Dickinson County House fire Sunday night is third structure fire of the day in Upper Peninsula – Other fires at camp in Menominee County, and noxious burning battery fumes wreck home in Delta County

URGENT URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 4-22-18 – 11:35 p.m. Central Time – 12:35 a.m. ET – UPDATE

The Breitung Township Volunteer Fire Department just notified the Iron Mountain Fire department it was going to use one of their hydrants to refill a tanker. That ws then apparently changed to the “Champion hydrant.”

11:45 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. Central Time

Dickinson County home engulfed by fire – Third U.P. house fire of weekend

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Iron Mountain, MI) – Firefighters on Sunday night were on the scene of a fully involved house fire along M-95 in Breitung Township, MI outside of iron Mountain.

The fire is said to be at 4490 M-95 near W. Spring Lake Road – and the closest named road further north is Old Carney lake Road.

The Breitung Township Volunteer Fire Department has a nearby station – and initial word is they are getting it under control.

The Sagola Township Volunteer Fire Department has been put on standby at their fire station.

On Sunday afternoon a Delta County home received heavy noxious smoke damage from a fire linked to the toxic smoke coming from a bag of burning batteries.

And early Sunday a family hunting camp was destroyed by fire in Menominee County.

A Gladstone, MI home was wrecked Sunday afternoon after it sustained heavy noxious smoke damage from the flames and toxic fumes caused by a large bag of burning batteries stored in the home’s rear entrance.

The fire was reported at 1117 Minnesota Avenue at about 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon, April 22, 2018.

The “working fire” was put out by firefighters from the Gladstone Department of Public Safety with mutual aid from the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Sadly, the family’s three cats apparently died in the fire.

Fortunately no human injuries.

Meanwhile in Menominee County, MI:

Firefighters battled a blaze that burned a family hunting camp just south of Daggett located in Stephenson Township, MI.


The fire was reported just before 4 a.m. CT (5 a.m. ET) Sunday morning, April 22, 2018.
The Menominee County address believed to be at/near 4996 Gustafson Road.
Firefighters and law enforcement were on the scene.
We have no further details. We have a family name but are not sure how to spell it.

The Breitung Township Volunteer Fire Department


“Breitung Township is proud to offer a fully-staffed, volunteer fire department.
If you are interested in joining our fire deparment, stop by”

Jeff Iverson


Station 1:  3800 Menominee Ave, Quinnesec, MI 49876
Assistant Chief:  Scott Marshall

Station 2:  525 E. Breen Ave, Kingsford, MI 49802
Assistant Chief:  Rob Blazier

Station 3:  N4327 State Hwy M95, Iron Mountain, MI 49801
Assistant Chief:  Richard Lindow


A convicted sex offender picked up for noncompliance and drunk driving, several people who have past drug charges are arrested again including a Marquette woman accused of meth, fighting police – and bringing drugs to jail – this after being arrested last year in Iron Mountain for meth, several domestic violence or assault cases including one of the Hannahville “cocaine cousins”

Upper Peninsula Breaking News Bulletin – 3-3-18 –3:35 p.m. Update with additional assault booking

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Elijah Blu McCoy

19-year-old Elijah McCoy of Marquette, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail at 11:11 a.m. ET today, Sat., March 3, 2018. 

McCoy is charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder.
Bond has not been set for McCoy.

McCoy of Marquette, MI was also booked into the Marquette County Jail at 10:13 p.m. on Monday night, Dec. 11, 2017 on a felony charge of aggravated assault.

Details on the alleged assault have not been released by law enforcement.

Bond is set at $5,000.

McCoy is a native of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, according to his Facebook page.

McCoy made the news in April 2017 when he was one of three Marquette teens charged with holding a juvenile against his will and assaulting him at a home on the 300 block of County Road 550 in Marquette County.

McCoy has his charged reduced and was released on bond. He was sent to circuit court on charges of felony unlawful imprisonment and misdemeanor assault.

McCoy has been in trouble with the law numerous times and even has a state record and is on probation for a Sept. 2014 second degree home invasion in Chippewa County.

