Delta County man rushed to Marquette trauma center after cutting off his fingers in a snowblower accident

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin and Public Safety Advisory – 2-23-18 – 4 p.m. ET

Gladstone, MI man loses fingers in snowblower accident – and paramedics rushed him to Marquette for surgery

Gladstone snowblower accident graphic 1

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Escanaba, MI) – Officials are trying desperately to help the fingers of a man involved in a Friday afternoon snowblower accident outside his home in Gladstone, MI.
The incident happened about 2 p.m. ET this afternoon, Feb. 23, 2018.
The victim’s neighbor first called police.
“The neighbor believes he may have cut off his fingers in the snowblower,” the dispatcher told Gladstone Department of Public Safety police responding to the scene.
Emergency personnel were called to the area of 1500 2nd Avenue North in Gladstone. The addresses given were 1521 and 1501 2nd Avenue North.
The neighbor was with the victim and he is “sitting down – and yes he cut his finger off,” the dispatcher said.

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Anxious to get to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, the victim took off in his beige four-door Chevy – and he called 911.
Dispatchers then convinced the man to stop. The victim apparently pulled over a few blocks away.
Valley Med flight was initially requested to fly the victim to the trauma center in Marquette.
However, Rampart EMS paramedics decided it would be quicker if they rush him to U.P. Health System-Marquette. That decision was based on several factors including where to set up landing zone.
“Cancel Valley Med we are going to be going direct to Marquette with this patient via ambulance,” said a paramedic to the Delta County 911 Dispatch center.
Trauma surgeons will apparently try to reattach the fingers that can be saved.
The extent of the finger injuries was not clear. That will determine whether his fingers can be saved.
Sadly this man joins at least 100 Upper Peninsula residents who have lost fingers to snowblowers since they came on the scene over the past 60 years or more. Could not find an approx. date when the common home snowblower became popular with America homes.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are about 5,740 annual snowblower injuries in the U.S.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_blower
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6976775
https://www.snowblowersource.com/promotions/worst-snow-blower-accidents/
https://troubleshooternetwork.com/save-your-fingers-snow-blower-danger-even-when-off/
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A Soo woman arrested this morning on assault charges, a convicted Alger County armed robber is busted for drugs plus an Ishpeming man arrested for domestic assault – a man is accused of drunken driving with a minor in the car in Delta County: Just some of the U.P. arrests in past 24 hours

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-23-18 – 5:55 a.m. ET

Two assault busts including one this morning in Chippewa County; and a Marquette man convicted of armed robbery in Alger County is arrested on drugs charges, plus if you drive drunk with a minor in the car – you can be charged under a no tolerance law

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – A convicted armed robber is in trouble this morning with Upper Peninsula law enforcement plus two assault arrests including this morning in the Soo, and an arrest under a Michigan no tolerance law – drunken driving with a minor in the car.

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The Marquette County man convicted of armed robbery charges in Alger County was arrested in Delta County on Thursday morning.

Amadeus Eugene Glenn

Amadeus Eugene Glenn

31-year-old Amadeus Eugene Glenn of Marquette, MI was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 9:05 a.m. ET on Fri., Feb. 22, 2018.

Glenn is charged with possession of cocaine and malicious destruction of personal property valued between $100-$1,000.

Glenn is on parole until April 2024 for two armed robbery-related convictions in Alger County.

Glenn was convicted by a jury of one count of armed robbery and a second count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery for the holdup in March 2004.
Details of the stickup are not known (If you know, contact us).

In Dec. 2004, Glenn was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison.
After serving about 12 years in prison, Glenn was paroled in May 2016. State records do not say to which county he was paroled. Nor does it given any reasons.

MDOC Number: 515116
http://mdocweb.state.mi.us/OTIS2/otis2profile.aspx?mdocNumber=515116

31-year-old Amadeus Eugene Glenn
Image Date: 11/5/2012

MDOC Current Status: Discharged
Discharge Date: 5/10/2016

ALIASES: Amadeaua Eugene Glenn

PRISON SENTENCES
Offense: Armed Robbery
Sentence: 10 to 20 years
Date of Offense: 3/29/2004
Alger County
Date of Sentence: 12/15/2004
Conviction Type: Jury
Discharge Date: 4/13/2024

Sentence 2
Offense: Conspiracy to commit armed robbery
Sentence: 10 to 20 years
Date of Offense: 3/29/2004
Alger County
Date of Sentence: 12/15/2004
Conviction Type: Jury
Discharge Date: 4/13/2024

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23-year-old Daniel James Rantanen of Ishpeming, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 2:31 a.m. ET on Thurs, Feb. 22, 2018.

Rantanen is charged with domestic assault. Online sites list recent addresses for Rantanen in Harvey and Marquette. Rantanen is free on an undisclosed bond.

