Police to seek charges in bomb scare incident

MARQUETTE – Police planned to seek charges today in connection with the Monday discovery of a suspicious package in Gwinn, which resulted in the evacuation of a one-block area of the town.

Police said investigation into the incident led officials to a person of interest and resulted in the Tuesday afternoon execution of a search warrant at a Forsyth Township residence.

“We did not make an arrest at this time, but it moved our person of interest we had up to a suspect,” Forsyth Township Police Cpl. Joel Johnson said this morning. “We will be seeking charges this afternoon.”

Johnson would not specify where in the township the residence was located, but said additional information will be released, likely today.

Johnson said the report of a suspicious package – found in the Ultra Clean Laundry on Stephenson Avenue in Gwinn – was phoned in late Monday by a “second party.”

A bomb squad was called to the scene and the surrounding block was evacuated. Authorities determined the package was not explosive and the scene was cleared at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Johnson said as of this morning, it was not clear what specific charges the suspect would face.

“At this point, there is the possibility that it may go further than a simple bomb threat,” he said.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.