Jamie Thompson

Parts of Mid-Michigan Officially Declared Natural Disaster Areas

Parts of mid-Michigan have officially been declared disaster areas following last June’s storms. The USDA and Michigan’s Farm Service Agency say once the losses added up they were able to label 18 counties primary natural disaster areas. The declaration means farmers will be eligible for certain assistance from the FSA. Farmers have eight months to apply for emergency loans. Related…

Mason County Woman Pleads No Contest to Attempted Embezzlement

A Mason County woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her employer entered a plea agreement. We first brought you this story back in April. Allison Swan, who worked for Fun-N-Sun RV pleaded no contest to attempted embezzlement. A no contest plea means Swan does not admit guilt, but accepts the punishment. An audit showed the company was missing…

Time Magazine Names ‘The Silence Breakers’ As 2017 Person of the Year

Time Magazine named the “The Silence Breakers” it’s 2017 Person of the Year for launching the #MeToo movement. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault. Time says the #MeToo movement was the fastest moving social change the magazine had seen in decades. They referred to the hundreds of women and some men who came forward…

Another Woman Accuses John Conyers of Sexual Harassment

We have an update on the sexual harassment investigation against former Michigan Representative John Conyers. A woman who worked as a volunteer for Conyers says she was harassed by the former Democratic congressman. Delores Lyons came forward Tuesday after Conyers announced his resignation. Lyons says Conyers put her hand in his lap while she was driving. She says he touched…

Man Accused of Accidentally Shooting, Killing Teen Has Charge Reduced

We have an update on a tragic Oceana County hunting accident that killed a 13-year-old boy. Roger Hoeker’s charge was reduced from involuntary manslaughter to careless discharge causing death. Hoeker was a hunting safety instructor for a youth outreach program. Deputies say Hoeker accidentally shot William Gort Jr. in the head while hunting with another teen in February. Gort later…

National Cherry Festival Named 2017 Air Show Site of the Year

The National Cherry Festival is officially the 2017 Air Show Site of the Year. The announcement came at the International Council of Air Shows in Las Vegas. Members of the air show committee say it’s an honor and it shows how well the entire community roles out the “cherry red carpet”. This is the second year for this award. The…

US Rep. John Conyers Supporters Rally in Detroit

Supporters of U.S. Representative John Conyers are holding a rally in Detroit. Dozens of political, religious and civil rights leaders are scheduled to gather Monday. The 88-year-old is accused of sexual harassment by former staff members. Conyers has denied he did anything wrong. The Democratic lawmaker has been in the hospital since he reported feeling lightheaded last week.

Drivers OK After Leelanau County Crash

A Leelanau County crash ripped up the front of one car and left a truck on its side. It happened Saturday shortly before 12:30 a.m. at the intersection of East Lakeview Hills and South Center Highway. Deputies say a woman from Suttons Bay was driving southbound on South Center Highway. The pickup, driven by a man from Cedar, was westbound…

Northern Michigan’s News Leader to Launch New Lifestyle, News Show

What do you want to see in "the four"?

Northern Michigan’s News Leader has an exciting announcement to make! Our team is hard at work to bring you a brand new news and lifestyle show: “the four.” Health and wellness, parenting, cooking, fitness, family: these are just a few of the topics we are brainstorming right now, and we want your input! What are some of the things you…