Police bulletin updates on recent local crime

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Breaking and entering

An unnamed male subject has been arrested for breaking and entering and is in the custody of the Houghton Police Department. The break-in took place sometime over the night of December 26 at Swift True Value Hardware. The specific crimes the man is being charged with are breaking and entering, a felony with a 10 year sentence, and malicious destruction of a building, a felony accompanied by a 5 year sentence.

Apartment fire

At 5:14 a.m. on December 24, a call was placed to the Lake Linden Fire Department. A fire had started in a second floor apartment at 118 Second Street, Lake Linden. Responding to the call, the Lake Linden Fire Department were accompanied by the Bootjack Fire Department and First Responders, the Hubbell Fire Department, the Calumet Township Fire Department and the Laurium Fire Department. Six individuals were injured- three from jumping out a second story bedroom window as well as two additional civilians and a Lake Linden fireman. All have since been discharged from Keweenaw Aspirus Hospital.

Counterfeit money usage

The Houghton County Sheriff ’s Office is conducting an investigation into several reports of counterfeit money. A large number of said bills were recovered on December 21. Aside from some containing Asian lettering, they resemble normal US currency. The Houghton County Police Department, the Baraga County Sheriff ’s Office, and Michigan State Police Calumet are assisting with the investigation. It is unknown how many counterfeit bills remain in circulation in Houghton County.

Wolf poachers confess

On Tuesday, January 15, two men confessed to wolf poaching to Michigan conservation officers. The incidents are thought to be unrelated. Gray wolves cannot legally be hunted and may only be killed in self-defense, due to them being a protected species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Both animal deaths were detected through mortality signals from collars. Both perpetrators face up to 90 days in jail and upwards of $1,000 in fines.