NEWBERRY, MI--    A prisoner who briefly escaped from the Newberry Correctional Facility early Tuesday has been transferred to a higher security prison and awaits formal charges.  

Alize Montague, 19, climbed the facility’s fence just after 2 a.m.  Staff immediately contacted local authorities and a Department of Corrections vehicle gave chase.  Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace Posts, officers with the U.S. Border Patrol, and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department searched the area. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two suspects possibly linked to an Escanaba hotel robbery are jailed in Marquette.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of robberies that began around 6:15 a.m. 

Tuesday in Chocolay Township.  Two men dressed in black clothing and masks entered America’s Best Value Inn on M-28 and demanded money at knife point.  The clerk, a licensed concealed pistol permit holder, refused and pointed his gun at the suspects.  The men fled on foot to a waiting vehicle, which drove south on US-41.

NEWBERRY, MI--   A prisoner from the Newberry Correctional Facility has been recaptured after a brief, early-morning escape.  

Officials with the Michigan Department of Corrections say Alize Montague, 19, was seen climbing over the facility’s fence just after 2 a.m. Tuesday.  He was pursued by officers who saw him cross M-123 on foot.  Michigan State Police and the DOC’s Emergency Response Team assisted in the search, along with local law enforcement. 

Montague was found just before 4 a.m. about a mile from the prison and taken back into custody. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Police in Escanaba are investigating an armed robbery at an area motel. 

Public Safety officers say the incident happened around 12:30 Monday morning at the Quality Inn and Suites on North Lincoln Road.  Witnesses say two masked men entered the building, demanded money from the front desk clerk, and ran out the front door.  They say a weapon was implied, but not seen by the clerk.

An undisclosed amount of money was taken from the register.

BIG BAY, MI--   Police have found a suspected meth lab in Marquette County’s Perkins Park.  

Troopers from the Negaunee Post went to the campground Thursday after investigating an assault at a nearby store.  They located the assault suspect at a campsite and saw components related to the manufacture of meth through the window of a pop-up camper.

Troopers obtained a search warrant for the camper and a vehicle.  Certified meth responders from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted a search and seized a one-pot meth lab and components used to make the drug. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique woman has been arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team completed a several-month investigation when they executed a search warrant at a Manistique residence Monday.  They seized an ounce of crack cocaine, marijuana, and cash related to narcotic sales. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Two Escanaba residents have been arrested on charges related to possession of meth and manufacturing meth within 500 feet of a school zone.  

UPSET detectives conducted surveillance on the two suspects and reportedly saw them purchase meth components at various Escanaba locations.  Escanaba Public Safety conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle and found components used to make meth inside. 

A search warrant located at the suspects’ residence on Ludington Street uncovered an active meth lab and additional meth ingredients. 

ISHPEMING TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people have been arrested by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office in connection with a drug incident in Ishpeming Township. 

Deputies were dispatched Monday at 9:32 a.m. to School Street on a report of an unresponsive female lying in a yard from an alleged drug overdose.  Upon investigation a male subject was also found in a drug-induced state.  Both were taken to UPHS Bell. 

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a stolen vehicle near Chassell.

Deputies say Tuesday someone took a light blue, 2000 Mercury Sable with Michigan registration BBZ 2522.  The vehicle has a Saints Auto Sales license plate on the front and a Saints Auto sticker on the rear bumper. 

Anyone with information regarding the vehicle is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 482-0055.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman is lodged in the Marquette County Jail after she led police on a chase in a stolen vehicle. 

Friday around 4:30 p.m. troopers from the Negaunee Post stopped a 2003 Jeep for suspected drunken driving on McClellan Avenue and US-41.  When troopers approached the vehicle on foot the driver sped off northbound on McClellan.  A pursuit culminated in the Jeep crashing into Holy Cross Cemetery.  Several grave markers and fencing were damaged, but no injuries were reported.