Alger County Sheriff's Office

SHELTER BAY, MI--   Three people were injured near Shelter Bay while participating in a Northern Michigan University fraternity charity event on Saturday. 

At about 11:30 a.m. Alger County Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a three-vehicle accident on M-28. The Alger County Sheriff’s Office, Onota Fire Department, AuTrain Fire Department, UPHS Ambulance, Alger EMS and Wilderness Recovery responded to the scene. 

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   One person is hospitalized following a motorcycle accident in Alger County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Wednesday around 3:30 p.m. on H-58 near Ross Lake Road. Investigation revealed two motorcycles were eastbound in single file when a large tree fell between them. The driver of the rear motorcycle hit the tree and was ejected. He landed in the road about 250 feet away.

The driver was taken to a landing zone by Alger EMS, where he was picked up by Valley Med Flight and taken to UPHS-Marquette.

MUNISING, MI--   Four people had to be rescued from a Pictured Rocks beach Tuesday when their canoe took on water. 

Around 9 p.m. the Alger County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises reporting four people near Bridal Falls about a mile east of Miners Beach. Alger County Rescue 21 responded with two boats.

Officials say two adults and two small children were canoeing along the lakeshore when they were overtaken by rising winds and waves. The canoe took on a substantial amount of water, which rendered it inoperable.

ROCK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police have released the names of the snowmobilers killed in an Alger County crash.

Sheriff’s officials say the victims were Douglas Show, 21, of Pennsylvania and John Shadian, 54, of Wisconsin.

Both were snowmobiling on Trail #8 in Rock River Township Monday night when they were involved in a head-on collision. Show and Shadian were ejected from their machines.

The two men were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Excessive speed is believed to be a factor.

ROCK RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people are reported dead in a snowmobile accident in Alger County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Monday around 9:25 p.m. on Trail #8 about a mile north of Samuelson Road in Rock River Township. They say two snowmobiles were involved in a head-on collision, causing both drivers to be ejected from their machines.

Both operators were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names are being withheld pending notification of family members.

Excessive speed is believed to be the cause of the accident, which remains under investigation.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   The Alger County Sheriff’s Office investigated three snowmobile crashes on Saturday.

The first happened around 2:15 p.m. on Trail #7 in AuTrain Township. A 38-year-old man failed to negotiate a curve, left the trail and struck a tree. He was extricated by Alger County Rescue 21 and taken to UPHS-Marquette.

Excessive speed is believed to be the main factor in the accident.

MELSTRAND, MI--   The Alger County Sheriff’s Office is investigating another car/snowmobile accident.

It happened Saturday around 9:50 a.m. on H-58, approximately two miles east of Melstrand.

Officials say Travis Ross, 37, of Charlotte, was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed when he struck a snowmobile trailer being towed by a pickup truck. Ross was ejected from his machine and landed about 100 feet from the point of impact.

Ross was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where he remains in stable condition.

UPDATE:  The victim is identified as George L Hansen, 82, of Wisconsin.


WETMORE, MI--   A snowmobiler has been struck and killed by a vehicle in Alger County.

The Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 8:25 Friday morning in Wetmore. Reports indicate a snowmobile was crossing M-28 near Knox Street when it drove into the path of an eastbound vehicle.

The operator of the snowmobile was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the snowmobile was not injured.

MELSTRAND, MI--   Authorities have released the name of a man involved in a snowmobile accident in Alger County over the weekend. 

The Sheriff’s Office says Todd Cantile, 55, of Rockford, Michigan was operating on Trail #8 near Melstrand Sunday night. The snowmobile left the trail and struck a tree.

Cantile was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital, then transferred to UPHS-Marquette. He remains in critical condition.

The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that 911 texts are an option if emergency services are needed in areas where cell phone calls won’t go through.

MELSTRAND, MI--   A snowmobiler has been injured in Alger County.

Sunday around 11:10 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Trail #8 near Melstrand.

Investigation reveals the driver was westbound when he left the trail and struck a tree. The man was extricated from the scene by Alger County Rescue 21 and taken to Munising Memorial Hospital. He was later transferred to UPHS-Marquette by Valley Med Flight.

Excessive speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident.

The driver’s name is being withheld at this time.