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The manager of the Sawyer International Airport has announced he is stepping down from the position. Keith Kaspari, who has held the post for nearly nine years, says he has accepted the job as Deputy Director of the Capital Regional Airport Authority in Lansing. His last day at Sawyer will be on May 1st.
A crewmember from a freighter on western Lake Superior was hospitalized yesterday at Portage Health Hospital in Hancock after being airlifted off the ship by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard helicopter was called in from Traverse City after a call about the ill crewmember came from the Sam Laud, a 634-foot bulk freighter. The ship was about 12 miles south of Isle Royale when the call was received by the U.S. – Canadian Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton, Ontario. The Coast Guard airlifted the ill crewmember off the ship around 4:30 pm and transported him to the hospital. No name has been released and his condition is unknown.
The Iron County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle accident yesterday that injured one person. Deputies say a 2000 Saturn sedan was found off County Road 4-24 west of Scott Lake Road in Stambaugh Township around 8-45am. The car, driven by 24-year-old Cassandra DuBois of Iron River, had reportedly gone out of control and left the south side of the road, struck a power pole and then came to rest in some trees. DuBois was taken to North Star Health Systems in Iron River with injuries to her head, neck and chest. Deputies say the accident happened when DuBois was texting on her phone and took her eyes off of the road. No word on her condition at this time.
A Michigan State Police Trooper at the Negaunee Post is one of a select few officers who recently completed a specialized training on detecting drugged drivers. Trooper Kevin Rajala was one of 14 officers in the state to receive training in the Michigan Drug Recognition Expert course. Trooper Rajala spent a total of three weeks training in identifying various drugs and recognizing their effects on drivers. Post Commander First Lieutenant Robert Pernaski says the training will help with efforts to reduce all types of impaired driving around the region.