Author: Alice Shea

Michigan’s Effort to Cut Jail Population: Task Force Visits Traverse City

A state panel will meet in Traverse City today to hear from experts and the public about ways to cut Michigan’s jail population. It’s one of several stops across the state for the Mich​igan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration​​. Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and State Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mccormack make up the task force co-chairs. They’re…

Nessel Charges Michigan Priest With False Imprisonment

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has charged a Michigan priest with felony false imprisonment. Special agents from the attorney general’s office arrested Father Brian Stanley of Coloma. He’s accused of holding a teenage boy against his will in a janitor’s room at St. Margaret’s Church back in 2013. The attorney general’s office says Stanley wrapped the teen in plastic wrap,…

DNR: Tips Lead Officers to Gladwin Man With 1,400+ Illegal Panfish

Conservation officers say tips about overfishing in a Northern Michigan lake led them to a man with more than 1,400 illegal panfish. Earlier this month the Department of Natural Resources says they received multiple tips about overfishing in Gladwin County’s Lake Lancer. While patrolling the lake, they noticed a Gladwin man fishing for panfish. After speaking with him multiple times,…

US Congress Members to Tour Soo Locks

Several U.S. Congress members will tour the Soo Locks this week to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade to the complex. The tour on Friday will be led by Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur of Ohio and Republican Representative John Moolenaar from Michigan. Lieutenant General Todd Semonite, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will also be there. The…

Line 5 Resolution Vote, Grand Traverse Co.

Grand Traverse County commissioners will vote Wednesday on a resolution supporting Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac. Commissioners postponed the vote at a meeting earlier this month because two commissioners were not there. The board says they want all members present for the vote. They also wanted more time to look over and discuss the resolution….

50 Millionth Visitor at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore hit a major milestone this week, welcoming their 50 millionth visitor. Her name is Meghan Boertman. She was visiting Monday with her family from Norton Shores, Michigan. Megan, her husband and two kids were greeted with plenty of enthusiasm and gifts to celebrate. This special milestone comes right before the 50th anniversary next year in 2020.

Recreational Marijuana Businesses: Cadillac City Council to Vote on Public Hearing

The Cadillac city council is considering an ordinance that would allow certain recreational marijuana businesses. But first it needs to hear from the community. City council members will vote Monday on whether to discuss bringing recreational marijuana businesses to the city. If they vote yes, a public hearing where community members can weigh in will be scheduled for Sept. 3….

2 Arrested for Mass Shooting Threats in Ohio & Florida

Police across the country are on high alert for copycat mass shooters in the wake of recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Over the weekend, two men in separate incidents were arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks. One of them was James Reardon, a self-described white nationalist. Investigators arrested him Saturday after uncovering a threatening social media…

Taiwan Offers Hong Kong Protesters Asylum: It’s The 11th Week

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement returned to the streets over the weekend for a massive and peaceful march. An estimated 1.7 million people took part. That’s a quarter of the territory’s population. The peaceful protests were a change from some of the past two months, when violence erupted between protesters and police. Protesters are trying to send a clear message to…