Trial set for accused Iron River woman


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – A jury trial has been set for one of the six defendants charged in a recent Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) drug bust in Iron River.

Amy Marcell, 38, of Iron River will go to trial on Sept. 10. A supplemental pre-trial will precede the trial on Aug. 19.

Marcell faces four felony counts of delivery of a schedule I, II, or III drug.

If convicted, she could spend up to seven years in prison for each count.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Marcell is accused of delivering the painkillers hydrocodone, OxyContin, and fentanyl.

Marcell and five others were busted by UPSET on May 21 following a search of one of the defendant’s homes.

Also facing drug charges are 31-year-old Joseph Baclich Jr. of Iron River, 28-year-old Michael Walsh of Iron River, 28-year-old Elizabeth Clements of Caspian, 19-year-old Cami Fittante of Iron River, and 31-year-old Rhonda Nichols of Caspian.

All five defendants are scheduled for pre-trials in Iron County Trial Court on July 29.

In other Iron County Trial Court action:

– Bruce Allen Blough, 55, of Iron River was scheduled for a two-day jury trial on Sept. 4 and 5 for charges related to an alleged assault incident.

Blough faces one felony count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, one felony count of discharging a firearm in a building, and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.

If convicted, Blough could spend up to 14 years in prison.

The charges stem from a Jan. 15 incident in Iron River Township.

According to victim testimony and the criminal complaint in the case, Blough is accused of grabbing a female victim by the neck and pinning her down on a bed. When the victim left the room, Blough allegedly fired two shots from a 380 handgun.

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