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Manistee Co. Sheriff’s Office investigating a school violence threat at Onekama Schools
MANISTEE COUNTY — The Manistee County Sheriff’s Office said they are investigating a school threat that was made at Onekama Schools in the village of Onekama. The sheriff’s office said that on Thursday, dispatch received a call from the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center where they said there was a potential threat to Onekama Schools that had been sent by a student. They said that prior to the arrival of the sheriff’s deputies, Onekama Schools were notified of the potential threat and they were then put into lockdown. When deputies got to the school, they figured out that the student, an 18-year-old woman from Onekama, was not at the school. Deputies went to her house instead where she was later arrested for threatening to commit violence with a firearm. She has been lodged at the Manistee County Jail and there is no current threat to the community.
Michigan students increasingly use confidential reporting as schools improve accessibility
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- In the last few weeks, UpNorthLive has reported on several instances of teachers being charged with various crimes involving students. Investigators say a lot of these situations came to light because of students speaking up when they saw something that they thought wasn't right.
Northern Michigan dispatchers explain what you should do during an outage
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The nationwide AT&T outage that impacted tens of thousands of customers is over. The outage prompted dispatchers across northern Michigan to let people know that they might want to use alternatives like landlines or connecting to WiFi if they needed to call 911. “Just...
Four men busted in traffic stop, accused of regularly traveling to Traverse City to deliver 'large quantities of drugs': MSP
Four men from the Muskegon area are behind bars, after Michigan State Police say they were caught running an illegal drug operation Up North.
Traverse City hair salon accused of discrimination names Michigan in lawsuit. State wants dismissal
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – The state of Michigan is requesting to dismiss claims filed by a Traverse City hair salon against the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) based on lack of jurisdiction. In the summer of 2023, a Traverse City salon owner posted on social media that anyone...
Former Wexford County Jail to be renovated into transitional housing
WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The former Wexford County Jail in Cadillac will soon be turned into transitional housing. Earlier this month, the county approved the sale of the former jail for $130,000. Troy Baxter of Cornerstone Tabernacle Ministries bought the property. Baxter said the site will be used for...
Wexford County church in need of volunteers for medical and dental clinic
WEXFORD COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Wexford County is in need of volunteer medical professionals to help with its one-day free clinic in April. The clinic is put on by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and will be held at the Northview Adventist School on April 7. It will be providing free...
Former Glen Lake band director arrested for 'taking inappropriate photos of students'
LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A former band director at Glen Lake Community Schools has been arrested for allegedly taking inappropriate photos of students, according to the Leelanau County Sheriff's Office. Elijah George, 26, of Traverse City, has been charged with the following:. Three counts of surveilling an unclothed person.
Wexford County Dispatch Center gives details on what happens during a cellphone outage
WEXFORD COUNTY — People across the U.S. were dealing with no service on their cellphones on Thursday, which made communication challenging. Some customers with AT&T, Cricket, Verizon and T-Mobile had no service for hours. Several law enforcement agencies, including Michigan State Police, posted on their social media pages that their dispatch centers were still up and running. The Deputy 911 Director of Wexford County Travis Baker said they were told this morning that it was mainly AT&T customers being affected, but all carriers were experiencing outages. And the news was concerning to dispatchers who know how critical getting a hold of 911 is.
Busy weekend ahead for Traverse City pinball enthusiasts with major tournaments slated
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- This weekend is a busy time for the pinball community in Traverse City with two major tournaments happening. "Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we have a bunch of different tournaments to play," Traverse City Pinball Club Tournament Director Ben Harris said. "Friday we're doing a split flipper tournament, meaning you only control one flipper and your partner will control the other one. And there's also an adaptive controller tournament happening on Friday. It has two buttons for people who have disabilities or difficulty using the buttons. That will be there'll be three to five games available with that setup."
Brilliant Books in Traverse City asking for help from the community
TRAVERSE CITY — Brilliant Books in Traverse city is asking for the public’s help as they are facing a hardship. The owner of the bookstore Peter Makin says that they have been in a crunch ever since the pandemic hit. “Well, we found ourselves in the at the...
Depleted Harbor Springs roster picks up crucial road win over St. Francis
TRAVERSE CITY -- With just a couple games left wins are crucial for teams hoping to win conference titles. Harbor Springs with seven healthy players was still hoping to keep pace with Elk Rapids for the lead in the Lake Michigan Conference. After trailing at the half against Traverse City...
Concerns Raised About Governmental Center Security
County and city employees are raising concerns about their safety in the Governmental Center – particularly over unfettered access to staff and the lack of guards, metal detectors, or other security on the building’s open-format first floor. County commissioners voted Wednesday to direct staff to bring back options for installing a security officer on the ground floor, in addition to other short and long-term solutions Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City could explore for the jointly owned building.
Major traffic changes ahead: Grandview Parkway in Traverse City set for reconstruction
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Starting in early March, your commute across Traverse City might look a little different. MDOT is gearing up for the Grandview Parkway reconstruction project. Preparation:Crews prepare for major construction along Traverse City's busiest stretch. Construction crews will focus on two miles of the parkway...
Leroy man taken into custody after East Bay Township crash
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A man from Leroy was arrested after a crash involving five vehicles in East Bay Township on Monday, according to the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office. The man's identity has been withheld pending his arraignment. At 7:21 a.m. on Monday, deputies responded to a...
Hunting Camp Cottage Turned Modern A-Frame Hideaway
A designer transforms a cramped cottage outside of Lake Ann into a bright and space-saving hideaway with a fresh, modern vibe. Take a look inside. This article first appeared in Traverse Northern Michigan. Find this story and more when you explore our digital issue library. Want Traverse delivered to your door or inbox monthly? View our print subscription and digital subscription options.
State superintendent requesting homeschool enrollment information in Michigan
NORTHERN MICHIGAN, (WPBN/WGTU) -- Kids in northern Michigan are learning new skills outside their regular homeschooling environment. The Homeschool Enrichment Network in Grand Traverse County is made up of 150 kids from 57 families, ranging from nursery to 12th grade. “It’s a great experience for them to meet new kids...
Register to play in NMC Golf Open
(NMC) — The Northern Marianas College Foundation is inviting interested golfers to register for its Golf Open set for March 23 and 24, 2024 at the LaoLao Bay Golf and Resort. Online registration is available at www.marianas.edu/golf/. This year’s tournament fee for the 2024 golf open is $250. First...
Project Feed the Kids given more than $4,000 to help pay for meals
TRAVERSE CITY — Project Feed the Kids has been on a mission to provide meals to people in need. The non-profit started during the pandemic when the founders recognized the need to help kids with food insecurities and wanted to give back to the community. And on Wednesday, Elvis Through My Eyes and Freshwater Events presented a check for more than $4,000 to help pay for meals. “It’s absolutely amazing. Like, I cannot wait. I’m very excited about it. It’s so much community that comes together that makes it happen for all these families in need. So it’s just we’re super grateful. The program is very expensive. We’re really thankful for Scott Carter to become Elvis, to be able to do a fundraiser event for us,” Tiffany McQueer, founder of Project Feed the Kids, said.
Former Twin Flames Universe member speaks about her experience with group
LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Thursday the National Writers Series in Traverse City is hosting a conversation on cults. What are cults? And is there one in northern Michigan?. UpNorthLive spoke to Keely Griffin, a former member of the Twin Flames Universe. It's a group whose founders are living in...