District Court

April 6, 2013

LUDINGTON – The following proceedings took place this week in 79th District Court.   – Ronnie Zuniga Jr., 29, 105 S. Wildwood Crossing, Apt. 16, Ludington, was found guilty on April 2 for retail fraud second degree. He was sentenced to 31 days in jail; 1 year discretionary jail for 2 years; must report to jail for 7 actual consecutive…

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Arraignments

April 6, 2013
Arraignments

LUDINGTON – The following were arraigned this week in 79th District Court:   KEY: MCSD: Mason County Sheriff’s Dept.; LPD: Ludington Police Dept.; SPD: Scottville Police Dept.; MSP: Michigan State Police; SSCENT: State, Sheriff’s, Chief’s Enforcement Narcotics Team. OUIL: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor. Felonies –          Arthur Frederick Bennett III, 50, 6000 E. Free Soil…

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Rotta appeals denial for police shooting reports

April 5, 2013
Rotta appeals denial for police shooting reports

LUDINGTON — Ludington resident Tom Rotta is appealing a denial by the Ludington Police Department for information regarding a police shooting that took place last summer. Rotta had requested, through the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, to inspect or receive copies of records in the case against Lowell Fetters. On June 26, 2012, Fetters allegedly shot Ludington Police Sgt. David…

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Ludington to consider yield signs near schools

April 5, 2013

LUDINGTON — Ludington City Council is expected to act on traffic control order’s issued by Police Chief Mark Barnett during its regular meeting Monday night at 6:30 p.m. The orders establish yield signs in or near crosswalks at locations near schools in the city limits. The signs are being established because traffic hazards to pedestrians exist. Those locations include: North…

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Hart state police post receives 3 new troopers

April 5, 2013
Hart state police post receives 3 new troopers

HART – Three recently graduated state police troopers have been assigned to the Michigan State Police Hart Post. They include Alexander Hammerle of Mt.Pleasant, Aaron Tubergen of Holland and Barry Wolf of HowardCity. They were among 90 troopers who recently graduated from the 124thTrooperRecruitSchool. Governor Rick Snyder served as the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, held last week. “The…

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Washington Avenue bridge construction to begin later this spring

April 5, 2013

LUDINGTON — Construction work on building a new Washington Avenue bridge is scheduled to begin in late May or early June. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s Local Bridge Fund will pay for 95 percent of the estimated $2.2 million bridge re-build. The City of Ludington will cover the remaining 5 percent, or $111,000, from its Major Street Fund. The city…

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Scottville chief interviews scheduled

April 5, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Interviews have been scheduled for the Scottville part-time police chief candidates. See related story here. The interviews will take place Thursday, April 11 beginning at 3:15 p.m. in front of the city’s public safety committee, along with City Manager Amy Williams and Police Chief Mark Barnett. One of the candidates, Karl Weidle of Troy declined an interview. The…

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Car hits tree

April 5, 2013
Car hits tree

VICTORY TWP. — Rescue personnel work to free the driver in a single car accident on North Dennis past Colburn. The 18-year-old male driver was transported by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center. Deputies said he was traveling north past Colburn when his car hit water in the road, causing the car to leave the roadway and hit a tree. Hamlin…

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Pregnancy Care Center hopes to pay off new building with Lake Jump donations

April 5, 2013
Pregnancy Care Center hopes to pay off new building with Lake Jump donations

  By Rob Alway Editor-in-Chief LUDINGTON – Twenty-one years ago a tragedy shocked the Ludington community. A teenage girl left her newborn baby in a dumpster near LudingtonHigh School. The baby was found dead and the community mourned. Out of that tragedy, the WestShorePregnancyCareCenter was founded. The center marks its 20th anniversary this year with the hopes of paying off…

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4-H science fair Saturday

April 4, 2013

SCOTTVILLE — Ever wonder how many stomachs a goat has? Do you want to learn how to make wool? These topics and more will be explored during the 4-H Science Day on Saturday at Scottville Upper Elementary from noon to 4 p.m. The program is free to children ages 5 to 19. 4-H youth will have the opportunity to participate…

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Firefighters save house

April 3, 2013
Firefighters save house

SHERMAN TWP. — Firefighters from Fountain Area Fire Dept. extinguished a fire in a house this afternoon. The department was called to 2606 E. Fountain Rd. around 12:30 p.m. Chief Roger Berndt said a passerby noticed smoke coming from the house. The residents, Andrew and Linda Johnson, were not home, officials were attempting to contact them as of posting. Berndt…

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Searches hope to trace Phillips’ steps the day Baby Kate disappeared

April 3, 2013
Searches hope to trace Phillips’ steps the day Baby Kate disappeared

By Rob Alway Editor-in-Chief LUDINGTON — Law Enforcement officials are asking for qualified volunteers to help narrow the search to tracing Sean Phillips’ steps from the end of June 2011. Through botanical research, they have narrowed down about 10 elements that may be unique to specific areas around Mason County and possibly other areas. Phillips was convicted last year of…

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Scottville’s water rates are average, not the highest

April 3, 2013
Scottville’s water rates are average, not the highest

By Rob Alway Editor-in-Chief SCOTTVILLE – The City of Scottville is most likely going to raise its water and sewer rates. The inevitable rate increase is due to an annual rate increase charged by the City of Ludington which Scottville buys its water and sewer services from. Several people have commented negatively on Facebook about this rate increase, stating Scottville…

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New information expected in Baby Kate case

April 2, 2013

LUDINGTON — Local law enforcement is expected to release new information about the Katherine “Baby Kate” Phillips case Wednesday morning . Chief Mark Barnett stated that the new information is related to the use of forensic methods in the investigation. Katherine Phillips was 4-months-old when she was abducted by her father, Sean Michael Phillips in June 2011. Sean was found guilty last April…

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Training for alcohol servers offered

April 2, 2013
Training for alcohol servers offered

LUDINGTON — District Health Department # 10 will be holding several TIPS  (Training for Intervention Procedures) training sessions in Lake, Mason, and Oceana counties to teach local sellers and servers how to prevent drunk driving, underage drinking and alcohol abuse. Session participants will become certified in the TIPS program, the leading alcohol server training program in the country. TIPS training…

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