Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

July 12, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 07/12/2013

Pellston airport may get new walkway

McKINLEY TOWNSHIP — Authorities are planning a $1.47 million project at a northern Michigan airport to replace a 10-year-old passenger bridge whose original manufacturer went out of business, making repairs hard.

The Petoskey News-Review said the Federal Aviation Administration would pay 95 percent of the cost of the work at Pellston Regional Airport. Emmet County and Michigan would split the rest.

The walkway between airplanes and the terminal was replaced in 2003 when Pellston underwent an $8 million expansion and remodeling.

Airport Manager Kelley Atkins says getting a new bridge takes care of current repair needs and makes future repairs easier because replacement parts would be more available.

The FAA says passenger boardings at the airport rose 9 percent in 2012 to 24,864 people.

 

Man tries to use stolen card to pay fee

MASON — Michigan authorities say a man they call one of the “world’s dumbest criminals” tried to use a stolen credit card to pay a $1 balance on a $16 fee for a court-ordered fingerprinted in a fraud case.

The office of Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth in Mason says in a statement that the man visited its records office Thursday for fingerprinting.

The department reports he said he only had $15 “so he presented a credit card for the $1 balance.”

The statement says the staff “ran the card and found it to be reported stolen.” It says the man was released “with warrants being sought later.”

His name wasn’t released.

The statement says that criminals’ lack of common sense is one reason “the jail was overcrowded the last seven days.”

 

Commission OKs wolf hunting

LANSING — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has again approved wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula under a new state law passed to circumvent a referendum on an earlier hunting law.

The commission voted Thursday for a hunt that runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. It allows the killing of up to 43 gray wolves in seven counties.

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