MDOC Number: 956844

9:05 a.m. ET –

Marquette/Escanaba area arrests in overnight and Friday: Marquette woman busted this morning on meth and fighting with police charges, a non-compliant convicted sex offender arrested for drunk driving, one vicious assault and two domestic violence cases including one of the “cocaine cousins” from Wilson

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Marquette/Escanaba) – Arrests in the past 24 hours including several assaults – as one of the “cocaine cousins” is charged with domestic violence, a non-compliant convicted sex offender busted for dunk driving, and a Marquette woman charged in meth case is arrested again early today and allegedly fought with police.

A Marquette County woman, already charged in a Dickson County meth bust, was arrested this morning a numerous felonies ranging from several drug charges to assaulting a police officer.

21-year-old Dimon Thompson of Marquette, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 6:08 a.m. ET this morning Sat., March 3, 2018

Thompson is charged this morning with assault on a police officer, possession of methamphetamine, use of a non-narcotic controlled substance, and furnishing contraband to jail prisoners. Bond for Thompson has not been set.

In July 2017, Thompson was among four people arrested in an Iron Mountain parking lot and charged with the sale/manufacture of methamphetamine.
The four were in a suspicious vehicle that left a local motel and pulled into the parking lot. The others arrested were from Gwinn, St. Ignace, and Rapid River.
Using a Gwinn address at the time, Thompson with two counts of delivery/manufacture methamphetamine and second-offense habitual offender.

Assisting Iron Mountain Department of Public Safety officers in that bust were the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and a Michigan State Police K-9 from the Iron Mountain Post. Plus Marquette agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) opened an investigation, and some of those involved were on state and federal probation.

Those charges were authorized Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards.

Meanwhile in Feb. 2016, Thompson, then 18, of Gwinn was sentenced to six months probation for third-degree retail fraud in Marquette County District Court.


A Hannahville man very familiar to the feds and not unfamiliar to drug charges has been arrested for domestic violence.
He was one of the infamous jokesters we dubbed “cocaine cousins.”
33-year-old Lucas Roy Sagataw of Wilson, MI was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 3:16 p.m. on Fri., March 2, 2018.
Sagataw is charged with domestic violence.
In April 2017,
Bond for Sagataw has not been set. He also lists a Minneapolis address.

Lucas Roy Sagataw of Wilson, MI

Lucas Roy Sagataw of Wilson, MI

In July 2008, Sagataw, then 24, was among 19 people arrested on federal drug charges – and was charged with three counts of distribution of marijuana.
In addition, U.P. Breaking News dubbed Sagataw and his cousin – the Hannahville Cocaine Cousins.

The pair were charged with delivery of cocaine on an Indian Reservation – with kids present.

In July 2014, Sagataw was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison during a plea bargain on the cocaine charges.

In April 2017, Sagataw was sentenced to 12 months in prison for two federal courts of consumption of alcohol, that violated his probation from the cocaine case. Federal prison doesn’t have parole, so he must have been given some credit for time served – otherwise he would still be in federal prison until April 2018.


22-year-old Michael D. Cole of Escanaba, MI was booked into the Delta County Detention Center (DCDC) at 3:11 p.m. on Fri., March 2, 2018.
Cole is charged with domestic violence.
Bond for Cole is $500.

If you have a photo of Mr. Cole, please send it privately to U.P. Breaking News.


28-year-old Kyle George Fosco of Marquette, MI

28-year-old Kyle George Fosco of Marquette, MI

28-year-old Kyle George Fosco of Marquette, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 11:19 p.m. ET on Fri., March 2, 2018.
Fosco is charged with assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder.
Bond for Fosco has not been set.
Fosco got off probation last July for a drug crime – delivery/manufacture of a Narcotic/Cocaine.


A convicted sex offender on probation for not registering in Marquette County was picked up Friday Night for drunk driving has yet again been charged with failure to register as a sex offender as required by law.

26-year-old Gregory David Kauppila was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 10:22 p.m. ET on Fri., March 2, 2018.

Kauppila is charged with sex offender failure to register and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor (OUIL).

