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Charlevoix County News - March 29, 2012

Charlevoix County News - March 29, 2012

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Charlevoix County news names 2012 all-area Boys BasKetBall“Dream team”...Photos & story in seCtion B Charlevoix
News March 29, 2012 Boyne CIty, CHArLeVoIx, eAst JorDAn, eLLsWortH AnD surrounDIng AreAs
Charlevoix County news names 2012 all-area Boys BasKetBall“Dream team”...Photos & story in seCtion B Charlevoix
News March 29, 2012 Boyne CIty, CHArLeVoIx, eAst JorDAn, eLLsWortH AnD surrounDIng AreAs

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Charlevoix County news names 2012 all-areaBoys BasKetBall “Dream team”...
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A former Boyne CityFire Department officer,with over ten years of serv-ice with the department,has been discharged fromthe department andcharged with embezzle-ment of over $20,000.During the preparationof this year’s City budgetFire Chief Dennis Ames-bury and Assistant Chief Jack Bush discovered ex-cessive expenditures in theFire Department’s gas andoil account. They re-quested that the BoyneCity Police Department in-vestigate the matter. Theinvestigation quicklypointed to Derby Arly(Buddy) Hayden IV using adepartment gas card to fuelprivate vehicles and con-tainers not associated withthe Fire Department.When confronted with thefindings of the investiga-tion Mr. Hayden admittedwhat he had done. Thematter was turned over tothe Charlevoix CountyProsecutors office and onFebruary 13, 2012 he wasterminated from the BoyneCity Fire Department. Theinvestigation found noother persons involved.The embezzlement tookplace in increasingamounts over severalyears. The City antici-pates, and will insist upon,full recovery of the amountstolen, either by the sus-pect or the City’s insurancecompany.Upon discovery of thesituation the City pre-sented it to its auditors, in-surance company, attorney,City Commission, depart-ment heads, employees and
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The following cases were re-cently decided in the 90th Dis-trict Court for the County ofCharlevoix:
Derek Charles Turbull, 35,Boyne City. Driving while im-paired. Sentenced to pay $775in fines and costs and to 36days in jail with credit for oneday for credit, 30 days held inabeyance with credit for oneday, 30 days held in abeyance,five days of community servicework.Morganne Rene Moody, 19,Boyne City. Minor in possessionof alcohol. Sentenced to pay$250 in fines and costs and to30 days hours of communityservice work.Douglas James Campbell,14, Beaver Island. Minor pur-chasing alcohol. Sentenced topay $250 in fines and costs andto 30 hours of community serv-ice work.Cassey Dale Sirmons, 31,Boyne City. Domestic violence.Sentenced to pay $500 in finesand costs and to 93 days in jailwith credit for two days, serve91 days.Robert Edward Lee, 58,Vanderbilt. Assault and battery .Sentenced to pay $800 in finesand costs and to 93 days in jailwith credit for three days, serveseven days, 83 days held inabeyance and to one year onprobation.Michael Jay Smith, 58,Boyne City. Possession of mari- juana. Sentenced to pay $700 infines and costs and to 180 daysin jail, serve 10 days on work re-lease, 160 days on a monitor, 10days of community service workand nine months on probation.Colter Cody Onnela, 53,Berkley. Driving while licensesuspended. Sentenced to pay$550 in fines and costs, and to30 days in jail with credit for 11days, serve 19 days.Katherine Marlene Magill,53, Englewood, FL. Use of mari- juana. Sentenced to pay $400 infines and costs.Rachel Marie Butler, 18,Boyne City. Driving while im-paired. Sentenced to pay $805in fines and costs and to 41days in jail with credit for oneday served, serve 41 days in jailwith credit for one day, 10 daysof community service work andnine months on probation.Forrestt Gray Dunson, EastJordan. Disorderly person. Sen-tenced to pay $450 in fines andcosts, serve 90 days in jail, 85days held in abeyance, five daysof community service work andsix months on probation.
