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Mother Bear Killed With Cubs Present; DNR Seeks Arrest

Its illegal to kill a mother bear with her cubs. A Zeeland man is being sought for arrest after allegedly killing a mother black bear with three cubs on September 23 in Oceana County.

The man was hunting legally with a bear permit, but the cost of shooting a mother bear with cubs present is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 to $2,000 and loss of hunters license for four years and forfeiture of the weapon.

The mother bear was wearing a tracking collar and has been confiscated as evidence.

Pentwater Business Destroyed by Fire

MCP and LDN reports on a fire that broke out in Pentwaters Dockside Restaurant and Pizza, 401 S. Hancock Street about 11:00 p.m. last night. The fire destroyed the building.

The business is owned by Jeff and Angie Darrow. The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but Angie discovered the flames after she had smelled smoke. A firewall protected the residence connected to the building. A van also played a casualty to the flames, but no one was injured during the blaze.

Assistant Fire Chief Paul Smith said the fire ignited a nearby natural gas line, which caused the fire to spread to the building.

Hart and Shelby fire departments were dispatched along with Riverton Township and Pere Marquette Township fire departments from Mason County.

City Council Meets Tonight; Possible New Micro Brewery On The Way

The Ludington City Council is meeting today.

Among the land permits, zoning ordinances, and ordinance changes,  a few items stand out on todays agenda.

First we have the approval  of the Ludington Homecoming Parade. That will be taking place October 16 with the pep parade at 12:30pm and then again at 6pm.

The building department  code enforcement report will also be updated. Plenty of properties were visited by the city and made sure the owners are keeping up with code.

Fire prevention week will also be proclaimed for October 4 - 10th.

Finally south James street may be seeing an new Micro Brewery  in the future. Ted Gedra of East Grand Rapids has purchased two lots, 515 and 519 South James Street. The plans include a micro brewery, tap room, and food service.

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