Wells Township

UPDATE: The driver of the dump truck, Adam LaFave, 41, of Escanaba, was treated and released from UPHS-Marquette. 

Danforth Road is reopen for normal traffic.


WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A train was derailed when a dump truck hit it in Wells Township Thursday.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An 80-year-old man has been killed in an ORV crash in Marquette County. 

State Police from the Negaunee Post say it happened just before midnight on Saturday in Wells Township. The operator was westbound on County Road 426 near County Road CN when the crash happened.

Lifesaving measures were performed by responding personnel but the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers believe alcohol and speed were both factors in the accident, which remains under investigation.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two people are jailed for producing meth in Delta County.

On Tuesday the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Danforth Road in Wells Township. Detectives seized numerous components used to manufacture meth.

Evidence at the scene and information obtained by UPSET led to the execution of another search warrant at a house on 2nd Street in Escanaba. Additional meth components were seized and two subjects were arrested.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Arrest warrants have been issued for an Escanaba man involving a Wells Township breaking-and-entering. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Benjamin Wyatt is accused of stealing a pickup from Escanaba on July 1 and driving to LaPalmes Country Corner. He allegedly broke into the residence portion of the building, then entered the attached post office and store. An estimated $9,000 worth of merchandise was stolen or damaged.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A home in Escanaba has been damaged by fire. 

Public Safety officers were dispatched just before noon Tuesday to 3343 US-2 & 41 in Wells Township and saw flames coming from the second-story window. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control with help from the Ford River Township Fire Department and compressed air foam.

Officers were on the scene for about two hours. Fire damage was kept to the second floor.

Five family members were able to escape the house without injury.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   Authorities continue to investigate a fire that destroyed a motel in Wells Township. 

Escanaba Public Safety was called Friday afternoon to the 6300 block of North 11th Street and found the multi-unit motel fully engulfed.

Officers and members of the Escanaba Township Fire Department were on the scene for two hours, battling the blaze. They were initially hindered by a downed, live power line, but utility workers were able to disconnect the power.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a Friday night house fire in Wells Township.

Firefighters were called around 10:30 p.m. to a residence on K.5 Lane and saw flames coming through the roof. They got the fire under control within 30 minutes. The house sustained smoke and water damage.

Officials say there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Central Dispatch, and Upper Peninsula Power Company assisted at the scene. 

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police have released the names of those caught in a structure fire in Wells Township Thursday. 

Around 10:55 p.m. troopers from the Negaunee Post were dispatched to a camp on County Road 426. A passerby had called 911 when he saw the residence engulfed in flames. Troopers say the building had exploded prior to the call.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people have been seriously injured in a structure fire in Wells Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post were dispatched Thursday around 10:55 p.m. to a camp on County Road 426.

Injured in the fire were a 36-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, both of Gwinn.

The two were taken to UPHS-Marquette, then flown to the University of Michigan for further treatment. Their names have not yet been released. 

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 13-year-old boy is hospitalized, after he was hit by a vehicle while waiting for a school bus in Delta County. 

ABC-10 says it happened just before 7:30 Thursday morning on 18th Road near K Lane in Wells Township. An 18-year-old man was eastbound on 18th Road when he crested a hill and struck another vehicle that was waiting for a student to board a Hannahville school bus. The man’s vehicle then left the roadway and hit the boy.

The boy was airlifted by Valley Med Flight to UPHS-Marquette for treatment. His condition is not known at this time.