U.P. Winter Weather Warnings: Treacherous roads and snowmobile trails bring many accidents including snowmobiles and even burned sled

Beware on snowmobile trail and roads: Accidents, sliding cars and a jackknifed semi already reported this Tuesday morning (Feb. 7, 2017) and forebear bad driving for next day or more: Wreck and burned sleds, numerous serious traffic accidents

Scroll down to read latest U.P. weather warnings or click on the links – lots of bad weather will make roads very slippery

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Hazardous Weather Outlook

 

Winter Weather Advisory until February 8, 12:00 AM EST

Lake Effect Snow Advisory

Special Weather Statement

Heavy Freezing Spray Warning

Small Craft Advisory

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – An accident that heavily damaged three vehicles in Negaunee was one of this morning’s accidents across northern Michigan as treacherous roads are expected from a storm that is walloping the Upper Peninsula.

Look out for blowing snow, snow heavy at times and freezing rain in some areas – see the list of warnings after this story

About a dozen motor vehicle rollovers have been reported since Saturday across the U.P. plus numerous snowmobile accidents and even a burned sled.

Only minor injuries were reported in the wreck that happened at abut 7:30 this morning at U.S.-41 and Baldwin Avenue in Negaunee, MI causing airbags t0o deploy – often resulting in a painful chest bruising – as airbags save your life (I know) but can cause also neck and spinal injuries.

The wreck caused a major morning commute traffic jam as did other accidents in Ishpeming and on M-94 in Marquette County and on the famous but slippery Quincy Hill in Hancock, MI in the Copper Country where cars were sliding this morning and a semi tractor trailer truck jackknifed.

There have been numerous snowmobile accidents across the U.P. in past three days including one in Alger County on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 that sent a man to Marquette General Hospital with a broken armed and other injuries. The victim crashed his sled reportedly traveling about 55 to 60 miles per hour and hit a bad spot on the trail throwing the victim. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

Meanwhile, trail groomers in the Copper Country this morning are reporting a snowmobile burned to a crisp and the sled skeleton was left along the trail.

It’s not clear what trail the burned sled is on but Keweenaw-Houghton County trail system

“There is nothing left,” said one groomer this morning. “Looks like a rental.”

Blinding snow caused numerous accidents on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 after the snowmobile races in the Soo area. Chippewa County law enforcement was kept busy by at least two snowmobile accidents and other wrecks – including a woman who rolled her sled on top of her – and was taken to War Memorial Hospital with painful injuries including possible seriously broken bones

It was one of several accidents that occurred in whiteout conditions in the eastern U.P. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Another involved a man who was taken to the hospital after his vehicle flipped several times in Chippewa County during the storm.

The blinding whiteout conditions were in so bad that police had to drive a woman and her children back to Sault Ste. Maire, MI after the driver had a panic attack and did the smart ting – pulled over and called for help.

Several groomers in the Houghton/Keweenaw trail system reported that it was mainly rental sleds on Monday describing as all looking the same.

This weekend, near Boot Jack an accident involving a snowmobile trailer caused a mess but no serious injuries. Not clear if the sled inside the trailer were also destroyed.

Meanwhile early yesterday morning (Mon., Jan. 6, 2017) ) a 54-year-old Escanaba women was transferred to a Marquette MI hospital after being seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash near the Highland Golf Club and railroad tracks on U.S.-2 in Ford River Township – that saw her SUV flip into numerous trees.

The Jaws of Life was used to extricate the woman and she was later transferred to U.P. Heath System in Marquette with numerous serious injuries. Police say the woman was eastbound when her SUV crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by a 21-year-old Bark River Man – who was fortunate to escape with only minor injuries.

The accident at about 11 p.m. Sunday night caused a major traffic jam. While authorities were extricating the victim – another rollover accident was reported nearby on one of the side streets. No one was found in that vehicle.

Here are the special weather statements:

Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Marquette MI
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

MIZ002-004>007-009-010-084-085-081015-
Ontonagon-Baraga-Marquette-Alger-Luce-Gogebic-Iron-
Southern Houghton-Northern Schoolcraft-
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017 /415 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017/

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of western Upper
Michigan and central Upper Michigan.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING AND
SPREAD EASTWARD DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON HOURS. THE SNOW
WILL LINGER INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EAST.
EXPECT ROADS TO BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK. SEE THE LATEST
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

.Days two through seven...Wednesday through Monday

LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CONTINUE IN THE
SNOW BELTS FAVORED BY NORTHWEST WINDS WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

WAVES AS HIGH AS 10 FEET ON LAKE SUPERIOR TO THE EAST OF
MARQUETTE ON WEDNESDAY MAY PRODUCE MINOR BEACH EROSION.

SYSTEM SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH A QUICK MOVING SYSTEM LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT REPORTS TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO SUBMIT REPORTS
AT OUR WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...OR ON TWITTER.

$$

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
500 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

...MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS THE
NORTHERN HALF OF UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

MIZ005>007-085-071800-
/O.CON.KMQT.WW.Y.0007.000000T0000Z-170208T0500Z/
MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GWINN, MARQUETTE, GRAND MARAIS, MUNISING,
NEWBERRY, AND SENEY
500 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST
TONIGHT...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THIS
   EVENING. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL AT TIMES THIS
   AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING.

 * GUSTY NORTH WINDS AS HIGH AS 25 MPH TONIGHT WILL CAUSE PATCHY
   BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

 * WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 9 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
   THROUGH THIS EVENING...HIGHEST ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM
   NEGAUNEE TO CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

IMPACTS...

 * THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
   VISIBILITY TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

 * THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AND WET, WHICH WILL MAKE SHOVELING AND
   PLOWING SNOW MORE DIFFICULT.

 * ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY TODAY THROUGH LATE
   THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
   AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES.

Special Weather Statement


Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Marquette MI
435 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

MIZ011>014-072200-
Dickinson-Menominee-Delta-Southern Schoolcraft-
Including the cities of Iron Mountain, Menominee, Escanaba,
Gladstone, and Manistique
435 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017 /335 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017/

...Wintry Mix Expected to Develop This Morning and then Linger
into This Evening...

Light snow and freezing drizzle is expected to develop early this
morning and then slowly transition to a mix of light freezing
rain, sleet and snow later this morning into the afternoon. While
the precipitation is expected to remain light, the wintry mix will
still make roads very slippery.

Please allow extra time to reach your destination this morning
into this evening.

Voss

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
600 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017

IAZ008>011-018-019-MNZ079-086>088-094>096-WIZ017-029-032>034-
041>044-053>055-071400-
Mitchell-Howard-Winneshiek-Allamakee-Floyd-Chickasaw-Wabasha-
Dodge-Olmsted-Winona-Mower-Fillmore-Houston-Taylor-Clark-Buffalo-
Trempealeau-Jackson-La Crosse-Monroe-Juneau-Adams-Vernon-Crawford-
Richland-
Including the cities of Osage, Cresco, Decorah, Waukon,
Charles City, New Hampton, Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester,
Winona, Austin, Preston, Caledonia, Medford, Neillsville, Alma,
Arcadia, Whitehall, Black River Falls, La Crosse, Sparta, Tomah,
Mauston, Friendship, Viroqua, Prairie Du Chien,
and Richland Center
600 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017

...Patchy Dense Fog This Morning...

Patchy dense fog is possible this morning across portions of
southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin,
potentially impacting the morning commute. Visibility may drop to
1/2 mile or less at times, especially across elevated terrain and
along ridge tops. Slow down and allow extra time to reach your
destination this morning as visibility may change rapidly.

$$

Heavy Freezing Spray Warning

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
358 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

LSZ162-263-071700-
/O.NEW.KMQT.GL.W.0009.170207T0858Z-170208T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KMQT.UP.W.0009.170208T0100Z-170208T1900Z/
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF A LINE FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO GRAND
PORTAGE MN BEYOND 5NM-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE
CANAL MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER INCLUDING ISLE
ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-
358 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017 /258 AM CST TUE FEB 7 2017/

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ THIS
EVENING...
...HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EST /7 PM
CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE HAS ISSUED A GALE
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ THIS
EVENING. A HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED.
THIS HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EST
/7 PM CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY.

* WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING: EXPECT SUSTAINED WINDS
  OF UP TO 31 KNOTS FROM THE NORTHEAST...WITH GUSTS UP TO 40
  KNOTS. THE LARGEST EXPECTED SIGNIFICANT WAVES WILL BE 10 FEET
  WITH A MAXIMUM WAVE HEIGHT OF UP TO 15 FEET POSSIBLE.

* TIMING: THE MAXIMUM WINDS ARE EXPECTED AROUND 7 AM EST TUESDAY
  WITH THE LARGEST WAVES EXPECTED AROUND 10 AM EST TUESDAY.

* TIMING: EXPECT HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY TO OCCUR FROM 8 PM EST /7
  PM CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY.

PLEASE SEE THE LATEST MARINE FORECASTS FOR MORE DETAILED
INFORMATION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR
OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES
EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE
HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS.

A HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING MEANS HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY IS
EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY ACCUMULATE ON VESSELS. THESE CONDITIONS CAN
BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT
MARINERS NOT TRAINED TO OPERATE IN THESE CONDITIONS OR VESSELS
NOT PROPERLY EQUIPPED TO DO SO...REMAIN IN PORT OR AVOID THE
WARNING AREA.


Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Marquette MI
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

LSZ162-240>251-263>267-081015-
Lake Superior west of a line from Saxon Harbor WI to Grand
Portage MN beyond 5NM-Saxon Harbor WI to Black River MI-
Black River to Ontonagon MI-
Ontonagon to Upper Entrance of Portage Canal MI-
Upper Entrance of Portage Canal to Eagle River MI-
Eagle River to Manitou Island MI-
Manitou Island to Point Isabelle MI-
Point Isabelle to Lower Entrance of Portage Canal MI-
Lower Entrance of Portage Canal To Huron Islands MI Including
Keweenaw and Huron Bays-Huron Islands to Marquette MI-
Marquette to Munising MI-Munising to Grand Marais MI-
Grand Marais to Whitefish Point MI-
Lake Superior from Saxon Harbor WI to Upper Entrance to Portage
Canal MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian border including Isle
Royale National Park-
Lake Superior from Upper Entrance to Portage Canal to Manitou
Island MI 5NM off shore to the US/Canadian Border-
Lake Superior West of Line from Manitou Island to Marquette MI
Beyond 5NM from shore-
Lake Superior East of a line from Manitou Island to Marquette MI
and West of a line from Grand Marais MI to the US/Canadian Border
Beyond 5NM from shore-
Lake Superior from Grand Marais MI to Whitefish Point MI 5NM off
shore to the US/Canadian border-
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017 /415 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017/

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of Eastern Lake
Superior...Central Lake Superior and Western Lake Superior.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

NORTHWEST GALES OF 35 TO 40 KNOTS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS WESTERN
PORTIONS OF THE LAKE THIS MORNING AND AFTERNOON. TONIGHT...THESE
GALES WILL BECOME NORTH-NORTHWESTERLY AND TRANSITION TO CENTRAL
AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LAKE.

HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY IS ALSO EXPECTED TODAY AND TONIGHT.

