Archives for February 2017

Verdict returned in the Kelly Cochran murder

The jury has returned their verdict in the Kelly Cochran murder trial in Iron County Circuit Court. More from Lin McDowell…

The 34 year old Cochran was found guilty on all five counts, which includes first degree murder, conspiracy to commit dead bodies-disinterment and mutilation, concealing the death of an individual, larceny in a building and lying to a peace officer.

Closing arguments began Tuesday morning on day 12 of the Kelly Cochran murder trial in Iron County. The jury began their deliberations in the afternoon.

Cochran was accused of murdering her former lover, 53 year old Christopher Regan of Iron River.

Gas prices statewide have risen by about 4 cents per gallon in the past week

AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 4 cents per gallon in the past week. More from Lin McDowell…

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.30 per gallon, up 54 cents than it was at the same point last year.

AAA says the lowest average price was about $2.28 per gallon in the Detroit area, where it’s up about 3 cents from a week ago. The highest average was about $2.40 in the Marquette area. It was the seventh consecutive week that Marquette had the highest average price in the state.

Michigan ranks 21st nationally for the most expensive average daily gas price.

Mackinac Bridge reopened to traffic Monday morning

Drive with caution…more from Lin McDowell…

The Mackinac Bridge reopened to traffic Monday morning, but drivers are still advised to slow down to a maximum of 20 mph due to falling ice from cables and towers on the bridge. The Mackinac Bridge Authority had closed the five mile span linking the two peninsulas in Michigan It closed as of 9:37 a.m. Monday.

Falling ice from cables and towers are creating dangerous conditions on the bridge and drivers using the bridge are urged to use caution.

Michigan Tech holds Girls Engineering and Exploration Day on Saturday

Michigan Tech wants more girls to become engineers. So they held a Girls Engineering and Exploration Day on Saturday.

Girls and their parents were invited to learn about careers in engineering and try real engineering challenges.

To start the day, speakers shared their stories of majoring and working in engineering. Organizers said it was especially important to expose girls to engineering because they have traditionally been underrepresented in the field.

Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach stated that is why they have Michigan Tech women engineering students as presenters and role models. The girls tried activities involving biomedical, chemical and transportation engineering. They ended the day by making “concrete aggregate” ice cream.

Kelly Cochran took the stand in her own defense Friday

Kelly Cochran took the stand in her own defense Friday.

The 34-year-old is accused of assisting her now deceased husband Jason Cochran in murdering, dismembering and hiding the body of her former lover Christopher Regan.

Cochran state she had never harmed anybody. She added she never wanted anybody to get hurt nor had she ever killed anybody or lured anybody.

Throughout the day, the defense worked their way through the prosecution’s witness list, giving Kelly Cochran a chance to tell her side of the story and claiming Jason Cochran acted alone in killing Regan. Kelly Cochran said she kept quiet about it because she feared for her life.

Lin McDowell, WUPM and WHRY News

Jury returns a verdict in the Gregory Ihander murder trial

The jury has returned a verdict in the Gregory Ihander murder trial in Menominee County Circuit Court. Details from Lin McDowell…

After more than 8 hours of total deliberations, the jury voted to convict Ihander of second-degree murder.

Ihander is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, 43 year old Carney resident, Jolene Eichorn.

Ihander was arrested on September 10th of 2015 after evidence was found in his home by officers investigating Eichorn’s death. Eichorn’s body had been found on September 9th in the trunk of her car at the Cedar River Harbor parking lot between Escanaba and Menominee.

Eichorn’s cause of death was ruled a homicide.

Ishpeming home fire ruled arson

A fire that engulfed an unoccupied, Ishpeming home on Sunday has been classified as an arson. Details from Lin McDowell…

The Ishpeming City Police and Fire Departments responded to 600 N. First Street for the structure fire around 3 p.m. on Sunday. When fire crews arrived, they found flames and heavy smoke coming from the rear of the structure, and the fire extended from the porch into the attic and roof areas.

Two juvenile suspects have been identified and interviewed. Their names will not be released.

The fire began in the back of the residence when a cardboard box was lit. The juvenile suspects did attempt to put the fire out until it got out of control, and then they fled the scene.

The residence is considered a total loss.

Western Marquette County Health Foundation is offering $30,000 in grants

The Western Marquette County Health Foundation is offering $30,000 in grants, and they’re encouraging community members to apply. More from Lin McDowell…

The deadline to apply to their next grant cycle is April 1.

Previous grant winners include Partridge Creek Fam, the Teal Lake Swim for Diabetes and the Great Lakes Recovery Center.

The foundation said they’re looking for projects that promote health and wellness.

Though they give priority to programs that service western Marquette County, they will also consider programs benefiting all of Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula. Applications can be made online at www.wmqtcountyhealthfoundation.org/home.

House Republicans Drastically Scale Back Income Tax Cut

A scaled backed plan to reduce income taxes.

Republicans in the state House are abandoning their idea to completely eliminate Michigan’s income tax over 40 years. Without enough GOP votes to advance the bill, sponsor Lee Chatfield of Levering has altered it to drop the income tax from four-and-a-quarter to three-point-nine-percent over four years. His initial plan called for that much of a drop in year one, and a tenth-of-a-percent decline every year for 39 years.

An emotional morning of testimony during the Kelly Cochran murder trial Tuesday

It was an emotional morning of testimony during the Kelly Cochran murder trial Tuesday.

The trial, which is taking place in in Iron County saw the mother of Cochran, who stands accused of killing 53-year-old Christopher Regan of Iron River, taking the stand.

Melanie Gaboyan, the mother of the alleged murderer was called to the stand late Monday afternoon and her testimony continued well into Tuesday morning. Her emotional time on the stand in court Tuesday began with the playing of a recorded conversation she had with 34-year-old Cochran while in custody in Iron County Jail. In that conversation, Cochran confesses to have been homicidal her whole life.