Ludington man to go to trial for alleged strangulation

June 4, 2013
Ludington man to go to trial for alleged strangulation

LUDINGTON — Donald Jacob Beck refused a plea agreement from the prosecutor’s office today in 51st Circuit Court. The 24-year-old resident of 409 N. William St. was arrested by Ludington Police Department in late April for assault/strangulation and criminal sexual conduct fourth degree against two Ludington women on April 26. Beck faces four counts including assault by strangulation, criminal sexual…

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Scottville teen receives jail time for accident

June 4, 2013
Scottville teen receives jail time for accident

LUDINGTON — Skip Roy-Ernest Lange was sentenced to up to one year in jail today for operating a vehicle while intoxicating causing serious injury. The 18-year-old Scottville resident was the driver of a vehicle that caused an accident on May 29, 2012 on Ludington Avenue. The accident caused Mark McBride of Grant Township, a passenger in his vehicle, to lose…

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Bacon sentenced to 1 year in jail

June 4, 2013
Bacon sentenced to 1 year in jail

LUDINGTON — Former Mason County Eastern Public Schools business manager Robert Crane Bacon was sentenced today to one year in the Mason County Jail; he must also pay over $110,000 in restitution. In April the 67-year-old Custer Township resident pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court on the charge of embezzlement. Bacon was accused of taking over $96,000 from Mason County…

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Sheriff office looking for fish thief

June 4, 2013
Sheriff office looking for fish thief

AMBER TWP. — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office is asking people if they know who the person in this photograph is. He allegedly stole two boxes of frozen fish from Walters Fisheries at 4728 W. Sixth St. around 5:30 a.m. May 29. “This looks like the same suspect in past thefts, five since 2009,” Chief Deputy Bob Brown said. “This…

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Temps in low 60s along lake shore, high 60s in Scottville

June 4, 2013
Temps in low 60s along lake shore, high 60s in Scottville

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report.  Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 10 a.m. Lake Michigan water temperatures:  Ludington Stearns Park: 39 F Ludington State Park (Big Sable Point): 47 F Summit Park: 41 F Pentwater: 47 F   Afternoon air temperatures:  Ludington: Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy by mid-afternoon; 61…

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Scottville will warn code violators

June 3, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Almost 30 property owners will be receiving letters from the City of Scottville informing them that it’s time to clean up their property or fix their house. The City Commission discussed the property code violators Monday during its regular meeting. City Manager Amy Williams said violations vary from houses needing paint, siding or other repairs or the property,…

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Occupant, house saved from fire

June 3, 2013
Occupant, house saved from fire

RIVERTON TWP. — The quick action of a next door fire chief and a quick response from his fire department saved a Riverton man and a house this afternoon. Riverton Twp. Fire Chief Joe Cooper was at home when his pager alerted him to a fire next door at 4584 S. Morton Rd., home to his mother-in-law Jill Jones. Cooper…

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Scottville to discuss code enforcement

June 3, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Scottville City Commission is expected to discuss the list of over two dozen properties in the city that are currently in violation of the zoning ordinance. Most of the violations are issues like homes in need of painting, siding or other repairs. The city commissioners were expected to prioritize which properties the city should address first and…

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Wind park tours

June 3, 2013
Wind park tours

RIVERTON TWP. — Consumers Energy, in conjunction with the Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, will offer public tours of the Lake Winds Energy Park located in Riverton and Summit townships this summer, beginning June 21 through Aug. 31. Each tour will last approximately 90 minutes to include a background briefing and a chartered bus tour of the energy…

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MCC superintendent talks about Friday’s bus red tags

June 3, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Mason County Central Schools Superintendent Jeff Mount confirmed this morning that several MCC buses were “red tagged” last week during a Michigan Department of Transportation inspection. The tagging caused the school district to re-route some bus routes and to borrow buses from neighboring school districts. Most tags were minor, however. “We have a new bus inspector that takes…

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Mostly sunny but cooler today

June 3, 2013
Mostly sunny but cooler today

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report.  Here are the current conditions for the Lake Michigan shoreline and Mason County (including Pentwater) as of 9:45 a.m. Lake Michigan water temperatures:  Ludington Stearns Park: 50 F Ludington State Park (Big Sable Point): 47 F Summit Park: 51 F Pentwater: 52 F   Afternoon air temperatures:  Ludington: Sunny expected all day today. Currently 53 degrees…

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Ludington’s Bat Man saves baby

June 2, 2013

Submitted by Tom Oele of Ludington.  Tonight our pest control guy, Bill Hogenson, is clearing our house of bats on Filer Street. He and his partner hear a woman screaming across the street and run over there where they find a baby who is turning purple and choking. He looks around and finds a turkey baster and saves the kid.…

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Friday night movies in Scottville: “Brave,” “Mickey Matson,” “Oz”

June 2, 2013
Friday night movies in Scottville: “Brave,” “Mickey Matson,” “Oz”

 SCOTTVILLE – The Scottville Clown Band Shell will host three free movies this summer in its Friday Night Movies at the Shell series. The movies include “Brave,” “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” “Brave” will debut the movie series at sunset on July 26, followed by “Mickey Matson” on Aug. 2…

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Soil conservation plant sales, river clean up

June 2, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — The Mason-Lake Soil Conservation District is currently holding an adopt-a-tree sale. Administrator Jordan DeVries said several local nurseries are offering seedlings and transplants at an 80 percent discount. “Because this cool spring gave them a lot of cancellations, they have about 20,000 trees that will be thrown out once their coolers warm up,” DeVries said. “They have to…

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MCC boys track team runner up at state

June 2, 2013

COMSTOCK PARK — The Mason County Central High School boys track team finished runner-up at the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 State Track meet Saturday at Comstock Park High School. The 4 by 800 relay team of Drew Griffis, Alex Myers, Traviss Smith and Chase Barnett won in a seasno best time of 7:57. Barnett won the 1,600…

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