Escanaba Department of Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says it’s received reports of a phone solicitation in the area. 

A resident will receive a call in a computer-generated voice from a local number or someone they know. The call is allegedly about lowering credit card interest rates, but when the resident pushes a number according to their choice a live person comes on the line and makes sexually obscene comments.

ESCANABA, MI--   The case of a Bark River man who tried to get into an Escanaba house while armed with a pistol has been bound over to circuit court. 

Joshua Tryan, 30, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing and eluding police—both felonies—and the misdemeanors operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, domestic violence, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

ESCANABA, MI--   A 30-year-old man is lodged in the Delta County Jail after a woman claimed he had a gun and tried to get into her house.

Sunday around 1:05 a.m. officers from the Escanaba Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a home on the 1400 block of 5th Avenue South. As they approached the suspect he fled on an ATV without headlights down 14th Street. A short chase ensued, but the suspect was eventually stopped on the 1300 block of 18th Avenue South.

Police say a loaded handgun was found on the man.

ESCANABA, MI--   Officials in Escanaba are investigating a barn fire.

The Department of Public Safety responded Sunday around 2:20 a.m. to 2905 8th Avenue South on a report of a structure fire. Firefighters found a barn behind the house engulfed in flames. A short time after they arrived, the barn collapsed. They were on the scene for approximately 2.5 hours before the scene was cleared.

The barn and its contents are a total loss.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

UPDATE:  Joshua Myers, 33, of Escanaba was arrested by officers from the Department of Public Safety. He's been arraigned on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Myers remains lodged in the Escanaba County Jail on an $80,000 bond.


ESCANABA, MI--   Police in Escanaba are investigating a stabbing in the city Monday afternoon.

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.