Tyler Markle / WLUC-TV

HANCOCK, MI--   No students were injured when the roof of a Hancock elementary school caved in Thursday morning.

WLUC-TV says students of Berkall Elementary were already on their way to school when officials discovered the damage. The roof of one classroom collapsed and damaged adjacent classroom walls in the process.

School was dismissed shortly afterward. Classes are canceled Friday while crews clean up the area.

Officials say a combination of heavy snow and about an inch of rain Wednesday night likely contributed to the cave-in.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Cut River Bridge in Mackinac County is slated to reopen to traffic Thursday.

The bridge has been under a detour during a $4.8 million repair project. The Michigan Department of Transportation says crews will continue to clean and coat the bridge, but remaining work can be completed with single-lane closures.

And on Monday MDOT will continue work on a flood-damaged storm sewer at the intersection of Hancock and Tezcuco streets in Hancock. The work will require the closure of a lane of US-41.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Two people have been arrested in Houghton County on drug charges. 

On Wednesday detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team took a 53-year-old Hancock man and a 28-year-old Houghton man into custody. The arrests stemmed from search warrants conducted on four residences in April. The search resulted in the seizure of more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana and 45 marijuana plants.

They’re charged with delivery/manufacture of 45 kilograms or more of marijuana, delivery of marijuana, and maintaining a drug house.

HANCOCK TOWNSHIP, MI--   Only minor injuries are reported in a Hancock Township snowmobile accident.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department says it happened Saturday at approximately 5:30 p.m. on M-203 near McClain State Park. An 18-year-old Hancock man was operating on the shoulder of the road when he went into the ditch and was thrown from the snowmobile.

A family member took the man to UPHS Portage, where he was treated and released.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. 


HOUGHTON, MI--   Friends are trying to raise funds for the family of a Hancock teen who died in a swimming accident over the weekend. 

Jimmy Bell, 17, was with friends on the docks at East Lakeshore Drive in Houghton around 3:15 p.m. Saturday when he jumped into the water and failed to resurface.

HANCOCK, MI--   Drivers will see a new traffic pattern at the US-41 reconstruction project in Hancock beginning Monday. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says Front Street traffic will shift to the southbound lanes of the highway, maintaining one lane in each direction between the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and Reservation Street. The southbound US-41 connector ramp to eastbound M-26 toward Ripley will be reopened. Work will start on the northbound lanes of the highway. And northbound US-41 traffic will now cross the median as it exits the lift bridge.

HANCOCK, MI--   The traffic pattern in Hancock is shifting, in preparation for a reconstruction project in the city. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says beginning Monday or Tuesday all Front Street traffic will shift to the northbound lanes of the highway. One lane in each direction will be maintained between the lift bridge and Reservation Street.

UPDATE:  Michigan Tech has determined that seven students and one research faculty member and his family were displaced in the apartment building fire in Hancock early this morning. 

The University has helped all of them find alternative housing for the remainder of the semester.


HANCOCK, MI--   Fire has destroyed an apartment building in Hancock, displacing several Michigan Tech students and a faculty member and his family. 

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Finlandia Uuniversity student charged in connection with the theft of guns from a Hancock store in December has entered a plea in the case. 

Jake Hugall, 19, pleaded guilty this week to larceny of a firearm.  In exchange, a charge of breaking and entering with intent was dropped. 

Sentencing will be held within the next four weeks.  Hugall could be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which means his record could be expunged if he completes probation successfully.


HANCOCK, MI--   You know it's an unusual winter when a polar bear plunge is canceled in the Upper 


Police tell The Daily Mining Gazette that the ice is too thin for the dip Saturday on Portage Lake in Hancock. The plunge typically attracts hundreds of people as part of the Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival.

There will be a parade in downtown Hancock, followed by a wife-carrying contest, sled races and other community events.