Marquette Federal Court

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing on firearms charges is set in Marquette Federal Court this week for Jason Sadowski. 

The Ishpeming man was exonerated on seven felony counts after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on charges he tortured two women at his martial arts studio.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Ishpeming man retried for torturing two women at his mixed martial arts studio has been found not guilty on all charges. 

The Michigan Court of Appeals granted Jason Sadowski, 47, a new trial after his co-defendant made comments that implicated him at the first trial, but Sadowski couldn’t challenge the statements because the co-defendant didn’t testify.

Sadowski was exonerated Friday on seven charges, including torture, solicitation of murder, unlawful imprisonment, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Dr. Martin Reinhardt

MARQUETTE, MI--   Dozens of people congregated near the steps of the Marquette Federal Court building Saturday afternoon to show their support for those protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. 

Native and non-Native people came together to bring attention to the months-long situation near Cannon Ball, ND.  Some held signs and some drummed.  They say leaks in the 1,200-mile pipeline could pollute the land and the Missouri River—the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s primary source of drinking water.  

Jerry Tudor / WLUC-TV

MARQUETTE, MI--   Ten people now have all the advantages afforded to U.S. citizens following a naturalization ceremony Thursday.

Men and women from nine different countries became Americans at the federal courthouse in Marquette.  Judge R. Allan Edgar presided as the ten took the oath to become citizens.

Following the ceremony the newly naturalized residents were able to register to vote.  

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A Gogebic County woman is in hot water after collecting thousands of dollars from booze makers in a rebate scam that involved a computer and printer.  

Carol Rae Vitton, 59, of Ironwood was charged last week with mail fraud. She's accused of creating more than 700 sales receipts to get $9,000 in rebates.

Defense attorney Karl Numinen says a guilty plea is planned in federal court in Marquette. He says Vitton is remorseful and has pledged to repay the money.

Nick Brennan / WLUC-TV

MARQUETTE, MI--   Nine people became American citizens in Marquette Federal Court Tuesday.  

Representing seven countries, the newly naturalized residents celebrated with family and friends.  Michigan representatives and aides stood in for those who couldn’t be at the ceremony.  An area Boy Scout troop was also in attendance. 

The nine were given the opportunity to register to vote after they took their oaths.  

Blair Caldwell / WLUC-TV

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Marquette residents have been sentenced in federal court on meth charges. 

Leanna Horton and Christopher Brow were arrested as part of a drug sweep in Skandia and Chocolay Townships in September.  Officials say they started a fire in a Birch Grove Mobile Home Community trailer while producing meth.  Both were charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Horton was sentenced in Marquette Federal Court to 14 years, 7 months in a federal prison.  Brow was given almost 12 years in prison. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Sault Ste. Marie man has been convicted in Marquette federal court on sexual abuse charges. 

They stem from a June 27 incident in which Lynn Michael LaVictor, 44, sexually assaulted his then-girlfriend at his mother’s house on the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians reservation.  The injuries she received in the attack required surgery.  LaVictor was later accused of trying to influence the victim’s testimony against him. 

Kobasic pleads to marijuana distribution

Nov 5, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A Chicago man accused of leading a marijuana operation in the Upper Peninsula has pleaded guilty. 

Officials say Pedro Kobasic pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy. He admitted a role in distributing about 110 pounds of marijuana over a four-year period in Delta County and other areas.

Kobasic told a judge that the marijuana was delivered by a courier or sent by FedEx. He'll return to Marquette federal court for his sentence on February 9.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   A Kingsford man has agreed to plead guilty to growing marijuana in an investigation that was triggered by a pot odor on his 6-year-old daughter at school. 

Court filings show Randall Fieck is due in Marquette federal court on Wednesday after failing to convince a judge that police lacked probable cause to search his Dickinson County home last winter.

He's agreed to plead guilty to growing 50 or more marijuana plants.

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