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Friday, 05 October 2012 10:07

Pedestrian killed in hit and run crash

(BERLIN TOWNSHIP) -- A 48-year old Berlin Township man was killed in a hit and run traffic crash early Friday morning. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the man was walking on Hough Road west of Berville Road around 1:45 a.m. when he was struck by a passing vehicle, which fled the scene. The victim, Christopher Demrose, was transported to McLaren Hospital in Mt. Clemens where he was later pronounced dead. Deputies were assisted by Armada EMS and Berlin Township Fire and Rescue. Sheriff Donnellon says the incident remains under investigation and there is no information on the suspect vehicle at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Rickert at 810-987-1711.

(SANDUSKY) -- A well-deserved honor is going to Sandusky girls basketball Coach Al DeMott, as he is going to be inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame this Saturday evening in Lansing. Over the past 33-years, DeMott and his Lady Redskins have compiled one of the state's finest basketball records. Going into the 2012-2013 basketball season Coach DeMott has compiled a won-loss record of 596 wins and 167 losses. The Lady Redskins have won 21 district championships, 16 league championships, seven regional titles, and in 1999, Sandusky was the Class C semi-finalists. Demott also ranks third in wins among all varsity girls coaches in Michigan. He currently serves as Athletic Director for Sandusky Community Schools.

(VASSAR) -- Hundreds of people waving American flags have shown up to give a hero's welcome to a soldier who lost all four limbs in Afghanistan. Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills is visiting his Michigan hometown for the first time since an explosion took his arms and legs. He, his wife, and their 1-year-old daughter were the grand marshals Thursday at the homecoming parade for Vassar High School. Mills rode in a Jeep, waving his left prosthetic arm and sometimes his baseball cap as people screamed his name. Mills said earlier in the day that the outpouring of support has been "a lot to take in." Mills is one of a few servicemen to lose all four limbs during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and survive.

(PORT HURON) -- Volunteers are working to restore one of St. Clair County's oldest buildings. Dennis Delor, a member of the Committee to Preserve the Fort Gratiot Hospital, says that "because of its age, it's not something you can let continue to sit and rot away." He says inaction would have led to the removal of the hospital built in 1829. Fort Gratiot was a military reservation at the outlet of Lake Huron. The hospital was abandoned and converted into two private residences in 1879. The Port Huron Museum acquired the structures, and they were reunited in 2004 at Lighthouse Park on Omar Street in Port Huron. Donations of material, time and money for the project estimated at more than $100,000 are being sought.

(CROSWELL) -- The 24-year old Croswell area man accused in the death of his 4-month old son has reached a plea agreement in the case, avoiding a jury trial. Robert Droelle plead no contest to involuntary manslaughter Monday during his final pre-trial hearing in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Droelle had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of baby Jordan Droelle. Investigators and the physician that treated Jordan said his fatal injuries were consistent with being shaken. Jordan was flown to DMC Children's Hospital in Detroit on April 2nd and died a week later. Robert will be sentenced on December 3.


(CROSWELL) -- The former Cros-Lex Middle School Secretary accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from student fundraisers is scheduled to be sentenced in Sanilac County Circuit Court November 19 after reaching a plea bargain. 39-year old Cheryl Francis plead no contest to one count of embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000 during her court appearance Monday. The Croswell woman is expected to have the two other counts of embezzling dismissed at sentencing. The charge carries a maximum prison term of 5-years or a $10,000 fine. Authorities say the alleged theft occurred over a 3-year period.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Two Carsonville residents escaped serious injury Wednesday evening after the vehicle they were in rolled over on Ruth Road just north of M-46. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the 1993 GMC Jimmy driven by 20-year old Nolan Arnold had been traveling south along Ruth Road when it crossed the centerline just before 7 p.m. A vehicle in the northbound lane swerved to avoid a collision. Arnold then lost control of his vehicle, ran off the roadway and rolled the vehicle onto its top. There was no contact between the two vehicles and no injuries reported by the other driver that swerved to avoid a collision. Arnold and his 20-year old passenger, Sarah Lawson, were treated and released at the scene with minor injuries after they both refused to be taken to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation. Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by the Sandusky Police Department, Sanilac EMS and Carsonville Fire.

Thursday, 04 October 2012 09:37

Camp Tuscola Escapee CAPTURED

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- The 22-year old man who escaped from Camp Tuscola near Caro Monday evening has been apprehended by authorities. Thomas Howard was found Wednesday afternoon in the Detroit area, where he is from. The Department of Corrections Absconder Unit made the arrest. Howard had been serving his sentence for two controlled substance convictions. He also has a history of assaultive behavior and was considered a threat to life or property. Howard is now being held at the Ryan Correctional Facility in Detroit.

Wednesday, 03 October 2012 10:45

AgriPac backs Romney's Presidential bid

(AREA) -- The last of AgriPac's 2012 general election endorsements was announced last week as the political arm of the state's largest farm organization announced its support of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. The announcement took place at the Clinton County grain farm of Scott Lonier, parallel with the launch of the Michigan Farmers for Romney Coalition, led by a team of state officials and industry stakeholders. Michigan Farm Bureau President Wayne Wood of Marlette said that Michigan agriculture looks to Governor Romney for leadership and in return, Governor Romney can look to Michigan farmers for support and guidance over the next 4-years as we work together to bring America back to its feet. Also present at the event were industry stakeholders spearheading the Romney campaign in Michigan, including Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, State Senator Judy Emmons of Sheridan, State Representative Kevin Daley of Lum, and GreenStone Farm Credit Services CEO Dave Armstrong. AgriPac, the Michigan Farm Bureau's political action committee, arrives at its endorsements through a democratic process rooted in the organization's membership base of more than 48,000 farmer members.

(ALGONAC) -- The St. Clair County Sheriff's Office officially began law enforcement duties in the city of Algonac. A changeover ceremony took place Sunday at Algonac City Hall. Five full-time Algonac police officers were sworn in as Sheriff's Deputies. Four reserve officers were sworn in as special deputies. More than 100 citizens were on hand for the event, which began with an open house, followed by the swearing in ceremony, the unveiling of the Algonac substation and tours of the substation. According to Algonac City Manager Doug Alexander, the 3-year agreement will save the city $550,000. The city will have the same amount of patrol hours as before the changeover, with 24/7 coverage with one car, plus another car patrolling for 6-hours per day during peak times. Sheriff Tim Donnellon says the changeover should be the template of how county government and city government work together.