(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies say a 14-year old boy was struck by a vehicle as he rode a skateboard along Fostoria Road near Barnes Road in Watertown Township Tuesday, shortly before 6 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year old Scott Valentine of Fostoria, told investigators that he was traveling south on Fostoria Road when he struck the pedestrian, who was wearing dark colored clothes, and riding the skateboard in the roadway. Deputies say the 14-year old was critically injured and transported to an area hospital.
(YALE) -- Detroit's U.S. attorney says a Thumb area man has pleaded guilty to mail fraud, two years after being accused of stealing $2.6 million from thousands of prisoners and their family members nationwide. The government says 57-year-old John Wilson of Yale faces up to 20-years in prison at his sentencing April 11. He also pleaded guilty to a tax crime and agreed to pay $2 million. U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says Wilson preyed on prisoners and their families seeking legal assistance, taking their money and denying them justice. She says Wilson's three businesses sent direct mailings to inmates offering to provide legal and appellate court work. Co-defendant Lari Zeka of Macomb County's Macomb Township pleaded guilty in January and awaits sentencing.
(CLAY TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities say a 48-year-old woman is dead and another woman injured following an apartment fire in St. Clair County. The victim, Jeri Lootens, died in the fire Tuesday in Clay Township. Authorities say Lootens and a 52-year-old woman were trapped inside an apartment when the fire broke out shortly before 8 a.m.. The 52-year-old was rescued from a window and taken to River District Hospital for treatment. Authorities say the woman was then transferred to a Detroit area hospital. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Authorities believe both women lived at the apartment in the 9700 block of North River Road. Clay Township Police, St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies, and the Algonac, and Ira Township Fire Departments assisted Clay Township Fire at the scene. Two firefighters were treated at River District Hospital with injuries and released. Reports say an Ira Township firefighter was treated for exhaustion and a Clay Township firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.
(BAD AXE) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for 29-year old Jennifer Lynn Emerick, the Sheridan Township woman accused in the death of her 23-month old child last December. Emerick failed to appear in Huron County Circuit Court Monday for a pretrial hearing in the case. Her attorney was also absent after filing papers to waive the arraignment December 3 and not showing up for that hearing. Judge M. Richard Knoblock adjourned the hearing until next Monday, December 17 where attorney Leon Weiss will have to show cause why he should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear in court for two consecutive weeks. Emerick has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse stemming from the death of Donavin Cochrane on December 29, 2011. Emerick had originally faced a second degree murder charge in the case. If arrested, Emerick will remain jailed without bond until her hearing Monday, December 17.
(BAD AXE) -- The son of the late sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters has pleaded guilty to an indecent exposure charge for exposing himself to a Huron County Sheriff's deputy and another woman on the Pinnebog River. William H. Masters III made the plea Monday in Huron County Circuit Court in Bad Axe. The crime carries up to two years in prison, and sentencing is February 11th. Authorities say a completely nude Masters yelled for the women's attention on September 1st, then made obscene gestures. Masters is a 60-year-old resident of Southhampton, New York. He pleaded guilty last week to a lewd act in Central Park back in May. Masters avoided jail time in that case, but if he gets arrested again he'll face up to 90 days in jail.
(ALGONAC) -- A 92-year-old World War II veteran from Algonac who once hitched a ride on a Tiger tank courtesy of Germany's legendary Panzer commander Gen. Erwin Rommel has received overdue honors for his military service. William Pollauf was honored Friday by Congresswoman Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township. A bureaucratic mix-up had prevented Pollauf from receiving medals he earned in World War II, including one for the 27 months he was a German prisoner of war. He also received the World War II Victory medal, Eastern/African/Middle Eastern campaign medal, Prisoner of War medal and a World War II honorable service lapel button. Miller said she was "delighted to present the medals, long overdue" to Pollauf. He returned to Michigan after the war and worked as a carpenter.
(AREA) -- New data suggests that several Michigan markets are among the national leaders in per capita income growth. The report showed that per capita income in the 83rd House District served by State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City was up. St Clair County was up 1.8% in 2010-2011, after dropping 3.6% between 2007 and 2010, while income growth in Sanilac County increased 4.8% in 2010-2011, following an 8.4% increase between 2007 and 2010. Representative Muxlow says tough reforms in Lansing have helped pushed economic growth across Michigan. Per capita income is often used as average income, a measure of the wealth of the population of a nation, particularly in comparison to other nations.
(BAD AXE) -- The son of the late sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters faces a court hearing on a charge that he exposed himself to a sheriff's deputy and another woman the Pinnebog River. William H. Masters III is scheduled to be arraigned in Huron County Circuit Court on Monday. He's charged with aggravated indecent exposure, punishable by up to two years in jail. Authorities say a completely nude Masters yelled for the women's attention on September 1, then made obscene gestures. Defense lawyer Dennis Johnston says he's going to let the "criminal justice process play itself out." Masters is a 60-year-old resident of Southhampton, New York. He pleaded guilty last week to conducting a lewd act in Central Park back in May. Masters avoided jail time in that case, but if he gets arrested again he'll face up to 90 days in jail.
(CARO) -- A Michigan State Police accident reconstructionist has been called in to help determine what happened when a 16-year-old Caro teen was struck by a car while tending to some dogs in a ditch. According to State Police at the Caro post, the accident happened shortly after 10 p.m. Friday when a 20-year-old Caro man was traveling north on Hurds Corner Road near Shabbona Road in Tuscola Couty's Ellington Township when he was blinded by the headlights of a parked vehicle, causing him to go into the ditch while trying to avoid it. The 16-year-old who was struck and another teen were in the ditch tending to the dogs. The boy who was struck suffered serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Covenant Hospital in Saginaw. The other boy was not injured. The driver and passenger in the car, which rolled over after impact, had minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
(KIMBALL TOWNSHIP) -- A Kimball Township woman was killed in a three vehicle crash Friday afternoon along Lapeer Road just west of Abbotsford Road. St. Clair County Sheriff's deputies say the 72-year old victim was traveling west on Lapeer Road shortly before noon when she stopped to make a left turn into the Lakes Subdivision. Her vehicle was struck from behind by a car driven by a 34-year old Fort Gratiot woman. The collision sent the victim's vehicle into the east lane of traffic and into the path of a vehicle driven by a 51-year old Port Huron Township man. The Kimball Township woman was taken to Port Huron Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The other two drivers received only minor injuries. The crash remains under investigation.