Reckless driver seriously injured in crash

Wednesday, the Mason County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a reckless driver in a grey Toyota Prius on US-10 at approx. 9:13 am. The driver, 52 year old Patrick David O'Brien,  from Muskegon, ended up rear ending a pickup truck which was slowing to turn into a business on US-10. Following the collision, the Prius crossed all five lanes of US-10, ran off the road and struck several trees.  O'Brien was seriously injured in the crash.  He was initially transported by LIFE EMS to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and then transferred down state with serious injuries. He will be released to the mason co jail once discharged. O'Brien was arrested June 15 for 3rd offense drunk driving. At this time it is unclear if Mr. O’Brien suffered a medical condition or if a controlled substance contributed to the crash.  Drug paraphernalia was found in his vehicle and a toxicology test is pending.

Jaws of life used in 2 car accident

Jaws of Life used

The accident occurred on northbound ramp US 31 at PM highway  at 8:30 yesterday morning. 75 year old, Thomas Wesley Neff was driving south on PM highway when Kevin Charles Crawford attempted to pull into highway. Mr. Neff’s Ford truck collided with the driver side door of Crawford’s minivan, pinning 25 year old Kevin Charles Crawford of Ludington inside. Mr. Crawford was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and then flown to Butterworth Spectrum in Grand Rapids by Aero-Med for serious injuries.

Crystal Valley Care Fund Grows

Crystal Valley care fund grows. On Monday, the board of directors for the Crystal Valley Care Fund received two donations. Friends Helping Friends of Oceana County raised $1480 at their softball and silent auction event to donate. Karl & Mort Wiegand also presented a check for $1111 which was raised at the Memorial Antique Tractor event. The Crystal Valley care fund is a Non-Profit Organization created to help Oceana County families in need due to a house fire or catastrophic illness. Their next fundraising event will be the Sparkler 5K this Sunday July 2nd.

5th ward City Council seat remains unfilled

City hall

The Ludington City Council met last night. During last night's meeting, the council voted to confirm the rezoning of S. Rath Ave. to a waterfront central business district, allowing underutilized property to be re-developed into future additional businesses and rental space. However, before any votes occurred, city attorney Richard Wilson explained the unique voting situations for the night due to the absence of two council members. The zoning ordinance could be passed with a majority of three but affirming a position on the council required a majority of the council vote. This meant all four members in attendance needed to vote unanimously in order to confirm the position of 5th ward counselor. Wally Cain was nominated first by Les Johnson and seconded by Kathy Winczewski. Dick Rathsack and Brandy Henderson nominated Micheal Shaw and Steve Miller respectively, which did not receive a second. With the Council on a deadlock vote Mayor Kaye Ferguson Holeman decided to conclude the meeting and set a special meeting for later in the week with more council members in attendance.

The Meeting to appoint the 5th ward Coucillor has been scheduled for Thursday June 28th at 2pm at City Hall. 

Forest becomes electric

Tens of thousands gathered at the Double JJ Ranch in Rothbury this weekend to camp and enjoy music.


The rain didn’t dampen spirits as festival goers played in the mud on Friday. An electrical strike resulted in a loss of cell phone service, but was restored a few hours later.


Locals are still wondering how the second weekend will impact the festival and surrounding area. Campers are required to leave Double JJ Monday and will begin returning to the ranch on Wednesday.

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