Powell Township

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. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula townships will benefit from state water system grants.

The money comes through the Department of Environmental Quality’s Source Water Protection Grant Program. Powell Township is getting $4,400 and Republic Township $4,850.

The grants will be used to define the area contributing water to their wells; identify potential contaminants within the area—such as underground storage tanks; and implement management strategies and educational activities to protect their water supply.

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

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested in connection with a single-vehicle rollover accident in Powell Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post say Monday around 10:30 p.m. troopers responded to the accident in the area of Dam Road and Lighthouse Road. They found a Dodge Ram pickup truck rolled onto its roof with extensive damage. The vehicle was left unoccupied at the scene of the crash.

Investigation led to the arrest of a 35-year-old Marquette man for operating while intoxicated, failure to report a personal injury accident, and careless driving.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to two separate snowmobile crashes Thursday. The first happened around 1:50 p.m. on Trail #14 in Powell Township about 14 miles west of Big Bay. 

David Noffke, 69, of Wisconsin was heading west when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the trail.  He was taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment of injuries.

The second accident happened around 3:30 p.m. on Trail #5 about a half-mile east of M-95 in Humboldt Township. 

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Powell Township man has died in an accidental shooting. 

Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post say it happened Wednesday around 9:20 p.m. at N 1311 County Road KCI.  A 21-year-old male was transported from the residence to UP Health System Marquette, where he later died. 

The accident remains under investigation. 

Troopers were assisted by the MSP Crime Labs in Marquette and Grayling and Powell Township EMS.  

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A male driver was taken to U.P. Health System Marquette Saturday afternoon after his vehicle hit a guardrail on County Road 550. 

The front passenger side of the pickup caught the guardrail and sent the truck into a ditch. 

Officials believe the driver may have had a medical issue, which caused the crash. 

Powell Township EMS and Fire and State Police from the Negaunee Post assisted at the scene.  

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette woman was taken to UP Health System Marquette following a rollover crash in Powell Township. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Wednesday around 11:08 a.m. on County Road 550 near the Halfway Location.  A vehicle driven by Amanda Ruonaavara, 31, was southbound when she lost control on the partially slushy road.  The vehicle slid off the right side of the roadway, rolled, and hit a large utility pole, cracking it in half.  The vehicle then rolled onto its roof.

POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person has been critically injured in a Powell Township accident involving an SUV and a semi. 

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Thursday around 9:45 p.m. on County Road 550 at County Road KCE.  A Lincoln SUV driven by Donald Fortin, 36, of Big Bay was northbound in whiteout conditions when it hit a northbound M.J. VanDamme semi truck driven by Steven Zarkowski, 58, of Marquette.

Update, 3:46 pm--  The Sheriff's Office has released the names of the three people involved in the incident. The deceased is identified as 48-year old Paul Albert-Charles Maki of Big Bay.  The survivors are identified as 29-year old Charles Edward Demay and 29-year old Suzette Michelle Stephenson, both of Big Bay. Deputies say that personal flotation devices were in the boat but not being worn at the time of the incident. Foul play is not suspected and the investigation is continuing. 


POWELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   A boater has drowned in a lake near Big Bay.