KINGSFORD, MI--   A number of drug tablets were seized after the Upper Peninsula Substance

Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in Kingsford Thursday.

The warrant was part of an investigation into the interstate distribution of MDMA--also known as Molly or Ecstasy. The drug is a stimulant and causes psychedelic effects.

UPSET determined that over the past several months numerous shipments of MDMA      were being received by a suspect in Kingsford. Each shipment contained several hundred tablets.

KINGSFORD, MI--   Dickinson County’s Ford Airport is getting more money for improvements.

The Kingsford facility will receive a nearly $2.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will be used to complete rehabilitation of the runway and reconstruction of the lighting system.

Last week it was announced Ford Airport would get $2.2 million to address the improvements. In total, the airport is getting $4,843,789 in federal grants.  

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   A Kingsford man faces embezzlement charges, following an eight-month investigation by the Iron Mountain Police Department.  

Jason Piatti, 28, is accused of embezzling money from the Krist Oil Company.  He’s been arraigned on ten counts of embezzlement by an agent or trustee—less than $200.  Each count is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail. 

After pleading not guilty Piatti was released on a $2,500 bond.

A jury trial is set for May 20.  

KINGSFORD, MI--    Two people have been arrested on heroin charges in Dickinson County. 

Yarodin Parker, 32, of Chicago and Desiree Martz, 20, of Kingsford were apprehended after an undercover investigation.  They’re charged with delivery of heroin and conspiracy to deliver heroin. 

The couple’s children were placed in the care of Child Protective Services. 

A preliminary hearing is set for December 28 in Dickinson County District Court.   

FLORENCE, WI--   A Kingsford man is in Wisconsin court on a charge of aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm. 

Joseph Supa, 34, is accused of punching a man outside an Aurora bar on November 7.  The victim was put into a medically induced coma and is recovering at a hospital in Green Bay. 

Supa was bound over to Florence County Circuit Court Tuesday.  He remains free on a $5,000 bond.

A pretrial hearing is set for February 2.  

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   An Iron Mountain suspect has been sentenced in connection with a July drug bust.

Allen Lucas, 32, pleaded guilty in August to delivery and manufacture of cocaine and being a habitual offender.  The judge sentenced him to 34 months to 40 years in prison. 

Lucas was arrested with Brian Dale, 38, in Kingsford.  Police seized crack cocaine, money, and a motorcycle. 

Dale’s sentencing is set for September 21.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   An exhibit on the history of the Iron Mountain Ford Motor Co. plant in Kingsford has opened at the Cornish Pumping Engine and Mining Museum in Iron Mountain. 

The Daily News of Iron Mountain reports that Menominee Range Historical Foundation vice president Bill Cummings compiled the information and photographs to tell the story of Ford's role in the area's history. Thousands of employees worked at the Iron Mountain Ford plant from 1920 to 1951.

KINGSFORD, MI--    Authorities have confirmed drowning as the cause of death for a Kingsford man reported missing since June 3. 

Witnesses say Brian Bush, 32, had been playing with a remote-controlled boat at Menominee River Park that day.  Officials believe the boat may have capsized and Bush entered the water to retrieve it. 

The current in that part of the river is strong and fluctuates because of nearby dams. 

Bush’s body was found in the river Monday night.

UPDATE, 6/9, 9:20 am:  Kingsford Public Safety officers confirmed Tuesday morning that the body recovered Monday evening from the Menominee River is that of Brian Bush of Kingsford.

Bush, 32, has been missing since June 3.  He was last seen at Menominee River Park.

Authorities say an autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death. 


UPDATE, 6/9:  Police say they may have found the body of a missing Kingsford man. 

Authorities discovered the body Monday in the Menominee River.  They’re awaiting positive identification.

Attempted bombing suspect from U.P. to stay in NC

May 11, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Kingsford man charged with leaving a bomb outside a Detroit federal building in 2011 will remain in custody indefinitely for psychiatric care. 

A federal judge granted the government's request this week. Gary Mikulich is being held at a prison in North Carolina that offers mental health care.

In 2014, the 47-year-old Mikulich was found mentally incompetent to face charges, despite forced medication. But that doesn't mean he gets to go home to Kingsford. The government says he's a risk to the public.