Author: Dan Firnbach

Michigan Close to Launch of Online Sports Betting

Online sports betting and gambling games in Michigan could start as earlier as next month. All that’s left to clear the way is a group of legislators approving the new regulations at a Tuesday meeting. In-person sports betting has been happening in the state since spring. But mobile sports betting and internet poker and other online games must wait until…

Former State Senator Tom Casperson Passes Away

A former state lawmaker from the Upper Peninsula has passed away after a battle with cancer. Tom Casperson represented Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties from 2003 to 2008 as a state representative, and much of the western U.P. from 2011 to 2018 as a state senator. He was a key vote to expand Medicaid and built alliances with labor unions…

Mesick Man Arrested After Troopers Find Meth During Traffic Stop

A Mesick man, already on parole, was pulled over for speeding and it led to state police finding meth inside his car. Troopers say Jamie Sneed was stopped back on November 20 for speeding in Benzonia Township in Benzie County. He gave the trooper the O.K. to search his car. That’s when the trooper found meth, and a glass pipe…

White Cloud Man Facing Drug Charges, Accused of Leading Deputies on Chase

A White Cloud man is facing several charges after leading deputies on a chase in Newaygo County. Deputies say they tried to pull the man over Thursday afternoon near Walnut and 24th Street in Everett Township for driving without a license plate. When the driver stopped, police say he ran away. About 10 minutes later, a K-9 found him hiding…

Lake City Teen in Critical Condition After Rollover Crash

A Lake City teenager is in critical condition after a rollover crash in Missaukee County. State police say a 15-year-old boy was driving on Kelly Road near Forward Road in Reeder Township around 9 p.m. Thursday. Troopers say he lost control and rolled several times. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was…

Antrim County Election Results Corrected After Issue Skewed Initial Results

Unofficial election results in Antrim County have now been corrected after an issue skewed the initial results. The county noticed the voting looked off based on past voting trends. The initial results showed Joe Biden winning the county in the presidential race. The unofficial results now show President Trump winning the county by more than 2,000 votes. According to Michigan’s…

Senate Balance of Power: Three Key Races to Watch

Democratic incumbent Senator Gary Peters is heading back to Washington after beating Republican John James in a tight Senate race. Peters won his first reelection campaign by about 80,000 votes. This is James’ second time losing in a U.S. Senate race in Michigan. Michigan decided on its representation in the U.S. Senate, but the fight for control comes down to…

Troopers Investigate Gladwin Co. Animal Cruelty Complaint, Find Nearly 70 Dogs, 43 Livestock Malnourished

A Gladwin County woman is being investigated for multiple animal cruelty charges. State police were called to Dutcher Road in Butman Township for an animal cruelty complaint. Troopers say they found hundreds of animals that were not being properly cared for and many dead animals not properly disposed of. Nearly 70 dogs were taken to various local animal shelters and…

Roscommon Co. Deputies Arrest Woman After Finding Meth During Traffic Stop

The Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman Tuesday after finding cash and drugs during a traffic stop. Deputies say they stopped a car on the west end of Houghton Lake and found cash, prescription drugs and multiple baggies of meth while searching the car. The case was turned over to the prosecutor’s office for potential charges.

Alpena Police Investigate Murder-Suicide

The Alpena Police Department is investigating what they say appears to be a murder-suicide. Police say they were called to a home on Ford Avenue on October 15 for a report of a possible gunfire. They found a woman dead inside, and a man with serious injuries. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died.