Police prepare for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),  The Michigan State Police (MSP) and other law enforcement agencies are partnering for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 28. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michigan State Police’s 30 posts will serve as drop off points for Michiganders to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills, which will be destroyed. No liquids, inhalers, patches, or syringes will be accepted.

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“This is an excellent opportunity to take a look at the medicines that have collected in your medicine cabinet and properly dispose of something that could potentially be dangerous,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “Opioid abuse is a serious public health and public safety issue here in Michigan and nationwide. We will do whatever we can to help decrease all too common prescription drug abuse, accidental poisonings and overdoses.” National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held twice a year. In April,  State police posts collected 597 pounds of prescription drugs. Anyone who  is unable to participate on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day can anonymously surrender their prescription drugs at any MSP post, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.

Drag racers arraigned

Tuesday night, two accidents occurred in summit township related to drag racing.  During the race, Megan Brown and Alberto Ramirez went off the road and hit the tree. Brown was driving and Ramirez was the passenger.


They were both charged with OWI 1st offense and bond was set at $2,500 10%.


Brayden Chavalia was the driver of the other car which rolled over.  He was also charged with OWI 1st offense with a bond of $2,500 10%. All three have posted bond and have been released from jail.

Tree stand leads to injury

hunter was 2756270 960 720Sunday at 7:42 PM, the Mason County Sheriff’s office and medical personnel responded to a report of a hunter who had fallen from a tree stand. Benjamin Glen Leiker, 48 from Vulcan MI, went to stand up while hunting in a tree stand when the strap broke, causing him to fall to the ground. He was airlifted to Munson Hospital in Traverse City by Aero Med with serious injuries

Explosion in Wellston

Sunday evening, the Manistee County sheriff office investigated an explosion at 19738 Hoxeyville Rd. in Wellston. Neighbors reported a large explosion with a couple smaller explosions. When deputies arrived, they found the building fully engulfed.


The residence was a temporary home owned by a Mancelona Man. He had not been to the residence for a week and had newer appliances. No one was injured in the incident. The Michigan State Fire Marshall will be at the scene today to investigate the explosion.

Two weekends return to Electric Forest

Madison House Presents and Insomniac Events has announced that Electric Forest will be returning to Rothbury for two weekends in 2018. This will be the second time that the festival spans Thursday-Sunday two weekends in a row.

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The eighth annual event will take place Thursday-Sunday, June 21-24, and Thursday-Sunday, June 28-July 1, at Double JJ Resort in Rothbury, Mich.  Wristbands and lodging packages will go on sale in December, said the festival's brief announcement. "Information for the 2018 sale and loyalty programs will be available in the coming months, along with the initial lineups,"

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