Fenton man arrested for 10th Drunk Driving

52 year-old Joseph Edward Booker of Fenton MI was arrested on Monday for Operating While Intoxicated for the 10th time and driving with lisence suspended for the 3rd after the vehicle he was driving ran off the road and into a ditch.


 A roadside breath test revealed an alcohol level of .28%.  Booker remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $15,000.00 cash/surety bond.

Ludington Fireworks illuminate lakeshore

Many gathered to the beach to enjoy the Freedom festival fireworks.

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It was only a few minutes into the show when the fireworks paused. This was due to a misfired fuse that went off early. No one was hurt in the incident. Some in the audience discouragingly began to gather their belongings and leave the beach after the pause remained. After approximatly 20 minutes the fireworks show did continue, concluding with the grand finale.

Ludington Fourth festivities begin

 The children and pet parade is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 3rd with lineup at 6 p.m. at Ferry and Loomis streets.There will be fireworks on Monday in Pentwater at dusk. Ludington's grand parade will be on Tuesday the Fourth at 2:00 p.m. Children interested in riding the Baby Badger for the parade should arrive at the parade staging area at 1:30pm on Melendy St between Washington Ave and Madison St. There are 21 carts that fit two kids each and one handicap accessible car. Parents should plan to walk alongside. Fireworks in Ludington begin at dusk on Tuesday. Traffic will be redirected from South Washington Avenue between Fourth Street and Sixth Street and Sixth Street and will be closed to through traffic. Firework traffic at Copeyon Park will have to use First Street.

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See you later Alligator

Thursday Afternoon, the Manistee Police Department responded to a report of an alligator on the loose nearby the United Methodist Church on 1st St.

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Manistee City Police Officer Jeff Pefley arrived on scene and confirmed it was a small alligator in the bushes. He was able to make contact with a nearby resident known to have exotic animals who confirmed he was the alligators owner. Together they were able to recover the alligator from the bushes without injury to it or themselves. This incident is being investigated for potential ordinance violation.

5th ward councillor appointed

Wally Cain has been appointed as 5th ward councillor for the City of Ludington.


All three who ran received nominations for the position, but the winner would still need 4 votes to be confirmed by the council. In the first round of voting, both Wally Cain and Steve Miller received 3 votes with Micheal Shaw receiving the lone vote from Dick Rathsack. During the next vote, councillor Rathsack voted for Cain, resulting in the required 4 votes and the appointment of Wally Cain as 5th Ward councillor.

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