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2012 Year in Review

Taking a look at back at the top news stories

December 31, 2012
Daily Press


3 - A winter storm brought nearly 18 inches of snow, high winds and hazardous driving conditions to parts of the Upper Peninsula.

6 - The $2.1 million reconstruction project which began last spring on Stephenson Avenue in Escanaba is near completion as final electrical work is done.

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A fire in late November caused extensive damage at the garage complex of an Escanaba apartment building. The structure, numerous vehicles and other property stored inside were destroyed. (Daily Press file photo)

11 - Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness officials estimate more than 1,300 people are homeless in the Delta County area.

12 - A biomass energy company, Recast Energy LLC of Richmond, Va., expressed interest in purchasing the Escanaba power plant.

14 - A civil complaint was filed requesting a court order to halt racing at a new ice track in Escanaba Township.

20 - Nicholas Alexander Smith, 22, Manistique, was sentenced to 13-20 years imprisonment on one count of second-degree murder in the stabbing death of his brother.

26 - Ice racing on a land track in Escanaba Township will continue. A preliminary injunction to halt the racing operations was denied by the court.

27 - The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Jason M. Pepin, of Escanaba, was the only fisherman of more than 400 to catch a fish during the Jig It Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The small perch, weighed only 4.5 ounces but netted Pepin the first place prize of $3,000 cash.


4 - Increasing jobs and building a future for children in Michigan was among the main messages conveyed by Gov. Rick Snyder during a town hall meeting at Bay College in Escanaba

7 - Two Escanaba teens will spend the next two to four years in prison for torturing three beef cattle last summer. Nicholas Michael Leisner, 18, and Peter John Sauve, 17, each pleaded guilty to three counts of torturing/killing an animal for beating three purebred Angus cattle on the Gary and Tammy Niarhos farm.

7 - After nearly 400 games, Dan Flynn retired as football coach at Escanaba High School.

13 - The former director of Harbor Tower Apartments in Escanaba was arrested for embezzling money from the agency. Mary Lynn Sweeney, 62, of Escanaba, turned herself in to police.

14 - An Escanaba teen pleaded guilty to three counts of animal torture/killing during a court hearing in Menominee County. Chad Meier Jr., 17, was among three defendants charged with the three felonies following the beating of three purebred Angus cattle on a Wilson farm last summer.

28 - Richard William Jacques, 39, of Menominee, was ordered to spend up to 15 years in prison in connection with the 2010 death of his friend whom he hit with his van. He then hid the body in the vehicle.

28 - Joan Lillian Sauve, 80, of Escanaba died at Marquette General Hospital from injuries she sustained after an accident with a school bus in Escanaba.


2 - Brian Charles Scherer, 27, of Norway was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for a domestic violence incident in Escanaba. He was accused of assaulting a woman whom he had a relationship with on Aug. 25, 2011 in Escanaba.

5 - The first wind turbine installed on the Garden Township Wind Farm became operational recently and is working to generate its projected 5,000 megawatt hours of energy for the year.

15 - Angel Dawn Micheau, 21, of Escanaba was found guilty of intentionally scalding her three-month-old baby last year. A jury handed down the verdict in Delta County Circuit Court.


9 - Many questions remain unanswered in the unexplained death of Adam Campbell whose body was found in a burning vehicle in Escanaba one year ago today. He was 26 years old when he died.

10 - A four-wheeler accident killed 45-year-old Ricky John Peterson, of Escanaba.

21 - Allen Joseph Brunette, 23, was convicted of child abuse in connection with the beating of a 4-year-old boy in Escanaba.

26 - A total of 80 World War II veterans are on their way to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in the second Upper Peninsula Honor Flight.

26 - Angel Dawn Micheau, 21, of Escanaba, was sentenced to six years and three months to up to 15 years in prison for injuring her three-month-old baby.


9 - Construction was ordered to stop on the new Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital because of the hospital's failure to apply and pay for a building permit. The hospital later paid for a permit.

11 - Dawson Wasaburo Gray, 19, who struck a sheriff's deputy with his snowmobile in Schoolcraft County last January, was sentenced to one year in jail.