.Days two through seven...Wednesday through Monday

HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY IS EXPECTED TO LINGER THROUGH
THURSDAY...ESPECIALLY ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LAKE.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NEED FOR WEATHER SPOTTER REPORTS IS NOT ANTICIPATED AT THIS
TIME.

$$


Gale Warning

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
358 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

LSZ162-263-071700-
/O.NEW.KMQT.GL.W.0009.170207T0858Z-170208T0000Z/
/O.NEW.KMQT.UP.W.0009.170208T0100Z-170208T1900Z/
LAKE SUPERIOR WEST OF A LINE FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO GRAND
PORTAGE MN BEYOND 5NM-
LAKE SUPERIOR FROM SAXON HARBOR WI TO UPPER ENTRANCE TO PORTAGE
CANAL MI 5NM OFF SHORE TO THE US/CANADIAN BORDER INCLUDING ISLE
ROYALE NATIONAL PARK-
358 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017 /258 AM CST TUE FEB 7 2017/

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ THIS
EVENING...
...HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EST /7 PM
CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE HAS ISSUED A GALE
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST /6 PM CST/ THIS
EVENING. A HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED.
THIS HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM EST
/7 PM CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY.

* WIND AND WAVES DURING THE GALE WARNING: EXPECT SUSTAINED WINDS
  OF UP TO 31 KNOTS FROM THE NORTHEAST...WITH GUSTS UP TO 40
  KNOTS. THE LARGEST EXPECTED SIGNIFICANT WAVES WILL BE 10 FEET
  WITH A MAXIMUM WAVE HEIGHT OF UP TO 15 FEET POSSIBLE.

* TIMING: THE MAXIMUM WINDS ARE EXPECTED AROUND 7 AM EST TUESDAY
  WITH THE LARGEST WAVES EXPECTED AROUND 10 AM EST TUESDAY.

* TIMING: EXPECT HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY TO OCCUR FROM 8 PM EST /7
  PM CST/ THIS EVENING TO 2 PM EST /1 PM CST/ WEDNESDAY.

PLEASE SEE THE LATEST MARINE FORECASTS FOR MORE DETAILED
INFORMATION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WARNING MEANS WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE IMMINENT OR
OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS REQUIRES
EXPERIENCE AND PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSELS. IT IS HIGHLY
RECOMMENDED THAT MARINERS WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE SEEK SAFE
HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS.

A HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY WARNING MEANS HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY IS
EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY ACCUMULATE ON VESSELS. THESE CONDITIONS CAN
BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT
MARINERS NOT TRAINED TO OPERATE IN THESE CONDITIONS OR VESSELS
NOT PROPERLY EQUIPPED TO DO SO...REMAIN IN PORT OR AVOID THE
WARNING AREA.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MARQUETTE MI
500 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

...MODERATE TO OCCASIONALLY HEAVY SNOW EXPECTED ACROSS THE
NORTHERN HALF OF UPPER MICHIGAN TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING...

MIZ005>007-085-071800-
/O.CON.KMQT.WW.Y.0007.000000T0000Z-170208T0500Z/
MARQUETTE-ALGER-LUCE-NORTHERN SCHOOLCRAFT-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF GWINN, MARQUETTE, GRAND MARAIS, MUNISING,
NEWBERRY, AND SENEY
500 AM EST TUE FEB 7 2017

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT EST
TONIGHT...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

 * SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THIS
   EVENING. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL FALL AT TIMES THIS
   AFTERNOON INTO THIS EVENING.

 * GUSTY NORTH WINDS AS HIGH AS 25 MPH TONIGHT WILL CAUSE PATCHY
   BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW, ESPECIALLY IN OPEN AREAS.

 * WIDESPREAD SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 4 TO 9 INCHES ARE EXPECTED TODAY
   THROUGH THIS EVENING...HIGHEST ALONG AND NORTHWEST OF A LINE FROM
   NEGAUNEE TO CHAMPION IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

IMPACTS...

 * THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE
   VISIBILITY TO A HALF MILE OR LESS AT TIMES.

 * THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AND WET, WHICH WILL MAKE SHOVELING AND
   PLOWING SNOW MORE DIFFICULT.

 * ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY TODAY THROUGH LATE
   THIS EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 * A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW
   AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES.
VOSS


Hazardous Weather Outlook

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Marquette MI
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017

MIZ002-004>007-009-010-084-085-081015-
Ontonagon-Baraga-Marquette-Alger-Luce-Gogebic-Iron-
Southern Houghton-Northern Schoolcraft-
515 AM EST Tue Feb 7 2017 /415 AM CST Tue Feb 7 2017/

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of western Upper
Michigan and central Upper Michigan.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING AND
SPREAD EASTWARD DURING THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON HOURS. THE SNOW
WILL LINGER INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EAST.
EXPECT ROADS TO BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLICK. SEE THE LATEST
WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

.Days two through seven...Wednesday through Monday

LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CONTINUE IN THE
SNOW BELTS FAVORED BY NORTHWEST WINDS WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

WAVES AS HIGH AS 10 FEET ON LAKE SUPERIOR TO THE EAST OF
MARQUETTE ON WEDNESDAY MAY PRODUCE MINOR BEACH EROSION.

SYSTEM SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH A QUICK MOVING SYSTEM LATE
FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT REPORTS TO THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE IN MARQUETTE. THE PUBLIC MAY ALSO SUBMIT REPORTS
AT OUR WEBPAGE...FACEBOOK PAGE...OR ON TWITTER.

 

 

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Ironwood, MI Meth Probe – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin: Gogebic County methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin case goes federal

Numerous federal charges expected from huge meth probe in Gogebic County including indictment from a grand jury sitting in Marquette, MI – includes heroin, cocaine and weapons

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

1-906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A man, who was one of four arrested on state meth charges almost two weeks ago in Gogebic County, was appointed the federal version of a court-appointed defense attorney on Tuesday.

Federal drug agents were among the many law enforcement agencies on the scene for the Gogebic County meth raid that was the announced on Friday. January 20, 2017 by the Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team – better known as “GIANT.” Numerous meth and other drug and weapons charges against an unknown number of people are expected as federal prosecutors in Marquette bring witnesses before a federal grand jury.

gogebic-giant-bust-press-release-5-corey-tutorOn Tuesday, 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor, who has ties to Gogebic County and Ashland, WI, was given an attorney at no cost by U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley. Appointed to represent Tutor was an unnamed member of the U.S. Public Defender Office in Marquette, MI. The office is headed in Marquette by Asst. U.S. Public Defender Elizabeth LaCosse – who once was a prosecutor in the western U.P.

Convicted felon 33-year-old Jeremy James Whitebird – whose home allegedly had $50,000 in meth and other drugs when searched by GIANT agents – is one of the main targets of the local, state and federal drug probe. He faces drug charges and two counts of possession of a gun by a convicted felon – that brings serious time in the federal system.

Officials said that Whitebird has an extensive criminal history, however U.p. Breaking News has been unable to find out much about him through online and other sources.

Current state charges against Whitebird include possession with intent to deliver methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

The raid involving state and federal drug agents was conducted by the GIANT drug team, the Gogebic Iron SWAT Team, Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Beacon Ambulance Service stood by the scene just in case.

Police confiscated a large amount of meth, coke, heroin, and pot plus several firearms and ammunition, according to a GIANT press release.

Two others – plus Tutor – were present during the raid at the Whitebird residence. The trio are charged with possession of methamphetamines and a loitering charge for allegedly hanging around a drug house. They are 21-year-old Rebecca Jade Gibbons, 30-year-old Carlos Jordan, 30, and 34-year-old Corey Allan Tutor.


Meanwhile, another Gogebic County resident was appointed a U.S. Federal Public Defender on Tuesday – Lisa Celeskey of Ironwood, MI. The reason Celeskey needs a defense attorney for federal probe is not known. The Federal Public Defender Office recommended that attorney Sarah Emily Henderson be appointed to represent Celeskey


Gogebic Iron Area Narcotics Team

“GIANT”

gogebic-giant-banner-3-badgeThis is one of several drug teams in the Upper Peninsula that are working to stamp out the methamphetamine problem that has led to countless deaths, plus left hundreds of Yoopers with very hard to beat addictions to meth, and U.P. Breaking News has heard from numerous homeowners who are among those with rental property that got used as meth labs causing millions of dollars of damage to homes across the U.P.

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Find Three Yoopers Wanted For Being Sex Offender Fugitives by the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Sex Offenders Registry: Three of Michigan’s most wanted sex offender fugitives are from the Upper Peninsula – and on the run – Let’s Find Them Folks – Where are these bad guys?

Three U.P. Men Make Most Wanted Sex Offender Fugitive List: Sex Offender Registry Wanted Absconders – 14 Most Wanted

Top 14 Most Wanted Michigan Sex Offender Fugitives includes three U.P. residents – Where are they Hiding – Report them Now!

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Upper Peninsula of Michigan) – U.P. Breaking News is hoping you can help find the “Top 14  Most Wanted Michigan Sex Offender Fugitives” –  three are from the Upper Peninsula and wanted on felony warrants.

A manhunt is underway for:

Kenneth Joseph Saarela of Negaunee, MI is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk of Chassell, MI is wanted on felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

Brian William Niles of Menominee, MI is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.

U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

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If you have any information on the location of these fugitives please call 911 or the nearest law enforcement agency. Plus the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678

Below we have listed all 14 of those wanted fugitives

Brian William Niles

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_24961_54016_54017-307630–,00.html

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Brian Niles

Date of Birth: 07/27/1967
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 230 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Menominee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/01/2007

Known Aliases: None

Registered Offense
Offense Code: 750.520G2
Description: Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree (Assault)

Brian William Niles is not in compliance with the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act. If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

 

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Kenneth Joseph Saarela

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_24961_54016_54017-396196–,00.html

Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Date of Birth: 03/25/1982
Height: 6’0”
Weight: 315 lbs. 
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Negaunee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 09/24/2014

Known Aliases: None.

Registered Offense:
Offense Code: 750.520E Criminal Sexual Conduct
4th Degree (Multiple Variables)

Kenneth Joseph Saarela is wanted on a felony warrant for sex offender registration violations. If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.


Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_24961_54016_54017-396197–,00.html

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Date of Birth: 09/12/1966
Weight: 180 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Gender: Male
Race: White

Last Reported Address: Chassell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/05/2011

Known Aliases: None.

