Author: Ryan Cole

Two Arrested in Cheboygan County for Operating Meth Lab

Police arrested two people in a meth lab bust in Tower.  Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement, or SANE, arrested Ronald Covell Jr. and Denyse Edwards after searching their home Thursday night. That’s where officers found meth, along with equipment, chemicals and components used to manufacture the drug. It’s the third bust this year by SANE. They were arraigned and charged with…

National Weather Service Confirms Two Tornadoes Touched Down in Shiawassee Co.

Downstate saw some pretty severe weather Thursday with two tornadoes and possibly even a third.  The National Weather Service confirms two tornado touched down in Shiawassee County. It is said that another tornado may have hit Genesee County. Homes were damaged and power knocked out for thousands. Thankfully, there are no reports of anyone getting hurt in the severe weather…

State Issues Mount Mancelona Cease and Desist Order Over Faulty Ski Lift

A local ski resort is being ordered to cease and desist for operating a faulty ski lift. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) declared the ski lift at Mount Mancelona unsafe after inspection. The agency also says the resort didn’t have a permit to run the lift.  The resort could face legal action after the order. LARA…

What’s Happening in Northern Michigan: Bird Walk, Cooking Class, Soo Locks Opening

There’s plenty of fun events to take part in as spring inches closer. Courtney Sheffer from the West Michigan Tourist Association brings us the details on What’s Happening in Northern Michigan. Bird Walk  If you’re ready for signs of spring, head to the Grass River Natural Area in Bellaire on Saturday, March 23. They’ll be holding their first Bird Walk…

Cheboygan County Man Accused of Sex Crimes Against 14-Year-Old

A Cheboygan County man faces life in prison after being charged with sex crimes with a minor.  Michael Allred is accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old since last October. He is charged with five counts of first-degree sex crimes and another second-degree sex crime. Allred is also being charged as a habitual offender. He was denied bond and…

Police: Speed a Factor in Oceana County Rollover

Police in Oceana County say a truck flipped after hitting slick roads.  Police say the truck was headed east on Filmore Road near 168th Avenue when it lost control on an icy patch. They say the truck hit a mailbox and then spun around and turned onto its side on the other side of the road. Police say speed was…

Kalamazoo Police Officer Shot While Responding to Shooting

A Kalamazoo police officer is in the hospital after being shot while responding to a shooting Tuesday morning.  Police say the officer is expected to be O.K. Police say a former employee entered plasma donation center and opened fire. They say there is no active threat to the public. Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we continue to follow…

Bogus Bills Reported in Manistee County

Even more fake bills are showing up across Northern Michigan.  This time the Manistee County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve gotten complaints of the counterfeit bills. The sheriff’s office got a call this morning about a $20 bill with the phrase “copy money” printed under the serial number. They’ve also had complaints about bills with the words “motion picture use only”…

Former Mount Pleasant Man Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

A former Mount Pleasant resident was found guilty of tax evasion on his federal income taxes a decade ago. A jury found that James Pieron Jr. willfully avoided paying his income taxes in 2008 and 2009. Police say he operated a foreign currency exchange with businesses in Switzerland. He wired millions of dollars from Swiss bank accounts to business accounts…

Judge Orders Man Accused of Shooting Saginaw Twp. Officer to Stand Trial

Saginaw Township Police Officer Jeff Koenig and the man police say shot him, Joshua Rosebush, were in the same courtroom Thursday. Police say Rosebush shot Officer Koenig in January after he pulled Rosebush over in a stolen pickup truck.  Rosebush then took off, prompting a manhunt that lasted several hours. He was later arrested after he was hurt during a…