ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man charged with animal torture and child abuse has pleaded guilty in both cases. 

Michael Madril, 27, is accused of injuring a puppy that was found on a road in the Rock area in December. Veterinarians determined the dog had been abused. Because of the severity of his injuries the puppy had to be euthanized.

Madril was identified as a suspect in the case.

The Bonifas Arts Center continues their arts & culture programming into 2019.  We spoke with Sue Roll, the Executive Director of the Bonifas, about what is offered in the new year:

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We're nearing the end of the year of 2018, and as we do, we check in with the Bonifas Arts Center to see what is on the calendar for the end of the year.  Classiclectic host Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler from the Bonifas by phone to catch up and see what kinds of events are available.

Pasqua Warstler and Stacy Berg from the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba joined us by phone to talk about upcoming events for the end of October into the holidays, highlighting arts, food, flowers and more!

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Local governments in the Upper Peninsula are raising money to pay expert witnesses in a major dispute over the taxable value of big-box stores.

The Michigan Tax Tribunal will hear a case next year involving a Menards store in Escanaba. City Manager Patrick Jordan says Escanaba is trying to raise $200,000, which would trigger another $200,000 from the state Treasury Department.

Jordan says approximately $171,000 has been raised. Marquette County has given $10,000.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two people are jailed for producing meth in Delta County.

On Tuesday the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Danforth Road in Wells Township. Detectives seized numerous components used to manufacture meth.

Evidence at the scene and information obtained by UPSET led to the execution of another search warrant at a house on 2nd Street in Escanaba. Additional meth components were seized and two subjects were arrested.

ESCANABA, MI--   A Green Bay man was arrested on drug charges in Delta County Thursday.

Around 9:06 p.m. a deputy with the Delta County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on South Lincoln Road near the airport for a traffic violation. Escanaba Public Safety’s K-9 was called in to conduct an exterior sniff of the vehicle. As a result, deputies located methamphetamine and items used in the sales of narcotics.

The 34-year-old male passenger was arrested and lodged in the Delta County Jail on charges of possession with intent to deliver meth and possession of marijuana.

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man has died in a house fire. 

WLUC-TV reports Public Safety officers were called to 301 North 12th Street Tuesday around 10:20 p.m. and encountered fire on the second floor. They were told a man was trapped upstairs. After officers extinguished the fire they found a deceased man in his late 30s.

The man’s name has not been released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Ford River Township Fire Department, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, and the Michigan State Police.

Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Pasqua Warstler, Director of Gallery & Regional Projects about summer fun and arts events offered through the Bonifas Arts Center.

Visit for more information about the event schedule and registration information for events, and also their facebook page.

ESCANABA, MI--   A driver accused of causing two accidents in Escanaba was arrested for several felonies Saturday night.