Category Archives: Public Safety

CMU student studying abroad in Paris safe, staying for remainder of semester


A Central Michigan University student studying abroad in Paris is safe, and is staying for the rest of the semester following the terrorist attacks on the city.

The student, whose name is not being released, is studying fashion merchandising and design. After Friday’s attacks, she made contact with the director of the study abroad office at CMU, Diane Desalvo. Continue reading

Coast Guard working to halt leak from shipwreck in Lake Erie

The U.S Coast Guard has set up a perimeter around a shipwreck that is leaking fuel into Lake Erie.

It’s believed to be the biggest environmental threat posed by a shipwreck to the Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard said the Argo was carrying 100,000 gallons of crude oil, and another lighter fuel, when it went down in 1937. Continue reading

Michigan DEQ admits to mistakes handling Flint water crisis

mdeqThe Department of Environmental Quality has released a statement admitting they made a mistake in handling the recent Flint water crisis.

DEQ representatives said they mishandled the testing of Flint’s drinking water. They were holding the city to guidelines meant for a town with half of Flint’s population. Continue reading

Domestic Violence Awareness Month aims to provide support and assistance to victims


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — dedicated to reducing the stigma of domestic violence and helping those who are suffering.

Domestic violence is defined as physical or emotional abuse. Both women and men can be victims. Continue reading

Weather service to offer winter weather training to the public

The National Weather Service Gaylord office will hold seminars about Michigan's winter weather

The National Weather Service Gaylord office will hold seminars about Michigan’s winter weather

It’s that time of year where Michigan residents begin preparations for winter.

This season, the National Weather Service is offering up training seminars in hopes to better prepare the community for what this winter has in store. Continue reading

Sea Lamprey levels at their lowest in decades

sea_lamprey_770-760x430Efforts by the Great Lakes Commission have brought invasive sea lamprey populations to their lowest levels in decades.
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Oil spill simulation under the Straits

Straits of Mackinac.  Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will simulate a spill on Enbridge’s oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac this Thursday (9/24).
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New furry faces in Traverse City Public Schools mean serious business

Photo courtesy | Interquest Detection Canine s

Photo courtesy | Interquest Detection Canine s

Golden Retrievers will soon begin visiting the Traverse City Public Schools, but these dogs aren’t just for fun.

They are apart of a private safety dog company, called Interquest. The retrievers will be searching for drugs and alcohol. In the past police drug canines have come and searched, but the school district felt the German Shepards were “too intimidating”. Continue reading

Don’t just prepare for back to school – prepare for floods and other disasters


With Michigan’s weather it’s not uncommon to see flash flood warnings issued. September 30th is National Prepareathon Day, officials are using the day, and the lead up, to encourage families to create emergency plans.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, fewer than half of the nation’s households have a family emergency plan in case of a flood. Continue reading

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

T.S Nurnberger excavation

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


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.