Mason County Man Wins 1 Million on Scratch Off

LDN is reporting a Mason County man has hit the $1 million Jackpot playing the Michigan Lottery scratch off game called "$1,000,000 Jackpot".

The $10 scratch off ticket was purchased at J's Country Store, on North Lakeshore Drive in Ludington.

The winner, who is choosing to remain anonymous, is taking his winnings in a lump sum of $634,529 and is starting an investment account. 


Police Chase in Pentwater Leads to Burglary Arrest

Yesterday an 18 year old Mason County man was arrested following a short pursuit at approximately 2:09pm.

The Pentwater police were acting on a (BOL) be on the lookout, for a possible burgler. After locating the vehicle they tried to stop them, but suspect sped off reaching speeds in excess of 60 mph.  Following a short pursuit the suspect jumped from the moving vehicle in the 100 block of East Fourth Street. The vehicle came to rest after striking a stop sign.

Pentwater Public Schools were locked down as a precautionary measure while law enforcement officers searched for the suspect.

The suspect was located a short distance away hiding in a stairwell at 2:54 pm. A search of the suspect vehicle uncovered a stolen handgun, illegal drugs, and burglar tools.  Pentwater Police are coordinating their investigation with Michigan State Police who are investigating the reported burglary which occurred in Pentwater Township.

The suspect was transported to the Oceana County Jail where he was lodged for; Fleeing and Eluding, Resisting and Opposing a Police Officer, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Violation of the Public Health Code.

Pentwater Police were assisted by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Mason County Sheriff’s Canine, and the Michigan State Police.  


Spectrum Health Donates Backpacks Locally After Setting a Guinness World Record

Today at Franklin school Spectrum Health is donating backpacks to area students.

Spectrum Health recently organized a backpack collection drive among employees to donate to West Michigan schools and in an apparently successful attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most backpacks laid end to end.

 The effort was undertaken as a kick-off to the hospital systems United Way campaign.

The world record effort is an apparent success. A total of 3,318 backpacks were collected and laid out around the Spectrum Health buildings in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday, Sept. 11. That eclipses the existing record of 2,710 backpacks lined up at Pepperdine University in California. If recognized by the Guinness Book, it will become the new official record.

The donations came in from the health system's 23,000 employees, who work at 12 hospitals in West Michigan, including Ludington, and at Priority Health. The event was conceived to generate enthusiasm for and kick off the Spectrum Health United Way campaign. The backpacks will be given to children in the employees' various communities.

Backpacks from Ludington Hospital employees will also be donated to other area school districts.

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