Houghton County jail

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Houghton County Board is considering putting a jail expansion millage on the November ballot. 

The Daily Mining Gazette says the board will meet July 26 to discuss ballot language.

The county jail has dealt with overcrowding issues for some time and has operated at capacity at several points over the past year. Commissioners are considering a $4 million to $5 million plan that would wrap the addition around the back of the county courthouse.

The millage for the proposal could amount to 1 mill over 10 years or .5 mill over 20 years. 

Costa Rica Public Security Ministry

HOUSTON, TX--   An escapee from the Houghton County Jail is back in the United States after he was found in Costa Rica. 

John Saatio was caught by Costa Rican police on June 2nd.  He spent three weeks in a detention center before he escaped through a ventilation duct and ran again.  Officials caught up with him 48 hours later. 

Saatio was extradited to the U.S. last Saturday.  ABC 10 says he’s now lodged at the Harris County Jail in Houston, Texas.  Officials are working out the details to bring him back to Houghton.  

HOUGHTON, MI--   Sentencing was held Monday for two women who were caught trying to pass drugs to a Houghton County Jail inmate. 

Jamie Ekdahl, 28, and Sarah McMahon, 35, were arrested April 20 following a court hearing, when the prescription drugs were found. 

Both pleaded guilty to attempted delivery of a controlled substance.  They were sentenced to two years of probation.  Ekdahl will also have to serve five months in the Houghton County Jail. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Two women have secured plea deals after they were charged with trying to pass drugs to an inmate at the Houghton County Jail. 

Sarah McMahon, 35, of Laurium, and Jamie Ekdahl, 29, of Calumet were arrested April 20 after a court hearing.  They allegedly tried to pass prescription medication to the inmate as he was being escorted by a deputy back to jail.  Ekdahl apparently dropped the opioids and the deputy found them. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A motorcycle driver is jailed after the suspect led police on a 60-mile chase Wednesday. 

A trooper from the Calumet Post tried to stop the bike for speeding on Houghton Canal Road, but the rider took off at a high rate of speed.  The chase initially headed south on M-26, left Houghton, then circled back into Portage Township.  The suspect turned around again by the Copper Country Mall and drove south on M-26.  Eventually the driver stopped on M-38 near Woodspur Road just outside of Ontonagon and surrendered. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   Two women are lodged in the Houghton County Jail for trying to pass an inmate 

controlled substances.

Sheriff’s deputies say the incident happened Wednesday morning after a court hearing.  The two females are charged with delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance and furnishing contraband to prisoners. 

They remain lodged on $1,000 bonds while awaiting arraignment.  

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Hancock man has been arrested for making fake money.  

Nicholas Edwards, 26, was taken into custody by the Houghton Police Department after a local business filed a complaint about suspected counterfeit money.  Police obtained a search warrant for a Hancock residence and seized a large amount of fake cash on Sunday.

Edwards is charged with counterfeiting—possession of coins, punishable by up to life in prison.  He remains lodged in the Houghton County Jail on a $100,000 cash surety bond. 

A preliminary exam is set for December 14.    

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Houghton County Jail inmate who walked away from a work detail has been charged in the incident. 

Mark Revoir, 35, was cleaning up the Houghton RV park last week when he took off.  He was eventually arrested in the Painesdale area later in the day.

Revoir was originally serving time for retail fraud.  He’s now charged with escape from a felony jail sentence, punishable by up to four years in jail and a $5,000 fine.  Revoir would serve the time after his current sentence if he’s found guilty. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   There’s no word yet on new charges for a Houghton County Jail inmate who escaped and was later recaptured. 

Mark Revoir, 35, was on a minimum security work crew cleaning the Houghton RV park Friday around 9:40 a.m. when he walked away.  He was serving time for retail fraud. 

Around 11:30 a.m. Revoir was seen in South Range.  A resident later called 911 saying he was spotted in the Painesdale area. 

Sheriff’s deputies responded and arrested Revoir without incident.  

HANCOCK, MI--   A Hancock woman faces assault charges, following a stabbing incident in the city last Friday. 

Police were called to Summit Street around 7:50 a.m. and found a 57-year-old man with stab wounds around his left shoulder.  He was taken to UP Health System Portage for treatment of his injuries.

The 41-year-old woman was arrested and lodged in the Houghton County Jail.  Her identity is being withheld, pending arraignment.  

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