Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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MANISTIQUE, MI--   Manistique Public Safety officers arrested two people for drug crimes following a traffic stop on Saturday.

Officers and a K-9 unit made the stop around 12:30 a.m. on North Cedar Street.

Investigation led to the arraignment of Christopher Colegrove, 31, for possession of meth. The 20-year-old driver, Harley MacGregor, was charged with maintaining a drug house.

Both suspects are lodged in the Schoolcraft County Jail. A probable cause hearing is set for January 22 and a preliminary hearing for January 29 in 93rd District Court.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two people are in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase in Delta County.

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says the chase started Tuesday around 9:15 p.m. on the 2800 block of 3rd Avenue South. Pursuit went through the city of Escanaba and Wells Township, and ended on 11th Road in Ford River Township.

The 26-year-old male driver was arrested for felony fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing and driving while license suspended. A 27-year-old female passenger was arrested on unrelated charges.

LANSING, MI--   Upper Peninsula lawmakers are criticizing the Department of Natural Resources after the DNR requested records from Enbridge dating back to 1953.  

Officials say they want to review Enbridge’s compliance with terms of an agreement that allowed Line 5 to be placed in the Straits of Mackinac.

Representative Sara Cambensy says she’s disappointed by the letter. The Democrat says she’s not sure why the administration is bombarding Enbridge with tedious information requests that have already been vetted by past and current state legal teams.

NEWBERRY, MI--   A Newberry man has been arrested on 35 charges related to child pornography. 

An investigation by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes against Children Task Force resulted in the arrest of Glenn Sutton, 46, Monday. The case was launched by a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. A search warrant executed at his home netted multiple internet capable devices and evidence.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Projects in two U.P. counties are getting money to improve local parks and trails.

The Department of Natural Resources recently approved nearly $2 million in Recreation Passport grants for projects around the state.

Houghton County is getting $144,700 to renovate the Hancock Campground Bathhouse.

Schoolcraft County has been given $63,400 to make accessibility improvements to its Environmental Education Lab. The Manistique Township area features six different trails and an observation platform.

148th Fighter Wing

IRONWOOD, MI--   Residents in the Western U.P. may hear the sounds of F-16 fighter jets in the night sky this month, but it’s nothing to worry about. 

The Ironwood Public Safety Department says the 148th Fighter Wing—a Minnesota National Guard unit based in Duluth—is conducting night flying through January 24. Pilots will conduct air-to-air training and air-to-air refueling using night flying devices. Such training is required for pilot proficiency for future missions.

TRIMOUNTAIN, MI--   Two Houghton County residents are jailed, following a drug bust by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team.  

A 36-year-old man and 34-year-old woman were arrested Friday following a two-month investigation and controlled buys of meth from the suspects.

UPSET and the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team executed a search warrant on 6th Avenue in Trimountain. Officials seized meth, prescription drugs, money, and other evidence of drug distribution.

The suspects were lodged in the Houghton County Jail on delivery of meth charges.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two traffic accidents happened within 45 minutes of each other in Negaunee Township Sunday. 

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies first responded around 10:55 a.m. to US-41 near Heritage Drive. They say Elisha Greiser, 32, of Iron River was eastbound in a pickup truck when she lost control on the icy roadway. The truck slid sideways into a snowbank then overturned, coming to rest on its roof.

Only minor injuries were reported.

DAFTER, MI--   Officials with Cloverland Electric say the cost of the damage caused by a recent ice storm is estimated to be well over $1 million. 

Freezing rain and ice paralyzed the Eastern U.P. over the New Year’s holiday. More than half of the co-op’s 33,000 members had no power on December 30. Crews restored thousands of outages after the initial storm, but more outages occurred and about 5,000 customers were in the dark for several days.

CHAMPION TOWNSHIP, MI--   A downstate man walked for hours after his snowmobile broke down Saturday in Marquette County. 

Around 7 p.m. Central Dispatch received a call of a stranded snowmobiler on Trail #5 north of Trail #8 in Champion Township.  The sled had apparently been broken down since 5:20 p.m. and the rider was walking south on Trail #5 somewhere south of County Road AAA.

Sheriff’s deputies used a heated snow-cat due to below-freezing windshield temperatures and whiteout conditions.