In Marquette County Circuit Court during June 2016, Kauppila was sentenced to 180 days jail and five years probation plus about $800 in fines/costs for being a sex offender who failed to comply with the law.

In Sept. 2010, Kauppila was convicted in Marquette of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct (multiple variables).


A downstate man was arrested Friday morning on a felony drunken driving charge in Marquette County.
52-year-old Randy Lee Nagle of Howard City, MI was booked into the Marquette County Jail (MCJ) at 9:17 a.m. ET on Fri., March 2, 2018.
Nagle is charged with felony third-offense operating a motor vehicle while impaired (OWI).
Bond has not been set for Nagle.


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

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

***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:

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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. 

Snowmobile Fatalities 2017-2018 winter:


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.





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URGENT URGENT URGENT URGENT – 1-23-18 – 12:45 a.m. – Two U.P. police agencies have some of their computers fried – Marquette Police Dept. headquarters and entire Dickinson County E-911 Center – that dispatches for Iron Mountain Police and many agencies – Both communication centers fill with smoke almost simultaneously – during snowstorm; This weekend hospital electrical system fire reported

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: 1-23-18 12:45 a.m. ET

Firefighters called to smoke-filled Marquette Police Headquarters and the entire Enhanced 911 Dispatch Center in Iron Mountain – that dispatches for all agencies – as electrical systems fry

Marquette Police HQ – and the 911 center in Iron Mountain serving all Dickinson County – both fill with smoke during snowstorm

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – You don’t often hear the police call for firefighters at the cop HQ or 911 – but it happened twice almost simultaneously this morning in the U.P. of Michigan.

Marquette firefighters are on the scene of an apparent electrical fire at the Marquette Police Headquarters.

Meanwhile – same thing was just reported at the Enhanced 911 Dickinson County Dispatch Center – located in the county building in Iron Mountain, MI.

A dispatcher in Iron Mountain said their entire system went down. Dickinson County 911 was filled with smoke – plus electronics are fried from computers to LEIN.

Marquette PD reported its problem about two minutes before Iron Mountain PD but could have been simultaneously.

Are they related due to timing and/or weather. If they are not related to either – then its a coincidence involving lotto type odds.

“The fire department is headed your way,” said a 911 dispatcher to a police official at the Marquette Police Headquarters.

The problem is “smoke coming out of their main frame computer room,” a dispatcher told firefighters in Marquette.

Not clear if its weather-related. No injuries reported.

Only two days ago firefighters rushed to a U.P. hospital hecause of an active electrical fire.

Iron Mountain firefighters were called Saturday night to the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
An “active electrical fire” was found in the rear of the hospital. No Injuries reported.

Meanwhile – the raging snowstorm has made driving inadvisable through at least tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon. The storm has already caused several rollovers/accidents. Plus power outages reported in some areas.

Convicted drug dealer and burglar faces federal gun charges – and probe involves Dickinson County residents, and an Ishpeming drug suspect who allegedly conned an Ishpeming gun dealer

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-8-18 8 pm ET

ATF/MSP Bust: A “known” drug dealer and burglar has been busted by the feds on a firearms charge – and probe involves two Dickinson County residents, an Ishpeming drug suspect and gun shop

By Greg Peterson
S.E. Social Justice Breaking News
Owner, News Director

**This story is a thumbnail sketch on the probe – read or download your copy – hey we paid for it:
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(Marquette, MI) – A convicted Dickinson County drug dealer and burglar has been charged in federal court at Marquette with illegal possession of handgun and ammo – in a lengthy saga involving several U.P. Counties and an Ishpeming gun dealer.

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29-year-old Kyle James Murray of Kingsford, MI is named in a felony criminal “information,” an initial charging tool used by federal prosecutors rather than an indictment. While court records show Murray having a Balsam St. address in Kingsford, his Facebook page states he is from Iron Mountain now living in Madison, WI.

Murray was paroled from Michigan state prison in July 2014 after serving five and one half years for two counts of controlled substance – delivery/manufacture of narcotics/cocaine during 2009 in Dickinson County, MI. Using others, Murray allegedly purchased a gun from Wilderness Sports in Ishpeming.

