Attractive waterfront key to Hart improvements

April 24, 2014
Attractive waterfront key to Hart improvements

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART – For anyone driving or strolling through downtown, it’s hard not to notice renewed energy in the quaint city. The rejuvenation in the business district continues with city council’s unanimous nod earlier this month of a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) agreement to reconstruct the State Street Bridge over Hart Lake this summer. “It should be…

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Showers likely today with a high of 55

April 24, 2014
Showers likely today with a high of 55

Today’s weather report is brought to you by Frontier Communications. High speed Internet starting at $19.99 a month. www.frontier.com; 1-888-770-6869.  Thursday, April 24, 2014. A period of rain showers between noon and 1 p.m. Cloudy with increasing winds. Temperatures steady near the upper 40s. High of 55 F. Winds SE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 55%. Sunset: 8:40 p.m. …

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Cattle on the loose in Walkerville

April 23, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. LEAVITT TOWNSHIP — A Walkerville man who lives and operates a small beef cattle operation in the 6000 block of East Filmore Road reported to authorities yesterday that up to 20 of his cows are on the loose. The farmer told police that some time during early January he had a fence fail, and he…

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Hart’s growing rental housing market sparks need for inspections

April 23, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART – Approximately 25 percent of housing in the city is rental property, and officials are aiming to regulate it. City council discussed Tuesday night the need for inspections of rental property, and it is getting closer to making those inspections mandatory. Last November, Mayor Fred LaPorte appointed five members to a housing board of…

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Partly cloudy today

April 22, 2014
Partly cloudy today

Today’s weather report is brought to you by Frontier Communications. High speed Internet starting at $19.99 a month. www.frontier.com; 1-888-770-6869.  Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Partly cloudy. High near 45 F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph. Sunset: 8:37 p.m.  Tonight, generally clear. Low 31F. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Wednesday, April 23, 2014: Sunrise: 6:50 a.m. Except for a few…

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Michigan fire season builds during wildfire prevention week

April 21, 2014

Most of Michigan’s wildfires occur in the spring – April, May and June. According to the Department of Natural Resources, which is responsible for wildland fire protection on 30 million acres of state and private land, April is when wildfires start becoming a problem. During the state’s annual observance of Wildfire Prevention Week, April 20-26, the DNR reminds the public about the dangers of…

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State-licensed commercial fishing up more than 35 percent in value over 2012

April 19, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Division recently released data from its 2013 state-licensed commercial fishing season. Combined, the state-licensed commercial fishery caught more than 3.6 million pounds of fish with an estimated wholesale dockside value of roughly $5.53 million prior to processing, marketing and retail sales. The state’s total harvest was about 150,000 pounds less than in 2012 due to lower reported catches…

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78th District Court arraignments

April 18, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART – The following were arraigned recently in 78th District Court: –       Adam Blake Riddle, 24, of 523 S. Water St., Hart, was arrested April 4 by the Hart Police Department (HPD) for a misdemeanor of driving while license suspended (DWLS). A pretrial is set for April 29 at 10:30 a.m. Bail: $1,500/personal. –       Catherine Marie…

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78th District Court sentencings

April 18, 2014

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART – The following were sentenced recently in 78th District Court: –         Jared Lincoln Albus, 19, of 2951 N. 56th Ave., Hart, was found guilty April 14 of larceny less than $200 and sentenced to $591 in fines, costs and restitution and 93 days discretionary jail. –         Raymond Lee Stafford, 24, of 875 Menominee St., Norton…

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Man who killed Trooper Butterfield is dead

April 18, 2014
Man who killed Trooper Butterfield is dead

LANSING — Eric Knysz, the 20-year-old Irons resident who killed Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, is dead. According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Knysz was removed from life support at 10:30 a.m. Thursday while housed at Allegiance Health Hospital in Jackson. Knysz hung himself with a bed sheet Monday at the Charles E. Egeler Reception and Guidance Center…

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Health Department advises no contact with flood waters

April 18, 2014

District Health Department #10 advises residents to take precautions for personal safety to prevent waterborne infections that may result from contact with contaminated flood waters. Flooding and power outages can threaten water quality due to well water pump failures and overflowing septic systems.   The Health Department recommends the following safety precautions: Avoid any body contact with floodwaters. Wear protective…

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High rivers are not fishable rivers

April 18, 2014
High rivers are not fishable rivers

For the Love of Fishing. A blog by Sean McDonald. The 4 inches plus of rain has changed the river fishing and now all of our rivers are not fishable until at least the weekend from a boat. The rivers now are very angry. The Pere Marquette, Manistee, Muskegon and White rivers are at their highest levels since the fall…

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Legally Speaking: Sentencing Guidelines

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