Drummond Island

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues ice-breaking activities this week, in anticipation of the opening of the Soo Locks on Saturday. 

Wednesday morning a cutter will conduct spring breakout operations on the St. Mary’s River near Pipe and Drummond Islands.  It will open the Pipe Island Passage and circumnavigate Drummond Island along the International Boundary Line into the North Channel.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   An Eastern U.P. man found guilty on child pornography charges has been sentenced in Chippewa County Circuit Court. 

Robert Henning, 67, of Drummond Island was convicted in January of 10 counts of child sexually abusive activity and 10 counts of using a computer to commit a crime.  He allegedly had more than 7,000 photos and videos of child pornography on computers and hard drives.

Henning was sentenced this week to up to seven years in prison. 

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI--   A downstate man has died in an ORV accident in the Eastern U.P. 

Chippewa County Sheriff’s deputies responded Friday around 12:10 a.m. to Lincoln Road just north of Johnswood Road on Drummond Island.  They found that a four-wheeler had left the roadway and struck a large tree.  The driver was thrown from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. 

The victim is identified as Tyler Francis Butler, 24, from Sand Lake.

Deputies believe alcohol and speed were factors in the accident, which remains under investigation.  

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI (AP)--   A missing U.S. Marine died of a self-inflicted injury after exchanging gunfire with two federal agents helping search for him. 

MLive.com reports that state police said Tuesday an autopsy confirmed the cause of death for Aaron Furness of Woodbridge, Virginia.

The 38-year-old Furness was found dead Thursday inside a cabin on Michigan's Drummond Island. More details of his injury were not reported.

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI (AP)--   State police say two federal agents searching for a missing person exchanged gunfire with someone in a cabin on the Eastern U.P.’s Drummond Island.  

Hours later Thursday, state police found the person dead inside the cabin. State police say the cause was not immediately known.  The agents weren’t wounded.

The incident began around 2:30 a.m. when agents from U.S. Border Patrol discovered footprints and tracked them to a cabin. They were shot at and took cover while returning gunfire.

Eastern U.P. ice bridge to open

Jan 29, 2015

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI (AP)--   An ice bridge connecting the U.S. and Canada on Drummond Island is set to open at the end of the week. 

The Canadian Border Patrol plans to begin staffing the reporting station at the Drummond Island Yacht Haven Dock on Friday. The station will be open on the weekends and closed Monday through Thursday due to a lower volume of people using the ice bridge.

Soo middle schoolers mourn classmate

Sep 24, 2014
Alyssa Gambla / 9and10news.com

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Classmates are making memorial cards for a 12-year-old girl who died after a gun discharged in the vehicle in which she was riding on Chippewa County’s Drummond Island. 

Shellsea Lefebre of Sault Ste. Marie attended Sault Area Middle School.  Principal Dean Paul says students are making cards and putting them on lockers.

Authorities say she was shot Sunday during a weekend youth hunt.  The island is in Lake Huron in Drummond Township, about 50 miles southeast of the Soo.

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI (AP)--  Authorities say a 12-year-old Chippewa County girl has died after a gun discharged in the vehicle in which she was riding. 

The county Prosecutor’s Office says the girl was shot Sunday morning during a weekend youth hunt on Drummond Island.

Officials say the girl was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle with two adults and another child when a hunting rifle discharged.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Two Chippewa County residents have been charged in connection with the abuse of a vulnerable adult.  

The Sheriff’s Office says James Shaul, 35, and Melissa Greiser, 30—both of Drummond Island—were arraigned last week for the August 18 incident.  Shaul is charged with first-degree vulnerable adult abuse, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and kidnapping with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.  He’s also charged with being an habitual offender-4th offense.  Greiser is charged with first-degree vulnerable adult abuse. 

Woman killed in Eastern U.P. house explosion identified

Apr 21, 2014
Erin Malone / 9and10news.com

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI (AP)--   State Police have released the name of a woman who was found dead after an explosion destroyed a home on Chippewa County’s Drummond Island.  

The Soo Evening News says the woman has been identified as Jolene Hines, 59.  

The island is in Lake Huron in Drummond Township, about 50 miles southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.

State Police say the house exploded and burned on March 31, and Hines' body was found after firefighters extinguished the blaze.