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The BISSELL Pet Foundation helped over 1500 pets from 66 shelters throughout the State of Michigan find their forever homes this past Saturday, April 29th. During the week prior to the event, nearly an additional 1,000 pets were adopted thanks to families visiting the shelters with a total of 22 shelters reported being mostly or completely empty. Locally, The Menominee Animal Shelter was able to adopt out 25 pets during the event. Empty the Shelters is a free adoption event made possibly by the BISSELL Pet Foundation.
At last night’s City of Marinette Parks and Recreation Committee Meeting the committee discussed with the City’s Superintendent of Public Works, Mike Swaitnicki, what improvements need to be immediately addressed at the park. While Swaitnicki suggested new bathrooms, and upgrading the current ones, committee member Ken Keller would prefer to see a loop be constructed at the park for people to drive on. Resident Daniel Johnson says the city is trying to sneak projects in under the radar. The committee agreed that any changes to the park should have a needs assessment survey driven by the community. Until then the committee did not agree with creating a driveble loop within Red Arrow Park.
A preliminary hearing for Tammy Fryer and Micahel Lavoie in their civil neglect and abuse case took place last week in Delta County Court. Guardian ad litem, Jayne Mackowiak, filed a petition for the termination of Lavoie and Fyer’s parental rights of their two daughters. Portions of evidence were read by Judge Robert Goebel Jr. There were human feces spread on the wall and on the floor, it looked as if the children were left to eat in the room and use the same room as a bathroom, there were also signs of animal excrement throughout the house. The children and parents are to undergo an evaluation by the Child Trauma Assessment Center with test results to be in before it returns for trial in early July. This is still an ongoing investigation.
Yesterday a Marinette County courtroom was filled with residents of the Town of Pound along with Wisconsin Representative, Jeff Mursau, who are in opposition of 54-year-old, Jeffrey -W- Butler, who is to be placed in a house at N26-91 West Seventh Road in the Town of Pound.
What was to be a supervised release hearing for Butler was rescheduled due to requested information not being readily available for review. The next scheduled hearing is scheduled for June 21st in Marinette Count Circuit Court at 9am.
Yesterday in Menominee County Circuit Court, Judge Mary Barglind , sentenced 49-year-old Gregory S. Ihander of Menominee Township for the stabbing death of Jolene Eichhorn. Eichhorn’s body was found in the truck her car near the Cedar Rivers State Harbor in September of 2015. Judge Barglind says there is an extreme and utter lack of remorse by Mr. Ihander that's never been seen in her courtroom before.
Barglind says the guidelines in the State of Michigan is advisory with a sentence of 37 and a half years.
Ihander will receive credit for 600 days already served in the Menominee County Jail. He is also responsible for court costs, therapy costs for Jolene Eichhorn’s children, and the over $3,000 dollars in funeral expenses for Jolene Eichhorn.
Judge, Michael Judge rejected the State's planned placement of 74-year-old convicted sex offender, Jerome Litscher, at the home on 7th Road in the Town of Pound.
Neighbors objected to the placement since it would place the offender near residences where young children live. Although the placement met the guidelines of current state law, the judge agreed with the concern raised by neighbors.
Judge says, he received 90 letters in opposition to this placement, as well as a petition with 120 signatures. The placement of another offender at the same residence is scheduled to be heard in Marinette County Circuit Court on Monday, May 1st at 2pm.
On Monday, May 1st, the replacement of the concrete bridge deck over the Menominee River will begin. Hattie Street will be closed between Riverside Ave and 10th avenue and Riverside Drive Intersection will be closed.
Kenny Construction, Operations Manager, Wade Hamacher says the only access will be for emergency vehicles only. Hamacher says anyone that is found on the structure will be immediately removed.
Safety is the main priority during the bridge closure and the City of Marinette would like to remind its residents that if you see anyone fishing or wandering about to call the Marinette Police.
27-year-old, Chad Setunsky, now faces charges for a string of burglaries occurring prior to breaking in to the Corner Convenience Store in the Town of Stephenson that led officials on a two-day manhunt earlier this month.
According to court documents, Setunsky, allegedly burglarized and criminally damaged the Flipside Coin Machines, Mickey Lou’s Restaurant, the Red Brick Tavern, 2C’s Game Farm in Peshtigo, and Diane’s Pop-A-Top and Smileys Mel Coin Machine both of Pembine.
Setunsky now faces 19 felonies, two counts of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, seven other counts of burglary, and 22 misdemeanors’. His preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, May 3rd at 1pm.
Kiwanis Member and Performer - Brian Walters The Kiwanis Club is doing another production of the Kiwanis Kapers which begins tonight at 7pm and runs through the weekend. Kiwanis Member, Brian Walters say is a local play that pokes fun at local events around town.
