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When prisons close, communities may suffer

COLDWATER - It was lunchtime on a weekday, but downtown Coldwater looked deserted. In a nearly empty Subway on Marshall Street, only two customers grabbed a meal to-go. The restaurant is a mile from the Lakeland Correctional facility where the Florence Crane prison closed in 2011. Just how much is a

IONIA SENTINEL-STANDARD - 2018-03-23 15:00:00

House under construction destroyed in early morning fire

A house under construction burned to the ground in an early morning house fire Saturday in Grand Haven Township. A large dune grass fire was also extinguished. Firefighters were called at 12:44 a.m., when a neighbor to the north reported a possible wildfire or house fire in the Lake Michigan gated c

GRAND HAVEN TRIBUNE - 2018-03-24 16:32:00

Cadillac man going to prison on CSC, child abuse convictions

Kenneth Allan Bowen, 41, of Cadillac was sentenced recently to between 10 and 15 years in prison with 29 days credited for a guilty plea to third-degree CSC, person 13 to 15; between 16 months and two years with 29 days credited for a guilty plea to third-degree child abuse; and 365 days with 29 day

CADILLAC NEWS - 2018-03-24 04:00:00

Man facing prison on larceny charge

CADILLAC - A 48-year-old man is facing a larceny charge after he was arraigned recently in 84th District Court. Kenneth Lee Strong Jr. was charged with one count of larceny in a building after it was alleged he stole televisions, a DVD player, money from a wallet, a video game system and collectibl

CADILLAC NEWS - 2018-03-24 04:00:00

DNR bans open burning in 15 Mid-Michigan counties

LANSING, Mich. - The state DNR has banned open burning across 15 counties. The ban prohibits the burning of leaves and debris, including fires in burn barrels. The DNR says the likelihood of any type of open fire spreading is high. The ban stretches from Saginaw Bay to Muskegon. Some of the West Mic

FOX17 - 2018-03-24 07:47:04

Mount Pleasant woman convicted of falsely claiming she was raped

CORUNNA - A Mt. Pleasant woman was given probation and a suspended jail sentence Friday morning after she lied to police about being raped in November 2016. Jessica Elaine Eltzroth, 21, was ordered to serve two years probation and received a suspended six-month jail sentence by 35th Circuit Court Ju

ARGUS PRESS - 2018-03-24 02:19:00

Seven weeks of raw sewage goes unnoticed in Betsie Bay

ELBERTA - A broken sewer line under Betsie Bay in Benzie County has been replaced, but not before spewing an estimated 1.1 million gallons of raw sewage into the lake over nearly seven weeks. The broken line was found on March 7, but estimates are that it had been leaking since Jan. 19, according to

TRAVERSE CITY RECORD-EAGLE - 2018-03-24 12:00:00

Building catches fire at Benson Dairy farm

CADILLAC - A fire at a dairy farm in Clam Lake Township shut down a portion of East 46 Road Friday evening. Dispatchers received reports of a structure fire at Benson Dairy around 5:47 p.m. before fire crews from several area departments arrived on the scene. The blaze created a plume of smoke that

CADILLAC NEWS - 2018-03-24 04:00:00

Police force beefed up for possible fight in warrant arrest

Police beefed up forces in event of a possible situation, but a warrant arrest went down without incident, according to Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office. Bennett said they learned the location of a person they had been trying to find in the area of a mobile home community at


Farwell mom dies in off-road accident

Melissa Robinson shown here with her son Seth Baginski. accident. According to information from the Sheriff's Office, Robinson was riding in the rear of a side-by-side Polaris Ranger near the intersection of Pine and Alice Street in Surrey Township when she fell out and sustained a head injury. Depu

CLARECOUNTYREVIEW.COM - 2018-03-22 19:05:33

Man gets 36 months in Lake City stabbing

LAKE CITY - The man who was accused of stabbing his half-brother in October will spend 36 to 60 months in prison. Shane Michael Miller pleaded guilty to carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and assault with a dangerous weapon - felonious assault. He was sentenced in the 28th Circuit Court of Missa


Howard City man arrested, charged with drug possession

CADILLAC - A 26-year-old Howard City man is facing prison time after he was arraigned in 84th District Court Tuesday on two drug-related charges. Derek Michael Duncan was charged with one count each of possession of hydrocodone and possession of psilocybin, psychedelic mushrooms, for his connection


'It gives me chills'

For more than a week, they walked by the more than 700 black and white portraits of fellow GHHS students and staff members holding a chalkboard with negative or hurtful words that had been said about them. Those words were covered Wednesday, and positive words were written in their place. The Chalkb


SH woman charged in December lake crash death

SOUTH HAVEN - A South Haven woman has been charged in connection with the drowning death of a Bangor man in December, police confirm. Tara Smith, 21, is accused of driving the car that plunged into School Section Lake in in Bangor Township on Dec. 22, resulting in the death of her boyfriend, Jezree


Famed DJ visits Manton restaurant

MANTON - Martha Snyder's daughter, Kassady, was sure the guy eating at the Wexford County family restaurant was famous. Snyder didn't believe it at first. "You're in Manton," she told Kassady. But her daughter was right. Pauly D stopped by the Cast Iron Kitchen in Manton on Wednesday afternoon. The


Onondaga woman charged with meth-related crime

CADILLAC - A 27-year-old Onondaga woman was charged with a methamphetamine-related crime after she was arraigned in 84th District Court Monday. Tyler Anne Stillabower was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, second or subsequent offense, after an incident on or about Aug. 13 in


DNR bans open burning in 15 counties

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The state Department of Natural Resources has banned open burning in 15 mid-Michigan counties because of dry conditions. The ban prohibits the burning of leaves and debris and includes burn barrels and other types of open burning. The DNR says the likelihood of fire spreading o

WOOD - 2018-03-23 00:01:08

Man hit and killed while crossing road

Brian Terhorst A Jenison man survived a rollover crash early Sunday morning, and then was hit and killed by a pickup truck as he walked across the road. It happened on Sunday, March 11, at about 1:55 a.m., in Sparta Township. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the initial crash occurr


Missing person Leah Jo Scanlon located in Macon County, Ga.

CADILLAC, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan State Police and Wexford County Sheriff's Office has cancelled its Emergency Missing Advisory for a missing 15-year-old last seen in Cadillac. Leah Jo Scanlon was located in Macon County, Ga., after going missing Friday. 15-year-old Scanlon is now in the custody of


Have you seen this woman?

Becky Miller was last seen March 10. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post are looking for a missing 31-year-old woman from Newaygo County. Becky Miller was last seen in Mecosta Township on March 10, 2018. She is thought to be traveling with a man identified as John Kempisty, S