News Update For Friday, 6/22/12

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula News

Authorities in the Eastern U.P. have identified the body that was discovered earlier this week in a remote area near Lake Superior.  The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says the body of 55-year-old Charlotte Evans was found along Wildcat Road in Whitefish Township on Wednesday.  The death is still being treated as suspicious in nature at this time and an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.  Authorities are continuing the investigation.


State Police in Manistique are looking for the public’s help as their investigation continues into a two-motorcycle accident that happened earlier this week.  The crash happened around 10:30 Wednesday morning on US-2 in Manistique Township.  Troopers say a westbound motorcycle, operated by 54-year-old Margarite Webster of Glencoe, Kentucky drove onto the back of another motorcycle, operated by a 65-year-old Ohio resident.  Webster was thrown from her motorcycle and sustained severe injuries.  At last report, she was hospitalized at Marquette General Hospital.  If you have any information related to this accident, you are asked to call State Police in Manistique at 643-7582 or your local law enforcement agency.


Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates increased in 14 of Michigan’s 17 major labor market areas in May.  According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, total employment levels rose in most regions last month, while labor force levels advanced in all areas.  The Ann Arbor area had the state’s lowest jobless rate at five-point-five percent while northeast Lower Michigan had the highest at 10-point-two percent.  The rate for the period in the U.P. was 8-point-5 percent while the Marquette County rate was 7-point-3 percent.  Michigan’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in may was eight-point-five percent.


One Upper Peninsula man linked to more than 4,000 pounds of explosives has been convicted while another was acquitted.  A federal court jury in Marquette found 65-year old John Lechner of Sault Ste. Marie guilty yesterday on two counts each of transportation and improper storage of explosive materials, and one count each of possession of explosives under indictment and false statement to law enforcement officers.  He was acquitted on two other charges.  53-year old Ken Kassab of Brimley was acquitted on charges of transporting explosive materials and possessing explosives as a convicted felon.  Lechner faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 18th.  Lechner remains in custody but Kasaab was released.

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