Sheriff Cole Has a Chat With IRS Scammers

The IRS scam is well known to many in Mason County.  Yesterday, Sheriff Kim Cole decided to have some fun with the scammer. 

A man posing as an IRS agent called a local resident stating that he was "D. Brown" and wanted to collect money.  The resident complained to the sheriff's office, so the sheriff called the number back.  He asked the scammer if he'd ever been in a Michigan jail?  The recipient of the Sheriffs call backs kept hanging up.  The sheriff kept calling back with even more outrageous statements and comments, escalating the conversation. 

The phone number of the crook and full story is posted on the sheriff's Facebook page.  While the IRS insists that they don't directly call taxpayers to collect money--that's not exactly true--as agents will call in some cases and reportedly the abuse is not much different than that of "D. Brown".

North Breakwater Closed: To be Re-evaluated Today

A citizen calling the Ludington Police Department to report people walking on the North Breakwater in Ludington prompted police to block access amid heavy winds and waves. Ludington beach patrol, the City Manager, the Fire Chief, D.P.W. Superintendent, and the Police Chief agreed that the closure was warranted.  

Conditions will be re-evaluated today to determine when to re-open the North Breakwater. Riptide warning remains in effect today.

Man 'Intentionally Jumped Overboad' the Stewart J Cort says Steamship Company

Sunday morning at almost 2am a man went overboard while the ship the Stewart J Cort made its way from Burns Harbor, Indiana to Superior,Wisconsin. The missing man intentionally jumped overboard, according to Tom Wynne, the Steamship Company general counsel. Three Mason County Sherriff detectives and a deputy are meeting in Sault Ste. Marie this Monday morning to question the crew of the Stewart J Cort. The Mason County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the investigation.

Many boats assisted in the search for the overboard man inducing the SS badger, who journeyed up to big sable to assist. The Search was called off Sunday at 3pm due to high winds and waves. The mans body has still not been recovered.


Mike Nagle Releases Historic Book on Justus S. Stearns a Local Legend

Mike Nagle, professor of history and political science at West Shore Community College has released a new book titled "Justus S. Stearns: Michigan Pine King and Kentucky Coal Baron, 1845-1933".

Nagle addresses key events in Stearns life including an analysis of his lifetime of accomplishments including his impact on Ludington where he maintained a residence for over 50 years.

A book launch celebration will be held on Thursday Sept 10 at 7pm at Stearns Motor Inn.

Nagle will also be giving two presentations involving steps in researching a book such as his. That program will be held on Oct 8th at 2 pm at WSCC center stage theater. He will also be giving a presentation that night titled "Justus S Stearns, Ludington's First Citizen" at 7pm at the LACA.

The book can be pre ordered on line in either hardback or e-book formats at

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