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Escanaba Woman Charged with Embezzlement

An Escanaba woman could spend up to 20 years in jail after allegedly stealing more than 100-thousand dollars from a resident at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. 37-year-old Frances Kreft was arraigned yesterday in Delta County District Court.  She is charged with one count of embezzlement from a …

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Dianda Calls for MDOT Reform

Following the state senate’s approval of an increased fuel tax to pay for road and bridge repair in Michigan, state Representative Scott Dianda is calling for changes in the Michigan Department of Transportation. In a statement released this week, Dianda said he would not vote for a tax increase until …

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Holiday Traffic Enforcement Increases

Law enforcement agencies in the Copper Country and across the state have increased their traffic enforcement activities for the long holiday weekend. Operation C.A.R.E. will run through Sunday. Officers will be watching for impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding. The extra patrols are paid for by the …

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SCOTUS to Consider EPA Power Ruling Challenge

The United States Supreme Court has agreed to review a case that could have a bearing on the future of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette… and electrical rates in the Upper Peninsula. Michigan and 20 other states have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for dictating that electrical …

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Fatal Car Accident in Menominee County

Three children were pronounced dead at the scene following a two-vehicle collision in Dagget Township Monday evening. Menominee County Sheriff’s deputies say the incident occurred at 6 p.m. on US-41 between Belgiumtown Road and County Road 358. 40-year-old Susan Meade was driving her minivan when she lost control of the …

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Home Invasion Arrest in Houghton

A 25-year-old woman was arrested by the Houghton Police Department following a home invasion that occurred Monday. Police say they responded to a report of a stolen cell phone at an apartment on Portage St. in Houghton. As they investigated the apartment, officers were told by a resident that the …

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MTU Sexual Assault Incident Update

The victim in an alleged sexual assault on Michigan Tech’s campus is now saying the incident happened off campus. MTU Public Safety says that the victim indicated the alleged sexual assault happened in the City of Houghton in an alley. No report on the incident has been filed with the …

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Lift Bridge Bid Accepted

A contract to one of the bidders for the Portage Lake Lift Bridge rehab project has been offered. After receiving approval from the Transportation Commission, MDOT have accepted the bid of Zenith Tech, a company based in Waukesha, WI, who’s bid came in at $8.3 million, well above the estimated …

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Levin is Secretary of Defense Candidate

Michigan U.S. Senator Carl Levin is on the short list of possible candidates for Secretary of Defense. Former Levin aide Kel Smythe of Escanaba worked with Levin in Detroit and served as his Upper Peninsula representative and he says he is not surprised that Levin is on the short list because …

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Road Funding Debate Continues

A new plan to fund repairs and maintenance of Michigan’s roads is being discussed in Lansing. House speaker Jase Bolger is proposing an idea that would make certain that all fuel tax revenue would be used only for the state’s roads. He wants to slowly repeal the six-percent tax on …

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