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Manistee garage fire destroyes 12 cars.

A Manistee hobby garage that housed 12 antique cars has been destroyed by flames.The garage located on Taylor street is owed by Dave and Glenna Kelly, and was used as space to work on vintage cars. Officials from the Manistee Fire Department say it took them 7 hours on Sunday to completely put out the blaze amid frozen fire hydrants, and gasoline and propane explosions.

David Bachman, Director of  Manistee's Public safety said the flames were going through the roof due to the light weight of the building .

The blaze and the chain of gas explosions that came with it threatened nearby buildings so firefighters concentrated efforts to save those buildings and were sucessful. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Hesperia Man Going to Trial for Arson

The former Hesperia councilman accused of arson is scheduled for  a jury trial. In April of last year, 32-year-old David Sean Pates, was found to be a suspect in the burning down of Hesperia House... a restaurant Pates co-owns. He is expected to stand trial April 8th, on charges of third-degree arson and preparing to burn real property. He faces ten years in prison. Investigators deemed two fires, within the restaurant, as not naturally occurring. The restaurant has been closed since the incident.

Jim Riffle Leaving Mason County Clerk Position

Yesterday, MOM news reported that county clerk Jim Riffle is leaving his post on March 31.  He will replace drain commissioner David Hassenbank who has held that position for many years.  The appointment of a new county clerk will be made by circuit court judge Susan Sniegowski.  She tells WMOM that she first must review the relevant statutes before posting a job description. While a county clerk appointment is rare, it is not unprecedented in Mason County. 

More Snow Days in Michigan Schools

Michigan lawmakers are considering increasing the number of snow days in schools. The bill was introduced earlier this month by Cadillac Representative Phil Potvin. Currently, schools are allowed six snow days before they have to make up the missed time. Potvin suggests raising that number to nine days because safety is paramount. In the last school year, there was an average of 9 1/2 school days missed.

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