Northern Michigan wildfire now measuring 2,710 acres is 60% contained
The Blue Lakes Fire in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties now measures at 2,710 acres, and state officials say the blaze is about 60% contained as of Sunday, May 15. The growth in acreage covered by the fire from Saturday’s estimate of 2,300 acres is largely due to a more accurate GPS measurement of the area, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).mlive.com
Lightning caused 2,300-acre wildfire in Northern Michigan, officials say
Related: Crews battling 2,000-acre wildfire in Northern MichiganEvacuations have occurred at the Black River Ranch, where 12 structures are threatened. They include:East Branch Road and Black River Road between 622 and Canada Creek Road. Clark Bridge Road between Black River Road and Osmun Road. Blue Lakes Road between Hardwood Lake Road and East Branch Road. Black River Road between Blue Lakes Road and the Meridian Line Road and 622 intersection.mlive.com
Crews battling 2,000-acre wildfire in Northern Michigan
Crews in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties are currently battling a wildfire estimated to already have burned approximately 2,000 acres. Black River Road to Camp 30 Road. Clark Bridge Road to Black River Road. Blue Lakes Road to Meridian Line Road. The Black River between Blue Lakes Road and Clark Bridge Road also is closed.mlive.com
Fire Watch issued today for parts of Michigan with warm, dry weekend ahead
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Officials are reminding residents that a fire weather watch has been issued for much of Michigan this weekend. “Increased fire danger will be in place across Northern Michigan today, resulting in the issuance of a Fire Weather Watch,” the NWS said. The combination of warm, dry weather and dry grasses and leaves left over from winter means people need to keep fire safety front and center, according to the DNR. If you are operating an ORV, power tools or other machinery, remember that a hot muffler or engine can ignite dry leaves or grass, so keep machines away from those and other potential fuel sources. Get more fire safety tips at Michigan.gov/PreventWildfiresmlive.com
Michigan man charged with 4 counts of CSC after alleged sex assaults of teen
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, MI -- A 21-year-old Cheboygan man has been charged with four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually assaulted a minor multiple times. Devyn Kenneth-Trevor MacLeod was arraigned on the charges on Dec. 28, according to the Michigan State Police. The alleged victim’s parents told police they confronted the teen about the alleged incidents, and the teen claimed to have had several sexual encounters with the suspect earlier in the month. READ MORE:Michigan woman charged in stabbing death of her husband following argument14-year-old arrested for making terrorist threat after violent message found on U.P. school wallMan charged with killing boyfriend in Michigan apartment over video game argumentmlive.com
Powers Catholic wins 4th straight regional golf title; Linden qualifies for state tourney
FLINT – Powers Catholic shot 388 at Pine River Country Club in Alma to win its fourth straight regional golf championship and advance to next week’s Division 2 state tournament in Battle Creek. Lily Isaac carded 92 for the Chargers, Lillee-Ann Jacobs shot 97, Maria Gavulic shot 111 and Libby Hagan carded 112. The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the state tournament. Ella LaMothe led Linden to a third-place regional finish and spot in the Division 2 state tournament. (Isaac Ritchey | MLive.com)Isaac Ritchey | MLive.comLinden finishes third in East LansingLinden qualified for the Division 2 state tournament by finishing third in the regional at Groesbeck Golf Club in East Lansing.mlive.com
FBI arrests person accused of planting bombs outside Northern Michigan cellphone stores
CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, MI – The FBI has arrested an individual suspected if placing explosive devices outside two Northern Michigan cellphone stores. RELATED: Bombs found outside Northern Michigan stores, FBI and others investigating“An investigation this fast-moving cannot be successful without good partnerships,” Waters said in a statement. The FBI was assisted by the Michigan State Police, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Cheboygan Police Department, Sault Ste. Marie Police Department, and Sault Ste. Anyone with information about the investigation to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit tips to tips.fbi.gov.mlive.com
Michigan’s top election official and Dominion warn counties about the risks of vote audits by outside groups
The cautions, detailed in separate letters this month, come amid a growing campaign by former president Donald Trump and his supporters to pressure officials to review the 2020 results.washingtonpost.com
42-year-old woman dies in Saginaw County motorcycle crash
BRIDGEPORT TWP., MI - A Cheboygan woman died in a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon in Saginaw County, state police said. Paramedics transported the woman, whose name has not been released, to a local hospital where she died from injuries suffered in the crash. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries and received treatment at a local hospital, police said. Neither the man nor the woman had on a helmet, police said, and alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash. The state police’s Third District Traffic Crash Reconstruction team also assisted at the scene.mlive.com
Monday, March 1, coronavirus data by Michigan county: Kalkaska back over 15% positivity rate; Cheboygan and Missaukee over 10%
Kalkaska now has a seven-day average positivity rate of 15.3% on coronavirus diagnostic tests, and the county had 25 new COVID-19 cases last week compared to two cases the week before. The statewide seven-day average positivity rate on coronavirus diagnostic tests is now 3.5%, up slightly from 3.3% from a week ago today. The scale used by MDHHS has six levels -- “low” plus Levels A-E.(The state’s MI Start districts: Region 1 is the Detroit region; Region 2 is Grand Rapids; Region 3, Kalamazoo; Region 4, Saginaw; Region 5, Lansing; Region 6, Traverse City; Region 7, Jackson, and Region 8, the Upper Peninsula.) The interactive maps break down the state into 10 kilometer hexogons to provide more a more localized look at where coronavirus cases are occurring. The map below shows total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths since the start of the pandemic.mlive.com
Army vet charged after climbing Mackinac Bridge for photos
(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)ST. IGNACE, Mich. – An Army veteran already jailed in Ohio after the roof of a Cincinnati skyscraper was accessed has been accused of scaling the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan to take photos. Issac Wright, 25, of Cincinnati, was arraigned Thursday via video in Cheboygan District Court on a charge of felony trespass upon a key transportation facility. Photos taken on the bridge’s south tower were posted in November on social media. The bridge connects Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Chartier said she only is representing Wright in the Michigan bridge case.
