Crime

MASTODON TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police from the Iron Mountain Post discovered a large amount of explosive material following an explosion in Mastodon Township.   

Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. troopers were called to a residence to investigate a report of an explosion and gunfire.  They found two people had tried to bring down a structure using large amounts of Tannerite and fireworks.  Troopers seized commercial-grade fireworks, a large quantity of Tannerite, and pipe-bomb-type explosives. 

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the dumping of meth-making materials in Ford River Township.   

Deputies responded Monday around 2:30 p.m. to a report of a possible meth dump site at the end of 12th Road.  They found two plastic bottles consistent with those used in the so-called “one pot” meth-making process. 

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team were called in to clean up the site.

The incident remains under investigation.  

HANCOCK, MI--   A suspect in the break-ins of three Hancock churches has been arrested. 

The Hancock Police Department says Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Glad Tidings Assembly of God, and Zion Lutheran Church were broken into four times between August 11 and 19.  The perpetrator took more than $1,000 dollars in cash, checks, and gift cards and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

HANCOCK, MI--   A Hancock woman faces assault charges, following a stabbing incident in the city last Friday. 

Police were called to Summit Street around 7:50 a.m. and found a 57-year-old man with stab wounds around his left shoulder.  He was taken to UP Health System Portage for treatment of his injuries.

The 41-year-old woman was arrested and lodged in the Houghton County Jail.  Her identity is being withheld, pending arraignment.  

BESSEMER, MI--   A meth lab was discovered in a Bessemer residence by troopers looking for a stolen vehicle. 

On Tuesday State Police from the Wakefield Post received a tip about a stolen vehicle from Arizona.  Troopers found and recovered the vehicle from a home in Bessemer. 

While they were arresting Matt Lander, 35, and Lisa Olivas, 28, for unlawfully driving away an auto, they discovered a meth lab in the house, which was also occupied by children. 

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team responded and removed the lab and hazardous materials. 

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