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Armory Could Be Sold

According to the Ludington Daily News since the Michigan Army National Guard unit permanently moved to the Grand Rapids area this previous summer the 58-year-old Manistee armory has sat empty.  That is all about to change, as the process has begun to find a new owner for the property.

According to Lt. Col. William Humes, “It is not for sale yet.”  He went on to add “The process is pretty extensive and we have policies in place to make sure to get it right”

The property must first be offered to military departments for their use.  The second stage is the property will be offered to local government.  The third stage would see the property go up for sale to the public if neither of the first two options are exercised.

Humes says, “We have divested a couple armories so we have a system in place.”

Humes finally added, the property is assessed at $350,000.

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Police Chief Suspended in Shelby

The Oceana County Press is reporting Shelby Police Chief Robert Wilson has been suspended from his post.  Wilson has been suspended without pay, but will continue to receive benefits during the pending internal investigation, according to Village Administrator Chelsea Stratil.

Police Officer Terry TenBrink has been named “acting chief” while the investigation is ongoing.

According to the Oceana County Press an anonymous source is calling this a criminal case that involves fraudulent salvage vehicle inspections.  There was no comment from the Hart post of the Michigan State Police.

Village President Paul Inglis, said the decision to suspend was made after the village administrator and village council agreed unanimously to move forward with the suspension.

Wilson has had problems in the past.  He was forced to resign as chief in 2007 and was later re-hired by a different village council.

Inglis said, “I cannot respond to that.”  When asked about if the investigation involved fraudulent salvage vehicle inspections.

Inglis went on to say “It’s a difficult time for the council … It’s a very sensitive issue.”

No additional information is being released by village officials at this time.

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Imminent wintry mix could make things hard on Ludington area

There is a WINTER STORM WARNING in effect through 6:00 am Tuesday morning. Winter storms can cause dangerous road conditions.  Use caution on the roads if you need to travel.

Dangerous icy roads could be what we wake up to in the Ludington area tomorrow morning, December 29th.  Forecasters are calling for the potential to see significant icing during the rest of the day today and overnight hours with strong winds ENE at 20 to 30 mph.  Snow and ice accumulations could be between one to three inches this afternoon and early evening with another inch of a wintry mix possible overnight into the morning hours.

Residents are highly cautioned to stay off roadways if at all possible.  Travel is not advised.

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