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Millspaugh receives community service for fatal accident

December 4, 2012

“I am truly sorry for what I have taken from you.” LUDINGTON – It was an emotional morning in 79th District Court today as Matthew Millspaugh of Ludington received his sentence from Judge Peter Wadel. Millspaugh was sentenced for the accidental motor vehicle deaths of Carol and Gary Berenbrock of Conklin. Both sides, however, handled the sentencing with dignity, respect…

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Former Northwest Bank employee pleads guilty of stealing nearly $1 million

December 4, 2012

Stacy Ahlgren of Ludington has agreed to plea guilty in federal court to charges that she allegedly stole nearly $1 million from Northwestern Bank, WOOD TV Grand Rapids is reporting. Ahlgren was the senior customer service representative for the two Ludington branches of the bank. In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, she admitted she stole $873,589.76 from the bank…

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Ludington expected to re-hire Shay tonight

December 3, 2012

LUDINGTON — The Ludington City Council is expected to re-hire City Manager John Shay during tonight’s meeting. In addition it will appoint the Downtown Ludington Board and the Planning Commission. The council is also expected to take action on a change of date for the Ludington triathlon. Council had approved Aug. 25 as the date, but there apparently was a…

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1 dead, 1 seriously injured following helicopter crash

December 2, 2012

LEAVITT TWP. (Oceana Co) — Thomas Slocum, 49, of Hart died Saturday following a helicopter crash in the Manistee National Forest. Matt Williams, 28, also from Hart, was airlifted to a Grand Rapids hospital. According to an Oceana County Sheriff’s Office press release, Slocum was flying his privately owned 1955 Bell Rotorcraft helicopter with Williams when it crashed in an…

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Sheriff calls transition smooth, Cole becomes undersheriff

November 30, 2012
Sheriff calls transition smooth, Cole becomes undersheriff

LUDINGTON — Sheriff Jeff Fiers sat in the office of his newly sworn-in undersheriff Friday afternoon, the two reminiscing about their childhoods and talking about politics.  Less than a month ago, the new undersheriff, Kim Cole, was Fiers’ political opponent. Cole was victorious in the general election and will become sheriff on Jan. 1. Beginning midnight Dec. 1, Cole will replace Tom…

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