News Update For Monday, 7/16/12

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Michigan State Police are currently conducting a statewide search for an Ohio man wanted on a homicide charge.  38-year-old Jack Fritz of Sylvania, Ohio is wanted in connection with a double homicide that occurred in Downstate Blissfield on last Friday night.  Fritz is described as a white male, 5’9″ tall weighing 186 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He may be driving a burgundy or maroon 2002 Honda, four-door with Ohio registration of EQP 8075. A three-count felony warrant has been authorized by the Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office for his arrest, including two counts of open murder and one count of assault with intent to commit murder. Additional charges are possible.  Fritz is considered to be armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Fritz is asked to contact their local State Police post or law enforcement agency.



Authorities in the western U.P. are looking for the public’s help in the search for a suspect wanted in connection with several meth lab cases.  The Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team is looking for 29-year-old Randy Robert Erickson of Wakefield.  He is described as a white male, 5’11’’ tall with blonde hair and blue eyes and has a tattoo across his back that reads “HELLRAISER.”  Police are not sure if Erickson is still in the Gogebic County area, but he is known to visit family there.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Randy Erickson you are asked to contact your nearest law enforcement agency or call 911.
The investigation is continuing into a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday in Forsyth Township.  Reports say four people were injured when the Jeep SUV they were off-roading in near South Gate and M-553 went out of control and rolled over.  The accident happened just before 5-pm when the vehicle hydroplaned on a deep water puddle and hit an embankment.  All four occupants were taken to Marquette General for treatment.  No names have been released as the investigation into the crash continues.
The National weather Service in Negaunee says hot weather has returned today, with high temperatures expected to be in the lower to mid 90s across most of the Upper Peninsula, except in the 80s from Manistique east near Lake Michigan. This is the perfect time to review some summer heat safety tips. Drink plenty of fluids. During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.  Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body’s thermostat will have a chance to recover. Pace yourself.  Don’t leave children or pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly.

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