Author: Dan Firnbach

Man, Woman Accused of Assaulting 17-Year-Old in Grand Traverse County

A 19-year-old man and woman are accused of beating a 17-year-old in Grand Traverse County. Deputies say the man also pointed a gun at her. The sheriff’s office says the incident happened around 11 a.m. Monday outside the victim’s home in Garfield Township. After beating her, they then drove off. Deputies found them Monday night, arresting them for assault with…

Two Arrested After Grand Traverse Co. K-9 Finds Suspected Meth in Vehicle

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office says their new K-9, Kalo, helped find two baggies of suspected meth and Suboxone. The sheriff’s office interdiction team pulled over a car on M-72 in Whitewater Township last Thursday. It came after getting a tip a man in the car was dealing meth in Garfield Township. The driver of the car also had…

Four Snowmobilers Hurt After Crash With Trail Groomer

The Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Office says four snowmobilers were sent to the hospital after one of them hit a trail groomer. Deputies say it happened just after noon Saturday when one snowmobile went over a hill on the trail near Six Point Road and West Township Road in Garfield Township in Kalkaska County. The driver of that sled was not…

Four Chinese Soldiers Charged With 2017 Equifax Breach

A massive Equifax data breach that came to light in the summer of 2017 has ended with four Chinese soldiers charged for the crimes. The Justice Department announced Monday morning that the four are charged with breaking into Equifax’s computer networks. The hackers stole personal information of almost 150 million Americans. The members of China’s military also stole the driver’s…

Crawford County Murder Trial Begins

A Crawford County murder case spanning more than a year is now heading to trial for one of the men accused of killing Dennis Everson. During the summer of 2018, Matthew Smith and Dylan Ziegler were arrested for the death of Everson. His body was found on a remote piece of property in Frederic Township. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office…

Gov. Whitmer Releases $61.9 Billion State Budget Plan

A massive Michigan budget proposal was announced in Lansing Thursday, and in it comes millions of dollars to help classrooms across the state. Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the almost $62 billion state budget. The governor says the classroom operation boost would be the biggest in 20 years. The proposal includes a per-student increase by $225 for most schools. The budget…

Benzie County Joins Traverse City Tourism

A northern Michigan county is expected to see a big boost in tourism as they now join Traverse City Tourism. Benzie County is now a member of the Traverse City Tourism brand. The county voted to make them their new convention and visitors bureau. A Michigan law allows communities to join tourism and marketing programs, like Traverse City Tourism. Starting…

Passenger Dies After SUV Crashes Into Farming Equipment in Mason Co.

A passenger was killed when the SUV they were in crashed into a piece of farming equipment and was then hit by a truck in Mason County. The sheriff says the crash happened Tuesday morning just after 6 on Custer Road, north of Sugar Grove Road, in Sherman Township. He says the SUV spun into the other lane after hitting…

USDOT Investing $1M in Pellston Regional Airport

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investing more than $1 million into the Pellston Regional Airport. The US Department of Transportation has given $1.7 million to Sky West Airlines to be under the department’s “essential air service” program. That means it will bring 12 nonstop roundtrip flights per week to the Pellston Airport to fly to and from Detroit Metropolitan…