News Update For Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Great Lakes Radio Marquette - Upper Peninsula NewsThe Marquette Township Planning Commission is moving ahead with a series of projects ranging from strategic planning to welcoming new businesses to the Township.  Earlier this week, the Township Planning officials presented a progress report to the Marquette Township Business Association.  The report outlined the Marquette Township Master Plan Update and efforts to complete it this summer to provide a “road map” for the community regarding future growth and development for the next 5 – 10 years.  Planners have also been addressing the results of a Community Survey that was completed late last year that found that roads and their maintenance are a major concern of Township residents. The Planning Commission is actively pursuing potential zoning text amendments that may influence future road construction and maintenance as well as making it easier to navigate the Township without having to use the main highway corridor all of the time. The report also included an update on the commercial construction of T.J. Maxx and Pet Smart stores that will be located immediately West of the Lowe’s store.

Firefighters responded to a housefire yesterday evening in Marquette county’s Chocolay Township.  The fire was reported around 6:30 pm at 120 Katers Drive.  The fire apparently broke out in the garage of the structure, and the garage was destroyed by the blaze.  Two adjacent bedrooms in the home received some smoke and water damage as well.  No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

American Transmission Company has announced plans for a transmission line and substation project to improve electric system reliability for the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin.  A-T-C says system reinforcements made in the region in the past six years have not kept pace with changing consumer needs.  The project will include a 345-kilovolt line from a new substation in Green Bay to an expanded substation near Ishpeming and three 138 kilovolt lines run from the Green Bay area to Menominee and Delta Counties.  If approved by all regulatory agencies, construction is expected to begin in 2015.

A Dickinson County man is facing a preliminary exam in District Court next week on felony drug charges related to a marijuana growing operation.  25-year-old Christopher Bennett of Norway was arrested last month on felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance – THC and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.  The arrest came after State Police were serving an unrelated warrant at a residence on the 600 block of Saginaw Street in Norway and they discovered the growing operation.  Authorities seized about 96 plants and various items used in the manufacture of marijuana.  Bennett is scheduled for the preliminary examination on Wednesday, April 18-th.

A Copper Country man who walked away from a jail work crew last month in Hancock was arraigned on escape charges yesterday.  27-year-old Jeremy Nordstrom of Calumet walked away from the work crew on March 20-th while they were working near the Houghton County Arena.  He was serving time for a probation violation on a larceny charge.  Nordstrom was located at a camp in Keweenaw County and taken back into custody last week.  He now faces two misdemeanor counts related to the escape and a felony count connected to the original larceny charge.  Nordstrom is being held at the Houghton County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.  He faces a preliminary exam in Houghton County District Court in two weeks.

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