October 31, 2014

We look back at the top 10 web stories of 2012

Kevin Bunch
Firefighters discuss a fire in an old gas station on M-13 Jan. 9, 2012 before breaking into the building.
Tim Barnum
From left, Roscommon County Sheriff Randy Stevenson, State Police Captain Bronco Lesneski and State Police Lieutenant David Street hold a press conference regarding the capture of Everett Robinson.
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ARENAC COUNTY — As we say hello to 2013, we wanted to take one last look at the things that made news in the Arenac County area in 2012. We checked our statistics, and the following are the ten most viewed stories on arenacindependent.com.

1. Woman dies in accident at Riverview Campground

Megan Levoska of Hartland died after an accident at the River View Campground in Deep River Township July 15. Police say she was run over by her own vehicle in the freak accident.

2. Accident in Iosco County kills Standish resident

A rollover accident Jan. 8 in Iosco County killed driver Brennen Cuttitta of Standish. Cuttitta reportedly lost control while driving southbound on M-65 when his vehicle left the road and rolled multiple times.

3. Alleged meth lab busted in Standish Township

Billy Mack Willis of Standish was arrested after police in Standish Township searched an alleged meth lab. Willis was charged with meth possession, and found guilty in circuit court on July 25. He was ultimately sentenced to 46 months to 20 years of jail time and $1,598.

4. Former Au Gres resident gets double-murder conviction overturned

Former Au Gres resident TJ Tremble had his double-murder conviction overturned by a federal judge in 2010 due to an allegation of an illegally obtained confession, but it was reinstated in September a U.S. Court of Appeals decision. However, a ruling by the Supreme Court in June has put his continuing life sentence for the murders of Peter and Ruth Stanley in question, as it said juveniles cannot serve mandatory life sentences. Attorney General Bill Schuette does not believe the ruling takes effect retroactively.

5. Escape inmate still on the loose

Inmate Everett Alan Robinson escaped from custody May 21 while being transported by an Arenac County deputy back to Roscommon after a visit to the 81st District Court in Standish, leading law enforcement on a chase that lasted a week until his capture May 28. Robinson overpowered the deputy in the car and stole his handgun before running into the forest.

6. Press conference gives details into Robinson’s capture

The Michigan State Police held a press conference May 28 in Houghton Lake to detail the capture of escaped inmate Everett Alan Robinson. Robinson was found sleeping in a deer blind, and faced multiple breaking and entering charges, fleeing and eluding, among other charges connected to his escape.

7. AGS forfeits football game due to accident

A Sept. 6 accident in Iosco County put five members of the Au Gres-Sims football team out of commission, forcing the team to forfeit their game Sept. 7. While none of the students suffered serious injuries, four of them took a few days to recuperate, while a fifth missed a couple weeks’ worth of football games.

8. Standish man killed in I-94 accident

Justin Vallad of Standish was killed in an accident on I-94 in St. Clair Shores on March 10, while working as a construction contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation. Vallad was working in a marked-off construction zone when an SUV changing lanes was rear-ended by a semi-truck and pushed into the construction zone.

9. Local hunters facing multiple illegal hunting charges

Three Prescott men — Jerome, Ole and Travis Thorson — were facing charges of illegally taking wildlife, such as trophy-class elk, black bear and bobcat in Colorado at the Ogemaw District Court Feb. 16. Meanwhile, a Standish man, Todd Osier, was arraigned Feb. 23 for cruelty to animals.

10. Fire breaks out at abandoned building in Standish

A fire broke out Jan. 9 at an abandoned Marathon gas station on South Huron Road near the US-23 interchange. Firefighting crews from Standish, Sterling, Omer-Arenac, and Pinconning-Fraser fire departments all arrived on the scene to get the fire under control. The cause was unknown due to no electricity running to the building nor occupants; Frank Cloutier, spokesman for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, which owns the property, said the fire seemed suspicious.

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