Registered Offense:
Offense Code: 750.520E1A Criminal Sexual Conduct
4th Degree (Force or Coercion)

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk is wanted on felony warrant for sex offender registration violations.  If you have information concerning his whereabouts, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

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Sex Offender Registry: Wanted Absconders – 14 Most Wanted

 

These individuals are not in compliance with the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act. If you have information concerning the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry Unit toll free at 1-866-761-7678, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

View Arrested Absconders


The top 14 most wanted sex offenders in Michigan – Find them – Do not let them free without abiding by the sex offender laws and requirements

U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Brian Niles

Brian William Niles

Date of Birth: 07/27/1967
Last Reported Address: Menominee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/01/2007

JACQUELINE HENRY

Jacqueline Henry

Date of Birth: 12/18/1958
Last Reported Address: Detroit, Mich.
Last Report Date: 11/01/2004

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - James Brent Keyes

James Brent Keyes

Date of Birth: 02/07/1947
Last Reported Address: Plainwell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/12/2010

James William Meece

James William Meece

Date of Birth: 01/25/1949
Last Reported Address: Ypsilanti, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/10/1991

Juan Martin Arredondo

Juan Martin Arredondo

Date of Birth: 10/02/1978
Last Reported Address: Hamilton, Mich.
Last Report Date: 01/16/2010

Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Kenneth Joseph Saarela

Date of Birth: 03/25/1982
Last Reported Address: Negaunee, Mich.
Last Report Date: 09/24/2014

Larry Glen Cleary

Larry Glen Cleary

Date of Birth: 02/05/1967
Last Reported Address: Hartford, Mich.
Last Report Date: 06/14/2014

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Lee Andrew Vannewkirk

Date of Birth: 09/12/1966
Last Reported Address: Chassell, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/05/2011

Mark Alberto Hawthorne

Mark Alberto Hawthorne

Date of Birth: 01/31/1976
Last Reported Address: Ferndale, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/25/2012

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Michael James Rabitaille

Michael James Rabitaille

Date of Birth: 04/14/1960
Last Reported Address: Bancroft, Mich.
Last Report Date: 10/13/2007

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Paul Clyne Duron

Paul Clyne Duron

Date of Birth: 06/05/1969
Last Reported Address: Adrian, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/15/2008

Randy John Mills

Randy John Mills

Date of Birth: 06/05/1978
Last Reported Address: Bellevue, Mich.
Last Report Date: 06/29/2015

Michigan's Most Wanted Sex Offenders - Scott Bedolla

Scott Anthony Bedolla

Date of Birth: 07/22/1965
Last Reported Address: Clinton, Mich.
Last Report Date: 07/07/2011

Terry Bernard Brown II

 

Terry Bernard Brown II

Name: Terry Bernard Brown II
Last Reported Address: Mt Morris, Mich.
Last Report Date:01/26/2010

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U.P. Most Wanted Sex Offender Brian Niles of Menominee Wanted Poster

Benton Harbor, MI cheerleader files a federal lawsuit against the Benton Harbor School District for alleged covering up the rape of a cheerleader by a prominent athlete – and not providing adequate protections for the victim including under the high school bullying rules

Shocking News this morning out of Berrien County, MI 1-31-17 12:15 p.m. ET – Benton Harbor High School Autistic Cheerleader accuses school of protecting star athlete convicted of rape – but not the victim

Benton Harbor High School: More allegations that Michigan athletes are protected by school districts even when charged with rape – plus allegations of harassment against the cheerleader victim who is autistic

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Benton Harbor, MI cheerleader files a federal lawsuit against the Benton Harbor School District for alleged covering up the rape of a cheerleader by a prominent athlete – and not providing adequate protections for the victim including under the high school bullying rules

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Benton Harbor, MI) – The family of an autistic Benton Harbor High School cheerleader who was sexually assaulted at a basketball game has accused the school district, superintendent and two other school officials with allegedly not protecting the rape victim and opening her up to bullying and harassment.

The victim, who is a minor, is identified in the federal civil suit as Jane Doe – to protect her identity. The victim’s mother, who brought the suit, is not identified – again to protect the 15-year-old cheerleader who is a freshman at the Benton harbor High School.

The suit alleges the suspect is a “prominent athlete.” It states the suspect was 17-years-old at the time and the victim was 15 years old at the time.

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The alleged sexual assault occurred on December 28, 2015 during the Christmas Tournament Basketball game at the Benton Harbor High School at 870 Colfax Ave. in Benton Harbor, MI, the suit states. The suit alleges that the administrators, faculty, teachers and staff are “fully aware” the victim is autistic.

The 32-page, five-count federal civil lawsuit was filed on Fri., Feb. 27, 2017 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI.

Named are the Benton Harbor School District, Superintendent Shelly Walker, Benton Harbor High School Principal Rodger R. Tripplett, and School District Title IX Coordinator Patricia Robinson.

The alleged rapist identified in the lawsuit as the “attacker” with the initials “TB.”

“A the time of the attack” the suspect “TB” was “in his junior year and a prominent athlete at Benton Harbor,” the suit alleges.

“During the basketball game” the suspect TB “a “star” football and basketball player was able to “lure” Jane Doe away to “the third floor boy’s bathroom” that “was not being monitored” by school officials.

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“TD” allegedly “violently and forcibly sexually assaulted” the victim “while making a video of it on his” cell phone “while the sex assault was taking place in the boy’s bathroom. The suit mentions both the third and second floor boy’s bathrooms.

School cameras were broken the day of the assault, the suit states, calling the broken surveillance cameras “grossly negligent” and placed “other students in danger.”

“The school didn’t suspend or take an action against” the suspect “TB” even “after criminal charges were filed” by the prosecutor’s office “several months after the sexual assault,” the suit states. School officials let the victim’s family know about the video of the alleged sexual assault that was being passed around – however the suit states there is not a copy currently available.

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The lawsuit alleges harassment by the suspect and others including athletes using Facebook and text messages.

The victim suffered “a great deal of ridicule, teasing, taunting her and violent outbursts from other athletes” including one who “tried to engage” the victim “into a fight,” the suit alleges. The victim has received sexual assault counseling and threatened suicide. She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the sexual assault.”

The school district allegedly allowed the suspect and victim to have “direct and daily contact.”

The lawsuit explains in detail some of the alleged physical, emotional and psychological effects on the victim and her mother. The suit states the victims could no longer participate in band or cheer-leading and has suffered numerous physical and emotional problems since the assault – and daily contact with the suspect. The victim’s grades dropped from a 3.7 GPA to a 2.4 GPA, the suit states, adding she was forced to leave the school after the suspect was allowed to return during the 2015-2016 school year. The suit blames a “continuing hostile environment” for the victim leaving the school.

The suit claims four felony charges were filed against the suspect and was convicted on one of the sex charges – then sentenced to one year in jail.

The lawsuit is brought under amendments to the U.S. Constitution including Title IX (Title Nine) for an alleged hostile education environment and the 14th amendment for alleged deprivation of civil rights.

“The cause of this action arises” from the school district and its leaders were alleged to have deliberate “indifference to a student-on-student sexual assault on the school premises and the subsequent sex-based harassment.

Those charged in the civil suit allegedly failed “to promptly and appropriately investigated and respond to the assault subjected Jane Doe to further sexual harassment and a hostile environment, effectively denying her access to educational opportunities.”

Click on this link to download the entire lawsuit:

2017 Cheerleader Federal Civil Suit Benton Harbor, MI

U.P. Breaking News has been unable to find any local media coverage of the Benton Harbor High School sexual assault, the charges, sentencing or this assault.

However a teacher was charged in a different case with sexual assault in St. Joseph, MI:
http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/St-Joseph-teacher-sentenced-for-sexual-conduct-with-student-316207211.html

Portions of the lawsuit:

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Updates on federal charges against a site manager at Wisconsin pallet company Timber Creek Resource: Plus company attorney threatens U.P Breaking News – We are not hard to reach – However, we always fix any problems – and we now are reporting that Russel Wetenkamp was a “site manager” at the pallet company Timber Creek Resource, LLC that admitted federal criminal charges – not the President

Arraignment is one week from today:
A Wisconsin company is sicking its lawyers on U.P. Breaking News because the company upset by our reporting of what one of their officials did – that resulted in a federal criminal probe

If you have an issue, we are easy to find – we find this attorney threat approach a bit caustic and unreasonable – and in fact not productive: Call Greg Peterson – 906-273-2433

Our probe shows we should have called the official – Russel Wetenkamp – the company’s site manager – not president (for that we apologize, dumb but honest mistake)

NOTICE OF HEARING as to Russel Wetenkamp – hopefully the Green Bay, WI media will cover and will not have to

Arraignment and Plea Hearing – Information set for Monday, Feb. 2, 2017 (2/6/2017) 3:30 PM in Courtroom 201, 125 S. Jefferson St., Green Bay, WI 54301 before Chief Judge William C Griesbach

Read the story below (but first the email from their lawyers)  – only thing we changed was changing his title from president –  to site manager  –  against instead of president:

U.P. Breaking News gets threats all the time – but this one was handled in a strange way.
They say “we must know” the the man is not President. That is not true – we believed he is or was president (until email from Douglas P. Dehler , Attorney at Law, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.) – but will happily use any title the company provides (they did not).

Then we found it – buried in the federal paperwork (honest mistake)  – feds say the man was company’s site manager

The threat from their attorney did not tell us his position but we now believe it is site manager.

As far as the photos – its all on the internet and the company should not blame the media for reporting the trouble with the feds. This is a very serious case, according to the federal documents.

Email to U.P. Breaking News from Timber Creek, LLC. lawyer Douglas P. Dehler , an Attorney with Law, O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C. in Milwaukee, WI:

We represent Timber Creek, LLC.  The attached article is false and must be removed  from distribution immediately. I tried to call the phone number provided on your article, but there was no answer and there is no voicemail box tied to that phone number. Among other things, your article falsely states:

“49-year-old Russell F. Wetenkamp of Manitowoc,WI -the owner  of Timber  Creek Resource LLC, a wooden  pallet  company in Newton, WI- just southeast of Green Bay, Wl…”

As you must know, Mr. Wetenkamp is NOT the owner of Timber Creek Resource, LLC.

The title of your article also falsely says:

“U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Wisconsin company president admits he falsified the fitness of wooden pallets by illegally using a U.S. Agriculture stamp…”

Again, Mr. Wettenkamp is NOT the president of Timber Creek, LLC, and your inaccurate statements, along with your use of the Timber Creek logo and other business information about Timber Creek, are not only blatantly false and misleading, but potentially very damaging to Timber Creek’s business.

Immediately cease and desist any distribution of this article, including the false information that it contains.  So that we can decide what measures may be necessary to correct the false story, we request that you immediately explain for us how and when this article was posted. We need to know who received this false information, with sufficient detail to allow us to determine what corrective action may be needed.

Please acknowledge receipt of this e-mail immediately. We ask that you confirm immediate compliance with these cease and desist demands. In addition, call me as soon as possible to discuss.

Sincerely,

Douglas P. Dehler
Attorney at Law

O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing S.C.
111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1400
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

414.276.5000 office
414.276.6581 facsimile

www.wilaw.com

 

What Wisconsin Business Registration website says about RUSSEL F. WETENKAMP

In fact, we looked up more info about the company official and what other websites state about him:

This profile was registered on 12/19/2003 and contains information from public web pages:

Company Profile from 2003:
http://www.wisconsincorporates.com/corp/66595.html

Company Name LVR PROPERTIES LLC
Company No L037310
Company Type Domestic Limited Liability Company
Status Delinquent  
Registered Date 12/19/2003
Company Age 14 Years
Registered Agent RUSSEL F. WETENKAMP
5711 COUNTY ROAD U
P.O. BOX 157
NEWTON , WI 53063

Company Overview

LVR PROPERTIES LLC is a company in Wisconsin and its company number is L037310. LVR PROPERTIES LLC was registered on 12/19/2003. The company’s status is listed as Delinquent  .