Flint Powers Catholic celebrates in triplicate at Division 3 girls golf regional
FLINT – Powers Catholic’s girls golf team had plenty to celebrate Monday at Flint Golf Club. For starters, the Chargers won the Division 3 regional team championship to qualify for the state championships in two weeks. And in case that wasn’t enough, Brochu celebrated her 17th birthday before and after the round but certainly not during. “After the first hole I completely forgot it was my birthday,” said Brochu, Powers' No. Powers will be trying to win its seventh state championship in girls golf.mlive.com
ClickOnDetroit NIGHTSIDE report -- Friday, Sept. 4, 2020
DETROIT A family made the call to temporarily move from Birmingham to Cheboygan so their children can attend in-person classes. The crash happened in the area of 8 Mile Road and Cherrylawn Street. A 29-year-old man was driving a Dodge Challenger at a high rate of speed eastbound on 8 Mile Road when he collided into a 63-year-old woman driving a white Ford Escape. Gyms and pools in Michigan are allowed to reopen to the public starting Sept. 9. Read MoreThursday, Sept. 4, 2020 --
Man faces charges after elk poached in Michigan forest
WOLVERINE, Mich. A man has been arrested in connection with the poaching of a cow elk in a northern Michigan state forest. Jakob Gagnon, 21, was arraigned Aug. 28 in Cheboygan County District Court on misdemeanor taking an elk without a license and possessing stolen property charges, according to the state's Natural Resources department. Gagnon is accused of shooting and later processing the elk. Gagnon and Turbin live in Cheboygan Countys Wolverine, northwest of the state forest. Authorities continue to investigate the poaching of five elk in late 2019.
Birmingham family moves to Cheboygan so kids can attend in-person classes
CHEBOYGAN, Mich. A family made the call to temporarily move from Birmingham to Cheboygan so their children can attend in-person classes. It was just a few weeks ago when the Zane family learned that their two children, Mariam and Vivian, would be starting school online this fall. They decided a sustainable option would be to move up to their cottage in Cheboygan where their children could attend in-person classes. They said it wasnt an easy option to take their daughters away from their home and their friends, but for now, its what they see best fit for their daughters education. The Zane family said they want to come back and have their children learn at Harlan Elementary, but they believe this is their best option for now.
Woman arrested after leading police chase over Mackinac Bridge
OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. A driver was arrested after leading police on a chase over the Mackinac Bridge on Thursday morning. Officials say the driver, a 31-year-old woman from Waterford, initially pulled over but then fled the scene. Stop sticks were successfully deployed and the Volkswagen continued to drive across the Mackinac Bridge on its rims. Police say bridge traffic was halted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority after they were notified of the situation. The woman was then arrested and transported to the Otsego County Jail.
Police: 3 arrested on I-75 while transporting meth, cocaine, fentanyl from Metro Detroit
Three people were arrested Sept. 21, 2019, in a drug bust on northbound I-75 in Cheboygan. (SANE)CHEBOYGAN COUNTY, Mich. - A Detroit man and a man and woman from Northern Michigan were arrested on I-75 while transporting meth, cocaine and fentanyl from Metro Detroit, police said. Detectives from Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement learned Saturday that three people were transporting drugs to Cheboygan from Metro Detroit, according to authorities. Ashanti Brian Lockett, 45, of Detroit; Janine Louise Schmidt, 66, of Cheboygan; and a 35-year-old Cheboygan man were taken into custody, officials said. Schmit is charged with possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, second or subsequent offense, and habitual offense -- fourth offense notice.
3 historic Michigan lighthouses on the Great Lakes to be auctioned
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Three historic Great Lakes lighthouses owned by the federal government are going on the auction block. The Ontonagon Breakwater lighthouse will also be auctioned. Its the westernmost lighthouse in Michigans Upper Peninsula, perched at the entrance of the channel leading to the Ontonagon River from Lake Superior. It sits on a sandbar between Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota. The U.S. General Services Administration is offering the lighthouses through an online auction .