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Ludington In The Running For 'Americas Best Towns Outside 2016'

The city of Ludington is in the running for ‘Americas Best Towns Outside 2016’.  Who will win the bracket style tournament?  Log on to outsideonline.com to cast your vote.  This year, the towns are organized by the type of town—river, culture, beach, and mountains.  The towns will battle it out until there's one of each remaining.  Then they'll face each other for the overall title.  Ludington has advanced in its first round matchup, taking down Cape May, New Jersey to move in to the second round to battle Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Voting for round two closes tomorrow at 11:59 pm.  Ludington holds a slight lead over Bayfield, Wisconsin, garnering roughly four hundred more votes and leads 54 percent to 46 percent as of noon Wednesday.  Log on and vote at outsideonline.com for ‘Americas Best Towns Outside 2016’.  You may vote once per round, per matchup. The winners will advance until only two towns remain on May, 20th.  The winner will be the town with the most votes on May, 27.  Go Ludington!!!

'Heisenberg Brothers' Will Get Day In Court For Mobile Meth Lab

The so-called “Heisenberg Brothers” were scheduled for a preliminary exam this Wednesday.  Those exams have been either waived or moved to another day.  Jared Mitchell Walkley has waived his right to a preliminary exam and will be bound over to 59th Circuit Court on charges of operating and maintaining a meth lab and manufacturing and possession of methamphetamine.  James Anthony Walkley signed a 21-day extension waiver and will be in front of judge at a later date for his preliminary exam on similar charges.  The two men were arrested Sunday, April 3rd in a local grocery store parking lot on suspicion of operating a mobile meth lab just like a scene straight out of the popular television series ‘Breaking Bad’.

Hamlin Grocery Permanently Closed

A lot of rumors are swirling with the disappearance of Hamlin Grocery Store owner Vaughn Flewelling.  Only several people in law enforcement know exactly where he actually is.  He was found “somewhere out west” on Thursday, last week.  Not unexpected, was yesterday’s announcement that the popular convenience store on Jebavy Road is closed permanently.  It was posted on Facebook.  Several area news agencies have snooped into tax records and found that state sales tax and property tax has been left unpaid.  They say it’s moving toward six figures.  Also, it’s rumored that the keys to the store were handed over to a local bank, to let them straighten out the mess.  This is not the first time that Hamlin Grocery has suffered financial problems.  Several years ago, monies collected for hunting licenses were not turned over to the State of Michigan.  That time, a bookkeeper was convicted of retaining federal tax deposits for Hamlin Grocery and other business without transmitting the funds to the IRS.  Informed sources tell MOM news that a lot more is to come on this story.

UPDATE: Vaughn Flewelling Found Safe Out Of State ... Traveling On 'Own Free Will'

Vaughn Flewelling has been found and is safe according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.  Flewelling was located out of state traveling on a Greyhound Bus. 

Cole said a man was observed unloading Flewelling’s car for several minutes at an apartment complex in Muskegon on surveillance video recorded Monday morning.  The car was reported as ‘suspicious’ by the apartment manager on Wednesday morning after it had been parked there for two days.

The plate on the car had not been changed from the previous owner.  This triggered a review of video surveillance by law enforcement. The man in the apartment video could not be conclusively identified as Flewelling. 

Video at a nearby Shell gas station showed the same man, but he still could not be identified. When the man walked to the nearby Wesco station, Cole said, the video was clearer and showed the man to be Flewelling.

The trail led to the Greyhound bus station and a bus bound for Grand Rapids, then a bus from Grand Rapids to Flewelling’s current location.

Authorities confirmed Flewelling is healthy and traveling under his own free will.

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