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January 29, 2009
Daily Press

Suspect in log assault may get prison sentence

MANISTIQUE- A 19-year old Muskegon man could receive a maximum of 10 years in prison for attacking another man with a log.

Dale Hillsburg was convicted Wednesday in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court on a felony charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Charges stem from an incident in Schoolcraft County Aug. 28, 2008.

Hillsburg was attending a party at a residence in Gulliver when he became embroiled in an altercation with Matthew Fischer, 23, Gulliver. Hillsburg struck Fischer with a 3-foot long, 3-inch wide log. Fischer suffered head injuries and was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

Hillsburg was arrested by Michigan State Police after he was found hiding in the woods nearby.

The trial began Tuesday morning with jury selection and opening statements. Also taking the stand Tuesday was Fischer, noted Schoolcraft County Prosecuting Attorney Peter Hollenbeck. A sentencing date of March 5 has been set, according to Hollenbeck.

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Meeting looks at north shore plans

ESCANABA - The Escanaba Planning Commission is inviting residents and business owners to a North Shore Redevelopment Master Plan launch meeting on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at city hall, 410 Ludington St. At this meeting, members of Beckett & Raeder Landscaping Architecture Planning and Engineering will be introduced, and the planning process of the north shore will begin.

During the course of the meeting, attendees will be asked to participate in establishing the broad goals of the project, evaluating boundaries of the area, identifying issues which could impair redevelopment, identifying stakeholders within the area for interview, identifying potential properties for redevelopment and identifying properties that will not change in the next 10 years.

Citizen input will assist the Planning Commission in identifying objectives and prioritizing plausible goals for a North Shore Redevelopment Master Plan, organizers said.

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Road commission declines to comment

ESCANABA- No comment is the position of Delta County Road Commission Chairman Mike Larrabee, referring to a letter written by former Road Commissioner Rory Mattson.

Mattson had written a letter to the editor of the Daily Press, which appeared Jan. 13, during which time several assertions were made by Mattson concerning alleged incidents he became aware of while serving on the road commission board.

Also declining to comment on the issue was Delta County Road Commission Managing Director Rob Van Effen, and Delta County Commissioner Darrel Bengry.

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Stand Strength Team at Calvary Baptist

ESCANABA - Calvary Baptist Church in Escanaba will play host to Stand Strength Team for four performances, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. In addition, a meet-the-team continental breakfast will take place 9:30 a.m. Sunday. This program is free.

VIP passes will be available at the schools. Youth ages 18 and under who bring a VIP pass to one of the performances at the church will receive a personally-autographed poster from the team.

Stand Strength Team is comprised of athletes whose feats of strength are used to demonstrate their motivational message, which is focused on making positive choices and saying "no" to destructive behaviors.

The team will also perform 8 p.m. tonight at Escanaba Area High School.

For more information about Stand Strength Team's performances at Calvary Baptist Church, 2000 11th Ave. N., Escanaba, call 786-6323.



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