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Reported Breaking And Entering

Early this morning there was a reported breaking and entering by a homeowner at the 1200 block of N Victory Corner Road in Amber Township in their garage. While this break in was being investigated, MCSO deputies were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle  parked in the road on Pleasant Ridge in Pere Marquette Township. Upon responding to the Pleasant Ridge Rd call deputies recovered items stolen from the break-in.  The vehicle recovered was a side-by-side, which had been stolen out of the City of Ludington.   
 
While deputies were investigating the “suspicious vehicle” a resident approached and reported a 2004 Red Chevy Silverado pickup stolen from his driveway sometime overnight. During  the earlier morning break-in, a deputy noticed a vehicle driving past the scene several times and attempted a traffic stop.  The vehicle fled and a short chase ensued where the vehicle got away.  That vehicle matched the description of the pickup that would later be reported stolen.

Ludington Schools Hire New Teacher

Ludington Schools will have a new teacher this fall. The contract for Sarah Hodges was approved last night at the monthly Ludington Area School District Board Meeting. The board approved a trip for the band program to visit Chicago on April 26 through the 28th.

Superintendent Jason Kennedy presented the board with a personal growth plan based on a recent evaluation. The school system announced a facilities upgrade forum on September 25th at the Library Media Center.

The meeting lasted just over a half hour.

Fire Destroys A House In Free Soil

A fire destroyed a home in Free Soil yesterday afternoon. The Free Soil, Fountain, and Grant fire deoartments responded to a house and garage fire on 8556 North Democrat Street in the Village of Free Soil at around 5 p.m. yesterday. When they arrived, the house was fully engulfed and the garage caught fire shortly after. Nobody was home at the time of the fire. Sparks from the fire also started small grass fires near the house and in the baseball field and woods across the street. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Cash Advance Employee Involved In Staged Robbery Pleads Guilty

A former employee of Advance Cash America in Pere Marquette Township pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court yesterday to conspiracy to commit embezzlement and lying to a police officer in connection to a staged robbery that we reported on a few months ago back in May.
 
Bryana Jacqueline Black of Sheridan Township, was initially charged two counts of conspiracy to commit embezzlement but one count was dismissed in a plea agreement yesterday.
 
Investigators believe they have recovered all the stolen money. According to testimony, the trio involved in the staged robbery stole $15,000.

Two Housing Developments Were Considered During Ludington City Council Meeting

In the regularly scheduled Ludington City Council meeting last night, two housing developments were considered. Amendments to the agreement between the city and the Morris Street LLC, were all approved by the council as well as a parking agreement with Morris street for the bowling alley block.

The council also had their first presentation for rezoning a parcel of land at the corner of South Madison and East Dowland streets where the planning commission recommended the rezoning from wholesale and light industrial to multi-family residential. This will be considered again at the next council meeting.

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