(PORT HURON TOWNSHIP) -- Two Warren area men remain jailed in St. Clair County for their involvement in several breaking and entering complaints in southern St. Clair County. Citizen tips and surveillance led authorities to the suspects after they were spotted breaking into a vehicle at a factory on Wadhams Road near Rattle Run Road Monday. 23-year old Sharoad Paige and 19-year old Bryan Allen were arrested at the scene of the crime and arraigned Thursday in 72nd District Court in Marine City. A search warrant was served at a residence in Warren, turning up stolen property from several reported home invasions. Paige was charged with first-degree home invasion, possession of a firearm by a felon, aiding and abetting larceny from a vehicle, felony firearms and third offense habitual offender. His bond was set at $75,000 cash. Allen was charged with first-degree home invasion, larceny from a vehicle and felony firearms. Bond was set at $25,000 cash. Both men are scheduled to appear for a preliminary exam on December 26.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Two drug raids this week in St. Clair County netted heroin, methamphetamine, cash and a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The first search warrant was executed Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot at 24th and Union Streets in Port Huron. Drug Task Force Officers made contact with suspected dealers and seized heroin packaged for distribution and valued at $435, paraphernalia, and over $500 in cash. A 22-year old Yale man, 25-year old Kimball Township man and a 32-year old Port Huron woman were arrested and remain jailed on drug charges.
The second raid took place in the 7100 block of Sparling Road in Kimball Township Thursday night. An investigation into the manufacturing and sale of meth led officers on a traffic stop at Taylor and Sparling Road. Two men inside the vehicle had approximately $100 of methamphetamine on them. Officers then found evidence of a meth lab at the home. The 28 and 35 year old men, both from Kimball Township, were arrested and lodged in St. Clair COunty jail on several drug-related charges.
(WORTH TOWNSHIP) -- The Michigan appeals court says the state Constitution offers no protection to a township in a dispute over failed septic tanks near Lake Huron. The Michigan Supreme Court already has ruled that Worth Township can be held responsible for failed private septic systems that foul the lake. Now the appeals court has weighed in this week, saying the Sanilac County township can't escape the expense under the 1978 Headlee Amendment. The amendment protects local governments from paying for state projects. The appeals court says Headlee isn't triggered because Worth Township has a responsibility to follow state environmental laws. State regulators have said a sewer system in Worth Township seems to be the only way to stop septic systems from spoiling Lake Huron on a five-mile stretch.
(MAYFIELD TOWNSHIP) -- Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies say a 49-year old Lapeer man lost his life after being trapped inside a burning vehicle Thursday evening. Authorities responded to the van on fire along Davis Lake Road west of N. Lapeer Road in Mayfield Township shortly before 6 p.m. The victim, Michael Clemens, was driving his 1997 Chevrolet van west on Davis Lake Road, when he pulled off the roadway onto the shoulder. Clemens was a paraplegic and his van was equipped with a wheel chair lift ramp. Deputies believe Clemens tried to escape because the van was found in park with the ramp in the lowered position. A passing 19-year old motorist attempted to free Clemens. The Lapeer man's efforts were unsuccessful and he suffered burns to both wrists, but declined treatment at the scene. Deputies say the vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency crews arrived and Clemens was the lone occupant. The origin of the fire remains under investigation.
(GRANT TOWNSHIP) -- Officials say the cause of the house fire that claimed the life of a 62-year old Grant Township woman on November 26 cannot be determined. St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon reports that the county's Fire Investigation Team were sent to 6655 Cline Road following the fire, but due to extensive damage to the home, the cause is not known. Fire officials say the origin of the fire was in the basement. Grant Township Fire and Rescue, along with Burtchville, Fort Gratiot and Kenockee Township Fire Departments battled the blaze during the early morning hours November 26. The victim, Constance Falk, was pronounced dead at the scene. There was also no indication of smoke detectors present in the house.
(AREA) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation's Bay Region maintenance crews are ready for winter weather. Salt sheds are currently filled with 31,000 tons of salt, with plans in place to purchase an additional 25,000 tons of salt later in the season, if necessary. The Bay Region includes central Michigan and the Thumb. For the 2012-2013 winter season, the Bay Region purchased salt at $46.45 per ton, down from $59.07 per ton last year. The average unit cost for late-season salt purchases this year will be $52.98 per ton. Due to unusually mild weather last year, the Bay Region only used 37,200 tons of salt - down from an average use of 56,600 tons of salt during a normal winter. Statewide, MDOT used 343,000 tons of salt last year - down from 526,000 tons used during the 2011-2012 winter season. In Sanilac County, Road Commission Manager Rob Falls says the county has purchased 1,397 tons of early fill at $43.95 a ton. In 2011, the county paid $59.06 per ton.
