News Update For Friday, 5/11/12
David Haynes has been appointed the 14-th president of Northern Michigan University by the NMU Board of Trustees, effective this Monday. He will replace Les Wong, who has accepted the presidency at San Francisco State University. Haynes, a graduate of NMU, has been professionally affiliated with the university for 27 years in various capacities. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from NMU, Haynes holds a juris doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law. The appointment is for a minimum of two years and Haynes will have full responsibility for implementing the board’s priorities and overseeing all operations of the university.
An Upper Peninsula man accused of using facebook to entice a 14-year-old Gaylord girl to send nude photos of herself to him has made a plea deal. 57-year-old Danny Roll of Marquette plead guilty to accosting a child for immoral purposes. In exchange, Otsego County prosecutors dropped other charges against him including promoting sexually abusive child activity and using a computer to commit a crime. Police say Roll convinced the victim to send him photographs of herself in the nude, as well as clothed, under the pretext of using them to draw pictures of her. He will be sentenced June 4th.
A private developer completed a deal this week to buy the building that housed the historic Delft Theater in Downtown Marquette. The nearly 100-year-old theater has long been has served as a theater and performing arts center throughout the years. The new owner plans to renovate and restore the building including the lighted facade sign. The refurbished building will have retail space but will not include a theater. Work is expected to begin this summer.
The Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking information regarding a recent wolf poaching case in Mackinac County. A dead wolf was found the last week of April near Engadine in Mackinac County. Examination of the wolf found it had died from a gunshot wound. A reward is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the subject or subjects involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poaching Hotline at 800-292-7800, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or to contact their nearest DNR office or conservation officer.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is hosting their 20th Annual food drive tomorrow. The national “Stamp Out Hunger” event is the group’s largest annual food drive and letter carriers around the region will be giving the food to local pantries. Area residents are encouraged to place non-perishable food items in a bag or box next to their mailboxes to be collected by the letter carriers tomorrow. Officials say that over 14,000 pounds of food was distributed among five local agencies in the Marquette area alone.