Delta County Sheriff's Office

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   Two people were killed in a traffic crash in Delta County on Saturday. 

Around 9:50 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the intersection of US-2 & 41 and I Road. They say a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old man pulled onto the highway and into the path of a westbound vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 80-year-old female passenger was flown to UPHS Marquette, where she later died of her injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was treated for his injuries at the scene and released.

No names have been released.

RAPID RIVER, MI--    A former abused shelter dog is being hailed as a hero in Delta County, after she found a naked 3-year-old girl lying in a ditch in Rapid River.

ESCANABA, MI--   A man is lodged in the Delta County Jail for firing an alleged stolen gun in a Gladstone alley Monday night. 

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says around 10:30 p.m. a deputy responded to the 1200 block of Montana Avenue and made contact with the suspect. After a brief struggle the man was found to be in possession of a .22 pistol reported stolen out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   Two people were rescued from Lake Michigan in Delta County after ice they were standing on became dislodged. 

Tuesday around 11:25 a.m. the Delta County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to an area of ice near Portage Point.  Two individuals were stranded on an ice floe that had broken away after an icebreaker went through the area.  They found themselves surrounded by several hundred yards of open water. 

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A Menominee County man unexpectedly died while skiing in Delta County on Sunday.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office was called around 2:20 p.m. to the Days River Ski Trail for a man down, not breathing.  The man—identified as James Cousineau, 68, of Wilson—had been skiing when he suddenly collapsed. 

Officials started CPR, but were unsuccessful. Valley Med Flight responded and was later canceled by authorities. 

Cousineau was transported from the ski trail by the Ensign Township Fire Department’s ARGO. 

BARK RIVER, MI--   A Bark River woman is in stable condition, following a car/train accident in Delta County. 

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened Wednesday around 4:15 p.m. on D Road in Bark River.  A Valley Med helicopter airlifted Karen Welch, 70, from the scene and took her to UPHS Marquette for treatment of numerous injuries. Officials say her condition has stabilized.

The accident remains under investigation. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Phone lines at the Delta County Sheriff’s Office are down, thanks to flooding from a ruptured pipe.

Heavy rains overwhelmed the building’s 50-year-old infrastructure on Monday, creating several leaks and flooding in the basement.

Only the Sheriff’s Office’s internal phone system is affected. Residents can still contact 911 for emergency services.  All non-emergency calls can be directed to Central Dispatch at 786-5911.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   It took several hours for shredded rubber to be cleared from M-35 in Delta County, after a truck overturned early Thursday morning. 

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says a 51-year-old semi driver from Milwaukee was northbound near the Breezy Point Bar when he fell asleep at the wheel.  He hit a mailbox and overcorrected his steering, which caused the truck to overturn and spill its load of shredded tires.

The driver was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital. 

He’s been cited for careless driving.

ESCANABA, MI--   The body of a boater missing since Saturday in Little Bay de Noc has been found. 

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says Thursday around 12:15 p.m. the body of Tom Petruszak was recovered from the surface of the water.  He had jumped into the bay to save a friend who had lost his balance and fallen off the boat.  Neither was wearing a life preserver. The friend was rescued.

ESCANABA, MI--   A serious overcrowding problem will continue at the Delta County Jail after a bond proposal to build a new jail failed last week. 

That’s according to Sheriff Ed Oswald, who says he’s been dealing with overcrowding for more than a decade.  He says the jail has 85 beds, so when the number of inmates hits 100 or more, county judges have to make some tough decisions.