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ONTONAGON TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office has ticketed a driver following a crash in Ontonagon Township. 

Deputies say it happened Sunday around 3:20 a.m. at the intersection of Firesteel and Strang roads. Chad Sharkey of Chanttassen, Minnesota was pulling a trailer with an ORV on Firesteel when he lost control of the trailer while negotiating a curve. The vehicle and trailer went into the ditch and struck several small trees and a utility pole.

The vehicle was extensively damaged. No injuries were reported.

MARQUETTE, MI-- Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Iraq veteran Matt Morgan is running as a 

Democrat for Michigan's 1st District seat, currently held by Representative Jack Bergman. He sat down with WNMU-FM News Director Nicole Walton to talk about his candidacy.

BESSEMER, MI--    The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department is searching for a man who escaped from jail Monday night.

Officers noticed Daniel Ferguson, 26, was missing around 8:50 p.m. He’s a 6-foot-tall, 180-pound white male with hazel eyes and blond hair. Ferguson has tattoos on his neck, chest, upper arms, and left hand.

Deputies say Ferguson was last seen wearing black and white-striped pants and an orange T-shirt. He was barefoot, headed north on Moore Street in the City of Bessemer.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library is putting a $4.2 million capital improvement bond on the City of Marquette’s August 8 ballot.

Library Director Andrea Ingmire says the money would go toward four areas: repair of the 1904 building façade; updates to HVAC, lighting, and building access; updates to technology, safety, and furnishings; and reorganization of space to create more meeting rooms.

Ingmire says while the library does a good job of providing a range of services to meet public needs, it could always do better.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University campaign to raise awareness of the damaging impact of stereotypes has been honored. 

The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education has given the Remove the Label campaign a Circle of Excellence Gold Award. Launched in April 2016, the program urged people to assess each other based on individual traits instead of negative assumptions, misinformation, or unfair generalizations.

An event in Jamrich Hall encouraged students to rip off Post-it notes with handwritten stereotypes from posters on display.

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Experts are meeting in Ann Arbor this week to discuss a tsunami warning system for the Great Lakes. 

Scientists say tsunamis happen on the lakes, although many are too small to notice. In fact, the lakes average 106 such events a year.

In the oceans, tsunamis are caused by earthquakes. Great Lakes tsunamis result from rapid changes in barometric pressure associated with fast-moving weather systems. Scientists call them "meteotsunamis." In some cases, people standing on piers or swimming along shorelines have been swept to their deaths.

DETROIT, MI--   The Coast Guard is cautioning people that while the weather might be warm, Great Lakes temperatures are still cold. 

Officials say even if the air feels hot the water temperatures of Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron are only in the high 30s to low 50s.

Mike Baron, Recreational Boating and Water Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District, says water as warm as 76 degrees is still considered cold an is a significant risk for those unprepared for sudden immersion.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was less combative when criminal charges were brought against 10 state officials over Flint's man-made drinking water crisis. 

Now, with two of his own cabinet members facing manslaughter or other charges, he's keeping them on the job and defending their names despite calls for their removal.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 8 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.32 per gallon. That's about 29 cents less than at the same point last year. It's the second consecutive week of statewide declines.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Escanaba man accused of armed robbery in Chocolay Township has been sentenced.

Jaccob Jones, 18, was charged with four counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery. He and two codefendants were arrested in connection with the August 16 incidents.

Two of the men threatened a clerk at America’s Best Value Inn with a knife and demanded money. They allegedly fled to Kassel’s Korner gas station and robbed people there.

Jones was sentenced Friday to five to 15 years in prison with credit for 304 days already served.

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