(CROSWELL) -- The former Cros-Lex Middle School Secretary accused of embezzling more than $40,000 from student fundraisers over a 3-year period has been sentenced. 39-year old Cheryl Francis plead no contest to one count of embezzling more than $1,000, but less than $20,000 back in October after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. Francis was sentenced Monday in Sanilac County Circuit Court to 90 days in jail and 2-years probation. She began serving the 60 days in jail on Friday. The remaining 30 days will be done through community service. The Croswell woman faced a maximum 5-years in prison and or a $10,000 fine in the case. Two other counts of embezzling were dismissed at sentencing.
(BAD AXE) -- An early morning fire in Bad Axe was contained to the back room and rear deck of a house at 419 Pine Street Friday. Bad Axe Police were sent to the residence shortly after 5:30 a.m. and found two people inside trying to put out the flames with tap water. Both occupants were taken out of the house for their safety. The Bad Axe Fire Department arrived at the scene and was able to save the home. No injuries were reported and the occupants will be staying with family members until the home is repaired.
(PORT HURON) -- Port Huron Police have arrested a 29-year old Marysville resident for his alleged involvement in a drive by shooting that took place on October 1, 2011 in the 1600 block of Gordon Street. Authorities say the suspect, Jeremiah Thomas Arnold, allegedly drove by an occupied residence and fired shots in retaliation for an altercation that occurred earlier in the evening. No one was injured in the shooting. An extensive investigation led police to Arnold's whereabout and his capture. Arnold was arraigned Thursday on firearm-discharging in or at a building and felony firearm charges. Bond was set at $10,000. Arnold is set to appear for a preliminary examination on December 11 at 1:30 p.m. in St. Clair County District Court.
(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System has received the Michigan Center for Rural Health's 2012 Spirit of Quality Award for Stroke Care Improvement. This is the fourth year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered the quality award. McKenzie Health System has made significant and sustained progress in patient safety and quality improvement through its Neuroscience Telemedicine Program, a collaborative effort with St. John Providence Health System. According to President and CEO of McKenzie Health System Steve Barnett, the stroke network partnership helps the staff at McKenzie to obtain faster laboratory and diagnostic imaging results that inform the neurologist and allow immediate treatment of the patient. McKenzie Health System was honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 13th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference held on November 8 in Boyne Falls, Michigan.
PICTURED: L to R-Dr. Vicky Gordon, St. John Providence Health System; Tammy Cliff, Director of Nurses, McKenzie; Jenny Monzo, Director of Quality, McKenzie; John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health; and Thomas J. Veryser, D.D.S, M.H.S.A., MCRH Board of Directors representing the Governor's Office.
(LAPEER) -- A Michigan-based business is getting $3.8 million to develop a low-cost superconducting wire for use by electric utilities. The U.S. Department of Energy announced the funding Wednesday for Lapeer-based Grid Logic Inc. It's one of 66 projects that the department says is getting a share of $130 million in "OPEN 2012" funding. It's through the department's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, or ARPA-E. The government says Grid Logic will embed very fine superconducting particles in a combination of metals to induce superconductivity. The Energy Department says such a wire would reduce the cost of transmission lines, motors for wind turbines and other electric devices, and is considered a potential "game-changing" technology.
(DECKERVILLE) -- Deckerville Community Hospital is celebrating 60 years of service. The hospital, which recently celebrated the milestone with a Jubilee Banquet, was the dream of Dr. E.W. Blanchard and his wife, Lillian, a registered nurse. The couple provided the land and funded the building. The community helped purchase the equipment and furnishings through donations. Deckerville Hospital opened its doors to the Thumb area community in 1952. The 11-bed hospital afforded both greatly needed surgical and obstetrical service.
(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Michigan State Police Troopers say a Caro area man faces eight felony and seven misdemeanor charges in connection to an investigation into felonious assault and operating while intoxicated. The incident took place in Wells Township in Tuscola County on Monday. Troopers from the Caro Post say they attempted to stop the suspect after he rammed into a DNR Conservation Officer's vehicle on Murray Road south of Riley Road. The fleeing suspect then crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Murray and Riley Roads, injuring a 28-year old man and his infant and toddler daughters. The three were transported to Caro Community Hospital and later released. Troopers and the Conservation Officer involved in the first crash, took the suspect into custody. He will be arraigned Wednesday in 71-B District Court in Caro.
(PORT HURON) -- Fire Marshal Jeffery Tucker with the Port Huron Fire Department says a house fire early Wednesday morning was the third in the last three days due to careless cooking. Fire crews were sent to the home in the 1800 block of Gillett Street around 1 a.m. Flames were coming out of a kitchen window when the trucks arrived. The fire was quickly extinguished and no injuries were reported. The kitchen inside the home sustained heavy fire damage and smoke damage was noted throughout the house. While fire crews worked, another call came in for a cooking fire in the 3100 block of Gratiot. That fire was contained to the pan; however, the home did sustain smoke damage. Tucker says no mutual aid was received during either call. The third fire was reported at a two-story, three apartment building in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue Sunday evening. The Port Huron Fire Department responded and found flames coming from multiple windows on the first floor. The occupants of the building were able to leave safely and no injuries were reported. Fire crews extinguished the blaze with assistance from the Marysville and Port Huron Township Fire Departments. There was significant damage as a result of careless cooking.
(SANILAC TOWNSHIP) -- An 81-year old Port Sanilac area man was injured in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Sanilac County's Sanilac Township when his car entered a ditch filled with water. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the crash took place just before 1 p.m. on Mann Road west of M-25. Deputies report that the vehicle driven by Edwin Richard Wiegand was traveling east on Mann Road when he became distracted by a container that had fallen inside the vehicle. He lost control and entered the south ditch. The vehicle was partially submerged in the water as first responders arrived on scene. Wiegand was taken to McKenzie Health System in Sandusky for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The Port Sanilac Fire Department and Sanilac EMS assisted at the scene.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Ten young women from around the state competed in the 2013 Miss Sanilac County Pageant that was held on Sunday, November 25 at the Sandusky Middle School. The new Miss Sanilac County is 20-year old Erin Jenkinson of Burton. She was crowned by Clarissa Martin of Sandusky, who is the reigning Miss Sanilac County. The first runner-up was 19-year old Tera Althaus of Temperance. 17-year old Victoria Lines of Troy was the second runner-up, while the third runner-up was Heather Kendrick, age 19 of Marysville. The fourth runner-up was 22-year old Katelyn Mlujeak of Bay City. Sanilac County's 2013 Miss Outstanding Teen, Samantha Orchard of Sandusky, was crowned two weeks ago.