Escanaba Department of Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   A mobile food pantry is making a stop in Escanaba.

The Department of Public Safety is teaming up with the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in sponsoring the mobile pantry Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Volunteers will hand out about 10,000 pounds of food, including—but not limited to—produce, fruit, milk, and yogurt.  Officials say there should be enough food to feed approximately 200 families. 

ESCANABA, MI--     One person has been arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop in Escanaba. 

Officers from the Department of Public Safety made the stop Monday around 10 p.m. on the 300 block of North 16th Street.  The vehicle contained three men and two women.

Investigation uncovered an undetermined amount of suspected heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana.  Officers also discovered a large amount of money. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says it collected about 1,300 pounds of food and $800 in cash donations during its food drive at Elmer’s County Market this week.  

The drive benefited the Community Foundation for Delta County’s “Feed the Kids” backpack program.  It also aimed to shed light on the need to fight local food poverty every day. 

ESCANABA, MI--   All occupants were able to escape a trailer fire Sunday night in Escanaba. 

The Department of Public Safety arrived at 1401 North 23rd Street, Lot 73 around 9:30 and saw flames and smoke under the trailer.  The fire was extinguished and smoke ventilated from the house. 

No injuries were reported.

Officials say the cause of the fire appears to be electrical. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba Public Safety officials have confirmed the presence of a methamphetamine dump site in the city.  

Officers were called Monday around 1 p.m. to the 800 block of South 13th Street on a report that some pop bottles were emitting noxious fumes.  They were found in a recycling bin in the alley of the homeowner who discovered the site.  The homeowner said they were disposing of recyclables when they inhaled the fumes and felt a burning sensation in their lungs.  The person sought treatment at OSF St. Francis Hospital and was released.

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba woman has been arrested for embezzling money from a vulnerable adult. 

Detectives from the Escanaba Department of Public Safety took the 37-year-old woman into custody Wednesday morning following a several-month-long investigation.  They say the case involves missing funds from a resident of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba police have shot and killed a dog they say tried to attack a pregnant woman. 

Tuesday around 12:20 p.m. the Department of Public Safety received a call that a loose pit bull charged the woman on the 300 block of South 15th Street.  When an officer responded the dog cornered him in a back yard, then attacked.  The officer shot the pit bull twice and it fell, but jumped up and ran away. 

After a brief search officers located the injured dog, which subsequently died from the gunshot wounds. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Police have released the name of the suspect and victim in an Escanaba homicide.

Escanaba Public safety was called early Wednesday morning to 206 Stephenson Avenue and found the female victim with a kitchen knife in her throat.  She’s been identified as Heather Batchelor, 32, the suspect’s wife and mother of two children.

Kallay Batchelor has been arraigned and charged with open murder/homicide, punishable by up to life in prison.  He remains lodged in the Delta County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is set for September 12.  

ESCANABA, MI--   Police are investigating a homicide in Escanaba.  

Department of Public Safety officers were dispatched around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday to 206 Stephenson Avenue on a report of a female with an object in her throat.  An investigation determined that an assault had occurred, which resulted in her death. 

Officials say an arrest has been made and the suspect is being charged with open murder/homicide.

The name of the victim has not yet been released. 

The name of the suspect will be released after they’re arraigned in 94th District Court. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is investigating a reported armed robbery at a local pharmacy.  

Around 2:10 p.m. Wednesday officers received a call about a gunman robbing the People’s Drug Store.  They established a perimeter around the store and searched the business, but were not able to locate the suspect.  The investigation is ongoing.

Public Safety was assisted at the scene by the Delta County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police.

Officials say further information will be released as it becomes available.