Ludington City council reflects of 2017 and prepares for 2018

Mondays Ludington city council began with 2017 annual reports. Kurt Malzahn presented for the water plant, reporting that of 20 water samples collected, all 20 passed inspection. An invitation to the public was extended to join the sampling pool by calling the water plant. The new water plant is expected to be completed in June of this year
Christopher Cossette from the wastewater plant, presented, focusing on the location and size of the outfall pipe. He explained that in order to complete design of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant, the location and size of outfall pipe must first be determined. Construction is expected to begin in fall of this year and last 18 months.

Ludington City manager John Shay provided the 2017 budgetary amendments, disclosing revenues came in higher than expected, resulting in an increase of $200,000 for the city of Ludington.

2018 Downtown ludington board events were approved, but questions surrounded the 2019 New Years Eve fireworks. Wally Cain made a motion to postpone the vote, citing safety concerns with the fireworks being lit over the crowd. After a second by Kathy Winczewski and roll call vote, the postponement was shot down. Michael Krauch questioned police chief Mark Barnett and Fire Chief Jerry Funk regarding firework safety concerns. Both confirmed falling debris, but cited no safety concerns from shooting the class A fireworks. During the vote, the 2019 New Years Eve Fireworks were approved.


Suicide claims life

On the evening of Tuesday February 26th, MCSO deputies responded to a report of a man down not breathing lying alongside a vehicle at the Pere Marquette River Boat Launch off South Walhalla Road.
Deputy Matt Warmuskerken arrived and discovered the male subject had sustained a gunshot wound which had proven fatal. At this time, the individual is only identified as a 51 year-old Fountain man. It appears the fatal injury was self-inflicted. The official cause of death will be released pending an autopsy report. The Mason County Sheriff Office does not typically release information related to calls of this nature, however with the incident occurring in a public venue, the sheriff wanted the public to know there is no concern for public safety as it relates to this call.
If you know someone struggling with depression please reach out to Mason County Community Mental Health at 231-845-6294 or the National Hot Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Meth making materials found over weekend


Sunday afternoon, the Mason County Sheriff Office responded to a report of suspicious materials on Cable Rd east of Custer Rd. A citizen reported finding a green bottle with surgical tubing sticking out of the top. It was determined to be meth lab components. The Mason County Sheriff Office would like to remind citizens if you happen across any such items please DO NOT TOUCH and notify law enforcement immediately.

Mason County Sheriff Office activity report for 02/23/2018 thru 02/25/2018 also included:

02/23 @ 12:48 AM Warrant arrest, 300 block of S. Jebavy (Pere Marquette Township), 28 year-old Dorr MI man was arrested on 3 outstanding warrants, one of Lake County and two out of Kent County.  Warrants charging:  Lake County—Criminal Bench/Original charge of Dangerous drugs, Kent County—Civil warrant for child support arrears of $12,930 and a second Kent County  civil warrant for child support with arrears of $7,581  

02/23 @ 7:19 AM Car/Deer crash, no injuries, Pere Marquette Hwy & Hesslund (Pere Marquette Township)

02/23 @ 11:49 AM Damaged property, Hazelwood Dr (Pere Marquette Township), home owner reported a wooden fence damaged

02/23 @ 9:56 PM Probation violation arrest, 5600 block of W. Johnson (Pere Marquette Township), 29 year-old Ludington man was arrested on a probation violation

02/24 @ 6:01 PM OWI 3rd, DWLS 2nd, Resist & Oppose LE arrest, US10 & Poplar (Custer Township), 40 year-old Van Buren Township MI woman was arrested after she crashed her vehicle into a ditch.  While in the back seat of an MCSO patrol car the subject started removing her clothing, when told to stop she attempted to fight and kick at deputies.  

02/25 @ 12:33 PM B&E, Stolen Auto, 8900 block of E. US10 (Branch Township), victim reported someone had broken into their residence and stole electronics and a 1998 Honda Civic with a black driver side door and green hood.  The vehicle had no registration plate on it

02/25 @ 1:00 PM Sex Offender Registry Violation, 1100 block of S. Washington (City of Ludington), report forwarded to the Mason County Prosecutor’s Office for a 56 year-old Ludington man who allegedly failed to notify of an address change

02/25 @ 2:30 PM Meth Lab Components found, Cable Rd east of Custer Rd (Custer Township), a citizen reported finding a green bottle with surgical tubbing sticking out of the top (PHOTO ATTACHED).  With warmer weather and more folks out and about MCSO would like to remind citizens if you happen across any such items please DO NOT TOUCH and notify law enforcement immediately.

02/25 @ 5:02 PM Gas drive off ($24.00), 400 E US10—Scottville EZ Mart (Custer Township)

02/25 @ 9:57 PM Car/Deer crash, no injuries, Hansen near LaSalle (Amber Township)

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