Escanaba

ESCANABA, MI--   A person who posted a threat on social media is what led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Delta County Courthouse last week.

That’s according to Prosecutor Philip Strom, who says police were notified of the post Friday around 11:50 a.m.  Officials felt safety at the building could be in jeopardy and took measures to secure the courthouse. 

The subject police believed was responsible for the post was taken into custody and is now in the care of mental health officials. 

The case remains under investigation.  

ESCANABA, MI--   A website has been set up to collect donations for an Escanaba boy who was hit by a car. 

Tuesday evening Peter Frank, 14, was hiding in a pile of leaves next to a curb when he was run over by a car driven by a 17-year-old boy.  Frank was airlifted to UP Health System Marquette with serious injuries. 

A family friend has set up the information and donation website www.prayforpeter.net as Frank recovers. 

Frank’s father says the family holds no ill will against the driver of the car who hit his son.  

ESCANABA, MI--   There’s no update on the condition of a 14-year-old Escanaba boy who was run over by a car as he hid in a pile of leaves on the side of the road.   

The accident happened Tuesday night on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue South. 

Police say the 16-year-old driver of the Chevy Monte Carlo didn’t stop after hitting the pile.  Officers stopped the vehicle some time later. 

The victim was airlifted to UP Health System Marquette with serious injuries.  

ESCANABA, MI--   A 14-year-old Escanaba boy suffered serious injuries when he hid in a leaf pile and was struck by a car.  

Officials say the incident happened Tuesday around 6 p.m. on the 400 block of 2nd Avenue South. 

The pile was next to the curb in the street.  A westbound vehicle driven by a 16-year-old and containing two passengers drove through the pile and ran over the boy. 

The victim was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital, then airlifted to UP Health System Marquette.  His condition is unknown at this time.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Commission on Services to the Aging wants to improve senior care for residents of the Upper Peninsula.  

A public meeting held last week at the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress office in Escanaba focused primarily on residents' comments and concerns regarding senior care in the area. Local officials expressed concern over the difficulty of attracting and retaining workers at senior centers and senior meal programs.

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   The Upper Peninsula State Fair gets underway Monday in Escanaba and continues all week, with live entertainment, a carnival midway, livestock exhibits and more.  

Josh Thompson, Tyler Farr, Drowning Pool and the Beatles tribute band Fab Four will perform. Members of the famed acrobatic Wallenda family will display aerial artistry.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for help with teaching children about hunting and fishing at its "pocket park" during the fair, which ends Sunday.

Two Michigan airports getting federal funding for upgrades

Aug 14, 2015

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Two Michigan airports are getting U.S. Department of Transportation support for upgrades.  

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan announced Thursday a $476,900 grant for Delta County Airport in Escanaba. The funding will help the airport rehabilitate its runway, acquire a passenger lift for disabled travelers and update taxiway markings.

UPDATE, 7/27/15:  The rider of the motorcycle has been identified as 55-year-old Glenn Nicholas White.  The driver of the Ford Explorer is 51-year-old Amy Beth Deiter.

Officials say the accident was intersection-related and remains under investigation.

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ESCANABA, MI--   A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash with a vehicle in Escanaba. 

Public Safety officers say it happened Friday around 9:55 p.m. at the intersection of Ludington Street and 30th Street North. 

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man convicted of killing his wife will spend the rest of his life in prison. 

Kallay Batchelor, 37, was found guilty in May of killing his 32-year-old wife Heather last September.  She was found on her bedroom floor with a knife in her throat.  

Batchelor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  His attorneys plan to appeal. 

Escanaba plant closes

Jun 15, 2015

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba’s coal-fired power plant is shutting down permanently Monday.

One of the plant’s substations blew up in February, and the plant has been shuttered since.  Before the explosion the plant had only been running about 10 percent of the time.  Escanaba has been purchasing its power from a different source because it’s cheaper than producing it from coal. 

City officials have been talking to a Gary, Indiana energy company about the possibility of purchasing the plant and converting it to a facility that uses other fuels. 

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