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(SANILAC COUNTY) – The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners has narrowed the field of candidates for the Administrator/Controller to two people, following interviews held Wednesday. Larry Collins, Assistant Administrator/Controller for the City of Ann Arbor will have a second interview with the Board at 1 p.m. Tuesday while Tara Griffith will have her second interview at 1:30 p.m. Both candidates have strong backgrounds in finance, administration and budgeting.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) – Yale Public Schools Superintendent Ken Nichol has announced his candidacy for a State Representative seat that will be opening up due to term limits. Nichol will be on the August Primary ballot as a Republican, running for the seat of Dan Lauwers. He said if he is successful in his campaign, he would resign his position as Superintendent, however if he was not successful, he’d remain in Yale’s top position. Nichol is a longtime educator and administrator at Yale, having worked as high school principal prior to becoming Superintendent.
(SANILAC COUNTY) – After receiving approval from authorities, Brown City Manager Clint Holmes said several volunteers stepped forward to help the city with their problem of geese at the lagoon site. He said the efforts have been successful and the geese numbers are decreasing. Tests taken by the DPW crews revealed the lagoon met purity standards this month. In other council news, 18 blight and refuse letters have been sent to city residents. City officials said property owners have until the end of this month to resolve their issues or police will begin issuing citations.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) – Three people were arrested in a drug raid involving fentanyl in a Lincoln Street home in Port Huron Wednesday evening. According to the St. Clair County sheriff department, DTF agents seized $2,000 worth of heroin believed to have been laced with the powerful and sometimes deadly narcotic fentanyl. A 36-year-old Detroit man and two Port Huron residents, a, 33-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, were taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. The Detroit man had recently been released from prison where he was serving a sentence on a felony murder conviction. All three are facing multiple drug charges.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office continues their mock disaster training schedule, holding another event at Suncrest Medical Care Facility Wednesday. Along with law enforcement officers from Michigan State Police and EMS personnel from around the county, Sheriff Department staff used various scenarios and critical incidents to enhance first responder and officer skills and techniques. Sheriff Scott McKenna said the exercise went well and was the second such event held in the past month in the county. Multiple agencies converged on North Branch schools last month for a similar exercise.
(SANILAC COUNTY) – According to the attorney for the Sanilac County woman who was in the news last month in connection with a parental rights and custody case sparking statewide controversy, the State of Michigan has cut-off state aid to the mother. Rebecca Kiessling said due to a GoFundMe page that has raised in access of $100,000 in support of the mother, the state ended the young woman’s food stamps and other support. The attorney is also investigating whether or not the father of the child is able to pay child support due to being recently unemployed.