The case was cracked by lots of gumshoe work by Michigan State Police troopers, Dickinson County Sheriff’s department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

Drug arrest 28-year-old Amber Jarvi, Ishpeming

28-year-old Amber Jarvi of Ishpeming, MI

Drug suspect Amber Jarvi of Ishpeming allegedly bought the weapon for Murray, whom one suspect called a Yooper “gun girl.

Jarvi told the ATF that she had test fired the weapon with her father and Murray in June 2017 at the Jarvi camp on a two-track road off Dishno Road – the Peshekee Grade road in the Michigamme area.

Murray is currently jailed at the Dickinson County Jail for felony resisting arrest and obstruction of a police officer. Murray pleaded guilty and was set to be sentenced today, Jan. 8, 2018 on that two-year felony.

During questioning by the ATF, Amber Jarvi “became emotionally unglued and starting screaming, crying and using profanity,” the federal complaint states.

Amber Jarvi was then arrested on an outstanding Marquette County Warrant after trying to leave the interview with the ATF.
Amber Jarvi, who is charged with numerous felonies including one charge involving a minor, has been the subject of a lengthy state and federal probe into alleged meth trafficking.


ATF agents also questioned Jarvi’s father, David Kestila of Ishpeming.
Others drug suspects mentioned as aiding in the case are 43-year-old Joshua Jay Mitchell of Kingsford and 35-year-old Bobby Jo Wagner of Vulcan, MI – who where both busted in the same Iron County hotel room – The Bigfoot Hideaway in Crystal Falls, MI. Troopers first made contact with the trio when someone called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle parked in the rear of the motel.

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Bobby Jo Wagner

Wagner is in state prison after being sentenced in Oct. 2017 to 1-5 years for third-degree home invasion in Dickinson County. She pleaded no contest and was found guilty of the July 2015 burglary involving the theft of prescription drugs from a Vulcan, MI home. Wagner has been the subject of numerous U.P. news stories.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of two burglary-related felonies in Marinette County, Wisconsin including theft of movable property/special facts and burglary building/dwelling. Murray was convicted of burglaries in Dickinson and Iron County.

The weapon Murray allegedly possessed illegally is a Kel-Tech, Model P-11, 9 mm pistol – serial number ATR29 and 9 rounds of CCI 9 MM ammo.
A “mufti-convicted felon,” Murray allegedly “knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition” despite his criminal convictions and prison time.

The allegations involved the time period June 23-30, 2017. The criminal complaint was sworn to by ATF Agent James Petschke before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley on Jan. 5, 2018.

Other law enforcement who assisted in the case included ATF Agent Aaron Voogd. Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department Detective Lt. Derek Dixon and Michigan State Police Trooper Doug Weesner.


MDOC Number: 680462
Name: Kyle James Murray
Image Date: 5/21/2010
MDOC Status: Discharged
Discharge Date: 7/03/2014

Sentencing: Three Dickinson County men who stole 20 guns and more from a home in Felch Township to sell for drugs in Milwaukee have been sentenced – plus a Hannahville man is being held on a federal detainer for an unrelated unspecified case.

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-9-18 – 10:45 a.m. CT

All three gun thieves sentenced

(Marquette, MI)- Two men charged in that Dickinson County case involving the theft of 20 guns were recently sentenced in federal court in Marquette, MI – thus ending the saga involving a gun-related burglary in Felch Township, MI

The two pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen firearms – and under plea agreements with federal prosecutors other charges again the men were dropped.

A third suspect was already sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney

Michael William Reynolds sentenced to just over four years (50 months) in federal prison,
Eric William Howe sentenced of (70 months in federal prison) or nearly 6 years (5.8 years)
The two were sentenced on Jan. 5, 2018 by U.S. District Court Judge Gordon J. Quist.

The third suspect and leader of the break-in and gun thefts – Alex James Faught was sentenced in Sept. 2017 to 10 years (120 months) in federal prison.

12-20-17 – 4:15 a.m. ET

Two suspects in Felch Township gun thefts are in federal custody – while a Hannahville man is also being held by the feds

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Marquette, MI) – The case against three Dickinson County men charged with stealing guns from Felch Township home has gone federal.
Previously state charges had been filed again the trio.

