(ELMWOOD TOWNSHIP) -- Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a multiple vehicle crash that took place around 1 p.m. Monday on M-81 at Cedar Run Road. Deputies say the incident involved an eastbound vehicle driven by 41-year old Philip Rancilio of New Baltimore, Michigan, which was rear ended as he was stopped in the roadway waiting to make a left turn onto Cedar Run. The second vehicle was driven by 46-year old Jennifer Guinn of Unionville. Following impact, deputies say the Rancilio vehicle swerved into the westbound lane and struck a mail carrier vehicle driven by 52-year old Rachel Maurer of Snover, head on. Both Maurer and Rancilio were transported to Saginaw area hospitals for treatment. Guinn and her passenger, 21-year old Brandalyn Plowman of Fairgrove, were taken to Hills and Dales Hospital in Cass City for treatment. Deputies were assisted by the Sheriff's Department Accident Reconstructionist, Cass City Police, Cass City Fire, Gagetown Fire, EMS personnel and the Tuscola County Road Commission.
(AREA) -- Legislation to toughen penalties for illegally killing a protected animal or trophy buck in the state of Michigan unanimously passed the Michigan Senate last week with bipartisan support. 25th District State Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township says this is good news for Michigan sportsmen. Senate Bills 1340 and 1341 would increase existing fines for illegally killing a protected animal and impose additional penalties for poaching trophy bucks. The new measures are consistent with policies in neighboring states. Offenders would be subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per deer, additional restitution based on antler size, possible misdemeanor fines and up to 90 days in jail. In addition, offenders would have their hunting privileges revoked for the remainder of the year in which they were convicted and five subsequent years for the first offense and up to ten years for the second. Fines would be deposited into the state's Game and Fish Protection Fund. The bills now head to the House Committee on Natural Resources, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation.
(PORT AUSTIN) -- A shipwreck hunter says the wreck of a 133-year-old wooden steamer that sank more than a century ago during a Lake Huron storm has been found. David Trotter says that the find of the 283-foot New York made earlier this year ends a two-year quest for the ship. Divers discovered it resting upright, with a damaged stern and broken stacks nearby, dozens of miles north of Port Austin. Divers made about 30 trips down from July through September. The ship was carrying coal from Detroit to Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 1, 1910, when it was hit by a storm with gale-force winds. Trotter said the crew from another ship, the Mataafa, rescued the New York's captain and 13 crew members from lifeboats.
PICTURED: Marty Lutz of Warren does the first dive to the New York. --David Trotter/Special to the Detroit Free Press
(CROSWELL) -- The 24-year old Croswell area man accused in the death of his 4-month old son was sentenced Monday in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Robert Droelle will spend up to 15-years in prison, but no less than 4-years 9-months after a no contest plea to involuntary manslaughter. Droelle will receive credit for 231 days served. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but treated as such for sentencing. Droelle had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of baby Jordan Droelle. Investigators and the physician that treated Jordan said his fatal injuries were consistent with being shaken. Jordan was flown to DMC Children's Hospital in Detroit on April 2nd and died a week later. Sanilac County Prosecutor James V. Young says that this was a tragic case for both families involved and was easily preventable.
(SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP) -- The Huron County mother charged with involuntary manslaughter and second degree child abuse following the death of her 23-month old son will appear in court Monday, December 10, as her hearing reconvenes. 29-year old Jennifer Lynn Emerick was scheduled to be arraigned on the charges during a circuit court arraignment Monday, but her attorney was unavailable. A motion was filed to waive arraignment and her pretrial conference will be held on the 10th to determine jury trial dates. Emerick had originally faced a second degree murder charge in the case. Officials say 23-month-old Donavin Cochrane died December 29, 2011, just days before his 2nd birthday. Results from toxicology tests took several months and a pathologist classified the death as a homicide. Emerick remains free on bond.
(AREA) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller has been appointed the new Chairman of the Committee on House Administration. The committee was established in 1947 and is charged with the oversight of federal elections and the day-to-day operations of the House of Representatives. Miller's career in public service reflects a long history of efficiency and effectiveness, from her early roots on the Harrison Township Board of Trustees to her current responsibilities representing Michigan's 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Miller serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She is also a member of the Majority Deputy Whip Team. In 1994, Miller was elected and served two terms as Michigan's Secretary of State. As Secretary of State, Miller's reforms enhanced Michigan's elections system and she implemented a statewide uniform voting system.
(SANDUSKY) -- Thousands of people lined the streets of Sandusky on Saturday evening to view the 19th annual Country Christmas Lighted Farm Implement parade and they enjoyed every minute of it. The quality of the entries was outstanding and the real meaning of Christmas was displayed throughout the parade, as there were many religious entries that caught the judges' eyes. Grand Champion honors went to Countryside Free Methodist Church for their float titled "Christmas Around the World." The Mayor's Award was presented to Heritage United Methodist Church, while the Religious Division was won by the Sandusky Full Gospel Church. The Civil Air Patrol and Sandusky Flying Club were winners in the Service Non-Profit category and Stoutenberg Farms took top honors in the Privately Owned Modern Farm Equipment Division. Thumb Towing and Marks Towing were presented with the Non-Farm Small Trophy and O'Reilly Auto Parts was tops in the Non-Farm Large Division. Farm Depot of Caro was named first in the Agriculture Equipment Dealers category, while Don Eagle Farms had the best Antique Farm Equipment entry. The Sandusky Fire Department was judged the best in the Fire Truck Division. The parade, sponsored the Sandusky Chamber of Commerce, capped off a week in which there were many holiday activities throughout the community.
During the Fruit Cake Toss Contest Saturday, Team Walmart took top honors with 1,221 feet. Second place went to Team Sandusky Fire Department with 884 feet, third place went to Team Graff Chevrolet Buick with 717 feet and Team O'Reily's got fourth place with 475 feet.
In the Home Decorating Contest, Rick and Donna Cook were the winners with the DQ Grill and Chill taking top honors in the Business Decorating Category.
(LEXINGTON TOWNSHIP) -- Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday afternoon at the intersection of Peck and Wildcat Roads in Lexington Township. Sanilac County Sheriff's deputies say the crash happened when a vehicle driven by 18-year old Jordan Lacy of Lexington, stopped at the intersection to make a left turn and pulled into the path of a pickup truck driven by 46-year old Dina McCanham of Peck. Both drivers were injured and taken to Port Huron Hospital for treatment. A passenger in the Lacy vehicle, 18-year old Dawn Judd, was also injured and transported to Port Huron Hospital. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. Deputies were assisted by the Croswell Police Department, Croswell Fire Department and Sanilac EMS.