Ontonagon man shot, investigation continues


UPDATE – The Michigan State Police Wakefield Post reports that an Ontonagon County man has been charged with Assault with Intent to Murder and Felony Firearm.

The victim alleged the suspect, 24-year-old Cole Wascher of Greenland Township, threatened him with a firearm. When The victim attempted to defend himself, Wascher shot him.

Wascher was arraigned on Monday, February 10 in 98th District Court in Ontonagon County on one count of Assault with Intent to Murder, a felony punishable by imprisonment in the state for life or any number of years. Wascher was also charged with Felony Firemarm, a felony punishable by imprisonment for two years.

Wascher remains lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail on a $200,000 cash/surety. His next court appearence will be on February 24 at 1:30 p.m. for a probable cause hearing and again on March 2 at 10:00 a.m. for a preliminary examination.


GREENLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJMN) – On Saturday, February 9, around 8:35 a.m. EST, Negaunee Regional Dispatch received a 911 call that a man in Greenland Township had been shot.

The Ontonagon County Sheriff Department along with Michigan State Police, Wakefield Post responded to the incident.

Investigation into the incident revealed a 24-year-old Greenland Township man shot a 23-year-old Ontonagon man. The victim was transported to the Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital where he was later transferred to the Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

The suspect was located by area law enforcement and was taken into custody where he was lodged in the Ontonagon County Jail. Investigation into this incident continues.

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