State Employees Spending Lots Of Money On Travel

The cost of travel by state employees to taxpayers in Michigan is over one million dollars so far this year and rising.  Trips across the county and around the world have risen by around 100-thousand dollars compared to last year.  Costs include training sessions, meetings, government business and hotel charges.  The state also spends approximately 50-million dollars for in-state travel for employees.  Officials with the Michigan Treasury say restrictions on travel put in place in tough economic times have been lifted leading to increased costs.

 

Ishpeming Man Accused Of Having Sex With 14-Year-Old

An Ishpeming man has been arrested on two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. Ishpeming Police say that 25-year-old Richard Keller had sex with a 14-year-old girl in both 2014 and 2015. Third Degree C-S-C is a 15-year felony.

Keller was taken to the Marquette County Jail, and was later released after posting bond. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for September 13th in  Marquette County District Court.

 

Major Stretch Of Ludington Street Paved Under Sunny Skies

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ludingtonLudington Street in downtown Escanaba was closed all afternoon on Tuesday while a six-block stretch of the city’s main street was paved. The project had been delayed because weekend rains caused damage to some areas of the street.

Crews took advantage of sunny weather to put on the thick layer of blacktop between 3rd and 9th Streets.

Another stretch of Ludington…from 9th to 15th Streets…was paved last week.

 

Iron County Murder Suspect Deemed Fit To Stand Trial

A murder suspect in Iron County has been declared fit to stand trial.

Kelly Cochran is charged with homicide in connection with the disappearance of Iron River resident Christopher Regan, who went missing nearly two years ago in October of 2014. The 34-year-old Cochran is accused of homicide, home invasion, conspiracy to mutilate a dead body, lying to police, amongst other charges.

Iron County Judge Joseph Schwedler announced that the psychological exam done on Cochran shows that she is competent to stand trial,

 

American Red Cross Extending Blood Drive After Technical Glitches

Technical problems Tuesday morning led to some people wanting to donate blood for the American Red Cross in Escanaba not being able to donate.

Red Cross spokesman Mark Sutton says that because of the glitch, they will extend the blood drive Tuesday night by one hour…until 7:00. And the blood drive will open an hour earlier on Wednesday, and will be run from 8:00 until 2:00 at the Delta Plaza Mall.

“Those who did come out earlier,

 

Bay College Holding ‘Rapid Enrollment Day’ Events

It’s not too late to register for fall classes at Bay College.

That’s the word from Admissions Director Jessica LaMarch, as the college held a “rapid enrollment day” on Monday.

Student Services staff were on hand at both the Escanaba and Iron Mountain campuses to guide students every step of the way.

That includes applying to the college to registering for courses to applying for financial aid.

And they will have another Rapid Enrollment push on Tuesday,

 

Body Of Missing Man Found In Western Upper Peninsula

The body of a 32-year-old Negaunee man was found Monday afternoon in the Black River near Sandstone Falls in Ironwood Township. The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department says the man was reported missing Sunday night at around 7:30. The dangerous water and difficult terrain made recovery efforts difficult.

His name is not being released at this time. The Michigan State Police Dive Team, Gogebic County Search and Rescue, the Ironwood Township Fire Department and others helped the sheriff’s office in the search.

 

Marquette County Courthouse Closed Due To ‘Electrical Issue’

Not much got done at the Marquette County Courthouse on Monday. An electrical transformer failure forced the building, as well as the Annex Building, to be closed at 11:00 Monday morning. The jail and sheriff’s department did stay open, however.

Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch says that by 4:30 in the afternoon, the problem was resolved, and the courthouse will be open for normal business Tuesday morning at 8:00.

 

Weekend Rain Causes Escanaba To Change Paving Schedule

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Heavy rains over the weekend caused damage to parts of the roadway on Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba. Public Works Director Bill Farrell says that they did some preventative work last Friday, but the rains over the weekend now mean that crews have more work to do.

So, the city decided to finish the paving project on South 14th Street between Sixth and Eighth Avenues, and that was completed late Monday morning. 

 

Gwinn Man Hit By Car On M-553 In Sands Township

The 23-year-old Gwinn man hit by a car on M-553 in Marquette County’s Sands Township Sunday was listed in ‘fair’ condition at UP Health System – Marquette on Monday.  Local Three News reports that the incident happened on M-553 about a mile north of the intersection with Kelly Johnson Road at about 12:30 p.m.

23-year-old Jesse Tuimala of Gwinn had crossed the highway from the site of an auction to a vehicle parked on the east shoulder of M-553 and was returning to the event when he was hit by a northbound 2011 Subaru Outback driven by Wells Chapin,