Luce County

NEWBERRY, MI--   The suspect in a Luce County officer-involved shooting has been arrested on a number of charges.

NEWBERRY, MI--   An angler who went missing in Luce County Monday has been found in good condition.

The 64-year-old man from Free Soil, Michigan failed to meet up with his fishing partner and was reported missing around 8 p.m. The Luce County Sheriff’s Office established an incident command post near the intersection of County Road 421 and the Tahquamenon River.

LAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Luce County teen has been arrested for killing his 10-year-old sister.

Tuesday around 8 p.m. Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were dispatched to a residence in Lakefield Township on a report of a shooting. A 10-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed the girl’s 14-year-old brother shot her. He was found at the home and arrested.

LAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Luce County home has been destroyed by fire.

Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were dispatched to the house in Lakefield Township around 12:00 Monday morning. They found the residence, garage and two attached dwellings engulfed in flames.

The occupants of the house got out before troopers arrived and were not injured. The homeowner said the fire started from an unattended wood stove in the garage.

Michigan State Police

LUCE COUNTY, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating two separate incidents in Luce County.

Troopers say someone broke into a cabin on Old Grade Road sometime between February and this past Saturday. The suspect or suspects rummaged through the cabin and took a new propane wall heater, a metric and a standard socket set and two sets of Ace Hardware wrenches—both metric and standard.

State Police are also looking into a property damage complaint in Lakeland Township.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Luce County man has been killed in a single-vehicle accident in Portage Township. 

Michigan State Police from the St. Ignace Post were dispatched late Saturday to H-33 near Curtis. They say a passing motorist found an occupied pickup truck crashed in the ditch.

The driver, identified as Ronald Wiegand, 64, of Curtis, was pronounced dead at the scene. No other people were in the vehicle.

Troopers say it’s unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

MCMILLAN TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating a fatal snowmobile accident in McMillan Township.

Officials say it happened Friday around 11:25 a.m. on Trail #9 near County Road 452. The driver, a 71-year-old Grand Haven man, lost control of his snowmobile. It ran off the road and hit a group of trees.

Troopers believe speed was a factor in the incident.

The Luce County Sheriff’s Office road and snowmobile patrol and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources assisted at the scene.

LAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Luce County.

Tuesday around 5:45 p.m. State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post and Newberry Detachment were dispatched to a residence on County Road 417 in Lakefield Township. After the fire was extinguished a deceased individual was found among the debris.

Officials say no foul play is suspected at this time, and the fire remains under investigation.

LUCE COUNTY, MI--   A project to resurface about seven miles of M-123 in Luce County is slated to begin Monday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it’s investing $560,000 to treat cracks, resurface, perform shoulder work, and create centerline rumble strips on the highway. Officials say the rumble strips are a proven and cost-effective way to prevent lane-departure crashes.

The work area runs from north of County Road 407 to north of Murphy Creek.

The project is expected to be completed by August 18.

NEWBERRY, MI--   The owner of a Luce County movie theater is trying to raise enough money to save it. 

The Tahqua Land Theatre in Newberry was built in 1930, during the Depression.  In 1972 Fred Dunkeld

bought the building and about ten years ago renovated it in a Greek mythology theme to bring it back to its former glory.

But while most movies now are being released in a digital-only format, the Tahqua Land can only use real film.  Dunkeld says that prevented him from showing the latest Star Wars movie.