In 2015, Rantanen was fined $450 for a Nov. 2014 incident of improper transportation of medical marijuana in Marquette County (Ishpeming) District Court

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We have a booking out of Chippewa County this morning Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 even though the police there do not allow charges to be listed online.

A Soo woman was booked early today on at least one serious felony.
29-year-old Amber Renee Flowers of Sault Ste. Marie, MI was booked into the Chippewa County Detention Center early today, Fri., Feb. 23, 2018.
Flowers is charged with assault and battery. Bond conditions are unknown.
Details of the incident are not known

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An Escanaba man who was sentenced to 80 days in jail during Dec. 2016 has been booked on drugged driving and other offenses.
31-year-old Joshua Daniel Gordon of Escanaba was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 2:22 a.m. ET on Thurs, Feb. 22, 2018.
Bond was not listed.
Gordon is charged with driving with a suspended/revoked license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana.
About 15 months ago, Gordon was sentenced to 80 days in the DCDC plus almost $500 in fines/costs/restitution after pleading guilty to malicious destruction of property.

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A downstate man has been charged in Marquette County under a zero-tolerance law involving allegedly driving drunk with a minor in the vehicle.
50-year-old Roger Lee Myers of Brighton, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail at 9:59 p.m. ET on Thurs., Feb. 22, 2018.

Myers is charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (OUIL) with an occupant (in the car) under 16-years-old.

If you have a photo of Mr. Myers, please contact us.

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A Rock, MI woman was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 8:18 p.m. ET on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018.
30-year-old Molly Jean Jones of Rock, MI was booked for driving with a suspended /revoked license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance (drugged driving).
Just over a month ago, Jones was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year’s probation and ordered to pay $1,700 in fine/costs.
Jones was found guilty of attempted obstruction of justice/resisting arrest/assault of a police officer, and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Upper Peninsula sledders defy death – will their luck last? Three hurt Wednesday in high speed U.P. snowmobile crashes

URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-22-18 – 6:10 a.m. ET

Three dramatic high speed snowmobile crashes seriously injures sledders on Wednesday in three U.P. Counties

Snowmobile graphic 2-22-18

Sleds crash traveling too fast – two U.P. snowmobilers hit trees and another is launched 60 feet into the air

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – At least three U.P. snowmobilers are lucky to be alive this morning after crashing their sleds at a high rate of speed on Wednesday – and two had to be airlifted from the scene to the trauma center in Marquette.

A 26-year-old man was airlifted to Marquette late Wednesday night, Feb. 21, 2018 by Valley Med Flight
The victim crashed his snowmobile in the Hiawatha National Forest in a remote area of Alger County.
The victim hit a tree so hard – it left a big dent in his helmet.
“There was significant damage to his helmet,” one rescuer radioed.

Snowmobile crash, Wyman Rd. at M-94 landingsite 2-22-18

It was estimated he was traveling about 60 miles per hour when he lost control and slammed his snowmobile into a tree.
The crash was reportedly near or on snowmobile Trail Number 8 – in Au Train Township, MI.
The crash was reported just after 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday night.
The Valley Med flight chopper landed on M-94 to load the victim.
The Au Train Township Volunteer Fire Department set up a landing zone on M-94 at Wyman Road.
The man had just been on 15-minute ride on a rescue sled aka “The Blue Bubble.”
Alger Rescue 21 helped treat the victim and get him ready for medivac.
The 26-year-old male snowmobiler was seriously hurt. He was flown to U.P. Health System – Marquette.
The victim had an open femur fracture to his upper left leg – and apparently broke his hip.
The man also injured his left elbow and a small gash to his face – and possible head injuries . Despite his injuries, the man had strong vital signs.
Assisting with snowmobiles and manpower were U.S. Forest Service, Alger County Sheriff’s Department, and Michigan State Police.

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Meanwhile, about 5:40 p.m. ET Wednesday night -a snowmobiler was seriously hurt when he crashed his sled in a remote area near the Delta County – Schoolcraft County line.
The 37-year-old victim reportedly suffered a broken pelvic and other injuries.
Firefighters set up landing zone on USFS Highway 13 near the Midway Store – north of Cooks, MI in a remote area that is close to the Delta County and Schoolcraft County line.

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The victim was about 12 miles NW of E. County Line Road. The crash was near “the trail head” on Forest Highway 440.
The victim is a 37-year-old male who was airlifted to the Marquette trauma center.
The man reportedly lost control of his sled and hit trees going about 60 mph.

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And in Marquette County during the Wednesday noon hour, a snowmobiler traveling too fast found his sled shooting 60-feet into the air and slamming back to the ground.
The crash happened at 12:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 in Sands Township.
47-year-old Jeremy Carl Beerman of Marquette, MI was eastbound along power lines just west of Snowmobile Trail Number 8 – and about a mile and a half south of Station Road.
Suddenly, his sled hit a ravine near the railroad track overpass. Beerman and his sled were launched some 60 feet.
The victim was suffering from compression and back injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the Marquette hospital.
Those assisting the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department were the Sands Township Volunteer Fire Department, Sands Township EMS, and U.P. Health System-Marquette paramedics.

