AuTrain Township

AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   AuTrain Township is dealing with flooding along the AuTrain River, thanks to days of rain.

In a Facebook post Supervisor Michelle Doucette said the river was rising and water in the Forest Lake Dam would be flowing over the spillway by Thursday morning. She contacted dam owner World Renewable Energies, who said the AuTrain basin was reaching critical levels and they couldn’t stop the flow of water as they normally do.

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police have released the name of a man who drowned Sunday in a boating accident in AuTrain Township. 

Troopers from the Munising detachment say Robert Louis, 59, of downstate Lake Orion drowned when the 19-foot wooden boat he and six others were in tipped over. Louis tried to swim for the boat and wasn’t seen again.

The others were rescued by a group in a pontoon boat in the area. The pontoon went back to where the accident occurred but couldn’t find Louis.

The Alger County Dive Team recovered his body Monday around 3 p.m.

UPDATE, 8/15/17:  Police say the group was not in a pontoon, but in a wooden boat. The six survivors were rescued by a group that was on a pontoon boat in the area.


UPDATE: Troopers say the body of the boater was recovered around 3:30 p.m. Monday near where the accident occurred. No other information is available at this time.


AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   A downstate man has died in an Alger County snowmobile accident. 

Sheriff’s deputies say Wednesday around 9:15 p.m. they received a report that a snowmobile crashed on Trail No. 8 about three miles west of the M-94 intersection in AuTrain Township. 

They say Adam Hagerty, 37, of Saginaw failed to negotiate a curve on the trail, lost control of his snowmobile, and hit a tree.  He died at the scene. 

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

AuTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person remains hospitalized following a crash with a semi in Alger County’s AuTrain Township. 

Thursday around 4:30 p.m. David Rinker, 47, of Munising was on M-94 near Forest Lake Road when he tried to make a U-turn from the westbound to the eastbound lane.  As he turned his minivan was struck on the driver’s side by a westbound semi-tractor driven by Steve White, 50, of downstate Cedar Springs. 

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Illinois man has been killed in an Alger County snowmobile accident. 

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened around 9 p.m. Tuesday on Trail #7 in AuTrain Township.  They say Donald Stagner, 45, of New Lenox, Illinois failed to negotiate a curve, left the trail, and hit a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Deputies say excessive speed is likely a factor in the accident, which remains under investigation. 

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP, MI--   It’s a sad ending for a missing Alger County man.  

John Hongisto, 69, of Christmas was reported missing last Wednesday.  His body was discovered Friday near Buckbay Road and M-94 in AuTrain Township.  Hongisto’s truck was found several hours earlier. 

Officials say it appears Hongisto was walking to a nearby berry patch when he suffered a medical event.  There were no signs of foul play. 

MUNISING, MI--   A downstate woman has been sentenced for her part in an Alger County home invasion case earlier this year. 

Samantha Menerey, 21, of Bay City was one of two people who entered the County Road 440 home of Alan Miron, 19, on March 13.  She and Richard Van Pelt, 29, tied Miron up, beat him, and took property. 

Menerey was charged with first-degree home invasion and armed robbery.  She was sentenced Wednesday in Alger County Circuit Court to four to 20 years in prison. 

AUTRAIN TOWNSHIP--   The Alger County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a single-vehicle crash that killed a Munising teenager.  

The accident happened Sunday around 5:30 p.m. on M-94 near Addis Lake Road in AuTrain Township.  Police say the driver—17-year-old Shawn Holt of Munising—apparently lost control of his vehicle, which left the roadway, struck some trees, and rolled over.  Holt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of the crash. 

Update - 3/13 5pm

State Police are continuing their investigation into the home invasion and robbery Tuesday in Au Train township.

Troopers say the incident happened around 5:30a.m. at a residence on County Road 440.  They say 19-year-old Allen Miron was assaulted and rendered incapacitated by multiple suspects. The suspects robbed the victim of property then fled the scene. Miron was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Troopers say the search for the suspects continues… and no description of the suspects is currently available.