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Ilsa Matthes | Daily Press
Det. Sgt. Jean Belanger of the Michigan State Police responds to questions from Defense Attorney Karen Groenhout about the arrest of Gregory Ihander, who is accused of murdering Jolene Eichhorn.

Jury begins deliberation in murder trial

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MENOMINEE — After hearing testimony and closing statements, jurors in a two-week Menominee County murder trial began deliberating Wednesday afternoon to decide if Gregory Scott Ihander was guilty of murdering 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn in 2015. Court proceedings Wednesday started with ...

Ihander found guilty of murder

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MENOMINEE — After two weeks of testimony, a jury convicted Gregory Scott Ihander of second degree murder in Menominee County Circuit Court Thursday. Ihander will be sentenced on April 13 for the murder of 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in the trunk of her car at the ...

CUPPAD’s Prosperity Grant to deliver $271,000 to Region

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ESCANABA — Grant dollars from the Regional Prosperity Initiative (RPI) within the Department of Technology Management and Budget (DTMB) will once again flow from Lansing into the Central Upper Peninsula in 2017 thanks to a grant request from Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development ...

Esky city manager finalists named

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ESCANABA — The search for the next Escanaba city manager is down to three people. Fifty-one candidates applied for the Escanaba city manager position and three finalists have been selected for interviews. The city is seeking to replace long-time City Manager Jim O’Toole, who will be ...

New session of BAC Toddler Art classes

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ESCANABA—The second session of Toddler Art classes, which run Thursdays, begins Feb. 23, with subsequent classes March 2, 9, 16, 23, and April 6, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at the Bonifas Arts Center (BAC). Toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, can try a variety of hands-on art stations, ...

Escanaba reviews audit report

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ESCANABA — Members of the Escanaba City Council reviewed the city’s audit results for its 2015-16 fiscal year during a work session held Wednesday morning. Audit Manager Michael Sparling, a CPA with financial services firm Rehmann, said the city’s audit for the 2015-16 fiscal year was ...

Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop

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ESCANABA — Creating Confident Caregivers is a program in select regions of Michigan, for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss. Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists. This university tested program provides ...

Special Olympics basketball tournament starts Friday

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ESCANABA — The 2017 Special Olympics Michigan District Basketball Tournament will begin Friday, Feb. 24, and continue through Saturday at Escanaba High School, according to organizers of the event. Dorothy Kollmann, Special Olympics chairperson for the Escanaba Noon Kiwanis Club, said ...

Welcome to Medicare seminar offered

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ESCANABA — UPCAP's Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) is offering free seminars in the area to help folks new to Medicare understand their benefits and choices. The next one will be held on Thursday, April 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the UPCAP Lower Conference Room, 2501 14th ...

US, Mexico at odds over deportation

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between neighbors. There is no shortage of tension ...

Income tax cut defeated in Republican-led State House

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LANSING (AP) — The Republican-controlled Michigan House early Thursday failed to approve an income tax cut, rejecting the plan after a lengthy session and the unsuccessful cajoling of some resistant members of the majority. The legislation would lower the 4.25 percent tax to 4.05 percent by ...

Daily Planner

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Today A.A., closed, Delta Drop-In Center, 10 a.m., Escanaba. A.A., closed, Manistique Harbor Church of God, 7:30 p.m., 813 Arbutus Ave., Manistique. A.A., closed, Delta Alano Club, 7:30 p.m., Gladstone, 428-1184. A.A., closed, Bottom Line, Central United Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m., ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
Murder suspect Gregory Scott Ihander, at left, and his attorneys Karen Groenhout and Alex Sieminski listen in court Tuesday to the undercover audio recording of Ihander’s initial interview with police on Sept. 9, 2015, after Jolene Eichhorn’s body was found in Menominee County.

Attorney questions murder probe

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MENOMINEE — Police procedure during the 2015 arrest of murder suspect Gregory Scott Ihander was questioned by his attorney Tuesday when she cross-examined the lead detective who investigated the death of 43-year-old Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in her car trunk on Sept. 9, ...

Defendants sentenced in court

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ESCANABA — The following individuals were recently sentenced on unrelated charges in Delta County Circuit Court in Escanaba. Hugh Robert Evans, 51, of 1829 3rd Ave. N., Apt. No. 2, Escanaba, pleaded guilty to one count of probation violation with the underlying offense of domestic ...

County looks at options for funding jail

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ESCANABA — As planning for Delta County’s new jail project continues, County Administrator Ryan Bergman gave the Delta County Board of Commissioners a review of the funding options for the project during the board’s regular meeting Tuesday. There are essentially two approaches the ...

House GOP scales back income tax cut plan, waits to vote

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LANSING (AP) — Michigan House Republicans on Tuesday significantly revised their income tax cut plan, proposing to drop the 4.25 percent rate to 3.9 percent over four years and no longer calling for the tax to be phased out entirely over decades. Legislation that cleared a committee last ...

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press
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Local first responders simulate an ice rescue during Delta County Search and Rescue ice rescue training course last weekend at Saunders Point in Gladstone. During the two-day training, responders from Ensign Fire Department, Gladstone Public Safety, and Masonville Emergency Medical Services (EMS) learned various ice rescue techniques, said Delta County Search and Rescue Director Mark Markovich.

Ice training helps first responders save lives

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GLADSTONE — The Delta County Search and Rescue team (SAR) held an ice training rescue course last week at Saunders Point in Gladstone, which certified three new rescuers and re-certified 17. Those involved in the training are local first responders including members from the Ensign Fire ...

Jenny Lancour | Daily Press
During a break in the murder trial of Gregory S. Ihander in Menominee County Circuit Court on Monday, Prosecutor William Merkel, pictured at right, converses with Defense Attorney Karen Groenhout and her assistant, Attorney Alex Sieminski.

Friends of suspect, victim testify

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MENOMINEE — Family and friends of murder suspect Gregory S. Ihander and victim Jolene Eichhorn took the stand Monday providing the Menominee County jury with testimony about the men in Eichhorn’s life prior to her death in 2015. Richard Hood, Eichhorn’s ex-boyfriend of 14 years, ...

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Elks Auxiliary helps Walk for Warmth

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Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Cathy Pearson, of the Community Action Agency, receives a $500 donation from Jean Berres, representative for the Escanaba Elks Auxiliary on Monday afternoon. The donation, which was raised during the last ladies wine and cheese party, will be used by Walk for ...

Ihander’s movements, demeanor revealed

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MENOMINEE — Relatives of Gregory S. Ihander — who is currently on trial for the 2015 murder of Jolene Eichhorn, 43, of Carney — testified Monday about Ihander’s whereabouts and demeanor during the days prior to the victim’s body being found in her car. Ihander, 49, of Menominee ...