Snowmobile graphic 2-22-18

 

Felony arrests in Marquette and Escanaba area in past few days – all different cases – home invasion, stalking, failure to register as a sex offender, and drug busts

URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-21-18 – 9:40 p.m. ET

Separate cases of stalking, home invasion, drug sales, plus a sex offender who did not register – are just some of the accusations in the latest round of arrests in Delta and Marquette counties

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Escanaba/Marquette, MI) – Arrests in Marquette and Delta counties in past few days included a sex offender who failed to register, plus separate cases involving stalking and home invasion – and drug busts.

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54-year-old Brian D. St. Onge of Escanaba, MI was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 8:29 a.m. ET this morning Wed., Feb. 21, 2018.
St. Onge is charged with felony stalking and malicious use of a telephone to make threats.
Bond for St. Onge has not been set.

If you have a photo of Mr. St. Onge please send it to us privately (never reveal sources).

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Wesley Allen Cote of Ishpeming, MI

Wesley Allen Cote of Ishpeming, MI

22-year-old Wesley Allen Cote of Ishpeming, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 5:34 p.m. ET on Mon., Feb. 19, 2018. Cote also has address in Republic, MI.

Cote is charged with third-degree home invasion.
Bond for Cote us set at $50,000.

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Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Curtis of Harvey, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 12:25 p.m. ET on Mon., Feb. 19, 2018.
Curtis is charged with failure to resister as a sex offender.

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Curtis was convicted of third–degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion on July 22, 2004 in Marquette County Circuit Court.

Earnest Michael Curtis – Registered Sex Offender

Last known address: 125 Kawbawgam Road Apt 3, Marquette, MI 49855

Aliases: Earnest Michael Curtins; Edub X

Criminal Record of Earnest Michael Curtis
Offense: Third–degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion (CSC 3rd) in Marquette County, MI

Date Convicted: July 22, 2004 in Marquette County 25th Circuit Court

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Convicted Michigan sex offender 39-year-old Earnest Michael Curtis of Harvey, MI

Earnest Michael Curtis:
http://www.icrimewatch.net/offenderdetails.php?OfndrID=2026801&AgencyID=55242

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44-year-old Brenda Lee Childress of Escanaba, MI was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 6:34 p.m. ET tonight Wed., Feb. 21, 2018.
Childress is accused with selling a controlled substance.

Childress was booked on a charge of with delivery/manufacture of a non-narcotic Schedule 1, II, III controlled substance.

In June 2017 – Childress was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to impaired driving of a motor vehicle while using by drugs.

Bond for Childress is $2,500.

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19-year-old Tallen Prisk of Marquette, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 7:12 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 19, 2018.
Prisk is charged with felony possession of cocaine.
Bond has not been set for Prisk – however if he got a sweet plea bargain – Prisk may have been sentenced on Monday.

In April 2017, Prisk and another Marquette man were charged with two 20-year felonies – delivery/manufacture of cocaine and delivery/manufacture of methamphetamine. They were pulled over in the Wendy’s parking lot in Marquette. In addition to a large amount of cash, police confiscated 12 grams of meth and seven grams of cocaine

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Resisting arrest:

33-year-old Brandon Morcum of Marquette, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 7:25 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 19, 2018. Morcum also has recent addresses in Negaunee and Ishpeming.

Morcom is charged with second-offense operating a vehicle while impaired, attempted resisting arrest/obstructing police, and second-offense driving with suspended/revoked.

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Probation Violation:

Escanaba:
36-year-old Amy Teeple of Escanaba, MI, DCDC on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018
41-year-old Mara Randall of Escanaba, MI, DCDC on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

Marquette:
50-year-old Joseph Cornelius of Negaunee, MI, MCJ on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018

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The Tapes – List to rescues and first fire today in same building: Two identical smoky fire calls in just over an hour at same building – could tragedy have been averted? : Many hurt in Ironwood, MI apartment building fire – At least two fatalities feared – Ironwood Aspirus Grand View Hospital was told to prepare for up to 10 injuries total

URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT Fire Update – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin –

Could today’s tragedy in Ironwood, MI have been averted?

EXCLUSIVE: The Audio Tapes: Dramatic rescues this morning by Ironwood, MI police and firefighters in a deadly inferno – plus listen to audio of the small fire reported an hour before the huge blaze that killed at least two people
Two fires within about an hour of each other in same Ironwood apartment building – the first fir was blamed on cooking – and hour later and it turned into an inferno that last all morning and claims at least two lives – possibly more.

