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.

Michael Danders

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.


Manistee Home invasion Arrest

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On Tuesday February 27, 2018, The Manistee City Police Department initiated an investigation into a home invasion that occurred on Harbor Point Lane in the City of Manistee. As a result of the investigation a 37-year-old Manistee resident was arrested for Home invasion 2nd degree, Safe Cracking, Felony Firearm and 3 counts of possession of a stolen financial transaction device (credit card). Safe cracking holds a life sentence. A search warrant was served in the 200 block of W. Parkdale avenue. Numerous pieces of property that were reported stolen were recovered. A semi-automatic handgun and a AR-15 rifle were also seized. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. The suspect is lodged in the Manistee County Jail.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is encouraged to call the Manistee Police Department at 231-723-2533.

Ludington Council denies LudRock Pianos

During the Ludington City Council public comment, Ed Santarelli, President of Lud Rock, spoke in favor of placing two pianos for use by the public. One pianto would be placed at Waterfront Park and another at Rotary Park. Santarelli said it was something he had seen in Traverse City that he wanted to bring to Ludington. Others also spoke in favor of the pianos, questioning the committees concern that children may climb on the pianos as that concern could be applied to all installations, leaving our parks barren.

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Ultimately, the city council denied the request to place pianos at Waterfront and Rotary Park. After the vote, Brandy Henderson spoke in favor of Lud Rock partnering with additional businesses, citing the current House of Flavors and Mattress Max partnerships as positive. Kathy Winczewski confirmed the committees reasoning, citing very little storage space for items such as the pianos.

Ludington City council reflects of 2017 and prepares for 2018

Mondays Ludington city council began with 2017 annual reports. Kurt Malzahn presented for the water plant, reporting that of 20 water samples collected, all 20 passed inspection. An invitation to the public was extended to join the sampling pool by calling the water plant. The new water plant is expected to be completed in June of this year
Christopher Cossette from the wastewater plant, presented, focusing on the location and size of the outfall pipe. He explained that in order to complete design of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant, the location and size of outfall pipe must first be determined. Construction is expected to begin in fall of this year and last 18 months.

Ludington City manager John Shay provided the 2017 budgetary amendments, disclosing revenues came in higher than expected, resulting in an increase of $200,000 for the city of Ludington.

2018 Downtown ludington board events were approved, but questions surrounded the 2019 New Years Eve fireworks. Wally Cain made a motion to postpone the vote, citing safety concerns with the fireworks being lit over the crowd. After a second by Kathy Winczewski and roll call vote, the postponement was shot down. Michael Krauch questioned police chief Mark Barnett and Fire Chief Jerry Funk regarding firework safety concerns. Both confirmed falling debris, but cited no safety concerns from shooting the class A fireworks. During the vote, the 2019 New Years Eve Fireworks were approved.

Suicide claims life

On the evening of Tuesday February 26th, MCSO deputies responded to a report of a man down not breathing lying alongside a vehicle at the Pere Marquette River Boat Launch off South Walhalla Road.
Deputy Matt Warmuskerken arrived and discovered the male subject had sustained a gunshot wound which had proven fatal. At this time, the individual is only identified as a 51 year-old Fountain man. It appears the fatal injury was self-inflicted. The official cause of death will be released pending an autopsy report. The Mason County Sheriff Office does not typically release information related to calls of this nature, however with the incident occurring in a public venue, the sheriff wanted the public to know there is no concern for public safety as it relates to this call.
If you know someone struggling with depression please reach out to Mason County Community Mental Health at 231-845-6294 or the National Hot Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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