Manistique

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man serving time in connection with a Doyle Township triple homicide has been sentenced on cocaine delivery charges. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Kenneth Brunke, 47, was given 225 to 360 months in prison Thursday. He had pleaded no contest in March to delivery of cocaine—1,000 or more grams, conspiracy to deliver cocaine—1,000 or more grams, and delivery of a controlled substance—less than 50 grams.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A  wildlife biologist will talk about the deer harvest at an upcoming Department of Natural Resources Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting in Manistique.  

Eric Clark is a non-tribal staff member with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  He’ll give a presentation on the status of the herd and potential harvest.

The council will also hear answers to questions the DNR is frequently asked about Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson sport fish restoration efforts. 

MANISTIQUE, MI (AP)--   A paper mill in Manistique has re-opened after being closed by its former owner more than a year ago.  

The mill began running under the name UP Paper LLC this summer. Its previous owner, FutureMark, closed it in the spring of 2015.

Members of the Zellar family and other investors purchased the mill. Lars Dannberg, the mill's CEO and president, says the re-opening process has been both enjoyable and anxiety-inducing.

Mill officials and city leaders say the mill's re-opening may have already had a positive effect on the local economy.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Manistique man caught in an UPSET drug bust in January has pleaded guilty to federal charges. 

Jason Gregurash, 37, allegedly tried to deliver more than 15 pounds of marijuana to Wisconsin.  A search warrant executed at his home uncovered five pounds of marijuana and 72 plants—all with a street value of $70,000.

Gregurash pleaded guilty this week to attempting to manufacture 50 or more marijuana plants. 

Sentencing is set for December 15 in Marquette Federal Court.   

MANISTIQUE, MI (AP)--   A Detroit-area man has died, two weeks after trying to rescue two sons in Lake Michigan off the Upper Peninsula.  

A funeral was held Monday for 53-year-old Kevin Ketchum of Shelby Township. Pixley Funeral Home says he died on Aug. 17.

Police in Manistique say Ketchum suffered injuries on Aug. 4 when he rushed into Lake Michigan to help two sons who were struggling in the water. Authorities also responded and rounded up the boys.

Ketchum was transferred to a Detroit-area hospital before his death.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Police have released the name of a Manistique woman arrested on several drug charges.

Cynthia Jasmin, 56, was arrested after a several-month UPSET investigation.  Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence and seized an ounce of crack cocaine, marijuana, and cash related to narcotic sales.

Jasmin is charged with two counts of delivery and manufacture of a schedule 4 controlled substance, maintaining a drug house, and delivery of a controlled substance on school property, less than 50 grams.

A probable cause hearing is set for August 24.  

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique woman has been arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team completed a several-month investigation when they executed a search warrant at a Manistique residence Monday.  They seized an ounce of crack cocaine, marijuana, and cash related to narcotic sales. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The head of Manistique’s new mill venture is anticipating big success.  

Lars Dannberg is President and CEO of UP Paper, LLC, which will be housed in the former FutureMark paper mill.  He says he originally wanted to salvage the mill, but when Gulliver businessman Stan Zellar purchased the property Dannberg decided to take a chance on a new business.

“So, I saw for this kind of a golden opportunity, and we have a little diamond in the rough up there,” he says.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The Michigan Secretary of State has issued cease and desist orders against two unlicensed auto repair facilities in Manistique.  

On Friday Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said her office sent orders to Bergy’s Auto Repair on US-2, which has been operating without a license since January 31, 2013.  Owner Charles Berglund’s mechanic certification also expired on May 22, 2014.    

Orders were also sent to David Sundling, who has been operating a repair shop on US-2 without any facility registration or mechanic certification. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man once suspected of murder in a triple-homicide case has been bound over to circuit court on felony drug charges.

A preliminary hearing for Kenneth Brunke, 46, was held Tuesday on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (narcotic or cocaine)—less than 50 grams and conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance (narcotic or cocaine)—450 to 999 grams. 

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