News Update For Monday, 5/14/12
The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department is reporting a fatal weekend off-road-vehicle accident that claimed the life of one person and injured another. The accident occurred early Sunday morning when the o-r-v, operated by 19-year-old Jordon Roberts went out of control and crashed into several trees on Lake Shore Road near the Tamarack Waterworks. Roberts was killed while a passenger, 19-year-old Dillon Kupari was injured. Authorities say excessive speed and alcohol were factors in the accident and neither person was wearing a helmet. The investigation into the accident is continuing.
The State Fire Marshall will investigate the cause of a fire reported this morning at the site of a former lumber company in Dickinson County’s Sagola Township. Firefighters responded to the report of the fire at the former Aspen Lumber Company around 6:30am today. The business had been closed for about three years and the building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on scene. Firefighters from several area communities worked for over an hour and a half to get the fire under control. The building was a total loss, but no injuries were reported.
State Police at the Negaunee Post and deputies with the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office are looking for the public’s help in their investigation into a series of recent break-ins of vehicles along County Road 550 in Marquette Township. The break-ins involved vehicles parked at the Sugarloaf Mountain, Wetmore’s Landing, Little Presque and Harlow Lake areas and had windows broken and items and cash taken. Authorities are encouraging people visiting those areas to lock their vehicles and hide their valuables out of sight. They are also asking anyone who may have any information related to these break-ins to contact State Police at the Negaunee Post at 475-9922.
Northern Michigan University’s Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting tomorrow to alleviate confusion related to a change in leadership. Last week, President Les Wong announced he was leaving the university after eight years to become the president at San Francisco State University. Following the announcement by Wong, NMU officials announced the appointment of David Haynes as the University’s next president with a term beginning today and lasting for a minimum of two years. Now Haynes is being referred to as “interim” president and the board is holding the meeting to clarify the process of his appointment to the job. Haynes is a graduate of NMU and has worked for the university in varying capacities since 1985 including serving as an adviser to five different presidents in that time. The board called the full meeting after questions arose about the legality of the meeting of the board’s executive committee last week and their formal action appointing Haynes as President. Tomorrow’s meeting will be held at 2:30pm in room 602 of the Cohodas Administrative center on campus and is open to the public.