This morning two of the three suspects are being held in the Marquette County Jail on federal detainers. The suspects facing federal felony charges are:

21-year-old Eric William Howe of Iron Mountain, MI
22-year-old Michael William Reynolds of Iron Mountain, MI
26-year-old Alex James Faught of Kingsford, MI

Reynolds and Howe are being held in the Marquette County Jail without bond this morning on federal detainers.

The three men are accused of stealing 20 guns, knives, ammunition, hunting equipment from a home on Leeman Road in Felch Township on Feb. 22, 2017.

The alleged plot was to sell the stolen booty in Wisconsin for drugs.

Crossing state lines to sell stolen property – let alone weapons – is a federal crime.

A traffic stop by Kingsford Department of Public Safety officers broke the case wide open as they discovered ammo in Reynolds’ vehicle. A search of the vehicle – and then two Milwaukee homes – led to the recovery of all of the stolen property.

Howe has reportedly confessed and cooperating.


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31-year-old Jeremy Heinkel of Wilson, MI

Meanwhile a member and apparent former employee of the Hannahville Indian Community nation is also jailed in Marquette – and expected to face unspecified federal charges.

31-year-old Jeremy Heinkel of Wilson, MI is being held in the Marquette County Jail this morning without bond on a federal detainer. He is being held without bond.
That means he is likely facing unspecified federal charges.

His past has been drug/alcohol related issues.
In July 2015, Heinkel was sentenced to five days in jail for impaired driving
In Jan, 2016, Heinkel of W595 Maple Dr., Wilson, Mi was sentenced to 10 days in jail after pleading guilty to pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana plus his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Recently several drugs suspects from across the U.P. were brought to the MCJ and appeared in some setting in the federal courthouse.
Based on our experience and the fact things have been pretty quiet lately coming out of federal court in Marquette.

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An alleged serial woman abuser was booked early today into the Dickinson County Jail on unspecified charges, Iron Mountain guy released on bond 10 hours later

U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: 12-16-17 11:30 p.m. ET – Iron Mountain, MI Guy Arrested Again – Released on Bond – The latest on a suspect who has a history of alleged domestic violence in the Upper Peninsula


Today in Iron Mountain, Michigan – a suspect charged with repeated domestic abuse is back in custody on unspecified charges

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By Greg Peterson
Upper Peninsula Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Editor’s Note: U.P. Breaking News Notice to Women Haters: If you are a woman hater who gets busted – we will publish your name if we know about it – and if found ‘not guilty’ let us know. However we believe domestic violence has been a hidden secret buried under the once-quaint U.P. tapestry)

(Iron Mountain, MI) – An alleged serial woman abuser was booked early into the Dickinson County Jail.

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Josh Faccio arrested again FB 227-year-old Joshua “Josh” Faccio of Iron Mountain, MI was booked into the Dickinson County Jail early today at almost 3 a.m. CT on Sat., Dec. 16. 2017. He bonded out 110 hours later.

Faccio was released on an unspecified bond at 1:07 p.m. CT today.

In April 2016, Faccio was finally apprehended after being charged with two separate domestic assaults.

Faccio was captured in Marinette County, WI in April 2016 because arrest warrants had been filed by Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards.

The charges Faccio was booked on today to have not been released. If the charges are released wee will update story.
Dickinson County publishes the arrests on VineLink.com and Mobile Patrol – but it doesn’t include then nature of the charges.

Faccio works at Works at Grede Foundries, Inc., according to his Facebook page.

The Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office has an impressive team ready to handle all domestic violence and throw the dangerous into jail or prison.

U.P. Breaking News will always publish an update if any domestic violence suspect is found not guilty, However, U.P.. Breaking News believes that repeat abusers (and even first time) – whether male or female – need to have their information released for public safety reasons.

Marquette County and Delta County are the only U.P. jails following the exact letter of the law by releasing the booking info and charges – most of the time promptly – because arrests are public record once a person is booked. Period.

Its appears both agencies have a ‘no tolerance’ policy  on domestic violence.

