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Hallucinating Man Has Four Hour Standoff With Deputies

A discharge of a firearm indoors was enough for Manistee Central Dispatch to receive a call at 1:35am early Wednesday. 
 
Manistee Sheriff Deputies found the family outside the home that sits just east of the village of Wellston. Family members notified the officers that the man was hallucinating that intruders were in his home. The hallucinations were reportedly brought on due to prescribed medication. 
 
While protecting his home from imaginary intruders the man reportedly discharged his firearm twice within the residence causing family members to fear for their safety.
 
The man refused to comply with the deputies request for him to drop his firearm inside his home.  Deputies did further negotiations to no avail. The call was made on the Northern Michigan Sherriff Emergency Response Team for assistance.
 
The team then executed a peaceful removal without incident four hours after the original call was made. 
 
The 66 yr old white male was treated at West Shore Medical Center, then Lodged in the Manistee County Jail; pending criminal charges.
 

K-9 Unit Tracks Down Rollover Suspects

photo credit: Masoncountypress.com
Numerous beer cans were discovered in the vehicle at the scene of a rollover crash on the US 31 off ramp on US10 at about 8:15 pm yesterday. All this, but no suspects in sight. 
It took just 30 min for Mason County Sherrifs K-9 unit to track and locate the suspects running through the woods where they were captured. Both suspects were arrested for disorderly and held on Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers at their request.
 

New Pickleball Courts Open Today

Pickleball is coming to Ludington today in a major way. They are replacing the three, old, hardly used, tennis courts that sit within the fences of Oriole field in Ludington. These eight, brand new, shorter, Pickleball courts will have their unveiling this afternoon. 
Pickleball is basically short court tennis that requires less running. NBC news calls it the nations fastest growing sport. $62,000 was raised in just over a year for the new courts, most by individual donations. One business even reportedly donated a $10,000 gift. 
More is in-store for the new Pickleball hotspot,  MOM news talked with area pickle ball enthusiasts  Bev Hamman and Taryn Raven  “In phase 2 we will have wind screens put up by next spring. We even want to add a shed for equipment.“ The two women that are members of the Facebook group 'Ludington Area Pickleball' go on to say, “The sport is great, we love meeting new people! We started with 35ppl an now its up to 90 names!“  
The courts reside alongside Tinkham ave just inside the Oriole field fences in place of the old tennis courts. The unveiling starts today at 330 and a pot luck is scheduled for 530.

Blood Drive Thursday

Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is holding a Blood Drive Thursday 11am to 4pm.

The summer typically sees fewer blood donations so it becomes more critical for successful blood drives locally. 100 percent of the blood donated will stay in Michigan to help local patients. Michigan Blood is the hospitals blood supply partner they accept appointments or walk-ins during the drive on Thursday September 3rd.

For volunteering or appointments call 866MIBLOOD (866.642.5663) or miblood.org 

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