2013-02-14 / Front Page

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Hacking leads to fake zombie attack warning

MARQUETTE – The Emergency Alert System of an area TV station was hacked on Monday, displaying a message warning of zombies to viewers.

The message was displayed on ABC 10, running across the bottom of the screen during an episode of “The Bachelor”, and warned of dead bodies rising from their graves and attacking the living. The same message appeared on WNMU TV 13, a public broadcast station, earlier in the day.

The source of WNMU-TV’s hack was traced by the Northern Michigan University’s forensics information technology staff to an overseas source on Tuesday.

Area man sentenced after assault plea

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man who was found competent to stand trial in December has been sentenced on a plea deal.

Larry Allen Kouw, 64, of 596N County Road 440, originally faced one count each of: misdemeanor assault; felony resisting and obstructing an officer, causing injury; and felony resisting and obstructing an officer. The charges stemmed from an alleged incident on Oct. 3.

Later in October, Kouw sought an insanity plea, but was found competent to stand trial after an evaluation. He entered a guilty plea to assaulting a police officer on Dec. 19.

During a recent sentencing hearing in 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Kouw was ordered by Judge William Carmody to serve 177 days in jail, to run concurrently with a sentence he had already been serving.

Kouw was also ordered to pay $1,927.94 in court fines and costs.

McDonald Lake derby kicks off this weekend

MANISTIQUE – The 14th annual McDonald Lake Ice Fishing Derby will take place this weekend, with three prizes being awarded in three categories. The event coincides with the Department of Natural Resource’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend – Feb. 16- 17.

The derby will distribute prizes for the longest perch, pike and walleye. Ties will be broken first by weight, then by registration time. All fish must be registered by 2 p.m. on Sunday. The fish registration station will be located at the public access site on McDonald Lake in Gulliver. Registration is $5.

A separate Kid’s Derby will also take place, with a first prize longest perch prize, as well as second and third place trophies. Children 14 and under may register for this portion of the event.

Food will be available on site, and 100 percent of registration fees will be awarded as prize money.

The DNR’s free fishing weekend allows anyone to fish without a license for the two designated days.

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