Archives for November 2016

Houghton County man who was found on school property Monday has been arraigned on a marijuana charge

A Houghton County man who was found on school property Monday has been arraigned on a marijuana charge.

30-year-old Niles Rothenberger, of Atlantic Mine, was charged with one count of controlled substance, possession of marijuana on school or library property. Rothenberger was located in the parking lot at the Houghton Elementary School when officers found him around 9:30AM. The Houghton Elementary School went into a “shelter in place” situation for the safety of the children because of the location where he was contacted. As part of his $1,000 bond release, Rothenberger was ordered to seek mental health treatment. A preliminary exam is scheduled for December 14th.

Walker Takes A Plea Deal

Walker enters plea in court regarding October meth bust

Escanaba resident Ashley Walker was back in Delta County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Walker was one of four individuals arrested in an October meth bust in Escanaba. uesday she entered a guilty plea to the charge of operating a drug house which is punishable by up to two years in prison. In exchange for her plea, the charge of aiding in the manufacture and de livery of meth was dropped. Walker’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 23, 2017.

Another phone scam finds its way to the UP

Another phone scam has made it’s way to the UP…TV6 reports thousands of Upper Peninsula residents were targeted in a phone scam last Wednesday afternoon when robocalls began around 3 p.m. informing the consumer their debit card was supposedly locked. Callers were told to press one and then prompted to enter their card number, expiration date and security code. Though the message claims to be from Range Bank, Range Bank employees said the organization had nothing to do with the calls. This scam targeted anyone with a 906 area code, not just Range Bank customers.

Veteran Town Hall Meetings In Iron Mountain

Veteran town halls will be held tomorrow in Iron Mountain. Here’s Lisa Rodman with the details…

The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will be hosting two veteran town halls Wednesday. They’ll both take place in the Holman Room located in the basement of the medical center’s main building.
The town halls are open to all veterans, their families and friends, as well as the public. Leaders from the VA and area County Veteran Service Officers will be on hand to provide a presentation on benefits and services. The first town hall will be begin at 2 p.m, Wednesday, followed by the second at 5 p.m.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday push holiday shopping in the UP

Over the weekend it was “shop ’till you drop” in the Upper Peninsula.
From all indications, Black Friday and Small Business Saturday were a huge success in the UP. Local businesses across Marquette Saturday enjoyed their own version of Black Friday, with big sales luring shoppers into their stores.

The impact on the local economy when shoppers patronize area businesses is huge: According to Travel Marquette, 60 cents of every dollar spent with an independent retailer is retained in the community, compared to 6 cents per dollar spent at a big box store.

Chapin Pit Miner Statue

The Lilja Trust Fund Committee has placed a new marker overlooking the Chapin Pit in Iron Mountain.

The statue of the miner weighs in at more than 1,200 pounds, and was placed in a location overseeing the mine where miners would have worked, and even the color of the statue was carefully chosen to represent the way the men looked coming up from the mines. The life-size miner project had been in the works for over a year and cost about $16,000.The committee plans to add a display light to the miner statue in the future.

Ishpeming Accident

One person remains hospitalized following an accident Sunday afternoon. Here’s Lisa Rodman witht he story…

We now know the names of those involved in the two vehicle accident in Ishpeming Township on Sunday afternoon. 29-year-old Gavin Gibson of Montana pulled off of Cooper Lake Road to head east on US-41 towards Marquette. Gibson failed to yield to 51-year-old Frederick Furneaux’s truck as he pulled out onto US-41, sending his SUV across the road into the eastbound lane and rolling the SUV onto its side.

Three are injuried in a two vehicle accident

Three are injuried in a two vehicle accident in Ishpeming Township on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Michigan State Police, 29-year-old Gavin Gibson of Montana pulled off Cooper Lake Road to head east on US-41 towards Marquette in his SUV when he was struck by an oncoming truck driven by 51-year-old Frederick Furneaux of Lapeer. Furneaux was traveling westbound on US-41 with his 51-year-old wife as a passenger in the vehicle.

Gibson was rushed to UP Health Systems Marquette by Bell Hospital EMS. He is currently being treated for critical injuries sustained during the crash.

Furneaux and his wife were treated and released from Bell hospital for minor injuries.

Michigan Court of Appeals blocks wolf hunting law

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a 2014 state law passed to circumvent a citizen vote blocking a proposed Michigan wolf hunt is unconstitutional.

The law would have enabled state wildlife officials to resume a wolf hunt if the species were dropped from federal Endangered Species Act protections in the Great Lakes region. Jill Fritz, director for wildlife protection at The Humane Society of the United States, and director of the successful Keep Michigan Wolves Protected ballot referendum campaign, called the law a blatant power grab by politicians to take away voting rights from Michigan citizens. She added the group is delighted the court has rejected the law.

Turn on your love light at Dickinson Memorial Hospital

Turn on your love light…for a good cause…a Tree Lighting Ceremony in Loving Memory of Chaplain David Anderson will be held Monday, December 12th at 5:30 pm in the Dickinson Memorial Hospital, Main Lobby. A charm tree will be displayed in the main lobby of the hospital through out the holiday season. If desired, the names or families of those honored and remembered will be etched into a charm and displayed on the tree. Donations received by Monday, December 1st will have charms on the tree for the ceremony on December 12th. You can go to for more information.