Fire at Carrom

September 12, 2013
Fire at Carrom

LUDINGTON — Ludington Fire Department was called to Carrom Co. on East Dowland Street around 2:20 p.m. today for a fire on the roof. Police said the cause appeared to be an air vent that was full of sawdust. Firefighters used the department’s ladder truck to investigate. No major damage occurred.

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Alleged shooter of trooper having surgery; arraignment delayed

September 12, 2013
Alleged shooter of trooper having surgery; arraignment delayed

LUDINGTON — Eric John Knysz, 19, the man who will be charged for the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, is having additional surgery today, according to Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. For that reason, Knysz will not be arraigned, as originally planned. Knysz is accused of murdering the trooper during a routine traffic stop Monday on North…

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Congressmen honor fallen trooper

September 12, 2013
Congressmen honor fallen trooper

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen Bill Huizenga and Dan Benishek honored Trooper Paul Butterfield during a session of the House of Representatives Wednesday. Below is the YouTube video and also a transcript of what they said, honoring the fallen state trooper in front of our nation’s top representatives.   Congressman Huizenga: Earlier this week Michigan lost a true hero.  Trooper Paul…

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Harvest Festival begins

September 12, 2013
Harvest Festival begins

SCOTTVILLE — The 2013 Scottville Harvest Festival has officially kicked off. Its reigning queen, crowned Tuesday, is Kayela Wallace, a Ludington High School junior. Tonight’s events include the free ox roast and a free movie, among many other events. See full schedule here. The carnival on South Main Street opens at 3 p.m. and will remain open until 10 p.m.…

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Air temperatures in 70s today, cool tonight

September 12, 2013
Air temperatures in 70s today, cool tonight

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Below are the Lake Michigan surface water temperatures and the weather conditions for Mason County and surrounding areas as of 9:30 a.m. today. The area is currently under a beach hazard, which means conditions may be too dangerous for swimming. High wave action and dangerous swimming conditions are expected. Strong structural and longshore currents are also expected.…

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A new dog

September 12, 2013
A new dog

Moonlighting. A blog by Judy Cools.  Some of you have already read about our new dog. We added a rescue dog to our household, so now we have two. Now…. we’ve had a lot of dogs over the years. Six or eight of them, I’d say, and each one was a rescue from one situation or another. We’re familiar with…

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UPDATE: First suspect arraigned, husband faces charges

September 11, 2013
UPDATE: First suspect arraigned, husband faces charges

UPDATED: LUDINGTON — Sarah Renee Knysz, 20, of 1844 10 Mile Road, Luther, was arraigned today before 79th District Court Magistrate Patricia Baker on a two count felony complaint, in relation to Monday’s murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. Count 1 is accessory after the fact to Butterfield’s murder, a felony punishable by up to five years confinement…

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One suspect charged so far in trooper shooting

September 11, 2013
One suspect charged so far in trooper shooting

LUDINGTON — Sarah Knysz, 21, of Irons has been arraigned in 79th District Court on the charges of accessory after the fact (felony) and unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle in connection with the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. Bond has been set at $250,000. Sarah Knysz’s husband, Eric Knysz, 20, remains at Munson Medical Center in…

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Trooper shooting suspects to be charged

September 11, 2013

LUDINGTON — UPDATED… Probable cause has been found against Eric Knysz, 20, and his wife, Sarah Knysz, both of Irons. Eric Knysz will face four counts in Mason County’s 79th District Court in relation to the shooting death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield. He faces charges of homicide/murder of a police officer; weapons felony firearms; weapons carrying concealed;…

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Suspects identified in trooper’s shooting

September 10, 2013
Suspects identified in trooper’s shooting

Grand Rapids TV stations WZZM and WOOD have reported the suspects involved in Monday’s killing of a Michigan State Police trooper are Eric Knysz, 20, and his wife Sarah Knysz, 21, both of Irons. WZZM13.com is reporting that one of its reporters has spoken to John (also known as Jack) Knysz, the father of Eric Knysz. John said Eric and…

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Governor calls trooper’s death senseless, honors Butterfield

September 10, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder released the following statement after the death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield of the Hart Post in the line of duty on Monday. “This senseless incident is a grim reminder that our brave public safety officers put their lives on the line every day when they go to work protecting Michiganders. They…

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Trooper Butterfield loved his job

September 10, 2013
Trooper Butterfield loved his job

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. Trooper Paul Butterfield loved his job. He was a respected law enforcement officer, member of the community and friend to many. The 43-year-old Michigan State Police trooper died Monday night as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. He was on a routine traffic stop on North Custer Road in Free Soil Township. The…

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Like what you see on MCP? Please consider helping us out

September 10, 2013
Like what you see on MCP? Please consider helping us out

Mason County Press is a free service to its readers. We are able to financially sustain this alternative, online news service through the generous investment of our advertisers and the “free will offerings” of our readers. If you like what you see, please consider making a donation. If you were to buy a newspaper subscription, it would cost $180 a…

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Scottville resident complains about school buses

September 10, 2013

SCOTTVILLE – Beryl Street resident Butch Claveau is worried about the speed of vehicles on his street, especially school buses. Claveau expressed his concerns Monday night to the Scottville City Commission, during it’s regular meeting. Claveau said he has called the school over the years, complaining about the speed of the buses, but he has not been satisfied with the…

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July-like temperatures today; Lake Michigan: 68 degrees

September 10, 2013
July-like temperatures today; Lake Michigan: 68 degrees

Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report. Below are the Lake Michigan surface water temperatures and the weather conditions for Mason County and surrounding areas as of 11:30 a.m. today. The area is currently under a beach hazard, which means conditions may be too dangerous for swimming. High wave action and dangerous swimming conditions are expected. Strong structural and longshore currents are also expected.…

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The Scoop: Episode 4: Momentum

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