(BAD AXE) -- Authorities say preliminary autopsy results indicate two 23-year-old women and an 11-month-old girl found in a burning Bad Axe apartment likely died of smoke inhalation. Police Chief David Rothe says his department is awaiting a state police fire marshal's report on the cause of last Wednesday's fire. Authorities say police and fire officials responding to the blaze saw smoke and could hear the sound of a smoke detector. Bad Axe Area Fire Department Chief David Peruski says the smoke detector was found in a drawer in the kitchen instead of its proper place on a wall or ceiling. The women were identified as Audrey L. Hogan and Melissa M. Perkins, and the girl as Perkins' daughter Abrecona Perkins.
(ELK TOWNSHIP) -- Two people sustained non-life threatening injuries as the result of a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday night at the intersection of M-19 and Stilson Road in Elk Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the accident happened when a vehicle driven by 31-year old Rebekah Rathman-Wingate of Fort Gratiot turned north onto M-19 from Stilson Road and crossed over the center line into the path of another vehicle that was southbound on M-19. Wingate was not injured, however a passenger in her vehicle, 56-year old Robert Duda of Croswell became trapped and was extricated by Elk Township Rescue and transported to McKenzie Health System for treatment. The driver of the second car, a 25-year old St. Clair woman, was not injured. She was arrested at the scene for operating while intoxicated and lodged in the Sanilac County Jail. Her name is being withheld pending arraignment. A passenger in her vehicle, 40-year old April Baltierra, was taken to McKenzie Hospital for treatment. Deputies were assisted by State Police Troopers, the Elk Township Fire Department, Sanilac EMS and the Sandusky Police Department.
(GRANT TOWNSHIP) -- One woman is dead following a house fire early Monday morning in Jeddo. The victim, Constance Falk, was a long-time employee in the Port Huron Area School District. She died in the fire that destroyed the single-story home on Cline Road. Fire crews from Burtchville and Kenockee Township, and Fort Gratiot assisted Grant Township firefighters. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon says an arson investigator and medical examiners are involved in the case as the cause of the fire is under investigation. Falk was a Special Education teacher with the Port Huron Area School District.
(MARION TOWNSHIP) -- Icy roads were a contributing factor in a number of accidents that happened Sunday, including a personal injury accident at the intersection of East Deckerville and Maple Grove Roads in Marion Township. With Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies tied up on other accidents, Deputy Bryan Heilig was called out from his residence and used his personally assigned patrol unit to respond to the accident. It was determined that a pickup driven by 47-year old Jeffrey Bischoff of Deckerville, was traveling north on Maple Grove Road when he was unable to stop due to the icy road conditions. The pickup slid through the intersection and collided with a westbound van that was driven by 55-year old Krystyna Walenczak of Carsonville. The collision caused both vehicles to enter a ditch. Walenczak and her 13-year old passenger were taken to Deckerville Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Sheriff's deputies were assisted at the scene by the Deckerville Fire Department and Sanilac EMS.
(MINDEN TOWNSHIP) -- One person was killed and another seriously injured in a single vehicle accident that happened in Minden Township early Saturday morning. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say that a truck driven by an 18-year old Ubly man was traveling north on Maurer Road, lost control and entered a ditch on the east side of the roadway. The vehicle traveled an additional 600 to 700 feet in the ditch before striking several trees. The driver was taken to Deckerville Community Hospital for treatment of injuries, while 18-year old Charles Peasley of Berrien Springs, a passenger in the truck, died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Deputies say that both airbags were deployed following the crash. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the mishap. Deputies were assisted by the Minden City and Bingham Township Fire Departments, as well as Sanilac and Bingham EMS. The name of the driver has not been released pending further investigation and possible charges.
(HARBOR BEACH) -- What an exciting month for high school football in the Thumb! The Harbor Beach Pirates took the Division 8 State Championship Friday at Ford Field with a 35-10 win over the Beal City Aggies! The finished the 2012 season at 13-1. On November 16 the Deckerville Eagles clinched their first State Championship in 8-Man play with a nail-bitting 14-12 victory over the Bellaire Eagles. Deckerville ended their first season in the 8-Man League at 12-1. Congratulations to all of the Harbor Beach and Deckerville players and coaches for a great season and their State Championship wins!!
(BAD AXE) -- The names of the two women and young child killed in an apartment fire Wednesday night in Bad Axe have been released. Bad Axe Police say Audrey Lynn Hogan, Melissa Marie Perkins-both 23-years old and 11-month old Abrecona Viola Perkins were recovered from the blaze, which broke out at the complex located at 690 South Van Dyke Wednesday around 11 p.m. Police Chief David Rothe says firefighters were called to the scene when flames and smoke were seen coming from the roof of apartment number 10. An investigator from the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal's Division is working to determine the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation. Autopsies to determine an exact cause of death are planned for Saturday.
(ELMER TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were sent to investigate a breaking and entering complaint at Kraft Automotive at the corner of Marlette and Juhl Roads in Elmer Township Wednesday morning. The business owner found the overhead garage door open and several doors unlocked when he got to work just before 8 a.m. He also found a computer that had been tampered with and a pickup truck that was being worked on, moved from its location inside the business and damaged. Deputies were able to retrieve an internet site history and found the suspect had logged onto facebook, his email account, and visited several adult web sites. The 17-year old Marlette man was questioned and told deputies that he broke into the business, surfed in the internet and took the pickup for a ride in the country before returning it. The interview led to information on a separate breaking and entering and vehicle theft complaint at the same business that took place in August. The 17-year old suspect remains jailed on a $25,000 bond. His name is being held pending arraignment.
(AREA) -- Michigan lawmakers are considering bills that would grant a tax break to parents who can show that a fetus is at least 12 weeks old at the end of a year. The legislation would treat a fetus the same as a child for purposes of a tax deduction. The bills got a hearing Tuesday in a House committee and could come up for votes before lawmakers close their session in December. Republican Representative Jud Gilbert of Algonac says it's an attempt to recognize that a pregnancy brings expenses. The tax break could cost the state $5 million to $10 million a year in revenue. The Michigan branch of the National Organization for Women is criticizing the legislation, saying it's an attempt to extend legal rights to the unborn.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- The salt sheds are loaded and county crews are ready for the first accumulating snowfall of the year, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The Metro Region serves four counties: Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne. The Metro Region winter maintenance budget for this fiscal year is approximately $12 million. More than 145,000 tons of salt have been purchased by the counties, at an average cost of $47.40 per ton. St. Clair County has purchased 1,100 tons at $49.53/ton. Statewide, the total winter maintenance budget is approximately $89 million. More than 500,000 tons of salt have been purchased at an average price of $59.07 per ton.