Iron County Sheriff's Office

IRON COUNTY, MI--    Officials have found the body of a man whose boat crashed into an Iron County dock. 

The afternoon of Saturday, July 9, a driverless boat hit a dock at Hagerman Lake.  Sheriff’s deputies believed the owner of the boat, 56-year-old Brian Mennecke of Iowa, was out fishing and somehow fell into the water.  Officials failed to find anything after a preliminary search.

Wednesday around 8:30 p.m. Mennecke’s body was recovered by divers from the Michigan State Police Dive Team.  It was found in about 35 feet of water near the dock. 

Iron County Sheriff

IRON COUNTY, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Department is searching for the driver of a boat that crashed into a dock at Hagerman Lake over the weekend.  

Saturday around 3:40 p.m. Iron County Central Dispatch received a call that a driverless boat had slammed into the dock, but no one was around.

Deputies believe a 56-year-old Iowa resident was out fishing and somehow fell into the water prior to the crash.

MADISON, WI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a suspect in connection with the death of an Alpha woman.  

The night of June 23 deputies were called to a residence on a report of a possible murder/suicide.  Jamie Lee James, 29, was found dead at the scene. 

An Alpha man was also found in the house.  He was taken to Madison, WI, for treatment.

On Friday the man was arrested at UW Madison Hospital for James’ murder.  He is jailed and awaits extradition to Michigan. 

ALPHA, MI--    The Iron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible murder/suicide attempt in the town of Alpha. 

Wednesday around 9:50 p.m. deputies responded to a residence on a report that shots had been fired.  They found Jamie Lee James, 29, deceased in the house and a male subject near her. 

The man was taken to Iron River Aspirus Hospital and later airlifted to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

The man’s name is not being released until the investigation is complete.  Deputies say there is no pending threat to the community.

IRON COUNTY, MI--   Two people are dead, following a rollover accident in Iron County.

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened Tuesday around 8:10 p.m. on M-189 south of the Osterlund Road intersection. 

A northbound vehicle containing two people apparently left the roadway and overturned.  The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected.  The passenger was trapped and had to be extricated.  Deputies say both died of their injuries. 

IRON COUNTY, MI--   An Iron Mountain man has drowned in an Iron County lake. 

Sunday evening a fisherman called to report an overturned boat on Chicaugon Lake.  Deputies and Iron County Search and Rescue dispatched boats and found the body of Robert Polich, 57, floating near the shore.  He was wearing a personal flotation device.

Polich was last seen Thursday evening, when he told a relative he was going out fishing.  It’s believed he fell overboard that night. 

Police say foul play is not suspected and investigation into the case continues.  

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   A vehicle towing a camper has hit a house in Crystal Falls. 

Monday around 10 p.m. the Iron County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on US-2 near Oswald Street.  Deputies say a truck pulling a camper was westbound on the highway when it veered off the road and struck a house on the south side of the street.  The impact tore the porch off the house. 

IRON RIVER, MI--   An Iron River man has died in an ice fishing accident on Chicagon Lake. 

The family of Albert Melchiori, 87, contacted the Iron County Sheriff Tuesday night, saying he hadn’t returned after going out fishing Monday evening.  Deputies found Melchiori’s truck at a camp along the shoreline where he accessed his ice shanty by ORV.  The county Search and Rescue Unit scoured the shore line in the dark, but had to call off the search until Wednesday morning. 

CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP--   One person has been injured in a two-vehicle accident in Iron County. 

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened Tuesday around 6:10 p-m at the intersection of US-2 and Idlewild Road in Crystal Falls Township.  Officials say 93-year-old Edna McCreary of Crystal Falls was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Idlewild Road when she pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Richard Anderson, Jr. of Alpha.

McCreary was taken to Northstar Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  Anderson refused medical treatment. 

CRYSTAL FALLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   Officials have released the names of two people involved in a fatal car accident in Iron County over the weekend.   

Sheriff’s deputies say the rollover crash happened Saturday morning  on the WPA Road near the Deer River Bridge in Crystal Falls Township.

Deputies say Alexandra LaChappelle, 22, of Crystal Falls was killed in the accident.  Anthony Demuri, 23, of Crystal Falls was taken to Northstar Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.  

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