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Fire At 989 N. Schoenherr Road Sunday Afternoon

According to the Ludington Daily News Custer, Scottville, Fountain, Free Soil, Riverton and Branch firefighters responded to a house fire at 989 N. Schoenherr Road this afternoon. Three adults and one child were in the home at the time of the fire and escaped. Firefighters broke down a gate and rescued two dogs from a pen on the back of the house.

Custer Fire Chief Larry Crawford said a Michigan State Police Fire Marshal has been contacted to check on the cause of the blaze. Crawford said the east end of the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived, and firefighters mounted an exterior attack to knock it down before putting people in the west side of the house to finish the job. Crawford said the exterior of the house was still standing, but the interior was heavily damaged.

The call came in around 2 p.m. and firefighters cleared the scene shortly after 6 p.m.

The Fountain Fire Department Auxiliary responded with warm drinks for the firefighters. The West Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross was aiding the people displaced by the fire.

Crawford said he was not going to speculate on a cause or an exact point of origin for the fire until the fire marshal arrived at his own conclusion and they could compare notes.

Mason County Schools Receives Huge Donation For Adopt-A-Door From SHLH Employees

The Adopt-a-Door school safety campaign received a huge boost this afternoon when employees at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospitals donated $6,215.25 to the great cause. Sheriff Kim Cole was presented with a cerimonial check around 2:30, Friday afternoon.

The money will allow for 27 security "boots" for Mason County classroom doors. The goal was to have enough donations for 17 doors.

The "boots" will be installed on school doors throughout Mason County and will help to keep schools and educational areas safe for the children of Mason County.

Trooper Found Guilty

Michigan State Police Trooper Sammy Sidney Seymour, Jr., was found guilty, Feb. 5, 2016, in 79th District Court of operating an ORV while impaired. 

A hung jury was declared by 79th District Court Judge Pete Wadel last May.  The conviction comes after three of the four charges were dropped.

Seymour’s sentence includes one day in jail with credit for one day served; outpatient treatment, which his court file indicates he has completed; $870 in fines and costs; 93 days discretionary jail for one year; and his ORV privileges are suspended for 90 days.  His Employment status with the Michigan State Police Cadillac post is unknown at this time.

Seymour and his sister Kimberly Sue Septrion were arrested Jan. 17, 2015 at the intersection of Loomis and Delia streets following a traffic stop at 2:19 a.m. by the Ludington Police Department.

UPDATE Muskegon Heights HS Shooting

Four people were shot Tuesday night following a basketball game at Muskegon Heights High School.  Officials said Wednesday that they heard “chatter” before the game but nothing to indicate a violent crime of this level.

It is believed that the alleged shooter was one of the people shot during the ruckus.

Grand Rapids Public Schools spokesman John Helmboldt said extra precautions were taken by barring individuals from the game to prevent distractions.

Shooting At Muskegon Heights High School After Basketball Game

Four people were shot at Muskegon Heights High School on Tuesday night.  A sheriff’s deputy shot the alleged shooter.  All four victims were said to have non-life threating injuries, according to interim Muskegon County Heights Police Chief, Dr. Joseph E. Thomas, Jr.  Two males and two females were taken to Mercy Health Hackley Campus.

Early indications are the incident seemed to be driven by a dispute in Grand Rapids last week.

Thomas said they knew of a potential situation and alerted the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office and the Muskegon Heights Police Department to be on hand to keep the unwanted individuals out.  After the individuals were kept out they moved to a nearby football field where the shots were fired.

All buildings within the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System will be closed Wednesday and counselors will be on hand.

The Ludington Boy’s Basketball team hosts Muskegon Heights on Wednesday, February 24th at Hawley Gymnasium.

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