ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man is headed back to jail for breaking into a Bark River man’s home last October. 

Michael Jones, 20, was sentenced Monday to 11 months in jail on a third-degree home invasion charge.  He was given credit for 111 days already served. 

Jones was originally charged with felonious assault, conspiracy to commit larceny, and first- and third-degree home invasion. 

He and two co-defendants were arrested October 22 after they allegedly broke into the victim’s home, beat him up, and stole money. 


ESCANABA, MI--   A small plane has made an emergency landing on a road in Escanaba, nearly missing a pickup truck that went into a ditch to avoid the aircraft. 

The single-engine plane landed Monday around 8:30 p.m. on Danforth Road near North 30th Street, near the campus of Bay College. No injuries were reported.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports pilot Steve Atkins and passenger Donald Poe were forced to land after the plane's engine lost power. The Gladstone men were en route to Escanaba from Houghton, where they attended a Civil Air Patrol meeting.

ESCANABA, MI--   Fire has damaged an Escanaba apartment complex. 

Escanaba Public Safety says the fire happened around 11 Tuesday night on the 300 block of South Eighth Street.  

Officers say a car garage went up in flames, which then spread to other cars.  Nearby apartment buildings and garages were also damaged by the fire.

Officials don’t yet know what caused the blaze. 

The Ford River Township Fire Department, Delta County Sheriff’s Department, and Michigan State Police assisted at the scene. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Delta County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a vehicle that hit a CN Railroad crossing light near Escanaba. 

The accident happened Friday afternoon on I Road just north of US-2 & 41.  Witnesses say the vehicle hit the light then fled the scene.

The vehicle is described as a black Chevy Z-71 pickup.  The front of the truck should be damaged and may have parts hanging from it.  Witnesses say the driver was an older male. 

ESCANABA, MI--   U.S. Senator Carl Levin continues his tour of the U.P. Friday with stops in Escanaba and Ishpeming. 

At 11 a.m. the Senator will meet with the U.P. Commission for Area Progress—or UPCAP—and present a legislative update. 

From there Levin heads to Bay Middle College to answer questions about current events.  The discussion will not be open to the public. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Upper Peninsula veterans are in Washington D.C. Thursday to see the World War II Memorial. 

The third U.P. Honor Flight took off from the Delta County Airport Thursday morning, carrying 76 veterans and others to the nation’s capital so they could remember their military years and those who served. 

The U.P. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit group that raised $92,000 to enable the elderly and ill vets to go for free.  Officials say it’s a small way to pay tribute to and thank the men and women who gave so much.

(UNDATED)- The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says it's holding two open houses next month to discuss and seek comment on plans for managing state forests in parts of the Upper Peninsula.

An afternoon meeting in Crystal Falls on August 16 will cover a 2014 management plan for the Crystal Falls Management Unit. It includes Dickinson and Iron counties.

An afternoon meeting in Stephenson on August 23 deals with plans for 2014 for the Escanaba Management Unit. It includes Delta and Menominee counties.

(ESCANABA)- The Escanaba City Council has approved the sale of the municipal coal-fired power plant for $1.5 million to a private local company.

The ‘Daily Press’ reports officials expected to sign a sales contract today with Escanaba Green Energy.

The company plans to convert the power plant to burn biomass.

Escanaba has been working for five years to find a use for the aging and inefficient plant.

Besides buying the plant, the company also is buying 17,000 tons of coal that remain on the property.