Author Archives: Aaron Aupperlee | aaupperl@mlive.com

Does LG Chem owe taxpayers more for misuse of stimulus funds?

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill raised concern that LG Chem could owe the federal government more for its misuse of stimulus funds and asked for more information from the company and the Department of Energy.

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Serious inquires only: Traverse City general store sign jokes about selling M-16 rifles

A few weeks ago, a sign out in front of the store read, “Get your M-16 rifle here before it is outlawed.”

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Facebook photos surface of giant ice boulders along Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Park Ranger Amie Lipscomb said no weird weather is required to create the ice boulders.

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#CheerUpMichigan: Twitter explodes with reasons to love Michigan

A recent study by the University of Vermont ranked Michigan the seventh saddest state after study 10 million geotagged tweets. Michiganders on Twitter disagreed. Using the hashtag #CheerUpMichigan, people tweeted what the love about Michigan.

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Twitter study: Michigan is the 7th saddest state

Happy states tweeted a lot about food, according to the study. Sad states swore a lot.

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Police video shows Bud Rowley’s final moments during shootout with Belding officer

Bernard “Bud” Rowley died Jan. 5 when Belding police Officer Jason Cooper fired a single shot at the suspect who had already shot out a window on Cooper’s patrol car and tried to take out state police Trooper Roger Hunt.

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$842,000 in stimulus money wasted on LG Chem employees paid to watch movies, play games, volunteer, federal investigation finds

“Based on progress to date and despite the expenditures of $142 million in Recovery Act funds, LG Chem Michigan had not yet achieved the objectives outlined in its Department-approved project plan,” a U.S. Department of Energy investigation concluded.
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Attorney General Bill Schuette: Mental health reform before gun control

Attorney General Bill Schuette said fixing mental health care was part of increasing gun safety.

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Tougher laws, more cops key to a safer Michigan, Attorney General Bill Schuette tells state’s police chiefs

“A safer Michigan means tougher laws and more cops,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said during the opening day of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Wednesday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

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Out of stock: Firearms, ammo sales surge as gun control talk swirls

Stores across West Michigan are seeing an unprecedented demand for guns and ammo. Glocks, Rugers, Smith & Wesson’s, assault-style rifles disappear from gun counters as fast as distributors can supply them. Popular ammunition — 9 mm, .380 auto, .45 auto, .22 long-rifle and .223 caliber rounds — is nearly impossible to find.


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Toddler remains in critical condition after Wexford County crash that killed mother, grandmother

The Spencers’ vehicle and a vehicle driven by Mark D. Freye crashed about 8:20 p.m. Monday on M-37 near West Eight Road, according to police reports. Freye, 53, of Buckley, was in fair condition Tuesday at Munson.

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Second Latin Kings gang member arrested for Holland stabbing, police said

The stabbing happened July 14 at a party in the 900 block of Vassar Avenue in Holland. The victim, whose name has not been released, told officers several Latin Kings at the party jumped him supposedly in retaliation for something he said.

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‘Blizzard bomb’ map shows where storm of 1978 dumped snow on West Michigan

The “blizzard bomb” map shows snowfall totals for Jan. 25 to Jan. 28, 1978.

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State senator speaks out against layoffs at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, warns privatization leads to degradation in care

Sen. Vincent Gregory fears the contracted workers will be under-qualified and will increase the risk of injury or abuse at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

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Attorney for Petoskey woman charged in husband’s slaying calls case weak, testimony bizarre

Carol Kopenkoskey was released from the Emmet County Jail Tuesday, Jan. 22, on a $500,000 bond with several restrictions. Mary Beth Kur, who had served as the Charlevoix County prosecutor for several years, said bond for a person facing first-degree mu… Continue reading

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Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash honored Wednesday at East Kentwood hockey game

Naval Petty Officer Second Class David Warsen, an East Kentwood graduate, was among seven American service members and four Afghans killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan on Aug. 16. Warsen was 27

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“An important chance to step up,” Gov. Snyder says during signing of Kelsey’s Law, banning cellphone use by teen drivers

Kelsey’s Law, named in memory of Kelsey Raffaele, a Sault St. Marie teenager who died when she crashed her car while talking on her cellphone, makes it a civil infraction for new drivers on their probationary licenses to talk on a cellphone behind the … Continue reading

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Small, quiet town of Belding shocked at news of deadly shootout between man, police officer

Customers enjoying cups of coffee and late lunches at Millie’s Family Restaurant, 401 W. Main St., had to think back decades to remember the last homicide in the town.

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Belding officer who killed man during morning shootout with police a 15-year veteran of the department

State police detectives continue to process evidence from the scene of the shooting. M-44 at Hawley Highway reopened about 3 p.m.

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Returning fire, Belding police officer shot, killed man early Saturday morning

The officers ordered the man out of his van. He exited and began shooting at the patrol cars.

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Books on committing murder, cleaning up crime scenes found during searches of slain Petoskey man’s home

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Carol Kopenkoskey earlier this week. She was charged with first-degree murder.

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Candlelight vigil planned at scene of Dec. 29 homicide canceled because of safety concerns

Two men who answered the door Thursday night at the Cherry’s Dickinson Street house said the vigil for Jason Cherry was canceled because of what “had been going on” in the neighborhood.

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Snow causes several crashes; train stopped, blocking Francis Street, after two cars collide near tracks

If you see a crash that has stopped or slowed traffic, post details about it in the comments below, on our Facebook page or to @JacksonCitPat on Twitter.

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Amtrak train crashes into tractor in Parma, no one appears injured

The crash happened about 1:48 p.m. It is not yet clear why the tractor was on the railroad tracks as the westbound Amtrak train approached.

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Springport student, 17, arrested, charged with felony after investigation into shooting threat made against schools

Noah Alan Moricz remains in the Jackson County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He is charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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Kelsey’s Law: How a stalled bill to ban cellphone use by teen drivers ended going to the governor’s desk

The House voted 74-33 to approve Senate Bill 756. The bill was one of the last voted on during the contentious lame duck session.

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Jackson mom sprays teen son with mace after he refuses to go to school

The mother told police she sprayed her son because she thought he was going to push her or assault her. The 16-year-old said he was trying to get the bicycle away from his mother.

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Burglars strike Kibby Road home while family is on vacation at Disney

Jackson police say to expect an increase in thefts during the holidays.

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Jackson teen missing since Sunday is in ‘deep danger,’ mother feels

“We have no idea where she is,” said April Jordan, Danyelle’s mother. “I do feel in my heart that she’s in danger. … I feel that my daughter is in deep danger.”

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Video: Teens drive on lawn, blow through red lights and stop signs during chase with officer

The Blackman-Leoni Township Public Safety Department released Monday a video of the chase filmed from the dashboard camera of officer Sam Philipps.

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