16 - The third defendant who tortured three cows in Wilson last summer was sentenced to prison in Menominee County Probate Court. Chad Allan Meier Jr., 17, of Escanaba, was ordered to spend 18 to 48 months in prison on three counts of aiding and abetting in the killing/torturing of an animal.

19 - The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the presence of a cougar in Baraga County.

26 - Mary Lynn Sweeney, 62, former director of Harbor Tower, apologized in court Friday prior to being taken to jail for embezzling more than $43,000 from Harbor Tower Apartments.

30 - Jason Bradley Ives pleaded no contest to two counts of embezzlement, canceling a three-day trial scheduled to begin in Delta County Circuit Court.

30 Employee Debbie L. Carlson, of Manistique, was killed at the Manistique paper mill as the result of a forklift accident.


1 - Full containment of the Duck Lake Fire in the Eastern U.P. could take up to a month and the fire could smolder through the summer.

7 - Allen Joseph Brunette, 23, of Gladstone, will spend up to six years in prison for beating a 4-year-old child. The judge exceeded sentencing recommendations due to the defendant's violent history.


2 - An impromptu victory celebration highlighted the awards ceremony at the conclusion of the second Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass golf tournament. Leah Wigger was doused in water by friends, who rushed the green as her final par putt settled into the hole right in front of the grandstand.

6 - NewPage celebrated the 100th anniversary of the local paper mill with a variety of activities throughout the month.

12 - Jason Bradley Ives, 32, of Bark River, was sentenced to six months in jail on charges of embezzlement relating to failed property transactions.

16 - Long-time Daily Press Sports Editor Dennis Grall announced his retirement.

17 - Cheers filled the Gladstone school and public library after the district's school board approved three new high school sports - baseball, swimming and bowling.

31 - Kel Smyth, government and community affairs manager for NewPage, is retired after 19 years with the Escanaba mill.

31 - Andrew Robert Maynard, 26, of Escanaba, accused of shooting another man in the face, was officially charged with careless discharge of a firearm during his court arraignment.


4 - Anthony L. Eagle, 46, of Marquette and formerly of Escanaba, was killed in a motorcycle accident.

6 - Police are continuing their search for a suspect involved in an armed robbery at the Grain 'N' Grape in Wells.

11 - Richard M. Morrison, of Escanaba, was selected as the 2012 U.P. Veteran of the Year.

22 - Attendance during two days of the TORC Off-Road Championships at Bark River was 11 percent higher than 2011. Records show 17,446 people attended the off-road races Aug. 11-12, compared to 15,711 last year.


12 - A jury found Richard Foy Arbour, 59, of Cornell, guilty of purposely setting fire to a camp on the Escanaba River last year.

14 - A $1 million donation from former Escanaba resident Dr. John Beaumier will enable the Delta County Historical Society to expand its museum and services.

17 - A fire resulted in major damage to an apartment building in Escanaba at 823 2nd Ave. S.


11 - The Daily Press Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Paddy Fitch.

12 - Dannielle Herbert has been named recipient of the 2012 Delta County ATHENA award.


7 - Ed McBroom will serve a second term as the 108th State Representative.

7 - Delta County voters elected Democratic incumbent Tom Sabor Delta County treasurer.

7 - Voters selected Ryan Holm and Mary Harrington to represent Districts 2 and 3 on the Delta County Board of Commissioners.

7 - Dan Benishek was re-elected to another term in Congress.

27 - Escanaba Public Safety is investigating an armed robbery at the Escanaba Little Caesars Pizza.


1 - The firearm deer season proved to be successful for many area hunters.

7 - The issue of homelessness is receiving some attention from Escanaba officials who have agreed to create a task force to understand the problem.

12 - Police are investigating break-ins reported at both Subway restaurants in Escanaba. A Green bay man was later arrested for the break-ins.

24 - The sale of the Escanaba Power Plant did not meet the Dec. 20 closing date but the purchaser assured the Escanaba City Council the process is moving along.

27 - Former State Representative Judy Nerat died at the age of 64.

28 - NewPage Corp., emerges from bankruptcy.



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