News Update For Friday, 6/29/12
State Police from the Newberry Detachment responded to an early-morning call on Wednesday at a residence on County Road 405 in Luce County on a report of several suspects wearing dark clothing who had broken into the home and were holding a man at knife point while others stole prescription drugs from the home. The suspects then fled the scene, causing some minor injuries to the man. Troopers began their investigation and soon identified and arrested a series of suspects. Three people were arraigned yesterday in Luce County District Court on the charges of Assault With Intent To Rob While Armed and 1-st Degree Home Invasion. The armed robbery charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison while the maximum penalty for 1-st degree home invasion is 20 years behind bars. 32-year-old Teresa Faye Kinney, 18-year-old Markus Allen Kinney and 21-year-old Zachary Matthew Sturgeon, all of Newberry and one juvenile have been arraigned in connection with the incident. The investigation is continuing.
A Baraga County man has been sentenced to prison time on an assault charge. 28-year-old Anthony Leonard Eagle, Jr. of L’Anse was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison yesterday for assault resulting in serious bodily injury. Eagle must also serve three years of supervised release following his release and to pay ongoing restitution, currently calculated at over $122,000. Eagle plead guilty in late March to a federal indictment on the assault charge.The charge stemmed from an incident outside the Cue Master Bar in Baraga on January 27th of this year. During this incident, Eagle confronted the victim both inside and outside the bar. Once outside, Eagle struck the victim twice with such force that the victim suffered traumatic brain injury. The victim was found in the parking lot of the bar several hours later, unconscious and suffering extreme hypothermia.
The Friends of Van Riper and Craig Lake State Parks have received the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association 2012 Community Service Award in recognition of the group’s support of key infrastructure improvements at Van Riper State Park. In recent years, the Friends group has brought WI-FI Internet access to the modern campground at Van Riper State Park and raised enough money to purchase a new ADA accessible play structure for the park’s day-use area. Future plans include adding an ADA compliant swing to the play area. Friends of Van Riper and Craig Lake State Parks members accepted the award in East Lansing on March 14. The Friends of Van Riper and Craig Lake State Parks, founded in October 2009, is a non-profit group dedicated to enhancing the experience of visitors to both state parks.
A three day festival of bicycle celebration begins today in Marquette. Events start tonight with the Speed Jam – criterium bicycle racing in the heart of downtown Marquette. Other events include a kids bike rodeo, expo, live music, food vendors, Circulus and an outdoor film. Visit www.mqtbikejam.com for a complete schedule of events.