Archives for July 2017

Death Of Muskegon Man In Prison Called Homicide

Death Of Muskegon Man In Prison Called Homicide…

A murder investigation is underway into the death an inmate from the Muskegon area at an Upper Peninsula prison. The funeral for Rodriguez Montez Burks will be today in Muskegon Heights, and the Michigan Department of Corrections says his bunkmate is the suspect in the July 20 death. The cause of Burks’ death has not been released, and corrections officials won’t confirm a “Detroit Metro Times” report that the victim was killed because he was gay. Burks was eligible for parole in nine months and was serving between two and ten years for fleeing police.

Kid Rock Leads The Pack

New polling data shows singer Kid Rock at the top of the Republican field in the race for the U.S. Senate next year.

Target Insyght’s numbers show Robert Ritchie with 33-percent of the vote, ahead of John James with 16-percent, former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young’s 14-percent, and businesswoman Lena Epstein’s eight-percent. The singer trails incumbent Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow 50-to-42-percent. Kid Rock has not officially entered the race and is launching a non-profit to get more people registered to vote, with an announcement planned later this year on whether he will challenge Stabenow.

No New Casino’s For The Cheppewa’s

No New Casino’s For the Chippewa’s…

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is promising to fight the decision by the U.S. Department of Interior blocking it from building casinos in Lansing and in Huron Township in Wayne County. The DOI says in a letter that the tribe cannot buy land in those areas and put it into trust in order to operate casinos there. The department says there is precedent for the denial, looking at the rejection of the application by the Bay Mills Indian Community to build a casino away from tribal land near Interstate 75 in Vanderbilt.

Unemployment Up in June

Total employment was up in 14 of the 17 regions from May to June.

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for June were slightly higher than May in all 17 major labor market areas in Michigan, but Governor Snyder notes they’re down compared to last year. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the median increase from May was four-tenths of a percent. Compared to a year ago, the drop ranges from a tenth-of-a-percent to two-percentage points.

Juidici Voted In As City Attorney

Juidici Voted In As City Attorney…

Negaunee will soon have a new city attorney. Current city attorney, Bruce Houghton resigned from the position. This morning at a special meeting, the city council voting to hire Robert Juidici. Juidici’s law firm is one of the two who were vying for the position. The other candidate works at Raymond O’Dea & Jeremy Pickens.According to the city manager’s office, Juidici and the city are negotiating a contract. There’s currently no official start date for Juidici.

Police Search For Imran Kiani

The Iron Mountain Police Department needs your help in locating a UP man….

47-year-old Imran Kiani who grew up in Iron Mountain and moved back to the area approximately a year ago, has been missing since Friday, July 21st when his family said he went to Green Bay for the day. It is believed that Kiani was in Stephenson at the Krist Oil gas station on Saturday, July 22, at approximately 12 p.m. Kiani drives a burnt orange colored 1999 Toyota Solara. If you see Kiani, please contact the Iron Mountain Police Department at 906-774-1234.

US-2 Escanaba River Bridge To Close Next Month

US-2 Escanaba River Bridge To Close Next Month

The Michigan Department of Transportation is going to be closing both directions of the US-2/US41/M-35 Escanaba River bridge next month in the Upper Peninsula. The closure is to allow crews to do railroad beam replacement work. MDOT is in the midst of a 20-point-five million dollar project to replace both the US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River and the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad bridge over US-2. The bridge will be closed from August 21-24, and detours will be posted.

Gas Prices Head Northward

Gas prices are on the rise this morning…

Michigan’s average gas price is up five-cents a gallon to start the week. Triple-A Michigan puts the statewide average at two-dollars-40-cents, with a low of two-36 in Benton Harbor and a high of two-43 in Jackson. Those areas have the lowest and highest prices in the state for the third straight week. The average is up about 14-cents from this time last year.

The Parrot Said She Did It

The Parrot Said She Did It….

A jury has convicted a western Michigan woman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man’s pet parrot. The Newaygo County jury deliberated about eight hours before find 49-year-old Glenna Duram guilty Wednesday of killing 46-year-old Martin Duram. Martin Duram’s ex-wife has said that after the slaying, the pet parrot repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin Duram’s voice.

Officer Involved Shooting Justified

An Officer Involved Shooting Justified…

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of an Upper Peninsula police officer who fatally shot an unarmed man after a car chase that reached 100 mph. Timothy Mitchell’s family sued Munising Officer Justin Schlabach, saying he used excessive force in 2014. But in a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the appeals court said the officer had “probable cause” to believe Mitchell was an immediate threat after the man drove into a ditch.