERS CITY — Rogers City officials said they would consider the construction of a new “comfort station” at the city’s marina if they are able to receive enough grant funding. City Manager Joe Hefele told City Council members at a recent strategic planning meeting that the project ...

In wake of shootings, schools spend thousands on security

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ALPENA — Alcona Community Schools has spent $329,000 on school security since July 2017, the most of any school district in Northeast Michigan. That is an average of $480 per student — the highest among Northeast Michigan school districts — on a new phone system that is linked to Alcona ...

Lawmakers: Roads will get bump without tax hike

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ALPENA — The Legislature will pass a budget that includes more money for roads but will not include the 45-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase proposed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Northeast Michigan lawmakers said Friday. Whitmer, a Democrat, on Friday did not back down from her threat to veto ...

FBI agent describes predator behavior

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ALPENA — Sexual predators who target children intentionally set the scene for their crime, winning the trust of both the victim and the community, an FBI agent said in court Friday. Testifying via telephone in a hearing related to the trial of former Alpena Public Schools teacher Heather ...

Alpena freshmen have a ball

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News Photo by Julie Goldberg Alpena High School freshmen play knockerball at the high school’s Freshman Bash event on Friday. Freshmen played knockerball and cornhole and enjoyed pizza, chips, and drinks during the event.