Author: Johnathon Gustin

Appeals Court Rules Downstate Gyms Stay Closed

Hours before gyms statewide were set to open, the 6th circuit court of appeals granted the governor’s motion to keep downstate gyms closed. The move impacts all gyms in areas of the state that are not currently in phase 5. That means gyms in most of the Northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula can remain open. As the news…

Chippewa Co. Deputies Arrest Second Person Involved in Overdose Investigation

Chippewa County Deputies and TRIDENT arrested a second person in an overdose investigation. In December, we told you Derek Erickson was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance causing death. The sheriff’s office says Jessica Dailey died in September overdosing on drugs he gave her. Melanie Minta of Sault Ste Marie is now accused of accessing Dailey’s health records after…

MSP Arrest Two Men on Drug Charges Following Pursuit

Two northern Michigan men are facing drug charges after leading state police on a chase. Troopers say they saw two men with cash and suspected meth in Montcalm County. After they say they made contact the men drove off in a pickup, crashed into another vehicle and three patrol cars. It eventually went into a ditch in Pine River Township….

Midland Makes Part of Main Street Pedestrian Only

Another community is making plans to make its downtown pedestrian-only to promote social distancing. Midland says from June 18 through July 31, a large section Main Street will be car-free. The city says these changes will people room to safely enjoy the area while also making space for outdoor shopping and dining. This comes after Traverse City started putting its…

Dive Teams Train, Explore ’40s Cargo Carrier Wreckage in Lake Michigan

Multiple law enforcement agencies took full advantage of the weekend’s gorgeous weather to do some dive team training. They took a dip into Lake Michigan, south of Pentwater, at a unique training location—the site of a ’40s cargo carrier wreckage. Together, the Oceana and Newaygo County Sheriff’s Offices, the Pentwater Police Department, and DNR conservation officers practiced a 40-foot dive…

State Parks Reinstate Recreation Passport Requirement

If you are planning a trip to a state park in Michigan, you are now going to need a passport again. For the past three months, state parks have been free to enter because of the pandemic. But starting Monday, the state is charging fees again. Visitors can pay for day passes, or have year-long recreation passports on their licence…

5 Teenagers Detained or Arrested after Big Rapids Police Chases

Officers say five teenagers were either arrested or detained after leading them on multiple chases early Sunday morning. Around 2 a.m. someone called to reported suspicious activity in the parking lot of a Betten Baker dealership in Big Rapids. Deputies arrived and saw a vehicle leave the lot. They say they tried to pull it over but were led on…

MDHHS Directed to Cut Off Staffing Agency After Teenager’s Death

Governor Gretchen Whitmer is ordering the state to cut off work with a youth home staffing company after a teenager’s death. In April, investigators say 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick was wrongly restrained at the Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo. He went into cardiac arrest and died two days later. The lawyer for Frederick’s family says the evidence suggests the teenager was choked….

Driver Dies After Fleeing from Traffic Stop in Lake County

A late-night traffic stop over the weekend turned deadly in Lake County. Deputies say they pulled over a vehicle near U.S. 10 in Chase Township Saturday, just before midnight. During the stop, they say the driver took off. Deputies followed the vehicle to South Lakola Road in Pinora Township. They say it crashed and the driver was killed. The name…

DNR: Moving, Transporting Firewood Can Spread Invasive Species

It is camping season, and the DNR wants to remind Michiganders not to transport or move firewood. Moving logs can spread invasive species to new locations. These foreign infestations can be a huge threat to the state’s agriculture. Officials say it’s almost impossible to detect disease by just looking at the wood. If you do need firewood, buy it once…