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(SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP) -- A preliminary exam for the 28-year old Huron County woman accused of murdering her 23-month old son is scheduled to take place Friday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. Jennifer Lynn Emerick's preliminary exam in District Court was postponed back in August, because a key witness, the pathologist in the case, was unable to attend. Emerick has been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and 1st degree child abuse. Officials say 23-month-old Donavin Cochrane died December 29, 2011, just days before his 2nd birthday. Results from toxicology tests took several months and a pathologist classified the death as a homicide. Emerick remains free on bond.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 14:59

High-crime cities to get more state troopers

(AREA) -- State police say some cities facing high crime rates will benefit the most from a new wave of recruits being assigned to posts throughout Michigan. Posts that cover Flint, Pontiac, Detroit and Saginaw will get 62 additional state police troopers between new recruits and transfers of more seasoned officers. Locally, the Lapeer Post will get two new recruits and the Caro Post will have four. The 78 new recruits will be sworn in Friday after a graduation ceremony in Lansing. Local recruits include Anthony Easlick of North Branch, assigned to the Flint Post. Thomas Salcido of Bad Axe was assigned to the Flint Post. Olivia Garlick of Mayville will join the Cadillac Post. Thomas Dhooghe Jr. of North Branch was assigned to the West Branch Post. Zachary Tebedo of Vassar is going to the Tri City Post and Benjamin Woodburn of Port Huron is heading to the Metro Post. Another state police trooper school will begin October 28.

(GILFORD TOWNSHIP) -- A two-vehicle crash last Friday evening in Tuscola County's Gilford Township injured three people. Sheriff Lee Teschendorf says the incident took place around 5:20 p.m. at Vassar and Fairgrove Roads. An investigation showed that a vehicle driven by 67-year old Alan Zsolzai of Mayville, had been traveling south on Vassar Road. Zsolzai stopped at the intersection and continued through, striking an eastbound vehicle driven by 18-year old Heather Carsten of Cheboygan. Both vehicles had a passenger with the driver. Three of the four occupants were transported to area hospitals for treatment of injuries. One person was flow by helicopter with serious injuries.

(AREA) -- The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center has released deer crash statistics for 2011. Reported car-deer collisions were down from 2010 with 53,592 in 2011 resulting in 1,464 injuries and eight deaths. In the Thumb, Lapeer County saw the highest number of reported crashes at 1,179. Sanilac County had 1,128, Huron-1,114, Tuscola-920 and St. Clair County had 739 car-deer crashes in 2011. According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, many crashes go unreported, so actual crash numbers are estimated to be much higher. Motorists can help avoid dangerous encounters with deer by keeping a watchful eye, especially at dawn and dusk, be alert, and slow down when traveling through areas heavily populated by deer. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 15:13

Road Construction Alert-N. Sandusky Road

(AREA) -- North Sandusky Road is being resurfaced. The project got started at the north city limits of Sandusky and will head north. Traffic is reduced to one lane and motorists should expect delays. It is suggested motorists seek an alternate route. The project is expected to be complete in the next 2-weeks.

(LANSING) -- The Michigan appeals court has heard arguments in a case that could determine whether prisoners locked up for murder when they were teens will be given a shot at parole. The issue is whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision should apply retroactively to more than 350 people serving mandatory life sentences with no chance of parole. The Supreme Court says that such punishments for minors are unconstitutional. Attorney General Bill Schuette says the ruling shouldn't benefit people already in prison. The state appeals court heard arguments Tuesday in the case of a St. Clair County man, Raymond Carp, who was convicted of murder committed when he was 15. The judges are William Whitbeck, Michael Talbot and E. Thomas Fitzgerald.

(CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller has earned the Harry S. Truman Award for distinguished service in support of national defense. The Republican from Macomb County received the award Tuesday in Chesterfield Township. The Truman Award is the highest honor given by the National Guard Association of the United States. It's awarded to those who have made sustained contributions to the defense and security of the United States. Previous recipients include Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Senator Bob Dole and Bob Hope. The Truman Award was presented to Miller by General Gus Hargett, the president of the National Guard Association of the United States. Miller serves Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which includes northern Macomb County, a portion of Tuscola County, and St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Lapeer counties.

PICTURED: Congresswoman Candice Miller with the Harry S. Truman Award, presented by retired Major General Gus L. Hargett, Jr., President of NGAUS (right) and Major General Gregory J. Vadnais, Michigan Adjutant General (left).

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:54

Reward Offered Following B&E in North Branch

(NORTH BRANCH) -- Dick Coulter Inc. of North Branch is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the breaking and entering at the farm dealership Saturday, October 13. The break-in took place between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the business located at 6672 Lake Pleasant Road. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Lapeer Post say the thieves entered the building after causing extensive damage to the two entrance doors and a large overhead door. Several new Husqvarna chainsaws, weedwackers, back blowers and Husqvarna accessory attachments were stolen from the showroom. Crimestoppers also offers up to a $1,000 reward. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact authorities.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Inmate Work Crew Program recently received two generous donations to help their efforts in giving back to the community. The Deckerville League of Women donated $500 toward the purchase of a new John Deere zero turn lawn mower. Sanilac County Treasurer Trudy Nicol and her department donated the $5,000 balance for the cost of the equipment. Among the many community projects, the Work Crew assists the Treasurer's Office with maintaining numerous county owned and foreclosed properties throughout the year.

Pictured Left to Right: Undersheriff Brad Roff and Sheriff's Work Crew Supervisor Doug Shagena shown receiving a check from Deckerville League of Women Treasurer Michele VanNorman and Sanilac County Treasurer Trudy Nicol.

(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Sheriff's Department Dive Team members are credited with saving a life while conducting training exercises in the St. Clair River Sunday morning. The Dive Team was performing drift dives from their boats between Pine Grove Park and Black River shortly after 10:30 a.m.,  when a woman was spotted walking to the edge of the water at the foot of Lincoln Street. Authorities say the 41-year old Port Huron woman then continued into the river. A Dive Team boat started toward her, as she began struggling in deep water. One of the dive team members jumped to her aid and kept the woman afloat as the other divers helped her into the boat. The woman was quickly taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment of hypothermia. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says it is unknown why the woman walked into the water in the first place.

Photo submitted by the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department