News Update For Monday, 6/18/12

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

Marquette City Police are investigating an early-morning stabbing in the city.  Officers were called out to the 500 block of Wright Street around 1:25 this morning on a report of a woman screaming.  An investigation found a 19-year old Marquette man had been assaulted at the residence and had been stabbed multiple times.  The victim was taken to Marquette General where he was treated for his injuries and is expected to be released later today.  Police have identified a suspect in the incident and they are currently conducting a search.  No names have been released and further details will be made available as they develop.

State Police at the Manistique detachment are continuing to look for the public’s help as the investigate a breaking and entering that occurred early Friday in Hiawatha Township.  The incident happened around 3-am on Riverview Drive and the suspect or suspects took a large amount of cash and the homeowners ATM/Debit card.  The card was used about a half-hour later at the ATMs at the Manistique Federal Credit Union and the Wells Fargo Bank.  The family of the victim has set up a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.  If you have any information related to this case, please contact MI State Police in Manistique at (906) 643-7582 or your nearest law enforcement agency.

State officials say the cost of fighting the Duck Lake wildfire in Luce County will be at least three and one half million dollars.  And it also means the state will exceed its 12 and one-half million dollar firefighting budget for the year, according to reports.  That’s because there have been many other smaller fires this year, including 50 that were going on at the time of the U.P. fire.   Officials announced last week that the fire had been contained.  The fire started in May, and affected more than 21 thousand acres.   More than 130 structures were destroyed, including homes, outbuildings and campers. No injuries were reported.

Cliffs Natural Resources has named James Kochevar as General Manager of Michigan Operations. Kochevar replaces Jeffrey Lipovetz who was named Vice President Eastern Canada Iron Ore earlier this year. Kochevar has been serving as interim general manager since Lipovetz’s departure.  Kochevar will be responsible for management and operation of all Michigan Operations, which includes the Empire and Tilden mines in Marquette County and the LS&I Railroad.  Kochevar joined Cliffs’ Michigan operations in 2008 as an area manager serving the energy and technical services departments. Prior to employment with Cliffs, Kochevar held engineering and management positions with Northern States Power Company and Hibbing Public Utilities, both from Minnesota.

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