Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Soo — it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. 

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   An assault in Sault Ste. Marie has turned into a murder investigation.

WWUP-TV reports police responded around 3 a.m. Wednesday to the 200 block of west 12th Avenue on a report a man had been assaulted. The victim, identified as Wesley Cook, 48, of the Soo, was taken to War Memorial Hospital, then transferred to a hospital in Ann Arbor. He died of his injuries around 10 a.m.

LANSING, MI--   A state study indicates the benefits of updating power transmission links at Sault Ste. Marie and the Straits of Mackinac are outweighed by the cost.

Commissioned by Governor Rick Snyder and the Michigan Agency for Energy, the study evaluated the possible cost savings, reliability, and adequacy of strengthening ties at those points.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The public is getting a chance to offer design suggestions for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University. 

The first session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Walker Cisler Center Crow's Nest on the campus in Sault Ste. Marie. The other will be Thursday at 3 p.m.

Representatives of local, state, federal and tribal agencies and private organizations have been invited to discuss how the center can conduct research, educate students and engage with the community.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A university in the Upper Peninsula is offering a daylong event to learn about the natural resources of the region.

Two environmental groups are sponsoring an event Saturday called Celebrate the U.P. Sault Ste. Marie. There will be speakers and hands-on opportunities at Lake Superior State University.

The Evening News in Sault Ste. Marie says the focus will be on water. There will be presentations on the status of the St. Marys River as well as the local tannery, invasive species and birds.

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie will close for a time during the 31st annual Bridge Walk and Bicycle Parade Saturday. 

Vehicle traffic won’t be allowed beginning at 9:30 a.m. The bridge will reopen around 10:30 a.m.

A portion of the bridge is currently restricted to one lane of traffic because scaffolding is in place for the ongoing Canadian arch painting project.

For more information visit the International Bridge Authority website at

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Sault Ste. Marie is one of three cities around the state to be chosen to take part in the Selected Level Michigan Main Street Program.

Under the program the Soo will receive five years of technical assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The focus will be on strategies designed to attract new residents, business investments, economic growth, and job creation to the central business district. 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Two Kincheloe men have been arrested for raping a Dafter woman.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says last Friday afternoon the victim was home alone with a young child when two men entered the house.  The men chased her into a bedroom and took turns assaulting her while the other man held the door shut. 

Officials believe the suspects knew the victim and also knew she was basically alone at the time.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A federal report lists upgrading the Soo Locks shipping complex among 40 proposed infrastructure projects nationwide that would give the economy a significant boost. 

The locks network at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, enables vessels to move between Lake Superior and the other Great Lakes.