State News Archive

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 […]

E. coli levels back down

TRAVERSE CITY — It’s safe to swim again. Bacteria levels at four Grand Traverse Bay beaches are back down after they elevated briefly on Wednesday. The bacteria, E. coli, found in the fecal matter of warm-blooded animals. Its presence could indicate something harmful is in the water. Water off of West End Beach, Bryant Park, […]

Embezzlement from Park Place Hotel suspected

TRAVERSE CITY — Police are investigating an embezzlement complaint at the Park Place Hotel. Traverse City police Detective Sgt. Jim Bussell said investigators received a complaint of a former employee embezzling more than $5,000 from the hotel on East State Street. “There is a detective assigned, and we are currently in the process of investigating,” […]

Leelanau County meth lab discovered

TRAVERSE CITY — A Cedar man and Suttons Bay woman were arrested for maintaining a drug house in Centerville Township, the first meth lab found in the county, Leelanau County Sheriff Michael Borkovich said. Traverse Narcotics Team and Leelanau County Sheriff’s Department officials on Thursday searched a home on French Road and seized chemicals, components […]

Authorities investigate overdose death

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City police are investigating the death of a homeless man who investigators considered a witness in the recent beating death of another homeless man. The man, 62, died Thursday in the emergency room at Munson Medical Center. Preliminary reports show he died of a pulmonary embolism, though authorities are investigating the […]