Doyle Township

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man serving time in connection with a Doyle Township triple homicide has been sentenced on cocaine delivery charges. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Kenneth Brunke, 47, was given 225 to 360 months in prison Thursday. He had pleaded no contest in March to delivery of cocaine—1,000 or more grams, conspiracy to deliver cocaine—1,000 or more grams, and delivery of a controlled substance—less than 50 grams.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   State Police have arrested two more people in connection with the triple murder in Schoolcraft County.

Troopers from the St. Ignace Post say they’ve apprehended Garry Cordell, 46, and Marietta Carlson, 28—both of Manistique—on multiple charges related to the deaths of Jody Hutchinson, Carrie Nelson, and Heather Aldrich in April.  Cordell and Carlson had been held on unrelated charges prior to their most recent arrest. 

WEST FRANKFORT, IL--   Illinois police have arrested a Manistique man in connection with the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a burned-out car in Schoolcraft County. 

Kenneth Daniel Brunke, 45, was taken into custody Sunday by officers in West Frankfort, Illinois following 24-hour-a-day surveillance on a residence there.


DOYLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police have released the names of the people whose bodies were found in a burned vehicle in Schoolcraft County’s Doyle Township last week. 

Preliminary results indicate the male victim is Jody Hutchinson, 42, of Gould City.  The women have been identified as Carrie Nelson, 31, and her sister Heather Aldrich, 25, both of Germfask. 

DOYLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Autopsies have been performed on three bodies found in a burned-out vehicle in Schoolcraft County last week, but officials aren’t releasing their identities or a cause of death. 

State Police believe they’re from the Gould City and Newberry Areas.

The vehicle was found Friday around 5:30 p.m. on a rough gravel road in Doyle Township.  The fire had burned itself out by the time officials arrived at the scene. 

Troopers say they’re considering all possibilities in the case, and could release the victims’ identities at the end of the week. 

DOYLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The bodies of three family members have been found in a burned-out vehicle in Schoolcraft County.  

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday troopers from the Manistique detachment were called to a rough gravel road in Doyle Township.  The vehicle was no longer on fire when troopers arrived. 

Police say the victims are believed to be from the Newberry and Gould City areas.  They’re awaiting lab results to confirm their identities. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.    

Man dies in ORV crash

Apr 16, 2015

DOYLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gulliver man has been killed in an off-road-vehicle accident. 

State Police from the St. Ignace Post say the crash happened Tuesday around 8 p.m. in Doyle Township.  William Pawley, 75, was on a trail on private land when his ORV overturned.  Pawley wasn’t wearing a helmet at the time and suffered fatal injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. 

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   The Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two snowmobile accidents on Saturday.  

The first happened at noon on Trail 8 near Ross Lake in Hiawatha Township.  A 60-year-old man was trying to pass a trail groomer when he was ejected from his sled and hit the groomer.  The man was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Deputies say excessive speed and careless operation are believed to be factors in the accident.