Crime

ISHPEMING, MI--   Michigan State Police are investigating a home invasion in Ishpeming.

Troopers from the Negaunee Post were called Thursday around 3:20 a.m. to the Sunnyside Estates Mobile Home Park on a report that a man and woman had entered one of the residences. 

A 20-year-old female was arrested shortly after troopers arrived.  A male suspect fled the scene before they got to the residence.  Investigation into the identity of the man is ongoing.

The female suspect is lodged at the Marquette County Jail, pending arraignment. 

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn man has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a girl younger than 13. 

Forsyth Township Police arrested Cory Steven Pierce, 50, for second-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.  Officers investigated a report that Pierce had inappropriate contact with a neighborhood girl. 

Pierce is lodged at the Marquette County Jail on 10 percent of a $100,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call Forsyth Township Police at 346-9224.

MERRILL, WI (AP)--   Authorities say a 50-year-old suspect fired at law officers during a standoff in Lincoln County before police shot and killed him. 

The suspect was identified Wednesday as Scot Minard of Eagle River.

Four officers returned fire during Tuesday's standoff, striking and killing Minard. Names of two Lincoln County sheriff's deputies and a Langlade County deputy involved in the shooting were not released, but the Antigo Police Department identified Patrolman Joseph Husnick as one of the officers. All four are on paid administrative leave.

ANTIGO, WI (AP)--   Authorities say an armed suspect has been killed by police after a standoff and pursuit that began after shots were fired at an officer.

The Tuesday morning incident began in Antigo.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office says an officer was shot at during a traffic stop, and a high-speed chase followed, WSAW-TV reported.

The suspect was stopped in the Township of Pine River, but stayed armed during an hour-long standoff.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed kidnapping over the weekend on 15 Mile Road. 

Saturday around 1:30 p.m. a man reportedly confronted a husband and wife with a handgun while the two were in their back yard.  The suspect forced them into their house, then directed the wife into his vehicle and drove away. 

Deputies located the vehicle a short time later driving southbound on Mackinac Trail near Rudyard.  The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The hostage was not injured. 

CALUMET TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Calumet woman is in custody, following a single-vehicle crash in Calumet Township. 

Michigan State Police say the accident happened Sunday around 12:15 a.m. on US-41 near Haus Street in Kearsarge.  A 56-year-old woman was southbound on the highway when her vehicle went off the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

During the investigation troopers determined alcohol was a factor in the crash.  The driver was arrested and lodged at the Houghton County Jail for operating while intoxicated. 

UPDATE, 7/25/16--  Police arrested Christian Paul Kitti, 32, of Grand Rapids.  He's charged with open murder and felony firearms.  Kitti was arraigned in Houghton County District Court Monday morning.

The victim is identified as Kimberly Renee Bess, 44, of Calumet.

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LAURIUM, MI--   One woman is dead and a man is in custody, following a shooting in the Village of Laurium Saturday night.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A state commission is urging that Michigan establish and fund an electronic tracking system to ensure sexual assault evidence kits are processed without delay.  

The recommendation made Wednesday stems from a review by the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission. The board was created in 2015 after the discovery of 11,000 untested rape kits in storage at the Detroit Police Department.

ALLOUEZ, WI (AP)--   Officials say an inmate threw a pot of scalding water in the face of an employee at the Green Bay Correctional Institution.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office says the victim of Monday's attack is a correctional officer.

WLUK-TV reports the employee is being treated at a burn center. A second inmate, who was not the intended target, suffered burns on his back and was treated at the prison.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says the prison is on temporary lockdown while the attack is investigated.

KALAMAZOO, MI (AP)--   Police reports say a man accused of plowing his pickup truck into a group of Michigan bicyclists, killing five, took pain pills and muscle relaxers in the hours before the crash.

Charles Pickett Jr. was initially charged with second-degree murder in the June 7 crash and additional charges of driving while intoxicated causing death were added later. A prosecutor has said Pickett was under the influence of drugs, but details weren't previously released.

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