Marquette County Prosecutor's Office

MARQUETTE, MI--   Four of five suspects arrested in a Marquette County human trafficking and child prostitution sting in March have been bound over to circuit court.

Robert Miller of Negaunee, Ameire Stevens of Skandia, Alan Schwalbach of Vulcan, Keith Johnson of AuTrain and Chad Anderson of Gwinn are each charged with child sexually abusive activity, use of a computer to commit child sexually abusive activity, accosting a child for immoral purposes and use of a computer to commit accosting a child for immoral purposes.

North Country Public Radio

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office says a recent joint sting operation to combat human trafficking and child prostitution in the U.P. was an astounding success.

Multiple law enforcement agencies cooperated in the undercover operation. They included the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Marquette Police Department, the Michigan State Police, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, and the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say more details about the operation will be released this week.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese has been elected president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan.

The group is comprised of a 14-member board of directors and the Attorney General. They represent Michigan’s 83 county prosecuting attorney offices.

Wiese will serve a one-year term through August 2021. 

As president, Wiese has prioritized advocating for victim rights, continuing PAAM’s focus on advancing the professionalism of prosecution, criminal justice reform, and the prosecution of crimes of violence against women.

KI SAWYER, MI--   A Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office satellite office for domestic violence victims and survivors is now open at KI Sawyer. 

The space is part of the multi-year Blueprint for Safety Domestic Violence Project. It has a secure entrance and two secure offices: one for a Domestic Violence Advocate and another for law enforcement from Forsyth Township, Michigan State Police, and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. A third, “soft space” can be used for support and focus groups.

MARQUETTE, MI--  Marquette County Chief Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has sent a letter to schools and parents within the county stating his office will take all threats made against area schools on social 

media or otherwise very seriously. 

Wiese released the contents of the letter on Friday:

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has concluded its case against a 13-year-old girl charged in the hanging death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz of Marquette in March.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese says the case is heartbreaking. He says the girl made immature and irresponsible choices, but he doesn't believe she intended for Tysen to die. She has been placed on a kind of juvenile probation program, under which she must complete certain requirements in order for her record to be expunged.

Wiese released a statement regarding the case Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette County Prosecutor's Office has dismissed mortgage fraud and forgery charges against former NMU hockey coach Walt Kyle.

Prosecutor Matt Wiese released the following statement Wednesday:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A juvenile involved in a social media prank that allegedly prompted an 11-year-old Marquette boy to take his own life has been charged in the incident.

On March 14 the Marquette Police Department was called to a residence on a report of an attempted suicide. They found an 11-year old male unresponsive. The youth was taken to UPHS Marquette, then transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he died Tuesday as a result of his injuries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette teen has been arrested for breaking into a vehicle and stealing a debit card.

The Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office authorized two felony warrants on Austin Hartman, 18.  He’s charged with stealing-using-retaining a financial transaction device and illegal use of a financial transaction device.

Hartman is lodged at the Marquette County Jail on 10 percent of a $10,000 bond for each count.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is sponsoring a forum on sexual assault and how it’s handled by officials both on and off campus. 

Sexual Assault on Trial: Campus and Community Response will feature county prosecutors, officials from NMU Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office and others.  They’ll discuss various scenarios from campuses across the country, then take questions and input from the audience.