Chocolay Township

MARQUETTE, MI--   Many Marquette County parks are reopening Friday. 

In the City of Marquette walking and biking will be allowed in all parks, including Presque Isle Park. Playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed. Sugarloaf mountain’ will also reopen. Social distancing and hand sanitizing signage will be installed at the trailhead.

Chocolay Township will not open the ball fields, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, or play equipment at this time because they need additional maintenance.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   No serious injuries were reported in a Chocolay Township traffic accident Monday morning.

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies say it happened just before 8 a.m. on M-28 near Wintergreen Trail. A Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Faye Williams of Marquette exited a private drive to head westbound on the highway when he pulled into the path of an eastbound Subaru Baja Sport driven by Helen Nelson of Baraga.

Both drivers were transported to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Wisconsin woman has been ticketed for causing a traffic crash in Chocolay Township.

Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. Township Police responded to the intersection of US-41 South and Silver Creek Road. Investigation shows a southbound Chevy Equinox driven by a 51-year-old woman from Wisconsin ran a red light and struck a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old Marquette woman.

The Wisconsin woman was taken to UPHS-Marquette for what are believed to be minor injuries. She was cited for disregarding a red light.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette Area School District bus and a passenger vehicle were involved in an accident in Chocolay Township Friday.

Police say around 3:10 the vehicle was eastbound on County Road 480 near Little Lake Road when the bus pulled onto the roadway in front of it. The vehicle hit the bus’ front right tire area.

One occupant of the bus suffered minor injuries and sought their own treatment.

The bus sustained minor damage. The passenger vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is drawing down water levels at Lake LeVasseur in Chocolay Township next month. 

Officials are taking the action to perform minor dam repair and to simulate naturally occurring low water levels. DNR biologist Brian Roell says the lower levels allow for the regeneration and increased diversity of plants and insects and improved wildlife habitat.

Water levels will remain low through next summer. Refilling will begin in late August with a return to normal levels by late September.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette, Marquette Township, and Chocolay Township have designated this week as National Beach Safety Week. 

Officials say they want citizens to be safe in and near the water, and be aware of the hazards of rip currents. They say beachgoers should learn to swim; should swim near a lifeguard and with a buddy; they need to obey posted signs and flags; learn rip current safety; and enter water feet first.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Flooding of the Chocolay River is abating. 

Chocolay Township officials say the mouth of the river was blocked by ice over the weekend. The blockage caused minor flooding in the Bayou Road area and Hotel Place.

Tuesday morning officials said water seems to have found a passage out to Lake Superior and is receding. Water levels have dropped 1.5 to 2 feet in the area.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people were injured in a three-vehicle crash in Chocolay Township Tuesday.

Police say around 10:30 a.m. a vehicle had stopped on M-28 near Lakewood Lane to turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by a delivery van. The impact pushed the first vehicle into the oncoming lane, where it hit a westbound vehicle.

The driver and passenger of the first vehicle were taken to UPHS Marquette with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The driver of the van was cited for speeding.

MARQUETTE, MI--   An Iron River man arrested in connection with a February accident that injured a Chocolay Township officer has been arraigned on drunk driving charges. 

Ronald Sutton, 68, of Rapid River is accused of broadsiding a police cruiser that was turning from US-41 onto Orchard Lane. Officer Anthony Carrick was taken to UPHS Marquette, treated and released.

Sutton was taken into custody on suspicion of drunken driving.

Sutton was arraigned this week on a charge of operating while intoxicated.  He posted bond and was released from the Marquette County Jail.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Snow-covered roads and whiteout conditions are being blamed for a two-vehicle accident on Green Garden Road in Chocolay Township. 

Police say around 8:50 Wednesday morning a northbound pickup truck driven by a 24-year-old Skandia man crossed the centerline and hit a southbound pickup driven by a 68-year-old Marquette man head-on. 

Both drivers and passengers were taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment of what appear to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Skandia man was cited for driving left of center.