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Two Juveniles are questioned after an incident that caused multiple schools to be on lockdown.

Schools from Menominee to Manistique were on lockdown Wednesday after an unusual phone call made to a gun shop threatening a school shooting occurred. Detectives from Escanaba Public Safety say they spoke with two fourteen-year-old boys who admitted to making the prank phone call. The boys were released to their parents and the case is being forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor for further review.

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Meet Cash! Marinette County Sheriff Department's newest addition to the K9 Patrol Team.

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Approved this week at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Committee Meeting is the team of Deputy Spencer Elias and his K-9 Cash. Cash is an accepted donation to the Marinette County Sheriff’ Department by his handler Elias. Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says, they’ve worked through this plan with Corporate Council for some time.

According to his handler, Deputy Spencer Elias, Cash is an eight-year-old German Shepard who was previously used as a Patrol Dog in Crivitz.



While it’s not required in the State of Wisconsin to become certified both his handler, Deputy Elias, and K-9 Cash are certified every two-years with the National K-9 Association.

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Developing Story -- Menominee Schools on Lockdown.

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Menominee Schools are on a Yellow Alert. Doors are secure and students and staff cannot leave campus. Schools in Menominee to Manistique, Michigan are on lockdown. 

According to WLUC, the Delta County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible threat that was made to a local gun shop that threatened a school shooting. Precautions were put into place after Escanaba Public Safety was made aware of an unusual phone call to a local business.

Public Safety says  no further information will be released at this time.

This is a developing story. Bay Cities Radio News will have the latest information as it becomes available.

 

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Flying the friendly skies could be no more with the Menominee County Airport.

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Big decisions are ahead of the Menominee County Board after last night’s board meeting when commissioner Larry Schei addressed the board with financial documentation and what the future direction of the airport really means for the tax payers in the community.

Schei says, once they lost their sponsorship all grandfathering for the airport through the F-A-A and M-DOT AERO was lost.

Schei says there’s no economic development dollars being budgeted for the airport.


The County Board must decide and vote whether or not they want to continue operating as a County Airport. But first, they must hold a special board meeting for public input which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 23rd at 5 p.m. at the Menominee County Courthouse.

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Populations are down at the Marinette County Jail.

marinette county sheriffs departmentOver the last month, the Marinette County Jail has seen a decrease in the number of inmates in the County Jail due to various factors and at yesterday’s Marinette County’s Law Enforcement Committee Update the Committee heard an updated from Tom Buorque from the Sheriff’s Department that there has been a lot of releases and resolved cases this year.



Bourque says the jail is on pace to increase this year.



Currently, there are 107 inmates lodged in the Marinette County jail and so far, this year, there has been 636 Bookings and 643 releases at the Marinette County Jail.

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Wisconsinites have raised the bar again with a record amount of medications.

prescription drugsDuring the statewide “Drug Take Back Day” medications were collected at various take back events which included various locations in Marinette County.

Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve says they collected 500-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals in just one day.


The state Justice Department said Monday that 66-thousand-39 pounds of medications were collected at various "Take Back" events and more than 300 permanent drug collection sites on April 29th.

The previous record was almost 64-thousand-250 pounds on a similar day last spring.

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Fire Warnings in Marinette and Oconto Counties are HIGH.

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Burning and Fire Activity, burning is NOT allowed today. Therefore, burning in barrels, debris piles, and grass or wooded areas with your annual permit is prohibited. Campfires, though strongly discouraged, are permitted if used solely for cooking or warming purposes, but use extreme caution. To see if you’re county is a high fire danger area visit the DNR's website here

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The Program that helps heat and cool homes just passed the federal budget, for now.

The Home Energy Assistance Program that helps hundreds of thousands of low-income families across the U.S. pay their heating and cooling bills is saved from elimination for this year. In March, President Donald Trump proposed cutting around 10 percent from the LIHEAP (LYE’-heep) budget. He also proposed to totally eliminating the program for the federal budget that begins October 1st which would include the 20-17 - 20-18 heating season. Congress restored funding for this year. However, the debate about funding the program for next year won’t be known until later this year.

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Gray Wolves in Michigan and Wisconsin could end up in the cross-hairs of hunters this fall.

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In January of this year Senators from Wyoming, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin introduced a bill to legislation that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping of the species in four states.

A ruling is expected soon from the same appeals court that lifted protection for wolves in Wyoming.

Officials say that whether Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin can hold wolf seasons this fall would depend in part on how soon the court rules.

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WPS Foundation is offering grants to assist first responders in meeting safety needs.

Bay Cities Multi Media First RespondersTo show support for those who work to uphold public safety, the WPS Foundation is encouraging all emergency response agencies in northeastern and north central Wisconsin to apply for the “Safety – It’s Worth the Energy” grant this spring.

Grant applications are being accepted now through June 30th. In order to be eligible to receive the grant, emergency response agencies must demonstrate the equipment or training they wish to acquire is part of a well-detailed effort to improve public safety.