Now the updated story:
Updated U.P. Breaking News Exclusive: Wisconsin company site manager admits he falsified the fitness of wooden pallets by illegally using a U.S. Agriculture stamp – ripping off $350,000 from a dozen Wisconsin businesses – USDA stamp assured businesses the pallet would not become bug-infested

USDA: Wisconsin company official falsified the validity of wooden pallets using USDA stamp – Ripping off  $350,000 from a dozen Wisconsin businesses

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USDA stamp assured businesses the pallet would not become “infested with insects or microorganisms”

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

timber-logo-2(Wisconsin/U.P. of Michigan) – A U.S. Justice Department special environmental crimes unit from Washington, D.C. swept into Wisconsin and northern Michigan this week filing federal charges in two ongoing investigations – one about illegal using an agriculture department stamp to sell wooden pallets and the other the illegal packaging of Great Lakes fish in the Upper Peninsula.

The charges are against 49-year-old Russell F. Wetenkamp of Manitowoc,WI  – a current or former site manager of Timber Creek Resource LLC, a wooden pallet company in Newton, WI – just southeast of Green Bay, WI.

“Timber Creek manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its
Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce,” the plea agreement states. The “wooden pallets that Timber Creek sold “are required to undergo a
heat treatment process” signified by a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamp.

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LinkedIn: Timber Creek Resource, LLC is a specialized supplier of industrial lumber and custom designed pallets, crates, and boxes. We are one of the largest industrial lumber wholesalers and custom crating facilities in the Midwest.

Timber Creek Resource has grown year after year to now include Wisconsin Box Company, Wetterau Wood, and MGD Lumber to better serve our customers. These partnerships help us reduce costs and provide strategic locations around the country as we grow further

Specialties: Custom Wood Packaging for Shipping Manufactured Products

  • Website

    http://www.tcrllc.com

  • Industry

    Packaging and Containers

  • Type

    Privately Held

  • Headquarters

    5059 N 119th Street Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53225 United States

  • Company Size

    201-500 employees

  • Founded

    1956

The federal charges fall under the U.S. Plant Protection Act.

The “heat-treatment process that prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or microorganisms,” federal prosecutors say. “The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-15”) stamp certifying that they have been heat treated.”

In one day, Wetenkamp was quickly charged – and then entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. The scheme ripped off a dozen Wisconsin business to the tune of nearly $350,000, federal prosecutors allege.

On July 19, 2016, “Wetenkamp admitted to a Special Agent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that” from November 2014 – June 16, 2015 that he “marked and caused the marking of wooden pallets with the stamp” knowing “that the marking falsely indicated that the pallets had been heat-treated by Timber Creek, when in fact they had not been heat-treated.”

Victims of the fraud and how much they lost:

Fraud incurred by a dozen Wisconsin businesses with total losses: $349,365

  • Aldrich Chemical Company in St. Louis, MO – $447

  • Brillion Iron Works in Brillion, WI – $120,438

  • Extrutech Plastics, Inc. in  Tallahassee, FL – $168

  • Fabrico Mequon in Mequon, WI – $3,132

  • Jagemann Stamping Company in Manitowoc, WI – $58,385

  • K & L Services, Inc. in Beaver Dam, WI – $2,516

  • Kohler Co. in Kohier, WI – $18,868

  • Nemak USA, Inc. in  Sheboygan, WI – $95,414

  • Nemschoff Chairs, Inc in Sheboygan, WI – $1,188

  • Sheboygan Paint Company in Sheboygan, WI – $519

  • The Vollrath Company LLC in Sheboygan, WI – $6,497

  • Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, WI – $41,793

To read about the Upper Peninsula fish labeling scandal and other cases:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/20/UPFedFishProbe

https://upbreakingnews.com/category/fish/

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/feds-probe-illegal-trafficking-of-great-lakes-fish/

Count 1

November 2014 – June 16, 2015

Wetenkamp “falsely marked and sold wooden pallets” by  using a federal stamp “representing that they had been heat-treated” when “they were not heat-treated”

The agriculture department stamp/marking “was a knowing false and material representation that had the capacity to influence the person or entity to which it was made concerning a matter” namely a dozen Wisconsin companies that lost almost 350,000 during the one-year scheme

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Count 2:
November 30, 2014 – June 16, 2015

Russel Wetenkamp falsely “marked and sold wooden pallets as heat-treated” illegally using a  an agriculture department stamp “when in fact they were not heat-treated,” according to a plea agreement entered this week by federal prosecutors – just minutes after filing the first charges in the case.

Wetenkamp knowingly used a federal stamp  without the “authority from the
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” the plea agreement states. “As a result of the sales of the wooden pallets falsely marked” with the agriculture department stamp  “caused losses of no less than $344,000 to customers of Timber Creek.”

The federal prosecutors in the case are Asst. U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad and  Asst. U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs (both of the Eastern District of Wisconsin), and U.S. Justice Department Senior Trial Attorney Daniel W. Dooher, Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C..


Date filed: 01/19/2017

Date of last filing: 01/19/2017

Russel Wetenkamp (1)

Office: Green Bay Filed: 01/19/2017

County: Manitowoc Terminated: Reopened:

Other Court Case: None

Count: 1 Citation: 18:1001.F Offense Level: 4

18:1001(a)(2) False Material Representation

Count: 2 Citation: 7:7734.F Offense Level: 4

7:7734(a)(1)(A)PLANT PROTECTION-VIOLATIONS

Defendant Custody Status:

Defendant: Russel Wetenkamp represented by Thomas E Phillip (Designation Federal Public Defender)

Phone: 920-430-9900

Fax: 920-430-9901

Email: Tom_Phillip@fd.org

Plaintiff: USA represented by Matthew L Jacobs (Designation Assistant US Attorney)

Phone: 414-297-4106

Fax: 414-297-1738

Email: matthew.jacobs2@usdoj.gov

Here is part of the plea agreement with federal prosecutors:
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Plaintiff

vs

RUSSEL WETENKAMP,
Defendant

PLEA AGREEMENT
1. The United States of America, by its attorneys, Gregory J. Haanstad, United States
Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Jacobs, and Daniel W. Dooher, Senior Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (collectively “the Government”) and the defendant, Russel Wetenkamp, individually and by attorney Thomas Phillip, pursuant to Rule 11 (c)(1 )(B) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, enter into the following plea agreement:

CHARGES

2. The defendant has been charged in a two-count information, which alleges
violations of Title 18, United States Code, Section lOO1(a)(2) and Title 7, United States Code, Section 7734(a)(l)(A).

3. The defendant has read and fully understands the charges contained in the
Information. He fully understands the nature and elements of the crimes with which he has been charged, and those charges and the terms and conditions of the plea agreement have been fully explained to him by his attorney.

4. The defendant voluntarily agrees to waive prosecution by indictment in open court.

5. The defendant voluntarily agrees to plead guilty to Counts 1 and 2 of the
Information, a copy of which accompanies this agreement as Attachment A.

6. The defendant acknowledges, understands, and agrees that he is, in fact, guilty of
the offenses charged in Counts 1 and 2 of the Information. The parties acknowledge and
understand that if this case were to proceed to trial, the government would be able to prove the following facts beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant admits that these facts are true and correct and establish his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt:

(a) The Plant Protection Act (“PPA), 7 U.S.C. § 7734 et seq., was enacted to control
the harm to products in commerce caused by the spread and infestation of
insects and microorganisms. The PPA is administered and enforced by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. Pursuant to the PPA, and consistent with the
International Plant Protection Convention, wooden pallets that are used in
international commerce are required to undergo a heat treatment process that
prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or
microorganisms. The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an
International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-1 5”) stamp
certifying that they have been heat-treated in compliance with the PPA.
(b) From in or about May 2014 until in or about June 2015, Defendant Russel
Wetenkamp was the site manager at the Timber Creek Resource, LLC (Timber
Creek) facility located in Newton, Wisconsin.

(c) Timber Creek manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its
Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce.
(d) As required by the PPA, wooden pallets that Timber Creek sold for use in
international commerce from its Newton facility were required to undergo a
heat treatment process. Once heat-treated, each wooden pallet was required to be marked with an approved ISPM- 15 stamp to indicate that it had been heat-treated in compliance with the PPA.

(e) Pursuant to the PPA, the Secretary of Agriculture authorizes domestic
industry organizations to issue ISPM-1 5 stamps to facilities such as Timber
Creek that manufacture, recycle and repair wooden pallets for use in
international commerce. Timber Products Inspection, a member of the
American Lumber Standards Committee, was authorized by the Secretary of
Agriculture to issue ISPM-15 stamps.

(f) On or about July 2014, Timber Products Inspection issued an ISPM- 15 stamp, with the markings “US-167976 HT TP,” to Timber Creek. Thereafter, Timber Creek was authorized to sell wooden pallets bearing this stamp to customers for use in international commerce, as long as the pallets were properly heattreated.

(g) From in or about November2014, until on or about June 16,2015, at the Timber
Creek facility located in Newton, Wisconsin, Wetenkamp knowingly marked
and caused wooden pallets to be marked with stamp US-167976 HT TP,
representing that the pallets had been heat-treated, when in fact those pallets
had not been heat-treated.
(h) Wetenkamp also caused the pallets bearing stamp US-167976 HT TP to be sold
to numerous customers in the United States for use in international commerce.
Invoices and receipts issued to customers who purchased the wooden pallets
marked with stamp US-167976 HT TP also falsely represented that the pallets
had been heat-treated.
(i) On or about July 19, 2016, Wetenkamp admitted to a Special Agent from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture that from in or about November 2014 until on
or about June 16, 2015, he had marked and caused the marking of wooden
pallets with the stamp US- 167976 HT TP, and knew at the time that the marking falsely indicated that the pallets had been heat-treated by Timber Creek, when in fact they had not been heat-treated.

(j) With regard to Count 1, from no later than November 2014 until on or about June 16, 2015, Wetenkamp falsely marked and sold wooden pallets with stamp US-167976 HT TP, representing that they had been heat-treated, when in fact they were not heat-treated, thereby making a false material representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of an agency of the United States. That is, the marking was a knowing false and material representation that had the capacity to influence the person or entity to which it was made concerning a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

(k) With regard to Count 2, from no later than November 30,2014, until on or about
June 16, 2015, Wetenkamp falsely marked and sold wooden pallets as heattreated
with stamp US- 167976 HT TP, when in fact they were not heat-treated,
thereby knowingly using stamp US-167976 HT TP without authority from the
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(1) As a result of the sales of the wooden pallets falsely marked with stamp
US-167976 HT TP, Wetenkamp caused losses of no less than $344,000 to
customers of Timber Creek.
PENALTIES
7. The parties understand and agree that the offenses to which the defendant will enter
a plea of guilty carry the following maximum terms of imprisonment and fines: Count 1: Five years’ imprisonment; a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the pecuniary loss or gain resulting from the offense, whichever is greater, and a maximum of three years of supervised release to follow any term of imprisonment. Alternatively, the defendant may be sentenced to not less than one and
not more than five years of probation. The count also carries a mandatory special assessment of $100. Count 2: One year of imprisonment; a fine of up to $100,000 or twice the pecuniary loss or gain resulting from the offense, whichever is greater; and a maximum of one year of supervised release to follow any term of imprisonment. Alternatively, the defendant may be sentenced to up to five years of probation. The count also carries a mandatory special assessment of $25. The parties further recognize that a restitution order may be entered by the court. The parties’ acknowledgments, understandings, and agreements with regard to restitution are set forth in paragraph 31 of this agreement.
ELEMENTS
8. The parties understand and agree that in order to sustain the charge of making a
false statement as set forth in Count 1, the government must prove each of the following
propositions beyond a reasonable doubt:
First, the defendant made a representation; and
Second, the representation was false; and
Third, the representation was material; and
Fourth, the defendant made the false representation knowingly and willfully; and
Fifth, the defendant made the representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of
the executive branch of the government of the United States.
9. The parties understand and agree that in order to sustain the charge of unauthorized
use of an ISPM-15 stamp, as set forth in Count 2, the government must prove each of the following propositions beyond a reasonable doubt:

First, the defendant used a certificate, permit or other document issued pursuant to
the Plant Protection Act; and

Second, without authority from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of
Agriculture; and Third, the defendant acted knowingly.
SENTENCING PROVISIONS

10. The parties agree to waive the time limits in Fed. R. Crim. P. 32 relating to the
presentence report, including that the presentence report be disclosed not less than 35 days before the sentencing hearing, in favor of a schedule for disclosure, and the filing of any objections, to be established by the court at the change of plea hearing.

