LANSING, MI--  Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office issued the following press release about Michael Varney:

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced his criminal division has charged psychologist Michael Wallace Varney, 61, of Caspian, with 50 felony counts on allegations he provided patients with oxycodone and other drugs in exchange for sexual favors.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Phil Niemisto’s hat just can’t catch a break.

Marquette City Police say on September 15 they received a report that someone had removed the hat from the statue in the Pocket Park and left it at the scene. Police turned the hat over to the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

MT. PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   At the same time state officials are working to fight contaminants left over from firefighting foams, the state fire marshal says the foam is still being stocked at fire stations across Michigan.

The problem is firefighting foams contain perfluoroalkyl compounds, a family of chemical compounds that have been linked to cancer and other health problems in humans.

Kevin Sehlmeyer is the State Fire Marshal. He says his office surveyed 1,000 fire stations across the state to determine how many still have firefighting foams with PFAs in them.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s economy is expected to feel the pinch as the next round of tariffs between the U-S and China take effect next week.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates a billion dollars’ worth of Michigan exports are being targeted by China, primarily affecting the auto industry. But China may respond with tariffs on more Michigan products in response to new tariffs the Trump administration is imposing next week on about $200 billion worth  of Chinese exports.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee woman has been arrested for embezzlement from a Marquette business.

Marquette Police say they received a complaint August 13 from the Facial Surgery Institute. More than 

$40,000 had been stolen from the company by various means.

On Thursday officers arrested Nicole King of Negaunee for one count of embezzlement, more than $20,000 but less than $50,000, six counts of forgery, and six counts of uttering and publishing. She had been working at the Institute in a clerical capacity during the time the money was discovered to be missing.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder is looking at the possible activation of National Guard heavy equipment operators as an option to resume road projects stalled by a lockout.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler tells The Detroit News for a story Thursday that the work stoppage will put motorists' safety "at risk this winter" and that the governor "is looking at what options are available to finish projects as quickly as possible."

Adler says another option would be withholding payments for contractors on the projects.

UPDATE: The victim is Katherine Swiger, 47, of Winfield, IL. Her condition remains unknown.


ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Illinois woman has been injured in an ATV crash in Ely Township.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday at 3:20 p.m. on Bryan Creek Road near County Road 581.

MUNISING, MI--   Officials have released additional details regarding a fatal fall at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Wednesday.

National Park Service officials say around 1:30 p.m. Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California was hiking by herself on the North Country Trail. She stopped about a half-mile east of Grand Portal Point to take pictures of herself when she fell about 200 feet off the cliff edge to Lake Superior.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.P. law enforcement officials joined groups across the state Wednesday in opposing the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese issued the following press release:

"The attached list of UP law enforcement officials oppose recreational marijuana in Michigan. 

IRON RIVER, MI--   An Iron River man is jailed on numerous drug charges, following an investigation by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team in the city. 

The several-month investigation resulted in the arrest of a 36-year-old man on Tuesday. A related search warrant was executed in Bates Township the same day. Detectives seized crystal meth, a suspected drug-cutting agent, scales, suspected steroids, and suspected prescription pills.