OSF St. Francis Hospital

ESCANABA, MI--   Nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba have ratified a three-year contract. 

The Michigan Nurses Association says under the new agreement all nurses secured raises to bring up low salaries to be competitive with other area hospitals. Registered nurses had said recruiting and retaining RNs was a priority during contract negotiations.

More than 130 nurses have been working without a contract since May 1. Officials say an overwhelming majority of nurses voted for the agreement.

The newly ratified contract takes effect immediately.

ESCANABA, MI--   A picket by registered nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital is canceled, after a tentative three-year agreement was reached with administration Wednesday night.

The Michigan Nurses Association says the contract includes provisions to recruit and retain experienced nurses. That was a major sticking point for RNs in previous negotiations.

OSF St. Francis

ESCANABA, MI--   Registered nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba are hitting the picket line Thursday to call for a fairer contract.

Laura Vizineau is an 11-year nurse at OSF. She says nurses want to be able to recruit and retain experienced RNs at St. Francis, but the hospital has some of the lowest starting wages in the U.P.

“We get a lot of brand-new nurses, having a local college here, but not a lot of experienced nurses want to come here for way less pay.”

GLADSTONE, MI--   One person was injured in a traffic crash in Gladstone Thursday.  

Gladstone Public Safety officers say it happened around 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of US-2 and M-35.  A semi hauling a load of lumber was northbound on US-2 when it ran a red light.  It struck a westbound pickup truck that was crossing the highway.  The semi jackknifed and lost its load. 

The semi driver—from Dollar Bay—was cited for disregarding a red light. 

UPDATE, 7/27/15:  The rider of the motorcycle has been identified as 55-year-old Glenn Nicholas White.  The driver of the Ford Explorer is 51-year-old Amy Beth Deiter.

Officials say the accident was intersection-related and remains under investigation.


ESCANABA, MI--   A motorcyclist has been killed in a crash with a vehicle in Escanaba. 

Public Safety officers say it happened Friday around 9:55 p.m. at the intersection of Ludington Street and 30th Street North. 

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people are hospitalized following a two-vehicle accident in Delta County Sunday. 

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened around 6:45 p.m. on County 513 T Road near the Little Bay de Noc Campground.  Deputies say a vehicle driven by Orville Pederson, 85, of Rapid River crossed the centerline and hit a vehicle driven by David Hanes, 69, of Rapid River. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Four people were injured in a collision between a passenger vehicle and a truck in Escanaba Tuesday afternoon.  

Department of Public Safety officers were called around 5:45 to the 1200 block of North Lincoln Road.  They say a car was northbound when a truck trying to head south pulled out from 12th Avenue North in front of it. 

Four people were taken to St. Francis Hospital for evaluation.  The names of those involved are not being released at this time.

The accident remains under investigation. 

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba Public Safety has released the names of three people involved in a fatal accident Sunday afternoon. 

Investigation reveals that a vehicle driven by Rebecca Dabney was northbound on North 30th Street when she lost control.  Her vehicle crossed the centerline and hit a southbound vehicle driven by Brian Flath. 

Flath and his passenger, Robert Dunstone, 81, were taken to St. Francis hospital.  Dunstone was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the accident.  Flath was treated and released.

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Escanaba man is accused of committing felonious assault in Ford River Township over the weekend.  

State Police from the Gladstone Post say the incident happened Saturday around 8:45 p.m.  Troopers responded after receiving a 911 call that a stabbing had occurred inside a residence. 

The victim—a 44-year-old Escanaba man—was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital for treatment.  The 73-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene and lodged at the Delta County Jail.

Names have not yet been released, pending arraignment.