Local briefing

Names released in drug bust

MARQUETTE — Names were released of the three men who Marquette police officers arrested on cocaine charges Friday.

According to a release from the Marquette Police Department, Drew Laskowski Wright, 33, of Marquette, and Ranson Devin Woods, 21, and Melchizedek Randell Woods, 21, both from Milwaukee, were arrested without incident. All three were arraigned Monday.

At approximately 12:27 a.m. Friday, Marquette police officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration plate violation near the intersection of U.S. 41 and McClellan Avenue, the release states.

The vehicle drove off after initially stopping and a pursuit began east on West Baraga Avenue at speeds under 25 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the vehicle was cut off in the 600 block of West Baraga Avenue by officers from the Chocolay Township Police Department and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department.

Wright, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, second-degree driving with a suspended license and possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. The passengers were charged with possession of cocaine.

The men are currently lodged in the Marquette County Jail. Wright’s bound is set at $150,250. The bond for Ranson Woods and Melchizedek Woods is $100,000 each.


County board meets tonight

MARQUETTE — A public hearing regarding revising K.I. Sawyer’s sewer ordinance is part of tonight’s Marquette County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting at 6 p.m. in room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex in Marquette.

Sawyer’s director of operations Steve Shenden is asking that the board adopt the new industrial pretreatment program which will help protect publicly-owned treatment works from pollutants.

The board also will discuss:

– The sale of former youth home property for $300,000 to Pathways. Pathways wants to place a new program called “Clubhouse” where qualified mental health participants help run the program. Clients would work side-by-side with Pathways employees on various confidence and socialization skill building projects.

– A reassignment agreement from Keweenaw Park Transport Co. to Enterprise Leasing Company of Detroit, LCC. Enterprise recently purchased Keweenaw which operates a car rental business at Sawyer International Airport. The current lease agreement became active on July 1, 2016 and is a 5-year agreement. The agreement will remain unchanged other than reassigning the lease holder. K.I. Sawyer staff is recommending that the board approves the lease reassignment agreement.

– Request for support of Michigan Senate Bill 400 and Michigan House Bill 461 amending the emergency telephone services enabling act. These bills would amend the funding system for 911 so that all communication devices that have access to 911, including prepaid wireless devices, contribute equally to funding of 911 operations.

– Request to update the use of Marquette County buildings, land and facilities policy. Currently the policy allows for after hours use in the courthouse facilities for various functions, including weddings.


Marquette Twp. meeting set

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will hold its regular meeting at 6:30 tonight at the Marquette Township Community Center.

Items on the agenda include consideration of budget work session meeting dates and discussion of the results of an earlier meeting with the Board of Road Commissioners.


Ishpeming school board meets

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Public School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Ishpeming High School Library.

According to the agenda, the board will hear a report from the athletic committee.


Ishpeming council to meet

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall.

The council will hear the first reading of an ordinance to create a housing commission for the city, as well as consider approval for the purchase of a fire truck and associated equipment, according to the agenda.

The council will also: discuss a proposed Industrial Way vacation; hold further discussion on the proposed skate park, and pay applications and change orders related to the city’s water project.


Blessing of Pets Wednesday

MARQUETTE — In honor of St. Francis Assisi’s feast day, St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette, will be hosting a Blessing of the Pets event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

At this time, participants are welcome to bring items such as blankets, towels or monetary donations to benefit UPAWS. For a complete list of items needed, go to upaws.org. For more information, call 906-228-8180.