Author: Andrea Ludema

AG Nessel: Some Michigan Dairy Farmers Caught Up in Dean Foods Bankruptcy

Some Michigan dairy farmers are caught up in the middle of Dean Foods’ bankruptcy. Dean Foods filed for bankruptcy in November of 2019. Michigan’s attorney general learned that Dean Foods sent notices to a handful of Michigan dairy farmers who direct-ship their milk to a former Dean dairy plant in the Upper Peninsula. The notice is an attempt to force…

Federal Officials to Delay Listing Monarch Butterfly as Endangered

The monarch butterfly will have to wait longer to receive protection under the Endangered Species Act. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the monarch butterfly’s population has fallen enough to qualify for listing as threatened or endangered. But other species with a higher priority must be considered before the black-and-orange butterfly can be added to the list. Officials…

Leelanau Co. Deputies Issue 11 MIP Citations After Responding to Weekend Party

Leelanau County deputies say they issued nearly a dozen citations after responding to reports of a party involving underage drinking. Police say they responded to a report of a party at a Glen Arbor Township home Saturday night. When deputies got there, they heard loud music coming from a garage. Deputies issued 11 citations to people under the legal drinking…

Two Arrested in Alpena County, Accused of Delivering Meth

Two people in Alpena County have been charged with delivering meth. State police say they pulled over Darrin Clemons and Erin Cook earlier this month. Troopers say Clemons had an expired license and they found a scale and a knife with white residue on him, and that Cook first gave a false name. After searching the vehicle, troopers found straws…

F-16 Fighter Jet Pilot Killed in Upper Peninsula Crash Identified

The Wisconsin Air National Guard says the investigation into what caused an F-16 fighter jet to crash in the Upper Peninsula earlier this week could take at least a year. After a multistate search, the guard’s 115th Fighter Wing announced the death of the pilot, Captain Durwood “Hawk” Jones from New Mexico. Captain Jones joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard…

White Cloud Man Accused of Having Child Sexually Abusive Material

State police arrested a 63-year-old White Cloud man accused of having child sexually abusive material. Troopers say a tip from a concerned citizen led to the start of their investigation. When they searched the man’s home Friday morning, troopers say they found child porn and arrested the man. Once he is arraigned, the man’s name will be released.  

Michigan Minimum Wage Increase Unlikely to Take Effect on Jan. 1

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, minimum wage workers will not see the state’s minimum wage increase on the first of the year. Michigan’s Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act of 2018 prohibits minimum wage increases when the state’s annual unemployment rate for the preceding calendar year is above 8.5%. While October’s unemployment numbers trended down, the annual unemployment average…

Alma Woman Charged with Resisting Arrest, Having Meth in Gladwin Co.

The Gladwin County Sheriff’s Office says an Alma woman lead them on chase beginning on North Bard Road in Sherman Township. They say they tried to pull Jessica Tolfree over Tuesday night but she took off. Deputies used spike stripes which they say Tolfree hit, stopping her at South Bard and Plant Road in Gladwin County. Tolfree was arrested and…

13-Year-Old Charged With Assault With Intent to Murder in Grand Traverse Co.

We have an update on the 13-year-old involved in an attempted murder case in Grand Traverse County. The county prosecutor says the teenager is charged with assault with intent to murder, but it’s still unclear if she will be charged as an adult. Last Friday, Traverse City police were called to a house on Barlow Street. The caller said she…

Downstate Man Arrested on Drug Charges in Manistee County

A downstate man is facing several drug charges, including being a prisoner with contraband. Darryl Hunt from Muskegon was arrested earlier this month. State police say they noticed his car sitting in the middle of the road on 11th Street in Manistee County. Troopers arrested Hunt after finding cocaine on him. During a search at the jail, he denied have…