Record Warm Temps Yesterday: More Records Expected Today

Record warm temperatures were set in many Sothern Michigan cities yesterday and that trend is expected to continue through today.  Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon among many others all set records for high temperatures. Muskegon hit seventy degress the warmest since 1903 and Flint was the warmest major city, heating up to 79 degrees.  Expect more warm temps today. The cool down will begin on Friday where we should enjoy cooler weather in the 50s.

"Adopt a Door" Recieves Donation From Rural Fire Chiefs

The "Adopt a door" campaign received  $3,450 from Mason County Rural Fire chiefs. That money can fit fifteen more boots on the doors of classrooms in Mason County. These "Boots" are designed to secure a class room door in case of emergency and the movement is backed by the Mason County Sheriffs Office.

The donation brings the total to 141 boots out of a needed county total of 567.

Mason County Central’s fall festival is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. today in the MCC High School cafeteria.  

The festival is also an opportunity to learn more about and donate to the Adopt A Door program to fund a Boot for every classroom.

Community members are invited to donate cash, check, loose change or funds of any dollar amount. Credit cards can be used as well. The cost to pay for a full Boot is $230.

SSCENT Detectives Release Names on New Arrest Report

During the last two weeks, several people were arrested on warrants issued for their arrests as a result of investigations handled by SSCENT detectives.  All of the cases listed below are unrelated.

-Thomas Patrick Lynch, a 21 year old Traverse City Michigan, felony warrant for Possession of MDMA (ecstasy).

-Matthew Damian Shouse, a 25 year old Grand Rapids Michigan, felony warrant for Manufacturing Marijuana.

-Unhyo Jay Yi, a 19 year old Bloomfield Hills two count felony warrant, for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of Ketamine.

-Melton Lee Williams, a 24 year old St. Louis Missouri two count felony warrant for Possession of Cocaine and Possession of MDMA (ecstasy).

-Jason Charles Canavan, a 29 year old Walkerville felony warrant for Possession of Methamphetamine.

-Clifford Eugene Verschueren, a 42 year old Hart Michigan a felony warrant for Manufacture Marijuana.

-Stoten Malckey Stofko, a 28 year old Merrillville Indiana man two county felony warrant for Possession of MDMA (ecstasy) and Possession of LSD (acid).

SSCENT is a multi-jurisdictional task force that serves Manistee, Mason, Oceana, and Lake Counties.  If you have information about drug activity in your area, please contact SSCENT at (800) 994-8477 or your local police department.



"Animal Cruelty" Results in Two Arrests

The Manistee County Sheriffs Office made two arrests in connection with their investigation into an "Animal Cruelty" complaint in Marilla Township.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of a husband and wife from Copemish:  Darrin Pickard, age 25 and Brittannie Wiggins-Pickard, age 24 were taken into custody and lodged in the Manistee County Jail on Felony Animal Cruelty charges (10 or more animals).
The couple was formally arraigned in the 85th District Court.  Their bond was set at $5000 / 10%.  They currently are free on bond, and are scheduled to appear for a Preliminary Examination on November 10, 2015 in the 85th District Court of Manistee.

Council Passes Rental Ordinance 5-2

The rental inspection ordinance passed last night at city hall due to a 5-2 vote from the council.  The ordinance is an attempt to clean up unfit housing by having inspections periodically for  those renting within the city limits.

The reactions were mixed while some commended the city for making many changes to better serve the community.

While others thought there was still work to do.

The ordinance will be reviewed in one year time for improvements or adjustments.

A quick breakdown has inspection fees of $50 per unit. Registration of rental dwellings at a cost of $15 per unit and ownership transfer fee of $10 per rental units. Inspections must be done once every three years.

Other current housing coalitions are working to improve all buildings within the city and beyond.

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