Humboldt Township

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Humboldt Township man has been taken into custody, following a domestic violence incident.

State Police from the Negaunee Post were dispatched around 3:50 Tuesday morning to a residence, but the male suspect fled the scene on an ORV. Troopers located him north of Republic driving a Yamaha side-by-side on M-95. They arrested the 45-year-old man for operating while intoxicated and resisting and obstructing.

The suspect remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation.

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   A home has been destroyed by fire in Humboldt Township.

WLUC-TV says it was reported around 1:40 p.m. on County Road FX. Township firefighters say the house was engulfed when they arrived. Three dogs perished in the fire.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

No one was at home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. An account for residents Holli Stimac and Tyler Lapointe has been set up at the TruNorth Credit Union in Ishpeming. Anttila’s Towing is also taking donations. 

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Palmer man was killed when he was hit by a car in Humboldt Township Thursday night. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 10 on M-95 about three miles south of US-41.  Cory Derocha, 33, was a passenger in a northbound car with a friend when they began to argue. The friend pulled the vehicle onto the side of the road. Derocha got out and either walked or ran directly into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Janey Christiansen, 19, of Iron Mountain. Derocha was struck head-on and became trapped underneath.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate snowmobile crashes Thursday. The first happened around 1:50 p.m. on Trail #14 in Powell Township about 14 miles west of Big Bay. 

David Noffke, 69, of Wisconsin was heading west when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the trail.  He was taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment of injuries.

The second accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Trail #5 about a half-mile east of M-95 in Humboldt Township. 

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ishpeming hunter is safe, after he became lost in Marquette County.

Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel were called Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. to an area near the intersection of Flat Rock Road and Flood Wood Road in Humboldt Township. 

Stanley Uitto, 85, and his son David, 53, were hunting in the area, but when David returned to his truck at dark his father wasn’t there.  David Uitto called 911 and directed searchers to where his father had been. 

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Plans are moving forward for a 600-acre whitetail deer ranch in Marquette County despite concerns from area residents.  

The Mining Journal reports the Humboldt Township planning commission this week approved plans by Elton Luce Jr. for the Circle L5 ranch. Specially bred whitetail deer would be brought from a downstate ranch.

The perimeter of the ranch would be surrounded by an electrified fence to keep the deer in and predators out. Deer would be killed with the assistance of hunting guides.

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--    The County Road 601 fire in Humboldt Township has been 100 percent contained.  

DNR incident commander Pete Glover says firefighters are working 50 to 100 feet in from the edges of the 80-acre blaze.  They’re using foam and water to mop up any hot spots.

Officials say no injuries have been reported; no structures have been damaged; no new hotspots have been found outside the fire line; and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

UPDATE:  As of 10:30 Friday morning the County Road 601 wildfire was 100 acres in size and 95 percent contained.  No injuries or structural damage are reported. 

Thirty DNR firefighters remain on the scene, and three of the four township fire departments that responded Thursday returned on Friday.


REPUBLIC, MI--   A wildfire has consumed more than 70 acres in Humboldt Township. 

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.--   State Police are identifying the deceased woman as Lori Lee Lee, 50, of County Road FS, Champion. 

Officers were dispatched to the residence in response to a 911 call from Lee involving a domestic dispute at her home.  Upon arrival police were confronted by Lee, who was armed with a rifle.  Officials say she pointed the firearm at the officers, and when she ignored their commands to put the rifle down the trooper fired, hitting Lee in the chest. 

An autopsy reveals Lee suffered a single fatal gunshot would to the chest. 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in Northern Michigan.  We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta:

The new tax will be based on how much iron, nickel, copper and other metals are pulled from the ground and will replace a complicated hodgepodge of local taxes. Humboldt Township Supervisor Joseph Derosha says his region will benefit from a mining tax that’s simple and easy to understand. 

“This tax will create new jobs across the Upper Peninsula and the state of Michigan," he says.