Dan Firnbach

Scottville Man Killed in Mason County Crash

A 35-year-old Scottville man is dead after a van crossed the center line and hit him in Mason County Friday morning. Deputies say it happened on U.S. 10 and U.S. 31. They say the van not only hit the man driving a Kia, but also a minivan. Deputies say the driver of the Kia was killed instantly. The man’s one…

Cheboygan County Man Accused of Trying to Break Into Cabin, Assault

A Cheboygan County man could spend life in prison, accused of trying to break into a cabin and assaulting someone. Troopers say John Wiggs tried to get into a cabin at the Oden Cabins in Emmet County last Wednesday. When troopers got there, they found Wiggs in someone else’s car. State police say that person claims Wiggs assaulted her. Wiggs…

Former Olympic Gymnastics Doctor Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing 3 Gymnasts

Former Olympic doctor Larry Nassar has taken a plea deal on a separate sexual abuse case. Wednesday Nassar pleaded guilty in Eaton County court for sexually abusing three girls at a gymnastics club. Last week he pleaded guilty in a separate case in Ingham County. In a third case, Nassar will be sentenced in federal court next Thursday for having…

Michigan State Police: 10 Killed in Crashes Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Michigan State Police say 10 people died in crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers say the 10 separate crashes happened throughout the state. It’s the same number of deadly crashes as last year’s Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Troopers are reminding everyone to drive cautiously when weather worsens. State police have not said if any of these crashes involve drugs or…

Oakland County Deputy Killed on Thanksgiving Laid to Rest

Family, friends and colleagues are paying their last respects to an Oakland County deputy killed on Thanksgiving. Fifty-year-old Deputy Eric Overall was killed Thursday while trying to stop a police chase. Investigators say he was getting ready to deploy stop sticks when he was hit. The driver who hit him, Christopher Berak, faces charges of first-degree murder and murder of…

Rep. Conyers Returns to Work Following Sexual Harassment Allegations

U.S. Representative John Conyers, from Michigan, is expected to return to work Tuesday following sexual harassment and workplace abuse allegations by his former staffers. Conyers announced Sunday that he is stepping down as a high ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee pending an ethics probe into the claims. The Democrat denies the allegations. Conyers is the longest serving current…

Caught on Camera: Suspect Steals Trailer in Grand Traverse County

Caught on camera: deputies say they have surveillance video of a trailer being stolen in Grand Traverse County. It happened outside The Goodwill Inn on Keystone Road. In the video, you can see a dark colored truck hauling away a utility trailer. Deputies say it happened last Sunday around 5:30 p.m. If you have any information on who stole this…

Traverse City Shuts Down Part of Cass St. to Install Christmas Tree

Traverse City is installing its Christmas tree Monday, and that means shutting down part of Cass Street. Crews have been working on putting up the tree since 8:30 Monday morning. The tree installation has Cass Street, north of East Front Street, closed. Crews expect to be wrapped up with the installation before 4 Monday afternoon. This Friday, Traverse City will…

Jury Finds Man Accused of Assault, Standoff in Kalkaska Co. Not Guilty

A man accused of assault and being involved in a standoff has been found not guilty. Brian Houtman is cleared of any wrongdoing for his role in a Kalkaska County standoff in May. Deputies were called to a home this summer after getting reports about a man who had assaulted a woman and fired off several rounds. A standoff then…

Two People Expected to Be Charged With Murder in Kalkaska Co.

We have continuing coverage on a homicide investigation in Kalkaska County. Two people are expected to be charged with murder Monday. Brodrick Ward’s body was found last Tuesday in a home on Gonyer Road in Springfield Township Ward was originally from Inkster. When he wasn’t answering any of his family’s phone calls, they came up to Kalkaska County and found…