(Ironwood) – The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal is investigated why there were two fires in the same building in Ironwood, MI this morning – with the second causing at least two deaths and about 10 people injured.

The first fire at 102 E. Aurora Street was at 2:35 a.m. CT 

The second fire was reported at 3:45 a.m. CT

The second blaze destroyed the old three-story building in downtown Ironwood.

Fire #1 ( followed by Fire #2 – with dramatic rescues – listen as police and firefighters try to help the trapped victims)

Fire #2 – the deadly inferno:

Fire photo by Robert Lanctoe

Fire photo by Robert Lanctoe

Fire photo by Lisa Anne 1

Fire photo by Lisa Anne

fire photo by Lisa Anne 2

Fire photo by Lisa Ann

fire photo by Lisa Anne 3

Fire photo by Lisa Ann

2-21-18 – 6:35 a.m. CT –

Video by Nancy Zak/Zak’s Realty

Thick smoke is being sent east across Ironwood, triggering many calls from worried residents. One said he could see flames.

Ironwood fire 1

Just over an hour before this tragic fire, officials were called to same building for a smoky fire.

***This is info is from the first fire call at same building, not the tragic call an hour later:

Ironwood firefighters, police responded to the same kind of fire call – smoke in the building – at the exact same location just over an hour earlier.

At 2:35 a.m. CT – the first call went out for smoke filling 102 E. Aurora Street – an old three-story building in downtown Ironwood.

“There is a caller stating that smoke is filling the building – does not know if there is a fire or not,” the dispatcher radioed police officers at 2:35 a.m. CT. That first caller was in apartment 3 and said he could smell the smoke.

A second caller said his apartment wasn’t filled with smoke but the building as filling with smoke. He was told to evacuate.

A third caller reported fire:
“The caller stated there was fire inside,” the dispatcher told those responding.

Then word the fire was out – radioed in about 2:44 a.m. CT.

“You can slow everybody down, it was a ‘cooktop’ – the fire’s out,” said one official. 

We will be posting more on this soon.

Scroll down for more details

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4:35 a.m. CT

Tragedy unfolding in Ironwood, MI – Up to 10 victims total – two feared killed

Irowood, fire

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

**Remember in breaking news situations like this information can change rapidly. We are posting everything we believe is true.

(Ironwood, MI) – Ironwood fire officials are probing the cause of an early morning blaze that has left up to ten people hurt  – including two feared dead – at an apartment building that was filled with acrid black smoke.

At 5:34 a.m. CT, a ranking fire official on the scene said everyone who could be saved – has been.

At this point – “we’ve rescued everyone we can rescue,” the fire official told the dispatcher.

Gogebic County Victim’s Services went  to the hospital to help survivors – at the request of fire officials.

“See what the needs are of the one’s we rescued,” the official told the dispatcher.

About an hour and 10 minutes prior to this fire call, police and firefighters had been called to the same apartment building – also for smoke filling the building

At 6:20 a.m. CT, fire officials were still trying to stop the blaze from spreading to other old neighboring buildings.

“That east wall just caved-in,” a fire official reported – as the apartment building appears to be three or more stories tall.

It appears the apartment building is actually connected to the Choice Oil Company.
“There is heavy fire on the west side of the building,” an Ironwood fire official radioed to firefighters manning hoses including an aerial truck.

“Concentrate your efforts on that (west) side so that we can try and avoid it going (spreading) to another building,” the fire officials said at 6:21 a.m. CT. “I don’t want the wall knocked down – just the flame.

All available ambulances and firefighters were called to an apartment building fire in Ironwood. The Hurley Fire Department (WI) sent a truck and firefighters to the scene in the western Upper Peninsula.

The blaze is located at 102 E. Aurora Street in Ironwood, MI.

The smoky blaze was reported about 3:45 a.m. CT this morning, Wed., Feb. 21, 2018.

One paramedic estimated ten total victims – including two possible fatalities. Many of the victims are elderly.

Paramedics were doing CPR on one victim who had “severe smoke inhalation.”

At least one victim called 911 begging for help, and others could be heard screaming from inside the building.

The dispatcher told responding emergency officials that one victim said “he can’t get our of the building – there is thick black smoke.”

U.P. Breaking News is withholding all names of whom we are aware.

This will be a lengthy investigation. The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal is expected to be called to the scene.

Ironwood Public Safety Officers pulled about six people to safety despite acrid black smoke billowing from the building. Scanner listeners could hear the officers coughing and choking as they radioed the dispatcher.

“There are serious injuries,” said one official. “This is a serious fire – It is a Code Orange.”

The first officer on the scene confirmed the smoke and then flames.
“There are flames coming out of the building,” the officer radioed to the dispatcher.

Firefighters were still pumping a large amount of water onto the building at 6:20 a.m. CT

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Officials are going from room-to-room to checking for victims.

