No Stearns Parking Fees

Stearns Park remained a topic of discussion throughout last night's City Council meeting, beginning with public comment. Some expressed that the beach clean up is  worthy because they willing to donate to support, more than the city would receive from parking fees.  Members of the parks department stood up in support of the possible parking fees, citing the unfair cost to only Ludington taxpayers to maintain a beach that all others have the opportunity to enjoy free of charge. The parks committee has recommended to not charge for parking at stearns park.

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Councillor Michael Krauch encouraged the council to continue brainstorming and seeking ideas to expense growth but did not feel that parking fees would accomplish the goals set by the finance committees. Councillor Dick Rathsack expressed his disappointment at the committee's decision on abandon the possible parking fee idea. Councillor Kathy Wincheski emphasised the positive feedback received from other communities regarding possible parking fees. City Manager John Shay acknowledged the criticism that income projections would be based upon assumptions, as the number of beach visitors have never been tracked. He also encouraged communication from the public to the council regarding ways the council could increase income to ensure the budget remains fiscally stable in the upcoming years.

Shelby Chief pleads guilty

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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that former Village of Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson has pled guilty to one felony count of Embezzlement $20,000 or more but less than $50,000, and one count of Motor Vehicle-False Certification. Wilson was charged following an investigation into the salvage vehicle inspections he conducted which revealed he was not turning the collected fees over to the Village of Shelby in Oceana County. Sentencing is scheduled for June 5th at 1:30 pm at the 27th Circuit Court.

Body believed to be Ryan Walsworth recovered

Saturday Morning at 11:00 a.m.  Construction workers nearby Section 22 of Pentwater Township just a little south of the Pentwater Pier had seen what they thought was a body on the beach. Oceana County Deputies did find the body of a white male lying on the shore of Lake Michigan partially covered in sand.  The Oceana County Sheriff is confident that this the remains of Mr. Ryan Walsworth, whom had went missing back on February 13th of this year.  


The location is approximately 3 miles south of where his truck was located on February 14th. The body is being taken to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids for an autopsy and positive identification.

Police save two from heroin overdose

Sunday, personnel from the Ludington Police Department, Ludington Fire Department and Life E.M.S. responded to two separate heroin overdoses.  The first was for a male 24 year old in the 500 block of N. Rowe St..  The second was approximately 3 hours later in the 500 block of E. Danaher St. for a 44 year old male.

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Narcan (Naloxone) was administered to both overdose victims, who were unresponsive and not breathing.  Both victims were revived and transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and treated. According to the Ludington City Police, it is unusual that to have two overdoses in such close proximity.  It is possible that the heroin that was used by both victims was of a higher potency, or mixed with other dangerous substance(s).


If you are in possession of recently purchased Heroin please do not use it.

If you encounter someone who is unresponsive please call 911 immediately.

Police seek assistance locating suspect

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