Marquette County Sheriff's Office

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.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A car crash cut power to residents in an area of Marquette Township over the weekend.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched Saturday around 2:20 p.m. to County Road 492 west of Lake Enchantment Road. They say a Chevy Silverado had been eastbound on 492 when it left the roadway and hit a power pole, splitting it in half. Power lines draped across the roadway, causing traffic to back up.

The driver—a 28-year-old Negaunee Township man—wasn’t injured in the accident, which remains under investigation.

He was cited for careless driving.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was injured in a rollover accident in Sands Township Sunday.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 12:45 p.m. on M-553 near the Blueberry Ridge Trail Network. A Ford Explorer driven by Dennis Forbes, 35, of Gwinn was southbound when he lost control of his vehicle. It hydroplaned into the opposite lane of traffic, left the roadway, and completely rolled over, landing back on its wheels.

Forbes was taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment. A juvenile passenger sought their own medical treatment.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A fire led to the evacuation of passengers from a boat on the Dead River Basin in Negaunee Township Thursday. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 8:10 p.m. and found the 19-foot Seadoo fully engulfed upon arrival.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office rescued a hiker lost in Marquette Township Friday afternoon. 

Around 3:30 p.m. deputies and Search and Rescue personnel were dispatched to the Wetmore Pond area. Kaylee Moreno, 25, of Grand Rapids went for a hike in the area at approximately 2 p.m., lost sight of the trail and became disoriented.

Moreno called 911 and Central Dispatch was able to get her GPS location from her phone. The information was relayed to responding personnel, who found Moreno about a half-mile north of Compeau Creek Road.