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Applebee's Update

Three weeks ago, the Ludington Applebee's burned to the ground in a spectacular early morning blaze.  WMOM news has learned that the cause of the fire has been ruled as undetermined.  This area's state police fire investigator deferred the case to Applebees insurance company adjustor.   It was confirmed that the fire had originated above the kitchen area.  not much more evidence could be found because the fire was so hot and so much water was needed to extinguish the blaze.  No criminal investigation is planned.  Some 50 employees were displaced by the incident earlier this month.

Stolen School Vehicle

Troopers from the Hart Post arrested an 18 year old Walkerville man and apprehended a juvenile for the theft of a van and malicious destruction of property at the Walkerville Public Schools Bus facility.

Troopers were called to investigate damage to the fence at the gated in bus garage  at approximately 11:40 PM  Wednesday night, and quickly determined that a full size van belonging to the school was missing.  It was determined that two subjects climbed the fence to the facility, stole the van and crashed it through the locked gate to get out.  

Troopers tracked the vehicle for several miles and discovered the damaged van stuck in the snow on a seasonal road.   Troopers tracked the Suspects for several miles and located them hiding in a Christmas tree plantation where they were arrested. 

An 18 year old Walkerville man was lodged in the Oceana county jail pending arraignment on felony UDAA (Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile) and malicious destruction of property charges.   A 16 year old juvenile was apprehended and will be petitioned into Probate court on the same charges. 

Troopers were assisted by Deputies from the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.  

Pentwater Woman Charged with Embezzlement

A Pentwater woman is being charged with embezzlement. According to the Mason County Press, 60-year-old Donna Lee Brown, is being accused of stealing almost $50,000 from the Petunia Parade board as serving chairman. Brown was chairman from November 2007 until November 2013. An investigation ensued, in November, when members of the board reported financial discrepancies to the Ludington Police Department. Brown was arraigned last Friday on charge of embezzlement of more than $20,000 and less than $50,000. She has a preliminary hearing next week. 

Memorial Service for William Marble

The memorial service for the Mason County man shot by a state trooper has been set. 68-year-old, William Jackson Marble, of Amber Township has been cremated according to Oak Grove Funeral Home and Cremation Center. His service is scheduled for 2pm this Saturday at United Methodist Church in Ludington. Visitation for family and friends will begin before the service, at 1pm. Marble leaves behind his wife, six kids and four grandchildren. 

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