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IRONWOOD, MI (AP)--   The remains of a Michigan soldier will be interred this weekend in an Ironwood cemetery, 77 years after he died in a World War II prisoner camp.

New technologies helped the Army in July identify the remains of Walter Kellett, who lived in Ironwood when he joined the Army in 1940. He was assigned to the Army Air Corps in the Philippines.

IRONWOOD, MI--   An Ironwood woman has been arrested in connection with a fire at a city business Sunday. 

At 5:35 p.m. firefighters responded to the Pines Café on Suffolk Street and found fire on the second floor of the building.

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

After an investigation by Fire Marshal Brandon Snyder a 24-year-old woman has been charged with arson, preparation to burn a dwelling and killing/torturing an animal.

She remains lodged in the Gogebic County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

IRONWOOD, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the 39th cougar sighting in the state since 2008.

A mountain lion was caught on a landowner’s trail camera July 7 northwest of Ironwood in Gogebic County. A DNR wildlife biologist visited the location Thursday. The image was reviewed and verified by the DNR’s cougar team, composed of wildlife biologists.

The DNR has now confirmed 39 cougar reports in the past 11 years. All but one were in the Upper Peninsula. Officials say reports may include multiple sightings of the same animal.

ONTONAGON, MI (AP)--   Five Upper Peninsula communities are among nine in Michigan that are getting a share of $350,000 to eliminate blight. 

The grants are coming from the Michigan Land Bank to demolish structures and prepare for new development.

The communities are Ontonagon, Ontonagon Township, Bessemer, Houghton County and Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. The others in the Lower Peninsula are Manistee County, West Branch, Newaygo and Harbor Beach.

The applications were evaluated based on factors such as public safety, economic development and private investment.

IRONWOOD, MI--   Police have released the name of an Ironwood man arrested this week during a meth investigation. 

The Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team made controlled buys from Donald Jett, 52, then executed a search warrant at his Pine Street residence. Detectives seized numerous items, including drugs and money.

Jett was arrested and charged with possession with intent to deliver meth, possession of Vicodin, possession of Suboxone, possession of meth and Vicodin within 1,000 feet of a park, and maintaining a drug house.

IRONWOOD, MI--   A customer accidentally discharged a firearm in the Ironwood Walmart store Thursday.

Gogebic County Sheriff’s deputies responded around 2:35 p.m. after someone reported a gunshot in the store. Officers determined it was an accidental discharge by a customer in a restroom.

The 58-year-old man left the building, but immediately returned to report the incident to police on scene. There were no injuries and no threat to others.

Officers say the man is legally licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

IRONWOOD, MI--   An Ironwood man was arrested after the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team executed a search warrant in the city Tuesday. 

Police say the investigation focused primarily on crystal meth distribution in Michigan and Wisconsin.

During the search officers uncovered crystal meth, prescription medication and an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers arrested a 52-year-old man and lodged him in the Gogebic County Jail. He remains lodged on a $100,000 cash bond.

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   A Department of Natural Resources game camera has taken photographs of a cougar in Gogebic County.

The camera, set up about nine miles north of Ironwood, is part of a state deer movement study. The three photos were taken around 7:15 p.m. on October 1. A DNR cougar team has reviewed and verified the images.

IRONWOOD, MI--   The Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has arrested an Ironwood man for criminal sexual conduct following an investigation into his online activity.

The investigation began when a Tumblr user reported suspicious activity on an account to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Evidence was obtained that led investigators to execute a search warrant on 47-year-old Jason Irvine’s house.

On September 6 digital evidence revealing Irvine had engaged in criminal sexual conduct with a minor child was seized. 

IRONWOOD, MI--   Another body has been found in an Ironwood building destroyed by fire Wednesday.

WLUC-TV says an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the identities of the two people who were killed in the blaze. One person remains unaccounted for, and three people are hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now involved in investigating the cause of the fire, which is considered suspicious. It destroyed two buildings on East Aurora Street.