(AREA) -- Governor Rick Snyder this week signed into law Freedom to Work legislation that would allow Michigan workers to choose whether or not to join a union in both the private and public sectors. State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. CLair Township says this is a simple matter of fairness and workplace equality and it's the right thing to do for Michigan workers. "It gives us chance to attract new job providers and new opportunities to our state. We've balanced the budget, streamlined our tax system, and now giving hard working Michiganders the choice whether or not to join a union is the next right move," stated Pavlov. Michigan is the 24th state to pass Freedom to Work legislation. Indiana became the 23rd state in August. Since that time, more than 70 businesses have told Indiana officials that the Freedom to Work law will factor into their decision on where to locate projects. According to an analysis of data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics, Freedom to Work states have higher average wage increases and greater growth in total employment than non-Freedom to Work states. Passage of the legislation followed numerous unsuccessful challenges from Democrats as well as protests inside and outside the Capitol from thousands of pro-union demonstrators.
(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- Port Huron Police are investigating several breaking and entering of motor vehicle complaints that have occurred since the beginning of October. There have been twelve vehicles broken into at the north end of Port Huron and property was stolen in each case. Most of the vehicles were parked in the area between Garfield and Holland Streets and Gratiot and 10th Avenue. Police say a possible suspect has been described as a white man in his 20's, 5' 10" in height, with a thin build and facial hair. The man was seen riding a bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to call the CAPTURE hotline at 810-987-6688 or go online at www.porthuronpolice.org Rewards of up to $1,000 are available if your tip leads to the suspects' capture. Callers may remain anonymous.
(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation accomplished a successful 24th annual Tree of Shining Love campaign, raising over $15,000 for the acute care renovation project at the hospital. To date, over 200 tributes have been made to the Tree of Shining Love in honor and/or in memory of special people. Those honored and memorialized were featured in a special presentation at the Tree of Shining Love ceremony held December 2. The Tree of Shining Love campaign recognizes either an individual or groups of individuals who have made a significant impact on the community. This year's campaign recognized the education community and also paid special tribute to Marlette Community Schools in observance of their 125th anniversary.
The MRH Foundation would like to thank Marlette Community Schools, the volunteers, presenters and the musical entertainers. A thank you is also extended to the sponsors who helped make this event special: Anderson, Tucky, Bernhardt & Doran, PC, CPAs; Caseville F.O.E. #3690 Auxiliary; CBM Services, Inc.; Cookingham Beene Allergy & Asthma Associates PC; Covenant Center for the Heart Physicians; Graff Chevrolet, Buick, Inc.; Hasselschwert Consulting LLC; HealthPlus of Michigan; Mohan Dass Macha, MD & Shashireka Macha; North Branch Bakery; Saib Isterabadi, MD; Semco Energy Gas Company; Straight Imaging PC; Surgical Specialists, PC ~ W.V. Zemnickas, II, DO & Ratan Rajani, MD; Tri-County Bank; United Health Services, Inc.; and Williams & Associates, Inc.
PICTURED: The Tree of Shining Love event recognized the education community and paid special tribute to Marlette Community Schools in observance of their 125th anniversary. Pictured are past and current staff members of MCS (left to right) Ken Babich, Carleen Foster, Fred Mroczek, Jeriann Patterson, Duane Lange, Joanne Thompson and Jill Thomas.
(LAKE TOWNSHIP) -- There's been another report of a shipwreck uncovered off of Michigan because of lower Great Lakes water levels. Ron Krzeminski last month spotted what he thought was rocks in Lake Huron about 15 feet off the shoreline of Huron County's Lake Township. When he got closer, he discovered it was the bow of a ship. The ship appears to be about 18 feet wide and 60 feet long. Its name wasn't certain. Earlier this week, the remains of a wooden steamer named Aurora were uncovered at Grand Haven near Lake Michigan. The Great Lakes are shrinking because of drought and rising temperatures. Coast Guard Petty Officer Peter Brown says he expects more to turn up.