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Ruska charged with kidnapping

MARQUETTE — Eric Scott Ruska is being charged at the federal level for allegedly kidnapping a 28-year-old Cooks woman and holding her against her will for several days last week. Ruska admitted to police that he also sexually assaulted his victim repeatedly, according to a continuation of ...

Officials: Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis. Preliminary toxicology tests show Alton Banks had fentanyl in his system when he collapsed and died at his home on ...

County board to consider jail diversion program pact, hangar repairs at Sawyer

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board today will consider potential changes to a proposed jail diversion program in response to construction bids that came in higher than expected. The board will meet at 6 p.m. today in Room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex Building, along Baraga Avenue in ...

Ruska facing federal kidnapping charges

MARQUETTE — Eric Scott Ruska is being charged at the federal level for allegedly kidnapping a 28-year-old Cooks woman and holding her against her will for several days. Officials this morning confirmed Ruska was being charged with kidnapping through U.S. District Court. He was being held in ...

Woman missing at Pictured Rocks

MARQUETTE — A 55-year-old woman from the Milwaukee area has reportedly gone missing from a hike in the Beaver Basin Wilderness Area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, according to the National Park Service. Kara Moore was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. Friday hiking on the Little Beaver ...

Hiawatha Music Co-op to mark 39th festival

MARQUETTE — Each July since 1984, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has invited musicians, families and guests from near and far to come to Tourist Park in Marquette for a weekend of traditional music and arts, concerts, workshops and informal jam sessions. They call this the Hiawatha Traditional ...

Colorful competition

Participants of the Marquette Women’s Center’s first-ever Color U.P. 5K Fun Run/Walk appear to be having a good time. The event was held Saturday at the Jackson Mine Park Trailhead in Negaunee.

Author distills U.P. history, prohibition era

DETROIT — A retired Northern Michigan University professor has compressed nearly a half-century of research and interviews into a book about Upper Peninsula history — and another tome distills tales of prohibition along the state’s northern border with Canada. Russell Magnaghi said his ...

George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77

NEW YORK (AP) — George Romero, whose classic “Night of the Living Dead” and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday following a battle ...

FORESTVILLE ROCKS MARQUETTE

The third annual camping, craft beer and music festival Forestville took place over the weekend just off of the Noquemanon Trail Network in Marquette Township. Above, Travis Swanson, right, and Harry South play in the Travis Swanson Quartet Saturday afternoon. At right, a customer picks up some ...

Property agreement dodges eminent domain suit

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission last week approved more property acquisitions for city road projects, avoiding eminent domain action that was previously approved for one location. At its regular meeting, the commission in two split votes approved two purchase agreements with ...

Finalists found for city manager

MARQUETTE — Negaunee’s search for a new city manager and city attorney may be over soon. The Negaunee City Council learned at its regular meeting Thursday that the city manager search had narrowed to four candidates, and two firms had applied for the city attorney position. At the ...

Detroit at crossroads 50 years after riots devastated city

By COREY WILLIAMS Associated Press DETROIT — Deborah Chenault Green is 62, a writer. But 50 years ago she was a pre-teen, sleeping on the porch to escape the oppressive heat, awakening to see a sky that glowed unnaturally. Azerine Jones is a retired baker. But in 1967 she was the ...

BUTT  OUT

MARQUETTE — Beware of those bits of cellulose acetate polymer scattered throughout town, eventually making their way into Lake Superior. Not only can they hurt water quality and wildlife, their very existence is part of a major health hazard to humans. We’re talking about cigarette ...

Judge explains inner workings of legal system

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Some of the complex intricacies of the United States’ legal system were explained during this week’s Citizens Academy, a multiweek informational program hosted by the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post. Judge Charlie Nebel, who ...

Prosecutors consider federal charges against Ruska

MARQUETTE — Police on Friday were considering the possibility of federal charges against Eric Scott Ruska, who was arrested in Munising early Friday for allegedly keeping an Upper Peninsula woman against her will for several days. Detective 1st Lt. Robert Pernaski, of the Michigan State ...

Council approves upgrade resolution

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE — The city of Negaunee will seek $94,735 in grant funding from the Michigan Strategic Fund to upgrade the facades of two downtown businesses. The Negaunee City Council voted unanimously to authorize a resolution for the application of ...

Wilmoth found safe, Ruska in custody

MARQUETTE — Police have confirmed that missing persons LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth and Eric Scott Ruska were found alive early this morning at a 24-hour Shell gas station in Munising after a tri-county search that has been under way since Monday. Police in plain clothes stationed at the gas station ...

Wilmoth, Ruska found at gas station in Munising

MARQUETTE — Police have confirmed that missing persons LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth and Eric Scott Ruska were found alive early this morning at a 24-hour Shell gas station in Munising after a tri-county search that has lasted since Monday. Detective 1st Lt. Robert Pernaski, who works out of the ...

Meter matters

MARQUETTE — Reactions range from anger to resignation to applause over the latest roll-out of “smart” parking meters set to be installed in downtown Marquette over the next month. It’s part of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority’s strategic parking management plan, approved ...