Archives for May 2017

Competency examination ordered for a Palmer man

A competency examination has been ordered for a Palmer man who stands accused of multiple felony counts. More from Lin McDowell…

One of those counts includes assaulting a police officer. 25 year old Dustin Kangas is charged with two felony counts after he allegedly engaged in a vehicle pursuit with police May 3rd. The pursuit began on M-553 and continued onto County Road 480 before ending in a driveway in Palmer.

During the confrontation, Kangas allegedly punched a Marquette County Sheriff’s deputy before he was arrested. No future court dates have been set at this time.

Mackinac Policy Conference Underway

Mackinac Policy Conference Underway…

Michigan politicians and business leaders are gathered on Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference. This year’s event is focused on the “key pillars” of restoring civility in American politics, winning the race in connected technology, and increasing economic opportunities for the state. The conference runs through June 2nd at the Grand Hotel.

Law enforcement figures are in for the Memorial Day weekend

Law enforcement figures are in for the Memorial Day weekend. Details from Lin McDowell…

Michigan state police are saying the number of arrests and citations was about average. For the Negaunee post, they made 24 arrests from Friday to Monday, largely related to alcohol and drugs. There were only three minor crashes, and an average amount of citations for speed and seat belt violations. Sargent Brent Rosten, Michigan State Police told TV10 that typically they have an increase in traffic therefore the patrol puts extra cars out there to keep the roads safe.

Insurance agency AAA estimates more than one million Michiganders traveled more than 50 miles during the holiday weekend. That’s an increase of about two and a half percent from 2016.

A Young Hero Remembered…

A Young Hero Remembered…

A young man who died while trying to rescue two women last year in Lake Superior is being remembered at a lifesaving station near the site of the drownings. A plaque with a description of the tragedy is on a box that holds a remote-controlled buoy. Justin Schroepfer was a 24-year-old from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He and 22-year-old Kaylilyn Tansey of Grand Ledge died off Little Presque Isle near Marquette. Another woman survived.

Police are currently investigating a hit and run accident

Police are currently investigating a hit and run accident at a Negaunee grocery store early Thursday afternoon. More from Lin McDowell…

The accident occurred in the parking lot of Super One Foods around 4:30 p.m. A black Ford pick up truck with a light gray or white lower portion was leaving a parking space when it sideswiped a car parked in the space next to it and fled the scene, traveling west on US-41.

The truck should have damage to the back passenger, middle to lower portion. There is no cap on the truck and the rims are light silver.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Negaunee Police Department.

Les Cheneaux Aldo Leopold Festival

Almost time for the Leopold Festival…

A community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is honoring a pioneer in the movement to protect the natural world. The third annual Les Cheneaux Aldo Leopold Festival runs June 1-4 in Mackinac County’s Clark Township. Leopold is known for his 1949 book “A Sand County Almanac,” which called for an ethic of caring for soil, water, plants and animals as well as people.

More orange barrels popping up along US-2 beginning Tuesday

More orange barrels popping up along US-2 beginning Tuesday…more from Lin McDowell.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is resurfacing 1.3 miles of US-2 Business Route (BR) from US-2 to the Wisconsin state line in Ironwood.

MDOT will invest $673,000 to mill and resurface the roadway, make drainage structure repairs and upgrade concrete sidewalk ramps. The drainage and ramp work is expected to be completed in June. The resurfacing work will follow.

The work begins on Tuesday, May 30 and will require lane shifts and lane closures under flag control. The project is expected to be complete by September of this year.

State To Get Nearly $400,000 In Target Settlement

State To Get Nearly $400,000 In Target Settlement…

Michigan will be receiving nearly 400-thousand dollars from a multi-state settlement with Target over a data breach in 2013. None of the money, however, will go to people who were impacted by the breach, which affected over 70-million customers nationwide. Instead, the state will put the money into the general fund. Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia sued the retailer.

Noquemanon Trail Network opening a new campground at the Forestville Trail Head

If you think modern camping has gotten too comfy, cozy and cushy, there’s a new option for you…details from Lin McDowell…

TV6/FoxUP reports Noquemanon Trail Network is opening a new campground at the Forestville Trail Head. The campground offers primitive camping. That means nothing but tents, no artificial lighting, and don’t even think about bringing a noisy generator. Noquemanon representatives say it will be the perfect site for those who want to camp, hike and bike. The Forestville campground is set to open June 1. The campground will feature 25 sites, each costing $15 a night. One added bonus…the campsites will even pet friendly.

Groundwater Contamination in Grayling

Groundwater Contamination in Grayling…

The Michigan National Guard plans to test residential drinking wells near its main training facility after a plume of toxic chemicals was discovered in groundwater. The Guard said about 100 homes with private wells just west and south of the Grayling Army Airfield are at risk of contamination from perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Homes with impacted wells will receive free water jugs from the local supermarket for an indefinite amount of time. The city’s water supply is considered safe.