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(AREA) -- Michigan's dairy producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Dairy Market Program for Grade A Milk. Established in January 1983, the Michigan Dairy Market Program was developed to promote the sale of milk and milk products produced within the State of Michigan. The program will continue for an additional 5-years beginning January 1, 2013. The current state program assessment is 10-cents per hundredweight of Michigan Grade A Milk. A total of 603 ballots were cast in the referendum. Of those, 549 producers voted yes, representing 89 percent of the production volume represented and 54 producers voted no representing 11 percent of the production volume represented. For renewal of the program and its activities, more than 50 percent of the voting producers, representing more than 50 percent of the pounds sold by those voting, must have voted yes.

(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies were sent to 600 S. Sandusky Road Tuesday morning after a report of an individual run over by a semi-truck at Peter Northrup Enterprises. Deputies learned that the owner of the business, Peter Northrup, Jr. and his 34-year old son Peter Northrup III, both of Sandusky, had been working on one of the company's semi trucks. Peter Northrup Jr. crawled under the semi to retrieve a tool, when his son backed over him. The 56-year old Sandusky man was transported to McKenzie Health System and later air lifted to Hurley Hospital in Flint for treatment of serious, non-life threatening injuries. Deputies were assisted by the Sandusky Police Department, Sandusky Fire and Sanilac EMS.

(SANDUSKY) -- Motorists are advised that N. Elk Street from M-46 to Argyle Street in Sandusky is closed today (November 13) as construction crews work on the sewer, storm, and water connections. The road is expected to be open as soon as possible and traffic may be allowed to pass through once crews know the extent of the excavation. The Administration/Records entrance at the Sheriff's Department will be closed all day on Wednesday, November 14 to allow for installation of electric and gas lines for the jail addition. The public is asked to use the Corrections entrance off of N. Elk Street, which is located on the southeast corner of the Sheriff's Office.

(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- An 18-year old Brown City man was seriously injured in a single-vehicle crash Monday afternoon in Sanilac County's Maple Valley Township. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says the roll over crash took place around 3:20 p.m. on Baily Road north of Burnsline Road. An investigation showed that the driver of the vehicle, 18-year old Michael Kinney of Brown City, was traveling north on Baily Road when he lost control and entered a ditch. The vehicle overturned, ejecting Kinney. He was treated by Marlette EMS personnel and air lifted from the scene to Covenant Cooper Hospital in Saginaw for treatment of serious injuries. Two other passengers in the vehicle were taken to Marlette Regional Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Their names are not being released. Deputies say that the driver and passengers were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The incident remains under investigation and alcohol is not believed to be a factor. Deputies were assisted by the Brown City Fire Department.




(GREENLEAF TOWNSHIP) -- Stolen firearms that were taken from Wild John's Party Store in Greenleaf Township back on August 15 were returned last week. The owner of the party store, located at 6348 N. Van Dyke Road, contacted the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department shortly after 4:30 a.m. Saturday after finding the stolen firearms and ammunition placed at the door step. The store operates by selling firearms, while also operating as a gas station and convenience store. According to Detective/Sgt. Jim Johnson, approximately 22 of the more than 30 weapons stolen were returned along with some gun cases and ammunition. Making sure the owner found the hand guns and high powered rifles, the individual left a corn trail by retrieving a bag of shelled corn from the front of the store and pouring it out leading to the back door where the loot was left. Sanilac County investigators, along with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agents, are turning up the heat after one of the stolen handguns was recently found in the Utica area.


Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki stated, "We are aggressively seeking the individual that turned these firearms in, for questioning. As other stolen guns start to surface, it is important to remember that suspects are potentially liable for crimes committed with the stolen guns. ATF Agents, having more resources to dedicate to this case, along with my Detective Bureau, will go a long way as the investigation continues."


Anyone having information on this crime is asked to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at 810-648-8630. You may also call in anonymously to 1-800-SPEAKUP for a possible cash reward.

(SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP) -- The second degree murder charge was dropped during a preliminary hearing last Friday for the 29-year old Huron County woman accused in the death of her 23-month old son. Jennifer Lynn Emerick had originally been charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and 1st degree child abuse. The case has been bound over to circuit court. Emerick now faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse during her circuit court arraignment December 3. 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.

(SANDUSKY) -- Samantha Orchard, a 14-year old freshman at Sandusky Schools, was crowned the new Miss Sanilac County Outstanding Teen 2013 Sunday at the Sandusky Middle School. The crown had previously been held by Erika Lentz of Applegate. Samantha is the daughter of Mark and Julie Orchard of Sandusky. She performed a musical theatre dance "The New Girl In Town" from Hairspray. Samantha will represent Sanilac County in the June 2013 Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen Contest. Her entrance fee into the pageant and the opening number dress that she will wear is being paid for by the Miss Sanilac County Pageants.

The first runner up was 14-year old West Bloomfield resident Darbi Dombrowski, the daughter of Karie Ross. Darbi sang "I Want to be a Star" a musical theatre vocal during the competition. She won a $100 scholarship. Second runner up, 13-year old Diana Davis of Clawson performed a violin solo. Diana is the daughter of Gregory and Donalea Davis. She also received a $100 scholarship.

The Miss Sanilac County 2013 Scholarship Pageant will be held Sunday, November 25 at 7 p.m. at the Sandusky Middle School. The cost is $15 per person. In attendance will be the reigning Miss Sanilac County, Clarissa Martin of Sandusky. For more information call 810-648-3331. The Sanilac County Pageant board would like to express sincere thanks to those who have supported and continue to support the pageants. 

Photos submitted by Bill Dixon

(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville Eagles football team will receive a community send off to the 8-Man State Finals Friday when they head to Greenville to play the Bellaire Eagles. The State Championship game will kick off at Greenville High School's Legacy Field Friday night at 7 p.m. Listen LIVE on 97.7 WTGV-FM starting at 5:45 p.m.

(CASCO TOWNSHIP) -- Four men say they have unearthed pieces of a World War II-era fighter plane in a southeastern Michigan farm field. Jim Clary, his brother, Ben, and two men from the Michigan Treasure Hunters used metal detectors to make the find Friday in St. Clair County's Casco Township just east of Richmond. Jim Clary says the recovered fragments are from a P-38D Lightning that was piloted by 2nd Lt. Al Voss, a native of Elgin, Illinois, assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Selfridge air base in Michigan. Voss died in the October 1941 crash. Reports say the men uncovered several shards of the plane about 8 inches down in the dirt.

(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force officers seized heroin valued at $560 from a home in the 1400 block of Stanton Street in Port Huron Thursday. Along with the heroin packaged for sale, officers confiscated $270 in cash. A 23-year old Port Huron man, originally from Detroit, was arrested and remains jailed on charges of possession of heroin with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug house.

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