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.

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