Mark Vipperman No Longer In Postion At SHLH

Mark Vipperman, president of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital is no longer in his position. 

During the search for a new president, Randy Stasik will assume responsibility for leading the local hospital.  Stasik is also president of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in Freemont. 

In a press release to MOM news, hospital officials say that Vipperman played an integral role in the Ludington Hospital integration with Spectrum, three years ago. 

The press release does not specify whether Vipperman’s departure was voluntary or involuntary.

Fire Causes Damage At Manistee Area Apartment

According to Manistee Public Safety Director David Bachman, at 1:42 pm Tuesday afternoon units were dispatched to Lake View apartments.

When units arrived they discovered smoke coming from the second floor apartment, they confirmed the occupants were safely out.

The apartment was filled with smoke and too hot for anyone without protective gear to enter. Ventilation was established which helped bring the situation under control.

The apartment suffered fire and heavy smoke damage. There were no injuries to the citizens or any firefighters. The rest of the units were re-occupied after the fire crews left.

The fire was caused when an occupant tried to fry chicken. The grease got too hot and ignited on top of the stove. The occupant tried to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, which resulted in pushing the fire into the cabinets and ceiling.

Murder Trial Can Proceed In 'Baby Kate' Disappearance

The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to get involved in the ‘Baby Kate’ murder trial.  That clears the way for the trial to proceed with Judge Peter Wadel.  An order was issued Wednesday declining to hear an appeal by Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette that was looking to replace Judge Wadel.

Katherine Phillips, also know as ‘Baby Kate’ disappeared in 2011 from the Ludington area.  Her body has yet to be found.

Sean Phillips will stand trial for the murder.  He is currently serving a prison term of 10 to 15 years for unlawful imprisonment of his daughter, ‘Baby Kate’.  He was convicted by a Mason County jury in April of 2012.

Early Spring Storm Hits Lakeshore

It was an early spring storm, for which Michigan is famous.  As blustery as Thursday was, Easter could be in the 40s.  Yesterday saw rain, snow, sleet and high winds.  Electric power outages occurred all over Mason County.  Schools closed a day early for the Easter break.  Some businesses were open and others closed in the late afternoon.  Numerous Internet outages were reported as well.  Hopes are everything will be back to normal by Monday morning.

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