Michigan News

Friday, January 15, 2021

Truck crashes into Saginaw house, killing woman asleep on couch; Driver fled

A pickup truck crashed into a Saginaw home early Thursday, killing a woman sleeping inside on a couch, police said. The driver of the truck fled the scene, police said. Officers found a Chevrolet Silverado pickup had crashed sideways into the single-story house around 2:40 a.m., Saginaw Police Detective Sgt. Matthew Gerow said. Firefighters located a 65-year-old female resident of the house deceased under the truck. She apparently had been sleeping on her couch when the truck crashed into her home, Gerow said. Her name was not immediately released. Two other adults and at least two children also were in the house at the time, Gerow said.
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Cadillac teen charged with arson, breaking and entering

A 19-year-old Cadillac teen was charged recently with breaking into and starting a fire at a vacant elementary in Cadillac during his recent arraignment in 84th District Court. Levi Sopath Oung was charged with one count each of third-degree arson and breaking and entering a building, McKinley Elementary School on East North Street, for his connection with an incident on Oct. 1, 2019, in Cadillac. If convicted, Oung faces up to 10 years in prison and/or fines as high as $20,000 or three times the value of the property burned, whichever is greater. The charges in question are only accusations. Oung is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. The prosecution has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A co-defendant was charged in this case, but Wexford County Prosecutor Corey Wiggins said he couldn't go into more detail due to the person's age.
Cadillac News

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Firefighters rescue dog from icy river in Alpena

VIDEO: Northern Michigan firefighters rescued a scared and exhausted dog after it fell through the ice on a river last week. “It’s not always humans we’re called to save; sometimes it’s man’s best friend,” Alpena City Firefighters said in a Facebook post about the incident. On Friday, Jan. 8, Alpena firefighters were dispatched to an ice rescue for a dog that had gone through the ice on a river. Firefighter Chris Morrison, secured with ropes, broke a path through the ice to reach the dog. “Just before he got to the dog, it gave out a crying-type howl and as soon as he grabbed it, it went completely limp from exhaustion,” the post says. The post includes a video that shows Morrison being pulled back to the riverbank by a rope while cradling the dog in his arms. A photo in the post comments shows the dog wrapped in a hypothermia blanket and towels.

Man’s ’careless smoking’ burns down Blackman Township home, official says

An intoxicated man caught his Blackman Township home on fire early Wednesday morning, officials said. Firefighters responded to the fire at a condominium in the 1400 block of Longfellow Avenue at 12:17 a.m., Jan. 13 and found smoke and flames coming out of the building, Blackman-Leoni Director of Public Safety Mike Jester said. The homeowner was the only resident of the condo and started the fire through careless smoking, Jester said. The man was intoxicated and Jackson County sheriff’s deputies had to keep him from causing issues while firefighters put the fire out, Jester said. He was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health to treat his intoxication level, Jester said. The fire caused extensive damage to the man’s condo, Jester said, adding there was also smoke damage to the attached condominiums. The Jackson Fire Department and Summit Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. The scene was cleared around 3 a.m.

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