DEQ targets Hart Dam

December 11, 2014
DEQ targets Hart Dam

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART — Approximately 30 people, including city officials, consultants and local residents, attended a public meeting in the city hall community center Wednesday evening, Dec. 10, that focused on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s claim that the city is violating water quality standards due to the Hart Dam. The DEQ issue stems from temperatures…

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Governor orders flags lowered in honor of fallen deputy.

December 10, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags within the state Capitol complex and on all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Friday, Dec. 12 in honor of former Ingham County Sheriff’s Deputy Grant William Whitaker, who died Sunday. Whitaker, 25, of Stockbridge, died in the line of duty as the result of injuries sustained from…

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Malicious destruction of tractor, out-of-control student among sheriff’s office activity

December 10, 2014
Malicious destruction of tractor, out-of-control student among sheriff’s office activity

HART — Deputies from the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a malicious destruction of a farm tractor complaint on Loop Road that was reported Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 11:02 a.m. “The owner believed that some corrosive substance was put in the diesel tank and has damaged some engine components,” stated Lt. Craig Mast. The sheriff’s department also responded to…

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Photographic prints from a professional lab make great Christmas presents.

December 10, 2014
Photographic prints from a professional lab make great Christmas presents.

This site is brought to you free through the generosity of our advertisers. Today we would like to feature a new advertiser, MyProLab.com, the official photographic lab of Media Group 31 (our parent company) and Alway Photography. Are you tired of getting photos made from your digital files only to have them fade away in a year or two? MyProLab.com brings a professional…

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Double JJ Resort Women’s Day.

December 10, 2014

ROTHBURY — Double JJ Resort will hold its first Women’s Day on Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, from noon to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $3, which includes entry into a drawing to win two tubing passes at the Sundance Slopes. The event will take place at the Back 40 Dance Hall. RSVP at 231-894-3902. The day…

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Hart man receives 6 year prison term for Mason County break-in.

December 9, 2014
Hart man receives 6 year prison term for Mason County break-in.

By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief.  LUDINGTON — A Hart man will spend the next 6 to 30 years in prison for larceny of a Riverton Township home. Daryl Eugene Essex, 32, of 5378 N. 88th Ave., Hart, was sentenced this afternoon in 51st Circuit Court. He was originally charged with four counts from the February, 2014 crime including safe breaking (punishable…

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Interpreter case remanded to district court

December 9, 2014
Interpreter case remanded to district court

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART — The drug case against a Hispanic Hart man who received a scolding from a circuit court judge for bringing a court-appointed interpreter with him to court last month has been remanded to district court. After receiving an earful from 27th Circuit Court Judge Terrence R. Thomas Nov. 17 for “wasting the court’s resources”…

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Deputies busy with 7 crashes

December 9, 2014
Deputies busy with 7 crashes

HART — Deputies from the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office responded to seven separate property damage accidents Monday, Dec. 8, on slushy roads. – 1:09 a.m., traffic stop, S. 192nd Ave. and Wilke Rd. – 1:16 a.m., assist, 200 block of S. Peach Ave. – 5:13 a.m., traffic stop, US-31 and S. Hammett Rd. – 6:49 a.m., traffic stop, W. Main…

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Troopers respond to minor crash

December 9, 2014
Troopers respond to minor crash

FERRY TWP. — Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart post responded to a one-car crash that resulted in minor injuries Monday, Dec. 8, at 6:13 p.m. on M-20 near 132nd Avenue. Other MSP activity in Oceana County Monday includes: – 3:32 p.m., retail fraud complaint, 7000 block of Michigan Ave., Rothbury. – 9:12 p.m., car-dog crash, M-20 near 192nd…

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Suspect who escaped from police chief admits to probation violation

December 8, 2014
Suspect who escaped from police chief admits to probation violation

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART — A 22-year-old Hesperia man who escaped from Hesperia Police Chief Dale Gibbs while handcuffed, Oct. 9, admitted Monday, Dec. 8, in 27th Circuit Court that he violated his probation when he escaped. Terry Donald Pearo, of 361 Munn St., agreed to plead guilty to probation violation in exchange for dismissing one count of…

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Arson case heading to trial

December 8, 2014
Arson case heading to trial

By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor. HART — The arson case against the Hesperia businessman and former village councilman, David Sean Pates, who is accused of burning his restaurant last spring, has been set for trial in April, Oceana County Prosecutor Joe Bizon told 27th Circuit Court Judge Anthony Monton Monday morning, Dec. 8. Pates was initially scheduled to appear in…

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Handgun stolen in Ferry; Farmington man arrested for OWI

December 8, 2014
Handgun stolen in Ferry; Farmington man arrested for OWI

FERRY TWP. — Michigan State Police troopers responded to a report of a larceny of a handgun Sunday, Dec. 7, at 12:27 a.m. in the 100 block of Shelby Rd. In a separate incident, troopers arrested a 27-year-old Farmington man for operating while intoxicated on US-31 near Tyler Road Friday, Dec. 5, at 9:52 p.m. in Hart Township. Other MSP…

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