The grant can be applied for online at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/business/worth_energy_grant.aspx

 

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for bear and elk hunting licenses.

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The application period runs through June 1. A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be available for this year's seasons. Hunters can apply online, or at any authorized license agent or DNR Customer Service Center. Applications cost five-dollars.

A base license is not required to purchase an application. Only Michigan residents are eligible to apply for an elk license. Bear licenses are available for both residents and nonresidents. To learn more visit www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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Residents of Menominee construction will cause water shut offs in select areas.

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The City of Menominee would like to remind residents that due to the construction on 14th avenue, water will be turned off from 7am until 4pm today in the following locations: 14th Avenue from 21st Street to West Drive, 22nd Street from 14th Avenue to 15th Avenue, and 25th Street from 15th Street to 10th Avenue.

If you should have questions or concerns contact the City of Menominee at 906-863-2656.

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Volunteers are needed for the Community Waterfront Cleanup.

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The Menominee River Citizens Advisory Committee is hosting a cleanup of the community’s waterfront Saturday, May 6th and in order to make it a success they are asking for the community for their help. Committee Co-Chair, Mark Erickson says the cleanup has been on-going for the past 35 years.


Erickson says Nest Egg Marine is again hosting this event.

Check in is at 9am at Nest Egg Marine located at 300 Wells Street in Marinette with clean-up to begin at 9:30am. Supplies will be included as well as a pizza lunch for all volunteers provided by the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen.

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Construction begins at Marinette High School for the upcoming Community REC Center.

highschool overflow lotBeginning today the overflow lot at the High School will no longer be available for students or staff. District Facilities Director, Tom Tickler says the only change happening right now is the overflow lot and Pierce Ave exit.

Tickler says there will be a joined exit with the front loop and rear staff parking.

The Marinette School District appreciates everyone's patience during the transition and would like to remind everyone to use caution while dropping and picking up your children during school hours.

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The Couple who allegedly stole an ATM Machine and led authorities on a two-day man hunt appear in court.

Setunsky 1 127-year-old, Chad Michael Setunsky, appeared via video conference Wednesday morning from the Marinette County Jail for his preliminary hearing. However, Setunsky waived his rights to a preliminary examination and Judge James Morrison says he wants to make sure he understands he is charged with 41 different offenses.

Setunksy’s status conference is scheduled for June 20th at 10 a.m. in Marinette County Court.

Setunsky’s partner, 27-year-old, Ashley Niewieroski , also appeared via video conference WednesdayNiewierowski morning for her preliminary hearing where she waived her preliminary examination as well.

 

Niwieroski is scheduled for arraignment on May 25th at 8:30 am with a tentative status conference date for June 20th at 11 am in Marinette County Circuit Court.

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It’s an EPIC evening for the City of Marinette.

All of the planning for the REC Center led up to last night’s City of Marinette Council Meeting when the council needed to make their final decisions as to whether or not they would approve the three resolutions needed to secure the additional funds for the new Center and the Pierce Ave Street Project. Mayor Steve Genisot says were moving forward with the Recreation Center. Overall the City of Marinette borrowed a combined total of almost 17.5 million-dollars for both of the projects. You can expect to see these projects beginning in late May early June.

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The Marinette County OWI Task Force nets three drug arrests.

The OWI task force was deployed in the Crivitz and Marinette area this past Saturday, April 29th. And between the two cities there were 17 Traffic Stops, 14 Citations, 16 Warnings, 5 Equipment Warnings, 3 Operating While Intoxicated Offenses which included one – third offense and two – first offenses. There were also three drug arrests during this deployment, with two possession of drug paraphernalia and one possession of marijuana.

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A town in Marinette County receives $75,000.

The Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands approved loans yesterday totaling slightly more than 2.5 million-dollars which includes the Town of Athelstane. The commissioners approved a State Trust Fund Loan totaling $75,000. to the Town of Athelstane to purchase a municipal vehicle. To learn more about the agency visit www.bcpl.wisconsin.gov

 

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Wisconsin's 16- and 17-year-olds wouldn't need to obtain permission from their parents to get jobs under a Republican bill moving through the Legislature.

The proposal is set to pass the Assembly Tuesday. The measure would eliminate the requirement that children 16 and older obtain work permits. The permits cost 10 dollars each and require a parent's written consent. G-O-P supporters say it'd make it easier for children without parents to find jobs. Democrats counter that it would cut parents out of the loop and decrease state and local revenues by 730-thousand dollars. If the measure passes the Assembly, it would still need to pass the Senate before it goes to Republican Governor Scott Walker's desk.

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An Athelstane man is sentenced to Prison for Drunken Driving.

36-year-old, Jonathan L. Wszelaki  is sentenced in Marinette County Circuit Court last week for repeated drunken driving. Wszelaki will serve one to 18 months in prison, followed by two years extended supervision for driving while intoxicated, his fourth offense within five years. He must also pay over Four-thousand-dollars in fines as well as having a suspended driver’s license and ignition interlock is ordered for three years.

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