Escanaba

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 211referrals@upcap.org.

ESCANABA, MI--   Three suspects connected to an Escanaba Social Security disability fraud case were arraigned Wednesday.  

Nicole Gillis, 37, of Norway, Cynthia Ogren, 56, of Escanaba, and Sharon Philemon, 59, of Wilson pleaded not guilty.  Gillis and Ogren are charged with false pretenses—$1,000 or more but less than $20,000.  Philemon is charged with embezzlement from a vulnerable adult—$1,000 or more but less than $20,000. 

A probable cause conference is set for November 10 for all three.

ESCANABA, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder will be in the Upper Peninsula Monday, campaigning for Republican candidates. 

At noon the governor will give remarks at a lunch at the Best Western Pioneer Inn in Escanaba in support of 108th House District candidate Beau LaFave.  They’ll be joined by Senator Tom Casperson and Representative Ed McBroom. 

At 1:30 p.m. the governor will talk about energy reform in the U.P. at Engineered Machine Products in Escanaba.  Jack Bergman, the Republican candidate for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, will attend the event.

ESCANABA, MI--   A Gladstone teen avoided serious injury, after he crashed his car in Escanaba.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Sunday around 2:10 a.m. on US-2 near the Buck Inn.  Deputies say the 16-year-old male fell asleep at the wheel.  The vehicle went off the road, hit a culvert, flipped over, and landed on its wheels.

The boy was taken to St. Francis Hospital with minor injuries.

Deputies say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.  

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man is hospitalized, after his dirt bike was hit by a truck in Delta County.

State Police from the Gladstone Post say the accident happened Wednesday around 4 p.m. on 18th Road near Danforth Road.  A dirt bike driven by a 24-year-old man was crossing 18th Road when he failed to yield to a pickup truck that was traveling eastbound. 

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man arrested on meth charges is headed to trial in Delta County.  

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

Brazeau is going to trial on the charge of operating and maintaining a meth lab. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Trial is scheduled to start November 8 in Delta County Circuit Court.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Heavy metal rocker Bret Michaels, country duo Dan + Shay and the 1960s pop group Herman's Hermits will perform from the grandstand during this week's Upper Peninsula State Fair.

The fair runs from Monday through Sunday at the grounds in Escanaba.

Other entertainment will include stock car and mud drag races, a motorcycle exhibition and a Sunday night fireworks display.

ESCANABA, MI--   A Kansas man has been sentenced for the hatchet attack of an Escanaba man in April.

Timothy Heitz, 19, was charged with assault with intent to murder and carrying a concealed weapon.  He was accused of using the rounded end of a hatchet to beat a 31-year-old man in Escanaba. 

Heitz was sentenced Friday to 4 years and 9 months to 10 years in prison on the assault charge and 2 to 5 years on the weapons charge.  

LANSING, MI--   A measure recently signed into law will allow officers to administer a saliva test to drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs.  

Sponsored by state Senator Tom Casperson, the Barbara J. and Thomas J. Swift Law creates a one-year pilot program under which trained Michigan State Police troopers can test suspected drugged drivers on the road.  The test would determine the presence of controlled substances like cannabinoids, opiates, and amphetamines in the driver’s system. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Sentencing is set for an Escanaba man who pleaded guilty to a meth-related charge.

Robert Jones, 52, and two others were arrested in March after they purchased components used to make meth.  A search of a North 16th Street residence resulted in the seizure of various meth-related components.

Jones was charged with manufacturing meth and conspiracy to manufacture meth.  He pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating and maintaining a meth lab. 

Sentencing is scheduled for July 26 in Delta County Circuit Court.  

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