The prosecutor decides what charges will ultimately be filed, however Michigan law doesn’t require a suspect to be arraigned before the name can be released.
That is just an archaic rule followed by the U.P. Media that was originally thought up by a U.P. prosecutor decades ago who wanted his name in the paper around re-election time. Even state police now admit not releasing names is a policy not a law.

If you think we are wrong, think about this. Marquette and Delta County Sheriffs would be in jail if it wasn’t legal because they publicly release the information to Vine.Net.com and Mobile Patrol.

The other U.P. Counties are not following the law – and half do not release anything. This seems like an old-fashioned power grab or entitled provincialism where someone locally thinks they are the gatekeepers of everything.

Two felonies filed against Dickinson County woman who says she is dying of liver cancer and needs a transplant – yet is lodged in jail in Iron Mountain, MI

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 12-14-17 3:20 p.m. ET 2:30 p.m. CT –Update on the woman jailed in Iron Mountain, MI – is being held on two felonies

Update: The woman who says she has liver cancer and is dying yet is lodged in the Dickinson County Jail on two felonies

By Greg Peterson
Upper Peninsula Breaking News
Owner, News Director

Tara Bryant is charged with two felonies, according to the Dickinson County District Court office.
Bryant is charged with breaking and entering and habitual offender third,

Bryant has a probable cause hearing set for Dec. 21, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. Central Time.

Bryant also has a preliminary exam set for Dec. 28, 2017 at 2:45 p.m. CT
U.P. Breaking News spoke with the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s office – however they declined comment.

We were referred to the district court where the information was released
Neither office appeared to be aware of her claim to be dying of liver cancer.

URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 12-14-17 4:07 a.m. ET

An Iron Mountain woman who says she’s dying of liver cancer and needs a transplant – is booked in Dickinson County Jail in Iron Mountain, MI

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By Greg Peterson
Upper Peninsula Breaking News
Owner, News Director

Police have jailed an Iron Mountain woman who says she is dying of liver cancer and needs a transplant – including two fund raising pages.

37-year-old Tara Michele Bryant of Iron Mountain, MI is booked into the Dickinson County Jail (DCJ) in Iron Mountain on an unspecified charge.

Above – left to right – is a photo from last year on Bryant’s Facebook page, the middle photo is her picture for the Go Fund Me Pages, and far right is her mugshot in Dickinson County on Tues., Dec. 12, 2017 via Mobile Patrol

However, she has two Go Fund Me pages stating she needs a liver transplant and suffers from “liver cancer, liver disease, and liver failure.”

Tara Bryant GFM #1

With Bryant’s illness – how can she be locked up. Can the jail provide for the medical issues she lists on her Go Fund Me pages. Or is something else going on.

Bryant was booked into the DCJ at 7:42 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 12, 2017. Bond is not set. The charges are not specified.

Online websites that provide info on people say Bryant has several aliases: aka Tera M. Bryant, Tara M. Bryant, Tara M. Bryant, Tara Morgan

The websites also stated Bryant has lived in sverral states over the years: Green Bay, WI; Carney, MI; Lomira, WI; Kaukauna, WI; Fond Du Lac, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Eden Prairie, MN.

Bryant is a 1998 graduate of Kingsford High School.
The video on one of Bryant’s Go Fund Me page is no longer available.
Three people in the past five months have contributed to her medical expenses – $95 of $15,089 goal.

Bryant has two Go Fund Me pages to help offset medical expenses.
The newest page created in Sept. 25, 2017 has a $20,000 goal – So far no donors.
The first Go Fund Me page was created July 17, 2017 that has raised $95.
Fundraiser by Tara Bryant: Liver Cancer Treatment & Expenses
Fundraiser by Tara Bryant : LIVER CANCER TREATMENT

Here is Tara M. Bryant ‘s info on Go Fund Me – including her typos misspelling “cancer” and the word “although.”

Hello, I am a 37 year old suffering from Liver Caner, Liver Disease, and Liver Failure.
Altough, everyone may know cancer is a drain on your life and others as well.
I have exhausted all my resources and now can not get to places, afford medical expenses and medicines.
I can’t work and really need help.
I am financially and emotionally struggling with this at this point in my life. Please, may God send a savior to help me in this hour of need. I was diagnosed 2 and a half years ago and now my liver cannot produce its own enzymes.
I am now unfortunately at the point where I need a liver transplant to live.

