Shop with a Cop 2017


The "Shop with a Cop” program pairs elementary age children with an area law enforcement officer to go shopping for Christmas gifts for their family and themselves. The children are selected with the assistance of school counselors.  These students have suffered a traumatic or negative event with law enforcement or come from families with financial difficulties.  Last year Officers were able to take 60 children shopping and create a positive relationship with them.

On the designated day, the kids arrive at the Ludington Wal-Mart and are paired up with their officer. They then have a picture taken with Santa and the officer prior to shopping. Officers take their partners and shop for Christmas gifts for their immediate family and the child. After completing shopping, the gifts are paid for and then wrapped for the child. Last year volunteers from the MCC, MCE and Ludington Schools wrapped the gifts. Each child is then given a copy of the picture with Santa. This program ensures that the children involved have gifts on Christmas.

 In an attempt to raise funds for the Shop with a Cop program there will be a pie auction. One hundred per cent of the funds raised will go towards the program, because there is no overhead. All participants are volunteers. The pie auction will be held on November 22nd from 8am-12pm with the assistance of WMOM radio. Pies will be auctioned off both live on the air and Facebook, please join “2017 Shop with a Cop Pie Auction”.

Businesses are welcome to donate ONE pie to be auctioned off in the third annual "WMOM's Shop with a Cop Pie Auction.” In return for your donation, you will be recognized on air and on the 2017 Shop with a Cop Facebook group. This can be a pie that you purchase to donate or make yourself; that is up to you.

The City council chambers at City Hall will be the event location. Your pie will need to be dropped off at that location between 4 pm and 7 pm the night before the auction at Ludington City Hall.

If you would like to donate a pie and be part of this great event that helps the children of our community, please fill out the attached pie entry form and submit to the Ludington Police Department by November 18th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact School Resourse Officer Officer Chad Skiba or Lindsay Bronson at 231-843-3425.

Complete your pie entry form!


Manistee Senior Center get new Board members

Two have been appointed to the Manistee County Council on Aging (COA) by their Board of Directors.  Heather Volkema, of  Kaleva, Michigan and Patty Spencer, Manistee, Michigan. Ms. Volkema serves as an Advance Care Advisor and for Hospice of Michigan.   Ms. Spencer has been a teacher and served as Assistant Administrator in Adult and Alternative School programs. Sarah Howard, Executive Director of the Council On Aging says that nearly one in three Manistee County residents are seniors.

Sheriff report includes resisting and deer

The Mason County Sheriff's office activity report includes a one vehicle crash with no injury on Decker east of Jabavy yesterday morning. The 73-year-old Ludington man was flown by Aeromed to Grand Rapids hospital after suffering a medical emergency and crashing his vehicle into several mailboxes.

A 45-year-old Custer man was taken into protective custody yesterday morning after officers received a 911 call regarding a man walking in the village of Custer with a gun. Deputies discovered the call was unfounded and had been reported by the 45-year-old. Upon deputy's arrival, the 45-year-old pointed a broadhead arrow out of the second-story window. He was secured and transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital for further treatment.

A 62-year-old Scottville man was also arrested for resisting and opposing after the Scottville EZ mart called police reporting a man covered in blood. Upon arrival deputies followed the blood trail to the next-door trailer. After knocking on the door, a 62-year-old man reportedly rushed at deputies while screaming at them. Deputies made contact with a total of four people, all of whom were intoxicated, and learned the blood had come from a deer that had been struck and killed by a car in front of the home. The four had been cooking venison from the discarded carcass.

There was also a one vehicle crash with no injuries on US 10 and Brye and six car deer crashes.

Oceana County Grants awarded

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The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Oceana County. A total of $16,919 was awarded.

CFOC’s Fall Grant Round include support for:

Contaminated candy in Manistee

The Manistee Police Department was contacted regarding a possible contaminated candy. A bite sized Reese’s peanut butter cup candy was turned over to the Police Department.

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This candy was reportedly gathered by a child trick or treating on Halloween. On top of the candy was a noticeable green particulate substance. The parent believes the candy was received while trick-or-treating in the area of 2nd to 4th street west of U.S. 31. The Police Department encourages everyone to carefully inspect all candy for damaged packaging or suspicious substances. The candy will be forwarded to the Michigan State Police Crime lab for testing purposes. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Manistee Police Department at 231-723-2533

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