State News Archive

Auburn woman faces embezzlement charge

BAY CITY — A 52-year-old woman accused of embezzling cash from an Auburn dentist is free on a personal recognizance bond. Truly Ann Dominowski of Auburn is charged with one felony count of embezzlement of $20,000 or more. She is accused of taking cash from Auburn Family Dentistry, where she was employed as the office […]

Unemployment creeps down in September

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stood at 7.2 percent in September, down from August’s 7.4 percent. “With three quarters of the year in the books, trends in Michigan’s 2014 labor market have become clearer,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. “The state’s jobless rate […]

Heart attack blamed in mall death

TRAVERSE CITY — A probe into a night shift housekeeper’s death at Grand Traverse Mall shifted away from a criminal investigation after a pathologist found the man suffered a heart attack. A mall walker’s Tuesday morning discovery of Ricky Alan Billings, 64, of Traverse City — found dead in a chair — initially stumped Grand Traverse […]

Intoxicated flagman removed

TRAVERSE CITY — A flagman who was directing traffic around construction in Omena was taken off the job for operating a flag while intoxicated. Leelanau County sheriff’s deputies investigated reports of a drunken flagman around N West Bayshore Drive near Omena on Monday afternoon, according to the Leelanau County sheriff’s blog. Deputies determined the man, […]

DTE, Consumers work to become greener

MICHIGAN — That belching smokestack surrounded by dead trees and a marked lack of wildlife is as outdated as analog technology. Today, decades-old traditional energy companies are working to be as green as the grass around their power plants. DTE is expecting to spend more than $1 billion on renewable energies by next year. By the […]

Prius police pursuit leads to felony charges

MIDLAND — The 18-year-old Midlander accused of outrunning a police cruiser with a stolen Toyota Prius in early September is facing felony charges in connection with the incident. The case against Joshua Haffner Moneypenny has been bound over to the circuit court, where he is seeking a Cobbs agreement, court documents state. He is charged […]

Michigan corn abundance pops

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan farmers grew a lot of field corn this year, and added to the state’s abundance of stored bushels. The USDA reported the state’s corn stocks were more than twice as high as last year, with 36.1 million bushels in storage compared to 17.64 million a year before. It’s the 13th biggest stock […]