Escanaba Public Safety

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An ATV caught fire on property in Wells Township Monday.

Escanaba Public Safety officers responded around 10:30 p.m. to 4066 18th Road on a report of a barn fire. They later discovered the source of the flames was an ATV parked only feet from the barn.

The homeowner was able to use a pickup truck and plow to push the ATV and trailer away from the barn. Officers were able to extinguish the fire without any additional property damage.

No injuries were reported.

ESCANABA, MI--   Candy canes will be traded for non-perishable food items in the Escanaba and Gladstone areas Sunday. 

The annual food drive will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking part are firefighters, friends and family from Public Safety, the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, and the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department.

They’ll walk and drive the area, handing out candy canes donated by Walmart and collecting non-perishables for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

Those who wish to participate should leave their porch light on. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a vehicle fire on the 2700 block of 3rd Avenue North. 

Officers were called Friday morning around 3:30 to Classic Auto Collision and found the cab of a flat-bed truck fully engulfed. The truck was parked next to the building, which sustained minor damage.

The wrecker was a total loss.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

UPDATE, 12/13/17, 4:50 pm:  The woman who died in the crash has been identified as Patricia Fitch, 82, of Escanaba. The driver of the semi is Jeffery Egge, 46, of Gillet, Wisconsin.


ESCANABA, MI--   One person has been killed in a traffic accident near Escanaba. 

Public Safety officials say it happened Tuesday around 4:25 p.m. on Lakeshore Drive near Airport Drive. They say a southbound semi tractor-trailer was stopped for a school bus when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by an 82-year-old Escanaba woman. 

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man is dead, after he became pinned underneath a vehicle Saturday.

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called around 2:50 p.m. to the 700 block of Charlotte Court. Officers found a 29-year-old man was performing mechanical work on a minivan. He had jacked up the vehicle and was underneath it when the jack slipped and the minivan fell on him. Officers deployed rescue airbags and lifted the vehicle off the man so ambulance personnel could get to him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other information is available at this time.

ESCANABA, MI--   Authorities have not yet released the name of a suspect who led police on a chase through Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties last week. 

Friday around 9:45 p.m. officers from Escanaba Public Safety responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from the 800 block of North Lincoln Road. About four-and-a-half hours later the vehicle was sighted by Norway Police, who tried to make a traffic stop. The driver sped off and led police on a chase through three counties. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed at the intersection of US-2 and M-69 in Delta County.

ESCANABA, MI--   Firefighters from Escanaba Public Safety battled a house fire on North 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 

They were called to the 6300 block around 2:10 a.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the roof.

Although the house sustained heavy damage no injuries to the residents or firefighters were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

ESCANABA, MI--   A woman and child had to be rescued from a burning apartment building in Escanaba early Tuesday morning.

Escanaba Public Safety was called around 3:45 a.m. to 1431 Sheridan Road on a report that the building was filled with heavy smoke. Officers learned a woman and her child were trapped in their apartment because of smoke and possible fire in the hallway.

UPDATE:  Police say the victim in the crash is Gladys Cousineau, 88, of Escanaba. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


ESCANABA, MI--    The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a fatal car accident on Danforth Road near Bay College.

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.