(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A Sterling Heights man has been arraigned on charges of poaching sturgeon during the closed season in St. Clair County. A joint effort between the DNR and Clay Township Police Department resulted in the citation against Wadhah Noori Jabro after an anonymous citizen tip of illegal activity. Clay Township Police found Jabro in possession of a 61-inch sturgeon. Along with poaching, the Sterling Heights man was found fishing without a proper license or a mandatory sturgeon tag. Taking a sturgeon during the closed season is punishable by up to 180 days in jail, $3,500 in fines and restitution and a loss of fishing licenses for 3-years. Jabro was arraigned Tuesday in 72nd District Court in Marine City on the misdemeanor charges. His pretrial hearing was set for Wednesday, November 28. Anglers, in possession of an all-species fishing license, are allowed to harvest one sturgeon per year, which must be tagged immediately. Sturgeon season on the St. Clair River closed September 30. Anyone who witnesses illegal hunting, trapping or fishing is encouraged to call the DNR's Report All Poaching line at 1-800-292-7800.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette School Board met Monday and received an update from Superintendent Jeriann Patterson on the demolition of the former Bea McDonald Elementary School. Crews are moving forward and demolition should be completed sometime in January. Various agencies are interested in purchasing usable equipment inside the building. Superintendent Patterson said that anything the district can potentially use has been moved to the bus garage. The boilers will be sold because they can't be used in any of the district's buildings. Patterson added that bricks will be saved during the demolition process for community members who might be interested in having a piece of the old Bea McDonald Elementary School.
In other business, Superintendent Patterson informed the board that as of Monday, the November General Election results for the school board election was not yet available. The deadline for reporting is November 20 and the board of canvassers will meet to certify the results. Also, the Marlette School District's 2011-2012 audit is nearly complete and a report will be given at the December board meeting.
(AREA) -- The Michigan appeals court has ruled to limit the use of a landmark court decision that ends mandatory no-parole sentences for juveniles convicted of murder. The state court in a decision dated Thursday and released Friday says a major U.S. Supreme Court decision from earlier this year should not apply retroactively to Michigan inmates who already have exhausted most appeals. The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in the case of a St. Clair County man, Raymond Carp, who was convicted of a murder committed when he was 15. His lawyer, Patricia Selby, says they're both "very disappointed" by the decision. More than 350 prisoners in Michigan are serving mandatory no-parole sentences for murders committed when they were under 18. That's one of the highest totals in the U.S.
(AREA) -- Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System have announced plans to affiliate. Since 2012, the hospitals' leadership teams have been meeting regularly to explore opportunities to collaborate in providing quality health care to the area communities. Through these meetings, a number of projects have been initiated and have resulted in increased patient access to care and decreased cost to each organization.
Over the next several months, the respective boards of each hospital will be working to establish a joint affiliation agreement. Each board is committed to preserving the unique and positive attributes of it's organization, while capitalizing on the strengths of each hospital. Each organization will retain its own licenses, name, services, and continue to retain the funds and assets it has accumulated in the past and will accumulate into the future. Leaders from each hospital will have equal representation from both organizations. The goal is to create a parent corporation that can represent the collective markets, services, medical staff, and many other resources held by both hospitals. Within the next several months, a final affiliation agreement will be submitted to both the Board of Incorporators of Marlette Regional Hospital and the corporate board of McKenzie Health System for approval.
Dan Babcock, CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital, says the affiliation action is progressive for rural hospitals. He added that the hospitals have been fortunate to be able to make these plans while they are both in positions of financial strength, which has given them the time to develop a strong relationship built on trust. Steve Barnett CEO of McKenzie Health System says they believe this action will preserve and improve the future of healthcare in our expanded community.
PICTURED: Left-Dan Babcock, CEO of MRH, Richt-Steve Barnett, CEO of McKenzie Health System
(PORT HURON) -- The state is charging six people connected to medical marijuana businesses in St. Clair, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. The case stems from an investigation of the Blue Water Compassion Centers, which authorities say violated drug laws. Last December, authorities raided the centers in St. Clair County's Kimball Township, Tuscola County's Denmark Township, and Worth Township and Lexington in Sanilac County. Authorities also raided a greenhouse in Sanilac County's Worth Township as well as a home. The charges announced Wednesday are from the state attorney general's office. Michigan voters in 2008 approved the use of marijuana for medical reasons, but parts of the law are being challenged.
