(PORT HURON) -- St. Clair County Drug Task Force Officers seized illegal drugs, cash, and guns during two separate raids Thursday in the City of Port Huron. The first took place in the 2900 block of Peavy Street at 11:30 a.m. Drug Task Force officers and Michigan State Police Troopers found methamphetamine valued at $600, analog drugs, items used in the manufacturing of meth, 26 one pot meth reaction vessels, and $77 in cash. The reaction vessels are believed to have produced methamphetamine valued at $12,500. Two women ages 28 and 50 and two men ages 33 and 39, all of Port Huron, were arrested and remain jailed on several drug charges. The second raid took place Thursday evening at a home in the 2700 block of Mason Street in Port Huron. Four people were arrested after officers seized heroin, cocaine, $773 in cash, a loaded 9 mm handgun, a loaded 45 caliber handgun stolen from the city of Detroit, and three vehicles. Two women ages 23 and 26 and two men ages 28 and 35 remain jailed in St. Clair County on a number of drug-related charges.
(PORT AUSTIN) -- The federal government is suing a tiny Michigan museum to recover a 19th-century lighthouse lens that helped ships navigate Lake Huron. The 900-pound lens, built in France, has been displayed since 1987 at a former life-saving station at the tip of Michigan's Thumb. The government is objecting because it doesn't have an agreement with Huron City Museums. The U.S. Coast Guard donated the lens to the city of Harbor Beach in 1970 under certain conditions. The city later let Huron City Museums, near Port Austin, use it. The government's lawsuit in Bay City federal court says the lens is "irreplaceable" yet it's being housed in a building with no alarm or fire sprinklers.
(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Ten excited Sanilac County children were treated to a pizza dinner and Christmas shopping at the Sandusky Wal-Mart during the 2nd Annual "Shop with a Hero" event Tuesday, coordinated through the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department. Administrative Assistant Amanda Wojcik says the children selected through the Department of Human Services had dinner before they were paired up with a hero. Pizza and breaksticks were donated by the Sandusky Pizza Hut, beverages were donated by Pepsi, and Wal-Mart provided the cookies! Volunteers from the Applegate, Brown City, Croswell, and Sandusky Fire Departments, Sandusky, Lexington and Marlette Police Departments, Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies, and Marlette EMS personnel took time out to help the children pick out the perfect gifts for their family members. A grant from Wal-Mart and extra funding from last year provided the children with a $50 gift card for each member of their immediate family. If there was money left over, the children made a purchase for themselves. Volunteers from Detroit Edison and YAC students from Sandusky Schools helped the kids wrap up their Christmas surprises. Amanda is already thinking ahead to next year. The department will once again apply for the grant through Wal-Mart and with hopes of helping more families, Amanda will be seeking donations from local businesses that are interested in getting involved with the "Shop with a Hero" event.
(BAD AXE) -- A chain reaction crash in Bad Axe injured an Owendale resident Wednesday. Bad Axe Police say the crash took place after 32-year old Bree Hartman of Unionville slowed for traffic along W. Huron Avenue as she approached N. Port Crescent Street. A second vehicle following Hartman, driven by 35-year old Jamie Schember of Owendale, also slowed down. Officers say the third vehicle, driven by 61-year old Jewell Kleekamp of Bad Axe, struck the Schember vehicle from behind, causing it to strike the Hartman car. Kleekamp told police that she became distracted before striking the Schember vehicle. Huron County Sheriff's deputies assisted at the scene. Schember was taken to Huron Medical Center for treatment of neck pain.
(BAD AXE) -- The Bad Axe School Board held a special meeting Monday and hired Don Schelke as Superintendent. Schelke retired from the district as Superintendent this year and was rehired as a cost savings measure. His $50,000 contract was approved for the remainder of this school year and through June 30, 2014. The unanimous decision is saving the district approximately $119,000. Bad Axe Board of Education President Walt Salens stated that at a time when funding for school districts across the state are, at best, revenue neutral, the board thought it was best to explore the option to rehire Schelke. Other districts in the Thumb that are employing retired superintendents and have similar arrangements include Elkton-Pigeon-Bayport, Owendale-Gagetown, Capac and Millington. Schelke served as principal at Cass City Schools, Deckerville's High School principal for 13-years and 2-years as Deckerville's Superintendent before accepting the top administrator position in Bad Axe in 2010.
(PORT HURON) -- A St. Clair County jury has found a 34-year old Detroit area man guilty of first degree premeditated murder and felony firearm in the death of 23-year old Jason Mychal Williams of Port Huron. Cidney Ingram shot Williams at the Village Manor Townhomes in the 3100 block of Electric Avenue in Port Huron back on June 15. He now faces life in prison without parole during sentencing on January 17. Authorities say the shooting took place after a brief disagreement between several individuals. Ingram turned himself in to police days after the incident. 29-year old John Seaborn Little, a co-defendant in the case, is scheduled for sentencing on January 7. Little pleaded guilty before the start of the trial to charges of tampering with evidence, accessory after the fact to murder and possession of a firearm by a felon.
(CROSWELL) -- Croswell City Manager John Espinoza will be retiring at the end of December. His retirement will be short lived though, as he has accepted a Spanish teaching position at the Cros-Lex Middle School starting in January. Espinoza has held the City Manager's position for 2-years in Croswell and will be leaving effective December 31. Some of the major accomplishments during his tenure have included job growth in the industrial park and upcoming street and infrastructure improvements to the city's aging downtown. Espinoza commended his staff and city employees for making his job easier, noting their commitment to the city. The City of Croswell will be interviewing candidates to fill the position on an interim basis with hopes of finding a new city manager.
(VASSAR) -- Officials say a 31-year-old soldier originally from Michigan who was deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan has died at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sgt. 1st Class Jacob Schlereth of Opelika, Alaska, died suddenly of natural causes November 27 at the base. Details weren't immediately available. Schlereth was born in Saginaw and previously lived in Vassar. He was a 1999 graduate of Vassar High School and joined the Army afterward. Schlereth was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for most of his career. He more recently was stationed at Fort Benning as a reconnaissance course instructor. Schlereth had received two bronze stars, among other honors. Survivors include his wife, Margaret, and son, Caleb.
(HURON COUNTY) -- The 60-year-old son of sex research pioneer Dr. William H. Masters has admitted to committing a lewd act in New York's Central Park. William H. Masters III pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor public lewdness. He was arrested in May after a New York police officer reported the act. Defense lawyer Irwin Rochman says his client has been in counseling. Masters avoids jail time. But if the Southampton resident gets arrested again he'll face up to 90 days in jail. Masters also is charged with exposing himself to a Huron County Sheriff's deputy and another woman on the Pinnebog River in September. That case is pending.
(PORT HURON) -- The Port Huron Fire Department battled an apartment fire Tuesday morning at the Peru Village Complex located at 702 Erie Street. Fire crews were sent to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Heavy smoke was found in the first floor hallway as firemen arrived. According to Fire Marshal Jeffery Tucker, there were multiple reports of trapped individuals inside several of the apartments. The fire was quickly extinguished with assistance from the Marysville and Port Huron Township Fire Departments. Two occupants were rescued from an adjoining apartment with one being transported to Port Huron Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. Tri-Hospital EMS personnel and the American Red Cross also assisted at the scene.