ESCANABA, MI--   A preliminary exam is set for a Gladstone man accused of arson and vandalism in an Escanaba church. 

Thomas Harris, 19, was arrested Monday night after police found he’d extinguished a fire in the kitchen of the Harbor Lights Church of God. They determined Harris had set the fire.

Escanaba Public Safety says paint was also found on the walls, floor, and various items in the church.

Harris is charged with third-degree arson, breaking and entering a building with intent, larceny in a building, and malicious destruction of property, $1,000 to

ESCANABA, MI--   The City of Escanaba is conducting fire flow testing on seven area hydrants Thursday. 

Officials say they’re hopeful the activity will not create rusty water in residents’ homes. If water does become discolored they say crews will quickly purge the system. In order to do that, crews will need to flush rusty water from the main until it clears.

Any resident who has discolored water should wait an hour before flushing their own service line. If the water still contains rust after 20 minutes of flushing a residential line, please contact the water plant.

ESCANABA, MI--   Firefighters from Escanaba Public Safety battled a house fire on North 3rd Street early Tuesday morning. 

They were called to the 6300 block around 2:10 a.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the roof.

Although the house sustained heavy damage no injuries to the residents or firefighters were reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding a meeting in Escanaba to discuss replacement of a bridge over the Escanaba River. 

Construction is scheduled this year and next on US-2/41/M-35 and the nearby E&LS Railroad bridge in Wells Township.  Both will be removed and replaced beginning in April. During construction one lane of traffic will be open in each direction on US-2, except for four different mid-week detours for about seven days total.

ESCANABA, MI--   Instead of going on trial this week, an Escanaba man was instead sentenced on home invasion charges. 

Harley Finnerty, 25, was arrested in June on the 1400 block of North 20th Street following the report of a break-in. Finnerty was allegedly found rummaging through a vehicle when officers arrived. 

He was originally charged with second-degree home invasion, attempted second-degree home invasion, breaking and entering with damage to property, and two counts of stealing property less than $200.

LANSING, MI--   A bill-signing ceremony for legislation inspired by an Escanaba couple was held at the state Capitol this week.

On Tuesday Governor Rick Snyder signed the Barbara J. and Thomas J. Swift law.  It creates a one-year pilot program that allows trained law enforcement officers to administrate a saliva test to drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs.

The Swifts were an Escanaba couple who were killed in 2013 after their vehicle was hit by a driver who had THC—the main mind-altering component of marijuana—in his system.

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba’s Upper Hand Brewery is sending its product to Minnesota. 

The brewery will work with Artisan Beer Company to distribute beer through the entire state.  Upper Hand is already available in the Upper Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin. 

A division of Bell’s Brewery, Upper Hand opened in Delta County in November of 2014. 

Distribution in the North Star State is set to start in January.  

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man who pleaded to a meth-related charge has been sentenced.

Jason Brazeau was arrested in May for maintaining a meth lab, possession of pseudoephedrine to make meth, and conspiracy to deliver components to make meth. 

He pleaded guilty earlier this month to controlled substance, creation/delivery of an analogue.

Brazeau was sentenced this week to 2 to 15 years in prison with credit for 194 days already served.  

ESCANABA, MI--   A Mobile Food Pantry that was canceled in Escanaba this week has been rescheduled. 

Feeding America West Michigan says the food distribution will instead be held Tuesday, November 22 at the Salvation Army on 5th Avenue South.

To receive food, guests will need to provide contact information and affirm that they’re in need.  No referral is required.

Registration for the food pantry begins at 2 p.m., and the distribution begins at 2:30. 

For a full schedule of mobile food pantries go to

ESCANABA, MI--   A Mobile Food Pantry scheduled for Wednesday at Webster Elementary School in Escanaba has been canceled. 

Feeding America West Michigan is looking for a partner agency to host a distribution in the city before Thanksgiving.  Officials say the date and location will be announced when a partner is found.

Residents in need of food can call 211 or email