News Update For Tuesday, 7/10/12

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A 37-year-old man is facing multiple charges stemming from a family squabble in the Western Upper Peninsula over the weekend.  According to police, Bobby Joe Nordstrom was fighting with family members Sunday afternoon in Iron River township. When the fighting escalated, he grabbed a gun and fired off two rounds. Police say Nordstrom then barricaded himself in a family member’s house.  After a brief stand off with police, he surrendered.  Nordstrom was arraigned Monday in Iron county trial court on two counts of felonious assault, possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.  Nordstrom is a four time offender. Bond was set at five-thousand dollars.  Preliminary exam is set for July 16th.


A suspect was arraigned Monday in a hit-and-run accident in Marquette on the Fourth of July that left a woman dead and her husband injured.  30-year-old Luke Huotari of Gwinn is charged with two counts of knowingly leaving the scene of an accident, which caused serious impairment of a bodily function or death.  Huotari is being held in the Marquette county jail on a one-million dollar bond, $500,000 for each of the counts. He faces up to five years in prison on each count, if convicted.  A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for July 23rd.


Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley has ordered U.S. flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday in honor of a Michigan soldier killed in Afghanistan.  29-year old Army Staff Sergeant Matthew Leach of Ferndale died June 26th in Kandahar Province.  He was assigned to the 1/334th regiment, 1st brigade, 104th training division based in Fraser.  Leach joined the Army in 2003 and served on active duty with two deployments to Iraq. He then joined the Army Reserve in 2008 and was on his first deployment to Afghanistan.  Flags should be returned to full-staff on Thursday.


Gas prices are up 12 cents a gallon this week in Michigan.  According to ‘Triple A Michigan,’ the current statewide average of three-dollars-53-cents per gallon is 29 cents lower than a year ago.  The auto club says the lowest price in the state is in the Saginaw/Bay City area at three dollars-40 cents a gallon. The highest are in the Ann Arbor and Marquette area at three dollars-59 cents.  Dearborn-based ‘Triple A Michigan’ surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas stations daily.

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