Marquette Police Department

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette woman has been arrested after she pointed a firearm at law enforcement officers. 

Friday around 3:30 p.m. City Police went to an apartment at 200 Northland Drive to conduct a wellbeing check on Lorin Rochon, 31. Before they even got to the door Rochon allegedly opened it and pointed a gun at them.

Marquette Police requested assistance from Michigan State Police and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and a perimeter was set up around the apartment complex. Rochon eventually turned the firearm over to a third party.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department is investigating numerous larcenies from boats in the Lower Harbor area. 

The thefts happened between 2016 and 2017. Officers have recovered several items allegedly stolen from vessels in the area.

Anyone who has had property stolen from their boat is asked to call Marquette Police at 228-0400. 

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MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police have arrested a man they believe vandalized the Phil Niemisto statue downtown. 

The statue’s hat and scarf were discovered missing Saturday morning. On Thursday officers arrested Alex Wiitanen, 20, of Marquette for malicious destruction of tombs and memorials less than $200 and larceny less than $200.

Both the hat and scarf have been recovered.

Wiitanen was released from jail after posting a $500 bond. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are cautioning people about venturing onto Lake Superior ice.

Officers say no ice is safe ice, and people need to heed the following information. 

UPDATE, 1/10/18:  The two deceased individuals have been identified as Krista Urbanc, 22, and Zachary Johnson, 23. Marquette Police say both victims lived at the residence.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police and Fire departments are investigating a fatal house fire in the city. 

Monday night around 11:35 officers were called to a structure fire at 1026 Lincoln Avenue. Firefighters found two people dead inside the home.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette woman is facing drug charges following her arrest on New Year’s Eve.

City Police conducted a traffic stop on Stephanie Ray, 34, on Grove Street near South McClellan Avenue Sunday. Officers say they discovered suspected cocaine and marijuana during the stop, and Ray resisted arrest.

Ray is charged with possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence, resisting and obstructing, and possession of marijuana. She remains lodged at the Marquette County Jail. Bond is set at $3,250.

A probable cause conference is set for January 17. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested for stealing a vehicle from Lake Superior Village.

Sunday at around 9:20 a.m. City Police were called to an apartment and discovered items from the victim’s residence were also taken. Around noon the same day officers observed the vehicle traveling on East Crescent Street and initiated a traffic stop.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man was arrested Wednesday, following a rollover accident in the city.

Police were dispatched around 12:50 a.m. to the area of Presque Isle Avenue and West Magnetic Street. They say the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene but was later located by Marquette Police.

Austin Hartman, 19, was arrested for operating while intoxicated, no insurance, unregistered vehicle, and failure to report an accident.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident on M-553 near the Marquette Mountain Ski Hill Sunday.

The Marquette Police Department says around 1:50 p.m. Paul Bruk, 56, of Massachusetts was driving a vehicle northbound when he fell asleep at the wheel. His car crossed the centerline and struck a southbound vehicle driven by Patricia Forchini, 76, of Gwinn head-on.

Forchini was taken to UPHS-Marquette with non-life-threatening injuries.

Bruk was cited for careless driving.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Another suspect has been arrested in a cocaine case out of Ishpeming. 

On September 25 the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence at Sunny Side Estates. Detectives seized nearly 30 grams of cocaine, a firearm, and evidence of drug distribution. They arrested Nakeesha Briggs, 34, and removed four children that were living in the home.