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Murder Trial Can Proceed In 'Baby Kate' Disappearance

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to get involved in the ‘Baby Kate’ murder trial.  That clears the way for the trial to proceed with Judge Peter Wadel.  An order was issued Wednesday declining to hear an appeal by Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that was looking to replace Judge Wadel.

Katherine Phillips, also know as ‘Baby Kate’ disappeared in 2011 from the Ludington area.  Her body has yet to be found.

Sean Phillips will stand trial for the murder.  He is currently serving a prison term of 10 to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment of his daughter, ‘Baby Kate’.  He was convicted by a Mason County jury in April of 2012.

Early Spring Storm Hits Lakeshore

It was an early spring storm, for which Michigan is famous.  As blustery as Thursday was, Easter could be in the 40s.  Yesterday saw rain, snow, sleet and high winds.  Electric power outages occurred all over Mason County.  Schools closed a day early for the Easter break.  Some businesses were open and others closed in the late afternoon.  Numerous Internet outages were reported as well.  Hopes are everything will be back to normal by Monday morning.

Weather Causing Problems Across The Area

Spring Break came one day early for area students when many if not all area schools were closed this morning.  Cold, nasty weather moved into the area overnight prompting the closings.  The system brought heavy icing across the region. 

Consumers Energy is reporting sporadic power outages within MOM’s coverage range.  Several businesses are without power, including the US Post Office in downtown Ludington.  St. Johns Lutheran Church on Rowe St. is closed along with several other area churches.  

The Ludington Police department and Mason County Sheriff’s Office are both experiencing difficulties with their phone systems.  If you do experience an emergency please continue to call 911.  For all non-emergency situations please dial 231-869-5858. 

If you have a community group, church gathering or meeting cancellations due to the weather, WMOM is the best and fastest way to get the word on the air or Facebook.  Dial 231-845-9666 to let us know about your cancelled event.

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