Ludington man has criminal sexual conduct case postponed.

Benjamin Bentz  of Ludington; accused of four counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13-years-old,  will be in court again at 3 p.m. April 7, with 51st Circuit Court Judge Susan Sniegowski.  

Ryan Maesen, Bentz’s court appointed attorney, requested a 30 day adjournment from Judge Susan Sniegowski because he was just recently assigned to the case, taking the place of David Glancy.


Dr. Reum’s urology practice joins hospital

Another local physician has integrated his practice with Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.  The Ludington urology practice of Daniel Reum, DO, became part of the hospital effective March 1.  Dr. Reum has been Ludington’s urology specialist since 1990.

 Dr. Reum’s decision continues a trend for area physicians to affiliate with larger medical organizations, hospital officials noted. Several practices have integrated with the hospital in recent months. Dr. Reum is now a member of the Spectrum Health Medical Group. The urology office staff members are now employees of the hospital.

 The urology office will remain in its present location, in suite 205 of the hospital’s medical office building in Ludington.


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.

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