State News Archive

Elmwood Township man faces child pornography charges

The Record Eagle   SUTTONS BAY (MCT) — An Elmwood Township man is accused of distributing child pornography. A investigation involving Leelanau County sheriff’s detectives and FBI agents led them to Michael Edward Burr Jr., 22, who will appear this morning in 86th District Court for a video arraignment. He faces four counts of distributing […]

TCAPS reimbursed ahead of schedule

TRAVERSE CITY — Community members showed their support for Traverse City Area Public Schools’ former superintendent Stephen Cousins by way of their pocketbooks. Cousins agreed in May to repay more than half of $24,800 in taxpayer money that Michigan Secretary of State officials determined TCAPS administrators misspent during a 2012 bond campaign. He was to […]

Film Festival adds screenings to schedule

RAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Film Festival has added screenings of in-demand movies including Woody Allen’s “Fading Gigolo” and director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” to its schedule for next week. The festival also has added a “special sneak preview” of David Frankel’s “One Chance.” “It’s the inspirational true underdog story of a guy who won […]

Marijuana questions head for city ballots

By Bill Laitner Detroit Free Press   (MCT) — Marijuana questions could pop up on ballots in at least 17 cities across Michigan this summer and fall. The questions aim to ease or eliminate local penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana, an approach that supporters call decriminalization. Last week, volunteers submitted stacks of signed […]

Homeless man identified

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City police released the name of a local homeless man whose death is under investigation. Robert Lee Howard, Jr., 62, died Thursday in the emergency room at Munson Medical Center. Preliminary reports show he died of a pulmonary embolism, but authorities are looking into the possible role of prescription drugs and […]