Category Archives: Public Safety

Oil spill simulation at the Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Next month the Coast Guard will be working with Enbridge to test their oil spill response plan, should line 5 ever rupture.

Steve Keck, a Coast Guard Contingency Preparedness Specialist, said a simulation of this size takes about a year to plan.
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Department of Natural Resources recovery of Grand Traverse County over halfway done

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County.  Courtesy of the DNR.

Downed tree at Glen Lake boat launch in Grand Traverse County. Courtesy of the DNR.

Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Emergency in Grand Traverse County in response to severe weather earlier this month.

The storms knocked out power across the region, and downed thousands of trees, including many on state property. Continue reading

Power nearly restored across northern Michigan

Aerial view of  downed trees at Skegernog Point.  Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aerial view of downed trees at Skegernog point. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard.

Roughly 3,000 northern Michigan residents are still without power Thursday afternoon following Sunday’s severe weather event.

This is down from over 150,000 who initially lost power during the storm.
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St. Louis residents continue to deal with Velsicol health impacts

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

Bench outside former Velsicol plant site

The former Velsicol plant site is surrounded by several community blocks where people still live.

Originally the EPA thought the contamination from the plant could be contained within the borders of the site. However, years after the initial cleanup, EPA officials determined this wasn’t the case. Continue reading

St. Louis still recovering from Velsicol contamination

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T.S Nurnberger excavation

Dust and dirt settled around me in a mound the size of a mobile home when T.S Nurnberger Middle School’s practice football field was excavated.

The field is contaminated with chemicals that came from the Pine River. Continue reading

Northern Michigan beef herd tests positive for Bovine TB

For the second time this year, a northern Michigan beef herd has tested positive for Bovine Tuberculosis disease.MDARD

The small herd in Alcona County was found to be infected with Bovine TB during routine testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD.)

The herd is located in a part of Michigan where Bovine TB is common among wild deer. The deer in turn spread it to captive animal herds. Continue reading

Grand Traverse County 911 center updates system to become more business friendly

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An update to the Grand Traverse County dispatch center will allow businesses a chance to provide first responders with more, useful information.

Smart 911 is a system that allows users to create a profile with information about their location, health concerns and phone numbers. Continue reading

Body found in lake confirmed to be missing autistic boy in Genesee County

Police believe they have found the body of a nine-year-old boy who went missing last weekend in Genesee County, prompting a statewide Amber Alert.

9-year old Omarion Humphrey went missing on July 4th at the Lake Calis Recreation Area. Officials said he was severely autistic and unable to speak.

Hundreds of first responders and volunteers searched for Omarion following his disappearance… but those large scale searches were abandoned earlier this week.

Then today, a child’s body was found floating in the lake by security officers. His parents confirmed a short time later that it was Omarion. The investigation into his death continues.

More mosquitoes could mean fewer cases of West Nile

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Larger mosquito populations this year may feel like a curse, but specialists have said it could be a blessing in disguise.

“More mosquitoes can actually mean fewer mosquito-borne diseases,” said Dr. Carl Doud. He’s a mosquito specialist with the Midland County Health Department. Continue reading

Update: Roscommon County suspect at large captured in Macomb County

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

Francisco Arroyo -Photo: Marlette Police Department

The suspect in a fatal shooting in Roscommon County has been captured in Metro Detroit.

Francisco Arroyo allegedly shot two people in Roscommon County’s Nester Township on Wednesday afternoon. One of the victims died of a gunshot wound to the head, while the other is reportedly in stable condition.

The incident prompted a statewide response. Police initially believed the suspect was heading towards Lapeer County, but he was found further south in the City of Warren, in Macomb County.

Police say he was hiding in a relative’s house. His vehicle was found unoccupied nearby.

Arroyo was taken into custody without incident, and is being held on multiple charges including open murder.

He is currently being held in the Roscommon County Jail.

Snyders say Michigan putting its money where its mouth is on reducing sexual assault

Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, and sexual assault survivors spoke with reporters during Monday’s Campus Sexual Assault Summit in Lansing.

Gov. Rick Snyder, Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder, and sexual assault survivors spoke with reporters during Monday’s Campus Sexual Assault Summit in Lansing.

For the first time, Michigan will spend general fund dollars to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.
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Stay protected from cyber attacks this summer

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Security experts say before you head out on vacation this summer, you may want to double check your online identity.

Hackers can access information from laptops, iPads, cell phones and ATMs. Data files, passwords and bank accounts can be found and hacked. Continue reading

State Police cracking down on seat belt laws this weekend

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The Michigan State Police is working to prevent accidents this holiday weekend. Additional patrols are set to watch highways for speeding, distracted driving, and tailgating. Lieutenant Michael Shaw said troopers are also running a “Click It Or Ticket” enforcement campaign. Continue reading

A new bill would allow for real-time access to insurance for law enforcement

A bill being considered in Lansing may make it easier for motorists to show proof of auto insurance to police. And easier for police to get up-to-date information

Legislation in the State Senate would allow law enforcement to access real-time auto insurance information.
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