Ishpeming Police Department

UPDATE:  Police say Ochoa was located, arrested, and lodged in Florence, WI without incident. They say further information will be released next week.


ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a resident charged with a felony and three misdemeanors.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police say a venomous snake they were searching for in town was never on the loose.

The monocled cobra was discovered missing from its cage on the 700 block of Duncan Avenue Thursday night. The owner does have an exotic animal license.

Officers notified the public to be on the lookout for the snake, especially near the Al Quaal Recreation Area.

Monday morning officers said the snake was taken as part of a civil dispute between two parties and the public was never in danger.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police are investigating the break-in of an area store. 

Officers say Tuesday morning around 2:15 something triggered an alarm at Elaine’s Place Convenience Store on Vine Street. When they arrived they found the front door broken and it looked like someone had entered. No one was found inside the building.

Police followed footprints in the snow to a residence on Maple Street. Three people have been identified as persons of interest. The subjects were interviewed and released.

It’s unknown if anything was taken from the store.

ISHPEMING, MI--   An Ishpeming man has been killed in a single-vehicle accident in the city.

Police were called Sunday just after midnight to North Seventh Street near New York Street. Officers say a side-by-side driven by William Sharon, 52, had been northbound on Seventh when it left the roadway and struck a tree. Sharon was ejected from the vehicle into the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Ishpeming Police were assisted by the Negaunee Police Department and Michigan State Police.

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police investigated a bomb threat in the city on Saturday. 

The department received information that a subject in Phelps Square Apartments was making a bomb and intended to detonate it in the building.

With the help of Michigan State Police and Negaunee Police, Ishpeming officers searched the apartment where the bomb supposedly was and the surrounding area. No device or bomb-making materials were found.

Investigation determined the threat was never valid.

ISHPEMING, MI--   An Ishpeming man is in custody on criminal sexual conduct charges. 

Ishpeming Police say Taylor Wing, 24, was arrested Wednesday for an incident that allegedly happened January 28 on North Third Street.

He was arraigned Friday on three counts of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct, punishable by up to 45 years in prison.

Wing remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on a $150,000 bond. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   Ishpeming Police continue to search for a person of interest in an assault case.

Chloe Shumate, 22, is wanted in connection with a serious assault at the Wonderland Motel Sunday morning.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office issued a five-count felony warrant for her arrest Tuesday. Shumate is charged with assault with intent to murder; two counts of unlawful imprisonment; assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation; and interfering with electronic communications causing injury or death.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Ishpeming Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in finding a 22-year-old woman. 

Chloe Shumate is a person of interest in a serious assault that happened Sunday around 7 a.m. at the Wonderland Motel on Palms Avenue.

The 36-year-old victim was taken to UPHS-Bell for treatment. Shumate fled the scene before officers arrived. A Michigan State Police K-9 tried to track Shumate but was unsuccessful.

Anyone with knowledge of Shumate’s whereabouts is asked to call Ishpeming Police at 486-4416. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   Authorities have discovered another meth lab in Ishpeming.

Wednesday detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team assisted Ishpeming Police when meth-related components were discovered in a residence.

City officers were conducting an investigation at the Pine Street house when they observed the meth-related items. UPSET detectives removed hazardous materials from the home.

One suspect at the residence was questioned at the scene. No arrests have yet been made.

Ishpeming Police continue to investigate the incident. 

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team teamed up with other law enforcement agencies Thursday for a joint patrol operation in Ishpeming.

Detectives, Ishpeming Police, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, and Michigan State Police combined their efforts because of an increase in tips relating to drug activity in the area.