Bus Crash in Pentwater

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Yesterday afternoon, a 2003 Dodge Ram was travelling west around the curve on N. 72nd Ave. onto W. Hammett Rd. They lost control of the vehicle, crossing the center line, and striking a pentwater school bus head on. The driver of the Dodge Ram was cited for Violation of Basic Speed, driving Too Fast for Conditions. There have been no reported injuries.

New K-9 vest for Oceana Co

With the help of Ms. Fran Kyncl of Hart, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase a protective vest for K-9 Krieger. Krieger is a new K-9 funded by citizens and businesses of Oceana County. The vest was purchased by Ms. Kyncl from Pro-Tech for $862.00 and is sized specifically for Krieger.


The vest is bulletproof, and stab resistant. This vest won’t be worn by Krieger at all times as officers do, but he will wear it in situations where his handler knows he is sending him into a potential threat. The K-9 program is completely funded by donations. Just like any family who has pets in their home, Krieger has become a part of the Oceana County Sheriff family, and they are looking forward to caring for him just like any other family member.

Fire results in death

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On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, at approximately 1:50 am, Manistee Central Dispatch received a call of a fire alarm going off on  Wells Rd., in Cleon Township, Manistee County. Cleon Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed. The owner of the residence was contacted; however she was not at the residence. Once the fire was extinguished, a search was conducted.  Firemen located a subject in the bathroom of the residence, who appears to have perished in the fire. Positive identification of this person has not been completed at this time. Exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshall and the Manistee County Medical Examiner are on scene, and investigating the incident. No further details at this time.

Winners announced in 63rd Annual Youth Chess Tournament

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The 63rd Annual Ludington Optimist Youth Chess Tournament was held at Ludington High School on Saturday, March 3. This is the longest-running scholastic tournament in Michigan. 40 students from throughout Michigan played five chess games to determine the winners in four divisions. Charlie Reese, from Zeeland, won first place in the High School Division. Middle School Division (grades 6-8) was won by Hunter Reed of Grand Rapids. Vishal Swamy from Holland  earned first in the Upper Elementary Division (grades 4-5). Lower Elementary Division (grades K-3) was won by Evan Morgan of Spring Lake. The Carrom Company donationed 20 chess sets which were all given to the players.

The winners in the four divisions were:
High School Division (grades 9-12):

Danders Arraigned on Assault and Failure to Show

Friday, Feb. 23, at about 2:45 p.m. Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop in Norman Township. The deputies were attempting to arrest Michael Danders on an outstanding warrant.

He resisted arrest, and his father, Joel Danders, arrived at the scene in another vehicle and assaulted a deputy with a shovel. The father was arrested at the scene.
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Michael Danders fled into a wooded area after threatening law enforcement who would apprehend him.
A perimeter was established as the deputies tracked the Danders.

After more than three hours and about seven miles of tracking, he was located in a flooded cedar swamp and taken into custody by DNR Conservation Officer Ryan Andrews and Mason County K-9 officer Ken Baum. He was in possession of a large hunting knife. Danders continued to resist and refused to walk out of the swamp, requiring other officers to assist in bringing him  to a waiting ambulance, where he was treated for hypothermia before being lodged in the Manistee County Jail.

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Both Subjects were arraigned in the 85th District Court.  Joel Danders was arraigned on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault/resisting and obstructing police. His bond was set at 15,000 with 10% cash surety.

Michael Danders was arraigned on charges of assault/resisting and obstructing police- bond set at $10,000/10%, failure to appear with bond at $100,000 cash/surety, and bench warrant failed to appear for show cause bond set at $5000 cash.


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