11. The parties acknowledge, understand, and agree that any sentence imposed by the
court will be pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act, and that the court will give due regard to the Sentencing Guidelines when sentencing the defendant.

12. The parties acknowledge and agree that they have discussed all of the sentencing
guidelines provisions which they believe to be applicable to the offenses charged in Counts

1 and 2 of the Information. The defendant acknowledges and agrees that his attorney in turn has discussed the applicable sentencing guidelines provisions with him to the defendant’s satisfaction.

13. The parties acknowledge and understand that prior to sentencing the United States
Probation Office will conduct its own investigation of the defendant’s criminal history. The parties further acknowledge and understand that, at the time the defendant enters a guilty plea, the parties may not have full and complete information regarding the defendant’s criminal history. The parties acknowledge, understand, and agree that the defendant may not move to withdraw the guilty plea solely as a result of the sentencing court’s determination of the defendant’s criminal history.
Sentencing Guidelines Calculations
FINANCIAL MATTERS

27. The defendant acknowledges and understands that any and all financial obligations
imposed by the sentencing court are due and payable in full immediately upon entry of the
judgment of conviction, or upon further order of the Court. The defendant further understands
that any payment schedule imposed by the sentencing court shall be the minimum the defendant
is expected to pay and that the government’s collection of any and all court imposed financial obligations is not limited to the payment schedule. The defendant agrees not to request any delay in payment of any financial obligations imposed by the court.
28. The defendant agrees to provide to the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) of the
United States Attorney’s Office, at least 30 days before sentencing, and also upon request of the FLU during any period of probation or supervised release imposed by the court, a complete and sworn financial statement on a form provided by FLU and any documentation required by the form.

VOLUNTARINESS OF DEFENDANT’S PLEA
39. The defendant acknowledges, understands, and agrees that he will plead guilty
freely and voluntarily because he is in fact guilty. The defendant further acknowledges and agrees
that no threats, promises, representations, or other inducements have been made, nor agreements reached, other than those set forth in this agreement, to induce the defendant to plead guilty.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I am the defendant. I am entering into this plea agreement freely and voluntarily. I am not
now on or under the influence of any drug, medication, alcohol, or other intoxicant or depressant,
whether or not prescribed by a physician, which would impair my ability to understand the terms
and conditions of this agreement. My attorney has reviewed every part of this agreement with me
and has advised me of the implications of the sentencing guidelines. I have discussed all aspects
of this case with my attorney and I am satisfied that my attorney has provided effective
assistance of counsel.
RUSSEL WETENKAMP
Defendant

ATTACHMENT A
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,

v.
RUSSEL WETENKAMP,
Defendant. INFORMATION
COUNT 1
THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY CHARGES:
1. At all times relevant to this Information:
a. Defendant Russel Wetenkamp was the site manager at the Timber Creek
Resource, LLC facility, located in Newton, Wisconsin.
b. Timber Creek Resource manufactured, recycled, and repaired wooden pallets at its Newton facility for use in interstate and international commerce.

c. The Plant Protection Act (“PPA), 7 U.S.C. § 7734 et seq., was enacted to control the spread and infestation of harm caused by insects and microorganisms to products in commerce. The PPA is administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Pursuant to the PPA, wooden pallets that are used in international commerce are required to undergo a heat-treatment process that prevents the wooden pallets from being infested with insects or microorganisms. The wooden pallets are also required to be stamped with an International Standards for Phytosanitary Measure (“ISPM-1 5”) stamp certifying that they have been heat treated in compliance with the PPA.

d. As required by the PPA, wooden pallets that Timber Creek Resource sold
for use in international commerce from its Newton facility were required to undergo a heat treatment process. Once heat treated, each wooden pallet was required to be marked with an approved ISPM- 15 stamp to indicate that it had been heat treated in compliance with the PPA.
e. Pursuant to the PPA, the Secretary of Agriculture authorizes domestic
industry organizations to issue ISPM- 15 stamps to facilities such as Timber Creek
Resource that manufacture, recycle and repair wooden pallets for use in international
commerce.
f. In or about July 2014, Timber Creek Resource was issued an ISPM-15
stamp, with the marking “US-167976 HT TP,” by a domestic industry organization
authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture. Timber Creek Resource was authorized to sell wooden pallets bearing this stamp to customers for use in international commerce, as long as the pallets were properly heat treated.

2. During the period from at least November 30, 2014, until on or about June 16, 2015,
in the State and Eastern District of Wisconsin, RUSSEL WETENKAMP did knowingly and willfully make and cause to be made a false material representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an agency of the executive branch of the United States; namely, marking wooden pallets with stamp US- 167976 HT TP to represent that the wooden pallets Timber Creek Resource sold to its customers had been heat treated, in compliance with standards promulgated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, when in fact, as the defendant well knew, the pallets had not been heat treated.

All in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 100 1(a)(2).

THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FURTHER CHARGES:
3. The allegations set forth in paragraph 1 of this information are incorporated in
support of this charge as if alleged here in full.

4. From at least November 30, 2014, until on or about June 16, 2015, in the State and
Eastern District of Wisconsin, RUSSEL WETENKAMP did knowingly use and cause the use of stamp US-167976 HT TP without authority from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; namely, marking wooden pallets with stamp US-167976 HT TP to represent that the wooden pallets Timber Creek Resource sold to its
customers had been heat treated, in compliance with standards promulgated by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture pursuant to the PPA, when in fact the pallets had not been heat treated. All in violation of Title 7, United States Code, Section 7734(a)(1)(A).

Date GREGORY J. HAANSTAD
United States Attorney

United States v. Wetenkamp

Updated: Methed Up Ride: Child molester that drove rambling wreck – a rolling three-vehicle pileup – allegedly while hauling a gun and meth through Marquette County

Update on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 9 a.m. ET:

An initial hearing was held for the suspect – 39-year-old John Ramon Hauk  – in federal court in Marquette on Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley ordered Hauk held without bond until a future hearing.
This was part of the order issued Monday by
U.S. Magistrate Timothy P. Greeley:

ORDER OF DETENTION

Hauk “appeared before the undersigned on January 30, 2017, for an initial appearance on the criminal com plaint dated January 27, 2017.”

The government moved for a detention supported by pretrial services. Hauk was advised of the charges, his rights – including a probable cause hearing – and a detention hearing set for later this week


U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – Michigan Technically: The Rambling Wreck that a convicted WI child molester allegedly drove through west Ishpeming – has him and others in a heap of hot water Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 – 5:30 a.m. ET

Ashland, WI child molester busted by MSP, feds in Marquette County, MI

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – A convicted Wisconsin child molester – who was driving the epitome of a rolling wreck through the Upper Peninsula while allegedly hauling meth and a gun – has been charged in federal court at Marquette, MI with being a felony in possession of a firearm.

john-ramon-hauk-2This morning 39-year-old John Ramon Hauk, whose last known address is 3rd Avenue in Ashland, WI is lodged in the Marquette County Jail for U.S. Marshals. Hauk was busted by a Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division Trooper Wells, who pulled over his pickup truck in Ishpeming Township on Nov. 10, 2016

Hauk has has been charged by the feds in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

“The pickup was towing a car dolly which was towing/hauling a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, 4-door (dark blue) sedan,” the federal felony complaint states. “Officer Wells conducted this traffic stop” because the vehicles were “not configured with the proper brake lights.”

Police also questioned two passengers in the pickup truck: Tracy Patrick Tungate (front) and Lacey Lynn Eliason (rear seat).

The truck, dolly and Malibu were towed by police request and inventoried.

“Small amounts of suspected loose marijuana was found on the seats and floor area inside the pickup truck,” the complaint states. Police found “a loaded (.40 caliber) pistol with six rounds of ammunition in a black holster in the console between the front driver and passenger seats.”

“Officers found a locked container on the rear floor of the vehicle behind the front seats,” the complaint alleges. “The locked container was forced open to reveal approximately 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine.”

The two passengers “denied knowledge” of the drugs and gun, the complaint states.

However, all three were taken into custody that day – and ultimately state narcotics charges were filed against the passengers and now this federal charge against the driver.

The gun is a .40 caliber – Kahr, Model CW 40.

The complaint alleges that Hauk denied ownership of the vehicle and weapon – saying they belonged to his “girlfriend” Kaycie Noel Offutt.

Hauk claimed he did not know anything about the alleged meth.

Hauk is a “multi-convicted felon and registered sex offender” after a 1998 conviction for felony 2nd degree sexual assault of a child in Milwaukee County, WI. Plus Hauk has a 2013 conviction for bail-jumping in Ashland County, WI. He also did not have a valid driver’s license.

A confidential source told federal agents that he gave Hauk even more .40 caliber ammunition while the suspect was visiting a residence on Brookwood Lane in Chocolay Township. A federal search warrant on the vehicle turned up a 100-round box of Remington .40 caliber ammo.

The felony criminal complaint against Hauk was filed on Thurs. Jan. 27, 2017 by veteran U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Special Agent Raymond Petschke.

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Case Summary

2:17-mj-00002-TPG All Defendants USA v. Hauk
Date filed: 01/27/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

John Ramon Hauk  
Office: Northern Division (2)      Filed: 01/27/2017    
County: Marquette Terminated:      Reopened:    
Other Court Case: None
   
Complaint Citation:      Offense Level: 4  
     18:922G.F 18 USC 922(g)(1)the defendant, being a person who had been convicted of one or more offenses punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed ammunition in and affecting commerce, to wit: 100 rounds of Remington .40 caliber ammunition  
Defendant Custody Status:  
defendant: John Ramon Hauk
plaintiff: USA  represented by Maarten Vermaat(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney)

Phone: (906) 226-2500
Email: Maarten.Vermaat@usdoj.gov

Legend Steps Down Today: Larger than life, tough, and feared by the state’s most vicious drug dealers and pornographers – and yes – even controversial – We honor U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell – We Bring You His Honor’s Final Sentencings

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As unusual and independent as the Upper Peninsula where he ruled with an iron fist for 3 decades – Today and Tomorrow are Officially The Final Days for His Honor – The Honorable U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell

Plus we hope to hear today about the future of Eastern District of Michigan Federal Prosecutor Barbara McQuade

A new top federal prosecutor took the helm last week in the U.P. area and western half of the Lower Peninsula – The new top cop for the U.P. is Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge, who took over last week after the resignation/step-down of  U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr.  (all just an expected big federal shakeup with a new president from different party)

“The diversion of firearms for unlawful purposes or to those who cannot legally possess them endangers each and every member of our society,” said Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell at his final sentencing on Thursday

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The honorable 72-year-old U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell held his final sentencings last week.

