Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Two men have been charged in connection with the abduction of a child in Chippewa County Wednesday.

The Sheriff’s Office says George Cunningham, 53, and Jon Stygler, 68, were arraigned Thursday on charges of kidnapping, assault, home invasion, and child endangerment. Officials say additional charges may be added.

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

PARADISE, MI--   A 5-year-old boy has been found safe, after he was abducted from a Paradise home by two men Wednesday night. 

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says an Amber Alert was issued for Zephaniau George Cunningham, who was last seen by witnesses shortly after 7 pm at a home on Whitefish Point Road.

One of the suspects, George Stephen Cunningham, was out on parole after his conviction in Ohio for gross sexual imposition with a victim under 13. He allegedly cut off his GPS tether.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   An Ohio man was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident in Chippewa County on Friday. 

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened around 3:30 p.m. on Trail #8 just east of Salt Point Road.

Investigation revealed the driver lost control of the snowmobile. It left the trail and drove into deep, powder-like snow, then was pulled into some trees.

The driver was taken to War Memorial Hospital by Bay Mills EMS. He was later transferred to a hospital downstate with life-threatening injuries.

DRUMMOND ISLAND, MI--   A house fire has claimed two lives in the far eastern U.P.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was called Sunday around 9:50 p.m. to a home on Johnswood Road on Drummond Island. They found the house fully engulfed. 911 calls indicated there were two people inside the house at the time.

Kyle Ray Messenger, 30, and his 5-year-old son reportedly died in the fire.

The incident remains under investigation. Deputies and detectives are processing the scene with the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Drummond Island.

It happened Wednesday morning on Water Street. Deputies found 71-year-old Thomas Gibbons dead in the roadway. Evidence at the scene indicates Gibbons was struck by a vehicle, which fled immediately after the accident. He died of injuries sustained in the crash.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the incident to call the department at 635-6387 or Chippewa County Central Dispatch at 495-3312.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says hazardous winter weather caused numerous accidents Thursday.

In Raco, a semi had slowed down for other traffic on M-28 when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The driver and passenger of the pickup were injured and taken to War Memorial Hospital for treatment.

At virtually the same time a snowmobile accident on Trail #8 killed a downstate man.

PICKFORD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 52-year-old man has been killed in a car crash in Chippewa County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Friday around 11:30 p.m. on Pea Line Road in Pickford Township. They say a vehicle driven by Robert Roy left the roadway and hit a parked horse trailer.

Roy was taken to War Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Officials believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police, the Kinross Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted at the scene. 

KINCHELOE, MI--   A Kincheloe man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. 

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last Wednesday and executed a search warrant at a residence Thursday. They arrested William Mastaw, 19, who was arraigned on three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, producing child sexually abusive material, using a computer in commission of a felony, possession of child sexually abusive material, and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A driver in Chippewa County is lucky to be alive, after he became trapped in his partially submerged vehicle over the weekend. 

Saturday around 11:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies and State Police responded to a report of a vehicle entering the St. Marys River at the end of 9 Mile Road. Several people in a boat found a vehicle partially submerged in the river with a man still stuck inside. Officers learned that the 73-year-old driver had driven into the water several hours earlier, but couldn’t get out of the car.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Brimley man has been arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault.

Saturday around 8 p.m. the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on Lakeshore Drive. Deputies were asked to back up Bay Mills Police for a disturbance call. Investigation indicated that an assault happened off the Bay Mills Reservation.

Officers say they discovered that several different sexual assaults had occurred within a two-day period. The suspect had allegedly driven the victim deep into the woods on a couple of occasions and attacked her.