(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- A routine traffic stop resulted in the seizure of 25 pounds of marijuana and a drug raid Sunday night in Goodells. St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies made the stop at Card Road and Palms Road around 9 p.m. One of the officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and the driver was unable to produce a drivers license. The 42-year old Goodells man was taken into custody after deputies located 25 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Further investigation led the St. Clair County Drug Task Force to the suspect's home in the 1100 block of Parks Road, where officers seized an additional 21 pounds of marijuana, scales, 36 long guns, two hand guns and night vision. The Goodells man remains jailed on numerous charges including habitual offender, felony firearms, and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
(SANDUSKY) -- Thanks to the generosity of Tri-County Equipment of Sandusky and the Wadsworth family, the Sanilac County Sheriff's Inmate Work Crew Program will be helping the community by mowing next year on a John Deere zero-turn mower. After the purchase was presented to the Board of Commissioners by Treasurer Trudy Nicol and put on hold at the County level, Dan Wadsworth contacted Work Crew Supervisor Deputy Doug Shagena stating that Tri-County Equipment would be donating the lawn mower to the Work Crew Program. "I want to thank Tri-County Equipment on behalf of the Sheriff's Office and the Work Crew Program. I can't tell you how much we appreciate the very generous donation and continued commitment to our community," said Sheriff Biniecki.
Pictured: Tri-County Representative Doug Pagel, Sheriff Garry M. Biniecki, Work Crew Supervisor Deputy Doug Shagena, Treasurer Trudy Nicol and Tri-County Representative Scotty Wadsworth.
(WATERTOWN TOWNSHIP) -- The Sanilac County Sheriff's Department says a person of interest in the armed robbery of the Depot Party Store in Watertown Township has been arrested and is being held in the Sanilac County jail on unrelated charges. Sheriff Garry Biniecki says a citizen's tip was instrumental in the arrest. "I'm hoping that with this arrest and the direction the investigation is taking, the Citizens of Sanilac County can again feel safe and secure", stated Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki. The sheriff says the investigation has to be worked through, but he feels confident the right man has been arrested. The female person of interest has been identified and interviewed, but has not been charged at this time. Anyone with information on any crime is encouraged to contact the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office Detective's Bureau at 810-648-8360. Information may also be provided at the Crime Stoppers Tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Rewards are available and you may remain anonymous.
(SHELBY TOWNSHIP) -- A man suspected of being mentally ill has been charged with threatening U.S. Rep. Candice Miller unless she paid $1 million. A criminal complaint unsealed this week accuses Robby Harris of mailing a threatening letter to the office of the Macomb County Republican. Miller was not harmed. Harris was identified by a woman who lives in the same Pontiac apartment complex. A court filing says the woman told the FBI that Harris had listed her address on letters to other public officials, schools, even the White House. FBI agents talked to Harris and his mother and were shown the same paper, envelopes and stamps used to send the other letters. He was in custody Thursday awaiting a court hearing Friday. Harris asked for a court-appointed lawyer. Miller serves Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which includes northern Macomb County, a portion of Tuscola County, and St. Clair, Sanilac, Huron and Lapeer counties.
(MARLETTE) -- The Nurse Practice Council of Marlette Regional Hospital strives to promote nursing in the communities it serves. In an effort to give back and promote health care, the group of dedicated nursing staff organized a fundraiser for the Caring Heart Health Clinic in Marlette. They sold raffle tickets for a summer fun basket during National Hospital Week that raised a total of $605. Caring Heart is a free, walk-in clinic serving patients that are uninsured and underinsured. The health care personnel that staff the clinic work on a volunteer basis and often need assistance purchasing necessary medical supplies for the clinic.
PICTURED: NPC Representative Michelle Robertson, RN presented Caring Hearts Clinic Director Sue Cook with the $605 donation.
(PORT HURON) -- A chimney fire is to blame for a three-alarm blaze that severely damaged a home on the 900 block of Bancroft Street in Port Huron. The Port Huron Fire Department responded to the home about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday morning to find the second story ablaze and most of the roof burned away. High winds hampered firefighters' efforts. Port Huron Township and Marysville fire departments also responded to the fire and assisted at the scene. Two families lived in the home. The American Red Cross is providing shelter for the residents and their pets. No one was injured.
(MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies responded to a two-vehicle accident that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Maple Valley Township. Investigation revealed that a 2008 Ford driven by 88-year old Thomas Karpovich of Brown City was heading east on Brooks Road just before 3:45 p.m. when he failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Shepard Road. The Karpovich vehicle then struck a northbound 2001 Ford, driven by 32-year old Brown City resident Eric Alholinna. Karpovich was transported to Marlette Regional Hospital for unspecified injuries. Alholinna was not injured. The Sanilac County Sheriff's department was assisted at the scene by the Brown City Fire Department and Marlette EMS.