“We probably have one or two (more victims) inside the building,” one fire official said.

An informal triage area was set up in the parking lots of a couple nearby businesses – as the apartment building is located just off downtown.

Thankfully some of the occupants were not hurt. Officials are trying to arrange hotel rooms for the fire victims including some who may be treated and released from the hospital. There were several cases of minor smoke inhalation.

The American Red Cross is en-route. Gogebic County Victim’s Services is on the scene.

More shortly.

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Friends Remember Dickinson County Youth Killed in Fatal Crash: M-553 reopened; was closed because of weather-related fatal wreck in Marquette County, MI

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin and Traffic Advisory – 2-20-18 –

A Dickinson County Youth killed in today’s terrible crash on M-553 is being remembered lovingly online by those who will miss him – and was friends with the driver of the car

Seth Krzywicki‎ to Ben Johnson
love you Ben. you will be missed

Brett Ochs to Ben Johnson:
RIP Ben Johnson gonna miss you guy

Johnson lists his hometown as Pembine, WI.

Ben Johnson, 18, Norway, MI

Benjamin Johnson, 18, of Norway, MI was killed in the accident

Driver Marcus Trujillo of Fennville, MI, the driver of the car that killed his friend Ben Johnson, 18, of Norway,MI

18-year-old Marcus Trujillo of Fennville, MI, the driver of the car that killed his friend Ben Johnson, 18, of Norway, MI

Benjamin Johnson was often in the Marquette area as he played with the Marquette Electricians Hockey Team – and attended dances at and other events Marquette Senior High School – where he reportedly attended school. A group of Marquette students are reportedly gathering tonight to remember their friend “Ben.”

Ben Johnson at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, MI Sept. 2014

Ben Johnson at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, MI Sept. 2014

Ben Johnson (middle player) at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, MI Sept. 2014 2 (Middle player)

Ben Johnson (middle player) at Lakeview Arena in Marquette, MI Sept. 2014

Ben Johnson at MTU in Houghton, MI Sept. 2014

Johnson had a great love for hockey – and was player with the Marquette Electricians: Daryl Thomas Jarvinen on September 10, 2014 with Ben Johnson, Ryan Higbie and Brendan Higbie at Michigan Technological University.

A Dickinson County youth was killed and others injured in today’s terrible crash on M-553.
18-year-old Benjamin Johnson of Norway, MI was killed instantly in the accident.
Johnson was a front seat passenger in a car drive by 18-year-old Marcus Trujillo of Fennville, MI.
Trujillo was driving south, lost control and slid into the northbound lane.
The car collided violently with a northbound mini-van. The van driver, 41-year-old Peter Francis Anderson of Gwinn, received serious hip and chest injuries and was taken to U.P. Health System-Marquette.
Trujillo, who was wearing a seatbelt, received only minor injuries and was walking at the scene. He too was taken to the hospital to be checked.
A Michigan State Police Accident Investigator is continuing the investigation.

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, and date, at Marquette Senior High School 2014 Christmas Dance

Ben Johnson, and date, at Marquette Senior High School 2014 Christmas Dance

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10:40 a.m. ET
M-553 is reopened – more crash details (below)

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9:35 a.m. ET –

One killed, another seriously hurt in crash that had closed M-553 in Marquette County, MI

Fatal crash

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette County, MI) – One person is dead and at least one more seriously injured in a violent crash on M-553 in Marquette County, MI – and the road was closed for nearly three hours.

While it is a state highway, the road is commonly known by its old name – County Road 553

The crash was reported on CR-553 between Taylor Road and Olsen Road – near Choice Propane. The highway was re-opened at 10:40 a.m. almost three hours after the crash.

The victim was a passenger in one of the vehicles. The crash was dispatched as a three-vehicle accident.
The wreck was reported about 7:50 a.m. ET this morning, Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 on M-553.

Mqt fatal 553 4

The T-bone type crash has sent at least two people to the hospital.

A passenger in one car was killed, while the driver of the other vehicle received serious juries.
An 18-year-old driver of four-door sedan was able to free himself and is being taken to U.P. Health System in Marquette to be treated for neck pain. He was wearing a seat belt.
His passenger was killed when their vehicle was hit broadside on the passenger’s door at a high rate of speed.

It unclear if both vehicles were on M-553 and one slid broadside – or if one pulled out in front of the other. The road was snow-covered and slippery at the time of the crash.
One seriously injured man was treated by paramedics destine for the trauma center in Marquette. He was suffering from chest pain and hip pain/deformity.
The accident is just north of Kelly Johnson (airport) Road – traffic was being re-routed on one end at Olsen Road.
Police were rerouting traffic to side roads near the fatal crash.
Roads remain deadly through the entire Upper Peninsula in a storm that has closed many schools.

