Crime

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A Crystal Falls woman is accused of embezzling from her employer.

WLUC-TV says Laura Sartori, 53, was an employee of Lakeshore/Oldenburg, Incorporated. She’s charged with embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000. Sartori allegedly took the money between October 2013 and October 2016. 

She faces up to 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine or three times the amount embezzled—whichever is greater.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 4 in Iron County District Court. 

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--    An Iron River man arrested after an accident that injured a Watersmeet woman has been charged. 

Theodore Tschannen, 63, was exiting his driveway Monday afternoon when he struck a vehicle westbound on US-2. The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle using the “jaws of life.”

Tschannen was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury; operating with a high blood alcohol content, 3rd offense; and open intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 4 in Iron County District Court. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   Authorities have discovered another meth lab in Ishpeming.

Wednesday detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team assisted Ishpeming Police when meth-related components were discovered in a residence.

City officers were conducting an investigation at the Pine Street house when they observed the meth-related items. UPSET detectives removed hazardous materials from the home.

One suspect at the residence was questioned at the scene. No arrests have yet been made.

Ishpeming Police continue to investigate the incident. 

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Chocolay Township Police Department is asking the public for its help in identifying a man in a photo. 

Officers are investigating an incident that happened in Harvey sometime either Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Anyone with information regarding the man is asked to call Chocolay Police at 249-4040.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   An assault in Sault Ste. Marie has turned into a murder investigation.

WWUP-TV reports police responded around 3 a.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of west 12th Avenue on a report a man had been assaulted. The victim, identified as Wesley Cook, 48, of the Soo, was taken to War Memorial Hospital, then transferred to a hospital in Ann Arbor. He died of his injuries around 10 a.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Little Lake man is jailed, following a complaint of child abuse.

On Monday officers from the Marquette Police Department arrested Ryan Whitcomb, 26. He’s charged with 2nd-degree child abuse—which is causing serious physical harm to a child—3rd-degree child abuse, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, or by strangulation.

The charges are punishable by up to 22 years in prison.

Whitcomb remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $60,000 bond.

KESHENA, WI (AP)--   Menominee Tribal Police say a parent on the reservation in northeastern Wisconsin found a packet of methamphetamine among her child's trick-or-treat Halloween candy. 

The parent turned the small packet of crystal powder over to police early Monday and officers say it tested positive for meth. The child did not ingest the powder.

WLUK-TV says police are urging parents to check their children's candy if they have been trick-or-treating in the Keshena area on the Menominee Indian Reservation, about 160 miles north of Milwaukee.

CHASSELL, MI--   The search for a suspect wanted on outstanding warrants led police to a meth lab in Chassell. 

Wednesday detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team and a parole officer from the Michigan Department of Corrections went to a residence to find a woman who was on probation. A search of the residence uncovered components used to manufacture meth and several one-pot cooks.

The suspect is lodged in the Houghton County Jail on the outstanding warrants. Additional charges for manufacturing meth are expected.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has conducted another meth bust in Ishpeming.

Detectives had been investigating suspects at a residence on East North Street for several months. They executed a search warrant Thursday and seized meth, cash, and components used to make meth. UPSET removed all hazardous waste from the house.

One suspect was questioned at the scene and released. Arrests are expected, pending a review of the case by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office.

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Forsyth Township Police Department is investigating the theft of power tools from an area garage. 

Sunday afternoon officers responded to a report of a breaking and entering on the 1300 block of North Heming Lake Road. Investigation showed someone rammed through a gate to the victim’s property and forced open a man door to a garage. Several items were taken, including a scroll saw, power saw, mortise machine, and a drill press.

The incident is believed to have happened between October 19 and the 22.

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