State News Archive

Stapleton pleads guilty to child abuse

BENZONIA — Kelli Stapleton pleaded guilty to first-degree child abuse in Benzie County’s 19th Circuit Court on Tuesday. Stapleton, 46, originally faced charges of attempted murder when she and her autistic daughter, Issy, were found unresponsive in a smoke filled van on Sept. 3, 2013, along with two portable charcoal grills. Statements Stapleton made to […]

Financing delays Hotel Indigo project

TRAVERSE CITY — Construction ground to a halt at the $15 million Hotel Indigo across from West Grand Traverse Bay, and awaits a downstate bank’s approval of a construction loan for the developer. Construction at the corner of Grandview Parkway and Hall Street won’t resume until developers close on a construction loan and begin paying […]

Midland Council buys aerial ladder truck

MIDLAND — Responding to a manufacturer’s warning, Midland City Council approved the purchase of a used aerial ladder truck on Monday. The new truck, which has a 75-foot ladder, will cost the city $47,250. The city received a warning regarding its 100-foot aerial ladder truck after a similar model malfunctioned during a July accident in […]

TC man in serious condition after crash

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man was transported to Munson Medical Center and is in serious condition after a crash involving a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies and members of Interlochen Fire and EMS responded today at about 5:30 p.m. to South Long Lake Road near Wintergreen Drive for […]

GM’s tech center too big to navigate? Grab a bike

WARREN — General Motors has created a bike sharing program with Zagster to help 19,000 employees at the automaker’s Warren technical center get around. Zagster, a Cambridge, Massachsetts, company that initiated a similar program last year with Detroit-based Rock Ventures, will provide bikes throughout the 330-acre GM Tech Center to give employees another option other […]

Jurisdiction could be question in Gomery case

TRAVERSE CITY — Local attorney Christopher Cooke turned to a friend when he heard someone wanted him dead. That friend was Nathan Alger, Grand Traverse County’s undersheriff. A conversation between Cooke and Alger in mid-July sparked an investigation that jumped law enforcement jurisdictional lines and led to the arrest of former local prosecutor and attorney […]