Delta County

ESCANABA, MI--   Residents in Delta County can perform a spring cleaning on their medicine cabinets this weekend with a drug take-back event in Escanaba. 

On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Escanaba Public Safety will be at Walgreens to accept old, expired, or unneeded medications for proper disposal. The event aims to reduce the number of homes that have opioid painkillers on hand, as well as other medicines that shouldn’t be kept, dumped in the trash, or flushed down the toilet.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   The U.S. Forest Service is planning a prescribed fire on the Stonington Peninsula. 

Officials are notifying local residents of possible burning opportunities in the near future. The targeted location is approximately 5 to 6 miles south of US-2 and adjacent to or east of County Road 513. The area is directly south-southwest of Schaawe Lake and one mile northwest of Little Bay de Noc Campground.

Prescribed burning is weather-dependent. If conditions aren’t right the fires will be postponed until more favorable conditions occur.

BARK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   A semi driver is hospitalized, following a rollover crash in Delta County. 

State Police from the Gladstone Post say it happened around 8:15 Thursday night on M-69 between 14th Road and US-2 & 41 in Bark River Township. The semi was eastbound on M-69 when it failed to negotiate a turn. The truck left the roadway, struck several trees and a house, rolled over one-and-a-half times, and came to rest on its roof.

The driver was trapped inside and had to be extricated. The Ontario man was airlifted to UPHS Marquette for treatment.

ESCANABA, MI--   High winds are being blamed for a barn fire Tuesday in Delta County. 

Escanaba Public Safety was called around 2:35 p.m. to property on K Lane and saw smoke and some flames coming from the peak of a barn near the house. 

Officials say strong winds pushed some stove pipe off part of the chimney above the roof and hot embers lodged under the ridge cap, igniting boards under the metal roofing. 

The barn itself sustained damage but none of its contents were affected.

No injuries were reported.  

CORNELL, MI--   One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident in Delta County Thursday. 

WLUC-TV says a driver lost control of their vehicle on County Road 416 in Cornell around 8 a.m.  The vehicle left the road and struck several trees. 

The driver was transported to St. Francis Hospital, but died en route.  They were the only person in the vehicle. 

The accident remains under investigation.  

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man who pleaded to a meth-related charge has been sentenced.

Jason Brazeau was arrested in May for maintaining a meth lab, possession of pseudoephedrine to make meth, and conspiracy to deliver components to make meth. 

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to controlled substance, creation/delivery of an analogue.

Brazeau was sentenced this week to 2 to 15 years in prison with credit for 194 days already served.  

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   No injuries are reported, after a tour bus caught fire in Delta County. 

State Police from the Gladstone Post were called Wednesday around 1 p.m. to M-35 near Perkins and found the 45-foot bus fully engulfed. 

The driver and only occupant, a 60-year-old Gwinn man, was able to escape the bus without injury.

Officials say the fire started near the engine compartment.  They think it was caused by a mechanical malfunction. 

The bus was a total loss.

The incident remains under investigation.  

ESCANABA, MI--   A petition of recount has been filed in Delta County. 

Clerk Nancy Kolich says Thomas England filed the petition in the race for the Bay College Board of Trustees.  He lost by 12 votes in the November 8 election. 

Kolich says the recount will be held in December after the state Board of Canvassers certifies the election.  

Delta County

Nov 2, 2016



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Gerard Tatrow, Republican--2,140

John Malnar, Democrat--1,818


Vote for 1



Mary Schram-Blasier, Republican--1,187

David Moyle, Democrat--1,452




DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A downstate man is lucky to be alive, after a boat he was in overturned in Delta County’s Ogontz Bay, near Nahma.

State Police from the Gladstone Post responded Friday around 10:35 a.m. to a report that four men were on board the vessel when it overturned in rough waters.  Three of the men made it to shore, while the fourth—Kenneth Arthur, 51, of Allegan—clung to the boat.  The three called for help and eventually lost sight of Arthur.