Crime

ALPHA, MI--    The Iron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible a possible murder/suicide attempt in the town of Alpha. 

Wednesday around 9:50 p.m. deputies responded to a residence on a report that shots had been fired.  They found Jamie Lee James, 29, deceased in the house and a male subject near her. 

The man was taken to Iron River Aspirus Hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

The man’s name is not being released until the investigation is complete.  Deputies say there is no pending threat to the community.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Department

KALAMAZOO, MI (AP)--   A prosecutor says a man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists, killing five, was under the influence of drugs. 

The disclosure was made Wednesday as new charges were filed against Charles Pickett Jr., who already faces second-degree murder charges in the June 7 crash in Kalamazoo County.

Authorities say the bicyclists were riding in a group on a rural road in Cooper Township when Pickett struck them.

SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA--   The Michigan man who escaped from a Costa Rican detention center has been recaptured.

The Tico Times reports John Saatio fled the center through a ventilation duct Sunday.  He had been there for about three weeks, after having applied for refugee status to avoid deportation back to Houghton County. 

The Public Security Ministry says a patrol found Saatio Tuesday in a canton immediately south of San José.

Saatio flees again

Jun 20, 2016

COSTA RICA--   A Houghton fugitive has apparently escaped from a Costa Rican detention center.

WLUC-TV says John Saatio, 34, was arrested in the Central American country June 2 after Interpol flagged him for escaping U.S. custody in June of 2015.  He fled from deputies following a hearing at the Houghton County Courthouse and was later seen in Green Bay. 

Saatio is charged with home invasion, destruction of police property, and a probation violation.  He’s also a registered sex offender. 

GLADSTONE, MI--   A Nahma man has been arrested on a pot charge.  

Sunday around 10:45 p.m. officers from Gladstone Public Safety and the Delta County Sheriff’s Department made a traffic stop on US-2 in Gladstone.  A suspect was discovered to have more than 1.5 pounds of marijuana.

The man was lodged in the Delta County Jail on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. 

A K-9 from Escanaba Public Safety assisted at the scene.

PEMBINE, WI (AP)--   Marinette County sheriff's officials say an armed man was killed by deputies after he advanced on the officers and ignored repeated commands to drop his gun. 

Madison police issued a statewide bulletin about Michael D. Rasmussen, of Fitchburg. He had made threats of harm to himself and law enforcement. He was believed headed to Marinette County, where he was believed to have family.

ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, MI--   There were some tense moments in Ishpeming Township Tuesday afternoon, after a shooting incident prompted police to close roads around Christine Street. 

State Police say the situation began around 2:40, when a reportedly suicidal man apparently fired several shots inside a residence.  Officers encountered the man in his front yard.  The 43-year-old subject had a significant amount of blood on his left hand, but refused to speak with officers and went into the house. 

ONTONAGON, MI--   The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office says two men are wanted for questioning in connection with a stolen car. 

The vehicle—a silver 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix 4-door—was reported stolen from the Strong Dental Center in Ontonagon Monday around 8:15 a.m.  It was later spotted by an individual on Norwich Road in Ontonagon Township.  Inside were two males, one thin and one tall and bald. 

Sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police tried to locate the vehicle for several hours. 

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff for more than a week for victims of the mass shooting in Florida and bicyclists who died in southwestern Michigan. 

In a statement Monday, Snyder says: "Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives and for their loved ones who are grieving."

ESCANABA, MI--   The name of an Escanaba man arrested for rifling through open vehicles and stealing property has been released. 

Escanaba Public Safety says officers responded to a report of a home invasion early Saturday morning on the 1400 block of North 20th Street.  They were also called to investigate the breaking-and-entering of a vehicle.  They ultimately arrested Harley Finnerty, 25. 

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