Ludington City Council Wrap

Ludington City Council held a meeting Monday night at the Municipal Building.  Many issues on the agenda were addressed after the new public comment portion was explored.   There is now a three minute agenda specific public comment time at the opening of the meeting followed by a two minute public comment period at the close of the meeting.

The first large item on the agenda was discussion of the West End of Ludington Avenue.  The plan involves cement work and beautification of the area directly at the end of the Ludington Avenue.

Next up came the approval of the several agreements that deal with the ‘Bowling Alley Block’ and the possible construction of a new fire station on the former Lake Shore Lumber Site on Tinkham Avenue.  Along with a new fire station the old one would be demolished in one plan with the construction of commercial and residential rental properties to occupy the site.  The buildings would be four stories with commercial occupying the first floor and 60 units in two proposed buildings to be available to the elderly on the second through fourth floors and the other building would be low-income housing on the second through fourth floors.

Weidman Man Arraigned Wednesday On Manufacturing Of Methamphetamine

On Wednesday in 78th District Court of Hart, 31-year-old Kyle Nathaniel Russell of Weidman was arraigned on three felony charges related to the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.  The arrest is related to a case initiated in September of 2015 in Oceana County’s Newfield Township.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking website, Russell is currently an inmate at the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, MI.  Russell is serving 2 to 20 years in prison for Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Receiving and Concealing Stolen Property.

Oceana County Sheriff Farber Will Retire

The Sheriff of Oceana County has decided not to seek a third term.  Sheriff Robert Farber at the age of 57 has decided that after 36 years in law enforcement it is time to hand in his badge and gun in and live a retired life until the next chapter comes along.  He will finish his term and honor his oath.

Farber, in his distinguished career has taught law enforcement courses at various higher education facilities.

Farber plans to travel and explore other opportunities in the near future.

Blaze On Sixth St Engulfed Home, Total Loss

Early Monday morning Pere Marquette and Ludington firefighters had no chance to save a house engulfed in flames from total loss.  Tim Castonia heard a very loud noise this morning and went running from his home in just his underwear.  His wife who also lives at the residents across the street from Towns Bros. Construction, on Sixth St. just east of Pere Marquette Hwy. was helping a friend early this morning and was not home at the time.

Castonia was able to escape the blaze with no injuries.  However, Castonia the owner of three dogs and two cats was unable to save them and they perished in the fire.  Along with the loss of his animals, Castonia lost several guns and ammunition.

A cause for the blaze has not yet been determined.

Lurking Man To Be Arrested And Arraigned

The suspicious man lurking about the 900 block of Elder Lane, Tuesday morning has been questioned and a pair of binoculars have been confiscated along with a confession of a series of window peeping incidents over the last several months.

The male subject is a Fountain resident who works the night shift in the City of Ludington.  The subject was released pending an issuance of a warrant.  Once the warrant is issued the suspect will arrested and arraigned by the Mason County District Court.

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