This Judge’s judge naturally Command’s Respect (Reminds This Reporter of the Non-Nonsense, Order-In-The-Court, Hang ‘Em High, The Triple A Himself – The Late Great Federal – U.S. District Court Judge Anthony A. Alaimo in Georgia).

Like all federal judges in Michigan, Judge Bell’s impact was profound on every northern Michigan Indian Nation – whether it was tribal domestic violence, or the Founder of American Tribal Gambling Fred Dakota, or the many civil cases.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls – To Prison

Dealing With An Armed Crack Dealer:

Dealt 12 years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell in one of his final sentencings last week

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

Federal Judge Robert Holmes Bell sent many heavily armed and murderous drug dealers, gangs, gun-runners and just plain bad people to prison  – from the Upper Peninsula and down to Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Benton Harbor.

In the federal system there is no parole, so when he sentences someone 20 or 30 years – that is what they serve.

Hey – Judge Bell even has a judge-looking appearance and official kind of name – just saying.

He was named (middle) after one of America’s most famous jurists.

There was even a brief filed last week with re-assignment of Judge Bell’s many criminal and civiol cases due to “Inactive senior status effective (tomorrow, Tuesday) January 31, 2017– in legal jargon – but it means retirement:

Judge Bell is scheduled to take inactive senior status effective January 31, 2017, and will be unavailable to conclude proceedings in these matter”


Judge Bell’s Second to Last Sentencing, followed by his final (scroll down to sees lots you do not expect):

Dealing With An Armed Crack Dealer:

Dealt 12 years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell in one of his final sentencings last week

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Armed crack kingpin Calvin Veernell Dennis was sentenced to nearly 12 years (140 months) in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell on Tues., Jan. 24, 2016 – the latest in numerous Michigan drug traffickers getting stiff prison terms

The decade plus in prison will be followed by three years supervised release

Calvin Veernell Dennis admitted being a highly armed cocaine trafficker and convicted felon in Kent County, MI.

Dennis pleaded guilty to felon in possession of firearms and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Colt Agent .38 revolver (Serial No. M53914) and 21 rounds of Winchester .38 spl. caliber ammunition

M-11, 9mm Cobroyo semiautomatic pistol and 60 rounds of 9mm ammunition

Smith and Wesson, model SW40VE, .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol (Serial No. RAY4273) and 20 rounds of Winchester .40 caliber ammunition

Tanfoglio, model TZ75, 9mm semiautomatic pistol (Serial No. H00704) and 16 rounds of Winchester Luger and Hornady 9mm ammunition

Rock River Arms, LAR 15, 5.56 caliber rifle (Serial No. CM179750) and 50 rounds of Remington .223 caliber ammunition

660 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition.

Case Summary

1:16-cr-00098-RHB All Defendants USA v. Dennis

Date filed: 05/25/2016

Date terminated: 01/24/2017

Calvin Veernell Dennis

Filed: 05/25/2016

Kent County, MI

Count: 1 citation: 18:922g.f offense level: 4 18:922(g)(1), 18:921(a), 18:924(a)(2)

Unlawful transport of firearms, etc.; felon in possession of firearms

Count: 2 citation: 18:922g.f offense level: 4 18:922(g)(1), 18:921(a), 18:924(a)(2)

Unlawful transport of firearms, etc.; felon in possession of ammunition

Count: 3 citation: 21:841a=nd.f offense level: 4 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Narcotics – sell, distribute, or dispense; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base

Count: 4 citation: 18:924c.f offense level: 4 18:924(c)(1)(a)(i), 21:841(a)(1)

Violent crime/drugs/machine gun; possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime

Defendant in Custody

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sally J. Berens

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: sally.berens@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel S. Fauson

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: joel.fauson@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer S. Murnahan

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: jennifer.murnahan@usdoj.gov

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexis M. Sanford

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: alexis.sanford@usdoj.gov

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Judge Bell’s Final Sentencing:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Grand Rapids Man To Spend Five Years In Prison For Trafficking Firearms

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Donte Timothy Bacon, 31, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced to 60 months’ imprisonment, Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today.

In August, Bacon pled guilty to selling a firearm to a prohibited person and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Charles Lee Samuels, 28, earlier was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his lesser role in the crimes.

On five different occasions in August and September 2014, Bacon sold a firearm to a person who was not permitted to possess it under federal law. One of the firearms was sold with a high-capacity magazine. Two of those firearms had been purchased by Bacon and Samuels and were sold after Bacon removed the serial numbers. During the final transaction, Bacon and Samuels used a hand-grinder to remove the serial number at the time of sale.

In his final sentencing before retiring from the bench, U.S. District Judge Robert Holmes Bell observed the seriousness of trafficking firearms. Judge Bell ordered Bacon to serve three years of supervised release following his term of custody and expressed his hope that Bacon will return as a productive member to his community.

“The diversion of firearms for unlawful purposes or to those who cannot legally possess them endangers each and every member of our society,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Birge. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office will prosecute those who willfully circumvent federal firearms laws designed to protect the public.”

“Selling firearms to prohibited individuals contributes to the cycle of gun violence plaguing our neighborhoods,” said Special Agent in Charge Robin Shoemaker of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. “ATF will continue to use all available resources to put a stop to illegal gun sales. Let this conviction stand as a warning to others willing to put profit before public safety.”

The ATF conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Grand Rapids Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin M. Presant and Alexis M. Sanford prosecuted the case.

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Other federal court cases this past week you did not hear about:

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Five years in prison for coke/heroin dealer

Drug dealer Jamian Charles Pearce sentenced on Jan. 23, 2017 to five years (60 months) in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney for distributing heroin and cocaine in Kent County, MI in Feb. 2016.

After five years in prison, he will be on three years of supervised release.

On March 16, 2015, Muskegon County Law Enforcement arrested 32-year-old Jamian Charles Pearce for obstructing justice/probation violation in Muskegon, MI

Case Summary:

1:16-cr-00036-PLM-4 USA v. Hairston et al

Date filed: 02/25/2016

Date of last filing: 01/24/2017

Jamian Charles Pearce

Filed: 02/25/2016

Kent County, MI

Count: 1

Citation: 21:846=NP.F Offense Level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 3

citation: 21:846=np.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c), 18:2

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Count: 1s

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 3s

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(c), 18:2

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; attempted possession with intent to distribute cocaine

Count: 1ss

citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4 21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(b)(ii)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine

Defendant in custody

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark V. Courtade

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: mark.courtade@usdoj.gov


Three years in prison for identity theft

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Pedro Enrique Sanchez Pupo was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Jan.25, 2017 by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Jonker for aggravated identity theft crimes committed in 2015 in Kent County, MI:
In plea agreement, Pupo pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Her will serve his time – three years and a month- in a federal prison in Florida near his family.

Date of last filing: 01/28/2017

Pedro Enrique Sanchez Pupo

Filed: 12/01/2015

Kent County

Count: 1 Citation: 18:1349.F Offense Level: 4

18:1349, 18:1343

Attempt and conspiracy to commit fraud; conspiracy

Count: 2 citation: 18:1029a.f offense level: 4

18:1029(a)(3), 18:1029(c)(1)(a)(i), 18:2

Produces/traffics in counterfeit device; access device fraud

Count: 3 citation: 18:1028a.f offense level: 4

18:1028a(a)(1), 18:1028a(c)(4), (5), 18:1028a(b), 18:2

Fraud with identification documents; aggravated identity theft

Defendant in Custody

Federal Prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hagen W. Frank

Phone: (616) 456-2404

Email: hagen.frank@usdoj.gov



Ten years – 121 months in prison for distributing coke and heroin

By Greg Peterson

(Grand Rapids, MI) – One of the defendants in major heroin ring was sentenced to just over ten years in federal prison on Jan. 24, 2017 by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney for distributing heroin and cocaine during Jan. 2016 in Kent County, MI.

Mario Cruz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin.

No parole in federal prison, and will be under three years supervised release when let out in a decade.

Case Summary

1:16-cr-00036-PLM-3 USA v. Hairston et al

Date filed: 02/25/2016

Date of last filing: 01/24/2017

Mario Cruz

Filed: 02/25/2016

Kent County

Other Court Case: 1:16-cr-169 Related Case

Count: 1 citation: 21:846=np.f offense level: 4

21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to possess narcotics; conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and heroin

Count: 2 citation: 21:846=nd.f offense level: 4

21:846, 21:841(a)(1), 21:841(b)(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 21:841(b)(1)(c)

Conspiracy to distribute narcotics; conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin

Defendant in custody

Federal prosecutor:

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark V. Courtade

Email: mark.courtade at usdoj.gov



Read about the fancinating reign of a tough federal judge – who was feared by all the big time evil doers in the Upper Peninsula:

https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/pr/2017_0126_Bacon

https://www.apnews.com/cb2f330cae944accaeac06e0be6b56c2

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/10/federal_judge_robert_holmes_be.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2016/11/towering_figure_robert_holmes.html

http://www.mlive.com/living/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/02/profile_us_district_court_judg.html

http://www.miwd.uscourts.gov/judges-info/judge-robert-h-bell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Holmes_Bell

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Casino Stabbing Indictments: Another arrest in alleged Jan. 2017 stabbing attack a premier casino run by the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians

INDICTED! – More charges in casino assault, stabbing, urinating incident

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A downstate couple have been indicted by the feds in connection with an alleged stabbing attack at the Odawa Casino and the woman was allegedly urinating at the craps table.

The alleged incident happened on January 15, 2017 at the Odawa Casino Resort at 1760 Lears Road in Petoskey, MI. Only the husband had been charged prior to the indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids, MI on Thurs., Jan. 26, 2017.

Aaron Martin Vorac and Carla Michele Weiskopf of Emmett County, MI are facing federal charges involving the alleged assault of a tribal police officer.

Vorac was indicted on a federal felony charge of “forcible assault and infliction of bodily injury on a federal officer.”

Weiskopf was indicted on two federal charges, felony “forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding a federal officer” and misdemeanor “disorderly persons” charge.

He allegedly fought with officers and allegedly stabbed on with an ink pen.

The second charge appears to be in connection with the alleged fray and urinating incident.
She is accused of being a “disorderly person, being intoxicated in a public place, and endangering the safety of another person.”

Read our original story – and/or scroll down to view the latest info we have including a defendant’s rights statement filed Friday for Vorac:

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/18/casino-attack-charges-filed-again-man-for-alleged-stabbing-at-a-northern-michigan-casino-and-wife-was-allegedly-urinating-at-craps-table/

The charges were filed in the United States District Court Western District Of Michigan Southern Division.

