Local News

Governor set to sign bill to hike 911 system fees

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is set to sign into law an increase in 911 fees to upgrade Michigan’s emergency response system. The bill will boost the monthly surcharge on phone bills by 6 cents, from 19 cents to 25 cents. The surcharge on prepaid wireless plans will rise to 5 percent ...

Security in place at schools

ESCANABA — Local school districts have security measures in place in case of a threat or emergency. With the recent school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., schools across the country also are taking measures to ensure ...

Business Profile: Bosk Corporation is a family business

ESCANABA — Local contractor Bosk Corporation, which has been in business for over 50 years, provides a variety of services in the Upper Peninsula and beyond. Office Manager Kate Bosk said the company’s primary focus is on sandblasting and painting. “We are a commercial and industrial ...

Body of missing Skandia Twp. resident found

MARQUETTE — The body of missing Skandia Township resident John Rowland was discovered at 10:39 a.m. Saturday in a wooded area north of the spot where his Chevrolet Astro van had been located earlier. According to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, a UH-60 Black Hawk Medevac helicopter ...

AAA: Statewide average gas prices rise 3 cents

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 3 cents per gallon in the past week. The Dearborn-based auto club says early today that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.53 per gallon. Prices are about 11 cents more ...

Family friend: Son of parents slain in dorm a ‘good kid’

DETROIT (AP) — A suburban Chicago couple whose 19-year-old son allegedly shot them to death at his college dormitory in Michigan raised him and their two other children well, a family friend said Sunday. James Eric Davis Sr. — who went by his middle name — and his wife, Diva, were ...

Father charged with abuse loses rights

ESCANABA — A 22-year-old Escanaba man charged with first-degree child abuse in criminal court, had his parental rights taken away from him in civil court Friday after “clear and convincing evidence” was presented at the Delta County Probate Court hearing. Jerry Jay Munger III was ...

Disability awareness event returns

ESCANABA — People in the area will be able to learn about living with disabilities by participating in a special event at the Delta Plaza Mall. Disable the Label, which is put on by the Delta County Regional Inclusive Community Coalition (RICC) and Friends of DATA, will be held from 10 a.m. ...

Central Michigan student killed parents

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, searched neighborhoods near Central Michigan University on Friday for a 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a dormitory and then running from campus. The shooting at ...

‘Curtains’ opens tonight

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Performers from the Players de Noc production of “Curtains” sing and dance during dress rehearsal Thursday evening. Opening night of the play is tonight at 8 p.m. at the William Bonifas Theatre in Escanaba. Other shows will be held March 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10 at ...

Esky council wants road repair info

ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council requested information about the city’s budget and cost of road repairs following Thursday’s discussion on a proposed millage being considered to maintain roads and underground utilities. Council sought input from the public during Thursday’s ...

City condemns building on Ludington Street

ESCANABA — A privately-owned downtown building described as unsafe, unsightly and unfit for human occupancy was condemned by Escanaba City Council during its regular meeting at city hall Thursday and is now slated for demolition. Following a public hearing on the matter, council gave the ...

Escanaba OKs contract with electric workers

ESCANABA — Escanaba City Council approved a labor agreement for the city’s electrical employees following a closed session at Thursday’s regular council meeting. Union members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have been working for the city without a contract ...

Police: 2 dead after shooting at Central Michigan University

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police warned the public not to a confront a 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two people on Friday at a Central Michigan University residence hall, saying he is considered dangerous and likely still in the area. Investigators said neither victim was ...

Students explore construction field at jail site

ESCANABA — High school students in the Construction Trades Program at the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District (DSISD) had a chance to tour the construction site for the new Delta County Correctional Facility Tuesday. Tours of the site took place that morning and afternoon. Senior ...

Bay reviews sexual harassment rules

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees was given an update on recent college initiatives related to the anti-sexual harassment regulations covered by Title IX during its meeting Wednesday. The presentation began with a look at changes to Bay’s Title IX team from Director of Human ...

Hatchet attack case in court

GLADSTONE — A Gladstone man charged with assaulting another man with a hatchet in Gladstone was recently bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court where he may make a plea or set a trial date. Nicholas Alan Menard, 20, of 7 Armeria, Gladstone, was arrested on two felonies ...

Man charged in theft spree remains in jail

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who was arrested on five felonies and four misdemeanors after allegedly going into an Escanaba home and breaking into vehicles in Escanaba earlier this year remains lodged in Delta County Jail pending his next court appearance. Jonathon James Kolaske, 30, of 608 ...

A new truck in town

Escanaba Public Works Department’s new automated garbage truck was put into action for the first time when another truck broke down on the route Tuesday. The 2018 Heil Rapid Rail Freightliner cost $220,000 and replaced a 2007 model that was traded in with 106,500 miles logged. Pictured is ...