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--   Ishpeming Police investigated a bomb threat in the city on Saturday. 

The department received information that a subject in Phelps Square Apartments was making a bomb and intended to detonate it in the building.

With the help of Michigan State Police and Negaunee Police, Ishpeming officers searched the apartment where the bomb supposedly was and the surrounding area. No device or bomb-making materials were found.

Investigation determined the threat was never valid.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University men's hockey team is headed to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championships. 

NMU defeated No. 17 Bowling Green Sunday night, 3-2, in overtime. It will be the first time the Wildcats have appeared in the conference championships since 2010.

With the victory, the Wildcats advance to play Michigan Technological University this weekend at the Berry Events Center. The Huskies defeated Minnesota State in overtime on Sunday to advance.

As the highest remaining seed, NMU will host Tech Saturday at 7 p.m.

GWINN, MI--    Forsyth Township Police have apprehended a man wanted for being a parole absconder.

Wednesday around 11:25 p.m. officers responded to the area of the Ace Hardware on a tip the suspect was in the vicinity and was on meth. Officers located the man—identified as 26-year-old Steven Baker of Gwinn—in a nearby laundromat. He tried to run out another door but officers caught and searched him. They found a loaded gun that was reported stolen in 2013 in his front pants pocket.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials have released autopsy results for a man found dead in the Forestville area of Marquette County last week.

Sheriff’s officials say there is no obvious cause of death for John Rowland, 36. The Skandia man was last seen in Marquette in the early morning hours of February 23. A van he was driving was found stuck on a road in Forestville later in the day.

Rowland’s body was discovered by a helicopter in a wooded area north of the van on March 3.

GWINN, MI--    Officers discovered a meth lab following a house fire in Gwinn Wednesday.

Forsyth Township Police were called Wednesday evening to 55 East Riling, lot 27 on a report of a structure fire with one person inside. Upon arrival, officers found a man trying to drive away from the residence. There was no one inside the house.

investigation revealed the production of meth was the likely cause of the fire. Officers also uncovered evidence of past meth production.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Mackinac County.

State Police from the St. Ignace Post say it happened on US-2 just west of St. Ignace around 8:15 Thursday morning. Troopers say the driver of an eastbound minivan crossed the centerline of the snow-covered, icy road and hit a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the minivan was taken to Straits Area Hospital, where she died of her injuries. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.

A portion of US-2 was closed while investigators processed the scene.

This week's episode features writer Teresa Marie Mailhot of British Columbia.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has made an arrest following a month-long drug investigation in Houghton County. 

Detectives had been looking into a conspiracy to deliver LSD, mushrooms, and marijuana. On March 2 UPSET arrested Ethan Willmert, 18, on two counts of delivery of marijuana. He was arraigned Monday and released on a $5,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are pending.

The Houghton and Hancock City Police Departments.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department says residents need to be aware of a “spoofing” scam in the area. 

The scammer will contact a person and pose as a police officer, then try to extract financial or Social Security information from the victim. The number that shows on caller ID may possibly be from a police department.

Marquette Police say spoofing happens when a scammer uses a computer program to change or hide their real number.

GWINN, MI--   A Gwinn man is jailed on a home invasion charge. 

Forsyth Township Police say Tuesday around noon they responded to the 200 block of North Brooks Lane on a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The caller said she saw a man with a bandana over his face walk up her driveway, enter her unattached garage, and leave shortly afterward.