The case was presented by Assistant United States Attorney Jeff J. Davis on behalf of the office of Acting United States Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge in Grand Rapids.

United States District Court Western District Of Michigan Southern Division

United States Of America, Plaintiff,

vs.

Aaron Martin Vorac And

Carla Michele Weiskopf,

Defendants.

_________________________________/ INDICTMENT

The Grand Jury charges:

COUNT 1

(Forcible Assault and Infliction of Bodily Injury on a Federal Officer)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, Aaron Martin Vorac, did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede and intimidate a law enforcement officer of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, inflicting bodily injury on account of the performance of his official duties as Commissioned Deputy Special Officer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior.

18 U.S.C. §111(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. §111(b)

COUNT 2

(Forcibly Assaulting, Resisting, Impeding a Federal Officer)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant, Carla Michele Weiskopf, did forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede and intimidate a law enforcement officer of the Little Traverse

Bay Band of Odawa Indians, on account of the performance of his official duties as Commissioned

Deputy Special Officer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the Department of the Interior, and such acts

involved physical contact with the officer.

18 U.S.C. §111(a)(1)

COUNT 3

(Disorderly Persons)

On or about January 15, 2017, at the Odawa Casino Resort, 1760 Lears Road, Petoskey, in

Emmet County, in the Southern Division of the Western District of Michigan, the defendant,

CARLA MICHELE WEISKOPF,

Was a disorderly person, being intoxicated in a public place, and endangering the safety of

another person and the property of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians.

M.C.L. §§750.167(1)(e) and 750.168(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1151

18 U.S.C. § 1152

18 U.S.C. § 13

A True Bill

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Grand Jury Foreperson

Andrew Byerly Birge

Acting United States Attorney

___________________________________

Jeff J. Davis

Assistant United States Attorney

https://upbreakingnews.com/2017/01/18/casino-attack-charges-filed-again-man-for-alleged-stabbing-at-a-northern-michigan-casino-and-wife-was-allegedly-urinating-at-craps-table/

http://wgrd.com/angry-casino-goer-stabs-cop-after-his-wife-pees-on-herself/

http://www.petoskeynews.com/featured-pnr/man-accused-of-stabbing-officer-at-casino-faces-federal-charges/article_7c028aa5-5b61-5bec-ae89-343b0694d249.html

Case Summary

1:17-cr-00039-RJJ-1 USA v. Vorac et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

Aaron Martin Vorac (1)  
Office: Southern Division (1)      Filed: 01/26/2017    
County: Emmet Terminated:      Reopened:    
Magistrate Case: 1:17-mj-00018-PJG    
     
Count: 1 Citation: 18:111.F     Offense Level: 4    
     18:111(a)(1), 18:111(b) ASSAULTING/RESISTING/IMPEDING OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES; forcible assault and infliction of bodily injury on a federal officer
Defendant Custody Status: Released
defendant: Aaron Martin Vorac  represented by  Michael Robert Bartish 

Phone: (616) 458-5500
Email: mike@springsteadbartish.com
 
defendant: Aaron Martin Vorac  represented by  Matthew George Borgula 

Phone: (616) 458-5500
Email: matt@springsteadbartish.com
 
plaintiff: USA  represented by  Jeff J. Davis(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney) 

Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: jeff.davis6@usdoj.gov
 

Case Summary

1:17-cr-00039-RJJ-2 USA v. Vorac et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/27/2017

Carla Michele Weiskopf (2)  
Office: Southern Division (1)      Filed: 01/26/2017    
County: Emmet Terminated:      Reopened:    
Other Court Case: None
   
Count: 2 Citation: 18:111.F     Offense Level: 4  
     18:111(a)(1) ASSAULTING/RESISTING/IMPEDING OFFICERS/EMPLOYEES; forcibly assaulting, resisting, impeding a federal officer  
Count: 3 Citation: 18:13-1500.F     Offense Level: 4  
     M.C.L.:750.167(1)(e) and 750.168(1), 18:1151, 18:1152, 18:13 AGGRAVATED OR FELONIOUS ASSAULT; disorderly persons  
Defendant Custody Status:  
defendant: Carla Michele Weiskopf      
plaintiff: USA  represented by  Jeff J. Davis(Designation Assistant U.S. Attorney) 

Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: jeff.davis6@usdoj.gov
 

DEFENDANT’S RIGHTS

(in a Felony Case)

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You have the right to have an attorney at every stage of this proceeding against you. You may hire your own attorney, or, if you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you at no charge.

You have the right not to incriminate yourself, that is, the right to remain silent at all times. Any statement you do make may be used against you at trial.

You have the right to have the charges against you reviewed by a grand jury. A grand jury consists of at least 16 and not more than 23 persons. The function of the grand jury is to decide whether there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that you are the one who committed it. If at least 12 grand jurors find probable cause, the grand jury will return an “indictment,” and the charges against you

can proceed to trial. If the grand jury fails to return an indictment, the charges against you may be dropped.

You have the right to plead not guilty and the right to a trial by a jury of 12 persons selected at random from this district. You are presumed to be innocent, and the government has the burden of proving you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

You have the right to a speedy, public, jury trial.

At trial, you have the right to testify (or remain silent), to present evidence, to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against you, to call witnesses in your own behalf, and to compel their attendance by subpoena.

You may plead any one of three ways: not guilty, guilty, or, with the consent of the court, no contest. If you refuse to plead, a plea of not guilty will be entered.

If you plead guilty or no contest, there will be no trial of any kind. By so pleading, you give up your right to a trial by jury or judge, your right against self-incrimination, and your right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against you and to call witnesses in your own behalf.

I certify that I have read and understand the above.

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“Marquette County Prison” accused of not giving legal mail to inmates: Federal lawsuit against bosses, deputies in Marquette County Jail – is the latest legal bomb tossed by a Soo man convicted in an explosives case that made international headlines – Suit seeks $75 Million in Damages

URGENT URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 1-29-17 6 a.m. ET – Marquette County Jail officials accused of conspiracy not to giving mail to inmates – $75  million in damages sought – URGENT

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$75 Million Dollars Sought in Damages:

The 35-page, seven-count federal civil law suit against Marquette County Jail officials, turnkeys: The Mail Stops Here

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Former inmate accuses jailers of conspiring not to allow inmates to get mail including from attorneys and information vital to the prisoner’s defense

Lawsuit calls county jail – “Marquette County Prison”

Deputies, jail bosses accused in conspiracy to allegedly withhold mail from inmates – including from their attorneys

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By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

A Sault Ste. Marie man – whose explosives case made international headlines and sent him to prison – has now tossed a legal bomb charging bosses and deputies at the Marquette County Jail of violating his civil rights including withholding all his important legal mail.

He is seeking $75 million dollars minimum in actual and punitive damages.

This unsatisfied inmate had his case compared in international stories with having more than the Oklahoma City bomber.

John Francis Lechner was arrested by federal agents including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on On Sept. 21, 2011 “for alleged felony violations” including “illegal possession, storage and transfer of explosives,” the suit states.

A jury convicted John Francis Lechner of multiple counts of explosive related offenses, and he was sentenced to four years and three months in prison – aka 51 months incarceration – followed by three years supervised release.

He is suing the bosses and unknown turnkeys at the Marquette County Jail – but because of the way the legal system works – the suit also names the entire Marquette County Board of Commissioners – and the U.S. Marshals Service

John Francis Lechner federal civil lawsuit filed on Jan. 9, 2017: Entered into court records this week on Thurs., Jan 26, 2017 and released publicly Saturday.

“The defendants overall conduct” was “so outrageous that it shocks the moral and legal conscience of the community,” the lawsuit states. “This outrageous conduct resulted in’ Lechner’s “shameless and brazen denial” of his civil rights and resulting in his “malfeasant incarceration in a federal prison.”

“The manner, method and design” of those employed in the Marquette County Jail “amounted to cold, callous and premeditated abuse of legal authority,” the suit alleges.

The “defendants regularly acted maliciously, unjustifiably, vindictively and deliberately designed to cause” Lechner “mental and emotional harm, humiliation and denial of effective assistance from counsel, denial of a fair trial and knowingly withholding exculpatory evidence” from Lechner and his attorneys.”

The lawsuit states that there have “been previous incidents” involving other inmates who are also alleged victims of the non-delivery of legal mail.

Lechner alleges that Marquette County officials “committed a conspiracy” to not deliver his legal male, states the lawsuit under the “facts and allegations.”

The federal lawsuit says those name allegedly violated Lechner’s rights under the First, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteen Amendment amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Lechner alleges he suffered “immediate and irreparable injury” and “ultimately causing wrongful incarceration in federal prison.”

Lechner “experienced extreme emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, degradation and severe emotional anguish.”

Count 1:

Deprivation of civil rights

Count 2:

Conspiracy to interfere with civil rights

Count 3

Neglect or failure to prevent conspiracy

Count 4

Failure to adequately train and supervise deputies

Count 5

Negligent hiring, retention and failure to discipline or take necessary correction action

Count 6

Tort Outrage (common law)

Count 7

Intentional infliction of emotional distress

While in the Marquette County Jail, Lechner states he was housed in an “eight (8) man cell block” where he ate three times daily, laundry was cleaned three times a week, and he was allowed to use the commissary once a week.

However, Lechner was not happy with mail delivery – or lack thereof – no delivery of legal papers, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuits accused jail officials of “sporadic, random, erratic and inconsistent delivery of inmate male by the staff of the Marquette County Jail.”

The lawsuits alleges the non-delivery of the legal correspondence from Lechner’s attorneys amounts to a violation of his constitutional rights. Marquette County jail officials “regularly, deliberately, unjustifiably and maliciously” interfered with Lechner’s First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights.

The undelivered mail involves legal paperwork from defense attorneys, that the suit describes as “intended for delivery on the same day.” Lechner alleges he did not find out about numerous legal mailings from his attorneys – all addressed to the Marquette County Jail – for 10 months beginning in Oct. 2011.

