Marquette County Sheriff's Office

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A family has lost everything in their U-Haul, after it caught fire in Marquette Township Wednesday. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 7:15 p.m. that the storage section of the 17-foot truck parked at the Days Inn was fully engulfed. It was full of household items belonging to a family who was in the process of moving from Iron River to Ohio.

The truck and its entire contents were destroyed. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Electricity was knocked out to some residents Thursday, after a semi snapped a power pole in Negaunee Township.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Three people have been found safe after they became lost while hiking near Hogsback Mountain in Marquette Township. 

Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. by Kelly Quigley, 40, of Marquette. She and her 8- and 14-year-old children went hiking in the Harlow Lake area around 6:30 p.m. when they lost sight of the trail and got lost. When it became too dark to walk safely out of the woods Quigley called 911.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn man was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Sands Township Saturday night. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just after 10 p.m. on M-553 near Glasses Curve. The 21-year-old driver was southbound in a Ford Explorer when he lost control of the vehicle. It left the roadway, went over an embankment, drove into a ravine, and came to rest in a forested area.

The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

He was issued a citation for careless driving.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person died in a 4-wheeler accident in Marquette County over the weekend. 

The Sheriff’s Office was contacted Saturday around 12:10 p.m. after a mountain bike rider came upon the scene of the accident. The biker found the 4-wheeler on top of the victim, who was deceased.

The location was described as north of the Noquemanon Trailhead off of Forestville Road.

The victim has been identified as Gregory LaBonte, 56, of Negaunee. Deputies believe he was negotiating a rock barrier on a two-track trail when the ATV overturned.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people were injured in a traffic accident in Powell Township Tuesday morning.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says around 9:55 a.m. an SUV driven by Joyce Moulds, 87, of Big Bay pulled out of a private driveway onto County Road 550. She drove into the path of a Ford wagon driven by Michael Berry, 62, of Big Bay. Though he tried to avoid Mould’s vehicle, Berry ended up hitting it.

Both were taken to UPHS-Marquette for non-life-threatening injuries.

The crash remains under investigation. 

ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ishpeming teen was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Ely Township Tuesday morning.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 7:50 a.m. on US-41 at County Road 478. Deputies say Leah Wisuri, 17, of Ishpeming had pulled onto the highway off of CR 478 when she lost control of her vehicle. The car spun around and was hit on the passenger side by a pickup driven by Richard Taylor, 66, of Arizona. Wisuri’s vehicle went into the ditch and ended up on the driver’s side, while Taylor’s truck came to rest on top of Wisuri’s vehicle.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A delivery truck hit a railroad overpass in Negaunee Township Wednesday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 1:15 p.m. on US-41 just east of Midway Drive. Edward Beauchamp, 60, of Negaunee had just entered the highway east of the overpass when the vehicle’s utility boom hit the overpass, became dislodged, and landed on the road.

Beauchamp told deputies he’d just loaded several concrete K-rails and thought the boom was low enough. He was cited for being over height.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A motorcyclist escaped injury, following a crash in Powell Township.


Jul 21, 2017

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police aren’t sure if someone was abducted in Marquette Township Wednesday or not.

The county Sheriff’s Office received a report from a witness that two men forced a woman into a vehicle near North Star Academy and drove off. After numerous hours of searching, following up on tips from the public, reviewing video footage, and with no missing person report filed, deputies have been unable to verify that an abduction occurred. They say it’s possible the witness may have misinterpreted what he saw.