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SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A De Tour woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal Chippewa County traffic accident in December.  

The County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash on east M-48 near East Townline Road on December 2.  A pickup had rolled over onto its top, trapping Benjamin Hilts, 35, of De Tour inside.  Fire personnel had to cut Hilts out of the truck.  He ultimately died of his injuries. 

HARRIS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An elderly Menominee County man has been killed in a traffic accident in Harris Township.

State Police from the Gladstone Post say it happened Thursday around 8:30 p.m. on US2/41 west of the 557 intersection. 

Witnesses say a westbound pickup truck driven by Wayne Miller, 84, of Spaulding crashed into the back of a tractor trailer that was making a left turn into a private drive.  Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the semi, a 52-year-old from Wilson, MI, was not injured.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol 

complex in honor of James Shelifoe, Jr. and Alan Swartz, firefighters with the Beartown Fire Department who died Saturday, August 27.

ANOKA, MN (AP)--   Minnesota prosecutors have charged a Baraga firefighter with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two fellow firefighters and injured seven more as they drove to Utah to fight a wildfire.

The criminal complaint against 28-year-old Michael Allen Johnson says he told investigators he had not slept in more than 24 hours except for a 45-minute nap early Saturday before the crash about 3 p.m. Saturday.

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BLAINE, MN--    Officials have released the names of two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community firefighters who died in a crash in Blaine, Minnesota Saturday afternoon. 

Alan Swartz, 25, and James Shelifoe, Jr., 23, were killed and several others were injured when their truck drove off I-35, hit a median cable and rolled several times. 

The Tribe says those who suffered serious injuries included Ross Jaukkuri, Michael Johnson, Joseph Jossens, Gavin Loonsfoot, Shashaywin Sandman-Shelifoe, Tyler Tolonen, and David Varline.  They’re all expected to recover. 

UPDATE, 6/7/16:   Troopers have released the names of those involved in the crash.  They are Nicole Vanderlin, 22, of Vulcan; Rodney Nelson, 62, of Quinnesec; Randall Nelson, 58, of Quinnesec; and Patricia Gedvick, 53, of Vulcan.


BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two Dickinson County men are dead, following a three-vehicle crash in Breitung Township.

State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened Monday around 4:20 p.m. on Breitung Cutoff Road near Hydraulic Falls Road. 

ESCANABA, MI--   A jury has found a Wetmore teen guilty of four felonies in connection with a fatal crash near Schaffer last June.  

The Escanaba Daily Press reports Dalton Carll, 19, was convicted Thursday of reckless driving, causing death and three counts of reckless driving, causing serious injury to others. 

UPDATE, 1/28/16:  The two people killed in the accident are identified as Peter Ruokola, 81, and Karen Basto, 72.  The driver of the van is Allen Basto, 70.  He remains in stable condition at UPHS Marquette.


ISHPEMING, MI--   Two people have been killed in a traffic accident in Ishpeming. 

ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette man was killed in a traffic accident Sunday in Ely Township. 

State Police say it happened around 10:45 a.m. on US-41 in the passing lanes of the Evergreen Stretch.  Matthew Croschere, 26, was westbound in a Toyota Corolla when he tried to pass a semi tractor-trailer headed in the same direction.  Croschere lost control of the car on the snow-covered road, crossed the center line, and hit an oncoming Chevy Suburban driven by Gerald Honeyager, 62, of Dousman, Wisconsin. 

SOO TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police are reporting a fatal traffic crash in Chippewa County. 

Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post say it happened Friday around 9 p.m. on Mackinac Trail south of 3 Mile Road.  They say two vehicles crashed head-on. 

Two occupants of the northbound vehicle were transported from the scene for medical treatment.  One was taken to Petoskey, while the other was transferred to U of M Hospital.  The driver of the northbound vehicle later died of his injuries.

The lone occupant of the southbound vehicle was not seriously injured.