(DENMARK TOWNSHIP) -- A 69-year-old mid-Michigan man drove his sport utility vehicle two miles along railroad tracks in Tuscola County before the vehicle somehow caught fire. State Police from the Caro Post say the Midland man escaped injury and may face drunken driving and other charges. The man turned east on Sunday evening onto the Huron & Eastern Railway tracks from a northbound road in Denmark Township near Richville. He drove down the railroad tracks and crossed M-46 before catching on fire. It is not known what caused the fire. Officials say the railroad tracks sustained significant damage as a result of the fire. The man was not injured. He was arrested for operating while intoxicated and trespassing on railroad property. He was lodged in the Tuscola County Jail. The driver's name will not be released until he is formally charged in 71st District Court.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- One person was killed and another seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash late Friday afternoon on M-25 just south of Fisher Road in St Clair County. According to St. Clair County Sheriff deputies, a 22-year-old man was traveling south on M-25 when he lost control of his SUV on the slippery road, crossing the centerline and crashing head-on into a 71-year-old Lexington man who was traveling north in a Ford pickup. The driver of the pickup, Lynn A. Lane, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV was taken to Port Huron Hospital then transferred to McClaren Hospital in Mt Clemens for treatment of serious injuries. Police say both drivers were wearing seat belts and air bags were deployed in each vehicle. Alcohol use is being investigated, but not suspected at this time.
(HURON COUNTY) -- An 83-year old woman was killed in a trailer house fire late Saturday in Huron County's Meade Township. A motorist noticed the blaze and called 9-1-1 shortly before midnight. The Port Austin and Kinde Area Fire Departments responded to the scene at 279 Walker Road, just south of Port Austin. The victim, Lorna M. Knoblock, was found in a bedroom inside the trailer house. An investigation into the fatal blaze remains under investigation.
(PORT AUSTIN) -- The operator of a museum in Michigan's Thumb wants to keep a rare 19th century lighthouse lens. The federal government is suing Huron City Museums, saying it lacks approval to store and display an old lens that was used in the Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse on Lake Huron. The U.S. Coast Guard gave it to the city of Harbor Beach in 1970s under certain conditions. In 1987, Harbor Beach let Huron City Museums use it. The government says the lens is rarely available to the public and is stored in a building with no fire-suppression system, near Port Austin. In a recent court filing, the foundation that runs the museum asked a Bay City federal judge to dismiss the case.
(SIGEL TOWNSHIP) -- A 51-year old Bad Axe woman was killed in a single vehicle crash Friday morning on MacDonald Road between Learman and Section Line Roads in Sigel Township. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the vehicle was found shortly after 9 a.m. by a Huron County Road Commission worker. The Dodge Caravan was upside down in nearly 3-feet of water in the east ditch. The Road Commission truck driver stopped to see if anyone was inside the vehicle and found the victim, Kelley Geiger, unresponsive in the drivers seat. The man was able to get Geiger out of the vehicle. She was later pronounced dead at Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe. Sheriff Hanson says a preliminary investigation shows Geiger was traveling south on MacDonald Road and may have lost control on the slippery roadway. Deputies do not know what time the crash occurred.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Two suspects have been identified and face charges in the Wild John's Party Store breaking and entering. Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki says that more than 30 weapons, ammunition, and cash were stolen during the break-in August 15 at the business located at 6348 N. Van Dyke in Greenleaf Township. Deputies acted on a tip, which led to the identification of property owned in Sanilac County by the suspect's family. A.T.F. agents assisted in locating the 18-year old Shelby Township man in Macomb County where the stolen guns were located. A second juvenile suspect linked to the crime was also identified. Twenty-two of the more than 30 weapons stolen were returned to the business anonymously back in November. Some gun cases and ammunition were also returned. 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. An investigation continues as additional charges are pending.
(WATERTOWN) -- The two suspects accused in the armed robbery of the Depot Party Store in Watertown will be back in court after the first of the year. The robbery took place during the evening hours October 26 with the suspects getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies and local authorities were able to work on tips from the public and apprehend 31-year old Howard Wiggins of Detroit. His girlfriend, 30-year old Cassandra Kelly of Peck, was arraigned December 11 on an armed robbery charge for her role in the heist. Kelly remains free on a $2,500 personal bond. Wiggins, who remains jailed on a $500,000 bond, has been charged with armed robbery, felony firearms and felon in possession of firearms. He is also being held on a parole violation. Both Kelly and Wiggins are scheduled to appear for a pre-exam conference on Wednesday, January 2 at 10 a.m. Their preliminary exam are tentatively set for January 9 at 1:30 p.m.
(HURON COUNTY) -- On Wednesday, several Huron County organizations met to discuss training and protocol for a mass casualty incident. Officers from the Bad Axe Police Department, members of the Huron County Sheriff's Department, Troopers from the Michigan State Police Caro Post, personnel from the City of Bad Axe, Huron County Emergency Management, Dispatch, the Huron Medical Center, Bad Axe Fire Department members, Central Huron Ambulance personnel, staff of the Huron Intermediate School District, Huron Technical Center, Bad Axe Schools and the Thumb Area Transit were in attendance. The meeting was set up to discuss protocol and response in the case of an emergency situation involving numerous victims following a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school where 26 people, including 20 students were killed. A training scenario was discussed as well and will take place at a later date.
(AREA) -- A storm with gusty winds has left a blanket of snow and residents without power throughout the Thumb and Blue Water area. Detroit Edison crews are working to restore power to businesses and residents before the end of the day today. Tuscola County has 2,825 reported outages. There are around 100 customers without power in St. Clair County, 3,620 in Lapeer County, and around 50 in Sanilac County. A gale warning remains in effect for the shoreline stretching from Port Austin to Port Huron along the Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron until 10 a.m. Saturday. The entire Thumb is under a winter weather advisory through tonight.
(SANDUSKY) -- The Sandusky Board of Education has reduced the number of administrators in the district from four to three. The action came at Wednesday evening's meeting as the district prepares to down-size to two buildings beginning next September. The board voted not to renew the contract of High School Principal Jon Miller. Speaking on WMIC/WTGV's morning show, Superintendent Mike Carmean says Miller did a very good job over the past 9-years and he was the victim of numbers---lower enrollment, less finances, and fewer buildings.
In other action, Craig Jacobson was hired as the Varsity Football coach for the 2013 football season. Jacobson is a teacher at Yale Schools and been active in coaching football, serving as an assistant coach at a number of area high schools. The Sandusky School board also approved a preliminary application with DTE Energy to install solar panels on school property. This could be a source of income for the school district at a later date.