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Fire Leaves One Dead, Autopsy Scheduled for Noon Today

At 7:07 pm on Monday, December 14, 2015 a house fire at 302 N. Rowe St. was reported to Mason-Oceana 911.  The Ludington Fire Dept. responded to the scene.  After getting the fire knocked down the firefighters searched and located a female subject laying in the living room of the front apartment and a male subject laying in the bedroom.  Both victims were removed from the apartment and treated at the scene and then transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The male occupant of the apartment, BENJAMIN WOLFF,  29 years old, was pronounced dead at S.H.L.H. shortly after 8 pm.  An autopsy is scheduled for Today, 12-15-2015 to determine the cause of death.  Mr. Wolff’s family members were notified by L.P.D.

The female occupant, PAMELA ARTHUR, 46 years old, was transported to a hospital in Grand Rapids, MI in critical but stable condition.

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator-Trevor Slater will conduct an investigation into the cause and origin of the fire today.

Detc. Wells and Ofc. Sailor of the Ludington Police Department are responsible for the follow-up investigation.  Anyone having any information related to the fire is asked to contact them at (231) 843-3425.  Members of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Life E.M.S. responded and assisted with the incident.

Trooper Drunk Driving Case to Resume Next Year

Over the weekend, people were still talking about an appeals decision last week  Some of the evidence against State Trooper Sammy Seymour can be used in a new trial.  Seymour was arrested this past January for suspicion of drunk driving.   A mistrial was declared when a jury couldn’t reach a verdict several months ago.  Probate Judge Jeffrey Nellis agreed with Judge Peter Wadel that some evidence is out, but the Breathlyzer test could still be used in a new trial against the law enforcement officer.   That second trial could be scheduled sometime next year; or the whole case  could  be turned over to the state court of appeals by the Mason County prosecutor’s office for another review.

New Michigan Website to Keep Aging Drivers Safe

The state is launching a new website designed to help Michigan’s aging drivers.
Secretary of State (SOS) Ruth Johnson says the Safe Drivers Smart Options website is designed to provide resources to aging drivers and their families to keep those drivers on the road as long as possible, but to also know when to give up the keys.
Johnson says the site also provides contacts to healthcare and law enforcement personnel and other caregiver professionals to help evaluate whether an aging driver should have some driving restrictions.
Johnson says the website will save lives and make Michigan roads safer.
Michigan has more than 1.3 million drivers age 65 or older.
The new website is at michigan-dot-gov-slash-agingdriver.

80 "Outdated" Laws being Repealed in New Legislation

You'll be able to legally swear in front of women and children and sing the "Star Spangled Banner" any way you choose without the threat of going to jail if Governor Snyder signs legislation sent to him by the Senate. Lawmakers have approved repealing more than 80 laws that are considered outdated. They include a requirement that any able-bodied man over the age of 18 respond to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to help in cases of an emergency. 

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