Author: Dan Firnbach

USDA Designates 43 Michigan Counties as Disaster Areas

The federal government is designating multiple northern Michigan counties as disaster areas in the wake of severe weather conditions this summer. The USDA says 43 Michigan counties are primary natural disaster areas. This will help farmers get assistance from all the flooding and abnormally cold temperatures that happened from March first through the fall harvest. Many of the 43 counties…

Northern Michigan Woman Sues Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate for Damages

“At 15 years old living in northern Michigan, I had no idea how to respond to a billionaire who had just raped me.” A woman from northern Michigan says in a new lawsuit that she was just 15 years old when a female associate of Jeffrey Epstein began grooming her for sex. Epstein died in August while waiting to stand…

Grand Traverse County Man Facing Child Porn Charges Again

A Grand Traverse County man who already served eight months in jail for having child porn is accused again for the same crime. Back in 2017, Daniel Smith used a file sharing service to share a large amount of child pornography. He was accused of having more than 120,000 files of it. He faced up to 18 years in prison…

Cass, Front Streets Closed as Traverse City Christmas Tree Goes Up

If the snow on the ground wasn’t enough to get you in the holiday spirit, maybe this will help. The Christmas tree is moving into position in downtown Traverse City. Work has started at Cass and Front streets. That intersection will be closed for most of the day. Santa’s arrival in Traverse City is set for this Saturday at 6…

Man Accused of Shooting Brother While Hunting in Ionia Co.

A man is accused of shooting his brother while hunting over the weekend downstate. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office says it happened near Saranac on Saturday when the brothers were looking for a deer they had shot. Deputies say the brothers got separated in dense corn. One man thought he saw the deer so he shot again, but then realized…

Man Accused of Choking 17-Year-Old, Hitting Him With Car in Mason County

A 17-year-old boy says a man choked him and then hit him with his car in Mason County. The sheriff’s office says troopers stopped a Custer man in the 4700 block of East Fisher Road in Sherman Township after midnight Sunday. The boy tells investigators the man choked him to a point where he was almost unconscious and then hit…

Northern Michigan Judge Under MSP Investigation Submits Retirement Letter

We have an update on a Northern Michigan judge under investigation. The judge has submitted his retirement letter. It’s still not clear why Judge Michael Mack is under investigation. He presides over the 26th Circuit Court which covers Alpena and Montmorency counties. In the retirement letter, Judge Mack is asking that his retirement start on January 3, with one more…

Man Accused of Crashing Truck Into Roscommon County Home

ROSCO-TRUCK-INTO-HOUSE-2 Show Caption Hide Caption ROSCO-TRUCK-INTO-HOUSE-3 Show Caption Hide Caption ROSCO-TRUCK-INTO-HOUSE-1 Show Caption Hide Caption State police say a Brimley man crashed into a house in Roscommon County, and then ran from the scene before being arrested in another house. It happened at a home in Gerrish Township. Troopers say they found a truck abandoned around 7:30 Sunday morning near…

Grand Traverse County Crews Respond to Water Rescue Call

In Grand Traverse County first responders were called to rescue two people in East Grand Traverse Bay. Crews say two people fell into the water around 7 a.m. Tuesday. They were able to head back to shore and were said to be fine. The Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department says if you do plan outdoor activities, keep in mind the…