MArrIAge LICenses
The following people have re-cently filed for marriage licenseswith the County of Charlevoix:
Ryan Christopher Hendricks,22, Charlevoix and Amber LynnLutz, 22, Charlevoix.David Glen Hilberg, 38, EastJordan and Wendy Gayle Van-derstel, 46, East Jordan.Craig Allen Stutzky, 52, BoyneCity and Kristen Cherie Spears.29. Boyne City.Norman Dale Gardner, 73,Boyne City and Judith KatherineJudkins, 68, Boyne City.
AssuMeD nAMes:
The following businesses re-cently filed with the CharlevoixCounty Clerk's office for anassumed name for doing busi-ness:
Simply North 1597LalondeRoad, East Jordan by MarilynSinclair.Buy Local 231, 209 Elm St.Charlevoix, 209 Elm St.,Charlevoix by Laurie LesserHodgson. Artistric Creation 1207 BridgeSt., by Robert Harmon.Totally Todd, 2757 VanceRoad, East Jordan by Todd HartV.Wright Services, 2505 Se-qunota, East Jordan by KyleWright.K & L Marine of Machine,01855 Jenkins Road by KyleRobert Lockman.
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12:45am Open door found inthe 100 block of S Park St2:10am Intoxicated subjectsleeping near the river mouth5:36am Citation issuedspeed9:35am Parking complaint
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Volume 3, iSSue 41
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received in the 1000 block ofBoyne Av9:54am Car key droppedoff at PD that was found at Av-alanche Mountain10:26am Intoxicated malein the 400 block of N Lake St3:22pm Report of distur-bance that occurred the nightbefore in the 500 block ofGroveland St5:50pm Arrested intoxi-cated male for trespassing andpossession of marijuana in the400 block of N East St6:41pm Harassment com-plaint received from the 500block of N Lake St9:10pm Assist Sheriff De-partment on Tomkins Rd
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3:26am Assist Sheriff De-partment with alarm onLakeshore Dr3:48am Report of B&E inthe 300 block of Silver St10:58am Chainsawdropped off at PD that was leftat North Boyne. Was returnedto owner.2:03pm Driving complaintreceived on Charlevoix St3:11pm Cell phone foundnear Beardsley St5:05pm Parking complaintreceived at park and LincolnStreets5:27pm Report of skate-boarders in road at WildwoodHarbor and Park Streets6:05pm Vehicle unlock inthe 300 block of E Division St6:15pm Issued warning toskateboarder in the CentralBusiness District6:35pm Retail fraud com-plaint in the 400 block of NLake St7:31pm Vehicle unlock onRay St
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10:10am Dog found run-ning at large on Pleasant nearElm Streets10:31am Suspicious situa-tion reported in the 1000 blockof Boyne Av11:14am VIN Inspectionon Vogel St12:01pm VIN Inspectionon Air Industrial Park Dr3:50pm Citizen in to file ha-rassment charges against sub- ject in the 300 block of EDivision St9:19pm Report of kidsskateboarding on deck of busi-ness in the 200 block of SLake St and using profanity atcustomers
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12:27am Hit and run acci-dent in the 300 block of E Divi-sion St1:58am 911 hang up fromthe 300 Block of E Division St2:20am Arrested subjectfor OWI11:47am Juvenile com-plaint in the 1000 block ofBoyne Av2:25pm Hit and run prop-erty damage accident at Stateand Call Streets4:25pm Assist to GirlScouts for Scavenger Hunt8:44pm Assist EMS in the300 block of Taylor St
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8:13am Report of mailboxhit in the 900 block of Boyne Av9:53am Motorist assist tosubject at Little League Field10:17am Met subject atshelter to lodge cat11:50am 911 hang up callfrom the 300 block of E Divi-sion St1:11pm Parking complaintreceived in the 100 block of EWater St11:10pm Request for as-sistance with civil custody is-sues.
