Crime

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. A 38-year-old man was lodged in the Houghton County Jail for possession with the intent to...

LANSING, MI (AP)-- Michigan regulators have directed their staff to develop rules designed to toughen utilities' defenses against cyberattacks. Michigan Public Service Commission Chairwoman Sally Talberg says natural gas and electric providers face attempted intrusions into their computer system on an almost daily basis. She says federal and state governments need to work with utilities to create programs to deal with security issues. The rules to be crafted will require utilities to annually...

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI-- A Michigan State Police trooper was injured and a suspect shot, following a domestic disturbance in Chippewa County. Two troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post and a deputy from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office responded Monday around 6:30 p.m. to a residence in Hulbert. When officers attempted to contact a 37-year-old male subject he fled in a vehicle, then rammed into the troopers’ patrol cars when they tried to stop him. Both vehicles were disabled and one of the...

ONTONAGON, MI-- An Ontonagon County man is jailed for writing checks without sufficient funds. Sheriff’s deputies say the 41-year-old Nisula man was arrested Friday on an eight-count warrant for non-sufficient funds and writing checks on no accounts. He is currently serving a 60-day sentence for a prior NSF charge. The suspect remains lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail, pending arraignment.

MARQUETTE, MI-- A Marquette man has been arrested in a stabbing incident. The Marquette Police Department says officers were called Thursday around 5 p.m. to the Warming Center on West Washington Street on a report of an assault. They arrested Allen Scott Beauchamp, 51, for felonious assault and lodged him in the Marquette County Jail. The victim was taken to UP Health System Marquette for minor injuries and was released. Police say a pair of scissors was allegedly used in the assault.

MARQUETTE, MI-- Upper Peninsula Power Company joined other utilities across the U.S. Wednesday to promote the inaugural Utilities United Against Scams Day. The event focused on exposing scammers’ tactics to steal money from customers and what customers can do to protect themselves. Officials say scammers may pretend to be from a utility, tell residents they’re behind on their bill, and threaten disconnection if payment isn’t made. The resident may be instructed to buy a prepaid credit card...

MARQUETTE, MI-- The Michigan DNR is asking for help in identifying the person who vandalized two snowmobile trails in Marquette County. Signs were knocked down, run over, or otherwise damaged along Trail No. 8 and Trail No. 5 in the Champion area over the past weekend. Signs will need to be replaced over at least nine miles of trail. “Damaging trail signs is cause for concern for safety reasons and because the signs and installation are expensive,” said Ron Yesney, DNR Upper Peninsula trails...

ANN ARBOR, MI-- Police in Ann Arbor are investigating a report of a white man who threatened to set a Muslim student on fire if she didn't remove her hijab. The incident near the University of Michigan was reported to have happened Friday evening. Ann Arbor police Sgt. Patrick Maguire said Saturday the department is "investigating it actively ... and soliciting information from anyone who may have witnessed anything." A hijab is a headscarf worn by some Muslim women. A crime alert issued by...

LANSING, MI (AP)-- Officials say the Lansing Board of Water & Light has paid a $25,000 ransom to unlock its internal communications systems after they were disabled by a cyberattack last spring. The board's general manager, Dick Peffley, tells the Lansing State Journal it cost about $2.4 million to respond to the emergency, including paying for the ransom and technology upgrades to prevent future attacks. He says all but $500,000 of those costs are covered by insurance. Peffley says...

DAFTER, MI-- The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Task Force has made another drug bust in Chippewa County. Detectives say they made several controlled purchases of ecstasy from suspects in Dafter, and after a lengthy investigation executed a search warrant Monday on 10 Mile Road. They found an active meth lab, meth components and waste, and other evidence. Another warrant was executed at a neighboring building. Officers say someone broke into an abandoned church and started a meth lab inside....

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