Marquette Police Department

MARQUETTE, MI--   Crooked callers continue to ply their trade in the Marquette area.

The City Police Department says it’s received numerous complaints about residents receiving phone scams. Some of the calls are automated and request the victim call a phone number. The scammer says the resident needs to respond to charges or allegations, or they’ll be arrested.

Marquette Police remind citizens never to respond to that type of call or text. Also, never give out personal information over the phone or send money to anyone unless you’re certain who you’re speaking to.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Sault Ste. Marie woman charged with carjacking has been sentenced in Marquette County Circuit Court. 

Cassandra McKelvie, 29, was accused in February of trying to enter people’s cars in Marquette. She allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of one vehicle and pulled the driver out, but the driver was able to take the keys out of the ignition.

McKelvie was charged with carjacking, assault or assault and battery, and illegal entry. She was sentenced last week to one year in jail and 24 months’ probation. She has credit for 81 days served.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee man has been arrested for larceny in a building. 

The Marquette Police Department says Michael Czenkus, 34, was arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing money from a local business.

He was unable to post 10 percent of the $10,000 bond and remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail.

Larceny in a building is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Gwinn woman has been arrested for passing counterfeit money. 

Cammille Leach, 36, was taken into custody Sunday following a lengthy investigation by Marquette Police, Forsyth Township Police, and the Department of Homeland Security.

The counterfeit bills were allegedly shipped to Leach by a suspect in Ghana, Africa and passed in Marquette County.

Leach is charged with counterfeit—coins, possession of 5 or more. She remains lodged in the Marquette County Jail on 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department is investigating a report of gunshots.

Wednesday around 1 a.m. officers responded to the area of the 1800 block of VanEvera Street after witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots.

Officers say anyone with information about the complaint is asked to call the department at 228-0400.

City police were assisted by the NMU Police Department and the Michigan State Police.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The name of the police officer involved in a fatal accident on M-553 Tuesday has been released.

Just after 4 p.m. a northbound vehicle driven by 80-year-old Nathanial Carpenter of Marquette crossed the centerline and hit a Marquette City Police patrol car driven by Jacqueline Sweeney, 45, of Marquette.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. Sweeney was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where she is in stable condition.

The accident remains under investigation. Officials believe a pre-existing medical condition may be a factor in the crash.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been killed in a crash with a patrol car.

Tuesday around 4:10 p.m. State Police from the Negaunee Post were called to M-553 south of the Marquette Mountain ski hill. They say a Pontiac Vibe driven by Nathaniel Carpenter, 80, of Marquette was northbound when it crossed the centerline and hit a southbound Marquette City Police patrol car.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was taken to UPHS-Marquette, and is listed in stable condition.

MARQUETTE, MI--   One person was taken to the hospital, following a traffic crash on Lincoln Avenue in Marquette Monday. 

A vehicle driven by Aunjah Turnbull, 24, of New Jersey was stopped at a stop sign on eastbound West Bluff Street. She turned left into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by Kyndra Fraly, 21, of Marquette.

Fraly was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of her injuries. Turnbull sought her own treatment. She was cited for failure to yield.

The Marquette Fire Department assisted at the scene.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Police Department says residents need to be aware of a “spoofing” scam in the area. 

The scammer will contact a person and pose as a police officer, then try to extract financial or Social Security information from the victim. The number that shows on caller ID may possibly be from a police department.

Marquette Police say spoofing happens when a scammer uses a computer program to change or hide their real number.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Roads around a Marquette Krist Oil gas station were blocked off, following a large fuel spill Sunday. 

Around 4:20 p.m. Marquette Police, Fire, and Public Works departments responded to a spill at the station on Lincoln Avenue. A large amount of fuel was released while a tanker was filling the station’s holding tanks.       

Firefighters evacuated residents on the 1000 block of West College Avenue. Several streets in and around the area were blocked off while crews applied sand to soak up fuel pooling on the roadway.