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7:30am Residence toiletpapered and forked in the 600block of JayCee Ln10:50am Citation issued forspeed1:22pm MDOP received inthe 200 block of S Lake St4:27pm Civil standby in the300 block of N Lake St
5:40pm Private property dam-age accident on W Water St
7:42pm Animal complaintin Veteran's Park
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2:49pm Arrested subjectfor DWLS at Court and Robin-son3:53pm Private propertydamage accident in the 500block of Lewis Av
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911 Hang Up Call...................3 Abandoned Vehicle................3 Abuse.....................................0 Alarm......................................5 Animal Complaint.................15 Annoyance.............................0 Assault...................................2 Assist Citizen.........................3 Assist Motorist.......................3 Assist Other Agency............15 Attempt to Locate..................3 Attempted Suicide.................1Bank Alarm............................0Boating Accident...................0Boating Violation....................0Breaking & Entering...............1Car/Deer Accident...............11Citations Issued...................38Civil Complaint.......................5Criminal Sexual Conduct.......0Death.....................................1Disorderly Person...................0Disturbance............................4DNR Complaint......................2Domestic Dispute..................1Driving Complaint..................4Fireworks Complaint..............0Found Property......................2Fraud......................................2Health & Safety......................3Hit & Run................................1Intoxicated Person.................2Juvenile..................................2Larceny..................................3Lockout..................................4Lost Property.........................0Malicious Destruction of Prop-erty.........................................4Mental Subject.......................0Minor In Possession...............1Miscellaneous Criminal..........1Missing Person......................0Noise Complaint....................1
Operating Under the Influence.......0
Paper Service.........................8Parking Violation....................1Personal Injury Accident........1Personal Protection Order.....1Private Property Accident......0Property Check......................7Property Damage Accident....4Prowler...................................0Road Hazard..........................5Stalking..................................0Suspicious Situation..............8Threat.....................................1Traffic Stop...........................91Trespassing............................2Unknown Accident.................1Unlawful Driving Away of Auto-mobile....................................0Vehicle in the Ditch................0Violation of Controlled Sub-stance Act..............................2
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LetterS to the eDitor
Letters andopinionsmay be submittedby e-mail to Office@CharlevoixCountyNews.com.
Northern Michigan iswaiting to hear whoMitchell Jon MacKay isand what he’s trying tosay. A little bio back-ground would be valu-able and would addsome legitimacy to hisinfo-mercials inthe 3/22/12 edition
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 Editor’s Note 
 Mitch MacKay is anartist, writer and musi-cian and lives in East Jordan.
gas vendor to make all aware of thematter and find ways to prevent some-thing like this from happening again.“The City is shocked and greatly dis-appointed that an individual hired towork for and protect the public wouldend up stealing from it. We as an or-ganization do not tolerate anythingthat betrays the public trust, especiallyfor personal gain” said City ManagerMichael Cain. “Despite all our safe-guards this individual found a weak-ness in our systems that he exploitedfor his own benefit. His actions arecompletely contrary to the spirit of public service that the members of ourFire Department and all City employ-ees demonstrate daily. As devastatingas this betrayal is we will learn fromthis incident and work to maintain thetrust of our citizens, taxpayers and allthose we interact with.”Mr. Hayden has been booked, ar-raigned and is currently out on bailawaiting trial.
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March 29, 2012 Charlevoix County News Page 3A
ONLINE AT WWW.CHARLEVOIXCOUNTYNEWS.COM
News
