Chocolay Township Police

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are cautioning people about raccoons that are behaving strangely in the area.

Chief Greg Zyburt says his department has received numerous calls from people who have seen the normally nocturnal animal in the middle of the day.  The animals seem lethargic and appear to be ill. 

Some suspect animals have been euthanized and sent to the Michigan Department of health, where they will be tested for possible canine distemper or rabies.

UPDATE, 6/7/16:   Chocolay Township Police have found a camper-trailer stolen from a Harvey residence last week.  Officers say media coverage led to the recovery of the camper.

They say investigation into the theft remains active.


CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are investigating the theft of a camper trailer from a residence Thursday.

The pink TC Teardrop camper has an awning and kayak rack mounted on the roof.  Officers say it was taken sometime during the night. 

UPDATE, 2/24/16:  The Chocolay Township Police Department has identified a suspect in Monday's hit-and-run incident.  Officers say the suspect was developed using tips received from the public.


CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are looking for the driver in a hit-and-run incident Monday night.

Officers say a pedestrian was in the crosswalk on US-41 near Silver Creek Road between 9:00 and 9:30 when she was hit by a southbound vehicle.  The pedestrian sought her own treatment for minor injuries.

MARQUETTE, MI--    Chocolay Township Police Chief Greg Zyburt has made it official:  he’s running for Marquette County Sheriff. 

Zyburt made his announcement Wednesday.

He started in law enforcement as a patrolman in 1980 and was named chief in 1986. 

Zyburt is now one of three candidates on the Democratic ticket.  He’ll join Marquette County Undersheriff Mike Klein and Lowell Larson in the August 2 primary.  

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   No life-threatening injuries are reported, after two pedestrians were hit by a car in Chocolay Township.  

The accident happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 41, just south of the M-28 intersection near Carmen Drive. 

Township Police say Louis Kowalski, 28, and Jamie Skytta, 25—both of Marquette—had just been dropped off by a MarqTran bus and were trying to cross the poorly lit highway when a northbound vehicle driven by William Belanger, 57, of Marquette struck them.  Belanger stopped and administered first aid, along with several witnesses. 

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A female driver was arrested for drunken driving in Chocolay Township this week.  

Township Police say Tuesday around 8 p.m. the woman lost control of her vehicle while on a curve on Mangum Road.  The GMC left the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver was taken to UP Health System Marquette for minor injuries.  She was then arrested for operating while intoxicated.

No other information is available at this time.  

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police arrested a male suspect over the weekend for stealing a car. 

Sunday around 12:40 a.m. they responded to a report that a silver Grand-Am had been taken from a residence at 105 East Fairbanks Avenue.  Responding officers realized they’d passed a car matching that description on Lakewood Lane and proceeded to search the Township. 

The vehicle was soon found parked behind the Silver Creek Church with a man inside.  The subject tried to run, but was apprehended and taken to the Marquette County Jail.

UPDATE, 9/17/15:  The Chocolay Township Police Department says the man in the photos has been identified.  No name has been released, and authorities have not said he's a suspect in the fuel theft.


CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are searching for a man suspected of stealing more than $100 in fuel.

The subject in the photos is wanted for questioning.

The theft happened September 6 at the Holiday gas station in Harvey. 

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A suspect awaits arraignment on charges he stole a vehicle from Chocolay Township.  

Friday around 8 a.m. Township Police were called to a residence on M-28 on a report that a red Jeep Grand Cherokee had been taken without permission. 

Chocolay officers spotted the vehicle northbound on Division Street and attempted to stop the jeep, but the driver continued on to Genessee and Champion streets.  Police say while the suspect didn’t speed up, he still refused to pull over.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are cautioning the community to keep their car doors locked. 

Officers say they’re investigating several thefts from motor vehicles in the Harvey area. 

Officials are advising residents to lock their vehicles, outbuildings, and homes to prevent further thefts from occurring.