Articles written by: Tony Wittkowski

Tony is a staff reporter for Central Michigan Life.

Business/Nonprofits / Mount Pleasant

Local banks say they will not be affected by change in mail delivery

Beginning August 2013, the United States Postal Service will cut home delivery on Saturdays. This comes at a time when the U.S. Postal Service lost more than $25 billion between 2007 and 2011. “One of the main reasons why this […]
CMU students help market the hangover cure, Party Armor, on Aug. 26, 2010 outside of the Wayside Central, 2000 S. Mission St. CMU alums and brothers Curtis and Cason Thorsby developed Party Armor, a 2-ounce shot meant to be taken at the end of a night of drinking, in 2010 which proved success on campus causing the business to branch out. (File Photo by Ashley Miller)

Former CMU students, brothers find success in the business world with Party Armor

Davidson natives Curtis and Cason Thorsby were just getting off the ground with a new product they developed and found to be useful in their college days two years ago. Now, the brothers, both Central Michigan University alums, are internationally marketing […]
Politics / Top Stories
President Barack Obama speaks to the media after Friday's sequester meeting at the White House. March 1, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo Courtesy of Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press)

President Obama: Higher education, raising minimum wage among top priorities

President Barack Obama made it clear that taking drastic cuts to higher education to prevent cuts in defense spending would be a mistake in his State of the Union address Tuesday. Obama proposed working with states to hold colleges and […]

Charges yet to be filed after high school student falls at party on Kinney Avenue

No charges have been filed after a 16-year-old Shepherd High School student fell from a second-story window at a party last Saturday that was broken up by police. Medical personnel were called to the house commonly known as The Alamo, […]
Isabella County / Mount Pleasant / Police/Courts / Top Stories
Jim Janetski walks outside B's Music Shop Nov. 28 in Mount Pleasant. Janetski had his hammered-dulcimer in for repair and wanted to check on it. (Jeffery Smith/Staff Photographer)

A closer look at the Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team

The Bay Area Narcotics Enforcement Team is known in some circles for its drug-related arrests at Central Michigan University and other northern portions of the state. Referred to as BAYANET, the enforcement team consists of three multi-jurisdictional street-level drug enforcement […]
Mount Pleasant / Police/Courts

Local high school student in hospital after falling from second-story window during Saturday night party

Editor’s note: This story has been updated for accuracy. It was previously reported the student who fell was a Central Michigan University student. That is incorrect. A male Shepherd High School student fell from the second-story window of an apartment […]
Mount Pleasant / Police/Courts / Top Stories

Bond raised to $50,000 for former CMU student charged with poisoning roommate

A former Central Michigan University student who allegedly poisoned her roommate has bonded out of jail after her bond was raised to $50,000 Monday. Kayla A. Bonkowski’s new bond conditions, set by Judge William T. Ervin, include an increase from $20,000 to […]
Police/Courts / University

CMU police chief: Abduction victim ‘did everything absolutely right’

The surveillance footage of the Jan. 16 abduction of a Grand Rapids senior outside of the Student Activity Center shows that the incident occurred in Lot 62 West. The victim was abducted at gunpoint by Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, just […]
Mount Pleasant

Police investigating armed robbery at corner of Main and May streets

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday at 11 p.m. at Main and May streets, just north of campus. A Central Alert sent out to the campus community at approximately 11:45 p.m. reports the […]
Mount Pleasant / Police/Courts
Richmond senior Jami Kidman pays taxi driver Troy Thurlow for a ride back home, outside Wayside Central, 2000 S Mission St., Saturday night. (Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer)

Safe Rides sees increase since abduction, taxi services remain the same

The Safe Rides service has been used twice as much since the abduction of a Central Michigan University student outside of the Student Activity Center two weeks ago. On Jan. 16, a Grand Rapids senior was abducted in her own […]
Mount Pleasant / Police/Courts

Masked mugging on railroad tracks, only a rumor

Police confirmed there was no mugging on campus at the railroad tracks Sunday night. CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley said the mugging was made up, and there was no suspect or victim. “I can confirm 100 percent that there was […]
Top Stories / University
Provost Gary Shapiro speaks during the discussion of the changes to the academic calendar at the Academic Senate meeting on Tuesday afternoon. (Melissa Bloem/Staff Photographer)

Amid confusion, Academic Senate vote falls short of stopping academic calendar change

A majority of the Academic Senate Tuesday voted to stop the proposed academic calendar change, but fell short of the two-thirds majority required for the vote to actually count. The Senate voted 54 to 46 to halt the new calendar, […]

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