Among those assisting on the scene were the Sands Township Volunteer Fire Department, Sands Township EMS, Marquette County 131, Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department, Forsyth Township EMS, U.P. Health System – Marquette Unit 141 and paramedics, Michigan State Police and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department.

Send this to every snowmobiler you know – too many have died due to speed this year in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in NE Wisconsin: Excellent messages from Iron County Trail Safety Committee (Wisconsin) and promoted by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department (WI)

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-19-18 – 2 p.m. ET – 1 p.m. CT

Shortest story we have ever written – but maybe one of the most important

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula and NE Wisconsin) – If someone you love -loves to snowmobile – please send them these photos.

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed and alcohol kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed and alcohol kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Snowmobile speed kills warning from the Iron County Trails Safety Committee in NE Wisconsin and their Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Wisconsin police snowmobiles at Iron County Sheriff's Department and its Sheriff Tony Furyk

Wisconsin police snowmobiles at Iron County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Tony Furyk

Three back-to-back Upper Peninsula snowmobile crashes: Rescue of a snowmobiler who flipped his sled on Lake Huron in the Eastern U.P., then a sledder injured on a trail in Negaunee Township – An Iron Mountain man was seriously injured in a terrible crash on Pine River

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-19-18 – 12:50 p.m. ET

Three snowmobile wrecks today; many crashes this weekend, a tribute to those who have died so far this winter in U.P. sledding wrecks this winter

Huron Graphic

 

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

***Editor’s Note – Originally we said it was Lake Superior (NOT) – its Lake Huron at Drummond Island –  Thanks to a kindly worded message from Gary Dudeck, we were corrected (Luv it when ya learn something) It’s nice when people help instead of being rude and sarcastic.

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – Rescues are underway this Monday afternoon at two snowmobile crashes in the Upper Peninsula – one on Lake Huron ice off Drummond Island and another in Negaunee Township.

The Drummond Island crash was dispatched just after 11:30 p.m. ET this morning, Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 one of the Chippewa County islands. However it likely occurred 15 to 30 minutes earlier (scroll down for more details).

Breaking News ……
Iron Mountain man seriously hurt in snowmobile crash

A third crash about 11 a.m. CT on Monday, seriously injured a Dickinson County man. The victim was traveling about 60 mph when his sled struck a large rock covered in snow and ice – and the sled then rolled and flipped some 300 feet. The accident happened on the Pine River off the Menominee River inside Florence County, WI. A 55-year-old Iron Mountain man was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The victim’s name has not been released.

Details of where the victim was taken and the extent of injuries have not been released. A second sledder traveling with the victim called for help, and rescuers found them with GPS.

Involved in the hour-long search were the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department, the Florence County Sheriff’s Department (WI), the Florence Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, Beacon Ambulance Service, and the Aurora Homestead Rescue Squad.

About noon today, a snowmobile crash happened just west of the Carp River off County Road 492 at Forge Road on snowmobile Trail Number 8 in Negaunee Township. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Unit  has been paged along with fire and additional law enforcement.

He was reportedly traveling with two other snowmobilers including his son. The victim is being taken by ambulance to U.P. Health System – Marquette.

The victim,  5-year-old Walter Sammut from Lupton, MI, suffered from collar bone pain and swelling/deformity.
On Saturday afternoon at least 7 U.P. snowmobilers were injured in crashes across the U.P. in about a 3 hour period.

The drivers of the those sleds are lucky their injuries are not life-threatening as at least six people have died in U.P. snowmobile wrecks this winter. At least three other snowmobilers were critically injured in the U.P. Scroll down to see our tribute to those who lost theirs lives this winter (2017-2018).

Officials still have still not released information on a terrible wreck last week in Luce County near the Chippewa County line involving a 74-year-old snowmobiler who hit “head-on” with a tree going abut 60 miles per hour.
Nothing about the terrible wreck has been released buy either the Luce County Sheriff’s Department, Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police or the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The Thurs., Feb. 15, 2018 snowmobile crash happened in a remote area of Luce County way down the CCI Road then off County Road 407 (off the CCI Road) on snowmobile Trail #9.

Near Hurley, WI this weekend – a snowmobiler was killed.

Back to Drummond Island:

Drummond Island Snomo Crash 1

The victim was laying on a frozen portion of Lake Huron about one mile north of Drummond Island. The sledder reportedly hit a bump on the ice, lost control and thrown from his snowmobile.

The victim is said to have several “unknown” injuries including a dislocated shoulder. A friend and fellow snowmobiler met emergency officials on “yacht haven” at S. Water Street and Old Mill Road. The ambulance was able to drive onto the ice to get the victim.

Among those being sent are the Drummond Island Volunteer Fire Department and EMS and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department. An ALS intercept has been requested for pain control. The victim have to be taken by ferry to the mainland, and then taken to the Mackinac Straits Health System.

