Crime

ESCANABA, MI--   Delta County has received a grant to enhance and expand local services to crime victims. 

County Prosecutor Philip Strom says the $50,087 grant was awarded by the Department of Justice and will be administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman has been arrested for forging checks from her employer.

Marquette City Police says Chrystal Thomas, 32, was arrested December 30 on three felony counts of uttering and publishing.  The warrants stem from a fraud investigation at paving company Vultaggio Services in Marquette. Thomas allegedly forged business checks for her personal gain.

Thomas posted bond and was released from the Marquette County Jail.

Uttering and publishing is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.  

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Forsyth Township man has been arrested for child sexually abusive activity.

Township Police allege Todd Bartczak, 56, enticed a minor to engage in sexually abusive activity for the purpose of producing child pornography.  He was arrested at his Banshee Street residence without incident.

Bartczak is lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $100,000 bond. 

The Michigan State Police Computer Crime Unit and Marquette City Police assisted in the case.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   A multi-agency narcotic investigation has resulted in the seizure of drugs from a Marquette residence. 

City Police executed a search warrant Thursday around 3 a.m. at a house on the 500 block of West Baraga Avenue.  They seized a large amount of marijuana, edible THC products, and several other undetermined narcotics. 

No arrests have been made at this time, but criminal charges are being sought through the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office. 

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Sands Township man has been arrested for possibly shooting at livestock. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was called Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. to a residence on Yelle Road on a report of a domestic situation.  A disorderly man was on the caller’s property and possibly discharging a firearm at her livestock. 

Responding officers took the man into custody without incident.  After further investigation a weapon was recovered on the property.  No livestock were found to be harmed. 

ESCANABA, MI--   A New Mexico man has been arrested for trying to rob an Escanaba restaurant Monday.

Department of Public Safety officers were called to the El Patron restaurant around 11:30 a.m. and found the 

robbery had been thwarted by employees. 

Reports indicate a man wearing a mask and gloves and carrying a club entered the business through a back door.  The suspect apparently damaged property inside the restaurant as he tried to get to the cash register.

GWINN, MI--    A Gwinn woman was stabbed to death in a Dart Street residence early Thursday morning.

Forsyth Township Police were called around 1 a.m. and found Robbin Lampinen, 53, dead in a bedroom. 

Evidence at the scene indicated it had been a stabbing.

Darrell Gutzman, 51, of Marquette was identified as a suspect in the case.  He fled the scene before officers arrived. 

HANCOCK, MI--   Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the theft of guns and ammunition from the Northwoods Trading Post in Hancock Saturday.  

WLUC-TV reports the breaking and entering happened around 4:15 a.m.  That afternoon Hancock Police officers went to Finlandia Hall and discovered three firearms and .40 caliber ammunition in an open desk drawer in one of the rooms.  The guns’ serial numbers matched those of the firearms taken from the Northwoods Trading Post. 

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University has upheld the suspension of five students and another student faces charges, following an alleged assault at an off-campus party December 2.  

The Daily Mining Gazette reports Tajuante Anderson, 20, of Milwaukee—a university football player—was arraigned last week on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated assault.  He’s accused of assaulting a university baseball player at the party. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Chicago man has been arrested in Houghton on drug charges. 

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team received information of possible drug activity at the Super 8 in the city.  UPSET West gathered enough evidence to execute a search warrant Wednesday at the motel room.  They found over 8 grams of suspected heroin, evidence of drug distribution, prescription narcotics, and $500.

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