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Ludington hosts Fish on for Freedom

More than 30 ship captains will volunteer their time and ships to host military veterans on a fishing competition today. Adam Lamb spoke to the Morning crew about the origins of the event, “We started this concept with, let's take out 40 veterans or 50 veterans and we’ll get some boats from the charter fleet here in Ludington because they're very supportive of veterans and a lot of them are veterans themselves. That first year it started out kind of small and then it morphed into, we need 15 boats because we got 85 veterans [and] this year we've got 30 boats and 130 veterans.”

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A welcome back procession will begin at noon. Mr. Lamb also shared Veterans responses to the event and return to the shore. “One of the things we've gotten out of this the last two years we've done it, is a lot of these veterans come up to us and thank us for the welcome home. A lot of them say we never got that [welcome] when we got back and so that's our big call to action to the community. We want you folks to come down.”

Those interested in attending should begin to gather at 11 a.m. near the Loomis Street boat launch, where flags will be distributed.

Two car accident results in fatality

Troopers from the Hart post are investigating a two car accident that occurred yesterday. The two vehicles were traveling westbound on M-20, when one vehicle rear ended the other. A 28-year-old Arizona man was transported to Gerber hospital in Fremont where he was treated and released. The driver of the second vehicle, 22-year-old Amber Prowant of Mears Michigan, was killed after she was ejected from her vehicle. She was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash remains under investigation. It's unknown of speed or alcohol were contributing factors.

Oceana County holds scrap tire collection

The Oceana Conservation District is holding a Scrap Tire Collection Saturday June 24th from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Oceana County Road Commission in Hart. They expect 3000 tires coming from more than 60 vehicles.  

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They are in need help getting the tires from the trucks and trailers into the semi-trailers and stacked in order fit them all in for transport. Those interested in helping can contact Lynda Herremans at the Oceana Conservation District by calling 231-861-5600 x3006

Ludington Police Department grows

The Ludington Police Department recently hired two new police officers and two new Beach Patrol members. Officer Mikki Narowitz of Muskegon is the new full-time officer. Ofc. Narowitz graduated and received law enforcement certification from Lake Superior State University. Officer Jerad Versluis is the new seasonal officer. Ofc. Versluis came from the Grand Rapids area and graduated from the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy prior to joining L.P.D. Both officers are currently in the Field Training process.

Beach Patrol additions include Austin Morris and Kyle Gracia. Beach Patrol members are not sworn police officers and are tasked with being the eyes and ears of L.P.D. at Stearns Beach and Park. They monitor the beach and swim area, the breakwaters, picnic areas, concessions stands and the parking in the park and boat ramp areas.

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