News Update For Monday, 5/21/12
Marquette City Police report the arrest of an unidentified 19-year-old Marquette man this weekend. The man was arrested early Saturday morning on the east side of Marquette after police saw him attempt to break in to two cars to steal items from them. The man was in possession of several stolen items when he was taken into custody. Marquette Police are asking any area residents who may have noticed any items taken from their vehicles to call them at 228-0400.
The official Memorial Day holiday is still a week away, but extra patrols will begin today to make sure motorists’ are buckled up as they travel. For the next two weeks, nearly 160 law enforcement agencies across Michigan will join the nationwide “click it or ticket” campaign by conducting seat belt enforcement patrols and ticketing unbelted motorists. Anne Readett, with the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, says the visible enforcement will target 26 counties where belt use is down, hoping that those motorists’ make sure to buckle up. Last year, nearly 200 people who died in traffic crashes in Michigan were not wearing seat belts. The enforcement period runs through Sunday June 3rd.
The days of parking meters in the city of Hancock could be numbered. The City Council this week discussed eliminating the 91 downtown parking meters and City Manager Glenn Anderson say it’s an idea that has been in the works for a while. The neighboring city of Houghton removed their parking meters a few years ago and Anderson said that move has weighed heavily on the minds of Hancock’s leadership since. Hancock will lose some revenue from the parking meters but Anderson notes that the move will actually save the city money. A public hearing will be held next month and afterwards the council will decide on the issue.
The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Baraga County in the Upper Peninsula. Baraga County resident Fred Nault spotted the cougar crossing a road near Skanee on May 5th and was able to take a photo before the animal fled into the woods. DNR wildlife division staff visited the property last week to verify the location of the camera. Wildlife biologist Adam Bump says this is the 15th time they have verified the presence of a cougar in the U.P. Since 2008 and the first verified photo of a cougar taken in person and not by a remote camera. A handful of cougar photos and tracks in Ontonagon, Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties were also verified by the DNR in the fall and winter of 2011. The last confirmed wild cougar in Michigan prior to 2008 was an animal killed near Newberry in 1906.