Archives for December 2018

White Pine man dies after rear-ending snow plow in Ontonagon

A White Pine man is dead after slamming into a plow truck….

When the deputy arrived on scene they discovered an Ontonagon Road Commission 2018 Western Star Plow truck had been rear ended by a 2004 Volkswagon Golf, driven by Darren Jay Tuomi. Tuomi was pulled from his vehicle and transferred to Ontonagon Aspirus Hospital. He was later air lifted to Valley Med to Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he died from his injuries. Speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

Words To Banish

Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list of words nominated for banishment by members of the public:


— In the books

— Wrap my head around

— Platform

— Collusion

— OTUS family of acronyms (such as POTUS, FLOTUS, SCOTUS)

— Ghosting

— Yeet

— Litigate

— Grapple

— Eschew

— Crusty

— Optics

— Legally drunk

—Thought leader

— Unpack

— Importantly

— Accoutrements

— Most important election of our time

State, Army Corps Sign Deal Committing $52M To Soo Locks Expansion

The state of Michigan is officially putting 52-million dollars toward the building of a new lock at the Soo Locks facility in Sault Ste. Marie.

Governor Snyder signed the memorandum of agreement yesterday with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District. The state money will go toward construction activities including deepening the channel for the new lock and will be combined with 32-million from the Corps to speed up the project by a year. The Soo Locks expansion was approved in 1986 by Congress, but was never funded until this year after several Michigan congressmen talked to President Trump about it prior to a rally in metro Detroit.

Snyder signs cyberbullying law, vetoes ‘baby box’ bill

Yes to cyberbulling and no to the baby box…

Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed a bill making it a crime to cyberbully and vetoed ones that would have amended Michigan law to let parents voluntarily surrender a newborn inside a device rather than hand the infant to a police, fire or hospital employee. The Republican governor also OK’d legislation to let Michigan businesses count out-of-state workers for the purposes of qualifying for state economic development incentives. He rejected a measure that he said would have increased the number of digital billboards.

Missing Pooch Found

A Farmington Hills couple is celebrating Christmas with their one-eyed dog that was found seven days after it disappeared in the forests of Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore in the Upper Peninsula.

MLive reports that the husky mix named Ein was tagging along Dec. 15 as its owners Sarah Cortez and Alex Beyer when it vanished The couple called searched for hours that day and the next and Beyer even grilled burgers in the hopes that the scent might draw Ein out of the woods. On Dec. 22, Mike Saunders and Becca Gabrys were driving in the area on Dec. 22 when they spotted the dog and scooped it up. Calls to the numbers on the dog’s tags connected them to a rescue group that called Cortez and Beyer.

Monument dedicated to 73 killed in 1913 Michigan tragedy

A village in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has dedicated a granite memorial with the names of 73 people who died in a stampede during a 1913 Christmas Eve party for striking miners.

The tragedy occurred 105 years ago in Calumet, then known as Red Jacket. More than 600 men women and children had gathered at the Italian Hall for an event meant to cheer the striking miners. Someone reportedly shouted “Fire!” and hundreds of partygoers rushed down a steep stairway. Out of the 73 people trampled to death or suffocated, 59 were children. The youngest was 2. There was no fire. Dozens of people attended the dedication Monday. Memorial committee member Mike Lahti says it was the most tragic event to ever happen around the community along Lake Superior.

WUPM-2 12/24 Traffic Stop Leads To H&R Driver Arrest

LEAD: An Iron River traffic stop results in the driver’s arrest for hit and run.

[VERBATIM: Police say they stopped the 26-year-old driver on U.S. 2 for erratic driving and as they were with the motorist a call went out to be on the lookout for a vehicle that matched the description of the driver’s car. He was wanted for hitting a pedestrial a short time before the traffic stop. The driver was arrested for the hit and run and DWI. I’m RP WUPM and WHRY News]

WUPM-1 12/24 Gogebic County Gets State Grants

LEAD: Gogebic County will be receiving a number of state grants in the 2019 budget.

[VERBATIM: The biggest grant in the budget passed by lawmakers on Friday is for $10 million to help pay for renovations at Copper Peak in Ironwood and the Pine Mountain Ski Resort near Iron Mountain. $2 million is awarded to Gogebic Community College to construct a skilled trades facility with the college to kick in a half-million in partnership. I’m RP WUPM and WHRY News]

WUPM-1 12/21 Drug Bust In Iron Mountain

LEAD: A drug investigation in Iron Mountain results in two arrests.

[VERBATIM: Police say the investigation led to a traffic stop of a vehicle leaving a suspected drug house. Officers searched the vehicle and the occupants admitted to buying crystal methamphetamine. Authorities then obtained a search warrant for the house where the car was originally seen and arrested the homeowner. More than 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine and over $1,000 in cash was confiscated. I’m RP, WUPM and WHRY News]

WUPM-2 12/21 Rollover Crashes In Marenisco

LEAD: Bad weather is a factor in two rollover collisions near Marenisco.

[VERBATIM: Police say the first crash happened around 8:30 Thursday evening when a driver lost control on U.S. 2 east of the M-64 turnoff resulting in their vehicle overturning. A short time later a second vehicle also lost control in the same area and that vehicle also overturned. Intermittent snow and rain fell in the area for several hours before the crashes. There’s been no word on if anyone was hurt. I’m RP, WUPM and WHRY News]