Crime

GWINN, MI--   A Gwinn man was arrested Friday after police found meth components in his residence.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 7:45 a.m. to a house on M-553 on a report of a domestic violence incident. When officers arrived the homeowner said there was no one else in the house, but officers advised the man they needed to check.

During a search of the residence deputies observed components used to make meth. They cleared the trailer and called UPSET to remove the hazardous materials.

MARQUETTE, MI--    The Forsyth Township Police Department has arrested a Newberry man for several felonies involving children.

James Waller, 31, was taken into custody Thursday on a six-count warrant for crimes he allegedly committed when he lived in Forsyth Township. The charges include first-degree criminal sexual conduct, extortion, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person 13 to 15 years old, and three counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident on County Road 550 has been arrested.

Austin Mitchell, 21, of Ishpeming was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of operating while intoxicated-causing death.

Mitchell and his passenger—21-year-old Jacob Weslin of Marquette—were traveling on 550 in the early morning hours of March 25 when the vehicle left the road, hit a power pole, and rolled over. Weslin was killed.

No court dates are available at this time.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police are investigating the break-in of an area store. 

Officers say Tuesday morning around 2:15 something triggered an alarm at Elaine’s Place Convenience Store on Vine Street. When they arrived they found the front door broken and it looked like someone had entered. No one was found inside the building.

Police followed footprints in the snow to a residence on Maple Street. Three people have been identified as persons of interest. The subjects were interviewed and released.

It’s unknown if anything was taken from the store.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Police have seized a large amount of marijuana, following several busts in Houghton County.

Thursday the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed four search warrants at residences in Houghton, Hancock, Calumet, and Dodgeville. Detectives seized about 75 pounds of processed marijuana, 45 plants, and cash from sales.

A 28-year-old Houghton man was arrested for felony distribution of marijuana and lodged at the Houghton County Jail on a $30,000 cash bond.

Additional arrests are expected.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says someone has been passing counterfeit money in Menominee and Delta counties.

The bills were discovered by clerks who said the money felt different from legitimate bills. Officials say mostly 20s and 50s have been passed, but 5s, 10s, and 100s have also been used. The bills have not passed the ink pen test and do not contain a security ribbon.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A retired priest with the Diocese of Marquette has been put on administrative leave due to an allegation of sexual misconduct.

The action against Father Frank Lenz was taken because of a recently-made credible allegation of misconduct with a minor in the 1970s. Lenz has denied the claim.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar’s boss at Michigan State University is in jail.  

William Strampel will be arraigned Tuesday in Ingham County. He’s expected to face one felony charge of 

Misconduct of a Public Official, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. He’ll also be charged with one misdemeanor count of Criminal Sexual Conduct and two counts of Willful Neglect of Duty.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

NORWAY, MI--   Conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources are searching for the culprits who broke into a Dickinson County bat hibernation area and stole cameras. 

The mine site is on private property near Norway. The DNR had been studying and test treating white nose syndrome, which kills little brown, northern long-eared, and big brown bats.

MARQUETTE, MI--  Marquette County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has sent a letter to schools and parents within the county stating his office will take all threats made against area schools on social 

media or otherwise very seriously. 

Wiese released the contents of the letter on Friday:

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents:

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