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First-ever international fireworks competition to be held in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – An explosive, first-of-its kind event will light up the Northern Michigan sky this summer. Traverse City Tourism announced Thursday that the first-ever International Fireworks Championship will be held at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City on Sept. 9. The unique event is modeled after similar...
1 killed, another seriously injured in Northern Michigan crash
ANTRIM COUNTY, MI -- A crash between two Ford trucks Wednesday left one person dead and another seriously injured, according to 9 & 10 News. Members of the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office were called to the area of U.S.-31 north of Old Dixie Highway around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday for reports of crash.
Drunk man gets arrested after driving to MSP for DUI expungement
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WLNS) – If you have a DUI charge you want expunged, you should probably not drive to the police station while drunk. According to the Michigan State Police, a 54-year-old Traverse City man drove to the Michigan State Police Traverse City Post and requested his fingerprints be removed from an OWI charge […]
No lawsuit immunity for Northern Michigan official who held rifle during online meeting, court says
DETROIT (AP) — A lawsuit can go forward against a Michigan official who flashed a rifle during a public meeting over video conference, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. Patricia MacIntosh is suing Ron Clous, alleging he tried to silence her right to free speech when he displayed the...
Northern Michigan woman arrested with meth, illegal pink taser in backpack during Memorial Day traffic stop
A Northern Michigan woman is awaiting charges after Michigan State Police arrested her with meth and an illegal taser the morning of Memorial Day near Traverse City.
Northern Michigan man accepts plea deal in dog mutilation case
WEXFORD COUNTY, MI -- A Buckley man accepted a plea deal last week in connection with the alleged murder and mutilation of his neighbor’s dog. According to UpNorthLive, Thomas Middaugh, 43 pleaded guilty Friday to a third-degree charge of attempting to kill or torture an animal. In exchange for...
National Cherry Festival Announces Final Candidates for 2023-24 National Cherry Queen
The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City will be here before we know it. And the final four candidates for the 2023-2024 National Cherry Queen have been announced. Carmen Beemer, Estelle Eichberger, Emma McGuire and Callie Thomas have all been chosen to be on the queen’s court this year, and one of them will be crowned as the new National Cherry Queen at the end of the festival. They’ll be judged on various aspects from interaction with the public to public speaking. They’ll also have the opportunity to represent the cherry capital at several other festivals throughout the country, and will receive a college scholarship of $8,500. “Locally she attends lots of school functions, reads to children, does a lot of things and of course during the festival is our ambassador for everything it is we do. Our court will each receive 1250 dollars, so we’ll give over $12,000 out to these lovely young ladies after the festival,” Kat Paye, NCF Executive Director, said.
Great Lakes Also Mean Great Danger, Keep Yourself Safe With ‘Boats America’
Over 100 people drowned in the Great Lakes last year, 15 so far this year, and most were lost in Lake Michigan. This time of year, the water is still very cold and many people do not wear life jackets. The Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary offers a boater safety class for novice recreational boaters ages 12 and older. Boats America is a four-hour, two-day class offered each spring and fall. Public education officer for the Traverse City Coast Guard Auxiliary, Dianne Walker, is here to tell us all about it. You can find more information and register on their website.
Former Traverse City Police Chief Ralph Soffrendine Dies Over Memorial Day Weekend
The Traverse City Police Department is mourning the loss of one of their own after former Police Chief Ralph Soffrendine died over Memorial Day weekend. He retired back in 2003 after serving as chief in Traverse City for 21 years. He was elected as a city commissioner the same year as his retirement, and he also served on the Traverse City Area Public School Board of Education, along with various other boards. Current Police Chief Jeff O’Brien says Soffredine was a force of nature. “He had a huge impact on me, how I acted as a chief, all the things that I implemented were because of Ralph; emulating what he did before me. I don’t think anything ever stood in his way,” O’Brien said.
9 of Traverse City’s Most Historic Buildings—and the Stories They Tell
Today they’re hip breweries and luxury living spaces, but once upon a time they were candy factories and hospitals. These are the real origin stories of some of Traverse City’s most storied buildings.
