Munising Township

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police say a house exploded in Alger County’s Munising Township.

The Alger County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Friday around 1 p.m. on Old Indiantown Road. Emergency responders say the house was totally disintegrated when they arrived on the scene.

They found the lone occupant of the home lying underneath debris. The woman was conscious and alert. She was extricated and taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time.

Officials don’t know what caused the explosion.

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Wetmore man has died of injuries sustained in a Munising Township go-cart crash.

Sunday around 9:45 p.m. State Police from the Negaunee Post were called to Powell Lake Road near Lost Lake Road. Investigation indicates the go-cart was northbound on Powell Lake Road when it collided with an unoccupied vehicle parked in a private drive.

The passenger in the go-cart—Troy White, 31, of Wetmore—died at the scene. The driver—a 15-year-old male from Munising, was taken to UPHS Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Indiana man has died in a snowmobile accident in Alger County. 

State Police from the Munising detachment say the crash happened Wednesday around 5 p.m. on H-13 near the Hiawatha National Forest Wide Waters Campground access road in Munising Township.  

Troopers say Steve Short, 57, of Fort Wayne was southbound on H-13 when he lost control of his snowmobile.  The machine crossed the roadway, struck a snowbank, and overturned.  Short was thrown from the machine and suffered fatal injuries.

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police have identified human remains found in Alger County a month ago.  

Hunters discovered the remains October 30 in Munising Township.  Dental records indicate the deceased is Victor Wayne Salo, 40.  Salo had not previously been reported as missing because his family says he lived a transient lifestyle and they hadn’t seen him in two years.  Salo was believed to have been camping near the site where his remains were found. 

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   A downstate man has suffered severe injuries in an ORV accident in Alger County. 

State Police from the Negaunee Post say the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday on County Road H-58 near the Bear Trap Dam in Munising Township.

Troopers say James Welsh, 49, of Farmington Hills was following a family member on another ORV on the side of the road when the tires of the two vehicles made contact. 

Welsh was ejected from his ORV.  He was wearing a helmet. 

UPDATE, 2:00 p.m.:    State Police from the Munising detachment say the people affected by the fire are Gaylord McArthur, 30, Barbara McGee, 24, Brian McGee, 6, Arianna McArthur, 4, and Alia McArthur, 3. 

The fire is believed to have started near a wood stove.  Officials say one of the children woke up from smoke in her room and alerted the others.  As fire spread through the home the occupants escaped through a rear window. 

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   An AuTrain man has been killed in an Alger County traffic accident.  

Sheriff’s deputies say the crash happened Wednesday around 4:50 a.m. on Federal Forest Highway 13 about a half-mile south of M-28 in Munising Township.

Deputies say two vehicles crashed head-on, killing Scott Mellon, 20, of AuTrain. 

The driver of the other vehicle, Brandon Lester, 27, of Garden, was taken to Munising Memorial Hospital, treated and released.

An autopsy is planned to determine Mellon’s cause of death. 

MUNISING TOWNSHIP, MI--   A single-vehicle accident in Alger County has claimed the life of the driver. 

Troopers from the Negaunee Post say the crash happened Wednesday around 2:40 a.m. on H-15 near Shingleton in Munising Township.  

Troopers arrived on the scene and found a 1999 Chevy Cavalier fully engulfed in flames.  After the fire was extinguished a single deceased individual was found inside the vehicle.  Their identity is being withheld, pending further investigation. 

Officials believe speed was a factor in the accident.