Tara Bryant Dec. 2017

Tara Bryant posted this on her Facebook page in early Dec. 2017

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Ironwood, MI Meth Probe – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: Gogebic County methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin case goes federal

Numerous federal charges expected from huge meth probe in Gogebic County including indictment from a grand jury sitting in Marquette, MI – includes heroin, cocaine and weapons



By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director


(Marquette, MI) – A man, who was one of four arrested on state meth charges almost two weeks ago in Gogebic County, was appointed the federal version of a court-appointed defense attorney on Tuesday.

Federal drug agents were among the many law enforcement agencies on the scene for the Gogebic County meth raid that was the announced on Friday. January 20, 2017 by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team – better known as “GIANT.” Numerous meth and other drug and weapons charges against an unknown number of people are expected as federal prosecutors in Marquette bring witnesses before a federal grand jury.

gogebic-giant-bust-press-release-5-corey-tutorOn Tuesday, 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor, who has ties to Gogebic County and Ashland, WI, was given an attorney at no cost by U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley. Appointed to represent Tutor was an unnamed member of the U.S. Public Defender Office in Marquette, MI. The office is headed in Marquette by Asst. U.S. Public Defender Elizabeth LaCosse – who once was a prosecutor in the western U.P.

Convicted felon 33-year-old Jeremy James Whitebird – whose home allegedly had $50,000 in meth and other drugs when searched by GIANT agents – is one of the main targets of the local, state and federal drug probe. He faces drug charges and two counts of possession of a gun by a convicted felon – that brings serious time in the federal system.

Officials said that Whitebird has an extensive criminal history, however U.p. Breaking News has been unable to find out much about him through online and other sources.

Current state charges against Whitebird include possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The raid involving state and federal drug agents was conducted by the GIANT drug team, the Gogebic Iron SWAT Team, Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Beacon Ambulance Service stood by the scene just in case.

Police confiscated a large amount of meth, coke, heroin, and pot plus several firearms and ammunition, according to a GIANT press release.

Two others – plus Tutor – were present during the raid at the Whitebird residence. The trio are charged with possession of methamphetamines and a loitering charge for allegedly hanging around a drug house. They are 21-year-old Rebecca Jade Gibbons, 30-year-old Carlos Jordan, 30, and 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor.

Meanwhile, another Gogebic County resident was appointed a U.S. Federal Public Defender on Tuesday – Lisa Celeskey of Ironwood, MI. The reason Celeskey needs a defense attorney for federal probe is not known. The Federal Public Defender Office recommended that attorney Sarah Emily Henderson be appointed to represent Celeskey

Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team


gogebic-giant-banner-3-badgeThis is one of several drug teams in the Upper Peninsula that are working to stamp out the methamphetamine problem that has led to countless deaths, plus left hundreds of Yoopers with very hard to beat addictions to meth, and U.P. Breaking News has heard from numerous homeowners who are among those with rental property that got used as meth labs causing millions of dollars of damage to homes across the U.P.




Dickinson County $100,000 house fire blamed on “Mr. Coffee” by homeowners and insurance company

URGENT URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Fire Bulletin – Did “Mr. Coffee” cause a Dickinson County Fire 1-14-17 4 p.m. ET

Did Mr. Coffee spark a fire that destroyed an Iron Mountain home?

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Iron Mountain, MI) – The fire victims say a “Mr. Coffee” caused a blaze nearly two years ago that did over $100,000 damage to their Dickinson County home, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed in Marquette, MI.

The fire occurred at the David and Joyce Clement residence located at N4044 Pine Mountain Road in Iron Mountain, MI, which was insured by the State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.

A federal judge this week gave Sunbeam additional time to respond to the charges.

The Clements “owned a Mr. Coffee coffeemaker which was present at the home.” The suit states that an investigation showed “a fire occurred at the” home “which had its point of origin at the (Mr. Coffee) appliance.”