(SANDUSKY) -- Graff Chevrolet Buick of Sandusky and Sweet Impressions Salon recently made two generous contributions to McKenzie Health System's effort to purchase a digital mammography imaging system. In its second year, Graff's "Drive for the Cure" event raised $6,000 through vehicle sales and a number of special events held during the month of October, including a Pink Procession and a Pink Party hosted by the dealership. Keith and Debi Barnett and the entire Graff family are strong supporters of breast cancer awareness efforts. Melissa Sweet, owner of Sweet Impressions Salon in Sandusky, raised $300 through the sale of pink hair extensions to her customers during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Melissa's donation will also go toward the purchase of a digital mammography imaging system.
PICTURED: Left-Sharon Danek, McKenzie Health System Community Relations Lead, accepts the donation from Melissa Sweet, owner of Sweet Impressions Salon.
PICTURED: Below-Keith Barnett, Graff Sandusky GM, Bill Monroe, Brandon Marley, and Caroline Jensen present a check to Steve Barnett, McKenzie Health System President and CEO, Janet Herbert, Kris Hoskins, Brandy Noll, and Sharon Danek.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development and DNR are urging hunters and farmers to shoot feral swine and report any sightings. Firearm deer hunting season begins Thursday, November 15 and runs through November 30. Feral swine are defined as free-ranging wild pigs, not owned by any person. Feral swine are known to carry the PRV virus, which primarily causes newborn piglets to die. Older pigs can survive infection, becoming carriers of the virus for life. According to DNR Deputy Director Bill Moritz, Feral swine are a significant risk to Michigan's ecosystems and agricultural resources and a serious threat to humans and wildlife. Private land owners may shoot or trap-and-remove feral swine at any time.
If you see or shoot any feral swine, please contact: the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services at:
(BAD AXE) -- A Port Hope woman was injured in a two-car crash Tuesday afternoon along N. Van Dyke and Charlotte Drive in Bad Axe. Officers say the collision took place after a van driven by 52-year old Annette Kucharczyk exited the Northgate parking lot, into the path of a pickup truck driven by 22-year old Nicole Swiastyn of Owendale. The Bad Axe Fire Department used their Jaws of Life to extricate Kucharczyk from her vehicle. She was transported to Huron Medical Center for treatment. Swiastyn and her 23-year old passenger, Jacob Bambach of Bad Axe, refused medical treatment at the scene. Kucharczyk informed police that she didn't see the southbound vehicle when she pulled out of the parking lot.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Authorities are searching for a Mayville man accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend. Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say 24-year old Jesse James Carey placed a tree across Marlette Road near Maple Grove Road in Lapeer County's Rich Township Sunday afternoon. Carey's former girlfriend, a 23-year old Fostoria resident, was traveling in that area with her current boyfriend, a 24-year old Silverwood resident. Authorities say that when the couple stopped their vehicle to move the tree, Carey allegedly ambushed the Silverwood man, striking him multiple times with an object. Carey fled on foot after the attack. The Silverwood man was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital and later transferred to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. As of Tuesday, he was still on life support. Deputies believe Carey is in the Mayville or Marlette area. He is wanted for assault with intent to murder. Carey is also wanted out of Tuscola County for resisting and obstruction. The Michigan State Police Lapeer Post has an active warrant against him for assault harm less than murder. Anyone with information on Carey's whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say a Saginaw man was hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning at the intersection of M-53 and M-46 in Lamotte Township. Sheriff Garry Biniecki reports that the crash took place shortly before Noon when a vehicle traveling south on M-53, driven by 50-year old Rene Cole of Shelbyville, Indiana, failed to stop at the intersection with M-46. The Cole vehicle struck an eastbound vehicle driven by 53-year old Edward Hillert of Saginaw. Hillert was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital with unspecified injuries. Cole and her two passengers, 22-year old Kay Adams of Lapeer and 62-year Gerald Smaglinski of Shelbyville, Indiana, were not injured. Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Lamotte Township Fire Department and Marlette EMS.