Marquette County Prosecutor's Office

MARQUETTE, MI--  Marquette County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has sent a letter to schools and parents within the county stating his office will take all threats made against area schools on social 

media or otherwise very seriously. 

Wiese released the contents of the letter on Friday:

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has concluded its case against a 13-year-old girl charged in the hanging death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz of Marquette in March.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese says the case is heartbreaking. He says the girl made immature and irresponsible choices, but he doesn't believe she intended for Tysen to die. She has been placed on a kind of juvenile probation program, under which she must complete certain requirements in order for her record to be expunged.

Wiese released a statement regarding the case Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed mortgage fraud and forgery charges against former NMU hockey coach Walt Kyle.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese released the following statement Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A juvenile involved in a social media prank that allegedly prompted an 11-year-old Marquette boy to take his own life has been charged in the incident.

On March 14 the Marquette Police Department was called to a residence on a report of an attempted suicide. They found an 11-year old male unresponsive. The youth was taken to UPHS Marquette, then transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he died Tuesday as a result of his injuries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette teen has been arrested for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a debit card.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office authorized two felony warrants on Austin Hartman, 18.  He’s charged with stealing-using-retaining a financial transaction device and illegal use of a financial transaction device.

Hartman is lodged at the Marquette County Jail on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond for each count.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is sponsoring a forum on sexual assault and how it’s handled by officials both on and off campus. 

Sexual Assault on Trial: Campus and Community Response will feature county prosecutors, officials from NMU Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office and others.  They’ll discuss various scenarios from campuses across the country, then take questions and input from the audience.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office has been awarded a $400,000 grant to create an interagency approach to domestic violence. 

Chief Prosecutor Matt Wiese says the money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.  It will be used to develop and implement the Blueprint for Safety program, which aims to make sure gaps in the system are addressed and policies are put in place to create a more effective response to domestic violence.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A special prosecutor appointed to review the shooting of Timothy Mitchell in Alger County in July says the officer who shot him will not face charges.  

Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese viewed the in-car video.  He says Munising City Police Officer Justin Schlabach tried to arrest Mitchell after Mitchell led him on a high-speed chase down Highway 13 and crashed his vehicle.  With pistol drawn, Schlabach repeatedly ordered Mitchell to the ground, but Mitchell continued to aggressively advance toward the officer.  Schlabach shot Mitchell twice in the chest.