Dickinson County

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has arrested two Iron Mountain men for distributing meth in Dickinson County.

This week detectives took Michael Benvenuto, 64, and Charles Kline, 40, into custody. Benvenuto is charged with three counts of delivery of meth, three counts of maintaining a drug house, and being a habitual offender—4th offense. Kline is charged with three counts of delivery of meth and one count of maintaining a drug house.

Both men remain lodged in the Dickinson County Jail.

WEST BRANCH TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people were injured in an ORV accident in Dickinson County Sunday. 

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened around 6:10 p.m. in an off-road area near Schultz Road in West Branch Township.

Troopers say Zachary Suarez, 20, of Channing was driving the side-by-side with Matthew Schultz, 25, of Norway as a passenger. Suarez lost control of the ORV while going over a berm at a high rate of speed. The vehicle flipped, ejecting both men, and came to rest on its roof.

KINGSFORD, MI--   A second presumptive positive case of COVID-19 is being reported in Dickinson County.

The Iron-Dickinson Health Department was notified by a commercial lab of the case on Monday. The test was administered through a provider clinic.

The person is identified as an adult female with contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case. Close contacts of the individual are being notified. No additional information about the person will be disclosed.

SAGOLA TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Felch man had to be extricated from his vehicle following a crash in Dickinson County Tuesday. 

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post were dispatched around 11:40 a.m. to M-69 just east of M-95 in Sagola Township. A 58-year-old Felch man was eastbound on M-69 and had pulled onto the shoulder before turning left into a driveway on the other side of the road. He pulled into the path of a propane delivery truck driven by a 52-year-old Iron Mountain man.

SAGOLA TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person has died in a two-vehicle crash on M-95 in Dickinson County. 

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post responded Monday around 9:20 a.m. to the intersection on M-69 West in Sagola Township.

A vehicle driven by a 62-year-old Wisconsin man failed to yield for a tanker truck heading north on M-95. The tanker hit the vehicle and pushed it about 550 feet north of the intersection and into the ditch.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Two people were taken to the hospital following an ATV crash in Dickinson County Sunday.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened on East Fordville Road. An ATV occupied by two men approached a corner at a high rate of speed. The driver was unable to negotiate the corner and the ATV rolled over several times. The passenger was ejected.

The driver and passenger were taken to Dickinson County Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the crash.

INTERLOCHEN, MI (MPRN)--   A ban on deer baiting could spread to the Upper Peninsula for the 2019 hunting season. 

For the first time a deer tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in the U.P. last year, and that has prompted the recommendation. The deer was found in southern Dickinson County.

Chad Stewart is the deer specialist for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. He says the ban would not be across the entire U.P.

“We’re proposing just a small area sort of focused around that index case that we identified last year,” he says.

SAGOLA TOWNSHIP, MI--   A worker has been killed in an industrial accident in Dickinson County.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post were called Thursday around 10:50 a.m. to Minerick Logging on M-95 in Sagola Township. They found an employee had been injured during routine maintenance work on a vehicle.

STAR Ambulance was already on scene providing medical care. Personnel requested immediate air medivac from the scene. M-95 was temporarily closed and a landing zone was established. The worker was taken to UPHS-Marquette.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Police continue to investigate a fatal snowmobile crash in Dickinson County.

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened Friday around 5:15 p.m. in Felch Township. A 19-year-old Wisconsin man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim’s name has not yet been released.

Michigan State Police were assisted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office.

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.