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2018 Munger Scholarship available

The Oceana Conservation District will award $1,000 scholarships to three (3) high school seniors in Oceana County in the spring of 2018. Applications will be accepted from students who plan to pursue a degree in natural resources, conservation, or agriculture and demonstrate the potential to become active community leaders committed to promoting conservation, stewardship, and sustainable use of the natural resources in Oceana County.

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The Munger Scholarship Program is named after Edith and Louis Munger, early pioneers in conservation and agriculture in Oceana County. Applications must be submitted by February 15th, 2018 and the scholarships will be awarded at the District's annual meeting tentatively scheduled for March 17, 2018. More information can be found online at http://www.oceanaconservation.org/scholarship-program/

Death leads to Drug House arrest

A 52 year-old Scottville man was arrested the evening of Tuesday January 16th on a two count warrant. The arrest stems from an investigation following the October 2017 fatal traffic crash at US-31 and Sugar Grove Road which claimed the life 16 year old Henry MacDougall, of Ludington.

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Count 1 charges include Controlled Substance—Maintaining A Drug House which is a High Court Misdemeanor with 2 years in jail and a $25,000 fine. Count 2 is Controlled Substance—Possession of Marijuana/Synthetic Equivalents which is a Misdemeanor with 1 year in jail and $2,000 fine. The Michigan State Police and SSCENT detectives assisted the MCSO on the investigation.

Ludington School Board confirms positions

The Ludington Area School District Board of Education begin yesterday's meeting by confirming chair positions. Steve Carlson was confirmed as President. Vice President will be Kelly Thompson, Secretary is Mary Jo Pung and Dr. Autrey will remain tresurer. The board also decided to keep current committee placements.

Superintendent Jason Kennedy prodvided updates on the healthcare contributions refund. The school is working to return money to employees as soon as possible. The court system could hold up the refund as ORS must have a plan approved to return the money to the district. The district hopes to return the money in the Febraury 2nd payroll.

The first round of interviews for the Middle school principal position will take place January 22nd. Mr. Kennedy is hoping to have a recommendation for the board by the February meeting. The meeting concluded with Larsen’s Landscaping being confirmed to provide snow plowing services.

Fugitive Arrest

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On WednesdayJanuary 3rd, deputies with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by members of the Bay City Texas Police Department regarding a wanted fugitive from Texas that was believed to be in the Mason County area.
On Thursday, January 4th at 12:37 PM deputies spotted the suspect vehicle traveling on US-10 in the area of Meyers Road. A “felony” stop was conducted on the vehicle after learning the wanted person may have been armed with a handgun. No handgun was found.
A 27 year-old Van Vleck TX man was arrested without incident. He is currently being held in the Mason County Jail on a local charge of Furnishing False Information to a Police Office. He is also wanted out of Texas on: 2 count warrant charging Aggravated Robbery, Family Violence, Unlawful Restraint and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Once the local charge is cleared extradition proceedings will begin to return the individual back to the authorities in Texas.

Embezzlement in Oceana County

On Tuesday January 2nd a deputy from the Oceana County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the Shelby Marathon Station for a embezzlement complaint.  The owner and his wife, believe their store had suffered a loss of over $35,000 by embezzlement from their store manager. After further investigation, the deputy determined that a large amount of cash, lottery tickets, and some other food items were  indeed missing.  After an interview with the suspect Angela Smith, 45 from Shelby was arrested.  

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She has been charged by the Oceana County Prosecutor's Office with Embezzlement by an Agent of $20,000 or more, which is a 15 year felony.  Ms. Smith has been arraigned on this charge, and her bond is currently set at $5,000 cash/surety.  

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