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Drug Arraignment in Manistee

Austin Wayne Middelton, 23, of Manistee has been arraigned on the charges of Possession of Fentanyl and Larceny in a Building.  Both crimes are felonies punishable by up to four years in prison. During the investigation detectives learned that Middleton allegedly stole prescription medication fentanyl from a home in Manistee County. Fentanyl (also known as fentanil) is a potent, synthetic opioid pain medication.  When used as a recreational drug, its use has led to thousands of overdose deaths in recent years.

Farming accident in Oceana County.

Mr. James Grantz was working at an Apple Orchard on West Wever Road in Shelby. Mr. Grantz was moving a stack of 20 bushel boxes that were nested together four high, exceeding the recommended load for the machinery.  According to Undersheriff Craig Mast, the forklift shifted after passing over uneven ground.  Grantz was trapped under the rubble.  He was taken to the hospital in Shelby, where he was pronounced dead.

Deer crash takes a life

A 2004 Dodge minivan was traveling westbound on US10 when a deer jumped into the highway and through the windshield, striking the passenger. Micah David Miller, 32, of Wellman, Iowa, was killed instantly as a result of the collision. Miller was in the area fishing with a friend, who was the driver of the van. The driver, Anthony Christian Oriano, from Riverside IA, was injured in the crash and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Neither speed nor alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Weather postpones Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor to Neighbor blight restoration project on South Reinberg Ave. in Scottville has been postponed due to weather. According to organizers the project has been rescheduled for October 13 through October 15. Neighbor to Neighbor is a collaborative effort sponsored by Habitat for Humanity of Mason County, Pennies From Heaven Foundation, Michigan State University Extension and the Mason County Growth Alliance to make a difference by working together to help repair distressed home in our community for homeowners who need a boost.

For more information, contact Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jamie Healy at (231) 843-7888.

Gus Macker Committee contemplates future involvement

The Gus Macker committee welcomed public comment yesterday. Kathy Maclean, president and CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce said that for the last 5 years, they were able to provide an average of $17,000 per year to charities from the money raised. The Chamber expressed concern regarding both sponsorships to ensure that the event is providing the most benefit to charities as possible and getting enough volunteers to help with the event. In past years, the tournaments drew 1,500 teams to Ludington’s beach. The number of teams were reduced to 900 as fewer people have been volunteering to help. The public response was overwhelmingly positive, with many community leaders and business owners expressing the benefit of Gus Macker to the the Community.  The Chamber has until October 1st to decide if they want to opt out of the Gus macker.

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