(LAPEER COUNTY) -- After several years of work, Lapeer County Central Dispatch switched from an analog radio system to a digital radio system on December 18. The amount of radio towers used was doubled from three to six. Sites are located in Almont, Metamora, Imlay City, Lapeer, Burnside Township and Deerfield Township. The state's Deerfield site was also absorbed into the county's simulcast as part of the project. The analog system had ten frequencies and two of them were dedicated for data usage while the remaining eight were left for voice channels in the trunking system. The new digital system now has fourteen frequencies allotted for voice. Data is no longer used since changing to a cellular configuration earlier in the year for police in-car computers. Lapeer County users are among the first in the state to be ready and capable of utilizing 700MHz frequencies should they become available in the area.
(CARO) -- State Representative-Elect Terry Brown of Pigeon took the oath of office this week in Caro. Brown, a Democrat, will take office on January 1 and begin serving the residents of Michigan's 84th House District. Brown stated that he was honored that the voters of Huron and Tuscola counties sent him back to Lansing after 2-years away from the Legislature. Tuscola County Circuit Court Judge Amy Grace Gierheart administered the oath of office at a ceremony at the Tuscola Tech Center in Caro. Brown was joined at the swearing in by family and friends. Terry Brown is looking forward to helping middle-class families, restoring funds to education and protecting seniors when he gets back to work in January.
PICTURED: State Representative-ElectTerry Brown takes the oath of office Thursday from the Honorable Judge Amy Grace Gierhart in her courtroom in Caro. Joining Brown were, from left to right: son Christopher, son Bryan, daughter Teresa and wife Carol.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Two longtime employees with the Huron County Sheriff's Department will start off the New Year in retirement. Undersheriff Ron Roberts worked his last day Friday. After having several duties with the department over the years, Roberts was promoted to Undersheriff 4-years ago under Sheriff Kelly Hanson. He was a road deputy and served as a detective for the department. Deputy Duane Miller will take over for Roberts as Undersheriff. In the Huron County Jail, Corporal Betty Durr is retiring. The process of hiring a new Corporal is underway.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Board of Commissioners held an emotional meeting Wednesday afternoon following the loss of a longtime friend and commissioner, John Merriman. He passed away at the age of 73 on Tuesday, December 25 after a lengthy stay in the hospital. John served the citizens of Sanilac County for 20-years. Along with his duties as District 1 Commissioner, he was the board chair and served on the Sanilac County Child Abuse Council, Council on Aging, Health Department Board, Human Development Commission, Sanilac Transportation Board, Thumb Area Michigan Works Board, and Veterans Millage Governing Board over the years. Former Drain Commissioner and current District 4 Commissioner Jim Bowerman says John worked hard for the residents in his district. District 1 currently includes Argyle, Austin, Custer, Evergreen, Greenleaf, Lamotte, Minden and Wheatland Townships. Away from the commissioner's chambers, John served as a member of the Deckerville Men's Club. He was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church of Deckerville and held a position of Ruling Elder for many years. John enjoyed working in his community and volunteered to help out any way he could. District 3 Commissioner and Finance Chairperson James Ruby says the board has set up a fund in lieu of flowers in honor of Merriman, who was dedicated to the "Walk For Warmth" campaign through the Human Develpment Commission. Funeral services for John Merriman will be Saturday, December 29 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Deckerville. Visitation will be Friday, December 28 from 1-8 p.m. at the Apsey Funeral Home in Deckerville.
(LAKEPORT) -- The snowstorm that caught the southeast corner of Michigan has left as much as 14 inches along the Lake Huron shoreline and as much as 8.8 inches farther inland. The National Weather Service reported Thursday that 14 inches of snow fell near the St. Clair County community of Lakeport on Lake Huron. It reports an 11.1 inch snowfall near Port Huron. Communities inland in Sanilac County saw readings of 3-4 inches in Sandusky, 6-8 inches in Croswell and up to 10 inches in Lexington.
(HURON COUNTY) -- Fire investigators say the cause of a fatal trailer house fire near Port Austin Saturday night is unknown. The blaze at 279 Walker Road claimed the life of 83-year old Lorna M. Knoblock. Reports say damage to the trailer home was extensive and the structure was a total loss resulting in an inconclusive cause. The fire was reported by a passing motorists shortly before midnight. The Port Austin Fire Department was assisted by the Kinde Area Fire Department and deputies from the Huron County Sheriff's Department. The victim was found in a bedroom. It is believed Knoblock died from smoke inhalation.
(LAPEER COUNTY) -- Lapeer area residents heard the tornado warning siren sound off Wednesday afternoon. Police say there was a paging system issue at Central Dispatch around 2:30 p.m. and there was no emergency. Authorities apologize for any inconvenience. The siren went off back on December 21 shortly after a widespread power outage. The county's paging system setting off the tornado sirens has been one of the glitches since Central Dispatch switched to the new 800-megahertz digital radio system for county emergency service agencies.
(DWIGHT TOWNSHIP) -- Slippery conditions in the Thumb on Christmas Eve resulted in a single-vehicle crash that left three people with minor injuries in Huron County's Dwight Township. State Police Troopers from the Caro Post say the crash took place shortly after 9 p.m. on M-53 south of Stoddard Road. The driver of the vehicle, Sally Lapka of Bad Axe, lost control on the snow covered roadway and slid into the east ditch. The vehicle came to rest on its side. Three of the five occupants, including Lapka received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.
(EVERGREEN TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured after a vehicle ran into the back of a silage wagon being pulled by a John Deere farm tractor along West Deckerville Road near Germania Road Christmas Day. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the crash took place shortly before 7 p.m. in Evergreen Township. An investigation showed that the vehicle driven by 66-year old Michael Fox of Caro was traveling west on Deckerville Road when he ran into the back of the unlit wagon. The tractor was driven by 44-year old Dennis Hyatt of Columbiaville. Fox and his wife were transported to Hills and Dales Hospital in Cass City with non-life threatening injuries. Their 13-year old son was a rear seat passenger in the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He suffered serious head trauma and was transferred from Hills and Dales Hospital by Life Net to Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw where he is listed in stable condition. The driver of the tractor was not injured. Deputies say alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. The Argyle Fire Department assisted at the scene.
(CARSONVILLE) -- Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a single-vehicle crash that occurred on Christmas Eve along West Chandler Street near Railroad Street in Carsonville. Sheriff's deputies say the driver of the vehicle was a 29-year old Port Sanilac area woman. She was traveling west on West Chandler Street when she lost control on the snow covered road and struck a tree. The woman was taken by ambulance to McKenzie Health System in Sandusky for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The vehicle suffered significant damage. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash and the name of the driver is not being released due to pending charges. The Carsonville Fire Department and Sanilac EMS assisted at the scene.