3 Counts of Embezzlement for Ludington Man

The Michigan State Police Heart Post have released the name of a man who was behind three embezzlement charges by his employer. 39 year old Angelo Barrera Mendes of Ludington was arraigned in the 79th District court of Mason County on October 8th on the following charges:
1 count – Embezzlement $1,000.00 to $20,000.00
1 count- Larceny by conversion $1,000.00 to $20,000.00
1 count- Financial transaction device steal/ retain without consent.  
Investigation by troopers showed that several different methods were used to divert money and equipment from the business that Mendez was working for. 
Mendez faces a maximum penalty of 5yr/$10,000 on two of the counts and a 4yr/$5,000 fine on the third.

Miss Ludington Area Accepting Applications/ Kids Pink Princess Sign Up

2015 Miss Ludington Area: Marie-Cassandre Macdonnell

The Miss Ludington Pageant is accepting applications for the title of Miss Ludington Area 2016. The pageant itself will take place Nov 7th at the WSCC center stage theatre. The Miss Ludington Pageant is an official Miss Michigan and Miss America preliminary. Women age 17 – 24, or a senior in high in school, from Manistee, Mason or Oceana counties are eligible to compete. Head to or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for contest information or applications.

The Pink Princess Program Also Accepting Applications:

Girls 4-10 years of age are invited to sign-up to be part of the Pink Princess program. This is a pageant where everyone is a winner.

Miss Ludington Area 2015 Marie-Cassandre Macdonnell will be joining Bear and AJ on MOMs Morning Madhouse at 7:15 am tomorrow. Tune-in to 102.7 fm Friday for all things Miss Ludington Area.

United Way Campaign Raises Over $379k in 2014/15; Goal of 380k for 2015/16

The United Way of Mason County held its fundraising campaign at Cartier Mansion last night with a recap and awards for fundraising in 2014/15.

With the help of many local organizations and businesses in 2014/15, the campaign raised 379,165.89 exceeding their goal of 370,000

This year they set a goal of raising 380,000 for local charities for 2015/16.

For a complete list of charities benefiting from this United Way campaign visit,

Badger Wraps-Up Smooth Successful Sailing Season

Last night as the sun set in the western sky, the SS Badger came into the port of Ludington for the last sailing of the season. Everything was quite routine in 2015. The new ash retention system was installed.  It was a first and designed exclusively for the Badger.  Lots of freight came through the docks headed for Wisconsin and vice versa.  The Badger never issues passenger count information, but all reports say ridership was up this year.  WMOM congratulates the management and crew on this year's season.

Quick Action Prevents House Fire From Complete Loss in Manistee

Early recognition and rapid response by fire personnel saved a Manistee Home from suffering heavy structural damage yesterday.  Everyone was outside the house when on-duty Manistee Law enforcement arrived at 11:35am. 

Based on information gathered fire crews initiated efforts in the basement laundry area. The fire reportedly started in a clothes dryer contained in one corner of the basement.

The fire was declared under control 7 minutes after arrival.

The homeowners are displaced and will be supplied temporary housing  with the help of the American Red Cross. They will return when the cleaning and repairs are made. No injuries occurred during the course of this operation. The fire department spent a total of 2 hours on the scene.

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