News Update For April 16, 2012
The National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township says a high wind advisory remains in effect for the Central U.P. until 8 o’clock eastern time this evening. Expect north winds of 25-to-35 mph with gusts to 45-50 mph to develop through this afternoon near Lake Superior. The winds will diminish to 15-to-25 mph this evening. The strongest winds will occur along the Lake Superior shoreline and over the higher terrain near Lake Superior.
State Police at the Gladstone Post are investigating a camp break-in and report of felonious assault that happened yesterday in Delta County. Troopers were dispatched to the camp on X.15 Road near Y Road in Mason Township around 3:15 pm. Upon arrival, troopers were told by two witnesses that they had discovered two suspects who had broken into the camp. While attempting to flee the scene in their trucks, the suspects drove toward the witnesses, who were on ATV’s and rammed one of the machines as they tried to escape. The witness was able to jump free of the collision, and the other witness had to back behind a tree for her safety. The two suspects fled the scene and were eventually located and arrested. Several stolen items were recovered at the scene. The suspects are now lodged in the Delta County Jail awaiting arraignment.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of malicious destruction of property from the weekend. Deputies were called out to County Road C.D. and the southern end of County Road 5-81 to investigate damage to nearly a dozen mailboxes that is believed to have been done sometime between 3-30 and 4-30 Sunday morning. Several items of evidence have been gathered at the scenes and anyone who may witnessed any suspicious behavior in the area or have any information related to the investigation is asked to call the Marquette County Sheriff. The number is 225-8435.
In news from the western U.P., the Gogebic-Iron Area Narcotics Team, or GIANT, is reporting the arrest of five people on drug charges. The team executed three search warrants on Friday in Ironwood and across the border in Wisconsin and arrested the suspects on charges including felony marijuana manufacturing and delivery and maintaining of a drug house. An undisclosed amount of marijuana and prescription drugs were seized in the raids. The five suspects have been lodged in the Gogebic County Jail. Their names are being withheld pending formal arraignment.
A Marquette County fire department has received a federal grant to assist in the purchase of some equipment upgrades. The City of Ishpeming Volunteer Fire Department has received a $23,400 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to replace a 14 year old thermal imaging camera, upgrade one of the fire trucks deck monitors to a remotely controlled deck monitor and for funding for two portable ground monitors. The competitive grant was awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters program.
State Police at the Negaunee Post are continuing their investigation into a phone scam reported last week in the region. Troopers say the scam works by a call being placed to a potential victim who is told they will receive a large sum of money and a vehicle if they purchase a Green Dot Money Pak card from a local retailer. After the card is legitimately purchased by the victim, the scammer will give the victim a check for a large amount of cash. After the scammer gets the legitimate information from Green Dot card from the victim, they use it to raid the victim’s account via an ATM. The check is not valid and the victim is left with no money. Troopers say if a phone call or offer sounds too good to be true, it most likely is and you should simply hang up the phone.
Gasoline prices in Michigan are up almost three cents a gallon this week. ‘Triple A Michigan’ says the statewide average of just over three-dollars-93 cents is almost two cents more than a year ago. v Of the cities it surveys, the auto club says the lowest prices in the state are in the Marquette area at almost three-dollars-86 cents. The highest are in the Lansing/East Lansing and Jackson areas at just under three-dollars-99-cents a gallon. Dearborn-based ‘Triple A Michigan’ surveys two-thousand-800 Michigan gas stations daily.