Iron County Sheriff's Office

IRON COUNTY, MI--   Two people were involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident in Iron County 


Sheriff’s deputies were called around 9:20 a.m. to County Road 424 near Alpha.  They say a pickup with two occupants was eastbound when it hit a patch of black ice, left the roadway, and rolled over.

The driver and passenger were taken to Aspirus Hospital in Iron River with minor injuries. 

The Alpha Mastodon and Crystal Falls fire departments assisted at the scene.  

IRON COUNTY, MI--   A 14-year-old boy was the fatality in a traffic accident on US-2 near Wild River Road Wednesday.  

An SUV rear-ended an Iron County Road Commission grader that was clearing the shoulder of the road.  The driver, Angela Esbrook, 35, of Iron River, and two passengers—a 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy—were injured and taken to Aspirus Hospital.  Another passenger—Justin Henschel, 14—was pronounced dead at the scene.  The operator of the grader received only minor injuries. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.  

IRON COUNTY, MI--    One person was killed when a vehicle hit a road grader in Iron County Wednesday.

Sheriff’s officials say it happened just before 8 a.m. on US-2 near Wild River Road.  They say an SUV rear-ended the grader, which was clearing the shoulder of the road. 

Three passengers in the vehicle were injured and taken to Aspirus Hospital. A fourth passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  The operator of the grader sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

The accident closed a portion of US-2 for about seven hours. 

IRON COUNTY, MI--   No serious injuries are reported, following a two-vehicle accident in Iron County. 

Sheriff’s officials say the accident happened Tuesday around 2:30 p.m. on Bates Amasa Road.  A car reportedly pulled out of a driveway and into the path of a southbound pickup truck.  Both vehicles ended up in the ditch. 

The driver of the car was taken to Aspirus Hospital in Iron River with minor injuries.  The driver of the pickup wasn’t injured. 

Officials say roads were icy and snow covered at the time of the incident.  

UPDATE:  Police say Shianne Hookenson has been found.


CASPIAN, MI--   Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Caspian teen.

On Tuesday the Iron County Sheriff’s Office received a report that Shianne Marie Hookenson, 13, was missing.  Her mother says she last saw Shianne when she went to bed Monday around 10 p.m.  At 6:30 a.m. Tuesday the teen was not in the house and her whereabouts are unknown.  Officials say she may be in the Marquette area. 

IRON RIVER, MI--   Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics has provided a grant for two drug disposal receptacles in the community. 

The MedSafe containers are now in the Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Iron River Police Department.  They’ll be used to dispose of all unused medications except for inhalers, sharps, and glass containers.  The contents will be disposed of through incineration, which is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s preferred method of destroying drugs. 

IRON COUNTY, MI--   Fire has destroyed a logging truck in Iron County.

The Sheriff’s Office says the incident happened Monday around 2 p.m. on County Road 643.  The driver had parked the loaded truck on the north side of the Paint River Bridge about an hour and a half earlier after experiencing mechanical problems.  He had left to retrieve some tools. 

When the driver returned he found the truck fully engulfed in flames.  A passerby had called 911 just before he arrived. 

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IRON COUNTY, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff's Office is investigating a vehicle-bicycle crash east of Crystal Falls.

Tuesday around 9:10 a.m. deputies received a 911 call about the accident on M-69 about two miles east of Mansfield Cut-Off Road.  

Two sisters were riding touring bikes on a cross-country trip that had taken them through Michigan and Wisconsin.  Deputies say Jane Little, 71, of Ypsilanti was riding on the edge of M-69 when she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Dale Smith, 30, of Channing.

IRON COUNTY, MI--    Officials have found the body of a man whose boat crashed into an Iron County dock. 

The afternoon of Saturday, July 9, a driverless boat hit a dock at Hagerman Lake.  Sheriff’s deputies believed the owner of the boat, 56-year-old Brian Mennecke of Iowa, was out fishing and somehow fell into the water.  Officials failed to find anything after a preliminary search.

Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. Mennecke’s body was recovered by divers from the Michigan State Police Dive Team.  It was found in about 35 feet of water near the dock. 

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IRON COUNTY, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Department is searching for the driver of a boat that crashed into a dock at Hagerman Lake over the weekend.  

Saturday around 3:40 p.m. Iron County Central Dispatch received a call that a driverless boat had slammed into the dock, but no one was around.

Deputies believe a 56-year-old Iowa resident was out fishing and somehow fell into the water prior to the crash.