Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on M-553 near the Marquette Mountain Ski Hill Sunday.

The Marquette Police Department says around 1:50 p.m. Paul Bruk, 56, of Massachusetts was driving a vehicle northbound when he fell asleep at the wheel. His car crossed the centerline and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Patricia Forchini, 76, of Gwinn head-on.

Forchini was taken to UPHS-Marquette with non-life-threatening injuries.

Bruk was cited for careless driving.

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 6 cents per gallon in the past week. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.59 per gallon. That's about 45 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.50 per gallon in the Marquette area. It's the second-consecutive week that the area had the lowest price. The highest was about $2.63 per gallon in the Jackson area.

CALUMET, MI--   State Police from the Calumet Post are teaming up with four area grocery stores this week to Stuff a Blue Goose. 

In conjunction with the Michigan Harvest Gathering Campaign, the event aims to raise awareness of hunger and to stock pantry shelves. Troopers will ask residents to purchase “grab bags” pre-filled with non-perishable food and stuff a “Blue Goose” patrol car. The car will then take the donated items to local food pantries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Another suspect has been arrested in a cocaine case out of Ishpeming. 

On September 25 the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence at Sunny Side Estates. Detectives seized nearly 30 grams of cocaine, a firearm, and evidence of drug distribution. They arrested Nakeesha Briggs, 34, and removed four children that were living in the home.

KINCHELOE, MI--   A Kincheloe man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. 

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last Wednesday and executed a search warrant at a residence Thursday. They arrested William Mastaw, 19, who was arraigned on three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, producing child sexually abusive material, using a computer in commission of a felony, possession of child sexually abusive material, and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.

LANSING, MI--  The following is a release from the Michigan Association of Counties in reaction to Friday's decision by the state Supreme Court:

"The refusal by the Michigan Supreme Court to accept the appeal of a property tax case by the Big Box retailer Menard’s is recognition of the problems created by the “Dark Stores” theory of property valuation, the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) said today in reaction to the court’s order.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team teamed up with other law enforcement agencies Thursday for a joint patrol operation in Ishpeming.

Detectives, Ishpeming Police, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, and Michigan State Police combined their efforts because of an increase in tips relating to drug activity in the area.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Electricity was knocked out to some residents Thursday, after a semi snapped a power pole in Negaunee Township. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has landed on the side of U.P. customers when it comes to how much they have to pay to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette running.

The plant is owned by Wisconsin Electric Corporation. The company has been collecting $24 million from utility customers to keep the plant operational in order to meet federally mandated reliability standards. FERC issued a ruling Thursday that said the $24 million amount was not just or reasonable, and that the company had altered the date of an invoice in calculating the payment.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee man accused of possessing child pornography has been bound over to circuit court.

Stan Wright, 58, is charged with eight counts of possession of child sexually abusive material. He was arrested in September following an investigation by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Wright waived a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday. He’s set to be arraigned in Marquette Circuit Court on October 27. 

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