Marquette County Sheriff's Office

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.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn man was ticketed after a single-vehicle rollover accident in Sands Township. 

It happened Monday around 1:30 p.m. on M-553. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department says Bruce Thompson was northbound when he tried to pass another vehicle in the passing lanes near Flodin Road. He lost control and the vehicle left the roadway. It rolled over twice before coming to rest in the upright position.

Thompson refused medical treatment at the scene.

He was cited for driving too fast for conditions and no proof of insurance.

FORSYTH TOWNSHIP, MI--   A pregnant Gwinn woman was taken to the hospital, following a rollover crash on Kelly Johnson Road.

Monday around 11:35 p.m. Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the site a mile east of M-553. They say a 20-year-old woman was driving a Dodge Caliber when she lost control on the icy road. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times.

The driver was taken to UPHS-Marquette for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.

She was cited for speeding. 

CHAMPION, MI--   A Marquette hunter reported missing Saturday night has been found safe. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was called to a home on Lake Lory Road in Champion. Around 7 p.m. the family of Miles Mattson, 69, called police when he didn’t return to the family’s cabin after dark.

Around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Marquette County Search and Rescue located Mattson near Greenwood Reservoir Road. He was in good health.

Michigan State Police also assisted at the scene.

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. 

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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. 

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