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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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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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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Tyler Lund - Peshtigo Bulldogs

golfListen here to Eric Bergstrom's interview with Tyler Lund of the Peshtigo Bulldogs.

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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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Residents who live near Red Arrow Park are concerned about upgrades.

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.

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The hearing of the girl found naked in a field is now focusing on living conditions.

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.

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Marinette County Court delays the placement of a sexually violent person.

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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.

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The man who murdered a woman and stuffed her in the trunk of her car is sentenced to prison.

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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. 

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An Oconto County Judge blocks a Wisconsin State plan to locate a Violent Sex Offender in the Town of Pound.

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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.

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