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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BEAVER ISLAND, MI--   Two people had to be medically evacuated off of Beaver Island following a single-vehicle accident on Friday. 

Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie received the medevac request Friday evening, but due to poor visibility and icing an aircrew from Traverse City was forced to delay its trip until Saturday morning.

A helicopter picked up the two patients and brought them back to Traverse City, where they were taken to Munson Medical Center for treatment.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man retried for torturing two women at his mixed martial arts studio has been found not guilty on all charges. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals granted Jason Sadowski, 47, a new trial after his co-defendant made comments that implicated him at the first trial, but Sadowski couldn’t challenge the statements because the co-defendant didn’t testify.

Sadowski was exonerated Friday on seven charges, including torture, solicitation of murder, unlawful imprisonment, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

ATLANTIC MINE, MI--   A Houghton County man has been arrested on drug charges, following a five-month investigation.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team apprehended the 28-year-old Atlantic Mine man Friday for delivery of methamphetamine, delivery of heroin, and delivery of Dilaudid. 

The suspect remains lodged in the Houghton County jail. Additional charges are expected.  

CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Office has released additional information regarding a shooting in Crystal Falls Township that injured a horse.

On Thursday afternoon Iron County Central Dispatch received a call there had been a shooting and a horse had been shot. Another call indicated two bullets had entered a home near the incident.

GWINN, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has closed a footbridge leading to Black River Falls in the Gwinn Forest Management Unit. 

The wooden bridge crosses a small, deep gorge in the rocks that channels water from the river during flooding. Officials say severe deterioration has created an unsafe condition. Decking planks are missing and the railings are weak and worn.

The bridge will be removed in the upcoming field season and that segment of the trail permanently closed.

An alternate route to the falls will be improved this spring or summer.  

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie is warning residents about unstable ice on waterways.

With forecast rain, wind, and above-freezing temperatures this weekend, officials are urging people to use extreme caution when on the ice across Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, and the northern parts of Lakes Michigan and Huron. 

The Coast Guard is also increasing ice-breaking operations on the St. Mary’s River in preparation for the opening of the Soo Locks March 25, which will further destabilize the ice.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four U.P. entities are getting a portion of $350,000 in funding from the Department of Natural Resources for projects along the state’s Iron Belle Trail.

The route is the longest state-designated trail in the nation and includes more than 2,000 miles of hiking and biking routes from Belle Isle in Detroit to Ironwood.

CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting involving a horse.

Central Dispatch received a call around 12:50 p.m. Thursday indicating a shooting had happened in Crystal Falls Township and a horse had been shot and injured.  Two bullets had apparently entered a home near the same location.

Deputies arrived on the scene and arrested an individual involved in the shooting.

The incident remains under investigation.

State Police from the Iron Mountain Post are assisting in the case.  

LAKE LINDEN, MI--   Four people have been arrested in Lake Linden on heroin and gun charges. 

Over the past several weeks UPSET has been investigating the delivery of heroin and identified three suspects believed to be involved in drug sales who recently traveled from Detroit to Houghton County.  Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence on Calumet Street and seized a small amount of heroin, cash, and a loaded shotgun.

ESCANABA, MI--   A man is lodged in the Delta County Jail for firing an alleged stolen gun in a Gladstone alley Monday night. 

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says around 10:30 p.m. a deputy responded to the 1200 block of Montana Avenue and made contact with the suspect. After a brief struggle the man was found to be in possession of a .22 pistol reported stolen out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.