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Counterfeit bills passed at two Traverse City businesses

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Police are searching for someone they believe passed counterfeit bills in Traverse City. Thursday, two $100 bills were turned into the TBA Credit Union after being passed at a Schmuckal Oil gas station on Munson Avenue, Traverse City Police Officers said.


New Direct Flights Between Traverse City And Sarasota

A new weekly direct flight between Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport will begin Saturday, March 16. Portland, Maine-based Elite Airways will serve as the carrier for the weekly service. Seats can be had for as little as $199 each way up to $299 each


Michigan man allegedly sold nearly $450,000 worth of stolen Amtrak vouchers to travelers on eBay

DETROIT - A Michigan man sold $449,000 worth of stolen Amtrak vouchers to unsuspecting travelers via eBay, officials said. Watch Jermont Terry's full report above. Christian Newby is accused of using stolen credit card information to buy vouchers that he would then sell.


Alleged drug dealer charged in death of Michigan City overdose victim

MICHIGAN CITY — A man was arrested in connection with the death of a 31-year-old woman who died from a heroin overdose in Michigan City. Scott A. Clemons, 29, of Michigan City, was charged with dealing a controlled substance resulting in death, a level 1 felony, according to a news release from the


Judges in five Michigan courtrooms are using risk assessments to decide bond

Early this month, judges in five Michigan district courts started using a new tool to make bond decisions. It’s part of a new pilot program spearheaded by the Michigan Supreme Court. The judges will use a standard risk assessment to help make those bond decisions.


An Elegant Winter Wedding at Traverse City’s Historic Barns Park

A busy Northern Michigan couple chose their most relaxed time of the year to be wed in the place they go to unwind. Fall in love with this pure and simple Traverse City wedding at Historic Barns Park.


Local love story: Karen and David Hilt

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU)-- Continuing 7&4 News' local love story series is Karen and David Hilt, a couple who have been together for 30 years. Karen, owner of My Secret Stash in Traverse City, met David when they were housemates in college. After becoming friends, the two eventually


Michigan will issue March and April food stamp benefits early

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will issue food assistance benefits early for the months of March and April. MDHHS said it plans to issue the benefits early to reduce the gap between benefit payments that happened due to the partial government shutdown.


Leader of large drug ring sent heroin, cocaine to Michigan in hidden compartments, even from prison

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The leader of a massive drug ring was sentenced for sending cocaine and heroin to Michigan and several other states, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said. Alex Alberto Castro was sentenced to 42 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine. Officials said he was t


Playing The Lottery: Medical Marijuana Businesses Battle For Licenses

Note: This story is part two of a two-part series examining how medical marijuana licenses are having a sudden and dramatic effect on the local economy. Read part one of the series here.


New in Traverse City: Gabe’s Frozen Custard

During the peak of winter in Northern Michigan, frozen treats probably aren’t your go-to dessert. However, one bite of Gabe’s Frozen Custard may just change your mind. The man behind this delicious frozen custard? Gabe Lava. He’s worked in restaurants across the world, both cooking and serving, his


This Michigan Bakery Is Doing the Impossible for Fat Tuesday: Gluten-Free Paczkis

Now everyone can take part in a Mardi Gras tradition- gorging yourself on paczkis on Fat Tuesday, just before Lent begins. The Polish crated the paczki "to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, because their consumption was forbidden by Christian fasting practices during the seaso


Man accidentally fires gun inside Michigan Walmart bathroom

A man accidentally fired a gun inside a Walmart store in Northern Michigan on Thursday afternoon. According to WLUC, police responded to reports of a gunshot inside the Walmart store in Ironwood, Michigan.


Michigan City bridge buckles in the cold

A knockout blow for a popular local bridge. Our recent record cold snap is part of the reason. The Franklin Street Bridge in Michigan City is closed, and that's making it very tough to get to the lakeshore.


GT County home, business owners risk ticket by pushing snow into the road

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Home and business owners around Grand Traverse County are being reminded to be aware of where they plow their snow. The Grand Traverse County Road Commission said people in the county are pushing their snow into the roads, causing safety issues.


Northern Michigan Winter Weather 2019

MyNorth has partnered with Tom O’Hare, chief meteorologist at 9&10 News, to bring you the latest Northern Michigan snowfall map and winter storm predictions. Northern Michigan, are you tired of the snow! Well, a break is coming this weekend and early next week. For the last two weeks, the snow has b


13 Michigan water systems fail excessive lead test: report

More than a dozen water systems in Michigan were found to have excessive lead compared to federal standards in the second half of 2018, according to a new report. The 13 systems that failed the federal test were throughout the state, MLive reported Friday, citing data it had obtained from the Michig


Grand Traverse Bay officially frozen again, 6th time in 20 years

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Grand Traverse Bay is completely frozen for just the sixth time in 20 years, according to a non-profit that monitors the waterway in Northern Michigan. According to Heather Smith, Grand Traverse Baykeeper at The Watershed Center, the bay officially froze on Wednesday, creating a


Bundle Up And Drop A Line! It's Free Fishing Weekend In Michigan

DETROIT (WWJ) - If you've never been ice fishing, this weekend is your chance to try it for FREE. It's Free Fishing Weekend across Michigan, with the Department of Natural Resources allowing both residents and non-residents to fish without a license on Saturday and Sunday.


Disturbing details released from probe of suspended Michigan funeral home

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs shared grisly details Friday, Feb. 15 concerning its now completed investigation into a funeral home where 63 fetal and infant remains were found improperly stored.