Arraignments, as of Oct. 23, 2013

October 25, 2013

By Allison Scarbrough. MCP Correspondent.  LUDINGTON — The following were arraigned this past week in the 79th District Court of Mason County: Felonies –         Nicole Lynn Kaiser, 25, of 214 E. Danaher St., Ludington, was arrested Oct. 21 by the State, Sheriffs and Chiefs Enforcement of Narcotics Team (SSCENT) on one two felony count of controlled substance delivery, habitual offender/second offense,  and…

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79th District Court, as of Oct. 23, 2013

October 25, 2013

By Allison Scarbrough. MCP Correspondent.   LUDINGTON – The following defendants were sentenced this past week in 79th District Court:   –         Anthony John Purgiel, 60, of 1385 Preston Ridge NW, Grand Rapids, was found guilty Sept. 18 of medical marijuana – improper transport and controlled substance use (non-narcotic).  He was sentenced Oct. 18 to two 10-day jail terms with credit for two days served;…

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County will soon have a barn quilt trail

October 24, 2013
County will soon have a barn quilt trail

 PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — A group of 25 people, many who own barns around the county, met Tuesday night at the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce office to discuss a new project that will embrace agricultural heritage. A new barn quilt trail is being planned as part of Mason County’s cultural economic plan. The meeting was led by…

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Car strikes power pole

October 24, 2013
Car strikes power pole

GRANT TWP. — A car struck a power pole on North U.S. 31 south of Hoague Road around 11:15 a.m. today. Three people were in the Ford Taurus, including an infant. Initially it was reported the infant was trapped inside the vehicle. However, Grant Twp. Fire Department rescue personnel reported all were out of the vehicle upon arrival. Mason County…

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Bill will assure help for harbor dredging

October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mason County’s representatives in Washington, Bill Huizenga (2nd district) and Dr. Dan Benishek (1st district) both voted in favor of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act Wednesday night, a bill that was passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3. “WRRDA classifies the entire Great Lakes Navigation System as a unified body and instructs…

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Fishing report

October 24, 2013

The following is this week’s fishing report for northwestern Michigan provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources: Ludington: No boats have been out. Pier anglers and those surfcasting are catching some steelhead. Fresh spawn worked best. Pere Marquette River: While the salmon run is winding down, anglers are still catching the occasional coho. Steelhead are moving in on a daily basis.…

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Sheriff’s office activity, as of Oct. 23, 2013

October 24, 2013

The following is a report on the activity of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office from Oct. 23, 2013: 2:10 p.m.: Hit and run crash, Shop-N-Save parking lot in Pere Marquette Township. 4:02 p.m.: Gas drive off, $26, 400 block of East U.S. 10 in Custer Township. Crashes: 6:32 a.m.: Car/deer crash, Pere Marquette Highway and Iris Road in PM Township.…

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Mostly cloudy today, highs in 40s

October 24, 2013
Mostly cloudy today, highs in 40s

Superior Electric Weather Report. Ludington and Pentwater: Mostly cloudy this afternoon with a 40% chance of rain; high of 47 degrees F; low tonight of 38 degrees with showers. Humidity: 65%, dropping to 54%; wind: north-northwest at 10 mph changing to northwest at 14 mph. Scottville: Mostly cloudy this afternoon with a 30% chance of rain; high temperature of 46 degrees…

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MCC board may save teacher’s job, offers early retirement

October 23, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — In the wake of Monday night’s regular board of eduction meeting, when the school board voted to eliminate two teaching positions, the Mason County Central board held a special meeting this morning and agreed to offer early retirement incentives to the district’s teaching staff. On Monday, the board voted 4-3 to eliminate two secondary (middle school or high…

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Scottville man pleas to CSC with a minor

October 23, 2013
Scottville man pleas to CSC with a minor

LUDINGTON — A 31-year-old Scottville man will likely spend 4 to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor female between 2001 and 2004. Frederick Lewis was originally charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct first degree. In August, Lewis turned down a plea agreement from Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. He appeared in 51st Circuit Court today…

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AM Galleries: Art for the people

October 23, 2013
AM Galleries: Art for the people

In partnership with the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, MCP presents The Business Plan, a blog about what’s going on in Mason County’s business community. Today’s feature is on AM Galleries which is one of the sponsors of Business After Hours, to be held Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at AM Galleries in downtown Ludington.…

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Obit: Robert Smith, 61, Custer

October 23, 2013
Obit: Robert Smith, 61, Custer

Robert A. “Coho Bob” Smith, aged 61 of Custer passed away on Monday, October 21, 2013.  Bob was born on November 9, 1951 in Ludington to Robert J. and Betty (Kamarauskas) Smith, and graduated from Mason County Central High School with the class of 1969.  He furthered his education earning an Associate’s Degree from Northwestern Community College in 1971, and…

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Welcome to the world… Matthew, Elisha and Ariella

October 23, 2013
Welcome to the world… Matthew, Elisha and Ariella

Welcome to the world: Matthew Richard Courtland, born Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. He is the son of Ashley Miller and George Courtland of Scottville. Elisha Ruth Bush, born Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. She is the daughter of Heather and Seth Bush of Ludington. Ariella Renae Corbett, born Monday, October 21, 2013 at…

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Rain and snow mix continues today

October 23, 2013
Rain and snow mix continues today

Superior Electric Outdoor Report. Ludington and Pentwater: Cloudy with high tempertures of 45 degrees F. Showers mixed with rain and snow expected by mid-afternoon. Evening lows at 38 degrees. Humidity: 65%; wind: north-northwest at 8 mph.   Scottville: Cloudy with high temperatures of 47 degrees F. Showers mixed with rain and snow expected by mid-afternoon. Evening lows at 35 degrees…

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NO DEAL. Trooper Butterfield shooting case going to trial

October 22, 2013
NO DEAL. Trooper Butterfield shooting case going to trial

LUDINGTON — Eric Knysz of Luther was offered no plea deal from the prosecutor during a final conference hearing today in 51st Circuit Court. The 19-year-old is being charged with multiple counts in connection with the Sept. 9 murder of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, including murder. Several law enforcement officers, including MSP Hart Post Commander Lt. Kevin Leavitt…

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