Six snowmobile crash fatalities so far this winter – all loved sledding and many had interesting careers.
There are at least three other snowmobilers hospitalized in critical condition after U.P. crashes this winter. 

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Snowmobile Fatalities 2017-2018 winter:

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Tues., Jan. 16, 2018 – Chippewa County, MI

51-year-old Douglas Charles Hawes of Saginaw, MI

Douglas Charles Hawes

51-year-old Douglas Charles Hawes of Saginaw, MI

Hawes was riding his sled on Snowmobile Trail #8 (between M-123, Curley Lewis Highway) during the noon hour on that Tuesday in Chippewa County.

Hawes missed a curve and struck a tree traveling very fast. Speed and unfamiliarity of snowmobile trails (surprise curves) is a big factor in many of the deaths. Tremendous speeds that kill instantly. Hawes apparently did not see the curve until it was too late. Hawes and his sled then slammed into trees.

Hawes was married and leaves behind a wife and daughter.

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/douglas-hawes-obituary?pid=1000000187881351&view=guestbook

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Wed., Jan. 10, 2018 – southern Houghton County, MI

Jamie Steen

Jamie Travis Steen

41-year-old Jamie Travis Steen of rural Curtiss, Wisconsin
Killed after losing control of sled on a curve on Trail 8 and hit a tree in remote Houghton County – off M-28
Factors include speed

Steen was married and the father of four daughters
He was in the construction business all his lifr and owned SJS Excavating, a sewer and sewer line construction company in Curtiss, WI.
A memorial service will be held this Wed., Jan. 17, 2018.

http://maurinaschilling.com/lifestory/clouds/home.html?Year=2018&Month=1&Day=10&FirstName=Jamie&LastName=Steen

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Sat., Dec. 30, 2017 – Gogebic County, MI

Randy Alan Liddicoat

Randy Alan Liddicoat

52-year-old Randy Alan Liddicoat of Evansville, Wisconsin
Victim was trying to cross U.S.-2 at Ramsay crossing about 1 p.m. in Gogebic County – struck by an eastbound pickup truck.
Factors include low visibility/snowy conditions

Liddicoat loved snowmobiling and attending Wisconsin Badger football games with his two sons. Liddicoat was active in fishing, golf, Midget and Sprint car racing, and other sports including still holding high school cross country records. He loved his two dogs (Olive and Henry) and enjoyed relaxing with family and friends.

A farmer in his younger years, Liddicoat worked at Covance Laboratories and Millwork Specialists of Wisconsin in Madison. He was a co-owner of Liddicoat Lawncare Services LLC with his sons Brett and Blake. A memorial service was held on Sat., Jan. 13, 2018.

http://www.wardhurtley.com/obituaries/Randy-Alan-Liddicoat?obId=2853600#/obituaryInfo

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Fri., Dec. 29, 2017 – Gogebic County, MI

Michele Marie 'Shelly' Megard

Michele Marie ‘Shelly’ Megard

51-year-old Michele Marie “Shelly” Megard of Hudson, Wisconsin
Riding with other sledders in a group on an unplowed right of way on Powerhorn Road – north of U.S.-2 in Bessemer Township, MI.
Victim lost control of her machine about 11:30 a.m., overturned in ditch and was run over by another snowmobile.
Factors include visibility/snowy weather

Visitation and a celebration of life was held Sat., Jan. 13, 2018.

http://www.lakesidememorialchapel.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=4507135&fh_id=12415

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Wed., Dec. 27, 2017 – Luce County, MI

46-year-old Michael James Zanlungo of Harrison Township, MI

Michael James Zanlungo

46-year-old Michael James Zanlungo of Harrison Township, MI

Zanlungo was killed while riding Trail #9 traveling northbound in McMillan Township on a Wednesday afternoon in the last week of 2017.
Zanlungo’s sled hit a log on the trail and the sled careened into trees.
The crash happened on snowmobile Trail #9 in Luce County – west of County Road 407.
Among those on the scene were Michigan State Police of the Sault Ste. Marie Post and Luce County EMS.

http://wujekcalcaterra.tributes.com/obituary/show/Michael-James-Zanlungo-105645720

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Sun., Dec. 17, 2017 – Alger County, MI

Jason Craig Bashor

Jason Craig Bashor

34-year-old Jason Craig Bashor of Pocomoke City, Maryland

Shaena Leigh Hicks

Shaena Leigh Hicks

A friend and co-worker in meteorology – 34-year-old Shaena Leigh Hicks of Greenbackville, Virginia suffered serious injuries in the crash.

Both were on travel assignment in the U.P. Hicks is a meteorologist at Orbital ATK in Virginia – a company that does work in military satellites, space travel, missiles and defense systems. Hicks, a married mother of two, is a native of Roanoke, VA.

The pair was traveling together in separate snowmobiles – lost control on Trail #8 curve, left the trail, struck multiple trees- about a mile west of M-94 in Shingleton, MI.