Walters says there isn’t anyone that doesn’t go unscathed in the production.
The Kiwanis Kapers are performing tonight and Saturday at 7pm and again on Sunday at 3pm in the Marinette High School Auditorium. Tickets are 15 dollars each and can be purchased through a Kiwanis member, at Brothers Three in Marinette, or at the door
Tonight is your chance to sample food from 20 different area restaurants and businesses at the annual Taste of M&M Counties which is held to benefit the DAR Boys and Girls Club in Menominee. Rich Crevier from the Dar says tickets are $30.00 and can be purchased at the door. The Taste of M&M Counties event runs from 6:00 p.m until 9:00pm at Riverside Golf Club and is a MAJOR fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club.
Tickets are available at Jacks Fresh Market, Lee's Family Foods, Nicolet National Bank, Schloegel's Restaurant, Riverside Golf Club, and at the door tonight.
The Undergraduate Research and Performance Conference is a free event for the public to attend. Kicking off the event is former UW-Marinette student, Mika Till, who is the keynote speaker and U-W Alumni. U-W student and presenter, Mackenzie May, says if you’re looking to pursue an internship, she recommends doing it at a smaller campus because it opens more doors.
UW- Marinette Student, Becky Berry, is presenting at the U-R-P-C about hexavalent chromium.
The U-R-P-C begins at 8am and goes until 3pm with presentations throughout the day. To learn more about the event you can go online at www.marinette.uwc.edu
The Menominee High School Forensics team is heading to state. The maroons will be traveling to Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. The maroons will be taking over 20 kids to the state competition who qualified at the U.P. regional at Westwood High School earlier this month.
They will be competing against numerous other class B,C,D schools from across the state. Forensics is comprised of public address speaking competitions and dramatic interpretation competitions.
The team will return from their 4-day trip Sunday Morning. (From Menominee High School, I’m Coleton Kotecki for Bay Cities Radio)
The U.S. Geological Survey reviewed C-W-D data from 2002 through 2014 and were able to develop a more accurate modeling system to forecast how the fatal brain disease might be advancing through an area of southwestern Wisconsin near the Wisconsin River.
According to the National Wildlife Health Center, CWD is moving in association with landscape features such as denser forests...It also seems to be blocked by the river corridor by moving along with it but not crossing it.
CWD has been found in 43 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties since 2002 and remains to be a threat.
Hunter’s should consider having their deer tested for the disease.
This Saturday, the Menominee Animal Shelter is participating in the Empty the Shelters event, which is a part of the Bissell Foundations Pet Foundation.
Saturday over 65 shelters will be participating with at least 2,000 animals are expected to find their forever home.
Nancy Holsburger, Menominee Animal Shelter Manager says, this is time second time they’ve been able to participate.
Holsburger says, this year they’re going to keep people entertained outside.”
Animals are Free the day of the event with the Bissell Pet Foundation covering the adoption fees. Kittens are not a part of the event. However, any cats over the age of six months are available for adoption, as well as dogs. The Menominee Animal Shelter will host this event, Noon until 5pm. For more information about the Empty the Shelters event, including a list of participating shelters, you can go on line to www.bissellpetfoundation.org
The Menominee Animal Shelter is accepting applications for approvals for Saturday. Animals cannot be placed on hold for this event so if you are interested in a specific animal they encourage you to adopt them at their normal adoption fee before that day. They also recommend submitting an application before the day of the event so they have time to process it.
Their adoption applications can be found on the Menominee Animal Website at mashelter.org or you can view at the shelter.
As of last night’s County Board meeting, nine applications have come in for the open County Administrator position. County Board Chair, Charlie Meintz, says the commissioners will have two-weeks to review the candidates. Once the board determines who the candidates will be the interview process will begin within two to three weeks.
The Wisconsin DNR has put Marinette County in a high fire danger category.
As some warm front lifts north, warm temperatures will return to the area along with breezy southeast winds and low relative humidity. This will cause elevated fire danger conditions across Northeast Wisconsin.
Burn restrictions may be in place so check with your local municipality. Click here to stay up-to-date on the current fire dangers
As of yesterday morning, weight restrictions in Michigan have been lifted on all state trunk line highways in the entire State of Michigan as well as U – P roadside parks. Some parks will be open but water won’t be turned on until testing is completed. Locally, Cunard Roadside Park on U-S 2 in Menominee is open. For more information on Michigan weight restrictions and roadside parks go to www.michigan.gov/mdot
The new PCM Credit Union building located on Stephenson Street is currently under construction and with the installation of new underground utilities within Stephenson Street, it will require the road to be closed. Expect Stephenson Street between Liberty Street and Wisconsin Street in Marinette to be closed to all traffic through Thursday. A detour route will be posted while the road is closed.