Fire Victim Identified

The victim of the early Tuesday Morning fire has been positively identified as 45-year-old Brian Brantley of Brethren.  Firemen located Mr. Brantley in the bathroom of the residence in Cleon township after a house fire. Preliminary autopsy results indicate there were no signs of blunt trauma, no injuries, no ballistic evidence, or no sharp force wounds on his body.  They are awaiting toxicology reports for the final cause and determination of death.

Metalworks prepares for tariff

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Ludington business Metalworks expects to feel the impact of Presidents Trump's 25% tariff on Steel. “President Trump’s logic for the high steel tariff is both disappointing and confusing.” Said Metalworks President Tom Paine  “Metalworks single largest cost is steel, therefore we have a high degree of focus on what the outcome will be.” He said the Metalworks steel suppliers use a combination of imported and domestic steel to supply their needs. Numerous factors are reported to determine the time and significance of the price change. The President of metalworks met with their largest steel supplier Thursday to discuss the impact to Metalworks.  “This will be a challenge.” Said Mr. Paine, “However, our employees are very good at working together on ideas to mitigate problems like this. We will all work hard to minimize the negative impact associated with the steel tariff.”

Bus Crash in Pentwater

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Yesterday afternoon, a 2003 Dodge Ram was travelling west around the curve on N. 72nd Ave. onto W. Hammett Rd. They lost control of the vehicle, crossing the center line, and striking a pentwater school bus head on. The driver of the Dodge Ram was cited for Violation of Basic Speed, driving Too Fast for Conditions. There have been no reported injuries.

New K-9 vest for Oceana Co

With the help of Ms. Fran Kyncl of Hart, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office was able to purchase a protective vest for K-9 Krieger. Krieger is a new K-9 funded by citizens and businesses of Oceana County. The vest was purchased by Ms. Kyncl from Pro-Tech for $862.00 and is sized specifically for Krieger.


The vest is bulletproof, and stab resistant. This vest won’t be worn by Krieger at all times as officers do, but he will wear it in situations where his handler knows he is sending him into a potential threat. The K-9 program is completely funded by donations. Just like any family who has pets in their home, Krieger has become a part of the Oceana County Sheriff family, and they are looking forward to caring for him just like any other family member.

Fire results in death

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On Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, at approximately 1:50 am, Manistee Central Dispatch received a call of a fire alarm going off on  Wells Rd., in Cleon Township, Manistee County. Cleon Township Fire Department was dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed. The owner of the residence was contacted; however she was not at the residence. Once the fire was extinguished, a search was conducted.  Firemen located a subject in the bathroom of the residence, who appears to have perished in the fire. Positive identification of this person has not been completed at this time. Exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshall and the Manistee County Medical Examiner are on scene, and investigating the incident. No further details at this time.

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