Man to stand trial in death

By Jenny Lancour

ESCANABA – A Gladstone motorist is scheduled to be tried on a 15-year felony in connection with the death of a 73-year-old pedestrian in Bay de Noc Township last year, according to Delta County Circuit Court officials.

During a pretrial conference in the judge’s chambers Wednesday, a trial date was set for Paul Leonard McCarty, 31, who is accused of causing the death of Kenneth Rogus, of downstate Oxford, on Sept. 27, 2012.

Rogus was walking along New Welsey Bay Road in Bay de Noc Township when McCarty’s pickup truck struck and killed him. Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post responded to the 8:15 a.m. emergency call.

Following an intensive investigation into the accident, McCarty was arrested in June. He posted a $2,000 cash bond and was released from police custody.

McCarty is charged with one count of operating a motor vehicle while his drivers license was suspended, revoked, or denied causing death. The felony carries a maximum sentencing of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

McCarty’s jury trial is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in circuit court.