Delta County Sheriff's Office

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says someone has been passing counterfeit money in Menominee and Delta counties.

The bills were discovered by clerks who said the money felt different from legitimate bills. Officials say mostly 20s and 50s have been passed, but 5s, 10s, and 100s have also been used. The bills have not passed the ink pen test and do not contain a security ribbon.

ESCANABA, MI--   Delta County has received a $17.9 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its new Correctional Center. 

The money will be used to construct a 201-bed jail, Sheriff’s Office, and public building. The design includes built-in expansion capabilities for additional housing and a possible mental health facility. It will be built on the site of the current Delta County Service Center.

Groundbreaking on the project took place in September.

The loan comes through the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. 

GLADSTONE, MI--   One person is hospitalized, following a two-vehicle crash in Gladstone.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office responded Wednesday around 4:20 p.m. to US-2/41 near 18.3 Road. Deputies say a southbound vehicle collided with a semi tractor-trailer that had pulled out onto the highway. The driver of the southbound vehicle was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital, then transferred by Valley Med Flight to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

The accident remains under investigation.

Deputies were assisted by Michigan State Police and Escanaba Public Safety. 

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A Chicago man was killed when his ORV hit a deer in Delta County. 

Deputies say Sunday around 12:08 a.m. Greg Morris, 45, was driving a 4-wheeler on Old Wilsey Bay 12th Lane when he hit the deer and his vehicle overturned.

Morris was transported by Valley Med Flight to UPHS-Marquette, where he later died of his injuries.

Morris was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Officials say speed may have been a factor.

The crash remains under investigation.  

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   One person is in jail, following a traffic stop in Delta County. 

The Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday around 5:15 p.m. a deputy stopped a vehicle on County Road 426 near US-2 in Wells. The officer discovered about 43 grams of cocaine.

The vehicle was seized and a suspect was lodged in the Delta County Jail for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case remains under investigation. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Officials have released the names of three men arrested on drug charges after they were stopped by a Delta County deputy in Gladstone Wednesday night. 

The sheriff’s department says a large amount of pseudoephedrine, needles, and meth components were found in the vehicle.

Andrew Maynard of Gladstone, Kim Amon of Rapid River, and Patrick Greenfield of Escanaba were each arraigned on a charge of operating and maintaining a meth lab.

Gladstone Public Safety and a K-9 from the Michigan State Police assisted in the case. 

GLADSTONE, MI--   Three subjects were arrested on drug charges, following a traffic stop in the city of Gladstone. 

A deputy from the Delta County Sheriff’s Office made the stop Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. Investigation revealed needles, components to manufacture meth, and a large amount of pseudoephedrine in the vehicle. 

Three men were arrested for possession of meth components and possession of pseudoephedrine greater than 12 grams. They remain lodged in the Delta County Jail. 

Gladstone Public Safety and a Michigan State Police K-9 assisted at the scene.

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.