Lechner says his legal mail was discovered ‘by happenstance” when he was transferred on July 17, 2012 to the Chippewa County Jail. Alleging he did not received mail from his attorney while in the Marquette County Jail

Brought by ATF agents to the Marquette County Jail – suit describes it as the “Marquette County Prison”

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Legal Mail at issue:
Oct. 23, 2011
From Lisa Honeycoutt
4441 I-75 Business Spur
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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Oct. 24, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Nov. 6, 2011
Audrey Plastino
1418 Hyde St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Nov. 21, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Dec. 19, 2011
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Dec. 26, 2011
From “Dooley” family
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Jan. 2, 2012
Attorney Charles W. Mallette, Esquire
651 Bingham Ave. Apt. 1
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
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Jan. 28, 2012
Audrey Plastino
1418 Hyde St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
——-
Feb. 7, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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March 8, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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March 15, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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May 10, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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May 28, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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July 17, 2012
Ken Lechner
1901 Delta Road
Bay City, MI
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Inmate John Francis Lechner
2:17-cv-00020 Lechner v. Marquette, County of et al
Date filed: 01/26/2017
Date of last filing: 01/26/2017
Case Summary
Filed: 01/26/2017
Nature of Suit: 550
Cause: 28:1441 Petition for Removal
Chippewa County
Related Case: 17-55349-CZ
Marquette County Circuit Court
plaintiff: John Francis Lechner
defendant: Marquette, County of
defendant: Marquette County Board of Commissioners
defendant: Gerald O. Corkin
defendant: Debbie Pellow
defendant: Steve Pence
defendant: Paul Arsonault
defendant: Bruce Heikkila
defendant: Gregg Sippanen
defendant: Scott Erbisch
defendant: Marquette County Sheriff’s Department
defendant: Jack Schneider
defendant: Unknown Parties
defendant: Unknown Parties
Defendant: United States Marshal Service represented by Carolyn Ann Almassian
Phone: (616) 808-2028
Email: Carolyn.Almassian@usdoj.gov

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Federal Criminal Case Summary
2:11-cr-00049-GJQ-1 USA v. Lechner et al
Date filed: 10/04/2011
Date terminated: 12/03/2012
Date of last filing: 12/07/2016
John Francis Lechner (1)
Office: Northern Division (2) Filed: 10/04/2011
County: Chippewa Terminated: 12/03/2012 Reopened:
Magistrate Case: 2:11-mj-00041-TPG
Count: 1 citation: 18:842i.f offense level: 4
18:842(i)(1), 18:841(d)(f)(1), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 ship or transport explosive material interstate; possession of explosives while under indictment
Count: 2 citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(j)(m), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 importing explosive material; transportation of explosive materials
Count: 3 citation: 18:842b.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(b), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(j)(m), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material
Count: 4 citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(d)(2), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f)(l), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons;distribution of explosive materials to a convicted felon
Count: 5 citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j), 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f), 18:844(b), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291, 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq. Not conforming to storage of explosive material;improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 6 citation: 18:1001.F Offense level: 4
18:1001(a)(2) statements or entries generally; false statement to law enforcement
Count: 1s citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18:844(a)(1); 18:2(a); 75 fed. Reg. 1,085; 75 fed. Reg. Importing explosive material – transportation of explosive materials
Count: 3s citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j); 18:841(c)(d); 18:844(b); 75 fed. Reg. 1,085; 75 fed. Reg. 70, 291; 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq not conforming to storage of explosive material – improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 4s citation: 18:842i.f offense level: 4
18:842(i)(1); 18:841(d)(e)(f)(1); 18:844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 ship or transport explosive material interstate – possession of explosives while under indictment
Count: 5s citation: 18:1001.F Offense level: 4
18:1001(a)(2) statements or entries generally – false statement to law enforcement
Count: 6s citation: 18:842a.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(a); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18: 844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 importing explosive material – transportation of explosive materials
Count: 7s citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(a)(3)(b); 18:841(c)(d)(j)(m); 18:844(a)(1); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons – distribution of explosive materials
Count: 9s citation: 18:842j.m offense level: 3
18:842(j); 18:841(c)(d)(e)(f); 18:844(b); 75 fed. Reg. 70,291; 27 c.f.r. 555.201 et seq not conforming to storage of explosive material – improper storage of explosive materials
Count: 8ss citation: 18:842d.f offense level: 4
18:842(d)(2), 18:841(c)(d)(1), 18:844(a)(1), 75 fed. Reg. 70,291 distribute explosive material to unauthorized persons; distribution of explosive materials to a convicted felon
Defendant custody status: released
Flags: appeal,closed,jurytrial,sealeddoc(s)
plaintiff: USA represented by Joel S. Fauson
Phone: (616) 456-2404
Email: joel.fauson@usdoj.gov
plaintiff: USA represented by Maarten Vermaat
Phone: (906) 226-2500
Email: Maarten.Vermaat@usdoj.gov

Federal News Releases:

https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/second-michigan-man-arrested-explosives-investigation

https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/miw/news/2012/2012_0420_KKassab.html

Related info:

http://www.cheboygannews.com/article/20121204/NEWS/121209892

https://casetext.com/case/lechner-v-wilson

https://www.pacermonitor.com/public/case/3676394/Lechner_v_Chippewa,_County_of_et_al

http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020150504F79/LECHNER%20v.%20COUNTY%20OF%20MARQUETTE

https://www.justice.gov/archive/usao/miw/news/2012/2012_0420_KKassab.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-michigan-explosives-idUSTRE78Q51820110927

http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/15a0280p-06.pdf

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/22/michigan-man-pleads-guilty-in-explosives-case.html

http://law.justia.com/cases/michigan/court-of-appeals-unpublished/2010/20100727-c291857-60-291857-opn.html

http://newsok.com/article/feed/301181

http://www.clelaw.lib.oh.us/public/decision/CTA6/112015.html

http://www.dailytribune.com/article/DT/20110927/NEWS/309279984

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL TRANSPORTATION AND POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 20, 2012

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today that Kenneth Ageed Kassab, age 53, a resident of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, was arraigned on April 19 in U.S. District Court in Marquette on charges of unlawful transportation of explosives and possession of explosives by a convicted felon. The superseding indictment (Link) alleges that these offenses took place in November 2010. Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.

Kassab was listed in the superseding indictment (Link) as a co-defendant with John Francis Lechner, age 65, also a resident of Sault Ste. Marie. Lechner was originally the sole defendant in an explosives case stemming from the discovery of 4,200 pounds of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, commonly known as “ANFO,” and various other explosive materials, in September 2011. The superseding indictment, which replaces the original charges, repeats Lechner’s original charges and also adds charges relating to his possession of ANFO with Kassab in November 2010.

Lechner had been set to be tried on the original charges on May 21, 2012. With the addition of Kassab as a co-defendant, the trial date is likely to be rescheduled for later in the summer.

An indictment is merely an instrument to put the defendant on notice of the charges against him. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until found guilty by a jury of his peers.


04/19/2012

Second Michigan man arrested in explosives investigation

Suspected of possessing more than two tons of bomb-making materials

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – A second man suspected to be involved in an explosives investigation was arrested Thursday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and deputies with the Chippewa County Sherriff’s Department.

Kenneth Kassab, 53, of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was taken into custody without incident Thursday on charges related to the unlawful transportation of explosives and possession of explosives by a convicted felon.

Both charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison.

Donald Davis, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan; David McCain, ATF special agent in charge in Detroit; and Brian M. Moskowitz, special agent in charge for HSI Michigan and Ohio, announced the arrest.

Kassab was listed in a superseding indictment as a co-defendant with John Francis Lechner, 65, also a resident of Sault Ste. Marie. Lechner was originally the sole defendant in an explosives case stemming from the discovery of 4,200 pounds of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, commonly known as “ANFO,” and various other explosive materials, in September 2011. Lechner was arrested last September and remains in custody.

The superseding indictment repeats Lechner’s original charges and also adds charges relating to his possession of ANFO with Kassab in November 2010.

Lechner had been set to be tried on the original charges May 21, 2012. With the addition of Kassab as a co-defendant, the trial date is likely to be rescheduled for later in the summer.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

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Marquette Hotel Stabbing/Cutting; U.P. Hangings: U.P. Mental Health Cuts Spilling Into Public – Treat ’em and Street ’em with Pills

Saturday night stabbing/cutting reported at Ramada Inn in Marquette, MI; U.P. suicides and suicide attempts continue this morning

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Editor’s note to Marquette Police and Fire Department – U.P. Breaking news has always enjoyed a good relationship and cooperated with you folks, but still our email has not been added to your press releases. Please do so if you have the time – smile. (including anything about the Ramada Inn cuttings)
For decades this reporter and U.P. Breaking News did not believe in publicizing suicides. A total blackout. However, that old-fashioned approach by the media is not working – and actually helps hide the true depth of the problem.

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
906-273-2433

(Marquette, MI) – Marquette police, firefighters and paramedics were called late Saturday night to a reported self-inflicted female stabbing victim and a second male victim with cuts at the Ramada Inn located at 412 W. Washington Street in Marquette, MI.

However, little is known officially about the incident. Meanwhile, for at least the second time in a few days – a hanging was reported early today to police in the U.P. and this one involving a Delta County boy. 

“A 23-year-old female stabbed herself in the stomach,” a dispatcher told police and emergency personnel responding to the scene.

The victim allegedly stabbed herself “below the ribs on the right side,” the 911 dispatcher told emergency responders. “The female (victim) is disorderly in the (hotel) room … She doesn’t have the knife in her hands.”

Paramedics were told about a second victim : “There is a male with a laceration on his arm.” Police were on the scene for over an hour and a half – and then went to the U.P. Health System – Marquette hospital early today to continue their investigation. No word on the names or conditions of those involved. However, the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

Firefighters and paramedics were briefly staged in the lobby while police secured the scene. Te dispatcher said 911 “were waiting word” from police on allowing emergency crews to enter the room to ensure “good status before you go in.” The room was quickly secured by police.

There is also no word on whether the case will end up with any criminal charges.

If the stabbing at the Ramada Inn was self-inflicted – it would become the second stabbing this winter to have associated mental health issues. A homeless man was arrested in Marquette in Nov. 2016 for a stabbing behind the Marquette warming center.

https://upbreakingnews.com/2016/11/17/marquettescissorsstabbing

Marquette Police, Marquette firefighters and paramedics from U.P. Health System – Marquette were all called room 117 at the Ramada Inn just 11 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Meanwhile in Escanaba, MI early today, Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 word of a hanging involving a youth whose “mother cut him down” after discovering the young male in the basement. His age and condition is not known. The ictim was rushed to St. Francis Hospital.
U.P. Breaking News is withholding the address of this tragedy – as the family is suffering unimaginable pain –  as we did two days ago in the Copper Country. This comes about 48 hours after a reported hanging of a adult man in a Houghton County Barn.

This week alone, there were numerous incidents or raging children – and of defiant school children – in Escanaba and across the U.P. Folks this is real stuff. It is happening. Hopefully one day the U.P. media will do more to expose these and other issues.

An ongoing one-year investigation by U.P. Breaking News investigation into the mental health crisis in the U.P. has turned up many alarming facts – in addition to the shocking rise in suicides and attempted suicides – and a meth and prescription drug epidemic.

For example, ironically some the addiction problem is caused by the ‘treat ’em and street ’em” state and federal pill policies. Numerous military veterans have told U.P. Breaking News that the V.A. Hospital in Iron Mountain hands out pills because its the cheapest way to treat and street vets.

Meanwhile even drugs prescribed to help treat U.P. drug abusers in their teens to their 60s have found there way back onto the street to be abused – like the Box Heads of thew U.P. – all addicted to Suboxone – originally designed to treat opiate abuse. The crisis is so bad even those in mental health can not agree on how to reign in the problems and start fixing the issues. Some are long-timers just hoping to get a retirement and pension.

Bloody Budget Cuts – The Budget Axing of Poor People With Real Needs

U.P. Breaking News has traced state budget cuts and mismanagement of the Snyder Administration to deaths and other issues stretching from the corrections and understaffed prisons, to mental health to an overload in the court system.There state budget cuts have left experts with few tools other than medication on both the local and federal levels.

The cuts have also led to an environmental crisis in the U.P. and downstate. One example – other than the Flint water crisis – is the destruction and decimation of the deer population. the graft involving the acid mines were so bad, one of the original companies fled town, hoping the feds were not watching.

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