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Saugatuck Officials Say No To Helping Finance Local Property Enhancements For Homeowners Page 3 Community Rec Told Not To Use Saugatuck Dollars For Douglas Pickleball Courts Page 3 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING October 17, 2014 Vol. 12 No. 41 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Saugatuck Woman’s Murder Focus Of Investigation Discovery TV Special MLIVE Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS -An episode of a documentary-style show from Investigation Discovery detailing the 2003 murder of Saugatuck native Kristine Johnson, an aspiring model and actress in California, aired on a TV special this week. The hour-long episode of "Dead on Arrival" featuring the story of the 21-year-old's murder will aired Wednesday. Johnson graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1999, then later moved to the Los Angeles area to try to break into the entertainment industry while working for a cell phone distribution company. She went missing in February 2003 after telling her room-mate she was going to a photo shoot for a James Bond action-type movie. She was lured into a fake photo shoot and strangled, her body left in the Hollywood Hills. Three years later, Victor Paleologus, 52, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. Authorities said he met Johnson at a mall and invited her to a photo shoot in Beverly Hills related to a movie production -a ploy he'd used on other women, police said. The episode titled "The Road to Hell" was the season finale of "Dead on Arrival," which details sto-ries of young people who move to a new city with big ambitions and fall victim to crime. The episode included inter-views with Johnson's father, Kirk Johnson, friends and a former boss, as well as a detective and former prose-cutor involved in the case. Kirk Johnson in 2006 told The Grand Rapids Press he felt an "incredible sense of relief" from the sentence handed to Paleologus, an ex-convict released from prison less than a month before he abducted the 21-year-old Johnson. Paleologus was previously convicted of assault to commit rape. "I'm not going to live the rest of my life in anger. I'm substitut-ing the anger with sadness over Kristi," Kirk Johnson said directly after the sentencing. The Associated Press contributed to this story. Allegan County Officials Agree To Participate In Helping To Create Blue Star Linear Trail MLIVE Associated Press ALLEGAN -The Allegan County Board of Commissioners has decided to take part in the proposed Blue Star Linear Trail. The Blue Star Trail is pro-posed to run 19 miles, from near South Haven to Saugatuck. Commissioners agreed recently to take ownership of 1.8 miles of the trail once the project is complete, and, County Administrator Robert Sarro said, "all grant require-ments have been met." The proposed trail is 19 miles. On the south it starts at the county line at Baseline Road near South Haven. After that it travels up Blue Star Memorial Highway to a point just north of Saugatuck where it joins the Beeline Road Path in Laketown Township. From the Beeline a biker can connect to the Holland Metro Area Trails system. On the south, the bikers would connect to the Kal-Haven and Van Buren trails. The new trail is being pro-moted by the Friends of the Blue Star Trail. The group is proposing an approach where each lakeshore municipality that the trail crosses would own a small chunk to make it easier to get grants. The county's portion would be a 1.8-mile section from Baseline Road north to Beverly Shores in Casco Township. Casco Township has already turned down the offer. Friends of the Blue Star Trail estimates it run $6.1 million for a paved path on the west side of Blue Star Highway. Saugatuck Township has already completed a section of Blue Star north of Douglas to the Beeline Trail, which starts on 64th Street on the south in Laketown Township. That trail then heads north on Beeline to 62nd Street to the north county line. Robert Sarro The Douglas portion has also been completed. The remaining miles are uncompleted. Local and county officials say the Blue Star Trail will attract bik-ers and other tourists to the area.

Saugatuck Woman’s Murder Focus Of Investigation Discovery TV Special

MLIVE<br /> Associated Press<br /> <br /> GRAND RAPIDS - An episode of a documentary-style show from Investigation Discovery detailing the 2003 murder of Saugatuck native Kristine Johnson, an aspiring model and actress in California, aired on a TV special this week.<br /> <br /> The hour-long episode of "Dead on Arrival" featuring the story of the 21-year-old's murder will aired Wednesday.<br /> <br /> Johnson graduated from Saugatuck High School in 1999, then later moved to the Los Angeles area to try to break into the entertainment industry while working for a cell phone distribution company.<br /> <br /> She went missing in February 2003 after telling her roommate she was going to a photo shoot for a James Bond action-type movie.<br /> <br /> She was lured into a fake photo shoot and strangled, her body left in the Hollywood Hills.<br /> <br /> Three years later, Victor Paleologus, 52, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder.<br /> <br /> Authorities said he met Johnson at a mall and invited her to a photo shoot in Beverly Hills related to a movie production - a ploy he'd used on other women, police said.<br /> <br /> The episode titled "The Road to Hell" was the season finale of "Dead on Arrival," which details stories of young people who move to a new city with big ambitions and fall victim to crime.<br /> <br /> The episode included interviews with Johnson's father, Kirk Johnson, friends and a former boss, as well as a detective and former prosecutor involved in the case.<br /> <br /> Kirk Johnson in 2006 told The Grand Rapids Press he felt an "incredible sense of relief" from the sentence handed to Paleologus, an exconvict released from prison less than a month before he abducted the 21- year-old Johnson.<br /> <br /> Paleologus was previously convicted of assault to commit rape.<br /> <br /> "I'm not going to live the rest of my life in anger. I'm substituting the anger with sadness over Kristi," Kirk Johnson said directly after the sentencing.<br /> <br /> The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Allegan County Officials Agree To Participate In Helping To Create Blue Star Linear Trail

MLIVE<br /> Associated Press<br /> <br /> ALLEGAN - The Allegan County Board of Commissioners has decided to take part in the proposed Blue Star Linear Trail.<br /> <br /> The Blue Star Trail is proposed to run 19 miles, from near South Haven to Saugatuck.<br /> <br /> Commissioners agreed recently to take ownership of 1.8 miles of the trail once the project is complete, and, County Administrator Robert Sarro said, "all grant requirements have been met."<br /> <br /> The proposed trail is 19 miles. On the south it starts at the county line at Baseline Road near South Haven.<br /> <br /> After that it travels up Blue Star Memorial Highway to a point just north of Saugatuck where it joins the Beeline Road Path in Laketown Township.<br /> <br /> From the Beeline a biker can connect to the Holland Metro Area Trails system.<br /> <br /> On the south, the bikers would connect to the Kal-Haven and Van Buren trails.<br /> <br /> The new trail is being promoted by the Friends of the Blue Star Trail.<br /> <br /> The group is proposing an approach where each lakeshore municipality that the trail crosses would own a small chunk to make it easier to get grants.<br /> <br /> The county's portion would be a 1.8-mile section from Baseline Road north to Beverly Shores in Casco Township.<br /> <br /> Casco Township has already turned down the offer.<br /> <br /> Friends of the Blue Star Trail estimates it run $6.1 million for a paved path on the west side of Blue Star Highway.<br /> <br /> Saugatuck Township has already completed a section of Blue Star north of Douglas to the Beeline Trail, which starts on 64th Street on the south in Laketown Township.<br /> <br /> That trail then heads north on Beeline to 62nd Street to the north county line.<br /> <br /> The Douglas portion has also been completed. The remaining miles are uncompleted.<br /> <br /> Local and county officials say the Blue Star Trail will attract bikers and other tourists to the area.

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