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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ISHPEMING, MI--   A road construction project between Ishpeming and Negaunee starts Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the $1.6 million project includes the resurfacing of 4.2 miles of US-41 from Westwood Drive east to Water Street. Work will also include asphalt milling and resurfacing; joint repairs; curb, gutter, and guardrail replacement; shoulder rumble strips; and pavement markings.

The project will require lane closures with traffic shifts. A minimum of one lane will be open in each direction for the duration.

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   Eagle Mine is partnering with several Marquette County agencies to train for and test the local emergency response system Wednesday afternoon. 

At 2 p.m. emergency vehicles will travel to the Humboldt Mill with lights and sirens on as part of a simulated safety incident. Simulation participants sporting fabricated injuries will be placed at the accident scene. Members of the Eagle Mine Emergency Response Team and the G42 Security Team will initially respond to prepare people for local agencies.

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Humboldt Township man has been taken into custody, following a domestic violence incident.

State Police from the Negaunee Post were dispatched around 3:50 Tuesday morning to a residence, but the male suspect fled the scene on an ORV. Troopers located him north of Republic driving a Yamaha side-by-side on M-95. They arrested the 45-year-old man for operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing.

The suspect remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A DeTour man declared missing in Houghton County has been found. 

The Sheriff’s Office says deputies were contacted Tuesday just before 10 a.m. They were told the 62-year-old man with dementia went missing from his daughter’s vehicle, which was on M-26 near Bunker Hill.

The man was located on M-26 near Ripley around 11:20 a.m. and was returned to his daughter in good health.

Deputies were assisted by the Lake Linden Village Police Department, Michigan State Police, a State Police K-9, and Superior Search and Rescue.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A Crystal Falls man has pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Luke Wool, 19, was accused of killing one horse and injuring another at a Crystal Falls residence last year. Two bullets also penetrated a nearby house.

Wool was originally charged with felony firearms, discharging a firearm in or at a building, and two counts of killing/torturing an animal. He has pleaded to the attempted murder charge. In exchange, all other charges will be dropped.

Sentencing is set for July 9 in Iron County Circuit Court.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A man who fled the scene following an assault in Ishpeming last year has been sentenced.

David Bellmer, 39, was taken into custody nearly a month after the July 31 incident on East North Street. The victim said she was able to escape the house following the assault and call 911. Bellmer left before police arrived.

Bellmer was accused of strangling the victim. He pleaded no contest to one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Bellmer was sentenced to 3 to 8 years in prison with credit for 282 days already served.

MARQUETTE, MI--    Officials have released the name of a Republic Township man arrested on a felonious assault charge. 

Xavier Gonzalez, 51, was taken into custody over the weekend after Michigan State Police executed a search warrant at a residence on M-95 near Witch Lake. He was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The incident allegedly happened last Thursday.

Gonzalez remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $15,000 cash or surety bond.

A probable cause conference is set for June 20 in Marquette District Court.

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   Officials say wildfires in Forsyth Township have been contained. 

Monday around 12:35 p.m. Forsyth Police responded to the report of a fire at the end of Marshall Drive near County Road EL. Officers discovered two locations several hundred feet apart that were on fire and were rapidly spreading. DNR firefighters also responded and were able to control the fire after it had burned about three acres.

REPUBLIC TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was arrested in Republic Township over the weekend after Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post executed a search warrant.

It was served at a residence on M-95 near Witch Lake. Troopers say the warrant was executed following an ongoing felonious assault investigation. They say the assault happened on a prior date.

Police took one person into custody without incident.

Troopers were assisted by the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team and UPHS-Bell EMS.

BARK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Delta County traffic stop resulted in the arrest of one person Friday. 

Around 9:30 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies stopped a vehicle on US-2/41 in Bark River Township. During the stop they and a K-9 located a large amount of meth. Deputies also seized cash, marijuana, and prescription pills.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and lodged at the Delta County Jail. His name has not yet been released, pending arraignment.

Hannahville Tribal Police assisted at the scene.