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Lake Erie forecast is for smaller, significant algae bloom

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Another significant algae bloom is likely to spread through western Lake Erie this summer, but it will be smaller than the largest ones of recent years, researchers said Thursday. What they can’t predict is how toxic it might be. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Additional charges filed in fatal overdose death

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Charges have been filed against a man accused of providing the drugs eventually sold by a state legislator’s daughter to a pregnant woman who died of an overdose in Brown County. Thirty-eight-year-old Dontreace Saulsberry, of Green Bay, is charged with first-degree ...

High water causes damage on Superior, other lakes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — High water levels on some of the Great Lakes have been causing trouble for some shoreline communities in recent years. Lauren Fry is the lead water levels forecaster with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in the Detroit District office. She estimates water levels on Lake ...

Wreckage believed to be from 1997 plane crash found

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities believe they have discovered the wreckage of a small plane that crashed more than 20 years ago in northern Michigan. The Mackinac County sheriff’s office says national forest personnel found the wreckage Wednesday in the Hiawatha National Forest near ...

IM firefighters respond to oven fire call Thursday

IRON MOUNTAIN — Iron Mountain firefighters were called at 4:52 p.m. Thursday to an oven fire at a residence on the 1100 block of Fairbanks Street. Firefighters found it had just been a small fire inside the oven, so they vented the house and checked the area with a thermal imaging camera ...

Agency seeks ways to keep fire retardants out of Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian agency is suggesting ways the two nations can help prevent flame-retardant chemicals from polluting the Great Lakes. The International Joint Commission made the recommendations in a report Thursday. They’re directed toward both federal ...

Nissan recalls about 105K cars to replace Takata air bags

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling nearly 105,000 small cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers. Included are the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatchback. It only applies to cars that have been registered ...

Milwaukee ramps up ‘K2’ warnings after two suspected deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sal Conroy, 26, learned the hard way about how dangerous “K2,” a synthetic cannabinoid, can be. “I started getting sharp stomach pains and had them for about a month before I finally went to the doctor,” Conroy said. After days of tests and not being able to eat, ...

A disturbing trend

QUINNESEC — The first call came in May, about dead animals being dumped at a boat landing in Loretto. Deputy Kari Laurent, animal control for the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department, found carcasses of an opossum, raccoons, squirrels — and two cats. “Someone is trapping nuisance ...

IM woman accused of selling heroin and cocaine

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain woman faces multiple felony drug charges after she reportedly sold heroin and cocaine to a confidential informant earlier this week, leading authorities to find about 50 grams of heroin, about 70 grams of cocaine and a large quantity of the opioid hydrocodone ...

IR man from 2016 chase back in court

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron River man faces felony charges after he reportedly attempted to run from police investigating two separate underage drinking parties in Sagola Township in June. Tyler Roy Polich, 22, waived his preliminary examination in Dickinson County District Court this week and ...

Troopers find human remains in burning vehicle

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP — Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post detectives are working to identify human remains discovered in a burning vehicle Tuesday in Marquette Township. Troopers were called about 6 a.m. to East Simmons Road on reports of a vehicle engulfed in flames in the middle of the ...

IM man gets jail term in sex offender registry case

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will serve a year in jail and five years of probation for failing to register as a sex offender and then fleeing police by jumping out a second-story window. Ryan Patrick Collins, 38, previously pleaded guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court to ...

Jail sentence issued for witness interference

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man who tried to interfere with the testimony of the victim in his assault trial earlier this year has been sentenced to a year in jail and two years of probation. Dickinson County Circuit Court Judge Mary Barglind said she believed 42-year-old Damion ...

Popp is challenger for Marinette County sheriff

MARINETTE, Wis. — Marinette County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Popp has announced that he will be challenging incumbent Jerry Sauve for a four-year term as Marinette County Sheriff on the Republican ticket. Sauve, also a Republican, has announced that he is seeking a third term. The primary ...

Opponents speak against anchor supports for oil pipeline

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than two dozen people spoke out at a public hearing against a proposal for more anchor supports in the Straits of Mackinac to bolster twin oil pipelines. Enbridge Inc. is asking the Department of Environmental Quality to allow installation of 48 additional ...

Keeping cool

From left, brothers Daniel and Devon Nattiel-Loar run through the sprinkler outside their home on West Hughitt Street in Iron Mountain. High temperatures in the area are expected to continue to reach into the 80s, even near 90, through early next week.

Prison, jail terms for Kingsford four in meth lab

IRON MOUNTAIN — Four Kingsford residents were sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court for their involvement in what Judge Mary Barglind called one of the largest-producing methamphetamine labs she has seen while on the bench. Samantha Marie Matson, 27, was identified as the ...

CF woman takes plea deal in arson case

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls woman will be sentenced Aug. 13 after taking a plea deal on arson charges in Iron County Trial Court. Rachael Joy Kirschner, 26, pleaded no contest to second degree arson, a 20-year felony, in exchange for Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell dismissing ...

CF woman sentenced for embezzlement

CRYSTAL FALLS — A Crystal Falls woman who embezzled about $90,000 from Lake Shore Systems/Oldenburg Group over a three-year period while the company was going through a cash flow shortage has been sentenced to a combination of jail time, community service and probation. Iron County Trial ...