Archives for October 2016

Gas Prices

Gas prices are holding steady across the mitten. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the numbers….


Michigan’s average gas price of two-dollars-12-cents a gallon is unchanged from a week ago. The average statewide price has fallen 13-cents in the past month, and the current price is down 16-cents from this time last year. Michigan’s highest prices are in Marquette at two-18, while drivers in the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland area have the lowest at two-dollars-nine-cents.

Suspect captured in Negaunee home invasion

It wasn’t a happy ending for one man who is in custody after police say he broke into a residence in Negaunee Township early Saturday Morning.

Just after 1:00 a.m., troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post were dispatched to a reported Home Invasion on Longyear Drive where the homeowner found a man inside the entryway of the home.

The suspect fled into the woods on foot after the homeowner confronted him. A State Police K-9 was called in to help find the suspect.

The K-9 found the suspect laying on the ground unconscious. Authorities believe the man, during his attempt to flee, ran into a tree and knocked himself out.

The buglar’s name has not been released pending arraignment.

Open enrollment for ACA begins Tuesday

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow, November 1st and runs through January 31st.

Those enrolling can do so online through, can call the marketplace, or can consult an independent insurance agency for advice.

With rising costs of the Affordable Care Act, many may be wondering whether they should forego enrollment, and take the tax penalty instead. Experts say those in that situation should consult with a tax professional before making any decisions. Some are concerned about the future of Obamacare as many insurers such as Aetna, UnitedHeathCare and Humana will stop marketing Obamacare exchange plans in several states.

School bond proposal on the November 8th ballot for Chassell residents

A school bond proposal will be on the November 8th ballot for Chassell residents.

The proposal includes a 1.87 millage to raise $575,000 for improvements to the school. The good news for voters is that it will not cost an extra penny for tax payers as residents are currently paying for a roof maintenance bond that expires in December of 2016. Superintendent Howard Parmentier stated this is less than what they’ve borrowed for the roof. He added the overall millage for homeowners should not go up.

Michigan State Police Bomb Squad from Grayling was called to Iron Mountain Wednesday

The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad from Grayling was called to Iron Mountain Wednesday.

It was in response to an Iron Mountain resident who brought several old blasting caps in a mason jar to have them disposed of properly. The Iron Mountain Fire Department believes to caps date back to the 1950’s.

The blasting caps were secured safely in the garage area of the police department and the bomb squad from Grayling was contacted.

Bomb technicians took possession of the blasting caps so they can be disposed of properly.

Officials are reminding the public that if they find something believed to be an explosive to leave it in place until it can be examined and safely removed.

Another Major Ford Recall

Another major Ford Recall. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the details…


Roughly 400-thousand Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs are being recalled by Ford Motor Company to fix potential fuel leaks. The affected Escapes are from model years 2010 through 2012, and the Mariners are from the 2010 and 2011 model years. All have flex fuel, three-point-oh liter engines. Ford says there are no reports of any accidents or injuries from the issue.

Gladstone woman back in Delta County Circuit Court Tuesday

A Gladstone woman who pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug house in June was back in Delta County Circuit Court Tuesday.

34 year-old Kristy Bichler was sentenced in court for the new charge of operating and maintaining a meth lab brought against her in July. The unusual part of the sentence is that it is what Bichler was hoping for. TV 6 reports that after serving out the six-month jail sentence she received, the eight-months pregnant Bichler would not be seeing a jail cell after this sentencing. The prosecutor in the case said Bichler fits the criteria of being a high-risk, high-needs drug offender and asked the court for her to be accepted into the drug court, sobriety program that involves treatment and regular testing.

City of Marquette’s winter parking ban takes effect November 1

It’s time to be thinking about that four letter word again…snow…and another sure sign that winter is on it’s way, the city of Marquette’s winter parking ban takes effect November 1.

From November 1 through April 1, vehicles will not allowed to be parked on city streets between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. This is to allow city public works to make sure the streets are plowed and free of snow each night. Police say the word is out in the public, it’s time to make sure you have alternate arrangements for parking.

The fine for violating the parking ban is $75. If you let the violations add up, your vehicle could be booted, or towed.

16 year old injured in early Sunday morning crash

A 16-year-old was sent to the hospital with minor injuries early Sunday morning after falling asleep while driving.

Shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to US-2 near the Buck Inn in Escanaba for a one vehicle personal injury crash. Delta County sheriff deputies report the driver, a 16-year-old male from Gladstone, had fallen asleep at the wheel. When he fell asleep, the vehicle went off the road and hit a culvert, which caused it to flip over, but ultimately the vehicle came to a rest on its wheels. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital by Rampart Emergency Medical Services.

A Disaster Declared For Marquette County By The Governor

A Disaster Declared For Marquette County By The Governor. Here’s Lisa Rodman…


Marquette County is under a state disaster declaration due to intense rain and flooding from October 16th through the 18th. Governor Snyder declared the emergency on Friday, making all state resources available to residents, businesses, and local governments in the county. He noted the most important thing from the storm is there were no injuries or deaths.