(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies investigated a one-vehicle accident that happened Friday evening on Townline Road near Cooper Road in Watertown Township. The mishap occurred when a pickup struck a utility pole. The pole snapped and fell onto the pickup while the driver, a 19-year old Imlay City man, was still inside. The driver climbed out of the vehicle against the advice of officers. He was then removed from the field by Sandusky firemen and taken by Sanilac EMS to McKenzie Hospital for treatment of his injuries. DTE Energy workmen removed the pole from the top of the truck. Deputies say the driver was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash and alcohol is believed to be a factor. The incident remains under investigation.
(PECK) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two men in connection with the breaking and entering of the Penfield's Restaurant in Peck on October 5th. An 18-year old Croswell man and a 19-year old Silverwood man were taken into custody on four felony count warrants. The men, whose names are being withheld pending arraignment, are lodged in the Sanilac County jail on a $10,000 bond. They are charged with conspiracy to commit a breaking and entering, breaking and entering, larceny over $1,000, and receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000. A large amount of liquor, a 50-inch flat screen television and over $1000 was reportedly taken in the break-in.
(DECKERVILLE) -- An 18-year old Sandusky woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday evening in the village of Deckerville. The crash took place shortly after 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Maple Streets. Sanilac County Sheriff's Sgt. Darrin Siemen says a Jeep Cherokee driven by Kaitlin Jackson was struck on the drivers side as she traveled north on Main Street. A Saturn car driven by a 16-year old Deckerville man was heading east on Maple Street and failed to give right of way to Jackson. She was transported to Deckerville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 16-year old driver and his 15-year old female passenger, also from Deckerville, were not injured. Deckerville Fire and Sanilac EMS assisted at the scene.
(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation this week to create veterans treatment courts in Michigan. State Representative Kurt Damrow of Elkton says the courts will help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are self-medicating their invisible wounds with drugs and alcohol. Public Act 335 will create a standardized model and structure for veterans courts in the state. These problem-solving courts will be a hybrid of drug treatment courts and mental health courts, steering veterans who have committed crimes into treatment for mental health and drug use problems instead of immediately incarcerating them at the state or local level. Several of these courts are already operating in Michigan. The first veterans treatment court was established in New York in 2008. Representative Damrow says the key to a successful system is early recognition of those veterans who are likely candidates for court assistance.
PICTURED: State Representative Kurt Damrow discusses his legislation on veterans treatment courts during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee in May. Joining Damrow, from left, are Lino Pretto of the Military Order of Purple Heart and Representative Wayne Schmidt.
(PORT HURON) -- I-94/I-69 near the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron is open to traffic once again. The $90 million investment included widening 2.2 miles of the freeway in each direction between Lapeer Road and Pine Grove Avenue and replacing the aging bridges over the Black River. Work originally began in March 2011. The Black River Bridge has been replaced with three separate structures. Two of the new bridges were constructed on eastbound I-94/I-69 separating local and international traffic. The westbound structure serves both local and Blue Water Bridge traffic merging onto the freeway. A new 14-foot-wide nonmotorized path has been added across the Black River as well. Work on the new structures over the Black River was funded by a $30 million federal Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery grant. Other work on this project included interchange improvements, overpass replacement, 2 miles of new pavement, and updated freeway lighting.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Authorities have arrested a man accused of defrauding residents out of thousands of dollars following a joint effort between the Tuscola County Sheriff's Department and the Davison Police Department. Sheriff Lee Teschendorf says the suspect allegedly defrauded a Millington area resident out of $3,000 and another person in Davison out of $8,000. When the suspect was fingerprinted inside the jail, deputies learned that he had been using false identification. His real identity was revealed and authorities discovered the man had other charges pending here in Michigan and California. The suspect is being held on fraud charges in Tuscola County jail. His name is being withheld pending arraignment.
(PORT HURON) -- Two Port Huron men remain jailed on drug related charges following a raid this week that netted illegal drugs, a shot gun, and cash. St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers searched the home in the 1000 block of Erie Street in Port Huron late Wednesday, seizing heroin valued at $450, marijuana valued at $150, several analog drugs, 15 marijuana plants, a loaded 410 shot gun, digital scales, $360 in cash and a flat screen TV. The 31 and 37-year old men face charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver, felony firearms, and maintaining a drug house. A handicap child found inside the home when officers arrived, was turned over to a family member.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- MDOT crews are moving on to the next phase of construction work on I-69 and M-53 this week. Pavement patching on westbound I-69 from the Lapeer/St. Clair County line to M-53 is expected to wrap up and crews will start patching work on M-53 over I-69 Thursday, October 18. The $3.5 million project is scheduled to be complete in early November. One lane of traffic will remain closed on westbound I-69 for resurfacing and M-53 will have one lane closed in each direction during the patch work. Motorists should expect delays.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Authorities are investigating a rash of burglaries at four businesses in Tuscola County. Sheriff's deputies say the break-in's occurred during the early morning hours Thursday, sometime between midnight and 4:30 a.m. The thieves struck at two businesses in Unionville, one in Fairgrove, and one in Reese. In the Fairgrove complaint, which was reported at 2:43 a.m, a witness observed a man with a blue stocking hat and glasses running from the scene. During each break-in, the suspects were looking for cash. No merchandise was reported stolen. Officers believe the incidents are related. Anyone with information on these crimes is asked to contact the Reese Police Department at 989-868-4582 or Detective Pine with the Tuscola County Sheriff's Office at 989-673-8161 ext 2234.
(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City School Board received the district's 2011-2012 audit Monday night, which showed General Fund revenues and other financing sources at $7.9 million and General Fund expenditures and other financing uses at $8 million. The total fund balance on June 30 was $2,359,628. Employee contracts were approved including those of Superintendent Jerry Steigerwald, High School Principal Barry Markwart and Elementary Principal Doug Muxlow.