Factors include excessive speed and operational inexperience.

Jason Bashor

Jason Craig Bashor

A father of two, Bashor served in the Navy from 2002 until 2012.

Bashor was currently an Electrical Tech 3 working as a Senior Ground Validation Systems Technician for A.S.R.C. Fed. Space and Defense (AS&D) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA

Bashor was on a travel assignment in Michigan.

Funeral services were held on Sat., Dec. 23, 2017 in Pocomoke City, MD.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/delmarvanow/obituary.aspx?pid=187577174
https://www.orbitalatk.com/
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/home
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter
http://asrcfederal.com/news/asrc-federal-space-and-defense-selected-nasa-wallops-engineering-contract
http://wrkr.com/keweenaw-rocket-range/

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https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/fatal-sunday-snowmobile-crash-in-alger-county-mi-one-of-several-upper-peninsula-snowmobile-accidents-this-weekend/
https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/tragedy-on-the-trails-terrible-snowmobile-crash-reported-in-chippewa-county
https://upperpeninsulabreakingnews.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/fiery-early-monday-morning-snowmobile-crash-sends-sledder-to-ironwood-mi-hospital-with-serious-injuries-funerals-held-this-weekend-and-one-planned-this-week-for-three-of-the-four-people-killed-in-u

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U.P. Snowmobile info
http://www.upsnowmobiling.com/trail-maps
http://www.uptravel.com/snowmobile-trail-report-54/
Snowmobile Trail Report
Western Upper Peninsula – By County
Central Upper Peninsula – By County
Eastern Upper Peninsula – By County

 

Vehicle rolls down steep Michigamme River embankment in Republic; Suspect flees on foot bond

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-19-18 – 1:03 a.m. ET –

Update:  The vehicle is registered to Kevin James Glass and Mary Elizabeth LeBlanc – both of Minnesota. Law enforcement authorities have not released any information on this crash. If you have info, please contact U.P. Breaking News.

At the stroke of Midnight, car is reported over the side of steep, deep river embankment in Republic, MI – Vehicle registered out of Minnesota – Duluth area

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Republic, MI) – Authorities are investigating an accident in which a vehicle has flipped down a Michigamme River embankment.

The accident was reported to 911 at one minute before midnight, so it was still technically Sun., Feb. 18, 2018.

The crash was along River Road near County Road 601 (also known by another name in that area).

The Republic Township Volunteer Fire Department rushed to the scene.

There was concern someone might be trapped in the vehicle because 911 callers cold only use flashlights to look down to the vehicle from atop the steep embankment.

“We unsure if there is anybody in the vehicle – its down a steep embankment,” a dispatcher told responding firefighters and EMS.

“It’s quite a steep embankment,” said another dispatcher.

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First the vehicle was said to be partially in the Michigamme River. Firefighters on the scene said its resting on its side against a utility pole.

“It’s on its side against pole,” said a firefighter who quickly navigated the the embankment to make sure the vehicle was unoccupied.

That firefighter arrived in his own vehicle since he was closer to the wreck, and it was unknown if anyone was trapped. Authorities search then nearby area to make sure an injured person did not pass out unseen.

The vehicle is registered to two people out of Minnesota, and police are searching for the driver. U.P. Breaking News is temporarily withholding the names. The names match with a couple in the Duluth area.

Michigan State Police are investigating the crash.

Second U.P. sauna fire in 24 hours: Basement sauna fire on Sunday night spreads to entire home in Toivola, MI

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 2-18-18 – 6:40 p.m. ET

Basement sauna fire spreads to entire home in Toivola, MI

Salmi Road Fire 6

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Toivola, MI) – Firefighters were called Sunday evening to battle an engulfed house fire in Stanton Township.

The fire reported as dusk set in about 5:45 pm. ET on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
Located in the Misery Bay area of southern Houghton County, blaze was reported at 40311 Salmi Road.

The home is located at the end of Salmi Road.

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Among those fighting the fire are the Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, Toivola Volunteer Fire Department, Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders of Atlantic Mine, the Stanton Township Volunteer Fire Department of Twin Lakes, and the Hurontown Volunteer Fire Department from Portage Township.

https://www.firedepartment.net/directory/michigan
https://www.firedepartment.net/directory/michigan/houghton-county

The Houghton County Road Commission was asked to send sanders due to the icy roads in the area. Those icy roads made it very difficult to get the large fire trucks to the fire, some had to be re-routed.

First reported as a sauna fire – however the sauna was located in the basement of the home.

When firefighters arrived on the scene the home was engulfed.

On Saturday night, Escanaba firefighters battled a sauna fire at 429 S. 29th Ave. and near S. 3rd Avenue.
The sauna was located close to the house, but firefighters stopped it from spreading to the home.

No injuries were reported in either fire.