Boat sinks off Ludington State park

Five were pulled from Lake Michigan on Tuesday Morning after their fishing boat became engulfed in flames. After it became apparent there was an issue, a nearby fishing boat quickly pulled the occupants off the boat. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. The U.S. Coast guard arrived shortly after at 11am. Flames were seen for the next 30 minutes until the fire was put out at 11:40am. The U.S. Coast Guard and Mason County Sheriff Office attempted to pull the damaged vessel back to shore, but it sank 65 feet down off shore of the Ludington State Park. Names of those aboard have not yet been released.

Armed Robbery in New Era

Wednesday morning at 2:31 a.m. the Oceana County Sheriff's Offices and Michigan State Police responded to a call regarding an armed robbery at the New Era Wesco.

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Deputies learned that an armed suspect had entered the store and demanded cash.  After taking the money, the suspect fled from the store on foot.  Mason County Sheriff's K-9 came to the scene to assist although no arrests have been made at this time.  The investigation is still underway.

Antler point restrictions stays local

Michigan's Natural Resource Commission did not add point restrictions to deer hunting during their monthly meeting last Thursday in Lansing. According to Mlive, the Michigan Bowhunters Association says 56 percent of the organization is in favor of statewide Antler Point Restrictions. A survey found that the restrictions had a 77% approval rating in the Northwest 12. The region includes Manistee, Lake, Mason, Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties.

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The commission did pass an amendment to lift the sunset clause for the northwest 12, requiring that a buck must have at least three points on each antler in order to be hunted. The restriction statewide was lifted by the DNR in hopes of culling Tuberculosis infected deer and deer infected with chronic wasting disease.  

West Shore Bank acquires Ellis Capital Management

West Shore Bank currently offers wealth advisory services through its seven-branch network, which spans from Oceana County to Benzie County. The acquisition of Ellis Capital Management will extend West Shore Bank’s wealth management services farther south, encompassing areas of Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.

“Ellis Capital Management has a longstanding reputation for client-centered service delivered with uncompromising integrity,” said Raymond A. Biggs, President and CEO of West Shore Bank. “Their approach to business complements the West Shore Bank brand. It’s an honor to combine our strengths under the same name.” West Shore Bank – Wealth Management provides a variety of investment, trust and insurance services. Following the acquisition, Founder of Ellis Capital David K. Ellis and his team will join the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management group.

“We’ve always coached clients to take the long view, looking beyond investment strategy to consider advanced planning,” Ellis said. “It is also the cornerstone of West Shore Bank’s wealth management philosophy.”  Ellis will join as Senior Vice President, primarily responsible for growing the Grand Rapids and Muskegon regions.  The two Ellis Capital Management offices in Grand Rapids and Muskegon will be rebranded with the West Shore Bank - Wealth Management name.


Crash takes life of branch couple

On Friday Evening, the Michigan State Police were called to a crash on US-10 involving 2 vehicles and 1 motorcycle.


A Ford Explorer made a left turn out of Burger King, and collided with a Chevy Cruz. As a result, a motorcycle carrying a 71 year old Branch couple, was struck. Ken Geurick was pronounced dead at the scene. Mary Geurick was airlifted to Grand Rapids, where she later succumb to her injuries. It's unknown if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash. The crash is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police. 

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