Author: Emily DeRuiter

Flags Ordered to Fly at Half-Staff for Fallen Soldier’s Funeral

Flags will be flown at half-staff on Thursday for the funeral of a fallen soldier. U.S. Army Specialist Bradley Walsh, born in Kalamazoo, was in his third year of active duty when he died on Jan. 8 at age 21. He was stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. Walsh was a soon-to-be father who grew up in Hillman and…

Roscommon Co. Man Charged For Shooting at Someone Who Allegedly Broke Home Window

01-21-20-SORENSON.01 Show Caption Hide Caption 01-21-20-4ROSCO-SHOOTING-UPD-SS-6.transfer Show Caption Hide Caption 01-21-20-3ROSCO-SHOOTING-UPD-SS-6.transfer Show Caption Hide Caption 01-21-20-ROSCO-SHOOTING-UPD-SS256.transfer Show Caption Hide Caption 01-21-20-ROSCO-SHOOTING-UPD-SS-6.transfer1 Show Caption Hide Caption In his update, the Michigan State Police says a man has been charged for shooting at someone who allegedly broke a window outside of his home in Houghton Lake. 33-year-old Drew Sorenson faces several charges,…

Traverse City Massage Therapist Sentenced to Jail for 4th Degree Sex Crimes

A Traverse City massage therapist who pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct learned his sentenced on Tuesday. In 2018, a woman accused Jeffry Knapp of misconduct during a massage and he was charged with CSC of the third degree in 2019. A plea deal dropped that charge down to fourth-degree CSC. On Tuesday, Knapp was sentenced to 9 months…

Deadly Fire in Mackinac County: 2 Victims Identified

The Michigan State Police has identified the two victims of a tragic, deadly house fire in Mackinac County. Just before 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, troopers say they were called to a house fire in Portage Township with reports that two people were trapped inside. Multiple fire departments responded, finding 69-year-old Mary Burton and 72-year-old Rodney Lafond dead inside the home….

Consumers Energy: Planned Outage to Affect 250 in Antrim County

Consumers Energy customers in Antrim County are learning they will be without power from around midnight to 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The planned outage is expected to affect about 250 customers in Banks Township. Line crews will replacing a damaged power pole near Ellsworth in Antrim County. Consumers Energy says it was unable to notify customers in advance with…

DNR Increases Recreation Passport Cost by $1; First Time in 7 Years

For the first time in seven years, the Michigan DNR is increasing the cost of year-round access to state parks and other recreation opportunities. The recreation passport is moving from $11 to $12 starting March 1. They say the $1 increase is designed to keep pace with inflation—part of a rule established in 2010. The $12 cost breaks down to…

Michigan Files Lawsuit Against 17 PFAS Manufacturers, Distributors

Attorney General Dana Nessel is taking legal action against multiple PFAS manufacturers and distributors. Michigan is filing a lawsuit against 17 defendants for damages caused by PFAS, including the manufacturing company 3M and the chemicals company DuPont. Nessel says the companies concealed the dangers of PFAS and sold them knowing they would contaminate natural resources, exposing residents to harm. Nessel…

Two Car Fire Near Morley Stanwood Community Schools

Morley Area fire and Rescue says two vehicles caught fire Tuesday morning in Mecosta County. Details are limited. We know it happened on Northland Drive near Morley Stanwood Community Schools and one person was given medical attention at the scene. The fire crews left the station around 10 a.m. after clearing the area.

Marion Public Schools: Lockdown Ends, ‘Potentially Dangerous’ Person in Police Custody

Marion Public Schools says it is no longer full lockdown and the ‘potentially dangerous person’ is in police custody. School will resume like normal for students and staff. Just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, the school had posted on Facebook about the lockdown after it was notified that a “potentially dangerous figure” was near the school’s campus. Superintendent Chris Arrington…

Flu Causes McLaren Northern Michigan to Limit Visitor Access

A hospital in Petoskey is limiting visitor access, citing an increase in influenza cases. McLaren Northern Michigan says visitors must be at least 12 years old and immediate family. People with flu-like symptoms are asked to not visit the hospital. And it warns infected individuals are contagious up to 24 hours before symptoms even appear.