Suspect allegedly steals ex-girlfriend’s car to attend court hearing.

July 21, 2017

Suspect allegedly steals ex-girlfriend’s car to attend court hearing. #MasonCountyCrime CUSTER — A male suspect was arrested for probation violation after allegedly stealing his ex-girlfriend’s 2001 Pontiac Sunfire in the 300 block of South Madison Street Thursday morning, July 20, and then driving it to Grand Rapids for a court hearing, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole. The car…

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County board set to appoint medical examiner.

July 21, 2017

County board set to appoint medical examiner.  #MasonCountyNews. LUDINGTON — The Mason County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to appoint a new medical examiner during a special meeting on Tuesday, July 25. Dr. Paul Wagner of Hart is expected to be approved to replace Dr. Marc Keen, who is retiring. Duties of the medical examiner include: issuing death certificates; conducting on-scene…

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Obituary: Floy Fralick, 64, Ludington.

July 21, 2017

Obituary: Floy Fralick, 64, Ludington.  Floy Jean Fralick, 64, of Ludington, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 while gazing into the stars during a family camping trip. Floy was born on January 3, 1953 in Niles, the daughter of Floyd and Leona (Johnson) Robbins.  She graduated from Niles High School and moved to Ludington for tree service work.…

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Recent births, reported July 21, 2017.

July 20, 2017

Recent births, reported July 21, 2017.  #MasonCountyBirths Births took place at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital, unless indicated otherwise.  Bentley Andrew McLain, the son of Rachel McLain of Scottville, was born July 11, 2017. Annalise Louise Quist Peterson, the daughter of Jessica Quist and Brenden Peterson of Ludington, was born July 13, 2017. Benjamin Wyatt-Scott Stamper, the son of Lexi and Jesse Stamper of Ludington, was…

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Corn dryer fire.

July 20, 2017

Corn dryer fire.  #MasonCounyNews. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.  SHERMAN TOWNSHIP — Firefighters from two fire departments are on scene of a corn dryer fire at 2710 E. Millerton Road. Fountain Area Fire Department and Custer Fire Department were dispatched to the fire about 3:50 p.m.

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Joy ride ends with crash, arrest.

July 20, 2017

Joy ride ends with crash, arrest. #MasonCountyCrime RIVERTON TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old Custer man was arrested for joyriding and no operator’s license after Mason County sheriff’s deputies discovered that he had reportedly stolen a family member’s vehicle and crashed it, causing minor injuries Wednesday, July 19, at 8:20 p.m. at the intersection of Chauvez and Morton roads, according to Mason…

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Recent deaths, posted July 20, 2017.

July 20, 2017

#MasonCountyDeaths The following recent deaths have been reported to MCP: Dr. Gordon A. Briggs, 88, of Scottville died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending at Wyman Funeral & Cremation Services – Stephens Funeral Home in Scottville. Roger Lee Fulton, 86, of Ludington, died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. See full…

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‘Four Stories – One Woman’ dramatic program to be presented at Epworth.

July 20, 2017

‘Four Stories – One Woman’ dramatic program to be presented at Epworth. PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — A one woman dramatic program titled “Four Stories – One Woman” with Claudia McCain, will be presented on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Epworth’s Historic Auditorium. The public is welcome to the event. The presentation will consist of four short pieces: the…

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Assault with a dangerous weapon tops recent arraignments

July 19, 2017

Assault with a dangerous weapon tops recent arraignments #MasonCountyCrime. By Alan Neushwander, Contributing Writer. LUDINGTON — The following were recently arraigned in Mason County’s 79th District Court: Felonies -Daron Eugene Porter, 19, of 306 E. State St., Scottville, was arrested July 14 by the Scottville Police Department (SPD) on felony charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence and malicious…

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79th District Court sentencings and dismissals

July 19, 2017

79th District Court sentencings and dismissals #MasonCountyCrime. By Alan Neushwander, Contributing Writer. LUDINGTON — The following were recently sentenced in Mason County’s 79th District Court: -Bryan Patrick Murphy, 41, of 511 N. Rath Ave., Ludington, pleaded guilty July 12 to assault and battery, malicious destruction of personal property and breaking and entering. He was sentenced to two days in jail…

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New optometrist joins Riemer Eye Center team.

July 19, 2017
New optometrist joins Riemer Eye Center team.

New optometrist joins Riemer Eye Center team.  LUDINGTON — Optometrist Felicia Slate has begun working at Riemer Eye Center. Dr. Slate will see patients in the practice’s Ludington, Manistee, and Shelby offices. “I am very excited to be starting my career in West Michigan where I grew up, and specifically at Riemer Eye Center where I’m looking forward to developing…

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Fountain man arrested for giving police false info.

July 19, 2017

Fountain man arrested for giving police false info. #MasonCountyCrime CUSTER TOWNSHIP — A 23-year-old Fountain man was arrested by deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, July 19, at 12:04 a.m. at Chauvez and Custer roads for providing false information to police and probation violation, according to Sgt. Eric Soneral. Other recent police activity in Mason County includes: Tuesday,…

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Dancing with the Local Stars to benefit Ludington school foundation.

July 19, 2017

Dancing with the Local Stars to benefit Ludington school foundation.  HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — The second annual Dancing with the Local Stars event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The event is a fund raiser for Ludington Area School’s Oriole Foundation fund at the Community Foundation for Mason County. The Fund supports the…

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Coast Guard continues to monitor sunken boat, safety marine broadcast issued.

July 18, 2017

Coast Guard continues to monitor sunken boat, safety marine broadcast issued.  #MasonCountyNews. By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief. LAKE MICHIGAN — The U.S. Coast continues to monitor a sunken boat after it was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning about a 1/4 mile off the shore of the Ludington State Park. In a press release, the Coast Guard stated that personnel from Coast…

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1 injured after Lake Michigan boat fire.

July 18, 2017

1 injured after Lake Michigan boat fire.  #MasonCountyNews. Story updated: LAKE MICHIGAN — One person was injured after a 31-foot long cabin cruiser boat caught on fire in Lake Michigan. The fire occurred about 1/4 mile off shore of the Ludington State Park sometime after 11 a.m. The U.S. Coast Guard was initially dispatched to rescue the occupants of the boat.…

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Free Soil man sentenced to jail for car theft.

July 18, 2017

Free Soil man sentenced to jail for car theft. #MasonCountyCourtNews By Allison Scarbrough. Editor. LUDINGTON — A 42-year-old Free Soil Township man was sentenced to serve six months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, July 18, for a car theft conviction and fourth-offense habitual offender. Alkus Charles Danny O’Conner, of 10331 N. Stephens…

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Judge denies plea agreement in credit card theft case.

July 18, 2017

Judge denies plea agreement in credit card theft case. #MasonCountyCourtNews By Allison Scarbrough. Editor. LUDINGTON — Judge Susan K. Sniegowski rejected a plea agreement in a credit card theft case Tuesday, July 18, in 51st Circuit Court, because she did not believe that the 30-day upfront jail time was a sufficient punishment. Denise Lynn Comstock, 42, of 309 N. Washington Ave.,…

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Branch man sent to jail for meth.

July 18, 2017

Branch man sent to jail for meth. #MasonCountyCourtNews By Allison Scarbrough. Editor. LUDINGTON — A 28-year-old Branch Township man was sentenced to serve five months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term for convictions of methamphetamine possession and purchase or possession of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine to make meth. Christopher Lee Smalley, of 7077 E. US 10, was arrested last…

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