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News Update For Tuesday, 3/27/12
High winds are causing problems for folks around the county with power and with near shore boating. The National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township is reporting wind gusts of 45 to 50 miles an hour in the Marquette area. A high wind advisory is posted through the afternoon for the northern half of the U.P. A gale warning is in effect until 6-pm along Lake Superior from the Keweenaw Peninsula to Manitou Island with waves of up to 19 feet possible. The Marquette Board of Light and Power says a circuit was lost along the lake shore this morning that knocked out power in pockets around Marquette and surrounding areas. Also, downed trees and errant branches are causing some power outages in outlying areas in the region. Crews are aware of the problems and are working on identifying and repairing any outages as they happen.
The Marquette City Commission is taking another look at the condition and the future of the former Cliffs-Dow property. The commission held a work session on the matter yesterday and addressed the issue in their regular meeting last night. Commissioners received an update on remediation efforts of the contaminated property in the work session and discussed options for future clean up efforts in the regular meeting. Several ideas were looked at with no final plan being selected last night. The site on the northeast side of town near Lake Superior was used from the mid-thirties to the late 19-60′s to produce charcoal, wood creosote and other chemicals. The City of Marquette purchased the land in 1997 for $1.00.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting tonight 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 the highway 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 tonight at the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena in Marquette.
Authorities in northern Wisconsin are continuing their investigation into an apparent hit-and-run that claimed the life of a former Marquette County man. Just after midnight Saturday, Vilas County Sheriff’s deputies received a call of a man lying on a road in the town of St. Germain. A responding deputy says it appeared the man had been hit by a car. The victim was identified by authorities as 31-year-old Casey Lee Anderson of St.Germain. He was a native of Little Lake. Reports say the driver, a 19 year old woman, turned herself into authorities and has been charged with being an underage drinker. More charges could be filed.
An Upper Michigan man must serve seven months behind bars on a felony criminal sexual conduct charge. 20-year-old John Tusa of Iron River was also sentenced to five years of probation, register as a sex offender, and pay restitution. Tusa was originally charged with one count of 3-rd degree criminal sexual conduct-third degree, one felony count of distributing sexually explicit material to a minor, and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. As part of a plea agreement, Tusa plead guilty to an amended felony count of attempted criminal sexual conduct-third degree. The other two counts were dismissed.
An investigation is continuing in the Eastern U.P. into the arrest of an off-duty Michigan State Police Trooper. The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy arrested the trooper from the Sault Ste. Marie post in Rudyard last Thursday afternoon. Michigan State Police confirm that a trooper was arrested during an off-duty incident, and the trooper has been placed on suspension. The trooper’s name, as well as details into what exactly happened are not being released at this time. The Chippewa County Prosecutor says no charges have been filed and he is waiting on lab results from a blood test before moving ahead.