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News Update For Thursday, 3/22/12
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a missing Marquette Township woman. 26-year-old Wendy Michelle Mansuy is described as a white female, about 5-feet-two inches tall, weighing 100 pounds with black hair and green eyes. She was last seen on Friday the 16th and was wearing blue jeans with a yellow belt, black and blue tennis shoes, a zip-front khaki shirt with a yellow design on the front. Anyone who may have any information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department at 906-225-8435 or their nearest law enforcement agency.
A downstate senior care law firm has released information about citations made by the state against the Marquette County Medical Care Facility. According to Attorney Donna MacKenzie, from the firm of Olsman, Mueller, Wallace and MacKenzie in Berkley, the facility was cited in a December 2011 survey for failing to report possible abuse and neglect of a resident. On October 13, 2011, a resident was found by staff on the floor with a fractured leg. Although the fall was not witnessed and the resident could not explain what happened due to dementia, the nursing director determined that she could rule out abuse and neglect and did not report it to the state. That action violated the law requiring nursing homes to report all alleged mistreatment, neglect, or abuse, including injuries of unknown source to the state. In that same survey, the facility was also cited for failing to put foot pedals on a resident’s wheelchair during an outing. As a result, a resident’s feet dropped while being pushed in her wheelchair, she fell forward out of her wheelchair and landed face first on the ground, suffering multiple facial injuries. At the time of this incident, the facility did not have a policy that addressed the use of foot pedals on wheelchairs during outings. According to MacKenzie, no legal action is being launched against the facility, but she released the information to make the public aware of the citations.
Changes could be coming to the law dealing with concealed weapons in the state. The state senate Natural Resources Committee today begins consideration of a bill that would eliminate all county gun boards, which decide on the issuance of concealed weapons permits. Under the proposal, county sheriffs will be in charge of c-c-w permit approval. Also under the proposal are provisions to streamline the procedure for applying for a concealed weapons permit. And the legislation also includes a provision allowing those who complete extra training courses to carry concealed weapons into certain statutory “gun free” zones, like churches, schools and sports arenas.
Authorities in the Copper Country are continuing to search for a walkaway from a jail work crew. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Depatment says 28-year-old Jeremy Walter Nordstrom of Calumet walked away from the crew Tuesday afternoon around 1:20. Nordstrom is s a white male 6’2″ tall, weighs 178 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. He is a minimum security inmate, has no history of violence. and was serving a probation violation on a larceny charge. Anyone with any information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement agency.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting next week on a major road construction project scheduled for later this year in Marquette County. Officials from the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center are holding the meeting to discuss upcoming construction on US-41/M-28 between Marquette and Harvey. The project will be reconstructing US-41/M-28 from the Carp River in Marquette to Bayou Street in Harvey, and resurfacing the highway from Bayou Street to the US-41/M-28 intersection in Harvey. This project also will include construction of a multi-use pathway along Lake Superior. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.