quarters of Democratic Repre-sentatives hadn’t even realizethis was an election year, thoughthe majority favored placingPresident Obama’s name on theballot whenever those ballots areprinted.On the Republican side of thetable, the rescheduling of theelection offers some muchsought after time for party mem-bers to sort through the dividedsupport behind the two leadingPresidential race challengers;Mitt Romney and Rick Santo-rum. Rumors of back room dis-cussions preceding the electionpostponement vote have evenpointed toward re-running theentire state primary process,however, since the candidateshave already burned throughmillions of dollars getting thisfar, such a move seems unlikely.“We would have to figure outhow to pursue a campaign strat-egy on a very limited budget,” anundisclosed campaignspokesman keenly observed. “I just can’t see how we could goout on the road and talk to thevoters for less than several hun-dred thousand dollars a day. Imean, this isn’t the 1950’s wherewe can just jump on a train andstop in every little burg acrossAmerica to talk about the issues.Today, we have huge motorhomes, massive support staff, ex-pensive hotels and meals…even asubstantial amount of first-classair travel. That’s not to mentionthe cost of buying ads to makesure everyone knows how badthe other guy is. Campaigns areno longer cheap!”A recent Gallop poll found thata vast majority of Americans feltthe election process has losttouch with the voters, indicatingthat some good old fashioned“election stumping” might verywell be an effective way to utilizethis extended preparation time.“I’m not surprised they de-cided to delay the election,”noted Cher Dee Welth, a young,Kansas City independent regis-tered voter. “Despite all this talkabout change, the whole politicalarena still seems like it’s allabout protecting the big moneyand corporations. It would besuch a breath of fresh air if aPresidential candidate wouldsimply reach out to the Ameri-can public with an open mind…hear what we are concernedabout rather than promote theiror their party’s agenda. Nowthat’s someone I could vote for…whenever that vote is held!”While the Presidential Elec-tion extension bill must besigned by the…er, President, be-fore it takes effect, PresidentObama is expected to endorsethe bill on Sunday, April 1st...April Fool’s Day.Just in time for constructionseason, the Michigan Depart-ment of Transportation(MDOT) has introduced a newfeature on Mi Drive, the de-partment’s popular traffic dataWeb site. Now it is easy forusers of the site to share up-dates of lane closures, trafficincidents, camera and map im-ages, and other informationthat appears on Mi Drive atwww.michigan.gov/drive byclicking on the Facebook, Twit-ter and e-mail buttons on theupper right-hand side. Localagencies also benefit by havinga quick way to share construc-tion and traffic incident infor-mation with affected arearesidents. The new buttons ap-pear on both the Web-basedand mobile versions of the site.A new option also has beenadded to both versions to gen-erate a link to whatever con-tent you are viewing on MiDrive. You can use the link toshare information on personalWeb sites and other socialmedia sites or you can book-mark it on your browser forquick reference.“MDOT is pleased to provideyet another free tool to helpmotorists plan their routes,”said State Transportation Di-rector Kirk T. Steudle. “For ex-ample, if you are meetingsomeone at a specific carpoollot, you can view that carpoollot on the Mi Drive map, zoomin on it, and send a link to thepeople you are planning tomeet. It’s so much easier thantrying to describe where a lotis located. As always, we en-courage motorists to drive safeand ‘Know Before You Go,’which means checking MiDrive before you get behind thewheel.”The Mi Drive site providesreal-time information for mo-torists traveling on I, M and USroutes in Michigan. Improve-ments to the site are beingfunded with $250,000 in federalseat belt funding from the Na-tional Traffic Safety Adminis-tration. First launched in 2007,the Mi Drive site has been re-vamped several times, includ-ing the introduction of themobile version in May 2011.The site is maintained byMDOT, the Department of Technology, Management andBudget, the state’s Center forShared Solutions & Technol-ogy Partnerships, and the In-telligent TransportationSystems program office withinthe MDOT Division of Opera-tions.MDOT reminds drivers:Snowplows need room togroom.www.michigan.gov/drive |www.twitter.com/Michigan-DOT |www.facebook.com/Michigan-DOT
MDOT makes iteasier to share MiDrive traffic info
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LANSING—Thanks to the per-sistent efforts of Sen. HowardWalker, the Michigan House of Representatives has reversedcourse and decided to restorefunding to keep welcome centersopen every day in three northernMichigan cities.Last December, Walker au-thored a budget amendment toHouse Bill 5014 that ensuredfunding to keep the welcome cen-ters open seven days a week, butthe House stripped Walker’samendment from that measure.After weeks of negotiationswith House leaders and the gov-ernor’s office, Walker convincedthe House to restore the moneyin a separate supplementalbudget bill.“It was important that fundingwas included for these centers,”said Walker, R-Traverse City. “I,along with others, worked hardlast fall to ensure that our north-ern Michigan welcome centerswould remain open to serve thepublic. They are integral to theregion’s economy, and I am happyto now hear that the House willbe restoring this funding.”With Walker’s push, HouseBill 4289 allocates $200,000 to keepthe welcome centers in Sault Ste.Marie, St. Ignace and MackinawCity open seven days a week.Since the early fall of 2011, theMichigan Department of Trans-portation has closed the welcomecenters two days a week.Walker’s change will enable thecenters to stay open at least eighthours a day, every day of theweek.
