(HURON COUNTY) -- A 30-year old Fairhaven Township woman is facing animal neglect charges after deputies found several malnourished animals at a residence on Dutcher Road Wednesday afternoon. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says deputies were called after a report of two dogs that killed a goat. No one was home when deputies arrived and according to witnesses, no one had been around for days. Two Siberian Husky type dogs, a Springer Spaniel, two miniature horses, six live puppies and one dead puppy were found at the residence. Deputies believe the dogs killed the goat because they were hungry. One of the horses had wounds to its neck, which deputies also believe was the result of a dog attack. During their investigation, one of the dogs cornered one of the horses and started another attack. Deputies purchased food for the animals, which were checked by a veterinarian Thursday morning. All of the animals were found in poor condition, due to malnutrition and neglect. The animals were removed from the residence with cooperation from the 30-year woman. She informed deputies that the residence isn't always occupied. The dogs were taken to the Thumb Animal Shelter near Elkton and the horses are being boarded by a volunteer from the Filion area. An investigation continues.
(LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP) -- Authorities have confirmed that 57-year old Robert Earl Baer of Decker died after an accidental drowning with evidence of alcohol consumption. Baer's body was recovered from a pond along Moore Road east of Germania Road in Sanilac County's Lamotte Township Tuesday evening. Sanilac County Sheriff's Department investigators say evidence at the scene was consistent with the autopsy results.
(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville School Board met Monday and hired Travis Varty and Frank Howard II for the two 6-hour custodial positions as recommended by Night Custodial Supervisor, Rob Taylor and Superintendent, Tricia Pawlowski. In other business, the Special Education, Hot Lunch, Internal Accounts and Payroll Secretarial part-time position and the part-time Technology Aide position was approved by board members to become full-time positions beginning October 1, 2012.
(AREA) -- Senator Phil Pavlov of St. Clair Township introduced legislation Thursday to toughen penalties for illegally killing a protected animal or trophy buck in the state of Michigan. Pavlov commented that from St. Clair to Escanaba, poaching and quality deer management are serious concerns for property owners and sportsmen alike. The Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes says we must do more to deter violators who do not play by the rules.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. Offenders could also have their hunting privileges revoked for the remainder of the year convicted and three subsequent years. Fines would be deposited into the state's Game and Fish Protection Fund. The bills were referred to the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee, where a hearing is expected in October.
(AREA)-- The state Senate this week passed a resolution urging Congress to change Social Security eligibility rules on behalf of the terminally ill. Senate Resolution 134, authored by Senator Mike Green of Mayville, asks Congress to adjust existing rules for the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income programs. If the changes are adopted, terminally ill patients could be considered disabled under SSDI, if physically unable to work, and would not be subject to the standard 5-month waiting period for SSI benefits. The changes would only apply to individuals who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses if the diagnosis includes an estimated life expectancy of 6-months or less.
Green gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Thursday advocating the resolution, saying that it is about government working more efficiently for those legitimately in need of assistance from funds they've essentially been paying into over the years.
Senator Green stated that he introduced the resolution in honor of Tina Moyer, a former Mayville resident. Tina was diagnosed with cancer in late 2011 and passed away 11 weeks later. Under current rules, she wasn't considered disabled and wasn't given proper aid due to a 5-month waiting period. Although Moyer had paid federal income and Social Security taxes her entire adult life, existing rules prevented her from receiving disability benefits or supplemental income benefits that would have helped alleviate the financial burden of mounting medical bills. Sadly, she was approved for SSI benefits, but passed away before the end of the waiting period.
The resolution will now be sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, speaker of the U.S. House, and members of Michigan's congressional delegation.
(FRANKENMUTH) -- A fire in a freight elevator shaft at a well-known Bavarian-themed restaurant in Michigan didn't disrupt the meals of a dining room full of customers. The fire at Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth was contained Wednesday night in the elevator shaft and was separated from a dining room by the kitchen. Frankenmuth Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Kerns says fire suppression sprinklers went off in the kitchen, but customers didn't have their meals disrupted. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
(CROSWELL) -- A jury trial for the 24-year old Croswell area man charged with 2nd-degree murder in connection with the death of his 4-month old son has been scheduled for October 30. Robert Droelle was bound over to Sanilac County Circuit Court following a preliminary exam last month. Testimony from the investigating officer and the physician that treated baby Jordan Droelle prompted the judge to deem sufficient evidence to send the case to circuit court. On April 2, baby Jordan was taken to Port Huron Hospital with severe head trauma and later flight-cared to DMC Children's Hospital in Detroit where he died a week later. An investigation showed that Jordan's fatal injuries were consistent with being shaken. Droelle remains in custody on a $750,000 cash surety bond. His final pre-trail hearing has been scheduled for Monday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m.
(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Regional Hospital Long-term Care resident Mildred Foster celebrated her 103rd birthday on September 21, 2012. Foster has been a resident for 8-years. Friends, family members, and staff joined Mildred for the celebration. Her party was complete with decorations, a catered lunch, birthday cake, and lots of hugs, smiles and warm wishes from all.
PICTURED: Mildred Foster (front left) with family members Margaret Pollard, Jane Dinaco and Billie Foster.
(LAPEER) -- The Michigan gas station that sold last month's $337 million Powerball jackpot-winning ticket has collected its bonus. Michigan Lottery Commissioner M. Scott Bowen presented the Odish family, the owners of the Sunoco gas station in Lapeer, with a $50,000 ceremonial check Wednesday afternoon. Donald Lawson, a father of two from Lapeer, earlier claimed the Powerball prize from the Aug. 15 drawing. The lump-sum, $224.6 million payment worked out to $158.7 million, after taxes. The jackpot was the third-largest in the game's history. 25-year-old Joey Odish was one of the family members on hand for Wednesday's event. He says the money would be distributed to 60 or 70 people in his extended family.
(ROSEVILLE) -- Police in a Detroit suburb plan to take soil samples from under a driveway Friday after a tipster said it could be the final resting place of missing Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. Roseville Police Chief James Berlin says a man claims to have seen a body buried there approximately 35 years ago. Berlin says the man believes it could be Hoffa. He says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently found "an anomaly" while using radar to check the driveway. After the Friday dig, a soil sample will be sent to a forensic anthropologist at Michigan State University to check for human remains. Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit in 1975, and his remains haven't been found. The FBI had no immediate comment.