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(AREA) -- A number of hometown heroes from around the state are preparing for State Police careers. The 124th Trooper Recruit School and 18th Motor Carrier Recruit School started Sunday, October 28. A total of 114 potential troopers reported to the Training Academy for the next 22-weeks with graduation set for March 29, 2013. This is the second trooper recruit school made possible with funding from Governor Rick Snyder's public safety plan, allowing the department to hire 180 new troopers this year. 78 troopers graduated from the 123rd Trooper Recruit School on October 19, bringing the number of at-post troopers to 965 stationed at 29 posts across the state. The Caro Post has welcomed four new troopers including Daniel Robertson, Robert Tournaud Jr., Jordan Tromp, and Andrew Warner. Troopers Bryan Cairnduff and Brandon Rutt were assigned to the Lapeer Post.

Meanwhile, 17 potential motor carrier officers reported to the MSP Training Academy, where they will train for 20 weeks. Motor carrier officers are armed uniformed members of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, specializing in commercial vehicle enforcement. Recruits who successfully complete the training will graduate on March 14, 2013. This is the first motor carrier recruit school held since the 17th Motor Carrier Recruit School graduated 20 members on Nov. 23, 2011. There are currently 104 at-post motor carrier officers statewide.

(IMLAY TOWNSHIP) -- A 47-year old Imlay City man was killed in a fiery crash Friday morning after his vehicle crashed into a semi truck. Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place shortly before 11 a.m. on M-53 south of Bowers Road in Imlay City. The victim, Eric Easterling, was traveling north on M-53 when he approached a vehicle ahead of him preparing to make a left hand turn. Deputies say Easterling passed the vehicle on the right and lost control as he re-entered the roadway. His vehicle then crossed the centerline into the southbound lane in the path of a semi truck, operated by Ronald Haag, age 53 of Minden City. As the semi struck the passenger side of the car, both vehicles became attached and entered a ditch. According to deputies, Haag was able to get out of the semi before a fire erupted, but Easterling, the lone occupant of his vehicle, was not. Officers worked to contain the blaze before Imlay City Fire and Rescue arrived. Easterling was pronounced dead at the scene. Haag was not injured and declined treatment. Sheriff's deputies report that neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

(IMLAY CITY) -- Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies believe alcohol was a factor in a single-vehicle crash Friday evening on Hunters Creek Road west of Fairgrounds Road in Imlay City. An investigation showed that a Ford Explorer driven by 38-year old Kelly Cusson of Imlay City was traveling east on Hunter Creek Road just before 7 p.m., when she lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree near the driver's side door. After being freed from the vehicle, Cusson was flown from the scene by Flight Care to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. She is listed in critical condition. Deputies say Cusson's 10-year old daughter Megena was transported to McLaren-Lapeer Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation.

(CUSTER TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies investigated a one-vehicle rollover accident that happened Friday afternoon in Custer Township. Deputies say 72-year old David Smith of Palms was traveling north on North Sandusky Road near Eddy Road, when he lost control of his vehicle on the soft shoulder of the roadway, struck a guard rail, and came to rest in a ditch. Smith was transported to McKenzie hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Deputies were assisted by the Sandusky Fire Department and Sanilac EMS. 

(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- The Watertown Depot party store at 2734 S. Sandusky Road was robbed at gunpoint Friday evening shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the clerk called 9-1-1 after the heist and informed them that the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and personal checks. The suspect was described as an african american man, about 5'6" to 5'8" in height with a medium to husky build. He was wearing a black ski mask and black hoody at the time of the robbery. Authorities say the suspect entered the store and brandished the handgun. He then fled on foot. It is believed that a second person involved used a grey colored SUV or Crossover type vehicle to help the suspect flee. The second person was described as a heavy set white woman in her 30's with sandy colored hair. No one was injured in the heist. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office at 810-648-2000. Deputies were assisted by Sandusky Police Department, Peck Police Department and the Michigan State Police during the investigation.

(LAPEER COUNTY) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on a proposed project on M-24 in Lapeer County. The project, located in the city of Lapeer, includes reconstructing the existing roadway, drainage and water main improvements, and replacing a railroad crossing from south of I-69 to Nepessing Road. Work also includes traffic signal upgrades, making sidewalk improvements compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, replacing the culvert on M-24 over Farmers Creek, and constructing a nonmotorized pedestrian tunnel under M-24 north of Farmers Creek.

MDOT is working with the city of Lapeer to acquire two small pieces of right of way to accommodate the improvements and also seeks clearance to grade from Cramton Park, located on the east side of M-24, to the north and south of Farmers Creek. Park activities, features and attributes will not be adversely affected by the proposed work. During work, one lane of alternating traffic will remain open on M-24; traffic at the railroad crossing and near the culvert will be detoured. Public input is being sought to help MDOT recognize and address any public concerns that may result from the proposed roadway improvements in Cramton Park. Comments will be accepted through November 9.

Mail, fax or e-mail comments to Robert H. Parsons, Public Involvement and Hearings Officer, Bureau of Highway Development, Michigan Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, MI 48909

Fax: 517-373-9255

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(PORT HURON) -- Citizen tips lead authorities to a residence in the 1600 block of Griswold Street in Port Huron Thursday where a search warrant resulted in the seizure of several stolen vehicles and illegal drugs. The St. Clair County Sheriff-Port Huron Police Major Crimes Unit received information that a motorcycle and handguns stolen during a home invasion on Bryce Road in Kenockee Township last week, was at the home. Officers search the garage and found the stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle, a dirt bike that was taken from a home on Danielle Drive in Clyde Township back in August, two 4-wheelers that are believed to be stolen, about 10-pounds of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. The handguns were not found. Two Port Huron area men ages 27 and 29 were arrested and faces charges of home invasion and possession of stolen property at arraignment.

(SANDUSKY) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller was handed the ceremonial scissors Thursday afternoon during a special ribbon cutting at the Sandusky Municipal Airport. The event celebrated the airport's recent completion of construction improvements, including the runway expansion. The congresswoman secured over $700,000 for the project back in 2009 and construction got underway this spring. Congresswoman Miller says the federal funding has been used effectively. The purpose of the improvement is to help attract larger aircraft and better facilitate the economic needs of the area. Along with the new runway expansion, projects including a new terminal, additional hangars and the demolition of the old hangars are planned, which is part of plan to promote growth in the county.

(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers raided a meth lab early Wednesday morning in the 2700 block of Robbins Court in Port Huron Township. Officers seized a dealers quantity of meth valued at $800 and over $100 in cash from the residence, which is located just 300 feet from the Port Huron Central Middle School track and football field. Officers in HazMat suits and respirators collected toxic materials from the basement, where the meth lab was located, for proper disposal. A 40-year old Port Huron Township man, 51-year old Smiths Creek man and 35-year old Port Huron woman were arrested and remain jailed on numerous drug related charges. The two men were on parole at the time of their arrest for prior felonious activity.

(BAD AXE) -- A key court hearing in the indecent exposure case against the son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters has been waived. William H. Masters III of Southampton, New York, appeared in Bad Axe District Court on Thursday. He's charged with exposing himself to a Huron County sheriff's deputy and another woman on the Pinnebog River. Masters was to have a preliminary examination Thursday, but he waived it. His next scheduled court hearing will be an arraignment in Huron County Circuit Court November 26. Authorities say a completely nude Masters yelled for the women's attention September 1, then made obscene gestures. Defense lawyer Dennis Johnston says he's content "to let the process play itself out." The 60-year-old Masters also was arrested in New York's Central Park in May after an officer reported seeing him conduct a lewd act.

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