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.

Ways to Connect

MARQUETTE, MI--   On Friday detectives assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) received information about meth components and firearms in a residence on Fair Avenue in the City of Marquette. 

Detective from UPSET executed a search warrant at the residence and arrested a 38-year-old male and 27-year-old male for charges related to manufacturing meth.  Detectives seized an overwhelming amount of meth components, finished meth product, and two firearms at the residence. 

BARAGA COUNTY, MI--   A Baraga County couple is lodged in the Mackinac County Jail on drug charges.

The man and woman—both 34-years old—were arrested in Mackinac County Wednesday for operating under the influence of drugs and possession of meth.

On Thursday the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at the couple’s home. Detectives seized several more grams of meth, scales, packaging for distribution, and a firearm.

Charges in Baraga County are pending review by the Baraga County Prosecutor’s Office.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Senior High School was on “secure mode” for a while Thursday afternoon. 

A message saying graffiti was found in one of the bathrooms was sent out to parents. The administration contacted City Police, who conducted an investigation.

Officials say they found no threat to the safety of students and staff. They say they’ll continue to work diligently to ensure a safe and positive environment for students.

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba High School student was taken into custody Wednesday after they threatened to shoot up the school. 

Escanaba Public Safety officers responded to the building around 12:34 p.m. They investigated the complaint and found it to be credible. The student was removed and evaluated by a Pathways mental health professional, then lodged at the Bay Pines juvenile detention center.

Officers say the incident remains under investigation.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ishpeming Township man has been arrested for stealing a car and breaking into a house. 

Thursday around 3:45 a.m. State Police from the Negaunee Post were dispatched to Marquette Township after a witness reported a vehicle driving on its rims and spraying sparks. Investigation revealed it was reported stolen from Ishpeming Township.

The vehicle became disabled at the intersection of Woodridge and Cherry streets, where the driver fled on foot. Officers spotted the suspect on Waldo and were able to apprehend him.

MOHAWK, MI--   A Baraga woman has been arrested for embezzling from her Keweenaw County workplace. 

Kelly Tapani, 34, was taken into custody Wednesday following a months-long investigation by the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. She’s accused of embezzling between $50,000 and $100,000 from the Vansville Bar over a five-month period last year.

BESSEMER, MI--   A Bessemer man has been arrested on drug charges, following an investigation by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team into an area business. 

Thursday a search warrant was executed at the Black River Valley Pub in Bessemer. Officers from GIANT received information regarding a suspicious package addressed to the pub. It was found to contain methamphetamine. As the investigation continued another suspicious package containing meth was discovered. The search warrant uncovered money and two ounces of crystal meth with a street value of $10,000.

STEPHENSON, MI--   The Environmental Protection Agency has some objections to the issuance of a wetland permit for the Aquila Back Forty mine in Menominee County. 

LANSING, MI--   Taking action now can prevent bear problems later.

The Department of Natural Resources says longer daylight hours mean wildlife is starting to move, and residents should see if they have items that could attract bears. DNR Wildlife Communication Coordinator Katie Keen says bears find birdseed and suet especially attractive. They will often hang around bird feeders instead of foraging for the roots of early spring plants and eating insects in trees and logs. Those who lose their fear of humans can become a threat.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette City Police officer Mark Hanes has been named Marquette County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. 

Hanes was one of five nominees for the award. He’s spent 26 years in law enforcement—20 of them with the City Police. Officials say Hanes distinguished himself through his 15 years of work with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.

Hanes received his award at a meeting of the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administration Wednesday.