Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI--   A man who was a pastor at a Traverse City church has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for sexual assault.

Christopher Cox was accused of sexually assaulting men after drugging them. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in exchange for the dismissal of other charges.

Cox was pastor at Long Lake Church. Defense attorney Paul Jarboe says Cox was a "contributing member of our community but obviously there was another side."

AURORA, IL (AP)--   A county health department in Illinois says a Michigan company voluntarily is recalling nearly 2,300 cases of apples due to potential listeria contamination.

Kane County health officials say Tuesday that North Bay Produce of Traverse City also is recalling two bulk bins of apples.

Recalled varieties include McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, Fuji, Jonamac and Red Delicious. The recalled apples were shipped Oct. 16-21 to wholesalers, retailers and brokers in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   House Speaker Lee Chatfield says he has asked state Representative Larry Inman to resign. 

Inman—a Republican from Traverse City—was indicted this week on federal charges, including attempted extortion and soliciting a bribe.

Chatfield says Inman’s actions are not what the people of Michigan deserve.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   A Michigan Republican Party office in Traverse City was briefly evacuated after a man carrying a sign denigrating President Donald Trump entered and made a bomb threat. 

Grand Traverse County Republican chairman John Roth says a man entered the office Wednesday afternoon holding the sign and then said he should blow them up.

After he was told police would be called, the man ran off.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   An appeals court has affirmed the conviction of a co-pilot who was drunk before a flight at a northern Michigan airport.

There's no dispute that Sean Fitzgerald's blood-alcohol level was far beyond the legal limit. The issue for the federal court was whether Fitzgerald was operating the aircraft. He was in the cockpit, but the Talon Air plane still was parked at the Traverse City airport.

Peters holds hearing on Line 5

Aug 21, 2018
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (MPRN)--   Representatives from federal agencies, Enbridge, and industry and environmental groups testified about Line 5, oil spill prevention, and preparedness at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing in Traverse City Monday. 

Michigan Senator Gary Peters grilled panelists for two hours in a packed auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan Community College.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Traverse City leaders have unanimously approved needle exchanges for intravenous drug users. 

The Traverse City Record Eagle reports that Commissioner Michele Howard suggested the needle exchange to reduce the effects of an opioid crisis affecting the Grand Traverse County area.

Pam Lynch, co-director of Harm Reduction Michigan, says the opioid epidemic has led to more use of injected drugs and higher rates of hepatitis C infection.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   Authorities in Traverse City are reminding residents that their new congressman is a public figure but his staff uses space in a private building.

Large groups apparently have been eager to see U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman or his staff in northern Michigan, which could be discouraging others who want access to other businesses.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Bergman's landlord asked sheriff's deputies to address the problem. Lt. Chris Barsheff says 50 to 100 people can't show up and "create issues."

NOVI, MI (AP)--   Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to visit Michigan for a rally in the Detroit area. 

Trump's campaign schedule posted on his website says the event is planned for Friday at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

The same day, Chelsea Clinton plans to visit the Traverse City area to campaign for her mother Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate.

The stops in Michigan follow Monday night's first presidential debate between the candidates.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Detroit museum's effort to bring art to unexpected places will feature installations in Alpena and Traverse City as well as on Mackinac Island.

Reproductions of pieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection go on view around the northern Michigan communities May 20-Oct. 31 as part of "Inside/Out."

The reproductions will feature various artists and styles, from old masters to modern art. Among displays in Traverse City are "The Nut Gatherers" by William Bouguereau and "Reeds and Cranes," a landscape by Japanese artist Suzuki Kiitsu.