Escanaba Department of Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is investigating a fire and vandalism at a city church. 

Officers were called Monday to the Harbor Lights Church of God on 2nd Avenue South and found the interior filled with smoke. They determined a fire that was extinguished by a citizen in the kitchen had been intentionally set. Officers also found the church walls had been spray-painted, paint was thrown on floors, and personal items within the church were also painted.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called to another scrap yard fire on Monday.

Firefighters were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to Coplan Iron and Metal Company on a report of an explosion and fire. Upon arrival officials found a pile of scrap vehicles emitting heavy smoke and flames. Coplan staff used heavy machinery to move the piles of scrap around to help firefighters extinguish the blaze.

The fire did not affect any buildings and no injuries were reported.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety continues to look for a man wanted on drug and other charges. 

A four-count felony warrant has been issued for Jacob “Jake” Harris, 31, for possession of analogues and resisting and obstructing a police officer.

Officers say Harris may be in the company of his girlfriend, Monica Willis, 29. They may be traveling in a blue, 2001 Chevy Impala sedan with Michigan registration CJB2047.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Delta County business has been destroyed by a massive fire. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called Tuesday around 11:45 a.m. to Pete’s Auto Wrecking on US-2/41 in Wells Township. They say a fork lift operator had struck a power line, which fell across a metal pole building. The line started arcing, which caused the building to catch on fire. Flames quickly spread through the building to attached structures.

Several volunteer fire departments responded and helped extinguish the fire, but the business is a total loss. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team is asking the public for help in finding a drug suspect. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety issued a two-count felony warrant for the arrest of Wynnona Seymour, 18. She’s wanted for delivery of cocaine.

Anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to call Delta County Central Dispatch at 786-5911 or send a private Facebook message on the Escanaba Department of Public Safety page. 

UPDATE, 7:30 pm--   Escanaba Public Safety detectives, with the assistance of Gladstone Public Safety, located the juvenile male who made the concerning phone call. Detectives spoke with two juvenile males, who admitted they made the call as a prank. Officers believe the juveniles had no sincere plan to harm any students.

The case has been forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor's Office for review. The 14-year-old boys were released to their parents after questioning.


ESCANABA, MI--   Power was cut to three Escanaba businesses, following a single-vehicle accident on the 2200 block of 1st Avenue North Monday.

Around 3:30 p.m. officers from the Department of Public Safety received a report that a truck had struck a utility pole and the driver was trapped.  The pole had snapped and was lying on top of the truck, which was lying on the driver’s side. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Formal charges have been filed for three people suspected of armed robbery in Escanaba in August. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says Tristen Snow, Jaccob Jones, and Jordan Steinhausen, all of Escanaba, are suspects in the robbery of the Quality Inn and Suites on August 15.  The three were arrested on multiple-count felony warrants related to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is launching a new drug addiction and rehabilitation initiative called the Angel Program. 

Lieutenant Robert LaMarche says under the program an addict voluntarily goes to the police department.  If they have drugs with them officers will dispose of them and the addict will not be charged.  The person will go through an intake process, and police will call an “Angel.”


ESCANABA, MI--   Nearly 900 people benefited from a mobile food pantry in Escanaba Wednesday. 

That’s according to Detective Sergeant Anthony LaPlant of the Escanaba Public Safety Department, which hosted the event.  He says the food giveaway was scheduled to start at 10 a.m., but food distribution began an hour early because of a lineup of cars two blocks long.