Sault Ste. Marie

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Two Canadian men died when a small plane crashed at an airport in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. 

The crash occurred Saturday at Sanderson Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane stalled and went down. Photos show the nose planted in the ground.

Sootoday.com identified the victims as 67-year-old pilot Gilbert Belair and 76-year-old John Paul Finck. They lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and both were members of a local flying group. Belair's friend, David West, says Belair "would do anything for anybody."

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court is crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the first time. 

The court is hearing a case Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie. Justices schedule arguments outside Lansing during each term, but spokesman John Nevin says a visit to the Upper Peninsula is unprecedented.

The case is a dispute over a golf cart crash in suburban Detroit. Ken Bertin and Doug Mann were playing the 17th hole when Mann struck Bertin, who was injured.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie celebrated its 100 millionth crossing Thursday. 

The lucky driver crossed the span between Michigan and Ontario, Canada just after 9 a.m. The International Bridge Authority recognized one crosser from each direction. Both received a gift package including a tote bag and a tour of the bridge arches.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Sault Ste. Marie woman has been arrested for an attempted carjacking in Marquette.

The evening of February 11 Marquette Police responded to a 911 call of a woman trying to get into vehicles on the 500 block of South Front Street. Officers say

Cassandra McKelvie, 29, allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of an occupied vehicle and tried to pull out the driver, who was able to remove the keys from the ignition.

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.

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