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Boyne City2012 SpringCity WideLeaf Pickup
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The City will pick up leavesduring the above scheduleddays only. After the scheduleddate, citizens will be respon-sible for their own leaves.Please set bagged leavescurbside anytime after thefirst day of pick up, inbiodegradable bags. Citycrews will pick up bags onMonday and Fridays. If yourbags have been out for an ex-tended period of time andhave not been collected,please notify City Hall at 582-6597.Biodegradable paper bagsare available at Boyne Co – Op, and Boyne Ace Hardware.Please put only leaves in bagsas they are not strong enoughto hold sticks, sand, or stones,and will tear upon lifting.Brush will not be picked upcurbside, but may be broughtto the North Boyne CompostSite. You may haul your ownleaves, either bagged inbiodegradable bags or un-bagged, to the compost site onRobinson Street, open sevendays a week for your conven-ience.City Ordinance prohibitsdepositing leaves or otheryard waste in the street
The Michigan Farm Serv-ice Agency would like to re-mind dairy producers of some important program eli-gibility requirements for pay-ment under the Milk IncomeLoss Contract program(MILC). FSA Michigan StateExecutive Director, ChristineWhite says dairy prices mayauthorize potential MILCpayments, but all dairy pro-ducers need to be aware of the program requirementsshould those conditionsarise.Dairy operators currentlyenrolled in MILC, need to no-tify the local county office if there have been any changesto their dairy operation.If a payment rate is an-nounced, dairy producers en-rolled in the MILC programwill need to provide the localcounty office with documen-tation showing the eligiblemilk production and commer-cial milk marketing for themonths with a MILC paymentrate in effect.When producers enroll inMILC, a payment start monthis selected. This month re-mains the same through allprogram years, unless achange is requested by thedairy. Dairy producers are al-lowed to change their startmonth an unlimited numberof times throughout their en-rollment in MILC providedthat the changes are re-quested timely.MILC program participantsare also required to complywith FSA’s Adjusted Gross In-come requirements each fis-cal year. This certification, ona CCC-931, must be completedprior to a payment being dis-bursed.New dairies that have notpreviously participated in theMILC program will need tofill out the CCC-580, Milk In-come Loss Contract.USDA is an equal opportu-nity provider and employer.To file a complaint of dis-crimination, write to USDA,Assistant Secretary for CivilRights, Office of the AssistantSecretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue,S.W., Stop 9410, Washington,DC 20250-9410, or call toll-freeat (866) 632-9992 (English) or(800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866)377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Span-ish Federal-relay).
Dairy Producers Remindedof MILC Program
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This was sent to us in an e-mail.We are not sure of the source, but agree that they make us think about how to make the communitywe like in a better place to live.
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Things may be warming up in NorthernMichigan’s agricultural economy. With theU.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) re-cently released revision of the Plant HardinessZone Map, it appears the climate here in the“tip of the mitt” may be just about ready tosupport a new cash crop; cotton.“This could be very big news for our area,”relates horticulturist Bud Vaise, “A good partof our growing climate has gone from a Zone 4to a Zone 5, and some areas from a Zone 3 to aZone 5. Now technically, we should be rated asa Zone 7 or 8 to be ideally suited to grow a croplike cotton, but we have some fairly innovativefarmers up here…I think they just may be ableto make this happen.”The USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map di-vides the U.S. and Canada into 11 differentzones, each based on a 10 degree Fahrenheitdifference in the average annual minimumtemperature each zone experiences during theyear. So the jump in one or two zone classifica-tions represents between a 10 and 20 degreerise in the average minimum temperature dipthese designated areas will experience.“Cotton may be a bit of stretch right now,”observes Hardy Sole, a third-generation farmerlocated in Charlevoix County, “but we aregoing to give it a go by starting in the green-house around April Fools Day and transplant-ing to the fields sometime in May. Cottontypically takes about five months to grow fromseed to harvestable plant…so we may be push-ing the envelope a bit, but if it works…wecould very well be sitting in tall cotton here in
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the north!”Weather or not cotton may join cherries, applesand potatoes as staples of the Northern Michiganagricultural economy remains to be seen. Such amove may prove highly profitable to those farmersdaring enough to “take the heat,” or it may turn outto be a fool’s errand indeed.

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