News Update for Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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News Update For Tuesday, 3-20-12

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A young girl who was injured in a weekend traffic accident in the western Upper Peninsula remains in critical condition.  9-year-old Jersey Spolarich of Watersmeet was injured on Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a car driven by 25-year-old Raymond Smith, also of Watersmeet, while she was riding her bike.  The accident happened on US-45 in Watersmeet near Rifle Range Road.  The girl had to be airlifted to Marshfield Hospital in Wisconsin.  The accident remains under investigation, but State Police say excessive speed and alcohol use were not factors.

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Eastern U-P authorities seized two dozen firearms and 200 sodium cyanide capsules from the home of a Sault Ste. Marie man who  tried to kill himself in court after being sentenced to jail time. Scotlund Stivers was recently sentenced to 30 days in jail in downstate Cheboygan County Circuit court for allowing three boats to deteriorate, sink and pollute Duncan Bay in Lake Huron near Cheboygan.  After being sentenced in the courtroom, he swallowed a sodium cyanide capsule in a suicide attempt.  He survived and suspicious authorities executed a search warrant on his home last week.  That is where the weapons and capsules were located.  The investigation is continuing and Stivers remains behind bars.

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Chocolay Township Police are continuing to look for the public’s help in their investigation into some weekend sign thefts.  According to a statement from the department, over one dozen street signs were were taken from the Brookfield Subdivision area of Beaver Grove.  The thefts occurred sometime in the late evening hours of this past Saturday.  If you have any information about the thefts, you are asked to call Chocolay Police at 249-4040.

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The President and C-E-O of Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin says his firm is looking to Upper Michigan for workers as they continue to expand.  Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Economic Club of Marquette County last night in Marquette, Charles Goddard said the location of the company on the Michigan-Wisconsin border makes the hiring of qualified workers from the U-P an obvious choice.  Marinette Marine has secured a series of large military contracts recently which make it necessary to hire skilled technical workers, engineers and managers.  Goddard says in the past, many of those positions have been filled by workers from the U-P and the company plans to continue that trend.

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