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Man arrested on ­strangulation charges

ESCANABA — A Gladstone man remains lodged in Delta County Jail after being arrested on felony charges of assault by strangulation and domestic violence, according to police and court records. Jeffery William Dickerson, 36, of 905 Minnesota Ave., Gladstone, was recently arrested in ...

Man charged with ­sexual assault of minor

ESCANABA — A 17-year-old Gladstone male arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor is scheduled to go to trial later this summer in Delta County Circuit Court. Jared Scott Grenier remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash/surety bond. He is charged with one count ...

Bark River man charged in strangulation case

ESCANABA — A 19-year-old Bark River man has been charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder by strangulation and remains lodged in jail in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Sky Ray Reiffers, of 5618 F Road, Bark River, was recently arrested in connection with a July 4, ...

Supporters, foes clash over underwater pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — An engineering company’s report on the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is flawed and biased in favor of continuing the existing system, critics said Monday. A business coalition said keeping oil flowing through the 64-year-old pipes is ...

McCain’s return buoys plan for healthcare vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders are steering the Senate toward a crucial vote on their bill eviscerating much of President Barack Obama’s health care law, buoyed by the near theatrical return to the Capitol of the ailing Sen. John McCain. No stranger to heroic episodes, the Navy ...

Music camp finale

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Grace Sviland, summer music camp participant and lead vocalist in the band “The Day It All Started,” sings “Hey Soul Sister” originally performed by Train, during a concert outside of Bobaloon’s Cafe in Escanaba Friday. Band Director Ben Zindler, ...

Heavy rains cause woes for farmers

ESCANABA — The heavy rainfall seen in the Upper Peninsula has impacted local crop growth in a variety of ways, Field Crops Extension Educator for Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) Monica Jean said. “Rain is good, but too much rain is not,” she said. High rainfall totals — ...

Ettenhofer receives first conservationist award

ESCANABA (AP) — The co-founder of a deer management organization has received the Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance first “Outstanding Conservationist” award. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the award was presented to Alan Ettenhofer of Escanaba. Ettenhofer ...

Meetings set for public response to pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — The public is getting a chance to sound off about a recent report outlining alternatives for twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac. The report by independent contractor Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. dealt with Enbridge’s Line 5. The nearly ...

AAA: Statewide average gas prices rise 5 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 5 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says late Sunday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.40 per gallon. That’s about 14 cents more than at ...

GOP health bill still a mystery before vote

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will move forward with a key vote this week on a Republican health bill but it’s not yet known whether the legislation will seek to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law or simply repeal it. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking ...

Closing arguments in child neglect case

ESCANABA — Closing arguments were presented Friday by attorneys representing the parties in the parental rights trial of a couple whose 3-year-old was found naked outside in a hypothermic condition last spring in Rapid River. Delta County Probate Court Judge Robert Goebel Jr. will decide if ...

Veteran’s memorial nears completion in Nahma

NAHMA — A veteran memorial, currently under construction in Nahma Township Park, is nearing completion, just in time for a dedication ceremony on Aug. 19. According to Kenneth Bradshaw, the developer and designer of the Nahma Township Veterans Memorial, the structure is basically complete. ...

Sean Spicer resigns from press post

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings defending President Donald Trump must-see TV. He said Trump's communications team "could benefit from a clean slate" as the White House seeks to ...

Sault Tribe Board meets in Manistique

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A regular meeting of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Board of Directors is scheduled at the Manistique Tribal Center starting at 6 p.m. on July 25. Meeting preceded by a hearing of matters raised by members from 4 to 6 p.m. Resolutions on the agenda ...

Escanaba welcomes Airstream aficionados

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds will turn into a “Silver City” as the 60th Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) Rally makes its way to Escanaba for the first time. The week-long Airstream rally will kick-off Saturday and continue until July 29 with various ...

Judge: Child found by ‘Act of God’

ESCANABA — A 3-year-old girl being found alive outside in Rapid River last spring was described Thursday as an “Act of God” by the judge who will decide on the parental rights of the child’s father and mother in Delta County Probate Court. Judge Robert Goebel Jr. is presiding over the ...

Fireworks rules changed

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council voted to amend the city’s ordinance to reduce the number of days fireworks can be used during the Fourth of July holiday in response to comments from area residents and petitions submitted at Thursday’s council meeting. Currently, the city’s fireworks ...

OJ Simpson granted parole in robbery case

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football ...