Crime

ONTONAGON, MI--   An Ontonagon man is jailed for delivering meth.

Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested the 43-year-old suspect Tuesday on a three-count warrant for delivery of methamphetamine.

Officials say the arrest is the result of a six-month investigation by UPSET, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department, and Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post.

The name of the suspect is not being released at this time.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A bill advancing in Michigan's Legislature would eliminate or lengthen the statute of limitations for filing charges in sexual assault cases. 

The legislation approved unanimously by the Senate Tuesday would allow a prosecution at any time for second-degree sexual conduct if the victim was younger than 16. In cases of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the statute of limitations would rise to 20 years after the offense or the victim's 31st birthday, whichever is later.

That's 10 years longer than now.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two Negaunee Township residents have been arrested in a drug bust by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. 

A 23-year-old woman and 22-year-old man were taken into custody at a residence on Midway Drive Tuesday. They were arrested on one count of conspiracy to deliver ecstasy and three counts of delivery of ecstasy.

UPSET detectives started an investigation into the suspects in June, when they received information the two were selling illegal narcotics.

ONTONAGON, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted a drug bust in the village of Ontonagon last week. 

On Friday UPSET executed a search warrant at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. Detectives seized more than 8 ounces of meth, more than $3,000 in cash, and a loaded handgun. They say the drugs have an estimated street value of more than $30,000.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The investigation continues, and the case is being reviewed by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s Office.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has concluded its case against a 13-year-old girl charged in the hanging death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz of Marquette in March.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese says the case is heartbreaking. He says the girl made immature and irresponsible choices, but he doesn't believe she intended for Tysen to die. She has been placed on a kind of juvenile probation program, under which she must complete certain requirements in order for her record to be expunged.

Wiese released a statement regarding the case Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are looking for the culprit in a vehicle hit-and-run in the city. 

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Division Street Monday around 7 a.m. They say a vehicle legally parked on the street was struck by another vehicle and extensively damaged.

Witnesses say around the time of the accident they saw a light-colored pickup truck, possibly white or silver. The suspect vehicle may have damage to the front passenger side.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Marquette Police Department at 228-0400.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   State police are telling drivers in Schoolcraft County to be on the lookout for a fake officer making traffic stops. 

WLUC-TV says police have received multiple reports of a man in a brown uniform and gold badge stopping motorists. He has no patches or name tag, though he claims he’s a recently hired deputy with the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department.

Witnesses say he’s driving a dark car—possibly a Dodge Charger. It may have a black brush guard on the front, a red and blue flashing light bar inside the windshield, and a spotlight.

GLADSTONE, MI--   A Gladstone woman is jailed in connection with the death of her 15-month-old daughter. 

Saturday around 5:50 p.m. officers from Gladstone Public Safety were called to Thorntree Apartments for an unresponsive child. Officers performed CPR and took the baby to St. Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan may start tracking its sexual assault evidence kits. An amendment to the state’s budget would pay for the required software and training. 

The kits contain swabs and other evidence gathered from a victim of sexual assault. Software would track the kit as it moves from hospital to police department to laboratory. It also sends out alerts if a kit has been in one location too long. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says it’s received reports of a phone solicitation in the area. 

A resident will receive a call in a computer-generated voice from a local number or someone they know. The call is allegedly about lowering credit card interest rates, but when the resident pushes a number according to their choice a live person comes on the line and makes sexually obscene comments.

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