Author: Dan Firnbach

Huron County Man Dies After Snowmobile Crash in Chippewa County

A Huron County man has died after a snowmobile crash in Chippewa County. The DNR says Richard Duffy was riding with a group of snowmobilers on Jan. 2 on the Bobby Gay Truck Trail in the Hiawatha National Forest near Trout Lake. The DNR says Duffy’s snowmobile went off the trail, hit several trees and flipped over, throwing Duffy from…

Enbridge Won’t Comply with State’s Demand to Shut Down Line 5

Enbridge says it will ignore Michigan’s demand to shut down Line 5, defying an easement Governor Gretchen Whitmer put in place back in November. Back in November, Governor Whitmer revoked a 1953 easement that allowed Line 5 to be placed in the Straits of Mackinac. Governor Whitmer said Enbridge had violated the terms and put Lake Michigan and Lake Huron…

Grand Traverse Co. Deputies Investigating Vehicle Break-Ins

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two people who are breaking into vehicles throughout the county. The sheriff’s office says the duo took items from cars between Dec. 23 and Dec. 24 in the Heritage Estates Subdivision. If you know who these two suspects are, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 231-995-5000.

Moderna Says COVID-19 Vaccine Provides 1 Year of Immunity

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine appears to give people at least one year’s worth of protection from COVID-19, according to Tal Zaks, the biotechnology company’s chief medical officer. Vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer were both granted emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration. According to Zaks, Moderna will test to see if a third dose of the vaccine will result…

Twitter Removes 70,000 Accounts Linked to QAnon

Twitter is banning more accounts from its social media platform. The company says it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts for promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. QAnon accounts are known for claims suggesting politicians and celebrities work with global governments to sexually abuse children and 5G cellular networks spread COVID-19. Twitter says it considers the messages posted by QAnon accounts…

Parler Sues Amazon for Pulling Social Network

Parler is suing Amazon in response to being removed from the platform in the wake of last week’s violent protests at the U.S. Capitol. The social media website alleges an anti-trust violation, breach of contract and interference with the company’s business relationships with users. Parler is also asking for temporary restraining orders against Amazon. The lawsuit comes after Amazon removed…

Amazon to Invest $2 Billion in Affordable Housing in 3 Cities

Amazon plans to invest $2 billion in affordable housing in three cities over the next five years. The cities are Seattle, Nashville and Arlington. Amazon also plans to hire 5,000 employees in each of those cities. In the past, the online retailer has been criticized for driving up the cost of housing in areas where it opened large operations. Amazon’s…

Presque Isle Co. Sheriff’s Office Searching for Missing Person

Presque Isle County deputies need your help finding a missing person. The sheriff’s office told our newsroom that the missing person first went missing 10 days ago on Jan. 1 near the Tomahawk Lake area. Deputies say their investigation started when a vehicle was found without anyone in it near the boat launch area. The sheriff’s office has used drones,…

Man Arrested for Home Invasion in Mason County

A Mason County man returned home Saturday afternoon to find another man inside his home. The Mason County sheriff says the homeowner returned home around 3:30 p.m. Saturday to find a car in his yard and his front door open. When the homeowner walked in, he found an intruder. The sheriff says the intruder fled the home but was later…