Breitung Township

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Breitung Township man has been killed in a tractor accident. 

Saturday around noon Michigan State Police were dispatched to a residence on Pine Mountain Road on a report a tractor had rolled over. Troopers say Benie Borkowski, 76, was trying to pull out a downed tree that was wedged in another tree when the tractor flipped backwards onto him.

A neighbor helped pull the tractor off Borkowski, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post are investigating the theft of beaver traps Friday.

They were reported stolen from the north shore of Little Bad Water Lake on County Road 607 in Breitung Township. The owner says they were taken between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Anyone with information regarding the traps or vehicles parked in the area is asked to call Trooper Kial Wade at 906-239-6810.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was seriously injured in a crash between a motorcycle and a vehicle in Dickinson County Friday. 

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened around 6:45 p.m. on Peterson Road near County Road 607 in Breitung Township.  Troopers say the crash involved a motorcycle and an SUV.

A passenger on the bike was taken to Dickinson County Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The operator of the motorcycle was arrested for operating while impaired and lodged at the Dickinson County Jail.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   A Breitung Township man was injured when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a car in Iron Mountain. 

City Police say the crash happened Tuesday just after 11 a.m. at the intersection of Carpenter Avenue and West D Street. A 19-year-old Florence, Wisconsin man was westbound on D Street in a passenger car when he stopped at the stop sign. He then tried to turn south onto Carpenter when he struck a northbound motorcycle driven by a 46-year-old Breitung Township man.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   A pilot escaped serious injury when his plane crashed in Dickinson County Saturday.

WLUC-TV says around 1:50 p.m. someone called 911 to report a Piper Super Cub had crash-landed on big Fumee Lake in Breitung Township. The caller said they were contacted by the pilot, who was walking to the lake’s parking lot.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police from the Iron Mountain Post continue to look for a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash in Breitung Township.

Troopers responded Wednesday around 1:20 p.m. to US-2 near Fox Ranch Road in front of the Verso mill. They say several cars were eastbound when a small black car came up at a high rate of speed and struck the back of a Toyota Highlander. The black vehicle crossed the centerline and sped away.

The driver of the Highlander called in the crash and was taken to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police from the Iron Mountain Post are investigating a three-vehicle crash in Breitung Township. 

Troopers say Saturday around 5:40 p.m. two vehicles were northbound on Pine Mountain Road. The lead vehicle had stopped to wait for a southbound vehicle to pass so it could turn left onto KO Swanson Drive when it was struck from behind by the second vehicle. The first vehicle was pushed off the roadway. The second vehicle veered into the oncoming lane and was hit in the passenger side by the southbound car.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   A portion of Dickinson County highway was closed for three hours, after a semi tractor-trailer hit a utility pole. 

The crash happened Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of US-2 and M-95 in Breitung Township. A trooper from the State Police Post in Iron Mountain was behind a semi loaded with equipment when the semi tried to turn onto US-2. It failed to negotiate the turn, left the highway, and hit a utility pole, which pulled down the traffic lights.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police in Iron Mountain are investigating the theft of a Purple Heart statue from the Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial in Breitung Township.

Troopers say the statue was taken sometime between Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon.

They say since the theft was discovered the statue has been recovered. The suspects returned and placed the Purple Heart statue—damaged—on the side of the road near the memorial. A Good Samaritan who was driving in the area spotted the statue and notified state police.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   An Iron Mountain man charged in a Breitung Township traffic crash last Christmas eve has been sentenced. 

Rodney Buck, 58, attempted to turn onto US-141 from Breitung Cutoff Road and pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by a Channing woman. Only minor injuries were reported.

Buck was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana—both misdemeanors. He pleaded no contest to both in April. Buck was sentenced Wednesday to 25 days in jail and 6 months of probation.