Sault Ste. Marie

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 www.saultbridge.com.

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.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A burial site for hundreds of poor people in the Eastern U.P. will be marked with a special sign. 

The Chippewa County Historical Society and the city of Sault Ste. Marie will hold a ceremony Tuesday at a potter's field in Riverside Cemetery. There are no grave markers or monuments.

After the sign is installed, visitors will be able to pause and reflect on the people buried there from 1890 to 1935. Caroline Grabowski, president of the historical society, says that the stories of the deceased "just break your heart."

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has apprehended a Detroit man on drug charges in Sault Ste. Marie.  

Last Thursday detectives arrested the 30-year-old after they determined he was selling heroin, cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana in the area.  The street value of the drugs is estimated to be more than $5,000. 

The suspect was lodged in the Chippewa County jail for delivery of heroin, delivery of cocaine, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of prescription narcotics, and maintaining a drug vehicle.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A nearly 50-foot blue spruce from Sault Ste. Marie has been selected as Michigan's 31st official Christmas tree. 

The tree will be cut down Oct. 27 and displayed outside Michigan's Capitol building.

It's being donated by Al Farrish and will arrive in Lansing Oct. 29. The tree is in Farrish's yard about 2 miles south of the Soo Locks.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Two of the four northbound toll lanes on the International Bridge connecting the United States with Canada will be closed starting Monday as part of a project to replace concrete showing premature signs of wear. 

Bridge officials say they need to replace concrete in one lane because it did not meet Michigan Department of Transportation specifications. Officials say once the concrete is replaced, one lane will reopen while the other lane will remain closed for up to four weeks while the concrete fully cures.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Some work to improve the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge is being rescheduled as part of an effort to use new technology and cut costs.  

The bridge authority's board met this week and received updates on maintenance at the bridge connecting Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Painting of the bridge's Canadian arch was scheduled for 2016, but officials say they're looking at new coatings. They say a test of a new coating system will be completed this year, so the arch project is pushed back at least until 2017.

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