The coffee maker was plugged in but not in use.

Federal civil lawsuit charges:

Count 1: Breach of Implied Warranty in Tort

Count 2: Design Defect and/or Manufacturing Defect

Count 3: Breach of Warranty

Count 4: Breach of Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

Count 5: Breach of Michigan Consumer Protection Act

The fire “caused extensive damage to the kitchen area, as well as significant smoke and soot damage to other areas” of the home. State Farm paid for the fire damage “less a ($1,417) deductible” with “total damages” caused “by the appliance fire was $106,179.28” all “but the deductible” was paid by the insurance.

The Mr. Coffee “was relatively new, having been purchased only approximately seven (7) months prior to the date of the fire,” the law suit states. The “investigation revealed that the fire” had no “other viable ignition sources” near the Mr. Coffee “other than the appliance itself.”

The residential fire at “was caused by a defect in the design and/or manufacture of the appliance,” the suit claims.

“Sunbeam sold it subject to the implied warranty in tort,” the lawsuit states. “Under the implied warranty in tort,” Sunbeam claimed “it was reasonably fit for its intended purposes.” The “intended purpose” of the Mr. Coffee “was not that it would burst into flames suddenly and unintentionally,” the federal suit states. The Clements “used the appliance according to its intended and foreseeable purposes”.

At the time of the blaze, the Mr. Coffee “was plugged in, though not in use, when it started a fire” inside the home, the suit states. “Sunbeam breached the implied warranty” because the “appliance’s electrical system was defective” State Farm “requests judgment” of “$106,179.28, plus interest, costs, attorney fees, and any other relief” deemed “just” by the court.

The suit accuses Sunbeam of “failing to design and manufacture the appliance in such a manner as to ensure that it would not cause an electrical fire” and alleging that Sunbeam “caused the accident.”

Sunbeam sold the Mr. Coffee with “a warranty” allegedly making the company “responsible to pay for damage caused by defects in materials or workmanship.

Sunbeam’s warranty was still valid the day of the fire because the Clements purchased it “less than seven (7) months prior” to the blaze that was allegedly “caused by a defect in materials or workmanship.”

“Sunbeam has refused to honor State Farm’s claim” … “Sunbeam has breached the warranty,” the lawsuit claims. Sunbeam was a “warrantor” and “supplier” under “the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act 15 U.S. C. A. §2301(5),”the suit states. State Farm through the Clements was a “consumer” under that act, the insurance company claims.

“Sunbeam violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by failing to replace or repair” the Mr. Coffee or failed “to provide plaintiff with a refund for the appliance allegedly knowing that it “contained defects that could not be repaired.

The lawsuit alleges, Sunbeam committed “unfair, unconscionable, and deceptive methods and/or practices” including “representations that goods or services have sponsorship, approval, characteristics” and “benefits of quantities which they do not have.”

Sunbeam allegedly states “that (its) goods or services are of a particular standard, quality or grade.” The suit claims “gross discrepancies between the oral representations of the seller and the written agreements covering the same transaction” were allegedly made by Sunbeam thus violating “the Michigan Consumer Protection Act by breaching the implied and express warranties.”

The state version of the lawsuit is dated November 11, 2016 and has been “removed from 41st Dickinson County Circuit Court.”


Attorneys for State Farm Fire and Casualty Company

David and Joyce Clement

Plaintiff State Farm Fire and Casualty Company is an insurance corporation organized under the laws of the State of Illinois with its principal place of business in Bloomington, Illinois

Nicholas J, Spigiel (P73526)

Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C

P.O. Box 4010

Kalamazoo, MI 49003-4010




Attorneys for (defendant) Sunbeam attorneys:

Defendant Sunbeam Products, Inc. is a corporation organized under the laws of the State of Delaware with its principal place of business in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sunbeam Products, Inc.

40600 Ann Arbor Rd. E. Ste.

Plymouth, MI 48170

Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.

Brandon J. Evans (P69576)

128 W. Spring Street

Marquette, MI 49855


(906) 226-2543

Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C’

P.O. Box 4010

Kalamazoo, MI 49003

(269) 324-3000