Traverse City man sentenced to four months in prison for involvement in Jan. 6
WASHINGTON D.C., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A Traverse City man arrested last summer for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to felony charges on Friday. Along with four months behind bars, Luke Lints, 29, was sentenced to serve 36 months...
Songwriter Max Lockwood set to make connections with new music, live shows
GRAND RAPIDS — When Max Lockwood plays Traverse City’s The Alluvion on June 9 and Kalamazoo’s Bell’s Brewery on June 15, listeners can expect to hear the Michigan singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s new record, performed by a band of stellar musicians. Beyond that, the evenings of...
Bicyclist killed in crash over the weekend identified
BENZIE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The bicyclist killed in a crash early Saturday morning in Inland Township has been identified as Peyton Burch, 21 of Interlochen. In her obituary, Peyton is remembered as, "kindhearted, carefree, and fearless. She loved being outdoors, hiking, going to the beach and animals. Peyton loved to cook, especially burning food – or as she called it 'making it crispy.'"
Road Commission: ‘Staff Could Face Criminal Charges by Collecting Roadkill’
Still seeing expired deer along Old Mission Peninsula roads? That’s because the issue of what to do with roadkill remains unresolved, as the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Grand Traverse County Road Commission (GTCRC) continue to be at odds over how to handle it. As noted in this...
Attend One of These Northern Michigan Pride Events In June
June 1 marks the start of LGBTQ Pride Month. All month long, you can expect parades and other festivals to pop up all over the state. Both Up North Pride and Straits Pride will be holding events in Northern Michigan this month. Saturday, June 3, Up North Pride is holding a “Pride Carnival” at Northwestern Michigan College. On Sunday, June 10, Straits Pride will hold the St. Ignace Pride Festival at American Legion Park. Also on the 10th, the Traverse City Pit Spitters will be hosting “Pride at the Ballpark” in collaboration with Up North Pride.
Recycle a Bike Hosting Bike Swap in Traverse City
The wheels are turning for an annual event in Traverse City coming this weekend. Recycle a bike is hosting their bike swap which will be just in time for Smart Commute Week. The swap is happening Sunday at the Old Town Parking Garage and it’ll be the 12th bike swap event to date. This is for anyone who wants to purchases bikes or bike accessories. All bikes are accepted as long as they’re in working condition.
Traverse City Man Sentenced for Forcibly Entering Capitol On Jan. 6
The U.S. Department of Justice says a Traverse City man has been sentenced to four months in prison plus several years of parole for his actions at the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot. Luke Michael Lints, 29, will spend 4 months in prison, then four months in home detention, followed by 32 months on parole. He also owes $2,000 in restitution. According to court document, Lints was part of the mob who violently pushed passed law enforcement to enter the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. Lints entered the tunnel on the Lower West Terrance around 3:10 p.m. that day. He grabbed a police riot shield and used it to push against law enforcement officials trying to barricade rioters from entering. Lints admitted to obstructing law enforcement and attempting to stop Congress from counting electoral votes from the 2020 election.
Up North weekend weather: Not quite as hot as last weekend, but very summery
This weekend will definitely feel like summer across Northern Michigan. There will be just one period of isolated thundershowers. I’ll detail where you could get a rumble of thunder and a shower in this Up North weekend forecast. It’s the time of year when we get a lake breeze...
If Your Property Was Foreclosed, You May Be Entitled to Compensation
UPDATE 9:30 p.m. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week, many property owners across the state who were foreclosed on might be getting some money back in their pocket. Forty-three counties across the state, and many of them in Northern Michigan will be forking out thousands of dollars to property owners who were foreclosed on for delinquent taxes. Grand Traverse County is one of the many counties that will be paying back property owners. Grand Traverse County Treasurer Heidi Scheppe said there has been multiple lawsuits over the years about the legality of the property tax foreclosure process, so they are prepared.
Lyon pleads no contest in hit-and-run case
May 31—TRAVERSE CITY — Potential jurors, court staff and the family members of Allison "Alli" Jo Baker prepared for a week-long trial for the man accused of taking her life. Instead, Timothy Lyon, 47, from Long Lake Township accepted a no-contest plea deal on Tuesday morning at the...